Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of eight elected Directors who are members of the IPA. Two of the Board members represent primary care including family medicine, pediatricians and internal medicine practicing as a primary care physician. Six Board members represent specialty care;  two Directors for each of the following categories: hospital-based specialists, procedural surgical specialists and non-procedural specialists.  Our Chief Medical Officer, Gregory Reicks, D.O., works closely with the Board of Directors.


Gregory C. Reicks, D.O., FAAFP

Dr. Reicks graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. He completed a rotating internship at Humana hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida followed by a Family Practice Residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville Florida. He and his family then moved to Grand Junction CO where he joined Foresight Family Physicians and has practiced general family medicine for the last 21 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

David Scott, M.D.

David R. Scott, MD was raised in Grand Junction before attending medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed residency training and served as chief resident at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, OR and then obtained sub-specialty fellowship training in allergy, asthma and immunology at Scripps Clinic in San Diego. During residency he served as the president of the house officers association, representing over 800 house staff. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, where he serves on the Asthma & Respiratory Disease Committee. Dr. Scott also serves as a member of the executive committee at the Mesa County Medical Society. During his free time, he hikes, skis and floats rivers with his family and friends.

Amy Archer, D.O.
Vice President

Dr. Amy Archer is an osteopathic physician board certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine.  She was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.  Dr. Archer attended medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona and graduated in 2001.  She completed a tour of active duty in the US Air Force in 2013.  She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Archer was the Chief Medical Officer at the community health center in Glenwood Springs until settling in the Grand Junction area in 2018.  She now works as a hospitalist at Colorado Canyon's Hospital in Fruita and as a family practice physician at Western Valley Family Practice. Dr. Archer married a Colorado native and they live in Grand Junction near family with their 3 german shepherd wolf mix dogs. 

Charles Breaux Jr., M.D.
Secretary/ Treasurer

Dr. Breaux arrived in Grand Junction in 1996 and became part of the St. Mary’s Pediatric Specialty Clinic in September of 1997. He is board certified in both Critical Care Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. Dr Breaux has been involved in numerous committees with the MCPIPA including; Physicians’ Incentive & Engagement (PIE) Committee and Quality Value Outcomes Committee (QVOC); as well as, serving on the boards of the Mesa County Medical Society and the Colorado Medical Society.

Joel Dean, M.D.

Dr. Dean was born in the Detroit area, and attended Michigan State University, where he earned three degrees. He completed training in General Neurology at the University Of New Mexico Hospitals in 1986, and is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Dean has practiced neurology in the Grand Valley since 1988. He is married, with two sons. Dr. Dean served on the IPA Board in the early 1990’s.

Todd Hegstrom, M.D.

Dr. Hegstrom graduated from Medical College at Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed his internship and diagnostic radiology residency at Presbyterian / St. Luke’s in Denver, Colorado, and is a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.   Dr. Hegstrom’ s special interest and expertise lies in interventional radiology as well as musculoskeletal radiology and sports medicine imaging.  He is also a certified reader for interpretation of cardiovascular computed tomography. He joined the Community Hospital team of Radiologists in the summer of 2005. Dr. Hegstrom and his family returned to his native state of Colorado after many years of private practice in Lubbock, Texas. He and his family enjoy the many outdoor recreation opportunities our area has to offer. Special interests include his wife and four sons, competing in triathlons, cycling, tennis, skiing and other outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.  He also has an avid interest in antique automobiles, especially Volkswagens.

Joseph E Kupets, D.O.

Dr. Joe Kupets grew up in southern New Jersey and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.  He then taught High School and Junior High School for a number of years before moving to Colorado in 1982. He worked as a Respiratory Therapist before he attended and received his Doctor of Osteopathy Degree with Honors from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, (now known as A.T. Still University) in Kirksville, MO.

Dr. Kupets is Board Certified in Family Medicine.  He began practicing in the emergency care setting one year after completing his residency at Presbyterian /St Luke’s Hospitals in Denver. Dr. Kupets worked in the Emergency Department and later became the ED Medical Director at Community Hospital for 15 years.   Currently Dr. Kupets is the Medical Director and a staff physician at the Emergency Department at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita. He has been active on the Northwest Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council for the last nine years. He serves on multiple other councils involving emergency medical care including the Mesa County EMS Council and the Mesa County Behavioral Health Coalition among others.

Dr. Kupets is married and lives in Fruita and has a stepson living in the Denver area.

Traci Simms, M.D.  

Dr. Traci Simms has lived in Colorado since 1974. She went to undergraduate and medical school at the University of Colorado and completed her residency in New Mexico. Dr. Simms has practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Junction since 1994. Dr. Simms has been married to her husband Don for 29 years and together they have two children, Ben and Celeste. When not working or spending time with her family, she loves to travel, walk, go to art museums and quilt.

Christopher Taggart, M.D.  

Dr. Chris Taggart was raised in Denver, CO and spent college, medical school, residency, and fellowship in Northeast Ohio. He received his BA in History from Case Western Reserve University and his MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, OH. Residency and Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship were at Akron City Hospital in Akron, OH. After fellowship he worked at Rose FMR in Denver before following his wife to Rochester, NY. Where he was faculty for 4 years before joining St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center where he is Clinic Medical Director.  He currently spends his free time with his family, especially enjoying watching his young children grow. He also likes to run, ski, hike, and travel on any adventure his wife plans.