Medical Director/ Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Residency in General Psychiatry - University of California, Irvine M.D. Medicine - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine B.A. American History & Biochemistry - University of California, San Diego
Phone: Phone: (406) 758-8126
Where did you grow up? I was born in California and grew up between the Los Angeles-Hollywood area and the Monterey Peninsula. I have lived all over California, mostly near the ocean and have been in Montana since 1992.
Tell us about your family. My wife (Myia) and I have 7 children ranging in age from 12 to 36. We each brought 3 to our marriage and adopted girl when she was 15. We have 4 grandchildren.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I used to be a professional musician and am fortunate enough to have a song on a gold record. Later, I cleaned carpets, windows and eventually took care of racehorses before going to college with the intention of becoming a race-horse veterinarian which changed to becoming a people doctor. I had no idea I would become a psychiatrist until my last year of medical school. Until she died earlier this year, my best friend was a golden eagle named Katherine.
Briefly describe your work experience. I came to Montana to work as the child psychiatrist in our local mental health hospital. Two years later, I started private practice in Kalispell, where I still work 2-3 days per week. I am the Chief of Psychiatry at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Chief Psychiatrist for the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana and an adopted member of the Blackfeet tribe. I have been working with Therapeutic Boarding Schools for about ten years and have been part of Summit Preparatory School since it opened in March 2003.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?On this chilly December day, anyplace with a nice beach and a warm, clear ocean sounds great.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? My work puts me in very close contact with people every day. When I am not working or doing family things I like the wild solitude of activities that put the wind in my face like: sailing, flying, surfing and chasing around the mountains on horseback with my Indian-cowboy adopted brother. I always enjoy good food, good company and playing musical instruments.
What draws you most to this type of work? For me, psychiatry is the healing art that requires science, medicine, psychology, faith, hope, patience, empathy, imagination, humor, humility, community, relationship, teamwork, timing and luck. I could not imagine a more challenging or fulfilling life work.