Founded in 1995, the Montana Family Medicine Residency has established a solid track record for training physicians to meet the challenges of practicing in rural and underserved areas.  Nearly 70 percent of our graduates now practice in Montana. While some residents grew up in the state, most are transplants who chose to make Montana their home.

MFMR Practicing Graduates in Montana from 1998 – Present

Anaconda, MT=1 Clancy, MT=1 Great Falls, MT =2 Lincoln, MT=1 Ronan, MT=1
Billings, MT =27 Columbia Falls, MT =2 Hardin, MT =2 Livingston, MT =2 Stevensville, MT =1
Bozeman, MT =4 Cut Bank, MT =1 Helena, MT =6 Miles City, MT =2 White Sulphur Springs, MT=1
Browning, MT =1 Dillon, MT =2 Kalispell, MT =3 Missoula, MT =7 Total  =74/121
Butte, MT =1 Glasgow, MT =1 Lewistown, MT =3 Red Lodge, MT =2 61% Retention Rate

Class Of 2017

Dawn Corso

Dawn Corso, M.D.

Hometown: Massapequa Park, New York


College: State University of New York at Binghamton


Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, St. Maarten


Currently Practicing: Billings Clinic Lamplighter Square, Billings, Mont.

Eric Farmer

Eric Farmer, M.D.

Hometown: Mountain View, California

College: Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

Currently Practicing: Locums in New Zealand

Katrina Maher

Katrina Maher, M.D.

Hometown: Helena, Mont.

College: Willamette University, Salem, Ore.

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich.

Currently Practicing: Locums in New Zealand.

Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell, M.D.


Hometown: Overland Park, KS


College: Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo.


Medical School: Saint Louis University, Mo.


Currently Practicing: St. Vincent Healthcare Hospitalist, Billings.

Dorothy Sizemore

Dorothy Sizemore, D.O.

Hometown: Whitehall, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, Colo.

Currently Practicing: Bozeman Health Medical Group, Bozeman, Mont.

Brendon Smith

Brendon Smith, D.O.

Hometown:  Choteau, Mont.

College:  Montana State University, Bozeman; Carroll College, Helena, Mont.

Medical School:  Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, Mo.

Currently Practicing: Big Sky Family Medicine, Kalispell, Mont.

Chardonnay Vance

Chardonnay Vance, M.D.

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn.

College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Medical School: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Currently Practicing: NorthShore Medical, White Salmon, Wash.


Joy Welty

Joy Welty, M.D.

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

College: Millersville University, Millersville, PA

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

Currently Practicing: Squalicum Family Medicine, Bellingham, Wash.


Class Of 2016

Adam Larkins

Hometown: Inman, S.C.

College: Undergraduate degree, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Currently Practicing:  Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Bethel, AK

Erin Burke

Hometown: Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

College: University of South Florida, Tampa

Medical School: St George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies

Currently Practicing:  ER fellowship with UTHSC/Methodist Emergency Medicine (University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center), Memphis, TN

Michelle Daya

Hometown: Miami, FL

College: Brandeis University, Boston, Mass.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies

Currently Practicing: ER fellowship with Valley Emergency Physicians Healthcare, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA


Emily Hedum

Hometown: Marshalltown, IA

College: Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), Kansas City, Mo.

Currently Practicing: St. Peter’s Medical Group, Helena


E. Colin Riley

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

College: Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno

Currently Practicing: Jordan Valley Medical Center, St Marks, and Lone Peak Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT



Robert Smith

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

College: Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth

Currently Practicing:  St. Peter’s, Helena


Laura Stump

Hometown: Charlottesville, Va.

College: Georgia Tech, Atlanta

Medical School: University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Currently Practicing:  Family Medicine of Albemarle and Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA

Donald Trainer
M.D., M.S.P.H.

Hometown: Oskaloosa, Kan.

College: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine- San Antonio

Currently Practicing: US Navy


Class Of 2015

Kira Bersanti

Hometown: Butte, Mont.
College: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Currently Practicing: Community Hospital of Anaconda, Anaconda, MT

Mae Bixby

Hometown: Grantsburg, Wis.
College: University Of New Hampshire
Medical School: University Of Minnesota

Currently Practicing: Western Montana Clinic, Missoula, MT

Garth Brand

Hometown: Monument, Colo.
College: Whitman College
Medical School: Ross University

Currently Practicing: Montana Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Chelsey Field

Hometown: Three Forks, Mont.
College: Boise State University/Montana State University
Medical School: Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center

Currently Practicing: St. Peter’s Hospital, Helena, MT

Kaycee Gardner

Hometown: Hammond, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: University of Washington

Currently Practicing: Rural Surgical Obstetrics Fellowship, Tacoma, Wash., then Holy Rosary Healthcare, Miles City, MT

Mario Giovanini

Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Currently Practicing: St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT

Adam Stenseth

Hometown: Missoula, Mont.
College: Gonzaga University
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Currently Practicing: Mountainview Medical Center, White Sulphur Springs, MT

Stephanie Thomas

Hometown: Hysham, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Currently Practicing: St. Vincent Healthcare Heights Family Practice, Billings, MT