Meet The Staff

Allen Wentworth, MEd, RRT, FAARC

Director | (720-848-7844) | Allen.Wentworth@UCHealth.org

Since joining the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in 2003, Allen has been named Director of Respiratory Therapy, Ancillary Health Technicians, Pulmonary Diagnostics and Rehabilitation and, most recently in 2010, the Work Education and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center. He is responsible for all operations at the WELLS Center including business plan development and implementation, marketing, budgeting, accreditation, compliance, staffing, program development and research.

Allen has three decades of health care experience as both a clinician and educator. Prior to joining UCH, he served as the Respiratory Therapy Program Director at Pima Medical Institute in Denver, CO. He has also held leadership positions in Respiratory Therapy at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, Kansas, and Penrose/St. Francis Healthcare System in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Allen began his career at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas.

Allen received his Masters Degree in Education and his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Century University. Allen was named a Fellow of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2011 and serves as a Colorado Political Advocacy Contact Team Member. He served two terms as President of the Colorado Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC) Board of Directors and continues to serve as a Board Member. Allen has also served as a Board Member of both the American Lung Association of Colorado and the UCH Pulmonary and Critical Care Research Foundation. He is also a member of the University Health System Consortium Steering Committee.


Medical Director

Margaret Sande, MD, MS, MSHPED

Medical Director | (720-848-5437) 
| Margaret.Sande@UCDenver.edu

Dr. Sande is Medical Director of the WELLS Center. She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and serves as Director of Simulation for the Denver Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

With a background in biomedical engineering. Dr. Sande’s interests lie at the intersection of technology and medicine. Dr. Sande began her academic career focusing on medical device design, and she is a patented inventor as a result of her work. It was during her training as a an emergency physician and chief resident that she developed an interest in human factors research and approaches to demonstrate proof-of-concept for emerging technologies. She subsequently completed a fellowship in medical simulation, where technology is utilized as an educational tool applied to medicine. She completed her second master’s degree in health professions education focusing on medical education pedagogies and associated research methods.

Dr. Sande continues to be involved in simulation-based education research and the use of simulation as a means of proof-of-concept for novel technologies. Dr. Sande employs high-fidelity mannequin simulation to train students, physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and interdisciplinary teams. She has shared her expertise as a consultant with health organizations internationally.


Undergraduate Education: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Masters of Science in Engineering: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Medical Education: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Internship/Residency: Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO (Chief Resident)

Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Masters of Science in Health Professions Education: Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA


Simulation Clinical Coordinator

Stephanie Cradick, DNP, RN, CNS, ACNS-BC, CCNS, PCCN

Simulation Clinical Coordinator | (720-848-5424)
 | Stephanie.Cradick@UCHealth.org

Dr. Cradick joined the Work, Education, and Lifelong Learning (WELLS) Simulation Center in 2015 as the Simulation Clinical Coordinator. Stephanie has been a RN for over 20 years with a primary focus in adult cardiovascular and progressive care. Her undergraduate nursing degree is from Indiana University and her initial graduate study was in Informatics Decision Support Systems from the University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU-CON) in 2003. Dr. Cradick completed a Post Master’s Certificate from CU-CON in 2011 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from CU-CON in 2013. She is board certified as a CNS in both Adult Health and Acute and Critical Care and as a RN in Progressive Care.

Stephanie feels privileged to play a vital role in shaping clinical practice here at UCH. As the Simulation Clinical Coordinator at the WELLS Center, she partners to develop and utilize high-fidelity simulation scenarios to highlight evidenced-based practices and assist healthcare partners in applying classroom theory to real-world clinical situations. Dr. Cradick consults with other educators and subject matter experts to design and deliver clinically accurate simulation scenarios and provide clinical support in the application of simulation technology.

