If you’re in need of medical care, Health West can provide you with the professional and expert medical services you’re looking for in Southeast Idaho. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable, patient-centered healthcare everytime you visit one of our twelve locations. We invite you to visit any of our twelve locations, take a tour, and see for yourself how we tend to the needs of our patients. If you’d like to schedule an appointment please call (208) 232-7862.
Dr. Logan Anderson attended medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He studied at Utah State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in human biology and met his wife, Francesca. Prior to completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Anderson spent two years living in Southern Chile where he learned Spanish and an appreciation of foreign cultures. He plans on practicing full-scope family medicine in a rural community where they can enjoy easy access to the great outdoors and all of its recreational opportunities. He and his wife love the outdoors and during their free time can often be found camping, hiking, swimming, or white-water rafting.
Dr. Andrew Baker is a native to Pocatello, Idaho where he grew up in an awesome family of 10. He attended Pocatello High School and was involved in scouting, tennis, and choir. After high school, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina where he learned to speak Spanish and grew to love the Latino culture. Following his mission, he attended Brigham Young University-Idaho where he studied Exercise Physiology. He then studied and received a master’s degree in Medical Health Sciences from Touro University – Nevada. After a year of working in between school, he and his family moved to West Virginia to attend West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. They loved their time in the Appalachian Mountains but are excited to return to Pocatello to be close to family and friends. Dr. Baker loves helping others and is excited to assist future patients understand and navigate through their health concerns. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his wife and 4 children. They love their pizza and movie nights, bike rides, hiking, reading/listening to books together, playing games, dance parties in the living room, and just spending time together. Dr. Baker will be training in Pocatello and Rexburg and feels excited and blessed to stay in Southeastern Idaho to practice family medicine.
Paul has been practicing medicine for 35 years. He received his education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He started his career with Health West in our Lava Hot Springs location. Since, he has practiced in Oregon, Montana and Washington; he returned to Health West in 2010.
In his spare time, Bieniasz enjoys the beautiful outdoor activities that Southeast Idaho has to offer from skiing to camping and fishing.
Paul is bi-lingual and speaks English and Spanish.
Kristin Buys, Physician Assistant, grew up in Driggs, Idaho. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho and Utah State University before earning her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University. Her practice interests include family medicine, urgent care, and preventative medicine.
Kristin and her husband are excited to be back in Cache Valley and for Kristin to be part of the Bear Lake Community Health Centers team. They enjoy spending time in the outdoors doing everything from hiking and hunting to snowboarding and snorkeling.
Kristin practices at our Garden City clinic.
Kristin’s specialties include:
Ryan Carr, Physician Assistant, grew up in West Jordan, UT, before attending UVSC for his undergrad. Later on, he studied at the University of Utah and the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas for his Physician Assistant degree. Before joining Cache Valley Community Health Centers, Ryan worked at an urgent care facility in Page, AZ. He still quite enjoys the urgent care portion of family medicine and assists patients in their psychiatric needs. The main focus of his practice is preventative care and treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and other health concerns.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys a wide variety of activities. One of his favorite things to do is spending time outdoors with his wife and four daughters, doing activities such as hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing.
Ryan is a provider at our Providence clinic.
Ryan’s specialties include:
Dr. Cody Cunningham was born and raised in Southeast Idaho, went to Brigham Young University – Idaho for his undergraduate education, and completed his medical education at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Washington. He and his wife have three children and enjoy camping, ATV riding, paddle boarding, movie nights, board games, and just spending time together. He is also an avid hunter, snowmobiler, weight lifter, and enjoys getting his hands dirty with some hammer, nails, and a big project every once in a while. Dr. Cunningham and his family are excited to join Pocatello community. He is passionate about family medicine and plans to practice in a small Mountain West town.
Speaks English and Spanish
Dr. Marie Elwood knew she wanted to be a physician from the age of 14. Before medical school, she enjoyed working as an editor, a chocolatier, a CNA, a medical researcher and a stay-at-home mom for her 7 awesome kids! She was raised in Elko, Nevada, in a huge family, and she has lived most of her adult life in Billings, Montana. She attended the University Of Washington School Of Medicine where she completed the Targeted Rural and Underserved Health Track and the Native American Health Track. Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Elwood is passionate about Women’s Health, Intimate Partner Violence Prevention, Rural Health Care, Suicide Prevention, Geriatrics, and Ethnobotany/ Traditional healing. She also has a special place in her heart for children and adults with autism and is an advocate for persons with disabilities. She enjoys spending time with her kids, reading, dining out, and clobbering her husband at Ping-Pong.
