Our providers offer you quick, convenient, high-quality care right here in town. We’ve recently expanded, with more providers and extended clinic and physical therapy hours, to serve you better whether you are in Lake County full time or commute out of the area.
Gary Petry, MD
Family Medicine Specialist, Emergency Physician, Hospitalist
St. Vincent Hospital welcomed Dr. Gary Petry to the Leadville Medical Clinic in 2013. He pursued his medical degree at Kansas University of Medicine from 1994 to 1998. His residency followed at Smokey Hill Family Practice in Salina, where he specialized in Rural Family Medicine. In 2001 Dr. Petry was employed by Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas, as a family practice physician, working in both areas of inpatient and outpatient care. He began working in the emergency room in 2008.
“I moved to Leadville because of my hobbies and my enthusiasm for mountain recreation. I have vacationed regularly in Lake County. At the same time, I am committed to quality rural health care and don’t believe ‘rural healthcare’ means ‘less healthcare,’” said Petry. When asked what concerns him about health issues, Petry replied, “the epidemic of obesity, childhood obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome concern me greatly. I look forward to working with St. Vincent Hospital, and my colleagues at the clinic to promote better health for Lake County.”
Lisa Zwerdlinger, MD
Chief of Medical Staff, Hospitalist, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care
Dr. Lisa is the Medical Chief of Staff at St. Vincent Hospital. She cares for patients in the emergency room and as the hospitalist for inpatients. She grew up in Colorado. Dr. Lisa was educated at the University of Colorado for undergraduate, medical school and residency training. She is board certified in family practice and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Health Science Center of Medicine. Her passion for living and playing in the mountains brought her to Leadville. She is an avid mountain biker, rock climber, ice climber, and backcountry skier. Dr. Lisa has co-authored many articles and studies on high altitude physiology. Dr. Lisa is the Physician Advisor for the local search and rescue group, High Mountain Institute, and assists Outward Bound with backcountry medical advice.
She currently holds privileges at St. Vincent Hospital and at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco Colorado.
Joette Eyser, MS NP-C RNFA CNOR,
Emergency and Family Medicine
Joette is a board-certified nurse practitioner at St. Vincent Hospital Emergency Department. She claims her hometown as Leadville although she grew up in Cupertino, California. She has a Master’s Degree in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner. Joette worked as an RN for 31 years before graduating with a 4.0 GPA and honors from Regis University. Joette has worked in Urgent care, OB/Gyn, Primary Care, and Emergency Room as an NP. She has a love for working in the ER and is working on becoming fluent in Spanish. Focusing on her husband of 21 years and her children, Joette values the small town atmosphere of Lake County and the ability to get to know people more personally in rural healthcare. The Eyser’s are involved in volunteering for Lion’s Club, Lake County Search and Rescue, Red Cross, 9 Health Fair, Church and school fundraising. They love the beauty of this area. already possess. St. Vincent Hospital has a special place in Joette’s heart and she envisions a long and happy tenure here.
Kelsey Kuehn, PT, DPT, CSCS
Kelsey Kuehn, PT, DPT is a native of Oklahoma. She attended The University of Oklahoma for her undergraduate schooling, and then she moved to north-west Texas to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in 2015. Her love for the outdoors quickly drew her to Colorado, living in Colorado Springs prior to moving to the area. Her primary experience is in manual physical therapy techniques including visceral techniques, but she also brings a solid background in general orthopedics, wound care and neurological impairments such as spinal cord injuries, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kelsey is able to work with clients to improve their athletic performance – something that she is passionate about. Kelsey loves the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, camping and rock climbing. She is rarely without her camera and is an avid nature and wildlife photographer.
Kelsey’s love for travel has taken her to several countries, and she is fluent in Spanish.
David Cimino, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Physical Therapy Department Manager
Dave has always valued an active lifestyle and wants to enable individuals to stay active for as long as they desire. He loves working directly with individuals and values assisting them to improve their quality of life.
His roots are from New York and Long Island, N.Y. but a passion for the outdoors led Dave to Colorado over seven years ago. When Dave is not at work he is often spending time outdoors alpine skiing, mountain biking, or taking his dog on a hike. He can also be found watching sports or playing ice hockey.
Dave taught the recent winter sports conditioning class at St. Vincent Hospital. He and Kelsey Kuehn, PT, DPT, the physical therapy department manager, hope to bring more conditioning classes to Leadville and Lake County in the future.
Education: Northeastern University in Boston, MA
Family: Girlfriend, “Bizzy”, and Labradoodle “Hootie.”
Favorite Mountain Moments: Backcountry skiing, hut trips, and participating in several endurance ski-mountaineering races.
Philosophy: “I feel it is our role to be a patient advocate, teach our patients to advocate for themselves and provide a supportive environment. I’d like St. Vincent Hospital grow as a place people come to, not because they are sick, but because they hope to remain healthy.”
Kelly Bergkessel, PT, DPT, COMT
Kelly’s first career was as an electrical engineer. She soon realized that she missed the joy that interacting with people brought her. As a swimmer and triathlete, she had received physical therapy care and was drawn to the profession. So, she returned to school to become a doctor of physical therapy at the University of Colorado. Kelly is also certified in Dry Needling and Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
“It is fulfilling to help our patients get out of pain and to be in a profession that helps people,” commented Kelly. She focuses on tailoring treatments to individual patient needs and getting them back doing what they love.
Kelly is a lover of outdoor recreation and endurance sports. She has recently practiced physical therapy in Anchorage, Alaska. Kelly and her husband were there for 5 years. She is excited to live the small-town life in Leadville. Kelly says “bring on the snow.” There was never a doubt, but now we know she is a perfect fit for Leadville and Lake County.
Cliff Davis, PA-C
As a former Flight Paramedic and Flight Nurse, Cliff has been drawn to working in rural areas and Critical Access Hospitals because of the challenges and rewards they present. Born in Montana, Cliff and his wife Marilyn moved the family to Colorado 2 and half years ago, to obtain better services for their 14-year-old son, who has severe autism.
Cliff completed his Physician Assistant studies in Billings, Montana, at Rocky Mountain College, where he graduated summa cum laude.
“I enjoy people and enjoy making a difference in an often unpleasant and scary experience. My goal is partly to make an emergency room visit more pleasant for the patient,” commented Cliff.
Cliff and Marilyn enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, he enjoys landscape and outdoor photography and cooking.
What Cliff likes most about Leadville and Lake County, is that the area, and the people, remind me very much of Montana. Rocky Mountain communities can be very similar in their health care needs and Cliff knows he can be of service in Leadville and Lake County.
His philosophy regarding work is to make a concerted effort to have a team approach to caring for people. He welcomes, asks for, expects and respects input from all of the hospital team, regardless of title.
Cliff incorporates lessons and experiences from his prior careers and interactions with others, to treat others the way he would want to be treated.
Peter Lemis, MD FACC – Visiting Specialist
Dr. Peter Lemis is a board-certified cardiologist at Summit Cardiology. Prior to joining Centura Health, Dr. Lemis was a partner at Jefferson Cardiology Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he has been in private practice for almost 30 years. Board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Lemis earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his internal medicine residency at Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York. Following his residency, he completed a clinical cardiology fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. When it comes to treating patients, Dr. Lemis believes in treating patients like people, not just as an illness or a medical problem. He uses the most advanced medical knowledge to provide compassionate, supportive care as he helps patients work towards better health.