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St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
 
 
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Faculty & Current Residents

View faculty biographies below or read about current resident students by year:

Faculty

Sherman Straw, M.D., FAAFP
Director
Dr. Straw (Sherm) loves teaching residents! In October 2008 he became our director after nearly 25 yrs experience with our program. Sherm has been: a resident here, part-time faculty-when in private practice, full-time faculty, assistant director, and associate director. His focus is making complex things simple, individualizing residents' education & always teaching from current articles & EBM. He graduated from Northern Arizona University then Med School at the University of Arizona where he met his wife Betsy, who is a Middle School Teacher. They have 5 children; 1 blue, 4 pink, 4 horses & 5 dogs. Weekends find Sherm exploring our spectacular mountains, eating freshly caught trout & recharging in the wonder of Colorado's wilderness.

John Whiteside, M.D., FAAFP 
Associate Director

Dr. Whiteside is passionate regarding the value of Family Medicine. He is a nationally-recognized educator who is delighted to invest his energy and talent in residents. Dr. Whiteside is a former chemical engineer from Virginia Tech. After working as an engineer, he returned to school at the Medical College of Virginia and, subsequently, Mayo Clinic for medical training. He also completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Arizona & most recently was Associate Director at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale Residency. His areas of focus are musculoskeletal medicine, stress testing, outpatient procedures and dermoscopy. Dr. Whiteside has 5 children. He is an avid outdoor athlete (road and mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, etc) and musician (guitar and drum). He & his family are eagerly exploring the amazing beautiful wilderness of western Colorado.

Elvera Whiteford, M.D.
Dr. Elvi Whiteford is a "local" who graduated from Montrose High School and Fort Lewis College. She pursued her medical degree in California at Loma Linda University and stayed to finish her training in the Kaiser system. She completed an Obstetrical Fellowship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (the largest county program in California) and is proud to say she was primary in over 200 c-sections during her intense training.  She then joined the Faculty in Fontana until June 2007. She has eagerly made the return journey home to further pursue academic medicine and her special interest in obstetric and women's health.  Her newest and greatest "hobby" has been chasing her two sons, Jamison and Camden.  She also enjoys crazy adventures with her high school sweetheart and husband Justin.  In between, she manages to squeeze in scrapbooking, cooking, gardening and a few hikes.

Keith Dickerson, M.D.
Dr. Dickerson was born and raised in Reading, PA. He received his bachelor's in electrical engineering and master's in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated cum laude from medical school at MCP in Philadelphia and completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2000 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He then completed a four year Air Force commitment prior to joining St. Mary's. His current areas of professional focus are hospitalist medicine, evidence based medicine and outpatient gynecologic procedures. He, his wife Teresa, and their daughter Sophia, enjoy bicycling, hiking, cross country skiing, peace and justice activism and gardening in their spare time.

Lance Reynoso, M.D., FAAFP
Dr. Reynoso was born and raised in Tecumseh, KS, attended Kansas State for undergrad and the University of Kansas for medical school. He completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Before joining the Residency, he worked for eight years in rural Kansas where he performed the full spectrum of family practice. His special interests are to share his procedural skills and teaching residents the art of medicine. He is married and has four children. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hiking, fishing, golfing, music, and other diverse activities.

Caroline Dorman, M.D.
Dr. Dorman comes to the faculty after practicing nine years in Craig, Colorado. She brings a rural perspective to the care of patients. She has extensive experience in emergency care and obstetrics, covering this small rural hospital for nine years. Dr. Dorman grew up in Oregon and attended Reed College, then medical school at the University of Oregon and graduated from our residency program in 1999. She has three children. Dr. Dorman has been an activist in our state serving on the Copic Board and as the legislative chair of the Colorado AFP.

Shannon Keel, M.D.
Dr. Keel grew up in Cortez, CO. After graduating from Stanford University she served in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. This experience led to her career in medicine at the University of Colorado, then residency in Denver. Family Medicine was a natural choice as it strives to care for the whole person & the whole family. Dr Keel’s passion for the underserved led her to practice not far from home - at the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. She speaks Spanish, enjoys OB, public health, & international medicine. Shannon has 4 yrs of residency faculty experience & was teacher of the year in 2007. Her husband, Thad, is a local Vet. Family time emphasizes camping, skiing, & biking with their two children Jack & Anna, & their 2 dogs.

