Our family medicine faculty and staff emphasize one-on-one teaching.


Our family medicine faculty and staff emphasize one-on-one teaching.

Dr. Lloyd has been with the Southern Colorado Family Medicine (SCFM) residency program since 2013 and enjoys all aspects of southern Colorado. She was appointed associate program director in 2014 and the program director in 2015. She enjoys the challenges of running a residency program and clinic as part of her job. Most notably, Dr. Lloyd enjoys faculty, leadership, curricular development, problem solving and teaching on a daily basis. She also enjoys getting away from her desk to run the colonoscopy track at SCFM.

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 earned minor’s in business and education. She attended Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for medical school. Dr. Lloyd then ventured to the St. Louis, Missouri area for three years of a joint civilian and Air Force Family Medicine residency program training in Belleville, Illinois. After her third year as scheduling chief resident, she was invited to remain at the residency program as an attending physician. During those four years, she gained a passion for teaching family medicine residents, served her active duty Air Force commitment, spent six months deployed to Ali Al Salem in Kuwait, published a cover article in AFP on burns and started a large grant-funded double-blind research project.

Dr. Lloyd is full-time faculty at SCFM and enjoys her role in teaching future family medicine physicians, whom she hopes will enjoy their roles in medicine as passionately as she does. She loves many aspects of primary care and teaching but is most passionate about procedures that include colonoscopies, colposcopies, central lines, LEEPS, intra-articular injections, skin procedures, vasectomies and more. She also enjoys outpatient medicine, OB, sports medicine and inpatient medicine.

Dr. Lloyd’s day-to-day life outside of work is all about family. She is a mother to three children, Zoey, Madison and Trevor as well as two dogs, one cat and seven chickens. She enjoys playing sports and doing anything outdoors in her free time including water skiing, surfing, wakeboarding, running, biking, kayaking, hiking, volleyball, snow skiing, snowboarding, basketball and swimming.

Elizabeth Skelly, FNP, is passionate about women’s health and enjoys the psychosocial aspects of care in underserved patient populations. She has been a practicing nurse practitioner for more than 10 years. Elizabeth became faculty and clinic medical director at SCFM in 2018.

Elizabeth attended St. Xavier University in Chicago where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing and then went on to receive her Master of Science in nursing with a focus in family nurse practitioner. Elizabeth has a background as an ER nurse, a nurse educator and spent nine years as a nurse practitioner faculty educator.

Elizabeth has one daughter, Sydney, and three fur babies. She spends her free time with Sydney, out at the Pueblo reservoir with the dogs, kayaking, biking, jogging and home improvement projects. She recently learned to wakeboard and plans to continue enjoying all the outdoor adventures that Colorado has to offer.

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 expand Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) exams in the inpatient and outpatient settings and work on expanding access for treatments of substance use disorders 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 2 sons.

Personal: Hobbies include snowboarding, gardening, home improvement projects, mountain biking, and exploring local restaurants in Pueblo.

Dr. Leslie Dempsey, and her husband Dr. Brad Dempsey, moved to Pueblo, CO, and joined the SCFM faculty in the summer of 2015. Dr Leslie’s passion is for whole family care, particularly obstetrics. She is credentialed to perform cesarean sections in addition to vaginal deliveries at Parkview Medical Center and heads the clinic’s routine prenatal care, high risk prenatal care, OB ultrasounds, and lactation support. She loves shaping the future of family medicine through its next generation of doctors.

Originally from a small town in northern New Mexico, Dr. Leslie 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 obstetric 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, upon starting a family, Drs. Brad and Leslie Dempsey changed their focus from rural medicine to academic medicine and are enjoying all that this new practice style and the city of Pueblo have to offer.

In their free time, the Dempseys are almost always with their two young boys visiting family, hiking or biking nearby, swimming, or checking out the local family attractions. Dr. Leslie can’t wait to own horses again and teach her family to ride. In the meantime, she enjoys her home zoo of two dogs, two cats, a shark, fish, and snails. The boys are constantly trying to add turtles and birds to the mix too!

Samuel Longfellow, DO, has a passion for providing care to an underserved population and for serving a diverse group of patients. He chose family medicine because he likes being a well-rounded doctor who feels confident in caring for everyone from babies and kids to adults and the elderly.

Dr. Longfellow completed his medical education at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He places an emphasis on full spectrum family medicine. He specializes in education, OB, clinic medicine, hospital medicine and developing rapport with his patients. He was born and raised in Colorado. He is a proud 2018 graduate of the Southern Colorado Family Medicine (SCFM) Residency Program and now serves the residency as a faculty physician. He is very proud to be able to serve the Pueblo Community.

His wife, Lindsey, was born and raised in Pueblo and is practicing as a hospitalist at Parkview Medical Center. They had their first child, Emery, this past year. He loves being a dad. They enjoy spending time together with their two dogs, Annie and Charlie, as well as watching movies, hiking, snowboarding, playing board games, being in the mountains, hunting and fishing. He is an avid Denver Broncos fan.