Stephanie has been involved in simulation-based education in academia, at the University of Colorado’s College of Nursing and she has used high-fidelity simulation as a means to create safe learning environments to improve healthcare right here at UCH. Her ultimate goal as a CNS is continuous improvement of patient outcomes and healthcare by creating environments to improve lives, inspire healthcare professionals, and influence quality care through education, innovation, empowerment, compassion, and guided discovery.


Veronica Baiamonte

Simulation Technical Coordinator, Sr. | (720-848-5438)

 | Veronica.Baiamonte@UCHealth.org

Veronica has been with the Work, Education, Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center since 2008.  In her initial role as the Simulation Technical Coordinator for the Patient Safety Project, funded by the Colorado Trust, she provided on-site, high fidelity patient simulation training to Colorado hospitals participating in the 5 Million Lives Campaign in the identified quality improvement areas of Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers, High Alert Medications, MRSA and Rapid Response Activation. Prior to joining the WELLS Center team, Veronica worked in the Department of Professional Resources, Continuing Education Office.

Veronica became the Lead Simulation Technical Coordinator at the WELLS Center in 2010.  As Lead Simulation Technical Coordinator, Veronica is responsible for all audio/visual technology; information systems and programming; and operating and maintaining the eleven patient simulators currently in use at the Center. She consults with the broad range of educators and facilitators that utilize the WELLS Center in the technical application of simulation scenario development and learning experience design. Veronica is available as a consultant for scenario development and implementation; simulator operation and programming; simulation lab design/development; and the overall integration of technology into learning.

Veronica is currently studying at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York concentrating on Media, Technology and Learning. She received her Associate Degree in Fine Art from the Community College of Denver and attended Lawerence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she designed her BA in Computer Science and Art. Veronica is active in a variety of professional associations including the Society for Simulation in Health Care (SSIH), The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).


Shelly Collings, MBA, MSHA

Business Specialist | (720-848-5444)
 | Michelle.Collings@UCHealth.org

Shelly Collings joined the Work, Education and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center in 2014 as the Business Specialist. She is responsible for business development, marketing, funding, planning, program evaluation, invoicing, reporting, supply management, contracting and quality improvement. Previously, she was with the University of Colorado Hospital’s Magnet Program, focusing on quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Prior to joining UCH, Shelly spent 12 years managing grant programs and events for Colorado’s State Office of Rural Health.

Shelly received her Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and anatomy from Colorado State University. She is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.



Nicole Friesen, BA

Simulation Lab Technician | (720-848-5423)
 | Nicole.Friesen@UCHealth.org

Nicole is the newest member to the Wells Center team. She is a Colorado native who studied Psychology and Art History at the University of Colorado Denver. Nicole worked in the simulation lab at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Clinical Education Center as a student assistant while attending UCD, then after graduating, she was hired full time.  Nicole worked for the UCD CON Simulation Lab for over two years and left when she married.  Nicole’s husband’s work required her to relocate several times over two years and she has  lived in Omaha, Toronto, Idaho Falls/Kemano British Colombia, and Washington DC. While moving around, Nicole continued to work in the simulation field as an Educational Services Specialist for Laerdal Medical. After moving back to Colorado in the Summer of 2014, Nicole and her husband are excited to put down roots and are building a house. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with her husband and two Chihuahuas, as well as traveling and practicing yoga.


Debbie Gendill

Volunteer Administrative Coordinator | (720-848-5420) | Debbie.Gendill@UCHealth.org




Amy Heslip, BA

Profession Research Assistnat | (720-848-5431) | amy.heslip@ucdenver.edu

Amy joined the Work, Education and Lifelong Learning Simulation (WELLS) Center in March 2015 as an integral part of the research team. She serves as the point of contact for all research projects involving regulatory agency approval and assists with project development and statistical data analysis.

Her educational background lies in biology and bioengineering research where she has been a key investigator of projects ranging from tissue regeneration to medical device design. Her projects have been presented at the American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting and the Rocky Mountain American Society of Biomechanics Regional Meeting.

Amy is an active member of both the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is currently working towards her graduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver.