Dr. David Hemphill MD
           Medical Director

Dr. Hemphill is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Before moving to New Mexico in 2001 he served as an active duty flight surgeon in the US Air Force for 5 years.  He completed residency in Internal medicine and a fellowship in Geriatrics and maintains board certification in both specialties.  Over the past 15 years Dr. Hemphill has practiced extensively in geriatrics and hospice medicine in a variety of settings.  Over the past 10 years Dr. Hemphill has practiced internal medicine as a hospitalist in the Lovelace Hospitals and was for 3 years a member of the faculty in Geriatrics at UNM.  He has served as medical director for two local hospices and has attended the Hospice Medical Directors conference sponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine  in recent years.​    In his free time he and his wife enjoy the trails of Corrales with their dogs and horses.

Michelle Bacharka, RN

CEO / Executive Director

Michelle is the founder of East Mountain Hospice, LLC and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. As a practicing RN with a BA in business, she brings a diverse  mix of experience to this hospice venture.  She has years of experience as a former case manager and as a hospice registered nurse.  Most recently she was the Executive Director at one of the larger hospice agencies in Albuquerque, NM.

     Prior to working in the hospice healthcare segment she was working at a level 1 trauma hospital as a medical surgical nurse.  Before entering into nursing, Michelle utilized her marketing degree in varied business interests.  She has spearheaded, owned and managed previous businesses ranging from non-profit consulting and public relations firms to an event management company.