Loretta Ortiz y Pino

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Ortiz y Pino, Dr. Loretta

Dr. Loretta Ortiz y Pino, 63, passed away from ovarian cancer at her home in Taos on Feb. 28, 2017. Loretta was born and raised in Santa Fe to a family that has been in New Mexico for about thirteen generations. She attended Loretto Academy and graduated from St. Michael's High School in 1971. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and her M.D. from Stanford. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Colorado, Denver, where she also served as chief resident. She then served four years as a pediatrician with IHS on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock. From 1990-1991, Loretta lived in Nicaragua as a visiting teacher and liaison between UNM Medical School and the medical schools in Managua and Leon.

Loretta moved to Taos in 1991, joining Dr. Charlie Anderson in his pediatric practice, Taos Clinic for Children and Youth, and eventually co-owning the practice until 2005. In 2006, she co-founded Sustainable Health Innovations, LLC, for the purpose of educating healthcare practitioners in integrative medicine. From 2007-2011, she was a consultant pediatrician at the Taos-Picuris Indian Health Center. Loretta served as Holy Cross Hospital's Chief Medical Officer from 2011-2015, where she was the director of the integrative CARE team. She served many years on various boards and committees including Integrative Medicine de Taos, the Quail Roost Foundation, Community Against Violence (CAV), Taos Maternal & Child Health Committee, Taos Child Protection Team, Shiprock Home for Women and Children, and was appointed a trustee by Gov. Bill Richardson for the New Mexico Children's Trust Fund. Loretta comes from a long line of explorers, historians, politicians, teachers, herbalists, and curanderos. She apprenticed with a curandera for over ten years.

Loretta is preceded in death by her parents, Pedro Ortiz y Pino of Galisteo and Evangeline Ortiz y Pino (Blanchard) of Romeroville; and by her former partner Callie Williams, who died of brain cancer five years prior to Loretta's passing.

Loretta is survived by her beloved wife Melissa Kennelly; siblings Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (Donna Bruzzese), Louise Stevenson, Michael Ortiz y Pino, Roberta White, and Paul Ortiz y Pino (Jana); fourteen nieces and nephews; over thirty great-nieces and -nephews; an extended family of nieces and nephews through Callie and Melissa; and many, many close and loving friends.

A Public memorial celebration will be held March 26, 2017 at 3pm at the Sagebrush Inn Conference Center in Taos.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 19, 2017