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Meet Our Providers 2019-09-24T18:34:04+00:00

MEET OUR PROVIDERS

 

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Crystal Owens, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Crystal Owens joined MarillacHealth as Chief Medical Officer in March 2019 after previously holding leadership positions at HopeWest (Grand Junction) and at CareSource (Salt Lake City). Dr. Owens grew up in Georgia among a family of preachers and teachers who instilled in her a desire to serve others. She earned her M.D. degree from Loma Linda University in 2001, and she completed Family Practice Residency at St. Mary’s (Salt Lake City) in 2004; she holds an additional board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She practiced for several years in Salt Lake City focusing on senior health, hospice, and palliative medicine and then in 2013 moved to Colorado and worked with HopeWest. Outside of work, Dr. Owens enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with her husband and their dogs.

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Erica Lovett Fournier, MD

Primary Care Physician, Medical Director, County Site

Dr. Lovett attended University of Oregon/Health & Sciences for her medical degree (2002) followed by a Family Medicine Residency in Portland, Maine. Fellowships in Integrative Medicine (2006) and Medical Acupuncture (2009) speak to her vision of wellness & wholeness. Dr. Lovett listens closely and provides a variety of choices so that patients feel comfortable & gain confidence. Dr. Lovett believes that learning Spanish is an important part of being a citizen in the United States, North America & the world. She & her family members play ice hockey.

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Stephanie Sayers, DO

Primary Care Physician, Medical Director, Grand Junction Site

Dr. Sayers joined MarillacHealth in October 2018 as Medical Director of our GJ site. She completed medical school at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (2014), and residency at the Fort Collins Family Medicine residency program (2017). Following her residency, she stayed in Fort Collins where she worked in private practice. Dr. Sayers enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and feels that it is important to have a strong patient-physician relationship. She treats the patient as a whole, and doesn’t focus on “just the disease.” When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and baby. She and her family enjoy the outdoors – especially fishing. She also enjoys bowling and trying out new restaurants.

 

Andrea Nederveld, MD Family Physician Marillac

Andrea Nederveld, MD

Primary Care Physician

Dr. Nederveld joined MarillacHealth in September 2018. She attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate, Michigan State University for medical school, and University of Michigan for residency training. She is an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics trained physician who has lived and worked in Grand Junction for the past twelve years. She previously worked at Marillac from 2005-11 and was in private practice from 2011-2015. In 2015 she started a fellowship in primary care research through the University of Colorado. With her fellowship now complete, she is now an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at CU, but will continue to live and work clinically in Grand Junction. Her primary research interests are in obesity treatment and prevention as well as exploring the effects of social determinants of health on practice strategies and health outcomes. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids and dog doing fun things outside.

Jared Barjenbruch PA-C at MarillacHealth Grand Junction, CO

Jared Barjenbruch, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Jared joined MarillacHealth in April 2019 as a Medical Provider to care for patients in the Convenience Care Clinic. He completed his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2014. Following his training, Jared worked in a rural Nebraska emergency department for four years before joining MarillacHealth. Jared is excited to work side by side with behavioral health, dental, and optical providers. Jared enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, Leah, and their two dogs, including backpacking, snowshoeing, hiking, camping. He also enjoys fishing, hunting, cycling, and running.

Leah Barjenbruch PA at MarillacHealth Grand Junction, CO

Leah Barjenbruch, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Leah completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015. Leah has been practicing as a family practice physician assistant for the last 3.5 years in rural western Nebraska. She enjoys family practice because it allows her to see patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Jared, and their two black labs. They enjoy hiking, camping, and snowshoeing.

 

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Derek Diaz, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Derek is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA after obtaining a Master’s degree in social work from University of Chicago. He was drawn to practice medicine at Marillac because of its patient-centered approach. Derek appreciates the area’s outdoor life while enjoying the creature comforts of city.

photo of Carrie Emory PA-C at MarillacHealth Grand Junction, CO

Carrie Emory, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Carrie joined  MarillacHealth in June 2019. Carrie obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at Campbell University in 2014 after working 6 years as a pharmaceutical chemist, where she was previously team captain of the Campbell University women’s basketball team. She has 5 years of experience as a physician assistant which has included orthopedics, urgent care, and family medicine. She most recently was working near South Lake Tahoe at a rural health clinic where she enjoyed seeing patients of all ages while managing both acute and chronic medical conditions. Carrie grew up surfing on the coast of North Carolina but was drawn to the Western Slope for the amazing mountain biking and nearby snowboarding opportunities.

Rosa Gardner PA-C Marillac

Rosa Gardner, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Rosa received her training at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Prior to PA school, she worked as an EMT in the emergency department for 3 years and before that worked in outdoor education and community outreach. In the fall 2018, she returned to Grand Junction after a year working in family medicine in Reno, Nevada, and joined MarillacHealth.  Rosa enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and believes in developing a care plan in partnership with the patient. She was drawn to Marillac for the integrated model – she loves having behavioral health, optical, dental and medical care available all in one place which allows for ease of access for our patients as well as collaboration of their care providers! She enjoys outdoor recreation – particularly hiking and mountain biking – as well as reading and playing the piano.

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Nikos Hollis, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nikos joined Marillac in 2016 after receiving his Master’s in Nursing from University of Colorado, Denver. Nikos is a graduate of CU-UNITE, a specialized health care training for low-income immigrant and refugee populations. He has practiced emergency nursing in Grand Junction, Denver & New Zealand.

