Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Katie Bochat, MD
As a girl who loves horses, growing up in the city was not the best fit. I was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, much of my childhood was spent commuting out of the city to ride horses, garden, and play in the outdoors.
I hoped to train in an underserved farming community for medical school. Once I was accepted to the Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon, I quickly fell in love with the endless outdoor opportunities, and chance to help a community in need. I also fell in love with my classmate and adventure-partner, who as of recently, I am lucky to call my fiancé.
My fiancé and I couples matched into respective internal and family medicine programs in Pueblo, Colorado. Together we envisioned a new place to explore (with endless horseback riding opportunities for me). We felt welcomed by the overly friendly and approachable faculty, residents, and staff. SCFM was also a great fit for my personal interests in holistic medicine, women’s health, and full-scope family practice.
Jim Do, MD
I’m a Colorado native and grew up in Westminster. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelors in Integrative Physiology. Before medical school I took a couple years off to teach at the Denver School of Science and Technology at Green Valley Ranch while also training in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai. At the time I thought I wanted to be a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter (MMA) and compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but my plans changed when I was accepted to attend medical school. Luckily I was able to stay in Colorado near family to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. In my free time I still practice Brazilian Jiujitsu but also enjoy cooking, writing, playing with my two white fluffy dogs, and watching superhero movies.
I chose family medicine because I love every aspect of the training and wanted to see a variety of patients from all backgrounds. My passion while in school was helping the underserved and I knew SCFM would be the best fit. The residents and faculty have all been very welcoming and their dedication to improving the community is why I chose SCFM for residency.
Claire Donley, DO
I was born in Germany and later grew up near the Red Rock Canyon Mountains outside of Las Vegas, NV. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado where I studied Integrative Physiology. I attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Oregon. I was very excited when I matched at SCFM because they hold similar values to my own, including their focus on full-spectrum family medicine. I felt like I was at home when I met the faculty and residents during my interview. They also welcomed my interests in lifestyle medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and relationship-based care with my patients.
I love to rock climb, backpack, trail run, travel, and relax in the outdoors. Colorado has always felt like home for me and I feel lucky to be practicing family medicine at a great program.
Chandra M. Jennings, DO
Growing up in Miami, Florida, I am accustomed to the privilege of blue, sunny skies, and beautiful topography. The blessing of being invited to join the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Program in Pueblo will allow me to embrace these wonderful natural elements again.
My undergraduate education began on the eve of the worst natural disaster in American history, devastating the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, resulting in the cancellation of my first semester of college until January of the following year. As a member of the Tulane University “Katrina Class” and its inaugural undergraduate Public Health Class, I learned the values of perseverance, focus, and flexibility as I pursued my Bachelor of Science in Public Health. I continued my public health education at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where I earned a Master of Public Health degree.
I traded the sun and humidity of the South for the hills and snow of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending Duquesne University, I earned a graduate certificate in Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies. My experiences with community health fortified my desire to become a family medicine physician.
By attending the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas Campus, I was able to continue living within Appalachia with the added benefits of more heat and less snow. I found an institution that was dedicated to training primary care physicians to work in underserved communities locally and abroad.
I am ecstatic to be a member of the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Program. I look forward to exploring Pueblo, its surrounding plains and mountains, and the adventures that await beneath its bright azure skies. I hope to continue pursing my academic interests in population health, integrative behavioral/mental healthcare, underserved care, and obesity medicine while in Colorado.
In my spare time, I like to travel, learn new languages, devour any pop culture franchise that begins with “Star,” and continue my quest to embody the ideals of Wonder Woman. My dog (King) Cake and I are excited for this journey as a young family medicine physician.
Alexandra King, DO
I was born and raised in western Massachusetts and received my undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont. My wanderlust then took me across the ocean to Japan and then across the country to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I devoted a year to Americorps VISTA helping individuals with developmental disabilities and then worked at a senior assisted living facility. I then attended medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, where I was involved with the ACOFP student group organizing volunteer events and speakers.
I chose family medicine because I believe it is the core of medicine – long-term, full-spectrum primary and preventive care. I enjoy the opportunity to see patients of all ages and address their varying health concerns. My specific areas of interest include women's health, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and geriatrics. I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural underserved area after graduating, so I look forward to my training at the SCFM Alamosa rural training track.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Rory, and my cat, Trooper. We are avid hockey fans (go Penguins!) and enjoy traveling and painting. I love cooking, hiking, and rock climbing, and dream of being fluent in Japanese and Spanish.
