OUR PASSION

SCL Health Medical Group – Montana Orthopedics understands how injuries can impact lives. Patients often arrive to us suffering from pain, frustrated by loss of activities and fearing surgery. Our dynamic team has the expertise to precisely diagnose complex orthopedic injuries, and the skill to perform successful operations. We know patients feel overwhelmed, so we take the time to listen. We do what it takes to achieve successful outcomes, because we want our patients to be active again.

OUR PASSION

Montana Orthopedics understands how injuries can impact lives. Patients often arrive to us suffering from pain, frustrated by loss of activities and fearing surgery. Our dynamic team has the expertise to precisely diagnose complex orthopedic injuries, and the skill to perform successful operations. We know patients feel overwhelmed, so we take the time to listen. We do what it takes to achieve successful outcomes, because we want our patients to be active again.

JIM WALDBILLIG

SKIING & COW TIPPING | HELENA, MT

“At work, I was hit by a cow. I went in for an Xray and an hour later I had an appointment. I’ve been bucked off horses, had a car wreck or two. I’ve done lots of skiing, lots of picking up calves, lots of picking up bales. It’s just work, life. Sometimes you’ve got to go in and get an overhaul.”

ALEX

ATHLETIC LIFESTYLE | HELENA, MT

“I’m a very athletic person, and not being able to do anything was hard on me. Initially, I went to two doctors who both told me there was nothing to be done. Living with the pain, though, didn’t work for my lifestyle. That’s when I found out that Dr. DiGiovine was a wonderful shoulder surgeon. I started lifting weights at eight weeks post-surgery. It feels great to get out there and do it again when I thought I would never return to softball.”

CONNOR MILLER

TWO KNEES, ONE GOAL | BUTTE, MT

“I’ve played football since fourth grade. When I hurt my knee I was upset, and worried I might not ever play again, but Dr. Digiovine was optimistic about my recovery. I work in the weight room and I run to keep the knee strong and stable. I think I’ll be able to do anything I want, because the knees are going to stay strong.”

JIM WALDBILLIG

SKIING & COW TIPPING | HELENA, MT

“At work, I was hit by a cow. I went in for an Xray and an hour later I had an appointment. I’ve been bucked off horses, had a car wreck or two. I’ve done lots of skiing, lots of picking up calves, lots of picking up bales. It’s just work, life. Sometimes you’ve got to go in and get an overhaul.”

ALEX

ATHLETIC LIFESTYLE | HELENA, MT

“I’m a very athletic person, and not being able to do anything was hard on me. Initially, I went to two doctors who both told me there was nothing to be done. Living with the pain, though, didn’t work for my lifestyle. That’s when I found out that Dr. DiGiovine was a wonderful shoulder surgeon. I started lifting weights at eight weeks post-surgery. It feels great to get out there and do it again when I thought I would never return to softball.”

CONNOR MILLER

TWO KNEES, ONE GOAL | BUTTE, MT

“I’ve played football since fourth grade. When I hurt my knee I was upset, and worried I might not ever play again, but Dr. Digiovine was optimistic about my recovery. I work in the weight room and I run to keep the knee strong and stable. I think I’ll be able to do anything I want, because the knees are going to stay strong.”

JOHN CANAVAN

GUNSHOT WOUND | BUTTE, MT

“I was hunting with some friends when I was accidentally shot in the abdomen. The bullet went through my hip, shattering the bone. I stayed in the hospital for 11 weeks and had 10 surgeries. It was a long journey, but I am back to cycling, running and swimming again. I am grateful to Dr. Gallagher for putting my hip back together. Without his work, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.”

KAYTLIN FOWLER

CROSSFIT POWER | BUTTE, MT

“My back was constantly sore and I only felt the pain increase over time. After meeting with Dr. Russo, his team ordered an MRI and discovered a herniated disc. I had relief right after I came out of surgery and it’s been great ever since. I’ve been able to go back to CrossFit and in the last year have competed in an olympic weightlifting competition. It’s wonderful to see what you’re capable of when your body works the way it’s supposed to.”

TOM HARDESTY

PRESERVING THE CRAFT | BUTTE, MT

“Taxidermy is 100% hands on. I spend 6 to 7 hours a day working with my hands above eye level. Unable to lift my right arm to work with both hands the pain got to a point where I couldn’t even focus on my craft anymore. Dr. Blavatsky did the surgery and things turned out great. No pain in my shoulder and things are looking good for the next 100 years!”

