Meet the physicians at UCHealth Grandview Hospital campus

May 21, 2021

Whether you need a primary care physician or a specialist, the doctors available at UCHealth Grandview Hospital and Medical Center. The Grandview campus, located in the heart of Colorado Springs just off of Interstate 25, is a hub for orthopedic specialty care and many other disciplines.

UCHealth Allergy and Immunology Clinic – Grandview

 Dr. Meaghan Misiasz

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.364.2554

Dr. MeganMisiasz
Dr. Megan Misiasz

Giving patients the tools to help them feel great is a passion for Dr. Misiasz, who practices at Grandview Medical Center.

She helps patients who have asthma and rhinitis; environmental allergies and immunotherapy; food and medication allergies; urticaria, dermatitis and angioedema; and recurrent infections and primary immunodeficiencies.

“One of the many things I love about being an allergist is the ability to improve my patient’s quality of life with therapies, medications and education about their disease,’’ Misiasz said. “Many long-time allergy sufferers acclimate to feeling less than perfect and they don’t realize how well they can feel. I love being able to give my patients the tools to help them feel great.’’

Dr. Misiasz attained her doctor of medicine degree at Michigan State University and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. The UCHealth Allergy and Immunology Clinic is currently accepting new patients.

UCHealth Endocrinology Clinic – Grandview

Dr. Meghan Rush

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 225, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.365.7630

Dr. Megan Rush
Dr. Meghan Rush

Patients always come first for Dr. Rush, who specializes in endocrinology; and diabetes and metabolism.

“I want to get to know my patients as best as I can and want them to feel engaged in their care and feel like they understand their test results and plans going forward,’’ Rush said. “I always want them to feel they can be open with me about barriers they face to controlling their medical issues so I can better formulate a plan to suit them.’’

Dr. Rush attained her doctor of medicine degree at University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her residency in 2016 at University of Utah.

 

 

Dr. Cameron Siddens

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 225, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.365.7630

Dr. Cameron Siddens
Dr. Cameron Siddens

Patients are always given the respect and courtesy they deserve from Dr. Siddens, who specializes in endocrinology.

“I work closely with each patient to make them feel comfortable with the care they are receiving from myself and my clinic staff,’’ Dr. Siddens said. “I love to spend time with my wife and two children when not at work. I think Colorado Springs is the perfect location for outdoor adventures.’’

Dr. Siddens attained his doctor of medicine degree at University of Texas Medical School at Galveston and completed his residency in 2016 at Texas A&M/Baylor Scott & White.

The UCHealth Endocrinology Clinic is currently accepting new patients.

UCHealth Heart Clinic – Grandview

Dr. Sirisha Yarlagadda

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 225, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.365.7630

Dr. Sirisha Yarlagadda
Dr. Sirisha Yarlagadda

Dr. Yarlagadda specializes in developing a trustworthy relationship with every patient and understanding the critical complexities of heart disease.

“My goal is to provide compassionate and excellent medical care to all of my patients.

Dr. Yarlagadda attained her doctor of medicine degree at Guntur Medical College and completed her residency at San Joaquin General Hospital.

The UCHealth Heart Clinic at Grandview Medical Center is currently accepting new patients.

 

UCHealth Neurology Clinic – Grandview

Dr. Andrea Manhart

Dr. Andrea Manhart
Dr. Andrea Manhart

Specializing in neurologic diseases, Dr. Manhart believes in improving quality of life for her patients who have neurologic disease.

“My goal as a physician is to improve quality of life,’’ she said. “I believe in treating a person as a whole, and I feel I am here to listen, educate and provide options so patients can make informed decisions regarding their neurologic care. I believe in a positive, kind outlook on life and accompany my patients each step of the way.’’

She specializes in helping people with neurologic diseases; central and peripheral nervous system; and migraine headaches.

“Neuropharmacology has always been fascinating to me, and I truly believe medications help improve many neurologic diseases. I am excited about the research going on in the world in regards to the central and peripheral nervous systems, and I feel we have made leaps and bounds in neurologic care, but still have room for more.’’

Dr. Manhart attained her doctor of medicine degree at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Grandview Hospital/Kettering Health Network.

Dr. Hamid Mortazavi

Dr. Hamid Mortizavi
Dr. Hamid Mortazavi

Dr. Hamid Mortazavi is a neurologist who has been in practice for more than 20 years.

He specializes in disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, muscles, and the involuntary nervous system that controls the heart, lungs and other organs.

Mortazavi helps patients who have headaches, stroke, dementia, seizures, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular diseases.

Dr. Mortazavi attained his doctor of medicine degree at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences and completed his residency at University of South Alabama.

