• Faculty and Residents

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  • Faculty

  • DrLloydWeb.pngDr. Lloyd has been with the residency program for two years now and is enjoying all aspects of SCFM residency and southern Colorado. She has been the associate program director for 1.5 of those years and really enjoys curricular development and problem solving as part of her every day job.  She is most known for starting the Colonoscopy track that residents pursue at SCFM.  

    She began her career teaching at St Louis University Family Medicine Residency program in Belleville, IL. There she served her four years in the Air Force and gained a passion for teaching. Dr. Lloyd loves many aspects of primary care and teaching. She is most passionate about procedures to include colonoscopies, colposcopies, central lines, LEEPS, intra-articular injections, skin procedures, vasectomies, and any other hands on medical care she can provide. Aside from her love of procedures, she enjoys outpatient medicine, OB, sports medicine and inpatient medicine. Dr. Lloyd is full time faculty and spends every moment of her day enjoying her role in teaching future family medicine physicians, whom she hopes will enjoy their roles in medicine as passionately as she does.

    Originally a resident of Los Gatos, California in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Lloyd went to Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree in Biology where she began a minor in Business and Education. Gig 'Em Aggies! Her road of education brought her to Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA next where she thoroughly enjoyed every second of medical school. At this point, she owed the US Air Force for her medical education, and she ventured to the St Louis, Missouri area for three years of a joint civilian/AF Family Medicine Residency program in Belleville, IL. After her third year as scheduling chief resident, she was invited to remain at the residency program as an attending physician. During these four years, she stayed busy; she taught family medicine residents, served her four years of active duty AF commitment, spent six months deployed to Ali Al Salem in Kuwait, published a cover article in AFP on Burns, started a large grant funded double blind research project, got married to her medical school sweetheart, Aaron, and most importantly had a daughter, Zoey, now 5 yrs old.  Last year her family grew to four with the addition of a second little girl.  

    Dr. Lloyd enjoys playing sports in her free time. She has enjoyed white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, playing volleyball, snow skiing, snowboarding, playing basketball and swimming on a regular basis since moving to Colorado. This summer she has been able to return to water sports and waterskiing, another one of her favorites.

    Dr. Benjamin Bryden

    Benjamin Bryden grew up in the Midwest and went to college at Iowa State University, where he studied anthropology and Spanish. Dr. Bryden attended the University of Iowa for medical school where he cultivated a passion for global health and caring for the underserved. At the University of Iowa, he earned a Master of Public Health degree as well, working on public health projects in Mali, West Africa. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Texas followed by a Maternal-Child Health fellowship. During residency, Dr. Bryden completed rotations in Zambia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Honduras and continues to be passionate about caring for the global underserved.Bryden

    His clinical interests include global health, obstetrics, obstetric ultrasound, tropical medicine and endoscopy. He enjoys the unique combination of procedural and medical skills that family doctors need and is excited to start a career teaching.

    He is married to Dr. Mariel Bryden and enjoys traveling and staying active by running, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking and camping.

    Dr. Mariel Bryden

    Dr. Mariel Bryden comes to Pueblo after spending four years in Texas at John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital completing residency and then a Maternal-Child Health fellowship. Prior to this, she grew up in Iowa and graduated from college and medical school at the University of Iowa. It was before college that she met Ben, whom she married in 2006. Throughout the past ten years, they have traveled whenever possible both for work and for pleasure, including medical rotations at hospitals in Honduras, Zambia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Uganda, as well as public health work in Mali. In the future, they plan to return to overseas work full-time, with the goal of expanding family medicine and training local residents in the field.Bryden

    Dr. Bryden is passionate about full-spectrum family medicine and caring for underserved patients. Her clinical interests include obstetrics, including operative OB and OB ultrasound, office gynecology, pediatrics, and tropical medicine. She greatly enjoys outpatient and inpatient procedures. She is excited to share this passion for family medicine with residents and looks forward to expanding the program’s OB, ultrasound, and global health curricula.

    Outside of the hospital, Dr. Bryden enjoys traveling, hiking, biking (road and trying to mountain bike), gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

    Dr. Scott DavidsonFatherhood and medicine have been my passions. My son and I moved to Pueblo five years ago. I have been involved in his life in every way I can, from leading his scout den, to helping his baseball team (baseball is big in Pueblo), carving the slopes with him, and hiking the multitude of wilderness trails.  We took a road trip to canoe the Boundary Waters and have enjoyed fly fishing just up the road.