JOHN CANAVAN

GUNSHOT WOUND | BUTTE, MT

“I was hunting with some friends when I was accidentally shot in the abdomen. The bullet went through my hip, shattering the bone. I stayed in the hospital for 11 weeks and had 10 surgeries. It was a long journey, but I am back to cycling, running and swimming again. I am grateful to Dr. Gallagher for putting my hip back together. Without his work, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.”

KAYTLIN FOWLER

CROSSFIT POWER | BUTTE, MT

“My back was constantly sore and I only felt the pain increase over time. After meeting with Dr. Russo, his team ordered an MRI and discovered a herniated disc. I had relief right after I came out of surgery and it’s been great ever since. I’ve been able to go back to CrossFit and in the last year have competed in an olympic weightlifting competition. It’s wonderful to see what you’re capable of when your body works the way it’s supposed to.”

TOM HARDESTY

PRESERVING THE CRAFT | BUTTE, MT

“Taxidermy is 100% hands on. I spend 6 to 7 hours a day working with my hands above eye level. Unable to lift my right arm to work with both hands the pain got to a point where I couldn’t even focus on my craft anymore. Dr. Blavatsky did the surgery and things turned out great. No pain in my shoulder and things are looking good for the next 100 years!”

JOHN CANAVAN

GUNSHOT WOUND | BUTTE, MT

“I was hunting with some friends when I was accidentally shot in the abdomen. The bullet went through my hip, shattering the bone. I stayed in the hospital for 11 weeks and had 10 surgeries. It was a long journey, but I am back to cycling, running and swimming again. I am grateful to Dr. Gallagher for putting my hip back together. Without his work, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.”

THERESA ORRINO

AN ACTIVE LIFE | ANACONDA, MT

“I tried cortisone injections and other treatments for my knee pain, but the day came when I couldn’t get up from a chair or out of a car without help. While I was anxious about surgery when I first visited Dr. Blavatsky, he was personable and attentive, putting me at ease. The operation brought me immediate relief. The next day, I stood to find my knee already more comfortable than pre-surgery. Four days later, I was out shopping garage sales. Today, I exercise regularly and enjoy an active lifestyle. I believe I’m back on my feet because I had excellent care from a good surgeon.”

VERONICA PROCTER

REGAINING QUALITY OF LIFE | BILLINGS, MT

“I was 17 when my back pain started. Soon, I was giving up sports, suffering severe exhaustion and having difficulty concentrating because of my chronic pain. Throughout college and even into law school I saw doctors who could offer no explanation or treatment for my pain. I was 24 when I finally got a diagnosis: a severe curvature of my lumbar spine. I was referred to Dr. Anthony Russo. I was skeptical after having seen so many doctors with so few results, but Dr. Russo thoroughly explained my condition and treatment options. He was full of knowledge, and I was finally hopeful that my back problems could be resolved. My surgery had an ideal outcome. I am pain free and my quality of life is better than I ever thought possible. Now I am able to meet the energy demands of my job as an attorney, and my life as a fit, active young woman.”

JOHN CANAVAN

GUNSHOT WOUND | BUTTE, MT

“I was hunting with some friends when I was accidentally shot in the abdomen. The bullet went through my hip, shattering the bone. I stayed in the hospital for 11 weeks and had 10 surgeries. It was a long journey, but I am back to cycling, running and swimming again. I am grateful to Dr. Gallagher for putting my hip back together. Without his work, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.”

THERESA ORRINO

AN ACTIVE LIFE | ANACONDA, MT

“I tried cortisone injections and other treatments for my knee pain, but the day came when I couldn’t get up from a chair or out of a car without help. While I was anxious about surgery when I first visited Dr. Blavatsky, he was personable and attentive, putting me at ease. The operation brought me immediate relief. The next day, I stood to find my knee already more comfortable than pre-surgery. Four days later, I was out shopping garage sales. Today, I exercise regularly and enjoy an active lifestyle. I believe I’m back on my feet because I had excellent care from a good surgeon.”

VERONICA PROCTER

REGAINING QUALITY OF LIFE | BILLINGS, MT

“I was 17 when my back pain started. Soon, I was giving up sports, suffering severe exhaustion and having difficulty concentrating because of my chronic pain. Throughout college and even into law school I saw doctors who could offer no explanation or treatment for my pain. I was 24 when I finally got a diagnosis: a severe curvature of my lumbar spine. I was referred to Dr. Anthony Russo. I was skeptical after having seen so many doctors with so few results, but Dr. Russo thoroughly explained my condition and treatment options. He was full of knowledge, and I was finally hopeful that my back problems could be resolved. My surgery had an ideal outcome. I am pain free and my quality of life is better than I ever thought possible. Now I am able to meet the energy demands of my job as an attorney, and my life as a fit, active young woman.”