Speaks English and Spanish
Zuzana earned her undergraduate and her master’s degree at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, she spent three years as a hospital based registered nurse in various departments which included medical, surgical, and cardiovascular. Prior to joining Health West in February 2014, Zuzana also worked part-time in the Pocatello Free Clinic as a volunteer NP.
Zuzana’s scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common as well as complex health care problems spanning from childhood through senior life.
Among Zuzana’s greatest healthcare interests is in guidance and treatment of patients with diabetes. She understands the complexities of this disease requiring not only focus on treatment but even more important, prevention. She is passionate about educating diabetics on how they can manage their condition. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Zuzana was born and raised in Slovakia yet has traveled throughout Europe and the US extensively. She moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 2007. She and her husband enjoy spending time playing golf, skiing, traveling and enjoying outdoors in beautiful Idaho.
Tina Guedes, FNP-C is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Advent Health University. She received her master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she spent 20 years working as a registered nurse. She has diverse experience working in ICU, ICU step down, Emergency room, heart catheter recovery unit, and clinic nursing. Tine choose a career in medicine because she loves to help people and interact with them every day.
Tina grew up in Massachusetts, then moved to Florida with her family as a teenager. She moved to Idaho in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family friends, reading, hiking, and traveling. Health West is a wonderful organization that has so many resources to offer patients. Tina is proud to work here.
Cory is a PA who started with the Health West team in 2022. He attended Northern Arizona, Heritage, and Weber State University. He enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities.
Dr. Jordan Hammon graduated from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. He was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho with two brothers and one sister. After high school, he studied microbiology at the undergraduate and graduate level with Idaho State University. Teaching undergraduate students in microbiology is where his love to educate others was fostered. He is the lead author of six journal articles in immunology on his research with the covertly infectious fungal organism Blastomyces Dermatitidis. He then attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington. He intends to remain close to family and practice full-spectrum family medicine in Idaho. He enjoys weight training, hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with family.
Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Henrie was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho. He graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and attended medical school at the University of Utah. He married a farm girl from the Magic Valley and together they are raising two boys. They all share a passion for the state of Idaho and plan on settling in a rural part of the state where she can coach basketball and he can practice broad-spectrum family medicine with inpatient, outpatient, acute care, and obstetrics. He is an avid dry fly fisherman, but also enjoys hunting, camping, and playing and watching football, basketball, and baseball.
Logan Higbee, PA, was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He received his education from Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia before moving back to the area. He has been practicing medicine since 2010
Logan enjoys working with Health West patients to improve their health and make an impact on their lives. Logan enjoys spending time with his family, football, ultimate frisbee, disc golf and the outdoors.
Adam Hunsaker, FNP, has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah, a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Utah, and a Master’s of Science from Georgetown University.
He grew up in West Layton on a produce farm where he worked 10 years – his favorite memories involve watermelons, corn and onions. He started learning Spanish working in the potato fields and learned more Spanish in Argentina. He has a wife (who loves to bake cakes) and five mostly normal kids. When he has spare time, he works in his small apple orchard, smokes meats, and raises sheep. He has worked for 10 years as a registered nurse in various areas, mostly in emergency medicine, also in neurology, home health and wound care. He taught nursing students for four years at Utah State University. He is a rabid Chicago Cubs fan.
Daniel Jeffrey earned his Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is fluent in Spanish and has experience working in a newborn intensive care unit. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, camping, cooking, and spending time with family in his free time.
Dan’s specialties include:
Brandi Karroum, Family Nurse Practitioner, moved to Pocatello 9 years ago with only one visit to this area. Like all locals, after she discovered the mountains, the rivers, and the great people here, Brandi knew it was the perfect place to raise her family.
Brandi grew up in the inner-city of Seattle. She is the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants; and, she and her 4 siblings were raised by their single mom. Brandi grew up “in the system” with public assistance, including WIC, welfare and free lunches. Because of her sparse upbringing and the challenges related to reduced opportunities of childhood, Brandi has always had the desire to give back to those who may need extra help. This is what led her to our Community Healthcare – Health West, Inc.
Health West stands for what Brandi believes in—Healthcare that is available to all despite a patient’s ability to pay – so she is thankful to be a part of Health West’s provider team. Brandi has been a Registered Nurse for 5 years, and a Nurse Practitioner for 2 years. She earned both her Baccalaureate and master’s degrees at Idaho State University. Brandi’s favorite part about being a Family Nurse Practitioner is getting to know her patients along with their children, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and on occasion, their animals! However, Brandi only sees human patients from newborns to geriatrics.
