First Year Residents

Tiffany Chaloux, MD
University of WashingtonTiffanyChaloux

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.

Jeff Cochran, MD
Loyola University Chicago JeffCochran

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.      

John Draminski, MD
University of IllinoisJohnDraminski

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.     

Zebulon Friedly,MD
University of ColoradoZebulon riedly

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.

Mackenzie Hartman, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine MackenzieHartman

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!

Joe Kanopsic, MD
University of ArkansasJoeKanopsic

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.

Kristy Puls, MD
University of ColoradoKristinaPuls

I grew up in Pueblo, CO the “land of green chile”. I moved to the big city to be a college student at the University of Denver, adding eight months of study abroad in France to my experience. Med school was at the Univ of Colorado. I happily joined the Rural Track & hope to put what I’ve learned to good use by practicing in rural Colorado. Outside of medicine I love to read classics & make things: food, knitting, painting, a raft made of beach balls! I love being outdoors in beautiful Colorado. I’m excited to experience a new part of the state with my husband. Especially getting to know the town where my grandmother was born & where my grandfather picked peaches while playing hooky from school.

Emily Reinig, DO
Touro UniversityEmilyReinig

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!

Danielle Trujillo, DO
Midwestern University Arizona DanielleTrujillo

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!

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