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Donna Cronk, PA-C

Donna attended the University of Colorado where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She Continued at the University of Colorado earning her master’s degree to become a Certified Physician Assistant and was awarded the AFPPA Physician of the Year in 2005. Donna has worked in urgent care and family medicine throughout her career and in 2015 she joined Western Valley Family Practice. Donna enjoys working with Spanish speaking patients and is always interested in expanding her knowledge of women’s health. In her spare time, Donna is an avid gardener and loves to share the wealth of her green thumb with her Western Valley family. She also enjoys spending time with her family and taking her dogs out to play.

Terry Villarreal-Golba

Terry graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Adam’s State College in Alamosa, CO in 1994.  Her passion for medicine drew her to MCP Hahnemann University where she graduated as a Certified Physician Assistant in 2001. Terry has worked in Women’s health, Internal Medicine, and Family Practice in Grand Junction.  Terry decided to move into specialty care and joined an Otolaryngology clinic. She expanded her skillset in ENT but missed the opportunity to build long term relationships with patients and in 2017 she joined Western Valley Family Practice. Terry is married and has two children. She has been an avid runner for most of her life and enjoys the peace that running brings to her. When she is not working Terry likes to spend quality time with her family and travel.



Sandra Christenson, PAC

Sandra PhotoSandra Christenson graduated from the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a Master’s degree in Child Health and Physician Assistant Studies.

Sandra Christenson has been working with Western Valley since July of 2008. She loves working with families and enjoys seeing children. Sandra also speaks fluent Spanish with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Wyoming.

Outside of work, Sandra loves spending time with her family, including her husband, daughter, and son. She enjoys traveling, camping, reading, and spending time in the community. “I love my job and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. It is so rewarding to work with patients and help and support them physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m thankful to Western Valley for giving me a great place to work, doing what I enjoy.”

Cathie Hren, PAC / CDE

Hren PhotoCathie Hren graduated from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA in 1998 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant. She practiced in Internal Medicine in New Mexico for seven years before relocating to Colorado. She developed a passion for treating diabetes early in her career when her two nieces were diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. Cathie received her certification as a Diabetes Educator in 2002. She joined Western Valley Family Practice in October 2005 to give patients with Diabetes specialized and intensive care.

Cathie is married and has three grown children. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, traveling, camping in their 5th wheel, four wheeling, and volunteering with her church.

“I love seeing people succeed in self-management of their diabetes and the changed lives that come with this success. I am so thankful that Western Valley Family Practice allows me to spend extra time with my patients to teach and encourage them.”

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