Hildegard Messenbaugh, MD Founder and Medical Director
Hildegard Messenbaugh, M.D. received her medical degree at the University of Rochester (New York) and completed her residency in adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In the late 1960’s, she joined a group of community volunteers to assist in the establishment of an after care program for children who were being released from institutions. Without community resources and support, they had few options, and were faced with homelessness or incarceration.
Prior to joining Third Way Center as full-time medical director, Hildegard served as the Medical Director at Mt. Airy and Lutheran West Pines Psychiatric Centers, and developed a thriving private practice in Denver. She has held positions with the Colorado Advisory Council on Mental Health and was previously a commissioner on the Governor’s Special Task Force on the welfare of Children. In 2003, Hildegard received the Exemplary Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Coalition. She was recognized on National Public Radio as a winner of the “E-chievement” award on E-Town Radio and was featured in Colorado View magazine as one of Denver’s most influential women.
Hildegard has recently completed a training manual on the unique treatment methodology she and her staff have developed over the past four decades resulting in a 71% success rate for Third Way Center teens.