Mike Francisco, MPT, WCC

Mike Francisco, MPT, WCC

Physical Therapy

Wound Care


Melissa Churchill, CNP

Melissa Churchill, CNP

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




Meet Melissa Churchill, CNP

Melissa worked as a RN for ten years at Southwest Memorial Hospital, Montezuma County Health Department and Planned Parenthood.  She attended graduate school at Frontier Nursing University and became a Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus on rural health care.  Melissa is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys hiking, biking, cooking and traveling. Melissa Churchill practices at Southwest Medical Group in Cortez.

A CNP is an RN who has additional education and training in a specialty area, such as family practice or pediatrics. CNPs have a master’s degree in nursing and board certification in their specialty. For example, a pediatric CNP has advanced education, skills, and training in caring for infants, children, and teens. CNPs are authorized to diagnose illnesses, treat conditions, and provide evidence-based health education to their patients.


Master of Science in Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner, Frontier Nursing University

Associate Degree of Nursing, Pueblo Community College, Durango, Colorado

Angela Howell, OTR/L, MSOT – Occupational Therapy

Angela Howell, OTR/L, MSOT

Occupational Therapy at the Rehabilitation Department at Southwest Health System


Graduate: Boston University, Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate: High Point University, Sports Medicine

Recognition and awards: Employee of the Month


  • Spinal cord injury
  • Acute CVA rehab
  • ADL performance in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Increasing functional use of upper extremities
  • Upper extremity splinting
  • Ergonomic specialist can perform in-house assessments for staff work areas
  • WorkWell or Pre-Work screening for new applicants to ensure job safety

Care Philosophy

“I aim to inform patients of “the why” behind therapy techniques in easy to understand terms therefore getting them to “buy in” to and be more successful in the rehab process.
I feel that we have a great collaborative team that not only refers to each other when patient needs require it, but we also teach and learn from each other to make the whole team better.”

About Angela

Angela is originally from New Orleans, LA. She has  2 young sons and enjoys introducing them to outdoor fun!