Providers at the Family Health Clinic

The ARUP Family Health Clinic is staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. In addition, we can refer you to the many specialists within the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and throughout the community if your health care needs are outside of our scope of practice.

Kathryn Gibson

Kathryn Gibson, MD

Medical Director
Board-Certified Family Physician

Dr. Kathryn Gibson is a board-certified family medicine physician who joined the ARUP Family Clinic in 2012 after working at the University of Utah Community Clinics. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed medical school and residency training at the University of Utah. Kathryn is skilled in managing all aspects of primary care, including preventive care, chronic disease management, and women’s health.


Allison Kierstead

Allison Kierstead, MD

Board-Certified Family Physician

Dr. Allison Kierstead is a board-certified internal medicine physician who joined the ARUP Family Clinic in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, completing her medical residency at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC). She has special interests in chronic disease management, as well as preventive health and wellness.


Benjamin Storz

Benjamin Storz, MD

Board-Certified Family Physician

Dr. Benjamin Storz is a board-certified family medicine physician. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his MD at Loma Linda University. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at University of Utah. He has special interests in cardiovascular health, diabetes, adolescents, and men’s health.


Roland Ruegner

Roland Ruegner, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Roland Ruegner completed some of his college education at the University of Utah before being accepted to the Physician Assistant Program at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He graduated in 1984 with a BS and physician assistant certificate. Since that time, Roland has practiced in urgent care, family practice, emergency and occupational medicine, pediatrics, and rural medicine. His medical interests focus on family, urgent, and emergency medicine.


Monica Bachtell

Monica Bachtell, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Monica Bachtell joined the ARUP Family Clinic in July 2010. Prior to that, she practiced as a family nurse practitioner and worked with many different patient populations, including women’s health and pediatrics. Monica is especially fond of the pediatric population and has worked as a pediatric RN at Primary Children’s Medical Center since 1998. She completed her NP degree in 2006 and has worked as a nurse practitioner in family practice since 2007.


Jennifer Heiner

Jennifer Heiner, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Jennifer Heiner worked for five years as a radiology and CT technologist at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. In 2009, Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program, with a specialty in family practice, and especially enjoys working in women’s healthcare. Before joining the ARUP Family Health Clinic, she worked as a PA in occupational medicine and urgent care. Jennifer is the recipient of the Dr. C. Hilmon Castle award and scholarship for clinical excellence.


Darrin Cottle

Darrin Cottle, PA-C, RD

Physician Assistant
Registered Dietitian

Darrin Cottle joined the ARUP Family Health Clinic in February 2014. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, he was a registered dietitian for seven years, working both clinically and in the community. Darrin received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education, as well as a master’s degree in nutrition, from the University of Utah. His medical interests include primary care, pediatrics, urgent care, chronic disease management, and medical nutrition therapy.


Scott Hanson

Scott Hanson, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Scott Hanson joined the ARUP Family Health Clinic in August 2016. Prior to joining ARUP, he worked as a firefighter/paramedic for the United Fire Authority, as well as a PA at a community clinic in rural New Mexico and a family practice clinic in Salt Lake City, where he specialized in primary care, urgent care, emergency medicine, pediatrics, men and women’s health, and mental health. Mr. Hanson received a master of science physician assistant (MSPA) from the University of New England in Portland, Maine.


Holly Gurgle

Holly Gurgle, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Holly Gurgle is a board-certified ambulatory care clinical pharmacist, certified diabetes educator, and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. She received a BS in biochemistry from the University of Virginia and a doctor of pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed two years of residency training focused on primary care practice at the University of Washington. Holly works with the ARUP Family Health Clinic providers and patients to optimize medication use, particularly related to chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and many others.


Alisyn Hansen

Alisyn Hansen, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Pharmacist

Dr. Alisyn Hansen is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist and certified diabetes educator. Originally from Nebraska, Alisyn graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy with her doctor of pharmacy degree. She has completed two residencies at the University of Utah, specializing in family medicine and ambulatory care. Her professional interests include diabetes, medication management, and geriatrics. Alisyn’s position at the ARUP Family Health Clinic partners with the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, where she is an assistant professor of pharmacotherapy.


Melissa Villnave

Melissa Villnave, BSN, RN

RN Clinical Supervisor

Melissa Villnave graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in history and taught health education at a local clinic. Inspired by her clinic position, she changed her career path and earned a BS in nursing from the University of Utah. Melissa worked in the Immunology Core Laboratory at ARUP during her schooling and, upon graduation, transferred to a registered nurse position with ARUP Blood Services. Melissa joined the ARUP Family Health Clinic in the role of RN clinical supervisor to optimize patient outcomes and coordinate cost-effective care.


Katie Ohman

Katie Ohman, BSN, RN

Triage Nurse

Katie Ohman received a BS in nursing from the University of Utah. While pursuing her education, she worked in ARUP Blood Services, where she was promoted to an RN position upon graduation. Katie joined the clinic in 2014 as a triage nurse; she helps coordinate patient care and improve patient access to the clinic.


Julee Higgins, RN

Clinical Care Coordinator

Julee Higgins holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from Salt Lake Community College. Her nursing experience includes, orthopedic, home health and hospice case management and clinical instruction for nursing assistants.


Amanda Love-Engberson, BSN, RN

Triage Nurse

Amanda graduated with her BS in nursing from Westminster College in 2014. While in nursing school, Amanda worked in the Blood Services department at ARUP. Upon graduating, she took a position in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at University of Utah Hospital where she worked for three and a half years. Amanda returned to ARUP in 2017, joining the Family Health Clinic team as a triage nurse.