Missoula Bone & Joint welcomes three new physicians to our team; Dr. Gholson, Dr. Kruer, and Dr. Witte. We are so pleased to expand our services and continue to provide quality orthopedic care right here in Western Montana. Dr. Gholson and Dr.Witte will start seeing patients August 19th, 2019 and Dr. Kruer will join us September 3rd, 2019.
The focus of this blog is to get to know our new physicians and how their journey brought them to Missoula Bone & Joint. If you are more interested in their education and specialties please read their bio pages
Why did you choose a career in orthopedics?
Dr. Gholson: “My father worked in the coal mines and later in road construction. We built our home together as a family after he came home from work each day. He taught me the value and joy of doing high quality work with your hands as a craftsman. Orthopedic surgery, especially joint replacement, allows me to use my hands to help people get back to doing the things that they love. I approach each custom joint replacement surgery in the same way an artisan would, and I derive immense joy from completing high quality work. It is incredible to see my patients achieve their goals and get back to their active lives after joint replacement.” This photo is Dr. Gholson, his wife and one of his daughters hiking in Glacier National Park. One of Dr. Gholson’s bucket list items is to hike all the trails in Glacier NP.
Dr. Kruer: “I work in an orthopaedic office, but I am not an orthopaedic doctor. My specialty is anesthesia and pain medicine. Coming out of college, I did not know what I wanted to become. I initially went to Law School for about two months before realizing that wasn’t for me (during the OJ Simpson trial of all times). I eventually realized that I always was enamored with the sciences and started medical school. Coming out of medical school, I was again a little confused with my career direction so I initially started an internal medicine residency for two years. My wife and I had twin sons so I had a change of heart and decided to pursue Anesthesia. I finished this residency but decided that my most rewarding times in residency were doing epidurals for pregnant patients who were in 10 out of 10 pain. I just wished I had an opportunity to take people out of pain full time – and alas, there was! So I pursued a fellowship in Pain Medicine and I have devoted my life to taking people out of pain and improving their quality of life. My goals of getting patients back to work and play are much the same as the orthopaedic physicians that I will be working with.” This photo is Dr. Kruer, his wife and his 4 kids, at their Alma Mater – Notre Dame.
Dr. Witte: “When I was in college playing soccer, I tore both of my ACL’s and was able to witness first hand the impact that an orthopedic surgeon could have on someone’s life. I was definitely drawn to the field of medicine by these experiences. I pursued spine surgery because of my experiences with my mentors from both medical school in Indiana and my residency in Kentucky.” This photo is Dr. Witte, his wife, and 3 daughters, exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gholson, Dr. Kruer or Dr. Witte, please call our clinic (406) 721-4436 or request an appointment online.