Health Center Office
69 Capote Dr, Ignacio CO, 81137
Mon-Fri, 8:00a – 5:00p
Closed 12:00p – 1:00p
To elevate the health status of the people we serve to the highest possible level. To advocate for Native American and Alaska Native people, to ensure Equity, Availability, and Accessibility to a comprehensive, high quality health care delivery system.
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Welcome to the Southern Ute Health Center (SUHC). We thrive on providing comprehensive care to the community and surrounding areas. Our goal is to create an environment where you are the center of care and we assist you in achieving your healthiest state; physically, mentally, and spiritually.
The SUHC practices a team-based care model. When receiving care at the health center, you have access to a team of highly qualified medical professionals. Your primary care provider (PCP) will serve as your advocate to ensure that you receive the highest quality care and connect you with other specialists as needed to meet all your healthcare needs.
We have 2 teams at the health center; Team Sage and Team Cedar. We try to keep patients seeing their PCP and the providers on the same team as much as possible. In urgent situations you will be scheduled with the earliest available provider in the clinic.
Things to Know
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to appointment time to check in and complete any required documents.
- Please inform the front desk to changes in your phone number, address, and insurance.
- We request that cancellations be made 24 hours prior to appointment time.
- If you leave a message for an RN, you will get a return call within 24 hours.
- Phone visits are now available on a case-by-case basis. For some conditions, you will be required to be seen for an appointment.
- You will lose your appointment if you arrive to your appointment 10 or more minutes late.
- Schedule routine health exams. It is recommended that you see your PCP on an annual basis to ensure that you receive appropriate screening exams, lab tests, and immunizations.
- At your visit : keep your PCP informed of all providers that you are seeing and any outside labs and tests that have been done.
Health Center Staff
Richard Keller, MD – CMO, Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Keller grew up on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, attended the University of Toledo for medical school, and trained in full-scope Family Medicine in Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon finishing, he worked briefly in New Zealand before settling in Durango where he worked with Durango Family Medicine, which then became Mercy Family Medicine, for five years. After returning from a long road trip with his family, he started with us part-time in July 2018. He liked it so much he decided to stay and joined us full-time in November 2018. In his free time, Dr. Keller enjoys running, biking, and working on old VWs which he uses to travel the continent with his wife and twin boys.
Erin Nealon, MD – Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Nealon joined our permanent staff in August 2020 and has lived and worked in Durango for over 5 years. Dr. Nealon has been committed to serving indigenous communities within the southwest for over 10 years.
As an internist and type 1 diabetic, she is experienced in maintaining adult health and managing chronic diseases.
When not working, she appreciates exploring the rivers and trails of SW Colorado with her family.
Nenette McNamara, FNP-C – Family Nurse Practitioner
Nenette McNamara is a Nurse Practitioner with her board designation as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
She graduated from the George Washington University with a Masters in Nursing and has a Masters degree in Business from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for 15 years and an RN for 36 years.
She has recently been certified in Sound Therapy and Breathwork facilitation and will be available for sessions through the Southern Ute Health Center or Behavioral Health on specific days of the week.
Nenette is married with 5 children (2 biologic and 3 step children). She loves to knit, weave, is a hand spinner and makes her own yarn. She also enjoys sewing. She has two dogs and 2 cats (one who is special needs) and a very large goldfish named Jeffery… all who are rescues.
Her health philosophy is one of wholeness. When we address our emotional, psychological, spiritual health then our physical health is improved.
Nenette has worked at the Southern Ute Health Center since 2016.
Julie Olexa, RN, BSN, MPH – Registered Nurse
Julie has been with the SUIT since 2013 and has worked in the nursing field since 2015. She focuses on helping people and communities. She enjoys outdoor activities, including skiing, mountain biking & whitewater rafting
Sonja Silva, RN – Registered Nurse
Sonja’s family has lived in Ignacio for generations. Although she grew up here, she left for 25 years before moving back in 2018. Sonja has been an RN since 2005 and started working at the SUHC in 2021. She is thrilled to serve her community, enjoys family, lifelong friendships, playing pool, hiking and hot springs.
Lee Williamson, RN – Registered Nurse
Lee graduated with honors from the Nursing Program at San Juan College in 2013. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse in 2014, he was involved in law enforcement for 32 years in California and Colorado. He is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at the SUHC and have worked here for the past 7 ½ years. He has been married for 36 years and has 2 adult children. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, reading, and being outdoors.
