2017-2018 Presentation Calendar

September 2017

9/15: Suicide Prevention

Blair Davison, MD
Providence Psychiatry

Blair Davison attended and graduated from University Washington School of Medicine as Montana WWAMI student.  She completed "triple board" residency training in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University Providence, Rhode Island. She’s been in Missoula since 2008 with Providence St Patrick Hospital, Providence Psychiatry. Currently, Blair is the physician director of WWAMI Missoula Track, and current president of MT psychiatric association.

9/22: Treating PMS, Dysmenorrhea & Infertility with Natural Medicine

Jamison Starbuck, ND
One Doc Naturopathic Medicine

Jamison Starbuck is a naturopathic family physician.  She attended and graduated cum laude from Middlebury College, then attended Portland’s National University of Naturopathic Medicine.  She’s been in private practice in Missoula for 23 years.  

Jamison writes and produces a weekly radio program on Montana Public Radio, called ‘Dr. Starbuck’s Health Tips for Kids”.  She also writes a monthly medical column for Bottom Line Health, a national newsletter/magazine.  Additionally, Dr. Starbuck was a past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Jamison is also an attorney; she attended Willamette University College of Law.  Her law practice consists of pro bono and educational work in the areas of family, criminal and contract law.

9/29: Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations of Infancy: A Dermatologist’s Perspective

Markus Boos, MD, PhD
Seattle Children's Hosptial

Markus Boos, MD, PhD is an attending pediatric dermatologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Dr. Boos was raised in the suburbs of Detroit and received a BA in Biology and Economics from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. He subsequently joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago, where he obtained his MD and a PhD degree in Immunology. He completed an internship in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital before joining the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as a Dermatology resident. There he served as chief resident during his final year before completing a fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 


10/6: Screening for Dementia

Robert Velin, PhD
Community Medical Center

Dr. Velin is a post-doctoral, fellowship trained neuropsychologist. He trained under Nelson Butters, Ph.D., Robert Heaton, Ph.D., and Igor Grant M.D. with extensive training in the assessment and diagnosis of cortical and subcortical dementias. His work has included evaluation of the effects of cognitive impairment on everyday functioning as well as differential diagnosis and the development of sensitive measures to detect cognitive change. He continues to practice within an interdisciplinary clinic with a primary emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of dementing conditions. He is a member of both the National Academy of Neuropsychology as well as the International Neuropsychological Society. He remains active in research and teaching as well as clinical practice.

Dr. Velin will present tools available for dementia screening in primary care settings.  He will also discuss sharing a dementia diagnosis with patients, care planning, and community resources.

10/13: Transdiagnostic Factors in Psychological and Psychosomatic Disturbance

Patrick Davis, PhD
Davis Consultants, PC

Patrick Davis, a Montana native born in Butte, did his undergraduate work at MSU where he also earned a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology before earning a PhD in Professional Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.  He has held adjunct teaching positions at several colleges and universities, and is currently an affiliate faculty member at the University of Montana.  Before returning to independent practice in early 2016, Dr. Davis had been the Director of the Pain School program at the Providence Medical Group Montana Spine & Pain Center for several years.  He is the author of How to Relax: Enhancing your Mental and Physical Health through the Art of Inner Self-Regulation and is also the primary author of the Montana Spine & Pain School Pain School Book.

Dr. Davis will present information about a relatively recently developed psychotherapeutic model, the Transdiagnostic Model of psychopathology and psychotherapeutic intervention, which proposes that many different forms of psychological and psychosomatic disturbance are actually differing manifestations of a discrete set of underlying genetic, biological, psychological, and contextual factors.  The Transdiagnostic Model helps to explain why it is often so difficult to make an unambiguous mental health diagnosis, why there is such a high level of comorbidity among mental health conditions, and how the application of a "Universal" or "Transdiagnostic Protocol" which addresses common underlying transdiagnostic factors rather than diagnostic labels may often be a more effective approach to treatment than treatments which target specific disorders.

10/20: Metacognition in Medicine

Brian Lopez, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

10/27: Embolic Stroke

James Maddux, MD, FACC
Simone Musco, MD, FACC, FHRS
International Heart Institute of Montana, Providence St. Patrick Hospital


*11/3: Immuno-Oncology  (Please note: This presentation is at St Patrick Hospital)

Michael Snyder, MD, FACP

11/10: NO FMC

11/17: Topic-TBA

Diana Lurie, PhD
University of Montana

11/24: NO FMC


12/1: TBA  

12/8: Topic-TBA

Noor Bass, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

12/15: Disruption of Mental Health as Disruption of Neural Circuits

Nathan Insel, PhD
University of Montana

Nathan Insel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience at University of Montana. He earned his PhD in 2010 from the University of Arizona studying neural systems of memory, decisions, and aging. His postdoctoral training in Toronto included research on deep brain stimulation treatments for depression, use of neural network models to understand schizophrenia symptoms, and investigations into the mechanisms of memory dysfunction and recovery in Alzheimer’s Disease. Nathan’s research program at the University of Montana aims to understand how the brain forms and updates expectations about other individuals. This work takes into consideration a wide spectrum of mental health disorders, including autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia, that either specifically or incidentally impair social cognition and motivation.  

12/22: No FMC

12/29: No FMC

January 2018

1/5: Topic-TBA

Joshua Christensen, MD
Providence Medical Group, Infectious Disease

1/12: Topic-TBA

Mariah Bonner, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

1/19: Topic-Pain

Marc Mentel, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

1/26: Viral and Autoimmune Encephalitis

Steve Johnson, MD

Stephen Johnson has worked as a neurologist in Missoula since 1977.  He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, and he continued with post-graduate training at the University of New Mexico and McGill University in Montreal.  He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, internal medicine, and sleep medicine.   He is the author or co-author of 25 publications in medical journals.  Currently he is a special volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Hamilton, Montana, where his primary research interest  is Jamestown Canyon virus encephalitis.


2/2: TBA

2/9: Topic-TBA

Cassie Lopez, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

2/16: TBA

2/23: Topic-Dizziness

Neil Shepard, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester


3/2: TBA

3/9: TBA

3/16:  Topic-TBA

Drew Stritzke, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

3/23: Topic-TBA

Liz Erikson, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

3/30: TBA


4/6: Topic-TBA

John Stone, MD, PhD
Creighton University School of Medicine

4/13: Topic-TBA

Ethan Richards, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

4/20: Advances in Pancreatic Surgery

Juan C. Mejia, MD
Providence Liver and Pancreas 
Kennewick, WA

 4/27: TBA


5/4: TBA

5/11: Topic-TBA

Christi Richards, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

5/18: MobileSim: Bringing Emergency Care Education to Montana

Benjamin King
Best Practices Medicine

This special 90-minute presentation will introduce MobileSim, medical simulation training trucks that improve healthcare training and patient safety.  SIM trucks have fully mobile advanced physiology and functionality patient simulators for unlimited training possibilities.