Tiffany Chaloux, MD
University of Washington
As a native Montanan, I grew up camping, skiing, fishing, & enjoying everything the outdoors had to offer. Looking for a new adventure, I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at Willamette University in Salem, OR, where I learned the true meaning of rain. I headed back to the mountains (& a drier climate) for my graduate degree in research psychology at Montana State University. I worked for a software company before following my Grandpa Doc into medicine, attending the University of Washington. I enjoy working with underserved populations & learning broad-spectrum medicine. I am excited for my training to continue at St. Mary’s and am looking forward to exploring the Western Slope with my husband Alex and my dog Fitz. Tiffany.Chaloux@sclhs.net
Jeff Cochran, MD
Loyola University Chicago
I grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, learning to work hard on my grandparent’s farm & play hard while white water rafting, hiking, camping & playing sports. After high school, I served a two-year mission in Brazil learning Portuguese, Spanish, & most importantly - that I was happiest helping people one-on-one. After a brief career in construction management, I returned to Oregon State University to prepare for medical school. When I saw how difficult it was for my own family members to get the medical care they needed simply because they didn’t understand how to communicate with doctors, I developed a strong desire to help all people navigate the healthcare system. While at Loyola University, in Chicago, I chose to specialize in rural family medicine, hoping to practice full-spectrum care. My wife, Missy, & I are beyond excited to be moving to Colorado & to explore all the opportunities Grand Junction has to offer. Jeffrey.Cochran@sclhs.net
John Draminski, MD
University of Illinois
Corn fed, raised in the hog capital of the world, Kewanee, IL - I hadn’t left Illinois. I grew up hunting, fishing, camping, & playing every sport. I attended Augustana College in Rock Island, where I studied Pre-Med/Biology & played football for 4 years. I then moved on to the U of Illinois - Rockford for Med School as a member of the Rural Program. Four months in rural Illinois cemented my plan that Family Medicine was what I wanted. After 25 years of corn & beans a change of scenery was in order. My love for the outdoors & my passion for Family Medicine made St. Mary’s an easy choice. I’m most interested in preventative medicine, sports medicine & office procedures. I can’t wait to explore Colorado & try my hand at fly-fishing, elk hunting, & real mountain biking. John.Draminski@sclhs.net
University of Colorado
I grew up in Westminster & Franktown, Colorado. He worked as a custom carpenter for several years building houses. Zeb attended Metropolitan State University of Denver majoring in Biology & Chemistry. Then he went to the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Every day he is grateful for the opportunity to be a physician. He genuinely loves people & is fascinated by medicine. He is most passionate about preventive medicine, diet & nutrition, as well as technology in medicine. He enjoys any outdoor activity, especially hiking, gardening, & botany. He is also an enthusiastic reader & is fond of music. He is married to a wonderful woman who immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine. He is close with his parents, three siblings, & his nieces & nephew. Zebulon.Friedly@sclhs.net
Mackenzie Hartman, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I was born in So Cal, & raised in FL. Undergraduate was at Central Florida in Orlando, then a degree in medical skin care from the Florida College of Natural Health. I worked with dermatologists & plastic surgeons before med school. It was my initial plan to become a dermatologist, but during my rotations I found my passion for rural family medicine. I realized I had much broader interests than just one specialty. My husband & I, were able to make our mutual dream come true - move to Colorado - where we spent the 4th year of med school. Colorado isn’t the beach but I have never felt more at home! The people, the scenery, & the endless opportunities for adventure! I am ecstatic to be part of St Mary’s team, working with a fantastic group of residents & faculty. My husband, David, & I, enjoy hiking, camping, biking, rafting, 4 wheeling, & snowboarding! Mackenzie.Hartman@sclhs.net
Joe Kanopsic, MD
University of Arkansas
I was born in the Great Smokey Mountains of E TN & after traveling the country for a few years my family settled in Hot Springs, Arkansas. College took me to the U of Arkansas - Fayetteville, where I earned a Bachelors in Biology. I married my high school sweet heart, Page, just before starting med school at U of Arkansas - Little Rock. I decided I wanted an education that would prepare me to practice medicine in any situation or environment. During this time I hiked 14,022, ft. Mount San Luis just south of Gunnison & fell in love with Colorado. I’m passionate about outdoor recreation & hope to incorporate aspects of wilderness, emergency, & rural medicine into my practice. St. Mary’s has a great balance of all of these & will prepare me for a rewarding career in Medicine. I enjoy woodworking, hunting, fly tying, fishing, & backpacking. Joseph.KanopsicJr@sclhs.net
Kristy Puls, MD
University of Colorado
Emily Reinig, DO
