Neurosurgical Services - Staff


David W. Miller, M. D.

David W. Miller, M.D. is a board certified neurosurgeon with over eighteen years of practice experience.  He completed his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and his residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Dr. Miller completed additional fellowship training in brain and spinal surgery in Pittsburgh, followed by Gamma Knife training in Stockholm, Sweden.  He also completed a research fellowship in the molecular biology of brain tumor formation before joining the neurosurgical staff at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Miller served as Head of the Section of Pituitary Surgery, Associate Staff Neurosurgical Oncologist and conducted an extremely busy spinal surgery practice while in Cleveland.

Dr. Miller became Valley View’s first neurosurgeon in June, 2007 and has developed a first-rate program in brain and spinal surgery.  As has been true throughout his career, patient-centered care is the hallmark of the practice.


Feler with Patient

Claudio A. Feler, M.D.

Claudio A. Feler, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board certified in neurosurgery and pain medicine with over twenty-three years of practice experience.  He completed his medical school training at the University of Louisville and internship and residency the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences.  Dr. Feler also completed a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at Toronto General Hospital in Canada, under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald Tasker.

Following his training, Dr. Feler joined the Semmes-Murphey Clinic and the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Memphis, where he worked as an Associate Professor. He has served as Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center, Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery Baptist Hospital of Memphis and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baptist Hospital of Memphis.

Dr. Feler became Valley View’s second neurosurgeon in 2011, and has broadened our neurosurgical offerings with his interests in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery which includes the treatment of chronic pain and movement disorders. 



Nick Armano, PA-C

Nick Armano, PA-C is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University Nick Armano moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he worked as a Physical Therapy Aide.  Following his years in Steamboat, Nick attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Physician Assistant program where he graduated cum laude.  

Nick plays a split role between clinical and hospital care.  Nick works with both physicians and cares for general neurosurgery patients with spine and brain conditions and assists in the care of our functional neurosurgical patients including our spinal cord stimulator and deep brain stimulation patients. Nick sees patients independently and in collaboration with both Dr. Miller and Dr. Feler, and is the first assistant for almost all neurosurgical surgeries we perform.

Nick has been practicing in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2005. He spent the first four years of his career practicing Orthopedics, with a focus on spinal conditions and ski-related trauma.  He joined our practice in 2009 and has been with High Mountain Brain and Spinal Surgery Center since.


Clinic Staff
Our team of professionals works to ensure that every patient, family member, referring provider, and ancillary service provider is treated respectfully, compassionately and with attention to each individual’s needs and concerns.  All of us are here to answer your questions and help guide your patient through the care pathway at High Mountain Brain and Spinal Surgery Center.

  • Anna Mae Williams, Patient Care Coordinator
  • Keri Hodgin, Patient Care Coordinator
  • Kay “Charlie” Mazza, Medical Assistant
  • Melody Turner, Clinic RN
  • Jessica Lorah, MBA, Practice Administrator

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