Dr. Johnson and Staff

Dr. James L."Bo" Johnson II, MD, FACS
Dr. James L. “Bo” Johnson II, MD, FACS

Dr. Johnson, founder of the Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic, is a board-certified general surgeon and was the first physician in Montana and Wyoming to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology (click here to view a press release). He began performing Endovenous Laser Therapy in 2004, and has successfully performed over 6,000 of these endovenous ablation procedures. Dr. Johnson, a third-generation physician, is known for his dedicated and compassionate care of patients and for his medical professionalism. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. Dr. Johnson believes strongly in giving back and dedicates two weeks out of each year to travel to third-world countries to provide a full range of medical care. To learn more about his latest venture with Amiga de Salud, where he traveled with his kids to Ecuador, please read the press release (click here to view the release). Dr. Johnson and his wife Deborah, a pharmacist, have four children and reside in Cody, Wyoming.

Dr. Philip Seu, MD
Dr. Philip Seu, MD

Philip Seu, M.D., is a UCLA-trained transplant surgeon and a Board-certified general surgeon who has recently focused his practice entirely on the treatment of patients with vein disease. He started this work in a vein clinic in Northern California and then joined RMVC in October 2011. Dr. Seu graduated from medical school with Highest Honors from the University of Texas and then trained at UCLA in general and transplant surgery. He subsequently held faculty positions at the UCLA School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to performing liver transplants, Dr. Seu taught medical students, trained residents and other surgeons, and published over fifty medical papers. Dr. Seu lives in Bozeman with his wife Missy and their two dogs, where they share a love of outdoor activities, including cycling, skiing, and hiking. Dr. Seu is also a published wildlife photographer.

Dr. Robert T. Ruble, MD
Dr. Robert T. Ruble, MD

Dr. Ruble has lived in Billings since 1974. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he attended Stanford University on a National Merit Scholarship, receiving a B.S. degree with honors. He then attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. Dr Ruble's internship and residency were in anesthesiology at the University of Oregon. Board-certified in anesthesiology, the majority of his career specialized in cardiac and thoracic anesthesia, at both Billings hospitals. He served terms as chairman of the anesthesia department and as chief of staff at Deaconess Hospital, and as head of the subsection of cardiac anesthesia at St. Vincent. He joined the RMVC in January 2010, finding the new vein treatments to be a natural extension of skills developed during his practice of anesthesiology. He and his wife Sheila live out-of-town with a small pack of dogs, two horses, a beleaguered cat, and a goldfish in the stock tank. They have two daughters, one teaching art at a New York university, and the other practicing law part-time while being a mom full-time. His interests include hunting, photography, and genealogy.

Billings Office Staff

Ben Hoffman, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Ben Hoffman, PA-C, Physician Assistant

Ben was raised in Eastern Montana, and has lived in Billings since 1991. He has worked in healthcare for over 30 years as a Registered Nurse and Physician Assistant. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Ben is also a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants. He joined RMVC in 2009 and assists with initial patient evaluations, VNUS, EVLT, Microphlebectomy, and Sclerotherapy procedures. While Ben finds his work at RMVC rewarding and challenging, he enjoys a rich life with his wife Julie, hunting buddy Sage (English Setter), many kids, and grandchildren. When not at work, he's generally out hunting, fishing, skiing, or exploring the backcountry of Montana and Wyoming.

Lacy Bangert
Lacy Bangert, Office Manager

Lacy is a native of Montana. She grew up on her family ranch in the Central Montana town of Grass Range. After graduating from Grass Range High School, Lacy attended the University of Montana in Missoula. While attending U of M she competed on the University of Montana rodeo team. She graduated from Missoula with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Science. After leaving Missoula, Lacy moved to Billings to pursue her Master's Degree in Health Administration, which she graduated with in the fall of 2008. After working in the medical field for 5 years Lacy joined the Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic team in December of 2011. In her spare time Lacy enjoys spending time with her husband and family, rodeoing, working on the family ranch, and helping her husband working for his construction company.

Colleen Schmidt, Reception - Billings Office
Colleen Schmidt, Reception

Colleen is a native of Billings, MT. Prior to joining RMVC in June 2010, she spent many years working in retail sales and brings a great amount of customer service experience to our team. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and son who is attending MSU, and reading. She also enjoys visiting her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter in Portland, OR.

