Family Medicine

Family medicine (sometimes called family or general practice) provides health care for people of all ages, as well as all genders, diseases, and body parts. Providers are often primary care physicians also. They come to know the patient in the context of family and community. What’s more, they emphasize disease prevention and promote health. Family physicians can also help with a large range of acute, chronic and preventive medical needs.

For example, they may:

  • Diagnosing and treat illness
  • Provide preventive care
  • Give routine checkups
  • Assess health-risks
  • Immunize
  • Advise on how to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Coordinate care with other specialists


Click the links below to download the appropriate form. After you print the forms, fill them out. Then deliver them to our New Patient Coordinator at 20 South Market Street in Cortez. You can also take it to the clinic where your appointment is scheduled. Please note that all paperwork is due one week prior to your scheduled appointment. This helps us to become familiar with your healthcare needs by the time you arrive for your appointment.

Thank you, and we welcome the opportunity to meet your healthcare needs. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our New Patient Coordinator (970-516-1616)!

Providers at Southwest Medical Group

Brandon Sanchez, PA-C

Brandon Sanchez, PA-C

Southwest Medical Group, Elm Street
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

Crysta Jones PA-C

Crysta Jones, PA-C

Southwest Medical Group, Mancos Valley
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

111 East Railroad Ave,
Mancos, CO

Crysta joins us from Midland Texas where she practiced as a Physician Assistant for the past 5 years. Crysta received her PA-C from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Physician Assistant program and has a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wayland Baptist University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry.

Physician assistants (PAs) are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease and prescribe medication for patients. ​

She has a special interest in diabetes and has experience in a wide array of procedures. Crysta has a strong rapport with patients, focuses on building relationships, and emphasizes individualized, personal care.

Devon Daney MD

Devon Daney, MD

Southwest Medical Group, Market Street
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

20 South Market Street, Suite 1,
Cortez, CO

Dr. Daney is board certified in Family Medicine and treats families, pediatric patients and new babies. She attended Albany Medical college in Albany, NY 1998-2002, and served a residency at St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency in Grand Junction, CO.

I love taking care of entire families from newborns to grandparents and I love watching my patients grow up! I am interested in preventative care.
I live in Durango with my two kids and several horses/donkeys/dogs.  I enjoy the outdoors, riding my horse in the mountains, skiing and hiking. I’m also a “hockey mom”.

Board Certified Family Medicine practitioner with experience in all aspects of Family medicine including: inpatient care, outpatient care of patients newborn to elderly, maternal and pediatric care and urgent care.

  • Accomplished in primary care
  • Chronic and acute pain management
  • Preventive care expert
  • Family practice professional
  • Obstetrics and gynecology expertise
  • Excellent listener
  • Empathetic and courteous
  • Open-minded communicative physician
  • Good clinical judgment

Appropriately diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and injuries in a general practice setting. Regularly evaluate infants and children to assess growth and development compared to average childhood patterns. Treats pediatric patients with minor illnesses, acute and chronic health problems and growth and development concerns.

Regularly refers patients to medical specialists or other practitioners for more specialized courses of treatment. Administers and prescribes appropriate courses of treatment, including pharmaceutical medications. Provides prenatal care to pregnant women, delivered babies and provided postnatal care to mother and infants.

jeni lovett

Jeni Lovett, CNP

Jeni Lovett, certified Nurse Practitioner

Jeni has been a nurse for over 10 years and has her Masters of Science in Nursing. She is originally from Montana and much of her family resides in Wyoming. She recently married a lifelong Cortez resident and plans to spend the rest of her life caring for the people of Montezuma County. Jeni, her husband, and family members are large supporters of healthcare and especially thFour Corners Child Advocacy Center . Jeni has been a flight nurse, ER nurse, house supervisor and through her experience has learned how much she loves whole patient care- finding the root of the problem and taking a holistic approach.
Jeni loves all things outside- horses, hunting, fishing, and camping. She has 2 blue heelers that she loves as much as her husband. Jeni has a special passion for pediatrics and women’s health as well.
Please join us in welcoming her to the outpatient side of our organization! Jeni is currently caring for our patients at 33 N. Elm Street in Cortez. To establish care, call 970-516-1616 or visit new patient information. Jeni will be moving into the new medical office building in late spring.