    Dr. Davidson 2Finding a balance between work and family can be a huge challenge, because I love both. I did my medical training in Florida, my obstetrics fellowship in Alabama, and have been in rural practice in Athens, Alabama and Burlington, Colorado. I’m all about rural practice, but perhaps not in a town of four docs. It was a great experience to wear the hats of the ER doc, obstetrician, anesthesiologist, endoscopist, and whatever else was needed when there’s no one else for one hundred fifty miles, but I moved to Pueblo to find balance.  

    I spent my first five years here serving patients at the Pueblo Community Health Center, until I was asked to join the faculty at Southern Colorado Family Medicine. Now, since the middle of 2014, I have found my niche among fellow physicians with a passion for teaching as well as service. Here I have found a new definition of excellence in medicine and enjoy challenging myself to greater heights every day. I’m thrilled to say that I get to serve patients here, teach enthusiastic and talented residents and students, serve at my church through Stephen Ministry, and get home to play catch with my son. That is my definition of a balanced and full life.
    Dr. Brad DempseyBrad Dempsey, MD, grew up in New Mexico, where he earned a degree in Biology and Foreign Languages as an undergraduate. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He subsequently completed medical school in his home state of New Mexico, and trained in Lincoln, Nebraska with the LMEP residency program in Family Medicine. 

    After residency he worked in a rural Federally Qualified Health Center in Southern Colorado. 
    He has travelled throughout Latin America with global health groups, including Amigos de las Americas and Unite for Sight, which created formative experiences that led him into Medicine.

    Dr. Bradley DempseyHe enjoys working at SCFM because of the broad scope of experiences and the opportunity to interact with resident physicians. He is currently working on practice transformation initiatives to keep up with the rapid changes in Medicine, as well as helping develop the geriatric care curriculum.  In particular, he would like to implement screening protocols into our daily outpatient practice as well as collaborate to integrate behavioral health seamlessly into office visits to provide a model clinic for residents. He enjoys improving efficiency in treatment protocols and EMR workflow.  

    He is happily married to Leslie Dempsey, MD, who is also a faculty physician with SCFM, and together they have a son. 

    Personal: Hobbies include snowboarding, gardening, home improvement projects, mountain biking, and exploring local restaurants in Pueblo.

    Dr. Leslie DempseyDr. Leslie Dempsey, and her husband Dr. Brad Dempsey, moved to Pueblo, CO, and joined the SCFM faculty in the summer of 2015. While new to the teaching role she loves shaping the future of family medicine through its next generation of doctors.  Her passion is for multi-generational and whole family care and this includes obstetrics and lactation support.  Dr. Leslie is also on track to perform cesarean sections for our clinic patients at St. Mary-Corwin hospital, which will improve our obstetric curriculum.

    Originally from a small town in northern New Mexico, Dr. Leslie has pursued a career in medicine from a young age with plans to be a rural family medicine, “do-it-all” kind of doctor.  She attended Texas Tech University and has a BS in Animal Science.  This allowed her to hold on to her country roots while still getting prepared for medical school. Then it was on to Paramedic school in Colorado Springs for a year and later medical school in Albuquerque, NM at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine. There she met Brad Dempsey and they married in 2009.  

    Dr. Leslie Dempsey 2With full scope medicine still the goal, Drs. Leslie and Brad Dempsey moved to Lincoln, NE for residency. Upon completion and board certification they spent two years serving in a federally funded health clinic in La Junta, CO. There, Dr. Leslie had the privilege of providing care to those who most needed it, gaining practical experience and knowledge along the way. She practiced inpatient, outpatient, nursing home/geriatric and obstetrical medicine in a rural hospital.  

    Her time on her parents’ dude-ranch gave her an appreciation for hard work and family balance and she strives to maintain that balance today. Therefore, after the birth of their son in 2014, Drs Brad and Leslie Dempsey changed their focus from rural medicine to academic medicine and are enjoying all that this new practice style and city have to offer. 

    In their free time the Dempseys try to visit family as much as possible, hike or bike in the nearby mountains, swim (any water activity is Nolan’s favorite), or spend quality family time at the zoo, children’s museum or other local attractions.  Dr. Leslie can’t wait to own horses again and teach her family to ride!

