Medical Providers, PureView Health Center
Dr. Heather McRee, Interim Medical Director
Heather McRee, D.O., joined PureView Health Center in 2004 after completing her residency at the Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings, MT, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. McRee grew up in Maine and, after completing high school, spent a year in a small village in Zimbabwe, working in an orphanage and hospital. It was in this formative year that she solidified her desire to pursue a career in healthcare. She graduated with honors from the University of Montana and returned to Maine for medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She loves being a family physician because it allows her to problem solve with her patients. She believes in quality healthcare for everyone and prefers prevention over pills. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, camping, skiing and being with her children and her husband.
Dr. Leonard Blinder
Dr. Blinder began working in the summer of 2014 as the medical provider at the Parker Medical Center in Lincoln. The center is a satellite clinic of the PureView Health Center. He is a graduate of Chicago Medical School. He also has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and mathematics from Northwestern University and a graduate degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, both in Illinois. He has worked as a researcher at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver and has served in the Navy and Marines.
Cynthia Alarcon, Physician's Assistant
Cynthia Alarcon was hired by PureView Health Center in the summer of 2014. She comes to PureView from Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, Montana. Cynthia graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She studied at Flathead Valley Community College for her LPN and then Rocky Mountain College for her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She has previously worked as a field biologist, naturalist, whitewater guide, ski patroller and EMT, which peaked her interest in studying medicine. She works at the main clinic as well as at the Healthcare for the Homeless program at God’s Love Homeless Shelter in downtown Helena. Her professional interests include rural medicine and improving access to healthcare in underserved populations. She became a PA to directly improve the access to quality care in Montana’s small communities and she enjoys community health for that reason.
Dawn Gormely, Nurse Practitioner
Dawn Gormely joined PureView Health Center in May of 1997. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, is from Carroll College, in Helena. She worked at St. Peter’s Hospital, primarily in Pediatrics, for a number of years prior to returning to academia to become a Nurse Practitioner. She completed a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus through Montana State University in Bozeman as a member of the program’s first graduating class. Dawn has found family practice to be an amazing environment to work in. Seeing several generations of families grow has been extremely rewarding. In her spare time, Dawn loves quilting, antiquing, reading, home projects, Montana outdoors and traveling with family and friends.
Terri Losey, Case Manager and Social Worker
Terri is a Carroll College alumna. Terri likes “helping” people for a living and has been in Social Services for many years. She likes working for Lewis and Clark County and PureView Health Center as she feels supported in what she does. Terry says, “It is not like carpentry or book keeping. You do not often see immediate results of your efforts in Social Work, but it is very rewarding when someone comes back to you after a period of time (sometimes years) and updates you on their progress or lists off some of the short term or long term goals you had helped them set, that they have now met or exceeded. It is sometimes like you are painting a wall you cannot feel with an imaginary paint brush full of invisible ink. The results can be extraordinary or non-existent. You have to hope for the best and accept what you get.”
Dr. Jonathan Friedman, Dental Director
Dr. Friedman was raised in the mountains of New York State and feels right at home in Montana. He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Friedman has done extensive dental outreach and volunteer dental work, from the Appalachian mountains to the jungles of Madagascar. He enjoys working at a community health center, providing care for those who need it most.
Lisa Kenny, Nurse Practitioner
Lisa Kenny began working at PureView Health Center as a nurse practitioner in 2003. She is a Helena native with degrees from Carroll College and Gonzaga University in Spokane. She enjoys working with the uninsured, and patients with mental illness, to help them optimize their health and overall well-being. She is married and the mother of two. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, felting, calligraphy and spending time with her family, dogs and friends.
Kelly Wheeler, Dental Hygienist
Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University Dental Hygiene School in 2009. She moved to Montana five years ago to begin working with PureView Health Center. Kelly has a passion for public health and enjoys working with her fellow dental team members.
Christina Keener, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christina Keener began working at PureView Health Center in July 2015 as the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the new Behavioral Health department. She is from Wilkes Barre, PA. Chris obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She later attended Gonzaga University, where she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing and her Nurse Practitioner certification. She has been a Nurse Practitioner in the Helena area for more than 15 years. Chris loves getting to know her patients as the unique individuals that they are and helping them to achieve optimal potential.
Sharon Speck, Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sharon Speck began working with PureView Health Center in July 2015. She joins our new Behavioral Health team as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been a licensed therapist for nearly 20 years in Delaware and Montana. She joined PureView after working in Helena at the Center for Mental Health and St. Peter’s Hospital Behavioral Health Unit. Sharon graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and received her Master’s in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Villette Burk, Behavioral Health Case Manager
Villette Burk joined PureView Health Center in August 2015 to be part of our Behavioral Health team. She attended and graduated from Montana State University with a bachelors degree in sociology. After graduating college, Villette worked in the mental health field as a case manager and provided intensive in-home mental health services in both Bozeman and Helena. More recently, she has worked with children with disabilities and their families to provide early intervention and facilitate community resources.