Five new providers join UCHealth

New experts specialize in cancer care, gastroenterology, internal medicine, surgery
May 5th, 2015

Five new providers joined the University of Colorado Health team in northern Colorado in April.

Internal medicine physician Thomas Soper, DO, has been caring for patients throughout Logan County for more than 15 years and is now caring for patients at UCHealth Internal and Family Medicine, 620 Iris Drive in Sterling.

Thomas Soper, DO

He has been an active member of the Sterling medical community, serving in various leadership roles at Sterling Regional Medical Center as well as the Northeast Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Medical Society.

Soper joins Dr. Richard Lamb, an internal medicine specialist, and Dr. Sara Charnecki, a family medicine specialist, in providing primary care at the clinic.

He is particularly interested in caring for the “Greatest Generation” as well as helping all of his patients stay healthy through preventive procedures.

Soper earned a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. He also fulfilled a residency in internal medicine at Columbia/Health One in Denver.

To schedule an appointment with Soper or for more information about UCHealth’s internal medicine services in Sterling, call 970-522-7266.

Christopher Bureau, PA

Physician assistants Christopher Bureau and Andrea Hibma recently joined UCHealth’s General Surgery team at 2121 E. Harmony Road in Fort Collins.

Andrea Hibma PA-C

Bureau’s care philosophy is to give patients the time they deserve. With an extensive background in orthopedic care, Bureau is especially interested in trauma as well as musculoskeletal system injuries and deformities.

He earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Duquesne University.

Hibma is dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care to every patient. She believes in getting to know each patient and each patient’s family on a personal level so as to make the best medical decision possible, she said.

She earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

For more information about UCHealth’s General Surgery team, call 970-221-5878.

Jessica Goodwin, a family nurse practitioner, has joined the team at UCHealth Cancer Care and Hematology, 2121 E. Harmony Road.

Jessica Goodwin, FNP

She is passionate about providing holistic, individualized care by partnering with patients to develop the best care plan to meet their needs. This includes caring for a patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual health, because cancer treatment touches every part of a patient’s life, she said.

She is particularly interested in hematologic malignancies, cancer survivorship and integrative health and wellness. Her research interests include targeted therapies for hematologic malignancies.

Goodwin earned a master’s degree in nursing from Regis University in Denver.

For more information about UCHealth Cancer Care and Hematology, call 970-493-6337.

Cassie Gifford, a nurse practitioner who specializes in gastroenterology, has joined the team at UCHealth Longmont Clinic, 1925 W. Mountain View Ave. in Longmont.

Cassie Gifford, NP

“I plan to provide evidence-based care along with holistic care to foster and cultivate a path to physical, mental and emotional balance and wellness,” she said. “In doing this, I will be promoting healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.”

She is particularly interested in gastroenterology, wellness, preventive care and natural care. Her research interests include the relationship between disease and food and how our diets could reverse or prevent disease.

She earned a master’s degree in nursing from University of Kansas.

To schedule an appointment with Gifford or learn more about gastroenterology services offered in Longmont, call 720-494-3123.


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