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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Crownpoint Service Unit

Medical Staff

The Medical Staff at Crownpoint Health Care Facility consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Our physicians are Board-Certified in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology.

Physicians enjoy practicing cross-cultural medicine in diverse settings- ambulatory care, urgent care, inpatient, OB, and ER.

Members of medical staff also enjoy a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional growth. Compensation is based on Market Pay, thus our providers enjoy a compensation package that is competitive with the commercial world. New Mexico has also weighed in with a tax credit of $5000.00 a year for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants practicing in underserved locales. We set aside time for personal interests/development, recreational opportunities and time away from work for family and hobbies. Crownpoint Health Care Facility sponsors one week of Continuing Medical Education for each member of medical staff.

At Crownpoint Health Care Facility, members of medical staff treat a wide range of unique disease processes, ranging from HantaVirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Plague, Tuberculosis, and Autoimmune diseases.

Members of the medical staff are provided with tools to allow advancement towards the ultimate goal of providing the best patient care possible. Phone consultation with specialists, peer review, and updated information/technology sources are available.

We also offer a Resident Elective Rotation [03/10-PDF-48KB] in rural primary care medicine.

To learn more about joining the medical staff at Crownpoint Health Care Facility, please contact:

Crownpoint Healthcare Facility
PO Box 358
Crownpoint, NM 87313
Phone: (505) 786-6354

Medical Staff Bios

Dr. Donald Kulas
Dr. Kulas joined the Crownpoint medical staff in 2002 shortly after abandoning all hope of hiking the Appalachian Trail. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, close to his home state of Connecticut, before completing his pediatric residency at Duke University in 2000. He continues to have little interest in wilderness medicine which complements his poor skills in fly fishing. While his sense of humor is an acquired taste, he has been known to cause folks to reluctantly chuckle on occasion.

Dr. Tania Hurlbutt
Dr. Hurlbutt joined the Crownpoint medical staff in 2001. She graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1998, and has been a proud member of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service ever since. She completed her pediatric residency at Duke University. She remains interested in newborn screening, improving childhood vaccine programs, and combating obesity in children. Dr. Hurlbutt grew up in Florida, but is happy to call New Mexico home. Her hobbies include quilting and cross-country skiing.

Dr. John Johnson
Dr. John J. Johnson came to Crownpoint IHS healthcare facility in 2006 after completing his residency in family medicine in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is drawn to underserved areas for medical practice, and enjoys both the Navajo people and the open spaces of the West.

Laura Veal, FNP
Laura Veal joined the medical staff in 2009 after receiving her MSN from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She also has a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University. She originally hails from southern Georgia, but has lived in Romania, Ireland, and Zambia. When not trying to win over her new colleagues with exciting casserole recipes at the frequent potlucks held in Crownpoint, she can be found familiarizing herself with all the thrift stores in a 2 hour radius. She is still working on the outdoorsy thing.


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