Therapist joins staff
Sue Lattin, NCMT, a massage therapist based in Grangeville, recently joined the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. She completed a 2200 hour course in 2000-2002 at the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She has worked as a massage therapist for over six years in a variety settings including private practice, through a Missoula, Montana chiropractic office, in a day spa and at the Montana School of Massage.
Lattin’s training includes a course in CranioSacral Therapy designed to reduce stress on the central nervous system. She also completed a 280 hour program in Yoga Motion Teacher Training and a workshop on massage for people living with cancer.She is nationally certified completing 48 hours of continuing education every four years to maintain her certification.
She will be seeing patients in the SMH Grangeville Medical Clinic by appointment only.
“I chose massage therapy as a profession because I enjoy working with people of all ages and from all backgrounds whether I’m seeing them after a trauma, during a disease process or helping to reduce stress, improve posture and maintain good balance and health,” said Lattin. “I truly enjoy getting to know my patients and their concerns then working with them to help heal or maintain their good health. I also teach yoga which emphasizes a gentle approach to achieve proper alignment, breath and movement.”
Lattin’s training included courses in anatomy, physiology, ethics, trigger point, joint mobility, myofascial release, orthopedic assessments, remedial exercise, nutrition and kinesiology.
“Having Sue as part of our team at St. Mary’s will benefit our patients by incorporating another healing modality. More and more the scope of traditional medicine is expanding to include complementary health options,” said Dr. Andrew Gilbert, SMHC family practice physician. “As physicians we’re interested in using whatever modalities work best for each individual patient.”
Lattin recently moved from Missoula with her husband, Josh, and their two young sons. “We love this area and the people here are so welcoming and friendly. I am looking forward to working with the St. Mary’s health care providers, but anyone is welcome to make an appointment regardless of where they live or who they see for health care.”
Payment is expected at time of service. Appointments can be made by calling the Grangeville Medical Clinic, 983-6027.
SMHC partners with optometrist
Dr. Jill Lane, optometrist and owner of Camas Prairie Eye Clinic in Grangeville, will have regular clinic hours at the St. Mary’s Hospital Cottonwood Medical Clinic every Wednesday morning beginning November 10. Interested persons can call the Cottonwood clinic, 962-3267, to make an appointment.
“We’re constantly trying to bring as many services as possible to our patients to accommodate them close to their homes. It is important for people to have their eyes regularly examined for possible ocular disease such as glaucoma and cataracts and to ensure optimal vision. It is part of maintaining a person’s overall health. It is especially crucial for people with diabetes,” said Dr. Andrew Gilbert, SMHC Chief Medical Officer. “Dr. Lane has a doctorate degree and valuable experience as an optometrist. We look forward to working with her.”
Dr. Lane received her doctorate degree in May, 2005 from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. She opened her solo practice in Grangeville in March, 2008. She also serves as the hospital based optometrist for Nimiipuu Health. She was an associate optometrist at ClearView Eye Clinic in Moscow, Idaho and also worked through Klemp Optometry in Lewiston.
“I am looking forward to providing optometry services more conveniently for local patients and to working with the medical providers at St. Mary’s to deliver patients more comprehensive eye care. We will co-manage for ocular medical needs such as the treatment and management of cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinopathy and pediatric issues such as lazy eye and abnormal eye turn,” said Dr. Lane. “In addition to vision testing, my comprehensive eye examination will also screen for neurological and systemic diseases such as hypertension, thyroid problems, multiple sclerosis and other possible conditions.”
A diabetic eye examination plays a huge role in treating and managing the disease. Some of the body’s smallest blood vessels are located in the eye and are negatively impacted first with uncontrolled diabetes. Proper management involves close monitoring of the eyes and regular exams, said Dr. Lane, who was raised in Cut Bank, Montana. She describes it as ‘the coldest place in the nation.’ She resides in Grangeville with her husband, Andrew Lane, a Grangeville native, and their daughter, Ava.
Interested patients can self refer or their health care provider can set up an appointment at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic. At this time eyewear fittings and selections will be handled through Dr. Lane’s Grangeville office. Interested patients can call her Grangeville office, 983-3732, 158 East Main Street, for questions relating to insurance or to the exam.