Dr. Melissa Kjos grew up in various small towns all over Oregon, with a short stent in Colorado, before she moved to Corvallis, Oregon to receive her undergraduate degree in Biology with minors in History and Chemistry at Oregon State University. She completed a 3-month medical internship in South Africa, working in various day hospitals and with EMS services in Cape Town’s numerous townships, prior to entering medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. She married her husband, Chris, in 2004 while he was a Military Police Officer. It was during his second deployment to Iraq that she went to Africa.
Melissa and her husband have a 3-year-old daughter, a miracle ex-24-week-old, who is the light of their lives, and the best teacher Melissa has ever had. Melissa enjoys traveling, camping, jogging, reading, and spending time with her family. She is excited to explore the beautiful outdoors surrounding Pocatello during her residency and experiencing a new area of the country.
Dr. Tyler Kunz was born and raised in St. Anthony, Idaho. His adolescent years were spent moving pipe, playing team sports in school, and making memories with his family. He served a 2-year proselyting mission to New York City where he learned Spanish and ultimately decided that he wanted to return to small town life and practice medicine. Tyler went to BYU-Idaho for his undergraduate degree, completed a master’s degree in Washington State, and attended medical school at Rocky Vista University in Ivins, Utah. Outside of the clinic or hospital, Tyler can be found with his three boys and wife in the mountains – either hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Tyler also enjoys smoking meat, dirt biking, skiing and golfing. He plans to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural mountain community with an emphasis on lifestyle and preventative medicine.
Speaks English and Spanish
Naomi graduated with her MPAS from Elon University in North Carolina in 2020. Previously, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education. She has a passion for preventative medicine and believes in integrating patients fully into their healthcare. Naomi strives to be an inclusive general practitioner, treating her patients in every stage of life. She is excited to serve with the team at Cache Valley Community Health Centers as a Physician Assistant.
Naomi’s specialties include:
Dr. Lewis graduated with a degree in Osteopathic Medicine and began his career with Health West in 2019. Andrew speaks Russian and English and enjoys the outdoors and time with his family.
Speaks English and Russian
Jon Malan, D.O. has been providing primary care to underserved populations for 20 years, in rural Northern California and now in Idaho. He believes in a team approach to making care decisions, and that patients who are educated about their medications and conditions can make better choices about their health. Jon resides in the Pocatello area with his wife and 4 kids, and enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and reading about new discoveries in science
Dr. Trevor Miller was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and can’t help but love Husker football. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia University, Nebraska before attending medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in New Mexico. It is here he found enjoyment for many different areas of medicine naturally making family medicine a natural choice. After residency he plans on practicing rural broad-spectrum family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors doing various activities such as fishing and golfing.
“Laurie Nate is a native of Southeast Idaho, and grew up in Bear Lake County. She earned her nursing degree from Idaho State University and worked as an RN for 17 years; after which, she graduated from Graceland University with her Family Nurse Practitioner license. The rural community is her favorite area to work. After practicing in Kemmerer Wyoming for 7 years, Laurie moved back to Idaho with her husband. She has experienced various opportunities including: clinic setting, ER, hospital, home visits and education. Currently she is living in Dayton, Idaho with her husband, dog, horses, cows and chickens. During the winter she spends her free time inside doing handwork or studying, and in the summer she loves to be in the great outdoors.
Dr. Jesse Noe graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Born and raised in a small town in Tennessee, he has a deep fondness and passion for rural medicine. He loves Family Medicine because he enjoys helping patients from all walks of life, from children to pregnant mothers to the elderly. In his free time, Jesse loves beating his wife and kids at Mario Kart, trying to get his 3D printer to work, and fighting MI6 secret agents as the Bond villain Dr. No.
Dr. Cody Patterson, DO was born and raised in Saint George, Utah. He received an undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University in Human Nutrition, after which he attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine as one of the inaugural class members of the Southern Utah campus. He is excited to dive right into Idaho life where he can continue enjoying some of his passions such as hiking, backpacking, camping, and riding his mountain bike. In fact, he loves the outdoors so much that he fills his home with as many houseplants as possible to make him feel closer to nature. He looks forward to practicing outpatient Family Medicine after completing his residency training.
