North Care Team Members

InnovAge Colorado PACE

Center Director

Our team provides care that we want for ourselves and our loved ones. I could not be more proud to deliver this excellent healthcare model to the people we serve, or more proud to work alongside our team of truly remarkable professionals.

Emily Dawson Petersen became center director of the Northern Colorado PACE Center in 2015. She was previously the director of development and marketing for SummitStone Health Partners, and has experience in various non-profit and for-profit capacities. Emily is an active community member and serves as a team lead for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and music from Colorado State University, as well as her master’s in public policy from American University.

Each InnovAge participant has a team of medical experts dedicated to providing personalized healthcare. Emily is a member of our coordinated healthcare team for InnovAge Colorado PACE. 
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Regional Medical Officer – Central Region

I saw my mother care for her mother for more than 15 years after a traumatic brain injury, and I watched my father care for his mother as she declined from dementia. They were clearly labors of love – and Herculean labors in their own right. Spending my career at a place that tries to help seniors and families get the help they need is a tremendous honor. 

Dr. Mark Learned most recently served as vice president of Colorado Permanente Medical Group. He earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine and his medical residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

Mark has practiced as a primary care internal medicine physician for over eight years. He has experience as a medical director for Medicaid and charitable programs, with extensive experience in primary care, urgent care, behavioral health, and broad-ranging experiences in leadership at multiple levels of primary care operations, quality, and government relations. 
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Primary Care Doctor

I love the PACE program because not only does it provide comprehensive care but it also addresses the issue of loneliness, allowing our  patients to come together, establish relationships,  and enjoy each other’s company.

Dr. Beaulieu earned his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his bachelor degree from the University of Notre Dame. He completed residencies in internal medicine and nephrology at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Beaulieu is board certified in internal medicine.

He worked in private practice as a nephrologist for 15 years so he brings special expertise to help PACE participants manage chronic kidney disease, electrolyte imbalance and refractory hypertension.

Dr. Beaulieu’s hobbies include running and reading. He is married and has a dog. Dr. Beaulieu lived in England for nearly 20 years and has also lived in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

Each InnovAge participant has a team of medical experts dedicated to providing personalized healthcare. Dr. Beaulieu is a member of our coordinated healthcare team for InnovAge Colorado PACE. 
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Nurse Practitioner

My objective is to provide comprehensive, personalized care for participants. I treat them as I would treat any member of my family.

Bindu earned her Master of Science Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified degree at Cal State University in San Marcos, CA. She is board certified in Family Practice by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
 
Prior to seeking her advanced education as a nurse practitioner, Bindu worked for 20 years as a registered nurse in the United States and other countries. She worked at Scripps Health and at the San Ysidro Health PACE program; both are located in San Diego, CA.  
 
Bindu is married and has two sons. She is passionate about nutrition and cooking plant-based meals. She and her family like gardening, watching documentaries, and traveling. Bindu spent her childhood in India and lived in California and Nevada before moving to Colorado. She speaks Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.

Each InnovAge participant has a team of medical experts dedicated to providing personalized healthcare. Bindu is a member of our coordinated healthcare team for InnovAge Colorado PACE. 
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Nurse Practitioner

My life’s work is to ease suffering in any form. Being a nurse practitioner helps me do that in a significant way. I enjoy working with older adults.

Joan earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Prior to joining InnovAge, she worked for 17 years as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit. Joan also worked as a traveling nurse. She speaks some Spanish. Joan lived for many years in South Carolina where she enjoyed seeinglogger-head turtles and even the humidity! She grew up in Loveland, Colorado and is proud to work and live here.

She has a teenage son, one dog and two cats. Joan enjoys crafts, camping, reading, riding her bicycle, church life and spending time with family and friends.

Each InnovAge participant has a team of medical experts dedicated to providing personalized healthcare. Joan is a member of our coordinated healthcare team for InnovAge Colorado PACE. 
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Assistant Medical Director

My goal is to facilitate the best health and care possible. I believe that health is defined uniquely by each person based on their beliefs and values.

Dr. Shamis is board certified in Family Medicine and takes a team-based approach to elderly patients with complex medical and social-emotional needs. Before joining InnovAge, Dr. Shamis was in private practice, and in 2011, he earned NCQA Level 3 recognition for providing patient-centered medical care. He enjoys focusing on wellness, disease prevention and whole-person care using quality and evidence-based measures. Dr. Shamis received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Florida State University and completed his residency at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program. He believes strongly in community outreach and organized medicine, and is an active member of several medical societies and associations. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and enjoys running, cycling, hiking and exploring Colorado’s best trails, restaurants and craft beers.

Each InnovAge participant has a team of medical experts dedicated to providing personalized healthcare. Dr. Shamis is a member of our coordinated healthcare team for InnovAge Colorado PACE. 
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Nurse Practitioner

I believe all people should have access to quality healthcare. My approach in medical care is conservative in nature. I focus on quality of life and individual participant wishes for treatment.

William earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner from Regis University in Denver, CO. He is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

During graduate school, he met a palliative care doctor who introduced him to the area of palliative care medicine. This inspired him to pursue a career in geriatric medicine. He also worked in medical and surgical intensive care units as a certified open heart nurse.

In his spare time, William enjoys many Colorado outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and kayaking. He also has three motorcycles.

Each InnovAge participant has a team of medical experts dedicated to providing personalized healthcare. William is a member of our coordinated healthcare team for InnovAge Colorado PACE. 
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