Current Residents

As part of the residency “family,” our residents build close relationships with each other and with faculty and staff as they blend into dynamic teams. They find time to appreciate each other as individuals and frequently bond over outdoor adventures. Billings is a family-friendly city with lots to do for young families from outdoor adventures and fun runs to concerts and theater performances.

Class of 2025

Zack Cady

Hometown: Lame Deer, Mont.
Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Las Cruces, N.M.
Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of cell biology and neuroscience, Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.
Outside interests: Snowboarding, camping, fishing, hunting, shooting, spending time with family and friends.
Medical interests: Rural full spectrum, geriatrics, emergency, orthopedics, pain medicine, wilderness medicine, veterans’ health and point-of-care ultrasound.
Life before medicine: Snowboarding, motocross, hunting, fishing, spending time exploring my reservation.
Favorite music: Rock, metal and country.
Favorite movies: Super Troopers, Old School, Trailer Park Boys (the movie), also snowboarding and motocross movies.
Why I chose MFMR: The opportunity to serve the area I grew up in has been a goal of mine since I decided to pursue medicine. MFMR also has a great wilderness medicine program, which pairs great with my love of the outdoors. I also was able to return to the best state in the USA.

Raul Chavarria

Hometown: Miami, Florida.
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados.
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of science in physics, Florida International University, Miami.
Medical interests: Preventative medicine, diabetic management, women’s health, including prenatal and pediatric care, wilderness medicine.
Outside Interests: Hiking with my wife, spending time with family and friends, team sports, running, cycling, strategy games, going to the movies and being outdoor as much as possible.
Life before medicine: First-generation college and medical graduate, arrived in the USA from Nicaragua at age 12. Studied mathematics and physics through high school and college. I worked in community service projects to assist communities in lower socioeconomic areas, environmental protection and increasing math and science awareness through outreach programs. I aim to serve my community so that others can share the rights, freedoms, and responsibilities that make our house a home. Nacido en Nicaragua y hablo Español.
Favorite music: From Barber of Seville to System of a Down, I have a broad music taste.
Favorite movies: Matrix, Lord of the Rings, recent Marvel films (too many to list), Big Fish, Star Wars, Star Trek, Berserker and other anime with interesting characters.
Why I chose MFMR: Welcoming program director and residents, commitment to quality improvement projects and to serving underserved communities, full spectrum training in beautiful Big Sky Country, mountains and forests with strong recommendation from alumni.

Eric Hjaltalin

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Medical school: Rocky Vista University, Parker, Colo.

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of arts, Carroll College, Helena.

Medical interests: Sports medicine, pediatrics, comprehensive care.

Outside interests: Skiing, fishing, boating and working on my car.

Life before medical school: Worked as emergency department scribe at St. Peter Health in Helena and mental health tech at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena, medical mission to rural orphanage in Mexico.

Favorite music: I listen to just about everything depending on my mood.

Favorite movies: The Big Lebowski.

Why I chose MFMR: I fell in love with Montana during undergrad and returning for residency was an amazing opportunity. Additionally, all of the people involved with this program were so welcoming and encouraging I couldn’t resist.

Luke Leary

Hometown: Oxford, Miss.

Medical school: University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson.

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor’s degree in biology with chemistry minor, University of Mississippi “Ole Miss”.

Medical interests: Rural full spectrum (hospital and clinic), sports medicine, wilderness medicine, hospital medicine.

Outside interests: Spending time with family, friends and my dog, bird hunting, fishing, hiking, exercise, watching sports and occasionally attempting them.

Life before medical school: I am the middle of seven kids in my family and was born and raised in Mississippi. I enjoyed playing several sports growing up and worked multiple odd jobs both before and during college, the last of which was working as a ranch hand outside of Big Sky the summer before starting medical school.

Favorite music: Country/folk when I’m driving or hanging out, rap/rock when I’m exercising, been on a My Morning Jacket kick recently.

