Gary Petry, MD
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. Since 2008 Dr. Petry has been working in the emergency department at the same hospital. “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 healthcare 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, these 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 is the Medical Chief of Staff 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 coauthored 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.
Taryn Barrette, MMS, PA-C, is a primary care provider at St. Vincent Medical Clinic. She is passionate about providing a complete care approach tailored to the needs of each patient. “I always try to treat the whole patient,” says Barrette. “I want to know who you are, where you are from and what your goals are for yourself. I want to work with each person individually to maximize what they believe health to be. I focus on mental health, physical health, and preventive health at the same time.” Taryn started her medical career as a registered dietitian, where her passion for preventative care formed. “After working for almost 2 years as an RD doing research and consulting in nursing homes, I felt that the best place for me to be if I wanted to engage in preventive medicine was to be in primary care. I found the best way to get there was through P.A. school,” Taryn says. “Being in primary care and having a nutrition background is a great way to mingle health care with prevention.” Originally from California, Taryn has also called Massachusetts, Arizona and Utah home. Taryn, along with husband, Bill, and her dog, Toby, are overjoyed to be part of Leadville – and the wealth of outdoor activities the community offers. “I am so excited to be part of a tight-knit, small community. I love the idea of being an integral part of a group of people working towards a common goal.” Taryn adds, “And of course, I am drawn to Lake County’s amazing outdoors and mountains.” Taryn is accepting patients at the clinic located at 825 W 6th Street, Leadville, CO 80461.
Heather Wilson Damon, MHS, PA-C, has the unique distinction of having been born and raised in Leadville, Colorado. After receiving her BA in Kinesiology from University of Colorado, and completing graduate studies to receive her MHS in Physician Assistant Studies from Quinnipiac University in 2001, Heather worked in Connecticut & Pennsylvania after school for 5 years in Emergency Medicine at level 1 trauma centers, returning to Leadville in 2006. With a commitment to rural healthcare, Heather always has the community in her thoughts. Heather enjoys skiing, running and spending time with her two children.
Joette Eyser, MS NP-C RNFA CNOR, is a board-certified nurse practitioner at St. Vincent Hospital Emergency Department. She claims her hometown as Leadville although she grew up in Cupertino, California. She has a Master’s Degree in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner. Joette worked as an RN for 31 years before graduating with a 4.0 GPA and honors from Regis University. Joette has worked in Urgent care, OB/Gyn, Primary Care, and Emergency Room as an NP. She has a love for working in the ER and is working on becoming fluent in Spanish. Focusing on her husband of 21 years and her children, Joette values the small town atmosphere of Lake County and the ability to get to know people more personally in rural healthcare. The Eyser’s are involved in volunteering for Lion’s Club, Lake County Search and Rescue, Red Cross, 9 Health Fair, Church and school fundraising. They love the beauty of this area. already possess. St. Vincent Hospital has a special place in Joette’s heart and she envisions a long and happy tenure here.
Kelsey Kuehn, PT, DPT, CSCS
Kelsey Kuehn, PT, DPT is a native of Oklahoma. She attended The University of Oklahoma for her undergraduate schooling, and then she moved to north-west Texas to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in 2015. Her love for the outdoors quickly drew her to Colorado, living in Colorado Springs prior to moving to the area. Her primary experience is in manual physical therapy techniques including visceral techniques, but she also brings a solid background in general orthopedics, wound care and neurological impairments such as spinal cord injuries, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kelsey is able to work with clients to improve their athletic performance – something that she is passionate about. Kelsey loves the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, camping and rock climbing. She is rarely without her camera and is an avid nature and wildlife photographer.
Kelsey’s love for travel has taken her to several countries, and she is fluent in Spanish.
Peter Lemis, MD FACC – Visiting Specialist
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.