    Dr. Leckie WebDr. Leckie earned an Advanced Specialization in Medical Family Therapy, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado School of Medicine and St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, Colorado. She obtained her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University, where she also earned a Master’s of Science degree in the same field. Dr. Leckie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. 

    Although Dr. Leckie began practicing medical family therapy in pediatric settings--oncology, intensive care, and inpatient--her true passion is working with families across the lifespan. The daughter of a Family Medicine DO and a Registered Nurse, Dr. Leckie feels at home in the collaborative medical setting and believes in the importance of the family in health care. She is a founding leader of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's Families and Health Special Interest Group and is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

    Dr. Kaitlin LeckieDuring her fellowship in Grand Junction, Dr. Leckie led a multidisciplinary clinical and research team to engage high-risk, complex patients as agents in their health care. Their Family-Activated Care Team (FACT) coordinated care plan protocol was recognized by the local medical society as a community-wide best practice. Dr. Leckie has also conducted research on the multifaceted relationships between health activation, social support, overall functioning, and the use of healthcare services among high-risk patients.

    Dr. Leckie is enthusiastic about teaching behavioral sciences (whole person health) to residents and is energized working alongside her passionate, bright, and often hilarious colleagues at SCFM. She finds much inspiration from her patients and is particularly excited about the Adverse Childhood Experience assessment and intervention project that is beginning in the clinic. Dr. Leckie grew up mostly in Texas and appreciates Pueblo for its quick access to mountains and rivers. She loves hiking and recently discovered the joys of whitewater rafting and snowshoeing. Dr. Leckie most enjoys time with her family, adventures with her fiancé, and good food. 

    Dr. Miller joined the faculty of Southern Colorado Family Medicine in August 2014. Prior to joining SCFM, she spent seven years in the Army treating soldiers, their families, and retirees. She is grateful for the experience she gained as a physician in the Army, and the opportunity to take care of those who have served our country.

    Dr. Miller loves family medicine because of the variety every day and the ability to take care of families in the convenience of a patient-centered medical home. Excited to be a part of the SCFM faculty, Dr. Miller enjoys the tremendous culture of learning and enthusiasm built amongst both faculty and residents. 

    Born and raised in New York, she attended the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained at Madigan Army Medical Center. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors and love Colorado and all it has to offer. They enjoy bicycling, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, boating and skiing. Dr. Miller and her husband are excited to teach their son to ski at the amazing slopes in Colorado.

    Dr. Laura SteinDr. Stein joined the faculty in January 1996. After doing Locum Tenens for 2 years she feels very fortunate to have found such a great group of people to work with for so long. Dr. Stein has an interest in serving the migrant farm worker population in the area and upon arriving to Pueblo started a clinic off-site to specifically serve that population. Together, with Dr. Sergio Murillo (a former SCFM resident), they supervise residents at the Avondale Los Pobres Center every Thursday. She is also one of the few part-time faculty who has a part-time private practice in town. This adds a lot of "real world" experience to the advice Attending Physicians like to impart to their residents! Dr. Stein has also been lucky enough to receive the Colorado Family Practice Teacher of the Year award in 2008 and the Colorado University Rural Faculty of the Year in 2011.

    Dr. Stein 2Dr. Stein is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She did medical school there and did residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite the Midwest origins, Pueblo feels like home (since day one) and she is now married with 2 children.  When not trying to keep up with her boys' busy school and sports schedule she rides her horse along the Arkansas River on the Pueblo Nature Trail here in town. She also enjoys taking the kids up to the nearby mountains to fish and hike in the summer and snowshoe in the winter. 

