Residents - Class of 2024

Missoula

Sienna Foxton

 Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine  s.-foxton.png

I was born in Bozeman, Montana but I grew up mostly in Alaska. My dad was a tour bus driver in Denali National Park so we spent the summers in Denali (in a cabin without electricity or running water) and the winters in Anchorage. I attended college at Wellesley College outside of Boston, but after four years in the east I missed the mountains too much and moved back to the Pacific Northwest. I landed in Yakima, Washington where I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with foster kids on the Yakama Reservation and as a ParaEducator at an elementary school. I also was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching 8th grade math in a small town in Mozambique. After the Peace Corps I returned to Yakima to start medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. During medical school I was consistently drawn to family medicine for its emphasis on preventative care, opportunity to treat the whole family,
and focus on social determinants of health.

My interests within family medicine include women’s health, underserved medicine, and osteopathic manual medicine. I was drawn to FMRWM because of the program’s emphasis on rural and underserved medicine, the strength of the OMM curriculum, and the wonderful people that make the program what it is. In my free time my wife Emmy and I enjoy backpacking, biking, hiking, gardening, and cooking new recipes.

Kara Francis

k.-francis.pngUniversity of Washington School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Livingston, MT. After receiving my undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Oregon, I returned to Montana to work at a health center in Hardin, MT. My upbringing in a small community, work in Hardin, and love of the outdoors led me to desire a career and life in rural Montana. Thus, I decided to pursue family medicine with specific
interest in work with rural and underserved populations, social justice, and social determinants of health. I attended medical school at the University of Washington, where I completed much of my training in Montana communities, further encouraging my passion for rural family medicine.

Outside of medicine, I love to spend time outdoors with my dogs and partner, trail running, skiing, hiking, and more recently learning to fly fish. I am thrilled to continue my training in my home state and to explore the incredible areas around Missoula.

Alec Kerins

a.-kerins.pngUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Helena, Montana where I spent my childhood exploring the woods, raising livestock, and running up and down the soccer field. After earning my B.A. in Biology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, I joined Teach for America and taught high school science in the San Francisco Bay Area. Seeing first-hand the systemic inequities and barriers
that prevented my students from accessing the high-quality education they deserved, I spent the better part of the next decade working to change that. After repeatedly facing the tight connection between health and educational outcomes, I decided to make the transition to medicine. I earned my medical degree from the University of Colorado, and was fortunate to have great mentors that provided experiences allowing me to explore my passion for rural communities, population health, advocacy and
healthcare access.

My wife, two sons, and our two pups are really looking forward to joining the FMRWM family and calling Western Montana home again. When not thinking about medicine, I can be found trail running, skiing, fly fishing, camping, working on home improvement projects, and exploring the back-roads of Montana.

Travis Kinane

t.-kinane.pngPacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Born in the middle of the Willamette Valley in Beaverton, Oregon, I attended Linfield University near the Oregon coast, where I played basketball and ran track. At the start of my junior year, I accepted a two-year internship working with underprivileged, overweight children in the community that changed my career trajectory towards medicine. I then worked as a medical assistant and surgical scrub at an orthopedic clinic for several years after finishing college. I matriculated into medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Central Washington and spent my clinical years in Fairbanks, Alaska. I chose to pursue family medicine to provide preventative medicine and full-spectrum care to my patients. During my free time, I love exploring the outdoors with my family and friends, biking, playing basketball, or skijoring with my hound-dog Huckleberry.

Jennifer Selland

j.-selland.pngUniversity of Massachusetts School of Medicine

I grew up in Needham, MA, a suburban town about 10 miles west of Boston, and spent most of my teenage years horseback riding and skiing. I attended University of Rochester for college, and that’s where my desire to reach vulnerable populations strengthened after working for the Preventive Care Program for Urban Children with Asthma. During a gap year post college, I was fortunate to work at a summer camp for children with high-cognitive autism spectrum disorder and then as a medical assistant in a Radiation Oncology department. Through both of those jobs, I realized just how important forming relationships with the patients and families I was working with on a daily basis was to me, and that’s when I knew I wanted to enter a field where I could have strong continuity of care in my practice. After starting medical school at UMass, I was drawn to Family Medicine because of the mission of the specialty to address health inequities and act as community advocates for patients, as well as the compassionate personalities of others in the field.

My passions outside of medicine include running, skiing, hiking, dog walks, working on my vegetarian culinary skills, and convincing anyone I’m with to play a game of Catan. It has been my dream to move to a mountain town like Missoula, where the opportunities for outdoor activities are endless. I am so excited to explore Montana, learn, and grow alongside the FMRWM team!  

