Ed Bender, MD - RETIRED 12/31/2013
I had the good fortune of growing up in rural North Dakota and attended the University of North Dakota for my undergraduate degree. I graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School and proceeded to southern California to pursue my postgraduate medical education. I interned at the Naval Hospital in San Diego and completed my family practice residency at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton. After two years of additional military duty, I proceeded to search out the ideal family practice opportunity.
I made the correct decision when I committed to joining Dr. Steve Thorson and Dr. Mike DeYoung in the Family Clinic of Fort Collins. I have enjoyed medical practice in this clinic since 1976. I have thoroughly found pleasure in developing and maintaining long term and meaningful relationships with many patients over these many years. I take pride in providing personalized care for my patients---giving them the time required to meet their individual medical needs.
As I approach retirement (no specific plans yet) I appreciate my associates allowing me to work part time. The extra time off allows me to pursue many non-medical interests. I have an intense interest in sports both as a spectator as well as a participant. I still play basketball regularly---even participated in a couple of Senior Olympics Games over the last few years. I played a lot of baseball as a kid and participated in the Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp in early 2009. I enjoy vegetable gardening, often providing garden produce to the office staff and neighbors. I have done stained glass artwork both for our home and for other people (check out the two pictures in the clinic waiting room.)
My wife and I have been involved in the raising of alpacas for the last ten years. That has been an effective way for us to get back to our agricultural roots from our early years in North Dakota. We breed the alpacas and have had 26 babies. I shear our own alpacas and have learned how to spin the fiber into yarn. We have enjoyed our alpaca experience.
I have been married to my wife, Marjean, for over 41 years and have two grown children and one grandson.