  • SCFM Residents - Class of 2017

  • Dr. Fite-WassilakEmma Fite-Wassilak, MD, is from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia.  She enjoys reading, writing, drawing, making jewelry and baking. Emma says that she also enjoys most things that keep her active and outdoors like running, hiking and skiing. She’s chosen to do her residency here at SCFM because she wanted to get the most exposure out of her three year residency program and SCFM offered that. She mentioned that she appreciated that SCFM was dual-accredited so she could also learn from her DO colleagues. Dr. Fite-Wassilak 2Emma loved the community outreach emphasis that SCFM offered as well as the appealing beauty of Colorado. Dr. Fite-Wassilak mentioned that her main area of interest was in behavioral health prevention, and its implication on physical health as well as integrative medicine as a means for creating sustainable health care using the spectrum of tools available. Before persuing medical school, Emma was originally an English Major and did a year of volunteering with the AmeriCorps in Washington. Afterwards, she decided to go back to school for her pre-med prerequisites. She says it may sound cliché, but she genuinely does want to help people. Through this service she is rewarded, and believes it has also helped her learn more about herself.
    Dr. GillaniSyed Gillani, DO, is originally from Pakistan but calls Denver home. He received his medical degree from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He enjoys cooking, gardening, photography and traveling in his spare time. Syed was originally a physician in Pakistan where he practiced family medicine there from 1994 to 2001 in mostly rural areas. After moving to the United States his passion for medicine kept him motivated to pursue his medical career here in the United States. Before he went to medical school Syed worked in the organ and tissue banking field for five years, as well as working as a microsurgery instructor and researcher at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Gillani 2When choosing the residency program at SCFM, he was happy that they met all of his criteria for the perfect program. Some of those criterion included, being dually accredited and in a rural/suburban community based area. Syed loves the family environment among the faculty, staff and the residents. Dr. Gillani was looking forward to learning all of the aspects of becoming a family doctor as well as learning how to stay active in the local community. Specifically he hopes to practice in a rural underserved community in this region but hasn’t chosen any specific area of practice just yet.
    Dr. Horsley

    Jennifer Horsley, DO, is from Escondido, California. She received her medical degree from A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine-Arizona in Mesa, Arizona. Before going to medical school she took a year off to pursue a different passion of hers, teaching. She was the director of a tutoring company in southern California for high-risk youth and ESL (English as a Second Language) students. She was also a mural painter for various small business and community organizations in the area. Jennifer has chosen to become a doctor because she has been interested in medicine since a very young age and she believes that medicine is the pinnacle of critical thinking, creativity and physiologic innovation. She is grateful to the people who have encouraged her to achieve this goal and she’s thankful for the opportunity to pursue it.

    Dr. Horsely 2Dr. Horsley said that she chose the residency here at SCFM for many reasons. First, practicing medicine in a rural community setting has always appealed to her. She likes the idea of “hands-on” doctors who are able to utilize resources effectively and creatively. Secondly, SCFM’s unopposed family medicine program made her feel like she would not have to give up parts of other specialties that she enjoyed while in medical school like, OB/GYN and surgery. And lastly, the emphasis on community involvement, especially with the Hispanic migrant clinic, put SCFM at the top of her list.

    Dr. KalogeropoulosAnna Kalogeropoulos, DO, is from Denver, and received her medical degree from Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. She is married to Pareklis Kalogeropoulos and they have a 14 month old daughter, Dronisia.  Anna’s hobbies include painting, cooking and reading. As a child Anna spent a lot of time at the children’s hospital due to being born with a cleft palate. Post-surgery she took speech courses there and got to meet many nice physicians and nurses. Dr. Kalogeropoulos 2To her, the hospital felt like a second home and she knew that when she grew up she wanted to go into health care. Before going to medical school she received her Master of Science and worked as the night manager for her father’s restaurant. Anna's expectation is to become a well-trained physician that was confident and knowledgeable after her time spent at SCFM. Dr. Kalogeropoulos’ main interests are in Osteopathic manipulation, Prolotherapy, palliative care and integrative medicine.
    Dr. JuanBrian Juan, MD, is from Vernon, New Jersey. He received his medical degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. Brian has a ten year old daughter, Jade, and his hobbies include; triathlons, playing the piano, keyboard and singing. Before going to medical school Brian worked almost all of his life as a musician. Dr. Juan 2He’s played the organ and piano on Grammy nominated albums, toured the country for years with various bands and performed as a pianist/comedian. Brain was attracted to the community and the ability to learn in the unopposed residency that SCFM offered. He believed the skills that he would learn here will enhance his competency in his own independent practice. Dr. Juan chose to become a doctor for the ability to maximize the use of his intellect and personality in service of his fellow man. He loves the big, unruly, ever changing face of medicine.
    Dr. PapsideroTimothy Papsidero, MD, received his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, located in his hometown, Buffalo, New York. He obtained his medical degree from SUNY at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. Timothy enjoys camping with his wife Caitlin Papsidero, as well as hiking, fishing and walking their dog. He chose the residency program here at SCFM because of the hospital environment, the welcoming people he met during his interview and the opportunity to move to Colorado. Dr. Papsidero’s expectations for his residency were to gain knowledge about every aspect of family medicine. He was especially interested in being trained in colonoscopy. He has chosen to become a doctor because he’s always been drawn to medicine and never considered any other fields. His father is a research scientist and he always pushed his to reach his goals.Dr. Papsidero 2
  • SCFM Residents - Class of 2018

