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Kelly Evans, M.D.Evans, Kelly 04.jpg

Kelly is a South Dakota native.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from South Dakota State University while playing golf for the Jackrabbits.  After brief stints as a laboratory technician and a bartender, she then attended medical school at the University of South Dakota, where she graduated with AOA honors.  She married her husband, Brodie Hullinger, also a South Dakota native, prior to starting internship at the University of Colorado.  Kelly is a graduate of the Primary Care Track and plans to practice primary care in South Dakota after her chief year.  She enjoyed being a part of the HIV sub-track and hopes to incorporate that into her future practice.  Kelly loves to golf, run, and enjoy the food, beer, and weather of Denver.




Jorgenson, Joel 03 (2x3).jpgJoel Jorgenson, M.D. 

Joel was born and raised on the plains of Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. For medical school, he made the jump to the big city of Chicago and attended Northwestern University. Ultimately he succumbed to the call of the mountains when selecting a residency program. The program was incredibly appealing due to its unique primary care track. It allowed Joel to receive training that was tailored to his future career choice. During his time here he fell in love with Denver. He enjoys visiting new restaurants and breweries. In the summers, he spends his time biking and playing volleyball at the park. He loves going to see movies and particularly likes Denver's independent movie theaters like the Sie Film Center or the Mayan. He met his fiancée during his time here and is busy planning a wedding for next summer.


Avash Kalra, M.D.Kalra, Avash 02 (2x3).jpg

Avash was born and raised in the U.K. prior to moving to southwest Ohio at the age of 13. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), he worked as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health and then as a research coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Avash attended medical school at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he graduated with the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha, and subsequently couples-matched with his wife Anjeli (now an Allergy/Immunology fellow) at the University of Colorado. During residency, Avash completed research in the Hepatology Divison within the Department of Gastroenterology, focusing on outcomes for patients listed for liver transplantation, and as a third year resident, was recognized with the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Following his CMR year, Avash plans to pursue a career as an academic gastroenterologist. 

Avash loves to hike, peruse his twitter accounts (@MedicineCU and @AvashKalra), eat at Denver's many great restaurants, travel (an upcoming trip to New Zealand is in the works) and watch his favorite sports teams -- among them, the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), and Chelsea F.C. (English Premier League). Finally, Avash is active in two journalism endeavors outside of work. He is a Senior Writer and Editor for, and he is the founder and director of Radio Rounds, a 501(c)3 non-profit company that produces a weekly medical radio talk show.


Roldan, Natalia 01 (2x3).jpgNatalia Roldan, M.D.  

Natalia grew up in Lee's Summit, MO which is a suburb outside of Kansas City. She completed all of schooling here. For undergrad and medical school she completed a 6-year BA/MD combined program through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During medical school she became interested in academic medicine and global health. She spent 4 weeks in La Paz, Bolivia working in the hospitals as a medical student. 
After medical school Natalia was interested in living outside of the Midwest and chose University of Colorado for their diverse patient population, strong academic reputation and friendly people.
Natalia's future career plans are to be an academic hospitalist or nocturnist. She very much wants to continue to do global health work.
In her spare time Natalia enjoys spending time her husband, Kyle and their two dogs. They are avid Royals and Chiefs fans. They have also taken a liking to the Colorado Avalanche.


Kinnear Theobald, M.D.Theobald, Kinnear 03x (2x3).jpg

Kinnear was born in Seattle, WA, but spent the majority of her childhood in Bloomington, IN.  She went to Grinnell College, in Grinnell, IA, where she majored in chemistry and played softball.  She then returned to her home state for medical school at Indiana University, before moving to Denver for residency.  After her chief year, Kinnear is planning to stay in Denver as an academic hospitalist, with an emphasis on undergraduate medical education.  She and her husband Chauncey have three wonderful children: Ryott, who is starting his freshman year at Smoky Hill; Trinity, who will be going into the 6th grade; and Lochlynn, who is still mastering the art of rolling over. ​ 


VA Chief Resident for Quality and Safety


Miller, Tyler 01 (2x3).jpgTyler Miller, M.D.

A Colorado native, Tyler grew up in the Denver area.  He left to attend college at Northwestern University in Chicago.  After graduating and working in a research lab for a year in the bay area, he returned to his home state for medical school.  When selecting a residency program, he found it was easy to stay at University of Colorado for the combination of quality of life and outstanding medical training offered here.  During residency, Tyler joined the hospitalist training program to further his interests in systems-based improvement and medical education.  Through this, he and two other residents carried out a project to improve patient-physician communication that received national recognition.  He currently serves as the Chief Resident for Quality and Patient Safety based at the Denver VA.  Outside of work, you can find Tyler skiing down moguls at Winter Park or riding his bike in the foothills west of the city.