Cole Nelson, MD

Dr. Nelson grew up in rural Alabama living on a...

Catharine McLean, PA-C

Catharine McLean received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from...

Dr. Cole Nelson

Cole Nelson, MD

Phone: 970.625.1510

Dr. Nelson grew up in rural Alabama living on a plot of land that was surrounded by a National Forrest, 30 minutes outside of the closest town. His family spent much of their time outdoors, or traveling to backpacking adventures or to compete in triathlons.

Dr. Nelson earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University in Auburn Alabama, and graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. After completing his Residency in Emergency Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, he worked in several facilities where he became familiar with hospital systems both large and small.

Being an avid rock climber, Dr. Nelson had spent many vacations in Rifle Mountain Park. When a job became available at Grand River, he was excited to move to the Valley. When asked how he feels about working in rural medicine, he replied “I appreciate the diversity of cases that I get to see in a smaller hospital. I feel I get to make a bigger impact in the patients’ lives and enjoy the variety of experiences. While I may see more patients in a larger hospital, quantity does not equate to quality.” Dr. Nelson takes pride in taking care of his patients and treating them as if they were a member of his own family.

Dr. Nelson enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking and skiing in his spare time. He lives with his partner Leah and his Blue Heeler, Bouji.

Catherine McLean PA-C

Catharine McLean, PA-C

Catharine McLean received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia. She then went on to receive her masters in Exercise Physiology from University of Virginia in 2010.  She returned to school a few years later to receive her Masters of Medical Science, Physician Assistant at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

McLean comes to Grand River Health from Dispatch Health as well as University Hospital Emergency Department in Denver where she served as a Physician Assistant.

McLean is no stranger to the Roaring Fork Valley, she previously worked at Aspen Valley Hospital as a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist as well as an EMT-B at Aspen Valley Hospital before embarking on her path as a Physician Assistant. McLean is an avid skier and even worked for Aspen Ski Patrol from 2010-2015.