St. Mary's Medical Center Family Medicine Residency



Melissa Shipp
Program Coordinator

Not only am I a Colorado Native, but I grew up right here in the Grand Valley. After living in Denver for 10 years (too long), it was time to get back to my roots and find my life balance again. I have been with the Residency since September of 2008. This is my family and I am thankful to go through life with our gifted and dedicated faculty and residents. This is such a wonderful program to be a part of, witnessing and encouraging the growth of each individual physician. I enjoy being able to meet folks from across the country and build lasting relationships. My husband, Corbin is a Forester and he has a lot of knowledge of our wild, rugged wilderness. He has been able to help residents with their questions on backpacking, hiking, and hunting. Our son, Hunter is also an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. We enjoy our weekends going on adventures when we are able to get away. When we stay home, I love to work in our garden and on a variety of projects. Our dogs Stewy and Lucy are our magnificent adventure pups!



Joan Cox
Program Manager

Joan joined the residency in June of 2001. Her role has evolved over time from Coordinator to Manager. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, but has lived in GJ since 1985. She has a passion for culinary arts and has a love for travelling. She has one son and two dogs.


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Department Secretary

I grew up here in the Grand Valley and wouldn’t have it any other way! I enjoy the outdoors as well as spending time with my family. I’ve been a part of this AMAZING Residency program since September 2019. One thing I love about my job is seeing each resident blossom into wonderful family doctors. I am in charge of Education Day and to be sure you will have a fully satisfied belly. 



Roberta Lawrence
Administrative Assistant

Roberta Lawrence is a fifth generation Grand Junction native who has been involved with St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency since 1977, She has worked in many areas; currently Administrative Assistant. She makes your clinic schedule in Epic & New Innovations. She has enjoyed watching the Residency grow from four to 27 residents and 2 Fellows, She assists with the Mesa County Medical Society, which allows contact with many graduates who have stayed in the area. She enjoys travel, time with family and claims to be “one cat shy of being a crazy cat lady”.

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