Favorite movies: All things John Wayne, Gladiator, Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart.

Why did I chose MFMR: I wanted a program that emphasized rural full-spectrum training. Once I interviewed. I was thoroughly impressed with the supportive environment among all the residents and faculty. Being in the great state of Montana was the cherry on top.

Megha Mudireddy

Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D.

Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of science in biology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Medical interests: Women’s health, preventive medicine, pain management, sports medicine, skin diseases.

Outside interests:  Spending time with family and friends, reading, tennis, traveling and cooking.

Life before medical school: I was getting a master’s degree in public health. When not in school, I spent a lot of time with family and did a lot of traveling.

Favorite music:  A little bit of everything.

Favorite movies: Marvel comics movies, animated films, Harry Potter and Bollywood movies.

Why I chose MFMR:  The program was very welcoming, and it felt like a natural fit for me when I interviewed. The staff and faculty were wonderful and encouraging.  Billings is an ideal location, both for being near my family and serving a diverse patient population.

Grace Rose

Hometown: Birdseye, Utah.

Medical school: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Yakima, Wash.

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of science in human nutrition, Southern Utah University, Cedar City.

Medical interests: Obstetrics, pediatrics, addiction medicine, rural health, and diabetes management.

Outside interests: Camping, hiking, visiting ghost towns, hanging out with my family, spending time playing card and board games, playing with my dog, kayaking, and doing home renovations.

Life before medical school: I worked as a nutritionist and managed a trucking company.

Favorite music: Ben Rector, pop songs turned classical, and anything I can dance to.

Favorite movies: I do not watch many movies but I love true crime TV shows and podcasts.

Why I chose MFMR: This program had everything I was looking for and I had seen how the residency supports its residents. I was impressed with the quality of training that is provided. Plus, Montana is gorgeous and has some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Joel M. Ross

 Hometown: Farmington, Utah.

Medical school: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Las Cruces, N.M.

Undergraduate degree: Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, bachelor of arts with Spanish major, emphasis in international business and chemistry minor,

Medical interests: Family medicine, wilderness medicine, integrative medicine, osteopathic medicine, functional medicine.

Outside interests: Spending time with my wife and two children, and most any outdoor activity. Volunteer work, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, camping, soccer, watching movies, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, wake boarding, long boarding, paddle boarding, surfing, martial arts and reading.

Life before medical school: Before and throughout medical school I was heavily involved with volunteer work, helping children domestically and internationally.  I pursued a career in the family business and a degree in international business.  I worked as a personal trainer for several years, and was certified as an EMT, CNA, and phlebotomist. I lived in Chile for three years where I met my wife and we were married. We moved back to the United States and have since added two beautiful children to our family.

Favorite music: Little bit of everything – country, rock, etc.

Favorite movies: Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams, Chasing Mavericks, Vikings (TV shows) and Marvel comics movies.

Why I chose MFMR: While on rotation I fell in love with the area and program for several reasons,  including the broad spectrum of opportunity for training, the Wilderness Medicine Track, the amazing faculty and staff, current residents who all seem to truly enjoy it.  I feel that my family will love to live and have access to so many different outdoor activities and life experiences in this beautiful area.

Shae Saunders

Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.

Medical school: American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Undergraduate degree: Metropolitan State University of Denver/University of Colorado Denver.

Medical interests: Public health and social determinants of health and wellness, restorative justice in healthcare and health equity, women’s health and OB-GYN.

Outside interests: Dogs, cooking, skincare, travel and home improvement.

Life before medical school: Former makeup artist and licensed aesthetician.

Favorite music: David Bowie, Purple Disco Machine and Jimi Hendrix.

Favorite movies: Legends of the Fall, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Sabrina, Pride and Prejudice.

