Administrative Staff

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)
  • Currently Director of MSU University Health Partners
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 1992
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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 Counsel
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2003
Robin Heyer Kuntzelman

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

Dental Staff

Greg Swica

Greg Swica, DDS

Dental Services Director

Undergraduate Degree: 

BS in Nutritional Science, Michigan State University 1992

Advanced Degree:

DDS, University of Michigan 1996

Advanced Training:

Advanced Education in General Dentistry, University of Utah 1997

Academic Certificate with the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines 2017

Certifications:

Board Certified in General Dentistry

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Clinic Director/Dentist at Northwest Community Health Center Salt Lake City, UT
  • Auxiliary Faculty at the University of Utah for Advanced Education in General Dentistry
  • Private Practice Grand Rapids, MI
  • Private Practice Missoula, MT
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2011
Alison Bayer

Alison Bayr, BS, AAS

Dental Hygienist

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Physical Education Coastal Carolina University

AAS Dental Hygiene Montana State University-Great Falls College

Certifications:

Board Certified Dental Hygienist

Special Interests:

  • Providing a positive dental experience 
  • Encouraging optimal oral health

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Private dental practice in Bozeman 
  • Joined MSU University Health Partners in 2015
Linda Criner

Linda Criner

Dental Assistant

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Sociology, Montana State University 2003

Certifications: 

Dental Radiography, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician 

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Dental Assistant training in US Coast Guard
  • Pharmacy Tech training in US Army 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2010
Gina Huffman

Gina Huffman

Dental Assistant

Certifications:

Dental Radiology

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Dental Assistant for 20 years 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2004
Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Office Manager

Dental Experience:

  • 10 years of Dental experience 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2015

 

 

 

 

Dietitian/Nutritionist

Julie Goyette

Julie Goyette

Dietitian/Nutritionist
MS, RD

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Community Nutrition/Community Health Education, Eastern Washington University 1992 

Advanced Degree: 

MS in Human Nutrition and Post Graduate Internship in Dietetics Washington State University 1998

Certifications:

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist 

Special Interests:

  • Empowering individuals and groups to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Personal wellness development
  • Nutrition therapy and lifestyle coaching

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Practice in both in-patient- and out-patient settings 
  • Private nutrition consultation 
  • Adjunct faculty member in nutrition 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2013

Health Advancement Staff

Marci Torres

Marci Torres

MPH

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Health Science, Clemson University

Advanced Degree: 

Masters in Public Health - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, George Washington University

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Joined University Health Partners in 2014 
Marie Nelson

Marie Nelson

Health Educator/Wellness Coach

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Psychology at Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

MS in Community Health Montana State University

Certifications:

CHWC, Certified Health And Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches Corporation

Special Interests:

  • Coaching students to discover their best selves
  • Encouraging a lifestyle approach to well-being and prevention
  • The science of gratitude, happiness, and play

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Joined University Health Partners in 2011
Alanna Sherstad

Alanna Sherstand

 

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Women's Studies, Colorado State University 2000

Certifications:

Certificate in Community-based Development from the International Institute for Sustainable Development 2008

Certified Victim Advocate, member of the Gallatin Valley Sexual Assault Resource Team and Domestic Violence Resource Team

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Sexual assault victim advocate in Ft. Collins, CO and Bozeman, MT
  • Directed a victim advocate center in Ft. Collins, CO 
  • Developed community-based prevention programs
  • Worked as the outreach coordinator of MSU's VOICE Center (Victims Options in a Campus Environment) 
  • Currently VOICE Center Coordinator at MSU
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2009
Rick Winking

Rick Winking 

M.Ed.

Undergraduate Degree:

BAAS from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) 1992

Advanced Degree:

M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University 1994

Certifications:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor

Special Interests:

  • Chemical dependency 
  • Couples counseling 
  • Anger issues

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • has worked at MSU's Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center since graduate school 
  • Private Practice 
  • Joined University Health Partners ervice in 1994

Laboratory Staff

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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:

  • 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 Partnersin 2010
Jean Woodwick

Jean Woodwick (CPT)

Phlebotomist

Certifications:

Certified Phlebotomist

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Phlebotomist for over 25 years 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1989

Medical Support Staff

Dana Pray

Dana Pray

Clinic 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 

 

Trish Walton

Trish 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

 

 

Tasha Garcia

Tasha Garcia, MA

Medical Assistant

Certifications:

