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 Women’s Health Issues with Naturopathic Medicine

Jamison Starbuck, JD, 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

Brian is a 3rd year family medicine resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.  He was born and raised in New Mexico.  He obtained his BA in Health, Medicine, and Human Values while attending a combined degree BA/MD program at The University of New Mexico.  During residency he has cultivated a strong interest in Emergency Medicine. After graduation, he will be joining the community of Lewistown, MT while working at Central Montana Medical Center.

10/27: Percutaneous Interventions for Cardioembolic 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
Montana Cancer Specialists

Dr. Michael Snyder attended Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology in Texas.  In 1995, he moved to Missoula in to join Montana Cancer Specialists.  He is a past medical staff president and served on St.Patrick Hospital's governing board for nine years.  Dr. Snyder has an ongoing interest in drug development and cutting edge therapies. 

11/10: NO FMC

11/17: Neuroinflammation, Psychiatric Disorders and Pain

Diana Lurie, PhD
University of Montana

Diana I. Lurie, PhD., is a Professor of Neuropharmacology in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at The University of Montana. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and directs a research laboratory focusing on CNS injury, and the response of the nervous system to natural products, including Ayurvedic herbs.  The Lurie laboratory is currently evaluating a variety of natural products for their ability to inhibit the release of proinflammatory cytokines from activated microglia in vitro, and is now focusing on Bacopa Monnieri, Gotu Kola, and  Ashwagandha,.  In collaboration with Dr. Doug Coffin (The University of Montana), the lab group is also examining the ability of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, to limit the neurodegenerative processes that occur during Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Lurie maintains active collaborations with other research groups at the University of Washington and Laila Pharma, Vijayawada India. Dr. Lurie is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (Kerala Ayurveda) and teaches neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, and courses in Ayurveda. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Ayurveda Journal of Health.

Degenerative diseases of the nervous system including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as psychiatric disorders including memory loss, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia have recently been linked to inflammation within the central nervous system (CNS).  Many of these syndromes are comorbid with pain, including depression and opioid addiction.  Recent studies suggest that neuroinflammation plays a key role in chronic and neuropathic pain and may be the shared link between psychiatric dysfunction and pain.  The link between neuroinflammation, psychiatric disorders and pain syndromes such as chronic pain and fibromyalgia will be discussed.

11/24: NO FMC


12/1:   Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

William Huval, MD
Community Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center

Community Medical’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center offers Western Montana a new kind of wound healing called hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) pumps 100% pure oxygen into a total body chamber and optimizes the body’s own ability to heal wounds.  The wound center is led by Dr. William Huval, M.D. and Medical Director of the center.   Dr. Huval completed both his bachelor of science degree and medical school from Louisiana State University.  He completed a surgical internship from Boston University Medical Center and is a fellowship trained in colorectal surgery from The University of Texas.  Dr. Huval is certified in hyperbaric medicine and he currently serves as the Medical Director of the Community Wound and Hyperbaric Center.  This presentation will outline the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat a variety of wounds including diabetic wounds and how HBOT can significantly lower amputation rates.   

12/8: “Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations: Recommendations and Provider Challenges.” 

Noor Bass, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

Noor is a third year family medicine resident at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana in Missoula, MT. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and obtained her BS in Human Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in  Austin, Texas, her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Dallas, Texas (UT Southwestern campus), and her medical degree from A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Noor has an interest in women’s health, preventive medicine, and identifying barriers to health. After graduation, she will be practicing outpatient family medicine with a focus on women’s health in Missoula.

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: A Selection of Zoonotic and Vector-borne Infections Treated at St Patrick Hospital; Acquired Locally and Abroad

Joshua Christensen, MD
Providence Medical Group, Infectious Disease

Dr. Christensen received his BS in microbiology and BS in medical technology from the University of Montana.  He attended medical school and completed his residency in internal medicine, followed by an Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Colorado.  He's employed as ID/Hosptialist at St. Patrick, since 2010. 

1/12: Social Determinants of Health 

Mariah Bonner, DO
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

Mariah Bonner is a 3rd year resident with the FMRWM.  She hails Seattle and San Diego, did her undergrad at San Francisco State University and completed osteopathic medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon.  She has a strong interest in social medicine with an emphasis on public health and social determinants of health.  Mariah plans to stay in Western Montana and practice family medicine with obstetrics and osteopathic manipulation.

1/19: Building a Case for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder 

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: Bronchiolitis in Kids: Safely Doing Less

Lauren Wilson, MD
Community Medical Center

Lauren Wilson, MD FAAP, is a pediatric hospitalist with Missoula Pediatric Associates.  She grew up in Missoula, but received her B.A. in Mathematics and German from Rice University, and her MD from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, before heading to the University of Vermont for her pediatric residency and chief resident year.  She worked for 5 years as a pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children's, where she was also Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency program, before returning to Missoula in late 2015.  Her research interests include bronchiolitis, skin and soft tissue infections, family centered rounding, and high value care, as well as medical education.  

2/9: Topic-TBA

Cassie Lopez, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western Montana

2/16: Topic-TBA

Tara Rothwell, PA
Aaron Derry, PA
Providence St Patrick Hospital

2/23: Topic-Dizziness

Neil Shepard, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester


3/2: TBA

3/9: Violence in Healthcare/De-escalating Confrontations

Shawn Paul
Providence Regional Director of Safety, Security & Environment of Care

Shawn graduated from the University of MT with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.  His backround includes United States Army Military Police Officer, Missoula Police Department, and SWAT Team Leader.  He's been at his current position as Western MT Service Area Director of Safety, Security & Environment of Care at  Providence St. Patrick Hospital since 2012. Shawn's also a Management of Aggressive Behavior Instructor, an Armed Intruder Instructor, and Critical Incident Stress Management Facilitator, plus a Member of the International Association Healthcare Safety & Security.          

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: Topic-TBA

Tim Caramore, MD
Family Medical Residency of Western MT


4/6: Health Equity & Hospital-Community-Academy Collaboration: Successes and Challenges

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: Case Studies in Endocrinology

Michele Danicich, MD
Christopher Corsi, MD
PMG Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition 


5/4: Describing the Metabolic Changes During Obesity and Balancing Nutrition

Andrij Holian, PhD
University of Montana

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.