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.

Jacklyn Hardin, NP-C

Jackie is a Texas native who has made the Western Slope her home since 2012. 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.

Alison Joseph, FNP-C

Ali moved to Ridgway in 2021 and is MMC’s newest Provider on staff. She is originally from Arizona but has lived in many locations across the world, including South Korea!

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baylor University and commissioned into the US Air Force in 2013. After spending four years active duty at Eglin AFB, she continued her education and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2020.

Ali is so excited to plant roots on the western slope and join the team at MMC. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

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 Shultz, RT & Medical Assistant

As our in-house Radiologic Technologist, 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.

Ali Tiffany, RN

Ali is a Georgia native who made her way to Ridgway in 2020 after medically retiring from the Army.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University and commissioned into the Army in 2013. Ali spent 7 years in the Army as a nurse before retiring and going to work for the Grand Junction VA.

Ali and her husband (also an Army vet) achieved their dreams of living closer to the mountains when they moved to Ridgway. They enjoy jeeping, hiking, camping, cooking, and live music. Ali is excited to start this new chapter at MMC!

Marina, Medical Assistant

Marina recently relocated from Ft. Collins to Ouray in 2021 with her son, drawn here by the beauty of the area and the chance to live closer to her mother. She has 5 years experience in the medical field and is looking forward to learning more as a Medical Assistant at MMC.

Outside of work, Marina and her family enjoy hiking, going to the hot springs, traveling, and game nights!

Eliza, Medical Assistant & Back Reception

Eliza (pronounced A-lisa) recently relocated to Ridgway from Dallas, Texas in June of 2020 with her husband and 8 year old son. The beauty of the Colorado mountains brought them here! Eliza has a long history of working in the medical field and brings a wealth of knowledge to the office. Their family enjoys hiking, riding bikes, and taking their son to explore whenever Eliza and her husband aren’t working.

Elissa, Front Reception

Elissa (not to be confused with Eliza!) hails from Alberta, Canada and moved here in 2019 to get married to her husband who has family in Ouray County. Elissa is the friendly face you will now see greeting you at check-in! She likes hiking, snowboarding, and martial arts.

Sierra, Back Reception, Medical Assistant, & Care Coordinator

Sierra joined MMC in February of 2020, and has being an invaluable team member throughout a crazy time in medicine! 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 loves her new career in medicine!

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