Third Year Residents
Karee Welker, M.D.,
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
I grew up in Albuquerque, NM, & went to none other than Lubbock, Texas, *Get your guns up!* for college & med school. As much as I love “Raiderland”, I find myself waking up in the morning in disbelief that I live here in Grand Junction. In contrast to West Texas, there is actual elevation change here, endless mountain biking, a river, skiing, camping, etc. I feel like the luckiest resident alive to have matched to this program. The faculty is enthusiastic & invested in my education & my fellow residents have been so sweet & fun to get to know & work with. I am confident that I will be well prepared for practicing full-spectrum family medicine in a rural/international setting by the end of my three years. Karee’s e-mail address is Karee.Welker@sclhs.net.
Catherine Cantway, M.D.,
University of Washington
I was born & raised in Steamboat Springs, CO. I love the Colorado mountains & am happy to be back. I went to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, receiving degrees in Molecular Biology & Spanish. During college I raced mountain bikes for the CU Cycling Team & have continued to race since graduating. I have spent time in Spain & Peru & am now almost fluent in Spanish. In my free time I still enjoy mountain biking, Plus hiking, skiing, & recently have taken on wake-boarding! Cathie’s e-mail address is Catherine.Cantway@sclhs.net.
Amy Hills, M.D.,
I grew up in Evergreen, CO spending as much time outside as possible. I studied Integrative Physiology & Religious Studies (& skiing) at CU, Boulder. After graduation I worked in sleep research, became an EMT & joined the Copper Mountain ski patrol. I spent
3 amazing years in Summit County before med school at Georgetown in Washington, DC. I fell in love with the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, Latin for “care for the whole person”. Family medicine allows me to pursue this integrative approach to health that extends beyond a diagnosis, & the St. Mary’s program will give me the tools necessary to thrive in a rural setting. I am thrilled to be off the East Coast adventuring in CO. My husband & I enjoy watching Jeopardy, skiing, hiking, & camping with our rescued lab mix, Brody. I also look forward to developing my mountain biking, telemark, & river skills in beautiful Grand Junction. Amy’s e-mail address is Amy.Hills@sclhs.net.
Devon Hutton, M.D.
University of Minnesota
I grew up near Carbondale, CO where I learned to love outdoor adventure & appreciate the arts. I studied bio & chem at Colby College in Waterville, ME. After graduating I worked as a Wilderness EMT & Ski Patroler @ Aspen Highlands. While there, I met my husband & moved to MN for his Ph
D & attended med school at the U of Minnesota. My interests are broad--emergency from my EMT background, orthopedics from my love of sports, pediatrics from time as an EMT at Minneapolis Children's--which are all found in family medicine. My goal is to champion healthy living & I am particularly interested in Sports & Wilderness Medicine. I have a new love of Nordic skiing & public radio. I am thrilled to be home in CO & look forward to my time in Grand Junction. Devon’s e-mail address is Devon.Hutton@sclhs.net.
Zachary Kaufman, M.D.
St. Louis University
I grew up in the college town of Amherst, Massachusetts, playing ultimate frisbee & romping in the hills. I attended Colorado College (degree in Biology), & studied abroad in Denmark, Patagonia. I volunteered with the Adaptive Ski Program in Crested Butte & applied to med school. St. Louis was fun for 4 yrs but it turns out the midwest is a little flat. I found St. Mary's FMR at the NCFMR conference. We are a great fit, combining excellent inpatient, outpatient & OB/GYN training with some of the nicest faculty, staff & residents you can find. My interests in medicine are broad & change day to day. As for location, Grand Junction is a wonderful place to explore & provides easy access to some of the most beautiful country in the world. Zak’s e-mail address is Zachary.Kaufman@sclhs.net.
Stephanie Lape, M.D.
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Army brat. Nature Camp counselor. Graduate of the U of Virginia. Teach for America, Navajo Nation Charter Corps member. Wife. Rural Family Med rotations. Many experiences shaped my journey to St Mary’s FMR. Going to med school on the East Coast I went looking for full spectrum family medicine education that offered unopposed practical experience & strong academics with nice folks. JJ and I couldn’t ask for a better fit than St Mary’s. The people are genuine, the medicine top notch & the outdoor pursuits world class. When I’m not at the hospital or clinic you’ll find us camping, climbing, trail running, cross country skiing & still wondering how we got so lucky. While I hope to practice in a small town, perhaps with Indian Health Services, I am confident St Mary’s will leave me well prepared to go anywhere. Stephanie’s e-mail address is Stephanie.Lape@sclhs.net.
Becky Morrow, M.D.,
University of Iowa
I was born and raised in the Midwest, the bread basket of America. Farming has been on both sides of my family for many years. I grew up in a small town in north central Iowa, & attended the University of Iowa for my undergraduate & medical degrees. Although I loved the open skies of Iowa, I would travel to the West to backpack & camp whenever I could. I spent all of my summers during college as a backpacking guide in northern New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch. I’ve been a Medic, CNA & traveled to India. I appreciate rural communities & would someday like to focus my medical practice in a small town where I can continue to backpack, bike, run, canoe, rock climb & snowboard. Becky’s e-mail address is Rebecca.Morrow@sclhs.net.
Seth Turner, M.D.,
University of Arizona
I grew up in Tucson, AZ & after leaving the desert for the beaches of California & my degree in Ecology at UCSB, I returned to the U of Arizona College of Medicine. I was drawn to Family Medicine because of my interests in Rural & International Medicine. I did several rural rotations & volunteered at clinics with Spanish speaking patients, & at a border town in Mexico for a monthly free clinic. I worked in Hospice & have a continued interest in Geriatrics, End of Life & Palliative Care. I’m a NHSC Scholar & am excited to work with underserved populations after residency. I was drawn to Grand Junction because I love the great outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing & rock climbing. Seth’s e-mail address is Seth.Turner@sclhs.net.