Montana born and raised. Graduated from Beaverhead County High School in Dillon. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Boise State University and then worked as a phlebotomist for two years in Bend, Oregon before joining the US Peace Corps. I served in Swaziland, Africa for two years as an HIV/AIDS Educator/Community Development Volunteer. This was an experience of a lifetime. Following the Peace Corps, I attended the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program and earned my MPAS in 2011. Following graduation, I was lucky enough to return to my hometown as a Physician Assistant. I was employed at Barrett Hospital and Healthcare for the past 8 years working in Family Medicine, Walk In Clinic, Orthopedic Clinic and the OR as a surgical assistant. I am excited to be joining Bridger Orthopedics and look forward to new opportunities and adventures in the Bozeman area. I love to ski and have volunteered for Beaverhead Ski Patrol for over 10 years. I also enjoy golf, hiking, camping, and outdoor music festivals/concerts.
Teri Dudzinski received her BS in Biology from Colorado State University in 1992. She completed her Physician Assistant Certification at the University of Utah’s PA program in 1999. She is an assistant coach for the Bozeman High School girls soccer program and is an avid skier, runner and cyclist. Prior to joining Bridger Orthopedic in October of 2015, Teri was a provider at Bozeman Urgent Care since 1999.
Brian Frykman, PA-C, joined Bridger Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and the medical staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in 2003 He graduated from the physician assistant program at Rocky Mountain College after completing an internship at the Montana Neuroscience Institute at the University of Montana. Previously, Frykman worked as an expedition leader and mountain guide for the American Alpine Institute, and as a medical assistant at clinics in Missoula. He is certified as a physician assistant.
Scott Gill is a graduate of the University of Idaho, completing his Physician Assistant training at the University of Washington. Scott was a provider with Bozeman Urgent Care from 1998 to 2016. He has enjoyed active participation with Gallatin County Search and Rescue and Bridger Bowl ski Patrol since 1983.
Scott Grimm, PA-C, is an orthopedic physician assistant with Bridget Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, and a member of the medical staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Grimm earned his Master of Medical Science degree with honors. Prior to moving to Bozeman, he interned with the University of South Florida athletic department, and worked at an orthopedic center in southern Florida. Grimm is certified as a physician assistant.
Kara Haskell, PA, is a physician assistant at Bridger Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, and on medical staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. A former patient care technician and operating room aide at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, Haskell graduated from the Drexel University Physician assistant program in 2015. Prior to entering healthcare, Haskell worked in the security forces of the U.S. Air Force.
Jaspur Kolar is a native Montanan and graduate of Montana State University. He completed his Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant at A.T. Still University in Arizona. He has worked in occupational medicine for the last 12 years and is NRCME certified. His clinical areas of interest include occupational injury care, surveillance, and DOT examination. Jaspur is an avid sports enthusiast and loves playing basketball, attending Bobcat football games, spending time with his wife and daughter, and enjoys all types of outdoor activities. He is certified as a physician assistant.
Jason Lawn, PA-C, is a staff member at Bridger Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital as a physician assistant. He began working in health care as a licensed practical nurse, then joined the U.S. Air Force as a surgical service journeyman in Utah. He became a surgical technician in Wyoming before earning a Bachelor of Medical Science in Physician Studies at Midwestern University in Arizona. Lawn practiced in Arizona and Wyoming orthopedic and sports medicine practices before moving to Bozeman. He is certified as a physician assistant.
Vanessa Lipp, PA, is a physician assistant on medical staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital and in practice at Bridger Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. A graduate of Montana State University with a BS in microbiology, she earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University and then practiced at a pain and spine clinic in Missoula before returning to Bozeman. Previously, Lipp worked as a certified nursing assistant in Chester and as a phlebotomist at Bozeman Health. She is certified as a physician assistant.
Marcie Lovgren PA-C started working at Bridger Orthopedic in 2007 after graduating from Oregon Health and Sciences University where she received a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies. She is certified as a PA and specializes in hand and upper extremity orthopedic care. Prior to PA school she studied at Montana State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Spanish and became an EMT. Her previous medical experience includes working on the ambulance and volunteering abroad with various medical mission organizations as a translator and provider. She is a Bozeman native and loves to take advantage of all Montana has to offer. In her free time she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, climbing, adventure traveling and playing guitar and violin.
