At Blue Mountain Clinic we strive to give you the best care possible. That starts with our award winning providers.
Dr. Eric Ravitz
Dr. Eric Ravitz is a Board Certified Family Practitioner with 35 years of experience. In addition to general family medicine, he has special interests in preventative health care, internal medicine problems, and psychiatry. Though trained in traditional western medicine in a military hospital, Dr. Ravitz is welcoming of other complimentary approaches to health care management. Good communication is also a highly prized aspect of Dr. Ravitz’ style of practice. He always tries to make sure all questions and concerns are addressed during patient encounters. In addition, Dr. Ravitz has been honored as “Best Doctor” for the Independent’s “Best of Missoula 2013″ for the sixth year (and counting!).
Dr. Caitlin Blau, DO
Dr. Caitlin Blau is a graduate of the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana here in Missoula. She went to medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area, and did her undergraduate studies at Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
The opportunity to work at Blue Mountain Clinic was one of the reasons she chose to move to Montana for residency three years ago. Dr. Banks has been an integral part of her training and she feels honored to be stepping into her role at Blue Mountain. Dr Blau is passionate about full-spectrum family medicine, particularly stigmatized care such as abortions, transgender medicine, substance use disorders, mental health, and chronic pain. She believes everyone deserves access to patient-centered care with transparent medical information and shared decision making.
From Dr Blau –
“I’m thrilled to be setting down roots in this beautiful state, and I can’t wait to start serving our local community. Come and chat with me about your health care needs!”
Dr. Deanna Phinney
Dr. Phinney was born and raised in Billings and attended MSU. She went to medical school at the University of Washington and completed her residency in family medicine at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.
Dr. Phinney and her family moved back to Montana over 20 years ago. She has worked in and around Missoula for almost all of that time. She has two children. Her lovely daughter lives in Missoula and her handsome son lives in Washington DC. Her daughter works in grants and ministration and her son is a writer and teachers architect tour to high school students. She has four amazing grandchildren, all boys.
Her hobbies are to garden in the summer knit in the winter and walk with her dogs all year long.
Kelly Polus, PA-C
Kelly Polus is a Physician Assistant Certified practicing in Family Medicine. She graduated from the University of Montana in 1996 with a double major in Social Work and Psychology. At UM, she specialized in women’s studies and volunteering at the Sexual Assault Recovery Services and YWCA. After graduating, she worked at the Bozeman Area Battered Women’s Network as a child advocate, volunteer coordinator and crisis line staff member. During that time, Kelly also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. It was during her time working as a paramedic that she decided to pursue her interest in medicine. Kelly attended a Physician Assistant Program in Buffalo, New York, where she graduated from D’Youville college, and received her degree as a PA. Upon returning to Missoula, Kelly began to integrate her social work skills along with women’s studies and medicine. Today she enjoys a practice at Blue Mountain Clinic, meeting the needs of a diverse clientele. Kelly focuses on women’s reproductive health and education, as well as family medicine. Kelly is dedicated to providing quality health care to all patients, as well as listening to patient’s concerns and addressing their needs.
Nicole Muskett, PA-C
Nicole Muskett is a proud Missoulian and recent graduate of Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies. She also attended the University of Oregon where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology with a minor in Chemistry.
Nicole’s love of travel has taken her to many places including a semester abroad at the University of Cambridge in London during the 2012 summer Olympics and as a volunteer with Missoula Medical Aid bringing health care to those living in rural Honduras. She’s also dedicated time to First Descents, a kayak camp for young adults with cancer paddling near Glacier National Park.
Prior to PA school, Nicole worked as a medical assistant where she gained valuable insight into the healthcare needs of our community and she looks forward to giving back as Blue Mountain Clinic’s newest PA.
Nicole is especially passionate about reproductive health, diabetes management, and preventive medicine for all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders! When she is not caring for her community, you’ll find her the Glacier Ice Rink, Snowbowl, or up Mount Sentinel with her pups.
Alison Charman, ARNP
Alison Charman is an Adult Registered Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years of experience. While much of her specialty lies with adult medicine, she sees many clients, from young adults on up, for their primary care needs. Born and raised in Silver Springs, MD, Alison decided after college that she had a strong desire to move out west for some mountain adventures. She’s never looked back! In 1996, she received her masters of science in nursing at the University of Washington. Congruently working at Harbor View ER, she met her husband and they have 3 wonderful children. Alison began her Nurse Practitioner journey on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT, before moving to Whitefish, where she lived and practiced for 13 years. Having recently moved to Missoula, she has graced Blue Mountain Clinic with her presence for almost 2 years. Alison’s practice aligns itself with BMC’s mission of patient centered care. She will always do her best to make sure all questions and concerns are addressed during her patient visits. ( And did we mention she loves mountain biking and hockey?)!
Vasa Parsons, LCSW
Vasa has worked with adults and families in the Missoula Community for over 25 years. This range of experience includes extensive work in training, teaching and supporting adults in developmental disability services and providing guidance to the entire family system. Vasa also works with others in short-term, solution-focused therapy. Vasa’s approach to therapy is one of patience and understanding. Allowing the person to become comfortable with her is critical in any type of progress made. Vasa utilizes a strengths-based approach and believes finding ones strengths will lead to a more fulfilling life. Vasa employs a variety of treatment models and is open to working with youth, families and adults in the following areas: stress/anxiety, life transitions, grief/loss, LGBTIQ, workplace stress and developmental/intellectual disabilities.
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