Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. It is our pleasure to continue serving our mountain community, which we have done since 1978.

Our Philosophy

At Conifer Medical Center we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The landscape of our economy, our health insurance and our resources to care for ourselves is changing. Many in our community are uninsured or underinsured. We at Conifer Medical Center recognize this, and we are making efforts to reach out to those who would otherwise not take advantage of the proven benefits of preventative medicine. Prioritizing preventative care is even more important when an overnight hospitalization can break the bank. Controlling blood pressure, diabetes, or treating high cholesterol can be very inexpensive, and one of the best investments that one can make. Even more important than controlling such conditions is recognition of risk factors and preventing chronic conditions through healthy living. Conifer Medical Center would like to partner with you in that endeavor.

Family Medicine

Family Medicine is a specialty that provides comprehensive healthcare for every member of the family. Our doctors manage most acute, chronic or mental health conditions. We work closely with specialists to coordinate care of complex health issues.

About Our Family & Practice

All of our physicians are board certified family practice doctors. We provide quality medical care at reasonable cost and participate with most insurance plans.


How is your “stress life?” I ask this because how you cope when you are stressed can impact your eating choices and your decisions about your health. Following are two common coping patterns with some strategies for reshaping your usual response into a healthier one.

The High Achiever
High achievers set challenging goals for themselves and are used to seeing success at work and at home with their high efforts. In managing weight, they tend to have unrealistically high standards for defining success. Even when making progress, they may see their results as failure. Commercial programs that promise quick and effortless weight loss add to the impression that “something is wrong with me” when pounds are not rolling off at a fast rate.
If you identify with this description, try measuring progress in several ways. Along with weight, you may see that lab numbers improve, energy level may increase, clothes may fit better, nutrition is improving, etc. Noticing these can help you stay motivated when the improvement process hits a rough patch or is interrupted. Set some intermediate goals to celebrate as you work toward a long term goal. Interruptions are a part of life and if viewed as such, do not need to stop your forward progress.

The People Pleaser
If you are a people pleaser, you may need to place your own self care as a higher priority in life. Sometimes the drive to give of oneself leaves little time for exercise, menu planning, grocery shopping, preparing healthy meals, etc. It can help to recognize that self-care is not a selfish motivation. If a busy life is interfering with what you really want for yourself, learn to say “yes” to activities that fit your life passions and “no” to those that do not. When you say “no”, you can ease your people pleasing guilty conscience by saying something like, “As much as I’d love to . . ., I’m just not up to . . . I hope you understand.” Stay firm and people will learn that you mean what you’re saying.
Additionally, people pleasers may easily give in to pressure to overindulge in eating. You can’t disappoint someone who has slaved over a hot stove for you, right? Wrong! If there are predictable people and situations where this occurs, give a heads up to those involved ahead of time that you will be bypassing dessert, having a smaller portion, etc. In unexpected settings, decline by starting with a compliment, “That looks so yummy. . .” then follow with a “however. . .I’ve committed to . . .” You can build your resistance muscle; it gets stronger with practice. And you will find you’re happier as you avoid being conflicted in agreeing to eat something you really didn’t want.

All of you High Achievers and People Pleasers, we love you and we want you to take care of yourself first and foremost! I welcome additional comments and insights.

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.”

Here to help,

Kathleen Chaffer, RD

New Controlled Medication Policy

Due to changes in Federal Drug Dispensing regulations that are affecting physicians’ offices as well as pharmacies (mail order and retail) our office must change our prescribing and dispensing policy on Schedule III and IV controlled medications. As of June 1, 2013, Conifer Medical Center will no longer be calling or faxing controlled medications (schedule III of IV) to pharmacies. Patients will need to pick-up their prescriptions, or they can be mailed to your home address as well. The prescription will need to be hand-carried to the local pharmacy. Patients will be responsible for mailing their prescriptions to their mail order pharmacies. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.