Debbie A. Cihak, MD
I am an internist with more than three decades of experience as both a primary care clinician and a hospitalist. I earned my bachelor’s in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attended medical school at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, where I graduated with honors. My residency was completed at two campuses: Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Internal medicine primary care requires a person who loves listening, connecting and taking the time with people who may have multiple health problems: cardiac issues, diabetes and more. I love the challenge and complexity of my work and the interaction with specialties.
Julie C. Cohen, MD
I am a board-certified internal medicine physician and my education, training and career have taken me from Illinois, to California, to a decade-long practice at Colorado Permanente Medical Group in Denver. For me, relationships are my primary inspiration for my chosen medical specialty. In internal medicine, the length and depth of the patient relationship as most rewarding. I’m an extrovert, and I really value learning from others, having conversation, and spending time with people. The trust that patients extend to me is an honor.
Tess Jankovsky, MD
As an internal medicine physician, I am thrilled to have an opportunity to return to Glenwood Springs and focus on the health and wellbeing of my hometown community. I’m passionate about internal medicine in rural areas and as a fluent Spanish speaker, I enjoy working with the Spanish speaking community. I received my medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, CO and completed my internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, WA. When I’m not attending to patients you can find me on the ski slopes.
Steven A. O’Brien, MD
While I was a pharmacist, I realized I wanted to make a greater impact on the wellbeing of people in the community. I knew medicine was for me! Internal medicine provides a scope of care that gives me an opportunity to work with adults, young and old, through education and treating simple and complex health issues. Building long-term relationships are important to the health of patients. Additionally, considering social and environmental factors are important to providing whole patient care. I completed my residency and medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Denver. I enjoy outdoor activities, photography, dogs and gardening.
Robert Nelson, PA-C, BC-ADM
It’s an honor to provide a broad spectrum of care to the community where I grew up. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, I completed the Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. In addition to seeing patients for primary care and wellness visits, my clinical focus is caring for people with diabetes. I’m board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and provide a variety of solutions including insulin pump management and continuous glucose monitoring. I also function as Valley View’s Executive Director of Quality and Patient Safety and am committed to providing care that is truly patient-centered. Outside of work, my family is my first priority. We enjoy the many outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.
Lindsay Bennett, FNP-BC
I am a board-certified family nurse practitioner and one of the team of primary care providers at Internal Medicine at Valley View. I care for patients ages 15 years and older for chronic and acute conditions and preventative health coaching. My special interest is in mental health and the treatment of anxiety and depression; I also have extensive experience and training in heart disease prevention and treatment. I like the variety that family practice offers, I also love learning and continually expanding my knowledge base.
Susan Orcutt, MS, FNP-BC
I care for patients at Internal Medicine at Valley View. With advanced nurse practitioner training and education, I serve as a board-certified primary care provider for men and women ages 15 years and up, treat both acute and chronic conditions, and have a special interest in women’s health. My approach is a very humanistic model of care. Rather than thinking of disease as problems to solve, I perceive the patient-provider relationship as a journey we go on together. Primary care and family medicine are ideal for me because I really enjoy developing a rapport as it evolves over time, and being a part of the life events of my patients.
Internal Medicine at Valley View
Valley View Medical Office Building | 1830 Blake Avenue, Suite 101 | Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 | 970.384.6707