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 2020

Stephen Bertucci

Hometown: Chalmette, LA

College: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Outside Interests: Wife and four kids, reading/audiobooks, car trips, exploring national parks, fishing, water skiing, jogging, theology.

Medical Interests: Alcohol/rehab counseling, psychiatry, pediatrics, preventative health and end-of-life care.

Life before Medicine: In 2005, I worked as a campus minister to Montana State University, Bozeman.  I returned to a hometown that had been flooded by Hurricane Katrina. After earning my nursing license, I  worked in geriatric care for a couple years, got married and started a family.  I completed pre-medical training in Mobile, AL, where I worked for the Little Sisters of the Poor and witnessed a model of medical care far surpassing anything I’ve witnessed before or since.

Favorite Music: Oldies/classic rock, church hymns, and enough Country Western to appease my wife

Favorite Movies: Band of Brothers, The Mission, Count of Monte Cristo, and City Lights

Why you chose MFMR:  My wife yearned to return home to Montana, so I rotated here on a sub-I.  The residents were intelligent/capable physicians and the attendings were very attentive, watching me perform my morning interviews, reading my daily progress notes and giving me the most direct and helpful feedback I got in all of medical school.

Danika Clark

Hometown: Havre, MT

College: Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, FL

Outside Interests: Anything outdoors: Camping, hiking, fishing, boating, shooting, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and sporting events.  I love to spend time with my husband and my dog, Deklan, and partake in family gatherings

Medical Interests: Rural Health, wilderness medicine, urgent Care, preventative Medicine

Life before Medicine: I studied abroad in Ireland for seven months and love to travel.  I am an avid runner and have run a full marathon and multiple half-marathons

Favorite Music: Almost all music, as long as it has a good beat

Favorite Movies: Interstellar, the Notebook, Shawshank Redemption. Actually, I am not too picky, and have a really long list.

Why you chose MFMR:  MFMR enabled me to work in an unopposed program, focusing on rural care and wilderness medicine.  I was also able to return home to Montana, to fulfill my dream of practicing medicine in this wonderful state.

Niki Davis

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

College: University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City

Outside Interests:  Spending time with my son, river running, hiking, camping, snowboarding, acting

Medical interests: Preventive medicine, nutrition, lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine

Life before Medicine: Previous life as an engineer on the NASA Space Shuttle program

Favorite Music:  A few favorites are Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, and The Swell Season

Favorite Movies: Independent films

Why you chose MFMR:  Love of the outdoors, wonderful people and excellent program

Cody Englert

Hometown: Billings, MT

College: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Medical School: Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, CO

Outside Interests: Working out, hiking, fishing, traveling. Playing with my two mini Australian Shepherds Belle and Sam

Medical Interests: Overall patient care, preventive care, sports medicine

Life before Medicine: My first degree was in Business. Working as an orthopedic sales rep, selling knees and hips, is what drew me to medicine.

Favorite Music: Everything

Favorite Movies: Comedies, travelogues

Why you chose MFMR:  MFMR offered a great education and it was coming home for me. The educators and residents were all welcoming and genuinely cared about my education. They took the time to teach, even when they were busy. I know at this residency I will have great support from faculty and staff and will become the best doctor I could possibly be.

Alastair Hutton

Hometown: Brantford, Ontario, Canada

College: Houghton College, Houghton, NY

Medical School: St. George’s University, St. George, Grenada

Outside Interests: Going to the family cottage in Northern Ontario, highland bagpiping, golf, skiing, hiking, discovering new food hotspots

Medical Interests: Rural medicine, practice management

Life before Medicine: I played the highland bagpipe for a pipe band in Ontario.  We competed at the local highland games and made numerous trips to perform in Europe

Favorite Music:  Country, Celtic, folk, electronic, contemporary classical

Favorite Movies: Documentaries, musicals, sports

Why you chose MFMR:  The environment was very supportive and I wanted to learn in a setting where people were passionate about Family Medicine.  I also loved the camaraderie among residents.  I spent a year in Montana about 10 years ago and couldn’t wait to come back

Britain Parrish

Hometown: Ephraim, UT

College: Utah State University, Logan

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Outside Interests: Spending time with my husband and kids, baby-wearing, hiking, reading

Medical Interests:  Full-spectrum family medicine, preventative care, women’s health, hospice care

Life before Medicine: College student and mother, with a lot less sleep deficit

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Movies: Science Fiction/Fantasy TV shows: Doctor Who, Firefly, Serenity

Why you chose MFMR:  I love the beautiful landscape of Montana, exposure to rural practice, and the opportunity to work in an underserved state.

