About Aspyre Rock Creek

About

Aspyre Rock Creek

Aspyre Rock Creek is the premier choice for Memory Care in the Fort Collins area.

We deliver a better quality of life for residents each day

With our personalized service, engaging programs, and best-in-class amenities, our community and staff elevate the entire senior living experience.

There is no shortage of choices for Assisted Living and Memory Care in Fort Collins — though few are designed for those with discerning tastes.

Aspyre Rock Creek stands out from the rest of the pack due to our unwavering commitment to excellence in every aspect of the operation: our team members, our culinary arts, our enriching programs and our sophisticated designs and amenities.

It is this signature blend which makes for a truly extraordinary and unparalleled living experience for our Memory Care residents.

Meet Our Staff

At Aspyre Rock Creek

Nicole RussellExecutive Director

My passion for Alzheimer’s and Dementia started with my Grandma Josie who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease when I was 7. I remember going into her nursing home often, visiting her and seeing many people with no family that would visit them. Even at an early age it broke my heart seeing so many people lonely and without family. From that point I knew in my heart that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of life. I spent the remaining years that she was there and after, visiting, not only my Grandma, but other residents too, just so I could keep them company and hopefully put a smile on their face. I learned so much from every single one of them and enjoyed spending time with them. The most important lesson that I learned is that no matter their age, they are still a person, can give back, have a voice, and have things to look forward too. They are doctors, farmers, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, survivors, they are human and so much more than a diagnosis. They deserve to have a purpose, a voice, and a care team that is going to support them, love them, and create a relationship with them.

 

Going through this roller coaster of a journey is not easy but I can assure you that I want to be your breath of fresh air and work right alongside of you communicating with you and your family. My goal is to provide your loved ones with the best care possible and I know that it takes a village. I have been on every angle there is for memory care. I have been the family member, the care giver, and roles in between. I have been in the senior living industry for over 20 years. In my previous position I created, implemented, and trained employees for an Alzheimer’s and dementia program company wide. I am currently finishing my second program. All my life I have poured my heart and soul into giving people the knowledge, understanding and empathy to work with people who have a memory impairment.

 

I currently live in Littleton and have lived here my whole life. I have a wonderful husband and we have a blended family of 8 children, 4 of which are still young enough to live with us at home. I also have 2-year-old identical, twin boy, grand babies who I try to spend time with as often as I can. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling, trying new foods, and going on walks and adventures. I am so excited to get to know you, your family and thank you for trusting us with your loved one!

James Riggenbach – Director of Community Development

James Riggenbach, our Director of Community Development, is a Colorado native who has been in the senior living industry for seven years.  James started in Senior Living as a Van Driver and has also been a Care Provider, Medication Technician, Shift Manager, and Sales Manager before stepping into the Community Development role.  James has a passion for helping families and future residents find a warm and caring home; and is motivated to help older adults lead rich and fulfilling lives.  Always eager to be of service, James is available to be of help and support to all our residents and their families alike.  When away from his family at Aspyre, James enjoys spending his time with his wife and two young children and their Corgi named Bear.  James is also passionate about all things baseball and has spent many years as a coach working with local high schools and youth sports organizations.  James approaches each day at Aspyre with unbridled energy and optimism and has truly found a home as part of our amazing team!

Chasity Cole – Health and Wellness Director

Our Health and Wellness Director, Chasity Cole joined the Aspyre family in February of 2021. Chasity has been a nurse for over twenty years, most recently as a hospice nurse. Chasity received her ADN in 2000 along with her RN license. In 2018, Chasity received her BSN magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington. As Health and Wellness Director, she can use her years of experience in clinical and residential settings to oversee health and wellness aspects for the amazing residents of Aspyre Rock Creek. Chasity has ten years of experience as president and founder of Be Brave NFP, which existed to assist families in need of fundraising for legal adoption of a child/children. Chasity has many years of experience volunteering and serving the underserved and vulnerable populations in the US and abroad. When she is not working, Chasity enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her friends and family. 

Deb Wagner – Resident Care Director

Deb Wagner, our Resident Care Director, is an experienced LPN and has a master’s degree in Geriatric Psychology. Deb has spent her entire career helping older adults with various forms of disabilities live purposeful and rewarding lives. Her interest and passion for Memory Care began with caring for her grandparents. As a young woman, Deb took care of her dear grandparents during the last stages of their life. Deb enjoys spending time with our residents, hearing their stories and feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of their journey.

 Deb is a proud grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren, who range in age from three to eight years old.  Her grandchildren are an influential part of Deb’s life, and she enjoys spending time with them and participating in their sports activities. Deb also has a deep love of animals, especially dogs. One of Deb’s personal ambitions is to open a hospice program for older dogs.

