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Board-certified family medicine physician Joel Schaler, M.D., has joined the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) medical staff at the Custer County Health Center (CCHC).

Dr. Schaler, a well-known physician in the Arkansas River Valley for more than 20 years, previously practiced medicine at First Street Family Health in Salida and retired from full-time work last year.

Schaler will work in a permanent part-time position and see patients by appointment at the Westcliffe-based HRRMC clinic

“We are very pleased to continue working with Dr. Schaler and to welcome him to the HRRMC medical staff,” said Bob Morasko, HRRMC CEO. “He is an experienced, well-known physician in our area, and we are looking forward to his practice and dedication to treating patients in the Wet Mountain Valley.”

Call 719-783-2380 or visit for more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Schaler at CCHC.