Residents - Class of 2021
Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
I grew up in rural western Oregon in an off the grid cabin. I was lucky to spend a childhood mostly outdoors. I first got a degree in environmental science from The Evergreen State College, considering a career as a biologist. After several unrelated jobs, including, phlebotomist, mental health aid, wildland fire fighter, river guide, and ranch hand, I settled on medicine. A big inspiration for this was my mother who went back to school to become a family medicine physician later in life. I returned to Oregon to complete medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. I am excited to be in Missoula for Residency, and am looking forward to getting to know many parts of Montana.
I am passionate about living simply and recognizing the way the environment and living situations affect our health. I love to hike, raft/canoe, woodwork, work on home improvement projects, and spend time with the people dearest to my heart.
University of Utah School of Medicine
I was born in Idaho and grew up raising horses, hiking and skiing around the sage covered hills of Pocatello. I first moved to Montana to attend Montana State University where I earned a bachelors degree in Microbiology. At MSU I completed an internship with the Montana Office of Rural Health evaluating access to primary care in Montana, which retrospectively strongly foreshadowed my eventual career. I took my microbiology degree to Hamilton, MT where I studied chlamydial pathogenesis at Rocky Mountain Labs. During that time, I fell in love with the Bitterroot Valley and stayed to work at Marcus Daly Hospital while applying to medical school. I left Big Sky Country for the mountain desert to attend the University of Utah School of Medicine. I utilized my time in medical school to focus on reproductive healthcare, wellness in medicine, refugee care and epidemiologic research with an emphasis on the impact of social factors on disease spread. While I maintained my interest in microbiology and infectious disease, I found myself being pulled by cultivating strong relationships with patients of all ages and backgrounds and improving access to quality care, making a residency in Family Medicine the obvious path for me.
Outside of medicine, I love to spend time in the mountains on horseback, skiing, fishing, and trail running or at home working in my garden. Where ever I go, my border collie Calamity Jane is my steady sidekick. I am thrilled to be in Missoula to train as a family medicine physician!
University of Utah School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I earned my BA in Biology at the University of Utah. During this time I also took several Spanish classes and spent a summer working with a non-profit organization in Paraguay. After graduation, I moved to Oahu for a year before returning to Salt Lake City to begin medical school at the University of Utah. While earning my MD, I took the opportunities to work in Peru and Rwanda, as well as several free clinics in my community. Through these experiences I developed a passion for international and community health. I also have a strong interest in women’s health. I am thrilled to be joining the FMRWM team and live in the beautiful city of Missoula! In my spare time, I enjoy trail running and rivers.
Tulane University School of Medicine
I grew up in Stanford, CA before heading east to Dartmouth College to ski and play in the mountains. I joined the Dartmouth Ski Patrol and found a passion for emergency medicine, but quickly realized that I wanted more than just triage and splinting. I majored in studio art while completing my premed courses, and founded a wedding photography company in college. After graduating I moved to Miami to learn how to fish, Los Angeles for a year of Americorps, and then New Orleans for medical school. My rural family medicine clerkship opened my eyes to the wonders of full spectrum family practice, squirrel hunting, and wearing flannel. I am finally able to admit that my home is in the mountains, which brought me to Missoula! I’m so excited to incorporate my interest in wilderness, sports, emergency, and culinary medicine into my career as a rural family doc.
Baylor College of Medicine
I was born in southern Louisiana and raised in Texas. After getting a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, I worked as an engineer for 5 years. At some point along the way, I sat next to a cardiologist on a plane ride to New Orleans and he convinced me that I should go to medical school. I haven’t looked back since. I got my medical degree from Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, where I discovered my passion for Family Medicine. After a spur of the moment visit to some good friends in Montana, I fell in love with the state. When it came down to choosing a specialty and a location, I couldn’t (and still can’t) think of anything better than Family Medicine in Montana. I am so excited to be a part of this program, and I plan on taking advantage of everything Missoula has to offer, including mountain biking, trail running, camping, and most importantly, really wonderful people.
