Ralph Battels, MD is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician. He graduated with double major Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from UC Santa Cruz and chose Medicine over bench research. He earned his MD and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University where he met his wife Michelle. Dr. Battels joined the medical staff at Pagosa Springs Medical Center in August 2013. Since then he has served as Director of the Emergency Department, and most recently as Chief of Staff. Ralph is best described as an avid reader who enjoys woodworking and hiking. His wife says he also likes to put his Biochemistry degree to good use and makes really awesome pepper sauce.