2018 - 2019 Presentation Calendar

September 2018

9/7: Exercise in the Prevention & Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease    

Josef Niebauer, MD, PhD, MBA
Chair of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation and Research Institute of Molecular Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation; Salzburg, Austria. 

Dr. Josef Niebauer is the Chair of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Prevention and Rehabilitation Institute of Molecular Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. He specializes in internal medicine, cardiology, and sports medicine.  Additionally, he is chair of the Austrian Working Group of Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation, plus Nucleus Member of Sports Cardiology for Austrian, German and European Society of Cardiology. 


9/14: Is 100% Prevention Possible?

Blair Davison, MD
University of MT, Curry Health Center
Shodair Hospital
Providence St Patrick Hospital

Dr. Davison graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine.  She completed ‘triple board’ training at Brown University in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.  Currently, she’s a psychiatrist at UM’s Curry Health Center, as well as at Shodair Hospital in Helena, plus psychiatrist for adolescent partial hospital program at Providence St Patrick Hospital.  She’s the current president of MT Psychiatric Association.


9/21: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Prostate Cancer

Jeffrey A. Stephenson, MD, FACRO
Medical Director Radiation Oncology St. Patrick Hospital

Dr. Stephenson completed his BS, MD and Radiation Oncology Residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Then, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Radiation Oncology  Jude Hospsital in Memphis. Dr. Stephenson helped develop the SBRT and brachytherapy programs at St. Patrick Hospital, where he's currently the medical director of radiation oncology. 

9/28: Thoracic Aortic Disease

Joseph Schmoker, MD
Providence St Patrick Hospital


10/5: Shared Decision-Making and Futility at the End of Life
(This presentation is at Community Medical Center's Cancer Care Center)

Alexander Kon, MD
Community Medical Center

Dr. Kon is a pediatric intensivist and bioethicist at Community Children’s. He completed pediatric residency at Stanford followed by dual fellowships in pediatric critical care medicine and medical ethics at the University of California San Francisco.  Dr. Kon is currently the President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and previously served as the Chair of the American College of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Committee, Chair of the ACCM task force Defining Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Interventions, and the ACCM/ATS task force on Shared Decision-Making in the ICU.  He has also served on multiple ACCM guideline task forces and has co-authored several clinical practice guidelines on pediatric septic shock, ICU family support, shared decision-making, and futility in the ICU.  He was a Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics, served as the Lead of the US Military Health System Healthcare Ethics Working Group, and has been a member of multiple FDA and NIH committees.  Dr. Kon has authored and co-authored over 100 publications with an emphasis on bioethics and decision-making.


10/12: Approach to Knee Pain in Children and Adolescents

Tom Jinguji, MD
Patrick Parenzin, PA-C
Seattle Children's Hospital

Dr. Jinguji is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine was also completed through the University of Washington School of Medicine. Specialty interests for Dr. Jinguji include developmental hip dysplasia and research in concussion. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Jinguji lives with his wife, two children and dog Molly in south King County. He enjoys trying to finish marathons and doing whatever his family tells him to do.

Physician Assistant Patrick Parenzin has over 10 years of Pediatric Orthopedic experience working at Seattle Children’s Hospital.   He manages many pediatric orthopedic conditions including scoliosis, hip dysplasia, Leg Calve Perthes, spondylolysis, benign bone tumors and pediatric fractures.  Patrick is an adjunct faculty member at University of Washington School of Nursing and precepts Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant and medical students.  He regularly lectures both locally and nationally. Patrick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and did his PA training through the University of Washington MEDEX Physician Assistant program.   He will be supporting the Pediatric Specialty Clinic and working with Dr. Joshua Klatt to expand access to Pediatric Orthopedic care.   

10/19: Procedures in the Primary Care Office  

Dallas Clark, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

Dallas Clark is a 3rd year resident in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana here in Missoula, MT. She attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, Spokane, Missoula, and other locations around the northwest. She is interested in women's and children's health care, office procedures, and enjoys working with her patients to provide their primary and preventive care. 


