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Physiatrist Dr. Matthew Harrison Joins HCH Staff
Posted by: Public Relations Coordinator
September 30, 2011
Holy Cross Hospital is pleased to announce that Physiatrist Matthew Harrison, MD, board certified in Sports and Physical Medicine, has joined an ever-growing team of outstanding medical specialists now working in Taos. Dr. Harrison practices non-surgical treatments of bone, joint, nerve, and muscle conditions and concerns.
“We are excited to have Dr. Harrison join our Medical Staff,” says Peter Hofstetter, CEO for Holy Cross Hospital. “He will provide non-surgical medical treatments for many ailments including sports or occupational injuries; back and neck pain; and joint pain or muscle spasms. He will treatment patients using biomechanical assessments, therapeutic exercise prescriptions, trigger point and Botox injections, and medical acupuncture.”
As a sports-medicine physiatrist, Dr. Harrison performs biomechanical patient assessments, then coordinates medical care and therapeutic plans for an individual’s treatment. Physiatry strives to help patients function at the highest-possible physical level, tailored to each individual’s abilities and needs. Dr. Harrison is able to provide a broad range of medical treatments and prescriptions to get patients to their optimal level of function, with the overall goal of improving the patient’s quality of life.
“Everyone is an athlete in some way or another, whether they play a sport, step onto a curb, or do household chores,” says Dr. Harrison. “Everyone moves either a little or a lot throughout the day, and they want to be at their highest level of independence. Sports and physical medicine gives them the tools to be independent and prevent surgery or injury. I generally prescribe exercise therapy, which can help correct impairments and improve musculoskeletal function and/or maintain a state of well being. Therapeutic exercise uses specific stylized movements to improve anything from poor posture to a sports injury.”
Using a holistic approach to healing by looking at the entire person, not just the problem area, physiatrists look at the whole mind-body relationship and work to restore maximum function in the person’s environment. The most essential trait of sports and physical medicine is that anyone can benefit from its treatments and therapies. Physiatry is not just for athletes or people with chronic pain – it’s for folks who want to stay active, improve their overall fitness, and live life at an optimal level of well-being.
Dr. Harrison comes to Taos from Duluth, Minnesota. He received his degree at the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As an outdoors-enthusiast, Dr. Harrison moved his wife, three kids, dog, and two cats across country to Taos so that he could enjoy the natural beauties and eclectic culture of Taos.
Dr. Harrison’s office is located inside of Taos Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, 1398 Weimer Road, Suite 203. To schedule an appointment with him call 575-737-0304.
Chairman of the Board
Ron was born and raised in Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas. Ron moved to Red River in 1971.
Being a strong proponent of community service he joined the Red River Fire Department in the same year and was appointed to the position of Fire Chief in 1984.
Ron has been recognized for his leadership and innovation in emergency medical response, community health delivery, disaster management and forest health.
Ron currently holds Master Instructor status with UNM School of Medicine Emergency Medical Services Academy, and he is Vice-Chairman of the Governor’s Fire Planning Task Force.
Ron was first appointed to the Holy Cross Hospital Board of Directors in 1992, and has served as Board member, chair of several Board Committees, Board Vice-Chair, and is the current Board Chair. His wife Dina has also demonstrated leadership skills as one of the principal organizers of the Enchanted Circle EMS Association, and has served several terms as Chairperson of that organization.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Gustavo Córdova is semi-retired, and currently the Senior Vice President of the Mercer Group Inc., focusing on professional executive recruitment, strategic planning, and compensation plans.
He is the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Association of Counties. He is also the former Town Manager of the Town of Taos, having served in that capacity for 20 years. He is a Credentialed Manager as recognized by the International City and County Management Association.
In addition, he is a retired reserve military officer, and holds the rank of Colonel. A Vietnam veteran, with over 27 years of reserve military service, he is the recipient of the coveted Profile of Courage award, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Bronze Star Medal, and numerous other military decorations.
