Meet our Team of Healthcare Providers

kruegerAlbert Kreuger M.D

Family Practice, Meeker Family Health Center
Medical Education: Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Residency: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Board Certification: Board Certified in Family Practice. Fellow of American Academy of Family Practice. Full time practice in Family Practice, ambulatory care, emergency care and in-patient care. Special interest in geriatric medicine with caring for nursing home patients. Medical direction for EMS professionals with the oil and gas industry. Director for the industrial and occupational medicine program and physician at the Piceance Creek Clinic

turnerKellie Turner, M.D.

Family Practice, Meeker Family Health Center

Medical Education: Attended University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

Residency: St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grand Junction, CO

Board Certification: Board Certified in Family Practice

Affiliations: Colorado Medical Society American Academy of Family Practice

Certified in full range of family practice medicine, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Christopher Williams, M.D.Christopher Williams, M.D.

Family Practice, Meeker Family Health Center

Medical Education: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas

Residency: Charlton Methodist Family Practice Residency, Dallas, TX

Areas of Interest:  Full family care, pediatric, geriatric and sports medicine

BakkarMohammad Asem Bakkar, M.D.

General Surgery, Pioneers Medical Center

Medical Education: University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, Netherland Antilles

Residency: Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Arizona

His Philosophy: Medicine is a calling to develop strong interpersonal relationships both professionally and personally.  I have always felt that patients are people, not just numbers. Rural medicine is the ability to provide professional  services to a community under the grounds of relationship medicine.

Areas of Interest:  Outdoor life (Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, boy scouts), live music, meeting celebrities, traveling, movies, sports (Tennis, Football, Soccer), scuba diving, computers and electronics, family time with my my wife,  son, daughter and the family dog, Max.

Russell Stagg web photoRussell Stagg, CRNA

Nurse Anesthetist & Pain Management Injections, Pioneers Medical Center

Medical Education: University of New England, MSN, and University of Utah, BSN

Board Certifications: NBCRNA Board Certified
Professional Affiliation: Member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Areas of interest: Educating patients, pain management and all types of anesthesia

Judy Eskelson, RN-CFNP

Nurse Practitioner, Meeker Family Health Center

Medical Education: Mesa State College – BSN degree; St. Joseph’s College – BSPA; Metropolitan State College – FNP (rural medicine emphasis); St. Thomas Seminary – M.Div., M.A.

Licenses: Nurse Practitioner, RxN, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

Certifications: National Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Hypnosis

coombsRosaly Coombs, RN-CFNP

Nurse Practitioner, Meeker Family Health Center

Medical Education: Brigham Young University- Masters Family Nurse Practitioner; Bachelor of Science – Nursing; Rick’s College- Associate in Science-Nursing

Licenses:  Nurse Pracititioner, RN, RxN Colorado

Certifications:  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: National Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner

secrestStarla Secrest, P.A.

Physicians Assistant, Meeker Family Health Center

Medical Education:  Physician Assistant Studies Masters of Medical Science – Family Practice Program at Midwestern University of Glendale, AZ

License: Physician Assistant – State of Colorado

Certification:  Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Visiting Specialty Physicians

childsStacy Childs, M.D.


Stacy Childs, M.D., comes to Meeker from Urology Clinic P.C. in Steamboat Springs, about 90-minutes north-east of Meeker. Dr. Childs has over 32 years of medical experience with both adults and pediatric care. To schedule an appointment, call the Meeker Family Health Clinic at 970-871-9710.

Gerard Tomasso, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology

Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Denver, CO; Gastroenterology at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Denver, CO

Fellowship: American Society of Gastroenterologists, American College of Physicians

Board Certification: American Board of Gastroenterology

Affiliations: American Gastroenterology Association, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Colorado Medical Society, Mt. Sopris Medical Society

Personal Interests: Skiing, mountaineering, fly fishing, spending time with my wife and two daughters

Dr HowellMarcus Howell, M.D.


Board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Invasive Cardiology, Dr. Marcus Howell is an Interventional Cardiologist with over 11 years of experience caring for patients. In addition to treating patients in the clinic and cardiac catheterization laboratory, Dr. Howell has special interests in the endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease as well as thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Frank Laws, M.D.


Medical School: University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Internship: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Roanoke-Salem, VA

Residency:University of Virginia School of Medicine, Roanoke-Salem, VA

Fellowship:University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston, TX

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine; Certified in Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine; Certified in Nuclear Cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

Dr Kevin BorchardKevin Borchard, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Residency Training: Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Fellowship Training: Adult Reconstruction of the Hip & Knee, New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts

Board Certifications: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado; Undergraduate at University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado

Specialties: Advanced total joint replacement surgeries, revision surgeries, minimally-invasive surgeries, scopes and repairs

Armando ArmisArmando Armas, M.D.


As the lead board certified medical oncologist, I have the privilege of offering over twenty years of experience caring for patients. My experience stems from training at the Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and I am motivated to helping patients continue their longevity with the best quality of life

Tessa Landa, M.D

Dr. Tessa Landa recently completed her Residency in Family Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Throughout her residency, Dr. Landa cared for both acutely ill patients in the hospital as well as patients in the outpatient clinic setting. She is trained in General Internal Medicine, Pediatric Care and Women’s Health. Dr. Landa completed her Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition at the University of Florida, followed by the Medicine MD Program at University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Landa is a Florida native, but she feels a Coloradan at heart. It was her love of the mountains and snow that brought her to western Colorado. She has a passion for small town medicine so coming to Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker is a dream come true. The chance to build special relationships with patients is what brings her joy in practicing medicine. Dr. Landa enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, and horseback riding. Accompanying her in making Meeker their new home is her 10 month old daughter, Georgia, and their dog, Cooper.

pioneers_logo_vertDan Ward, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery


pioneers_logo_vertClay Pendelton, M.D.