Discover Your Before & After
These are real results and stories from many of our wonderful patients. Our physicians and staff are here to ensure the best patient outcomes and celebrate your after.
These are real results and stories from many of our wonderful patients. Our physicians and staff are here to ensure the best patient outcomes and celebrate your after.
I had a really great experience and really great results. I think Dr. Swelstad is great and answered all of my questions. He’s really professional. Everything went really smooth!
NS – Grand Junction
I found out about Dr. Pitcher from my best friend. I went to her consultation for a tummy tuck with her and I liked Dr. Pitcher so much I scheduled my consult instantly! With my genetics, I have a lot of excess skin on my eyelids and would kink my neck back when I would walk or ride my back and it was physically painful! I tried opening my eyes more but I couldn’t open them anymore. I had the upper blepharoplasty surgery in the office and Dr. Pitcher was amazing. He explained everything and made me feel so comfortable. I base finding a doctor from their ‘out-of-doctor’ activities and he’s an avid bike rider, family man and outdoor person – I need a doctor I can relate with and I definitely can with him! I recommend Dr. Pitcher and ReGenesis to anyone that will listen! Like the song, “I can see clearly now the rain is gone,” I can REALLY see clearly now that the skin is gone! Honestly, this one one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Dr. Pitcher!
S – Montrose
I googled plastic surgeons and read the reviews about Dr. Hartshorn. He was wonderful and explained everything. Very pleased with his work.
TH – Grand Junction
I had a brow lift and bleph surgery with Dr. Hartshorn. The experience has been good and I like Dr. Hartshorn very much.
PJ – Grand Junction
We were referred from our doctor’s office to see Dr. Swelstad at ReGenesis. Our son was born with webbed fingers and Dr. Swelstad cared about separating the fingers and stitched his fingers up in a zig-zag pattern so that the scarring wouldn’t bind his fingers. Dr. Swelstad is professional and seemed concerned.
TC – Grand Junction
I found out about Dr. Pitcher over the internet. He’s extremely knowledgeable and he gave me exactly what I was looking for. He answered all my questions and I appreciated that he brought in two different implant sizes into surgery and used the one that looked the best – the one that looked more like what I was wanting but I wasn’t sure what size I needed. I really like him! I have referred him to my friends, too.
TW – Grand Junction
When I was pregnant and found out our baby had a cleft lip and palate, I was given resources and Dr. Swelstad was one of them. We love him! He’s amazing and the office is great, too. We are very pleased with the results and you can barely see the scare!
EF – Grand Junction.
Dr. Hartshorn has always been positive and uplifting. I like him.
PJ – Grand Junction
Dr. Pitcher and the ReGenesis staff accommodated me so well and it was better than what I could get in a big city. I came from Phoenix and I would probably still be waiting but you took care of all my needs and did everything so well! I was in a lot of pain and was in the Montrose emergency room twice in 24 hours. I found out there was maybe a leak in my breast implant and wanted and needed them removed right away. The hospital told me about Dr. Pitcher and I saw him the next day. It was a really good experience with Dr. Pitcher. I would absolutely refer anybody to him!!
KH – Montrose
I had a breast reduction with Dr. Pitcher and I’m really happy with my results. My back pain is gone, I hardly have any more headaches and I have more energy. Now I can do things better as well – like golfing and bowling! The ReGenesis office is excellent. I love the staff and everyone is very nice and courteous. I would go back in a heartbeat and definitely recommend Dr. Pitcher. He is a great surgeon, very professional and answered all my questions really well. He told me what to expect and that’s exactly what happened. I like my results really well!
DD – Grand Junction
I had a skin cancer on my face, right below my eye and I had MOHS surgery to have it removed. I was referred to ReGenesis as I didn’t want to go to Denver (I live in Glenwood Springs). I think Dr. Hartshorn is amazing! He’s a sweetheart. The staff makes you feel like you’ve been family for life – especially when you are dealing with a wacky situation you want positive energy and you walk in and they welcome you and are excited to see you. Dr. Hartshorn, his staff and his PA are awesome!
NK – Glenwood Springs
I was referred from an ophthalmologist because they thought I needed a procedure. After I met with Dr. Hartshorn I had my upper eyelids and a browlids. I’m very pleased with him as my surgeon and the office as well. I would refer to any of the doctors at ReGenesis as they all do excellent work. Dr. Hartshorn is a gentle man, listens carefully, responds in kind and relates well with patients. I enjoy having my eye “back”, like having my full range of vision back and I feel like I have a younger looking face. I feel better and enjoy using makeup again.
JA- Grand Junction
My brother had been a patient at ReGenesis and that’s how I heard about Dr. Swelstad. The whole staff makes you feel like family. They are awesome! I think Dr. Swelstad – there are no words – he’s really awesome. I quit smoking because of him. I have a lot to be thankful for because of him. I had a life changing journey! I had breast cancer and a mastectomy and I had nipple tattoos done (at the Raw Canvas) and I love them!