 

Dr. Kevin Scott

Dr. Kevin Scott
Dr. Kevin Scott

Dr. Scott has been actively serving patients in the Colorado Springs community since 2011. Prior to moving to Colorado, Dr. Scott served as Associate Professor of Neurology at Penn State University where he specialized in EMG, EEG, Intraoperative Monitoring, and Neuromuscular Medicine, as well serving as the program director for the Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Medicine fellowships

“I seek to provide the highest quality patient care through a collaborative and patient-centered approach,’’ he said. “I am committed to continued personal and professional growth and desire to provide the highest quality clinical care and EMG/NCS studies possible. I seek to develop a caring partnership with each patient and their family to ensure proper diagnosis, proper treatment, emotional support and education.”

Dr. Scott remains active in clinical research and teaching, as well as publishing multiple research articles and chapters. Dr. Scott has a long military background and has served in both active duty and Army National Guard positions. He is a veteran of five combat deployments and has held important leadership positions that include Brigade Commander, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, and Flight Surgeon.

Contact: 719.365.7300

Dr. Erin Stewart

Dr. Erin StewartDr. Stewart is a board-certified neurologist who completed her neurology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, followed by a Sports Neurology fellowship at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

“I believe that the best treatment plans are rooted in effective and open communication between a patient and his/her care team,’’ Stewart said. “I’ve enjoyed practicing clinical neurology and engaging in the care of athletes with sport-related neurological injuries.’’

Contact: 719.365.7300

 

 

Elizabeth Harmon, PA-C

Elizabeth Harmon
Elizabeth Harmon

A Colorado Springs native, Harmon is both an academic and caregiver at heart.

“I have developed a love for how intellectual challenges and long-term patient relationships intersect within the field of neurology. I am passionate about patient education and believe that this is essential in facilitating the best partnership between patient and provider,’’ Harmon said.

She specializes in caring for patients who have brain and nervous system concerns, deep brain stimulation and neurology patients.

I endeavor to truly listen to patient concerns and to use my training and experience to help patients understand how their whole-person health (body, mind and spirit) affects their neurologic symptoms so that they can feel supported and empowered to take the best possible care of themselves when they leave my clinic.’’

Contact: 719.722.3286

Jessica Kellett, NP

Jessica Kellett
Jessica Kellett

Kellett specializes in neurology and makes her patients feel heard and cared for as individuals.

“I enjoy collaborating with patients to help achieve the highest satisfaction levels and most successful outcomes,’’ Kellett said. “Disease prevention, improvement and stabilization, as well as health promotion, are important objectives for me. Treatment of all patients as individuals who have unique needs and goals is also a focus for me.’’

719.365.7300

 

Melinda McClendon, NP-C

Melissa McClendon
Melissa McClendon

Nurse Practitioner McClendon believes that patient care is “a work of the heart. It is individualized and encompasses mind, body and spirit. We should strive to change lives for the better. Care involves the patient and their support system.’’

As a nurse practitioner she wants to improve lives of the patients she cares for. She has served for more than 15 years in the Air Force Reserve, working in medical units that assist with transportation and movement of injured and ill service members and coalition forces.

McClendon earned a degree from the nurse practitioner studies program at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

UCHealth Orthopedic Clinic – Grandview

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 110, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.365.1950

Dr. James Duffey

Dr. James Duffey
Dr. James Duffey

Dr. Duffey is accomplished in arthroscopic treatment of both simple and complex sports injuries and has considerable experience and expertise in arthritis surgery and total joint replacement of knees, hips and shoulders. For more than a decade, he has used computer-assisted surgery and minimally invasive techniques.

He is active in sports medicine for all ages and levels, from youth to professionals. He is also happy to see the aging athlete and weekend warrior, as he is one himself.

Duffey has practiced in Colorado Springs since 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and attended medical school at the University of Arizona. After a surgical internship at the University of California, San Francisco, he returned to the University of Arizona for his orthopedic training.

 

 

Dr. Augusta Kluk

Dr. Augusta Kluk
Dr. Augusta Kluk

Dr. Augusta Kluk specializes in treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, nerve injuries, hand, wrist and forearm fractures, hand and wrist arthritis, trigger finger, hand and wrist tumors, ganglion cysts and dupuytren’s disease.

She became a physician because she enjoys taking care of people, and she appreciates the interactions she has with patients.

“The opportunity to provide patient care is an honor and a privilege. This responsibility drives me to excel and provide the best possible care for my hand and upper extremity patients. As part of the UCHealth team, I am surrounded by world-class primary care and subspecialty providers who allow me to provide optimum care to each of my patients.’’

Dr. Kluk attained her doctor of medicine degree at University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her residency also at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Matthew Kluk

Dr. Matt Kluk
Dr. Matt Kluk

Dr. Kluk is a board-certified joint replacement specialist. He specializes in joint replacement and joint preservation surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. He has a special interest in minimally-invasive, muscle-sparing joint replacement surgery.