I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Then headed to the University of Portland for college where I became interested in social justice. I realized that I needed a wider world perspective. Upon graduation, my husband & I headed to rural Louisiana to teach. The two years we spent living & working in a small town there has forever shaped the way that I think about the world. I am passionate about the idea that change & growth must come from within a community, & I see my role as a primary care physician as someone who empowers her fellow community members by improving health through education & choices. I am thankful for my time at Touro University, which allowed for me to explore the intersection of health of body, mind & spirit, & underserved primary care, including the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine. In our free time, Zach & I love trail running, hiking, & camping with our dog, Jezebel. We are so excited to be moving to this beautiful place & becoming a part of this amazing community! Emily.Reinig@sclhs.net
Danielle Trujillo, DO
Midwestern University Arizona
I grew up in Golden, in the gorgeous foothills of the Rocky Mountains & attended CU - Boulder: hiking the Flatirons, running trails, mountain biking, snowboarding & practicing yoga. I studied Integrative Physiology Neuroscience + worked in the Stress Physiology Lab. My research focused on the protective effects of exercise against the development of PTSD. I also earned a yoga teaching certification. Med school was in AZ at Midwestern University. My passion for family medicine became obvious during my pediatric rotation where I found myself wishing I could also counsel the parents on their health. I love that family medicine fosters relationships with the entire family, newborn to great-grandparents, with prevention & lifestyle interventions at the heart of every visit. It is my goal to inspire & teach every patient to live the healthiest life possible. Each time I came home, my appreciation for Colorado’s beauty & outdoor adventures grew. I’m thrilled to be back in beautiful Western Colorado! Danielle.Trujillo@sclhs.net
Daniel Belatti, M.D.
University of Iowa
I grew up in Omaha, NE, but discovered my love for all varieties of outdoor pursuits in the Colorado Rockies. The son of the son of a doctor, I couldn't be more excited to hone my craft in such beautiful surroundings. I studied biology & business at Creighton University, & spent time studying economics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I received my M.D. from the University of Iowa, graduating with honors & distinction in research. My professional interests include sports medicine, medical economics, & office-based procedures. I enjoy spending my downtime exploring the American West with my wife, who is a registered nurse, & our black Lab. Dan's email: email@example.com
Danyelle Fenner, M.D.
University of Minnesota
I grew up in Minnesota; completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, but returned for medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In my third year of med school, I completed a longitudinal rural rotation called RPAP in the small town of Ely, MN, (pop. 4000) nestled in the north woods near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It was in this beautiful setting that my interest in rural family practice bloomed I was able to indulge my love of outdoor and activities including canoeing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing. I consider myself lucky to join the excellent family medicine residency program at St. Mary's to further my training in a wonderful area like Grand Junction! My other interests in medicine include preventive integrative health, and other recreational interests include cooking, reading, travel. Danyelle's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Fulmer, M.D.
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Growing up in South Carolina, I had relatively easy access to the beach & the mountains. I love anything outside, but my time at Clemson University solidified my love of both college football & the mountains. My desire to incorporate my extraverted personality with science took me to the beach to pursue medical school. During third year rotations, I found myself enjoying every rotation, however, I found my calling when I rotated through a family medicine clinic in the small town of Chester, SC (pop. 7100). Witnessing the relationships that develop through a lifetime of medical care fueled my desire to practice family medicine. I am excited to call Grand Junction my home & grow my medical & outdoorsy skills. When not in the hospital, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, horse back riding, hiking, & running. Rebecca's email: email@example.com
Lisa Matelich, M.D.
University of Washington School of Medicine
I grew up in Vancouver, WA & have enjoyed traveling to many places around the region & around the world. I studied the History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Washington before spending a year doing health education at a community health center in southwest Washington. This was my first foray into speaking Spanish in a medical context. Again at UW for medical school, I discovered that my vision of what it meant to be a doctor fit in an uncanny way with the specialty of Family Medicine, in particular with the solid training in rural full spectrum family medicine at St. Mary's. Besides practicing medicine in a way that connects with patients serves those who are most vulnerable, I am passionate about running, hiking, cycling, backpacking, in general spending all the time outside that I can! Lisa's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Jones, M.D.
