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.