Kameo Smith, DO

Southwest Medical Group
Family Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Women’s Health

Kameo Smith, DO grew up in Loveland, Colorado and attended medical school in Pomona California at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed her residency in Greeley, Colorado. She directed a Community Health Center in Socurro, New Mexico. She has 2 dogs, loves to read, travel, scrap book, and watch the Broncos.

Smith said for many patients, prenatal care can feel routine, These appointments help doctors and nurses build stronger relationships with patients.“When people aren’t comfortable for whatever reason, they are more anxious,” Smith said. “So I think making a patient feel comfortable and at ease with something that is a very natural process is extremely important.”

Smith says when she counsels patients about what to expect in labor, she tells them to keep their options open. In her experience, things don’t always go as planned, but that doesn’t mean they don’t go well.

“It’s one of those things in life you have very little control over – and that is OK,” she said. “You have to be flexible, and respond to things as they change so you can have a safe outcome for everyone. Communication is a huge part of that.”

Now accepting new obstetrical patients.

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Residency: Greeley, Colorado
Directed a community health center in Socorro, New Mexico

Dr. Kelly Busby

Kelly Busby, DO

Southwest Medical Group, Elm Street
Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation

33 Elm Street,
Cortez CO

Medical School: Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Practice
Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Eastern Maine Medical Center

Leslie Stanwix, DO

Leslie Stanwix, DO

Southwest Medical Group, Walk-In Care
Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health

2095 N. Dolores Highway
Cortez, CO

Dr. Leslie Stanwix specializes in Family Medicine and is Board Certified by the American College Osteopathic Family Practice. She practices at Southwest Medical Group, Walk-In Care. She attended Kansas State University and completed medical school at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Her philosophy is to “treat the whole person, with a respectful and caring attitude, and enable them to make an informed and constructive decision”.

Dr. Stanwix enjoys hiking, biking, camping, history, geology, and the Kansas City Royals.

Specialty: Family Medicine
Board Certification: American College Osteopathic Family Practice
Professional affiliations:  ACOFP, CMS, CSOM
Professional Recognition: Outstanding General Practitioner, Colorado 1988

Dr. Maria Cornelius

Maria A. Cornelius, MD

Chief of Staff, Southwest Health System

Southwest Medical Group, Mancos Valley
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

Dr. Cornelius provides a family medicine services at our Mancos Clinic. Dr. Cornelius is part of the obstetrics and pediatrics team at Southwest Health System. She also serves as Chief of Staff.


Dr. Melissa Churchill

Melissa Churchill, CNP

Southwest Medical Group, Chestnut Street
Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health

118 N. Chestnut,
Cortez, CO

Associate Degree of Nursing, Pueblo Community College, Durango, Colorado
Master of Science, Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner, Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, Kentucky

Providing a full-scope family medicine services, including prenatal care and delivery.

Shawna m. Frost FNP-BC

Shawna Frost, FNP-BC

Southwest Medical Group
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

Shawna M. Frost FNP-BC graduated from Graceland University out of Independence, MO as a family nurse practitioner. She has been practicing in Farmington, NM for the last 6 years with a sub-specialty in pediatrics and internal medicine. Established a sound knowledge base in the clinic and hospital setting with the encouragement of the practice physicians. Active member of the American Academy of Pediatric and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, jeeping, and spending plenty of time with her husband and 2 teenage boys.  She is a proud member of the rural area of Cortez, Colorado.

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Steven E. Vlach, MD

Steven E. Vlach, MD

Southwest Medical Group, Elm Street
Family Medicine

33 Elm Street
Cortez, CO

Medical School: Creighton University, 1986
Residency: Medical Center-St. Lukes Hospital, Sioux City, IA, 1989