Sam Ward

Hometown: Bay Village, OH

College: Earlham College, Richmond, IN

Medical School: Ohio University, Athens, OH

Outside Interests: Fly fishing, sports, particularly baseball and soccer, working out, board games, anything outdoors

Medical Interests: Rural and underserved medicine, adolescent medicine

Life before Medicine: I had played four years of college baseball and have grown up a huge fan of all Cleveland sports, 10 minutes from my hometown. I am a diehard Cleveland Indians fan and will talk baseball with whoever will listen. I studied biology in college and am currently an officer in the United States Navy.

Favorite Music: Alternative rock, rap, and country

Favorite Movies: Gangs of New York, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Why you chose MFMR:  Although I was initially drawn by the location and all the outdoor options around Billings, I was ultimately persuaded by the residents and the unique patient population. All residents were extremely hard working yet down to earth and always willing to teach, something at the top of my list when choosing a residency.

Justin Watkins

Hometown: Brigham City, UT

College: Utah State University, Logan

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University, Yakima, WA

Outside Interests: Family, skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking, backcountry camping/hiking, building and fixing things

Medical Interests: Musculoskeletal, osteopathic manipulation, wilderness medicine, sports medicine, preventative and lifestyle medicine

Life before Medicine:  Lots of skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. In high school, I aspired to be a professional paintball player. During undergrad, I dreamed of being a ski bum or mountain man… but decided medicine was a more sound direction

Favorite Music: A bit of everything. Lots of 90’s and 2000’s rock

Favorite Movies: Mel Brooks, and anything I can eat popcorn to

Why you chose MFMR:  Aside from the phenomenal education, and an opportunity to work in one of the top residencies in the United States, the people and surroundings have me enthralled. Everyone is warm, has a vibrant personality, and the MFMR crew is as cohesive as they come. I am stoked to be a part of this team

Class of 2019

Heather Calvert

Hometown: Vine Grove, Ky.

College: US Naval Academy, Annapolis Md.

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville Ky.

Outside Interests: Music, travel, animals, anything outdoors

Medical Interests: Wilderness medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, rural medicine

Life before Medicine: Odd jobs and international travel

Favorite Music: TAB, folk, indie/alternative, bluegrass, classical

Favorite Movies: Action/adventure, foreign

Why you chose MFMR: Not only is MFMR a recognized patient-centered medical home, but it also has an eclectic house staff.  I was also looking for full-spectrum training with a focus on rural medicine and the opportunity to participate in some form of international medicine.  As a bonus, Montana is a beautiful state with countless opportunities for outdoor activities.

James Hickey     

Hometown: Savage, Minn.

College: University of Minnesota Duluth

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

Outside Interests: Hunting, camping, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and photography.

Medical Interests: Sports medicine, nutrition, and wilderness medicine.

Life before Medicine: Before pursuing medical school I was studying business with the intent of managing or owning health club facilities. I love seeing people take a health, wellness, or fitness goal, and turn it into reality. Becoming a family medicine physician was a clear choice, since it allows me to have the full spectrum of healthcare delivery available to meet my patient’s health goals.

Favorite Music: A variety, depending on my activity, but mostly indie rock, hip-hop, and country.

Favorite Movies: Space movies, sci-fi, and fantasy.

Why you chose MFMR:  I wanted a variety of training experiences in an unopposed setting, which was close to family. After interviewing with MFMR, it was apparent that the program offered more than my expectations. Montana is a beautiful state with healthcare shortages, and I find it very rewarding that I’ll be involved with both.


