3 physicians fulfill various needs at new practice
Kate Pierce, Andrea Nederveld and Laura Campbell started seeing patients this month at Juniper Family Medicine, 735 White Ave., to help fill various needs in Grand Junction.
One of those needs is for more family practitioners in the city. All three medical doctors practiced in Grand Junction previously. But Campbell didn’t see many patients in her most recent position as a faculty member at the St. Mary’s Family Practice residency program. She expects to accept 1,200 to 1,500 new patients at Juniper.
Nederveld plans to accept a similar number of new patients. She will carry over only a few patients from her previous job at Marillac Clinic. Marillac is designed for people without insurance, so Nederveld’s move will give an opportunity for insured people seeking a doctor to find one locally.
Pierce is coming to Juniper from Primary Care Partners and will bring about 900 patients with her, but she is accepting some new patients.
“Although we were already in town, it feels nice to open a place with doctors and fulfill a need,” Campbell said. “Two weeks ago I was at the (St. Mary’s) residency, and they turned away 100 patients a week ... We didn’t feel the need had diminished” for more physicians.
Although they may be in less demand, Campbell and Pierce fulfill another need in the community: obstetricians. Campbell said plenty of obstetricians have offices in Grand Junction, but only about seven local obstetricians both deliver babies and see patients of all ages for family care.
“I really enjoy seeing the babies grow up and hit all these stages. I loved delivering babies, but I didn’t want to limit my practice to that,” she said.
Campbell, Pierce, and Nederveld said they wanted to start a practice together so they could see more families. Their previous jobs sometimes had them seeing one age or type of patient more than another. Nederveld, who is an internist for adults as well as a pediatrician, said she wanted to see more kids in her office.
“It will be nice to see multiple members of the same family,” she said.
She and her colleagues also wanted to start a practice of their own because they all are working moms.
“I think it creates a space where we all understand each other and our schedules,” Pierce said.
The three also agreed they wanted a downtown location, a rare spot to find doctors in Grand Junction. They wanted a new building (construction began in July) because, they said, it’s hard to find an older downtown building with plumbing that can support a medical practice with 10 sinks and eight exam rooms on one floor.
“I love being close to downtown. I love that there are local businesses a block and a half away that we can support,” Campbell said. “There are a million vanilla corridors on Patterson (Road). That’s great. But I don’t know if I could picture us anywhere else.”
The office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The three physicians are scheduled to work three days a week each. Anyone interested in becoming a patient can call the office at 248-5880 and learn more about the practice and the insurance plans it accepts at http://www.jfmgj.com.