Lynsay Bush, DO
I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, before heading to cold and snowy Beloit, Wisconsin for college. I quickly realized the North was not for my thin blood and returned to NC after I graduated. I started working for the North Carolina Outward Bound School – an organization that leads wilderness trips for all sorts of folks including teens, college students, and military veterans. Outward Bound teaches about leadership, communication, problem solving, compassion, and more through the environment of the outdoors. My many years there were incredible, and the lessons I learned serve me daily in my personal and professional life. While I loved working at Outward Bound, I always knew that I wanted to be a physician. I was lucky enough to shadow a rural Family physician in Utah for several months prior to starting medical school and saw firsthand the positive and truly meaningful impact that Family doctors can have. I have known since then that Family Medicine was the specialty for me. I am so excited to be joining the St. Mary’s Family! I did a sub-internship with the program in the fall of my 4th year of medical school and knew right away that it was the place I wanted to wind up – the residents, faculty, and staff were all welcoming and supportive, the structure of the program is amazing, and the town is the perfect jumping-off point for outdoor activities. My husband and I are thrilled to explore the area and contribute to this awesome community.
Selena Dasari, MD
I was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. While I love the seasons, trees, and plains of the Midwest, I am SO excited to be moving to the beautiful Grand Junction, Colorado! I’ve felt a pull to move westward for a long time, and I found exactly what I was looking for amongst the people and atmosphere of St. Mary’s. The sincere work ethic and drive to help the community coupled with the down-to-earth nature of the program was so refreshing to find here, and I knew it fit me perfectly. In my spare time I love doing anything outdoors- hiking, skiing, sports of any kind, gardening, etc. to name a few! I also love exploring new restaurants and concocting “healthy-ish” desserts and foods. My passion within family medicine is centered on improving chronic disease management and prevention, with a focus on understanding and treating the root cause of illness whenever possible.
Katie Dugan, MD
I was born in the U.S., but my family was living in the U.K. when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age six. We moved back shortly after, and I grew up in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Georgia, attending college close to home at Brenau University where I majored in biology and graduated magna cum laude. I attended medical school at Mercer University. I've had a few jobs, including cashier, waitress, emergency department scribe, summer camp clinician, and yoga teacher, and my list of hobbies and interests could fill a book. The endless variety of skills to acquire and people to learn from is a big part of why I am so passionate about broad-spectrum family medicine, and so excited for the opportunity to train in Grand Junction at St. Mary's. My partner Bryant and I are elated to be starting our next adventure in Bryant's home state of Colorado and can't wait to get settled so we can break out our kayaks, find some friends to play board games with, and discover the best hikes with our doggos!
Heather Hornbacher, DO
Sometimes random seemingly awkward paths are taken to residency. After completing internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth four years ago, I was sent through Navy flight school with USN and USMC pilots. At the end of that year, I was winged as a Naval Flight Surgeon and was sent to work with the USMC. My time as a flight surgeon was spent with the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 stationed in North Carolina. Out of the three years, I spent one at home and the other two were spent on deployment to Central and South America, training detachments where we flew for USMC spec ops and disaster relief to Puerto Rico. With all that excitement, my favorite days were ones hanging out in the shops with the young Marines and in the back or some lucky times on the sticks of the CH-53E. While it was a fantastic, unforgettable experience, I am thrilled to move back into civilian life and finally complete the full training I started so many years ago. My future will likely be as unusual as my start with plans for eventually working and consulting in disaster medicine.
Emily Lenherr, MD
I grew up on a small farm outside of Windom, KS where I enjoyed countless outdoor activities with my two older brothers. I attended the University of Kansas where I majored in neurobiology and lived in Miller scholarship hall. Go Lilac Lane! I then went on to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Salina. I came into medical school thinking I wanted to practice full-spectrum family medicine, and I had a great time learning all about it on my clinical rotations. St. Mary’s was the perfect place to train because of their focus on broad-spectrum training, great people, and amazing sights! In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball, running, hiking, reading, and tinkering with my ukulele. I can’t wait to join the amazing team at St. Mary’s and explore all that Grand Junction has to offer!
