Dr. Emillia Lloyd
Dr. Lloyd has been with the residency program for two years now and is enjoying all aspects of SCFM residency and southern Colorado. She has been the associate program director for 1.5 of those years and really enjoys curricular development and problem solving as part of her every day job. She is most known for starting the Colonoscopy track that residents pursue at SCFM.
She began her career teaching at St Louis University Family Medicine Residency program in Belleville, IL. There she served her four years in the Air Force and gained a passion for teaching. Dr. Lloyd loves many aspects of primary care and teaching. She is most passionate about procedures to include colonoscopies, colposcopies, central lines, LEEPS, intra-articular injections, skin procedures, vasectomies, and any other hands on medical care she can provide. Aside from her love of procedures, she enjoys outpatient medicine, OB, sports medicine and inpatient medicine. Dr. Lloyd is full time faculty and spends every moment of her day enjoying her role in teaching future family medicine physicians, whom she hopes will enjoy their roles in medicine as passionately as she does.
Originally a resident of Los Gatos, California in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Lloyd went to Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree in Biology where she began a minor in Business and Education. Gig 'Em Aggies! Her road of education brought her to Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA next where she thoroughly enjoyed every second of medical school. At this point, she owed the US Air Force for her medical education, and she ventured to the St Louis, Missouri area for three years of a joint civilian/AF Family Medicine Residency program in Belleville, IL. After her third year as scheduling chief resident, she was invited to remain at the residency program as an attending physician. During these four years, she stayed busy; she taught family medicine residents, served her four years of active duty AF commitment, spent six months deployed to Ali Al Salem in Kuwait, published a cover article in AFP on Burns, started a large grant funded double blind research project, got married to her medical school sweetheart, Aaron, and most importantly had a daughter, Zoey, now 5 yrs old. Last year her family grew to four with the addition of a second little girl.
Dr. Lloyd enjoys playing sports in her free time. She has enjoyed white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, playing volleyball, snow skiing, snowboarding, playing basketball and swimming on a regular basis since moving to Colorado. This summer she has been able to return to water sports and waterskiing, another one of her favorites.
Dr. Benjamin Bryden
Benjamin Bryden grew up in the Midwest and went to college at Iowa State University, where he studied anthropology and Spanish. Dr. Bryden attended the University of Iowa for medical school where he cultivated a passion for global health and caring for the underserved. At the University of Iowa, he earned a Master of Public Health degree as well, working on public health projects in Mali, West Africa. He completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Texas followed by a Maternal-Child Health fellowship. During residency, Dr. Bryden completed rotations in Zambia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Honduras and continues to be passionate about caring for the global underserved.
His clinical interests include global health, obstetrics, obstetric ultrasound, tropical medicine and endoscopy. He enjoys the unique combination of procedural and medical skills that family doctors need and is excited to start a career teaching.
He is married to Dr. Mariel Bryden and enjoys traveling and staying active by running, hiking, mountain biking, backpacking and camping.
Dr. Mariel Brydent
Dr. Mariel Bryden comes to Pueblo after spending four years in Texas at John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital completing residency and then a Maternal-Child Health fellowship. Prior to this, she grew up in Iowa and graduated from college and medical school at the University of Iowa. It was before college that she met Ben, whom she married in 2006. Throughout the past ten years, they have traveled whenever possible both for work and for pleasure, including medical rotations at hospitals in Honduras, Zambia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Uganda, as well as public health work in Mali. In the future, they plan to return to overseas work full-time, with the goal of expanding family medicine and training local residents in the field.
Dr. Bryden is passionate about full-spectrum family medicine and caring for underserved patients. Her clinical interests include obstetrics, including operative OB and OB ultrasound, office gynecology, pediatrics, and tropical medicine. She greatly enjoys outpatient and inpatient procedures. She is excited to share this passion for family medicine with residents and looks forward to expanding the program’s OB, ultrasound, and global health curricula.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Bryden enjoys traveling, hiking, biking (road and trying to mountain bike), gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
Dr. Brad Dempsey
Brad Dempsey, MD, grew up in New Mexico, where he earned a degree in Biology and Foreign Languages as an undergraduate. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He subsequently completed medical school in his home state of New Mexico, and trained in Lincoln, Nebraska with the LMEP residency program in Family Medicine.
After residency he worked in a rural Federally Qualified Health Center in Southern Colorado. He has travelled throughout Latin America with global health groups, including Amigos de las Americas and Unite for Sight, which created formative experiences that led him into Medicine.
He enjoys working at SCFM because of the broad scope of experiences and the opportunity to interact with resident physicians. He is currently working on practice transformation initiatives to keep up with the rapid changes in Medicine, as well as helping develop the geriatric care curriculum. In particular, he would like to implement screening protocols into our daily outpatient practice as well as collaborate to integrate behavioral health seamlessly into office visits to provide a model clinic for residents. He enjoys improving efficiency in treatment protocols and EMR workflow.
