Medical Family Therapy Fellowship

Post-Doctorial Fellowship or Pre-Doctorial  in Medical Family Therapy

Co-sponsored by the University of Colorado and St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency

Program Description:

  • 54-week experience for 2 trainees from June 18, 2018 - June 30, 2019.
  • 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 choose 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 3 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 and completed his doctorate at BYU. 

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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 two mornings per week. He studied at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Shannon Keel, MD

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

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Ryan Jackman, MD

Dr. Jackman joined our faculty after completing a fellowship in Addiction Medicine. He runs an addiction clinic in our residency and oversees the fellowship's addiction curriculum.

Tonya Cook, PharmD

Dr. Cook completed her doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico and leads our psychopharmacology curriculum.

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 PDFs: 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, 2017 and on-site interviews will be in March  19, 2018

Current Fellows

Glenda Mutinda, MA is completing her doctorate in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) at East Carolina University. She completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at University of Houston- Clear Lake with training in medical family therapy at University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston. Her clinical and scholarly interests include health equity, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, cultural humility, and integrated care payment models. As part of the fellowship she has started a weekly exercise group that integrates a MedFT, family medicine residents, social work intern, and exercise physiology intern. After fellowship she would like to work in a medical school or family medicine residency as a Director of Behavioral Medicine.  Outside of works she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, and doing yoga.

Zenova Williams, MS, LMFT comes to Grand Junction from Kansas State University where she is completing her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She completed her master’s degree in MFT at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Her dissertation studies resiliency in interracial couples and her other areas of interest include medically unexplained symptoms, military families, addictions, intersectionality, culture, and trauma-informed care. After fellowship she would like to be a clinical supervisor within the military or VA systems.  When not working or studying, Zenova enjoys drawing, hiking, and visiting museums. She enjoys engaging in the myriad of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities that Grand Junction and the surrounding areas offer.

Fellowship Testimonials

Rachel Hughes, PhD • I truly believe that the St Mary’s Fellowship is a pinnacle experience in working in integrated care. During my elective period, I was supported by Dr. Reitz to create an at-risk youth-centered set of activities, including building and facilitating my own Well Teen group, implementing a social determinant screening into the Well Child Checks in our clinic, and grant writing centered around providing telepharmacy and addiction medicine services to rural populations. In line with my passion for social justice and community involvement, I work with residents once a week at the Catholic Outreach Center where I provide acute behavioral care in conjunction with the residents for the homeless and urban camping population of Grand Junction.  For the duration of my time here, I have felt empowered in my professional development as a researcher, writer, and Medical Family Therapist. I am certainly grateful for all of the mastery, autonomy, and purpose development opportunities this fellowship has afforded me.

Dan Blocker, PhD • My fellowship at St Mary’s has provided opportunities in multiple domains in my faculty development. This has included resident education and evaluation, integrated care visits, and quality care improvement projects. Dr Randall Reitz and Dr Mike Olson provide great support and supervision. My time working as a member of the collaborative team at the HIV clinic has been among the most formative and enjoyable. We provide HIV/AIDS care for most of the Western slope of Colorado. In this setting, I collaborate with Dr Amy Davis to ensure that psychosocial factors are considered as they greatly impact HIV medication adherence and quality of life. I have lived across the United States and can say without hesitation that Grand Junction is one of the most awesome places I have lived. With hiking within a 15-minute drive, bike trails throughout the city, great dining offerings, and a unique downtown, it has a little bit of everything. It provides a great opportunity to live a balanced work and home life.

Cammy Froude, PhD • The postdoctoral fellowship was the richest time of my professional career to date. I entered the fellowship with clear goals to develop my leadership style in healthcare research, supervision, and clinical practice. At every turn in the road, Dr Reitz supported me as I built connections within St Mary's and the wider community to meet my goals. Regarding healthcare research, I co-led the creation of a state-wide grant application for integrated behavioral healthcare in primary care settings.  Additionally, I was the principal investigator on a qualitative research project on the Grand Junction Healthcare Model. During my rotations and elective time, I learned invaluable clinical skills for providing high quality integrated care within outpatient and inpatient medical settings. For example, co-leading group medical visits with resident physicians offered a novel approach to clinical practice that I will utilize in future work with patients and their families. I was part of a team of healthcare professionals who shared a commitment to provide the highest quality medical and psychosocial care to marginalized, underrepresented patients and their families. Early on, I was honored to welcome the most recent behavioral health faculty, Mike Olson, into the Grand Junction community. Drs. Reitz and Olson provided mentorship that broadened my pedagogical skills as an educator, sharpened my clinical skills as a medical family therapist, and cultivated my empirical skills as a scientist-practitioner. Upon leaving the fellowship I accepted the role of Director of Behavioral Health at the UCSF John Muir Family Medicine Residency in San Francisco, California.

Alex Schmidt, PhD • This MedFT fellowship stands out from others because it provides an excellent balance of teaching, clinical practice, program development, and research. Although I appreciated each of these aspects, my greatest area of growth took place through my work on the CO-EARTH project, a grant-funded initiative to train rural family practices in collaborative and integrated care practices. Working with Dr Reitz and Dr Olson on this project helped me develop confidence in creating an innovative curriculum, managing a grant, and building a collaborative team with community partners. The fellowship also granted me opportunities to chase after other passions of mine: providing biopsychosocial care with underserved populations through the walk-in clinic for homeless persons, conducting co-visits with resident physicians in our ambulatory care clinic, and providing care for patients and families during hospital stays. The warm, welcoming atmosphere within the Family Medicine Residency was contagious, and our integrated care team was highly regarded. Working within the Grand Junction model of healthcare provided me with a solid foundation that led directly to my current position Integrated Behavioral Health Advisor on the practice transformation team at Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Stephen Mitchell, PhD • My fellowship experience at St Mary's was a rich time of clinical and professional development. I saw integrated care “in action" as doctors, nurses, support staff, and the behavioral health team gathered on a regular basis to discuss patient needs and best practices for care.  Professionally I was 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 greatly benefited from this guidance and encouragement. 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 also immensely enjoyed the easy access to hiking, camping, and skiing 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. Since graduating I became the Supervisor of Behavioral Health at the University of Colorado’s addiction program.

Kaitlin Leckie, PhD • My experience as a MedFT Fellow at St Mary’s was integral to my career development as a researcher, clinician, and teacher. One of the highlights of my experience was 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 outstanding models of patient-centered care. 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. I am now the Director of Behavioral Health Education at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

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 provides the work/life balance we all strive to achieve. I have since joined 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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