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.


Would you like to know of a way to eat more and lose weight at the same time? Talk about a “win, win!” Most of us “eat with our eyes” and if the foods on our plate are high in water (higher fiber is helpful as well), it is possible to consume a full plate and feel full with fewer calories.
This concept is known as “calorie density” or “volumetrics.” Foods that are lower in calorie density include fruits, vegetables, cooked whole grains, dry beans, soups, low fat meats and low fat milk or yogurt. Foods that are higher in calorie density are crackers, chips, nuts, cookies, full fat condiments (mayonnaise, sour cream, oils), higher fat meats, and cheeses.

Calorie density comparisons by volume of food:
2 Tbsp. raisins vs. 2/3 cup grapes (65 Calories)
1/3 cup alfredo sauce vs. 1 cup marinara sauce (135 Calories)
1 c. broccoli & cheddar soup vs. 2 1/2 c. vegetable soup (200 Calories)

Calorie density comparisons by weight of food:
1 lb cheddar cheese (1800 Calories)
1 lb strawberries (145 Calories). . .high water content
1lb potato chips (2600 Calories)
1 lb lowfat vanilla yogurt (360 Calories). . . more water content

For meal and menu ideas, I use a cookbook called “Diabetes Meals by the Plate” that has lots of photographs and recipes for ethnic and combination dishes compatible with this approach to eating. I’ll leave the cookbook in the kitchen for a couple weeks and you’re welcome to stop by and take a look. I guarantee you’ll find amazing combinations for your healthy plate!
I’ll also leave a tear pad of a nice handout that illustrates this concept as well as some pamphlets. Feel free to take one or both. The cookbook is available on Amazon.

As it turns out, many foods higher in water content are also very nutritious. That’s another “win win” for all of us.

Take care of yourself–you’re worth it!

“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.