DAWN Visioning Team

Joseph Johnson, Medical Director

Dr. Joseph Johnson is an internal medicine physician who in his day job serves low-income, frail older adults at InnovAge in Lakewood, Colorado. He co-founded the DAWN Clinic with Dr. Mader in 2015 and since that time has served as the Medical Director. His primary role is to ensure high quality, patient-centered care to every patient who walks in the door at DAWN. Dr. Johnson also serves as a health policy aide to Senator Rhonda Fields, who serves as the Chair of Health and Human Services Committee in the Colorado State Senate. This advocacy role works to ensure that her constituents in Aurora have access to the health care they need. Dr. Johnson lives in Idledale with his wife, cat, puppy, and vegetable garden.

Kari Mader, Associate Medical Director

Kari is a family medicine physician who in her day job is co-director of the medical student education program in the UC Department of Family Medicine, and practices outpatient medicine, inpatient, and obstetrics at Denver Health and University of Colorado Hospital. She is passionate about leadership, education, and models of improving community health. At DAWN she focuses on mentoring the development of women’s health programs, the research and evaluation team, and interprofessional student leadership.

Sally Garcia, Nurse Clinic Manager

Renee Johnson, Student Director

Renee is a pharmacy student graduating in 2021 and one of the student directors at DAWN. She has previously been involved with the scheduling group and safety and risk management groups as well as being a clinic manager. As a student director, she is in charge of overseeing clinic managers and the quality and safety division.

Miles Viseur, Student Director

Miles is a medical student graduating in 2020 and one of the student directors at DAWN. Prior to medical school he also volunteered as a Spanish interpreter at DAWN. He is passionate about providing care to those that need it most. As a student director, he is in charge of overseeing the primary care division and leadership development.

Alex Ho, Student Director

Alex is a Student Director who has served at DAWN for the past 3 years. Through his various positions as Care Coordinator and eventually the workgroup co-lead, Alex has come to appreciate the time and dedication that goes into fostering Aurora’s well being. As a Student Director, he hopes to not only continue serving the patients at DAWN, but also supporting the amazing student volunteers who dedicate their time to Aurora’s wellness

Nick Arlas, Student Director

Josh Ferreri, Division Chair for Primary Care

Josh is a medical student graduating in 2020 and serves as one of the Primary Care Division Chairs at DAWN clinic. He is incredibly passionate about serving his community and believes DAWN clinic’s mission and goals align with his own. He has served as a volunteer with both the MD/PA/NP workgroup as well as the Care Coordination workgroup in the past. As a Primary Care Division Chair, he is in charge of helping to oversee those workgroups classified as Primary Care and to facilitate conversation between these workgroups and DAWN leadership to continue to push DAWN’s vision forward. 

Alex Nguyen, Division Chair for Primary Care

Alex is a medical student graduating in 2020 and one of the Primary Care Division Chairs. He has previously served as both the MD/PA/NP workgroup leader and the Subspecialties leader, as well as acted as a student director on specialty clinic nights. Alex hopes to use his past experience to improve the clinic’s medical services in his new role leading the Primary Care Division.

Michael Miller, Division Chair for Quality and Safety

 I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2017 with a bachelor of arts in Biochemistry and am currently studying Global Health Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. I work at the Altitude Research Center in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care where I study human physiologic changes which occur at high altitudes and additionally volunteer for the Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol in Fort Collins, CO. I began at DAWN in 2015 as a registration volunteer, then moved up to a registration workgroup leader and front manager, and now am the Division Chair of the Quality and Safety division of the clinic. The patients we see at the clinic and the community surrounding this area of Aurora have inspired me to work with the clinic for so long and create the most welcoming environment for patients to receive the care they need.

Katie Palmer, Division Co-Chair for Quality and Safety

Katie is an Integrative Physiology undergraduate student at CU Boulder. She is also a Scheduling workgroup leader and Clinic manager with DAWN clinic. Katie’s time with DAWN has fostered her dedication to providing healthcare for all and developed her passion for primary care. Outside of the clinic, she works at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and does research in otorhinolaryngology.

Courtney Pos, Division Chair for Patient Coordination

My name is Courtney Pos. I’m from Chicago, IL. I received my bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from Indiana University prior to moving to Colorado to complete my PharmD here at CU Anschutz. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and attempting all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer!

Brendan Thammarath, Division Chair for Sub-specialties

Brendan Thammarath is a first year physician assistant student in the Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is part of the Urban Under-served Track and hopes to serve his community as a primary care provider after graduation.

Hunter LaCouture, Division Chair for Sub-specialties

Hunter LaCouture is a first year medical student from Franktown, Colorado. He is in the rural track program and is looking forward to practicing medicine in a rural location after his training. As a co-director of sub-specialty nights, he is excited to help the clinic run smoothly.

Annalise (Anna) Grammerstorf, Division Chair for Sub-specialties

Annalise is a physician assistant student in the CHA/PA program who will be graduating in 2022. She is a co-director of subspecialties and is looking forward to helping subspecialty nights run smoothly so we can best serve our patients at DAWN. 

Samuel Merrill, Division Chair for Sub-specialties

Kaden Parks, Division Chair for Sub-specialties

Kaden Parks is a first year medical student from Utah. After living in Mexico for two years he is fluent in Spanish. He is a member of the LEADS track that focuses on leadership and patient advocacy.

Shasta Small, School of Pharmacy Representative

Shasta Small is a pharmacy student at the University of Colorado and a lifelong volunteer. She is passionate about primary care, community health, and patient education. With DAWN clinic since 2017, she has served in Diabetes Education, the Primary Care Progress team, and the Community Leaders of DAWN. She hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health in 2021. An Aurora resident since 2016, her favorite thing about the community is its rich cultural diversity.

Riley Johnson, School of Dental Medicine Representative

Margeaux Black, School of Dental Medicine Representative

Margeaux is a dental student graduating in 2021. She is a co-leader of the dental workgroup and enjoys providing care and education to the patients at DAWN Clinic.

Juan Carlos, LGBTQ+ Representative

Hi! My name is Juan Carlos Lopez and I am one of the leaders of the DAWN Clinic’s LGBTQ+ night. I am a second year pharmacy student wanting to specialize in pediatrics and psychopharmacy. I enjoy helping people through tough times in their life and I want to be as helpful as possible by being the best clinician I can be.

Lisa Viltz, LGBTQ+ Representative

I’m a first-year MD student who loves reading, rock climbing, and baking when I’m not busy studying for school. As for my professional interests, I’m passionate about oncology, neuroscience, and LGBTQ+ health. I joined the DAWN leadership team because I’m dedicated to educating current and future care providers on LGBTQ+ health issues, and about providing empathetic, reliable, and competent care to LGBTQ+ patients at DAWN.

Halimah Hamidu, Community Engagement Representative

Halimah is a co-leader of the Community Engagement workgroup and a team guide for the Diabetes Education workgroup. She is driven by the idea of increasing access to healthcare for those who are economically and socially marginalized. She is excited to aid in fostering closer relationships between the local Aurora community and the DAWN clinic.