Andrew is a 4th generation Montanan. He grew up in Bozeman, enjoying the spoils of having an active family who spent much of their time outside. After high school he attended the University of Montana (much to Dr. Smith’s chagrin) and graduated with a degree in Human Biology in 2009. Following graduation, he worked for 2 years as an ER-Tech at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and a Crisis Intervention Worker at the Gallatin Mental Health Center. Andrew attended Duke University for his PA education (more to Dr. Smith’s liking) and graduated in 2016. Andrew has spent the last 2 years working in Orthopedic Trauma and Microvascular Surgery in Portland, OR and is thrilled to be returning to Montana and joining Bridger Orthopedic. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, biking, running, hunting, and practicing yoga.
Jon Medler, PA-C, is a native Oregonian and Gonzaga University graduate. He practices as a licensed physician assistant with Bridger Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, and on medical staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. He earned his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, CT. Now back on the west coast, he is happy to be close to family in Montana, and the outdoors. Prior to graduate school, he worked in Bend, Oregon for two years as a physical therapy aide.
Matt Neuman PA-C is pleased to join the Bridger Orthopedic and Sports Medicine team. Matt is a third generation Montanan and is at home in Bozeman with his wife and daughter. His interest in the medical field began when he worked as a grizzly bear biologist in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem specializing in capture and pharmacologic immobilization.
Matt started his medical career as an ER tech prior to graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He has 5 years of prior orthopedic experience. When not working, Matt enjoys time outdoors biking, skiing, trail running and fishing.
Jarred Pinnick, PA-C is a Montana State University graduate and a native Montanan who is excited to be back in the great town of Bozeman. He attended PA school at Pacific University in Oregon where he developed a passion for surgery. He spent the past 9 years working in orthopedic surgery in Denver and has recently made the move back to Montana with his wife and daughter. Jarred is an avid fly-fisherman who enjoys spending time on the river, skiing during the winter and hiking with his wife and daughter.
Russell Saari, PA-C, specializing in orthopedics, was born in Caldwell, Idaho and grew up in Grand Junction, Colo. Saari earned his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from University of Maryland, University College, College Park; Doctor of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College, Pasadena, Texas; a Bachelor’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant, from Midwestern College of Health Sciences, Glendale, Ariz. Campus and his Masters of Physician Assistant Science in Family Practice Medicine from University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, Omaha.
Saari’s orthopedic career has encompassed 28 years with the United States Navy, both stateside as well as tours to Africa and Afghanistan. Saari says orthopedics is a field that is especially interesting to him because “I like to know and see how things work. I enjoy fixing things. The difference between fixing fighter jets and people is that jets merely spit out data, while the connection with people is much more satisfying.”
All the same, Saari still enjoys tinkering with motors and takes particular pride in rebuilding suspensions such as his off road 4x4 rock crawler. “There’s less at stake with machines, but it’s not as rewarding,” he adds.
Saari and his wife of 30 years, (who is also his high school sweetheart), were especially drawn to Livingston because they both feel more at home in a small community. Saari says a small town reminds him somewhat of the environment in the military in which relationships were cultivated by proximity. “You see people beyond just the work environment – the community becomes part of you,” he says.
Sonia Settergren, PA-C, grew up in Billings, MT and is excited to be in Bozeman and join the Bridger Orthopedic Occupational Health team. After graduating from the University of the Pacific in California she joined the Peace Corps in Nicaragua where she completed a 27-month service working with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health. She is fluent in Spanish. In 2015 she completed her PA studies from Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. Her prior PA work experience includes Urgent Care and Otolaryngology. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, horseback riding, biking, and hunting.
Jennifer Vollmer, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Bridger Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and a member of the medical staff at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. Vollmer earned a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Northern Arizona University in Phoenix, and worked in clinic and hospital settings in Arizona before moving to Montana. Vollmer is certified as a physician assistant.