Rogue, an 8 year old Rhodesian ridgeback and Anatolian shepherd mix, is more than just a pet to the staff at CU Medicine Family Medicine – Park Meadows. As a certified therapy dog, Rogue accompanies Dr. Julianne Garrison to work each day, greeting patients and providing comfort and stress relief at the clinic in Lone Tree, Colorado.
“You don’t expect a dog in your doctor’s clinic, but he’s a great addition,” says patient Carol W. “He’s big, he’s gentle and he’s big on kindness and calmness. It’s very comforting.”
Lead medical assistant Kayla Busek and certified medical assistant Erin Pryor say Rogue brightens everyone’s day. "My favorite thing is coming into work on a Monday after the weekend. He's so excited to see everyone. It's like he had the weekend off and he's missed us. It's pretty special and exciting,” says Pryor.
Rogue seems to know exactly when his comforting presence is needed most. His friendly demeanor and soft fur have a calming effect that helps take the edge off the visiting the doctor. For the staff at CU Medicine Family Medicine – Park Meadows, Rogue is more than just a dog – he’s part of the team caring for the Lone Tree community.
CU Medicine Family Medicine – Park Meadows offers comprehensive family health services in Lone Tree, Colorado. The providers and staff offer a different family experience, focusing on integrated patient-centered medical care for individuals and families. Learn more here.