SM- Grand Junction
I think Dr. Hartshorn is great and very professional. He puts you at ease and is someone you can trust. I originally wanted a facelift and he explained things and made suggestions and I ended up having upper and lower eyelid surgery and fillers along with my facelift. I love my results! It makes me feel more confident and I feel so much more happy. I recommend Dr. Hartshorn and always recommend him!
EA – Grand Junction
I am a retired nurse from St. Mary’s hospital, so I know the doctors from ReGenesis from being familiar at the hospital. I scrutinize everything and ReGenesis Plastic Surgery is one of my absolute favorite doctors offices. I think it’s fabulous. Everyone is so kind and generous. From the minute you walk in it is so clean, they are professional and accommodating. They all take a true interest in you as a person and the doctors are the best. They are easy going but explain everything and are just wonderful!
CH – Grand Junction
A friend referred me to Dr. Swelstad and I had a good experience. Everything has been positive and Dr. Swelstad is a good doctor. I had a breast reduction and my results are good. I’m pretty happy!
KS – Grand Junction
My sister had surgery with Dr. Hartshorn a couple of years ago and so it was natural for me to go to Dr. Hartshorn. I had a septo-rhinoplasty and it was a pleasant experience. It wasn’t nerve wracking and he really cared about me and how I was doing. I love my results! I can breathe again and I would 100% recommend Dr. Hartshorn.
EL – Grand Junction
I was referred to Dr. Hartshorn by another doctor and I’ve had a great experience at ReGenesis. I love Dr. Hartshorn because he’s personable, easy to talk to and he listens. I’m happy with my results from my eyelid surgery.
LK- Grand Junction
Age does a number on a person’s skin and when I turned 60, I decided to do something about it!
After researching our local options, I chose Regenesis Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Center. Why? They have a full menu of services with exceptionally well-trained, friendly, and happy professionals at every level. A wide variety of facials, skin peels, injectables, laser treatments, and plastic surgery are available in one location. In other words, “One stop shopping.” Doctors Hartshorn, Swelstad, and Pitcher work with you to find a solution that is right for you.
So what solution did I choose? After consulting with Doctor Hartshorn, I decided on an upper lid blepharoplasty and mini facelift. I wanted a result that looked natural and fresh. One which would eliminate my tired-looking eyes and saggy jowls. I didn’t want to look 20 years younger (I am in my 60’s and my husband is, too!), I just wanted to look better! What really excited me about this procedure was that it could be performed under a local anesthesia in the office. Dr. Swelstad assisted Dr. Hartshorn to reduce the amount of time the procedure took. I was comfortable throughout, talking and laughing with Dr. Hartshorn and Dr. Swelstad and Raysha (the Valium, pain pill, and local anesthetic worked like a charm!).
My result? I love it and am very pleased! Dr. Hartshorn has suggested we use an injectable in a couple of areas to enhance my outcome….which I may or may not do. In any case, it can all be taken care of right there, “One stop shopping.” Would I have this procedure done again? Absolutely!
Dr. Hartshorn is a wonderful physician! He’s a very kind, compassionate, humble and professional with great listening skills and sense of humor who is also an excellent surgeon. Further, he is always looking to improve his practice by researching and incorporating the newest surgical techniques and treatments.
I highly recommend Regenesis Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Center to anyone who wants to explore a full menu of services delivered by a professional, forward thinking, and smiling staff. I sure am happy to have found them!
GT – Grand Junction
I learned about ReGenesis from the Senior Beacon Health Issue and I’m very happy with my results with Dr. Hartshorn. If I need more work, I’ll definitely go back! I had a skin graft on my nose and it looks very good. I like Dr. Hartshorn very well and he was very good. I appreciate his skill and expertise.
CR – Grand Junction
I was researching online after I had a bad experience with another plastic surgeon in town and found ReGenesis and Dr. Pitcher on Google and I think ReGenesis is amazing. I haven’t found anything that I don’t like! I had a breast reduction and fat grafting with Dr. Pitcher and it’s amazing. I 100% recommend him!
I found out about ReGenesis through Google. I think ReGenesis is amazing! I haven’t found anything I don’t like. I had eyelid surgery and a brow lift with Dr. Hartshorn and he explained everything. I knew what to expect and he is very personable.
TH – Grand Junction
I was referred to Dr. Hartshorn for my rhinoplasty/septoplasty. It was was a good experience (although it was painful in surgery!) but I really like Dr. Hartshorn. He’s calm, clear and concise about expectations. I’m happy with my results and I can breath much better and don’t have sinus infections 24/7!
AH – Grand Junction
I was recommended to see Dr. Hartshorn and he’s awesome. He’s a perfectionist. When I first had my consultation with him he examined and explained everything. He was very decisive but not pushy and he is very professional. I had my brow lift and four-quad bleph surgery and it went as planned. Dr. Hartshorn told me what to expect and everything happened just as he had said. It was very helpful in my healing stage to know what to expect and comforting to know what was going to happen. Everything went excellent and you can’t see any scars! I’m happy with my results.