Kirstin Raguindin, DO
I grew up on the opposite side of Colorado, the eastern plains, in a little town called Burlington. It is the last town on I-70 before the Kansas border. I completed my undergraduate degree in Greeley, CO and medical school in Parker, CO. The only time I have lived outside of this wonderful state was my third year of medical school where my husband and I lived in Cheyenne, WY. This was our first year of marriage and a wonderful adventure. My husband was born and raised on Guam but came to Colorado for college. We met playing drop-in volleyball at a recreation center and continue to enjoy playing the game together. We also enjoy many other recreational sports like skiing/snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, climbing, racquetball, Wiffle ball, badminton and ping pong. Pretty much anything that gets us moving or outside with friends, which made Grand Junction a perfect fit for us. I would like to use my medical degree to serve underserved populations in rural America. I love this program's emphasis on full-spectrum family care and am ecstatic to be able to continue my training here!
Jesse Voth-Gaeddert, MD
I grew up in the small town of Hesston, Kansas, making frequent trips to visit family in Denver, Boulder, and Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado. I subsequently enjoyed the close-knit community of Bethel College just down the road from Hesston, where I played tennis and pursued my interests in the sciences. It was here that I got my first taste of family medicine through shadowing, which led me to apply to medical school. Prior to attending medical school I lived and volunteered in Vietnam, carrying out public health research for an NGO. My medical education continued at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, where my passion for family medicine was solidified. With Colorado already feeling like a second home, St. Mary’s in Grand Junction was the perfect fit to pursue broad spectrum training! Outside of professional life you can find me hiking, running, sightseeing, or crushing the spirits of fellow ping-pong enthusiasts.
Travis Williams, MD
I grew up in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham region of North Carolina. After playing basketball for one year at Montreat College near Asheville, I decided to transfer to North Carolina State University to finish out my degree in Human Biology with a minor in Philosophy. By some miracle – and after three attempts at applying, I was accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and joined the Kenan Primary Care Rural Scholars Program. Over the next few years, I was introduced to endless opportunities of practicing small-town medicine in Western North Carolina via MAHEC Asheville and Hendersonville, along with mentoring by legendary physicians who were fully devoted to the health, social, and political flourishment of their community. My medical interests include geriatrics, addiction medicine, behavioral health integration, integrative medicine (i.e. acupuncture), sports medicine, and office procedures. Upon my visit to Grand Junction on the interview trail, I knew that I had discovered a unique place where I could learn all-encompassing rural care that I can take back to Western North Carolina. In my free time, I try keeping up with my wife (Scout) and our two dogs (Penny and Ace) in the outdoors. I also stay busy with reading, recurve/compound archery, jiu jitsu, failing to learn the banjo, and memorizing old Southern idioms my Dad use to say.
Rachel Gollub, MD
I grew up in Northern New Mexico witnessing two dedicated physicians (my parents) build a small and thriving family practice. Trained in Family Medicine when it was still a new specialty, they were part of the revival of the ‘general practitioner.’ Though to say I was unable to appreciate the significance of their achievements, and critical role in our community is an understatement. I only hoped to get through dinner without hearing about the stresses of their clinic, and became particularly adept at tuning out ‘uninteresting’ conversation. (How I wish I could turn back time!)
Certain I was NOT interested in medicine, I pursued my undergraduate degree in Cultural and Regional Studies at Prescott College in Arizona. I am incredibly grateful for the unconventional educational experiences I was afforded throughout my tenure there. Each experience, though, whether it be traveling 1,500 miles of the US/Mexico Border, working in a small community hospital as an international intern, or helping to organize language proficiency classes for migrant workers only compelled me further towards medicine. After getting married and starting a family, I finally returned to complete a post-baccalaureate in Health Sciences and then completed my undergraduate medical education at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Ohio.
I have a strong belief in the importance of building community around health and well-being and in the transformative power of medicine. I am thrilled to join the St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency team, and am humbled by the opportunity to learn from so many dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate individuals. When blessed with free time, I like to be outside exploring nature by foot, ski, or bicycle on adventures big and small…or cooking delicious food…or in a quiet corner of my house crafting.
Anna Nast, MD
University of Cincinnati
Creed Ott, MD
University of Minnesota
I was born and raised in rural Minnesota. I grew up blue collar and spent about a decade working in construction, both before and during college. I went to Minnesota State University Moorhead and majored in Athletic Training. I then went to the University of Minnesota for medical school. During my fourth year of medical school, I did a month long rotation in Grand Junction and loved it! I felt at home with the awesome residents, faculty and staff. Outside of medicine, I enjoy human powered adventure. My better half, Laura is a PT at St. Mary’s and we are thrilled to call Grand Junction home and embark on this adventure together.
