Current Residents / Fellows

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 2023

Douglas R. Burns
D.O.

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
M.D. MPH

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
D.O.

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
D.O.

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
M.D.

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
D.O.

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
M.D.

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
M.D.

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.

Class of 2022

Bjorn Anderson
D.O.

Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.

College: The Master’s College, Santa Clarita, Calif.

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

Outside Interests: family, trail running, rock climbing, hunting, fly-fishing, hiking, backpacking, backcountry skiing

Medical Interests: sports medicine, wilderness medicine, nutrition

Life before Medicine:  Montana Bible College professor for five years; Spent a year working with an NGO in the slums of New Delhi, India; ultramarathon runner

Favorite Music: Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews, classical music, Avett Brothers, to name a few…

Favorite Movies: Braveheart, Free Solo, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, River Runs Through It, Nacho Libre

Why you chose MFMR:  I was originally excited about MFMR because it allowed me to get back to my home state of Montana. Then, when I came to interview, I fell in love the people and community here. As I interacted with faculty, staff, and residents during my interview, this felt like home. I also knew MFMR would thoroughly prepare me to serve as a competent and effective family medicine physician in whatever situation my future career will place me. In addition, the opportunities to pursue two of my passions, the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and Sports Medicine, were major factors. Finally, I love the fact that they are based in a community health clinic and have rural health opportunities.

Lisa A. Baracker
D.O. MPH

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas and Denver, Colo.

College: Metro State University, Denver, Colo.

Medical School: Touro University California, Vallejo, Calif.

Outside Interests: Cooking, crochet, DIY projects, skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, ocean/gulf/lake time and anything outside. Plus, I love a good movie and family time with husband, kids, dog and cat.

 Medical Interests: Women and children’s health, Doulas in medicine; adolescent medicine, family planning, healthcare advocacy and policy nerd, epidemiology.

Life before Medicine: : Worked at the University of Colorado hospital system in Denver, then as a biochemist and lab manager in the San Francisco Bay Area, a sprinkle of academic life, created a family with my amazing husband, became a doula and then entered medical school at 35. “I took the road less traveled by…”

Favorite Music: West Coast Rap, Hip Hop, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews Band

Favorite Movies: Top Gun and anything Pixar

Why you chose MFMR:  The people, the location, and the advocacy and public health experience

Ian Coe
M.D.

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon

College: University of Portland, Oreg.

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University-Portland, Ore.

Outside Interests: Woodworking, auto repairs, reading horror novels and historical non-fiction, crabbing, and day hiking.

Medical Interests: Rural medicine, inpatient care, preventative medicine, public health advocacy-especially regarding social determinants such as access to care, affordable housing, and food insecurity.

Life before Medicine: I grew up in a low-income family and did not have health insurance, so I only saw doctors and dentists a handful of times during my childhood. This motivated me to serve my community and address barriers to care by becoming a physician. I made the decision to become a doctor in middle school and was determined to go straight through from high school to college to medical school. I worked my way through high school and college, holding an unusual assortment of part-time jobs including building maintenance person, Christmas tree farmer, resident assistant, Uber driver, and in-home caregiver.

Favorite Music: Oldies ranging from big band like Glen Miller to rockabilly like Elvis to crooners like Dean Martin and everything in between.

Favorite Movies: I enjoy historical dramas, especially Argo and Full Metal Jacket as well as horror movies, in particular The Shining and The Conjuring.

Why you chose MFMR:  I felt like MFMR and Billings were a natural fit for me when I interviewed here. I immediately felt welcomed by the faculty, residents, and staff at Riverstone and could tell that they shared my passion for providing comprehensive, low-barrier care to patients from all walks of life. I also chose MFMR for the unique opportunity to practice both urban medicine in Billings and rural medicine in surrounding communities.

Kellee Glaus
M.D.

Hometown: Whitehall, Mont.

College: University of Montana, Missoula

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, MT WWAMI, Bozeman, Mont.

Outside Interests: Hiking, fishing, floating, camping, riding horses, hunting, skiing, playing basketball, reading, spending time with family, friends, and significant other

Medical Interests: Sports medicine, wilderness medicine, rural medicine, preventative medicine, wellness, and nutrition

Life before Medicine: I grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Whitehall, Mont. I worked various jobs in high school and college including noxious weed prevention, mining, and medical research. In college, I studied human biology and was a member of the University of Montana track team as a triple jumper.

Favorite Music: Classic rock and country

Favorite Movies: Almost Famous, Love and Basketball, and Forrest Gump

Why you chose MFMR:  I did a rotation here as a medical student and loved the program. The faculty, residents, and rest of the staff were helpful and fun. I want to practice in Montana after residency, and I am excited to care for underserved patients.

S. Christopher Hiett
M.D.

Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana

College: IUPUI, Indianapolis, Indiana

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Outside Interests: Hiking, camping, horseback riding, competitive target shooting

Medical Interests: Wilderness medicine, rural medicine, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

Life before Medicine: Completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and worked for several years in a lab doing cardiovascular research.

