Meet the #Boulderstrong Resource Center Team
Julie Ratinoff, MA, LPC, ATR-P
Julie has a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University, a Master's degree in Teaching and Early Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Julie draws on a holistic approach to mental wellness using art therapy and other creative modalities to support clients on their healing journey. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, creating art, writing, and traveling.
Justin Hoss, MA, LPCC
Justin has a Master’s Degree of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. He has always gravitated towards creative interventions because he values creativity and self-expression in his work. The Boulder Strong Resource Center is a place where he can honor his values and exercise his passions for supporting others and creating music. His hobbies include hanging out with his cat, playing guitar, attending concerts, and hiking around the beautiful state we live in.
Jennifer Finney, MA, LPC
Jen has Master’s degrees in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University and Teaching K-12 Art from Morgan State University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington. Jen is an intuitive and compassionate trauma-informed counselor who promotes her clients’ healing via a variety of sustainable wellness practices. She views art as one of many effective vehicles for exploration, healthy expression, and healing. In her free time, Jen enjoys connecting with friends and family, walking in nature, cooking, and making art.
Aaron Brewer, BA
Aaron has a BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama. He derives knowledge and inspiration from his mother, who has worked in the mental health field his entire life. Aaron has lived in many different countries and states, allowing him to better understand and support those who need it wherever he goes. His background includes working with eating disorders, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities, and mood disorders with a variety of ages; but his curiosity extends to all areas of mental health, motivating him to return to school in the near future and expand his ability to support others.
Alexis McLaughlin, BA
Front Desk Specialist
Alexis has a bachelor's degree in psychology and holds her certified addictions technician license. Her background includes working with trauma, substance use, and crisis work. She aims to create a space where people feel comfortable and a sense of belonging. Her passion for helping and connecting with others motivates her to go back to school to expand her knowledge and skills. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her cats and dog, reading, listening to music, and enjoying time outside.
Rivkah has a B.A. in psychology and traditional eastern arts from Naropa University and has been practicing massage therapy and alternative healing for 20+ years. She has studied with revered teachers in diverse spiritual traditions. Her studies have reinforced the concept that we as humans are capable of deep healing and transformation. She is honored to work with the guests at BSRC. Outside of work, Rivkah likes paddle boarding, writing, or hiking with her stubborn but mighty, magical dog, Banana.
Ellie Wilkins, MA
Ellie Wilkins has a wealth of experience and exposure in the somatic world of healing trauma. She is #BoulderStrong’s AcuDetox Specialist, a N.A.D.A. acupuncture protocol of five needles in each ear. She also has a Master’s in Counseling with a Somatic Emphasis and an interest in neuroscience. Her focus is delivering this wisdom through compassion, grounding, and always returning to the breath.
Ashley Shires, MA
Ashley has an M.A. in Creative Writing and is an M.A. candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. She is also an N.A.D.A. certified AcuDetox Specialist. Ashley has a passion for healing modalities. She is also certified in Brainspotting, a trauma-informed therapy, and she has taught yoga for over 20 years. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, mountain biking, snowboarding, and hiking with her sweet and gentle adopted Great Dane, Lilah.
Tina was born and raised in nearby Longmont, Colorado. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a trained Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Her mission is to meet the clients where they are and provide a safe place to relax, release, and process physical, emotional, and spiritual issues.
Tina also has a BA in psychology, has studied energy work, has served in the US Army, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work. She enjoys camping and spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs, Blackie and Zorro.
Nick Fruth, ADS
Nick was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. Nick enjoys giving back to his community through acupuncture. He is NADA Certified and is very knowledgeable in the history of AcuDetox. Please ask him any questions you may have. Nick spends his free time hiking and snowboarding around Colorado.