Quinn Rufsvold, MD
University of North Dakota
I grew up in the tiny town of Fort Ransom, ND, spending most of my time biking around town or skiing/snowboarding on the local ski hill (emphasis on the hill). My passion for travel and all things outdoors grew while in medical school when I started taking hiking trips with classmates. After experiencing a few too many extreme winters and a longing for a wider variety of terrain, a move west for residency seemed like the right choice. During medical school, I completed a longitudinal rural rotation called ROME in Ortonville, MN (pop. 2800), which led me to my interest in broad-spectrum family medicine. St. Mary’s offered both excellence full-spectrum family medicine training and an amazing location. When not at work you can find me snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, trail running or attempting to mountain bike.
Kellum Schneider, MD
University of Kansas
I grew up in western Kansas, where my love for the great outdoors grew and my appreciation for community flourished. I followed my love of athletics to college where I majored in genetics and ran track for the University of Kansas. Every summer found me back home where I worked on the farm. Being a loyal Jayhawk, I also went to medical school at KU where I fell in love with full spectrum medicine. 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 running or playing with my two golden retrievers.
Tiffany Smith, MD
University of South Carolina
I grew up in Littleton and Parker, both of which are in the Denver area of Colorado. My Dad is a Pastor so I was in an environment that exposed me to what it looks like to serve the people in my community. When college came around, I left my home state to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. My junior year of college I was able to go to Peru on a medical trip which was an eye-opening experience in my life that solidified the fact that I needed to pursue a career in medicine. I attended the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine in Columbia. It was there that I established my passion for Family Medicine. When I interviewed at Grand Junction, I was thrilled to find a program that supported my passions of an educational environment for patients, an emphasis on preventative medicine and behavioral health, and a belief in the value of continuity of care. I am overjoyed to be back in the beautiful State of Colorado! In my free time, I feel like the possibilities in this State are endless for what I can do – but to name a few, I like to go camping, motorcycle riding, rock climbing, and hiking.
Kaitlin Tennyson, MD
University of Kansas
Kelsey Walsdorf, MD
Louisiana State University
I grew up in Louisiana, where I enjoyed outdoor activities such as boating and fishing. Prior to medical school I enjoyed working as a registered nurse for several years. I attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. My passions include private aviation and caring for and riding horses. I look forward to the outdoor adventure opportunities in the beautiful Grand Valley including hiking, biking, and skiing.
Tirzah Wethern, MD
University of North Dakota
Lisa Ayala, MD
University of Kansas School of Medicine
As a small town farm girl & daughter of a veterinarian in NE Kansas - I learned medicine early working with my father. Through various community service projects & mission trips with my church I found working with & serving others is a passion I couldn’t ignore. I received a Bachelor’s in Human & Molecular Biology from College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO, I also found my husband & “partner in crime” Sergio. After college we returned to the flatlands for medical school at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Salina, KS. We decided to join St. Mary’s Residency because of the broad scope of training, & the family oriented community between residents & faculty. The scenery definitely didn’t hurt our decision! My husband & I enjoy gardening, cooking, raising our 3 goldfish, & exploring the area.
Ryan Gillum, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
I was born in Fort Collins, CO & went to college in Boulder at the University of Colorado where I studied Anthropology. After graduating I moved to Costa Rica to work as a whitewater raft guide. I lived there for five years spending my free time volunteering in the local clinics where I developed a passion for medicine & helping underserved populations. I decide a career in healthcare was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life & came back to Colorado to study medicine at the University of Colorado. I’m excited to be in Grand Junction to continue my training & to spend my free time mountain biking, backpacking, & climbing around the Western slope of this state that I love & call home.
Kevin Johnson, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
I grew up in Farmington, Utah then went to Brigham Young University to study Genetics & Biotechnology. I attended medical school at the University Of Utah SOM & looked for an adventure outside of Utah for residency. Grand Junction was the perfect place & I was excited to move here for residency. My wife & I have already enjoyed hiking around the Grand Mesa & Colorado National Monument with our two young children & are excited to explore all the exciting things that Grand Junction has to offer. I am passionate about providing collaborative & individualized care to empower each patient to achieve their own personal health goals.