RL – Grand Junction
I love Dr. Hartshorn! I think he is the kindest and nicest person I have ever met. I think he cares about the results of his patients and the outcome they get. I love my results from my 4-quad bleph, mini-facelift and TCA peel!
MK – Grand Junction
I’m incredibly happy with my eyelid surgery! My eyes don’t bother me like before my surgery. My eyelids were so heavy, my eyelashes would touch my eye and irritate it so much I had to use eyedrops all the time. Now, I don’t have to use eyedrops anymore! I can see better and my eyes feel so good. I think my results are perfect and I absolutely recommend Dr. Hartshorn. He’s great, very positive and did a great job.
I worked as a nurse for 45 years and I can judge a doctor very quickly. I liked Dr. Hartshorn very well and he’s a very good doctor. I appreciate his skill and his expertise as he did a skin graft on my nose. It looks very good and I’m very happy with my results.
CR – Montrose, CO
I went with a girlfriend to her breast aug consultation with Dr. Pitcher and a week later, I went back for my consultation with him! I only have great things to say about Dr. Pitcher. He’s a great doctor and he was thorough and went over everything again the day of my surgery. I wasn’t sure what size I wanted and he brought both implant sizes and tried them during surgery and used his best judgement and I’m impressed that he did that. I am really happy with my results and I would for sure recommend Dr. Pitcher! He is an amazing doctor but a really nice person, too! It was a really good experience and he answered all the questions I had and made me feel really comfortable.
DK- Grand Junction
A girlfriend had a rhinoplasty done with Dr. Hartshorn and referred me to him! He’s the best doctor (I used to work in healthcare!). He’s kind, sweet, listens to you and he gave me my nose back! I had trouble breathing and sleeping and now I can smell food again (literally after seven years!) and I’m not sneezing all the time. It was life-changing to have a rhinoplasty with Dr. Hartshorn and I would definitely recommend him to anybody.
SR – Grand Junction
I heard about Dr. Swelstad from his, wife, as she’s my friend. I had a hernia and looked like I was four months pregnant. I was constantly being asked if I was pregnant before I had my tummy tuck (and he fixed my hernia) and it’s been life-changing. It’s like night and day! It’s the best decision I’ve ever made and I have amazing results! In addition to my tummy tuck, I had liposuction and a breast lift. I would highly recommend Dr. Swelstad in a heartbeat. He’s caring, knows what he’s talking about and I absolutely appreciate and respect him. I felt comfortable with him and have nothing but great things to say.
SP – Grand Junction
I know Dr. Hartshorn as I’m a nurse and work with him on different surgical cases. I had a 4-quad bleph and a full face and neck CO2 procedure. I like my results and Dr. Hartshorn, Raysha and Stephanie (the laser specialist) have been great – they are awesome!
GW – Grand Junction
I was referred to Dr. Hartshorn from Dr. Bush. Dr. Hartshorn was nice and throughout everything he answered my questions. Overall, I’m really happy with my upper eyelid surgery.
JS – Grand Junction
I found out about Dr. Hartshorn from my sister and had my rhinoplasty with him. I like that he’s very friendly, listened to me and explained things. He answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable. I love my results and I’m very happy and satisfied with my rhinoplasty. I would recommend Dr. Hartshorn
GA – Grand Junction
As a nurse I have been around St. Mary’s Hospital and and known Dr. Hartshorn for many years. I went to him for my blepharoplasty and I am pleased with my results. I had confidence in him and his great techniques.
FD – Grand Junction
I was in a car accident and my lower eye socket was shattered. Dr. Swelstad was able to go through the inside of my mouth and I have no scars! My surgeries and results turned out great. He did a good job of explaining the procedure and visiting me in the hospital.
KF- Grand Junction
“I had a mini facelift done and I had a pleasant and informative experience at ReGenesis. Dr. Hartshorn made sure I understood what was going on before and during the procedure. He took the time to make sure I didn’t have any questions and was very thorough. He is awesome! He’s very kind and I love my results.”
RD – Grand Junction
Dr. Swelstad was recommended to me by my eye doctor and he also goes to my church. I had a bilateral upper blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery with Dr. Swelstad. I can see so much better now. My vision is much better. The first time I went through Glenwood Canyon it was like I was looking at a big TV. I couldn’t believe it! I got the wow effect and I know that he did a great job! I’m very pleased and his bedside manner is great.
DB – Grand Junction
I heard Dr. Hartshorn was a really, really good plastic surgeon. I had a rhinoplasty done and I’m quite happy with my results. I would recommend Dr. Hartshorn to anyone needing a procedure done. I thought he was really kind and caring, answered my questions and made me feel comfortable.
TL- Grand Junction
We were referred to Dr. Swelstad from our doctors office. Our son was born with webbed fingers and Dr. Swelstad separated his fingers. Dr. Swelstad was professional. He seemed concerned and cared about the outcome. The way he stitched our son’s hands, the scars were in a zigzag pattern so the scars won’t bind his hands as he grows.
TC – Grand Junction
Dr. Pitcher and team: We want to extend our sincere gratitude for all you’ve done for our family. Many thanks for all the great care you provided to everyone. Kind regards.
