Medical Family Therapy Fellowship

Pre-Doctoral Internship or Post-Doc Fellowship in Medical Family Therapy

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Awards a Certificate of Advanced Specialization in Medical Family Therapy from our co-sponsor, the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Program Description:

  • 54-week experience for 2 trainees from June 19, 2017 - June 30, 2018.
  • On-site supervision from an inter-disciplinary team led by 2 AAMFT Approved Supervisors.
  • Each fellow will complete a scholarly project, play an active role in resident education, and benefit from ample opportunities for other scholarly activities.
  • $39,000 stipend for post-doc fellows, $35,000 for pre-doc interns, and a pro-rated $3,000 bonus upon obtaining Colorado licensure.
  • Generous benefits: health insurance, $1,000 assistance for presenting at CFHA conference, and $1,000 moving assistance.

Training Setting:

  • The St Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, CO includes 12 faculty physicians and 26 resident physicians.
  • We are recognized by NCQA as the highest level of Patient-Centered Medical Home.
  • Our on-site integrated care team includes 4 MFTs, an LCSW, an LPC, and 2 case managers.
  • Our integrated services include medical family therapy, brief therapy, joint appointments, bump-in-the-hall consults, and group medical appointments.
  • Training is diversified through numerous rotations: inpatient rounds, HIV specialty care clinic, homeless outreach clinic, and a 6-month elective.

Program Faculty:

Randall Reitz PhD

Dr. Reitz is a licensed MFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Prior joining the St. Mary's faculty he was the executive director of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, the CEO of Summit Community Care Clinic. Dr. Reitz completed his doctoral studies at Brigham Young University under Dr. Wendy Watson.

Michael Olson, PhD

Dr. Olson is a licensed MFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has taught MedFTs and family physicians since 2001. He completed his dotoral studies at Kansas State University and a behavioral medicine post-doc at University of Texas Medical Branch.

Amy Davis, MD, MPH, AAHIVM

Dr. Davis is the Medical Director of our embedded HIV specialty clinic. She completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo and residency at Dartmouth.

Keith Dickerson, MD

Dr Dickerson heads our inpatient medicine teaching service, where fellows spend 2 mornings per week. He studied at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Becky Ela, LCSW completed her graduate studies at Colorado State University. She supervises the fellowships rotation in our embedded HIV specialty clinic.

Amy Gallagher, PsyD is Director of Integrated Care for our community mental health center. She oversees our pediatric curriculum and co-facilitates weekly group supervision.

Shannon Keel, MD
Dr. Keel completed medical school at the University of Colorado. She supervises the fellows’ experience at the homeless outreach center.

Grand Junction!

The Grand Junction healthcare model” is well-known among innovators and academics. Our integrated care reforms have been highlighted in New England Journal of Medicine, PBS, Families Systems and Health journal, and at numerous academic conferences.
Mesa County Colorado is at the heart of western Colorado beauty, including mountains, high deserts, forests, and rivers. We are a Mecca for enthusiasts of winter sports, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing.
Grand Junction is a town of 60,000 that is large enough to offer excellent restaurants, arts, and shopping while maintaining western charm.

Application Process

Please apply through this website:
When applying you will upload the following documents as separate pdf’s: cover letter,
3 letters of recommendation, C.V., GRE scores, and doctoral transcript.
For questions, email or call 970-406-1974.
Applications are due by January 16, 2015 and on-site interviews will be in March 2015
Current Fellows

Fellowship Testimonials

Cammy Froude

I was born & raised in New England, completing most of my education in MA & CT. After completing a PhD in human development & family studies at UCONN, I was thrilled to accept a medical family therapy fellow position at St. Mary's. I am most looking forward to working on a multidisciplinary team with people who are committed to providing holistic healthcare to individuals & their families. My professional interests include psychosocial healthcare, palliative care, & clinical training & supervision. In my free time I enjoy writing short stories, reading novels, & spending time with friends.

Alexandra Schmidt

I am a born-and-raised Texan, & look forward to bringing some of my charm to the beautiful state of Colorado. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor & my master’s degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. I am completing the last yr of my doctoral degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Texas Tech. I’m especially interested in young adults’ health care experiences & how interactions with family members & partners influence health behaviors & attitudes. I am a teacher at heart, so I also love training therapists in how to develop collaborative relationships in medical settings to improve patient & staff experiences. In my free time, I love hiking, trying out new recipes, practicing yoga, & daydreaming.

Stephen Mitchell, Mdiv 

My fellowship experience at St. Mary's has been a rich time of clinical and professional development. I’ve seen integrated care in "action" as doctors, nurses, support staff, and the behavioral health team gather on a regular basis to discuss patient needs and best practices for care. Professionally I have been able to teach residents about the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care and present to other professionals and the community on similar topics. Dr. Reitz has a strong focus on fellows’ developing their
vision and goals as professionals. I have greatly benefited from this guidance and encouragement. The experience is enhanced by the quality of the people who work at St. Mary's.

There truly is a family feel to St. Mary's, and I felt welcome from the moment I interviewed for the position. My family and I have also immensely enjoyed the easy access to hiking, camping, and skiing here in the Grand Valley. I am grateful for my time here at St. Mary's and firmly believe it is the best place in the country to learn about and engage in integrated care

Kaitlin Leckie, PhD

My experience as a MedFT Fellow at St. Mary’s has been integral to my career development as a researcher, clinician, and teacher. One of the highlights of my experience has been leading a clinic-wide, multidisciplinary project to engage high-risk, complex patients as agents in their healthcare. Our Family-Activated Care Team Care Plans were recognized by the local medical society as a community-wide best practice. My dissertation data were collected through the FACT project and focused on the multifaceted
relationships between health activation, social support, overall functioning, and utilization of healthcare services among high-risk patients. This project would not have been possible without the innovative and supportive spirit present at St. Mary’s and especially Dr Reitz’s apt balance of guidance and respect for my autonomy. Conducting such a large clinical and scholarly endeavor broadened my scope and skills tremendously and provided further enlightenment regarding the level of influence MedFTs can have on our healthcare system today.

Kyle Horst, PhD

The Fellowship was a wonderful opportunity to gain advanced intensive training in Medical Family Therapy practice, education, and research. The residency is not only a reputable medical training program, but is also a great model of collaborative care. Not having any MedFT experience prior to the fellowship, I gained a comprehensive introduction into the field. The faculty was committed to my professional development and tailored the program to my individual interests. After completing the fellowship, I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Chico. The experience I received educating family medicine residents in family systems and behavioral health has directly influenced my current supervision and classroom practices. Furthermore, the diverse clinical exposure I gained through the fellowship offered valuable insight into working with many different patients and patients issues. The guidance provided by Dr. Reitz was invaluable and still remains a cherished resource.

Laura Sudano, MA

My internship at St Mary’s offered an immense amount of support in my professional development. Dr. Reitz is readily available and works alongside you, as co- therapist, researcher, teacher, and supervisor. Living in Grand Junction was invigorating and offered many new adventures, including trail running in the Colorado National Monument and indulging Colorado’s best ski slopes. This beautiful place provided the work/life balance we all strive to achieve. I am joining the Wake Forest School of Medicine as the Director of Behavioral Health on their family medicine faculty. St Mary's fellowship prepared me for this position with great training in teaching the behavioral sciences, evaluating residents per ACGME milestones, completing practice-based research with physicians, and providing patient care in multiple settings.

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