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

  • Shaneta Dye, RN
    Shaneta Dye, RN
  • Nikki Rosas, RN
    Nikki Rosas, RN
  • Nikki Rosas, RN
    Nikki Rosas, RN
  • Shaneta Dye, RN
    Shaneta Dye, RN

OUR STAFF

  • Ann Marie Johnson
    Ann Marie Johnson
  • Sally Kopf
    Sally Kopf
  • Ann Marie Johnson
    Ann Marie Johnson
  • Sally Kopf
    Sally Kopf

Phone: 303-569-6940
Fax: 303-789-7495
1780 South Bellaire Street #700
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 303-569-6940
Fax: 303-789-7495
1780 South Bellaire Street #700
Denver, CO 80222

Shaneta Dye, RN

“I’ve been with the Sheldon Sowell Center since 2017. Having been a nurse in hospitals for 19 years, 13 of which I worked in Intensive Care Units, I can confidently say, this is how a medical practice should operate. I consider myself an advocate for patients and am greatly inspired by The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health’s focus on patient-centered care with an emphasis on wellness and prevention. This practice enables me to take patient advocacy to a whole new level! And, as someone who assisted in the implementation of new medical records systems at the hospital, I know enough about technology to recognize the Center’s commitment to security and ease of use when it comes to communicating with patients and specialists.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Regis University, BS in Sports Medicine, Colorado State University.

Nikki Rosas, RN

“When I was younger, I was responsible for my grandparents’ care. That’s what really led me to become a nurse. I truly care about my patients. The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health will allow me to really know each patient thanks to their small numbers. In turn, this will give me the opportunity to care and advocate for patients as they need and deserve. That’s simply not feasible at the larger practices I’ve worked with. The last company I worked for was more about revenue and less about the patients. Here at the Sheldon Sowell Center it is completely opposite. Patients have a say in their own care.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Denver College of Nursing

Nikki Rosas, RN

“When I was younger, I was responsible for my grandparents’ care. That’s what really led me to become a nurse. I truly care about my patients. The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health will allow me to really know each patient thanks to their small numbers. In turn, this will give me the opportunity to care and advocate for patients as they need and deserve. That’s simply not feasible at the larger practices I’ve worked with. The last company I worked for was more about revenue and less about the patients. Here at the Sheldon Sowell Center it is completely opposite. Patients have a say in their own care.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Denver College of Nursing

Shaneta Dye, RN

“I’ve been with the Sheldon Sowell Center since 2017. Having been a nurse in hospitals for 19 years, 13 of which I worked in Intensive Care Units, I can confidently say, this is how a medical practice should operate. I consider myself an advocate for patients and am greatly inspired by The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health’s focus on patient-centered care with an emphasis on wellness and prevention. This practice enables me to take patient advocacy to a whole new level! And, as someone who assisted in the implementation of new medical records systems at the hospital, I know enough about technology to recognize the Center’s commitment to security and ease of use when it comes to communicating with patients and specialists.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Regis University, BS in Sports Medicine, Colorado State University.

Ann Marie Johnson

Practice Administrator

“Above all, I work to maintain our patients’ satisfaction and our medical team’s high level of care. I am responsible for upholding The Sheldon Sowell Center’s Standards of Care and managing the day to day operations at the office. I have had the privilege of working with the team since 2009 and am truly fulfilled by the work I do. I always say ‘Happy doctors, happy patients!’ And this practice allows for that.”

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

Front Office Coordinator

“I’ve been with The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health since 2016. 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 30 years of experience and a degree in office administration.

Ann Marie Johnson

Practice Administrator

“Above all, I work to maintain our patients’ satisfaction and our medical team’s high level of care. I am responsible for upholding The Sheldon Sowell Center’s Standards of Care and managing the day to day operations at the office. I have had the privilege of working with the team since 2009 and am truly fulfilled by the work I do. I always say ‘Happy doctors, happy patients!’ And this practice allows for that.”

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

Front Office Coordinator

“I’ve been with The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health since 2016. 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 30 years of experience and a degree in office administration.