Kristine Rivera, DO
Bio for Kristine Rivera:
I was born and raised in Omaha, NE, the fourth of six children. I received my B.A. in biology and English Literature (yes…it is actually grammatically correct to use a lower case "b" in biology :)) from Hastings College in Hastings, NE. I met my husband, on the Track &Cross Country teams while at Hastings. I went to medical school at Des Moines University, Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.
I completed my Family Medicine Residency at Southern Colorado Family Medicine/St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO, and became Board Certified in Family Medicine in 2004. My first job as a physician was at The Pueblo Community Health Center serving primarily un-insured and under-insured patients in Pueblo from 2004-2007. I then worked in private practice at University Family Medicine Center from 2008-2012. I joined The Family Clinic of Fort Collins in June of 2012 and became a partner by August 2013.
As of July 2014, I am a 6-year breast cancer survivor. I had stage III disease at 33 years old. I completed extensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, Herceptin treatments and radiation. I include all of this only because it has had a profound effect on my perspective as a health care provider to have gone through so much in the role of patient. I also realize how fortunate I am to benefit from recent research and the break-through medications, such as herceptin, it has provided. I understand that less than about 10 years ago, I would have had a poor prognosis. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dr. Dennis Slamon, and other researchers, the medication Herceptin has changed the lives and prognosis for thousands of women/men. Because of all this, I felt compelled to get involved in the cause. I am a past Board Member of Susan G. Komen Southeastern Colorado Affiliate, and I continue to support their efforts to fund more research and community programs.
My husband and I have been married since 2001. We have two young daughters, who are very active and curious and bring us much joy! As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, and attending musicals and concerts. My husband and I still enjoy running, and love all the different places Fort Collins has to offer for this. Spending time with our extended families is very important to us. We also feel very fortunate to have Faith at the center of our family and our lives.
I believe in taking what I've learned in my professional and personal experiences and using it to be a better wife, mother, physician, and person.
I feel fortunate to have been introduced to Osteopathic Medicine, and I have a special interest in utilizing OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments), when appropriate, to help improve patients’ health and quality of life.
My experience, and the experiences of several friends and family members has taught me that when something like cancer or another major illness happens, it affects not only the person with the disease, but their entire family. I try to address this with my patients and do a lot of educating. The "gift" of my illness has been a greater appreciation for life and all that I have. I try to enjoy what I’ve been given as much as I can, and help others along the way.