Thank you for being a part of our healthcare family and trusting us to care for yours! 

We strive to offer the highest possible quality of care to all children through exceptional, comprehensive, and specialized pediatric care that is tailored to meet your family’s needs. 

Get to know our highly trained team of dedicated providers. With 14 pediatricians and advanced practitioners, two locations—one in Fruita and one in Grand Junction, and 24/7 care available through Docs on Call and our on-call pediatricians, Western Colorado Pediatric Associates has you covered.

PEDIATRICIANS

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.

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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.

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Cassana Littler,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Cassana Littler grew up in the small, northeastern Colorado town of Sterling. She attended the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine in Denver and completed her training at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Littler recognizes that superior healthcare requires a partnership between the physician, the patient, and the community. She makes it her mission to serve others in the wonderful community we call home. 

She is dedicated to nutrition and wellness, behavioral health, pediatric oral health promotion, and also finds time to be a champion for health care reform.  She is actively involved in WeCan! Mesa County, a pediatric program created to empower kids to eat healthy and be active. 

Dr. Littler is currently Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado. When Dr. Littler is not the voice of children for Colorado, she loves to hike, bike, and camp. 

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

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Annette Rosling,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Annette Rosling has been practicing with Western Colorado Pediatrics Associates (WCPA), a division of Primary Care Partners since 2004. She discovered a love of medicine through her own experiences as a patient during her childhood. She is passionate about diabetes care and prevention and training medical students and residents. In order to help her patients reach their full potential, she works closely with families to personalize their care and create proactive care plans.

Dr. Rosling completed her residency at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In addition to her role as a pediatrician, Dr. Rosling serves as Medical Director of DOCS on CALL, Primary Care Partners’ after-hours clinic.

Her favorite non-work activities are spending time with her family and traveling.

Dr. Rosling works in our Grand Junction office.

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Cormac Sookram,
Doctor of Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cormac Sookram joined Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners in 2016. His enthusiasm and love for his career and patients is evident in every aspect of his daily practice.

He attended college at the University of Texas in Austin, completed his residency at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital, and graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Medical School in 2013. He was previously an engineer before pursuing medicine. 

Dr. Sookram spent significant time during his training in rural outreach clinics and also working with indigenous tribes in Panama. He has volunteered in homeless shelters and free community clinics. He believes that each child is unique, and each family deserves high quality care. He has particular interest in ADHD, gastrointestinal diseases, and adolescent medicine. It is Dr. Sookram’s privilege to assist in their development, safety, and well-being. 

Dr. Sookram spends his out of work hours with his wife who is a local Veterinarian and two young sons hiking, biking, camping, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, four wheeling. You may also find him under the hood of an old car or welding.

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Megan Stinar,
Doctor of Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Megan Stinar joined Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (WCPA), 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 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.

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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, paddleboarding, 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.

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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 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 on interesting television shows including the occasional murder mystery.

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

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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.

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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.

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PEDIATRIC ADVANCED PRACTITIONERS

Lauren Carei,
Physician Assistant

Lauren Carei is a Physician’s Assistant. She received her training at the University of Colorado (CU) Denver and prior to that, graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree from University of Northern Colorado (UNC).

Lauren has happily returned to her hometown of Grand Junction and has been with Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners since 2014. Lauren enjoys speaking to her young patients about nutrition and wellness and she enjoys building long-term relationships with patients and families from all types of diverse backgrounds. She has a loving heart and a special desire to educate and heal. Her compassion, attention to her patients, and expertise make her an incredible pediatric provider.

When Lauren is not working, you can find her spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and two children.

Lauren works primarily in our Grand Junction office.

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Mary De Young,
Certified 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.

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Vickie Foy,
Primary Care 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.

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Heather Scott,
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The daughter of a nurse, Heather Scott grew up in Denver and considers all of Colorado her home. She has been with Western Colorado Pediatric Associates, a division of Primary Care Partners since 1997. She finds it both a great joy and a great responsibility to care for children of all ages.

Heather received her medical training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and prior to that, attended college at Mesa State College. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) and a Registered Nurse (RN).

As a parent herself, she understands how wonderful and challenging parenthood can be. Heather strives to be understanding and available to the families she is privileged to know and serve.  

Heather enjoys spending her time away from the office hiking all of our area’s breathtaking and diverse trails.

Heather works in our Grand Junction office.

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Grand Junction Office
3150 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO

Fruita Office
456 Kokopelli Boulevard
Fruita, CO