Crysta Connell, PA-C

Crysta Jones PA-C

Crysta Connell, PA-C

Southwest Medical Group, Walk-In Care
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

1413 N. Mildred Rd. • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-1037 • Fax: 970-564-1041

Crysta Connell is a certified Physician Assistant. She joins us from Midland Texas where she practiced as a Physician Assistant for the past 7 years. Crysta received her PA-C from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Physician Assistant program and has a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wayland Baptist University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry.

Physician assistants (PAs) are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease and prescribe medication for patients. ​

She has a special interest in diabetes and has experience in a wide array of procedures. Crysta has a strong rapport with patients, focuses on building relationships, and emphasizes individualized, personal care.

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Southwest School-Based Health Center at Montezuma Cortez High School
418 South Sligo Street in Cortez, Colorado, 970-564-4855

About the School-Based Health Center for RE-1

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Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm (closed 12-1)

Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm (closed 12-12:30)*

*Starting in March, closed Fridays.

*Hours of operation are based on the School District Schedule. When school is not in session, the Health Center is closed.

Why: To provide access to comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare in a convenient, inviting environment.

Who: Students, family of students, and staff of RE-1 district. (You or your child does not have to be enrolled at M-CHS to receive care.)

Cost: No charge for visits to the school nurse. Insurance will be billed for a provider visit. If you do not have insurance an enrollment specialist will help you. Care will be provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Sports physicals are available for $25.

How: A parent or guardian must provide a signed consent for their student.




  • Parent and student health
  • Reproductive health
  • Drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention and treatment


  • Individual
  • Group
  • Families



418 South Sligo Street, Cortez, CO


Teresa Brown-Sanchez is a nurse practitioner at the Southwest School-Based Health Clinic at Montezuma-Cortez High School. Teresa completed her undergraduate at Washburn University and her advanced training at University of Nebraska Medical Center. Teresa provides care for students at the School-Based Health Center. Teresa believes in the vision of the clinic, that health and academic outcomes for kids are no longer predicted by circumstances.

Teresa’s interests include stained glass, hiking, boating, and taking family adventures.

“My care philosophy is to provide the patient with the most comprehensive detailed map, with recommended routes, to get the patient to their health goals and then (accept/redirect/support) the patient if they choose a different route. As a nurse practitioner I strive to listen to the patient and hear what they expect from a visit rather than focusing on my health care provider agenda. I feel that with this listening approach I have uncovered many underlying problems for the patient.”



418 South Sligo Street, Cortez, CO


Catherine Trammell is a Licensed Professional Counselor who primarily works with children and adolescents. Catherine is passionate about cultivating growth and healing through the therapeutic relationship with her clients. She works to provide a safe environment where her clients feel heard and understood. Prior to working for Southwest Health System, Catherine received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Trauma Therapy. Catherine is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist and offers other trauma-informed modalities of counseling to assist clients with processing trauma. Additionally, Catherine works with individuals experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms. She provides therapy for students in the Re-1 and Re-6 school districts. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys being outside with her two Australian Shepherds, skiing, and reading.

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After hours please contact the Walk-In Clinic at (970) 564-1037. In case of emergency, dial 911.

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Brandon Sanchez, PA-C

Brandon Sanchez, PA-C

Southwest Medical Group Primary Care:
Family Medicine • Immunizations

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite D • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-565-8556 • Fax: 970-564-1134

“I really appreciate Brandon’s bedside manner. He listens and discusses with a warm caring personality. It is important to me to have an easy conversation with my doctor and feel like he listens and cares. Thank you Brandon.” -P.M., Cortez

Meet Brandon Sanchez, PA-C

Brandon Sanchez is a Physician Assistant specializing in Family Medicine. He is originally from Dove Creek, Colorado. Brandon believes patient care is best achieved by a provider and patient team approach.

Brandon and his wife have 2 daughters. When he’s not taking care of patients, he loves to love golf, fly fish, and camp with family.


Medical School: Red Rocks Community College
Graduate: Saint Francis University
Undergrad: Colorado Mesa University