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Published on June 26, 2014

Billings Clinic’s Inaugural Internal Medicine Residents start July 1st

Residents to be welcomed at White Coat Ceremony

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic will hold a ceremony on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the Mary Alice Fortin Health Conference Center to welcome the inaugural twelve Internal Medicine Residents to the program. The ceremony will include comments from Nicholas Wolter, MD, Billings Clinic CEO; Mayor Tom Hanel; and Roger Bush, MD, Internal Medicine Residency program director. Following the comments, each resident will ceremoniously receive their white coat to symbolize the beginning of their career as doctors.

The ceremony will mark the start of the first internal medicine residency program in Montana. The program is designed to address the primary care shortage by training general internal medicine physicians to stay in the region. According to the Montana Primary Care office, as of October 2013:

  • Nine counties in Montana are without any physician.
  • 12 counties are without a primary care physician.
  • Seven counties are without a hospital.
  • An estimated 27,331 Montana residents live in counties without primary care physicians.

“These physicians in advanced training will bring fresh ideas, new energy, and bold creativity to our inter-professional care teams,” said Dr. Bush, “They will be the leaders of care teams, improvement efforts and organizational initiatives as we design our primary care model around a clinical learning environment. Patients will benefit from strong personal relationships, and a sense of trust, safety and reliability.”

Following the ceremony, the residents will complete two weeks of orientation before they start participating actively in the care of patients alongside residency faculty in the hospital and clinic. Over the course of the program, residents will progressively assume responsibility for the care of their patients.

Eight of the residents will be enrolled in the program for three years. Four of the residents will spend one year at Billings Clinic before going on to finish their chosen specialty area in radiology, anesthesiology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Introducing the 2014/2015 Internal Medicine Residents

Sindy Byington
Sindy Byington is a graduate of Idaho State University Pocatello with a degree in Microbiology. She engaged in postgraduate research in microbiology at the Idaho National Laboratory. Sindy graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and will complete her three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. Sindy plays the violin and piano and enjoys camping, hiking, snowmobiling, and being outdoors with her family and three children.

Thomas Grillot
Thomas Grillot graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Kinesiology. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Thomas will complete his one year of internal medicine at Billings Clinic before moving onto a Radiology program. Thomas enjoys exercise, sports, outdoor recreation, worship, social and youth activities, as well as doing science presentations for his wife's third grade classroom.

Sierra Gross
Sierra Gross received the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship and majored in Biology at the University of Nevada Reno. She attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts and will complete her three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. Sierra finds joy in traveling, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, running, and playing in softball leagues and beach volleyball tournaments.

Giorgos Hadjivassiliou
Giorgos Hadjivassiliou comes from Cyprus via the United Kingdom, where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University College London. Giorgos will complete his three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. He has been the CEO of NGN Greazioni, LTD a chain of jewelry shops since 2006. When he isn’t swimming and cycling, Giorgos enjoys playing the piano and he is fluent in Greek and Spanish.

Shelby Halsey
Shelby Hasley majored in Neurobiology at the University of Texas-Austin. She attended medical school at the University of Texas at Houston. Shelby will complete her one year of internal medicine at Billings Clinic before moving onto a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation program. Shelby was a volunteer with MedKids, which teaches basic science principles to inner city children. She enjoys baking, piano, singing, swimming, wake-surfing, kayaking, and reading.

Sean Jones
Sean is a Billings native and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Chemistry. Sean attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Sean will complete his one year of internal medicine at Billings Clinic before moving onto a Radiology program. One of his passions is backpacking in the wild and dense Beartooth Mountains. He also enjoys playing piano and accordion, exploring new places by bicycle, and learning medical history.

Brenda Nyamogo
Brenda Nyamogo is a native of Kenya and graduated from the Florida International University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She has volunteered tirelessly with many organizations serving the underprivileged. She attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Brenda will complete her three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. She speaks fluent Swahili and enjoys word puzzles, board games, Jeopardy, the Denver Broncos, recreational soccer, traveling and current events.

Jot Preet Singh Sahi
Jot Preet Singh Sahi is originally from India and graduated from San Francisco State University with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Physiology. Jot attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. While a student at OHSU, he setup and ran a volunteer clinic at a Sikh Temple in Fremont California. He will complete his three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. Jot is an award-winning baker and enjoys photography. Jot comes from rural India and has always been a rural person at heart.

David Stordahl
David Stordahl was born in Billings and attended both Rocky Mountain College and the University of Montana where he graduated with a degree in Health, Human Performance and Exercise Science. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. David will complete his one year of internal medicine at Billings Clinic before moving onto an Anesthesiology program. He is a competitive CrossFit athlete, Level-1 CrossFit trainer, and enjoys downhill and water skiing.

Reno Terribilini
Reno Terribilini is from Holtville, in California’s Imperial Valley and attended medical school at the University Faculty of Medicine Hungary. He will complete his three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. He has broad clinical exposure in internal medicine stateside at New York Medical College, Harvard, and University of California San Diego. Reno enjoys lifting weights, spin class, wake boarding and hiking challenging trails.

Malathy Tharumarajah
Malathy Tharumarajah grew up in Ontario, Canada but considers Sri Lanka her home. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. She attended medical school at the American University of Antigua. Malathy will complete her three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. In 2010, she returned to Sri Lanka to care for disabled children at the Krishna Dham Orphanage. She is a musician, dancer and photographer.

Noelle Thomas
Noelle Thomas grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington State and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Drama with a focus on dance. She attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and will complete her three year internal medicine residency at Billings Clinic. In her spare time she enjoys home remodeling, dance, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, travel, yoga, and tennis.

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