Dr. Robert McClees opened his new clinic Nov. 30 and said more than 200 people have come through the doors for medical attention since that time.
“There’s a definite need here,” said McClees, owner, CEO and chief medical officer of Trinity Urgent Care. Staff working with McClees includes Dr. Edward Grant, P.A. of Oriental Medicine, Paula Frank, Certified Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care and Office Manager Krista Montoya.
“We provide up-to-date expert evaluation and treatment covering a wide range of minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries and are an alternative to the long wait or high cost of a visit to a hospital emergency room,” McClees said. “If your own primary care provider isn’t available when you need them, we are, and we’re open seven days-a-week.”
Trinity Urgent Care participates in most common insurance plans, he said, adding that his clinic offers patients a new model of medicine that “puts patients first in an exceptional environment.”
Trinity Urgent Care features:
- No Appointment Necessary;
- Treating Adults and Children;
- Board Certified Providers;
- Highest Standards of Care;
- X-Ray services available; and
- Lab services available.
McClees explained that he moved to Los Alamos in 2007 to work at the previous urgent care facility housed at the same location, which closed down in August.
“There is a very serious need in the community for an urgent care facility and I just couldn’t emotionally and ethically walk away,” McClees said. “I had multiple offers for positions at other organizations, but saw an opportunity and a need that I could fill to provide access to medical care and help direct it. An ER really should be for critical emergencies and primary care offices are often overloaded so we really do fill a void.”
McClees began in September to work on a plan to open Trinity Urgent Care. He commended the County for assisting him in the process.
“The County has been really nice to us through this process and the County Building Official Chris Williams has been excellent,” McClees said. “We also really appreciate our experience working with Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland. They have all been very accommodating as have County Councilors Kristin Henderson, Rick Reiss and David Izraelevitz.”
McClees also mentions his appreciation to others who have been instrumental in helping him get the doors open including, Elizabeth Cavasos at New Mexico Bank and Trust, Terry and Mary Salazar from Trinity Midtown for their invaluable support and trust, Tim Acomb who painted the facility, The Finishing Touch for providing window treatments, LA Air for HVAC work and Trade Winds Electrical.
“I also want to thank Feliciano Jiron at Los Alamos Medical Center who has always been so supportive and helpful,” McClees said.
McClees volunteers as the medical director of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol. “It’s a way for me to give back to the community,” he said. “We have about 70 ski patrollers in any given season and we hold meetings and trainings. We’re an EMS service and we all feel it is part of a healthy community and having healthy activities.”
McClees is married to Sheila McClees, a Registered Nurse at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The couple has two children, a son at Los Alamos High School and a daughter at Los Alamos Middle School.
McClees earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe. He also earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a Medical Degree from UNM School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and Residency training in Family Medicine at the University New Mexico School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Grant has been practicing medicine since 1994 and holds several advanced degrees. He has worked at Isis Medicine since 2002 and has been both assistant professor of clinical medicine at the UNM School of Medicine and associate professor of Oriental medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College. One of his professional goals is to find a balance between Eastern and Western medicine, integrating both modalities to maximize patient care.
Frank completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of New Mexico in 1989. A few years later she completed an associate degree in nursing, and then returned to the University of New Mexico for a masters degree in nursing. She has worked in various settings during her nursing career, but has primarily focused on emergency medicine and urgent care.
Frank grew up in northern New Mexico, having moved here with her family in 1972 from Keams Canyon, Ariz. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, skiing, and attending UNM Lobo basketball games. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in religious studies.
Trinity Urgent Care is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. For information, call 505.412.6033.