MAGGIE PESANTI

MOVING FORWARD | BUTTE, MT

“My knee was so swollen I could hardly bend it, let alone climb stairs, ride my motorcycle or spend all day shopping. Surgery was imminent, and Dr. Michael Gallagher offered the reassurance I needed to move forward. The operation provided relief and with physical therapy I regained strength. Today, I can keep up with my sisters and daughter on shopping trips and ride my Harley-Davidson motorcycle without pain. After all those years of aching and grinding, Dr. Gallagher helped me regain a comfortable, reliable knee.”

LISA LASLOVICH

RETURNING TO THE COURT | ANACONDA, MT

“It happened in a heartbeat. While playing defense for Montana Tech, I moved quickly and my leg didn’t follow. I went down with a torn ACL. Upon meeting Dr. Nick DiGiovine, I knew he was the right physician for me. I trusted his expertise, appreciated his frankness and believed in his skill. I was intimidated by surgery and discouraged about returning to my pre-injury performance level, but Dr. DiGiovine offered encouragement. While recovery has been tough at times, I am gaining ground every day. It won’t be long until I return to the court. Montana Orthopedics helped me get my game back.”

TOM LAUGHLIN

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS | ANACONDA, MT

“I first injured my knees in high school. After decades of living in pain, I turned to Dr. Nick Blavatsky for help. He was honest about the difficulty of a double knee replacement, but warm and engaging as well. The surgery improved my quality of life, and Dr. Blavatsky earned my trust. Later, when I needed a hip replacement, he saw me through a second operation. I am now participating in activities that I missed for years. I can mow the grass, golf and keep up with my elementary-school students. I used to ice my knees every night they hurt so badly, and hip pain kept me from standing. Those days are behind me.”

MAGGIE PESANTI

MOVING FORWARD | BUTTE, MT

“My knee was so swollen I could hardly bend it, let alone climb stairs, ride my motorcycle or spend all day shopping. Surgery was imminent, and Dr. Michael Gallagher offered the reassurance I needed to move forward. The operation provided relief and with physical therapy I regained strength. Today, I can keep up with my sisters and daughter on shopping trips and ride my Harley-Davidson motorcycle without pain. After all those years of aching and grinding, Dr. Gallagher helped me regain a comfortable, reliable knee.”

LISA LASLOVICH

RETURNING TO THE COURT | ANACONDA, MT

“It happened in a heartbeat. While playing defense for Montana Tech, I moved quickly and my leg didn’t follow. I went down with a torn ACL. Upon meeting Dr. Nick DiGiovine, I knew he was the right physician for me. I trusted his expertise, appreciated his frankness and believed in his skill. I was intimidated by surgery and discouraged about returning to my pre-injury performance level, but Dr. DiGiovine offered encouragement. While recovery has been tough at times, I am gaining ground every day. It won’t be long until I return to the court. Montana Orthopedics helped me get my game back.”

TOM LAUGHLIN

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS | ANACONDA, MT

“I first injured my knees in high school. After decades of living in pain, I turned to Dr. Nick Blavatsky for help. He was honest about the difficulty of a double knee replacement, but warm and engaging as well. The surgery improved my quality of life, and Dr. Blavatsky earned my trust. Later, when I needed a hip replacement, he saw me through a second operation. I am now participating in activities that I missed for years. I can mow the grass, golf and keep up with my elementary-school students. I used to ice my knees every night they hurt so badly, and hip pain kept me from standing. Those days are behind me.”

HELEN CHRISTENSEN

RETURNING TO LIFE | HELENA, MT

“I learned to live with scoliosis as a young girl growing up on a ranch. I rode horses and worked hard despite my condition. Over time, though, my pain worsened until I couldn’t even stand up from a chair comfortably, let alone lift my grandchildren. Desperate for relief, I searched for a doctor who would be honest about my options. I found Dr. Anthony Russo, who eased my fears about surgery and earned my trust. Today, I am enjoying an active lifestyle because of his skill and expertise. I can work in my garden, play with my grandchildren and ride my bike. Montana Orthopedics helped me get my life back.”

HELEN CHRISTENSEN

RETURNING TO LIFE | HELENA, MT

“I learned to live with scoliosis as a young girl growing up on a ranch. I rode horses and worked hard despite my condition. Over time, though, my pain worsened until I couldn’t even stand up from a chair comfortably, let alone lift my grandchildren. Desperate for relief, I searched for a doctor who would be honest about my options. I found Dr. Anthony Russo, who eased my fears about surgery and earned my trust. Today, I am enjoying an active lifestyle because of his skill and expertise. I can work in my garden, play with my grandchildren and ride my bike. Montana Orthopedics helped me get my life back.”