Current Personnel

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Physician Support

Supervising Cardiologist

Education
Professional Positions
Professional Board Certifications
Professional Publications
Professional Societies

Dennis Larson

Office: Heart Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Health, 2121 E. Harmony Road Suite 100 Fort Collins, CO 80528

Phone: (970) 221-1000

Fax (970) 297-6860

UC Health Doctor's Webpage


Education
  • 1969, B.S., Zoology, Texas Technological University, Lubbock, TX
  • 1972, M.D., Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • 1973, Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
  • 1975, Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
  • 1977, Fellowship, Cardiology, University of Colorado Medical Center & Affiliated Hospitals, Denver, CO

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Cardiologist, Heart & Vascular Clinic of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado Health, Fort Collins, CO
  • Medical Director, Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, University of Colorado Health, Fort Collins, CO
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO

Previous

  • 1991-1999, Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1978-1984, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • 1977-1984, Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee, WA
  • 1975-1977 Attending Physician, Emergency Room, Denver General Hospital, Denver, CO

Board Certifications
  • 1999, IBIM – Qualifications in Interventional Cardiology
  • 1979-1999, Cardiovascular Subspecialty - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 1975, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 1972, Texas State Board of Medical Examiners

Publications

Dennis G. Larson's Publications


Professional Societies
  • 1984-present, Colorado Medical Society
  • 1984-present, Larimer County Medical Society
  • Consultant, Colorado Foundation for Medical Care
  • Colorado Affiliate - American Heart Association - Board Member - Larimer County
  • 1984-1994, American Society of Chest Physicians
  • 1979, Fellow - American College of Cardiology
  • 1977-1984, Washington Affiliate - American Heart Association
  • 1977-1984, Chelan County Medical Society

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Supervising Cardiologist

Education
Professional Positions
Professional Board Certifications
Professional Publications
Professional Societies

Luckasen

Heart Center of the Rockies Foundation Liaison

Office: Heart Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Health, 2121 E. Harmony Road Suite 100 Fort Collins, CO 80528

Phone: (970) 221-1000

Fax (970) 297-6860

UC Health Doctor's Webpage


Education
  • 1968, B.S., Mathematics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1972, M.D., Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • 1973, Internship, Internal Medicine, University Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1975, Residency I and II, Internal Medicine, University Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1977, Fellowship, Cardiology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Cardiologist, Heart Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Health, Fort Collins, CO
  • Director, Cardiac Research, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Health, Fort Collins, CO
  • Director, Cardiology, Poudre Valley Hospital, University of Colorado Health, Fort Collins, CO
  • Director, Outreach, Poudre Valley Hospital, University of Colorado Health, Fort Collins, CO
  • Teaching Staff, Fort Collins Family Practice Residency Program, Fort Collins, CO
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
  • Assistant Professor, Physiology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Previous

  • 1977-2010, President, Heart Center of the Rockies, Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1977-1978, Assistant Director, Fort Collins Family Practice Residency Program, Fort Collins, CO

Board Certifications
  • 1977, American Board of Internal Medicine – Cardiovascular Disease
  • 1975, American Board of Internal Medicine

Publications

Gary J. Luckasen's Publications


Professional Societies
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Larimer County Medical Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Colorado Cardiovascular Society
  • National Society of Interventional Cardiologists
  • Rocky Mountain Heart Consortium Member

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Graduate Students

PhD Student

Education
Professional Positions
Honors and Awards
Publications
Teaching
Professional Service

Nate Bachman

Office: Moby B Complex, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Mailing Address: 220 Moby B Complex, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80524-1582

Phone: (970) 491-

Fax (970) 491-0445

Email:Nate.Bachman@colostate.edu


Biography

After growing up in Maryland, I was drawn to Colorado’s recreational opportunities. I relocated to the Western Slope of Colorado to complete my undergraduate studies at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). I soon became involved in extracurricular activities with the Exercise Physiology Research Club (EPRC) at CMU. This experience introduced me to exercise physiology testing as well providing me with opportunities to attend academic conferences. Due to the encouragement of my mentors, I decided to pursue graduate studies in exercise physiology. My research in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory will focus on investigating the relationship between multiple decades of high-volume endurance training and cardiovascular pathology.


Education
  • 2014, B.S., Exercise Science, Department of Kinesiology, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
  • In Progress, M.S., Health and Exercise Science, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Previous

  • Intern, Monfort Family Human Performance Lab, Department of Kinesiology, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO

Teaching

Colorado State University- Department of Health and Exercise Science

  • HES 207- Anatomical Kinesiology Lab
  • HES 232A- Techniques of Teaching Physical Activity: Weight Training

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PhD Student

Education
Professional Positions
Honors and Awards
Publications
Teaching
Professional Service

Racine

Office: 133 Moby B Complex, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Mailing Address: 220 Moby B Complex, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80524-1582

Phone: (970) 491-6702

Fax (970) 491-0445

Email:matt.racine@colostate.edu


Biography

I first became involved in research as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho during a summer research fellowship, where I studied swim performance, behavior, and genetics of zebrafish. I then pursued my Master’s in Dr. Doug Seals’ Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where I studied the effects of sodium restriction and vitamin D supplementation on endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and healthy cardiovascular aging. During this time, I developed a strong interest in cardiovascular physiology and an appreciation for the complexity and importance of research in this area. I chose to continue to pursue my interest in cardiovascular physiology by joining Dr. Dinenno’s Human Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory as a Ph.D. student. Working in this lab has been extremely rewarding, as it has provided me with high quality training and given me the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of exciting projects. My primary research interests are related to better understanding how normal healthy aging alters the mechanisms of blood flow regulation to the skeletal muscle, with a specific focus on how impaired red blood cell ATP release in older adults contributes to altered vascular function with age.


