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Nextera Healthcare – Western Slope

Nextera Healthcare’s direct primary care membership for individuals, families and businesses provides a convenient, cost-effective solution for those looking to get more out of their primary care coverage.

Nextera Healthcare providers offer year-round, comprehensive adult and family primary care services, including but not limited to:

  • Acute care and chronic disease management
  • Allergy evaluation and management
  • Dermatology
  • Mental health, including treatment for depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
  • School, sports and workplace physicals
  • Sleep hygiene assessments and support
  • Stress management
  • Treatment of sprains, lacerations and broken bones
  • Weight management and health risk assessment
  • Women’s health
  • Well checks for infants and children
  • Preventive health care
  • Same-day appointments or next-day appointments based on medical need.
    Please call 911 in the event of a medical emergency.

In addition to the services above, Nextera Healthcare membership offers patients:

  • After-hours care for more urgent medical needs (non-life threatening emergencies)
  • Remote or virtual access to physicians via email or phone if you are busy or traveling
  • Deeply discounted imaging and laboratory services

* The list of medical services offered may be subject to change

Our Providers

Carly Peterson, PA-C

Montrose
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Carly Peterson, PA-C

Montrose

Carly is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She obtained her degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Carly has seven years of experience as a physician assistant. The majority of her practice has been in the emergency department and urgent care setting. She also has five years of experience in a holistic medicine primary care setting.

Carly is passionate about integrative and functional medicine. Believing that optimal care includes taking the patient’s mind, body, and soul into consideration. Carly moved from Michigan to Colorado late last fall to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in the west. She enjoys backpacking, camping, fishing, and hiking with her two large dogs. She is looking forward to treating the Montrose community. As well as walking side by side with her patients on their journey to optimal health and wellness.

Casey Aguirre, DO

Glenwood Springs
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Casey Aguirre, DO

Glenwood Springs

Dr. Aguirre is an energetic and passionate individual who feels wellness is based on the principles of unity of the human body. The body’s ability to regulate and literally heal itself, the interrelationship of structure and function, and the use of manipulative treatment in the total care of the patient are the “backbone” of his philosophy.

He received his BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah in 2004, graduated from LECOM for Medical school in 2009, Board Certified in Family Medicine since 2012. Dr. Aguirre considers his greatest accomplishment to be his family. He and his wife Ashley of 20+ years have four boys (Jackson 15, Grady 13, Kasen 11, and Graham 7). He speaks Spanish fluently.

He sees himself as a guide and coach when it comes to his role as a physician. He desires to help support one’s healthcare decisions and find meaningful connections with his patients on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. He believes the best way to treat disease is with prevention.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Aguirre enjoys everything involving family time, winter sports, fishing, hiking, camping, trail running, or anything outdoors. He is an avid baseball fan. He is excited to continue to bring his enthusiasm for life and medicine to patients here in Glenwood Springs.

Dr. Aguirre is excited at this refined access to innovative care which allows him the freedom to treat the patient with fewer barriers and aligns well with his own philosophies of wellness.

Kathy Howe, DO

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Kathy Howe, DO

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Kathy Howe, DO, is a board-certified family physician interested in providing care for the entire family with a special interest in women's health and complementary medicine. Dr. Howe attended medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa and was a resident at Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Medical Center in Arizona. She is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is excited to be joining the team at Trailhead Clinics full time in December of 2016.

Kory Alan Schweitzer, NP-C

Grand Junction
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Kory Alan Schweitzer, NP-C

Grand Junction

Kory Schweitzer is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He brings an eagerness and commitment to Trailhead Clinics to serve honest healthcare to individuals and families across a lifespan. Graduating in 2013 from Wheaton College in Illinois, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science. After working in Chicago as an Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Room Technician, he then received his second Bachelor’s degree, as well as his Master’s degree, in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta in 2019. Additionally, his experience as a Diabetic Lifestyle Coach has given him unique insight into how chronic disease can be prevented, not merely treated.

Amidst all his schooling and experience, he has found that health promotion and preventive care in the form of holistic healthcare to be his ultimate passion for his work. He is known for his calm demeanor and kindness. He takes his own physical, mental, and spiritual health seriously by attending church, sport climbing, backcountry hiking, enjoying the small things in life, and quality time with family as much as possible.

Lee Bules, DO

Montrose
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Lee Bules, DO

Montrose

Dr. Bules was born and raised in Colorado. He moved to Iowa for college and medical school, then returned to Colorado for his residency. For 12 years, he worked at a private practice and transitioned to ER work in the Midwest before Dr. Bules moved back to Colorado. He has been interested in direct primary care and is excited about the opportunity to provide care at Trailhead Clinics.

Dr. Bules has been married for 23 years to his wife Tonnie. They have two children; a son, Joseph, and a daughter, Sarah. His hobbies include rafting, fly fishing, reading, and traveling.

Dr. Bules will have a limited schedule at Trailhead Clinics Montrose.

Michael Gorman, DO

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Michael Gorman, DO

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Michael Gorman, DO, was born and raised in Moab, Utah and received his pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in 1991. After working as a pharmacist for 3 years, he went to medical school in Missouri and then completed his family medicine residency training at St. Mary's in Grand Junction, Colorado. He has been board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 2001. Dr. Gorman has spent most of his medical career in private practice, first in Grand Junction and then 8 years in Nevada where he was on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians for 5 years. He also helped train medical students in Nevada as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for Touro University. Prior to returning to Colorado in 2016, Dr. Gorman was appointed to the Nevada Board of Osteopathic Medicine by Governor Sandoval. Dr. Gorman enjoys golf and traveling with his family. He is very excited to be back in Colorado and is known for his thorough and compassionate care to patients of all ages.

Michael Hughes, MD

Grand Junction
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Michael Hughes, MD

Grand Junction

Dr. Michael Hughes is a family practice physician who has practiced in the Grand Valley since 1994. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he graduated with a BA in Molecular Biology in 1981. He worked at the CU medical school in a research lab before starting Medical school in 1987. During his work in the research lab, he attended graduate school and received a Masters of Science in Public Health from CU in 1989 while in medical school. He graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Denver in 1991. He finished his residency at St Mary’s Family Practice in 1994. He worked at Western Valley Family Practice from September 1994 until August 2018. He provided the full spectrum of Family Practice including pediatric care, obstetrical care until 2010, taking care of patients in the hospital and emergency room. He has a particular interest in managing chronic disease, preventive medicine, and men’s health care. His goal is to provide excellent medical care and help patients make better decisions about their health.

He is married with 2 adult children. He and his wife have lived in Grand Junction since 1991. He has been active in medical missions to Honduras since 1996. He enjoys running, bicycling, hiking, traveling, reading, spending time with his family. He was a competitive bicycle racer during the first 2 years of medical school and competed in 1988 and 1989 at The National Bicycle Road Racing time trial. He returned to competitive cycling again in 1997 and 1998. He has done the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic 5 times. His practice goal is to help patients find a way to achieve both physical and mental fitness.

Robert T Boyer, MD

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Robert T Boyer, MD

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Robert T Boyer, MD, has a strong belief that health is more than just the absence of disease. He believes that the best way to treat disease is to prevent it with healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Boyer graduated with his BS in Environmental Science from the University of California in 2005 and went on to graduate with his MD from UCLA in 2010. He has been a board-certified family physician since 2013. He sees his role as a counselor in helping patients make healthcare decisions that fit with their unique background and circumstances. In his mind, there is only good medicine, whether it originates from modern western medicine, ancient China, or centuries of traditional herbal practice. He most enjoys being a father and a husband and is grateful for the support and encouragement his spiritual focus has provided through all his challenges and successes.