Discover The Possibilities at ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center
At ReGenesis Plastic Surgery, Skin Care and Laser Center, we are dedicated to helping you make the best decision when it comes to your plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will freely discuss your options, how the procedure will work for you and answer any questions you may have. We take time for you to explain and value your input and questions. We understand that surgery may not be an option for everyone, and that’s why we have an option for almost anything!
Unique to ReGenesis Plastic Surgery, Skin Care and Laser Center, our surgeons regularly go into surgery together to consult with each other during the procedures. Having two (or three) trained specialists working on one patient brings out the best aesthetic elements and is the advantage of coming to ReGenesis. We work to give you the best possible outcome!
We are so confident in our work, we truly believe there is no reason to travel out of town. Why go to Salt Lake City or Denver when we have expert and educated plastic surgeons right here in the Grand Valley? We like to refer to it as, “Big city medicine in a small town.” And we mean that. There is no reason to leave Grand Junction for any cosmetic procedure. If you have a written quote from an out of town, board-certified plastic surgeon, bring it to your consultation and we will match the legitimate quote. We believe the value we bring to being local and experienced means after your surgery, you go home, not to a hotel room. And follow ups are convenient and your doctor is someone you know and trust. Not hours away (or in a different state).
We look forward to meeting you and all the needs you may have.
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Meet our Doctors
Dr. Duane O. Hartshorn is a facial plastic surgeon who completed his otolaryngology training at the University of Michigan. Following graduation, Dr. Hartshorn spent an additional year at the University of Michigan completing a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. In addition to Dr. Hartshorn’s cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice, he also sees patients with head and neck cancer and a variety of other otolaryngology issues. Dr. Hartshorn has authored papers in many peer reviewed journals on the topics of speech, facial reconstruction, hearing and cancer. Dr. Hartshorn is married with four children and enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr. Matthew R. Swelstad is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also completed a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery fellowship at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has authored book chapters and journal articles on topics such as facial rejuvenation, breast deformities, and a variety of craniofacial and pediatric anomalies. Dr. Swelstad has also presented at national and international meetings on the topics of craniopagus separation, the role of Botox® in managing congenital muscular torticollis and surgical correction of craniofacial anomalies. Dr. Swelstad is married with two daughters and enjoys camping, biking, and baking homemade pizza in his outdoor wood-fired pizza oven!
Dr. Jeffrey M. Pitcher is a graduate of the University of Utah and earned his M.D. from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. During his medical schooling, he was intrigued with surgery and went on to complete a General Surgery Residency at Indiana University. While in surgery training, his passion for combining both art and science was confirmed, leading him to complete a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Specializing in breast reconstruction, nerve reconstruction and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Pitcher is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Pitcher is married with four children and enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and spending time with his family.
Meet our Staff
Shea is a physician assistant for Dr. Swelstad and Dr. Pitcher’s patients. She earned her undergrad in Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2007 and went on to study for her master’s at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she graduated as a Physicians’ Assistant. After college she began working in Plastic Surgery until 2014 when she and her husband decided to head for the mountains and came to Colorado; they settled on Grand Junction, where they can be outside year-round. After working for a year in Orthopedics, Shea knew it was time to go back to Plastic Surgery and joined the ReGenesis team. During her free time, you’ll find Shea and her husband enjoying the great outdoors — ice climbing, mountain biking, trail running, and rock climbing.
Tammy Chadez grew up in Indianapolis, Ind. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to complete their Surgical Physician Assistant Program receiving her Master of Science before moving to Grand Junction. She worked in orthopedics for nearly five years prior to joining ReGenesis. Tammy is a certified laser technician. In her free time, Tammy enjoys swimming, hiking, skiing, baking and spending time with her husband and their two children.
Amy Bronson moved from Denver to Grand Junction in 2008 after graduating from Red Rocks Physician Assistant program with a Masters in Medical Science from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. Amy’s undergraduate degree and training was in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, which included working as a speech-language pathology assistant for two years in an educational setting in Denver. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2017 and is busy with her two sons and husband. Some of her hobbies include biking, trail running, backpacking, and skiing, as well as gardening and shopping at the great farmer’s markets.
Patrick Howery is the Practice Manager for ReGenesis Plastic Surgery & Skin Care Center. Originally from Chicago, Patrick has been in Grand Junction since 1996. He can answer all your financial questions regarding any of our procedures and guide you through the entire process so it is as easy as possible. Patrick is married and enjoys cage fighting, MMA fighting, crocodile wrestling, botany, and is always on the lookout for aliens.
