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Meet Our Providers 2021-09-20T15:27:48+00:00

MEET OUR PROVIDERS

 

Shannon Keel MD Chief Medical Officer MarillacHealth Grand Junction

Shannon Keel, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Keel joined MarillacHealth as Chief Medical Officer in August 2021.  After receiving her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa where she solidified her commitment to a career in healthcare. She attended medical school at the University of Colorado where she was recognized as a Piscano Scholar and graduated with honors before completing her Family Practice Residency at St. Joseph’s in Denver.  She worked for Indian Health Services on the Navajo Reservation and at an Community Health Center in Philadelphia before moving to the Grand Valley. She held leadership positions at St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency and HopeWest in Grand Junction.  Dr. Keel is a native of western Colorado with a passion for community health.  Along the way she completed additional leadership training and earned her Master’s in Public Health through the Leadership in Public Health Practices Program at the University of Colorado.  In her free time she likes to explore the outdoors with her husband, two kids, and her dogs.

photo of CRYSTAL OWENS, MD CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Crystal Owens, MD

Primary Care Physician - County Clinic

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). In August 2021, Dr. Owens moved to a family physician position at the Marillac County Clinic site. 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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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 children. 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 - Grand Junction Clinic

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.

Elizabeth Boot, FNP FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER, GRAND JUNCTION CLINIC, MarillacHealth

Elizabeth Boot, FNP-C, MPH

Family Nurse Practitioner, Grand Junction Clinic

Elizabeth Boot (Liz) joined MarillacHealth in September 2021, moving here from Arizona. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with 11 years’ experience and worked with Indian Health Service for more than 20 years as an Obstetrics Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. She spent 2020-21 with a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from University of Arizona with her BSN, Emory University with a Master’s in Public Health, and Frontier University with an MSN and FNP certificate. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, crafts and sitting on the porch. She is married, has one daughter.

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Deborah Borrego, ACNPC-AG, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner, County Clinic

Deborah worked in various fields as an RN, including, surgery, gastroenterology, emergency department, and cardiology. She continued her education and graduated with Master’s Degree in 2013 and dual certified as adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (ACNPC-AG) and certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C). She worked in multiple Emergency Rooms as an NP while in Texas. She saw many people that did not have or could not find a primary care provider; frequently due to type or lack of insurance and ended up in ER’s for primary care concerns. She found Marillac in July 2021 and felt aligned with the mission, vision, integrated care, and diversity. She has taken care of many people of vulnerable populations throughout her career and really enjoys being able to help those in need.
Deborah is married and has 2 wonderful boys. In her free time she loves being with her animals on the ranch, watching her oldest college rodeo, swimming and biking, and enjoying the country life.

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Derek Diaz, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant, Grand Junction Clinic

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.

Rosa Gardner PA-C Marillac

Rosa Gardner, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant, School-Based Health Center

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.

Sherry Woods FNP at MarillacHealth Grand Junction, CO

Sherry A. Woods, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, BBA

Family Nurse Practitioner, County Clinic

Sherry joined MarillacHealth in June 2020. She completed her Master of Science degree in Nursing specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2018.

Prior to becoming an FNP, Sherry had worked as an RN for 15 years as a circulating nurse in surgery, perioperative educator, charge nurse, orthopedic and dental surgical coordinator, and surgical services director. She also has a nursing background in home health, hospice, and case management and pain management nursing. Most recently, Sherry has worked as an FNP in a family practice and sports medicine clinic working with patients of all ages and conditions.

Sherry enjoys caring for all patients from the pediatric to geriatric populations and focuses on all aspects of patient care to improve the patient’s overall health and well-being. Born and raised in the Grand Valley, Sherry enjoys spending time with her husband Patrick, their adult children and their dogs taking family vacations, attending sporting events, as well as spending time in the Colorado outdoors camping, boating, hiking, fishing and 4-wheeling.

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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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Kathryn Hart, DDS

Associate Dental Director & 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. In June 2021, she assumed the leadership position of Associate Dental Director. When she is not working, she spends time with her family including her two young sons and enjoys gardening and audiobooks.

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Zachary Diamond, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Diamond joined MarillacHealth October 19, 2020. Dr. Diamond received his dental degree from Roseman University College of Dental Medicine in April of 2020 shortly after marrying his wife. While in dental school he received a scholarship from the National Health Service Corp (NHSC) which allowed him to begin his career focused on public health. Dr. Diamond says that his favorite thing about dentistry is the interaction he shares with patients and the ability he has to educate them about their dental health. When he is not “fixing teeth” he loves to spend time reading, binging TV shows and being outdoors. Being an avid skier from Utah, he is excited to see which state truly has “the greatest snow on earth”.

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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, BAS

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. In May 2020 she received a Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences- Dental Hygiene from Community College of Denver. 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.

Mae Haulman RDH MarillacHealth Grand Junction CO

Mae Haulman, RDH

Hygienist

Mae grew up in Western Colorado. She attended Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) and graduated with her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2017. In her free time, she teaches fitness classes and coaches wellness. She loves her garden, is a crazy cat lady- loves her two kitties and is a proud wife of an amazing nurse. She also loves to be active outdoors- skiing, mountain biking, trail running and all the things! Creating room for people to feel accepted, valued and loved is so important to her and Marillac feels like a place to do just that. She is so excited to be a part of the Marillac team! 

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Valerie Hoffman, RDH, BAS

Hygienist

Valerie received her dental hygiene training at Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), finishing in 2014. In May 2020 she received a Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences- Dental Hygiene from Community College of Denver. 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 Williams, RDH, BAS

Hygienist

Brittany attended dental training at Colorado Northwestern Community College and became a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2012. In May 2020 she received a Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences- Dental Hygiene from Community College of Denver. 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.

Connie Mercer LPC MarillacHealth Grand Junction

Connie Mercer-Cogburn, LPC

Associate Director of Behavioral Health

Connie Mercer-Cogburn joined MarillacHealth in May, 2021.  Connie is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University.  Previously she worked as Director of Psychology/Behavioral Health for Grand Junction Regional Center.  Connie enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband and adult children and grandchildren, and her dog, Finley, a very energetic German Short-haired Pointer.

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Rod Pyland, LCSW

Behavioral Health Provider, (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), County Clinic

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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Karen Steinbeck, LCSW

Behavioral Health Provider, (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), County Clinic

Karen joined MarillacHealth in July 2021. Karen is originally from Boulder, Colorado and also lived in Los Angeles, California for many years. She attended the University of Southern California (USC) and received her master’s degree in Social Work specializing in mental health. Karen moved to the Grand Valley in 2001. Karen likes to ski competitively with her 24-year-old twin boys.