Family Medicine Residency
Rural Training Track Faculty
The Family Medicine Rural Training Track is lead by a dedicated group of faculty physicians who teach at a variety of training sites throughout Stevens County, Washington.
Caleb Holtzer, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Rural Training Track Site Director
Caleb Holtzer is a family physician who enjoys treating patient in the clinic, in the emergency department, on the acute care ward, and in the endoscopy suite. He also works to further the connection between clinical and community medicine, regularly employing community development skills he learned during his graduate work in public health and international development where he had a special focus on behavioral and community health sciences. Although he has an appreciation for the cultural richness available in large urban areas, his heart is found in rural landscapes and in serving the people who live there. He first learned about the challenges faced in rural medicine during his medical school training at the University of Arizona where as part of the Rural Health Professions Program he trained along the Mexican border and on the Navajo Nation. After graduation, he moved border to border, completing residency near the Canadian border at the Colville Family Medicine Rural Training Track in Northeastern Washington. Inspired by his rural mentors he continues to practice in Stevens County where he now leads the rural residency track as site director and is the physician champion for population health, addiction medicine, and behavioral health for Providence Stevens County Ministries.
Ron Rehn, DHA, MPA, CMPE
Chief Administrative Officer for Providence Health Care Stevens County
Ron came to Providence in 2013 with over 33 years of experience as a leader in rural healthcare. He holds a Doctorate in Health Administration, from the University of Phoenix, has a Masters in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University, a Health Care Administration Graduate Certificate from Eastern Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University. Ron has served several professional and personal affiliations in the community, state, and nationally and is still active. Currently, Ron is on the Board of Directors, a member of the Finance Committee, Rural Health Committee, and is the liaison for the Washington State Medical Association for the Washington State Hospital Association. Dr. Rehn is also a member of the University of Washington faculty for the Rural Track Residency Program, America College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Medical Practice Executives, and Medical Group Management Association.
Joe Cwik, DO
Joe was born and raised in Eastern WA. He attended medical school and residency in the Midwest, Iowa and Kansas. He has many hobbies, interests, goals and dreams, but mostly enjoys time with family, friends, the outdoors, staying active, and working with residents. His wife is a nurse and she enjoys working with residents as well. He works mainly in the clinic at Kettle Falls, and will soon be working in the Emergency Department. He retired from obstetrics 3.5 years out of residency. A quote that is quite memorable for him is from Mike Tyson: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” He hopes to own a house one day with some land so he has an excuse to drive a tractor.
Deborah Montowski, MD
Deborah Montowski has been practicing in Colville since 2002 as a family practice physician with a particular interest in obstetrics and pediatrics. She enjoys being able to care for a woman through her pregnancy and then continue to care for the entire family over time. She has three children. Two daughters attending Carroll College in Montana and a son at home. She enjoys hiking, backpacking and boating with her husband and children. She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Phillips, MD, FACP, FACMT, FAAC
Dr. Scott Phillips is an associate clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, and is a faculty member at both the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and the the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips is the Associate Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology. Dr. Phillips has authored over 250 articles, book chapters and abstracts as well as nine books. Dr. Phillips is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American College of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Phillips received many awards, including the Laureate award (internal medicine physician of the year in Colorado) in 2009; Outstanding clinical faculty award University of Colorado School of Medicine four times.
April Hume, MD
Dr. Hume is blessed to be able to say she grew up in northeast Washington. She studied at Carroll College in Helena Montana and then the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. She returned to the area and completed her residency through the Colville Rural Training Track, finishing in 2006. She has been working here since. She started doing full spectrum family practice including hospitalist work and operative obstetrics. Since that time, she has transitioned to an outpatient only practice, in the small kettle falls clinic. She is passionate about developing strong patient relationships, helping patients understand how mental health and physical health are connected, and helping patients to develop an attitude of gratitude. Most of her visits start out with asking “what has been good since I saw you last?”
Dr. Hume loves working, living, and raising a family here. Her husband and her have two teenage daughters. They live on a hobby farm with animals, an orchard, vineyard and gorgeous vegetable, berry and flower gardens. They donate produce weekly to local food banks during the local growing season, are superintendents of the goat barn at our local fair, coach the Jr high robotics team, teach 4-6th grade Sunday school, and she brings in flower arrangements to our staff from her cutting garden all spring, summer and autumn.
Maureen Beardslee, MD
Dr. Beardslee is originally from Minnesota and completed her undergraduate degree and medical degree through University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities. She moved to Washington State to complete family medicine residency through Spokane Family Medicine Residency Rural Training Track and fell in love with a local. Now, she is happily married with two beautiful children. She enjoys running, hiking, and gardening when she has a chance.