Why I chose MFMR: Not only does MFMR provide the perfect opportunity for me to come back home and practice medicine, but the people who make up the program and the patients MFMR serves made it the only residency choice in my mind.  The program provides excellent patient-centered care in an incredible clinic and will prepare me to practice among Montana’s diverse patient population, as well as its rural communities and cities.  Joining MFMR truly felt like I was coming home, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an amazing community.

David Supinski

Hometown: Baxter, Minn.

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis Minn.

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of arts in biology from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.

Medical interests: Rural family medicine, preventative medicine, emergency medicine, sports and exercise medicine, maternity and newborn care.

Outside interests: Running, biking, swimming, cross country skiing, pickle ball, tennis, basketball, spike ball, corn hole, golf, hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, wood working, painting, music, cooking and reading.

Life before medical school: I transitioned straight into medical school after my undergraduate education. In college I was involved in track, homecoming committee, working as a tutor and library attendant, ping-pong club, and volunteering outside of school.

Favorite music: All genres. I am first and foremost a Classic Rock enthusiast.

Favorite movies: Chef, Miracle, Star Wars, and Marvel comics movies.

Why I chose MFMR: I was looking for a program with a dedication to rural family medicine and MFMR certainly prepares its residents for a wide range of future practice settings. I see great value in training at a Community Health Center. I look forward to being challenged by high-needs patients with limited resources. Billings is uniquely situated to provide excellent resident training as a central medical hub and I plan to take advantage of every learning opportunity that this affords. Finally, Billings is a great city with ample access to the outdoors. My wife and I are excited to join this community and become the most successful, well-rounded people that we can be.

Class of 2024

Brooke Fettig

Hometown: New Town, N.D.

College: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, bachelor of science.

Medical School. University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks.

Outside interests: Spending time with family and my Bernese mountain dog, camping, fishing, ice fishing, kayaking, running, disc golf, baking and reading.

Medical interests: Women’s health, pediatrics and rural medicine.

Life before medicine: I was born and raised in North Dakota. I worked for TAT Fish & Wildlife. During college, I was a research assistant and tutor. When not in school, I would go to Lake Sakakawea, spend time with my family, and travel to other states and countries.

 Favorite music: Alternative, pop, country

Favorite movies: The Great Gatsby, Marvel movies, Smoke Signals

Why I chose MFMR: I chose MFMR because the program was welcoming and seemed supportive of its residents. I felt this program would provide further training for my interests in medicine. I also chose MFMR for its location and patient population.

Marina Hansen

Hometown: Glasgow, Mont.

College: Cell biology and neuroscience, Montana State University, Bozeman.

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Outside Interests: Spending time with my husband, pets, family and friends, outdoor activities and gardening.

Medical interests: Wilderness medicine, rural medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and palliative care.

Life before medicine: I grew up in northeastern Montana. After earning my degree in cell biology and neuroscience at Montana State University, I worked in an optometry clinic for two years.

Favorite music: A little bit of everything.

Favorite movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and comedies.

Why I chose MFMR: It is an outstanding program and I am committed to serving the people of Montana.

Alex Hetrick

Hometown: Somerville, Ala.

College: University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Bachelor of Science in biology, bachelor of art in history with Japanese minor. Eastern Mennonite University – Harrisonburg, Va., master’s degree in biomedicine.

Medical school: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Ivins, Utah.

Outside interests: Hiking, paddle boarding, camping, climbing, woodworking, and international backpacking.

Medical interests: Wilderness medicine, global medicine and wound care.

Life before medicine: Working in coffee shops to fund international exploration.

Favorite music: For studying: Chillhop/Lofi. For gym: classic rock. For driving: Pop/folk/country. For every occasion: Elton John.

Favorite movies: Lord of the Rings (extended editions), Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Harry Potter and everything Disney.

Why I chose MFMR: I loved the awesome, cohesive atmosphere between the residents and faculty. I am super excited about the wilderness medicine coursework and global outreach. Living a stone’s throw away from Yellowstone and Glacier didn’t hurt either.

