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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.

School CLinic RE-1 LogoContact: (970) 564-4855

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

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