Favorite Music: Classic rock, country

Favorite Movies: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future

Why you chose MFMR: I first got the opportunity to visit Montana during my time in college and have been hoping to move here ever since. While in medical school, I got the opportunity to spend a month here at MFMR and knew that I had found the right place for the next step in my medical training. When it comes to rural and wilderness medicine, MFMR will give me the opportunity to become my best version of the “old country doctor,” in the words of Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy. As an extra bonus, I get to live in this beautiful state with its very welcoming people.

Annie Morrison
M.D.

Hometown: Clinton & Philipsburg, Mont. and Pullman, Wash.

College: Washington State University, Pullman

Medical School: Saint Louis University, Mo.

Outside Interests: yoga, hiking, fly fishing, snowboarding, knitting, riding horses, yoga on horses, wrestling calves, morel hunting

Medical Interests: rural & wilderness medicine, preventative care, geriatrics, palliative care

Life before Medicine: assistant ranch manager, yoga instructor, pathologist, web designer

Favorite Music: Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, Dan Tyminski, Blackmill, Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Movies: Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Legends of the Fall, Interstellar, Almost Famous

Why you chose MFMR:  The residents and faculty are dedicated, supportive, fun to work with, and everyone is really happy to be here.  The curriculum offered the structure, exposure, and flexibility to train as a broad spectrum family medicine physician who will be able to successfully fill the needs of rural Montana communities.  The opportunity to concurrently work toward a wilderness medicine fellowship certification was also a huge draw for me.  Also, access to Montana rivers, lakes, mountains, trails, and nearby family was important for my family.  MFMR was an easy choice for me, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing team.

Tom North
D.O.

Hometown: Klamath Falls, Ore.

College: Utah Valley University, Orem

Medical School: Touro University Nevada, Henderson

Outside Interests: Hiking, hunting, fishing, cycling, golf, really just being outside and spending time with my family.

Medical Interests: Rural access to care and full-spectrum care.

Life before Medicine: I was born and raised in Southern Oregon. I was blessed with the opportunity to play a year of baseball at Southwestern Oregon Community College after high school. After baseball, I served a church mission to Guatemala for two years, where I first became interested in serving the less fortunate. My wife and I are the proud parents of three children and during medical school we became foster parents and were thrilled to eventually adopt our youngest son.

Favorite Music: Indie, folk, alternative, classic

Favorite Movies: Inception, Secret Life of Walter Mitty…really I’ll watch and probably enjoy just about anything.

Why you chose MFMR: The faculty, residents, and location are the reasons I chose MFMR. The people here are some of the greatest I have encountered and the access to the outdoors is unmatched.

Paul Weeden
D.O.

College: Brigham Young University – Idaho, Rexburg

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan, Ala.

Outside Interests: I love spending time with my wife and two kids hiking and playing outdoors. I enjoy being on the water, whether it’s waterskiing or fly fishing. I grew up wrestling and playing baseball.

Medical Interests: Acute care, inpatient care, and rural medicine

Life before Medicine: I alternated years between going to college and working in the home loan industry. After college, I worked for two years at a dermatology clinic involved in billing and administration.  When not working or going to school I spent my time at Lake Pleasant in Arizona, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and swimming.

Favorite Music: Country and reggae

Favorite Movies: I enjoy John Wayne Western films, action adventures like Indiana Jones and science fiction movies. My all-time favorite movies are the Original Star Wars Trilogy.

Why you chose MFMR:  I chose MFMR because the staff and faculty were welcoming and supportive on Day 1. The location of the residency and how beautiful Montana is played a large role in my decision to come to Billings.

Class of 2021

Stephen Asay
M.D.

 

Hometown: Billings, Mont.

College: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora

Outside Interests: Fly-fishing, mountain biking, tandem road biking, backpacking, hiking, photography, drone piloting, off-roading

Medical Interests: Rural healthcare, wilderness medicine, use of drones/unmanned aerial vehicles for medical purposes.

Life before Medicine: Growing up, I participated in 4-H, raising hogs to show at MontanaFair. I also joined Boy Scouts of America, ultimately becoming an Eagle Scout. After my first year at BYU, I served a mission in Sᾶo Paulo, Brazil for 2 years, which sparked my interest in public health and healthcare disparities.

Favorite Music: Neil Young, Marty Robins, Alt-J.

Favorite Movies: Back to the Future, Christopher Nolan movies, Top Gun.

Why you chose MFMR: I knew that MFMR has excellent faculty and residents and that training here would prepare me well for whatever opportunities after residency. I also grew up in Billings and wanted to maintain a close connection to family and friends in the area.

 

Shaleen Doctor
M.D.

Hometown: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada and San Antonio, Texas

College: University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies

Outside Interests: All things outdoors: skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, trail running, camping, backpacking, scuba diving, and I just recently got into triathlons. I also love traveling, music festivals and yoga.

Medical Interests: Full spectrum medicine, especially obstetrics, women’s health, wilderness medicine, rural, and preventative medicine.

