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.

1/18: TBA

Rachel LaRocca, MD
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana


1/25: Resiliency

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 complimentary 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 Cardiac Catheterzation (*at Community Medical Center)

Robert Minor, MD
Community Medical Center 

2/8: TBA

Matt Klappenstein, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana 

2/15: TBA

Karen Vesely, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

2/22: TBA

Caitlin Blau, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana


*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

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

John M. Pagel, M.D., PhD
Swedish Cancer Center

Dr. Pagel is an international hematology expert with a world-class reputation for research and excellence in patient care. He is dedicated to individualized patient care that is based on mutual respect and trust. He is incredibly excited to be a part of the Swedish Cancer Institute. Dr. Pagel feels the work being done here is life-changing for patients and will deliver new advancements in cancer treatment for patients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Prior to joining Swedish, Dr. Pagel spent more than a decade as an associate member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and associate professor in the Medical Oncology Division at the University of Washington. In his spare time Dr. Pagel enjoys skiing, boating, hiking and running in the Pacific Northwest.

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