Allison Marsh, MD
University of South Alabama
I was raised in rural Autauga County Alabama, where I spent most of my childhood exploring the woods with my sister, climbing/falling out of trees, riding/falling off of horses. I attend the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (roll tide). Spent 6 months in Lusaka, Zambia, as a preschool teacher’s aide at a home for orphaned children. Then I did an internship with Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama. These experiences were crucial in leading me to medicine, & especially to primary care. I graduated with a major in Social Inequality & Health. Medical school was at University of South Alabama, where I could be found binge eating seafood enjoying both the beach & New Orleans. I decided it was time for a new adventure & headed west for residency. I am beyond excited to be in Grand Junction, to train with the residents & faculty at St Mary’s.
John Nozykowski, MD
Albany Medical College
I was born & raised on a small farm outside Longmont, CO. Like most Coloradans my passions lie in the outdoors, but my particular interests are fly-fishing, backpacking & skiing. I attended the University of Northern Colorado for undergrad, & loved studying biology. My interest in science & desire to serve others led me into medicine. My adventure continued in Up-state New York, at Albany Medical College. Between studying & clinicals I explored the beautiful Catskill & Adirondack Mountains (hills compared to the Rockies but gorgeous in their own right). It was a combination of wanting to practice broad spectrum medicine & the desire to serve a small mountain community that led me into family practice. I am so excited to be a part of the wonderful community here in Grand Junction & to explore everything the beautiful western slope has to offer!
Kishan Patel, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine
I grew up in India & moved to Farmville, VA at the age of 15. After adjusting to small town life, I moved to the suburbs of Northern Virginia to attend George Mason University for a degree in Business Management. After college, I headed to New York City for five years before embarking on a long but rewarding journey to Family Medicine. During college, I was introduced to the Shenandoah mountains, & have been chasing opportunities to play in nature ever since. I came to Grand Junction from Vermont where I was fortunate to attend a wonderful medical school, University of Vermont College of Medicine. Strong interests include feeding birds, researching campervans, & playing connect 4. I chose this residency for its fantastic location & an incredibly dedicated group of residents, staff, & faculty. I am thrilled to be in Grand Junction with my amazing partner, Christina, living our peak lives.
Bruce Sharp, MD
McGovern Medical School
I grew up on a small ranch in central Texas working cattle, doing other odd jobs country life entailed. I worked through undergrad at Texas A&M as a welder/ construction worker & continue to love working with my hands. I moved to downtown Houston where I attended McGovern Medical School. While training there, in the largest medical center in the world, I learned my love for rural medicine, preventative medicine & the effect consistent primary care can have on a community’s well-being. My first visit to the state of Colorado was my interview with St. Mary’s where I fell in love with the area. I love to hike & read novels in nature. When home, I spend time working on home improvement projects, watching college football & playing board games. I look forward to learning more about the area & the community of Mesa County.
Ryan Sullivan, MD
Albany Medical College
I grew up playing soccer & roaming the streets of Northern Virginia. I attended Virginia Tech majoring in nutrition & exercise physiology. I then went to Albany Medical College where I sub-specialized in Adirondack maple syrup & gravel riding. I fell in love with the Grand Junction program while completing a fourth year rotation at St. Mary’s. I’m excited to begin a career in primary care where I can use my background to promote better health in my patients in a place surrounded by people excited by endless outdoor opportunities. I spend my spare time running trails for distances longer than recommended, & have passions for ski touring, riding bikes, waking up in tents, eating peanut butter/banana combinations, semi-sarcastically listening to arguably bad 80’s music, & cooking.
Elizabeth Wright, MD
University of Washington Seattle
Growing up in the mountains, forests & rivers of Montana, I have always enjoyed the outdoors. My undergraduate degree was in biology at the University of Montana. I decided to learn German by living in Austria. After a year as an au pair I volunteered as a school teacher (math & physics) for Peace Corps Uganda. By the time I returned to Montana, I knew it was time to fulfill my life-long calling to become a doctor. The University of Washington was in Seattle - I chose clinical rotations in Montana, Alaska, & Wyoming. When it came time to pick a residency, I knew Grand Junction & the state of Colorado had everything I could want, including robust full-spectrum family medicine training, the privilege to work with underserved populations, & easy access to outdoor adventure. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, floating/rafting rivers, live music, golfing, reading, & playing the piano.