Andrea Lewis, DO
Undergraduate Genetics and Masters in Ultrasound: University of Missouri – Columbia
Masters of Public Health: University of Colorado – Denver
Medical School: Touro University California – College of Osteopathic Medicine
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent many summers in Colorado camping with my family. Camping and hiking are still some of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of Colorado. My partner, our cats and I moved to Denver in 2004, when I started my ultrasound career. I spent many years doing cardiac ultrasound in a hospital in Denver, before I decided I wanted to learn more and help prevent heart disease.
During my public health education, I worked in local and global communities trying to increase access to care. After my degree, I decided to focus my goal on working with the diverse under-served populations of Colorado and be active in the community I work. I chose to go back to school and pursue a degree in medicine, because I felt there was a need for experts in primary care and preventive medicine. Osteopathic training gives me extra skills to use, as a compliment to traditional medicine. Family medicine was the specialty that matched best with my hope to treat the whole person, throughout the changes of their life.
I love family medicine because it allows me to work with a diverse group of patients and their families. SCFM and St. Mary-Corwin attracted me because of their legacy of compassionate care for the local community, including reaching out to those in need. My experience with public health and under-served communities led me to being able to successfully work with patients who have various lifestyles and life circumstances. I believe that families come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Working at SCFM gives me the great opportunity to team up with patients and their families to balance physical, mental and spiritual health.
Aaron Moore, DO
I was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Utah. I went to medical school at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO. I am married and have 2 children. My passions are spending time with family, traveling, camping, hiking, pretty much everything outdoors. I enjoy movies and have an extensive collection. I'm excited to live in such a beautiful area to continue my interests.
I chose family medicine because I like a bit of everything. I want to be able to take care of my patients from child to adult. Continuity of care is important to me. I like the ability to truly follow a patient's care throughout their life. I also enjoy the aspect of sports medicine: taking care of athletes and keeping them fit to pursue their passions. Family medicine allows me to follow this pursuit.
I chose to come to SCFM because the people here want to make you the best doctor you can be. I liked how SCFM offered an unopposed residency and believe the skills being taught will enhance my abilities for my future practice.
Todd Odegaard, MD
I am originally from the small mountain town of Basalt, on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. I grew up enjoying the outdoors – skiing, camping, and hiking are among many of my outdoor passions. Photography is another pursuit close to my heart, and in fact I originally received my undergraduate degree in the field from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I spent the next number of years working in photography in a professional capacity in the resort town of Aspen, Colorado.
As exciting as that time in my life was, it lead me to understand that my place was to serve in healthcare. I was witness to family and friends affected in varying ways by health concerns, and saw that only through improved health could one have every other benefit of life. I had always strived to be of service to others, but I realized that it was through healthcare that I could truly better the lives of those around me.
Deciding family medicine was my path was nothing short of one of the happiest realizations of this exciting journey. Through rotations in medical school I came to see that it was only through family medicine that I could make myself a part of the long-term overall healthcare of an individual and whole families alike. I feel the best healthcare is that which can be delivered over the long-term – sustained through a relationship of trust built between patient and physician. Through such a relationship I can help patients to know how best to sustain and improve their health outside of the doctor’s office. In addition to providing long-term healthcare, through family medicine I can involve myself in all aspects of healthcare, from general medicine to women’s health to pediatrics, and of course the many procedures that are a part of these fields, which I see as an incredibly fascinating way to practice medicine.
When making the decision on where I wanted to continue my education in residency, I found the Southern Colorado Family Medicine program to be such an incredibly perfect fit for the type of training I wanted to propel me into the family medicine profession. An unopposed residency program with emphasis on fields such as OB/GYN and pediatrics, and especially procedures, I felt the SCFM residency program would best prepare me for my future as a family medicine practitioner. My plan for the future beyond residency is to practice medicine as a ‘small-town’ family practice physician. Colorado is and forever will be my home, and there are so many small communities in this state that could use a good physician to care for them. My dream is to fill that roll, and I am so excited for these next few years to prepare me for that.
Class of 2021
Jacob M. Anderson, DO
"I grew up in a small-town Tremonton, UT where I ran around in the mountains and enjoyed spending time among the plants and birds. I went to college in Logan, UT where I learned to rock climb, and studied entomology, botany, world religions, and did my pre-med classes. I decided to pursue healing as a career, explored acupuncture, naturopathy, nursing, and ultimately decided on osteopathic medicine. I applied to a bunch of medical schools and got accepted to an Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Carolina. I spent two years there before moving to the hippie brewery-filled town of Asheville, NC among the great blue ridge mountains.
