Meet the Staff

Joel Gates, D.O.

Dr. Gates joined the practice in 2005. He attended University of Colorado, Oklahoma State University, and completed his residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO. He enjoys being active and can often be found running, biking, or walking during his lunch break.


Nathan Wagner, Psy.D

Nathan has practiced as a psychologist for the past 22 years. He enjoys working with his adolescent and adult clients on matters including stress management, lifestyle change, mood & anxiety disorders, and trauma. Relative newcomers to the Western Slope, Nathan and his wife are enjoying getting acquainted with the many recreational opportunities the region has to offer.


Gabrielle Silverman, PA-C

Brie joined the team in May of 2017 after graduating from Drexel’s Physician Assistant program in Philadelphia.  Prior to becoming a Physician’s Assistant, Brie graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s Degree in international relations and worked overseas. Born and raised in Southwest Colorado, Brie always knew she wanted to return to the area to work and raise a family. She is passionate about medicine and about supporting people in their health goals and happiness.

When not in the office, you can find Brie exploring the outdoors, hiking, rock  climbing, ice climbing, & skiing with her family including her husband, daughter, son, and dogs.


Jacklyn Hardin, NP-C

Jackie is a Texas native who has made the Western Slope her home for the past 8 years. She earned her Associates Degree in 2011, and began working as a RN in her hometown of Port Lavaca, Texas. After accepting a position as a RN at Montrose Memorial Hospital, she continued her education and graduated from Maryville University’s Family Nurse Practitioner
program in 2019.

She believes that health should be tailored to each individual; there is no one single course for wellness, and working with people to learn how their personal needs can be met is an effort best suited with an open, honest approach. She believes building relationships with her patients is key to providing excellent care.

In her spare time, she enjoys trail running and paddle boarding. She and her husband spend their summers in the mountains and lakes surrounding Ridgway, soaking up the warmth and taking their English bulldog paddle boarding with their children.


Josey, Medical Billing & Project Manager

Josey is a Minnesota native who came to Ridgway in 2004 on vacation and never left. She joined the MMC team in 2012 and has worked in various roles during her tenure at the office. Since obtaining her Certified Professional Coder license in 2019, she spends the bulk of her time arguing with insurance companies and spearheading various projects and practice transformation programs. In her spare time, she loves to raft, ski, and travel with her husband and two children.


Susie, Accounting & HR

Susie is a Texas native who also spent many years in Fort Collins, CO before relocating to Ridgway in 2007 with her husband to be closer to her children & grandchildren. She was previously employed as an Office Manager for an Ob-Gyn Clinic and an Administrator for Ft. Collins Coldwell Banker Real Estate before joining the MMC team in 2012. She is truly the glue and keeps the office running! Susie loves to spend her free time supporting her grandchildren in all of their crazy endeavors, from skiing to rafting and everything in between!


Jody, RT & Medical Assistant

As our in-house Radiology Technician, Jody is yet another crucial piece of the MMC team. When she’s not rooming patients for our Providers or performing EKGs/PFTs/phlebotomy, she is taking x-rays of the various injuries that our active population of patients tends to incur! In her free time, Jody loves to fish and spend time with her family & dogs.


Taylor, Medical Assistant

Taylor, a Texas native, moved here in the summer of 2019. While in Texas, Taylor attended Hardin-Simons University where he played football. After graduating, Taylor received his EMT license and spent the next few years working in emergency medicine before moving to Colorado. Taylor enjoys being outdoors hiking and kayaking, as well as piña coladas and long walks on the beach.


Autumn, Front Reception

Born and raised in the desert side of Washington State, (yes, it exists!) Eldest of four, Autumn is a dancer, romancer, and midnight prancer who enjoys hot cocoa and a good book while she crochets. She attended University of Utah for Business and Ballet. She was introduced to her now-husband from 1,000 miles away. She made the move to these mountains in 2012 and together they raise their son who says he will be a Bone Doctor someday.


Sierra, Back Reception & Care Coordinator

Our newest member of MMC, Sierra is originally from Georgia and has been a resident of Ridgway since 2017. She is a lover of sunshine, adventures, cats and naps. Sierra is excited to be a part of MMC and is looking forward to her new career in medicine!


Delight, Medical Records

Miss Delight spent over 10 years working the front desk at MMC before retiring in 2018. Lucky for us, she isn’t great at retirement, so she fills in as needed to help out with medical records, training, and vacation coverage. We all love Delight and know that you will, too!

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