Our Providers

Phillip M Steele, MD

Fellowship Trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine
Dr. Phillip M. 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. Since moving to Helena in 2007, he continues to provide medical support on the side-lines during Capital & Helena High School football games and after-hours training room.

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, Dr. Steele has served on the High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and is actively promoting athletic safety for kids in Montana. Since moving to Montana, Dr. Steele has served on the Governor’s task force “Montana Youth Concussion Advisory Panel.

Dr. Steele also specializes in diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal injuries and nerve entrapment syndrome. By using ultrasound, he can look functionally at many joints, tendons, and nerves 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 “regenerative medicine” to help you heal from chronic injuries. This comprehensive approach provides you with a 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. He is an exam writer for the national board exam for Registered Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and is a frequent lecturer on use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosing and treatment of nerve entrapments syndrome.

With more than 8 years of experience using regenerative medicine treatments including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Adipose Derived Stem Cell, Dr. Steele is Montana’s most experienced practitioner regarding the use of biologics in healing musculoskeletal injuries. With his passion for treatment or sports injury, ultrasound diagnostics and expertise in nerve entrapment syndromes Dr. Steele brings a unique prospective on healing injuries for all ages.

When Dr. Steele is not working you’ll most likely find him mountain running with his wife and three golden retrievers in the hiking trails near his home, or coaching his Master’s cross country skiing group on the trails of MacDonald pass.

Eugene ‘Buzz’ Walton II, MD

Fellowship Trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine
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 as well as 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 University Athletics in Macon, Georgia. 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 where he earned his Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. 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.

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, community sporting events and running or mountain biking the trains in Helena. His interests are diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, injury prevention and recovery, nutrition, weight management and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Buzz serves as the president of the non-for-profit concussion awareness group “Save the Brain Helena “

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.

Abbey Barnhart


Abbey Barnhart, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Abbey Barnhart, PA-C, is a Helena native, who earned her BS at Montana State University and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University in 2012. She is able to treat many different conditions ranging from arthritis to fractures to concussions. She is interested in promoting bone health and fracture prevention. She is nationally certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RMSK). This is a certification only 2 other providers in Montana have.
Abbey enjoys working with patients of any age. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. They like to spend their free time outdoors, doing anything and everything, from hiking to gardening.