Digestive Health Associates

Southwest Endoscopy Center

Nurse Practitioners


Nurse Practitioners are independently licensed health care professionals who are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services, in collaboration with a supervising physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests, x-rays and endoscopic services, and make diagnoses. In Colorado and most other states nurse practitioners may prescribe medication.


The designation NP following a nurse practitioners indicates that they have met the licensing requirements of the Colorado Board of Nursing.


Nurse Practitioners seeing you at Digestive Health work closely with our physician gastroenterologists. While all care provided by NPs at Digestive Health is physician-supervised, the degree of supervision varies with the medical complexity of the case. Patients followed by a NP in our practice are also assigned to a physician supervisor, who reviews each clinic note entry at the time that it is filed into our medical record system. In many cases a NP will confer directly with the supervising physician regarding complex points of care. The NP may request a formal consultation with a physician gastroenterologist, or the physician gastroenterologist may elect to schedule a personal visit with a patient to further facilitate that patient's care.