Emotional and physical responses to the pandemic

Emotional and physical responses to the pandemic

A panel discussion about the emotional and physical responses to the pandemic and how it has manifested in the heart, brain and body.

A Community Discussion : With a shared mission of whole person health, Aspen Valley Hospital and Aspen Strong are pleased to present a panel featuring subject matter experts who bring clinical understanding and emotional empathy to the emerging effects of the stress and uncertainty brought about by the global pandemic.

If you, a friend or family member are experiencing any of these symptoms you are not alone, and there are many resources available to support you as we emerge from these extraordinary times.

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Body Aches
  • “Brain Fog”
  • COVID-19 “long-hauler” symptoms
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • PTSD
  • Relationship disruptions
  • Substance overuse

Kristi Nicholls, MA, NCC, LPC
Designs for Wellness

Kristi is a Colorado native and has been working in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 30 years.

Her counseling practice, Designs for Wellness, is focused on people with treatment resistant depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation, and PTSD. Her specialties are Somatic Psychotherapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Her experience has shown these therapies work well in achieving more timely and durable relief for her clients.


Sean Van Horn
Elite Endurance Athlete

Sean Van Horn is an endurance athlete in the Roaring Fork valley and is a strong advocate for mental health awareness in the community. While he has spent 20 years competing as an elite athlete, during much of that time he was battling with psychological issues such as depression and an eating disorder. Sean is unabashed in sharing his own struggles in the hopes that it can aid others and help to erode the stigma surrounding mental health disorders.


Jeffrey Cole, MA, LPC, CAC, BAC & Lori Ann Kret, MSW, LCSW, LAC, BCC
Aspen Relationship Institute

Lori and Jeff are married, licensed therapists and board-certified coaches specializing in couple-to-couple coaching. Together, they provide clients with the insight, awareness and guidance to create healthy, intimate, and fulfilling bonds.

Lori and Jeff met as colleagues, working together for years as licensed therapists with couples in all stages and states of relationship. They discovered a much deeper connection and journeyed through the joys and challenges of dating to create a marriage that is powerful, tender, raw and intimate. They established Aspen Relationship Institute as the culmination of years of experience guiding couples to fulfillment and their own profound passion for authentic connection.


Karen Locke, MD
Aspen Valley Primary Care

Dr. Karen Locke has been practicing medicine in the Roaring Fork Valley with her husband, Dr. Kelly Locke, since 1999. In 2019, the Lockes partnered with Aspen Valley Hospital to start Aspen Valley Primary Care. Dr. Locke studied Biology at Colorado College before earning her medical degree from the University of Kansas. She completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency, and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, Drs. Karen and Kelly Locke lived in Germany, where he practiced for the U.S. Air Force and she treated civilians through the American Red Cross. Dr. Locke sees patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Her areas of interest include women’s health, adolescents, hormones, and mental