– B&J Family – Grand Junction
Dr. Hartshorn you did an excellent job on my neck surgery! I feel blessed by your work and want you to know that I’m thankful to have entrusted myself to your care. The outcome continues to be such an improvement. I’m so happy with the work you did. Thank you so much for all you have done for me.
AG – Grand Junction
I really like Dr. Hartshorn. I like his bedside manner. Trust me! I’ve been to a lot of doctors and surgeons and I really like him. He’s very personable; I would definitely recommend him. Everything went smoothly and you can’t even see the scars. It’s amazing what he can do! I’m really happy with my Blepharoplasty and it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. If I ever have any other cosmetic/plastic surgery, it would be with Dr. Hartshorn.
– RD, Crawford, CO
I came to see Dr. Hartshorn and he was such a caring individual and made me feel at ease. When it came down to the surgery and actually lying there, knowing that this is really going to happen, just him grabbing my hand and saying, “Are you ready? This is going to be great!” There are not enough words to express how thankful I am. I’m so glad I walked through those doors.
KV – Grand Junction
Dr. Pitcher is the best. He was my doctors who performed my breast reconstruction after my cancer. He’s just wonderful and very caring. I had a lot of fears and Dr. Pitcher explained everything in a way that I could understand. I honestly had no questions because he explained things so well. He was so understanding of my situation. When I would come into the office, his staff was wonderful, too. From the front desk to billing and to his medical assistant, everyone is great. They were very available and always answered my questions. If I called, they would always call me back and I never went without an answer. They were always so happy to see me and treated me like a person. On my last visit, Dr. Pitcher told me I was good to go and I was expecting another appointment and wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to everyone. It was a happy and sad time. Dr. Pitcher is amazing!
MD- Grand Junction
I was referred to ReGenesis Plastic Surgery from Glenwood Springs because my doctor here couldn’t handle the type of surgery I needed. I had surgery with Dr. Hartshorn and Dr. Swelstad and had a very special situation with my forehead and sinuses and they took such good care of me throughout the tedious process. They explained everything and made it easy to understand and made me really confident in them. I appreciate both of them and the staff so much! I am truly benefiting from their incredible surgical talent. I am so lucky to have had such gifted surgeons inside my head and feel so lucky to have been referred to ReGenesis. I’m so happy with the whole experience and I want people to know that ReGenesis is a trustworthy place and they are great. They did me right! The whole staff is so warm, friendly and professional as well. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and for all of those who are fortunate enough to be treated by you. You will always be thought of fondly. Keep up the good work!
KC- Glenwood Springs
I’m really happy with the results of my rhinoplasty. I was recommended by another doctor in Denver and it turned out really well. Dr. Hartshorn has a really good bedside manner, he’s nice and is a perfectionist. He’s very attentive and made me feel really comfortable.
JB- Grand Junction.
When our son, Hugo, was born, we didn’t know he would have a cleft lip. Our ultrasounds didn’t show anything abnormal, so it was very surprising once he was born. Dr. Swelstad came to talk to us and it was really reassuring. He helped us and talked to us about it and made us feel really comfortable. At two months old, Hugo had his first surgery and when he came out, we hardly recognized him! Dr. Swelstad told us everything’s going to be okay and it was. Everything kept getting better and better. After Hugo’s second surgery, he was so happy! He ate everything!
The experience of having a baby with a cleft lip can be really hard and you need someone to help you. Dr. Swelstad will help you and we hope that by sharing Hugo’s story we can help another family rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Swelstad. He will make you feel comfortable. Dr. Swelstad helped Hugo so much and everything is good and we are happy!
LL. – Grand Junction (proud dad)
As a member of the medical community, I have known Dr. Hartshorn for a long time. I respect him as an excellent and conscientious physician. I had blepharoplasty and I’m so happy with my results! By the end of the day (before my surgery) my eyes used to be so tired from the strain. After surgery, that eye fatigue was relieved and I can see so much better. It is really wonderful!
SS – Grand Junction
I work at a hospital and know a lot of doctors and know a lot of people who have had things done. When I met Dr. Pitcher, I thought he was wonderful! He’s very professional and I had a good experience with him. He’s a good guy and I would do it all over again (breast augmentation and liposuction). I love my results!
I found out about ReGenesis through my insurance. I had a real good experience with Dr. Swelstad – he’s professional and friendly. I like the results! I can see better! The one downfall is he’s a Packer fan, not a Bronco fan!
I had originally heard great things about ReGenesis and had referred friends to your practice before I had even had surgery here. I knew I was going to have a breast aug with Dr. Pitcher as I heard good things about him just from word of mouth. I liked Dr. Pitcher from the beginning! He did exactly what I wanted! He’s professional, upfront and his expertise made me feel comfortable. I’m just really happy! I love his work and will continue to refer friends to Dr. Pitcher. I’m super happy!