Daniela Mestre

Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

Medical School: Universidad de la Republica Facultad de Medicina, Montevideo, Uruguay

Outside Interests: Dancing, going to amusement parks, hiking, traveling.  I’m also a big soccer fan, especially when Uruguay plays.

Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, preventive medicine.

Life before Medicine: I moved to Uruguay when I was 11 years old.   I have wanted to be a doctor ever since I was 13.  Growing up there was a wonderful experience.  I made lots of friends and became very close to my family.  I was fortunate to travel frequently and was exposed to many different cultures.  Now I’m so happy to be living here, especially in Montana.

Favorite Music: Pretty much everything, pop, hip hop, oldies rock.  Since moving to Montana, I started liking country music.

Favorite Movies: “Titanic,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Hangover” and Disney movies in general.

Why you chose MFMR: When I moved to Billings, I fell in love with it.  It’s so beautiful and the people here are the nicest I’ve ever met.  MFMR has an excellent reputation for training full-spectrum family medicine physicians and the people are very friendly and content.

Thomas O’Brien

Hometown: Villanova, PA

College: University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.

Medical School: Medical School for International Health, Beersheva, Israel

Outside Interests: Mountaineering, humming, animals and plants, meditation

Medical Interests: Sports and emergency medicine

Life before Medicine: Lived in Israel, vacationed in Iraq, climbing in Alaska and Wyoming, proficient ear wiggler

Favorite Music: Alternative, classical, progressive, multicultural

Favorite Movies: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Great Escape,” “Princess Mononoke,” “La Belle Verte,” “The Seventh Seal”

Why you chose MFMR:  The people I’ve met here, especially the residents and faculty are warm, welcoming, and prodigious instructors. I’ve wanted to live and work in the Rockies for a long time with access to as much wilderness as one can be enveloped by. As this is my goal, I seek to support others’ life adventures in exploring/appreciating nature and themselves.

Jedidiah Oldham

Hometown: Payson, Utah

College: Utah Valley University, Orem

Medical School:  A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO

Outside Interests:  My wife and four kids.  Anything outdoors including horses, hunting, fishing, dirt bikes, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, and farming

Medical Interests: Rural medicine, wilderness medicine, minor surgeries

Life before Medicine: I grew up on a farm raising alfalfa, cows and horses.  Undergrad was Technology Management, with an emphasis in automotive.  I ran a shop for 10 years thru undergrad. Later went back to school for pre-med classes.  I also did four years of a general surgery residency in Detroit MI, before coming to MFMR.  I have been married for almost 10 years and have four children.

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Movies: Comedies

Why you chose MFMR: Because of the great staff that has made me feel welcome since Day One. I was super impressed by their program. I love that it has a rural emphasis as well as a wilderness medicine track. My family and I love being surrounded by the great outdoors here in Montana and being back West again

Amy Roberts

Hometown: Aiea, Hawaii, and Rochester, MN

College: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Medical School:  University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis

Outside Interests:  Group fitness, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with loved ones, movies, knitting, and taking our rescue dog Molly for walks

Medical Interests:  Empowering patients in rural/underserved settings to live well with chronic conditions

Life before Medicine: General practitioner in rural/frontier clinics in North Dakota and Oregon

Favorite Music:  Varies with activity – reggae for Zumba, folk/singer songwriter for relaxing, classic rock for road trips, country for cleaning house

Favorite Movies: Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken. A League of Their Own, Center Stage, Will Ferrell comedies and many more

Why you chose MFMR:  A great fit for those interested in underserved, rural and frontier medicine who love exploring the outdoors. Montana was a wonderful choice for my family as well

Jarryd Rossignol

Hometown: New Sweden, Maine

College: University of New England, Biddeford, ME

Medical School: University of New England COM

Outside Interests: Fly fishing, basketball, collecting basketball sneakers

Medical Interests: Rural Family Medicine, Sports Medicine

Life before Medicine: Pretty simple, sports and fly fishing. Played basketball and soccer in college, trained varsity soccer and basketball teams. Fished anytime in between. Always dreamed of being a rural family doc.

