Kit Carson County

Kit Carson County is a farming community that lies within 15 miles of the Colorado-Kansas border, in the East Central plains of Colorado on the I-70 corridor.  Kit carson County produces the third largest harvest of crops in the state.  I-70 runs through the county, connecting the eastern plains to Denver and the mountains. 

Burlington is the county seat, with just under 3,500 residents, and is the center of trade and activty for the surrounding area.  the town is home to the oldest operating carousel in America, bought from Elitch Gardens in 1928.  For just a quarter you can ride one of the amazing varieties of original beautiful, hand-carved wooden animals to tunes played on the original Wurlitzer organ.  You can also take a wagon ride to the Carousel from Old Town Museum.  Old town is a 6 1/2 acre historical complex with 21 buildings restored with authentic artifacts representing the Wild, Wild West and embodies "life in the past lane".  Old Town offers a soda fountain with hand dipped ice cream treats, many authentic old time shops and is open year around.

Office Location:  1291 Circle Drive  Burlington, CO 80807
Phone: (719)346-8183  Fax:  (719)346-0292
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday  8am-5pm



Regional Operations Director

Art Reyes, Ph.D., LPC, AAMFT - Click here for more about Art 

Regional Operations Manager
Jessica Schart, MSW, LSW - Click here for more about Jessica 


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AJ Lamar
Office Coordinator for Burlington and Cheyenne Wells offices

AJ joined Centennial in January 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO and has spent most of her career working for the State of Alabama in Social Services.  AJ has four children and nine grandchildren that keep her very busy.  Her favorite pastime is watching basketball, she considers March Madness her favorite season.  AJ also enjoys photography and scrapbooking.

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Dallas Rabig, MA
Early Childhood Specialist
Mental Health Professional II

Dallas provides Early Childhood services in Burlington, Elizabeth and Limon.  Her primary office location is in Elizabeth.

Population Expertise:  Dallas specializes in the treatment of Acute Stress Disorders, PTSD and other behavioral disorders.  She works with children, adolescents and families.

Treatment Expertise: Treatment approach and techniques include Play Therapy (Trauma Focused Integrated Play Therapy, Gestalt Play therapy, Filial Play Therapy), Group therapy and Family systems Therapy.  Her personal approach to the child and family is integrated, utilizing play, creative arts and client centered activities and techniques.

Dallas has a BS in Health Science and worked in corporate healthcare for eight years assisting the uninsured in obtaining healthcare through state and federal programs.  In 2011, she received a MA in Professional Counseling and became licensed in Alabama as an Associate Licensed Counselor at which time she began working in private practice, while also serving as a Child Advocate for the Baldwin County Domestic Violence Shelter.

  • BS, Health Science, University of Mobile
  • MA, Professional Counseling, Liberty University
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Play Therapy, Capella University
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Kevin Cure, MA
Mental Health Professional II 

Treatment Expertise:  Kevin provides mental health treatment to individuals, families and groups.  He also completes assessments to children, adolescents, adults and families.

Kevin is originally from Stratton, Colorado.  He graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Behavioral Science in 2003.  After completing his undergraduate degree he then worked as a missionary for a ministry based in Saint Paul, MN.  In 2008, Kevin began working in the Mental Health field.  He got his start in the field by managing Adult Foster Care Homes that served adults with developmental disabilities.  He completed his Master's of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.  After completion of the Master's Degree he provide in-home skills work and family therapy to clients that lived both in rural and urban areas.

Kevin moved back to Stratton in 2013 and is now working at Centennial Mental Health Center in the East Region.

  • BA, Behavioral Science, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2003
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Saint Mary's University of MN, 2008
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Melissa Bergemann, MS
Mental Health Professional II 

Melissa provides treatment services in Wray, yuma and Burlington offices.  Her primary office location is in Yuma.

Populations Served:  Elderly, Adults, Families, Adolescents and Children

Treatment Expertise:  Individual, Group and Family Therapy, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessments

Issues of Expertise:  Grief and Loss, Depression, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Dementia and Personality Disorders

Melissa is originally from Detroit, Michigan area, and more recently southern Minnesota.  She graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (emphasis in Counseling).  While finishing her undergraduate studies, she completed an internship at a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility.  Melissa then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she received her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling.  Her practicum experience was fulfilled at an outpatient facility that primarily caters to clients with substance abuse issues.  Also during graduate schooling, Melissa completed an internship at a day treatment program for adolescents.

Having worked with the elderly population for seven years through various capacitities (nursing homes, group homes, assisted living facilities, etc.) and also holding a concenration in gerontology, Melissa has a passion for serving and interacting with older adults.  She holds an additional concentration in AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) and is honored to walk with such clients on their journeys towards achieving sobriety.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys running, photography and exploring the great outdoors.  She also enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, motorcycling and playing the piano.  In 2010, she studied abroad in Peru and has a goal of improving her Spanish language skills to better meet the needs of her clients.

  • BA, Psychology, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, 2011
  • MS, Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI, 2013
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Hannah Martens, MA, LMFT
Mental Health Professional III

Hannah provides treatment services in the Burlington, Yuma and Wray offices.  Her primary office location in in Yuma. 

Treatment Expertise:  Hannah provides individual and family treatment, case managment services and mental health assessments to children, adolescents, families and adults.  Hannah is the facilitator of the Parenting with Love and Limits program in the East region.

Originally from Des Monies, Iowa, Hannah graduated from Iowa State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's in Psychology.  During this time she worked at a residential treatment facility for children with severe behavioral and mental health issues until she moved to Washington State for a Master's program.  In 2008, Hannah completed a Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.  While in graduate school she completed a practicum at a community mental health agency working in outpatient services.  She worked with individuals and families of all ages and make up who presented with a variety of problems.

In January 2009, Hannah moved to Yuma to work for Centennial Mental Health Center and to re-accquaint herself with small town life.  Her passions are working with youth and families using systemic approaches designed to strengthen relationships.

  • BS, Psychology, Iowa State University, 2005
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific LUtheran University, Tacoma, WA, 2008

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Renee Ruhlman, MEd, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
In the Mental Health field since 2006

 

Renee provides treatment services in the Burlington, Yuma and Wray offices.  Her primary office location is in Wray. 

Areas of expertise include these populations; Adolescents, Family, and Adults.

Treatment expertise includes; Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and Case Management.

Issues of expertise include; Mental Health Assessments, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Emergency Services, Sexual Abuse Victims, Domestic Violence Families, ADHD, and Anger Management.

I have been working for Centennial Mental Health since January 2009. I enjoy working with my co-workers and colleagues and with the diversity of clients as well. I previously worked as a school counselor in Craig, Colorado and moved to Benkelman, Nebraska in August 2008.

I enjoy learning from my life experiences including the people I meet and the variety of jobs I have had. I moved to Colorado from Michigan in January of 1996 for the ski season (that lasted 8 years). After working at a range of jobs from managing a t-shirt shop, working as a horse wrangler, raft guide and house mouse on a fish processing boat in Alaska I decided it was time to further my formal education. This is when I chose to attend the School of Education at Colorado State University.

My original goal was to focus on school counseling and as I became immersed in the program I realized that I had a draw to the community counseling aspect as well. This was when I decided to take the classes necessary for both school counseling and community counseling.

I am enjoying learning the cultures of rural areas on the high plains.

  • BS, Interdisciplinary Social Science, Michigan State University - 1995
  • MEd, Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University - 2009
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