• 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. 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. 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. PfafflyI was raised in New Jersey, and moved to Colorado in my teens to attend college. I completed both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. My doctoral degree is in family and child development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist, and I have been working in residency education for more than twenty years. I enjoy the variety of both teaching family medicine residents and providing behavioral health services to patients.

    My hobbies include reading, fixing up my old Victorian cottage, and gardening. I have two adult children and two grandchildren that bring joy to my life on a regular basis. I currently live in beautiful Florence, Colorado with a neurotic golden retriever, two cats, and a bird. Visitors are welcome!

    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 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 1

    I 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 Cañon 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 in 2015.


    At present, I live with my 2 kids in the mountains above Cañon City. 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.

  • 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.

  • SCFM Residents - Class of 2020

  • Katie Bochat 1

    As a girl who loves horses, growing up in the city was not the best fit. I was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, much of my childhood was spent commuting out of the city to ride horses, garden, and play in the outdoors.

    Katie Bochat 2I hoped to train in an underserved farming community for medical school. Once I was accepted to the Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon, I quickly fell in love with the endless outdoor opportunities, and chance to help a community in need. I also fell in love with my classmate and adventure-partner, who as of recently, I am lucky to call my fiancé.

    My fiancé and I couples matched into respective internal and family medicine programs in Pueblo, Colorado. Together we envisioned a new place to explore (with endless horseback riding opportunities for me). We felt welcomed by the overly friendly and approachable faculty, residents, and staff. SCFM was also a great fit for my personal interests in holistic medicine, women’s health, and full-scope family practice.

    Jim Do 1I’m a Colorado native and grew up in Westminster. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelors in Integrative Physiology. Before medical school I took a couple years off to teach at the Denver School of Science and Technology at Green Valley Ranch while also training in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai. At the time I thought I wanted to be a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter (MMA) and compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but my plans changed when I was accepted to attend medical school. Luckily I was able to stay in Colorado near family to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. In my free time I still practice Brazilian Jiujitsu but also enjoy cooking, writing, playing with my two white fluffy dogs, and watching superhero movies.

    Jim Do 2I chose family medicine because I love every aspect of the training and wanted to see a variety of patients from all backgrounds. My passion while in school was helping the underserved and I knew SCFM would be the best fit. The residents and faculty have all been very welcoming and their dedication to improving the community is why I chose SCFM for residency.

    Claire DonleyI was born in Germany and later grew up near the Red Rock Canyon Mountains outside of Las Vegas, NV. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado where I studied Integrative Physiology. I attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Oregon. I was very excited when I matched at SCFM because they hold similar values to my own, including their focus on full-spectrum family medicine. I felt like I was at home when I met the faculty and residents during my interview. They also welcomed my interests in lifestyle medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and relationship-based care with my patients.Claire Donley 2

    I love to rock climb, backpack, trail run, travel, and relax in the outdoors. Colorado has always felt like home for me and I feel lucky to be practicing family medicine at a great program.

    Chandra Jennings 2Growing up in Miami, Florida, I am accustomed to the privilege of blue, sunny skies, and beautiful topography. The blessing of being invited to join the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Program in Pueblo will allow me to embrace these wonderful natural elements again.

    My undergraduate education began on the eve of the worst natural disaster in American history, devastating the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, resulting in the cancellation of my first semester of college until January of the following year. As a member of the Tulane University “Katrina Class” and its inaugural undergraduate Public Health Class, I learned the values of perseverance, focus, and flexibility as I pursued my Bachelor of Science in Public Health. I continued my public health education at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where I earned a Master of Public Health degree.

    Chandra Jennings 1I traded the sun and humidity of the South for the hills and snow of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending Duquesne University, I earned a graduate certificate in Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies. My experiences with community health fortified my desire to become a family medicine physician.

    By attending the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas Campus, I was able to continue living within Appalachia with the added benefits of more heat and less snow. I found an institution that was dedicated to training primary care physicians to work in underserved communities locally and abroad.

    I am ecstatic to be a member of the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Program. I look forward to exploring Pueblo, its surrounding plains and mountains, and the adventures that await beneath its bright azure skies. I hope to continue pursing my academic interests in population health, integrative behavioral/mental healthcare, underserved care, and obesity medicine while in Colorado.

    In my spare time, I like to travel, learn new languages, devour any pop culture franchise that begins with “Star,” and continue my quest to embody the ideals of Wonder Woman. My dog (King) Cake and I are excited for this journey as a young family medicine physician.

    Alexandra King 1I was born and raised in western Massachusetts and received my undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont. My wanderlust then took me across the ocean to Japan and then across the country to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I devoted a year to Americorps VISTA helping individuals with developmental disabilities and then worked at a senior assisted living facility. I then attended medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, where I was involved with the ACOFP student group organizing volunteer events and speakers.

    I chose family medicine because I believe it is the core of medicine – long-term, full-spectrum primary and preventive care. I enjoy the opportunity to see patients of all ages and address their varying health concerns. My specific areas of interest include women's health, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and geriatrics. I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural underserved area after graduating, so I look forward to my training at the SCFM Alamosa rural training track.Alexandra King 2

    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Rory, and my cat, Trooper. We are avid hockey fans (go Penguins!) and enjoy traveling and painting. I love cooking, hiking, and rock climbing, and dream of being fluent in Japanese and Spanish.

