Dr. Leto Quarles

Family Medicine
Boulder, CO
25 years experience female

Locations

Office

Boulder, CO

Address

Table Mesa Family Medicine, 1755 48th Street Suite 200, Boulder, CO
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 7:30am - 6:30pm
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Insurances accepted

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Medicaid

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Rocky Mountain Health Plan

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Table Mesa Family Medicine

Boulder, CO

About

Bio

Board-certified Family Medicine physician Dr. Leto Quarles joined Table Mesa Family Medicine in August 2012, bringing with her a rich array of experience. Prior to settling into her current home and practice in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. Leto worked in community health clinics, teaching hospitals and urgent care facilities. She has lectured around the world on social justice in healthcare, and volunteers on international medical and teaching projects in the developing world. Dr. Leto believes wellness stems from balance in the body, heart, mind and spirit, and that everyone has the ability to improve their well-being under any circumstances, in any phase of life, if they are willing to take on the serious work of living consciously and intentionally. As a family physician, Dr. Leto specializes in comprehensive care of individuals and families -- however you choose to define your family. In addition to providing routine preventative care and treating general illnesses and injuries, Dr. Leto is an expert in managing complex care for people of all ages who struggle with a multitude of chronic conditions and circumstances affecting their health.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

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327 Answers
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends - can die!: Drug overdoses don't just make someone sleep - they can stop the heart or stop breathing. If someone is unconscious from a drug overdose, call 911 rig... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Posture: Poor posture (sitting hunched over) can bother many muscles, bones, joints and other structures. If you have to work hunched over for long periods of ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It is possible: Brown stringy discharge sounds like mucus with a little old blood in it, which doesn't mean anything about whether or not you are pregnant. (could be ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Hb A1c test: A1c measures % of hemoglobin in blood which has glucose (blood sugar) attached to it. Normal for someone without diabetes should be around 4% or less.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Anoxia = no oxygen: Anoxia is the medical term for total lack of oxygen, which is not a personality feature. Someone who has been oxygen-deprived due to illness or injury... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Varies, longer best: Brief detox (control severe withdrawals) may be 1-5 days in a hospital. Minimum for real rehab work (addressing reasons for addiction & learning to de... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Sexuality not diseas: Sexual experimentation is a normal part of development, and is not a mental disorder. If your son himself has questions or is distressed by his own se... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Never check yourself: Only a doctor or trained OB nurse should check your cervix, using a special sterile glove. Trying to check yourself can be dangerous - you can introd... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Bodywork / PT: Chronic low back pain rarely gets better with surgery or painkillers - this may be why your doctors "don't want to do anything." bodywork such as phy... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
NIDDK resources: The national institute of diabetes & digestive & kidney diseases (part of the national institute of health) has an excellent and very readable resourc... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Varies with cause: Good nursing question! check with the doc who placed the tube. If just for keeping stomach empty without overproduction (post-op, etc.), minimal to fe... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Free clinic or CHC: If you live near a larger city or university town, they may have a free clinic. There are also federally-funded community health centers which see low... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Various - see a doc: Could be anything from a skin fungus, to an irregular blood vessel formation, to a skin symptom of a systemic illness (auto-immune, viral, etc.) to a ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Are you talking about staying by yourself in your parents' hotel room for part of the evening while they go out, or renting a hotel room all by yourse... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
What complex?: If you are just concerned about shoe size, people come in all different sizes & there is nothing you can do to change the size of your feet. If you me... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Watch with caution: Both Dilantin & oxycodone are central nervous system & respiratory depressants, meaning they cause sleepiness, slow reactions, difficulty concentratin... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Identifier for cells: Mhc is a marker on each cell, which tells our immune system whether the cell is our own or "foreign" (an infection or a transplant), and our body trie... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Weak immune system: It means that someone's immune system is weakened, and cannot fight off infections as well as it should. Immunocompromise can be caused by medications... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends on infection: Different antibiotics kill different kinds of bacteria - there are many 1000s of different species of bacteria. Different antibiotics also have diffe... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Training: Er docs are trained to stabilize emergencies, which frequently include mental health crisis, but er drs don't generally do ongoing care. Family docs t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Give it time: Novocaine is a local anesthetic; it is supposed to make the area numb. Depending on your metabolism and how much was used, novocaine shots typically ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Get checked out now: It could be just a stomach flu and some dehydration, but headache and nausea late in pregnancy can also be a sign of a more serious complication calle... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends, usually yes: Most ng tubes are designed to be left in place as long as they are needed for drainage and/or feeding after serious injury/illness or when recovering ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Don't use!: Cortaid (hydrocortisone) should never be used on herpes, and can make the herpes worse! Cortaid (hydrocortisone) is a topical steroid, and steroids we... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