Education
  • In Progress, Ph.D. Cardiovascular Physiology, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
  • 2012, M.S., Integrative Physiology, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 2009, B.S., Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Previous

  • 2010-2012, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 2010-2012, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 2009-2010, Laboratory Technician, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
  • 2008, Idaho NIH-INBRE Undergraduate Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
  • 2007, Research Experience for Undecided Undergraduates (REU2) Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

Honors and Awards
  • 08/2015 - 07/2018, NIH F31-HL126377: “Mechanisms and treatment of impaired erythrocyte ATP release in older adults.”
  • 2016, Fleur L. Strand Professional Opportunity Award, Experimental Biology Conference, American Physiological Society
  • 2014, Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship, Colorado State University
  • 2012, Colorado Graduate Grant, Colorado State University
  • 2012, Travel Award, Experimental Biology Meeting, University of Colorado
  • 2009, Honors Program Certificate, University of Idaho
  • 2012, Travel Award, Experimental Biology Meeting, University of Colorado
  • 2009, Honors Program Certificate, University of Idaho
  • 2008, 2nd place poster, College of Science Research Exhibition, University of Idaho
  • 2008, Department of Biological Sciences Sundquist Undergraduate Research Award, University of Idaho
  • 2008, Travel Award, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting, University of Idaho

Publications

Visit PubMed to see most recent publication list: Matthew L. Racine's Publications


Teaching

University of Colorado, Boulder - Department of Integrative Physiology

  • IPHY 3060 - Cell Physiology Lab
  • IPHY 3435 - Human Physiology Lab

Professional Service

Professional Memberships and Societies

  • 09/2013 - present, The Microcirculatory Society
  • 2010 - present, American Physiological Society
  • 2014 - 2015 American Heart Association
  • 2007 - 2008, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

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PhD Student

Education
Professional Positions
Honors and Awards
Publications
Teaching
Professional Service

Janee Terwood

Office: Moby B Complex, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Mailing Address: 220 Moby B Complex, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80524-1582

Phone: (970) 491-

Fax (970) 491-0445

Email:Janee.Terwood@colostate.edu


Biography

I initially became interested in research as an undergraduate student at Northern Arizona University. While there, I volunteered in the cardiopulmonary physiology lab directed by Dr. Chris Baldi, where I helped with studies investigating pulmonary diffusion and the cardiovascular response to altitude in patients with Type I diabetes. Following graduation, I taught an introductory course in public health while working as a community health educator, which led to my interest in studying cardiovascular function from a perspective that emphasizes its role in preventing disease. I moved to Texas to pursue a master’s degree under the mentorship of Dr. Matt Brothers, where I evaluated techniques to assess cerebral vascular function in populations at elevated risk for stroke. Currently, I am fortunate to work with Dr. Dinenno in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab, which uses unique experimental approaches to assess basic physiological mechanisms directly in humans. I am interested in understanding how diverse vascular signaling mechanisms are integrated to distribute blood flow to where it is needed. Outside the lab, I enjoy cooking, gardening, and exploring Colorado on my bike.


Education
  • 2007, B.S. Exercise Science, Minor: Chemistry, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • 2011, M.S. Exercise Physiology, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • In progress, Ph.D. Cardiovascular Physiology, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Previous

  • 2013-2015, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • 2011-2013, Community Health Educator and Case Manager, NorthCountry Healthcare, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • 2010-2011, Undergraduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

Honors and Awards
  • 2017 Environmental and Exercise Physiology Predoctoral Research Award, American Physiological Society.
  • 2015 Outstanding Biology Teaching Assistant Award, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • 2015 1st Place Master’s Poster, Texas Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine.
  • 2014 Mary Buice Alderson Scholarship for Teaching Excellence.
  • 2013 College of Education Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • 2011 Exercise Physiology Scholarship, Northern Arizona University.
  • 2011 Senior Achievement Award, Northern Arizona University.
  • 2007-2011 High Honors Tuition Waiver, Arizona Board of Regents.

