The Staff at Urology Associates
Lee Y. Parsons, PA-C
Lee has been with Urology Associates since November 2007 and works exclusively with Dr. Stanley Galansky. She has lived most of her life in the Denver area, graduating from Overland High School. Lee graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she also received her commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She served in the Engineer Branch with assignments in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Lewis, Washington, and Fort Carson, Colorado.
After exiting the military, Lee furthered her education and graduated from the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2006. She immediately began working in ambulatory pediatrics and emergency medicine in Houston, Texas. Lee is grateful to be back home working in such an exciting and challenging field that integrates her pediatrics background with an ever-changing urology specialty. Lee enjoys spending time with her family and participating in activities at her church in her free time.
Shawheen P. Young, PA-C, MHS
Care Team: Dr. Fagelson
Shawheen Young is a native of Northern California who moved to Colorado in 1995. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Following this, he earned his EMT-B certificate and worked as a medical assistant, helping to dispense medical care to the Denver metro homeless population through a mobile outreach program. He later attended the Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program at Drexel University, graduating in 2007 with a master’s in health science.
Shawheen is certified through the National Commission of Certified Physician Assistants. His clinical scope of practice includes conducting routine office visits, pre- and post-operative evaluation, and performing hospital consults.
Shawheen lives in Denver with his wife and enjoys the abundance of outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.
Anna Willis, PA-C
Care Team: Dr. Eigner
Anna joined Urology Associates in 2014 and works exclusively with Dr. Edward Eigner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and after working as a nutrition counselor for several years she decided to return to school to pursue a career as a physician assistant. Anna graduated from the Child Health Care/Physician Assistant program at University of Colorado in 2012. She is board certified and is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Urological Association.
Anna began working in urology soon after graduation and thoroughly enjoys this field of medicine. She strives to be an advocate for our patients and their healthcare. Anna believes in the importance of providing education and is diligent in answering the questions of our patients.
Although Anna is originally from Montana, she feels that Colorado is now home. She loves the mountains and spending time in the beautiful outdoors with her family, friends and two black labs. She and her husband welcomed their daughter from China in 2013 and are thankful everyday for the increased joy she has brought into their lives.
Jennifer Gomez, PA-C
Care Team: Dr. Sobel
Jenny joined Urology Associates in November of 2015. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she earned her degree in Biochemistry and was honored with the Woman of Excellence in Science Award. She decided to pursue a career as a physician assistant after volunteering at a primary care clinic for the medically underserved in Chicago. She graduated from Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant program in 2015.
Jenny enjoys working in urology alongside Dr. Sobel. As a PA, she prides herself in building trusting and caring relationships with her patients.
She is originally from Nashville, TN and has enjoyed living in Colorado. In her free time, she is often found enjoying the great outdoors, either skiing, hiking or exploring the city of Denver.
Caitlin Ellis, PA-C
Care team: Dr. Cowan
Caitlin joined Urology Associates in winter 2015 working exclusively for Dr. Cowan. She is a Colorado native, born and raised in southwest Denver. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and went on to earn her B.S. in health and exercise sciences, with an emphasis on sports medicine, at Colorado State University. She went on to earn a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies in 2013 from Grand Valley State University and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Prior to earning her PA-C she worked as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) for three years in an assisted living home.
Caitlin started her career working in family medicine back home in Colorado just after graduation, which allowed her to build her clinical knowledge. She is excited to now be working in a specialty that provides different challenges and great patient interaction. Caitlin strives to have a strong, trusting relationship with her patients, as well as advocating for them in their health care needs.
Caitlin is glad to call Colorado her home and loves spending time and traveling with her husband and family.
Jakob Graff, PA-C
Care Team: Dr. Bell
Jakob joined Urology Associates in August of 2016 and works alongside Dr. Bell. He attended undergraduate and graduate school in New York, then graduated summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology’s Physician Assistant Program. He is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Jakob is excited to be working in urology and strives to provide excellent care and personal commitment to all patients. He looks forward to a rewarding career with a group of dedicated and talented peers.
Jakob is new to Colorado and has been enjoying the everlasting sunshine. In his free time, he can be found outdoors hiking, snowboarding or playing disc golf.
Mary Jane LaRoche, MS, ANP-BC, AOCNS, ACHPN
Care team: Advanced Prostate Cancer Center
Mary Jane joined the Urology Associates team in April 2017 with 12 years of experience as an advanced practice provider and 20 years as a nurse focusing on oncology care. Mary Jane received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Arizona. She received her clinical nurse specialist and her post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate at the University of Colorado where she is currently pursuing her doctorate.
Mary Jane is passionate about symptom management and survivorship care and excited to be a part of the prostate cancer care team.
When it comes to treating her patients, Mary Jane feels it is important to spend time with patients and families, providing the information needed to make healthcare decisions.
Mary Jane and her husband raised their three children in Colorado where they have lived for the last 20 years. She enjoys walking their dog Dexter, being outdoors and playing volleyball.
Lenden Neeper, MS, CCRP
Lenden Neeper is originally from San Antonio, Texas. He moved to Colorado in 2003 to attend Colorado State University where he earned his master’s degree in Microbiology with an emphasis in lentiviral pathogenesis. Lenden joined Urology Associates as the Clinical Research Supervisor in 2014 and brings with him over six years of clinical research experience. Prior to joining Urology Associates, Lenden worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Infectious Disease Department at Denver Health and as the Clinical Research Operations Lead Coordinator at the Colorado Neurological Institute. His professional experience includes oversight and management of clinical research and basic science projects and he holds a certification as a Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). Lenden’s passion for research and scientific knowledge makes him a great addition to the Urology Associates team. In his spare time, Lenden enjoys hiking, running and life in beautiful Colorado!