is to provide a researched, natural therapeutic medical service, that a patient would otherwise not be able to receive.
Our focus is on treating conditions where Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is known to be effective. Delivering the treatment in an affordable and accessible way.
This will be accomplished through a collaboration between the medical director, hyperbaric technicians, owners and managers and outside consultations where needed.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.
Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive, 100% natural and painless treatment.
What are the Benefits of HBOT?
It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level.
In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working. Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favorably to HBOT.
How does HBOT Heal?
Inflammation can act as a barrier for oxygen to heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers pressurize oxygen to move into the liquid part of the blood (plasma), cerebral spinal fluid and lymphatic system, allowing oxygen to flow freely throughout the body and brain to restore health.
Under pressure, inflammation is no longer a barrier towards healing and the body can restore its innate healing abilities. Now able to travel throughout the body and brain in areas where it was unable to reach. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps to widen arteries and creates new routes for blood to flow while eliminating and removing harmful chemicals from our tissues.
Reduce inflammation, pain, neuropathy, heal wounds, regenerate tissue, optimize brain function with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Meet Our Staff
All of our staff are qualified, welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable in the healthcare field including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Kirsten "Kicki" Searfus, MD
Dr. Searfus is a Board Certified family physician who has practiced in Durango, CO since 2006. When she joined Mountain View Family HealthCare in 2012, she became part of the growing Direct Primary Care (DPC) movement where the focus is put back on the physician-patient partnership.
Dr. Searfus has been the Medical Director for Mountain Hyperbarics since it officially re-opened in August of 2018. She performs the medical intakes, determines appropriateness for treatment and prescribes the optimal HBOT protocol to treat the patient’s specific condition.
She believes HBOT is an important and exciting adjunct in the successful treatment of a variety of challenging medical conditions.
Hyperbaric Technichian & Consultant
Paul Mattson founded Mountain Hyperbarics in Frisco, Colorado in 2007, to help his son with autism and other children with developmental challenges. Paul has an educational background in Biology and Chemistry and is a Certified Scuba Diver. The concepts of how and why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy could help heal a multitude of conditions were quite clear to Paul. Despite many successes and well over 1000 ‘dives’, he had to close the business in Frisco in 2014.
When Paul moved to Durango in 2018, he brought the hyperbaric chamber with him, planning to reopen Mountain Hyperbarics. He now works with owner’s George and Lori Ann Glass as a consultant and as a technician operating the chamber.
George & Lori Ann Glass
Owners & Managers
George and Lori Ann Glass have a combined 50+ years’ experience in health care. However, it was not their background or experience that inspired them to re-open Mountain Hyperbarics in August of 2018 in Durango, Colorado. Their inspiration and drive to bring Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to those in need of treatment is a personal story. (See Lori Ann’s Testimonial).
The inspiration, drive and passion to help those in need, who would otherwise not be able to receive this treatment, was the real story and the beginning of Mountain Hyperbarics’ second life.
George has completed International ATMO’s Hyperbaric Medical Team Training in San Antonio, Texas. Upon completion and passing of the exam, George received a certificate for the 40-hour course.
Lorrie Ann Valencia, LPN
Lorrie Ann Valencia attended the University of Arizona and Fort Lewis College where she pursued a major in biology and minor in psychology. She received her practical nursing training from San Juan Basin Vo-Technical School and her Associates Degree of Nursing from Pueblo Community College in Durango. Straight out of nursing school she worked for Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Four Corners Health Care Center, and private-duty home health care. Recently, Lorrie worked as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for Axis Health System. Lorrie is very committed to the integrated care approach to health.
Lorrie also feels being tri-ethnic, lends to a greater understanding of the different races and cultures which make up our rich area. She looks forward to educating the public and bringing hyperbaric oxygen therapy to more people who would otherwise not able to access this impactful healthcare treatment.
Dr. Timothy Durkin
Supporting Consultant – Durango Sports Medicine, PLLC
Dr. Durkin is board certified in sports and emergency medicine physician. He earned a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and attended Medical School at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of Pikeville.