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Vernon L. Naake, M.D.

Dr. Naake came to Colorado by way of Sacramento, California. After earning his BS in Biochemistry from the University of San Francisco, with magna cum laude honors, he and his wife moved back to her home state of Colorado. He attended medical school and chose a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He then joined The Women’s Health Group and became a Managing Partner.

Dr. Naake is the Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Department at North Suburban Medical Center. In addition to contributing volunteer care at multiple clinics for the uninsured, Dr. Naake is the President of the Board of Directors for Clinica Colorado, a low-cost, non-profit clinic for North Metro Denver.

Dr. Naake believes that a woman’s health is a collaboration between her and her doctor. He enjoys this important relationship with each patient and strives to provide complete care so every patient can enjoy good health. Whether it is participating in family planning, the wondrous event of childbirth, or a complex minimally-invasive surgery, Dr. Naake is an advocate for women’s health in every stage of life.

What makes Colorado home to you?

The open space, mountains, rivers and streams.

What are your passions outside of work?

My family, skiing, fly fishing, dirt bikes, woodworking, travel, cooking.

Why did you become an OB/GYN?

Complete healthcare for women. A specialty that allows long term relationships with my patients and allows for a wide skill set including pregnancy, surgery, endocrinology, to care for women through every stage of life.

What in your career are you most proud?

The ability to offer excellent obstetrical care in a small community setting. The growth of a practice in the north metro area that offers excellent care to all that values quality, empathy, and understanding to every patient.

What is the most important part of your job?

With over 20 years of experience in OB/Gyn, I am able to use my experience and dedication to quality to give the best care possible to my patients as well as collaborate with my colleagues to provide excellent outcomes in all phases of our practice.

Work in the Community:

President, BOD, Clinica Colorado, which provides a Safety Net Clinic in North Metro Denver providing a medical home for those in need.

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Honors and Awards:

2006, 2013 - Bill Frist Humanitarian Award, NSMC

2008 - Clinics Tepayac Volunteer of the Year Award

2013 - Harvey Cohen Volunteer Faculty Teacher of the Year Award

Work Related Committees:

Managing Partner, The Women's Health Group 2002 - current

Medical Staff Past President, NSMC, 2019 -current

Medical Staff President, NSMC, 2017-2019

Medical Staff President-elect, NSMC 2015-2017

Department Head, Maternal/Child Services, NSMC, 2013-2015,.


Zinc that Exchanges with Zinc in Plasma within Two Days: Variations with Dietary Zinc : 1995
Hanbidge, K.M., L.V., Naake, V.L., Hong, Z., Krebx, N., Westcott, J.Dl., Fennessey, P.V. CRC Press, 1995; 117.

Size of the Zinc Pools that Exchange Rapidly with Plasma Zinc in Humans: Alternative Techniques for Measuring and Relation to Dietary Zinc Intake : 1993

Miller, L.V., Hambidge, K.M., Naake, V.L., Hong, Z., Westcott, J. L., Fennessey, P.V. American Institute of Nutrition, 1993; 268.

The Analysis of Stable Isotopes in Urine to Determine the Fractional Absorption of Zinc Following Oral Administration of a Zinc Stable Isotope : 1992

Friel,J., Naake, V.L., Miller, L.V., Hambidge, K.M., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1992 (55); 437-477.

Determination of Fecal Excretion of Endogenous Zinc Following Oral Administration of a Zinc Stable Isotope : 1991

Hambidge, K.M., Naake, V.L., Westcott, J.L., Miller, L.V., Fennessey, P.V.American journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1991(53); 19.

Vernon L. Naake, M.D.

Specialties at The Women’s Health Group:

High risk obstetrics

High risk ob counseling

Minimally invasive surgery

Chronic pelvic pain




Undergrad: University of San Francisco, BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry emphasis, Magna Cum Laude

Medical: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Residency: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Medical experience:

24 Years.



Office Location:

The Women's Health Group PC-Thornton

9195 Grant St. Suite 410
Thornton, Colorado 80229
Location Phone: 303-280-2229 (BABY)
Location Fax: 303-280-0765

The Women’s Health Group, North Thornton

2900 E 136th Ave, Suite 100
Thornton, Colorado 80241
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