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Richard H. Taylor - M.D., FACOG
Prior to NWWHC Dr. Richard H. Taylor practiced medicine in Salt Lake City Where he provided a full spectrum of health care to women including obstetrics, infertility and minimally invasive surgery. He began using laser surgery in 1980 and has taught and proctored many physicians in laser procedure for the past 20 years. He also authored many nationally and internationally published articles on endoscopic outpatient surgeries and developed an endometrial ablation procedure that received international attention. In 1994 he published one of the first pilot studies in the medical literature allowing patients the safe option to go home within a few hours of major laparoscopic surgery.
After joining NWWHC in 2000 he focused on further gynecology, infertility and laparoscopic robotic surgery. Along with being skilled and knowledgeable physician he also has a keen concern for each of his patients. He says, “I believe that the real medicine is truly caring about each individual patient and staying connected with the patient and caregivers until the patient’s problem is resolved.” This is a 24/7 process, and we never turn any patient in need away. Our goal is to get patient into the clinic as quickly as possible according to their needs and desires.
Robert M. Rogers, Jr. - M.D., FACOG
Dr. Robert M. Rogers practiced gynecology in Pennsylvania where his practice evolved to a focus on general women’s healthcare and laparoscopic surgery. He is a skilled urogynecologist with special expertise in bladder and prolapse problems. He came to NWWHC in 2005 where he continues his gynecological practice and also continues to teach, lecture and write about new surgical techniques for female surgery throughout the world. He says, “ I realize that this great group of providers shares more vision in the care of women. I am proud to be a part of this exceptional team.”
Shawn D. Barrong, MD
Dr. Barrong will be joining our practice beginning July 27th. He is an experienced Spokane physician who will be leaving his established thriving practice, to join NWWHC’s ‘Center of excellence for minimally invasive surgery.’ He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and trips to the back-country with his wife and three children.
Ben T. Eastham, MD
Dr. Eastham will be joining our practice and Kalispell OB GYN beginning July 20th. He will be practicing Gynecology at NWWHC and Obstetrics Kalispell OB GYN. He recently completed his residency in Galveston Texas, and he and his wife are looking forward to moving back to the Flathead Valley.
Heath Miller, MD
Dr. Miller joined our team here at Northwest Women’s Healthcare in the fall. He relocated from his established practice where he served as Chief of the OB/GYN department at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center for the last 15 years. We are excited to welcome him to our practice and share his expertise in minimally invasive surgical procedures
Dr. Miller is originally from North Carolina where he received a degree in Fine Arts/Sculpture from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He then went on to receive his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington. He has now been in practice for 22 years, and in his last three years in Seattle he was voted as one of the best gynecologists in the City. Dr. Miller is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In his free time, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with his twin daughters, and when they are busy with college he enjoys being with his friends and enjoying the outdoors.
Janna M. Sullivan - APRN, WHNP-BC
Janna has special clinical expertise and interest in wellness, menopause, PMS, weight control, diagnostic ultrasounds and infertility. She discusses both traditional and life style changes with her patients and says, “The responsibility of being an educated consumer is more challenging than ever before.” Together we will explore and navigate your choices.
Cathleen Simensen - APRN, WHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner Cathy Simensen joined NWWHC in 1996 and says one of her goals is to provide complete and individualized health care for the whole woman – physical, psychological and emotional – throughout her life cycle. She has special interest in preventing, diagnosing and facilitation treatment of cancers, thyroid conditions and infertility. She says, “I am committed to providing current care and information to each woman in a gentle, compassionate manner.”
Shawn Shanahan - APRN, WHNP-BC
Shawn Shanahan has been a Nurse Practitioner for over 26 years and worked in public health, home health and medical surgery before joining the NWWHC team. She especially enjoys helping women learn about their health and bodies so that they are empowered to make the best choices affecting the quality of their lives and notes, “Few concerns in life are as personal as health care decisions.” As a certified Holistic Health Educator she works with patients to help those making healthcare choices that integrate conventional and complementary health services. Shawn is also skilled in ultrasound, including highly specialized ultrasound saline infusion techniques, and is involved in education as a preceptor and teacher.
Karin Sax - APRN, WHNP-BC
Karrin Sax not only serves as a NWWHC nurse practitioner, she is a assistant professor at the College of Nursing at Montana state University. Karrin spent 22 years as a military nurse practitioner in labor and delivery, nursery, postpartum and in surgical units establishing a strong foundation in women’s health. She stresses the importance of being a good listener and says, “I believe it is important to give quality care by listening to my patients’ concerns and then develop a course of treatment that will be tailored to their individual needs.”
Julie Cook - APRN, CFNP
A caring approach ultimately facilitates the healthcare process. Nurse Practitioner Julie Cook explains. “We want to make it a safe place so that our patients are encouraged to talk.” The providers’ are generous with their time, often allowing more than an hour for a wellness check-up so that the patient doesn’t feel rushed and has the opportunity to share her concerns.
Julie values the relationships that are allowed to develop with this approach and by the continuous care of patients through life’s changes and transitions. Julie embraces a holistic approach to health with an emphasis on preventing illness and promoting wellness. A background in a family practice setting provides her with a broad background to healthcare.
Kathleen Olson - APRN, WHNP-BC
Kalispell native Kathleen Olson has been with NWWHC since 2009 after spending 14 years working in labor and delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care nurseries, Pediatrics, and Infertility throughout the United States. This time provided her with a wide range of experiences in women’s health and created a desire to be increasingly involved women’s healthcare.
As a Nurse Practitioner she has enjoyed the opportunity to get to know her patients on a personal level. She is skilled in ultrasound, colposcopy, and other procedures and often performs them for other providers. She feels rewarded in her work when she can help women feel their best by encouraging wellness through diet, being active, healthy relationships and prevention.