As an officer in the U.S. Army, he began his medical career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He uses advance techniques that allow for the restoration of function and improvement in patient quality of life.

He is currently a clinical instructor in orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and he has published several scientific articles related to the care of the combat-injured and the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

He has extensive experience as an orthopedic surgeon in both civilian and military settings. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served on a Golden Hour Offset Surgical Team to provide emergency surgery on patients en route to higher levels of care.

Dr. Kluk attained his doctor of medicine degree at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dr. Elisa Knutsen

Dr. Elisa Knutsen
Dr. Elisa Knutsen

Dr. Knutsen is a hand surgeon who specializes in wounds to arms and hands, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures and sprains and strains.

“All of us from kids to adults use our arms and hands constantly at work and at play. My goal is to guide patients through their injuries or pain with the goal of maximizing hand function so that they can return to doing the things they love,’’ Knutsen said.

She grew up on the East Coast, and is thrilled to live and work in Colorado.

Dr. Knutsen attained her doctor of medicine degree at University of Maryland.

 

Dr. Jordan Schaeffer

Dr. Jordan Schaeffer
Dr. Jordan Schaeffer

Dr. Schaeffer specializes in total joint replacement of knees and hips.

His clinical interests include rapid-recovery techniques, such as direct-anterior hip replacement and muscle-sparing total and partial knee replacement, complex primary and revision hip and knee replacement, periprosthetic joint infection, periprosthetic fracture treatment, and robotic-assisted surgery.

“I believe very strongly that my role as a surgeon is to help every patient make the best decision for his or her needs,’’ Schaeffer said. “Joint replacement surgery is an elective operation done to improve a patient’s quality of life; therefore, I want my patients to be completely informed prior to surgery so they are mentally and physically ready for the operation.”

Dr. Schaeffer attained his doctor of medicine degree at University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed his residency at Duke University.

Dr. Ross Schumer

Dr. Ross Schumer
Dr. Ross Schumer

Dr. Schumer enjoys treating all injuries of the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle. He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery, cartilage restoration and ligament reconstruction of the knee and ankle.

No two people are the same and each individual deserves a personalized approach to their health care. Every patient has a goal, whether it be to get through their day with less pain or returning to the sport they love, and it is my privilege to help them achieve that goal,’’ Schumer said.

Schumer said he tries to maximize non-surgical methods whenever possible. When a patient does require surgery, he makes sure to take the time to ensure they understand the planned procedure and recovery process.

The son of a high school football coach, and the middle of three brothers, he has a passion for sports and competition. He began his career as an Air Force orthopedic surgeon. He continues to serve in the military as an Air Force Reserve Flight Surgeon at Peterson Air Force Base and as a volunteer team physician for the Air Force Academy NCAA Division 1 athletic programs.

Dr. Schumer attained his doctor of medicine degree at Jefferson Medical College in Pennsylvania and completed his residency at Wright State University in Ohio.

Dr. John Seddon

Dr. Seddon specializes in foot and ankle surgery.

“I enjoy treating all general orthopedic conditions. I have special interest in any condition related to the foot and ankle. I was fortunate enough to acquire unique training in foot and ankle surgery and surgical treatment of complex lower extremity trauma and deformity,’’ he said.

Seddon said he believes in a holistic approach to patient care.

“It is important to build a multimodal treatment plan that is individualized to each patient. The patient should be actively involved in all decisions related to their care. The goal is to get patients back to the lifestyle and activities they enjoy,’’ he said.

Dr. Seddon attained his doctor of medicine degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.

Allison Atherholt, PA-C

Allison Atherholt
Allison Atherholt

Allison Atherholt specializes in orthopedics, and she is especially interested in caring for individuals who have injuries to their hands.

“The hands are a very intricate and complex part of our anatomy and are necessary to perform our daily activities. I love working with patients to help them get back to their activities with either a non-operative and operative treatments,’’ Atherholt said.

An avid runner, she enjoys spending time outdoors – hiking, biking and horseback riding.

 

 

Marianne Leahy, PA-C

Physician Assistant Marianne Leahy believes in offering her very best to make sure that each of my patients have the most positive experience.

“I strive to treat each patient as an individual, and be as respectful as I can in regards to their time and needs,” she said.

Leahy specializes in orthopedic diagnoses, including sports medicine injuries of the shoulder and knee, and arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder.

Michael Sciortino, PA-C

Michael Sciortino
Michael Sciortino

Michael Sciortino specializes in helping people who have had reconstructive surgery.

“I believe in making sure each patient is provided the best care that they deserve. Establishing a relationship is a key factor in moving forward with a treatment plan. With each patient visit I will do my best to make sure each individual is well informed about the upcoming treatment so that they are mentally and physically ready.”

