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 5 years, while continuing concierge care in Vail on weekends, I practiced as a traditional Family Physician 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 each individual and be conducted wherever was most convenient for them. 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 while expanding 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.
Born in the Silicon Valley to an early computer programming family, we moved around a lot. First to Mexico City, then to upstate NY, Milan, Italy and Northern England. All before the tenth grade. I returned to the US for my last 3 years of high school before leaving again for Munich as an exchange student. Growing up in this wide variety of cultures, I learned the benefit of keeping an open mind as there are many paths to achieving the same goals. This proved to be the cornerstone of my medical philosophy as I continue to consider alternative paths to health.
Though I maintain a foundation in conventionally based medicine, I have also extended my education to include membership and leadership positions in the American Holistic Medical Association. During residency, to better my understanding of alternative approaches to medicine, I spent my elective rotations providing care on Native American Indian Reservations.
Upon completion of residency in 1996 I moved to Boulder. After living in four different states and five different countries I had finally found my home. I have raised 2 children in Boulder since moving here. Although they both have traveled for education, I am fortunate that they hope to start their careers here in Boulder, CO.
For the last 24 years I have worked for a few different medical practices in Boulder County. The commonality between these practices was the pressure to provide care for 20-30 patients each day. I have been attracted to alternative ways of providing medical care my entire career. Alpine Woods Medical affords me that opportunity by allowing a closer, more personal relationship with each patient and their families when appropriate. I am happy to announce that as of January 1st, 2021 I have officially joined Alpine Woods Medical to pursue the delivery of medical care in a way I always knew was possible.
I earned my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. I am a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and trained in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screening (FMS) systems, and Dry Needling certified. My educational and clinical background have made me an expert in manual and manipulative physical therapy as well as pain management and exercise prescription. In 2016, I opened Heafner Health Physical Therapy, a cash-based physical therapy clinic, in Boulder, Colorado.
When I’m not treating patients in the clinic, I focus my attention on educating fellow physical therapists in the profession, teaching in the community, speaking engagements, and writing. In addition, I have authored three books- Making Sense of Pain, The Guide to Efficient Physical Therapy Examination and The Yoga Fix, and I am the co-creator of The Student Physical Therapist website.
Born and raised in Colorado, I am as pure as they come. I enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, golf, & cycling. In high school, I was voted most likely to be an Olympic pole-vault gold medalist. Most recently I have enjoyed kickboxing and Mixed Martial Art training.
I have been a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist in Boulder County for over 15 years. I have also been the managing supervisor for Longmont United Hospital laboratory services as well as Regional Manager for multiple outpatient primary care practices along the Front Range. In all that time I have worked with countless physicians in multiple specialties and can say with all confidence Dr. Hernandez is the best I have worked with. His bedside manner & level of care he provides his patients is inspiring.
The passion he has for his work was evident on even the first time I met him. I have been fortunate to have helped him open Alpine Woods Medical and watch it grow.
My name is Kelli Presley, and yes, I am related to the King (albeit very distant). Born in Shamrock,Texas and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico and Gillette, Wyoming, I have been in Colorado for 8 years and life is good! I have a 4 1/2 year old furry girl named Ruby that loves to take me on long walks. I enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, biking, gardening, landscaping and when I have time putting together puzzles.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. I am an ASCP certified phlebotomist and have been drawing blood for 15 years. I have experience in long-term care facilities as well as hospital medical/surgical units, inpatient laboratory, and mobile phlebotomy. My experience is vast ranging from those new to life to those at the end of their lives. Our current circumstances have led me to focus on phlebotomy in the field to keep people safer at home.
My mission is simple, to make my clients feel safe and at ease with the entire phlebotomy process. From the moment I arrive in your home/business, until the time I drop your specimen off at the designated lab I will treat you with the utmost care and consideration. I look forward to working with you.