Jim Mitchell

Jim Mitchell, MBA

Senior Director

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Economics, University of Virginia

Advanced Degree:

MBA, James Madison University

Special Interests:
  • Health care leadership in higher education
  • Student health insurance/benefit programs for college students.
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana (economist/planning officer)
  • Previously worked at the University of Virginia Student Health Service
  • Past President and board member of the Mid-Atlantic College Health Association
  • Past board member of the Rocky Mountain College Health Association
  • Past President and board member of the American College of Health Association
  • Fellow of the American College Health Association
  • Recipient of the American College Health Association's Edward Hitchcock Award for outstanding contributions to the field of college health
  • Past chair and member of MSU Professional Council
  • Past member of the MSU planning and budget committee
  • Organized and continues to help manage the Montana University System Student Insurance Program
  • Over 15 consultations on college health programs
  • Currently a member of the American College Health Foundation Board of Directors
  • Spokesperson, Lookout Mountain Group (non-partisan study group looking at impact of health care reform on student health programs)
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 1992

Physicians

Sam Mitchell

Sam Mitchell, MD, PhD

Medical Services Director & Primary Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology University of Colorado

Advanced Degrees:

PhD in Biochemistry and Microbiology University of Montana

MD University of Washington

Advanced Training:

Family Medicine Residency University of Washington 2000-03

US Public Health Service Epidemic Intelligence Service 2003-05

Certifications:

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Languages (besides English):

German

Special Interests:
  • Infectious diseases including STIs and HIV
  • Risk reduction
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Researcher: worked on the neutral-drift theory of evolution, spinal cord physiology, assessing the environment impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the molecular pathogenesis of Bartonella bacilliformis
  • Field officer for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
    • Investigated domestic outbreaks (particularly syphilis and HIV) 
    • Assisted in initiation of a Pap-screening program for Botswana
  • Private Family Practice and Urgent Care in Missoula, MT
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2010
Mary Drake

Mary Drake, MD

Acute Care Manager & Physician

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in English, College of St. Benedict

Advanced Degree:

MD University of Nebraska

Advanced Training:

Emergency Medicine Residency, Regions Hospital St. Paul MN 1997-2000

Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona 2006-2007

Structural Acupuncture, Harvard University, 2014-2015

Certifications:

Board Certified in Emergency Medicine

Special Interests:
  • Acupuncture
  • Sports Medicine
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Santa Clara Kaiser Permanente Emergency Physician
  • Bozeman Deaconess Hospital/Absaroka Emergency Physician
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2016
Sarah Bronsky

Sarah Bronsky, MD

Primary Care Physician

Lindsay Carlson

Lindsay Carlson, MD

Primary Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology/Minor in English, Georgetown University

Advanced Degree:

MD University of Washington

Advanced Training:

Family Medicine Residency, MT Family Residency, Billings MT 2007-10

Rural Health Fellowship, Tacoma Family Medicine, 2010-11

Certifications:

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Special Interests:
  • Emotional health and wellness
  • Preventative care
  • Contraception/women’s health
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Worked in Angola and South Africa
  • Livingston Health Care Family Physician
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2017
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Laura Goodell, MD

Acute Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. in Biomechanics. Health and Human Development, Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

M.D., University of Washington

Advanced Training:

Chief Resident, Montana Family Medicine Residency

Certifications: 

Board Certified Family Medicine

Special Interests:
  • Rural Medicine
  • Medical Student Education
  • Health Care Policy/Advocacy
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Rural Family Practice Physician, Dillon, Montana
  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Joined UHP in 2016
Katie Woods

Katie Woods, MD

Primary Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in History at University of Connecticut

BS in Biology at Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

MEd Harvard Graduate School of Education 

MD University of Washington 

Advanced Training:

Family Medicine Residency, MT Family Residency, Billings, MT 2007-10

Certifications:

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Languages (besides English):

French, German, Spanish 

Special Interests:
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health 
  • Global health 
  • Infectious diseases
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Instructor, Introduction to Global Health 291 Montana State University 
  • Volunteer Physician for Syrian refugee aid effort Lesvos, Greece 2016 
  • Family Physician in New Zealand 2010-2011 and 2013-2014
  • Joined University Health Partners 2014

Nurse Practitioners

Elizabeth Bentley, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry

Undergraduate Degree:

Bachelor of Philosophy, Miami University

Advanced Degree:

Master of Science, The Ohio State University

Brief Highlights of  Professional Career:
  • Graduated with MS degree and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
  • Worked in Idaho at a community health clinic as part of the National Health Service Corps.
  • Psychiatric care provider for counseling practice in Idaho Falls.
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2018.

