Renovations!

Shortly after I opened my practice in Bozeman an opportunity arose to relocate to a location that was a better fit for us, complete with what is now a AAAASF-certified operating facility (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities)....

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Medical Tourism

I recently had a discussion with a patient who spends much of the year in another country. While away, the patient's husband experienced a medical emergency requiring a prolonged hospitalization. This resulted in large medical bills, legal battles, and uncertainty...

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No Hostages

Have you ever been over to someone's house-- a friend, or family member, or coworker-- and felt like you couldn't leave? Ever had to edge toward the door, remember any possible excuse, just to get away? At my house we have a "No Hostage" policy.  We let visitors know...

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Giving Thanks

The holiday of Thanksgiving is tomorrow. We will take a few moments to think about the things that we have, the people around us, and the perfectly prepared turkey/ham/tofu/turducken before us. Then, we might catch the game or sift through the Black Friday deals that...

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Why Is Board Certification Important?

Many people confuse having a medical license with being board certified. These are not the same thing at all. Often when discussing certification and qualifications, patients are shocked to learn that my medical license is not restrictive. In other words, even though...

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Taking the Plunge

Courage is required for all of the best things in life. Asking for a raise. Proposing marriage. Starting a business. Trying out for a team. Taking a leadership role. Running for office. These are just a few of the things that tend to be life-changing, but require a...

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A New Season Is Approaching

Scanning the headlines this morning, I was informed that Pumpkin Spice lattes are now available. Seriously?!? The pumpkins in my garden are still little runts. How can this be?? We live in a world that is always on edge, always ready for the next thing, always looking...

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See the World

Have you ever stopped to wonder at your amazing senses? The taste of coffee in the morning… hearing your children play… feeling the breeze brush against your cheek on a hike… the smell of the earth after rain. All of our senses are easy to take for granted. For me,...

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Differences

One of the more difficult aspects of writing is knowing what people are interested in reading about.  Thirty seconds into a story about woodworking, or photography, or something else I find interesting, my wife’s eyes start to glaze over, her blood pressure drops, and...

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Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. So do surgeries.

One question I hear frequently is whether liposuction will be sufficient for body contouring. I believe this question comes up often because patients would like to avoid large incisions or “invasive” surgery. Depending on the size and shape of your body, the answer to...

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Education and Self-Diagnosis

I saw a picture of a sign hanging in a physician’s office. It read “Please do not confuse your Google search with my medical degree.” Although I found this quite funny, there is a fine line between self-diagnosis and self-education. Self-diagnosis comes with many...

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Welcome Nikki Walker!

Welcome Nikki Walker, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)! Nikki has called Bozeman home since 1992, and brings great experience and a warm smile to the office every day! Her hobbies include playing with her dog, hiking, and all types of photography. What a great...

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