HealthCircle Primary Care Clinic

Serving the Colorado Springs community.
Healthcare that partners with you.

Offering a full-range of personal healthcare services in one convenient location.

  • Extended appointments to give you quality time with your provider
  • Nurse-managed, personalized care for primary care and behavioral health issues
  • Quality and committed customer service
  • Convenient location and hours
  • Most major insurances accepted

Mission and Values

Our mission: Partner with and empower you in a Nurse Practitioner directed environment where holistic clinical practice, education and research intersect to help achieve your health care goals.

Our Values: Accountability, Care, Collaboration, Commitment, Dignity, Integrity, Quality, Respect

Why Nurse-Managed Primary Care?

As healthcare continues to evolve, individuals and families may face challenges accessing high quality and affordable primary care. For nearly half a century now, nurse practitioners have been able to change the face of primary care delivery within our community. Our Advanced Practice Nurses are highly-educated practitioners with years of experience working to increase affordable health care access in the Pikes Peak Region. These clinicians strive to provide personalized care that addresses each patient's individual needs.

Here at the UCCS HealthCircle Primary Care Clinic, we are committed to listening, engaging, collaborating and empowering our patients. We strive to help our patients navigate an intimidating health care system and meet their individual health goals. Our providers will partner with clinics within our facility as well as outside providers to tailor your health care. Through partnerships with your health care team, you will be given guidance to achieve your specific health goals.

Why an Academic Environment Matters

Academic health centers have long been recognized as providing the very best in health care. The UCCS HealthCircle Primary Care Clinic encompasses teaching, research, and patient care. We are developing the next generation of providers and will be helping fill the expanding need for primary care providers in our community. Research within the academic health sciences center will allow us to implement and evaluate our innovations in health and wellness.

Research Mission

The primary care clinic nurse practitioners and staff will work with the Lane Center research team to implement and evaluate integrated models of health care and wellness to improve our patients' quality of life and their health care experiences.


“I can without hesitation recommend the UCCS Primary Care Clinic at the Lane Center to the Colorado Springs community. I received excellent care from knowledgeable and friendly professionals at my first appointment and fully intend to continue to make it my choice for future primary care.”
“I have had a very positive experience with the Lane Center Primary Care Clinic! The staff is very friendly. They are willing to sit down and discuss any concerns I had and did not rush to get me out the door. I would highly recommend the Primary Care Clinic at the Lane Center and plan to make this my first choice for health care needs – Thanks to you all!”
“I am delighted with the care and advice that I get from the Primary Care Clinic at the Lane Center. People there are knowledgeable, concerned, and sensitive. I could not be more pleased with the way I have been treated there, and I’ll continue going back for regular check-ups or whenever a need arises.”

Last updated 05.24.2017

Services Offered

Acute Illnesses Treatment

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Earaches
  • Eye Pain/discharge
  • Fever
  • Flu & flu shots
  • Gynecological infections
  • Headaches
  • Medication refills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin infections
  • Sore throats
  • Upper respiratory illnesses/cough
  • Urinary tract/kidney infections
  • And more

Mental Health Care

  • Psychiatric medication management
  • Behavioral Health Counseling
  • Diagnosis and treatment of
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • PTSD
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality Disorders
    • Substance Abuse
    • Other mental health conditions
    • High Cholesterol

Acute Injury Treatment

  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Animal and insect bites
  • Back pain
  • Foreign body removal
  • Ingrown nails
  • Laceration repair
  • Minor burns
  • Sprains/strains

Preventive Care

  • Annual Physicals
  • Well Woman
  • Sports Physicals

Wellness Planning and Health Coaching

  • Dietary
  • Exercise
  • Stress management
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Family planning

Ancillary Services

  • Routine blood draws
  • Oxygen administration
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Rapid strep/mono/flu tests
  • Strapping/splinting/casting
  • Urine analysis
  • Vaccinations including Tetanus booster
  • 12 lead EKG
  • Nebulizer treatment

Phyllis Austin, PMHNP-BC
Maureen Storch, FNP-BC
Deborah Tuffield, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Angela York, FNP-BC/ERNP
Lori Mattingly, DNP, RN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC
Patricia Thornton, MSN, ANP-BC
Mary Claire Wahl, MSN, APRN, CNM
Registered Nurse:
Kari Learned, RN,BSN

Medical Assistants
Basheer Mohammed, Medical Assistant
Ana Mullen, Medical Assistant

Araqa Miller, Medical Receptionist

Nicole Caduff, Clinical Practice Manager
Emily Drapeau, Clinic Services Specialist


Phyllis AustinPhyllis Austin, PMHNP-BC

Phyllis is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received her Master of Science in Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003. Phyllis has been with the Primary Care Clinic since 2016 where she specializes in medication management. Phyllis has served in various capacities as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner including working for the Department of the Army at Fort Carson from 2004 – 2010. She also retired from the Veterans Administration in 2016 after serving in Sacramento, CA, Colorado Springs, CO and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During her spare time, she and her family enjoy traveling and many outdoor activities.

Maureen StorchMaureen Storch, RN, BSN, FNP-BC

Maureen is a Family Nurse Practitioner who completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. Maureen retired from the United States Army Nurse Corps in 2006 and moved to Colorado Springs with her family in 2007. Maureen has been working in urgent care for the past 10 years and is looking forward to serving as a Primary Care Provider at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Lane Center. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Graduate Nursing Program at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, providing clinical site visits for nurse practitioner students. Maureen is also a medical consultant for the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. Maureen, her husband Jeff and their 4 children enjoy everything Colorado has to offer especially spending time together.

