MISSOULA URBAN INDIAN HEALTH CENTER STAFF
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.
My name is Kiana Simonson and I am from Loring, Montana. I am a Chippewa Cree native out of the Little Shell tribe located in Great Falls, Montana. I graduated college in May of 2017 from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Certificate in Entertainment Management. I continued my education at the University of Montana the following 2017-2018 academic year to pursue my last year of eligibility apart of the University of Montana Rodeo team.
I wanted to stay in Missoula and the timing was perfect becoming the new Human Resource Specialist at the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. Working part-time allows me to continue my rodeo career on the weekends as well. I am very grateful to work at an organization such as MUIHC and want to work endlessly at following and improving the mission of the company.
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 graduated from Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma and her secondary education consisted of 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 as a pharmacy technician before she decided to change career paths and further her education. Laura obtained a degree in Medical Information Technology from the 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 4 children, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Laura enjoys being outdoors, playing roller derby and is a team skater for Hellgate Roller Derby.
Behavioral Health And Chemical Dependency
My name is Lily Wagner Gervais. I am a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana. I currently live in Missoula with my husband and four sons. I came to Missoula in 2001 to attend the University of Montana. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work. I am dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and have worked in the addiction field since 2005 in various capacities. I came to work for the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center (MUIHC) as the Behavioral Health Supervisor in 2016. I had hoped to be more connected to the Native population in Missoula on a personal and professional level and being at MUIHC has provided me that opportunity. I am grateful to be here.
I am a 2016 graduate of the University of Montana with my Master’s in Counselor Education and have subsequently received my NCC and LCPC licensure while employed at MUIHC as a Mental Health Provider and Wellness Specialist. I am certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Trauma Resiliency Model Level II, Native Wellness Institute Healthy Relationships, Mending Broken Hearts, and as a Circle of Security Model Parenting Class Leader. I hold a BA in Native American Studies and a minor in Human and Family Development. A non-Native, I am second generation European immigrant and was born and raised in New England. I have lived in Montana since 1996 when I spent time in Heart Butte on the Blackfeet reservation and where I was eventually adopted into a family. While there, I met and married my husband and together, we have raised three children. My life is full and I enjoy my time with my family, volunteering, writing short stories, being active outside, and riding. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the healing process with my clients and to have the honor of holding their stories.
Previous work experiences as Direct Support Staff for the Developmentally Delayed population and Certified Nurses Assistant that cared for the elderly community.
Graduated with a certificate in Medical Assisting in 2017.
Employed with Missoula Urban Indian Health Center since 2017.
* Moved to Missoula in 2005 weighing in at 275lbs.
* Fitness Coach/Personal Trainer/Community Health Assistant
*Part-employee at Missoula Access Fitness
*Hobbies: Running (racing), Mixed Martial Arts, Body Building, swimming, helping people with their workout or meeting their goal weight and creating crazy workouts for myself. Love my family to the fullest
* 2 daughters and wonderful Husband Dustin Whitegrass
Hallie Cardé comes to MUIHC from the Southeast with a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Hallie previously served as the Program Evaluation Coordinator for the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities in Columbia, SC. Hallie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at Appalachian State University, in the mountains of western North Carolina. Hallie is passionate about health equity, social justice, and helping communities to improve their health outcomes. When she’s not working, she can be found exploring the wild and wonderful land and rivers of Montana with her dog (Cano) or at home with a good book and something baking in the oven.
Hallie is grateful for the opportunity to work with MUIHC and to learn from the American Indian community that makes Missoula such a wonderful place to live.
Educational Background: Doctor of Pharmacy-Diploma from 2003-2007 from Skaggs School of Pharmacy Missoula, Montana. College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Montana. Pre-pharmacy Studies in 1998-1999, 2001-2003 from the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Pharmacy Technician Certificate in 2001 from the College of Technology, the University of Montana Missoula, Life Sciences Studies in 2000 from the Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota
Personal Qualities: PharmD/RPh (American Pharmacist Association-Immunizing Pharmacist, American Pharmacist Association – Diabetes Self-Management Education certificate, University of Pittsburgh’s Diabetes Prevention Program-Group Lifestyle Balance trained educator), State licensed Pharmacy Student Preceptor.
Business Office And Registration
Cheryl Cadotte is member of the Blackfeet Tribal Nation. Before moving to Missoula she worked for IHS as an Inpatient Ward Clerk/Secretary for 16 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from University of Montana in 2011. Some of Cheryl’s duties include: scheduling incoming clients for various appointments with MUIHC’s providers, maintaining the medical records, client registration, and front office reception. She will welcome you as you walk in the door at the MUIHC Administration Office.