Doug Miller, FNP

 

Doug Miller, FNP-C went to nursing school at the ripe old age of 40. After completing his BSN through the University of Northern Colorado's Accelerated BSN program, he quickly moved through the MSN program with an emphasis in Family Practice. 

 

Doug moved to Rocky Ford from Yuma, Colorado, when he was hired as a staff FNP by Dr. Mary Jean Berg. He purchased the clinic from her in 2003. 

 

Doug is a recipient of the 2009 Rural Health Excellence Award, and the 2012 Colorado Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence. 

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Heather Elliot, NP-C

Heather Elliot, NP-C, grew up in Washington state and graduated with a BSN from Seattle Pacific University in 2006. She worked in a hospital in Seattle for a few years before moving to Denver as a traveling nurse. She completed her MSN at Colorado State University Pueblo with a focus in both Family Practice and Acute Care.

 

While finishing up her graduate studies, Heather moved to the Arkansas Valley in order to complete her clinical studies. She decided to stay when she was offered a position at Rocky Ford Family Health Center.

Andrea L'Heureux, M.A., LPC

Andrea L’Heureux, M.A., LPC, is a licensed professional counselor who provides behavioral health consultation (BHC) services through the Rocky Ford Family Health Center. She is here to offer assistance with habits, behaviors, stress, worry, or emotional concerns about physical health or other life situations that are interfering with a person’s daily life or overall health.

Andrea works closely with your primary care provider to evaluate the mind-body-behavior connection and provides a holistic and brief, solution-focused course of action that helps to meet your wellness goals.

 Andrea has 25+ years of experience working with families, communities, and school districts.  In addition to her role as behavioral health consultant, Andrea runs a small private practice where her primary focus is life transitions and grief.  She is passionate about helping people create their best life! 

 

Staff

 

Maurleen Valencia - Medical Assistant

Catherine "Cat" Garcia - Medical Assistant

Dustina Reed - Medical Assistant

Lilliana "Lilli" Garcia - Receptionist, Medical Assistant

Shelbi Kelly - Referrals, Prior Authorizations, Medical Assistant

Ann Lopkoff - Billing & Collections

Melissa Chavez - Administrative Assistant

Terry Miller - Business Manager

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Doug and Heather are NPs, or Nurse Practitioners. NPs are registered nurses who have a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and are board certified through a nursing credentialing board. Doug is a FNP, a Family Nurse Practitioner. Heather is a NP, a Nurse Practitioner with emphasis in family medicine and acute care. Our NPs combine the care of nursing with the expertise of family medicine. 

What is the Behavioral Heath Consultation Service?

The BHC has specialty training in the behavioral management of health problems.  Together, the BHC and your PCP can consider the physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of your health concern and help determine a course of action that will work best for you. 

 

What Kind of Health Concerns Do You See?

The BHC can help you learn to cope with symptoms associated with trauma, stress, depression, chronic medication conditions.  Headaches, sleep, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, obesity, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome are just a few of the conditions that can be helped with behavioral health care.

 

Who is Eligible to Receive These Services? 

The service is available to all patients within the Rocky Ford Family Health Center as a part of good overall health care. 

 

What Should I Expect When I see the BHC? 

You can expect the Behavioral Health Provider to be a part of most of your “regular” visits. She will ask you specific questions about your physical symptoms, the emotional concerns you are experiencing, your behaviors, and how all of these might be related.  You can expect appointments specifically with the BHC to last approximately 30 minutes. These appointments usually occur in the clinic, either in person or through telehealth. Your PCP and BHC have a close working relationship.  Remember, you and your PCP remain in charge of your health care; the BHC’s primary job is to help you and your PCP develop and implement the best integrated health care plan for YOU!

 

How is This Service Different from Mental Health Services?

The services provided by the BHC are simply another part of your overall health care and are not specialty mental health care.  Documentation of your appointment and recommendations from the BHC will be written in your medical record.  A separate mental health record will not be kept when you see the BHC.

 

Communications with your BHC may not be entirely confidential.  Your BHC will make every effort to protect your privacy.  However, like all providers, they may have to report information regarding child or spouse abuse, or share information regarding those at risk to harm themselves or others.  

 

The BHC does not provide traditional psychotherapy.  If you request, or the BHC thinks you would benefit from, specialty mental health services, the BHC will recommend that you and your PCP consider those services.

 

How Do I Schedule a Behavioral Health Consultant Appointment?

You can call the clinic yourself at (719) 254-7421 and request an appointment with Andrea, or discuss with your PCP the your desire to access her services.  If you and your provider agree this service would be helpful, he/she will help to schedule a BHC appointment.

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