Residents - Class of 2022

Missoula

Phillip Anuta

phillip-anuta-headshotUniversity of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

I grew up on a farm outside of a small town in northern Indiana. After completing my undergrad at Indiana University in physics and German, I moved to Austria and worked as an English teacher for a year. When I moved back to the States, I lived out of a van in West Virginia mainly pursuing rock climbing, spent a season in Colorado as a ski instructor and eventually ended up in Salt Lake City taking night courses to get my advanced-EMT certification. I worked rural EMS in Wendover, Nevada on the weekends and at a homeless healthcare clinic in downtown SLC which solidified my desire to become a physician. After attending medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa, I completed a preliminary year in general surgery at University Texas, San Antonio and switched my focus to rural, broad-spectrum primary care. I look forward to building on my skillset at FMRWM and enjoying all the great outdoor recreational opportunities Missoula has to offer with his partner Jess.

Zach Carlson

Zach CarlsonMedical College of Wisconsin

I was born and raised in the tiny town of Shevlin, Minnesota, which is located about an hour south of the Canadian border. My family had a hobby farm and I grew up loving the outdoors from a young age. As I went to school, I found I loved science, but after cancer took a toll on my family, I decided to pursue a career in healthcare. After working as a nursing assistant, physical therapy assistant and obtaining a biology degree, I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend medical school.  During medical school I was fortunate to have the opportunity to help manage a local free clinic and it was here that I found how rewarding primary care could be and decided to pursue a career as a Family Medicine physician.

 In my spare time I try to get outdoors as much as possible and especially enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking. When the weather keeps me indoors, I look forward to cooking, woodworking and spending time with my wife and dog. I’ve never lived outside the Midwest before, but I can’t wait to discover new hobbies as I learn to call Missoula my new home!

Grayson Cobb

Grayson CobbEastern Virginia Medical School

I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia where I developed a passion for health and nutrition through the sport of triathlon. While competing nationally and internationally for seven years, that passion developed into my pursuit of medicine. I studied Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech with an interest in incorporating nutrition and exercise into my future practice. I naturally fell in love with preventative care and health maintenance during medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School with additional interests in behavioral health and procedural medicine. I’m thrilled to learn broad scope family medicine in an incredible setting with the amazing faculty and residents at FMRWM.

Outside of medicine I love rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, and exploring the backcountry with my two dogs and cannot think of a better place to enjoy those passions than Missoula.

 

Mallory Koula

Mallory KoulaMedical College of Wisconsin

Born in America’s Dairyland, I was raised on a well-balanced diet of cheese curds and brats. I stayed close to home for undergrad at Lawrence University where I played soccer and majored in Biochemistry. I had a year-long stint as a snowboard instructor in Winter Park, Colorado before returning to Wisconsin for medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. I always thought I would follow in my mother’s footsteps and become a family doctor, but I became enthralled with the breadth and variety of medical imaging. I moved west for my transitional year in Spokane, Washington where I enjoyed caring for patients of all ages and backgrounds. Although I loved the content I was learning during my first year of radiology residency, I missed developing relationships with patients and hearing their story. I am so grateful that my round-about journey has led me to the FMRWM. I look forward to returning to direct patient care and working towards bettering the health of the community. I have an interest in complementary and alternative medicine, wilderness medicine and improving resident/physician wellness. On a day off you will find me practicing yoga in the sunshine, split-boarding in the backcountry, rafting down a river, backpacking a new trail or staring at my dog and telling him how cute he is.

 

Michelle Metcalf

Michelle MetcalfIndiana University School of Medicine

I was born in the city of Chicago but spent the majority of my youth in the cornfields of Lafayette, Indiana. I received my BA in Biochemistry and Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. During this time, I discovered my passion for working with the underserved through volunteering at a local free healthcare clinic and attending a medical mission to Honduras. After college I performed biochemical research at a pharmaceutical company in Indianapolis. I completed my medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. My work with our free student-run clinic inspired me to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural or underserved area. I am particularly passionate about women’s health and preventative medicine. During my free time my husband and I enjoy exploring the outdoors by hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. I also enjoy spending time with my cats & dogs, chicken farming, and reading.

