Board of Directors

Officers

Chair/Past President: Gina Carr, MD, MPH, Grand Junction
Dr. Carr, MD, MPH is a Colorado native and graduate from the University of Colorado for both undergraduate and medical school, now practicing in Lake City, CO. As medical director of Lake City Area Medical Center, a Rural Health Clinic, she also acts as medical director of Hinsdale County EMS and Silver Thread Public Health District. Dr. Carr is passionate about community and preventive health so is excited to be involved with CAFP in order to advocate for system change to make health care better for all patients and bring the joy of practice back into the office. She enjoys bringing a rural perspective to the work that CAFP is doing to lead this change!

President: Craig Anthony, MD, Denver
Dr. Anthony is a new physician, having graduated from St. Anthony’s Family Medicine Residency in June, 2015. He currently practices at St. Anthony North Family Medicine in Westminster. Dr. Anthony’s clinical interests include pediatrics and adolescent health, preventative medicine, and patient education. In his spare time he enjoys skiing and snowboarding, camping, sailing and golf.

President-Elect: Stephanie Gold, MD, Denver
Dr. Gold practices at Denver Health and is a faculty member with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. She also works at the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center and with the CU Practice Innovation Team on projects related to payment reform and integrating behavioral health with primary care. She completed her residency at University of Colorado (Denver Health track), where she was a Chief Resident, and subsequently did a fellowship in health policy at the Farley Center.

Vice President: Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH, Denver
Dr. Piggot previously served on the CAFP Board as a resident member, and became the first ever chair of the CAFP Resident and Student Taskforce and on the education committee. Dr. Piggott has held multiple local and national positions in the medical community. Additionally, he has a solid foundation in health policy after receiving his MPH, and has a track record of advocating for patients and family physicians since medical student. Dr. Piggott is currently doing research on the relationship between physician and staff burnout and practice transformation in Colorado.

Secretary/Treasurer: Alan-Michael Vargas, MD, Parachute
Dr. Vargas completed residency as Chief Resident at Icahn Mount Sinai in 2013, and since moving to Colorado has practiced in the Rural Western Slope with Grand River Health (a Critical Access Hospital). At Grand River Health Dr. Vargas has served on their Medical Executive Committee for 2 years and currently serves as the Vice Chief of Staff. He previously served as the International Medical Graduate delegate for CAFP to the AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders. Dr. Vargas is excited to represent the interests of the rural western slope on the Board of Directors.

Member-at-Large: Abbie Urish, MD, Colorado Springs
Dr. Urish completed her medical degree and training at Michigan State University after growing up in rural Wyoming and doing a short stint as a teacher in Colorado Springs. She returned to Colorado and has worked for over 5 years as a frontier family doctor; Chief of Staff/ER/hospitalist/clinician of a small critical access hospital. Dr. Urish has already served one term on the CAFP Board to better represent rural hospitals and clinics at the state level. As part of her recent position, she is interested with sources of revenue in rural health models of sustainability and wants to continue being involved in policies to promote access to health throughout the state.  She had her third child this year and will be transitioning employment after maternity to be more self-employed and available to her young children and family.

External Relations/Awards Committee Chair: John Cawley, MD, FAAFP, Fort Collins
Dr. Cawley is originally from rural northeaster North Dakota, but asks that you don’t hold that against him. He completed his residency in Ft. Collins and now practices there at Associates in Family Medicine. He is passionate about helping fellow physician navigate the current changes in primary care, and serves on the CAFP board’s education committee.

Zach Wachtl, MD, Denver
Dr. Wachtl received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Rose Family Medicine. He is passionate about quality care for all and working as a partner with his patients to achieve the best outcome. Dr. Wachtl currently practices at Clinica Family Health, an FQHC serving Adams, Broomfield and Boulder counties. He enjoys caring for his largely Spanish speaking and underserved patient population.

