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.


GoPro Your Diet!

Consuming sufficient protein is necessary for maintaining or synthesizing muscle mass; repairing tissue; producing enzymes and hormones; and healthy hair and nails among other things. Despite our abundant food supply here in the U.S., we can fall short with protein because we’re so often drawn to eating carbohydrates (think chips, sweets, fries, etc.).

Additionally, in the typical effort to lose weight 25% of the pounds lost will be muscle. Quick weight loss diets can increase muscle loss to as high as 40%. In other words, a twenty pound loss is expected to include five to eight pounds of muscle mass. This increases the already difficult job of losing body fat since metabolic rate decreases as muscle mass decreases.

To promote protein synthesis, most individuals will do well to have 90gm or more of protein daily. Additionally, there is significant benefit when this is spread fairy equally between three meals. Inadequate amounts at one meal cannot be compensated for by excess amounts at other meals. There went the justification for the 24 oz ribeye! For lunch and dinner meals, a practical guide is to have a serving of protein that is approximately the size of your palm, remembering that you’ll also get protein from legumes, dairy, and nuts.

It can be trickier to have adequate protein for breakfast (you’re eating breakfast, right?). I’ve listed a few ideas to help you along either at breakfast or for a snack that essentially replaces breakfast:
Greek yogurt, 10 oz with 1 to 2 tbsp nuts
Lowfat cottage cheese, 1 cup with 1 to 2 tbsp nuts
Eggs, 2, with 1 slice toast and 8 oz milk
Chicken sausage link, 2, with 1 slice toast
High protein bar, such as Met-rx brand (32 gm protein) or you may want to combine a protein bar that has about 20gm protein with an 8 oz glass of milk or 5 oz greek yogurt
1.5 cups Kashi Go Lean breakfast cereal with 8 oz Fairlife (high protein) milk
Silk Protein Nut Milk has 25% more protein than cow’s milk for an alternative product
Fairlife milk has 50% more protein than traditional cow’s milk, although it is still a dairy product.

Another benefit to having adequate protein in your diet throughout the day is that it may help you self regulate calories. Protein calories tend to help you feel satisfied and full for a longer duration.

Feel free to offer your thoughts and ideas and suggestions for topics to discuss.

Kathleen Chaffer, RD

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.