 After a road trip out west many years ago, my husband and I have been waiting for our opportunity to move here full time! I am so excited to be joining the FMRWM family and explore this beautiful state!

Kathryn Walicki

Kathryn WalickiMichigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

 I grew up in the small town of Hartland, Michigan and spent my childhood vacations visiting the Great Lakes with my family. I attended Michigan State University where I studied biology and nutrition. While at MSU, I was a member of the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program, which introduced me to the philosophies of osteopathic medicine. I attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. During my second year, I traveled to Cuba for an elective course where I studied the country’s primary healthcare system. This experience in rural and underserved medicine, along with countless others during medical school, led me to choose a career in family medicine. I am thrilled to join FMRWM and further explore my interests within family medicine including rural medicine, international medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and OMM.

In my free time, I love to read, bake, craft, and spend time being active outdoors. I can’t wait to explore the vast state of Montana and to try new outdoor activities with my boyfriend, Nick, and our dog, Olivia.

Nick Zakovich

Nick ZakovichMichigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Walled Lake, Michigan, a small town about 30 minutes outside the city of Detroit. I grew up in a large family and we were always playing outside. I went to Michigan State University for undergrad where I worked as an EMT and volunteered at a community garden.

I went to MSUCOM for medical school. During that time, I developed interests in manual medicine, nutrition, family medicine, addiction medicine, and rural medicine.  Personally, I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, cooking, and reading with my girlfriend Katie and our dog Olivia. I am excited to do all of these things and more in Montana.

Kalispell

Genevieve Birang

Ruben HipolitoPacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Genevieve grew up in Poulsbo, a historic Norwegian town near Seattle, WA. She earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Whitworth University in Eastern Washington. She decided to study medicine when she was young, after playing surgery with all of her toys as a child. Learning the intricacies of biology and working in various clinics throughout Washington fed this love of science and healthcare and gave her the push that she needed to continue on to medical school. She is honored to be working toward her goal of providing knowledgeable and compassionate care for all people.

When not working, Genevieve enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, and learning about marine biology, and beachcombing. After spending all of her life in Washington, she is extremely excited to be continuing her training here, in the beautiful state of
Montana.

Shannon Rossio

Katie WilliamsUniversity of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

I grew up in beautiful Carleton, Michigan where I spent most of my time riding horses and exploring the nearby woods and farms with my siblings and our dogs. Spending too much time around horses led to hospital stays, a traumatic brain injury, and some hard lessons on life. After many years of learning what it meant to be a patient, I realized there was a need for doctors who had done time in a hospital bed. I graduated from Michigan State University (GO GREEN!), then worked as a waitress, medical secretary, and substitute teacher before gaining admittance into the white coat club. Once in medical school, I participated in the Ohio Rural Health Scholars Program and international medical missions. Through these experiences, I fell in love with rural family medicine and its focus on holistic, “womb to tomb” care for patients and their families. I hope to one day serve the rural people, communities, and landscapes that have molded me and taught me right from wrong. I am thrilled to join FMRWM and the amazing team of people committed to training doctors in Montana for Montanans! In my spare time, I enjoy trail riding, alpenglow in the North Fork, lilac thickets along the Hi-Line, skijoring with my mutt, big trucks, vintage bush planes, the words of Jim Harrison, Fredrik Backman, and Pete Fromm, fishing for Arctic grayling, beer on a back porch, and being humbled, every day, by all I do not know.

Kayla Whitmore

Kelby WilsonDes Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

A small town in Vermont is where I was raised-a place where everyone knew everyone and cows might have outnumbered the residents. I moved to the ‘big city’ of Burlington for my undergraduate studies, where after 4 years at UVM I wasn't’t 100% convinced of what I wanted to be when I grew up. After 3 years working in a variety of health care settings (phlebotomist, behavioral health case worker, Homecare Aide etc), I decided to stick with my gut instinct and go to medical school to become a doctor. I traded in the beautiful Green Mountains to study at DMU in the flat, humid Hawkeye state. When looking for areas for residency, I knew I needed to return to the mountains and am beyond excited that brought me to FMRWM. I look forward to dusting off my skis and hikers, exploring the music and food scene, and getting to know the people of Western Montana.