First Year Residents
Alicia Adams, M.D.
Rush Medical College I grew up in Waukegan IL & received my undergraduate degree from Brown University, where I studied human biology & health disparities. I enjoyed my time out east exploring the coast but decided to move back to Chicago to attend medical school at Rush. I am an NHSC scholar and am fiercely committed to improving care for the underserved. I chose Grand Junction for my residency because of the incredible faculty support & full scope training that would prepare me for a career anywhere. Lucky for me, it happens to be in a beautiful area where I can enjoy the great outdoors in my free time! Alicia's email address is email@example.com.
Anita Allison-McNutt, M.D.
University of Louisville
I grew up in a small, mtn town in E KY, shadowed in the OR in HS & fell in love with medicine. I studied behavioral neuroscience & chem at Centre College. I worked with habitat for humanity, Big Bro/Sis, researched antibiotics, & sang in the college bluegrass band. I also studied in Strasburg, France and worked in Merida, Mexico orthopedics dept. After graduation, I married & moved to the "big city" of Nashville, & worked in the burn unit, then went to the University of Louisville SOM with the desire to do rural medicine. I graduated with distinction in research, using my neuroscience background to investigate the characteristics of brain cells in autism spectrum disorders. In my free time, I like to cook, garden, make music, & hang out outdoors with my hubby & dog. Anita's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travis Anderson, M.D.
Univesity of Texas, Galvaston
I grew up living on both coasts & even a little bit in Europe but since middle school have called Colorado home. I went to Brigham Young University for undergrad & studied exercise science. I met my wife Katelyn & together we left to have an adventure at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. We loved living on the beach & experiencing Texas life but are excited now to be returning home to the mountains. Practicing full scope family medicine in a rural setting in Colorado is my goal & the program in Grand Junction is ideally set up to help me succeed. In my free time I enjoy playing all kinds of sports, cycling, camping, hiking, fishing, & spending time with my family. Travis' email address is Travis.email@example.com.
Meredity Evans, M.D.
University of Colorado
I’m from Louisville, CO. & attended CU Boulder for my undergraduate degree & stayed in CO for med school. Although I can't bring myself to move away from this beautiful state, I do love to travel & have enjoyed studying abroad in Australia & traveling around the world with my husband who I met 4 years ago in a hot tub in Frisco after a day of skiing. We were married during my 4th yr. & are your typical active Colorado couple...we love running, skiing, climbing, backpacking & just about anything else that involves being outdoors. We're excited to start a new chapter of our lives in Grand Junction & explore all of the surrounding areas! Meredith's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Gerdes, M.D.
University of Texas, Houston
Born & raised deep in the heart of Texas, I attended UT - Austin to study Biology (Hook’em Horns!) & earned my medical degree at UT Med School at Houston. I found that I enjoyed just about every rotation, so I decided to become a full-spectrum family physician as the best way to combine all of my interests. St. Mary’s FMR has all of the pieces that I was looking for in a residency program: a great balance between inpatient & outpatient medicine, a busy OB/GYN service, excellent rural training, a strong bond between the residents, & access to the great outdoors of Colorado. I am beyond excited to take advantage of all of the hiking, skiing, camping, & mtn biking that Grand Junction has to offer, along with the incredible training opportunities at SMFMR. Drew's email is email@example.com.
Christopher Meinzen, M.D.
I was raised in the great plains, but went to New Orleans for school & haven’t been back. I got my undergraduate and doctorate at Tulane University and had a great time there. I’m proficient in Spanish & took a research year in Peru before starting at St. Mary’s. We started to appreciate mountain life in Peru & since my wife & I both really enjoy the outdoors, we couldn’t think of a better place than Grand Junction to train. My professional interest is international (particularly latino) medicine & I look forward to curating many outdoorsy hobbies here in the Rockies. Chris' email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Nelson, D.O.
AT Still University SOM
I was born & raised in New England, & now claim the West as my home. I studied cultural anthropology in Utah kindling an interest in how health & wellness is perceived across cultures, especially the Navajo of the SW. Along the way I married my best friend & relocated to New Mexico for a PhD in cultural & linguistic anthropology. I grew tired of spinning my wheels in academia & entered A.T. Still SOM. This granted me an opportunity to pursue my interest in underserved medicine - particularly on the adjacent reservation. Now after 10 yrs of marriage & five little boys, we are excited to join the team in Grand Junction to prepare us for a lifetime of service (and fun) in rural medicine. Matt's email address is email@example.com.
Angela Prato, M.D.
University of Kansas
As a typical rural Kansas girl, most of my childhood was spent showing sheep & other farm animals in 4-H. I attended the U of OK, studied abroad in Italy, earned a degree in Zoology, & developed a passion for addressing social determinants of health. While working on an MPH, I decided to attend the U of Kansas SOM, where I was fortunate to spend my FM rotation in rural Kansas. I learned from an amazing preceptor what it is like to develop relationships with patients & deliver stellar care. FM is the perfect fit for my interests in women's health, rural/underserved populations, & health advocacy. I like to paint, play trivia games, hike, camp, & watch Netflix. My husband & are very excited to be able to live in gorgeous Grand Junction with our Jack Russell, Tater Tot. Angela's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.