Creighton University School of Medicine
I grew up in the small town of Buena Vista, Colorado where my love for the great outdoors grew & my appreciation for community flourished. I followed my love of athletics to Colorado State Univ. (Go Rams!) where I majored in Health & Exercise Science & worked in a lab studying the effects of aging. Every summer found me back home guiding rafts down the Arkansas River. My sights were always set on medicine & attended Creighton University in Omaha NE, then their Regional Campus in Phoenix AZ for the last 2 years. I fell in love with full spectrum medicine the beauty of continuity of care. My medical interests are broad. I am beyond excited to be in Grand Junction with so many opportunities amongst wonderful co-residents and faculty. When not at work, you can find me in the great outdoors mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, laughing, with my partner in crime, Dr. David Stuart. Anna's email: email@example.com
Justin McCarthy, M.D.
Creighton University School of Medicine
Baptized in Coors Banquet, I grew up playing soccer & adventuring 1-3 miles high. Just when it seemed like everyone was moving to Colorado, I took my leave & nestled down in the amber waves with the good people of Omaha, NE. I attended Creighton University for Undergrad and Medical School and have much to thank the Husker folk of Nebraska for: introducing me to my beautiful bride to be, Jesuit theology social teaching, & gravel riding. I picked St. Mary's after having the joy of spending a month here for a fourth year rotation. I felt at home amongst the faculty, residents, and gorgeous desert scapes. Rachel and I are so grateful for our new start nearer family on the side of the Rockies, surrounded by the color tranquility of the desert. Justin's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Rueppel, M.D.
Sidney Kimmel Medical School College at Thomas Jefferson University
I was born and raised in St Louis, then went east for many yrs before landing in Grand Junction. After majoring in French & Linguistics at the Univ of Pennsylvania, I worked for several years in elementary education, pursued at Master's in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at the Univ of Vermont, where I first got the bug for medicine. After full time SLP practice, I took the plunge & moved to Philadelphia to Bryn Mawr college, then Thomas Jefferson Medical College. From the first day of my family medicine rotation I new that I wanted to be a family physician with a focus on full spectrum, patient centered care. I am delighted to be continuing my medical training at St Mary's, to be closer to family, who all live out west. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy snowshoeing, hiking, singing, hanging with my two kitties honing my post-apocalyptic survival skills in the form of knitting, sewing, gardening & cooking. Bec's email: email@example.com
David Stuart, M.D.
Creighton University School of Medicine
Life began at the base of Colorado's Mountains in the town of Manitou Springs; a soulful community of artists, tourists, hippies, & folks who care a lot about each other. I'm a solver and followed my mind to the School of Mines in Chemical Biochemical Engineering. After a couple years as an engineer and rock climber, I refocused on my dream of becoming a physician at Creighton. For clinical rotations (better access to the great outdoors) I joined Creighton's Phoenix campus. Residency at St Mary's will allow me to continue pursuing my broad medical interests, and prepare me to guide the health of a community like the one in which I was raised. Within medicine I am passionate about connecting with patients, preventive medicine, healthcare quality policy. Outside, I live for rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and adoring Mother Nature with friends. Thrilled is an understatement for the opportunity to live and train in Western Colorado with my partner, the always inspiring Dr. Anna Jones. David's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Adams, M.D.
Rush Medical College
I grew up in Waukegan IL & received my undergraduate degree from Brown University, where I studied human biology & health disparities. I enjoyed my time out east exploring the coast but decided to move back to Chicago to attend medical school at Rush. I am an NHSC scholar and am fiercely committed to improving care for the underserved. I chose Grand Junction for my residency because of the incredible faculty support & full scope training that would prepare me for a career anywhere. Lucky for me, it happens to be in a beautiful area where I can enjoy the great outdoors in my free time! Alicia's email address is email@example.com.
Anita Allison-McNutt, M.D.
