In order to provide specialized care to the community, Wray Community District Hospital
works with a team of specialty physicians who come to the hospital on a regular basis
This allows for a higher level of care to be offered, and eliminates the need for those who need it to leave the area for these special health care services. For more information on the specialists available to you, see their profiles below.
Dr. Alix Keenan-Courter, Doctor of Audiology, received her doctorate in Audiology though the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2004. She practiced at a prominent ear, nose, and throat clinic in Denver before moving back to her home town in Fort Morgan to open her private practice. Dr. Keenan will be seeing patient on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Platte Valley Hearing Center, Inc. for an appointment.
The Wray Community District Hospital is pleased to have as a member of its staff of visiting specialists Dr. Cecilia Hirsch, a staff cardiologist at the CardioVascular Institute at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. She received her education in Romania and the United States. She completed Medical School and Residency training in Romania, and in 2001 she completed her Internal Medicine residency at Saint Joseph Hospital with the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. Dr. Hirsch completed her General Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Colorado as well in 2009. On a personal note, she is a US Citizen, fluent in English, and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 small children. Dr. Hirsch visits on a regular, rotating monthly schedule to the Specialty Clinic at the Wray Community District Hospital.
Dr. Bruce Kornfeld began seeing Dermatology patients at the Wray Hospital in April of 1996. The Wray Hospital is proud to have such a long relationship with this Specialty Physician. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences center School of Medicine in 1984 and completed his Residency in Dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center while serving in the US Military. Dr. Kornfeld has been certified since 1988 by the American Board of Dermatology and currently works for Group Dermatology Practice: Dermatology and Laser Center of Fort Collins.
The Wray Community District Hospital is proud to work with Douglas Peller, D.O. as a Specialty Physician. Dr. Peller began his clinics in Wray in October 2004. He is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He is certified by the American Board of Otorhinolaryngolog (Ear, Nose and Throat) with a sub-specialty in Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery and Head and Neck Oncology. Dr. Peller resides in Thornton with his wife and three children.
Dr. Ekberg’s focus on gynecological services includes preventative and well woman care for women through all stages of life. Her special interests include evaluation and treatment of numerous pelvis syndromes, including endometriosis, heavy and painful menstrual cycles, irregular bleeding cycles, abnormal pap smears and painful intercourse, and menopausal issues. She also works with women with issues with all types of urinary complaints, including incontinence and pelvic prolapse to evaluate, diagnose, educate and treat. If surgery is the necessary treatment, Dr. Ekberg does most minimally invasive procedures including vaginal and laparoscopic surgery. Her philosophy on her role as a women’s gynecologist is to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and open. She believes that healthcare is a team effort and the input of all parties is necessary to make a decision that not onlt accomplishes an appropriate treatment, but also takes into consideration all of the different components that go into making that decision.
Dr. Sachar has been with Hand Surgery Associates since 1997. He has maintained a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. Dr. Sachar enjoys all aspects of Hand and Elbow surgery but has special interests in elbow arthritis, elbow ligament reconstruction, elbow arthroscopy, compressive nerve syndromes, distal radius fractures, work related injuries, sports related injuries, and hand arthritis. Dr. Sachar enjoys all that Colorado has to offer. Over the years he has completed three marathons, the Pikes Peak Ascent, the Triple Bypass, Ride the Rockies, the Tough Mudder and awaits his next challenge. As an avid biker, runner, crossfit athlete, skier and hiker, Dr. Sachar understands the importance of athletics from recreational to professional and uses his background to customize his care for the Colorado athlete.
Certifications NIH Stroke Scale Certification Internships Harlem Hospital Center Residencies Harlem Hospital Center University of California Los Angeles Fellowships Montefiore Medcial Center/AECOM
Dr. Matthew Uyemura provides ophthalmology services at the Wray Community District Hospital Specialty Clinic twice each month. Dr. Uyemura began practicing in Greeley in 1999. After graduating from Greeley Central High School he earned his bachelors and medical degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Uyemura did his internship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and then spent a year at Fort Greely, Alaska as a general medical officer. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at Fitzsimons and practiced ophthalmology at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri prior to returning to Greeley. He was board certified in 1996. Dr. Uyemura is past-president of the Weld County Medical Society and is also active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Uyemura performs eye exams and surgical procedures, including cataracts at the Wray Community District Hospital. Dr. Uyemura lives on a small farm with his wife, Julie, and their six children.
James Yakel, D.P.M. completed his undergraduate education at Kearney State College. He then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, where graduated in 1994. He completed his residency in podiatric surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio. He has practiced for 18 years with 16 years of that in Colorado. Dr. Yakel is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Yakel has published in professional medical journals, lectured on podiatric sports medicine topics, and is a regular contributor to STACK magazine. While he enjoys all phases of podiatric medicine, his passion is sports medicine. He currently serves as the team podiatrist for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.
Specializing in Adult Spinal Surgery Minimally Invasive and Microscope Assisted Techniques Motion Preserving Spine Surgery Cervical Total Disc Replacement Outpatient and Same Day Surgery Spine Procedures Revision and Deformity Spine Surgery Spine Trauma. “I always strive to make sure my patients feel that they have a partner in the treatment process. From the time of diagnosis to surgery and postoperative care, our personalized and team approach to your care will help you to return to a full quality of life as quickly and safely as possible. Individualized and personalized care we always be delivered to our patients. We offer the latest and safest options for treating your spine health needs. My number one goal as your spine surgeon is to provide you with the most evidence based and advanced options to treat your spine disorder. Our first line of treatment will always include team based nonoperative care; reserving surgery as a last resort.”
The Wray Community District Hospital is pleased to announce that Khashair Charepoo, MD, Urologist, is providing services in Wray. Dr. Charepoo is Board Certified by the American Board of Urology and has been in practice since 1968. He was Chief of Urology at Warren General Hospital in Warren, PA for 22 years, before moving his practice to Greeley in 2001. Dr. Charepoo has been providing services exclusively at the Wray Community District Hospital since 2008. Dr. Charepoo provides a full range of urology services in both the clinic and hospital settings with special interests in Urological Oncology, Female Urology and Endourology. Dr. Charepoo's pleasant nature and infectioius smile adds to his years of experience.
A calendar is available online to view the days of the month that each specialist will be at the hospital. If you would like to make an appointment for any of the speciality clinics, select an available clinic on the calendar.