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.


Fiber Up! Non-digestible Nutrition!

Fiber is recognized as essential to healthy eating and to a healthy gut. We know fiber is helpful in preventing or alleviating constipation and evidence suggests that an adequate amount can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer. Variations in the sources and types of dietary fiber and fiber supplements make it a challenge to research and pin down these benefits.

Fibers were formerly classified as soluble or insoluble however in 2002 they were redefined as either dietary or functional. Dietary fibers are naturally in the plant whereas functional fibers are isolated or extracted from a plant or are synthetically produced.

Naturally occurring dietary fiber seems to give more health benefit than functional fiber. Good sources include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Look for grains that have 3gm fiber per serving with a whole grain as the first ingredient listed. A coarse grind is recommended. And of course, fruits and vegetables will contain more fiber if the peeling is eaten.

Functional fibers are in supplements. Manufacturers also add them to foods to reduce the carbohydrate available for absorption (Dreamfields pasta, Mission Carb Balance tortillas, low carb bread) or to help a processed food recover some of its lost fiber. The more beneficial functional fibers include psyllium, raw guar gum, and gel-forming b-glucan. Of questionable benefit for reducing cholesterol, improving blood glucose control, or improving regularity are partially hydrolyzed guar gum, low-molecular-wt. b-glucan, methylcellulose, inulin, and wheat dextrin. I recommend avoiding wheat dextrin as it has been shown to have a constipating effect.

Most of us will need 22 to 30gm of fiber daily based on the calories we consume. Go slowly as you increase fiber intake by 2 to 3gm/week and drink plenty of water (8 cups/day). An eating pattern that includes mostly whole, less processed foods will help you get there. An added perk is that as you increase fiber from whole foods, your vitamin and mineral intake increases as well. (The concern for fiber interfering with the absorption of some nutrients is now considered insignificant). This link can give you typical amounts of fiber in foods:
Fiber Content

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.