Medical Assistant Certificate, Montana State University Gallatin College 

Registered Assistant 

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Worked as a nursing assistant prior to attending MSU Gallatin College to become a medical assistant
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2012

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
  • Clinical research in osteoporosis
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2003
Lisa Koyama

Lisa Koyama, RN

Registered Nurse

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Psychology, Augsburg College 1981 

BS in Nursing, Montana State University 1985 

Special Interests:

  • Acute care triage 
  • College health nursing 
  • Patient Education

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Hosptial: Pediatrics/PICU
  • Adult and Pediatric Oncology
  • BLS & PALS Instruction
  • Internal Medicine/Oncology
  • IV infusion/PICC Nurse
  • Urology
  • College Health 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2008

 

Kim Marrow

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
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Shannon Regnier, RN

Registered Nurse

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Nursing, Gardner-Webb University

Special Interests:

  • Community Health
  • Emergency Care

 Professional Highlights:

  • Inpatient Pulmonary Unit
  • 1 Year Volunteer in Honduras
  • ER
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2015
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

 

Nurse Practitioners

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
Kristi Lavin

Kristi Lavin, FNP

Primary 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 

Special Interests:

  • Women's health
  • Primary care
  • Acute Care Provider
  • Colposcopy

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Private practice in Bozeman, MT 
  • College Health 
  • 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 chairs the Quality Improvement Committee at the MSU University Health Partners 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 1989

Languages (besides English):

Spanish

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

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

Languages (besides English):

Spanish

christina tooley

Christina 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
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

 

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
  • Current Manager of the MSU University Health Partners Pharmacy 
  • 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

Physicians

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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
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
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 Degree:

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

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

Languages (besides English):

German

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Beth Stelz, DO

Primary Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz

Advanced Degree:

D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) Western University of Health Sciences

Advanced Training:

Family Medicine Residency UC Davis Family Medicine at Mercy Redding Family Medicine Residency Program 2000-03

Certifications:

Board Certified in Family Medicine American Board of Family Medicine

Special Interests:

  • Emotional health care and well-being 
  • Wellness 
  • Preventative care
  • Contraception 
  • Chronic illness 
  • Diabetes management 

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • National Health Service Corp Physician 
  • Private Practice in Northern California 
  • Community health clinic experience
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2016
Tim Visscher

Tim Visscher, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Modern Languages Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

MD Tufts University

Advanced Training:

Internal Medicine Residency University of Washington 1980-82 and 1985-86

Psychiatry Residency University of Massachusetts 1996-99

Child Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship University of Massachusetts 1998-2000

Certifications:

Board Certified in Internal Medicine 

Board Certified in Psychiatry 

Board Certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

Special Interests:

  • Psychiatric consultation/collaboration with primary care providers and therapists

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Indian Health Service 
  • Private internal medicine practice in Dillon, MT 
  • Several community mental health centers working with children and adults in Bozeman, Dillon, Livingston, Butte, and Galen, MT
  • Private child/adolescent psychiatry practice in Bozeman, MT
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2005

Languages (besides English):

Spanish

Stephanie Wolfe

Stephanie Wolfe, MD

Primary Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Geology Colby College

Advanced Degree:

MD Oregon Health & Science University

Advanced Training:

Psychiatry Internship Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 2006-07

Family Medicine Residency Montana Family Medicine Program 2007-09

Certifications:

Board Certified Family Medicine

Special Interests:

  • Mental health 
  • General wellness
  • Preventative care and nutrition

Brief Highlights of Professional Career:

  • Hospitalist Medicine Missoula, MT
  • Work in Palliative Care and End of Life Medicine 
  • One year at University of MT Student Health Center
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2016

 

 

Katie Woods

Katie Woods, MD

Primary Care Physician

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Education Harvard University

BS in Biology Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

M Ed Harvard Graduate School of Education 

MD University of Washington 2007

Advanced Training:

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

Certifications:

Board Certified in Family Medicine 

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

Languages (besides English):

French, German, Spanish

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

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

Languages (besides English):

German and Spanish

 

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)

Special Interests:

  • Emergency medicine 
  • Public health 
  • Infectious diseases 

Brief Highlight of Professional Career:

  • International Medicine Kenya and Honduras
  • Migrant Worker Outreach Clinic
  • Indian Health Service 
  • Emergency Medicine facilities 
  • Joined University Health Partners in 2008

Languages (besides English):

Spanish