10/26: Hypertension in Pregnancy

Jenna Huff, MD
Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Dr. Huff grew up in Frenchtown and attended college at MSU in Bozeman.  She completed  medical school at University of North Dakota and her residency at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio. Following residency, she practiced at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado for four years.  Currently, Jenna's OBGYN practice is at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. 



*11/2: Management of Hip Displacement in Children with Cerebral Palsy (*at Community Medical Center)

Vedant Kulkarni, MD
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California

Vedant Kulkarni, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and a Clinical Assistant Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine. His work is devoted to treating children with all types of orthopaedic conditions and injuries, including hip, lower extremity, and foot deformities. He has a special interest in neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy and is part of the multi-disciplinary Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence, using computerized motion analysis to improve outcomes with surgery. He also serves as Director of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship at Shriners Hospital and UC Davis.

After graduating from Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Kulkarni trained in orthopaedic surgery and clinical research at UC San Diego Medical Center and Rady Children’s Hospital. He subsequently completed an advanced fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where he gained expertise in cerebral palsy treatment, child and young adult hip preservation, limb deformity treatment, clubfoot, and scoliosis. He has presented his research nationally and published scientific articles in multiple peer-reviewed international medical journals. He is an active member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2016, he was awarded the Fred P. Sage Award and the Mac Keith Press Promising Career Award by the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine for the development of the HipScreen mobile app (www.hipscreen.org), which empowers providers and families with education and assessment tools to enact an early detection program for hip problems in children with cerebral palsy.


11/9: Evolving Emergency Department Stroke Care

Daniel L Pierce, MD, F.A.C.E.P
Providence St Patrick Hospital

Dr. Pierce is a board certified Emergency Physician.  He completed his residency training at University of New Mexico.  For the last twelve years, he's been a Staff Emergency Physician at St Patrick Hospital's ED.  He's an active member of the hospital stroke committee.  


11/16: Precision Medicine Under the Big Sky: Implementing Pharmacogenetics in Montana

Erica Woodahl, PhD
University of Montana

Erica L. Woodahl, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Montana in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Erica Woodahl received a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame in 1998 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmaceutics at the University of Washington in 2004. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacokinetics at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. She joined the faculty at the University of Montana in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. The research in Dr. Woodahl’s laboratory focuses on pharmacogenomics and precision medicine.




11/30:  Integrated Behavioral Health

Holly Schleicher, PhD
University of Montana

Holly Schleicher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. She serves as Director of Integrated Behavioral Health on a workforce development grant funded by the Montana Healthcare Foundation. She provides tele-health IBH consultation through Project ECHO at Billings Clinic. She also serves as a consultant on the BHWET initiative designed to place graduate students from behavioral health disciplines into primary care settings throughout Western Montana. Dr. Schleicher received her doctoral training from the University of Montana and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She has provided clinical service and consultation in primary care clinics, a major medical hospital, and an interdisciplinary chronic pain clinic. Professional interests include integrated care, pain management, mindfulness, and mood and anxiety disorders.


*12/7: Opioids-The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (*at Community Medical Center)

Steve Kemple, DO
Community Medical Center

Dr. Kemple is a graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is trained in 2 specialties  After medical school, he completed a family medicine residency at Mesa General Hospital in AZ.  Following this residency, he decided a career change, and completed an anesthesiology residence at University of AZ.  Upon completion, Dr. Kemple moved to Missoula to begin his anesthesia practice.  Dr. Kemple has provided pain management for 17 years.  His recognition of the need for a formalized pain management program inspired him to form the first private interdisciplinary pain program in 2005, now known as Advanced Pain and Spine Institute.  


