We are physician innovators and problem-solvers working together to improve access to high quality pediatric care for families and to create opportunities for physicians across Montana to collaborate. Our goal is to make the world better for everyone who cares for Montana’s children.
Chelsea Bodnar MD, MPhil, FAAP, CEO
Chelsea is a Montanan, a mom, a wife, and a pediatrician. She lives in Missoula with her husband and three kiddos. Her career has been fueled by a belief that in service to the youngest members of our community we can and must always strive to do better. She is a relentless optimist and unrelenting advocate for the power of collaboration.
April Malan MHA, MLS, ASCPcm, Director of Operations
April is a native Montanan and an operational healthcare leader. As a motivated and passionate professional with a tenacity for innovation and quality care, her career focus has been to improve healthcare access to all patients whilst leveraging technology, relationships, and improvement in logistical footprints across Montana. April and her three amazing children spend their spare time enjoying adventure all around Montana, but she is especially attracted to the Flathead and Bitterroot Valleys.
Alice Laverdiere PT, MS, ATP/SMS, Director of Programs & Physician Collaboration
Alice is a pediatric physical therapist and an assistive technology professional by training who was raised with the philosophy that giving provides more benefits in life than taking. A passionate innovator herself, she is the chief problem solver as she supports the children, families and providers of our Montana Pediatrics ecosystem. Alice lives in Missoula with her husband – and while her boys are grown and apparently on their own, she has been seen with a granddaughter or granddog in the background on more than one occasion.
Brian Bost, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director of Complex Care
Brian is a physician who is board certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine, which allows him to be knowledgeable with a wide range of medical conditions that span all age groups. His interests are care coordination, medical complexity, medical informatics and transitions of healthcare from pediatrics to adult providers. Brian grew up in Colorado, completed medical school in Dublin, Ireland, and completed his residency in Massachusetts and Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been involved in capacity-building global health projects for over a decade and has worked in Kenya, Jordan and Cambodia. Before coming to Montana Pediatrics, Brian worked full-time in Denver as a med-peds hospitalists in a healthcare system that was a model for integrated healthcare delivery. Brian is combining his passions and is excited to work to improving care coordination and providing support for patients and their families, and the local health care providers for children with medical complexity.
Kate Lufkin, Chief Communications Officer
Kate is passionate about finding solutions to community challenges by bringing traditionally siloed organizations and individuals together to work collaboratively. Paired with her love and experience building impactful brands, Kate has nearly a decade of experience working with community organizations and a track record of successful grassroots development of education and workforce solutions. She loves the variety that Montana has to offer, but particularly loves living in Northwest Montana where she’s active almost every evening and weekend with skiing, hiking, rafting, or just spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Matthew Larsen, RDN, LN, CDCES, Diabetes Program Manager
Matthew thrives on empowering and supporting individuals and communities on their journey to their highest attainable health. As a dietitian-nutritionist and diabetes care and education specialist, he engages people where they are to assist them in getting to the next steps in their healthy lifestyles. A Montana State University graduate, Matthew has ten years of experience leading preventive healthcare teams and positive patient outcomes. Outside of Montana Pediatrics Matthew enjoys time in the mountains, sailing, or being in the garden with his wife, two kids, and dog.
Carly Rickard, Chief Development Officer
Carly is a development professional and a proud graduate of the University of Montana. She realized her passion for pediatric healthcare philanthropy at the age of 14 when she helped start a 5K benefiting local children with pediatric cancer. Since then, she has dedicated her volunteerism and professional career to fundraising and advocating for children’s hospitals and pediatric healthcare programs.
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