Alpine Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Center strives to provide excellence in comprehensive orthopaedic care and sports medicine. We treat the whole patient, focusing on personalized service and education to fit lifestyle, athletic and functional needs. All our providers take seriously the responsibility of giving our patients the highest quality care with a team approach, ensuring each patient gets the best treatment for their specific injury. With a provider staff of 3 Orthopaedic Surgeons and 2 Physician Assistants at 3 different clinics (Gunnison, Crested Butte & Telluride), our patients have a variety of options for location, treatment and personalized care.
Dr. Gloria Beim
Dr. Gloria Beim is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. She is also fellowship trained in shoulder surgery, knee surgery, arthroscopy and sports medicine. She began college at the age of 14 earning her M.D. at the University of California at San Diego. Her Orthopaedic credentials were earned at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She then completed her sports medicine, knee, shoulder and arthroscopy fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Sports Medicine in 1996.
Dr. Beim founded Alpine Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Regional Hand Center, located on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies in 1999 and holds clinics at three different locations: Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Telluride.
Our PAs cover all aspects of care including surgical assisting, clinic work, urgent injury care and inpatient hospital care. They see patients alone or in conjunction with the physicians in clinic. Alpine Orthopaedic’s PAs are trained and proficient in physical examination, radiology, office procedures such as joint injections, wound care/repair and casting/splinting. PAs can order and interpret imaging studies such as MRIs. All providers at Alpine Orthopaedics work as a team and frequently consult with each other and continue to build their knowledge base through regular education and training meetings. Our physicians have complete trust in our PAs abilities and judgment and are proud to have these excellent practitioners serve our patients.
Amy McMillan Sandusky is a certified Physician Assistant (PA). She has been a part of the Alpine Orthopaedics team since 2007, working primarily in our Crested Butte office and assisting our physicians in surgery. She has been certified as a PA since 2004 and has been employed in the Gunnison Valley for her entire PA career.
Amy got her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her Physician Assistant studies and degree were done at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.
Amy was born in Aspen, Colorado. At the age of five, her family moved to Neosho, Missouri where she lived until leaving for college. As so many people do, she thought she might like to try the ski town lifestyle for a year after college. In 1993 she pulled into Crested Butte, having never been there and knowing no one. And, as so many people do, her one year in the mountains turned into decades. She met and married Fred Sandusky and they have a son, Magnus.
Amy is a true Gunnison Valley success story in that she started her medical training through the local volunteer EMS system as an EMT. After graduating PA school her first goal was to find employment in the Gunnison Valley and her second goal was to work with Dr. Beim. Having attained those goals, her next goal is to continue to build her knowledge base and skill set and live up the excellence embodied in the practice.
Amy enjoys skiing, biking, running and hiking with her family and friends.
“Over the course of my career as a professional athlete, I have had the chance to work with a lot of doctors, and Dr. Beim is one of the best I have ever met. (She wouldn’t have been selected as one of the US Olympic Team doctors without being one of the elite.) Not only is Dr. Beim a very knowledgeable and skilled surgeon, but she cares first for you as a person. After meeting Dr. Beim in London as a participant in the 2012 Olympics, I flew half way across the country to work more extensively with her in her clinic. In spite of the long travel, Alpine Orthopaedics will be my first stop if I suffer another injury.”
I have been a patient of Dr. Beim’s for at least 10 years. I have had multiple procedures performed in her Alpine Orthopaedics Surgery Center in Gunnison. CO. which is a first rate facility with a highly competent staff. The outcomes have always been excellent. Dr. Beim has always been very kind and caring and she values establishing close ties with her patients. She is a renowned orthopaedic surgeon and we are lucky to have world-class medical care in our remote location. I highly recommend Alpine Orthopaedics to anyone from Olympic caliber athletes to non-athletes.
HI Gloria and Michelle and everyone else that works on me… 2012 Chicago Marathon 3:08:16 — 18th Age Group- 1397 out of 37421 Overall!!!! Zero, and I mean Zero issues with the knee during training/race/post race. Its really never felt as good as it has these last 2 years. Just finished 2 weeks off, now will start prep for Paris Marathon April 2013 then shoot for sub 3 in Fall 2013. I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me-and 1000% worth the drive/hassle of getting an ACL done in Gunnison CO. while living in San Francisco! Best to all!
In a surgery that lasted more than four hours, Dr. Beim, with expert skill and painstaking determination pieced together tiny bits of bone to rebuild each humerus with the help of two titanium plates and 22 screws. Following surgery, Dr. Beim with equal care, patience and warmth visited me regularly to check on my progress and direct my physical therapy. Many friends and doctors have told me my recovery was a miracle to which I reply the miracle was that Dr. Beim was there to perform the surgery. For that, I am and always will be grateful to her for surgical skill and humanity.