 

 

 

 

UCHealth Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic – Grandview

Dr. Melissa Strike

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 225, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.365.3740

Dr. Melissa Strike
Dr. Melissa Strike

Dr. Strike takes a holistic approach to patient care to help individuals improve and reach functional goals.

As a physiatrist and licensed acupuncturist, Strike works closely with a multi-disciplinary team to help patients regain their independence, return to activities enjoyed prior to their injury and control their pain using a variety of conservative techniques.

She specializes in helping improve function for people who have disorders and injuries that affect bones, joints, muscles. In addition, she helps those who have fibromyalgia, brain and nervous system injuries, migraines, cerebral palsy, spinal cord and more.

Dr. Strike attained her doctor of medicine degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

 

 

UCHealth Primary Care – Grandview

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.599.0444

Dr. Alex Constantinides

Dr. Alex Constantinides
Dr. Alex Constantinides

Dr. Constantinides is a classically trained osteopathic physician, a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, who believes in making healthy living choices and promoting the body’s natural ability to heal itself before implementing pharmacotherapies.

He offers osteopathic manipulation to patients with acute and chronic pain conditions. He’s been practicing in Colorado Springs for more than a decade. He serves as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ lead athletic medicine physician for UCCS Athletics and volunteers as team doctor for Doherty High School and the Evangelical Christian Academy.

He is a certified ringside physician and works most of the professional boxing and mixed martial arts events for the Colorado State Boxing Commission. He has appeared multiple times with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Showtime boxing, HBO Boxing, NBC Sports and many others.

Dr. Constantinides attained his doctor of medicine degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation & Family Medicine Center.

 

Dr. Adam Kilkenney

Dr. Adam Kilkenney
Dr. Adam Kilkenney

Dr. Kilkenney specializes in family medicine; food, nutrition and metabolism; wellness and lifestyle; back pain and maladies of the bones, joints and muscles.

“I believe the root of good health is based in healthy lifestyle,’’ Kilkenney said. “I encourage a healthy diet and regular exercise and use osteopathic manipulative medicine before resorting to medication when possible. I will take time to explain your diagnosis, the reasons behind tests, and the goals of any treatment.’’

Dr. Kilkenney attained his doctor of medicine degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Metro Health Hospital.

 

 

 

Dr. Donald Setter

Dr. Donald Setter
Dr. Donald Setter

Dr. Donald Setter emphasizes a shared decision-making model of care.

“I focus on educating my patients on their specific medical conditions, how they occur and what can be done to treat them. The goal is to create a collaborative approach to care with my patients such that they are appropriately invested in their own medical care, thereby maximizing adherence to the treatment plan chosen,’’ Setter said.

Originally from the Central Michigan area, Setter and his wife have three children.

“We enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking and biking, but we also enjoy a good TV series or movie, as well. I am passionate about fitness and I believe in the CrossFit model of fitness which is defined as “constantly varied, functional movements done at a high intensity.”

Dr. Setter attained his doctor of medicine degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Puget Sound Family Medicine Program – Naval Hospital Bremerton.

 

Megan Foss, PA-C

Megan Foss
Megan Foss

Foss’ philosophy of medicine can be summed up as: “Patients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Foss pours her heart into her work. She believes that connecting with patients is the best way to partner with them on their health journey.

She has served the Colorado Springs community as a physician assistant since 2001. Foss attended Colorado College, graduating in 1994. She graduated with her Masters in Physician Assistant Sciences from Saint Francis University in 2001.

 

 

John Kupfner, PA-C

John Kupfner
John Kupfner

John Kupfner is known as a provider who goes the extra mile to take care of patients.

“I practice evidence-based medicine with the whole body in mind,’’ Kupfner said. “I’m involved in all aspects of patient care, including mind and body.’’

Kupfner is from Colorado’s Front Range and has practiced in Colorado Springs for many years.

 

 

 

 

Danielle Riker, NP

Danielle Riker
Danielle Riker

Danielle Riker started her medical career working in emergency medical services and later began working as a registered nurse in the emergency department.

“My approach to treating patients and managing their care is holistic,’’ she said. “I appreciate treating the whole person rather than just treating an illness. I have a great passion for promoting health and wellness. I work with my patients to establish healthy and reasonable goals to help them obtain their optimal level of health.’’

 

 

 

UCHealth Rheumatology Clinic – Grandview

5818 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 225, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719.365.3740

Dr. Swosti Roka Magar

Dr. Swosti Roka-Magar
Dr. Swosti Roka-Magar

Dr. Magar is an internal medicine provider who specializes in rheumatology.

An internist, she is trained to care for adults of all ages for many different medical conditions. An internist typically monitors chronic physical conditions, identifies acute diseases, provides family planning, provides counseling about wellness and disease prevention, etc.

Dr. Magar attained her doctor of medicine degree at Kathmandu Medical College of Teaching Hospital and completed her residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center – Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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