Dr. W. Donald Cooke MD is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and completed fellowship training in allergy and immunology at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, NY, in 1991. Dr. Cooke did basic research in clinical immunology as well as patient care at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pennsylvania, before moving to Durango in 1995. He is now doing clinical work in pediatric and adult allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.
Wendy Craig MA trained as a medical assistant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and joined Dr. Cooke in 1995. Wendy runs the immunotherapy (allergy shot) clinic and has 23 years of experience in allergy care.
Heather Cannon RN joined Dr. Cooke in April of 2016. Heather has lived in the area for 30 years and grew up in Mancos. She did training at Pueblo Community College and worked at Southwest Memorial hospital in Cortez prior to joining our staff.
Patti Else joined the practice as our front office person in 2013. Patti has been in Durango since 1991 and has years of experience in the medical field.
Cindy Yeager RN was our office nurse in the late 1990’s and moved away for some years. She is a Durango native and moved back home in 2017. She now works with us again as office nurse.
Kimberly Pappas CNP was also part of our office staff in the late 1990’s. She then did advanced practice training and rejoins our office part-time as a Nurse Practictioner. Kim will be covering the allergy shot clinic when Dr. Cooke is away, and seeing adult patients in follow up.