Crested Butte Surgeon Goes to Sochi

Gloria Beim has been on the fast track to success since she entered college at the age of 14, and it seems as though she hasn’t taken her foot off the gas pedal since. She is currently Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, specializing in the shoulder and knee surgery, arthroscopy and sports medicine at Alpine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Clinic. But Beim can soon add chief medical officer for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2014 Winter games in Sochi to the list.

Beim has a reputation for helping others both in and outside of the surgical room and she has volunteered numerous times at world athletic competitions and in previous Olympic games, although her title has never been as prestigious.

“I’ve worked with a lot of top-notch doctors, and she is without a doubt the best doctor I’ve ever worked under,” Tim Poppe, who moved his physiotherapy business from Denver nine years ago told the Denver Post. “She is caring. She is innovative. She is smart. She just flat-out knows what she is doing.”

In Sochi, Beim will oversee three clinics, 77 healthcare practitioners and provide care for 235 Olympic athletes. While it may seem strange that a rural doctor from Colorado was chosen for the position, Beim noted that the region is ripe with Olympic-caliber athletes. Patients continue to praise Beim for her work with locals and those in her profession aren’t surprised by the U.S. Olympic Committee’s choice.

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