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Medical Team

Caroline Dorman, M.D.

PACE Medical Director

Heidi Marlin, M.D.

Associate Medical Director, Delta and Montrose

Crystal Owens, M.D.

Hospice Medical Director

Kellie Turner, M.D. 

Medical Director, Meeker

Ashley Whitney, MSN, AGNP-C

Vice President of the Ferris Care Center & Nurse Practitioner 

Erin Arthur, M.D.

HopeWest Physician

Laura Devor, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Sara Dominic, NP

PACE Advanced Practice Nurse

Carol Fowler, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

Laura Harrison, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Megan K. Huemoller, MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practioner

Vicky Mathwig, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

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Sam McCluskey, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Casey Peiffer, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Sherman Straw, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

Kirsten Wiegert, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Caroline Dorman, M.D.

PACE Medical Director

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.

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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.

Heidi Marlin, M.D.

Associate Medical Director, Delta and Montrose

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.

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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.

Hospice Medical Director

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Ashley Whitney, MSN, AGNP-C

Vice President of the Ferris Care Center & Nurse Practitioner 

Ashley Whitney, MSN, AGNP-C, has worked in Hospice and Palliative Care and other health areas for more than a decade. She spent seven years at The Denver Hospice in various roles as an Attending Provider at the hospice inpatient care center, for a team that served patients in their homes and facilities, and as an NP on the palliative care team.

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She joined HopeWest in 2018 as the Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Clinical Director at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center. In 2019 she was promoted to the Senior Director of the Ferris Hospice Care Center where she continues to focus on providing excellent and compassionate care to the patients and families she serves while providing leadership and driving force for the mission of HopeWest.

Whitney pursued her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biomedical Sciences. She later graduated from the University of Colorado with both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing, achieving her status as an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Erin Arthur, M.D.

HopeWest Physician

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.

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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.

Laura Devor, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Laura Devor was born and raised in Montrose and started working for HopeWest in April of 2021. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with her MSN in 2008. With her, Laura brings a large amount of experience in patient care and a love for the Montrose community.

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Laura is grateful to be providing hospice and palliative care services to her home community, especially at HopeWest. She loves being outside and bringing her dog Luna to enjoy all her outdoor adventures.

Sara Dominic, NP

PACE Advanced Practice Nurse

Sara Dominic started at HopeWest in October of 2021. She graduated from the University of Southern Florida with her MSN and completed her APRN-C in 2017. Currently, she works in our PACE program with participants.

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Sara has also co-authored several publications on subjects including neuropathy, cancer, ulceration and amputation prevention, and diabetes mellitus. Coming from Tampa, FL, she enjoys all the Grand Valley has to offer by skiing, hiking and camping in her free time. She has two cats, Merlin and Carl, that she adores.

Carol Fowler, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

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.

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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.

Laura Harrison, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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.

Megan K. Huemoller, MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practioner

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.

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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.

Vicky Mathwig, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

HopeWest is pleased to introduce Dr. Vicky Mathwig, MD, as a hospice and palliative medicine physician. Dr. Mathwig comes to HopeWest with a wealth of experience as an exceptional physician, board-certified in Family Medicine. While working for the past eight years as a primary care physician, Dr. Mathwig has witnessed the powerful impact of the HopeWest team in the lives of her patients and their families.

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Dr. Mathwig graduated from Creighton Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2007. She completed her residency training at St. Mary’s Family Medicine in 2010, the same year she became board-certified in Family Medicine.

Casey Peiffer, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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.

Sherman Straw, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician

Dr. Straw is Board Certified in Family Medicine and comes to HopeWest with more than 30 years of experience both as a family medicine specialist and instructor. Straw graduated from Northern Arizona University and then, the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1984.

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After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he established a private practice in Palisade, CO. Straw joins HopeWest from St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency, where he served as a physician and teacher for decades. Many family physicians now working in Mesa County were instructed by him during that tenure.

His reputation for compassion and excellence in patient care is well known by the HopeWest medical staff. Straw has received many awards and significant national recognition including being named a Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine which was awarded to him in 2008 in recognition of his educational excellence, teaching and community service.

Kirsten Wiegert, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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.

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