Gina S. Nelson MD
Dr. Nelson has a long and unusual signature line in her personal email. It goes like this :
" Mother, Wife, Obstetrician Gynecologist, Gentlewoman Farmer, Student of Jewish Mysticism and Craftsperson "
She considers herself a blend of all these. Dr. Nelson was raised in the Los Angeles area and attended a wonderful college preparatory school called Chadwick Academy. It was "old school" in its academic emphasis with serious paper writing, Shakespeare and Latin for all. It was also progressive, deliberately imbuing students with the ethic to use their resources to make the world a better place. Back before it was fashionable, the school recycled, required community service, and included yoga as well as competitive sports in PE.
After high school she attended Stanford University and studied Science, Technology and Society, a multidisciplinary program. Her area of concentration was women and technology, and within this she focused on reproductive technologies such as the oral contraceptive pill. She had the privilege of working with Professor Carl Djerassi, now Emeritus, on the issues surrounding the birth control pill's acceptability among feminists. She also studied the women's health movement as well as the particular challenges of keeping girls on track with math and science education, now called STEM.
After marrying Greg Nelson in 1983, she settled on a premedical curriculum and collected pre-med class requirements in Bozeman at MSU, obtaining a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences with high honors. Medical school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake followed. There she received a community service award for work with pregnant teens. Internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology were conducted at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, concluding in 1994. She is a member of the Junior Classical league, Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi, is Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
In 1994, Greg, Gina and their children Echo, Forest and Vale returned to the Flathead Valley permanently, and her solo practice was opened. She has practiced full time since then. She is currently serving as department chair and is an active member of the of the medical staff. She participates in the voluntary annual board recertification tests from ABOG, and various continuing education activities. She is currently primary consultant Obstetrician for the Certified Nurse Midwife Program at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She also participates in local cultural, philanthropic and environmental organizations. She enjoys the domestic and horticultural arts, as well as a regular workout schedule.
It is her hope that the education and inspiration she received can, in some measure, be passed on to those in her practice.
Tara CMA - Office Manager
Tara Fincher is a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) and CPC (certified professional coder) and has been employed by Dr. Gina Nelson since she was a teenager. She has been in the current position of Office Manager since 2004. Tara is a native Montanan although she has lived in several states throughout her life. Tara received her degree from Flathead Valley Community College in Associate of Applied Science. She has been married since 1996 and has two children. She and her family enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that Montana offers. You can often find them camping, boating, and geocaching.
Dorothy CNA - Billing Manager and Patient Care
Dorothy, also a CPC, is the Billing Manager and has worked in our office since 1994, excepting her sabbatical. She also assists with patient care as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Dorothy has lived in Montana since 1994, after spending several years living in Japan. She is married and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Amy CNA - Receptionist & Scheduling
Amy was born in Gillette, Wyoming and grew up in Kalispell. She is married with one son. They love to play outside, go to the park, hike and fish. She loves to shop, jog, and do P 90X. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and works in the front office.
Krista, RN - Office Nurse
Krista is our office nurse, She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing RN degree from Washington State University and Eastern Washington University. The mountains then called her back to Kalispell, where she has enjoyed working, being out on the lake, and playing on Big Mountain.