-LK – Grand Junction
I heard about ReGenesis from the Relay for Life event. As we walked, I asked about favorite surgeons and that’s how I got here! I heard about Dr. Swelstad and I am a visual person, so when I saw him, I felt very comfortable with him. The staff is great and he’s really great and truly cares about you; not just about your surgery but a great guy. I have the utmost respect for him and he is an amazing surgeon.
CB- Grand Junction
I was referred by my eye doctor to get a blepharoplasty. I want to see Dr. Hartshorn and he is very attentive, concerning and he genuinely had my best interests at heart. He put me completely at ease and I would to recommend anyone. I’m very happy with my results.
DB – Grand Junction
I was referred to Dr. Pitcher at ReGenesis from my aunt. He’s a good doctor and was very insightful. He gave me what I was looking for – larger but natural looking breasts. I’m happy with my results and they look good! I feel more confident and am really happy with the size. I will recommend Dr. Pitcher to my friends!
LA- Grand Junction
I had a mommy makeover with Dr. Pitcher. I wanted to get a mommy makeover but didn’t want to go to Denver. I wanted to stay local for recovery and so follow up visits were easier. I googled local resources and found Dr. Pitcher and ReGenesis. My first impression of him was great. He listened me and my husband and what I was wanting. He is very knowledgeable and I was confident in him. I had my breast aug and tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Pitcher and I’m very happy with my results! The staff was amazing and helpful, too. I recovered really quick and the scars are very small. He is a super cool guy and I would recommend him…I already have and my friend has gone to see him! (It’s nice that he has an office in Montrose, too. Making appointments even easier.)
I found out about ReGenesis Plastic Surgery through a video ad on Facebook. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go out of town but I had heard good things about ReGenesis. I went in for a consultation and I decided to stay locally. I didn’t want to have to travel somewhere if there any problems. I’m really glad I stayed in Grand Junction for my breast augmentation. I feel a lot better about myself after having the surgery and I think Dr. Swelstad is nice, straightforward and a caring doctor.
NW – Grand Junction
I found out about Dr. Swelstad through a Botox Bash at Serenity Salon. When I talked to him he recommended a bleph to help the saggy skin on my eyes. He did a fantastic job and I’m happy with my results.
– JG, Grand Junction
I would highly recommend Dr. Pitcher. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is very professional, has a caring attitude, and takes as much time as you need to answer any and all questions. Dr. Pitcher is a very talented surgeon and my results have been amazing! He explained realistic expectations prior to surgery so there would be no surprises. His staff is also very caring and accommodating. I am so pleased with my surgery with Dr. Pitcher and it has changed my life. I have no more back or shoulder pain, which is an amazing feeling. I would definitely recommend anyone pursuing a breast reduction to seriously consider it. It will make a huge difference in your quality of life. Thank you Dr. Pitcher!
AP- Grand Junction
I had breast reconstruction with Dr. Pitcher and I am so impressed with him. I really believe he and his staff got me through cancer. Honestly, he is so caring and such a fantastic doctor and I absolutely love that office! They are so nice and treated me so well. Dr. Pitcher is the greatest person there ever was -he’s my favorite!
PG – Grand Junction
I would recommend Dr. Hartshorn. He’s so nice and pleasant and takes time explaining things. I was referred to Dr. Hartshorn from my optometrist as I had sagging eyelids and eyebrows/forehead. I had heard great things about Dr. Hartshorn and in all reality, Dr. Hartshorn senior had worked on my husbands sinuses so I knew the name! I had a upper bleph surgery and a brow lift and my results are excellent. I can see SO much better now thanks to Dr. Hartshorn!
AC- Delta, CO
I had a browlift and eyelid surgery with Dr. Hartshorn. I was seeing my eyelashes because my eyelids were hanging down so low. When I had my cataracts removed, my eye doctor recommended Dr. Hartshorn and that he thought I would really enjoy having the surgery done. Dr. Hartshorn was very professional and I liked him a lot. He knew what he was doing and I like my results. I’m really happy and I’m glad I got it done!
-ML, Grand Junction
“I’ve had 4 kids, am a very active person and feel like I’m in good shape. But I noticed my breasts looked fallen and saggy. As I began to think about a breast augmentation, I thought I would have to go out of town. But my doctor recommended I see Dr. Swelstad and stay here in Grand Junction. I’m a nurse and started asking around about Dr. Swelstad. He has a great reputation and is meticulous in the operating room. So I went to see him and found him very personable and honest. He helped me decide what size to choose that would fit my lifestyle. I’m very happy with how things worked out!” – GH, Grand Junction
This patient recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Swelstad. We’ll have her story posted soon!
This patient recently underwent breast reconstruction surgery. We’ll have her story posted soon!
This is a septorhinoplasty which fixes a deviated septum to create normal breathing function. Nose surgery can be done for cosmetic reasons, functional reasons or both.
“I did a lot of research online, found the ReGenesis site and read the testimonials. That’s when I decided I wanted to meet Dr. Swelstad. I immediately felt comfortable with him. The process went according to plan and I’m more than happy with the results. I would say my procedure turned out better than 99% of what I’ve seen out there. These people that traveled to the big-name clinics should have come to Dr. Swelstad instead!”
