Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Shining Mountain

Shining Mountain Office

116 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 serve as advocates for Native American and Alaska Native people, to ensure Equity, Availability, and Accessibility of a comprehensive, high quality health care delivery system.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Event

3/27/24 – Shining Mountain Fresh meal kit pick up, MCB

3/28/24 – 2-3pm, Tai Chi and Chai Tea, Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum

4/3/24 – 10:15am, Senior Breakfast, Health and Wellness “News You Can Use”, MPF

4/10/24 – time TBA, Elder Blender 101 Class, MPF

4/19/24 – 11:30-1:30pm, Sip Chat and Chew, educational table, MPF

4/24/24 – Shining Mountain Fresh meal kit pick up, MCB

5/9/24 – 12-1pm, Breastfeeding and Parenting Support Class, Topic: TBA, Downstairs MCB

5/29/24 – Shining Mountain meal kit pick up, MCB



Shining Mountain Health and Wellness is a fully grant funded community and clinic-based program that has a primary focus on chronic disease management and prevention. Chronic diseases that are addressed include but are not limited to; diabetes, prediabetes, and hypertension. The programing offered is dynamic and based on the fluctuating needs of the community. Examples of some methods utilized by program to aid in chronic disease prevention and treatment are nutrition education, cooking classes, foot care education and exams, SunUte membership aid, and meal planning assistance.*

Additionally, Shining Mountain Health and Wellness provides resources and education in both the breastfeeding and breast/cervical cancer fields. The program offers breastfeeding pumps, lactation counseling, and monthly resource classes or mailouts as well as breast/cervical cancer screening health navigation and/or clinical services payment opportunities.*

*Shining Mountain Health and Wellness offers a plethora of opportunities to not only Ute Tribal members, but also Native American and Alaska Natives that live locally and community members of those who live on the Southern Ute reservation. Please call the program to ask about what opportunities are available for you.*

Currently, Shining Mountain Health and Wellness staff are available for in person and telehealth appointments. Appointments can be made for the following services.

Nutrition Education

Platform: Telehealth/in person

Staff: Lisa B. Smith

Contact: 970-563-2344

Lactation Counseling

Platform: Telehealth/mailout/in-person

Staff: Shawmarie Tso

Contact: 970-563-2163

Foot Care Resources

Platform: In person/mailout

Staff: Shawmarie Tso

Contact: 970-563-2163

Sun Ute Community Center Memberships

Platform: Phone or Email

Staff: Heather Sorensen

Contact: 970-563-2349


Shining Mountain Health and Wellness Staff

Lisa B. Smith – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Lisa has been working as a dietitian in various settings for over 25 years and has been with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe since 2017.  She is currently the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for the Shining Mountain Health and Wellness program under the Tribal Health Department.  Through her work with Shining Mountain, she has been able to pursue her passion of helping people through their personal journey toward improved health.  Knowing that we all face different challenges, Lisa will be a cheerleader, coach, educator, and counselor. She has lived in Ignacio for over 25 years and enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, dancing, and eating!

Shawmarie Tso – LPN

Shawmarie has worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for 16 years and has been with Shining Mountain Health and Wellness since 2014.  Shaw’s expertise spans from diabetic foot care to Advanced Lactation Counselor.  Shaw’s passion for patient care is evident through her various roles with Shining Mountain and her creativity is a cornerstone to the program’s success.  Shawmarie lives with her husband, son, and daughter. She loves to craft, cook, and walk.  Look for her as she walks her dog in the early morning chill!

Heather Sorensen – MSN, RN

Heather began working for Shining Mountain Health and Wellness in July 2023. She has worked as a public health nurse for 16 years with experience in women’s health, breast and cervical cancer screening, care coordination, chronic disease prevention programming and nutrition. She is passionate about helping others prevent disease and stay healthy. She has lived in Durango for 6 years and enjoys hiking, skiing, travel, and a lazy afternoon with a good book.

Health Education

Health Education

Join Shining Mountain Health and Wellness and Food Distribution in making Blueberry Blue Cornmeal Pancakes



  • Nutrition Education
  • Foot Care Education
  • Breastfeeding Counseling
  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Breast Cancer Screening aid
  • Cervical Cancer Screening aid
  • SunUte Membership financial aid
  • Community Events
  • Cooking Classes
  • Diabetes Care – lifestyle treatment/prevention


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