Derek Muse, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Muse earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1981. Then he attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, followed by a three-year residency in Family Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

He opened Highland Family Practice in 1989 and has been treating patients there ever since. After nine years of conducting clinical research, Dr. Muse opened Highland Clinical Research Laboratory in 2008.

Dr. Muse is a Board Certified Obesity Specialist and the Medical Director of Advanced Medical Weight Loss. He is also the Medical Director of Rejuvenate Medical Spa.


Stephen Richardson, MD

Dr. Richardson graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1970. He is a Board Certified Urology Specialist and has been practicing for 32 years. Dr. Richardson also has 20 years of experience in clinical research and has been a Principal Investigator of more than 200 clinical research studies for pharmaceuticals and devices.

Dr. Richardson is proud to be on the Healthgrades Honor Roll.




Bryan Christensen, DMD
Oral Surgeon

Dr. Christensen earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 2002. Then he attended the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and graduated with Honors.

Dr. Christensen completed his residency with the prestigious University of Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery program. As a resident, he received extensive training in all facets of oral surgery, including implant, orthognathic, and temporomandibular surgeries, as well as dentoalveolar, bone and soft tissue grafting, oral pathology, cleft palate reconstruction, and facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Christensen was also involved in extracurricular and leadership activities that enhanced his knowledge and surgical skills.

He has a personal interest in dental implant surgery, bone and soft tissue reconstruction, corrective jaw surgery, and facial trauma. Dr. Christensen serves on-call for hospitals that receive trauma patients in the Salt Lake Valley, including Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Alta Views Hospital in Sandy, LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, and Riverton Hospital.

Dr. Christensen is committed to continuing his education so he can provide the latest techniques and technology to his patients. He also provides ongoing education seminars that enhance the oral surgery knowledge of his dental colleagues.


Steven Christensen, DDS
Oral Surgeon

A Utah native, Dr. Christensen grew up in Sanpete and Salt Lake Valley. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Utah and completed his dental training at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, Dr. Christensen completed a one-year internship at LAC USC Hospital. Soon after, he was accepted into an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Long Beach VA Medical Center.

Since he completed his residency, Dr. Christensen has been practicing the full scope of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a former President of the Utah Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.


Ryan Ellsworth, DPM

Dr. Ellsworth was born and raised in Payson, Utah. His early interests in medicine and surgery sparked him to complete a course that enabled him to work in a hospital environment while he was attending high school.

He studied Biology at Brigham Young University, then was accepted to the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, where he completed his studies to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Ellsworth completed an intensive three-year residency in foot and ankle surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Ellsworth is the Cofounder of the Summit Foot and Ankle Clinic, where he specializes in reconstructive foot surgery, rear-foot surgery, and more. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.



Dr Robert Naylor, MD

Dr. Robert Naylor was born in Murray, Utah and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated, with honors, from the University of Utah in mathematics. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine and did his surgical residency at the University of California in Irvine, California.

He currently practices at St. Mark’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. He does all types of surgery, with special interest in laparoscopic surgery, hernia repair, and breast surgery.


Alan T. Rappleye M.D.

Dr Alan Rappleye graduated Medical School from The University of Utah. He had a Rotating Internship at UCLA, Harbor General Hospital and he completed his OB/GYN Residency at The University of Utah. He has specialized training in Laparoscopic Surgery, Infertility, Endometriosis, Laser Surgery, and DaVinci Robotic Surgery.

1981 American Board of OB/GYN
Arizona State Medical Licensure





Gary W. Schlichter M.D.

Dr. Schlichter obtained his Bachelors at UC Santa Barbara and his Medical Degree at the Medical College of Virginia, graduating with honors. He completed his residency at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Though Dr. Schlichter greatly enjoys general pediatrics, he has a special interest in asthma management and emergency care.  He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, a board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the AAP.