Favorite Music: Prog-rock, ambient, writing my own on guitar

Favorite Movies: “Ace Ventura,”  “Shawshank Redemption”

Why you chose MFMR: The people were great, the residents were awesome and down to Earth. Instructors were top notch. Always wanted to be in Montana, as I have lived on the East Coast my entire life. And oh yeah, the Bighorn, Yellowstone, and the Missouri rivers run through here…

Rebecca Slingwine

Hometowns: Duvall, Wash., and Jacksonville, Fla.

College: University of Washington, Seattle

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, Bradenton, Fla.

Outside Interests: Horseback riding, gardening, fiber arts, dancing, video games, and spending time with my husband and our pets.

Medical Interests: Women’s health, obstetrics, osteopathic manipulative medicine, preventative medicine, psychiatry, wilderness medicine

Life before Medicine: Before I started med school, I spent a bit over a year doing research in developmental biology

Favorite Music: Alternative rock, world music, and anything else that sounds good

Favorite Movies: If it has a lightsaber or a dragon, I’m probably interested.

Why you chose MFMR: It teaches what I want to learn around people I want to work with and get to know. I’ve always wanted to practice rural full-spectrum family medicine, and MFMR has a history of training physicians who are prepared to do just that.  The residents seem like happy, interesting, well-balanced people and physicians, and the faculty and staff seemed dedicated to providing the best education to their residents and the best healthcare to the people of Montana.

Class of 2018

Lisa Antonio

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

College: University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque

Outside Interests: Climbing, running/hiking with Duke, my husky dog; kickboxing/Mixed Martial Arts; soccer; basketball; traveling, including international travel; family; learning new languages; journaling; and napping

Medical Interests: Rural, full-spectrum Family Medicine; wilderness/austere medicine; global health; sports medicine; neurology

Life before Medicine: School.  I was first interested in virology starting in middle school after reading “The Hot Zone.”  I got into a BA/MD program, the first of its kind in New Mexico, meant to increase the number of rural physicians in New Mexico. In medical school, I traveled to Panama, Kenya and Nepal for research and global health courses.

Favorite Music: EDM, a broad range from hip-hop/rap and alternative to folk, etc.

Favorite Movies: Comedies and Rom-coms. anything by Hayao Miyazaki, Hunger Games

Why you chose MFMR: MFMR is one of the few programs that is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home – which is important to me; the opportunity to pursue a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship during the residency; everyone shares a passion for  quality health care and bring unique skills and experiences to the residency; the plethora of outdoor activities available just a walk or drive away – and being close to Yellowstone National Park isn’t so bad either.

Abi Ashcraft

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
College: Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Outside Interests: Running marathons, hot yoga, snowshoeing, baking, singing a cappella
Life before Medicine: Liberal arts fiends and study abroad fanatic!
Favorite Music: Bluegrass, folk, Tay Swift
Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies and Quentin Tarantino films
Why you chose MFMR: Full-spectrum rural medicine training, close to family in Montana and Wyoming, ability to work with a Native American population, and being able to drive to Yellowstone

Medina Culver

Hometown: Billings, Mont.

College: Montana State University, Bozeman

Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson, Nev.

Outside Interests: Pilates, hiking, yoga, playing with my bulldog Chuck

Medical Interests: Sports medicine, preventative medicine, diet

Life before Medicine: Involved a lot more time watching Sports Center, playing basketball, and I spent a lot more on time with household chores

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Movies: Avengers, Iron Man, Batman (before Ben Affleck), and Pitch Perfect

Why you chose MFMR: To come home, be close to my family, and help make Billings a better city in health and wellness

Kelsey Hoffman

Hometown:  Warsaw, Ind.

College:  Loyola University Chicago, Ill.

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine- Midwestern University, Ill.