He is happily married to Leslie Dempsey, MD, who is also a faculty physician with SCFM, and together they have a son.
Personal: Hobbies include snowboarding, gardening, home improvement projects, mountain biking, and exploring local restaurants in Pueblo.
Dr. Leslie Dempsey
Dr. Leslie Dempsey, and her husband Dr. Brad Dempsey, moved to Pueblo, CO, and joined the SCFM faculty in the summer of 2015. While new to the teaching role she loves shaping the future of family medicine through its next generation of doctors. Her passion is for multi-generational and whole family care and this includes obstetrics and lactation support. Dr. Leslie is also on track to perform cesarean sections for our clinic patients at St. Mary-Corwin hospital, which will improve our obstetric curriculum.
Originally from a small town in northern New Mexico, Dr. Leslie has pursued a career in medicine from a young age with plans to be a rural family medicine, “do-it-all” kind of doctor. She attended Texas Tech University and has a BS in Animal Science. This allowed her to hold on to her country roots while still getting prepared for medical school. Then it was on to Paramedic school in Colorado Springs for a year and later medical school in Albuquerque, NM at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine. There she met Brad Dempsey and they married in 2009.
With full scope medicine still the goal, Drs. Leslie and Brad Dempsey moved to Lincoln, NE for residency. Upon completion and board certification they spent two years serving in a federally funded health clinic in La Junta, CO. There, Dr. Leslie had the privilege of providing care to those who most needed it, gaining practical experience and knowledge along the way. She practiced inpatient, outpatient, nursing home/geriatric and obstetrical medicine in a rural hospital.
Her time on her parents’ dude-ranch gave her an appreciation for hard work and family balance and she strives to maintain that balance today. Therefore, after the birth of their son in 2014, Drs Brad and Leslie Dempsey changed their focus from rural medicine to academic medicine and are enjoying all that this new practice style and city have to offer.
In their free time the Dempseys try to visit family as much as possible, hike or bike in the nearby mountains, swim (any water activity is Nolan’s favorite), or spend quality family time at the zoo, children’s museum or other local attractions. Dr. Leslie can’t wait to own horses again and teach her family to ride!
Dr. Kristine Miller
Dr. Miller joined the faculty of Southern Colorado Family Medicine in August 2014. Prior to joining SCFM, she spent seven years in the Army treating soldiers, their families, and retirees. She is grateful for the experience she gained as a physician in the Army, and the opportunity to take care of those who have served our country.
Dr. Miller loves family medicine because of the variety every day and the ability to take care of families in the convenience of a patient-centered medical home. Excited to be a part of the SCFM faculty, Dr. Miller enjoys the tremendous culture of learning and enthusiasm built amongst both faculty and residents.
Born and raised in New York, she attended the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained at Madigan Army Medical Center. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors and love Colorado and all it has to offer. They enjoy bicycling, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, boating and skiing. Dr. Miller and her husband are excited to teach their son to ski at the amazing slopes in Colorado.
Dr. Carol Pfaffly, PhD
I was raised in New Jersey, and moved to Colorado in my teens to attend college. I completed both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. My doctoral degree is in family and child development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist, and I have been working in residency education for more than twenty years. I enjoy the variety of both teaching family medicine residents and providing behavioral health services to patients.
My hobbies include reading, fixing up my old Victorian cottage, and gardening. I have two adult children and two grandchildren that bring joy to my life on a regular basis. I currently live in beautiful Florence, Colorado with a neurotic golden retriever, two cats, and a bird. Visitors are welcome!
Dr. Laura Stein
Dr. Stein joined the faculty in January 1996. After doing Locum Tenens for 2 years she feels very fortunate to have found such a great group of people to work with for so long. Dr. Stein has an interest in serving the migrant farm worker population in the area and upon arriving to Pueblo started a clinic off-site to specifically serve that population. Together, with Dr. Sergio Murillo (a former SCFM resident), they supervise residents at the Avondale Los Pobres Center every Thursday. She is also one of the few part-time faculty who has a part-time private practice in town. This adds a lot of "real world" experience to the advice Attending Physicians like to impart to their residents! Dr. Stein has also been lucky enough to receive the Colorado Family Practice Teacher of the Year award in 2008 and the Colorado University Rural Faculty of the Year in 2011.
Dr. Stein is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She did medical school there and did residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite the Midwest origins, Pueblo feels like home (since day one) and she is now married with 2 children. When not trying to keep up with her boys' busy school and sports schedule she rides her horse along the Arkansas River on the Pueblo Nature Trail here in town. She also enjoys taking the kids up to the nearby mountains to fish and hike in the summer and snowshoe in the winter.