AFC Urgent Care Denver Providers Strive for Comprehensive and Compassionate Care. Come meet our team members:
Our Team & Company Values:
We share similar core values that drive us to bring the best of who we are to work every day.
Every patient who walks through AFC Urgent Care Denver doors deserves nothing less. These values include: a respect and consideration for others, honesty and integrity.
It means compassion and kindness for all. Teamwork and a spirit of cooperation. Initiative and bringing excellence to everything we do. This is who we are.
AFC URGENT CARE DENVER: WHO WE ARE
The AFC Urgent Care Denver Team:
Darius Kerman, CEO
- BSEE at University of Regensburg, Germany
- MBA at University of Kempten, Germany.
Darius is a result-driven leader, focuses on pursuing a clear vision. His passion is to work with motivated and talented people and to help them reach their goals.
He was a founder and Co-founder of several companies across different industries. At 2012, Darius decided to switch to the healthcare industry by purchasing franchise licenses from American Family Care. Since then Darius and his wife, Shay, are growing their business to one of the biggest AFC franchisees in the nation.
In his spare time, he enjoys downhill skiing, biking and he recently started playing tennis. His motto is to work hard and play hard and follows the ancient proverb of “a sound mind in a sound body”.
His wife, Shay, loves to cook and he is a big fan of her meals. They spend most of their evening enjoying a homemade dinner and Darius, of course, in charge of the dishes.
Shay Kerman, President & COO
Shay Kerman serves as president and chief operating officer of Urgent Care Solutions, dba AFC Urgent Care, a healthcare company with over 100 employees in Denver, overseeing the strategic and operational activities. She is experienced in operating outpatient clinics with a demonstrated history of working in a wide range of different industries.
Currently at Urgent Care Solutions, she is providing quality healthcare in communities and helping people be better healthcare users. Before starting her healthcare company, she worked in other industries such as engineering and education. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from PolyTechnic University and an MBA from Kempten University. She enjoys working on strategic, tactical, and operational growth of companies and has helped many companies and nonprofits that need consultation.
Shay is interested in the variations and commonalities of how some of today’s most complex healthcare challenges are experienced across the continuum of care. She believes healthcare is a human right. She works with various organizations in building and implementing clinical outreaches to some of the most remote villages in Africa. She has worked with project C.U.R.E and Maranatha’s medical team in building satellite clinics and offering outpatient services in Ghana and Zambia.
Shay has a strong background in leadership, operations, strategic planning, and performance improvement in a wide range of company environments and high paced growth-oriented organizations.
Johnny Shen, MD, CMO
- Medical Education: UT Health in San Antonio 2007-2011
- Degree / Specialty: MD/ Family Medicine
- Residency History: Houston Methodist Hospital 2011-2014
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: My family immigrated from Taiwan. I am an avid reptile hobbyist, especially in keeping turtles. I have over 50 turtles in captivity. I also grow a wide array of carnivorous plants. I enjoy snowboarding, hiking, tennis, weight-lifting, krav maga, cooking, drawing, music festivals, and competitive street-dance such as breaking.
Zeeshan Ahmed, MD
BA at Miami University, Oxford OH
MD at University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo OH
Residency in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Queens, Flushing NY
Board certified in Emergency Medicine
I’ve worked in various emergency departments in addition to working with Medecins San Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
I enjoy cooking, listening to music (specifically new wave, punk rock, rockabilly and alt-country), watching sci-fi/action movies from the 80s, gardening, and dancing at weddings. I love all things Art Deco and the American West. I love coffee and craft beer. I’ve been called the “Indian Uncle Jesse”. I have a strange fascination with UFOs. Bruce Springsteen is my hero.
Julie Greenwood, DNP, FNP-BC
- Medical Education: I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice, focusing on family nurse practitioner at the University of Northern Colorado. I was honored to receive the award of “Dean’s citation for Outstanding Capstone .”
- Degree / Specialty: Prior to receiving my DNP, I completed undergrad at the Ohio State University and nursing school at the University of Miami. My focus as a nurse was in the critical care department. From there, I have worked in Family practice and ENT as a Nurse Practitioner.
- Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: In my free time I love spending time with my friends and family exploring the great outdoors. Skiing, hiking, and yoga are some of my favorite hobbies.
Emma Gladson - DNP, FNP-BC
Emma Gladson: DNP, FNP-BC
- BSN – Regis University Denver, Co (2012)
- MSN – Regis University Denver, Co (2017)
- DNP – Regis University Denver, Co (2019)
Emma has been in healthcare since 2012. She is a Colorado Native and loves everything about Colorado.In her spare time, Emma enjoys spending time with her husband hiking, skiing, traveling and hanging out with her cat, Otis. Emma has completed 27 of the Colorado 14ers and has hopes to complete all of them one day.
