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Primary Care

Our Practice

The Telluride Medical Center is proud to offer care for the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Our practice is designed to furnish the residents of the Telluride Hospital District with a full spectrum of healthcare services, including western and complementary medicine, with an emphasis on holistic health.

We are the region’s only 24-hour emergency care and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has named the Telluride Medical Center as a recipient of the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. The Telluride Medical Center achieved Level III certification, the highest recognition offered.

To view a complete list of health & wellness services offered, click here.

Contact Primary Care: (970) 728-3848

Patient Services

  • Orthopedics

  • Physicals

  • Newborn and Pediatric Care

  • Well-child Checks

  • Seasonal Flu & Colds

  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

  • Women’s Procedures
    & more

View our complete list of health & wellness services here.

Primary Care Hours

Mon 8am - 5pm
Tue 8am - 5pm
Wed 9am - 5pm
Thur 8am - 5pm
Fri 8am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 3pm
Sun Closed

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Dr. Sharon Grundy
Medical Director of Primary Care

Associated with the Telluride Medical Center since 2001

Education: Tulane University, BS, 1993
Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine, 1998.
Medical Residency: Louisiana State University Health Science Center, 2001.
Fellowship: Integrative Medicine University of Arizona, Tucson, 2010

Dr. Grundy is the Medical Director of Primary Care at the Telluride Medical Center. She is passionate about providing quality healthcare using a complementary integrative approach to treat the whole patient. She began her bond with the Telluride community in 1979 when she started visiting regularly with her family to ski and hike. She sees a broad spectrum of patients, including locals, part-timers, and visitors, specializing in acute and chronic diseases, with an emphasis on complementary and preventative medicine for all of her patients.

“I feel both privileged and honored to work with our great staff on behalf of the health of our community and its visitors.”

When she is not seeing patients at the clinic, Dr. Grundy enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, gardening, kids, dogs and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Kent Gaylord, MD

Associated with the Telluride Medical Center since 1996

Med School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, 1993
Residency: St Anthony’s, Denver, Colorado, 1996
Mini-Residency: Children’s Hospital, Denver, 2006
Specialty: Pediatrics, Primary Care, men’s & women’s health care, preventative medicine
Certification: Certified FAA Aviation Medical Examiner

Dr. Gaylord specializes in pediatric medicine yet also sees men and women in his primary care practice. He understands the value of preventative medicine and works with patients and their families to help them learn and practice a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Having practiced locally longer than any other provider, Dr. Gaylord enjoys the connection he’s made with so many of his patients.

“I love taking care of families, seeing kids grow up, and helping families stay healthy in our beautiful mountain town.”

When Dr. Gaylord is not seeing patients, he enjoys trail running, hiking, mountain biking, camping and spending time with his family.

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Eric Johnson, MS, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

Education: Idaho State University, Bachelor of Nursing,1991
Med School: Idaho State University, M.S. University of Utah, 1995
Certification: Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified Certified

Eric Johnson is Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in preventative medicine, travel medicine, and asthma education and treatment. As a primary care provider, he works in collaboration with the entire primary care team to ensure the best in quality care for his patients.

“I feel privileged to take care of and watch families grow over the years. I strive to help people live happy and healthy lives.”

When he is not seeing patients, Eric Johnson enjoys cooking, hiking rafting, gardening and writing. He also has served as a Ridgway Town Council member since 2001.

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Laura Cattell, MS PA-C

Associated with the Telluride Medical Center since 2000

Education: University (Ohio), 1984
Med School: George Washington University, MS PA-C, 1997
Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants
Specialty: Families, women’s health issues, preventative medicine, dermatology

Having her first taste of the medical field in 1990 as a volunteer EMT, Laura Catell realized that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine and went back to school. As a Physician’s Assistant, she works closely with the physicians in both the family practice and the Emergency Department in a team approach for optimal patient care.

“Having lived in Telluride for nearly 30 years, I have grown and changed with the community, and I bring a sense of history to the exam room that I think is comforting to many of my patients.”

When Laura Cattell is not seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenagers, playing hockey, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, skiing and attending social events and festivals.

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Dr. Peter Hackett
Institute for Altitude Medicine (IFAM)

The Institute for Altitude Medicine in Telluride, Colorado is dedicated to wellness at altitude in the traveler, adventurer, and high altitude resident. We specialize in altitude issues such as altitude sickness, headache, high altitude pulmonary edema, and the effect of altitude on common medical conditions. Click here to learn more about what you can do to optimize your health at altitude.

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Paula Scheidegger, RN
Practice Manager of Primary Care

Associated with Telluride Medical Center since 2007

Education/Background: Bachelor’s degrees in Marine Science, Biology, and Nursing
Favorite Telluride moment: watching live Scotty Kenneth, Devin Overton and Nick Kenworthy skiing the Eleven’s in Bear Creek.

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Christine Mahoney, D.O.

Associated with the Telluride Medical Center since 2016

Internship and Residency: Maine Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine, Portland, ME
Integrative Medicine in Residency Program: University of Arizona in association with Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency
Doctor of Osteopathy: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical Program Certificate of Completion: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology with minor in Environmental Studies: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Specialty: Osteopathic manipulative medicine; newborn and pediatric care, women’s health care procedures.

Dr. Mahoney is a native Vermonter whose interest in family medicine reflects her passion for people and their stories. She provides comprehensive osteopathic family medicine care, from birth-to-earth and believe that outcomes improve when patients and families are empowered by and engaged in their health care and decision making. Combining traditional with progressive, Dr. Mahoney works with each patient to create their individualized care plan to not only diagnose and treat disease, but find and promote health.

Since completing residency 5 years ago, she worked for one year in a small town private practice, then 4 years at a large publicly funded community health center doing full spectrum family medicine including outpatient care, obstetrical and inpatient care. In search of a practice model change and improved work-life balance, Dr. Mahoney started looking for a new job and community to raise her children. It was synchronicity that TRMC was looking for a new doctor.

Dr. Mahoney has been enamored by Colorado’s dramatic landscapes and kind people since a she was a teenager. Her husband and and she fell in love with Telluride in 2014 when they joined friends for the Bluegrass Festival. “Telluride’s sense of community, positivity and energy is palpable. Telluride seems like that village in the motto ‘it takes a village.”

Look for Dr. Mahoney outdoors spending time with her husband and children, doing just about anything outside, seeing live music, singing and traveling.

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Elaina Collins, PA-C

Associated with the Telluride Medical Center since 2017

Undergraduate Education: University of Colorado at Boulder; 2012
Physician Assistant Studies: University of New England; Westbrook College of Health Professions; 2017
Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Elaina is the newest member of our team, a native New Englander coming all the way from Portland, Maine where she completed her Physician Assistant studies. Prior to moving back east for PA school, she lived in Colorado while completing her undergraduate education. Being an avid skier and having an immense passion for being in the mountains, it didn’t take long for Colorado to feel like home for Elaina. When she first visited Telluride for a ski trip in 2012, she was instantly drawn to its dramatic landscape, but even more-so the strong sense of community.

Eager to pursue a job practicing medicine in a mountain town, she joined our team at TMC during the fall of 2016 while completing her clinical rotation in internal medicine. She immediately came to appreciate the nurturing community that Telluride had to offer, and hoped to someday become a part of it.

Elaina looks forward to the opportunity of being a part of her patient’s long-term health goals in the form of progressive, holistic, and detail-oriented patient care. She holds a strong value on preventative medicine is ecstatic to help guide her patient’s to optimal wellbeing and happy, healthy lives.

When she is not seeing patients, Elaina enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, boating, and enjoying everything that Telluride has to offer.