Speaks English and Spanish
Dr. James Petersen split his time growing up between Bryan, Texas and the middle of a wheat field west of Rexburg, Idaho. He is the oldest of five boys. Following graduation from high school, he lived in Ecuador for two years. Upon returning to Idaho, Dr. Petersen studied chemistry at BYU-Idaho. While there, he was a recipient of the Jack R. Wheatley Scholarship for leadership and academic excellence. He is also a two-time Idaho INBRE Fellow and participated in novel organic chemistry scaffolding research at the University of Idaho. Subsequently, he attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and participated in the university’s Idaho program. Dr. Petersen plans to practice medicine in rural America. He has an interest in obstetrics, endoscopy, dermatology, psychiatry, and pediatrics. In addition to English, he also speaks Spanish and a limited amount of Swedish. Dr. Petersen is married and has three children. In his spare time, he loves to hunt, fish, read, garden, and spend time with his family.
Speaks English and Spanish
Dr. Phippen started life in California but has spent most of his time in Salt Lake City, where he did undergrad at the University of Utah and studied Comparative Literary and Cultural studies. During and after undergrad, he worked as a psych tech and case manager at the U of U’s Neuropsychiatric institute. He went to medical school at Michigan State University and enjoyed engaging in Neurodevelopmental research as well as providing healthcare to people experiencing homelessness in the area. He did his clinical rotations in Detroit and after being in the Midwest for 4 years, he’s pretty stoked to be back in the mountain west. He has a strong interest in mental health in the primary care setting as well as hospice and palliative care, wilderness medicine and is passionate about serving underserved populations including refugees, migrant workers and LatinX communities. He loves to rock climb, ski, fly fish, go canyoneering, skateboarding, reading a variety of books, listening to and playing music, film (especially Swedish cinema) and learning more about cultures and languages and travel as much as possible.
Speaks English and Spanish
Jenna grew up in the small town of Midland, SD. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and commissioned into the US Army the same day. She began schooling with the Interservice Physician Assistant Program after being deferred for a year. She completed her course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, and Fort Stewart in Hinesville, GA, eventually receiving her MPAS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center at the end of 2010.
Jenna worked as a medical service officer until enrollment in the IPAP program. After receiving her MPAS, she transitioned into a battalion provider at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. She deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for 8mths in late 2012. Leaving the military in the summer of 2014, she began working as a medical contractor with Luke & Associates a the Soldier Readiness & Resiliency Center.
Jenna has three children. She is excited to work with the great people here in the Evanston area.
Jenna’s specialties include:
Joseph Neil Ragan, M.D. is a board-certified family physician who graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed internship and residency training at Naval Regional Medical Center San Diego, CA, and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA, respectively. After doing full-spectrum family medicine for 26 years in the U.S. Navy, Ragan returned to his small hometown in northeast Arkansas where he did emergency medicine and hospital inpatient work for a few years before relocating for family reasons to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Dr. Ragan is Medical Director at the Health West Pocatello Family Medicine residency clinic where he sees patients and teaches in the residency program. He has a special interest in under-served populations, including ensuring comprehensive and sensitive care for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people.
Dr. Jessica Rolynn graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine as a TRUST Scholar in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track. She is an Idaho native who attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Chemistry and Theatre. Her experience growing up in rural Idaho, as well as becoming a young mother, military spouse, and first generation college student, gave her a unique perspective as she pursued her degrees. She developed a strong passion for teaching while volunteering and working with at-risk students in various settings, and found that passion continued as she developed relationships with her patients in underserved populations. Dr. Rolynn and her family are excited to join the Pocatello Community; they plan to spend lots of time exploring the hills, local arts, and theatre troupes. She has a strong interest in Broad Spectrum Family Medicine, including advocacy, community health, and LGBT+ medicine. She looks forward to a long career in Rural Medicine.
Jaden Bingham, a Sweetwater County native, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 11 years of experience as a Registered Nurse with a background in ICU care, oncology, home health care, leadership, and hospice care. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Laramie County Community College in 2009 and then later obtained her BSN from the University of Wyoming in 2016. Jaden continued her education in graduate school at Walden University in 2018 and graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree in November of 2020. She will focus her practice on family medicine, including all groups from pediatric to adult and basic women’s health, holistic care, and urgent care. Quality and compassionate patient care is her goal when serving patients and their families.
Jaden lives in Rock Springs with her fiancé and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, crafting, camping, fishing, concerts, watching football, weightlifting, and riding side-by-side, exploring the beautiful outdoors.
Jaden’s specialties include:
Heather has been with Health West since 2004, She has an undergraduate and master’s degree medical anthropology. Heather also graduated from Idaho State University in 2009 with her PA degree and speaks Spanish. She enjoys traveling, her community, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Darya Skrenes comes to ISU from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Darya grew up in remote British Columbia and has lived in various countries including South Africa, Ghana, Grenada and Australia. With her love for full-spectrum medicine and passion to travel, Darya hopes to work in underserved communities and work intermittently with Doctors Without Borders in Africa. She enjoys almost any sport, the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and is an avid doubles beach volleyball player.
