Phillip M. Steele, MD
Dr. Steele is Board Certified in Family Practice and has chosen to specialize in non-operative sports medicine. He spent an extra year of fellowship training after his residency which was devoted to musculoskeletal care and sports medicine.
Since his Sports Medicine fellowship he has worked with the US Ski team traveling overseas for event coverage for the Nordic Combined and Cross Country Ski Teams. He was an athlete physician at Soldier Hollow Nordic venue during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and he has worked as a Team Physician for University of Wyoming athletics. He is frequently seen on the side-lines during Capital & Helena High School football games.
During his 8 years in Wyoming, he was integral in developing coaches sports medicine education programs for the high school athletes, and he developed a special passion for education and management of concussion in sports. Since moving to Montana he has been serving on the High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and is actively promoting athletic safety for kids in Montana.
Dr. Steele also specializes in diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal injuries. By using ultrasound, he can look functionally at many joints and tendons, allowing him to make a more accurate diagnosis. For diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Steele uses the combination of his years of experience in sports medicine, ultrasound diagnostics and the newer therapy options of "biologics". These provide you with a comprehensive functional perspective that not only looks to accurately diagnose your injury, but to also look for factors that may have contributed to your injury so we can provide the most effect treatment. Dr. Steele also works as a faculty instructor for ultrasound procedural & diagnostic courses throughout the United States.
When Dr. Steele's not working you'll most likely find him mountain biking the trails of Helena or cross country skiing on the trails of MacDonald pass.
Eugene ‘Buzz’ Walton II, MD
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Dr. Walton moved out to the Rocky Mountains to enjoy the vast amount of sports that it offered. After suffering an ACL injury and enduring the long rehab, his quest to become a sports medicine physician began. For over 5 years Dr. Walton worked as a physical therapy aide in both the hospital and clinic settings. It was at this time where he learned the principals of body movement and injury prevention.
Prior to starting medical school, Dr. Walton was an avid runner and triathlete. He completed over 5 marathons and both Ironman Canada and California. He was also a mentor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training where he helped train 16 ordinary people to become Triathletes. During his residency he was the resident Team Physician for Mercer Athletics. Before starting his fellowship, Dr. Walton worked in both the rural hospital and emergency room setting, where he became known as “Dr. Buzz”. Dr Walton is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Dr. Buzz completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings, MT. He served as Team Physician for Rocky Mountain College and Montana State University at Billings athletics. He served as the medical director for the Heart and Sole Run and volunteered at the Montana State Special Olympics. While living in Billings he competed in local events including Peaks to Prairie and the Billings Thanksgiving run with his wife and two daughters.
Realizing the beauty and life style Montana has to offer, Dr. Walton and his family have made the move to Helena, MT to join the family of Performance Injury Care and Sports Medicine. Today, Dr Walton can be found at local high school, professional, and community sporting events. His interests are to help local athletes and nonathletes with performance, injury prevention and recovery, weight management and exercise prescription so they can return to their “field of play”.
Dr. Walton, his wife and two daughters embrace the Montana life style and it reflects in his practice. They love hiking, camping, skiing, running, and cycling, and of course staying healthy.
You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Buzz or walk in to see him starting August 5, 2013
Abbey Barnhart, PA-C
Abbey Barnhart is the newest addition to the PICSM team. She is a Helena native, who earned her BS at Montana State University and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University. She recently attended the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine's Advanced Team Physician Course in New Orleans. She enjoys working with patients of any age and fitness level.