Life before Medicine: Born and raised in Ontario, Canada. I moved to the USA when I was 11 years old and have since lived in four states. I was a competitive swimmer most of my life until I found my love for running. I moved to Colorado after college and worked both as a ski instructor at Vail Mountain and a physical therapist aide. Now a proud United States citizen, I’ve traveled to 45 of the 50 beautiful states.

Favorite Music: Pretty much all music especially indie, electronic, alternative rock, and folk

Favorite Movies: Garden State, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Lion King, Titanic, Brother Bear, Across the Universe, and independent films.

Why you chose MFMR: The people. MFMR has some of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve ever met. I knew coming here, I would be accepted into this warm loving family with open arms. Not to mention the exceptional educators who will train me to become the best physician I can be.

David Goodwin
M.D.

Hometown: Stephenville, Texas

College: Texas A&M University, College Station, and University of Oklahoma, Norman

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas

Outside Interests: Fishing, hunting, backpacking, building furniture.

Medical Interests: Rural medicine.

Life before medicine: Many years spent studying chemical engineering and working in research labs.

Favorite Music: Songs that make you believe there are beautiful things yet to be discovered.

Favorite Movies: Movies that make me laugh or think or both.

Why MFMR: The mountains, the fish, the people.

J. Erin Hixson
M.D.

Hometown: Federal Way, Wash.

College: Seattle Pacific University, Wash.

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Outside Interests: Traveling, road trips, musical theatre, hiking, baking, and spending time with my family.

Medical Interests: Management of complex medical and behavioral conditions from birth through adulthood, obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s health, rural medicine, and public health.

Life before Medicine: Prior to medicine, I was an Army wife traveling around the country and the world with my husband.

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Movies: I’m a sucker for a good chick flick…Pitch Perfect, The Proposal, Sweet Home Alabama.

Why did you choose MFMR: I chose MFMR for the people, the exposure to rural medicine, the training in full-spectrum family medicine, and the location in beautiful Montana.

Andy Lester
D.O.

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

College: The University of Montana, Missoula

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

Outside Interests: Far too many interests…playing with the dog, hiking, camping, working on/driving my car

Medical Interests: Preventive care, rural medicine, addiction, pain

Life before Medicine: Cell biology and golf course maintenance

Favorite Music: A little bit of everything, from southern rock to doom metal

Favorite Movies: Out Cold, Good Will Hunting, and I’m ashamed to say the entire Fast and Furious franchise (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 4, 3, 8 in that order)

Why you chose MFMR: I always knew I wanted to come back to Montana, four years away was too many. MFMR offers everything and anything I’m interested in. I admire their mission and all of the people who work so hard to fulfill it. It’s a great fit for me. I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful program.

Brook Murphy
M.D.

Hometown: Glendive, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Outside Interests: Hiking, camping, road biking, photography, exploring Montana as well as traveling to new places to experience different cultures, baking sourdough bread, cooking with my wife, spending time with family and friends.

Medical Interests: Full-spectrum medicine, preventive medicine and advocacy.

Life before Medicine: I started college as an engineering student, but a relief trip to Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis forced me to change my major since I knew I wanted to work directly with people. I made the switch and love being able to work with patients to empower them to optimize their health.

Favorite Music: A little bit of everything. I enjoy folk, oldies, jazz, alternative and can get into some pop, hip/hop.

Favorite Movies: Comedy, action, adventure.

Why you chose MFMR: I was blown away by how supportive the staff and residents are here. They set the bar high, but provide incredible support and resources to make sure you become the best physician you can be. As of right now, I want to practice outpatient and inpatient medicine and Riverstone Health has a great foundation for each. We also have an Advocacy Track, which I would love to utilize to further help patients access medical care.

Jason Sarisky
D.O.

Hometown: Livingston, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University, Yakima, Wash.

Outside Interests: Spending time with my two sons and spouse, hiking, fishing, bowling, cooking, reading, playing my guitars.

Medical Interests: Osteopathic manipulation, preventative medicine, rural and underserved health, geriatrics

Life before Medicine: I was a law enforcement officer and small business owner. I also served my community as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, and CPR/First Aid instructor.

Favorite Music: Anything and everything, especially country and rock

Favorite Movies: Back to the Future, the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, E.T., The Goonies, Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Why you chose MFMR: I was impressed by the diverse backgrounds of the faculty and residents. I also chose MFMR because of its history of training family physicians to practice in rural communities. And since I am a National Health Service Corps Scholar, the residency aligned with my long-term goal of helping those populations most in need of quality healthcare.

Kirsten Thompson
D.O.

Hometown: Red Bluff, Calif.

College: University of California, Santa Cruz

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

Outside Interests: I enjoy hiking, road and mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, tennis, soccer, photography, working with my dog on his manners and continued training, and exploring new parks with my dog, Brighton.

Medical Interests: Wilderness medicine, emergency medicine.

Life before Medicine: I worked as a kid’s side ski instructor between college and medical school. I enjoy traveling and hope to do more in the future. Currently my goal is to see all of America’s National Parks.

Favorite Music: Alt rock, mellow rock, punk rock

Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Star Wars (excluding the prequels).

Why you chose MFMR: The culture of support and the location. The obvious willingness to help and support my medical education and help me become the best doctor I can be.