 

 

Amy Berghold

Amy Berghold, FNP

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing MSU

Advanced Degree:

Master of Nursing Graceland University

Certifications:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

ACLS

Special Interests:
  • Primary care
  • Mental health
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Community Health Partners in Bozeman, MT 2010 - current
  • College Health MSU 2010 - current. Full time 2016
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2016
Shar Carraway

Shar Carraway, FNP

Primary Care & Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

Master of Nursing Gonzaga University

Certifications:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Intensive Care Unit in Billings, MT 
  • Private practice in Portland, OR
  • Worked as a temporary/fill-in for the MSU University Health Partners before being hired for regular position
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2013
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Emma Hoegh, FNP

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art, Luther College

B.S. in Nursing, George Mason University

Advanced Degrees:

D.N.P. Family Practice, Radford University

Certifications:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (ANCC)

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Pediatric and adult emergency nursing experience in Level I and Level III Trauma Centers
  • Joined UHP full time in May 2018
Kristi Lavin

Kristi Lavin, FNP

Primary Care & Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing University of Nevada-Reno

Advanced Degrees:

Master of Nursing Montana State University

Certifications:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 

Languages (besides English):

Spanish

Special Interests:
  • Women's health
  • Primary care
  • Colposcopy
  • Mental Health
  • Transgender Health
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Worked in various clinics in Bozeman, MT in the past 20 years
  • Worked with Rocky Mountain Hospice for 3 years
  • Became a Family Nurse Practitioner while working as a nurse at MSU University Health Partners 
  • Currently coordinates nursing and mid-level staffing at the MSU University Health Partners
  • Currently member of the Quality Improvement Committee at the MSU University Health Partners 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1989

 

Christy Tooley

Christy Tooley, FNP

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Biology Montana State University, Bozeman Montana

BS Nursing Simmons College, Boston Massachusetts

Advanced Degrees:

Masters in Nursing, FNP, Simmons College Boston Massachusetts

Certifications:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (ANCC)

Special Interests:
  • Community health
  • Reproductive/Women's health care
  • Primary care 
  • Urgent care 
  • College health 
Brief Highlights of Professional Care:
  • Community Health Center in Boston, MA 
  • Bridgercare Reproductive and Women's Health Care, Bozeman, MT
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2015
Janet Winnie

 Janet Winnie, APRN, BC, FNP

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Biology Willamette University

BS in Nursing Creighton University

Advanced Degree:

MSN Oregon Health Sciences University

Certifications:

American Nurses Credentialing Centers

Board Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Family Nurse Practitioner

Languages (besides English):

Spanish

Special Interests:
  • Primary care
  • Women's health care
  • Acute patient care
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Member of American Nurses Association
  • Member of Montana Nurses Association
  • Worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Salud Community Health Clinic Woodburn Oregon providing care for migrant farm workers 1991-1995
  • Private Family Practice in Kalispell, MT 1995-1998
  • Between years at MSU University Health Partners worked at an ObGyn clinic in Bozeman, MT 2000
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1998

 

Physician Assistants

Catherine Ebelke

Catherine Ebelke, PA-C

Travel Medicine Specialist & Health Advancement Staff

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Botany and German University of Michigan 

Advanced Degree:

Physician Associate Yale University School of Medicine

Certifications:

Certified Physician Assistant 

Certified in Travel Health awarded by International Society of Travel Medicine

Languages (besides English):

German and Spanish

Special Interests:
  • Travel medicine 
  • Wilderness medicine 
  • Integrative medicine/mine-body medicine
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • International Medicine CIWEC Clinic Staff Kathmandu, Nepal
  • International Medicine Health Care Provider Maya Mountains National Geographic Expedition, Belize
  • Ranger Naturalist in Glacier National Park 
  • Health Educator and Health Care Provider at various Community Clinics in Appalachia
  • Currently Travel Clinic Coordinator at MSU University Health Partners 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1998

 

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith, PA-C

Acute Care Physician Assistant

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Earth Sciences-Geology Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

MS in Physician Assistant Studies Pacific University

Certifications:

Certified Physician Assistant (NCCPA)

Languages (besides English):

Spanish

Special Interests:
  • Emergency medicine 
  • Public health 
  • Infectious diseases 
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • International Medicine Kenya and Honduras
  • Migrant Worker Outreach Clinic
  • Indian Health Service 
  • Emergency Medicine facilities 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2008

 

Nurses

Char DeChaine

Char DeChaine, RN

Registered Nurse

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing, Mankato State University 

Special Interests:
  • Acute care triage 
  • Wound care
  • Travel immunizations
  • Allergy shots
  • Patient Education 
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Neonatal intensive care unit 
  • Obstetrics 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Family Practice 
  • Clinical research in osteoporosis
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2003
Kim Morrow

Kim Morrow, RN

Registered Nurse

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing, Montana State University 1981

Special Interests:
  • Acute care triage 
  • College health nursing 
  • Infection control 
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Critical care 
  • Internal medicine 
  • Pulmonary medicine 
  • College health 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2008
Quinn Taborski

 Quinn Taborski, RN

Registered Nurse

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing Montana State University 2011