Lisa Bradford – Life Enrichment Director

My name is Lisa, and I am the Life Enrichment Director here at Aspyre Rock Creek. In my household I am a daughter, wife and mom! After eleven years of being a stay-at-home mom, I became a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer (focused on working with the senior population). I was then approached by a client about coming into her home to work with her husband who was living with Alzheimer’s. This opportunity opened a world to me that I barely knew existed. I thrive on human connection, being needed, and personal growth. Working with families dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia has proven to be bittersweet, challenging and indescribably rewarding. I also love living vicariously with a retired community!  I am very happy to be part of the amazing Aspyre family and will continue to passionately serve our residents and their families with a full heart and compassionate spirit!

Joseph Ipiña – Executive Chef

Joseph Ipiña is a trained Executive Chef, and restaurateur. He spent 10+ years running some of Orange County’s top restaurants learning to harness time management skills as an art. Trained under a French lineage; he also attended Culinary school at Art Institute while apprenticing for the Late Chef Gregory G. Moro at French 75 to cultivate his skills. Chef Ipiña’s avant-garde approach to a mélange of flavors and combinations pushes the boundaries of culinary creativity at Aspyre Rock Creek. With a seasoned pallet and a unique cooking style inspired by Marco Pierre White, Chef implements a daring approach, taking classic dishes and reinventing them in new innovative ways using progressive combinations. In addition to managing day to day operations of his real estate business, Chef enjoys Muay Thai kickboxing, getting out into nature with his wife and Italian Mastiff and traveling the world exploring new culture and cuisine.

Hannah SprengerSous Chef

My culinary passion sprouted like many others have, by cooking and baking alongside my Grandmother. Grandma would cut out recipes from magazines and save them for when I would visit her. I would stand on a wooden dining room chair next to her and we would cook and bake the day away. She would always proclaim, “The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach!”. To this day, I live by those words when cooking for friends, family, and now having the privilege to serve the residents of our incredible community.

I began building my Culinary knowledge by working in a variety of corporate restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse, and Red Lobster. I have experience in the front of house as a server and manager, enjoying the camaraderie of my peers and guests. My passion has always been in the heart of the house, the kitchen! I have found the pressure of a busy dinner rush liberating and I thrive working to solve issues by thinking on my feet in the heat of the moment, literally! I also worked alongside chefs at the Stevens Point Country Club in Wisconsin and alongside the chef and owner of Father Fats, a Bistro in downtown Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Previously I had the honor of managing Twisted Pine Brewing Company of Boulder, Colorado as a Front of House Manager. It was there that I discovered my love of mentoring others and I found a new love for brewing beer and how to incorporate those flavors in cooking.

I look forward to expanding my culinary knowledge working alongside Chef Joseph and helping others do the same. I have found that being able to express myself creatively has been imperative for my mental health. I believe that our culinary team can positively impact the mental and physical well-being of the residents at Aspyre by providing heartwarming, soulful meals. 

Chad MooreMaintenance Director

Amongst many qualities, Chad brings decades of construction and maintenance knowledge to the Aspyre community. He works tirelessly to ensure that the building operates in a safe and inviting manner, while helping create an environment of love, compassion, and fun. Chad always brings an upbeat and energetic attitude to work and is truly an integral part of the Aspyre family!

Our Beautiful Location – Fort Collins, CO

Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado, 60 miles north of Denver International airport, Fort Collins is home to unmatched scenery and endless views, fabulous recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions and family fun. It is known for experiencing some of the best weather in the country with 300+ days of sunshine and an annual average high temperature of 63 degrees.

The history of Fort Collins is rich with western lore, generations-old stories, and eccentric historical characters, according to Visit Fort Collins. Legend has it that in the early 1800’s, French-Canadian fur traders were caught in a tremendous snowstorm. To lighten their load, they buried large amounts of gunpowder (“Poudre” in French) in a hiding place (“Cache”) along the banks of a river – the Cache la Poudre River, which runs through modern-day Fort Collins.

In 1862, Camp Collins was built by the ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry to protect travelers and settlers along the Colorado branch of the Overland Trail. A flood in June 1864 sent the soldiers to higher ground near present-day Old Town. Less than three years later, the fort was abandoned. By 1872, the former fort site had a small hotel, general store and post office, a mill, school and brick yard.

The Colorado Central Railroad arrived in 1877, and Fort Collins became a thriving agricultural center. Colorado Agricultural & Mechanical College constructed its first classroom building, later called Old Main, in 1879, further establishing Fort Collins as the economic and cultural center of the region. The school was renamed Colorado State University in 1957.

Thanks to the efforts of local citizens and the city’s historic preservation program, modern-day visitors can stroll back through time to the town’s earliest days in and around Old Town. The district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978; the majority of the buildings within Old Town are designated national and local historic districts. In 2005, Fort Collins was named a Preserve America City by the White House.

Contact Aspyre Rock Creek

Learn more about the benefits of Aspyre Rock Creek. For more information or to schedule a tour of the facility, contact us today and a member of our staff will respond in timely fashion.

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