Jalyn Huft

Hometown: Plevna, Mont.

College: Rocky Mountain College, Billings.

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Outside interests: Hiking, snowboarding, running, and playing with my golden retriever.

Medical interests: Women’s health, including prenatal care, addiction medicine, and chronic disease management.

Life before medicine: I grew up in a very small town in Montana. I spent summers helping on my family ranch. Before medical school, I worked as a CNA in both a hospital and long-term care facility.

Favorite music: Basically all music, especially alternative and older country.

Favorite movies: Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. My favorite TV show is The Office.

Why I chose MFMR: I started medical school with the goal of eventually practicing rural primary care in Montana. I believe MFMR it is the program that will best prepare me for this. The faculty and staff at MFMR are very supportive and have created a great environment for residents.

Jameson Laub

Hometown: Meadville, Pa.

College: College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, bachelor’s in biology.

Medical school:  A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (year 2-4 clinical rotations in Seattle area).

Outside interests: Hiking, rock climbing, skateboarding, board games, reading epic fantasy, watching Marvel movies.

Medical interests:  Rural medicine, preventative medicine, chronic pain management, substance use disorder management, osteopathic manipulative treatment and wilderness medicine.

Life before medicine: Two years AmeriCorps member in Laytonville, Calif., and Kent, Wash., assisting with drug-free community programs with local youth, developing patient outreach programs and patient education material, and acting as patient advocate to help navigate barriers to care.

Favorite music:  Progressive rock (Haken, Big Big Train, Tool), alternative rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Phish), other stuff (Gorillaz, Flogging Molly, Disney).

Favorite movies:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Phantom of the Opera, The Princess Bride, Howl’s Moving Castle and many more.

Why I chose MFMR:  Most fun interview, beautiful surroundings/access to outdoor activities, focus on broad-spectrum rural medicine, community healthcare setting with interdisciplinary care for patients, genuine care/support from faculty.

Travis Loy

Hometown: Southwest Ranches, Fla.

College: Bachelor’s in biology, Florida Atlantic University

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados

Outside Interests: Mentorship, service, missions work, cookery and food preservation, gardening, fly and deep-sea fishing, guitar, piano, live music production, cross-country walking and purposeful living.

Medical Interests: Preventative medicine, dietary health, mental health, medical missions and mentorship in healthcare

Life before medicine: As a first generation Cuban-American I was raised in a home that held great gratitude for the opportunity and freedoms offered by this great nation. From age 14, I found purpose in service, mentorship and missions through my church and local charities. Helping others with my own two hands changed my life, taught me many important skills and perspectives and led me to understand who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.

Favorite music: Music that makes you sing, feel and reflect. Guilty pleasures: John Mayer, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Thrice, Copeland, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Alec Benjamin

Favorite movies: Too many to name: Interstellar, Studio Ghibli films, Akira. I love Anime with great stories: Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, My Hero Academia

Why I chose MFMR: Since my youth, I have found healing and peace in Montana. Doing a sub-internship at MFMR as a medical student, learned about their innovative approaches to addressing the different health disparities in Montana. The physicians and staff members were kind and welcoming, coming from different walks of life, carrying different perspectives, yet all offering their skills as a collaborative force for good. It was truly inspiring. They were my first choice.

Daniel Pak

Hometown: Mill Creek, Wash.

College: Bachelor of arts, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Outside interests: Korean culture and language, gardening, cooking, classical and contemporary music.

Medical interests: Immigrant and underserved health, spreading awareness of chronic hepatitis B infection in Asian-Americans, quality improvement, healthcare policy and public health.

Life before medicine: Various research positions on a wide range of topics, from triazole fungicides to methanogens to nematodes.

Favorite music: Kpop, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Bach, operas and requiems.

Favorite movies: Parasite, Spotlight, Gravity and Interstellar.