Sarah Ryan, Registered Nurse, ASN – Billings Office
Sarah Yarde, Registered Nurse, ASN

Sarah attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Montana before completing her studies and graduating from Montana State University – Billings in 2005, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing (LPN). A member of the American College of Phlebology, Sarah is a native of Billings, and has been with RMVC since August 2006. She returned to school in 2008 to become a Registered Nurse, and graduated in 2010 with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. She is our resident expert in ensuring the proper selection, sizing, and fit of our compression stockings. She also performs sclerotherapy and assists with RF ablation, Endovenous Laser therapy, and microphlebectomy procedures. She also helps head up our sister company, Avri Laser Aesthetics, in Billings and is a Certified Laser Specialist and Obagi Skin Care Consultant. Sarah enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her family.

Mary Derbyshire, Medical Assistant
Mary Derbyshire, Medical Assistant

Mary has worked for RMVC since December 2007, and brings with her 38 years of working in the medical field—both in patient care and billing. She assists in the front office on clinic days, and is part of the surgical team on procedure days. A Montana native, Mary grew up in Havre. She and her husband have lived in Billings most of their married life. Her son and daughter-in-law also live in Billings, along with two wonderful grandchildren.

Tana Willems
Tana Willems

Tana is a native of West Yellowstone, MT. She attended school at Northwestern College in Powell, WY and MSU-Billings. She has worked in the medical field for over 10 years before joining RMVC in March of 2012. In her spare time Tana enjoys reading, baking, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends.

 
 
Samantha Ostwald
Samantha Ostwald

Sam is from Laurel, MT. Before joining RMVC in August of 2012, she worked for various other healthcare facilities. She graduated from MSUB College of Technology in 2009 with a certificate in Medical Billing and Coding. When she is not working she enjoys playing music, fishing, shopping, spending time with her family, husband Matt, son Luke, and dogs Petey, Banjo, and Maxx.

Bozeman Office Staff

Laurie Petersen
Laurie Petersen, Office Coordinator

Laurie was born and raised in southern Minnesota. After working as an office manager for an
orthopedic group for 14 years, she chose to relocate to Montana. In Bozeman she continued her
medical career for 5 more years and then took a break from the medical field to attend culinary school
where she graduated with honors. After spending 7 years in the food industry, she has returned to the
medical field as our office coordinator in Bozeman. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her
husband, gardening, hiking, camping and of course cooking.

Jessica Stutts
Jessica Stutts, Physician Assistant

Jessica is a native Montanan, raised on her family's farm/ranch in the Missouri River Breaks near Winifred, MT. She received her B.S. degree in both Horticulture Science and General Science Education from MSU with high honors. She then taught junior high and high school science for two years in Byers, CO, while her husband trained in dentistry. Transitioning to medicine, Jessica completed the University of Colorado's Physician Assistant program. In 2011, she and her husband Adam relocated to Bozeman, MT, where he joined his family's dental practice. Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic, Jessica worked as a Physician Assistant for the Billings Clinic in rehabilitation medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, attending concerts, exploring the western outdoors, and maintaining her orchid collection.

Holley Woosley
Holley Woosley Vennes, Medical Assistant

Holley is a native of Montana and grew up on her family’s ranch in Wilsall, where she and her husband Tyler, and daughter Teah currently live. She attended the University of Montana-Western and majored in Health and Human Performance. Holley has worked as a Medical Assistant for the last 8 years. In her free time Holley loves to spend time with her family, work on the ranch, teach skiing, ride horses and organize Ranch Rodeos in the area.

Cody Office Staff

Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams, Physician Assistant

Jennifer graduated from Hastings College in Hastings Nebraska with a B.A. in math and biology. She then attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where she was Valedictorian of her Physician Assistant class. Having grown up in an Air Force family Jennifer was born in Montana, raised in Nebraska and feels most at home in the West. Jennifer loves being able to raise her 3 children in the small-town atmosphere of Cody with her husband Cris, a High School science teacher at Cody High.

Before joining Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic, Jennifer worked as the Physician Assistant with Dr. Steve Mainini at the Cody Clinic. Outside of work, Jennifer is a volunteer health care provider at Heart Mountain Volunteer Clinic and is also a children’s ministry leader at her church.

