Daniel Shaub, Adam Ostby, Chad Kay, Jenna from St. Vincent Healthcare and Beatrice Harper

We are ecstatic to have received so many submissions for our Celebrating Montana Healthcare Careers: National Rural Health Day Contest this year. We would like to recognize the students who participated in this contest, and the healthcare workers they interviewed. Each week we will post five submissions. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Vanessa Bonner

Name: Dr. Shaub, DDS who works for Dr. Dorrow and Dr. Shaub Dentistry

Student: Vanessa Bonner, a sophomore at West High and at the Career Center.

Challenges: It is hard for people who live way out of town to schedule when to come back to the office, especially when he needs them back at a certain time. Another challenge is that not everyone has dental insurance, so paying then becomes a problem.

Benefits: He replied that he gets to know his patients better and he is able to create a relationship with them. He also said that it is easier to be part of a rural community while working in the medical field because he feels as though people treat him more as an equal.

Ashley Hand

Name: Adam Ostby,  an orthodontist in Billings at Heights Orthodontics

Student: Ashley Hand, a junior who attends the Billings Career Center

Challenges: The challenges of working in a rural community are hunting season, time for sports, harvest, and having to be engaged in what families are doing.

Benefits: The benefits of working in a rural community are the quality of people we are exposed to and who come to our practice and how patients handle their lifestyles.

Julio Carpio

Name: Chad Kay, who works as a physical therapist at Northern Rockies Physical Therapy.

Student: Julio Carpio, who attends Sentinel High.

Challenges: Mostly the limit of patients. In a place as small as Missoula, patients are sometimes not as plentiful.

Benefits: The advantages are really getting to know his patients because it’s a smaller community. With a lower amount of patients, bonds grow which help the process.

Caitlyn Graves

Name: Jena R., RN at St. Vincent Healthcare

Student: Caitlyn Graves, who attends the Billings Career Center

Challenges: We will at times get complex cases and not have the technology to treat these specific cases and will have to send them out to more advanced hospitals.

Benefits: We get a variety of people to treat so it makes the job interesting.

Cailey Hibl

Name:  Beatrice Harper, CNA at Billings Clinic/TCU

Student: Cailey Hibl, an 11th grader who attends the Billings Career Center

Challenges: One challenge is getting to the patients.

Benefits: One benefit is that you get to know the patients and their families on a more personal level.