Term Expiring 2022

Karin Susskind, MD, Boulder
Dr. Susskind is a​ ​partner​ ​in ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​last​ ​physician-owned​ ​multispecialty​ ​practice​ ​in​ ​Colorado,​ and is​ ​keenly​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​issues​ ​that​ ​challenge​ ​the​ ​field of family medicine:​ ​insurance concerns,​ ​hospital​ ​gerrymandering,​ ​and​ ​filling​ ​the​ ​workforce.​ ​She served as​ ​Chair​ ​of the​ ​Family​ ​Medicine​ ​Department​ ​at​ ​her​ ​community​ ​hospital,​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the credentialing​ ​committee,​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​patient​ ​centered​ ​medical​ ​home​ ​and​ ​participating​ ​in our​ ​medical​ ​center​ ​board​ ​meetings​. This experience ​cemented​ ​her​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of “having​ ​a​ ​seat​ ​at​ ​the​ ​table.” Prior to having an MD, Dr. Susskind​ ​worked​ ​as​ ​a​ ​ranch​ ​hand​ ​in​ ​Greeley​ ​and​ ​later​ ​became an​ ​active​ ​AMSA​ ​member.​ ​There​ ​she​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​Appalachia​ ​and​ ​then represent​ ​rural​ ​health​ ​concerns​ ​as​ ​Liaison​ ​for​ ​Rural​ ​Health.

Jen Feng, MD, Denver
Dr. Feng completed her residency at the University of Colorado, Denver Health track, and currently works at Clinica Family Health.  As someone who has trained in and currently works at a Federally Qualified Health Center, she is interested in working to promote the interests of vulnerable populations and the workforce that serves them. She also serves as the Primary Care representative on the Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Chronic Pulmonary Disease Grants Program Review Committee, an experience that has provided awareness of different environmental, policy, and clinical efforts that are being implemented throughout the state of Colorado to improve population chronic health outcomes. It has also provided perspective on the unique challenges that face the rural populations of Colorado.

Kyle Leggott, MD, Aurora
Dr. Leggott served as chief resident at the University of Colorado, and has strong interests in full spectrum family medicine, academia, health policy and advocacy, and health systems improvement. He is currently pursuing a one-year junior faculty development fellowship with a concentration in health politics within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Leggott previously served as a resident member of the CAFP Board of Directors. During that time he was involved in numerous CAFP committees and events. He is an active member of the CAFP Legislative Committee, addressing the needs of patients and physicians through advocacy, education, and legislation in our state government. He has participated in the Doc of the Day program, providing medical care and testimony at the state capital. Dr. Leggott has also represented Colorado’s family medicine residents as the state delegate at the AAFP National Conference where he sponsored and passed multiple resolutions.

Lindsey Pearson, MD, Boulder 
Dr. Pearson first got involved with the CAFP during her intern year of residency at Rose Family Medicine. This was motivated by the fact that she was feeling quite burned out, and wanted to be involved in something outside of residency. Dr. Pearson initially joined the Legislative Committee and then later in the year was able to become a Resident Board Member. After the closure of the Rose Residency Program Dr. Pearson moved to St. Anthony North, where she completed her residency training.

Term Expiring 2023

Vivian Jiang, MD, Denver
Dr. Jiang is a clinical family physician at the CU Depot Hill Clinic, doing full-spectrum outpatient family medicine. She was involved with family medicine early in her career, including the time she spoke for a resolution at the New York State AFP Congress of Delegates. She served as the resident representative to the New York State AFP Education Commission, resident representative to the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS), resident representative to the AAFP Commission on Medical Education (COE), and resident delegate to the AAFP COD. After residency, she spent a year as the Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) primary care and health policy research fellow, splitting her time between the AAFP Robert Graham Center and Virginia Commonwealth University and learning to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer a variety of primary care and health policy research questions. As a community advocate at heart, this fellowship taught her how to utilize family medicine research to identify policies or issues that can produce measurable improvements in health. Dr. Jiang is passionate about social justice and eager to use clinical medicine to help underserved communities while advocating policy that will reduce health disparties.

Corey Lyon, DO, Denver
Dr. Lyon is a faculty family physician with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program and serves as the associate program director for the residency. In addition, he is the medical director of the AF Williams Family Medicine Center. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Lyon trained and served as a family physician in the Navy for 7 years, then worked as a faculty family physician in a community residency program in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Lyon has particular interest in areas including advocacy, evidence based medicine and education.

