Student Spotlight

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Utah.
  • Clubs and Activities: President of SAMOPS, event coordinator for ACOEP, and member of ACOP and SAACOFP.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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Profile

Dennis Kinder, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Department of Specialty Medicine

Staff Physician
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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