Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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Profile

Dennis Kinder, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Department of Specialty Medicine

Medical Director
Rocky Vista Health Center

dkinder@rockyvistahc.com • (720) 874-2462
Rocky Vista Health Center

Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • Doctor of Medicine
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
    1987-1991
  • Bachelor of Science
    Pharmacy
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA
    1981-1986

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Medical Director
    Rocky Vista Health Center
  • 2014 – 2018: Staff Physician
    Rocky Vista Health Center
  • 2014 – Present: Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2011 – 2014: Clinic Physician – Internal Medicine 
    The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic
  • 1998 – 2011: Private Practice – Internal Medicine 
    Kinder Family Clinic/Mountain Medical Specialists
  • 1995 – 1998: Multi-Specialty Group Practice – Internal Medicine
    Craig Medical Center
  • 1986 – 1987: Clinical Pharmacist
    Group Health of Spokane

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Certifications and Licenses


  • Licensed Physician – Colorado (1995 – Present)
  • Board Certified Internal Medicine (1995 – Present)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American College of Physicians

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Publications and Presentations


Presentations

  • “Osteoporosis”
    Regional Osteopathic Medical Education Conference
    2017
  • “Neuropathies and Myopathies”
    Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine Meeting
    2015

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Research Interests


Grants:

  • Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, event-driven trial of weekly low-dose methotrexate (LDM) in the prevention of cardiovascular events among stable coronary artery disease patients with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome (2015 – 2018)

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Biographical Information


Dennis Kinder, MD, FACP, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Washington State University and then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Kinder completed his residency at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah before joining Northwestern Colorado as a primary care provider alongside Thomas N. Told, DO, FCOFP-dist., Dean of RVUCOM. After relocation to Craig, Colorado, he became an Internist and cared for adult and geriatric patients with complex medical problems. In addition, he was the main ICU/CCU doctor, worked as the Emergency Room Physician, and at times, was first assistant to the surgeon. He joined the Rocky Vista Health Center as a Staff Physician and Rocky Vista University as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in 2014. In 2018, he was named Medical Director of the Rocky Vista Health Center.

Dr. Kinder became an outdoor enthusiast at the age of forty, proving anyone can go from couch to triathlon! He has completed three Ironman triathlons, several marathons, several half and Olympic triathlons, and plans to continue running, biking and swimming.

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