Interests Outside of Medicine:  Rock climbing, yoga, biking, cooking and baking, fishing, hunting

Interests in Medicine: Osteopathic manipulations, sports medicine, preventative medicine

Life before Medicine:  Grew up in small town Indiana, playing soccer and hunting or fishing with my dad. Went to college in Chicago, where I continued to play soccer and discovered I didn’t like big city life. Met my husband in high school (he was my senior prom date). We dated long distance through college and med school. He went to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York and now sails as a Marine Engineer.

Favorite Music: Bluegrass, especially when it is my husband playing the upright bass, and Irish music

Favorite Movies: X-Men, Avengers, Green Mile, Pride & Prejudice

Why you chose residency in Montana:  My husband and I love Montana and got married just outside Missoula in 2014. I did an audition rotation with MFMR as a fourth year medical student and fell in love with it. The attending physicians are great teachers. The residents are fun, hard-working and close friends. The program offers great, unopposed training that is a beautiful combination of rural issues in a “metropolitan” setting. I know Montana has a great need for providers and I want to help fill that need. Plus, Montana fits our outdoorsy nature.

Erik Nevatt

Hometown: Sonora, CA

College: Pacific Union College, Angwin, Calif.

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Calif.

Outside Interests: Fishing, snowboarding, skateboarding, barbecue

Medical Interests: Rural family medicine and emergency medicine

Life before Medicine: Construction

Favorite Music: Folk, Bluegrass, Punk

Favorite Movies: Safety Not Guaranteed, Dedication

Why you chose MFMR: Excellent training in a location with access to wilderness and fishing.

Alexander Nutt

Hometown: Marblehead, Mass.

College: University of Vermont, Burlington

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

Outside Interests: Anything outdoors

Medical Interests: Sports medicine, Wilderness medicine, obstetrics, rural medicine, research

Life before Medicine: Vail Mountain ski patroller, NOLS mountain instructor

Favorite Music: Anything that sounds good to me… reggae, rock, jam bands, metal

Favorite Movies: Scrapple the Movie

Why you chose MFMR: Lifestyle, education, great people, to be in Montana

Andy Owenreay

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

College: Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, Calif.

Outside Interests: Playing music; social, environmental and economic justice; hiking; karaoke; permaculture

Medical Interests: Rural medicine, wilderness medicine, Health at Every Size

Life before Medicine: I studied chemical engineering in college but had qualms about participating in the industries for which my degree prepared me. I moved with my wife, Kristen, to Laramie, Wyoming, where she went to grad school for three years. In Laramie, I worked for the disability support services at the University of Wyoming and played guitar in a country/classic rock band.

Favorite Music: Rock, country, bluegrass, hip-hop, folk, Broadway

Favorite Movies: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Hobbit (the cartoon from the 80s), Rocky Horror Picture Show

Why you chose MFMR: After living in Wyoming, Kristen and I were very excited to return to the beautiful Mountain West. I was particularly excited about the wilderness medicine fellowship available at MFMR as well as its status as a community health center and Billings as a referral center for the larger region.

Richard Payden

Hometown: Moline, Illinois

College: Western Illinois University, Moline

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

Outside Interests: I enjoy being physically active; whether it is hiking, biking, lifting weights, or running. I also enjoy reading and cooking quite a bit.

Medical Interests: I have interests in rural medicine, wilderness medicine, emergency medicine. I hope to practice in a smaller town.

Life before Medicine: My life before medicine involved working as a personal trainer for a few years as well as a tech in the emergency department for a couple of years. I also have had the opportunity to live overseas in Japan and Germany and in the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado and Montana.

Favorite Music: I mainly listen to heavier rock music, but do enjoy most other music as well.

Favorite Movies: This is a hard question, I would say that I tend to like action movies and comedies the most, but will watch almost anything.

Why you chose MFMR: I chose to do my residency in Montana for numerous reasons, at the top of the list being the people that are here. When I interviewed here, I had never felt so at ease in an interview. Another aspect was the program’s reputation for producing well-rounded physicians that were comfortable in rural settings. Lastly, the wilderness medicine fellowship and the chance to spend my off time outdoors were also big draws.