Between clerkships I enjoyed climbing and hiking with my osteopathic professor, eating at delicious vegetarian restaurants, and enjoying delicious craft beer. I enjoyed myself most on my outpatient family medicine, osteopathic, and integrative medicine rotations and decided that preventive medicine was the way to go for me. I applied to various residency programs across the country, looking for programs where I could serve the underserved and disenfranchised, have a degree of autonomy, have a broad scope of practice, and be among supportive staff and residents.
This program was among the few that really fit the bill and I am happy to be in southern Colorado. When I finish here, I plan to start a low overhead lifestyle-based preventive medicine practice with an emphasis on OMT, nutrition, and addressing the complex socioeconomic and environmental factors that inevitably affect health. I will probably stay somewhere in Colorado and hope to have great relationships with patients and the world around me."
Trista N.F. Hughes, DO
I grew up in rural Kansas about 15 miles outside the small town where I went to school. However, many of my fondest childhood memories involve hiking or camping in Colorado, and I have planned to move to here since I was a child. By the time I was in high school, I was known for being a “health nut,” and for my interest in medicine, both mainstream and alternative. I attended the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for undergrad, where I studied biochemistry because I wanted to understand how the body (and medicine) works at a very detailed level.
After college, I took some time to travel and explore my goals, and as a result decided to study public health while I was applying to medical school. I obtained an MPH with a focus on global health and completed a 4-month field study in Jimma, Ethiopia. Soon after returning, I began medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, I completed a year-long fellowship in Osteopathic Principles & Practices. I’m grateful for my training and passionate about including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in my practice.
I decided to pursue family medicine for many of the same reasons I chose osteopathic medicine. My goal as a physician is working with patients to help them obtain their healthiest version of themselves. I believe that family medicine truly is the best venue for preventative health and facilitating wellness. I chose residency at SCFM because of both the training and the people. I wanted full spectrum training, with strong OB experience and opportunities for OMT. I also knew from my rotation here that the people are welcoming, dedicated, and hard working.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our son, and our two dogs. My hobbies include running, hiking, camping, and just about anything involving mountains or the outdoors. We are especially excited to be living so close to so many amazing outdoor activities.
Michael L. Keane, DO
I was born in small town western Iowa, where I grew up on our family farm, raising livestock and row crops. The nearest town to our farm had a population of only 300 residents, the town in which I attended high school had a population of approximately 5,000, and my college town had a population of just over 10,000. I have spent my entire life in the graces of small town, agricultural, America and I am now happy to call Pueblo home. I have already spent the majority of years three and four of medical school working as a medical student here, in Pueblo, Colorado. This city had granted me many unique learning opportunities. Being a “smaller” family-oriented city, I have received an extraordinary level of hands on education in full scope family medicine in Pueblo. Now I am even more pleased to be here as a Resident Physician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
My view on medicine started at an early age. At eighteen months of age, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My family traveled with me to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska numerous times in the next three years during my treatments. Thanks to modern medicine, and skilled doctors and nurses, I was in remission in one year; completely treated, and back to full health in three years. To this day my family and I are thankful for everyone in the medical profession. I can truly say, “They gave me a second chance at life.” Through all of this, I came to admire health care professionals and aspired to do something meaningful with that second chance. My family and I know firsthand how big of an impact medical professionals can have on our world and all of the individual lives within it that they touch. My goal had always been to someday be one of these life changing doctors, now here I am!
I chose family medicine for the broad spectrum this specialty offers along with the great need for this specialty within the underserved small towns and cities across America. I prefer a comprehensive and holistic approach in the way that I practice medicine. I take pleasure in teaching patients and family members about their conditions and enjoy working with fellow physicians in our hospitals and clinics. As a Resident Physician, I am currently working towards a career in Osteopathic Medicine with an emphasis on proactive, whole body, health and wellness, gearing towards sports medicine and rehabilitation.
As a busy doctor, I still try to find some time to enjoy archery, marksmanship, hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and camping. Also, in my rare leisure time, I like to build wood and metal crafts, as well as build motors and drag race my pride and joy, 300+ horsepower, Harley Davidson motorcycle. Additionally, I have traveled abroad on several Medical/Educational Global Engagement trips; to rural Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and rural South Africa. I continue to carry strong ties to all rural comminutes, valuing my own upbringing on a farm in small town Iowa. I hope to someday start my own ranch and private practice office of osteopathic, wholistic, family medicine to serve the well-deserving, but often underserved, farming communities around the world.
