Sara Shainholtz, PA-C
Sara Shainholtz is the newest member of Valley View’s After Hours Urgent Care staff. She joins Valley View with a great deal of high-volume emergency and trauma experience at Grand River Hospital in Rifle and Swedish Medical Center (and Level 1 Trauma Center) in Denver.
Sara first became interested in medicine after a stint working ski patrol in Vail. And, it turns out, her interest in backcountry/outdoor medicine still serves her well today. “I love going on long backcountry tours, and recently I had a friend get bit by a rattlesnake during a trip,” she says. “I was able to help, and I love being the person who can do that. Being helpful in that circumstance was just incredibly rewarding.”
“I love the variety of experiences in my everyday work too,” she continues. “Even though the time you spend with each patient in the ER or urgent care is short, I love to be there for people during their most vulnerable moments. Helping them get through that is an essential and valuable service.”
Sara currently lives in Carbondale, where she is surrounded by her family as well as the outdoor activities she enjoys—skiing, biking, kayaking and fly fishing. “I love our small community, coming from Denver,” she says. “Small town living is a dream come true.”
Sara also serves on the board of Sacred Cycle, a nonprofit organization that provides therapy for women who are victims of sexual abuse. The program marries cognitive therapy with cycling, allowing those victims to rediscover their bodies through exercise and outdoor adventure.