Rebecca Sharar

r.-sharar.pngUniversity of Washington School of Medicine

I grew up on an island outside of Seattle and have been traversing the water and mountains ever since. I set off to be an architect at the University of Washington only to discover that design was not, in fact, my strongest asset. Traveling through Ecuadorian rain forests in college led me to ultimately study biology and Spanish. After a brief stint as a high school basketball coach in California I moved to Michigan to get my MPH at the University of Michigan and work for a county health department. The Great Lakes sure were great, but I realized the mountains were where I was home. My interests in preventative health, longitudinal patient relationships, and working with people of all ages and experiences led me back west to medical school at the University of Washington to become a future family medicine doctor. I participated in the WWAMI program which took me throughout Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana for my clinical training. It was in Montana (my dad’s homeland) that I fell in love with rural family medicine practice and living. I plan to return to a small community in the Montana mountains after residency.

If I’m not inside a classroom, clinic, or hospital, I am probably skiing in the backcountry, flying a paraglider off Mt Jumbo, trail running through the Bitterroots, or losing a well-fought game of Settlers of Catan in the living room.

Cecilia Weeks

c.-weeks.pngJohn Hopkins University School of Medicine

Born in a small town in upstate New York, my three sisters and I spent our early childhood playing in creeks and cornfields. After moving around quite a bit, I settled down in Austin, TX for my formative years, which I now call my hometown. I attended the University of Texas at Austin, studying biology with a public health focus. As a healthy policy intern, I advocated to close the coverage gap in Texas. After graduating, I spent my gap year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer teaching reproductive health to high schoolers in Austin. I returned to the East Coast to attend Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where I was able to help develop and lead a trauma-informed care elective for my fellow students. I’m passionate about breaking the cycle of generational trauma by addressing not only children’s health needs, but by improving the health of parents, grandparents, and mothers-to-be. This is why family medicine has always made sense to me. I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast since my childhood but picked up running and cycling along the way. My husband, Ryan, and I are thrilled to move to Missoula with our cat, Pluto.

Kalispell

Sarah Davis

s.-davis.pngPacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in a small, rural town in Northern California. After high school, I began college at Cal Poly, and decided after two years to transfer to Montana State University. At MSU I completed my Bachelor’s in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Master’s in Health Sciences, and completely fell in love with the beauty and culture of the state of Montana. During my time in Bozeman, I worked several jobs including caregiving for a young boy with special needs and teaching anatomy in various settings. These experiences affirmed that I longed to serve and teach others through medicine, and that I was on the right path by pursuing a career in primary care. I have a deep passion for caring for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and have devoted much of my extracurricular time to serving this population. I plan to continue to do so in my future practice by working to improve access to quality, full-spectrum primary care for these individuals and other underserved populations in Montana. Outside of medicine, you’ll catch me spending time with loved ones and furry friends. We enjoy anything outdoors, and often go hiking or backpacking, and also enjoy any indoor crafts and projects. I am honored and could not be more excited to join the FMRWM team.

Emilie McIntyre

e.-mcintyre.pngUniversity of Washington School of Medicine

I grew up in Seattle and had always envisioned an urban life. I enjoyed combining creativity and pragmatism as an architecture student in college and found myself drawn to more humanitarian avenues for design after graduating. My professional plans were rerouted by my personal experiences with chronic illness, and I felt pulled to become a compassionate and empathetic physician. During medical school, I evolved from initially wanting to specialize to wanting to become an expert in my patients through the longitudinal relationships unique to family medicine.

I fell in love with western Montana while hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, as well as during subsequent rural rotations during medical school. My wilderness backpacking adventures have taught me that my heart is at home in the mountains, and I am thrilled to be putting down roots at the base of some of the most beautiful ones. I look forward to becoming a small-town doc doing full spectrum family practice with obstetrics.

Bryce Roberts

b.-roberts.pngDes Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in the great state of Oklahoma in a town called Broken Arrow. Growing up, you could usually find me at one of two places: the local skatepark working on my latest tricks or cooling off at the pool. After high school, I served a 2-year, Spanish-speaking mission trip to Los Angeles, CA. When I got home, I attended Iowa State University and earned a BA in Spanish and a minor in Chemistry. I completed my medical degree at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in school, I had the opportunity to work in small-town Iowa and was instantly drawn to rural family medicine; however, my love of mountains inspired me to look outside of Iowa. Rural family medicine coupled with breathtaking Montana mountains is a dream come true. I spend most of my free time with my beautiful wife and 3 amazing kiddos and we love the outdoors. Our favorite activities include biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, skateboarding, snowboarding and so much more. We are so excited to raise our family in Montana and to explore its beauty.