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At Western Colorado Pediatrics, our clinicians provide exceptional and specialized care tailored to meet your family’s ever-changing needs as your children grow from infants to young adults. All of our physicians are board-certified, which means they have the most up-to-date knowledge and training on healthcare trends and best practices. Our highly trained and dedicated team of pediatricians and advanced practitioners are committed to delivering comprehensive, whole-person care—this means behavioral health providers can be embedded into routine well-checkups when needed. Because the needs of kids don’t follow regular office hours, Western Colorado Pediatrics offers 24/7 care with access to our on-call pediatricians through DOCS on Call. From infancy into adulthood—from boo-boos to annual check-ups through diagnosis and illness treatment— Western Colorado Pediatrics is focused on caring for our growing patients at every stage of life.

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PCP Care Village
3150 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 243-KIDS (5437)

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456 Kokopelli Blvd Unit D
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 243-KIDS (5437)

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PEDIATRICIANS

Melissa Havlik,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Melissa Havlik grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now called Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Havlik completed her pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Havlik has called Grand Junction “home” for over 20 years.

Dr. Havlik enjoys all aspects of pediatrics and is especially interested in developmental pediatrics and the “medical home” type of care that PCP provides. Dr. Havlik practiced with Western Colorado Pediatrics from 2002 to 2017. She took some time off to spend more time with her family and returned to the practice in early 2022. Her expertise, passion, and friendly personality make her a wonderful member of the Western Colorado Pediatrics team.

Dr. Havlik enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and taking care of their two dogs, two cats, fish and chickens.

Dr. Havlik is fluent in Spanish. She practices in our Grand Junction office.

University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital; Chief Resident, Pediatric Internship and Residency – Albuquerque, NM (1998)

Medical College of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Medicine- Philadelphia, PA (1995)

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Microbiology – Tempe, AZ (1991)

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Claudia Jantzer,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Claudia Jantzer attended the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Her medical journey was an unconventional one—Dr. Jantzer did not attend college until the age of 30. Her first day of medical school was also her son’s first day of high school and her daughter’s first day of middle school. She found her way to pediatrics because she admired her children’s pediatrician. Dr. Jantzer enjoys helping young families live a healthy life and hopes to be a helping hand for Grand Valley families to achieve happiness and well-being. Her clinical expertise and warm bedside manner have made her a favorite among patients and parents alike.

When she is not practicing medicine, Dr. Jantzer hikes and spends all her spare moments with her four sisters, her children, and her grandchildren.

Dr. Jantzer sees patients in both our Grand Junction and Fruita pediatric offices.

University of Colorado Health Science Center/The Children’s Hospital; Pediatric Internship and Residency – Denver, CO (1996)

University of Colorado School of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine – Denver, CO (1993)

University of Colorado; Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts; Honors: With Distinction – Denver, CO (1988)

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Rebecca Liggett,
Doctor of Osteopathy

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Rebecca Liggett has been practicing medicine at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (WCPA), a division of Primary Care Partners since the summer of 2008. She is a Fruita Monument High School (FMHS) graduate and has been thrilled to have the opportunity to return to her hometown doing work she loves.  She completed her residency at Blank Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from medical school at Des Moines University, Iowa.

As a former foster parent, Dr. Liggett has an intimate understanding of the foster care system. She is able to offer an informed and empathetic perspective while serving in a unique position to support the individual care of foster youth and the needs of foster families.

Dr. Liggett enjoys board games, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She loves the great outdoors, and on a day off, you will likely find her outside enjoying the Western Colorado sunshine!

Dr. Liggett practices pediatrics at our Fruita office.

Blank Children’s Hospital; Pediatric Residency – Des Moines, IA ( 2008)

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Doctor of Osteopathy – Des Moines, IA (2005)

William Penn University; Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Chemistry minor – Oskaloosa, IA (2001)

Affiliated with St. Mary’s Medical Center, Grand Junction, CO and Community Hospital, Grand Junction, CO

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Addie Smith,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Adelaide “Addie” Smith grew up overseas and in the United States. She was born in London, England, and also lived in Poland and Hungary. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree(s) in History, Education, and Environmental Studies. After graduation, Dr. Smith worked as a ski patroller in Colorado for eight years. She and her dog, Flash, were even a certified Rapid Avalanche Deployment team. Her experiences taking care of sick and injured skiers as an EMT on ski patrol, motivated her to continue her education.

Dr. Smith attended medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, then pursued additional pediatrics training in upstate New York. Her special interests in pediatrics include newborn medicine, acute and emergency care, development, literacy, and procedures. Dr. Smith also enjoys teaching and loves working with families, as well as medical students and residents. She is enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated, and thrilled to be working at Western Colorado Pediatrics in our Grand Junction office.

