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.
I was born in Sweden but grew up in a small town north of Boston. I first moved to Colorado for my pre-medical education at CU-Boulder. While working as a doctor in rural Colorado, I met my husband and we decided to start a family. My memories of Boulder brought us back here. We have lived here since 2010 and have two lovely daughters. We love to spend our time biking, walking our dog, training for the Bolder Boulder or watching one of our daughters perform at Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids.
I have always had a passion for health and wellness. My journey started in Boston working in metabolic research while earning my Masters Degree from Tufts University. I started my medical school education at the Columbia University of New York collaboration with Ben Gurion University of the Negev. When my mother became ill, I moved closer to home and completed my remaining medical school education in the US. I received my medical doctorate (MD) from the American University of Integrative Health (formerly University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine). I completed my internal medicine residency at the Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons program at Stamford Hospital.
I have worked as a primary care provider for over 20 years including 10 years at Boulder Community Health. During the Covid pandemic, I expanded my knowledge into food as medicine by obtaining a nutrition health coach certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a plant-based medicine certificate from E-Cornell. I am presently enjoying the ability to share my whole health knowledge with clients at Alpine Woods Medical.
My name is Dawn Thompson and I am the Practice Manager for Alpine Woods Medical. I come to AWM with over 10 years of medical management experience. I started with the practice in November 2021 as an administrative assistant and in August of 2022 I became the Practice Manager for this revolutionary concierge care practice. I am passionate about personal interaction and organizational excellence.
I am originally from Flowood, MS and I have been in Colorado for about 6 years. I have four incredible kids and one beautiful grandbaby!