Donna F. Mitchell, MD
Dr. Donna Fleitz Mitchell is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and has been providing anesthesia care, acute and chronic pain management for the last 30 years. Dr. Mitchell holds a BA degree in Biology and a MD degree, both from the University of Louisville. She received a MBA from Auburn University. She has also served on the University of Louisville faculty where she taught in the residency program. Dr. Mitchell received her acupuncture training through the Biomedical Acupuncture Institute with extensive mentoring from Yun-Tao Ma, PhD and advanced study in Beijing, China at the International School of Acupuncture and Moxabustion. She has been providing integrated medicine to patients with acute and chronic pain conditions since 2005. With education in traditional medicine and integrated techniques, she believes that the best approach is create treatment approach which best suits the patient and the condition. She also feels that incorporating healthy eating, lifestyle choices and exercise are very important for long term health and well-being.
She started exercising to get in shape after having children, so she is familiar with the challenges of work and fitting in exercise. Learning to swim and completing her first Ironman at age 51, she is well aware of the special challenges placed on aging body parts. She is a Three-Time Ironman finisher, marathoner and an avid skier and cyclist, providing her with a unique understanding of an athlete’s injuries and training requirements. Dr. Mitchell is married with four children and resides in Niwot.
Personal Motto: “When you rest, your rust.”
As a person who suffers from a chronic pain condition, she is always researching and learning about new treatments and therapies. Over the last several years, she has found that nutrition is a very important key to decreasing pain as well as improving quality of life. In 2017, she completed her Certification in Nutrition for Pain Management and has embarked on achieving her certification in Functional Medicine.
Meet Anika, Dr. Mitchell’s Assistant:
Anika is my German Shepherd puppy who you may meet at the office. She has been coming to work with me since 10 weeks of age. Anika spends her time being a puppy, learning obedience and is training to become a Search and Rescue dog. My husband Doug and myself are working to complete our training with Front Range Rescue Dogs. When Anika is 18 months, if all goes well we hope to certify each of us with her (handler and dog work as a team) and start to work as a team.
Carolyn Wrightam, Business Manager
Carolyn Wrightam grew up in the country near Springfield Illinois with an older brother and sister and many pets. At 17, she was Rotary Exchange student to Bautzen, Germany, a charming village where she embraced the youth culture and learned to sing. Carolyn studied philosophy and linguistics at Augustana College and University of Iowa before moving to Longmont in 2008. She loves the local scenery and weather, and is awed by local wildlife. “The air, the experiences, and the people are so changeable and refreshing,” she says.
An organizer at heart, her off-time hobbies include planning group get-togethers which feature home-cooked meals, rich desserts, and strategic board games. She can often be seen reading class literature or fantasy fiction, but in a pinch will read any book within arms reach. She has a real fondness for all animals, especially Siamese cats, and plays host to Oswald, her 17-pound Blue Point rescued from a local shelter. Carolyn hopes one day to see all seven continents, design and manufacture her own wardrobe, and publish her most favorite recipes.