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Scott Bontrager, MD

Dr. Scott Bontrager grew up in a small farm town in north Florida. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Florida State University, Dr. Bontrager taught science at the high school in his hometown until he ventured west to complete his Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University. After working several years in Family Medicine, a desire to better serve his patients drove him to return east and enroll in medical school at East Tennessee State University. Now, Dr. Bontrager has returned to Big Sky Country and is excited to say he is here to stay. When he isn’t working, Dr. Bontrager loves to spend time hunting grouse and pheasant with his puddle pointer, Penny.  Fishing, kayaking, and camping with his wife, kids and granddaughter also fill his free time. Dr. Bontrager plans to establish a practice in one of Southeast Idaho’s rural communities upon completion of residency.  

 

Chance Christensen, MD

Dr. Chance Christensen was born and raised in Idaho Falls, received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University, and attended University of Utah School of Medicine.  He and his family are thrilled to be back in southeast Idaho for residency. He plans to practice full-spectrum Family Medicine in the Idaho Falls area after he graduates. He and his wife love cooking, playing card games, and spending time with their four kids. He's a self-identified tech geek and enjoys the beauty of the Idaho outdoors.

 

Cameron MacInnis, MD

Dr. Cameron MacInnis was born and raised in Northern California, went south to attend the University of New Mexico for undergraduate, then north to attend the University of North Dakota for medical school. He is excited to move West again for residency at ISU, where he can once again enjoy the mountains. He enjoys hiking, biking, reading, amongst a variety of other interests. His love of Family Medicine was confirmed with an extended rotation in rural North Dakota, and he looks forward to practicing full-scope family medicine in a small community.

 

Scott Nagao, DO

Dr. Scott Nagao graduated from Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was born and raised in North Ogden, Utah. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at Weber State University and moved to Glendale, Arizona with wife and two children for medical school. He came to Idaho to learn broad-spectrum Family Medicine with interests in hypertension and diabetes. He is planning to practice in southern Idaho or Northern Utah. Dr. Nagao speaks Portuguese, and when not with family, likes spending time fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and competitive shooting.

 

Daniel Sterner, DO

As a native of Pocatello, Dr. Daniel Sterner is very excited to return to ISU where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Medical Spanish. He is returning from Las Vegas where he received a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. Before receiving his education he served a full-time mission in Paraguay where he developed a deep love for Latin American culture. He actively looks for opportunities to serve and work with the local Hispanic populations, especially in Aberdeen and American Falls. He is a former member of the Idaho State Civic Symphony and enjoys hiking, swimming, spending time with his family, and eating.

 

TJ Tolman, DO

Dr. TJ Tolman was born and raised in Idaho.  Prior to medical school, he ran track at Boise State University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management.  He worked in financial planning, medical sales, and in the health and fitness industry as a general manager and personal trainer. He attended Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is excited to be back in his home state. Dr. Tolman is passionate about preventive medicine and values building relationships with patients. He plans to practice full-spectrum Family Medicine in Idaho. TJ enjoys golfing, running, biking, skiing, camping, movies, reading and most of all spending time with his wife and two daughters.

 

Steven Webster, DO

Dr. Steven Webster graduated from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was born and raised on a small farm in Kaysville, Utah. Upon meeting his wife, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University where he obtained a degree in Finance. After medical school in Virginia, he came back to complete his residency here in Pocatello with dreams of practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine in a rural setting. Dr. Webster is an avid fly fisherman but also enjoys camping, hunting, woodworking, and gardening. He mainly loves spending time with his wife and kids.

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Jordan Millward, PharmD

Jordin Millward grew up in Southeast Idaho and graduated from Idaho State University. She is thrilled to be able to continue to work in her community, where she lives with her fiancé and step-son. Jordin wants to practice pharmacy in a rural outpatient setting, and is passionate about mental health and working with students. She loves the outdoors and spends her summers hiking, mountain biking, traveling, and camping. She also enjoys reading, listening to and playing music, and photography.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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JJ Bennett, MD

Dr. JJ Bennett was born and raised in Minnesota, went to the University of Wisconsin for his undergraduate education, and completed his medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He, his fiancée, and puppy love spending time outdoors. He enjoys hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, woodworking, and reading fantasy novels. He plans on practicing Rural Full-Spectrum Family Medicine.

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Buck Courtney, MD

Dr. Buck Courtney was raised in Southern New Mexico where he studied Engineering Physics at New Mexico State University. He moved to Albuquerque to attend medical school at the University of New Mexico where he was influenced to pursue primary care after rotations in rural New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. He is excited to move to Idaho and continue training to practice Full-Spectrum Family Medicine. His interests include disaster relief and wilderness medicine, as well as motorcycle riding, photography, and adventure travel.

 
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Logan Jones, DO

Dr. Logan Jones graduated from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. He was born and raised on a small farm in Rigby, Idaho where he loved to work with his family. Prior to his medical training he owned and operated a contracting business, building houses throughout Southeast Idaho and Western Wyoming. He went on to graduate from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He and his wife have three children and enjoy camping, hiking, road trips, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, and just spending time together. Dr. Jones is very excited to return to Idaho to further his education and to practice medicine.

 
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James Marble, DO

Dr. James Marble graduated from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He grew up in West Point, Utah and went to Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology. He came to Idaho to learn broad-spectrum Family Medicine and enjoys the lifelong doctor-patient relationships that Family Medicine provides. He is happily married to his childhood sweetheart and they have two children. He enjoys cooking, baking, board games, teaching, and all things Harry Potter. He is excited to leave the heat of Arizona to be back near mountains and experience four seasons again.

