Dr. Michelle DeNault, board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, is starting a new chapter in her career journey, joining Integrated Psychiatric Consultants (IPC) as Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. DeNault’s goal in this new role is to work closely with IPC’s healthcare clients, understanding their clinical needs to assign psychiatric and mental health professionals who are a strong match for our partners’ programs.
With the field of psychiatry facing critical workforce shortages, Dr. DeNault has focused part of her career on using telepsychiatry to improve access to care. She said she values the work of her team, striving to support her colleagues and ensure a healthy environment of wellness and communication. An advocate for quality improvement, Dr. DeNault holds clinical outcomes at the forefront of administrative decision making.
“As mental health is increasingly driven by profit, there’s a need to ensure we are keeping the patient at the center of our work. Telemental health companies are creating some potentially powerful tools, but they may not be as focused on patient wellbeing as the mental health professionals themselves.”Michelle DeNault, M.D.
Passionate about teaching and fostering excellent psychiatrists, Dr. DeNault serves as faculty at The Medical Center of Aurora’s residency program. She works closely with psychiatry residents to establish sound clinical skills and provide lectures on various topics during didactics.
For her own medical training, Dr. DeNault attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and finished her residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado. She completed her fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital, Colorado in 2018.
Dr. DeNault worked as a chemical engineer and researcher for several years before pursuing medical school. For her, the career change resulted from ongoing introspection that she could potentially have a larger impact on her community and cultivate more human connection as a physician.
“I enjoy the parallels between engineering and psychiatry since both require a systematic approach to problem solving. The same issues we ran into with improving efficiency and access in engineering translate well into the barriers to care in psychiatry.”Michelle DeNault, M.D.
As the program committee liaison to the Colorado Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Society (CCAPS), Dr. DeNault contributes to state initiatives focused on improving mental health and access, protecting vulnerable communities from predatory legislation, and helping host educational conferences for her psychiatric colleagues.
“Our most impactful project with CCAPS recently was an effort to ask teens what they would like parents and legislators to know about adolescent mental health. Ultimately, the social media campaign gained traction and became a culminating experience to improve communication and mental health awareness at all levels.”Michelle DeNault, M.D.
Dr. DeNault enjoys giving back to her community through non-clinical avenues as well, including supporting the local arts through season tickets and volunteering for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala event.
Her personal time is filled with song, whether she’s participating in local choral and amateur vocal groups, or listening to songbirds in her outdoor flower garden during the summertime. Dr. DeNault loves hosting parties and events, both personally and professionally, and spending time in the wonderful Colorado outdoors.
“What struck me right from the start at IPC is that our team values quality patient care. We all want to make a positive impact on the world.”Michelle DeNault, M.D.