The Art of Life: Art therapy takes hold in Montana
Bright autumn sun streams into this art studio in a brick building on the East side of Kalispell.
A painting on an easel depicts a large tree, with a solitary elk standing beneath it. Shelves on the other side of the studio are lined with small clay caricatures, masks and other artwork. A small, wooden table sits in the center of the room, with two chairs. Here in this bright, simple studio, Allyson Norwood Bush does her work as an art therapist. Here she helps clients create peace in their lives by creating art.
Front Lines: 40 years in the life of primary care physician Loren Vranish
By David Reese
Montana Health Journal
It’s midmorning at Family Health Care in Kalispell. The waiting room is empty, and the receptionists can be heard chatting among themselves and making small talk. Then the rush hits and Within 10 minutes the waiting room is full.
After 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Loren Vranish still loves this ebb and flow of his work as a primary-care physician at family health care.
As the waiting room begins to bustle, Vranish emerges from his exam room with a female patient, holding her elbow just slightly and talking in a reassuring tone about when she should come in for another visit.
Double Take: Kevin Connolly examines world view of people with disabilites
BY DAVE REESE
Kevin Connolly sauntered into the restaurant much like any other 20-something guy sporting a week’s growth of beard.
He had a confident air about him and a devil-may-care attitude. But you see Connolly, 24, doesn’t just saunter like any dude. He swings from Point A to Point B, the most direct route possible, using only his hands.
The man who digs dinosaurs: Jack Horner’s continuing odyssey for clues to ancient animals
BY DAVID REESE
The sun is sliding over the horizon of Montana’s Fort Peck Reservoir, casting a tangerine glow on the bluffs and sagebrush hills. Boats chug along the reservoir, getting in the last bit of fishing for the day.
Here at Hell Creek, on Fort Peck Reservoir, we’re in a world of its own, far from civilization and connected only by a phone line and a dusty rutted road through breaks and draws, the kind of country you’d see in a 1950s western. But this is home to Jack Horner, one of the world’s foremost experts on dinosaurs. He is here at Hell Creek hunting for dinosaurs in 100-degree heat in the desert of central Montana.
Diabetes Dilemma: Montana healthcare professionals confront a diabetes crisis
By DAVID REESE
Montana Health Journal
Miracles sometimes come in small packages, and that’s how it was for Elaine Ryan.
In 2007 Ryan had overheard a co-worker talking about a weight-loss program in Missoula for people at risk for diabetes. The conversation got her attention. Ryan, 60, had lost her mother to chronic high blood pressure from being overweight. Ryan she knew she had to do something about her weight, which at that time was 237 pounds.
Building Hope: Anne Scott-Markle gives people hope for better relationships
BY DAVE REESE
MONTANA HEALTH JOURNAL
Anne Scott-Markle settles into an armchair to talk about relationships.
At her office at Imagine Health in a second-story office in Columbia Falls, Scott-Markle is helping people revive, strengthen and renew personal relationships. “The heart and soul of my work is relationship and community,” says Scott-Markle.
Community Partner: Whitefish obstetrician Mirna Bowden
Mirna Bowden was always the first one on the scene with a bandage or a helping hand when she was growing up in Connecticut.
Now as one of Whitefish’s obstetricians, she gets to achieve her lifelong passion of helping others. Bowden is a partner in Alpine Women’s Clinic next to North Valley Hospital, working with Dr. Randy Beach and Dr. Kathleen Lewison.