Mountaintop Medicine from Estes Park Health: Dr. Cynthia DiLauro is Estes Park Health’s newest clinic physician

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The newest doctor in the Estes Park Health Physician Clinic is Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Cynthia DiLauro. She began seeing patients in November 2022 after she took the place of the retired Dr. Amanda Luchsinger.

“I feel like here at Estes Park Health, I’m practicing medicine the right way,” Dr. DiLauro said. “I’m able to spend time with my patients. We offer comprehensive medical care with specialty physicians available if needed. If someone needs a lab or an x-ray, I’m able to order that and have the results back the same day. It’s such a beautiful way to practice medicine.”

DiLauro moved to Estes Park from Ohio where she practiced internal medicine at a large clinic. Her wealth of experience included a 13-year stint at the Cleveland Clinic in hospice and palliative care.

Internal medicine physicians treat patients 12 and up for all kinds of issues, big and small, episodic or chronic.

“I can treat the typical bronchitis and diabetes and heart disease,” Dr. DiLauro explained. “If there are more extensive treatments or tests that need to be done, then I refer patients to specialists like cardiologists or endocrinologists.”

For Dr. DiLauro, the job in Estes Park was a perfect fit for her after a career that includes decades of experience.

“When I came to interview for this job, I felt so welcomed, “she noted. “I couldn’t say no. I took this job because Estes Park has always been such a beautiful, peaceful place for me,” she noted. “My favorite part about living here is looking up at the mountains every day. And the way they change, you know? I love that. I love the fact that you know they are there even when you can’t see them.”

In 2001, Dr. DiLauro added some cosmetics to her practice. She hopes to bring some of her considerable skills to patients in the Estes Valley.

“I do have a lot of experience and a lot of training,” she stated. “I not only operated many types of lasers through the years, but also delivered Botox, hyaluronic acid fillers, and procedures like micro-needling and Thermage skin tightening and wavelength treatments. Here at Estes Park Health, I think it would be nice just to offer the opportunity for patients to maybe get Botox or an assessment of their skin. Also, I plan to offer medical strength products for skin rejuvenation. And perhaps some treatments like IPL (intense pulsed light) and resurfacing techniques possibly that would combine micro-needling with radio frequency which really improves not only your skin texture, but it stimulates collagen.”

Noting that many patients interested in these kinds of services would not have to go down the hill to receive them, Dr. DiLauro added, “These are all noninvasive techniques. That’s what is nice.”

Director of the Physician Clinic Lesta Johnson, RN, said Dr. DiLauro fits in beautifully with EPH’s philosophy of taking care of patients and really getting to know them.

“Dr. DiLauro has brought to us another layer of the high-quality care that we offer,” Johnson commented. “I’m thrilled with the way she has jumped in and built relationships with the patients. Estes Park has the oldest median age of any community in Colorado (62.1 years). Internal medicine is extremely important up here.”

One of the patients trusting Dr. DiLauro with her medical care is 96-year-old Joy Gimar of Estes Park. She first visited Estes Park when she was five years old. She and her husband retired here in 1985 and she has been using the physicians and services of Estes Park Health for more than three decades.

“I’m still around, so I’d say the level of care here must be pretty good,” Joy said while smiling ear to ear. “I’ve been a well person, obviously. I did stay overnight in the emergency room once because I was dehydrated. I think it’s wonderful to have this health facility in Estes Park so I don’t have to travel for the medical care I need.”

Dr. DiLauro is accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, call the EPH Physician Clinic at (970) 586-2200.

“I love practicing medicine and I’m not anywhere near wanting to stop doing that,” DiLauro said. “Working at Estes Park Health is a really great fit for me.”