Dr. Pope, founder of Pinon Family Practice, is a native New Mexican, born in Las Vegas, NM, but he also lived in El Paso and Roswell. He has an enduring love for his home state. He graduated from Goddard H.S. in Roswell in 1975. He served in the US Navy from 1975 to 1979 as a Hospital Corpsman, then returned to Albuquerque to take a job as an ER technician at UNM Hospital. Also during that time, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at UNM. In 1987, he was admitted to the UNM School of Medicine to pursue his MD. In 1991, having graduated, he started a three year residency in Grand Junction, CO, at St. Mary’s Hospital (University of Colorado affiliated) for specialty training in Family Medicine, and ultimately, he was certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. His experiences in Emergency Medicine and in life itself, led him to pursue primary care medicine to promote health and to help keep people out of ERs.
Dr. Pope has been married to Catherine since 1981 and the couple has one child, now adult. They have lived in Farmington since 1994. The couple share a love of classical music and they both play instruments in the San Juan Symphony Orchestra. They have also played for many years in the San Juan College Symphony Orchestra and both have been members of the Tres Rios String Quartet since the quartet’s founding in 2001.
Dr. Pope is extremely proud of Pinon Family Practice and what it has become. In addition to excellent and compassionate health care for its patients, it is a frequent place for students to learn or for community leaders to gather. Dr. Pope’s bond with his community is deep. He has served on a number of community boards and committees. He feels real gratitude to this community which has supported him since he arrived. Practicing medicine is a source of joy to him. It provides a rich connection to the people of the Four Corners area. He also enjoys fishing, gardening, hiking, and travel.