12/14: Global Health Trip-Borneo

Darin Bell, MD
Alyssa Cowell, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

Darin Bell received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, Texas.  He then did his residency training at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program in Anchorage, Alaska.  Prior to joining the faculty at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, He spent several years living and working in Seward, Alaska, at a four-bed critical access hospital, 125 miles from the nearest referral center.  He also spent two years as a locums physician, travelling throughout Alaska, and on medical volunteer trips in Africa and Southeast Asia.  He is currently the Assistant Director of Rural Education with the FMRWM.  He coordinates and develops the rural training curriculum with the residency’s network of critical access hospitals and rural clinics throughout Montana.  He also coordinates the global health curriculum and helps with the program’s interprofessional education efforts within the College of Health Professions, at the University of Montana. 

Alyssa Cowell is a second year resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.  She graduated as a part of the inaugural class of Central Michigan University and came to Montana to pursue broad spectrum rural family medicine.  She has a special interested in rural and international health care. 


12/21: Nutrition, Dietary Supplements and Life Extension

Andrij Holian, PhD
University of Montana

Andrij Holian received his BS from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a PhD at Montana State University.  He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania.  He stayed on as a faculty member in the Pulmonary Division in the Department of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania until he was recruited to The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center (UTHHSC) in into the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care in the Department of Medicine.  While at UTHHSC he also became the Director of Research for the National Urban Air Toxics Research Center at the School of Public Heath at UTHHSC.  In 2000 he was recruited to the University of Montana where he became the founding director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences.  He established PhD programs in Toxicology at both UTHHSC and Montana.  He has trained over 30 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and published more than 170 manuscripts and chapters.  His research career has primarily focused on the role of the innate immune system in regulating chronic inflammation environmental/occupational exposures.  He has served on over 70 NIH and EPA review panels and various National and State committees.   He is also engaged in developing K-12 inquiry-based learning programs and most recently digital learning games to improve STEM learning for middle school. 



January 2019


1/11: MT Drug Use from the Clinical & Forensic Perspective

Scott Larson, MS
State Crime Lab

Marc Mentel, DO
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

Scott Larson received his B.S. in 1999 and his M.S. in Pharmacology in 2005 from the University of Montana. He serves as the Administrator of the Montana Department of Justice Forensic Science Division. His previous role at this laboratory was as Toxicology Supervisor. His background includes work as an Analytical Toxicologist in the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System in Rockville, Maryland and as the Deputy Chief Toxicologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington D.C. He is certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists and is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicology. He publishes and presents annually on topics related to forensic toxicology in peer-reviewed journals and at national conferences. His current work on committees include: the Opioid-SUD Strategic Task Force; Montana Epidemiology Outcomes Workgroup; and the Impaired Driving Emphasis Task Force.

Dr. Marc Mentel grew up in rural Northern Michigan and attended medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine under a Naval Scholarship.  Upon graduation he was stationed at Naval Hospital of Charleston where he completed his Family Medicine Internship.   The following 3 years were spent in service as an Undersea Medical Officer. Once fulfilling his Naval Obligation, he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Health One in Aurora Colorado.  Feeling compelled for rural service, he spent his next 3 years practicing at a rurally underserved area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan under a National Health Scholarship. He then went on to complete a 1 year fellowship in OB/GYN at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  15 years of private practice then ensued in the states of Colorado and Montana.  From 2012 he served as the Medical Director for Community Physician group in Missoula Montana prior to joining the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana in September of 2014.   Dr. Mentel currently serves as the Montana Medical Associations committee chair for the Task Force on Substance Use Disorder.  He remains active in full spectrum family medicine with a particular interest in women and children’s health, chronic non-cancer pain management, and addiction medicine.

1/18: Preventive, Patient-centered, and Evidence-based Medicine: Managing the Screening Madness, Part 1 

Rachel LaRocca, MD and Karen Vesely, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

Rachel is a family medicine resident physician at Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. While working at Partnership Health Center, she has an interest in pediatrics, adolescent, and preventive health in primary care. She is originally from NH but is enjoying playing in the land of the big sky.

Karen is a 3rd year resident at FMRWM.  She went to the university of Arizona in Tucson for medical school and did her undergraduate work at Lewis and Clark in Portland, OR.


