Missoula Urban Indian Health Center Team
D’Shane is Mandan and Arikara and comes to MUIHC with a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California, San Francisco. D’Shane formerly served as the executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health in Washington, DC, and as the director of planning and policy for the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California.
D’Shane received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Montana, Missoula. In his free time, he enjoys taking advantage of western Montana’s beautiful outdoors, attending powwows, and spending time with his family.
Clayton Tallwhiteman works as the Information Technology Technician/Clinical Applications Coordinator for Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. He is a tribal member of the Assiniboine, Northern Cheyenne, and Blackfeet tribes. Clayton holds an Associates Degree in Information Technology from the University of Montana and is CompTIA A+,TestOut PC Pro, and Computer Support Specialist certified. He is currently a student at the University of Montana pursuing a Bachelors of Applied Sciences degree in Computer Science.
Kiana is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Chippewa tribe. She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Certificate in Entertainment Management in 2017 and continued her education after graduation to pursue her last year of eligibility as a member of the University of Montana Rodeo Team. She plans to soon pursue a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. Kiana still continues to follow the rodeo trail whenever she can in the INFR circuit and Pro Rodeo circuit around Montana. She enjoys spending free time with family and friends.
Skye is a three-time graduate from the University of Montana with her Bachelor and Master of Art degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice, and a Master of Business Administration degree. She is a descendant of the Shoshone-Bannock and Little Shell Chippewa tribes. Skye has worked with historically marginalized communities in an academic setting and wrote her master’s thesis on low-income and first generation college students’ experiences in higher education. She looks forward to serving the Urban Indian communities of Western Montana in a culturally-conscious manner.
Originally from the plains of Northeastern Montana, Skye enjoys exploring Missoula’s excellent hiking trails and public lands with her dog in her spare time.
Laura Bird is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. Laura grew up an Air Force military brat and lived on several different military bases during her childhood. She attended Haskell Indian Nations University, Blackfeet Community College, and most recently, Missoula College. Laura moved to Missoula in 1999 and has worked in healthcare for over 13 years first as a pharmacy technician before she decided to change career paths and further her education. Laura obtained a degree in Medical Information Technology from Missoula College while also working part time retail for the Missoula Osprey. Laura now works as the Eligibility Specialist for MUIHC and is happy for the opportunity to be able to work with and serve the Missoula urban indigenous community. Laura has four children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as being outdoors and playing roller derby as a team skater for Hellgate Roller Derby.
Lily Wagner Gervais is a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana. Lily came to Missoula in 2001 to attend the University of Montana and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and has worked in the addiction field since 2005 in various capacities. Lily came to work for MUIHC as the Behavioral Health Supervisor in 2016 because she hoped to be more connected to the Native population in Missoula on a personal and professional level.
Dana is an enrolled member of the White Clay (Gros Ventre) Tribe and a descendent of the Blackfeet Nation. Her Indian Name is Pittanshkeeakii (Eagle Speaker Woman). Dana was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation and graduated from the Blackfeet Community College with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management in 1999 then moved to Missoula to begin working at MUIHC in 2006 as the Front Desk Receptionist. In 2008, Dana became the ASA/Tobacco Program Coordinator. Incorporating the traditional cultural values taught to her by her maternal family and her in-laws plays a vital role in the current evidenced-based and promising practices utilized in her prevention education programming. Dana is humbled and honored to have served the Missoula Urban Indian community for the past 12 years.
Ii-ta-miks-tsitsi-koo (Have a good day/It is a good day)!
Lida is 2016 graduate of the University of Montana with her Master’s in Counselor Education. She has subsequently received her National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) licensure while employed at MUIHC. Lida is certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Trauma Resiliency Model Level II, Native Wellness Institute Healthy Relationships, Mending Broken Hearts, and she is a Circle of Security Model Parenting Class Leader. Lida holds a B.A. in Native American Studies and a minor in Human and Family Development.
A non-Native, Lida is a second-generation European immigrant and was born and raised in New England. She has lived in Montana since 1996 when she spent time in Heart Butte on the Blackfeet reservation and where she was eventually adopted into a family. While there, she met and married her husband who she has raised three children with. Lida enjoys time with her family, volunteering, writing short stories, being active outside, and riding. She is grateful for the opportunity to share in the healing process with her clients and to have the honor of holding their stories.
Tanell Broncho is Blackfeet and Shoshone Bannock. She has worked for MUIHC for two and a half years as the Intake Coordinator/Data Clerk. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Native American Studies.
Logan Gordon is Amskapi Pikani and an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation originally from Browning Montana. Logan graduated from Blackfeet Community College in 2013 with an Associates of Science degree in Health and Human Performance, and most recently graduated from Salish Kootenai College in 2018 with an Associates of Arts degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling.
Logan enjoys spending time with his family by being outdoors. He also enjoys competing in Mixed Martial Arts, coaching his children in basketball, jui-jitsu and boxing, and serving Indian communities through health and wellness endeavors.
Teresa has been a nurse since 1984. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus on pediatrics and women’s health. Teresa began practicing in a bush village in rural Alaska shortly after graduation, serving as the only provider for the Bristol Bay area’s Yupik Natives, specializing in acute and chronic care. She is a Board-Certified Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. Teresa enjoys crafting, quilting, and fishing in her spare time.
Quentin Means is from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation where he is an enrolled member. Prior to working at MUIHC, Quentin worked as a Tribal Outreach Intern for the National Center for Appropriate Technology and served as a summer and fall intern at the University of Montana’s Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) Farm. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science Degree with an emphasis in Sustainable Food and Farming. Quentin currently maintains two garden plots for MUIHC at a local community garden site and grows fresh fruits and vegetables for the organization’s clients. Quentin is a member of the Missoula County Public School’s Title VII Parent Advisory Committee, a member of the Missoula Community Food Co-op, and has volunteered with Garden City Harvest at several urban farms and community gardens. Quentin is the proud father of two children and in his free time he likes to spend time with his family, hike, camp, and attend the local farmer’s market.
Marina is an enrolled member of The Western Shoshone Tribe located in Duckwater, Nevada. Born and raised in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Marina moved to Missoula in 2013 and became employed at MUIHC in 2017. That same year, she graduated with a certificate in Medical Assisting. Marina previously worked as Direct Support Staff for the Developmentally Delayed population and as a Certified Nurses Assistant while she cared for the Missoula elderly community.
Trilanda is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe. Trilanda has served MUIHC in multiple different roles as the Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, Community Health Assistant, and now as the Medical Receptionist/Client Coordinator. Trilanda’s favorite hobbies include running, Mixed Martial Arts, body building, swimming, and helping clients with their workout or meeting their goal weight. Trilanda likes to spend time with her husband and her two daughters.
Dr. Cherith Smith, PharmD, is a wife, mother, and healthcare professional born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. She is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Oyate of the Lakota people (Upper Brulé Sioux Nation) of Rosebud, South Dakota and Peigan Blackfoot of the Piikani Nation. She completed her undergraduate work at Oglala Lakota College and the University of Montana, receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Montana in 2007. Dr. Smith has been the MUIHC diabetes coordinator for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Community-Directed Program grant since 2011, focusing on effective evidence-based intervention strategies for diabetes education in a community-based approach addressing specific local based needs of Missoula’s urban AIAN community.