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 2024

Brooke Fettig
M.D.

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
M.D.

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
D.O.

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
M.D.

Hometown: Plevna, Mont.

College: Rocky Mountain College, Billings.

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

Outside interests: Hiking, camping, traveling, reading fiction, running, playing with my golden retriever, playing any type board game or cards and spending time with my family and friends.

Medical interests: Full spectrum medicine, rural and wilderness medicine and addiction medicine.

Life before medicine: I grew up in a very small town in Montana. Prior to attending medical school, I worked as a CNA. During school breaks, I help my husband on our ranch located in southeastern Montana.

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
D.O.

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
M.D.

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
M.D.

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
D.O.

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

Kelly.

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
M.D.

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
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.

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.