  • Dr. BohuslavI grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Houston where I studied Biomedical Engineering. Before medical school I worked in a cell culture lab on iron nanotoxicology research. It turns out iron nano junk is toxic, and I prefer working with people more than rat fibroblast cells, both important discoveries. When I was not in the lab, I volunteered as an EMT in a medically underserved area of Northern Harris County on a front line 911 MICU ambulance and worked as a freelance photographer. 

    Dr. Gregory BohuslavI have wanted to be a physician all of my life, and was inspired by my primary care providers to take care of others in the same compassionate and caring way they took care of me. Thus, I attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to pursue this dream. Family medicine was the right choice for me because they can do everything in medicine that I would want to do, from womb to tomb.

    I chose SCFM because of the availability of a full spectrum family medicine curriculum, unopposed community based training, and the privilege to work with some of the nicest people I have ever met. Pueblo, Colorado is a great place to be because of the access to the San Isabel Forest and numerous other places to go hiking and work on my landscape and nature photography. You would be hard pressed to find an outdoor sport you could not do here.  

    Dr. Charnell CainI chose the residency program at SCFM because I have a strong interest in underserved medicine and I felt like I would gain experience in this area by training here. I also wanted to be closer to my family & to be in a smaller city where I could bring my horses.  What appealed to me most about the program was that it is unopposed and there is a  migrant worker clinic. By having that clinic, I felt like the residency program really has the community’s best interest at heart.

    Dr. CainI chose to be a doctor because the physicians I went to growing up and my godmother, who is a physician, truly inspired me. I want to be able to reciprocate that. In addition, I enjoy helping people.

    I am from Las Vegas, NV and received my DO from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine-Harrogate, TN. I’ve been blessed to have my mom, sister, & daddy as awesome role models.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They are deeply involved in the community where I’m from, and hope that I can be as great as them one day. My hobbies include horseback riding and drawing.

    Dr. LongfellowBorn in Boulder, CO, Dr. Longfellow attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Colorado State University. There are many reasons why I chose to come to SCFM. I was born and raised in Colorado and I couldn’t be more excited to continue my education and residency in this wonderful state. My wife, Lindsey, was born and raised in Pueblo and she will be attending the internal medicine residency at Parkview. Besides it being my home state I loved that is an unopposed program. I feel that this will increase my time with specialists and provide opportunity for procedures. The OB opportunities will be ample. There will be a diverse and at times underserved population of patients. Lastly, the residents, faculty and everyone involved in the residency made me feel at home. All in all SCFM will be a versatile program that will make be a better physician.

    I chose Family Medicine because I liked a little bit of everything. I want to be a well-rounded doctor who feels confident in many areas and procedures. I truly enjoy working with everyone from babies, to kids, to adults and the elderly whether this is in a clinic setting or in the hospital. Also continuity of care is something that is important to me. This allows relationships and trust to develop between patients and myself.

    Dr. Longfellow 2I have a small family but they had a large impact on me. When it comes to medicine my grandfather and my uncle have inspired me. My grandfather had polio from a young age. But he fought and defied every obstacle that was put in front of him. My uncle is a psychiatrist, a great person and someone who I hope to emulate. 

    I enjoy spending time with my wife and our new dog Annie. Anytime with family is special. I recently have started hunting which is now something I hope to be able to enjoy for many years. I have always been a fisherman thanks to my dad. I love sports, especially football. I am an AVID Denver Broncos fan. My wife and I hope to spend as much time as possible during residency doing things such as going to movies, hiking, snowboarding, and just being in the mountains.

    Dr. Holly MaloyHello! My name is Holly Maloy and I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. During my childhood, my family and I lived in many places including California, Manhattan and Mexico. Living in these different places has really molded my perspective on life and my love for travel. Once I graduated high school I moved back to Albuquerque where I attended the University of New Mexico for both my undergraduate and medical degrees.