Dr. Ty Smith, DO earned an undergraduate degree from Idaho State University and his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic medicine in Missouri. Dr. Smith did his residency training at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
Ty was born and raised in Inkom, Idaho. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 39 years, and, together, they have raised four children. He is also the proud grandfather of 10!
Dr. Smith went into healthcare because he wanted to be able to travel and help people. He came to work at Health West because he wanted to be back home in the area he loved. He loves to help his patients and sees value in treating complicated patients in the South Bannock Area. When Ty is not working in the clinics, you can find him working on his farm and with his horses.
Dr. Katrina Spangenberg was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, earning a B.A. Honors in International Relations and Global Studies. This naturally led her to study medicine at the Medical School for International Health in Israel. She has a heart for caring for underserved communities and intends to take the expertise gained through the broad-scope family medicine training at ISU to work towards increasing healthcare access to underserved people groups and to provide quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive care, domestically and abroad. Outside of medicine, she enjoys exploring the beauty of Idaho and being outside. You may find her running on a trail, swimming in the Portneuf river, skiing Pebble Creek, or hanging out with family in Utah. She is excited and grateful to be a part of the ISU Family Medicine community.
Dr. Sterner, DO grew up in Pocatello and has always loved the American Falls area. As a kid he often went with his family to the reservoir, the fish hatchery, the river and the sand dunes. It is a beautiful place and he love it. He had spent years in Paraguay and has traveled to multiple Spanish speaking countries. He decided to go into healthcare because he loves solving hard problems, but learned at ISU that he hated being in labs because there is not enough social interaction.
Dr. Sterner liked medicine because it combines hard problems with spending time with people. He got his bachelor’s degree at ISU and then decided to try something new and went to Las Vegas for medical school. He loved it there but was very happy to return to Idaho to complete residency. He is now a board certified doctor in family medicine and is excited to also provide obstetrical care. He is very excited to become part of the American Falls community and he hopes to be a part of it for many years to come.
Ian Troesoyer, DNP, APRN, FNP-C Ian graduated with his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Idaho State University. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Ian worked in a local public health department as a clinical services director, a staff epidemiologist, tuberculosis program coordinator, and a registered nurse.
During his time in public health, Ian completed a year-long health informatics program (ITIPP) through a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
Ian provides primary care for families and individuals across their lifespan. He is passionate about preventive care, population health, and helping people live their happiest and healthiest lives. Ian loves hanging out with his family, playing music, and spending time outside. He is very excited to be a part of the Bear Lake Community Health Centers team!
Ian’s specialties include:
Dr. Weinhold grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, graduating in 2008. She came west for her residency in Family Medicine at Idaho State University and has kept in close proximity to mountains ever since. After graduation, she practiced full-spectrum, rural family medicine (including surgical obstetrics) in northern California for over 5 years, before returning to Idaho to teach in the Idaho State University Department of Family Medicine. She continues to have a wide scope of practice – outpatient, inpatient, pediatrics, and obstetrics – with additional special interests in clinical procedures, point-of-care ultrasound, and wilderness medicine. Within ISU DFM, Dr. Weinhold is the Director of Rural Programs, serving as Program Director for the two Rural Training Programs in Rexburg and Rupert, Idaho, as well as Associate Program Director for the core residency program in Pocatello, Idaho. She directs two specialized training tracks for residents: the Advanced Surgical Obstetrics Training Track and the Wilderness Medicine Area of Concentration, which she also developed. Recently she has created a Wilderness and Austere Medicine Fellowship, approved by the Wilderness Medical Society, and serves as Fellowship Director. When she is not caring for patients or teaching residents, you can often find her outside hiking, kayaking, or alpine skiing – and often that is also in an official capacity as a volunteer ski patroller and Medical Advisor for the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol.
Dr. Wernick was born and raised in the open spaces and mountains of Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with work in physiology. Life’s plan initially led him down the path of law enforcement. Over the span of five years, work as a peace officer provided him with skills he uses everyday as a physician. Dr. Wernick transitioned into medicine with a perspective well suited to serve a primary care role. He set sail for the Caribbean and graduated medical school from St. George’s University. After much time away from the mountain west, he is back home and thrilled to train and eventually practice broad-spectrum family medicine in outpatient clinic and emergency room settings along with engaging special interests in sports medicine. Outside of work, his pursuits and passions include snowmobiling, fly fishing, physical fitness, and plans for raising a family in the mountains.