Dr. Gary Willstein is a board certified, fellowship trained Orthopedic Physician who specializes in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, sports medicine, fracture care and general orthopedics. Dr. Willstein brings years of orthopedic experience to the team at Missoula Bone & Joint. He has worked closely with his Physician Assistant, Wade Hudson, for over 16 years. Dr. Willstein performs surgery at Missoula Bone & Joint Surgery Center, St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center.
Some fun Q&A with Dr. Willstein:
Why did you get into medicine? I enjoyed biology in school and preferred helping people directly versus working in a lab.
What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy skiing, sailing (including open ocean sailing and sailing island to island), photography, hiking , and being with my family
What was your first car? A yellow Chevy Monza
What is on your bucket list? To sail in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Tell us about your family and childhood. I have one brother, Roger, 4 years older than me. I was born in New York City.
Who do you look up to? Not sure I have an idol. My wife and I have said when we grow up, we want to be Pat and Kitty Robins. Pat was an orthopedist here in Missoula. He was a great doc, a gentleman, and all around nice guy who passed away a few years ago. His wife, Kitty, is also a wonderful person.
What is your most interesting orthopedic story? A story too long to tell, that involved two lawn mowers and 16 injured fingers. Really!
Any other fun facts? I could have been in a Saturday Night Live skit when I was in high school.
I have been a volunteer with Missoula Medical Aid on several medical trips to Honduras to provide orthopedic care. My last trip was in October 2016.
To learn more about Dr. Willstein and the orthopedic services he offers please visit our website.