benderjohn-1John L. Bender, M.D., FAAFP is a board-certified family medicine physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the senior partner and Chief Executive Officer at Miramont Family Medicine based in Fort Collins Colorado. In 2009 and 2013, Miramont received NCQA level III recognition for its Patient Centered Medical Home model and in 2010 won the national HiMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in the implementation and value from health information technology.  In 2011, The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Foundation named Miramont the Patient Centered Medical Home of the Year.  The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians named Dr. Bender Family Physician of the Year in 2014.   Dr. Bender serves on the Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as past President of the Colorado Medical Society, past President and past Chair of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, and is a past President of the Northern Colorado Individual Practice Association (IPA).  From 2006-2007 he served as the Alternate Delegate for the American Medical Association’s Young Physician Section representing family physicians at the national level. Several of his resolutions are now national policy for both the AMA and AAFP.  He regularly serves as Doctor of the Day at the Colorado state capitol, testifies on bills every session, and has worked on various pieces of legislation that are now law in his home state dealing with telehealth, immunization registries and the corporate practice of medicine.  Dr. Bender is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine with a preceptor appointment to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and a preceptor to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He teaches medical students and midlevel providers-in-training in his private group medical practice.  In 2012, he testified in Washington DC before the United States Congress Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health about the proven value of the Patient Centered Medical Home.  He also serves as one of nine physicians on the NCQA Review Oversight Committee (ROC) and chairs the HiMSS Davies Ambulatory Award committee.   His past military experience includes eleven years as a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve as a Flight Surgeon, and two years as a commissioned Major in the United States Army Reserve.   In July 2000, President Clinton ordered Major Bender’s unit to Kosovo where he served as the Medical Director for an Acute Care Center in the surgical hospital at Camp Bondsteel after the Serbian offensive.   Dr. Bender is married to his childhood sweetheart, Teresa, who before retiring, helped administer their five clinic locations.  They have two adult sons both who serve proudly in the United States Marine Corps, two adult daughters, and five grandchildren.   A native of Loveland, Colorado, Dr. Bender completed his undergraduate work in Denver at Regis University.  Teresa and Dr Bender then moved seventeen times in seventeen years while completing his Medical degree at Creighton University, and various Flight Surgery tours in the Navy.  Finally, after returning from Kosovo, where he served as an Army physician, Dr. Bender and Teresa returned with their four children to settle once again where they started.   In 2002, Dr. Bender and his wife, Teresa, purchased a family medicine practice from Dr. Gordon and Jean Carlson, and Miramont Family Medicine was born.  His vision is to provide as many services as possible for his patients in one convenient location, at the lowest cost, with the highest quality possible.

Office Location(s):

Miramont Family Medicine at Snow Mesa

4674 Snow Mesa Dr.
Suite 140
Fort Collins, Colorado   80528
Location Phone: 970-225-5000

Cell Phone: 970-482-0213

Miramont Family Medicine on Drake Road

313 W. Drake Road
Ft Collins, Colorado   80526
Location Phone: 970-225-5000

Cell Phone: 970-482-0213

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine
Exercise & Nutrition, Womens Health, Geriatrics, Wellness, Pediatrics, Weight Management, Diabetes

Medical Education:

Creighton University – Doctorate – Omaha Nebraska : 1992


University of California at Davis – General Surgery : 1993

PreMed Education:

Regis University – Bachelors Degree, Denver Colorado : 1988

General School Education:

Thompson Valley High School – Loveland Colorado : 1984


University of Kansas Medical Center : 2000

Academic Appointments:

University of Colorado Health Science Center, Associate Professor in Family Medicine

Military Service:

United States Army : 2000-2002
United States Navy : 1988-2000

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine : 2000, 2007


Medical Center of the Rockies : 2007
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital : 2005
Poudre Valley Hospital : 2002
Northern Colorado Medical Center : 2002
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute-Flight Surgeon

Honors and Awards:

Fellow American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) : 2007