Jennifer Roller, M.D.
Dr. Roller is a Denver native. After graduating from Claremont Colleges in California, she completed her medical degree at the University of Colorado and her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. She joined a private practice in Fort Collins in 1999. She has been actively involved in quality improvement and malpractice issues through her work as a board member for COPIC.  Dr. Roller has a particular interest in obstetrics, women's care, and pediatrics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, travel and her twin girls, Emma and Kate, and son Will.

Richard Price, M.D.
Dr. Price was born in Virginia to a military family that spent many years in Germany. He attended Colorado State University then Georgetown Medical School. He came back west to the University of Utah for Family Medicine Residency and his Sports Medicine Fellowship. He spent the past five years in practice in Mammoth California as a member of the USSA (US Ski Team & Snowboard Team) physician pool, a level 2 Certified USA Cycling Coach & team Physician for the USA Olympic Running Team. Rich is excited to help us start our Sports Medicine Fellowship & explore the area with his wife and their young twins.

Sabrina Mitchell, D.O., CAQ
Dr. Mitchell was raised, skiing, in Mammoth Lakes, CA. She received her BS in Physiology from UCSD & graduated from University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine; residency was at MSU-Sparrow in Lansing, MI. She then headed for sunnier climates moving to Farmington, New Mexico where she worked in a community health center, then opened a private practice & took on the job of Medical Director for Northwest New Mexico Hospice. Sabrina’s passions are hands on Osteopathic Manipulation, Palliative & End of Life care, & Non-Diet Weight Management. She is double boarded in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has two daughters & enjoys riding her motorcycle, cooking, singing & teaching herself guitar. Her family is really enjoying all the great outdoor activities of the Grand Junction area.

Monique Morisseau, M.D.
Monique comes to the residency with a strong commitment to the underserved.  She grew up in Rhode Island, attending the University of New Hampshire for undergrad then Dartmouth Medical School & Brown’s Family Medicine Residency.  Her initial practice was with the Indian Health Service in Northern Arizona working with the Hopi & Navajo.  Monique has been with St Mary’s 15 yrs and especially enjoys teaching OB Ultrasound & connecting new residents with the wonders of the area.  She has 2 daughters with her energetic Irish husband.

Randall Reitz, Ph.D.
Dr. Reitz is our Behavioral Science Faculty. He received a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University in 2001. He leads our integrated mental health team which provides on-the-fly access to counseling & case management services to residency patients. His passion is running group medical appointments, including diabetes, prenatal, chronic pain, & depression groups that our residents co-facilitate. Dr. Reitz speaks four languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese and English). Outside the clinic he is married to Ana Reitz, has three children, & loves trail running, mountain & road biking, and tile-work.

Amy Davis, M.D., MPH
Dr. Davis has been the medical director of the Ryan White HIV Collaborative Clinic at SMFM since 2000.  Her passion in medicine has been for special populations and for the underserved.  Her hometown is Queensbury, NY.  She received her B.S. in biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and then attended medical school at SUNY -Buffalo.   She completed residency at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in August, Maine.  She practiced 4 years with the Indian Health Service on the Hopi Reservation before joining the SMFM faculty in 1996. Her husband Billi is an organic farmer. Together they have three children, Amelia, Flannery and Keino.

Mary Willy, D.O.
Dr. Mary Willy is our pediatric champion. She was born in St. Louis, & fell in love with Colorado when her family lived in Montrose. She attended Ohio University for undergraduate & medical school. Her Osteopathic rotating Internship at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center and pediatric residency at Mercy Childrens Hospital both in Toledo, Ohio. Following residency, Mary joined the faculty of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine where she assisted in developing their problem based learning curriculum and served as pediatric liaison to the statewide Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency curriculum and site rotation director. In 2007, Mary and her family relocated to Western Colorado to be closer to their favorite vacation spots. Mary particularly enjoys caring for children with history of prematurity. She spends much of her free time exploring the outdoors with her daughter and applying her interior design background to remodeling her home.

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