WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Before “concierge” practices, before “executive” physicals, there were doctors. Jonathan Sheldon and Heather Sowell were two of them. Dr. Sheldon earned his MD from the University of Colorado in 1984, and Dr. Sowell earned hers from the University of Washington in 1991. Together, they worked in private practices and an HMO-owned clinic, and founded their own practice assisting other doctors during busy periods. As healthcare changed in the 1990s, giving more power to insurance companies and less to patients, Drs. Sheldon and Sowell had one of those insights that’s as simple as it is life-changing: we don’t need to work for insurance companies. We need to work for our patients.

The practice that resulted in 1998 was, from a management perspective, simplicity itself: patients paid for medical care; doctors provided it. After stepping away from bureaucracy-based medicine and dubbing the practice an “HMNo®,” it was clear Drs. Sheldon and Sowell had tapped into a longing among patients for a trusting, private relationship with a physician. Media coverage followed, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The PBS Newshour, The CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, and ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. The practice moved from Englewood, CO, to Denver in 2004 and evolved into The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health with the addition of two highly educated Registered Nurses, an in-house information technology manager, and a custom-designed office suite that maximizes convenience and security. Drs. Sheldon and Sowell continue to put patients first by maintaining a small patient-doctor ratio, emphasizing clear and consistent communication, and building their own network of specialists.

OUR DOCTORS

OUR DOCTORS

DR. JONATHAN SHELDON

QUALIFICATIONS: BA in anthropology with honors and MD, University of Colorado. Board Certified in Family Medicine with added qualification in geriatrics. Senior Clinical Faculty, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

IN HIS WORDS: “By intervening in the patient-doctor relationship, the insurance industry has introduced a level of distraction to the practice of medicine that I find both disturbing and dangerous. Opting out of the system in 1998 was a big move, but just as I’d hoped, providing excellent care for 120 patients is much more gratifying than trying to keep up with several thousand.”

DR. JONATHAN SHELDON

QUALIFICATIONS: BA in anthropology with honors and MD, University of Colorado. Board Certified in Family Medicine with added qualification in geriatrics. Senior Clinical Faculty, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

IN HIS WORDS: “By intervening in the patient-doctor relationship, the insurance industry has introduced a level of distraction to the practice of medicine that I find both disturbing and dangerous. Opting out of the system in 1998 was a big move, but just as I’d hoped, providing excellent care for 120 patients is much more gratifying than trying to keep up with several thousand.”

 

DR. HEATHER SOWELL

QUALIFICATIONS: BS cum laude in microbiology and MD, University of Washington. Board Certified in Family Medicine. Member, University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Committee.

IN HER WORDS: “Working with patients who have made the effort to seek out quality treatment is a dream come true. Even better, every member of this team cares as deeply about my patients as I do. Having designed our practice from the ground up, I can assure patients — and myself — that I am providing the best care I can.”

OUR REGISTERED NURSES

  • Monica Knox, RN
    Monica Knox, RN
Monica Knox, RN

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“I’ve primarily worked in hospital settings, and there’s definitely a different level of care here because of the patient volume. That leaves a lot more time to help patients with specialist appointments they may need, and it’s nice to be able to get to know them and get to know what’s important to them. The emphasis on preventive health is another big thing that attracted me to the Sheldon Sowell Center. In the hospital you try and work in some recommendations, but you’re mainly dealing with acute issues. I feel I can have a bigger impact in this setting.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Indiana University.

  • Alicia Green, RN
    Alicia Green, RN
Alicia Green, RN

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“This is the most caring team I’ve ever been a part of. We work together for the good of our patients and always look for ways to improve. I’m always learning from the doctors, who are more than willing to teach, and make me feel truly valued as an employee. The environment that Drs. Sheldon and Sowell have created is less chaotic and more relaxed than at a hospital, and we have fewer patients than the typical doctor’s office, so we get to spend more time on each patient and really get to know them and their needs.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Arizona State University.