Why I chose MFMR: Commitment toward serving underserved communities, focus on quality improvement in patient care and residency training, incredible opportunities in full-spectrum family medicine, the wonderful people and the beautiful location.

Adam Putnam

Hometown: Saint Louis, Mo.

College: Bachelor’s in biochemistry and molecular biology, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn.

Medical School: A. T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo.

Outside interests: Backpacking, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, board games, reading,

video games and dogs (my own and all).

Medical interests: Rural full spectrum, obstetrics, emergency, global medicine, point of care ultrasound.

Life before medicine: Played more sports than any human being should.

Favorite music: Keeping it interesting – bouncing from The Shins to Eric Clapton to Machine Gun


Favorite movies: Lord of the Rings, extended edition.

Why I chose MFMR: Wanted to opportunity to learn full spectrum in a beautiful place and

Montana had all I wanted and then some.

Class of 2023

Yuri Brito

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

College: Baruch College/City University of New York, BBA. Columbia University, School of General Studies, New York, N.Y., post-baccalaureate pre-medical.

Medical school: Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Conn.

Outside Interests: Running, hiking, soccer, mindfulness and meditation, learning to play the electric guitar well, did I mention soccer?

Medical interests: Family medicine, integrative and holistic medicine, lifestyle and preventive medicine, mental health and veterans health.

Life before medicine: Majored in advertising and marketing as a college undergrad. Worked a little but needed something more fulfilling. Did some traveling and adventure and found my path in medicine.

Favorite music: Classic Rock. Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Pink Floyd.

Favorite movies: Rocky I and II.

Why I chose MFMR: I chose MFMR because of the opportunity to practice family medicine in a unique setting surrounded by majestic mountains and forests. The program itself is robust and the faculty are kind and nurturing. I am sure I will get a well-rounded education and solid residency experience here that will train me to confidently serve my patients and our community.

Douglas R. Burns

Hometown:  Warrenville, Ill.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem N.Y.

Outside interests: Skiing, biking, collaborative story telling games, reading fiction, reflective writing

Medical Interests: Hospice and palliative care, improving health access, and patient education

Life Before Medicine: Camping in my mom’s backyard and on my dad’s balcony for two years, folk dancing in Norway, bike messenger in New York City, Spanish studies in Peru, Chile and Argentina

Favorite music: Jazz, Balkan Jazz, LO-FI Jazz, NewSounds radio, Bandcamp Weekly

Favorite Movies:  White Sun, Tokyo Godfathers, Steep

Why you chose MFMR: Montana gave me so much in the past, I wanted to return to live and serve in this state, and continue building the community for a lifelong medical practice here

Ruth Chadwick

Hometown: Castle Rock, Colo.

College: Gordon College, Wenham, Mass., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.  (MPH)

Medical School: The Medical School of International Health, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel

Outside Interests:  I am an avid baker and love exploring foods from around the world. I also sew and have a particular interest in refashioning and historical costuming.  I love animals of all kinds and grew up with a dog and riding horses. I have done animal rescue work with neonatal kittens, including rescuing my calico cat named Audrey off the streets in Israel.

Medical Interests: Obstetrics, pediatrics, cross-cultural medicine, public health, emergency management

Life before Medicine:  My parents were missionaries, so I grew up all over the world, but spent my older childhood and teen years in Colorado. Before medical school, I took a gap year and had the privilege of working as a nanny for two wonderful little boys.

Favorite Music: Big band, swing, Christian folk, musical soundtracks, movie scores

Favorite Movies: Treasure Planet, UP, The Two Popes, The Prince of Egypt

Why you chose MFMR:  I chose MFMR because I saw an opportunity to grow both in medicine and in public health while serving the people of Billings and working with a great team of people. I also loved Montana from the moment I landed, and I knew it would feel like home in no time.

Amanda Fields

Hometown: Portland, Ore., is my birthplace, but Ellensburg, Wash., feels like home.

College:  Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.

Medical School:  Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima, Wash.