Angela Slinden, FNP
- Medical Education: 12 years of experience beginning as a Registered Nurse for 5 years, followed by 7 years of Family Medicine and Urgent Care as a Nurse Practitioner
- Degree / Specialty: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from University of Colorado 2008, Masters of Science in Nursing from Frontier University 2012 / Family Medicine – Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified
- Residency History: Clinical medical training in Family Medicine and numerous specialties throughout Colorado Springs and Denver
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: I enjoy traveling with my husband to 16 countries now. I have two pugs that snore a lot. I truly enjoy my job, helping patients feel better.
Devin Pinaroc, FNP-C
Educational Background: BA in Medicine, Health, & Society from Vanderbilt University; Masters in Nursing Science, Family Medicine Specialty from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing;
Fun Facts like hobbies, interest, etc: When I am not working, you can find me in the mountains. I love everything outdoors – hiking, camping, mtn biking, rock climbing, and fishing. Recently, I’ve gotten into the more extreme mountain sports, specifically ski mountaineering. Last season, I climbed and skied Lamb’s Slide Coulior off Longs Peak and this year, I tackled several peaks off Independence Pass. My lifelong goal is to ski all the 14n’ers in Colorado!
Kevin Ralls, DNP, FNP-C
- Medical Education: University of Arizona College of Nursing
- Degree / Specialty: Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner (2014), Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (2013)
- Residency History: University of Arizona DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Residency/Preceptorship Program
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: Activities I enjoy include running, snowboarding, camping, scuba diving, checking out local breweries, and exploring Denver with my Wife and 2 dogs.
Abigail Drake, PA-C
- Medical Education: Attended Boston University for my Bachelors of Science in Human Physiology
- Degree / Specialty: Attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies
- Residency History:
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: I enjoy international travel, thru-hiking, and used book stores.
Stewart Harsant, PA
- Medical Education: Physician Assistant School at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, graduated in 2014, degree Masters in Medical Science. Undergraduate studies in Spanish Language and Literature and Biology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Summa Cum Laude.
- Degree / Specialty: Urgent care for 5 years in Asheville, NC and Chicago, IL prior to starting at AFC Denver in September 2019. Currently a candidate for the Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Published in June 2019 Journal of Urgent Care Medicine: “Top 5 Wilderness Medicine Topics for the Urgent Care Provider.”
- Residency History:
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: I have hiked the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. Hobbies include backpacking trips, hiking, running, skiing, snowshoeing, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Dana Payne, PA
- Medical Education: Rosalind Franklin university of medicine and science
- Degree / Specialty: Masters of Science Physician Assistant Studies
- Residency History: N/A
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: – hiking, biking, kayaking, taking my dog on adventures, traveling
Derek Miller, PA
- Medical Education: Saint Francis University, undergraduate at The University of Maryland
- Degree / Specialty: Master of Medical Science / Specialty focus in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and Platte Valley Medical Center
- Residency History:
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: Yoga and hiking with my dog
Jesse Alden, PA
Tufts University School of Medicine
Masters of Medical Science, Physician Assistant Studies. 2015
Roger Williams University
Bachelor of Science. Biology/Chemistry. 2010
Interests- hiking, skiing, mountain biking, CrossFit, Australian Shepherd (Lyra)
Deven Decell, PA
Medical Education: University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
Degree / Specialty: Masters of Physician Assistant Studies with a background in Emergency Medicine and Spine Surgery
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: I love being a PA. Nothing is more rewarding or exciting. Outside of work my interests include health and well-being, music, dance, craft beer and adventure. I especially enjoy gardening, yoga, rock climbing, international travel and trips in my camper van with my pup.
Kelli Eisenbrown, PA
Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Colorado
B.S. Health Science, minor in education
University of Florida
I’ve worked in many aspects of medicine as a PA including general pediatrics, orthopedic surgery, family medicine, and urgent care.
Fun facts: In my spare time I love spending time with my family. I’m always looking for new adventures- the most recent one being mountain biking the Colorado trail.
Sloan Gray, PA-C, M.M.S
Bachelor’s in Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University
Master’s in Medical Sciences at Midwestern University in Arizona
Sloan grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended undergrad at Penn State University. She finally visited out west while attending PA school at Midwestern University in Arizona, and her clinical rotations brought her to Colorado. Sloan fell in love with Colorado and after graduation happily moved to the Denver area. She practiced in Family Medicine for 2 years prior to joining the AFC Urgent Care Denver team. When not at work you can find her in the mountains skiing in the winter or hiking to alpine lakes in the summer, catching a local sports game, attending concerts, or bringing her dog to one of the many parks in our area. She also loves to cook and enjoys trying new recipes at home for her and her husband.