  • Monica Knox, RN
    Monica Knox, RN
Monica Knox, RN

monica

“I’ve primarily worked in hospital settings, and there’s definitely a different level of care here because of the patient volume. That leaves a lot more time to help patients with specialist appointments they may need, and it’s nice to be able to get to know them and get to know what’s important to them. The emphasis on preventive health is another big thing that attracted me to the Sheldon Sowell Center. In the hospital you try and work in some recommendations, but you’re mainly dealing with acute issues. I feel I can have a bigger impact in this setting.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Indiana University.

  • Alicia Green, RN
    Alicia Green, RN
Alicia Green, RN

alicia

“This is the most caring team I’ve ever been a part of. We work together for the good of our patients and always look for ways to improve. I’m always learning from the doctors, who are more than willing to teach, and make me feel truly valued as an employee. The environment that Drs. Sheldon and Sowell have created is less chaotic and more relaxed than at a hospital, and we have fewer patients than the typical doctor’s office, so we get to spend more time on each patient and really get to know them and their needs.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Arizona State University.

OUR STAFF

  • Ann Marie Johnson
    Ann Marie Johnson
Ann Marie Johnson

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Creative Director

“Part of my job is making a positive first impression on new patients, and that’s easy to do because I know I’ll be handing them over to the greatest medical team in Denver. But more importantly, my role is to ensure each patient’s experience is the best that it can be.”

Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Communication, University of Oklahoma. Previous experience includes marketing and design for consumer and business-to-business projects.

  • Sally Kopf
    Sally Kopf
Sally Kopf

sally

Front Office Coordinator

“Having worked for a few years in traditional medical offices, I am honored to be part of this exceptional medical team, free from the hassles of working with insurance companies. This allows us to focus all our energy on providing an unheard-of level of care for our patients, including a tremendous focus on healthy living, wellness and prevention. Dr. Sheldon and Dr. Sowell respect and value our patients and their busy lives. They truly care! It’s a pleasure to provide a welcoming, warm reception for our patients, without the traditional need for burying them in paperwork. As a result, we have happy and well-cared for patients.”

Qualifications: Over 20 years of experience and a degree in office administration.

  • Travis Preister
    Travis Preister
Travis Preister

travis

Director of Global IT Operations 

“It is almost completely unheard-of to have a full-time IT person to support a medical office as small as ours. But there are just so many ways that technology can make or break a practice. My job is to ensure that we’re always up-to-date, efficient, and secure. In fact, the software we use is as unique as we are: it is custom-designed by and for us to do exactly what we need it to. It helps us meet our primary goal: to serve our patients in a way that no other medical practice can.”

Qualifications: BS in Mathematics, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

  • Ann Marie Johnson
    Ann Marie Johnson
Ann Marie Johnson

ann

Creative Director

“Part of my job is making a positive first impression on new patients, and that’s easy to do because I know I’ll be handing them over to the greatest medical team in Denver. But more importantly, my role is to ensure each patient’s experience is the best that it can be.”

Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Communication, University of Oklahoma. Previous experience includes marketing and design for consumer and business-to-business projects.

  • Sally Kopf
    Sally Kopf
Sally Kopf

sally

Front Office Coordinator

“Having worked for a few years in traditional medical offices, I am honored to be part of this exceptional medical team, free from the hassles of working with insurance companies. This allows us to focus all our energy on providing an unheard-of level of care for our patients, including a tremendous focus on healthy living, wellness and prevention. Dr. Sheldon and Dr. Sowell respect and value our patients and their busy lives. They truly care! It’s a pleasure to provide a welcoming, warm reception for our patients, without the traditional need for burying them in paperwork. As a result, we have happy and well-cared for patients.”

Qualifications: Over 20 years of experience and a degree in office administration.

  • Travis Preister
    Travis Preister
Travis Preister

travis

Director of Global IT Operations 

“It is almost completely unheard-of to have a full-time IT person to support a medical office as small as ours. But there are just so many ways that technology can make or break a practice. My job is to ensure that we’re always up-to-date, efficient, and secure. In fact, the software we use is as unique as we are: it is custom-designed by and for us to do exactly what we need it to. It helps us meet our primary goal: to serve our patients in a way that no other medical practice can.”

Qualifications: BS in Mathematics, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

303.789.4949
1780 South Bellaire Street #700
Denver, CO 80222
303.789.4949
1780 South Bellaire Street #700
Denver, CO 80222