Board of Directors

Officers

Chair/Past President: 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.

President: John Cawley, MD, Ft. 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.

President-elect: Gina Carr, MD, MPH, Lake City
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!

Vice 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.

Secretary/Treasurer: Alan-Michael Vargas, MD, Rifle
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: 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.

External Relations/Awards Committee Chair: Monica Morris, DO, Westminster
Dr. Morris is a Colorado and Westminster native, and has served on the CAFP board for over six years, beginning as a resident member. She served on the board’s residency committee, and currently serves on the education committee. Dr. Morris practices at Kaiser Permanente in Westminster.

Term Expiring 2020

Melissa Devalon, MD, Monument
Dr. Devalon completed her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver and has practiced most of the last 24 years in Monument, for a large physician-owned multi-specialty group. She has held several leadership positions within the group, including on the board of directors, as chair of the FP department, and as chair of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. Her passion is to promote family medicine across all of Colorado, to benefit all Coloradans.

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.

Shannon Jantz, MD, Denver

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.

Term Expiring 2021

Rachel Carpenter, MD, Denver
Dr. Carpenter is a core faculty member at Saint Joseph Family Medicine Residency where she provides full-spectrum care to urban underserved patients within an academic setting. In medical school Dr. Carpenter was involved in chapter leadership for the Texas and American Medical Associations. In medical school and residency, she was active in primary care-related leadership and volunteer activities. On a local level, Dr. Carpenter has positioned herself in hospital committee positions where family medicine has been historically underrepresented, in hopes of advocating for both resident education and the very vulnerable population cared for.

Cleveland Piggott, MD, 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.

Roxi Radi, MD, Denver
Dr. Radi recently completed her training through the University of Colorado’s Family Medicine Residency as a Denver Health provider. She continues to provide primary care through Denver Health’s Lowry Family Medicine FQHC, and is very passionate about the patients and community she serves. Dr. Radi is also a Public Health Faculty Fellow, and continues to provide full-spectrum care through Denver Health while pursuing her MPH in Health Systems, Policy and Management. Dr. Radi 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.

Abbie Urish, MD, Rangely
Dr. Urish received her medical degree at Michigan State University after teaching for a couple of years in Colorado Springs after growing up in Wyoming. She returned to the state following residency in Michigan and is currently Chief of Staff of a small rural critical care hospital. Dr. Urish came to the CAFP Board to better represent rural hospitals and clinics at the state level. As part of her current position, she has become increasingly concerned with sources of revenue in the rural health models of sustainability and wants to become more involved in policies to promote access to health for those of us outside the major urban centers.

Term Expiring 2022

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.

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.

Delegates

Brian Bacak, MD, Highlands Ranch – term expires 2019 (2nd term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
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 oversees 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 (1st term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
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 (2nd term, two congresses, 2018 & 2019)
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

Emily Aquila, DO, 2021, St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Aquila was born and raised in Ohio, went to medical school in South Carolina, and then had the privilege of matching in Colorado at St. Anthony North for residency. One of her biggest passions is being able to help the underserved in Denver and Colorado. Part of her interest in advocacy stems from serving as Doctor of the Day in Colorado, seeing testimony and the process of legislation, and how that affects family medicine. She is excited to be more involved in the family medicine community and to help advocate for the profession.

Sean Buck, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health, Greenwood Village
Dr. Buck chose to go into medicine, and specifically family medicine, because he is seeking a platform for community-based social change that comes from interventions focused all along the healthcare pathway. Dr. Buck is a first-year resident at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency on the Denver Health Track. While in medical school, he served as Class President, which allowed him to collaborate with administrators and promote student concerns.

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.

Kale Flory, DO, 2021, Ft. Collins Family Medicine Residency, Ft. Collins, Ft. Collins
Kale Flory, DO is a resident at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Flory is a motivated physician who is passionate about reshaping family medicine for the better. He is very interested in having a voice in the legislative realm of family medicine, and is determined to correct the shortcomings in our current healthcare system to better serve our patients and to better support family physicians. Dr. Flory has already demonstrated an interest in improving the practice of family medicine during his first year of residency, and is currently working on a project to implement voter registration into the patient visit. He is an energetic, intelligent, and driven resident physician.

Bryce Galbraith, MD, 2020, St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency, Westminster
Dr. Galbraith was born right here in Westminster CO. His family moved around a lot and eventually ended up in Utah, where Dr Galbraith earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Weber State University in ‪Ogden UT. He then attended Medical School at Touro University of Nevada, in Las Vegas, and is currently working in his residency program at St. Anthony North Health Campus.

Emily Garban, MD, 2021, Ft. Collins Family Medicine Residency, Ft. Collins

Kenny Herring, MD, 2020, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Before pursuing medical school at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Herring taught high school science in Charlotte through an opportunity with Teach For America. During his time as a public school teacher, Dr. Herring engaged with several committees to better understand issues facing the school district in order to improve policies impacting both teachers and students. In addition to attending school board meetings and serving as an “irreplaceable teacher” on a guidance committee, his most significant involvement was an appointment to one of the superintendent’s working committees. In this particular committee, Dr. Herring worked to develop a pay-for-performance model both to incentivize student growth and recruit effective teachers. As a Resident on the Board of Directors Dr. Herring hopes to learn more about the dialogue and decision-making that surrounds topics ranging from opioid deaths to the recent payment and coding changes proposed by CMS.