Carrie Rivera is the office supervisor and Dr. Pitcher’s nurse. She is from California’s Central Valley but moved to Colorado in 2005. She’s been in the medical field since 2000 and in 2003 became a Licensed Practical Nurse. Carrie is married with two kids and loves being social with friends, family and shopping. She likes to play basketball and enjoys watching football (go Detroit Lions!), basketball, MMA fighting, camping, dancing and anything athletic.
Mei Morrow is one of our Patient Care Coordinators and is originally from southern California. She graduated from Fullerton College with an Associates Degree in Business and began working in an orthopedic office as a front office coordinator. She then worked in general surgery, dermatology and aesthetics. She has a passion for skin care and education in all regards to plastic surgery and loves patient interaction. She and her daughter moved to Grand Junction in 2009 and loves the Grand Valley. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and is a total foodie!
Amanda Irion is one of our patient care coordinators. With a bachelors degree from CMU (go Mavs!), she has a true passion for the sciences, including psychology, sociology, and biology. When not working, Amanda loves spending time with her family, taking her young son swimming, hiking with her husband, and supporting local business. Her interest for skin care and plastic surgery continues to grow and she is proud to be part of team ReGenesis!
Pattie Ammon is Dr. Swelstad’s Medical Assistant. Originally from Sonoma, Calif., she made her way to Colorado in 2008. Earning her associate’s degree in Medical Assisting in 2010, Pattie’s been in the medical field ever since. She enjoys being out of doors, adventuring around Colorado, and drag racing (as she is a big car enthusiast)!
Mandi Lund is Dr. Hartshorn’s medical assistant. Mandy came to Grand Junction about 20 years ago from northern Arizona to pursue a political science degree from Mesa State College (Colorado Mesa University). After working as an EMT, and orthopedic technician Mandy was ready for her next adventure, which led her to ReGenesis Plastic Surgery. She is most excited to be a part of a community that strives on building self-confidence. On Mandy’s free time, she enjoys hiking, fishing and watching Netflix with her Terrier-Mix, named Ruger.
Stephanie Ross is Colorado native and a graduate from The College of International Esthetics in Arvada, Colo. She began working in Boulder as a medical aesthetician in 2009 along with being a makeup artist and certified laser specialist. Overall wellness, skincare and beauty are her passions! Stephanie wants to help her patients understand their skin and offer the best solutions to achieve a beautiful and healthy complexion. She moved to Grand Junction in 2012 and enjoys hiking and cycling in the Grand Valley. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, her Papillon dog (Bowdie) and traveling.
Karla Lanam is one of our Aestheticians. She has been in the skin care, spa and beauty industry since 1991. She has previous experience in building and managing her own full-service salon and spa, freelance massage and aesthetic work and most recently, she was the director of the spa at Spa of the Rockies at the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise and has a true passion for skin care. Outside of work, Karla enjoys being out of doors with her husband either fly-fishing or ATV-ing! She is also the mother to two grown sons.
Brianna Yeomans-Allison is one of our Aestheticians. She is also a massage therapist, offers eyelash extensions, permanent makeup, and Fibroblasting (she currently works out of Salon Panāche). Brianna is a born and raised native of Colorado. She received her Bachelors degree in Biology from San Juan College. She furthered her education at Southwest School of Massage and Bodywork and Esthetics of Hair Fusion in Durango, Colo. Brianna enjoys continuing her education as she continues to take advanced classes to expand her services and knowledge. She first began working as a Medical Aesthetician and massage therapist in Durango in 2007. Brianna has a passion for overall health and wellness, as she continues to grow, educate and help patients understand their bodies from the inside out while achieving beautiful skin. She enjoys spending time with her two children, husband and family. They often travel back to Mancos to be a part of her family’s ranch. She also spends much time outdoors, playing sports or supporting Grand Junction Tiger Wrestling.
Jamie Gallagher is a registered Medical Assistant and is our full-time Surgery Scheduler for ReGenesis. Jamie is from Phillipsburg, Kan., and moved to Grand Junction in 1993. She is married with one daughter. Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, along with hiking, biking, watching movies, reading, and cooking.
Tara Bulen is one of our receptionists and helps our office run smoothly and efficiently. Tara grew up in Grand Junction and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2011 from Colorado Mesa University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, either hiking or snowboarding, painting, and spending time with family.