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 2021

Stephen Asay


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Joe Pummer

Hometown: Firestone, Colo.

College: University of Northern Colorado – Greeley

Medical School: University of Queensland School of Medicine, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Outside Interests: Running, being wanderlusty, eating all of the food

Medical Interests:  International aid, full-spectrum family medicine

Life before Medicine:  I could have starred as the football jock in any high school coming of age movie.

Favorite Music: Alternative rock, reggaeton, K-pop

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies, Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber

Why you chose MFMR:  All of the residents were super chill and seemed genuinely happy. Billings has the perfect mix of having access to specialists of all types, yet allowing family medicine physicians to practice the full scope of their specialty. And of course, having five mountain ranges within sight of the city is a huge plus.

Wade See

Hometown: Missoula, Mont.

College: Texas A&M University, College Station

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Outside Interests:  Fly fishing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, flying both fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters.

Medical Interests: Rural medicine; global health; wilderness medicine. I plan to work in an austere rural practice and manage patients’ comprehensive medical needs.

Life before Medicine: Worked as a paramedic for 13 years prior to starting medical school.  Married with 3 step children and one new grandson.

Favorite Music: Country, folk.

Favorite Movies: Ones with subtitles.

Why you chose MFMR: After being stuck in Phoenix, Ariz., for four years, I was dying to get back to Montana.  I couldn’t have found a better home in MFMR.

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.