Kennebec Mountain Run

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do two of my favorite things… help athletes and volunteer with La Plata Search & Rescue. The Kennebec Mountain Run is a 15 mile race up into La Plata Canyon. It is organized by the Durango Running Club and they generously donate profits from the race…

Follow up From the Hardrock Hundred Medical Symposium

Long overdue follow up post from Hardrock week and the second annual HR100 Medical Symposium. For those of you unfamiliar the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run is a notable ultaramarthon footrace ran each (most) July in the San Juan mountains. The course starts and begins in historic Silverton, CO and covers over 100 miles of remote…

Visiting Durango?

Recently, I have cared for a few patients who were visiting from out of town. Being ill or injured on vacation away from familiar doctors and the expense of out of network visits can be stressful. Most people who come to visit Durango and the surrounding areas are looking to enjoy some of our amazing…

12 Hours of Mesa Verde Follow Up

12 Hours of Mesa Verde Follow Up  A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being the race physician for the 2019 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, an outstanding charity MTB race that takes place in the Phil’s world area between Mancos and Cortez.  It was a great event, and despite a 1 hour…

Athlete Safety: Medical Event & Race Medical Coverage

Spring is upon us in Durango, and we are shaping up for a great spring backcountry ski season. At lower elevations, trails are starting to melt and dry out, and you can see road bikes with regularity heading up through Hermosa. Race season will soon be here! Smart racers know to focus on training and…

Skier Knee Injuries – Part 3: If you are injured.

Despite our best prevention efforts discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, sometimes injury is unavailable. We know if a skier is injured, more than 40% of the time it is a knee that is involved. You injure your knee on the slopes – now what? Situation and Safety.  Regain your composure…

Preventing Skier Knee Injuries, Part 2: On The Hill.

You arrive prepared and excited to ski, with well serviced bindings, appropriate skis, decent fitness and a stylish helmet, as we discussed in Part 1. Now that you are on the hill, how can you minimize injury risk while maximizing fun? Lessons. If you are a beginner skier, seeking to get on more challenging terrain,…

X-rays and healthcare costs

One of the reasons I wanted to start my own practice and not deal with insurance is I have some real problems with the way we price, deliver and pay for healthcare in this country. One of many issues in our healthcare system is the difficulty of knowing the cost of your care before you…

Ski boot fitting

After spending last season in Florida and with early indications of a good snow year in the San Juans I decided it was time to upgrade my well seasoned AT boots (original Technica cochise 130s, now on their second liner) with hope of reducing their 4 pound, 6 oz per boot weight. I have had…