Thompson River Pediatrics, owned by Dr. Ashlea Franques and Amber Griffin- best friends who realized that together with their vision and compassion for children, they could build an environment that will uniquely provide a more personal experience for every patient. As mothers, they understand parents' desire personal, comprehensive and timely care for children. The goal is that every parent and child leave each visit with their questions answered and their needs addressed, adhering to the motto: "Caring for your children like we would our own." All the members of our practice genuinely take pride in the fact that each patient is treated with the same care as they would give their own children. We strive to hire staff that believes in that vision.
Amber Griffin, Thompson River's CEO, graduated from Boise State University. Using her extensive business experience, she keeps the practice running smoothly. In her role at Thompson River, she oversees the financials, billing, marketing, human resources, safety and long-term goals of the practice. Understanding the needs of parents when they come to the doctor's office, she is dedicated to making each child's and parent's experience positive and memorable. She believes that it's the little things, beyond what is expected, that make big, positive impacts. Children remember special moments and parents appreciate their tough jobs being made a little easier by someone taking the time to make their child a little less nervous, happier and cared for, which will pay dividends in follow-up care. Amber has four children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, and has extensive experience visiting physicians' and specialists' offices over the last 22 years. She understands that seeing patients in a timely manner is very important when your child has special needs. She has designed the office to be comfortable for the patients instead of scary and intimidating.
Dr. Ashlea Franques, Chief Medical Officer, is an American Board of Pediatrics-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2005. She completed her residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton University/Children's Hospital Pediatric Joint Residency Program in Omaha. Her passion is developmental pediatrics and she loves watching children grow, develop and learn. Dr. Ashlea Franques' son has given her a new appreciation for parental guidance. She believes there is no greater role in life than being a parent and takes that approach when educating parents in her office. One of her greatest strengths is connecting and interacting with children on a personal level-helping each child live life to their own, individual, greatest potential.
Dr. Sigl is an American Board of Pediatrics-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed her residency in Pediatrics in Miami, Florida at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. In Miami, Dr. Sigl learned medical Spanish.
She has always been comfortable around children as she comes from a big family. In college, she volunteered at a children's hospital and fell in love with taking care of children and their families. She enjoys spending time outdoors and her favorite weekend activity is taking a hike with her husband and their children. Dr. Sigl is excited to get to know your family well and will work with you to provide the best care for your children.
Dr. Sara Tisdale is an American Board of Pediatrics-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her Residency at The University of Nebraska/Creighton University/Children's Hospital Pediatric Joint Residency Program, where she also served as Chief Resident. She worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist in Colorado Springs for several years before transitioning to Primary Care. She has a special interest in children with complex medical needs and chronic conditions.
A Colorado native, Dr. Tisdale enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the world with her son. She has always loved working with children, and especially loves being able to teach children about how their bodies work and how they can stay healthy. She is thrilled to be a part of Thompson River Pediatrics and partnering with families to raise healthy and happy kids!
Rachel is a board certified- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care. Originally from Louisiana and Mississippi, she received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with her Masters in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She is very passionate about her patients and loves caring for children of all ages. Prior to becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she worked on a mother/baby unit in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a nurse, most recently at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital in New Orleans. She also enjoys drinking coffee, sunny beach vacations, and spending time with family, especially her husband and two young children.
Tevin Riley is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Tevin has a diverse background having worked in Diabetes Research, Intensive Care, and Pediatric Perioperative Services.
Her passion is to not only monitor the physical growth and development of your child, but also encourage their social and psychological wellness. Her hope is to support and empower the entire family unit to foster the best possible start for our little people. Tevin is a native of Loveland, Colorado, her family has been in Loveland for six generations. She's excited to serve the community she loves so much. She lives with her husband and two daughters.
Carole Way is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Growing up in the small town of Windsor she knew from a young age she wanted to work in medicine and pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees locally at the University of Northern Colorado. As a registered nurse she worked in many various environments including Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatrics Plus at PVH, Employee health and safety and School nursing. After 13 years as a nurse, she wanted to further her scope and impact, so as a new Mom herself, pursued her graduate degree in nursing. As an FNP she has continued to work in the vast field of medicine, including Adult Integrated Primary Care and Urgent Care, the UNC student health center, and Allergy and Asthma specialty practice. Although she enjoyed working with all age groups, she kept coming back to her love of children specifically and helping them and their families grow and develop. She joined TRP in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and has loved being part of this amazing team.
When Carole is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, scrapbooking/crafting with her daughter, and dreaming about relaxing on warm beaches.
Ashley McCormick is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care. She is passionate about providing primary care to children in order to make a difference in their lives. Ashley received her Masters from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2020. Before becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner, she was a certified pediatric registered nurse for over 7 years at Children's Hospital Colorado on an inpatient unit specializing in neurology but also has experience with surgical, orthopedic, and general medical patients. Ashley has a passion for preventative health for children of all ages!
Ashley is a Colorado native. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, traveling ,hiking, and spending time with her family.
Jessica Stewart is as board certified Physician Assistant. She is a Colorado native that did her undergraduate degree in Health in Exercise Science with a minor in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She attended the University of Colorado Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Program in Aurora Colorado where she got her master's degree as a pediatric PA. Jessica is passionate about kids and is invested in providing the best possible care for them. She loves building rapport with families and enjoys watching her patients grow over the years. She loves all aspects of pediatrics from preventative medicine to managing the daily acute and chronic conditions. She is married and has 2 boys. In her free time, she loves to play ice hockey, go fishing, exercise, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.