Christopher Monteith, PA
Hello! I am CJ Monteith, I started with AFC at the end of 2020, which was an exciting new venture. Prior to AFC I was an Inpatient Neurohospitalist, and prior to that I did Family Medicine/Urgent Care. I have enjoyed each phase of my career journey, as it has provided me with the opportunities to learn and develop my skills in Medicine to enhance quality of care. I really enjoy working in an environment where I get to see a diverse group of patients with various health related concerns.
A little more about me, I grew up in Montana, which is also where I did my undergraduate BS degree at MSU in Cell Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Leadership Studies. I moved to Colorado for my graduate education at Red Rocks/Saint Francis Universitywhere I earned my PA degree and Masters in Medical Science.
Outside of work I enjoy almost anything that has to do with being in the great outdoors. My partner Danny and I have two Border Collies named Koolie and Koda who love going anywhere their humans are.
Adora Olson, PA
Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Double Minors in Nutrition and Psychology at the Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University (2012)
Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at MCPHS University in Worcester, MA (2016)
Fun Facts/Hobbies : I enjoy swimming, biking, running, skiing, and cooking. Most of all, I love spending time with my family, friends, and two dogs. “
Cory Parks, PA
Educational Background: Bachelors of Biological Science from University of Central Florida & Masters of Medical Science from Nova South Eastern University
Cory focuses on a comprehensive approach to health and wellness to support people to feel their best. He is grateful to be able to integrate his knowledge and skills to help serve the community.
He was a teaching assistant in Evolutionary Biology at UCF before graduating and starting his career in medicine as a Nursing assistant. As his passion for medicine grew he continued his medical education by becoming a Physician Assistant specializing in primary care & family medicine for several years before transitioning into urgent care medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys alpine skiing, hiking and boat sports with family and friends. A long term passion of his is to help foster a more sound global medical community that can utilize the best of both eastern and western ideologies in order to promote wellness.
Brad Qualizza, PA
Medical Education: Physcian Assistant School at Indiana State University, College College of Health and Human Services. Undergraduate studies at Purdue Univeristy, College of Health and Human Sciences.
Degree/ Specialty: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. I practiced Emergency Medicine for 3 years in the Chicagoland area prior to joining the AFC team in 2020.
Fun Facts: I enjoy spending my free time outdoors hiking, backpacking, and skiing. My fiance and our new puppy enjoy exploring Denver and spending time with family and friends.
Bertie Robles, PA
Masters- Physician Assistant Studies 2008
I love yoga, long walks with my pup, camping, travel, and growing organic fruits and vegetables.
I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and am passionate about helping people in our community improve their overall health.
Bethany Whitehorn, PA
Educational Background: Undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Medical education through the CHA/PA Program, part of the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. Received a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Fun Facts like hobbies, interest, etc: I have a huge interest in psychology and love to observe individual differences that make each of us unique while always believing there is more that unites us than separates us as humanity. I also love nature, animals, spending time with friends and family, movies, music, and when I’m more motivated: yoga, hiking, long walks with my dog, and jogging.
In an ideal world, I would live in a different place (internationally, if possible) 2-3 months of every year but always come back to my home base and my family in Colorado.
Callie Withers, PA
Bachelors from Stanford University in Stanford, CA: Human Biology Degree specializing in “The Spiritual and Psychological Aspects of the Human Athlete.”
Masters from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA: Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
Physical Therapy Aid prior with a focus on sports medicine/injuries.
X-professional soccer player, love skiing, full-face helmet downhill mountain biking, all-day mountaineering/hikes, back-country skiing, ice climbing, painting and drawing classes, spending time with family and friends.
Emily S., Recruitment Manager
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: My husband and I spend most weekends adventuring the state by hiking, waterfall hunting, or finding a new trail to off road on. I have four small dogs that I try to bring with on every adventure. If it’s not Packers season (Go Pack Go!) or we are not hiking, we are on a search for the next beer festival!
Aisha B., Regional Director
Kristen A., Regional Director
- Education: University of Mankato Degree: RN, BSN, MBA
Fun facts like hobbies, family, etc: Transplanted to Colorado from Minnesota in 2015. I am an animal lover, specifically dogs, we have 4! I enjoy spending my time with my husband, our son, family, and friends. I love to be active outdoors; hiking, biking, paddle boarding, disc golfing, and I thoroughly enjoy live music in all forms. Oh, and beer, can’t forget about my love for beer. Sour beer is my favorite. Cheers!