Deborah Johnson , Pharm D, Clinical Specialist
Deborah Johnson , Pharm D, Clinical Specialist

Deborah graduated from Creighton University in 1992 with a Pharm.D. She has practiced in a variety of settings, including Retail Pharmacy and Hospital Pharmacy, and as a Clinical Pharmacist on the Renal Transplant Team at the University of Wisconsin. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Professor/Clinical Consultant at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. Deborah was involved in the establishment of Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic and is involved in patient care. Much of her time is spent raising four children.

Cindy Gifford, Office Administrator, Cody Office
Cindy Gifford, Office Administrator

A Wyoming native, Cindy moved from Casper to Cody in 1998. She began working with Dr. Johnson in his surgical practice in 1999, and has worked for Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic since its inception. When not at the office, Cindy enjoys fly-fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Shana Weiss
Shana Weiss, Medical Assistant

Shana is a native of Muskegon, Michigan where she graduated from Ross Medical Education Center as a Medical Assistant in 2010. She moved to Cody shortly after and joined our team. Shana is a Certified Laser Specialist and also assists Dr. Johnson with Endovenous Laser Therapy and Radiofrequency Ablation. Her hobbies include hiking, photographing wildlife, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Ginger Christie
Ginger Christie, Nurse - LPN

Ginger grew up in Wisconsin, and received her nursing degree from WCTI, with honors.In 1977, she moved to Cody, Wyoming, where she became the Assistant Nursing Director for the Long Term Care of West Park Hospital for two-years. She then did a three- year stint in Internal Medicine, where she had the pleasure of working with Dr. Lew Johnson, Dr. Bo Johnson’s late father. From there she spent 27 memorable years with Cody Family and Billings Clinic Cody. Ginger joined the RMVC family in June of 2012. Her experience qualifies her to work in many areas of nursing, including assisting Dr. Johnson during vein procedures. She truly cares about her patients’ health and wellbeing. Ginger spends her free time divided between her children, grandchildren, church, and community. She also enjoys traveling to art shows around the country with her husband Reid.

 
Angela Nelson
Angela Nelson, Office Coordinator

Angie is a native of Northern Montana, but relocated to Cody, Wyoming, in 2006. She has many years of experience working within the medical communities of Cody and Powell, Wyoming. Angie joined RMVC in June of 2012, and is enjoying the opportunity to learn a new aspect of medicine. Her hobbies include;camping, four-wheeling, spending time with her family, and reading.

 
 

Ultrasound Associates

Michelle Dillon, RVT RDMS RDCS RT(R)
Michelle Dillon, RVT RDMS RDCS RT(R)

Michelle is a native of Billings. She attended ultrasound school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has been registered in ultrasound since 1991 and holds registries in Vascular Ultrasound, Adult Echocardiography, Abdomen, and OB/Gyn. She lives in Billings with her husband Jerry and their four boys. Michelle is the owner of Big Sky Ultrasound LLC, which specializes in vascular ultrasound screening and provides all the ultrasound services for Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic in both Montana and Wyoming.

Amber Rittal
Amber Rittal - BSRT(R) M CT, RDCS

Amber was born and raised in eastern Montana. She earned a B.S. degree in Radiologic Technology from Minot State University and has worked in healthcare since 1995 as a radiologic technologist and sonographer. She started with Big Sky Ultrasound and Rocky Mountain Vein Clinic in 2011. Amber enjoys spending time with her family at their cabin near Flathead Lake, hiking in Glacier Park, skiing , boating, reading , and antique shopping.

Laura Sullivan-Russett
Laura Sullivan-Russett RVT, RDCS

Laura was born and raised in Bozeman, but left MT for Los Angeles in 2001. While in LA Laura discovered a passion for the medical field and attended ultrasound school, where she graduated with special academic acknowledgement and was offered her first job at her clinical training site. After gaining experience in vascular ultrasound and earning her RVT credential, Laura left Los Angeles and worked as a traveling vascular technologist in hospitals around the country, including UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore, MD. Laura then spent three years living on the gulf coast of Florida and working in a vascular surgery practice where she gained extensive experience in the treatment of venous disease. In March of 2012, Laura was able to return home to Montana for good when she joined the staff at Big Sky Ultrasound. Laura is happy to be back in MT where she enjoys going running with her husband and mother and is an avid football fan.

 
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