 
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Jessica Rolynn, MD

Dr. Jessica Rolynn graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine as a TRUST Scholar in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track. She is an Idaho native who attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Chemistry and Theatre. Her experience growing up in rural Idaho, as well as becoming a young mother, military spouse, and first generation college student, gave her a unique perspective as she pursued her degrees. She developed a strong passion for teaching while volunteering and working with at-risk students in various settings, and found that passion continued as she developed relationships with her patients in underserved populations. Dr. Rolynn and her family are excited to join the Pocatello Community; they plan to spend lots of time exploring the hills, local arts, and theatre troupes. She has a strong interest in Broad Spectrum Family Medicine, including advocacy, community health, and LGBT+ medicine. She looks forward to a long career in Rural Medicine.

 
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Tyson Torgersen, DO

Dr. Tyson Torgersen attended medical school at Colorado at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was raised in Escalante, a small farming town in Southern Utah. He attended Southern Utah University where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry. Prior to attending college he lived in South Africa and Swaziland where he was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is married and has one daughter. He is very passionate about Rural Medicine and plans to practice Full Spectrum Family Medicine in a small town in the Mountain West. The mountains are his favorite place to be, where he enjoys fishing, hunting, backpacking, cutting firewood, and camping. He also enjoys woodworking, mechanic work, and tying flies.

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Marcos Valdez, MD

Dr. Marcos Valdez was born in Argentina and moved to the United States in 2001. He lived in Utah before recently coming to Idaho. He trained at the University of Utah for his Undergraduate and Doctorate degrees. He is emphasizing his residency training in rural medicine and obstetrics.

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Kailey Murphy, PharmD

Kailey Murphy graduated from Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy. She was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, and is excited to continue her journey in her hometown. She loves spending time with her fiance and their dog. Together, they enjoy backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, and being outdoors. 


 

 

 

 

 

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Brandon Comish, MD

Dr. Brandon Comish comes to us from University of Washington. As a student who has shown commitment to rural and underserved community engagement, he was chosen to participate in the TRUST Program (Targeted Rural Underserved Track) in Idaho. He has a special interest in global health, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Brandon has no trouble filling his off-time, where you may find him practicing Judo (black belt), traveling, learning new languages, playing his guitar or piano, engaged in art, flying drones, or reading fantasy fiction.

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Emily Davis, MD

Dr. Emily Davis comes to us from Washington University – St. Louis. She hails from Van Nuys, California but has a heart for rural Family Medicine, with special interest in public health and disease prevention, having earned a Master’s Degree in public health to learn more about health policy and become a better advocate for her community. In her free time, Emily enjoys music and dancing, spending as much time outdoors hiking, and on rainy days curled up with a good book.

 

Tyshae Jaggi, DO

Dr. Tyshae Jaggi comes to us from Pacific NW University. She hails from the Idaho Falls area. She aims to work in a rural area after residency, stating “I like the doctor-patient relationships in family medicine, the medical variety of cases, and the ability to work with all ages, entire families, and different ways of life”. In her free time you’ll find Tyshae outside running, hunting, fishing, hiking, playing soccer, or watching a movie at home.

 

Jack John, DO

Dr. Jack John comes to us from Liberty University. He hails from Layton, Utah. He has a heart for Family Medicine because “it is the only specialty where a physician is not limited by patient population or specialty. They can see all patients, any time, regardless of the ailment.” In his free time, you’ll find him backpacking, horseback riding, golfing, listening to music, or reading. 

 
 

Jokke Kokkonen, DO

 

Dr. Jokke Kokkonen comes to us from AT Still University, Kirksville. He is interested in working in an underserved area after residency and to have a positive influence in communities far from the epicenters of health care. Family Medicine will equip him with the tools to serve his future community. In his free time, you’ll find him on the prowl for new hikes, gardening (cherry tomatoes for his children is a must), camping, traveling, and training for 5Ks and half-marathons.

 
 

Sye Speth, DO

Dr. Sye Speth comes to us from University of Pikeville. He is drawn to Family Medicine because of the wide scope of practice, the personal, long-term relationships built, and the opportunity to be a teacher of medicine. In his free time, you’ll find Sye woodworking, camping, or playing baseball, bowling, and football.

 

Brian Vause, DO

Dr. Brian Vause comes to us from A.T. Still University – Kirksville. He hails from Eden, Utah and has a heart for rural Family Medicine, including hospital medicine, especially for underserved populations. He is interested in the challenges and options that a Family Physician can have in providing a breadth of care in differing circumstances. In his free time, you’ll find Brian doing all sorts of outdoorsy things, like mountain biking, trail running, flying an airplane, gardening, camping and visiting national parks, road trips, and skiing.

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Marc Steele, MD

1-2 Program Resident in Rexburg, Idaho

Dr. Marc Steele comes to us from Ross University. He has matched to the Rexburg Rural Training Track. He will spend his first year at the base program, then spend his second and third years in Rexburg, Idaho. After residency, Marc wishes to practice full-scope rural Family Medicine. He knows being part professional conversationalist and relationship builder is vital to help treat, support, and educate his patients in improving their lives. In his free time, you’ll find Marc both watching and participating in sports (football, baseball, soccer, volleyball) or traveling both here in the US and internationally.