Isabel D., Clinic Manager - Speer
Jamie J., Clinic Manager - Aurora Colfax/Leetsdale
My Name is Jamie Jones and I am the clinical manager at Denver Leetsdale and Aurora Colfax. I have been with AFC for a year and a half and absolutely love my job, my clinic, my staff as well as taking care of others.
I have three amazing children and the most fantastic husband on the planet. My oldest son is a lacrosse player and looking forward to his senior year of high school this fall. My middle son is a football player and joining high school in the fall. My daughter is 9 going on 30 and loves to dance, play and be amazing. My family is my everything. I love long walks, books (knowledge is power, true power), and listening to my children talk about their dreams and future goals. I have been a medical assistant for over 10 years, I have been a phlebotomist for 15 years as well as I worked as a CNA years ago. I love healthcare as a whole. Following my dreams has led me here and there is no place I would rather be.
Ashlee M., Clinic Manager - Cherry Creek
Ashlee is originally from Georgia. She moved to Colorado after graduating from CCGA with an associate degree in Radiologic Sciences. She joined our staff in 2017 as an x-ray tech and medical assistant.
While working here at AFC, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences. Ashlee has been a manager for 2 years. She is married and has two children. While she likes Colorado, she misses the sunshine and beach of Georgia
Janet G., Clinic Manager - University Hills
Hi everyone, I’m Janet! I am clinical manager at the University Hills location. I’m 35 years old, of Mexican decent, a first generation US Citizen. So yes, I speak Spanish fluently. I have been with my husband over 10 years and we have 3 children. I came to work for AFC as a medical assistant over 4 years ago with no medical experience. Can you believe that?! I’ve learned it all here! I have a military background, which explains my affinity for structure and good leadership. I LOVE food and enjoy going to the gym, because…food lol and spending time outdoors. Building a career with AFC has been very fulfilling and I really take pride in helping anyone on our team grow with us also. I look forward to all the new challenges that being here brings and all the patients we get to encounter daily.
Perla C., Clinic Manager - Five Points
I joined AFC in August 3,2017 as a Medical Assistant and within a month I was promoted to a Lead position, I was Lead until October 2020 when I was promoted to Manager for the Five point location. It has been an amazing Journey to work for AFC as it has given me many opportunities by giving me the chance to grow within the company. Everyone I work with has been amazing and helpful.
I went to Pima Medical Institute to obtain my certification for Medical Assistant in the journey of becoming a Manager I enrolled in the X-Ray program LSO I am still in the process of taking the state test to get my license and perform x-rays.
I am a single mom of an amazing 3 year old boy. We love doing different things together. We go on hikes, parks, kids events, or to his favorite place McDonalds as he loves chicken nuggets and his Coca-Cola. He for sure keeps his momma on his toes. As for me my favorite color is Purple and my favorite flowers are Orchids, I love spending quality time with my Family as we have always been so attached and it makes me feel loved and cared for. I look forward to these upcoming changes within the company and to be able to be a part of them.
Gabby G., Clinic Manager - Park Hill
My name is Gabriela and I go by Gabby, I’ve been with AFC for about 4 years. I was born and raised in Colorado and have been living here my whole life. On my spare time I love hanging out with my 3 dogs and boyfriend. I love to take power naps with my dogs, lift heavy weights at the gym and relax at my hot tub after
Commitment to Excellence
At AFC Urgent Care Denver, our team is committed each day to create the best-in-class urgent care for our patients. Our providers aim to create exceptional, prompt, affordable, and neighborly urgent care services for patients of all needs! Our mission is to be your local family provider for sudden and immediate medical needs. See what our patients have said about us!
A Thriving Company Culture
At AFC Urgent Care Denver, we strive to build an active, encouraging, and neighborly community within our workplace. That is why we host and plan work events, community outreach, and philanthropy events to help our employees grow, have fun, and give back in meaningful ways. The events we host at AFC Urgent Care Denver includes company picnics, themed parties, and other celebrations that emphasize a “work hard, play hard” mentality.
We ask a lot of our employees and respect our patients each and every day. So we want to consistently thank everyone for making AFC Urgent Care Denver the respected, trustworthy, and thriving neighborhood urgent care provider it is today!
Opportunities to Give Back
At AFC Urgent Care Denver, our provider teams aim to create the highest-quality healthcare services possible. Just take a look at what our local patients are saying: here.
But there are other parts of the world that are in crucial need for healthcare services we take for granted. Services such as medication, vaccinations, and basic urgent care is not widely available in other countries in Africa, Asia, and other continents. To address these gaps in healthcare, AFC Denver self-funds outreach missions using the proceeds from our walk-in clinic and urgent care locations.