Save the Date… MAY 19, 2018!

We are excited to announce that the Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 3rd Rocky Mountain Forum will be held at the PACE center in Parker, Colorado this year!  COTBDAA is working hard o bring together another excellent Forum of expert speakers and resources to the Rocky Mountains. As always,  FREE for the public to attend. More details to be posted soon!

If you would like to help sponsor, support or exhibit at the Forum please contact us here!

Colorado Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Support Group
This group is designed to share experiences as well as provide support and acceptance to everyone on their journey to recovery. Their goal is to offer a safe place where people can feel accepted, supported, heard, and loved. They offer 4 different locations in the Denver Metro Area including South Denver (Englewood), North West (Lafayette), Central Denver (Lakewood), and Colorado Springs. Visit the Meet Up Page here.

Past COTBDAA Events:

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO was held September 23rd & 24th, 2017.
Hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Cherry Creek State Park. COTBDAA will be shared tick disease education and prevention for all outdoor enthusiasts as well as a special children’s activity!  This exhibit was supported through an education grant from Lyme Disease Association, Inc. and materials generously donated by Insect Shield, Ticknology and Your True Nature! Visit

June 2017-Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 2nd Rocky Mountain Forum-supported through an educational grant from our affiliate organization Lyme Disease Association, Inc (LDA). This FREE education/awareness event was held at the American Mountaineering Center, Golden, Colorado on June 3rd, 2017. Speakers included President of LDA, Pat Smith; Founder of Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education, Dr. Elizabeth Maloney, Lyme disease expert, Dr. David Martz;  President & Laboratory Director of IGeneX, Dr. Jyotsna Shah; and CEO and Founder of Ticknology, Dr. Heather Szerlong. Forum agenda and speaker bios can be viewed here. COTBDAA wishes to thank all of our supporters; Lyme Disease Association, Inc., Partnership for Tick-Borne Disease Education, IGeneX, Ticknology, Insect Shield, Your True Nature, Salida PakMail, and Larry & Cheryl Klock;  as well as all of our speakers, COTBDAA volunteers and participants for making this event a success and continuing to support our efforts to elevate awareness in Colorado!

April 29th-30th- Chaffee Home and Garden Show-Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Booth. Chaffee County Fairgrounds, Poncha Springs, Colorado. Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association shared education and prevention information and resources to elevate awareness and provided education and prevention resources to our community. Supporting contributors of this event included members of our network, Chaffee County Public Health, the Lyme Disease Association, Inc., Insect Shield, Your True Nature, and from our generous Salida Community through contributions made through Sellars Project Space-Salida Soup and High Country Bank!

April 20th 2017, Success at Salida Soup! Salida Steamplant Ballroom
COTBDAA succeeded in the “quest”  to raise funds for awareness!  We thank Sellars Project Space, High Country Bank and every one of the community members that came out to support our mission. Funds support the COTBDAA Education and Prevention booth at the Chaffee Home and Garden Show, as well as Lyme and other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness efforts in our local community in May 2017. We thank our community for the support to fight the bite through increased awareness!

April 8, 2017- COTBDAA Fundraiser at the Grass Roots Garden Party 
Lisa Beaubien, Licensed massage therapist, hosted a fundraiser for COTBDAA at the the Grassroots Garden Party at the new Poncha Springs Town Hall. Lisa provided foot reflexology and COTBDAA provided a Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness booth.  COTBDAA appreciates all of the generous donors in our community that visited our table, provided baked goods and supported our organization through Lisa’s healing hands!

May 7, 2016-  Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 1st Rocky Mountain Forum

Held on May 7, 2016 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado, this event was sponsored by the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) and hosted by the Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association (COTBDAA), formerly the group Biting Back: Elevating Tick Awareness in Colorado (Monica White and Nancy Wrigley). Video recordings of the Forum are now available! Listen to Drs. Daniel Cameron and David Martz discuss Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment and what it’s personally like to have Lyme, respectively. LDA President Pat Smith provides a nationwide overview of Lyme & other Tick-Borne Diseases, now about 20, in the US; Toni Toelle, a Federal Agency Colorado firefighter presented on TBD’s from her perspective as an outdoor worker and recreationalist; and President of COTBDAA, Monica White, talks about tick-borne diseases in Colorado.

Dr. Michael Lappin, Colorado Sate University Veterinarian also presented.

Biting Back at the Salida Farmer’s Market! Tick disease education and awareness and prevention!



Biting Back hosted a screening of the award winning documentary film, produced by Open Eye pictures,“Under Our Skin”, and a tick-borne disease awareness table at the Steamplant Theater in Salida, CO.