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Thompson Falls welcomes new provider

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

By Erin Jusseaume, Clark Fork Valley Press

Thompson Falls Family Medicine is set to welcome new provider this August. Dr. Erik Nevatt who is ready to provide added medical treatments to locals.

"I am the son of a nurse and a family medicine physician. So as a child, medicine was part of daily conversation and I always assumed I would become a doctor," said Nevatt of his influences to become a doctor. "Ironically, my parents and family friends encouraged me to pursue other lines of work.

"I worked in construction for eight years following my freshman year of college. In that time, I heard repeated complaints about the medical community's interaction with patients, and how doctors were not talking, examining, nor listening to their patients. This is what finally led me back to medicine: I want to be the doctor that people feel they can talk to and trust," he further explained.

Soon to be the newest doctor in Thompson Falls, Nevatt seems to boast that small-town, personable feel to providing top-quality care to patients.

Nevatt attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine then headed to Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings to complete his training.

A California native, Nevatt said he moved to Montana to complete hid medical training in broad-spectrum family medicine, and for the past three years, he has been living in Billings working with both outpatient and inpatient care settings.

"I was looking for a place that reminded me of my small California hometown. Montana fit the bill perfectly," he explained when asked why he came to Montana.

As far as specializing in one particular area, Nevatt seems to have a range of medical care interests. Though he focuses on broad-spectrum family medicine, he also includes training in areas such as dermatology, wound care, pediatrics and emergency medicine.

Nevatt will soon be exploring the Sanders County region as a local, as he and his wife take advantage of their outdoor hobbies; and sure to bring their 3-year old blue heeler with them.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know my patients and settle in as part of this great community," he said.

So when you don't see him at the office you may just find him fly fishing down a creek, or run into him hiking the trails. A doctor who loves the outdoors, and water sports, locals will have plenty of opportunities to show Nevatt and his wife what Sanders County living is all about.

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