HopeWest Medical Team
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Crystal Owens, MD
Chief Medical Director
Dr. Owens grew up in Georgia in a family of preachers and teachers who instilled in her the desire to serve others. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of West Georgia and subsequently attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine where she received her M.D. Training at Loma Linda focusing on treating patients as whole people with spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.
Her residency training was in Family Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. While in residency she started working in hospice and enjoyed being part of a team that met not only the patient’s needs but their family’s as well. She has been board certified in Family Medicine since 2004.
Her work experience in Utah included being Medical Director of a hospice and palliative care program with a 22-bed inpatient hospice unit and working for Intermountain HealthCare’s senior clinics. She moved to Grand Junction in 2013 to work with HopeWest’s hospice and palliative care programs. From 2019-2022 she worked at MarillacHealth as CMO and as a primary care physician. Dr. Owens returned to HopeWest in 2022 and is Chief Medical Director for the Hospice, Palliative Care, and PACE programs.
Outside of work, Dr. Owens enjoys hiking with her husband and their dog.
Heidi Marlin, MD
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 two girls. Outside of work she enjoys running, skiing and spending time outdoors with her family.
Darrin Green, MD
Dr. Green joined HopeWest in October 2022 at our Montrose location. Prior to joining HopeWest, Dr. Green provided care at the Montrose Veterans clinic for two years, was part of the Cedar Point Health Family Medicine Clinic in Montrose for three years, and in private practice in Montrose for 14 years as well as providing inpatient care at Montrose Regional Health until 2020.
Dr. Green also served on Montrose Regional Health’s Medical Executive Committee from 2009-2016 and was Chief of Staff 2015-2016. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado graduating in 2000 and completed a Family Medicine Residency in Denver in 2003.
Dr. Green grew up in Montrose and has a degree in Molecular Biology and German from the University of Colorado in Boulder. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, bike riding, and building furniture and guitars.
Kimberly McGregor, MD
Kim McGregor, MD grew up in Arizona and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. After college, she worked in the field of medical genetics in Los Angeles working with children and families affected by hereditary syndromes. This was followed by a research position at the University of California, Irvine studying autism, before entering medical school at the University of Arizona, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine in Santa Barabara, and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
After a few years practicing in academics, at Huntsman Cancer Institute, she joined a community practice in Corvallis, Oregon before being recruited to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2017. During clinical practice, she remained involved in genetics specifically in oncology, and worked with Foundation Medicine which launched the first tumor sequencing test. She then spent 5 years working in Medical Affairs and Clinical Development before joining HopeWest part-time to reconnect with patient care. Her experience in Oncology and care of pancreatic cancer patients for years allowed her to develop her passion for compassionate care at the end of life.
Outside of work, she enjoys time with her husband, Duncan, a nephrologist at St. Mary’s, her three kids, and a farm full of horses, riding any chance she gets.
Laura Harrison, NP
Laura Harrison has been a nurse since 1980 and completed her nurse practitioner degree from the University of Colorado in 2007. She also completed a Palliative Care Fellowship program in Los Angeles, California, in 2008. She has worked with HopeWest intermittently since 2004 and we were happy to have her return to work with us full-time again in February 2021. She is from Southern California and loves living in Grand Junction because of all the amazing hiking and cycling opportunities. She is also a proud grandmother.
Casey Peiffer, NP
Casey Peiffer started working for HopeWest in 2017 as an RN. She has practiced nursing in the community setting, quality department and at the Ferris Care Center before becoming a Nurse Practitioner. In 2021, she graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science as a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family in the mountains, four-wheeling, boating, camping and crafting.
Megan K. Huemoller, NP
Megan K. Huemoller, MSN, FNP-C has worked in hospice and palliative care, as well as primary care, home care, and inpatient care for over a decade. She spent four years working with Centura Health as a Nurse Practitioner on the palliative care team, serving patients and families throughout the Front Range in both homes and care facilities. She has a passion for serving communities through hospice and palliative care services.
Megan graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance, in 2004. She later realized her passion for serving others through the health care field and graduated from Regis University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She later continued her education, earning a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, at Regis University in 2017.
When not working, Megan enjoys all the Grand Valley has to offer. She spends time hiking with her dogs, Shyla and Marley, as well as fishing, golfing, and exploring the area.
Megan joined HopeWest in 2022 as a Nurse Practitioner and looks forward to continuing her service with hospice and palliative care in the Grand Valley.
Kirsten Wiegert, NP
Kirsten Wiegert is a board-certified Adult and Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner who joined HopeWest in 2022 after providing primary care in the Grand Valley since 2016. She brings a broad nursing knowledge and experience with her and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide patient-specific and compassionate care for patients. She received her undergraduate and graduate nursing education from Kaplan University. Her clinical interests include frailty, aging in place, and medical care of marginalized groups.
In her free time, she can be found with her husband, children and grandchildren, with pets, in the mountains, gardening, or being creative.
Deb Bailey, NP
Debra Bailey is a 5th-generation native of Grand Junction, now with two 7th-generation grandchildren. Community and family are the heartbeat of Debra’s purpose. She received her undergraduate nursing degrees from Colorado Mesa University in ADN, BSN in 1980 and 1987. She received her degree as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 1985 from South Dakota State University. In 1993 and 1998 Deb completed her graduate nursing education in Community Health, Leadership and Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Colorado Health Sciences. Deb also has a PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado, Denver, received in 2013.
She practices person and family-centered care with the guiding principle of Jean Watson’s teachings and theory, “Maybe this one moment, with this one person, is the very reason we are here on Earth at this time.”
Devin Millard, MD
Dr. Devan Millard grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah where she received her degree in Behavioral Science. She then attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine where she received her medical degree in 2010. Her residency in Family Medicine was completed at St. Mark’s Hospital in 2013. She is board certified in Family Medicine and has completed the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.
She was a hospice medical director in Utah for 8 years, then the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City. She joined HopeWest in 2023.
Outside of work, Dr Millard enjoys spending time with her husband, twin daughters and dog, Izzy.
Carol Fowler, MD
Dr. Carol Fowler 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 her family practice residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado where she has resided with her family since 1985.
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 in-patient multidisciplinary Palliative Care Service. Her professional interests are hospice and palliative medicine and medical care of persons with intellectual disabilities.
Prior to receiving her medical degree, Dr. Fowler was an archeologist for 9 years. She has been knitting since she was eight years old and enjoys spinning yarn, weaving, and playing the piano.
Erin Arthur, MD
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.