Outside Interests:  Hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding – anything that involves exploring with my husband, kids and our labradoodle, Festus.

Medical Interests: obstetrics and women’s health, wellness, preventative and rural medicine, geriatrics

Life before Medicine: Becoming a doctor has been my goal since middle school, but I took time to travel and focus on my kids’ early years before entering medical school. I’ve lived in Portland, Ore., Southern California, Las Vegas, NV, Austria, and Washington.

Favorite Music: Indie, alternative rock, classical. Lumineers or Nathaniel Radcliffe are usually on my repeat.

Favorite Movies:  Lately, I’ve spent more time with shows that make me laugh. Parks and Rec and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are two current favorites.

Why you chose MFMR:  MFMR offered a well-rounded family practice philosophy and diversity of opportunities. I was interested in learning with a group of like-minded individuals who had the same passion and drive for patients, but who would also challenge me to grow. Also, Billings is an ideal location to meet my family’s desire for strong community and multiple outdoor adventures. We couldn’t be happier to call Billings home for the next stage of our journey.

Christian Kilpatrick

Hometown: Sheridan, Wyo.

College: University of Wyoming, Laramie

Medical School: Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale

Outside Interests: I’m a big fan of the outdoors, so that’s usually where you’ll find me if I have some free time. I was raised in the Big Horn Mountains above Sheridan, Wyo., and have spent a large portion of my life camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking. My other big passion is music. I’ve played the guitar since I was 12 and like to do covers, and occasionally write my own songs. Outside of those two things, I enjoy sports and competition, spending time with my family and friends, and trying new things. Recently I’ve taken up woodworking and have created the vast majority of the furniture in my home. I also recently switched from snowboarding to skiing after snowboarding for 10+ years.

Medical Interests: Being so involved with the outdoors throughout my life, I find wilderness medicine  fascinating and extremely helpful in tough situations. Sports have also made a large impact on my life, so getting involved in sports medicine and continuing to be involved in sports through my career would be awesome. In the long run, I’m hoping to settle down in a rural area somewhere in the mountains as a rural family medicine physician.

Life before Medicine: Before deciding to pursue medicine, most of my interests involved sports. I played football, track, and baseball in high school, and was on the University of Wyoming football team for a short time. I also spent a lot of my time getting fresh air and seeking adventure in the mountains. My family means more to me than anything. I would have never made it this far without them.

Favorite Music: I’m not that picky when it comes to music. It kind of depends on the day. Some of my all-time favorites are Eric Church, Steve Moakler, The Holdup, Iration, and Blink 182.

Favorite Movies: Tarantino movies, The Longest Yard, Friday Night Lights, Book of Eli, and 80s spoofs.

Why you chose MFMR: The biggest reason for me would probably be the incredibly fun, kind and patient nature of the existing residents and faculty. During my sub-internship as a fourth-year medical student, I don’t recall a single moment when I didn’t feel like I was a part of the team. I was constantly challenged by new obstacles and new ways of thinking. Everyone was always willing to take the time to teach or explain something if I seemed unsure. I knew by the end of my sub-internship that this was where I wanted to be. They also offer a track in wilderness medicine, which was extremely appealing to me, and plenty of nearby areas for outdoor activities and exploring. Luckily, Billings has always been my second hometown. I was born here, and half of my family lives here, with the other half located only a short drive away in Wyoming.

John Konow

Hometown: Chicago

College: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Medical School: University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School, Brisbane, Australia, & New Orleans, La.

Outside Interests: Dogs, nature, coloring, hiking, trying to play sports

Medical Interests: Emergency medicine, sports medicine, patient education, full-spectrum family medicine

Life before Medicine: Born and raised in Chicago. Studied Economics, a little chemistry, and played volleyball at Vassar College. Travelled a bit.  Coached volleyball and then taught/tutored physics at Resurrection High School back in Chicago. Even did a two-month stint in graduate school studying biochemistry/cell biology.