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Rose Jennings, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Rose joined Marillac in October 2015. She received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She worked in St. Mary’s Hospital’s Cardiac Care Unit from 2006 until joining Marillac. She loves American Quarter Horses and riding in the high country.

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Tom Lavery, DDS

Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Lavery began his employment with Marillac as a full-time dentist in 2005 and was promoted to the position of Dental Director in February, 2007. Dr. Lavery received his dental degree from Creighton University and completed his residency program at Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. He possesses 37 years of private and public health dentistry.

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Judd Chamberlain, DDS

Associate Dental Director

Dr. Chamberlain worked at Marillac from 2010-2012 and returned to fill the new position of Associate Dental Director in Sept of 2015.  Dr. Chamberlain received his dental degree from University of Nebraska and completed his residency program at the VA in San Antonio, TX in 2010. For fun, he rafts and cycles.

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Kathryn Hart, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Kathryn Hart graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2003 and completed residencies in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and Pediatric Dentistry at The Children’s Hospital, Denver CO in 2008. In addition to patient care, each year “Dr. Kate” supervises 2-3 AEGD dental residents assigned by New York University. She joined Marillac in 2008.  When she is not working, she spends time with her family including her two young sons and enjoys gardening and audiobooks.

Dr Meredith Banks DDS-MarillacHealth-Grand Junction Colorado

Meredith Banks, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Banks received her dental degree from Midwestern University-Illinois in 2018 and continued her training with a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry here at MarillacHealth between July 2018-June 2019. In addition to her dental degree, she has a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in nerve regeneration. In her free time, Dr. Banks enjoys exploring the outdoors with her two dogs Bristol and Ruby.

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Bradley Seago, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Seago earned his dentistry degree from State University of New York in Buffalo, NY and completed his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY. He says on the job he enjoys performing root canals and extractions “…because I really enjoy helping get people out of pain.” Joining Marillac in 2014 shortly after marrying his wife, Dr. Seago knows how to throw a mean Frisbee.

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Amber Abeyta, RDH

Hygienist

Amber grew up in the Grand Valley. She attended Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), and graduated with her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2012.  She has a very active 1 year old  boy who keeps her very busy. In her free time she enjoys being with family, running 5ks, hiking, and being outside. Amber previously worked for Marillac from 2014-2016 but left to relocate for her husband’s Navy career. She is excited to be returning to Marillac and to become more involved in the health of the community.

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Valerie Hoffman, RDH

Hygienist

Valerie received her dental hygiene training at Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), finishing in 2014. She works closely with Marillac’s patients to build their confidence, knowledge & comfort. Reading, writing, hot yoga & all things “Star Wars” make her happy, as does riding her recumbent trike.

Nicole Lehar Dental Hygienist MarillacHealth Grand Junction, CO

Nicole Lehar, RDH, BS

Hygienist

Nicole received her dental hygiene degree from Sheridan College in 2008. Later, she finished her bachelor of dental hygiene degree at the University of Wyoming in 2009. Nicole is married with two little boys and a chocolate lab named Ali. Nicole enjoys many adventures outdoors including hiking, fishing, running and skiing. Nicole’s passion for dental hygiene shines during educating her patients. Nicole is excited to work with Marillac patients to build long relationships and aid in the care of our community.

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Brittany Lujan, RDH

Hygienist

Brittany attended dental training at Colorado Northwestern Community College and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2012. She is enthusiastic about performing dental screenings and educating children and their families, “to make the dental world a little less intimidating.” Time away from work includes painting, traveling, friends, family and a very special dog.

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Jolene Joseph, DBH, LCSW

Director, Behavioral Health, (Doctor of Behavioral Health; Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Dr. Joseph earned her Doctorate of Behavioral Health, Healthcare Management from Arizona State University and her Master’s in Social Work, Administration from The Ohio State University (1995).  Dr. Joseph has spent the past 13 years in a leadership capacity developing integrated care within FQHCs.  Dr. Joseph, a native to Ohio, joined Marillac in 2017 and is enjoying the beauty Western Colorado has to offer.  She enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and traveling.

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Melissa Cruz, LCSW

Behavioral Health Provider (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Melissa earned her Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research in 2013. Prior to joining Marillac Health in March 2019, Melissa worked as a Behavioral Health Consultant/Provider at an integrated FQHC in Philadelphia. When not working with the team at Marillac, Melissa enjoys hiking and rock climbing.

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Rod Pyland, LCSW

Behavioral Health Provider, (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Earning master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Administration for the University of Denver in 1978, Rod is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Rod imparts hopefulness and new skills to his patients. The unique acupuncture uses is designed to help with addictive behaviors, emotional balance and sleep. Rod and his wife provide foster care for children.

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Pamela Shannahan, DBH, MFCT, LPC

Behavioral Health Provider (Doctor of Behavioral Health; Marriage, Family, Child Therapist; Licensed Professional Counselor)

Pamela Shannahan-Sturgon joined Marillac Health in May 2017.  She received her Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.  Previously she worked at Mental Health Partners in Boulder & Aurora Mental Health in Aurora, CO.  Pamela likes to travel. Her favorite destination so far, Ireland. Dream trip, Kosovo. 

 

Jeri Brownfield, OD Optometrist

Jeri Brownfield, OD

Optometrist

Dr. Brownfield graduated from the University of Houston with a Doctorate in Optometry. She received a BA in Psychology and Biology from University of Louisville. She practiced in Kentucky until 2006 then found her way to Grand Junction to practice. She has worked on medical mission trips along the Texas/Mexico border attending to migrant workers and their families. She shares that she fell in love with the southwest while working at Indian Health Services in Zuni Pueblo.