See dermatologist: Many things can cause itching or bumps by the hairline - bacteria, fungus, hair products, hairstyle that pulls too tight, irritation from sun exposure... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Common, but check: Unfortunately, our metabolism slows down after menopause, which can cause many of us to gain weight. But any sudden weight change (up or down) without... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Can't hurt: A diabetic diet limits simple/processed carbohydrates & unhealthy fats, and should include plenty of natural fiber & foods rich in vitamins & minerals... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Absolutely!: If you are having severe flank pain, get checked by a doctor right away! kidney stones can be very painful, and require medical evaluation and treatme... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Lymph node vx. infxn: There are lymph nodes in the armpits which can be felt as little lumps - sometimes we can feel them even if there is nothing wrong. Also possible to g... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & see a doc: If the rash is bad, and especially if there is pus coming out, you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. In the meantime, otc Benadryl (diph... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
ED testing: Testing for ed (interview, exam, nocturnal penile tumescence test, bloodwork, etc) is used to evaluate how severe ed is & to determine cause. Treatmen... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes, many benefits: Regular exercise is good for almost all of your body: heart, lungs, digestion, immune system, bones, muscles, joints and even your mood and concentrat... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
When you get orders: Usually, reserve military docs (and reserve officers of any flavor) will receive deployment orders with a little bit of notice to get everything in or... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Different: Intrauterine growth restriction (iugr) means a baby is smaller than expected for gestational age. A preemie may be the size expected, or can be iugr (... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Seroquel (quetiapine) is an antipsychotic medication which can be sedating and calms reactions. If you feel it is having such a strong effect that it ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Strength: Otc Hydrocortisone cream is 0.5%. Prescription creams can be 0.5%, 1% and even 2%, and can also come in other forms (ointment, lotion, gel, liquid, sp... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Various: There are several kinds of liver problems related to pregnancy. If your skin or the whites of your eyes start looking yellow, if you are having pain ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Sure, all sizes!: Just look at the full range of sizes available in a shoe store -- people come in all shapes and sizes, and feet (or any other body part) can be differ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Intrusive thoughts: Many possible reasons, from stress to med effects to wrong diagnosis or a new problem. Discuss with your mental health provider, so the two of you can... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Any fluid released through the penis can contain sperm and therefore cause pregnancy.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Many choices: Your primary care doctor, an urgent care or walk-in clinic, or a podiatrist can all examine and treat, including removing callus and/or draining an in... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Referral or website: Your primary care doctor, specialist, nurse or hospital social worker may be able to give you information about the hospice providers and services in ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Muscles sore?: It is normal to get some soreness in any muscle when you start exercising it, but you shouldn't be having sharp or intense pain. If it just feels like... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Small instrument: An iud folds up for insertion, so the cervix does not have to be dilated very wide (only about 3-4mm). In some women who have given birth before, it ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ice, acetaminophen: An ice pack or cool compress (if you don't have one, just grab anything cold out of the freezer and wrap it in a towel), and Acetaminophen (tylenol (a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Like 400-char limit!: We can't fit decades of professional training & experience into a tweet, and you can't fit your lifetime of experience, background, current symptoms a... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: With current technology, many generally healthy non-diabetic people without uncontrolled high blood pressure or known eye disease can have a retinal e... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Always been there: If this pain has been coming &going for many years, it *probably* doesn't mean anything serious, but i'd still get checked out to find out what is cau... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Same thing: Hydrocortisone is the active ingredient, a steroid which reduces inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, pain, etc.).
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Definitely yes: Any records of births & deaths in the family can be useful to genetic counselors. Extra helpful if any info on health status, cause of death, age at d... Read More
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Testimonials
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May 11, 2013
I recommend Dr. Quarles. It is clear that her practice of medicine emphasizes health and wellness. I learn from reading her Health Tap responses.
Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for your contribution at Health Tap
Jul 9, 2012
Compassionate ^5
HealthTap member
thank you for putting everything asided and answering the question professionaly unlike 1or 2 other doctors. i asked this question cause im doing a paper on why people drink blood, are attracted to it...Read More
HealthTap member
I was thinking it may be from the bleach. My basement doesn't have windows that can open so the smell of the bleach was pretty strong. Thank you for your answer.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thankyou the pressure is not really that bad i also have a retroverted uterus i havent had any bleeding or pain

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ross University School of Medicine, Dominican Republic
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

University of Illinois College of Medicine @ Rockford

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Boulder, CO - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Colorado - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Colorado - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Medicine
Colorado Academy of Family Medicine
Boulder County Medical Society
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