Michael Walery, MD, Craig
Dr. Walery practices full-spectrum family medicine as a hospitalist in Craig, Colorado. Inspired to go into medicine after his experiences as a combat engineer in Iraq, Dr. Walery has a strong drive to protect the weak and improve the lives of his fellow citizens. He sees policy as a key to helping the underserved and to improve health outcomes, and believes strongly in systematically addressing the many challenges facing family medicine today — from administrative burden and physician burnout, to improving physician-patient relationships, to universal access to affordable and equitable healthcare, plus preventing chronic disease and improving access to mental health clinicians and long term psychiatric care. He considers himself fortunate and wants to use his abilities to improve the quality of life across the whole community.

Lisa Rothgary, MD, Denver
Dr. Rothgary has been practicing family medicine in the Denver area since 2005, when she entered internship at the Rose Family Medicine Residency program. She currently splits her time between a small private practice, Living Well Family Medicine, and her position as CMO of HealthONE Colorado Care Partners, an ACO/CIN in the Denver area. Both of these roles have made her acutely aware of the current challenges facing family physicians as during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Her focus is on expanding beyond the acute management of the crisis to the development of a strategy that will allow the provision of chronic and preventive care throughout the pandemic. That strategy will need to include payer collaboration for long term reimbursement of telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and point-of-care COVID-19 testing. In addition, the psychosocial impact of the pandemic requires the development of sustainable systems for integrated and expanded behavioral health and the deployment of social determinants of health resources.

Term Expiring 2024

Megan Adamson, MD, MHS, FAAFP, Lafayette
Dr. Adamson works at Clinica, a federally qualified health center in Lafayette, CO. In addition to her practice, Dr. Adamson had advocated for the needs of freshly minted physicians as New Physician Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and encourage participation in the policymaking process as Co-Convenor for the New Physician Caucus at the National Conference of Constituency Leaders. As faculty at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, she served as Academic Representative to the Board of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians to enhance interest among students in Family Medicine in New Hampshire. She also served as Key Contact for the State of Vermont, attending AAFP’s Advocacy Summit, and served a 4-year term on AAFP’s Commission on Quality and Practice helping to implement policy around physician payment, performance and quality measurement, administrative burden, and health information technology, and is the incoming Commission Chair. For the past two and a half years, she has been AAFP’s Advisor to the RVU Update Committee advocating for fair valuation of our cognitive and procedural work. Originally from Boulder, Dr. Adamson is passionate about ensuring excellent health in our communities by supporting a strong foundation of primary care and Family Medicine.

Stephanie Karozos, MD, Westminster
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Karozos moved to Colorado in 2015 for residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, where she served as a Medical Executive Committee resident liaison and as chief resident. She stayed in Colorado to complete a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at St. Anthony North Family Medicine, and is now adjunct faculty at St. Anthony North, practicing acupuncture and Integrative Medicine along with conventional primary care. Her clinical interests outside of Integrative Medicine include empowering patients to participate in their own health and disease management, adolescent medicine and preventative medicine. She is also passionate about addressing physician burn out.

Roxi Radi, MD, Denver
Dr. Radi is a full spectrum family physician at Denver Health, and is very passionate about the patients and community she serves. A passionate advocate for health care during her three years on the board, Dr. Radi has served on CAFP’s Legislative and Education Committees, and is the Chair of the DEI Taskforce. She was recently a Public Health Faculty Fellow, has volunteered in the healthcare systems of China, Chile and Kenya and is passionate about using her skills and experiences to improve the health of all Americans, especially the undeserved in Colorado. As a Suboxone provider in a primary care setting, she is committed to finding ways to promote and fund these services as the front line of the opioid epidemic.

Member-at-Large: Abbie Urish, MD, Colorado Springs
Dr. Urish completed her medical degree and training at Michigan State University after growing up in rural Wyoming and doing a short stint as a teacher in Colorado Springs. She returned to Colorado and has worked for over 5 years as a frontier family doctor; Chief of Staff/ER/hospitalist/clinician of a small critical access hospital. Dr. Urish has already served one term on the CAFP Board to better represent rural hospitals and clinics at the state level. As part of her recent position, she is interested with sources of revenue in rural health models of sustainability and wants to continue being involved in policies to promote access to health throughout the state.  She had her third child this year and will be transitioning employment after maternity to be more self-employed and available to her young children and family.