Lilley Powell, CCMA – Certified Medical Assistant
Lilley was born and raised in Ignacio. She enjoys teaching sprint at SunUte, running, mountain biking, and most of all her Granddaughter Violet.
Ryan Duvall, MD – Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Ryan Duvall has been providing medical care at the Southern Ute Health Center since 2019. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Louisville and underwent his Family Medicine training at St. Mary’s in Grand Junction. His favorite part of practicing medicine at the SUHC is the ability to collaborate with a diverse team of health care professionals.
Sandra Beirne , M.D. – Pediatric Medicine Physician
Dr. Sandra Beirne is a pediatrician who joined the Southern Ute Health Center in 2022. She grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, and medical school at the University of Washington. Their decentralized model allowed her to learn medicine not only in Seattle, but also in Alaska and towns in rural Washington and Idaho. After residency and a chief year at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, she moved to the Southwest where she has been caring for children in the Shiprock area for the past 12 years. She is excited to have the opportunity to provide pediatric care for kids and families at the SUHC and the SUIMA. When not at work, Sandra likes to make food, paintings, and knitted goods, read, coax plants to grow, and be outside.
William Finn, MD – Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Finn grew up in the Seattle area. He attended the University of Washington Medical School and completed his residency in Rochester, New York, then moved to the Four Corners area in 2009 with his wife, and they have a son who was born in 2010. He has worked with Native Americans for eight years including the Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, and Southern Ute. He received a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2022. Dr. Finn provides medical care at the health clinic, treats patients with substance use disorders, and works on public health projects.
Stacy Concelman, NP-C – Family Nurse Practitioner
Stacy Concelman has been a board-certified family nurse practitioner since 2010 when she graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She provides researched based care to all ages that is focused on the entire well-being of the person (physical, mental, and spiritual). She enjoys teaching and it is extremely important to her that people understand the what and why of their diagnosis, treatment, and plan. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching gymnastics, hiking, skiing, exercising, and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.
Loni Acevedo, RN – Registered Nurse
Loni has worked for SUIT for approximately 5 years. She obtained her LPN license while serving in the US Army in 2000 and her RN license in 2013 from San Juan College in Farmington, NM. She was born and raised in Denver, CO but came to Ignacio/Durango every summer to visit her grandparents and other family members.
Joy Miller, RN – Registered Nurse
Joy has been an RN for since 2012 and at SUHC since 2019.
Chris Yazzie, RN
In House Specialists
Mark Saddler, M.D. – Nephrology
Dr Saddler grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa. He completed medical school in Zimbabwe then did his nephrology fellowship at Yale University and University of New Mexico. He subsequently worked on faculty at UNM and in private practice.
He was the founding member of Durango Nephrology Associates in 2005. This 3 physician nephrology group is now a Centura practice. Dr Saddler also served until recently as a Group Medical Director for Davita, providing consultative service and training for physicians and medical directors of dialysis units.
Dr Saddler is passionate about providing high quality patient-centered nephrology care. He is a keen cyclist and cross country skier. He and his family enjoy the community spirit and recreational opportunities inherent to living in a beautiful small town in Colorado.
Erika Stensen, PA-C – Rheumatology
Erika graduated from University of New England with a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. She practiced Family Medicine for the first 8 years of her career. She has practiced Rheumatology for 5 years here in Durango. She treats multiple rheumatologic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, Lupus and connective tissue diseases. She has lived in Durango for the past 13 years with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys exploring the mountains with her family and has a devoted yoga practice.
Jon Drake, M.D. – Audiology
Jon Drake is a certified bilingual (English/Spanish) audiologist. He completed his Master’s Degree in Audiology from The University of New Mexico in 2001.
Angela Romero, CMA –Medical Assistant, Lead Lab Tech (?)
Tanisha Figueroa, RMA – Medical Assistant
Tanisha has been a medical assistant since 2021. She has received all her experience at SUHC. She loves to bead, bake cakes, and spending as much time with her little family as possible.
Tia Nez, CMA – Medical Assistant, Community Health Representative
Tia has been with SUIT since 2020. She enjoys reading, art and music, and helping with music at church.
Karyn Jones, RN – Registered Nurse
Karyn has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She is a Certified Nurse Case Manager. Her background includes; acute physical rehab specializing in stroke and traumatic brain injury, home health & hospice nurse, telephonic case management, hospice agency manager, and hospice clinical manager. Mother of 2 and Grandmother of 2, she moved to CO 4 years ago after living her whole life on a family farm in PA. She has 4 dogs 2 horses and a riding mule. She loves to hike, kayak, explore the Four Corners region, and of course ride her equines into the mountains.
