About Dr. Eric Hernandez

  • Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Graduate University of Michigan Medical School with Doctorate in Medicine
  • Graduate residency at University of Washington, Family Medicine Spokane

  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, American Academy of Private Physicians
  • Member, Colorado Medical Society
  • Member, Boulder County Medical Society
  • Serves on Medical Advisory Committee for St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Medical Coordinator for Helping Hands Health Education 501(c)(3) charity (Providing health care and education to 3rd world countries)
  • Volunteer Healthy Learning Paths (Teaching school-aged children about healthy habits)

Down Home


Born in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, my parents moved me to Littleton, Colorado when I was 2 weeks old.  Although technically not a native, I consider myself a Coloradan.  I left only for medical school and residency, returning as soon as possible. 

During and after residency I spent a few years working in rural Emergency Rooms at two separate community hospitals.  While working in the ER I learned one of my passions was educating people about their conditions and how to better prevent repeat visits.  However, the acuity and volume of patients in the ER left little time for thorough education.  

Consequently, I transitioned into Primary Care Medicine while developing my skills in Concierge Medicine throughout the Vail Valley.  For the past 4 years, while continuing concierge care in Vail on weekends, I have been providing primary care in Niwot, Colorado on weekdays.  My experience in concierge medicine introduced me to the idea that appointments need not be restricted by time or location. Instead, they could last as long as required by the patient and be conducted wherever was most convenient for the patient. My experience in primary care medicine provided an appreciation for how a longstanding relationship between physician and patient can benefit both the acute treatment and the longer-term outcomes of all health conditions. 

My goal with Alpine Woods Medical is to combine the convenience and service of the concierge model with the personal relationship of the traditional primary care model.  I believe the merging of these key components will restore the confidence, convenience, and integrity of what healthcare can and should be.

About Kristin N. Byrne, MPT

  • Graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a double minor in Business Administration and Physical Education.
  • Graduate of the Rolf institute of Structural Integration, Boulder, CO.

  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Certified Rolfer
  • Certified Craniosacral Therapist
  • Graduate of the University of Delaware with a Master’s in Physical Therapy.

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I was born and raised in Greenwich, New York. When I was young I knew I wanted to work in medicine. Originally, I had wanted to be a doctor but as a result of multiple sports injuries, foot surgeries and then extensive physical therapy, I decided to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and achieved in Master’s Degree in the field.

My career began in outpatient sports and orthopedics but, after six years, I became disillusioned with the decreasing treatment times. I also recognized the role of alternative medicine and alternative treatment approaches in treating chronic issues, and therefore, moved to Boulder, CO to become a certified Rolfer. Over the past 12 years, while working for a variety of home health agencies, I have tailored my practice in order to integrate traditional PT with Rolfing and Craniosacral therapy. I have found this helps my patients return to their desired level of function better than traditional PT alone. Furthermore, being able to provide this level of care in the comfort of their home has been extremely rewarding.

My approach to patient care begins with listening to my patients. My emphasis is “hands on.” This includes manual therapy techniques, movement analysis, exercise, and core strengthening. I also believe strongly in educating my patients on how to improve their function and thus their quality of life. I am working closely with Dr Hernandez to help our patients meet their goals.

I have lived in Colorado for 12 years and currently live in Longmont with my husband, Jason and our son, Owen. In my free time, I enjoy walking, yoga, cycling, mountain biking, Cross-Country skiing and camping.

About James Hadley

  • Graduate at the University Of Bath, UK. Higher National Diploma  – Sports performance/Coaching
  • Network Australia certified Personal Trainer
  • Network Australia certified Fitness Instructor

  • USA Cycling certified coach – Level 3
  • USAT Elite member
  • Owner/Head Coach at Hadley Racing, LLC
  • World Championship Athlete – Representing Great Britain

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Born in England, I grew up swimming competitively and competed many times at the National Swimming Championships for the City of Bristol National Swimming Team. During this time I also ran for the South-West of England at track and cross-country and broke the 800m and 1500m records around the country.  This led to my triathlon career, winning races around the UK and achieving 2nd place at the junior British Triathlon Championships. 

I began studying at the University of Bath for Sports Performance/Coaching Education while continuing to train with the prestigious TeamBath development program.  After graduating, I traveled to Australia to train with USA coach Siri Lindley (where the team was based in the winter) and raced professionally around the globe. During this time I achieved my Australian Network personal training and fitness instructors qualification. 

After my training with Siri completed, I trained and learned first hand from one of the best athletes the sport has ever seen, 5x World Champion and Ironman World Championship record holder, Craig Alexander. This prepared me to represent Great Britain professionally for many years.  I achieved multiple podium place finishes at 70.3 Ironman, Rev 3, 5150 and Challenge triathlon events. I have represented Great Britain as a professional athlete in the 70.3 World Championships three separate times.

After a few years training with some of the sports best athletes, I sought a deeper motivation and hired Julie Dibens as my coach. Now I train in Boulder, CO alongside other professional triathletes Tim Don and Rachel Joyce at Rally Sport to help reach that extra yard.

In addition to my racing career, I also own and coach at Hadley Racing, LLC – a coaching company which trains clients ranging from all abilities to improve their life, performance, health and well-being. My training schedules/programs have been devised from 27 years of first hand professional experience. I have learned from some of the best coaches in the world, and trained/raced with some of the best athletes triathlon has ever produced. I set these programs personally and individually via Training Peaks each week. Although I am a more ‘old school’ in my approach to hard work, I set, monitor and assess each session based off HR and bike watts analyses with the Training Peaks program. Hadley Racing primarily focuses on swimming, biking and running to enhance the fitness and performance of it’s clients.