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About the Residency Program

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Mission

To provide an exceptional training environment for new physicians to advance and hone their clinical skills and apply their knowledge in preparation for Board Certification in Family Medicine.

Vision

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Family Medicine Residency Program is focused on enhancing the health of people and the community-at-large through a professional, caring staff who are motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, energetic and committed to strategic partnerships.

About the Residency

With eight slots available, per year, our residency program is a traditional three-year Family Medicine Residency with community support from local hospitals and specialty physicians. As the only primary care residency program in the Pikes Peak region, the program provides extensive access to the attending physicians, surgeries and procedures in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our attending staff has experience in graduate medical education and the aptitude to help each resident mature and grow as a quality physician leader.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers hosts rotations for outpatient pediatrics, family medicine, gynecology, obstetrics, community medicine, patient centered medical home, homeless health care and geriatrics. Residents learn through patient interaction, bedside teaching and structured educational sessions, how best to care for patients and how to coordinate that care. The Peak Vista Family Medicine residents rotate through both major hospital systems in the Colorado Springs region (Penrose- St. Francis and UCHealth), as well as various private offices throughout the city.

Affiliations & Institutional Support

  • ACGME Sponsoring Institution: Still OPTI (AT Still University)
  • Continuing Accreditation status granted January 2022 by ACGME

Our Goals

The Residency program is a three year, full-time employed position which combines mentorship, problem-based learning and hands-on experience in a clinical setting.

The goals of the Residency are to:

  • Provide a supportive environment as the physician matures in clinical judgment, skills and training, attaining Family Medicine Board Certification after graduation.
  • Improve the confidence, intercultural competence, and devotion to lifelong learning necessary to practice family medicine in the future.
  • Introduce physicians to a collaborative model of primary care and vulnerable populations care,
  • consistent with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine.
  • Afford graduating physicians with skills necessary to succeed in the business of medicine and to practice in numerous clinical settings.
  • Provide graduating physicians with the necessary exposure to a wide-range of practice environments; offering clarity in the practice options available post-residency.

Meet the Faculty

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John Epperly, DO

INTERIM PROGRAM Director

Dr. Epperly spent his childhood in Wisconsin and Kansas. He completed his undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University and pursued his medical degree at the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Epperly enjoys many aspects of patient care, but he feels the two most important aspects of patient care include: active listening and education. “Listening to patients is one of the most powerful tools to not only come up with the correct diagnosis, but to gain the patient's trust, and help them feel valued” he remarks. "Education is also invaluable, to empower them to make excellent health care choices both now, and in the future." 

Dr. Epperly has practiced medicine in over ten countries. He enjoys mountain biking and playing with his children. 

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Alexis Michopoulos, DO

MEDICAL DIRECTOR / ASSOCIATE PROGRAM Director

Dr. Michopoulos is a proud native of Colorado Springs. She completed her undergraduate from the University of Denver and went on to graduate from Rocky Vista University – College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“My philosophy as it relates to patient care is being open and honest and finding value in direct communication. I strive to work as a team with my patients,” comments Dr. Michopoulos.

In her free time, Dr. Michopoulos enjoys spending time hiking with her dogs

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Alyssa Tews

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Alyssa Tews is the Residency Program Coordinator and a native of Colorado Springs. She began working for Peak Vista in 2021.

Before joining Peak Vista, Alyssa received her Master’s degree from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with her thesis focusing on mapping potential grey wolf movements in Northwestern Colorado. Her undergraduate studies at Rhodes College earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and included published research on animal physiology and behavior.

Alyssa is excited for this change in work environment, and states, “I was always involved with education either through tutoring or substitute teaching, and the Program Coordinator role is an unique opportunity for me to enhance other’s education. My goal is for residents to feel welcome at Peak Vista, and to foster a robust learning environment so residents can flourish in their field.”

In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys hiking, working in the garden, and frequenting her local bookstore.

Core Faculty

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Paul Cump, DO

Dr. Cump was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cump came to Peak Vista in 2012 and says he has at least one patient a day that touches his heart.

Dr. Cump enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and is passionate about nutrition. This may explain his favorite food as being brown rice and beans. And if given a week of work with no worries, he would go scuba diving in the Caribbean − which happens to be his favorite vacation spot outside of Colorado’s hot springs!

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Erin Luna, DO

Dr. Luna is from Dunkirk, New York. She attended school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned her degree – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Luna enjoys spending time with her family. She is passionate about her faith and church. You can catch her listening to classical music, show tunes, and 60s/70s era music. She enjoys her mother-in-law’s homemade Mexican food.

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Royce Toffol, DO

Dr. Toffol grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. He completed his undergraduate from Northern Arizona University and went on to graduate from Midwestern University at Glendale, AZ. He admires Peak Vista’s commitment to community health and providing excellent care to the underserved.

Dr. Toffol says, “I like to find something in common with each of my patients to help me better understand their personal health goals.”  His hope to communicate with patients in a meaningful way and create an individualized patient experience.