Georgette Miller – Support Service Manager
Georgette has been in the NM/CO area for 34 years and have worked in administration for medical for over 20 years. She has a Masters in Healthcare Administration Management. Wife and Mother of 2 daughters with 7 Grandchildren. She is a Girl Scout leader and foster dogs and cats for the local shelters. She loves to spend time with my family and love to read.
Chantelle Thompson – Front Desk Clerk
Natalie Bravo – Clinic Receptionist/Scheduler
Natalie grew up in Ignacio, CO & has worked for the Southern Ute Tribe for many years. She is very willing to assist you with your appointments here at our clinic. She loves spending time with her daughter, reading, beading & enjoying everything Colorado has to offer outdoors.
Brandilyn Archuleta – Referral Coordinator
- Covid testing is being done in the modular building next to the Health Center
- Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am-11:30am
- No appointment necessary
- Open to all Native Americans and Tribal employees
- For more information on testing from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
- Available to all Native Americans 6 months of age and up and all Tribal employees
- By appointment only, call (970) 563-4581 to schedule
- For more information on vaccines from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
- Medicines are now available to treat COVID
- Any Native American who has COVID can make an appointment to discuss taking the medicine
- By appointment only. Call (970) 563-4581 to schedule an appointment
- Treatment is especially important for people over age 50 and those with medical conditions
- For more information on treatment from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/treatments-for-severe-illness.html
- High risk conditions from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html
- Adult preventive care
- Pediatric preventive care
- Urgent care appointments
- Same day appointments per RN triage
- Exam room dedicated to cold and upper respiratory symptoms
- Adult and pediatric immunizations
- 24/7 hour RN line
- On site lab services
- On site x-ray services
- On site Pharmacy
- Referrals and consultations to specialist care
- Women’s health
- Pap smears
- Birth control (Oral pills, IUDs, Nexplanon implant)
- On site Nephrology – monthly
- On site Rheumatology – monthly
- Audiology – monthly
- Nurse Case Management to help with access to care and supplies
- Physical Therapy
Diabetes Exercise & Education Class
Diabetes Exercise & Education Class
Starting April 5, 2023 – Wednesdays from 4-5pm in the SunUte Community Center Capote Room
How do I sign up?
Get a membership at SunUte Recreation Center AND Sign up ONLINE or at the Southern Ute Health Center.
How do I pay for my membership?
- Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Members are free
- You can purchase membership on your own at SunUte Rec Center
Need assistance with membership?
- Please mention this in your sign-up paperwork
- If you have a diagnosis of diabetes, prediabetes, or metabolic syndrome
- Call the clinic and request that your provider send a consultation to Shining Mountain Health and Wellness for SunUte Membership Assistance Program
Aren’t sure if you qualify?
- Make an appointment to see your provider at the clinic
- Southern Ute Community Center Scholarships
Who is this for?
Anyone that wants to start an exercise program but is not sure how.
Anyone with a chronic illness or mobility issues such as:
- Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome
What will happen at each session?
Each session is a total of 1 hour: (30 minutes exercise and 30 minutes of education).
30 minutes of a group exercise program lead by trainers at SunUte.
- Exercises can be done sitting or standing
- Various level of exercises (beginner to expert)
30 minutes of education on various topics lead by different experts including:
- Personal Trainers
- Behavioral Health Specialists
- Medical Providers
- Clinical Pharmacist
Healthy snacks and recipes will be provided during the education sessions.
All sessions will be recorded and placed online to allow participants to do a missed in person class or to repeat the class if wanted.
- Improved blood sugar control
- Improved blood pressure control
- Improved energy
- Knowledge on exercise, nutrition, disease processes, and medications
Sign in at each session so you get credit for the classes you attend
If you do an online class, make sure you click the link to send an email to the staff informing them of your accomplishment.
Incentives will be offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a question for a provider, what do I do?
Call the front desk and they will connect you with the provider’s RN.
I want to speak directly with a provider, what do I do?
To see or speak with a provider, an appt is needed. Call the front desk to schedule.
I have a question or issue and the clinic is closed, what do I do?
Call the front desk number. An RN will speak with you and help you determine the next steps needed for your healthcare needs. The RN is able to contact a medical provider if deemed necessary.
I need help with medical devices, oxygen supplies, or other care
Call the office and ask to be transferred to the nurse case manager.
I have a question or need help with a referral or imaging request that my SUHC provider wanted me to have
Call the office and ask to be transferred to the referral coordinator.