Illena K. Klassen
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I graduated with a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on child and family from The University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawks!). I am passionate about treating the whole person while in a medical setting. I also specialize in treating teens. I love the work I get to do. The people I meet and help as well as the great team of professionals at this clinic, make this job so much fun! I am a Colorado native and love this state, all of its outdoor experiences, history, and cultures.
About my practice
A Behavior Medicine Specialist (BMS) is a licensed psychologist or licensed clinical social worker who works in the medical office alongside primary care physicians to support your total health. Having behavioral health support in primary care is a unique service available at Kaiser Permanente medical offices. You won’t have to schedule a separate behavioral health visit simply to ask questions and determine what you might need. If you need specialty care, your behavior medicine specialist or primary care physician will discuss this with you and help you get connected to the services that are best for you. The role of the BMS varies depending on your individual needs. In general, the BMS can screen for mental health and substance use issues, provide short-term appointments to reduce symptoms which may be causing you distress and improve your daily functioning. They are also a great resource to connect you with appropriate services if you need more specialized services, and they will help to coordinate your care so your primary care team members and specialty care providers are working together to provide your care. In many cases, a few brief appointments with a BMS in your primary care medical office is all that is required, but if longer-term services are needed, the BMS can assist with scheduling an appointment in a specialty behavioral health clinic.
How I thrive
My husband and I are dedicated to raising our two kids here and showing them all this state has to offer.