    Andrea Lewis 1

    Undergraduate Genetics and Masters in Ultrasound: University of Missouri – Columbia
    Masters of Public Health: University of Colorado – Denver
    Medical School: Touro University California – College of Osteopathic Medicine

    I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent many summers in Colorado camping with my family. Camping and hiking are still some of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of Colorado. My partner, our cats and I moved to Denver in 2004, when I started my ultrasound career. I spent many years doing cardiac ultrasound in a hospital in Denver, before I decided I wanted to learn more and help prevent heart disease.

    Andrea Lewis 2During my public health education, I worked in local and global communities trying to increase access to care. After my degree, I decided to focus my goal on working with the diverse under-served populations of Colorado and be active in the community I work. I chose to go back to school and pursue a degree in medicine, because I felt there was a need for experts in primary care and preventive medicine. Osteopathic training gives me extra skills to use, as a compliment to traditional medicine. Family medicine was the specialty that matched best with my hope to treat the whole person, throughout the changes of their life.

    I love family medicine because it allows me to work with a diverse group of patients and their families. SCFM and St. Mary-Corwin attracted me because of their legacy of compassionate care for the local community, including reaching out to those in need. My experience with public health and under-served communities led me to being able to successfully work with patients who have various lifestyles and life circumstances. I believe that families come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Working at SCFM gives me the great opportunity to team up with patients and their families to balance physical, mental and spiritual health.

    Aaron Moore 1I was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Utah. I went to medical school at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO. I am married and have 2 children. My passions are spending time with family, traveling, camping, hiking, pretty much everything outdoors. I enjoy movies and have an extensive collection. I'm excited to live in such a beautiful area to continue my interests.

    I chose family medicine because I like a bit of everything. I want to be able to take care of my patients from child to adult. Continuity of care is important to me. I like the ability to truly follow a patient's care throughout their life. I also enjoy the aspect of sports medicine: taking care of athletes and keeping them fit to pursue their passions. Family medicine allows me to follow this pursuit.Aaron Moore 2

    I chose to come to SCFM because the people here want to make you the best doctor you can be. I liked how SCFM offered an unopposed residency and believe the skills being taught will enhance my abilities for my future practice.

    Todd Odegaard 2I am originally from the small mountain town of Basalt, on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. I grew up enjoying the outdoors – skiing, camping, and hiking are among many of my outdoor passions. Photography is another pursuit close to my heart, and in fact I originally received my undergraduate degree in the field from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I spent the next number of years working in photography in a professional capacity in the resort town of Aspen, Colorado.

    As exciting as that time in my life was, it lead me to understand that my place was to serve in healthcare. I was witness to family and friends affected in varying ways by health concerns, and saw that only through improved health could one have every other benefit of life. I had always strived to be of service to others, but I realized that it was through healthcare that I could truly better the lives of those around me.

    Todd Odegaard 1Deciding family medicine was my path was nothing short of one of the happiest realizations of this exciting journey. Through rotations in medical school I came to see that it was only through family medicine that I could make myself a part of the long-term overall healthcare of an individual and whole families alike. I feel the best healthcare is that which can be delivered over the long-term – sustained through a relationship of trust built between patient and physician. Through such a relationship I can help patients to know how best to sustain and improve their health outside of the doctor’s office. In addition to providing long-term healthcare, through family medicine I can involve myself in all aspects of healthcare, from general medicine to women’s health to pediatrics, and of course the many procedures that are a part of these fields, which I see as an incredibly fascinating way to practice medicine.

    When making the decision on where I wanted to continue my education in residency, I found the Southern Colorado Family Medicine program to be such an incredibly perfect fit for the type of training I wanted to propel me into the family medicine profession. An unopposed residency program with emphasis on fields such as OB/GYN and pediatrics, and especially procedures, I felt the SCFM residency program would best prepare me for my future as a family medicine practitioner. My plan for the future beyond residency is to practice medicine as a ‘small-town’ family practice physician. Colorado is and forever will be my home, and there are so many small communities in this state that could use a good physician to care for them. My dream is to fill that roll, and I am so excited for these next few years to prepare me for that.

  • Our 2017 Graduates

  • Dr. Fite-Wassilak has joined Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon where she will be working primarily in outpatient family medicine. She will be moving there with her husband, Dr. Justin Diegel (graduate of SCFM 2016).

    Dr. Fite-Wassilak

    Dr. Gillani has joined Tacoma Washington Family Practice’s Rural and OB fellowship where he will continue as a fellow for the next year. We look forward to see where he ends up after all that OB training!

    Dr. Gillani

    Dr. Horsley has joined New West Physicians group in Westminster, Colorado, where she will continue to practice full scope family medicine including OB.

    Dr. Horsley
    Dr. KalogeropoulosDr. Kalogeropoulos has joined Tsamasfyros Family Practice. She will be joining her sister in an outpatient family medicine practice in Denver, Colorado.
    Dr. JuanDr. Juan has joined Kaiser Permanente Westminster, Colorado. Upon graduation, he will be practicing outpatient family medicine.
    Dr. PapsideroDr. Papsidero has joined Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon as a hospitalist. Dr. Papsidero has a passion for hospital medicine and is excited to jump into a nocternist job in Oregon where he hopes to continue inpatient medicine, including inpatient procedures.
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