Deborah TuffieldDeborah Tuffield, DNP, RN, APN, FNP-C, CCRN-k

Deb began her nursing career with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri Columbia, gaining unparalleled experience in critical care and vascular access, while also establishing herself as a respected nurse. Currently working as Nursing Faculty and as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), Deborah is widely known for her interest in working with the LGBTQ community, and care of transgender people expertise. In fact, UCCS is where Deborah conducted her doctoral quality improvement project titled “Improving the Secondary Prevention of the LGBTQ Population”. Deborah completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado Anschutz this spring. Deborah has lived in Colorado since 1994, and enjoys gardening, sewing, making stained glass, walking for exercise, and playing children’s video games.

Angela YorkAngela York, FNP-BC/ERNP

Angela has had thirty years of medical experience. At the age of sixteen, Angela lived independently and worked as a CNA throughout high school while obtaining her LPN. She soon after obtained her ASN, BSN and MSN and is a Board-Certified ER NP. Due travels around the US and a variety of work environments to include ER’s, Urgent Care, Internal Medicine, Academic Clinics, Oncology and Hematology, Angela is a very well-rounded Family Nurse practitioner. Her special interest are preventative and alternative medicine and teaching patients to be an advocate for their health. In her spare time, Angela volunteers at Big Brother/Big Sister and enjoys reading, horseback riding, working out, yard work, and spending time with her dog. Angela’s favorite quote is “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change” – Charles Darwin

Lori MattinglyLori Mattingly, DNP, RN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC

Lori began her nursing career in 1981. She received her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified, committed to providing compassionate, competent, and individualized care. Lori’s practice philosophy is, “Working Together to Optimize Your Health and Well-being.”

Patricia ThorntonPatricia Thornton, MSN, ANP-BC

Though not quite a native, Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Tricia has been a member of the Colorado Springs community for over 20 years. Tricia started her nursing education in 2002 at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UCCS. While a student nurse Tricia started working in healthcare as a clinical assistant at the County-City Employee Medical Clinic (a nurse managed clinic). After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Beth-El Tricia varied her professional nursing expertise over four years from surgical and orthopedic to step-down trauma and urgent care. Tricia went on academically to earn her Master of Science degree from Daemen College in Western New York. Subsequently she became nationally board certified as an ANP. Tricia has extensive experience in the specialty of urology. In addition, Tricia has earned her Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology. Tricia is thrilled to be a part of the Lane Center Primary Care Clinic and to have come full circle back to a nurse managed clinic. In her spare time, Tricia enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.

Mary Claire WahlMary Claire Wahl, DNP, APRN, CNM

Mary Claire is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife. She has over 25 years of experience providing Women’s Health care. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Science in Nursing and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Mary Claire is a Senior Instructor in the nursing programs at UCCS. Mary Claire enjoys hiking and skiing with her husband and 3 children.

Kari LearnedKari Learned, RN,BSN

Kari graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Kari joined the Primary Care Clinic team in 2016 as a Registered Nurse. She has been a homecare nurse and a business owner. Preventative care and encouraging patients to live a healthy lifestyle are interests of hers. She is the mom of three young men and enjoys cooking, reading, and exercising.

Basheer MohammedBasheer Mohammed – Medical Assistant

Basheer is a Certified Medical Assistant and Certified Pharmacy Technician. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria with a degree in MBBS. Basheer moved to the United States in 2016 and has been living in Colorado Springs since. Basheer provides excellent clinical support and enjoys reading, playing soccer and hanging out with family and friends.

Ana MullenAna Mullen – Medical Assistant

Ana Maria Mullen is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. She graduated in 2004 from Gwinnet College in Georgia. Ana has experience in both clinical and hospital settings, as well as front desk procedures. She is a compassionate and caring individual who enjoys spending time with her family, nature, hiking and reading.

Araqa MillerAraqa Miller – Medical Receptionist

Araqa relocated from Ohio to Colorado Springs in 2018 and immediately joined the UCCS HealthCircle team as a medical receptionist where she provides friendly customer service and clinic support. Araqa spends her time outside of the clinic working toward a bachelor’s degree in public health, playing soccer, doing yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Nicole CaduffNicole Caduff – Clinical Practice Manager

Nicole spent six years in the army before transitioning towards a career in healthcare administration. She earned her BS from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Since then, she has had multiple years of experience in the medical field to include both hospital and ambulatory healthcare settings. Nicole now manages the three Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences clinics located in Lane Center to provide patients with holistic care and to provide students with a hands-on learning environment. In addition to working on her MS in Healthcare Administration, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, coaching soccer and cheering her son on at Quarter Midget races.

Emily DrapeauEmily Drapeau – Clinic Services Specialist

Emily moved from Southern California to Colorado Springs to pursue a degree at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Minor in Marketing and shortly after joined the UCCS HealthCircle team as a medical receptionist. Since then, Emily has taken the role of Clinic Services Specialist to support the clinic’s mission of providing quality patient care and an academic environment for students. Emily thrives on her passion for helping others and spends her spare time hiking, watching movies, and enjoying quality time with friends and family.


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Last updated 03.05.2015

Insurance Accepted

  • Anthem (PPO, High Deductible Plan)
  • Anthem CU Exclusive Plan
  • Kaiser
  • Tricare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid

Other Payment Options

Low-cost self-pay options are available.

Contracts are under negotiation with additional insurers. Please call for more information.

How did you hear about UCCS HealthCircle?

UCCS HealthCircle Clinics
Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences
4863 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80918