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QUALITY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Our providers offer you quick, convenient, high-quality care right here in town. We’ve recently expanded, with more providers and extended clinic and physical therapy hours, to serve you better whether you are in Lake County full time or commute out of the area.

 

Gary Petry, MD

Family Medicine Specialist, Emergency Physician, Hospitalist

St. Vincent Hospital welcomed Dr. Gary Petry to the Leadville Medical Clinic in 2013. He pursued his medical degree at Kansas University of Medicine from 1994 to 1998. His residency followed at Smokey Hill Family Practice in Salina, where he specialized in Rural Family Medicine. In 2001 Dr. Petry was employed by Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas, as a family practice physician, working in both areas of inpatient and outpatient care. He began working in the emergency room in 2008.

“I moved to Leadville because of my hobbies and my enthusiasm for mountain recreation. I have vacationed regularly in Lake County. At the same time, I am committed to quality rural health care and don’t believe ‘rural healthcare’ means ‘less healthcare,’” said Petry. When asked what concerns him about health issues, Petry replied, “the epidemic of obesity, childhood obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome concern me greatly. I look forward to working with St. Vincent Hospital, and my colleagues at the clinic to promote better health for Lake County.”

 

 

Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger

Lisa Zwerdlinger, MD

Lisa Zwerdlinger, MD 

Chief of Medical Staff, Hospitalist, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care

Dr. Lisa is the Chief Medical Officer at St. Vincent Hospital. She cares for patients in the emergency room and as the hospitalist for inpatients.  She grew up in Colorado. Dr. Lisa was educated at the University of Colorado for undergraduate, medical school and residency training. She is board certified in family practice and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Health Science Center of Medicine. Her passion for living and playing in the mountains brought her to Leadville. She is an avid mountain biker, rock climber, ice climber, and backcountry skier. Dr. Lisa has co-authored many articles and studies on high altitude physiology. Dr. Lisa is the Physician Advisor for the local search and rescue group, High Mountain Institute, and assists Outward Bound with backcountry medical advice.

She currently holds privileges at St. Vincent Hospital and at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco Colorado.

Joette Eyser, MS NP-C RNFA CNOR,

Emergency and Family Medicine

Joette Eyser, NP-C, specializes in primary care and emergency medicine. As a certified nurse practitioner, she brings background and provides services in women’s health, family planning, diabetes management and Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals at our clinic. Serving patients on Mondays and Tuesdays, Joette is available for both scheduled appointments and walk-ins.
What is a Nurse Practitioner? They’re independently licensed healthcare providers who aren’t doctors, but they take on some roles traditionally filled by doctors, including making diagnoses and prescribing medication. Their graduate education and training draw from the nursing practice, an approach to treat the whole person with an emphasis on wellness.
What is it that inspires Joette in her work? “I love this small town where I can get to know my patients,” she says. “I like to spend time and really listen.”
Joette enjoys treating babies, kids and men and women of all ages, but recently women’s health has become a particular area of focus. “I see a lot of women for annual physicals,” says Joette. “I can help women proactively manage their health to prevent sickness.”
She counsels in good nutrition and regular exercise. Joette points out that as women age they are often low in vitamin D and may begin to develop thyroid irregularities. They’re frequently dealing with perimenopause or they’re low in “good” cholesterol.
“I’m very interested in natural remedies before pharmaceuticals,” she says. “There’s a lot of validity to alternative therapies and I am always expanding my knowledge base. For example, there’s evidence that echinacea and elderberry can boost immune function, and that melatonin aids in sleep.”

 

 

David Cimino, PT, DPT

David Cimino, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Physical Therapy Department Manager

Dave has always valued an active lifestyle and wants to enable individuals to stay active for as long as they desire. He loves working directly with individuals and values assisting them to improve their quality of life.

His roots are from New York and Long Island, N.Y. but a passion for the outdoors led Dave to Colorado over seven years ago. When Dave is not at work he is often spending time outdoors alpine skiing, mountain biking, or taking his dog on a hike. He can also be found watching sports or playing ice hockey.

Dave taught the recent winter sports conditioning class at St. Vincent Hospital. He and Kelsey Kuehn, PT, DPT, the physical therapy department manager, hope to bring more conditioning classes to Leadville and Lake County in the future.

Education: Northeastern University in Boston, MA

Family: Girlfriend, “Bizzy”, and Labradoodle “Hootie.”

Favorite Mountain Moments: Backcountry skiing, hut trips, and participating in several endurance ski-mountaineering races.

Philosophy: “I feel it is our role to be a patient advocate, teach our patients to advocate for themselves and provide a supportive environment. I’d like St. Vincent Hospital grow as a place people come to, not because they are sick, but because they hope to remain healthy.”

 

Kelly Bergkessel

Kelly Bergkessel, PT, DPT, COMT

Kelly Bergkessel, PT, DPT, COMT

Physical Therapy

Kelly’s first career was as an electrical engineer. She soon realized that she missed the joy that interacting with people brought her. As a swimmer and triathlete, she had received physical therapy care and was drawn to the profession. So, she returned to school to become a doctor of physical therapy at the University of Colorado. Kelly is also certified in Dry Needling and Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

“It is fulfilling to help our patients get out of pain and to be in a profession that helps people,” commented Kelly. She focuses on tailoring treatments to individual patient needs and getting them back doing what they love.

Kelly is a lover of outdoor recreation and endurance sports. She has recently practiced physical therapy in Anchorage, Alaska. Kelly and her husband were there for 5 years.  She is excited to live the small-town life in Leadville. Kelly says “bring on the snow.” There was never a doubt, but now we know she is a perfect fit for Leadville and Lake County.

 

Peter Lemis, MD FACC – Visiting Specialist

Cardiology

Dr. Peter Lemis is a board-certified cardiologist at Summit Cardiology. Prior to joining Centura Health, Dr. Lemis was a partner at Jefferson Cardiology Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he has been in private practice for almost 30 years. Board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Lemis earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his internal medicine residency at Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York. Following his residency, he completed a clinical cardiology fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. When it comes to treating patients, Dr. Lemis believes in treating patients like people, not just as an illness or a medical problem. He uses the most advanced medical knowledge to provide compassionate, supportive care as he helps patients work towards better health.

 

 

 

Visiting Ortho at St. Vincent Hospital, Karli Dimino, MPAS, PA-C; Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center; Salida; Colorado; USA

Karli Dimino, MPAS, PA-C; Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center – Visiting Specialist

Orthopedics

Karli Dimino visits Leadville at St. Vincent Hospital on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 8:00 a.m.-noon. Call 719-530-2000 to request an appointment in Leadville.