Our Team

we offer comprehensive medical, mental health, substance abuse, and pharmacy services by board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and support staff.

At Sapphire Community Health we provide integrated care that focuses on the whole person. Our clinic provides superior, affordable primary care for the whole family. We are committed to fostering an environment that respects diverse cultural backgrounds and values the dignity of all people. We offer compassionate care for people of all ages. At Sapphire Community Health we offer the education, experience and internal motivation to make the changes you want in your life. You’ll love the way we care for you.


Providers and Medical Staff


Brett Bender


Brett practices Spine and Pain Medicine at Sapphire Community Health, where he also serves as the Chief Medical Officer.

Melanie Goodnight


Melanie is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who strives to educate patients on their co-morbidities and improving their overall health. She enjoys ranching with her husband and two young boys in Florence.

Susan Devine


Susan provides comprehensive mental health care for clients, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders. Susan is also a certified health and wellness coach and utilizes a holistic approach to patient care.

Lauren Fowler


Lauren enjoys working together with her patients to provide optimal health care. In her free time she likes hiking, camping and spending time outdoors with her husband and their dog, Samson.

Christina Crites


Chris is an RN and has been enjoying the psychiatric nursing field for five years. She calls Montana home and enjoys hiking and walking at distances less than 200 feet.

Deborah Eckheart


Originally from the Land of Oz (Kansas), Deb has a background in school mental health, parent education, and social work. She enjoys working with people throughout their lifespan and approaches therapy through the lens of trauma and attachment.

Lorri Weddle


Originally from Duluth, MN, Lorri works with Lauren Fowler and thoroughly enjoys her job! Lorri lives in the Bitterroot Valley where she absolutely loves working, skiing, hiking, camping, riding four wheelers, photography and her job!

Virginia Froseth


Virginia focuses on primary care and pain management with Dr. Bender. She is currently in the process of earning her Health Coach certification.

Nicolette Paddock


Nicolette lives in the Bitterroot Valley with her husband and 5 children. She has been the lab tech for the past year at SCHC. She loves the morale of the clinic and its wonderful team of medical professionals.

Tamera Klapwyk


Tami is a Montana native who has worked in agencies, schools and private medical practices offering services to children, families, couples and adults. Tami specializes in child attachment, adoption issues, and adult trauma.

Stewart McCracken


Stewart has been a licensed addiction counselor since 2012. Before joining Sapphire Community Health, he worked in private practice, with DHS, CPS, the Department of Labor, the Forest Service, and Jobcorps with disadvantaged students. Stewart lives in Superior, MT.

Executive Staff


Janet Woodburn


Janet has spent 30 years in non profit agency management; coming to us from St. Louis, MO. Janet is responsible for the overall management of the organization.

Chris Farey

Quality Manager

Before coming to Sapphire Community Health, Chris spent 14 years working in ED Admitting; HR; Physician Services; and 9 years in Quality Management. In her off time she enjoys photography, pottery, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Coy Altenbaumer

Clinic Operations Manager

Coy has years of experience with healthcare management in both hospital and clinic settings across the country. Originally from Arkansas, Coy enjoys hiking the vast Montana wilderness and photographing the abundant wildlife.

Medical Records

Tamara Rodriguez

Medical Records Coordinator

Tamara hails from the Great White North and has worked in records management for many years.

Administrative Support Staff


Sherri Sonksen

AP/AR Billing

Bill Bratches

IT Support

Bill is a Partner at Topdown Consultants in Hamilton, MT.



Katrina Yeaman

Patient Access

Tanya Charles

Patient Access

Tanya grew up in Anaconda AND owns a small cattle AND goat operation in Hamilton. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, hunting, BBQ’n, and sewing quilts for her loved ones.