Amanda R. Mullen, MD
I was born and raised in a small town in Virginia (Madison). I am the oldest of five kids, all home-schooled. Mom is a physical therapist and my dad is a brick mason. I spent summers in undergrad and med school doing masonry labor. I went to college at University of Virginia and medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University. I moved out to Colorado with my fiance.
I love working with my hands and doing procedures. I want to practice full scope rural family medicine. I wanted to be able to take care of everyone from babies to the elderly.
My hobbies include snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, triathlons, hiking, swimming, running, and binge-watching south park. I’m also a craft beer enthusiast
Lindsey A. Romero, MD
Born in Durango, CO, I lived in the rural Four Corners area until age 11, when my family and I moved to Pueblo West, CO. I attended college at Colorado State University-Pueblo on an athletics scholarship. After taking about five years off from school to work as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I went to medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
I had become interested in a career in primary care before medical school and became more confident in my decision to pursue family medicine during my clerkship rotations. I loved forming relationships with my patients, both young and old, and getting to see them repeatedly over time, helping to maintain and optimize their health and focusing on prevention as much as possible. As a family practice physician, I get to employ a large scope and take care of a diverse number of people: some of my strongest interests include sports medicine, obstetrics, and public health. In no other specialty could I employ such a broad skillset.
In the future, I want to provide care to the rural and underserved, especially in low or no-cost clinics, because I can relate to the needs and challenges of this vulnerable patient population having been that patient myself. I wanted a residency that had the same focus. I chose Southern Colorado Family Medicine because SCFM delivers safety net care for Pueblo and the surrounding areas. I also loved that SCFM operates a Migrant Clinic and has a strong OB component. Because the program affords flexibility for pursuing personal interests while maintaining a rigorous, well-rounded core curriculum, I know that I will be well-trained in full-scope family medicine upon completion of this program.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our children, and our friends and family. We love traveling being outside playing sports, hiking, or boating. Pueblo is a wonderful community, and I am thrilled to be training here!
Aaron B. Stewart, DO
I am from Provo, UT and studied biochemistry at Brigham Young University. After college I worked in research and clinical labs and before going to medical school I worked as a ski instructor. While living in Salt Lake City I met my wife who had just graduated from law school.
After getting married we left for Yakima, Washington where I attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University.
We have a three-year-old son who was born during my second year of medical school. When we are not playing cars with him we love spending time enjoying the outdoors as a family, hiking, skiing, and climbing.
I was drawn to SCFM for their strength in obstetrics and OMM, and the unique opportunities they offer such as migrant clinic and acupuncture training. After interviewing at SCFM I felt a connection to the attendings and residents and appreciated the supportive structure and family-friendly atmosphere that they fostered.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to the train here at SCFM and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities Pueblo and Colorado have to offer.
W. Collin Stewart, DO
I attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. I received my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and worked as a software engineer prior to medical school.
I wanted a residency that would teach me full spectrum family medicine and OMT in an unopposed setting. I chose SCFM because it had these qualities as well as faculty and staff that create an excellent learning environment. I was also drawn to SCFM by the opportunities for extra training in performing colonoscopies, OMT, acupuncture, and surgical obstetrics.
My free time is spent with my family exploring the great outdoors of Colorado.
Andrew Z. Xu, MD
Denver is my home, but I’ve lived in many areas in the eastern United States when I was growing up. My parents were graduate students struggling to make ends meet. I am thankful to call Denver home for the last 18 years and see that the access to medicine for the underserved has improved.
For college I attended the Colorado School of Mines in Golden with the intention of either going into pre-med path to become a physician or to become an engineer. After graduation, I had a detour for several years starting my own business as a software developer. The time was well spent, but my original desire to become a physician was unquenchable, which set the motion for my going back to school. My med school was the University of Colorado School of Medicine, fortunate enough to be in the same city. I had a wonderful but grueling four years of which reaffirmed my career choice as a family physician.
I chose Pueblo and Southern Colorado Family Medicine because of the wonderful people I met on my interview trail, the incredible training it offers as well as proximity to home. This was a good opportunity to venture outside of the comfort zone of my home city and yet stay within a drive away from friends and family.
I am most passionate about preventative and integrative medicine, endocrine, mental health and digestive disorders, as well as technology in medicine. Every day I am grateful for the opportunity to be a physician-in-training here in Pueblo. Looking forward to working with the people of Pueblo and to enjoy the surroundings!