Gunnison Valley Family Physicians’ are dedicated doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners that give the very best in personalized medical care. Meet our team of experienced professionals.
Dr. Jay McMurren
Dr. McMurren is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. McMurren practices full spectrum Family Medicine from Newborn Care to Geriatrics. He visits the Gunnison Health Care Center weekly and has served as Chief of Staff for Gunnison Valley Hospital. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (A.C.L.S.), Advanced Trauma Life Support (A.T.L.S.) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (P.A.L.S.). He graduated from the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in 1981, completed a three-year family practice residency in Greeley, CO and began practicing at Gunnison Valley Family Physicians in 1984. Dr. McMurren currently serves as the President of the Emergency Department LLC, chairperson for the Emergency Department committee and is an active member at Gunnison Valley Hospital. In his spare time, Dr. McMurren enjoys exploring God’s creation by foot, bike, and Jeep. He also loves golf, skiing and spending time with his family which includes his 2 grand kids.
Dr. Lauretta Garren
Dr. Garren began practice with Gunnison Valley Family Physicians in 1989 after graduating from the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in 1986 and completing a three-year family practice residency. Dr. Garren practices full spectrum Family Medicine from Newborn Care to Geriatrics. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (A.C.L.S), Advanced Trauma Life Support (A.T.L.S.) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (P.A.L.S.). Dr. Garren recently served as Chief of Staff and is an active staff member at Gunnison Valley Hospital. Dr. Garren enjoys quilting, sewing, reading, hiking, biking, skiing, and gardening. She is married to Jeff and they have two grown daughters.
Dr. Laura Villanueva
Dr. Villanueva joined GVFP in October 2015 after completing her OB fellowship at Ventura County Medical Center. She loves to practice full spectrum Family Medicine including Obstetrics. Her favorite aspects of her job are caring for women and children. She has been working with the Multicultural Center and volunteers her time to review health fair labs and promote wellness with Gunnison’s Spanish and Cora population. She also works as an emergency room doctor, making rounds as a hospitalist and in the newborn/pediatric ward. When Laura is not busy with work, she and her husband, Michael and son Koa enjoy spending their time outdoors doing all the things the summer and winter seasons in the area have to offer. Laura was born and raised in Crested Butte where she also met her husband. In 2006 she graduated from The Colorado College, where she graduated with honors and played varsity volleyball. In 2011 she graduated from University of Colorado Health Science Center with her M.D.
John Holder works closely with the physicians in all aspects of patient care. He graduated from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in 1996 and is a certified Physician Assistant. John works for Gunnison Valley Family Physicians and the ski area clinic. He is involved in Family Practice as well as Urgent Care. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (A.C.L.S), Advanced Trauma Life Support (A.T.L.S.) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (P.A.L.S.). John has worked for Crested Butte Professional Ski Patrol and Crested Butte Fire Protection District as an EMT. Before becoming a Physicians Assistant, John was a Master Plumber and co-owned Timberline Mechanical in the 8O’s and early 9O’s. John enjoy’s traveling, skiing, hiking, and mountain and road biking, fly fishing, scuba diving, and sailing. John is married to Mary and they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Nicol Talbert works closely with the physicians in all aspects of patient care. Nicol graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005 with a Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant certificate and Master of Science. Before becoming a Physician Assistant Nicol worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant, EMT, and Emergency Department Tech. Before moving to Gunnison in 2006, Nicol worked as a Physician Assistant at the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Nicol works for both Gunnison Valley Family Physicians and Gunnison County Public Health Department where she is involved in full spectrum Family Practice and Women’s Health. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (A.C.L.S.) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (P.A.L.S.). Nicol has volunteered many hours to different projects such as the Humane Society, the Stout Street Homeless Clinic in Denver, Colorado and numerous other events and functions around Gunnison. Nicol is a certified class I-IV whitewater guide and has guided in Colorado and abroad. She enjoys traveling, mountain biking, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, art, and gardening. Nicol is married to John and they have two sons.
Bonnie L. Strickland
MS, RN, FNP-BC
Bonnie Strickland graduated in 2015 from the University of Colorado with a Master of Science (MS) in the Family Nurse Practitioner program and holds national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC). Prior to earning her Masters, she graduated from Mesa State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2000. Before joining Gunnison Valley Family Physicians in August of 2015, she worked at Gunnison Valley Hospital as the Nursing Supervisor of the Family Birth Center and as a staff nurse in the emergency department and medical surgical department for 15 years. She also has worked in the Emergency department at Montrose Memorial Hospital. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), STABLE, and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO). She has previously been a certified breastfeeding educator and taught childbirth education classes for 7 years. Bonnie is married to Rob Strickland; they have two girls, Molly and Emma. She has been a Sunday school teacher at Community Church since 2006 and volunteers on the Gunnison Stingrays Board. Hobbies include running whenever possible, backpacking with family and friends, mountain biking, and drinking tea. In 2005 Bonnie was a Nightingale award nominee and in 2009 was honored with the John S. Tarr Nursing Excellence Award.