You can find Dr. Smith spending her spare time outdoors doing it all! Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, and rafting are her favorites. She also likes to garden, cook, read, and hang out with her Shetland sheepdog, Penny . As a new Grand Junction resident, she looks forward to doing all of these things in the Grand Valley.

St. George’s University, Doctor of Medicine – St. George, Grenada (2019)

University of Colorado, Pre-Medical Studies – Boulder, Colorado (2014)

Georgetown University, Pre-Medical Studies – Washington, DC (2009)

Dartmouth College, Bachelor of Arts- History, Education, Environmental Studies, Hanover, NH (2007)

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Megan Stinar,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Megan Stinar joined Western Colorado Pediatrics, a division of Primary Care Partners in 2016. She completed her residency at the University of New Mexico and graduated Medical School at Creighton University School of Medicine. She chose pediatrics because she feels that all children, from newborns to adolescents, are resilient and bring great joy to the world. 

Dr. Stinar is passionate about government affairs and received her undergraduate degree in political science. She enjoys putting her knowledge of how the American government works to practice outside of the clinic to promote children’s rights at the local, state, and national levels. 

Growing up snowboarding in Colorado’s mountains is what eventually brought Dr. Stinar back home to Colorado. She loves to spend her time away from the office with her husband recharging while mountain biking, hiking, camping, rafting, and of course, snowboarding.

Dr. Stinar is bilingual, and, serves both English and Spanish-speaking families in her practice. She works in our Grand Junction office.

University of New Mexico; Pediatric Internship and Residency – Albuquerque, NM (2016)

Creighton University School of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine – Omaha, NE (2013)

Santa Clara University; Bachelor of Science in Political Science, minor in Biology, cum laude – Santa Clara, CA (2009)

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Cecilia Weaver,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Cecilia Weaver has been a practicing pediatrician since 2016. She completed her pediatrics residency in Los Angeles, California, and her medical training at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Dr. Weaver has always been fascinated with the human body. She was called to medicine for the science, but she stayed with it for the humanity that is integral to its practice.

She loves partnering with children to help build healthy lifestyles and enjoys her role as a pediatrician because she thrives in the variety of care she gives. From acne treatment to asthma management to wellness visits and childhood development, every day is a new opportunity for her to care for the well-being of children and youth.

She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, paddle boarding, skiing, and exploring Colorado, with her family, and her dog.

Dr. Weaver is bilingual and practices medicine in our Grand Junction and Fruita office locations.

Los Angeles County and University of Southern California (LAC + USC), Pediatric Internship and Residency – Los Angeles, CA (2016)

University of Massachusetts Medical School; Doctor of Medicine – Worcester, MA (2013)

University of Massachusetts; Commonwealth College Honors Program; Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, magna cum laude – Amherst, MA ( 2008)

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Michael Whistler,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Michael Whistler or “Dr. Mike” as his patients fondly call him, joined Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (WCPA), a division of Primary Care Partners in 1993. Prior to joining WCPA, he practiced at Indian Health Services in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He completed his residency at the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic and graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mike believes that kids are strong, courageous, resilient, treasure-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow-chasers, and he takes joy in helping them in their journey to adulthood. He is passionate about using his extensive experience and knowledge to empower and partner with parents as they seek to raise healthy, happy children. His whimsical bedside manner has a special way of connecting with children of all ages.

Dr. Mike loves to go running with his dog and gets a kick out of the fact that his children are better skiers than he is. 

Dr. Mike sees patients in both our Grand Junction and Fruita pediatric offices.

Owner physician since 1998

Tulane Affiliated Hospitals, Tulane University School of Medicine; Pediatric Internship and Residency – New Orleans, LA (1988)

Tulane University School of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine – New Orleans, LA (1985)

University of Missouri; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, cum laude – Columbia, MO (1981)

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Barbara Zind,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

For Dr. Barbara Zind, caring for children is more than a career, it’s a lifelong commitment and passion. Dr. Zind attended medical school at the University of Arizona and residency at the University of Colorado in Denver. She obtained a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology.

The granddaughter of a rural doctor in Lebanon, Dr. Zind knows no boundaries in medicine. She has served in Papua New Guinea and on the Navajo reservation and continues to volunteer her time internationally in Palestine and Guatemala. She has a particular interest in pediatric cancer and blood diseases, combating childhood obesity, and international health care. 

Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, biking, running, fishing, snowboarding, and gardening.

Dr. Zind is bilingual and serves both Spanish and English-speaking patients. She sees patients in our Grand Junction office.