    After receiving my undergraduate degrees in Applied Mathematics and Biochemistry, I took some time off of school and worked as an EMT-B. It was during this time that I had my daughter, who is the joy of my life! When I'm not studying medicine, I enjoy spending time with my daughter who will be turning six in October.

    Dr. Spellings 1After receiving my DO from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest in Lebanon, OR, I knew that SCFM was the right program for me after I had the opportunity to meet the faculty, staff and residents on my interview day. The people here are genuine, hardworking and compassionate. I also choose SCFM because it is an unopposed dually accredited program. As a DO I wanted to be able to continue to develop my osteopathic manipulative skills.  I was also attracted to SCFM’s ample access to exposure to Obstetrics. 

    During residency I expect to work hard and be challenged throughout and learn new information every day. I am interested in practicing the full spectrum family medicine including OB and OMM.  After residency I will be serving at a National Health Service Corps scholarship site where full spectrum family medicine will be in high demand.  

    Dr. Spellings 2After graduating from undergrad, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, I served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During my first year I worked for Healthy Montana Kids and helped families obtain health coverage for their children. My second year was in Providence, RI where I was the volunteer coordinator for the Rhode Island Free Clinic. 

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband Brian.  Originally from Princeton, MN, some of my hobbies include running, biking, hiking, skiing, exploring and baking.

    Dr. Pfaffly 1I was born in rural Colorado and have spent the majority of my life here. I received my undergraduate education at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and graduated in 2000. I particularly enjoy the mountains of southern Colorado and have lived in the Canon City area, in a home I built myself, for the last decade.

    After a 10-year career as a systems engineer, I chose to change direction and go into medicine in order to pursue work that enables me to use my professional efforts to provide a product that the world needs and that I feel good about providing. I graduated from The University of Colorado, School of Medicine this last May, 2015.

    Dr. Pfaffly 2At present, I live with my wife and 2 kids (ages 7 and 10) in Colorado Springs. I chose SCFM for residency because I am from this area! My family is settled here and we were thrilled to have the option of not having to uproot and move somewhere else to complete my training. Furthermore, after having experienced big city medical training I was very attracted to the smaller, more down-to-earth and community oriented nature of St. Mary-Corwin and the residency program.

    When time permits, my hobbies include designing and building useful electromechanical tools, growing carnivorous plants, mountain biking, rock climbing, and of course anything active with my family!

  • SCFM Residents - Class of 2019

  • Dr. AliI was born in Irvine, California, and raised in Upland, California. I have had the benefit of living on the west coast, the east coast, as well as the midwest, and finally Colorado.

    I completed medical school in Pakistan, which provided me with a unique perspective on different populations. Most recently I completed a Masters in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

    Dr. Rabaiya AliAt SCFM, I hope to be molded into the best primary care physician I can be, through not only hard work but also teamwork. The environment at SCFM is very conducive to learning, and I have no doubt I will walk away from this experience with a healthy proficiency in family medicine. Long term, I see myself practicing as an outpatient primary care physician.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband Sulaiman. We enjoy traveling, and the great thing about Colorado is that there are plenty of vacation spots that serve as great weekend getaways.

    Dr. Baker

    While I was raised in a large city in Ukraine, being married to a cowboy is where I grew to adore a rural lifestyle and small towns. I have Colorado home for the past six years. My husband Thomas and I now have a young son, Theodore, as well as a boxer named Tauntaun and they all enlighten my every day and mean the world to me.

    I attended Kharkov National Medical University for my medical degree and also studied at Kharkov National Karasin University receiving a Masters in teaching German language and literature. I am currently fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and German and really look forward to learning Spanish as well.

    Being passionate about helping people in the underserved and rural areas, I am absolutely excited to be a resident in the SCFM residency program / Alamosa Rural Training Track. It appealed to me because it is an unopposed program, which provides a lot of one on one training with the faculty physicians. I have a special interest in providing OB care for the rural population and this program will enable me to master a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures including full range obstetric care. From the very first day when I had my interview, I felt an energy and the warmth of a true welcome, I felt like this was home.  I am privileged to be a part of such a great family and to receive an exceptional training in order to provide the best care for the patients of my community. 