Morgan Hungenberg, DO, PGY-II, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Hugenberg is currently a second year resident in the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Rural Track. Being a part of the rural track has given her a unique perspective of family medicine in the state of Colorado. She has had the privilege of working in the both the large academic centers in Denver and the smaller hospital and clinic in Fort Morgan, CO. She is also a native of Colorado with strong ties to the Eastern Plains region.

Allison Johnson, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health, Denver
Dr. Johnson is a first-year resident on the Denver Health track of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. Born and raised in Boulder, she has deep roots in Colorado and is thrilled to be back home for residency. After first moving away for college and a postgraduate year of teaching at Stanford, Dr. Johnson spent four years in Philadelphia for medical school at Penn. She spent most of her fourth year of medical school working on a QI project for a prenatal care program at an FQHC. Through serving on the CAFP Board Dr. Johnson hopes to learn tools in advocacy and policymaking through which systems-level changes can be made.

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.

Katharine Kelly, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health, Denver
Dr. Kelly is a first-year resident at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, in the Denver Health track. She originally hails from Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in May 2018. During her time in medical school she was a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s legislative council, worked on a longitudinal population health project at the Center for Urban Population Health in Milwaukee, WI, and was a student leader in medical student governance and Medical Students for Choice. Her clinical interests within family medicine include women’s health and reproductive healthcare, refugee health, pediatrics, procedures, and health equity. Prior to medical school she worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of State on a variety of policy issues, including international health and human rights issues, among others.

Poorvi Pfenning, MD, 2020 Swedish Family Medicine Residency, Denver
Dr. Pfenning is a first-generation immigrant from India who moved to Georgia when she was 5 and learned English as a second language. She went to undergrad at the University of Georgia and then Wake Forest School of Medicine for med school. While in North Carolina, she discovered the amazing organization that is the NCAFP. Getting involved in the NCAFP made her realize how important networking is to further her career and also help achieve some of her goals in and for Family Medicine. Now in Colorado, she is currently a part of the AAFP Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Institute and is working on a project to improve all things physician mental health.

Lindsey Romero, MD, 2021, Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Pueblo
Lindsey was born in Durango and attended Colorado State University-Pueblo for her undergraduate education, and the University of Colorado for medical schools. She also served as a student member of the CAFP board. She is passionate about family medicine and hopes to act as a liaison to Southern Colorado for the broader primary care community.

Alexandra Targan, MD, 2021, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, University, Denver
Dr. Targan is passionate about patient advocacy and public health. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, which provided her a perspective on systems-based problem solving. She then moved 40 miles southeast to Detroit for medical school and gained new perspective on underserved care. Training in Detroit opened her eyes to the far-reaching impact that the primary care physician can have on a community, even with limited resources, and especially through prevention and education.

Jesse Troutman, DO, 2021, St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency, Westminster

Student Representatives

Danielle Lattes, RVU, 2020
Danielle Lattes is a fourth year medical student at Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine and in the Rural and Wilderness Honors track. She grew up in Grand Junction, CO and completed a B.S. and M.S. in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She was the 2017-2018 president of the RVUCOM family medicine chapter. During her presidency her organization earned “RVUCOM Summit Club of the Year” and “ACOFP President’s Award” at the 2018 national conference. These awards demonstrate her team’s dedication to the family medicine profession. During that conference, she was the student delegate for Colorado, which transformed her understanding of family medicine advocacy. Her nexts goals are to be involved with the CAFP, with the hopes of becoming a (rural) family medicine physician in Colorado and continue her dedication to the organization.

Filiberto Morales, Denver, CU, 2020
Filiberto is a medical student at the the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is part of the leadership committee for the CU Family Medicine Interest Group, and is part of the Urban Underserved Track. His interests and passions include social determinants of health, getting students interested in family medicine, and the broad spectrum of care in family medicine.

Ross Tanick, Denver, RVU, 2021
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.

Bayan Vojdani, Denver, RVU, 2020
Bayan is a third year medical student at Rocky Vista University College of Medicine. He has developed a strong passion for Family Medicine, seeing how essential primary care is in advocating for patients and helping communities flourish. In his third year of medical school, Bayan has been able to work with underserved populations in Southern Colorado, and that experience interested him in working at systems level change for family medicine.

Heidi Yen, Denver, CU, 2019
Heidi is a 4th year medical student at CUSOM who is taking a year long hiatus to complete her MPH. She is a Colorado native and extremely passionate about primary care in our incredibly diverse state. Her experiences in the Urban Underserved track and her community based research has strengthened her passion for endeavors that medical students and physicians have the privilege to pursue outside of the doctor’s office. Heidi decided to grasp the opportunity and further enhance her understanding of community health and health policy through the MPH which has highlighted how important it is to be a voice and advocate for her future patients and my peers.