University of Colorado Denver; Post-doctoral Fellow in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology – Denver, CO (1987)

University of Colorado Denver; Pediatric Internship and Residency – Denver, CO (1984)

University of Arizona; Doctor of Medicine – Tucson, AZ (1981)

University of Arizona; Bachelor of Science in Plant Pathology (1977)

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Patrice Whistler,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Patrice Whistler joined Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (WCPA), a division of Primary Care Partners in 1993. Prior to her move to Western Colorado, she was the Director of Medical Services at the Cherokee Nation Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She completed her residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals and graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine.

In her practice, Dr. Whistler takes a special interest in autism spectrum disorder, adolescent health, and public health, and enjoys working with children of all ages—from infancy to adulthood.

Outside of work, Dr. Whistler enjoys walking her dog, hiking, reading, knitting, and cooking—lamb-beef stew is one of her specialties. Every now and again, she’ll indulge in interesting television shows including the occasional murder mystery.

Dr. Whistler sees patients in both our Grand Junction and Fruita pediatric offices.

Louisiana State University, Department of Pediatrics; Chief Residency – New Orleans, LA (1988)

Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, Pediatric Residency – New Orleans, LA (1986)

Tulane University School of Medicine; Doctor of Medicine – New Orleans, LA (1983)

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Masters in Public Health – New Orleans, LA (1983)

Newcomb College of Tulane University; Bachelor of Science in Biology – New Orleans, LA (1976)

University of Kansas – Lawrence KS (1973)

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ADVANCED PRATICIONERS

Mary De Young,
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Mary De Young is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP) who joined Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners in 2014. She spent 25 years as an ICU nurse working throughout the United States, and thoroughly enjoyed her time as an ICU nurse. When she worked in the Pediatric ICU in Edmonton, Alberta, she discovered her passion for pediatrics, and 30 years after her first nursing graduation she became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Mary received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Alberta in Canada. She also received her diploma in Nursing at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mary’s diverse extracurricular activities include gardening, cooking, quilting, knitting,  home remodeling,  reading, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing.

Mary sees patients in our Grand Junction location.

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care – Omaha, NE (2013)

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2005)

Blodgett Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing, Diploma in Nursing – Grand Rapids, MI (1983)

Calvin College, dual program associated with Blodgett School of Nursing, Grand Rapids, MI (1981)

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Vickie Foy,
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Vickie Foy has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP-PC) since 1992, and joined Western Colorado Pediatrics in 2001. She is passionate about children’s health issues and takes a special interest in newborns. She understands that the needs of each patient are different and utilizes her passion to work with families through this delightful and challenging stage and on into childhood and adolescence.

Vickie is from Blanding, Utah, and received her medical training at the University of Washington.

She loves to read and travel and looks forward to football season every year as a dedicated BYU Cougars fan with season football tickets.

Vickie works primarily at our Grand Junction location caring for Grand Valley families.

University of Washington, Masters in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Seattle, WA (1992)

Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse – Provo, UT (1988)

Weber State College, Associate Degree in Nursing, Registered Nurse – Ogden, UT (1982)

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Dianna Garcia,
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dianna Garcia is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Colorado Mesa University, and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus. She then joined the United States Navy and attended Officer Development School. She served in Okinawa, Japan as a Naval Officer and moved on to work at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She was the recipient of various honors and awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Dianna loves working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds who may be at risk for health disparities due to lack of access to medical care. Her goal is to help each child maximize their health and reach their full potential! She also enjoys helping new parents navigate infant and early childhood development.

In her spare time, Dianna loves spending time with her family and her whippet puppy, Terry. Outside of patient care, you will find her hiking, reading, going to museums, swimming, and spending summer evenings outdoors. She loves all things Latin American and is fluent in Spanish. 

Dianna joined Western Colorado Pediatrics’ Grand Junction office in 2022.

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Master of Science in Nursing – Denver, CO (2017)

Colorado Mesa University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Grand Junction, CO (2011)

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICIANS

Shannon Hoffman,
Licensed Professional Counselor

Shannon Hoffman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and elated to be a part of Western Colorado Pediatrics.  She received her Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling from Adams State University. 

Shannon’s areas of focus are trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavioral concerns.  Modalities include Play Therapy, CBT, TF-CBT, Solution Focused, and components of DBT. Shannon values the importance of highlighting and exploring the unique strengths and resilience in each individual to help encourage hope, confidence, healing, and growth.  She is also passionate about working with children struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, or other mental health challenges that may be affecting them personally and their school success.  

When Shannon is not working, she enjoys time outdoors with her family and watching her sons’ mountain bike on the many Grand Junction trails.

Adams State University; Master of Arts- School Counseling – Alamosa, CO (2014)

Colorado Mesa University; Bachelor of Arts-Sociology, Minor in Human Services – Grand Junction, CO (2004)

CARE COORDINATORS

Yvonne Sanchez,
Care Coordinator