University of Louisville
I grew up in a small, mtn town in E KY, shadowed in the OR in HS & fell in love with medicine. I studied behavioral neuroscience & chem at Centre College. I worked with habitat for humanity, Big Bro/Sis, researched antibiotics, & sang in the college bluegrass band. I also studied in Strasburg, France and worked in Merida, Mexico orthopedics dept. After graduation, I married & moved to the "big city" of Nashville, & worked in the burn unit, then went to the University of Louisville SOM with the desire to do rural medicine. I graduated with distinction in research, using my neuroscience background to investigate the characteristics of brain cells in autism spectrum disorders. In my free time, I like to cook, garden, make music, & hang out outdoors with my hubby & dog. Anita's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travis Anderson, M.D.
University of Texas, Galveston
I grew up living on both coasts & even a little bit in Europe but since middle school have called Colorado home. I went to Brigham Young University for undergrad & studied exercise science. I met my wife Katelyn & together we left to have an adventure at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. We loved living on the beach & experiencing Texas life but are excited now to be returning home to the mountains. Practicing full scope family medicine in a rural setting in Colorado is my goal & the program in Grand Junction is ideally set up to help me succeed. In my free time I enjoy playing all kinds of sports, cycling, camping, hiking, fishing, & spending time with my family. Travis' email address is email@example.com.
Meredith Evans, M.D.
University of Colorado
I’m from Louisville, CO. & attended CU Boulder for my undergraduate degree & stayed in CO for med school. Although I can't bring myself to move away from this beautiful state, I do love to travel & have enjoyed studying abroad in Australia & traveling around the world with my husband who I met 4 years ago in a hot tub in Frisco after a day of skiing. We were married during my 4th yr. & are your typical active Colorado couple...we love running, skiing, climbing, backpacking & just about anything else that involves being outdoors. We're excited to start a new chapter of our lives in Grand Junction & explore all of the surrounding areas! Meredith's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Gerdes, M.D.
University of Texas, Houston
Born & raised deep in the heart of Texas, I attended UT - Austin to study Biology (Hook’em Horns!) & earned my medical degree at UT Med School at Houston. I found that I enjoyed just about every rotation, so I decided to become a full-spectrum family physician as the best way to combine all of my interests. St. Mary’s FMR has all of the pieces that I was looking for in a residency program: a great balance between inpatient & outpatient medicine, a busy OB/GYN service, excellent rural training, a strong bond between the residents, & access to the great outdoors of Colorado. I am beyond excited to take advantage of all of the hiking, skiing, camping, & mtn biking that Grand Junction has to offer, along with the incredible training opportunities at SMFMR. Drew's email is email@example.com.
Christopher Meinzen, M.D.
I was raised in the great plains, but went to New Orleans for school & haven’t been back. I got my undergraduate and doctorate at Tulane University and had a great time there. I’m proficient in Spanish & took a research year in Peru before starting at St. Mary’s. We started to appreciate mountain life in Peru & since my wife & I both really enjoy the outdoors, we couldn’t think of a better place than Grand Junction to train. My professional interest is international (particularly latino) medicine & I look forward to curating many outdoorsy hobbies here in the Rockies. Chris' email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Nelson, D.O.
AT Still University SOM
I was born & raised in New England, & now claim the West as my home. I studied cultural anthropology in Utah kindling an interest in how health & wellness is perceived across cultures, especially the Navajo of the SW. Along the way I married my best friend & relocated to New Mexico for a PhD in cultural & linguistic anthropology. I grew tired of spinning my wheels in academia & entered A.T. Still SOM. This granted me an opportunity to pursue my interest in underserved medicine - particularly on the adjacent reservation. Now after 10 yrs of marriage & five little boys, we are excited to join the team in Grand Junction to prepare us for a lifetime of service (and fun) in rural medicine. Matt's email address is email@example.com.
Angela Prato, M.D.
University of Kansas
As a typical rural Kansas girl, most of my childhood was spent showing sheep & other farm animals in 4-H. I attended the U of OK, studied abroad in Italy, earned a degree in Zoology, & developed a passion for addressing social determinants of health. While working on an MPH, I decided to attend the U of Kansas SOM, where I was fortunate to spend my FM rotation in rural Kansas. I learned from an amazing preceptor what it is like to develop relationships with patients & deliver stellar care. FM is the perfect fit for my interests in women's health, rural/underserved populations, & health advocacy. I like to paint, play trivia games, hike, camp, & watch Netflix. My husband & are very excited to be able to live in gorgeous Grand Junction with our Jack Russell, Tater Tot. Angela's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.