Doctors of goodwill

Local physicians donate their time to nonprofit organizations

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Although they are medical professionals, it is the work that they perform outside of their professions that makes them outstanding members of the community.

From clubs and organizations to foundations and boards, doctors often contribute a great deal to their organizations' membership.

Dr. David R. James came to Craig in 1977 after spending nine years at the University of Nebraska. After finishing four years of medical school and five years of surgery training, James came to town and "hung out my surgery shingle," he said.

He is a member of The Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, the body charged with raising money for the new hospital facility.

James is also a member of the Elk Foundation Committee, an international nonprofit wildlife habitat conservation organization.

Dr. Allan Reishus grew up in Minnesota and went to medical school in Minneapolis/St. Paul. After his residency, he moved to Craig in 1975 and started the Moffat Family Clinic.

After building the practice to a staff of eight doctors, Reishus retired from the clinic two years ago but still practices in the emergency room at The Memorial Hospital. He is also a cruise ship doctor twice a year to satisfy his "traveling bug."

He has a passion for wildlife issues, and it shows with his membership in various organizations.

Reishus has belonged to Ducks Unlimited for 25 years and helped to form the organization's Craig chapter. Each year, nearly 100 people attend its annual banquet to help raise funds for protecting habitat and wetlands for ducks and other creatures.

It was 20 years ago that he joined the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the organization that preserves elk habitat.

Working his way up through the volunteer positions with the foundation, Reishus was the state chairman of the organization. He helped start other chapters in the state, now numbering more than 25 clubs in Colorado.

He was elected to the national board of the Elk Foundation, a position he held for six years until being term limited, and then he joined the national board in Canada, holding that position until a couple of years ago.

Reishus belongs to the Colorado Wilderness Network and the Friends of Northwest Colorado, a wilderness and roadless land advocacy group. He also belongs to The Nature Conservancy.

Dr. Pam Kinder had her medical training at Georgetown University and her neurology residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She has been a teacher of weekly arts and crafts classes at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig and helps with fundraisers for the organization. She is also involved with Moffat County Young Life.

Kinder's husband, Dennis, attended medical school at the University of Washington and studied internal medicine at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a member of the Craig Kiwanis Club and the Steamboat Triathlon Club, and has run in two Ironman Triathlons. He is also the district physician for Craig Fire/Rescue.

Dr. Greg Roberts is a family physician who went to medical school at the University of Texas in Galveston. He studied at Northern Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, and has lived in Craig since 1994.

He has been a member of the Craig Rotary Club since 2000 and was elected treasurer in summer 2005.

Roberts became a youth exchange counselor for the high school's student exchange program shortly after joining the Rotary Club.

He is the secretary of the medical staff at The Memorial Hospital, and volunteers to supervise the care clinic at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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