The mission of the Alamosa Rural Training Track is to provide medical education and training for Family Medicine Residents in an accredited residency program while they live and work in a rural community. Training begins with the internship year at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, a mid-sized city, and the next two years will be spent in rural Alamosa. The curriculum is longitudinal and deliberately structured for a 24-month continuity practice. The residency program is integrated with Valley-Wide Health Systems, a Community Health Center that provides health care in a respectful and inclusive manner for all with special consideration for the medically underserved populations and with San Luis Valley Health hospital for specialty rotations.
Alamosa Rural Training Track Providers
Barbara Troy, MD (Site Director, Alamosa RTT Family Medicine/OB)
I’m all about medicine. As a physician, I am dedicated to serving low-income, indigent populations of people that desire, and need access to quality medical care. In my career, I’ve traveled across the planet providing care to people in need. I bring this global perspective into a rural, American medical practice. I was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Colorado. I learned my work-ethic contributing to life on the ranch. I grew up in a community where I was expected to participate. It is from these humble beginnings that I formed the versatility and practices that serve me today. These foundations enabled me to form a deep connection to, and understanding of rural medicine.
I was trained in a 1+2 residency program, UNM-Santa Fe. With guidance, I moved into frontier and rural areas to practice. My goal, and the goal of the St. Mary Corwin-Alamosa residency program, is to transfer this experience and understanding. We seek to train capable physicians to go into rural environments, and expertly handle community medicine.
I have 2 children and 4 grandchildren and I take great delight in traveling to see them and going to great parks like “Fairyland”. This was our Christmas Holiday.
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Phillip Mendoza, MD (Valley-Wide Health Sytems, Inc. Chief Medical Officer)
When I am not focused on my education and care for patients, I am attempting to fill my family’s life with joy and love. Maintaining a healthy marriage and keeping up with my two daughters brings me a sense of fulfillment. We enjoy outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains such as sledding, hiking, and camping. I hope to continue to lead a well-balanced life that allows me to be an astute physician and community leader while being family focused.I am most interested in combining my love for practicing family medicine and eliminating health disparities through combined clinical and administrative responsibilities. I feel that I can best do this on a local scale as a family medicine physician in a rural setting. On a more regional level I feel that I can be an advocate for passionate family physicians by engaging in supervising and advocating activities as medical director. I am extremely interested in working with a committed executive leadership team to tackle the complex issues surrounding the delivery of high quality medical care to the underserved in Southern Colorado. This has been an ongoing pursuit since growing up the son of Mexican immigrants and learning to understand the various cultural and ethnocentric issues rounding the Latino community.
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Tammy Gregg, DO
I grew up in Fort Worth Texas in a family where my father was an electrician and my mother an accountant. While in high school, I met a teacher with diabetes who taught anatomy and physiology class and she was the one who inspired me to go into medicine. I wanted to understand her diabetes more and why she was unable to heal after having a surgery done. Since then, I have pursued my career in medicine. I went to University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2005. I then went to Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency and graduated in 2008. Since then, I have been living and working in Alamosa, Colorado.What drew me to living in such a small community was the ability to be a part of the community as well as take care of the residents that live here. I am able to see my patients in their everyday life and understand how they fit with the community here. It’s also a great environment to raise my son. We have also started going to the local rec center and learning Taekwondo.
I look forward to having a residency program here so that I can teach the residents that there is more to life than being the physician. You can become a teacher, a friend, a student and a community leader all at once.
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Alamosa Rural Training Track Residents
Rabaiya Ali, MD –
I was born in Irvine, California, and raised in Upland, California. I have had the benefit of living on the west coast, the east coast, as well as the midwest, and finally Colorado.I completed medical school in Pakistan, which provided me with a unique perspective on different populations. Most recently I completed a Masters in Public Health from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
At Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency, I hope to be molded into the best primary care physician I can be, through not only hard work but also teamwork. The environment at Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency is very conducive to learning, and I have no doubt I will walk away from this experience with a healthy proficiency in family medicine. Long term, I see myself practicing as an outpatient primary care physician.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband Sulaiman. We enjoy traveling, and the great thing about Colorado is that there are plenty of vacation spots that serve as great weekend getaways.
Nataliia Baker, MD –
I am a native Ukrainian who has called Colorado home for the past six years. While I was raised in a large city in Ukraine, being married to a cowboy is where I grew to adore a rural lifestyle and small towns. My husband Thomas and I now have a young son, Theodore, as well as a boxer named Tauntaun and they all enlighten my every day and mean the world to me.
I attended Kharkov National Medical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine for my medical degree and also studied at Kharkov National Karasin University receiving a Masters in teaching German language and literature. I am currently fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and German and really look forward to learning Spanish as well.
Being passionate about helping people in the underserved and rural areas, I am absolutely excited to be a resident in the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency program / Alamosa Rural Training Track. It appealed to me because it is an unopposed program, which provides a lot of one on one training with the faculty physicians. I have a special interest in providing obstetrics care for the rural population and this program will enable me to master a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures including full range obstetric care. From the very first day when I had my interview, I felt an energy and the warmth of a true welcome, I felt like this was home. I am privileged to be a part of such a great family and to receive an exceptional training in order to provide the best care for the patients of my community.
If I could be any animal on the planet I would probably be a fish of some sort due to my absolute passion for anything with water. I really love finding different ways to enjoy all four seasons outdoors whether it’s skiing and sledding in the winter, hiking in the fall, gardening in the spring, or camping and swimming in the summer. I love to cook, especially traditional Ukrainian dishes, and my family and I have a secret fondness for trying new restaurants. I also have a penchant for Russian poetry and love collecting and reading books from German authors in their original language. Actually, if there’s any kind of book on my night stand, it means I probably just spent every ounce of free time not being able to put it down until it was finished. All in all, I am absolutely excited to begin working and calling Southern Colorado home. Go Broncos!
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