    Dr. Natalli BakerIf I could be any animal on the planet I would probably be a fish of some sort due to my absolute passion for anything with water. I really love finding different ways to enjoy all four seasons outdoors whether it’s skiing and sledding in the winter, hiking in the fall, gardening in the spring, or camping and swimming in the summer. I love to cook, especially traditional Ukrainian dishes, and my family and I have a secret fondness for trying new restaurants.  I also have a penchant for Russian poetry and love collecting and reading books from German authors in their original language.  Actually, if there’s any kind of book on my night stand, it means I probably just spent every ounce of free time not being able to put it down until it was finished. All in all, I am absolutely excited to begin working and call Southern Colorado home.  Go Broncos!

    Dr. FarleyI grew up a native New Jersian, but since then my career and education have taken me across the country. I graduated from a small liberal arts school in northern NJ, Drew University, before taking time off to learn to surf in Maui. Once my inner dare-devil was satisfied, I worked a year in research on pediatric head trauma in a northern NJ emergency department, and then departing to Washington, DC to get a master's degree in physiology and biophysics at Georgetown. While applying for medical school, I worked within the pharmaceutical industry doing language analysis and editing medical manuscripts. I attended Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ and following graduation began a General Surgery residency at a community program in Morristown, NJ. I completed a year in both general surgery and pediatrics, and finding my desire to practice medicine in a broader scope, took time off to work as a general practitioner. The bulk of my work was found in Kentucky, where I worked in urgent care, performed home health visits for the elderly and disabled, and did home monitoring for trials of a new multiple sclerosis medication. I also picked up my passion for international medical missions after making trips to Cambodia and Myanmar. Now, I look forward to the next big adventure at SCFM.Dr. Timothy Farley

    Outside of medicine, I've maintained an active interest in outdoor activities. I've been running for over 10 years, have begun rock climbing, and enjoy hiking. I'm excited at the prospect of living in such a beautiful area for continuing the pursuit of these interests. I chose SCFM because of it's emphasis on working in underserved communities which resonates with the time I've spent working in rural KY, and it's procedural teachings that resonate with the former surgeon in me.

    Dr. HarmeningI am a Colorado native and grew up in the Denver Metro Area.  During high school I was very involved in my school’s challenge course program (despite being afraid of heights!).  I then studied Biology at Colorado State University, where I found my home away from home with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.  After a year off I attended Rocky Vista University for my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.  Dr. Ashley HarmeningIn my free time I have enjoyed hiking, rock climbing, binge watching Netflix, helping out at my church, and harassing my cat (in a nice way).  I chose family medicine because of its variety, and I chose SCFM because it is unopposed and the only dually accredited family medicine program in Colorado.  I also rotated here as a fourth year and fit in well with the residents.  I even loved that answering icebreaker questions like “who is your favorite superhero?” was part of the interview day.  My current career interests include inpatient and outpatient care as well as ER/urgent care.  
    Dr. Elsie HaynesI was born in Santa Fe, NM and did most of my growing up in Emporia, KS, a small town in east central Kansas. I completed my undergraduate degree in Microbial and Cellular Biology and my masters in Biology at Emporia State University, and I went to medical school at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO. My passions include critters of all shapes and sizes, watching Disney movies, being with nature in all forms - especially water (I love the lake!), spending time with family and friends, thunderstorms, traveling and new adventures, and my one-eyed cat Ferdinand. During medical school I completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Principles and Practices, and I love everything about being an osteopath including teaching others about osteopathic manipulation and the philosophies behind it. I truly enjoy every part of medicine, and hope to someday practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural / underserved community. I knew SCFM was the place for me because the people are warm and welcoming, the program is small enough that you aren’t just another face in the crowd, and the training options are so diverse you really can make the residency what you want it to be.

    Dr. Stephanie PayneI grew up in rural Southeast Missouri – spending my childhood running through irrigation systems in corn fields, collecting eggs from our chickens and pigeons, and raising a variety of orphaned wildlife, including a raccoon.  Caring for animals, as well as my younger sister and cousins, just came naturally to me. I knew from a young age I wanted to either become a physician or veterinarian. Prior to starting undergrad, I spent a couple months working in Africa. It was there that I found my passion for caring for underserved people, and thus decided to pursue medical school.

