K. Ellissa Tiller, M.D. FAAHPM, CPE
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Dr. Tiller joined HopeWest in December 2016. Prior to HopeWest she started the Sentara RMH Palliative Care Program in Harrisonburg, VA, and served as Medical Director for both the Hospice and Palliative Care programs there for 6 years. 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. She completed medical school at the University of Queensland in Australia and worked as a general practitioner in 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. She is also recognized as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE). Outside of medicine, Dr. Tiller enjoys camping, bicycling, and hiking with her husband and three sons.
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.
Crystal Owens, M.D.
Dr. Owens joined the HopeWest physician team in January 2013. Prior to HopeWest she worked as a physician in Hospice, Palliative Medicine, and Senior Care in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area from 2004-2012. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine as well as Family Medicine. She graduated from St. Mark’s Family Practice Residency in Utah in 2004 and completed medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California in 2001. She grew up in Georgia among a family of preachers and teachers who instilled in her a desire to serve others. Her passion for providing excellent senior, palliative, and hospice care stemmed from a personal relationship and experience navigating the health care systems with her great-grandmother who lived to the age of 107. She is a past recipient of the HopeWest Heart of Hope award. Outside of work, Dr. Owens enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with her husband and their dogs.
Ona Ridgway, NP
Ona Ridgway, NP, joined HopeWest in August 2014. She is known for her positive outlook and willingness to help; traits which greatly benefit our palliative care and hospice care teams. She obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences in 2004 and completed a B.S. in Nursing in 1992. She is eligible for certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN). Ridgway NP has worked in family practice, surgery, and emergency medicine in the Grand Valley area since 2004.
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.
Diane Brown, M.D.
Dr. Brown started with HopeWest in 2016 after a 20-year career working in Emergency Medicine. Her interest in hospice work stems in part from a desire to spend more quality time with patients and their families. She graduated as a doctor from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1991and completed Emergency Medicine Residency at Denver General Affiliated Residency Program in 1995. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and served as the physician advisor for Mesa County EMS from 1996-2004 and assistant advisor from 2007-2015. Dr. Brown lives on a beautiful peach orchard and vineyard on East Orchard Mesa with husband Neil and her 2 dogs. They opened their own small winery in 2008 named Avant Vineyards. This “hobby gone wild” as well as her garden keeps her busy but she also enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking and cross-country skiing when time allows.
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.
Kristin Chaffee, M.D., MPH
Dr. Chaffee joined the HopeWest physician team in May 2018 and sees palliative care and hospice patients in the Montrose area. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with both M.D. and MPH degrees in 2010, completed a residency in Family Medicine, also in Arkansas, and completed two fellowship programs one in Geriatrics and one in Palliative Care. She is board certified in Family Medicine and in Geriatrics. Prior to joining HopeWest, Dr. Chaffee held academic appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences working in geriatric and palliative care fields. She is passionate about her work in geriatrics and palliative care and considers this career a true calling. Dr. Chaffee is married and has a young son. They have a love for nature and the outdoors and are excited to be living in Colorado.
Carol Fowler, M.D.
Dr Fowler has been practicing medicine in Grand Junction since 1987. Dr. Fowler is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and in Family Medicine and began working for HopeWest in 2009 after having a family member in hospice services. Currently she is also employed at St. Mary’s Hospital as the palliative care physician for their inpatient multidisciplinary Palliative Care Service. In addition to palliative care and hospice work, she has a special interest in the medical care of persons with intellectual disabilities. She is a past recipient of the HopeWest Heart of Hope award. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, and her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. She completed Family Practice Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where she has resided with her family since 1985. Prior to receiving her medical degree, Dr. Fowler was an archeologist for 9 years. She has been knitting since she was 8 years old and enjoys spinning yarn, weaving, and playing the piano.
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.