Favorite Music: Apashe, The Beatles, Cat Clyde, T.D.E, Tash Sultana, Griz

Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Donnie Darko, Charlie Bartlett

Why you chose MFMR: I applied because MFMR’s location in Billings is surrounded by the prettiest nature. But I chose the program because of the people. Everybody was super welcoming and friendly. MFMR seemed like a very supportive environment, and the program was a perfect fit for my unique interests in and outside of medicine.

Cassie Lowry Edmark

Hometown: Seattle, Wash.

College: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University, Yakima, Wash.

Outside Interests: Skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, most often on a mixed sport adventure with my husband. At home, I spend my time DJing, sewing, and on electronics projects.

Medical Interests: Austere, expedition, rescue, altitude, sports, and emergency medicine; critical care, trauma care, point-of-care ultrasound

Life before Medicine: I spent my whole life traveling with a large part of my childhood in Europe, eventually landing back in Washington State to pursue graduate education and wilderness medicine. Professionally, I worked in mental health after undergrad and later EMS in rescue and ski patrol with focuses on education, research, and protocol development.

Favorite Music: Trip hop, downtempo, drum ’n’ bass, techno, electronica, house, blues, soul, funk; indie, classic, and progressive rock, 90’s alternative

Favorite Movies: Psychological thrillers, sci-fi.

Why you chose MFMR: Hands-on broad spectrum medicine in one of my favorite regions in the world was hard to beat, but the quality of the people was by far the clincher.

Sam Matz

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

College: Excelsior College, N.Y.; Portland State University, Ore.

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Outside Interests: Kite surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing, and loads of hiking. I live for morning coffee on overnight backpacking trips

Medical Interests: Wilderness medicine, emergency medicine, quality improvement in medicine.

Life before Medicine: I took the long road to medicine, starting out working odd jobs after high school and later joining the Navy to serve as a nuclear reactor operator and Navy diver aboard a fast attack submarine. I have been to the North Pole and dove the “Mighty Mo” where the WWII peace agreement was signed. I later spent several years working in the engineering department helping to manufacture biopharmaceuticals before succumbing to my growing passion in wilderness medicine and pre-hospital care as a wilderness EMT.

Favorite Music: I grew up on a massive dose of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the B-52’s, classic rock, and the pop music of the late 90’s. Most of my Spotify playlist is an eclectic mix of “boots and cats,” classic rock, and delightful 90’s and 00’s pop hits.

Favorite Movies: I have watched “Big Trouble in Little China” and “The Shawshank Redemption” more than any one human should. I love sci-fi and feel that “Battlestar Galactica” is one of the best series of all time. I go against the grain and feel that Janeway was a better captain over Picard.

Why you chose MFMR: The Family Medicine program in Billings was love at first sight for me. They have one of the best wilderness medicine programs around, a kind and respectful faculty, and a nationally renowned family medicine program. Though not from Montana, many of the best people I have ever met have roots here. I could not be more grateful to provide care to the wonderful people of Montana.

Trent Taylor

Hometown: St. George, Utah

College: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Outside Interests: Podcasts (Sam Harris, Ira Glass, Malcolm Gladwell), running, coffee, craft beers, camping, hiking, board games, singing, theater, & video games.

Medical Interests: Women’s health, reproductive care, obstetrics, immigrant & refugee health, and healthcare policy

Life before Medicine: Lots of part time jobs, including lifeguard and a freshman mentor at BYU. Was a missionary for two years in the Dominican Republic.

Favorite Music: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Fray, Lizzo, Pentatonix, Blanco Brown, Childish Gambino

Favorite Movies: LOTR, Harry Potter, Joker, Christopher Nolan, Robin Williams

Why you chose MFMR: Close to family with political advocacy opportunities. High risk obstetrics and a desire to be near mountains again. Excited for the wilderness medicine.