The Sports Medicine Fellowship produces primary care physicians who excel in treating patients with musculoskeletal problems, along with other medical problems related to athletics and exercise.

Ben Phipps

M.D. University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
B.S. in biology, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Residency: Montana Family Medicine Residency, Billings

Board certification: American Board of Family Medicine. Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) Sports Medicine

Joined Faculty: 2008

Family: My wife, Kelsey, and I have three young sons, Tiegan, Grayson, and Brekken.

Medical interests: Sports medicine

Outside interests: Fly fishing, archery and all other hunting, outdoor activities, plus the current project of building a log cabin.

The most satisfying part of teaching: Seeing residents and fellows light up as a concept becomes truly understood as they develop from learning professionals into real-world ready physicians.

Matthew Giordanengo
Asst. Director

Schooling: D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pa.

B.S., Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.

Joined Faculty: 2015

Medical interests: Sports Medicine, nutrition and preventative medicine

Outside interests:  Montana has revived an interest in everything outside, from hiking, camping and mountain biking to kayaking. Indoor interests include jigsaw puzzles, board games, and video games.

Skye Heston

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

College: Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, Lesser Antilles

Outside Interests: Time with family, bonsai, martial arts (Capoeira, Kung Fu, MMA), surfing (not much in Montana) hiking, reading, movies, yoga, photography

Medical Interests: Sports medicine, women’s health, dermatology, preventative medicine, pediatrics

Life before Medicine: Worked as tree planter and worked for the forest service in California for two seasons, one as botanist and the second for the fire department.  Lived three years outside the U.S., in the Caribbean, Mexico, Nicaragua and Indonesia

Favorite Music: World music, instrumental/acoustic, Pop

Favorite Movies: “Ghost dog,” anything big Hollywood budget comic book/Sci-fi, foreign, artsy independent, some rom-com, documentaries

Why you chose MFMR:  To have the opportunity to live and explore Montana and to work with a community that obviously understands what it means to delivery primary (and sports medicine) care to those that need it most.