Dr. Sravanthi Paritala is so excited to be a part of the SCFM program. She is passionate about primary care and preventive medicine and enjoys sharing that passion with residents. She has always been interested in academic medicine and gets the opportunity to practice outpatient, inpatient, and obstetric medicine as part of the faculty at SCFM. The clinic’s involvement in the community and the people at this program were two of the many reasons that she joined SCFM.

She grew up in Aurora, CO. After studying Biochemistry and Psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, she returned to Colorado for her Master’s in Public Health before going to Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. After completing her family medicine residency in Illinois, she returned to Colorado and joined the SCFM family.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, seeing new movies, and traveling.

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 at the Avondale Los Pobres Center. 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’s original position was split between a separate private practice owned and staffed with other faculty members and the job as a teaching faculty member. Over time the private practice was acquired by Centura and Dr Stein’s practice is now at the residency (SCFM). She still sees the same pts and families that began with her in 1996. As a full scope family practice doctor she has had the privilege of delivering many babies and taking care of 3 and 4 generations in one family!

Dr. Stein is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison and did residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite her Midwest origins, Pueblo feels like home (since day one) and she married a Pueblo native a few years after arriving. Her 2 boys, although grown, still humor Dr Stein and let their mother spend time with them now and then – especially when she pays for a meal! Dr Stein enjoys horse back riding all over the area. She also enjoys skiing, snow shoeing and hiking – especially in the San Isabel National Forest area.

Nathan Culberson, MD, is a physician at Southern Colorado Family Medicine (SCFM) who greatly enjoys full-spectrum family medicine. His interests include inpatient and outpatient medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, procedures, endoscopy, and LGBTQIA care, and has developed a love for teaching these topics.

Originally from Fayetteville, AR., he attended the University of Arkansas for undergrad then moved to Memphis, TN for medical school. There he met and married his wife. They then moved to Fort Worth, TX to attend John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency. He spent an extra year of training focusing on maternal child health, including training for C-sections and high-risk obstetrics. After graduation, he moved to Pueblo to join the SCFM faculty in 2019.

His family has grown to include two girls. Together, the family enjoys hiking, camping and winter sports. Dr. Culberson loves sci-fi and fantasy, as well as auto/home maintenance, DIY projects, and wood working. They have come to love Pueblo and plan to stick around for a long time.

Dr. Ryan Jaarsma is the Director of Behavioral Health Education at Southern Colorado Family Medicine. “I love helping people get curious about their emotions” he stated. “Emotions are there to protect us to help direct us to something that we need to pay attention to. Once we understand what they’re trying to say, it gets a lot easier to sift through them and find helpful ways to deal with them” he continued. Dr. Jaarsma is passionate about learning how we can use psychology and emotional intelligence to understand ourselves and others more fully. He utilizes Motivational Interviewing and a combination of different schools of therapy to determine what fits best with each person he works with.

Originally from Northern Virginia, Dr. Jaarsma attended Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan for undergrad then went on to get his Doctorate in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois. He worked initially at Western Michigan University’s Counseling Center and then later at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health in a variety of roles, including Psychologist, Training Director, Supervisor, Manager and Chief Faculty of Psychotherapy at the Michigan State Psychiatry Residency there. Across these roles he discovered that providing psychotherapy to patients and teaching psychology to Residents are his professional passions.

Dr. Jaarsma is very happy doing both of these at the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency program. He recently moved to Colorado to take advantage of the tremendous outdoor activities here, including hiking 14’ers, trail biking and four-wheel driving in the mountains.

Dr. Lewis has been with Southern Colorado Family Medicine (SCFM) since 2017. First as a resident and now as faculty, after one year away doing additional training on Neuromuscular/Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) with Rocky Vista University and Skyridge medical center in Parker, CO. Dr. Lewis has a special interest in providing and teaching OMM, point of care ultrasound, women’s health and LGBTQIA care.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she spent many summers in Colorado, camping with her family. After completing an undergraduate degree in Genetics and a Masters in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound from the University of Missouri Columbia, she moved with her partner and cats, to Denver in 2004 to do cardiac ultrasound. After many years doing cardiac ultrasound in local hospitals she decided to learn more about how to help encourage health and prevent disease. First by going back to school and completing a Masters in Public Health from the University of Colorado Denver and then on to earning a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University California.

Dr. Lewis loves family medicine and osteopathic manipulation, because it allows her to work with a diverse group of patients and their families. She enjoys treating patients of all stages of life, from newborns to geriatric, including helping with the musculoskeletal changes of pregnancy and babies/children learning how to navigate the world. Experience with public health and under-served communities, leads her to being able to successfully work with patients who have various lifestyles and life circumstances. She has a strong belief that families come in all shapes, sizes and configurations.

Dr. Lewis feels working at SCFM gives her the opportunity to team up with patients and their families to balance physical, mental and spiritual health, in the best kind of medicine.