The program's faculty is made up of a core group of board-certified family physicians who practice full spectrum family medicine, including inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics. We also have several faculty members that are not family medicine physicians, including pharmacists, behavioral specialists, and an acupuncturist.
The program faculty includes adjunct clinical faculty, as well. These physicians may be embedded in the family medicine clinic, clinic preceptors, inpatient service attendings, or specialty faculty instructors for the resident physicians in both clinic and inpatient settings. There are many of these faculty members in the program and as such not all can be listed here.
Sharry Veres, MD, MHSM
Dr. Veres is a board-certified, full-spectrum Family Physician, who joined the St. Anthony North Residency program in August 2012. She is originally a Western Washington Native, and received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. After medical school, she headed for sunnier skies, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Veres has also completed a Masters in Health Sector Management from the W.P. Carey Business School at Arizona State University. Dr. Veres has teaching, administrative and curriculum design experience as a residency teaching faculty and faculty member of a medical college. She has received competitive research funding for practice-based research and clinical decision-making in cancer screening. Her clinical areas of interest include healthcare for culturally diverse and underserved populations, behavioral health integration in ambulatory care, and both performing and teaching outpatient procedures. Dr. Veres is happy to be in Colorado, close to the mountains and all the fantastic biking/running trails. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three small children.
Ryan Flint, DO
Associate Program Director of the 144th Ave Site, Core Faculty
Dr. Flint is originally from the mountain town of Big Bear Lake in southern California. He completed his undergraduate and medical school education in the Los Angeles area at Azusa Pacific University and Western University's College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He moved out to Colorado for residency, training at Rose Family Medicine Residency in Denver. After five years in private practice he joined St. Anthony's to fulfill his passion for teaching. Ryan has an outpatient focus and his medical interests include prevention, chronic disease management, and musculoskeletal/sports medicine, including osteopathic manipulative therapy. He remains passionate about bringing medical care to all, and has made three overseas medical missions trips to Ethiopia. Ryan enjoys camping, skiing, relaxing with his wife and four children, and trying to go to as many Denver Broncos' games as possible.
Beth Groff, MD
Associate Program Director of the 84th Ave Site, Core Faculty
Dr. Groff grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Williams College in Massachusetts for college, majoring in English and Women's Studies. After a year of travel, she headed to Philadelphia for medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. During a "Year Out" from Penn, she traveled to Costa Rica, Ecuador and Kenya, learning more about medicine and life along the way. She completed her residency in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Wanting to speak Spanish and deliver babies, she moved to Colorado to work with Salud Family Health Center in Brighton. At Salud she practiced full-spectrum family medicine for ten years, focusing on the care of underserved patients. She is thrilled to have joined the residency in 2011, where she is the Associate Program Director at the 84th Ave Health Neighborhood site. She is also involved in organizing the Global Health Interest Group, including work with the Centura program in Haiti. Outside of work, she loves to garden, cook and practice yoga. Her husband and two young sons keep her updated on the Colorado Rapids soccer team among other things.
Krystal Tamura, MD
Director of Inpatient Services, Core Faculty
Dr. Tamura was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado and completed medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She was fortunate enough to be able to come back to Colorado for residency at St. Anthony North, and after completing residency in 2014, had the privilege to stay on as the faculty development fellow.
Dr. Tamura is now a full time faculty and inpatient medical director. Her areas of interest include OB and women’s health. Even with the busy schedule, she always makes time to be with her husband and daughter. She loves to cook, hike, read, and play poker. She is very happy to stay at St. Anthony and looks forward to the many great experiences to come.
Trevor Harrington, DO
Director of Maternal Child Health, Core Faculty
Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Trevor Harrington, DO received her bachelor of science degree in physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco working as an EMT and clinical researcher before finally landing in medical school. She completed her doctorate at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. Dr. Harrington is receiving advanced medical training at St. Anthony North Family Medicine.
Dr. Harrington provides full-scope primary and acute care services. Her medical interests include adolescent health, addiction treatment, women's health and health care reform.
In her free time, Dr. Harrington is a climber, skier and former ballet dancer.
Sarah Liegl, MD
Dr. Liegl grew up in Denver and got her BA in History from Grinnell College in Iowa. She spent a hectic year in Johannesburg, South Africa doing HIV counseling before attending medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. Sarah completed her residency and learned Spanish in Greeley, CO where she was on the community health center ("Sunrise") track. Following residency, Sarah went to a very urban clinic in Washington DC where she did her National Health Service Corp Scholar obligation. It was at this site where she fell in love with residents and teaching, and went on to become faculty at the Georgetown Family Medicine Residency. Tired of traffic and wanting to be close to family, Sarah convinced her husband to move back to Denver in 2013 and is thrilled to continue in an academic position at St. Anthony North. Her medical interests include all things women's health, pediatrics, international medicine, and caring for underserved populations. Outside of work she keeps busy with her two kids, and enjoys running, reading, and travel.
Matt Ludemann, MD
Dr. Ludemann grew up in the 'burbs' of Chicago, brainwashed from the time he could walk into becoming a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame fan. He stayed in Chicago for undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University. He met his wife, Julianna, there and the two wisely left the Midwest for Colorado. Matt completed his Family Medicine residency at St. Anthony in 2009 and his chief residency in 2010. He and Julianna have two small children, Alice and Will. They enjoy spending their spare time hiking and cross-country skiing the quietest trails they can find in the high country and travelling as much as possible. His interests include teaching Evidence-Based Medicine and High Value Cost Conscious Care.
Christina Zarza, MD
Dr. Zarza received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in both Spanish Literature and Biology. She graduated Summa cum laude and also completed a Neuroscience certificate. Dr. Zarza earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She completed her residency at St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency program and served as co-chief resident her final year.