Gus holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from New Mexico Highlands University. He has served as the President of the New Mexico City Management Association, and as Regional Vice President of the International City and County Management Association.
Gus has served on the Holy Cross Hospital Board of Directors for the past three years. He is currently the Board Vice-Chair. He also serves on the Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, and Executive Committee.
Secretary of the Board
Charlie is a resident of Questa, NM and has many years of experience in elected governmental and medical related programs such as Holy Cross Hospital, Presbyterian Medical Services, Rural Health Clinics, Nursing Homes, Ambulance services, Dental Clinic’s, Veterans Clinic.
He has Safety and Loss Control experience in mining organizations, with responsibility for up to 800 employees. His areas of expertise include: Worker’s Compensation, accident/incident investigation, training, emergency preparedness, compliance with federal, state, and company rules and regulations, MSHA, NFPA, NMBM, and OSHA, along with consulting with the medical community on industrial injuries and illness.
Charlie has had education and related training from Leadership New Mexico and International Loss Control Institute, Ell Valle Technologies, in Taos NM, University of Texas at El Paso, and University of New Mexico; as well as Bomb Threat Response and Explosive Recognition.
Charlie is a trustee of Holy Cross Hospital Board and a former member of Tri-County Community Services, Inc. Board of Directors, NM Association of Counties, Board of Directors, NM Municipal League, Board of Directors, American Society of Safety Engineers, and National Safety Council – Mining Section
Treasurer of the Board
Chris is a long time resident of the Taos Community and has been involved in civic affairs for many years. Chris likes working with the diversity and strong cultural roots of Northern New Mexico. Serving on the hospital’s board provides the opportunity to serve and help provide healthcare resources to the Taos Community.
He has one daughter and a son who are both grown and a Dog (a Giant Mountain Chihuahua) named Tapas.
Chris received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico. Chris has served as Village Councilor at the Village of Taos Ski Valley since 2006 and is a member of the Tourism Commission of NM. He also serves on the ACI and TANM Boards. He has been on the hospital’s board for the past 10 months. Chris also serves on the hospital’s board finance committee.
Linda was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her early twenties and spent several years in a wheel chair. She says the medical professionals she interected with were very compassionate and helpful and she always felt the need to “give back”. Her move to Taos in 2000 allowed her that opportunity when she joined the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary and eventually the hospital’s board.
Linda says her favorite thing about serving on the hospital’s board is helping Holy Cross Hospital provide excellent health care to patients and compassion to their families.
Linda and her husband have a daughter, son-in-law and a 6 year old granddaughter who live in Long Island. They have two golden retrievers who provide them with companionship in Taos.
Linda has a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Her professional career was spent as a counselor and manager helping people with physical and cognitive disabilities prepare for employment in the community.
She has been on the hospital’s board for the past four years. She has also served as Auxiliary president, on the Auxiliary board, as well as on the Board Quality Committee, PHO, Compliance and Lifewings Committee, Ad Hoc Committee.
Anna was born and raised on a ranch in Trementiná, New Mexico. She graduated from Robertson High School. She moved to Taos in the early 70’s when her husband’s job was transferred, Anna has been involved in community leadership ever since. She belongs to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and since she retired has become involved in quilting.
She says her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of two wonderful daughters and a son and, now having five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Anna attended NM Highlands University in Las Vegas NM and studied Alcohol studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was the Executive Director of Taos/Colfax community Services, Inc. where she launched numerous proposals for funding, legislative appropriations for prevention and building programs that serve Northern New Mexico including the Taos County’s first detox center.
She currently sits on the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board, a governor’s appointment. She has served on numerous boards. Anna has served on Holy Cross Hospital’s board for the past 24 years.