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
I grew up in Cooperstown, NY, a small town in upstate New York. I earned my B.S. in Biology at Virginia Tech, graduating in 2011, and continued my graduate studies at the University of New England, located in Biddeford, Maine. I first became interested in family medicine while working as a patient care assistant in the ICU and SCU after completing my undergraduate degree. While working there, I discovered the lack of adequate primary care access amongst the patients who resided in the surrounding rural communities. By pursuing a career as a family medicine physician, it is my intention to provide my patients with comprehensive and preventative medicine and to promote healthy habits and lifestyles. I am looking forward to continuing my medical training in Missoula and working with all of the great people affiliated with the FMRWM.
Outside of medicine, my interests include road and mountain biking, hunting and hiking, and traveling both home and abroad. My wife Kelly and I are looking forward to exploring all that Missoula and the great West have to offer.
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
I was born in Conrad in northwestern Montana and spent my early years in nearby Choteau where my dad practiced rural family medicine. My family moved to Bozeman, MT when I was in elementary school. I was raised on a small farm against the beautiful backdrop of the Spanish Peaks--many summers were spent bucking thousands of bales of hay by hand. I adventured outside of the state of Montana for my undergraduate at Williams College in Massachusetts where I kept my amateur athletic dreams alive and competed in Division III varsity basketball and track & field. I graduated with a double major in biology and religion.
My dream to become a family physician was sparked early on by watching my dad’s full-spectrum practice in various small towns throughout the state of Montana. I completed my medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. After rotating in a number of rural northern Arizona communities, my love for small-town living and medicine was confirmed. My husband Andy, newborn son Bodie, sidekick pup Hank, and I are all elated to be moving from the desert back to the mountains for my residency training in Missoula. Beyond medicine, my interests include reading, landscape photography, and adventuring in the outdoors.
University of Washington School of Medicine
I am a 5th generation Montanan, married to a Western Montanan, and am thrilled to be returning home to the Treasure State. After graduating high school in Billings, I attended Reed College in Portland, OR and graduated in Psychology and Neuroscience. After graduation I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study obesity in a neuroendocrine lab setting. I loved cross cultural interaction, so I continued my adventures overseas with a 2 year commitment to the Peace Corps in Botswana. During Peace Corps I worked in AIDS education, prevention, and treatment in a rural clinic, and from this experience knew that I wanted to pursue rural primary care. Upon returning to the US, I worked at a community health center in Billings, MT as a medical assistant, where my mentors were Family Physicians. I attended medical school at the University of Washington as a MT WWAMI, and participated in the TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track) Program - a longitudinal rural clinical program - intent on returning to a rural CHC in Montana after training. My husband and I are ecstatic to match in Kalispell, close to family, next-door to the outdoors, and in the state that we love.
My interests in medicine include addiction, mental health, health systems, Indian Health, and becoming the pluripotent stem cell that a rural community needs. My interests outside of medicine include swing dancing, hiking, backpacking, reading, running, and traveling (32 countries and counting!).
Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I was born and raised in Lewistown, Montana, where my family and I enjoyed exploring the outdoors. I developed a huge passion for snowboarding that carried me all the way to Utah to study Biology, Zoology, and Chemistry for my Bachelor’s degree. After graduating, I was accepted to medical school in Yakima, Washington at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. My husband is an immigrant from Bavaria, Germany, and he has fallen in love with Western Montana as it reminds him of the Alps back home. When we aren’t working, we love to snowboard, mountain bike, hike, and hang out with our dogs, family, and friends.
University of Kentucky School of Medicine
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but I grew up in the suburbias outside of Pittsburg, PA, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA. I received a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, but I decided to pursue more direct patient care through emergency medical services after graduation. I worked as an EMT in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California before completing a mobile intensive care paramedic program at Foothill College in Palo Alto, CA. I began to fall in love with rural people and lifestyles in Monterey County, CA while completing my paramedic training, and further developed a passion for rural medicine working as paramedic in central Massachusetts. After deciding on rural family medicine as a career, I earned a master’s in biomedical engineering and biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell while preparing for medical school. During graduate school, I began a short career as a medical device engineer and entrepreneur, developing skills and perspective I hope will be helpful overcoming problems in healthcare delivery. I attended medical school at the University of Kentucky in their Rural Physician Leadership Program, while also completing UKCOM’s Global Health Track requirements. As a RPLP student, I was privileged to have my clinical rotations in Eastern Kentucky, away from an academic medical center, which reinforced my decision to pursue full-spectrum family medicine. I spend whatever time I can spare hiking, camping, cooking, playing or watching soccer, reading, and tinkering.