BK, Grand Junction
This patient has had skin cancer removed from his face and Dr. Hartshorn has reconstructed the area.
This patient is undergoing a facial resuspension and eye canthoplasty. We are proud to help him as he battles cancer.
“I started adventuring as a Boy Scout and turned into a professional in 1972 – guiding whitewater river trips on the Grand Canyon and lots more. I also grew up around woodworking and construction and have been using saws my entire life. While working on a bookshelf, I was trying to cut off just a couple of inches of wood and as I went to move my hand, the board moved. I didn’t notice that movement, so when I went to clamp my hand back on the board, I clamped down on the saw blade. My fingers were still attached, just really torn up. It was my first industrial mistake that I couldn’t just put a Band-Aid on. To the ER I went.
Once I was in the ER (in Moab) they took a look and knew they couldn’t help me, but knew the doctor who could. So, they shot my hand full of Lidocaine, called Dr. Swelstad and I drove myself Grand Junction (It wasn’t a brain injury it was a hand injury!).
When Dr. Swelstad walked in the room, I knew things were going to be ok. I needed someone to fix my hand so I could continue my wild lifestyle. And he did!
While I was in the ER, I was telling Search and Rescue and river stories and taking pictures while Dr. Swelstad was fixing my hand. We had a good time in the ER. Then, I learned the first steps to hand therapy for this type of injury take 12 weeks. I told Dr. Swelstad that I was rowing a boat down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon starting in 10 weeks.
I was determined to get well and row my boat. And, I did. Thanks to Dr. Swelstad and my hand therapist, Deb Bumguardner (I did everything she said), I went on my 92nd trip down the Grand Canyon.”
-BG, Moab, Utah
“While on a traffic job for the city, a guardrail accident sent me to St. Mary’s Hospital. A small chunk of metal of shot at my arm like a bullet and cut my tendon and artery. There was blood everywhere and I thought someone had been shot – I went to go help the guy I thought had been shot – but then I realized it was a puncture wound, on my left arm!
Once I got to the Emergency Room Dr. Swelstad made me feel like I was in good hands. I liked him, as he was very personable. He was able to repair my tendon and the artery and I was back to work within a week. My follow-ups were great. I was pretty lucky. The metal was a piece the size of a BB and it did a lot of damage but I’m glad that Dr. Swelstad was on-call that day.”
MH, Grand Junction, CO
“A freak accident with a golf club left the side of my face crushed. I was flown to St. Mary’s from Craig and met Dr. Swelstad. He said this was one of the most difficult surgeries he’s ever done. He rebuilt the left side of my face. Now, you can’t even tell it happened! I can’t thank him enough for what he did.”
KC, Craig, CO
“I manage a ranch and there are about 40 horses that I work with and handle everyday. There were two horses that were playing around and one of them got my ear. It sounded like a potato chip when he bit but I thought it was a nibble and I didn’t realize he had taken a chunk out of my ear until I looked in the mirror. Then, I thought, “Damn, now I have to go to the doctor!” I was taken to the Emergency Room and that’s when Dr. Swelstad sewed me up. He has a great bedside manner and explained what he was going to do and why. If I had to recommend anybody, it would be to him. I think he did an excellent job and I’m glad they were able to save most of my ear! The work he did was great and I was popular that day in the hospital – I should have charged admission. Everybody wanted to see the guy that was bit by a horse.”
SP, Grand Junction
“I was working on a 12” waterline off of the Grand Mesa. I was attempting to cut a steel pipe that had rusted. I had cut across the top of the line and had about 4” left to cut on the bottom of the pipe when the diamond tipped blade kicked back. It caught me in the face cutting me from just below my chin up to just below my left eye. I was transported to Delta Hospital Emergency Room and it felt like I had just split my upper lip and so I was very surprised when the ER Doctor there told me that he was not going to be able to help me. He thought I needed to go to St. Mary’s Hospital to see Dr. Swelstad. He called him, they talked about my accident and sent my pictures to Dr. Swelstad. After looking at the photos, he agreed to come in and do the operation (which I later found out, it was his day off).
I met with Dr. Swelstad shortly after arriving at St. Mary’s. After talking with him about my case, I felt that he was a sincere and truly caring person. That set me very much at ease, knowing that he really did want to help me. Dr. Swelstad’s bedside manner and personality are great, not to mention, I feel that his skills speak for themselves. Just look at the before and after pictures!
I am very pleased to say that since the accident, with all of my follow up appointments, Dr. Swelstad and his staff have proven me to be right. They are all very caring, sincere people. The entire staff treated me more like a friend then a patient. Bless them all!”
