Longtime Ridgway Doctor Patty Ammon Dies
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Sep 18, 2012 | 10316 views | 2 2 comments | 662 662 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patty Ammon,  Oct. 10, 1956 – Sept. 16, 2012. (Courtesy photo)
Patty Ammon, Oct. 10, 1956 – Sept. 16, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

Patty Ammon,  Oct. 10, 1956 – Sept. 16, 2012

RIDGWAY – Patricia Ammon, M.D., died at home on Sunday, Sept. 16.

After completing her residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction in the late 1980s, Dr. Ammon practiced in Telluride and Montrose, but soon took on and expanded Ouray County's only medical facility, the Ouray Clinic. The clinic became St. Mary's Clinic, in Ridgway, and is now Mountain Medical Center.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis nearly two decades ago, Dr. Ammon pursued studies in Ayurvedic medicine, which led to her integrated treatment approaches, and was one of the first people to complete a fellowship in Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona.

She went on to anchor the group of providers working in Ridgway's integrative medicine community today.

Dr. Ammon was born on Oct. 10, 1956, in Florence, Ky., to Robert and Margie Ammon.

She is survived by her two adopted sons, Ryan (14) and Ian (12), and by her husband Dale Yocum.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m., in Ridgway’s Hartwell Park. (Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.) A potluck will follow at the Yocum Home at 250 S. Laura St. in Ridgway. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Patty Ammon Fund established at the Alpine Bank in Ridgway, to be used for a project in a medically underserved area.

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September 19, 2012
Patty was truly an exceptional individual & doctor ... she had an uncanny way of listening attentively and explaining things in a way which is easily understood. She will truly be missed by myself & I can only imagine countless others.

My condolences and deepest sympathies to her family.

Eric Beermann
September 19, 2012
What a remarkable human being and Doctor! Patti made a real difference in the lives of her patients. I can't imagine the heartbreak being endured by her family and close friends right now.