Medical Matrimony: Angie Alexander and Alex Meininger
July 9, 2015
Having grown up in Colorado, Angie Alexander and Alex Meininger never thought they'd spend 10 years in the Midwest. But after a decade of medical school and residency in Chicago, getting back to high elevation became top priority.
"It was our goal from the beginning," Meininger says. "We first met living in the mountains and after medical school our goal was to always get back."
That dream was realized three years ago when Steamboat Springs became home. Married for 10 years, Alexander, 41, and Meininger, 37, had been living in Moab, Utah, before an opportunity arose to practice medicine in Steamboat. The couple has no plans to move again anytime soon.
"I had lived here for a winter with the Winter Sports Club after college and always wanted to come back," Alexander says. "Our goal in Chicago was to come to Steamboat."
Meininger is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Steamboat Orthopaedic Associates, P.C. Alexander is an emergency medicine physician, working full time in Moab — where the couple still owns a home — and part time at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. Both are also certified physicians for the U.S. Ski Team.
"It's kind of a childhood dream to be an orthopedic surgeon in a ski resort," Meininger says. "It was also a lifelong dream to take care of the U.S. Ski Team."
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Longtime outdoor enthusiasts, Meininger and Alexander graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they each competed for the CU freestyle ski team. But they didn't meet until after graduating when a mutual friend from the ski team introduced them during a mountain bike race. Meininger soon left for med school in Chicago and Alexander followed a few years later.
Now, they're living out their mountain dream in Steamboat. While finding time for a social life — or for each other — is difficult, especially with Alexander spending half the month in Moab, they make it work and can often be found side-by-side on a bike trail or skiing down Mount Werner.
"Thankfully, we have a pretty close network of friends who respect that sometimes we are crazy and missing in action," Meininger says. "The community has been incredibly accepting and it's been rewarding to build a practice here."