Holy Cross Hospital Board Member 1987 - present
Education and Training:
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona – Basic Economic Development Course Certificate Program
El Valle Technologies, Computer Learning Center, Taos – Completed courses in computer applications: DOS dBase III+, Lotus 1-2-3, WordPerfect 5.1, and Pacioli Accounting – Certificate Program
Presbyterian Medical Services – Questa Health Center, Health Center Administrator 1984-1990
Llano Irrigation Ditch Association Board of Commissioners 1993-present
Taos County Planning Board Commissioner 1999 – present
Tri County Community Services Board Member 2004- present
Kit Carson Electric Board of Directors 1988-1993
Taos County Limited Purposes Agency Board Member 1993-1996
Taos Community Health Plan Board Member 1993-2004
Taos County Indigent Fund Advisory Board 1985-1988
Andy grew up in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. His parents and brothers are still there. He enjoys giving back to the Taos community and helping the hospital meet the health needs of neighbors, family, and friends and the overall community. He feels the hospital is a very important organization in Taos.
As a Holy Cross Hospital trustee, Andy has served on the board since December 2007. He currently serves on the Joint Conference Committee, the By-Laws Adhoc Committee, and the Personnel and Labor Relations Committee. He enjoys working with the hospital staff, doctors, and other board members.
Andy and his wife of 26 years have two children and two wonderful grandchildren.
Andy has a MA from New Mexico State University in Curriculum and Instruction; as well as a Certificate in School Administration. He has a BS from New Mexico State University in Elementary Education with a Minor in Spanish. He has a Bilingual Education Certificate. He is licensed to teach elementary education. At the secondary level Andy is a licensed to teach English, Spanish, Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language. He is also licensed as a School Administrator at any level and any administrative position.
Pam was born in Alamosa, Colorado. She currently lives with her husband in Amalia, NM. During her professional career Pam was a banker.
Pam received a Certificate of Diploma from Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. She received Bachelors of Art Degree from New Mexico State University. She has been on Holy Cross Hospital’s board for the past six years and is currently serving as Treasurer. She also sits on the Board Executive, Quality and Finance Committees.
Jack Garland, MD
Chief of Staff
January 2013 – present
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
Pathology - Baylor Affiliated Residency Program, Houston, TX
Dr. Garland is employed as a solo practitioner Pathologist at Holy Cross Hospital. He has been in this position since May 2002. He serves as the Medical Director of the laboratory which is fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists. He has also served as the Medical Director for the QWIET team, a hospital organization to facilitate intervention and treatment options for impaired physicians and hospital employees.
Dr. Garland Serves on the
Hospital Bylaws committee
Professional Standards committee
Surgery and Anesthesia Committee
O.R. Lifewing’s Steering Committee
Medical Records Committee
Medical Executive Committee, and
Joint Conference Committee.
In his spare time Dr. Garland’s hobbies include skiing, biking, and photography.
Dan Guttman, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery - Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
Adult Reconstructive Surgery
(Hip, Knee and Shoulder Joint Replacements)
Joint Replacement Institute, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital
Shoulder and Elbow - New York University's Hospital for Joint Disease
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of New Mexico
Research, Taos Orthopaedic Institute
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Reconstruction Fellowship at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute;Taos Orthopaedic Institute's Research Foundation
Dr. Guttmann is Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Service at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute. He is the Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and Training Program. He is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthpaedic Surgery at the University of New Mexico and Team Physician for New Mexico Highlands University Department of Athletics and Taos High School Department of Athletics. He is a physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team.
Dr. Guttmann has been a member of the Holy Cross Hospital staff in Taos since August of 2000.
Geilan Ismail, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine at Stanford University
Cardiology - Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
American Board of Internal Medicine
Certificate in Cardiovascular Diseases (Sub-Specialty)
Chief of Staff
January 1, 2009 - January 1, 2011
Dr. Ismail grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana. The daughter of an exercise physiologist, she was raised in an active environment.
She likes to relax by hiking, bicycling, and traveling; she began skiing when she moved to Taos. She also enjoys playing with her golden retriever. She has been married for over 25 years.