Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Health Center

Great Seal of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Health Center Office

69 Capote Dr, Ignacio CO, 81137

970-563-4581

Fax: 970-563-0206

Medical Records

970-563-4581

Mon-Fri, 8:00a – 5:00p
Closed 12:00p – 1:00p

Rx Refill


Mission

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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About

About

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.

Staff

Health Center Staff

Team Cedar

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 has lived in the Southern Ute community her entire life.  She has been an RN since 2005 and started at SUHC in 2022.  She is extremely excited to be helping people in her own community.  She enjoys family, lifelong friendships, playing pool, and hiking.

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.

Team Sage

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.

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.

Althea Martin, MA – Medical Assistant

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.

Lab/X-ray

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.

Case Management

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.

Front Desk

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.

Alma Dance

I am Alaskan and Navajo. My father is full-blooded Alaskan from Metlakatla, Alaska and my mother is full-blooded Navajo from Aneth, Utah. I grew up around Cortez and from 1997-2010 I lived on the East Coast in Fort Bragg, NC and then in Clearwater, FL with my late husband and our 3 children. Now I’m a grandmother of 3 beautiful children, ages 6, 5, and 3.

I enjoy anything that has to do with being outdoors: fishing, hiking, camping, being around water (lake, rivers, beaches, …), running, working out at the gym. I’ve always been so active.

I’ve worked in the medical field since 1999. Throughout all the years I’ve worked, I’ve never experienced anything like working with the Southern Ute Tribe. I started working here in May of 2022 and relocating here was the best decision I’ve made. I love my job and enjoy working side-by-side with my coworkers. They treat me like family, and that’s a great feeling.

Referral Coordinator

Brandilyn Archuleta – Referral Coordinator

COVID Info

COVID Testing

  • Covid testing is being done in the modular building next to the Health Center
  • Appointment times M-F 8:30am-11:30am
  • Walk in and scheduled appointments available
  • If you want to make an appointment, call the front desk : 970-563-4581

COVID Vaccines

To schedule a COVID vaccine, please call the front desk : 970-563-4581

Adult, Adolescent, and Teen COVID Vaccines (12 years and older)

Children Covid Vaccines (under age 12)

COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment

  • We offer 2 antiviral treatments for COVID-19 : Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.  These may be prescribed to a patient that have a positive COVID-19 test and are currently symptomatic.
  • Molnupiravir Patient Handout
  • Paxlovid Patient Handout
  • An appointment with a provider is required to receive antiviral treatment for COVID-19.  This may be a phone or in person appointment.
  • To get a phone appointment, you will need to speak with an RN to triage your symptoms.  The RN will determine whether you qualify for a phone visit or require an in person visit.
  • During your appointment, the provider will ensure that you meet all qualifications and do not have any contraindications for using an antiviral medication.  If qualifications are met, the risks and benefits of the medications will be discussed.
  • Please call the front desk to schedule an appointment or to speak to an RN : 970-563-4581.

Symptoms

You should be seen by a provider if you are having any of the following symptoms or are at high risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19 virus:

  • high fever
  • chest pain
  • palpitations
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty breathing

High Risk Diagnoses

  • 65 years old or older
  • Obese or overweight
  • BMI>25, or if age 12-17, have BMI ≥85th percentile for their age and gender based on CDC growth charts
  • CDC child/teen BMI calculator
  • CDC BMI calculator
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppressive disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, cancer) OR
  • Current use of immunosuppressive treatment (such as chemotherapy, Enbrel, Humira)
  • Cardiovascular (Heart) disease (including congenital heart disease)
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, or pulmonary hypertension)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (such as cerebral palsy) or other conditions that confer medical complexity (such as genetic or metabolic syndromes and severe congenital anomalies)
  • Medical related technological dependence (such as tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation)

Services

Services

  • 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 hour RN line
  • On site lab services
  • On site x-ray services
  • 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

Clinical Pharmacist Services

  • Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hyperlipidemia management in conjunction with your PCP
  • Tobacco cessation counseling
  • Medication reviews and reconciliation

FAQs

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.