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Fort Collins Patient Testimony Q&A

This month, we had the opportunity to talk to Heather L. Babbitt from Fort Collins, Colorado. Heather is a long-time patient of Dr. Thankor, a Tekton Research Principal Investigator in Fort Collins. Heather was able to join Dr. Thankor’s Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trial in hopes of making lives better for herself and others. Read more to learn about her experience with Tekton Research’s  Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical research trial.


  • How did you hear about clinical research trials?

Through Dr. Thakor and his office medical staff.


  • Did you have questions or concerns about participating in a clinical research trial? If so, what were they?

I was a little concerned about it at first. Specifically, if it was safe or not. I spoke with Dr. Thakor about my concerns and he answered my questions and ultimately, I agreed to participate for a couple of reasons. First, I [wanted] some relief from my Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. Second, I thought participation could ultimately help others and help to advance the field. 

  • What were the benefits of participating in a clinical research trial?

Free medical care and medication, that’s a big one.  Plus getting to try the newest, latest and greatest is pretty awesome.


  • Tell us about your experience with Dr. Thakor and his staff?

Dr. Thakor is amazing.  I have been his patient for 10+ years.  He is so kind and gentle, helpful and knowledgeable. His physician assistants are the same way too. Can’t say enough positive things about his office and staff.  I recommend him to everyone.

  • Would you recommend a clinical research trial to your friends and family?

Yes, absolutely! I feel that it has been safe. I get more medical monitoring through this clinical research than I ever did before.  I feel the research team has been responsive to my questions and concerns.  

We are currently enrolling in a variety of clinical studies. Wanting to learn more? Click here.