AC, Delta, CO
“I had micrographic surgery with my dermatologist to remove skin cancer. It left a large hole in the tip of my nose. Dr. Swelstad got me right in that very afternoon and even stayed late. Not only did he fix the hole but he found I had broken cartilage in my nose from a previous injury and fixed it. I was never really happy with my nose and in the process he pulled up the tip and I like it much better! You could hardly see the stitches or scar. I’m really impressed with Dr. Swelstad.” – WT, Grand Junction
“The hemangioma started out like a birthmark but grew rapidly. It became ulcerated and she got a staph infection. We had to drive to Children’s Hospital in Denver regularly for treatment. Then we were referred to Dr. Swelstad. He was able to remove the hemangioma in two surgeries. We are so blessed to have met him. Daisy runs up to him and gives him a hug every time. And the whole staff were amazing, always smiling!” -Mother of patient, Grand Junction, CO
Both photos are post-facelift. The first photo is 6 days after a CO2 laser treatment. The second is the final result of the facelift and CO2 Laser.
“I’ve always had a soft neck and with age it had gotten saggy and wrinkly. I just decided that it was time to do something about it. Dr. Hartshorn had done a thyroid surgery on me before and did a great job, so I trusted him. He explained everything very well and made me feel comfortable. In addition to the facelift I did the CO2 Laser and I’m very happy with the results.”
– DB, Grand Junction
This patient had a mini-facelift, lower eyelid repair and TCA peel. “I had some loose skin under my chin that was just bothering me. I was referred to Dr. Hartshorn by my dentist Dr. Gall. I had considered some form of fix for several months and then decided to make a consultation. I learned more about non-surgical options but Dr. Hartshorn recommended a mini-face lift. He is very calm and reassuring, although I know his schedule is very busy, he does not feel hurried.
The procedure went easier than I had anticipated. I was a bit anxious since I had not had any surgeries at all, ever. Overall the pain was very low and the healing progressed as Dr. H. had described.
I would definitely recommend that anyone even remotely considering a bit of plastic surgery, should set an appointment to learn more. I recommend seeing Dr. Hartshorn. ” – KL, Grand Junction
“Due to significant weight loss and my age, the skin around my face was no longer as tight. I chose to have a mini-facelift and blepharoplasty. Dr. Hartshorn is the only person I trust to touch my face. He’s professional, a great surgeon and he really took time to explain everything to me so there were no surprises. When you put trust in a doctor, you’re also trusting their staff and his was great. I was comfortable and even able to do the procedure in the office. I would recommend Dr. Hartshorn to anyone!”
MS, Grand Junction
“My daughter was born with a prematurely fused skull causing her head to have a longer shape. Our pediatrician wanted perform several tests, even radiation. But we were referred to Dr. Swelstad. He knew right away what the issue was, sagittal synostosis, and he knew exactly what to do. We waited until she was a couple months older then performed the surgery. The results were obvious right away! Now my daughter is doing great!”
JH, Grand Junction
“I found out at 19 weeks pregnant that my daughter would have a cleft lip. At first I didn’t know what to do. I thought we would have to go to Denver for surgery. But my OBGYN highly recommended Dr. Swelstad and Dr. Hartshorn. Both surgeons came to the hospital when Emreigh was born. They did a full assessment of her cleft lip at one month and made a plan.
When we visited the office they showed us a book of pictures from previous surgeries they had done. I have to say, I think Emreigh’s came out even better than those in the book! When they removed the tape about a week after surgery, we cried. She looks amazing. I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Swelstad and the ReGenesis team. I went from being terrified to not worried at all about her future. I can’t imagine going through this with any other doctor.”
AF, Grand Junction
“I always had large breasts, but as I aged I noticed they just kept getting larger. After a mammogram in my 30s I went from a C to a D cup in just a week. They got very heavy. I like to exercise and be active but I had to wear 3 bras to do anything like that. I started thinking about getting this surgery 15 years ago. Now that my health insurance covers it, I was able to go for it. I just wanted to be more comfortable and now I am. I’m so happy with the result. I move around better and sleep better.” – SO, Paonia, CO
“My breasts were size 44ZZZ and caused massive indents in my shoulders. Additionally my upper back, neck and shoulders had gone completely numb! I decided to have breast reduction surgery with Dr. Pitcher and I’m so glad I did. Reducing my breast size cut 40 pounds of extra weight pulling on my body. Now the numbness is gone, I have more energy; I can go for walks and ride my bike. Dr. Pitcher and his team were awesome. They made me feel so comfortable and not self conscious!”
BM, Grand Junction
“When I first met Dr. Swelstad, he made me feel very comfortable. It was my first major surgery and his approach and ability to answer all my questions put me at ease.
Large breasts were debilitating for me. I needed a breast reduction more physically than cosmetically. I went from size H to a D/DD and the cosmetic changes were a great bonus!
I’ve had no more headaches, my back pain is gone, my breathing is easier and my shoulder pain has vanished! It changed my life. I’m excited to have a new lifestyle. I can go bra shopping now without having to special order larger bras.
Dr. Swelstad is a great surgeon. I highly recommend him. He’s trustworthy and helped me feel comfortable and safe. I love my results!”
KG, Grand Junction
“I had a breast reduction with Dr. Pitcher and I feel amazing now! I don’t have dents from my bra on my shoulders, no neck or back pain.
I was a little nervous at first, but Dr. Pitcher is so confident in his work he made me comfortable. He’s all around very nice and answered all my questions. I made a friend, not just met a surgeon.”