    Medical school landed me on the east coast in South Carolina. During my third year, just after finishing my second rotation, I gave birth to my beautiful son.  Having taken several months off for maternity leave and unexpected sick leave, I graduated too late to begin residency right away. This meant months of making ends meet – painting houses, baristar-ing, and dog sitting – which teaches so much appreciation, empathy, and compassion. Taking this less traveled path to residency has renewed my passion for medicine and taught me many valuable lessons along the way. In addition, I am forever grateful for the time off I had with my son prior to beginning residency. My hobbies are centered around yoga, cooking, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors with my sweet baby. My medical interests include women’s health and advocacy and integrative medicine.

    Dr. Spinuzzi

    I was born and raised in Central California near the Bay Area and completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Sacramento State University. I moved from California to Pueblo, CO in 2005 where my immediate and extended family has deep roots. I lived in Pueblo for approximately 8 months before moving to Denver to begin medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine on an Army Health Professional Scholarship. After medical school graduation I was called up on Active Duty and stationed in Honolulu, HI at Tripler Army Medical Center where I completed a Transitional Internship year and practiced as a General Medical Officer.

    Upon reentry to civilian life I decided to specialize in Family Medicine because Family physicians focus on the patient’s medical illnesses as well as their social, family, and community circumstances. We must manage the complexity of multiple chronic diseases in a single visit and effectively integrate and plan care with community resources. I find it interesting and challenging serving as both health care provider and community liaison within a system requiring healthcare delivery reform. Family medicine is deeply rooted in health policy and community advocacy, which is appealing as I contemplate avenues of future career interest.

    Dr. Zachary SpinuzziSCFM was my preferred program to train in Family Medicine for several reasons. The curriculum is strongly procedural-based. This is appealing because I desire to become a well-rounded physician with the skills required to address a variety of patient problems when they present to me in clinic. The strong sense of comradery within each resident class and across resident classes was astounding. This is important because I strive to develop strong interpersonal relationships with my coworkers and seniors as we embark on a lifelong journey of becoming respectful, compassionate, and competent physicians. Furthermore, it was apparent that SCFM staff are strongly invested and committed in providing the necessary mentorship and education we need as residents to successfully complete our training and enter private practice as fully prepared as possible. There is no doubt that the concept of “family” is rooted within this Family Medicine program.

    Dr. ZimbelmanI attended medical school at AT Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri and received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Seattle Pacific University. Before going to medical school I worked as a recovery technician for SightLife, the eye donation bank in Washington State. I am originally from Sacramento, California but have lived in 6 different states and spent several years in Canada while growing up.

    I chose family medicine because I enjoy seeing a wide variety of patients and performing a wide variety of procedures. I am especially interested in obstetrics and gynecology and health issues specific to the LGBTQ community. Dr. Stephanie ZimbelmanI knew SCFM was the right place for me after having the opportunity to spend a month with the program during my fourth year of medical school. Both residents and faculty were very welcoming and I immediately felt like one of the team. I also really liked the fact that it is an unopposed program with an emphasis on full spectrum family medicine.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kirsty, our two dogs, Grace and Isabelle and our cat, Sinatra. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, biking and swimming. I hope to train for a triathlon in the near future and spend as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors and adventures available in Colorado.

  • Our 2016 Graduates

  • Dr. Jennifer AyarsUpon graduation, Dr. Ayers plans to practice medicine in an outpatient family medicine clinic where she can continue her goal of providing high-quality health care.
    Dr. Eric BlumlDr. Bluml is looking forward to moving to suburban Kansas where he will be joining a group practice and specializing in general and outpatient medicine and serving as a member of The American College of Osteopathic Physicians and Physicians for Social Responsibility. A native of Kansas, he is excited to be close to friends and family once again.
    Dr. Justin DiegelAs graduation approaches, Dr. Diegel is excited to begin a new chapter which includes providing outpatient family medicine services at the Pueblo Community Health Center for a year. After his time there, he is considering returning to his home state, Oregon.
    Dr. Aaron ShuppUpon graduating from the residency program, Dr. Shupp plans to relocate to Broomfield, Colo., where he will begin work at a private practice specializing in full-spectrum family medicine, and will also offer inpatient and outpatient obstetric services. Dr. Shupp also looks forward to serving on the board of directors for the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.
    Dr. Lexie ZuverAfter completing the residency program, Dr. Zuver will return to Washington, her home state, where she will practice outpatient and family medicine specializing in obstetrics and pediatrics. She said it has always been a dream to return to the area near her hometown and provide care for a community she cares for deeply.
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