1/25: Building Resiliency With Mindfulness

Kathy Mangan, MS
The Learning Center at Red Willow 

Kathy Mangan, MS is the founder of the Red Willow Center and the Executive Director of the Learning Center at Red Willow.  Formerly a practitioner in private practice, Kathy is currently focusing on teaching, presenting and working in the community to improve access to alternative and complementary medicine.  Her passion is working within workplace environments to improve the emotional and mental resilience of those who work to serve others.


*2/1: Radial artery (wrist) access for heart caths, stents and vascular procedures - reduced cost, improved safety, better patient satisfaction, same-day discharge, and mortality benefit versus femoral access, especially in women !
*at Community Medical Center)

Robert Minor, MD
Billings Clinic Heart and Vascular
Community Medical Center 

Robert L. Minor, MD is a cardiologist in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, then completed a residency and fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Minor has been in practice for 26 years, specializing in Interventional and Endovascular Cardiology. He currently practices at Billings Clinic Heart and Vascular at Community Medical Center.  More than 10 years ago, Dr. Minor embraced converting from groin access to wrist access, and now performs >90% of his vascular procedures through the wrist.


2/8: Parasitic Diarrhea

Matt Klippenstein, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana 

Matt Klippenstein is a third year resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. He completed his undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Nevada. His medical interests include preventative medicine, chronic disease management, and outpatient procedures


2/15: Preventive, Patient-centered, and Evidence-based Medicine: Managing the Screening Madness Part 2 

Karen Vesely, MD and Rachel LaRocca, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

Dr. Vesely attended the University of Arizona in Tucson for medical school and did her undergraduate studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Her special interests include women’s health, preventive medicine, and addiction medicine. She is excited to be staying here in Montana with her family after graduation.

Rachel is a family medicine resident physician at Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. While working at Partnership Health Center,she has an interest in pediatrics, adolescent, and preventive health in primary care. She is originally from NH but is enjoying playing in the land of the big sky


2/22: One Key Question: Improving Contraception and Pregnancy Outcomes

Caitlin Blau, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

Caitlin is a third year resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. She is originally from Massachusetts, completed her undergraduate studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, and medical studies at Touro University CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.



*3/1: Diabetes Topic  (*at Community Medical Center)

Hayley Miller, MD
Community Medical Center 

3/8: TBA

Julia Gruetzmacher, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

3/15: Gender Affirming Care

Joey Banks, MD
Blue Mountain Clinic

Joey Banks attended medical school at Indiana University and received specialty training at the Alaska Family Medicine residency.  She's worked as faculty at both the Alaska Family Medicine Residency and the CMMC Family Residency. Currently, she precepts Western MontanaFamily Medicine Residents in Missoula during women's health rotations at Blue Mountain Clinic. She recently accepted the role as Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood of Montana. She began working with trans* populations 5 years ago in order to serve a growing medical need in Montana.  She works with both youth and adults providing care for gender fluid issues. 

3/22: TBA

Timothy Caramore, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana

3/29: TBA

Steve Johnson, MD


4/5: TBA-Topic (* at Community Medical Center)

John Harrison, PhD
Community Medical Center

4/12: HPV

Michelle Proper, MD
Community Medical Center

4/19: Transplant for Hematologic Malignancies

William I. Bensinger, MD
Myeloma & Transplant Program
Swedish Cancer Institute

William I. Bensinger, MD is a practicing Oncologist in Seattle, WA. Dr. Bensinger graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1973 and has been in practice for 46 years. Dr. Bensinger also specializes in Hematology & Oncology and Internal Medicine. He currently practices at Swedish Healthcare and is affiliated with Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center Issaquah  Dr. Bensinger also practices at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, WA. In addition to English, Dr. Bensinger's practice supports these languages: French and Spanish.


4/26: TBA-Topic

Kevin Vogelzang, PT
Vogelzang PT



*5/3: TBA   (*at Community Medical Center)

5/10: TBA

Madeline Mussman, DO
Family Medice Residency of Western Montana

5/17: Topic: Pain

Christopher Caldwell, DO
Medical Director of the Montana Spine and Pain Center