Delegates

Brian Bacak, MD, Highlands Ranch – term expires 2019 (3rd term, two congresses, 2020 & 2021)
Dr. Bacak has served the CAFP as a Board Member, Alternate Delegate, Delegate, and is a Past President and Chair of the Academy. He’s a veteran of the US Army serving in Georgia, Germany, and overseas as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Bacak is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, completed his residency at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, GA. He’s worked as a Clinic Commander for the Army, taught in military and civilian Family Medicine Residencies, and was the Program Director for the Rose Family Medicine Residency in Denver from 2006-2014. He’s currently the Associate Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. He serves as a CAFP Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and is a past Chair of the AAFP’s Commission on Education.

Glenn Madrid, MD, Grand Junction – term expires 2019 (2nd term, two congresses, 2020 & 2021)
Dr. Madrid opened his private practice, Primary Care Partners, P.C., in Grand Junction in 1989. What began as a four person family medicine office now includes over 30 providers, is the largest primary care group on the western slope, and is known for a model that delivers some of the highest quality healthcare at the lowest costs in the country. Dr. Madrid practices the full spectrum of family medicine including obstetrics, and has an active inpatient and nursing home service.

Alternate Delegates

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, Denver – term expires 2019 (3rd term, two congresses, 2020 & 2021)
Dr. Osbourne-Roberts grew up in many places across the country, as his father was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In doing so he developed an appreciation for the ability to care for many different types of people. He has served on the CAFP board for over 6 years, including on the education committee. Dr. Osbourne-Roberts currently practices at Salud Family Medicine in Commerce City, Colorado where he serves primarily uninsured and Spanish-speaking patients.

Zach Wachtl, MD, Denver – term expires 2020 (1st term, two congresses, 2019 & 2020)
Dr. Wachtl received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Rose Family Medicine. He is passionate about quality care for all and working as a partner with his patients to achieve the best outcome. Dr. Wachtl currently practices at Clinica Family Health, an FQHC serving Adams, Broomfield and Boulder counties. He enjoys caring for his largely Spanish speaking and underserved patient population.

Resident Representatives

Nina Ball, MD, 2023, Swedish Family Medicine Residency, Denver

William (Bill) Calawerts, MD, 2023, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver

Elana Curry, MD, 2023 University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver

Katie Doster, DO, 2022, North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley
Dr. Doster served on the CAFP Board for 2.5 years as a student member. During that time she attended AAFP’s National Conference, where she was able to pass a resolution. As a resident Dr. Doster hopes to engage with students and encourage them to consider the specialty of family medicine.

Jordan Harbaugh-Williams, MD, MPH, 2022, North Colorado Family Medicine, Sunrise Track Health, Denver

Mark Hoelscher, DO, 2023, Peak Vista Family Medicine Residency, Colorado Springs

Leah Kellogg, MD, 2022, St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Kellogg is a Colorado native from Boulder. She completed all of her education in Colorado, with an undergraduate degree from Colorado College and a medical degree from the University of Colorado. As a medical student, she first became involved in advocacy work as a co-president for the medical student component society of the Colorado Medical Society. Leah became a representative of the CAFP as a 4th year medical student. As a resident physician at the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, she remains committed to advocacy and health equity and is excited to continue to work with the CAFP.

Robyn Randall, MD, 2022, Swedish Family Medicine, Denver

Marisa Wickerath, MD, 2024, St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, Denver

Sydney Davis, MD, Family Medicine Resident, PGY-2, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency

Leah Kellogg, MD, 2022, St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, Denver

Student Representatives

Sam Altman, 2022, CU

Mattie Brand, 2022, RVU
Mattie is in her second year at Rocky Vista University (RVU), and pursuing a career in Rural Family Medicine. Additionally, she is the current president of RVU’s FMIG, and in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track at RVU. As someone who is passionate about public health and medically underserved communities, she hopes to have the opportunity to work with family medicine physicians, residents, and fellow students to come up with solutions to these issues while working to improve health outcomes for all Colorado residents.

Ross Tanick, 2022, RVU
Ross first became interested in family medicine as a counselor for at-risk youth where he worked closely with a great family doc. That family doctor inspired Ross to get more involved in the medical side of things, so he became an EMT.  As an emergency responder, Ross realized that while he really enjoyed many aspects of providing patient care, he desired to maintain a continuity of care with patients. He chose to pursue a career as an osteopathic physician to have a more personal connection over a long period of time with patients.

Kiyomi Daoud, 2022, CU

Christine Krentz, 2022, CU