JS, Grand Junction
“Dr. Swelstad was recommended from a friend and I was very impressed when I first met him. I could tell he was a perfectionist and that put me at ease.
Having a breast reduction was a very big decision. I had a lot of pain in my neck and shoulders and just wanted to live a better lifestyle. I can now exercise better and it’s not debilitating. And, I feel absolutely marvelous! I’m so happy about my new breast size and my husband loves them.
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Swelstad in a heartbeat. I got everything I wanted and expected with great results.”
EJ, Grand Junction
The is the final result after fat grafting and tattooing. Many patients get tattoos that help cover scars and to positively mark their experience beating breast cancer. We love seeing the creativity!
“I got my first tattoo when I was 21 and I was hooked. I’ve had several since and each one has a meaning. My two daughters, my daughter-in-law and I got “Pink Ribbon” tattoo on our chests, just two weeks before I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Our family has always been a big proponent of Breast Cancer Awareness but now there’s a whole new meaning.
The very first impression I had of Dr. Swelstad- I felt comfortable. He was easy to talk to and has “doctor knowledge” but not the “doctor ego.” He involved my husband in all decisions and we left more at ease than when we arrived.
After I had my breast reconstruction, I had scarring. The scars were the scariest part of the whole thing. I thought about getting a full chest plate tattoo but decided to have my own skin show through. For me, I needed something that reminded me of the strength that I went through and that’s when I thought of the breast tattoos. They totally enhance my breasts and take away the scars.
Dr. Swelstad is tremendous and the work they do is phenomenal!”
KM, Colorado Springs
“This was my second round of breast cancer and it was very serious; I had to have a double mastectomy. I decided to have breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Swelstad used a latissimus dorsi flap to reconstruct my breasts. He did a great job, but my left breast wasn’t healing right and got an infection. He took great care with me and removed my expanders. My left breast ended up with more scarring that the right. That’s when Dr. Swelstad recommended Melora at the RAW Canvas studio for tattoo work. I decided to get the Columbines to cover the scars with something happy and unique to me. It turned out great! And seeing Dr. Swelstad’s reaction to the finished product made it all worthwhile.”
MN, Ouray, CO
“I chose to have the surgery because I’m 5’9″ and my body wasn’t proportionate. I didn’t have much self-confidence and knew that once I had the surgery my self-confidence would rise.
For my initial visit until the last time I came in my experience was wonderful. Everyone was so inviting and really empathized with how I felt about myself. They explained everything to me, all the pros and cons, and didn’t leave anything to chance. Even down to the receptionist at the front, you couldn’t have a better experience.
Since the surgery my breasts have been beautiful. I finally feel like they’re mine and I’ve had them forever. I have so much more self-confidence and enjoy fitting into clothing that shows off my breast area. Before I had the surgery I would’ve never thought of wearing a low-cut top but since I’ve had the surgery summertime is wonderful to feel good about yourself.” -MB, Grand Junction
“Having a ‘mommy makeover’ was something I had contemplated for over 10 years. I had a consultation about 10 years ago in California and left feeling intimidated and unsure. When I met with Dr. Swelstad and reviewed my options I left feeling excited and ready to move forward. I wanted to look on the outside, the way I felt on the inside. Dr. Swelstad answered every question I had, I felt confident in my decision. Today, I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. Everything went smoothly and the staff was so amazing and kind throughout the whole process. I wouldn’t hesitate to make the same decision again if I had to.” – CC, Grand Junction
“I learned about Dr. Swelstad through a friend. I’m so happy with the results of my breast augmentation! Dr. Swelstad is very professional. The office is so clean and everyone has been so nice. I’m a really private person, so this surgery was a big deal. He and Tammy listened to everything I wanted and I’m so happy with my results. It’s life changing and I feel happy with my body when I look in the mirror. I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness!”
AM, Grand Junction
This patient just recently received her breast augmentation and has healed up great! We’ll have her story soon.
“After having children and breastfeeding, a breast augmentation was something I wanted, and researched for years. I heard about ReGenesis through a friend who had a procedure done by Dr. Swelstad and was very pleased with her results. I booked a consultation to meet with Dr. Swelstad. He was very professional and answered all my questions. A few weeks after my consultation I had my surgery and I absolutely love my results. Recovery was not as bad as I was anticipating, and I love my new look! I highly recommend Dr. Swelstad, he did a great job!” – TW, Grand Junction
Upper and lower blepharoplasty plus a TCA peel.
” Whenever I would look in the mirror, my eyes would automatically focus only on the bags under my eyes. I did not like the way I looked any more. After having this procedure, it has completely changed the way I see myself, and I feel so much better about myself. I also had a procedure on my upper lids, and now for the first time in my life, I have eyelids and can wear eye shadow! I am so happy I did this. I only wish I would have done it sooner.” -TC, Grand Junction
“I want people to feel as good as I do!”
“It’s life changing. I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness!”
“The doctors and staff were great. I knew what to expect!”