Fluent in Spanish, some of her medical interests include pediatrics, community medicine, and global health. When she is not delving into the complex world of medicine, she enjoys hiking, reading, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Beth Price, DO
Dr. Bethany Price is board-certified in family medicine and specializes in treating patients from newborns to older adults. She completed her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and earned her medical degree at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She returned to Colorado to for her residency in family medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Dr. Price is a Colorado native, originally from Norwood, a small mountain town on the Western Slope, and grew up in Grand Junction. Prior to joining Centura Health, she worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Denver.
When it comes to treating her patients, Dr. Price believes that each individual should be cared for as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms. She strives to promote healthy lifestyles to help prevent medical conditions. She believes in shared decision making with her patients, and works to provide better medical education so that her patients can make informed decisions and participate in their healthcare plans.
Dr. Price enjoys many aspects of family medicine, but has a special interest in women’s health and obstetrics (OB), community medicine and working with underserved populations.
When she is not seeing patients, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Laura Strickland, MD
Dr. Strickland grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended Northwestern University for undergrad. As the world is small, she met fellow faculty Matt Ludemann and his wife, Julianna, during her freshman year of college. She has been destined to live in Colorado and work at St. Anthony ever since. After college, she spent a year doing a volunteer program with Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Francisco. She returned to Wisconsin for medical school and residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Madison respectively. Following residency, she took a faculty job at Boston University School of Medicine, where she worked at an FQHC, and taught full spectrum family medicine to BU medical students. She loved Boston, but has found her home in Colorado. She spends her free time hanging out with her husband, son and their dog... preferably outdoors.
Sara Diaz, DO
Director of Integrative Medicine
Dr. Diaz grew up in the Midwest as a Hoosier, graduating from Indiana University for undergrad and moving on to Des Moines University for medical school. She met her husband there and they couples matched at St. Joe’s in Denver for their family medicine residency. After graduating residency, they temporarily relocated back to Indianapolis for her husband to do a sports med fellowship, but missed the mountains and sunshine of Colorado. She since returned with her family to the Congress Park neighborhood, where she and her family enjoy the amazing park system Denver has to offer and close access to the mountains. Sara had an interest in integrative medicine early in her training and supplemented her residency curriculum with acupuncture training. After graduating residency she continued her education in complementary and alternative modalities including nutrition, functional medicine, yoga therapy, safe/evidence based use of supplements, and specifically holistic women’s healthcare. In her free time you will find her hiking, doing yoga, singing with her husband in their family band, loving on her daughter Olivia, and enjoying good food and wine.
Mark Wisthoff, DO
Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship
A Colorado native, Dr. Wisthoff completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Colorado State University earning a Master of Science in exercise physiology and nutrition. Before attending medical school, he worked at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center in Rose Hospital designing nutritional intervention and weight loss studies.
Dr. Wisthoff earned his medical degree at the Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, returning to Colorado to complete his family medicine residency at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency program, serving as co-chief resident his final year. He then completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wisthoff believes in caring for the patient as a whole and returning them to the activities they enjoy as soon as possible.
When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Wisthoff enjoys spending his free time with his family hiking, snow shoeing, working out, cooking and exploring new restaurants in Denver.
Kim Walter, PhD
Director of Behavioral Health and Care Integration
Dr. Walter earned her BA in Psychology from Ball State University and her MA and PhD from Purdue University. She also received her graduate teaching certificate while at Purdue. Her doctoral dissertation was on building a collaborative care model for integrating mental health into primary care (before PCMH was ever created!) After grad school, Kim followed her husband's career path first to Tennessee and eventually to Colorado. Kim has experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health in a variety of medical settings from private medical offices to corporate healthcare systems. Kim joined the behavioral science faculty at St Anthony's in 2011. She has particular interest in resident teaching and integrated mental healthcare. Kim enjoys cooking, gardening and travel. She spends much of her free time outdoors with her husband camping, boating, or animal watching in the mountains.
Ivy Donaldson, MS
Behavioral Health Faculty
Dr. Ivy Donaldson has been a behavioral health faculty member at St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency program since 2018. As a behavioral health faculty member, Dr. Donaldson is responsible for providing training to residents, students, and medical faculty about behavioral and mental health in the context of a medical setting. As part of the behavioral health faculty team, Dr. Donaldson also develops behavioral health residency curriculum, facilitates resident support groups and individual resident support, and provides behavioral health consultation in the family medicine clinics.
Dr. Donaldson earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. She has a wealth of experience working with underserved populations and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She has a passion for working in integrated care settings, for teaching, working with underserved populations, and helping patients to reach their health goals by approaching patient care from a holistic perspective.
Dr. Donaldson is originally from Los Angeles, California and has enjoyed living in Colorado since 2009. She does miss the ocean, however finds the mountains here in Colorado to be a beautiful substitute. She lives in Denver with her 10-year-old son. She enjoys taking full advantage of all the activities that Colorado has to offer such as hiking, camping, backpacking, spending lazy days in a hammock, connecting with friends over a meal in one of the delicious eateries in Denver, a nice red wine, and reading.
Liz Spetnagel, DAOM
Acupuncture and Integrative Healing Faculty
Dr. Spetnagel completed her undergraduate education at Vassar College in Asian Studies and her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at Meiji College in Berkeley, CA. Liz returned to her native state of Colorado and practiced for over a decade in the Vail Valley before deciding to go on and complete a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and move back to her hometown of Denver. Liz is currently the President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and the Vice President of the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism. She is thrilled to be a part of a truly integrative healthcare team at St. Anthony Family Medicine.
Michael Plotnick, MD
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Obstetrics and Gynecology