Teaching

Colorado State University

  • Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
  • Electrocardiography and Exercise Management Laboratory
  • Exercise Testing and Instrumentation Laboratory

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Systems Physiology
  • Systems Physiology Laboratory
  • Research Methods in Nutritional Science

Northern Arizona University

  • Foundations of Public Health (Instructor, Spring 2012)
  • General Chemistry
  • Academic Writing

Professional Service

  • American Physiological Society
  • Graduate Women in Science

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Undergraduate Students

Megan Kunkel (Biomedical Sciences)

Professional Research Staff

Research Assistant

Education
Professional Positions
Publications
Teaching

Scott

Office: 133 Moby B Complex, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Mailing Address: 220 Moby B Complex, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80524-1582

Phone: (970) 491-3203

Fax (970) 491-0445

Email:devin.dinenno@colostate.edu


Biography

Although I was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California, I have spent most of my adult life in Colorado. After completing my undergraduate degree in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I went on to pursue my interest in human physiology by obtaining a Master’s degree in the same department. I studied in the Neural Control of Movement Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Roger Enoka, focusing my research on the use of limb immobilization to study the mechanisms responsible for human muscle fatigue. I continued to work in the lab as a full time research assistant over the next couple of years. In the late summer of 2000 I relocated to Rochester, Minnesota where I took on a role as Research Technologist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic. I worked in the in the Transfusion, Coagulation, and Cardiopulmonary Bypass Research Group, performing studies that looked at ways to control bleeding during cardiac surgery. In early 2004 I was fortunate to be able to return to Colorado with my husband. I joined the Neuromuscular Function Laboratory in Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, working as a Research Associate for Dr. Brian Tracy. I helped coordinate and conduct studies related to determining the mechanisms responsible for the decline in neuromuscular control that occurs with age. Then in the fall of 2005, I became a mom for the first time and decided to stay home with our son and a few years later with our daughter as well. I currently enjoy working part time again as a Research Associate in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. My personal interests focus on spending time my with my family, staying active, enjoying the outdoors (hiking, boating, camping, skiing), and making time for good friends.


Education
  • 1995, B.A., Kinesiology, Department of Kinesiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 1998, M.S., Neuromuscular Physiology, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Research Associate, Human Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Previous

  • 2004-2005, Research Associate, Neuromuscular Function Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
  • 2000 - 2003, Research Technologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
  • 1998 – 2000, Research Assistant, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 1996-1998, Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Publications

Visit PubMed to see most recent publication list: Devin V. Dinenno's (Devin V. Kutzscher) Publications


Teaching

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition and Health

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PhD Candidate

Education
Professional Positions
Honors and Awards
Publications
Teaching
Professional Service

Luckasen

Office: 133 Moby B Complex, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University

Mailing Address: 220 Moby B Complex, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80524-1582

Phone: (970) 491-6702

Fax (970) 491-0445

Email:jennifer.richards@colostate.edu


Biography

I completed my undergraduate and master’s degree in exercise science at The University of British Columbia. After working for a few years in California, I joined the PhD program at CSU and relocated with my family to Colorado. My research interests include but are not limited to: the regulation of skeletal muscle blood flow in health and disease, the role of the autonomic nervous system in regulation of skeletal muscle blood flow at rest and during exercise/stress in both healthy and disease states, feedback mechanisms associated with blood pressure regulation, and skeletal muscle function changes with age and disease. My personal interests and activities include spending time with my husband and two children, playing sports and exploring around Colorado, and enjoying the local breweries and activities in Fort Collins


Education
  • 2001, B.H.K, Human Kinetics, Department of Exercise Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • 2003, M.S., Health and Integrative Physiology, Department of Exercise Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • 2013, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Physiology, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Professional Positions:

Current

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
  • Private Tutor, Physiology of Exercise, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Previous

  • 2007 - 2010, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
  • 2005-2007, Adjunct Faculty, Instructor, Department of Biology, Victor Valley College and San Bernardino Valley College, CA
  • 2004-2005, Health Science Specialist, Department of Research, Veterans Affairs Hospital, West Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001+2002, Wildland Firefighter, Dalton Hotshots, USDA- Forest Service, Angeles National Forest, CA

Honors and Awards
  • 2013-2014 Columbine Health Systems Graduate Scholarship, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University.
  • 2013 Outstanding Scientific Poster Presentation Award, Colorado State University Cardiovascular Research Symposium.
  • 2013 International Hypoxia Symposium Student Poster Presentation Award, 2nd Place, Lake Louise, Alberta.
  • 2013 Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation Section Graduate Student Award, American Physiological Society.
  • 2013 Professional Development Grant, Graduate School, Colorado State University.
  • 2011 Johnson Scholarship Recipient, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University.
  • 2010 Rocky Mountain Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine- Presentation Award.
  • 2001-2003 The University of British Columbia International Student Partial Tuition Scholarship.

Publications

Visit PubMed to see most recent publication list:Jennifer C. Richards's Publications


Teaching

Colorado State University - Department of Health and Exercise Science

  • HES 403 – Physiology of Exercise (partial)
  • HES 403L – Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
  • HES 405L – Exercise Testing Instrumentation Laboratory
  • HES 240 – First Aid and Emergency Care

Victor Valley College and San Bernardino Valley College, CA – Department of Biology

  • BIO 211 – Human Anatomy
  • BIO 213 – Human Physiology

Professional Service

Professional Memberships and Societies

  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Association of Wildland Firefighters

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