Special Interests:
  • Patient education
  • Diabetes education
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Medical floor 
  • Home health care
  • Family practice 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2016

Medical Support Staff

Patty Walton

Patty Walton, MA

Medical Assistant

Certifications:

Medical Assistant Certificate, San Joaquin Valley College 

Certified Medical Assistant 

Certified EMT and Paramedic 

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Has worked as a paramedic in Bozeman, MT for over 15 years 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2011
Dana Pray

Dana Pray

Clinical Aide

Certifications:

Certified Surgical Technologist

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Has worked in a variety of positions in the financial and health care industries
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1997 

Laboratory Staff

Kati Visser

Kati Visser, MLS (ASCP)

Laboratory Manager

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Microbiology, Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

MS in Medical Laboratory Science, University of North Dakota

Certifications:
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP)
Interests and Hobbies:
  • Running, hiking and being outdoors
  • Learning about science and what is happening in the medical field
  • Spending time with my husband and daughter
  • Writing, reading mysteries, and playing with my cat, Bohne
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist and Laboratory Supervisor at Providence Medical Center in Medford, OR
  • Manager of the MSU Medical Service Clinical Laboratory 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2017
Lynn Kirtley

Lynn Kirtley, MT (ASCP)

Medical Technologist

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Zoology and BS in Medical Technology, University of Montana 

Advanced Training:

Internship Western Montana School for Medical Technology 1980

Certifications:

MT (ASCP)

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Has worked as a medical technologist in Missoula, MT, Portland, OR, and Bozeman, MT since 1980
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2010

X-Ray

Codi Francis

Codi Francis, RT(R)(M)ARRT

Radiologic Technologist & Manager of UHP Radiology

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Sciences, University of Nebraska - Medical Center

AS in Radiologic Technology, Casper College (Wyoming)

Certifications:

Registered Technologist, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Mammography

Phlebotomy, PBT (ASCP)

Special Interests:
  • Orthopedic Imaging
  • Women's Imaging
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Phlebotomist and Radiology Intern at Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, WY
  • Radiologic Technologist at Livingston Health Care and Alpine Orthopedics
  • Currently a member of the Montana Society of Radiologic Technologist Board of Director
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2017

 

Pharmacists

Jean Sternhagen

Jean Sternhagen, RPh

Pharmacy Manager

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Pharmacy University of Minnesota

Certifications:

Registered Pharmacist

Immunization Certified with MT State Board of Pharmacy 

Special Interests:
  • Part Time Preceptor for University of Montana School of Pharmacy 
  • Provide quality patient care by optimizing medication use and ensure medication safety for our students
  • Communication with Medical Service Staff to best serve our customers here on campus
 Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Worked in both hospital and retail settings in Minnesota and Montana 
  • Director of Pharmacy Livingston, MT Hospital 1993-1999
  • Montana Hospital pharmacist of the Year 1992
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1999
Danelle Forster

Danelle Forster, RPh

Registered Pharmacist

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Pharmacy University of Montana

Certification:

Registered Pharmacist 

Special Interests:
  • Counseling and patient education
  • Consulting with primary care clinicians
Brief Highlights of Professional Care:
  • Managed a retail pharmacy 
  • Consulting pharmacist for outpatient surgery center
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2013

 

Administrative Staff

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Raechell Nielsen, BS

Administrative Manager

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Business Management, Montana State University

Special Interest:

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Payroll
  • Building Maintenance
Brief Highlights of Professional Career
  • Served on Staff Senate
  • Served on University Planning Council
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2003
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Robin Heyer Kuntzelman, BA

Health Information Manager and Health Insurance Coordinator

Undergraduate Degree:

BA English, Montana State University

Special Interests:
  • Health Insurance
  • Electronic Medical Records
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Implemented electronic medical records for University Health Partners
  • Liaison for students with health insurance issues
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1997
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Jennifer Eckart

Front Office Manager

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Katherine Altizer, BA, BS

Front Office Assistant Manager

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in History SETS, Montana State University

BS in Sociology, Montana State University

Interests and Hobbies:
  • Social Justice
  • Dance
  • Hiking and Snowshoeing
  • Reading
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Internship with FREE International 2014-2015
  • Member of the UHP Quality Improvement Committee
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2015
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Bonnie Dunworth, BS

Front Office

Undergraduate Degree: 

BS in Biological Sciences: Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management, Montana State University

Interests and Hobbies:
  • Nature Enthusiast
  • Fishing and Hiking
  • Photography
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2018
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Thomas Keresey, BS

Front Office

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Management Information Systems, University of Montana

Certifications:

Digital Marketing

Interests and Hobbies:
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Health
Brief Highlights of Professional Career:
  • Worked for University of Montana Financial Aid Office
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2017

Nutrition Services

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Julie Goyette, MS, RD

Dietitian/Nutritionist

 

 

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Brittney Patera, MS, RD, CSSD, LN

Dietitian/Nutritionist

 

 

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