June 17, 2019
Serving others is evident in Rebekah Montgomery’s approach to healthcare. She is a new Family Nurse Practitioner at Sheridan Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine.
When you work in healthcare, many important factors must be in place to choose this life. Helping people is at the center of it all. When you talk to Rebekah Montgomery, new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at Sheridan Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine (SMH), it is very evident she has a heart for service.
“I always wanted to be a healthcare provider,” Montgomery said. “I love helping people and want to help them lead healthy lives doing what they love to do. I just love serving others.”
A perfect example of this is the medical mission she went on to Kenya in 2013 and an upcoming mission she plans to join in 2020 to Uganda.
“These mission trips are a perfect opportunity to increase access to healthcare for vulnerable populations,” she said.
Montgomery began her tenure recently with SMH on May 27 and began seeing patients on June 4. When asked about her choice to work for SMH, she was very clear about why she chose SMH.
“SMH offers a lot of different specialties you don’t often find in communities our size,” she said. “There is a lot for patients to access right here in Sheridan and I want to help our patients have even easier access to these specialties.”
Prior to accepting the position at SMH, Montgomery was practicing in Cody, WY when an opportunity in Washington state presented itself, but Montgomery said it didn’t feel right, “It seemed like a great opportunity, but we really missed Wyoming. Especially the people, who are so kind and compassionate. My husband and I see this as a place we can raise a family and enjoy the lifestyle we prefer.”
“The school system is amazing, the weather is great and there isn’t much wind,” she added with a smile.
Montgomery will have a primary care focus in her role with the SMH Internal Medicine office, however she has a special interest in mental health and obesity medicine.
“It is important to me to treat the whole person and I really enjoy collaborating with my patients to come up with a plan together,” she states. “There is a stigma with mental health and we need to work together to break it.”
When not in the office, Montgomery and her husband, Luke, love to hike around the mountains and find new places to explore. They love wildlife watching and being outside with their border collie/Australian shepherd named Gypsy. When the colder weather forces her inside, Montgomery says she is an avid reader, but can’t help but pick up a crochet needle or paintbrush for a creative outlet.
Rebekah Montgomery, FNP-C
B.A. Anthropology (concentration in Biology) – University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, CA
B.S. Nursing – BRAND Program: University of Wyoming – Laramie, WY
Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs