K. Ellissa Tiller, M.D. FAAHPM, CPE
Chief Medical Officer, Medical Affairs
Dr. Tiller joined HopeWest in December 2016 and serves as its Chief Medical Officer. Prior to HopeWest, she established the Sentara RMH Palliative Care Program in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2010 and served as its Medical Director for over 6 years. Dr. Tiller was also the Medical Director for Sentara RMH Hospice. Dr. Tiller is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and was made a Fellow of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2016. She finished an Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem program in 2000, and has extensive experience as a primary care physician and hospitalist. She completed medical school at the University of Queensland in Australia and worked as a general practitioner in rural Australia. Her awards include the Donnelly Award for best all-round Internist in 2000 and the RMH Golden Stethoscope Award for excellence in patient care, customer service, communication and teamwork in 2010, and the HopeWest Heart of Hope Award in 2018, for exemplifying the mission and values of HopeWest. She is recognized as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).
Shannon Keel, M.D.
PACE Medical Director
Dr. Shannon Keel joined HopeWest in March 2018 as the PACE Program Medical Director. Prior to joining HopeWest, Dr. Keel was a faculty member for 7 years at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction and for 4 years at a Family Medicine Residency program in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. She has a strong background in community service previously working as a physician practicing full-spectrum family medicine in a rural Indian Health Services clinic in New Mexico and spending over 2 years in the US Peace Corps in West Africa. Dr. Keel is originally from Cortez, Colorado. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and also attended Fort Lewis College. She attained her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine graduating in 2000 and completed Family Medicine Residency in Denver in 2003. She is working on a MPH degree through the University of Colorado School of Public Health. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, their two children and the family dogs.
David West, M.D.
Associate Vice President
Dr. David West is a board certified Family Physician who was Vice President of Medical Affairs at HopeWest from December 2010 until June 2016. He is now the Associate VPMA at HopeWest on a part time basis. Dr. West has served the medical community in Grand Junction for 38 years, by helping start and later directing the St. Mary’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency, starting a two doctor practice with Dr. Madsen in 1980 which grew over the years into Primary Care Partners, and starting, serving, and Directing the Hospitalist Program at St. Mary’s Hospital. Caring for patients and families is a privilege and a joy for Dr. West. He and his wife Norma enjoy the outdoor adventures of hiking, camping, skiing, golf and long walks and the indoor activities of seeing art museums and theater, and they love to read and learn.
Heidi Marlin, M.D.
Dr. Marlin has worked with HopeWest in the Delta and Montrose areas since 2011. She is certified as a Hospice Medical Director and board certified in Family Medicine. Prior to her career in hospice and palliative medicine she practiced full-spectrum family medicine from 2008-2012. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Northern Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, Colorado, and obtained her medical degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine in 2005. She is married to a family practice physician and they have 2 girls. Outside of work she enjoys running, skiing and spending time outdoors with her family.
Karin Lee Hughes, M.D.
Dr. Lee Hughes joined HopeWest in 2014, moving here from Salt Lake City where she was a hospice and family practice doctor for over 10 years. She completed Family Medicine Residency in Salt Lake City in 2002 and graduated from Medical College of VA/VA Commonwealth University in 1999. Working in hospice, she enjoys getting to spend more one-on-one time with patients as well as also working with their families. She is a past recipient of the HopeWest Heart of Hope award. Her interests include complementary medicine, yoga, meditation, and mind-body health. Outside of work she enjoys outdoor activities and music. She is married to a family practice physician and they have 2 daughters.
Caroline Dorman, M.D.
Dr. Dorman started working with HopeWest in 2017. She has special interests in hospice, palliative medicine, rural and frontier medicine. She graduated as a doctor from the Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine in 1996 and completed Family Medicine Residency at St. Mary’s here in Grand Junction in 1999. She is board certified in Family Medicine. She worked in rural Craig, Colorado for 10 years as a full-range family physician, she delivered babies and even made house calls on horseback. From 2008 through 2016 she was an attending teaching physician at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction. She is now focusing her career on hospice and palliative medicine. Outside of work she enjoys tandem biking with her husband, spending time with her five children and the family dogs, hiking, and reading.
Erin Arthur, M.D.
Dr. Arthur is a family medicine physician in rural Plateau Valley and works with HopeWest to serve hospice patients in that area. She went to medical school at the University of Colorado, graduating in 2008, and trained in Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage, Alaska, from 2008-2011. She is board certified in Family Medicine and has practiced in Colorado since 2012. Outside of work she enjoys her family as well as hiking, camping, mountain biking, and playing the guitar.