Our staff is dedicated to creating the best possible experience for Reliance patients. Each employee brings their own unique strengths and experiences to help make Reliance a leading medical service provider in the Four Corners area.
Meet the Physicians
Ken Stradling, MD
Dr. Kennard Stradling, a native of New Mexico, is a 1988 graduate of the University of New Mexico school of Medicine. He completed a residency in te Emergency Medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas in 1991.
In 1991, Dr. Stradling moved his family back to Farmington, NM to staff the Emergency Department at San Juan Regional Medical Center. He served as Director of the Emergency Department from 1993-2000. In 2001, Dr. Stradling co-founded Reliance Medical Group to provide Occupational Medicine services to San Juan County and surrounding areas.
Larry Welling, MD
Dr. Larry Welling graduated in 1978 with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Utah State Univeristy in Logan, Utah. He went on to graduate wtih a Medical Doctorate degree in Urbana, Illinois.
He met Dr. Stradling during is residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Welling came to work at Reliance in 2005
Meet the Chiropractor
Chad Silseth, DC
Chad Silseth completed coursework in Pre-Chiropractic Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Dakota. In 1997, he went on to complete is education at the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic in Medicine.
In 1998 he began working for Mesa Occupational and Sports Medicine. In 2007, he came to work with Reliance Medical Group and continues to offer outstanding Chiropractic services to the Farmington Area
Meet the Management
Jim Holgate joined Reliance Medical Group in 2003. He has 24 years of experience in business ownership, management and instruction. From 1988-2000, Jim was President and CEO of Chief Security Inc, a regional security services firm. He sold controlling ownership in 2000.
From 1999-2010, Jim was an Adjunct Instructor at San Juan College where he taught business classes both online and in the traditional classroom
Jim received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Brigham Young University. He is currently a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, March of Dimes Committee, and the Small Business Association.
Meet the Providers
Douglas Shaffer, PA-C
Douglas Shaffer graduated in 1992 from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts. He recieved his Physicians Assistant certificate in 1994 from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Penneylvania. He served in the US Army as a medic from 1988-1995, and has worked as a Physicians Assistant since 1994. Doug joined Reliance in 2007
Larry Decker, PA-C
Larry Decker graduated wtih a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Clarkson College in 1997. He received a Physicians Assistant certificate from the University of North Dakota in 2004. Upon graduation, Larry moved his family to New Mexico to work for Indian Health Services. He has provided excellent care to Reliance patients since 2007.
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