405 Saddle Dr
Helena, MT 59601
Phone 1-855-200-6822
Fax (406) 206-0304
Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: National Virtual Health appointments only 
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Meet the Providers

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants:

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Elaine Samuel, MD

Dr. Samuel is a graduate of Montana State University and the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at University of Washington as a board-certified internist. Dr. Samuel practiced medicine in Idaho and Washington state until 1988 when she moved to Billings to practice at the Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare. In 2006, Dr. Samuel moved to Helena to work at St. Peter’s Hospital and then joined Fort Harrison VA as a hospitalist from 2008 until her retirement in 2017. She returned to work in the fall of 2018 as a locum physician at Bozeman Deaconess Healthcare and is very happy to be back in Helena to practice at the Montana Health Center.

Dr. Samuel has three adult children; Kari, Becca, and Jameson, who are all University of Montana graduates. She enjoys spending time in the Montana outdoors with her family and two dogs, Emma, and Bingley.

Joe Gassenberg, MD

Dr. Gassenberg is a family physician raised in Butte, Montana. He attended Carroll College for his undergraduate work, and later Creighton University School of Medicine. After completing residency in Spokane, Dr. Gassenberg worked in Helena at the Leo Pocha Clinic. He has been in Missoula the last five years and is happy to be back in Helena. Dr. Gassenberg enjoys all aspects of family medicine, but particularly pediatrics, chronic disease management, and psychiatry. Preventive care is an important emphasis for family medicine.

As a native Montanan, Dr. Gassenberg loves the outdoors. He particularly enjoys hiking and fly fishing. When not working, you may see him at Carroll College Athletic events, or floating the Blackfoot. He is looking forward to being involved in the Helena Community.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants:

Ed Leas

Ed Leas, PA

Ed has over 20 years of medical experience practicing as a Physician Assistant. After high school, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard as a Corpsman working on the Great Lakes and at an air station in Port Angeles, WA. Upon leaving the Coast Guard, he attended the University of Washington and completed his undergraduate degree at UW and attended the Physician Assistant program at Oregon Health Science University where he graduated with top honors in 1999. Since then, Ed has been working in family medicine, occupational medicine, and emergency medicine.

Ed continues to pursue his passion for the outdoors whenever time will allow. During the summer, he is usually found outdoors hiking, camping, biking, or running. During the winter, he is hunting or backcountry skiing with his son, Daniel and wife, Melinda.

Cassie Springer

Cassie Springer, PA

Cassie is a Montana native, born and raised in Livingston. She received her B.S. from MSU- Bozeman in 2002. Following graduation, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa. While in Tanzania, she worked on many general health issues and education. This experience led Cassie to realize her real desire to work in the health/medical field. Cassie returned to school in 2009 and received her Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in Phoenix, AZ. She has background in family practice and women’s health.

Cassie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, skiing, running, and going to Bobcat football games.

Stephen Ziegler

Stephen Ziegler, PA

Steven worked as a paramedic for 15 years prior to attending The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program in Washington, D.C. He has worked in urgent care, emergency medicine, and primary care.

Steven lives in Helena with his wife and daughter. He and his family love the Helena community and enjoy all things outdoors in Montana, especially boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and skiing.

Stephen Ziegler

Tiffany Lamping, PA

Tiffany is a Helena native who earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, GA. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT while also playing soccer for the Battlin’ Bears. Tiffany has experience in urgent care, family practice and women’s health.

Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family camping and exploring Montana.

Lisa Kenny

Lisa Kenny, FNPC

Lisa is a Montana Native who graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing and Gonzaga University with a Master of Science with a focus on Family Practice.  For the past 22 years Lisa has worked in a variety of community settings providing medical and mental health care. She worked at Pure View Health Center in Helena for several years providing care to generations of families. Her practice has focused on women's health care, mental health, substance abuse and internal medicine. She enjoys helping patients meet their health care goals.

 Lisa is married and has two grown children. She enjoys cooking, gardening, canning, crocheting, her dogs, and spending time at the lake house and with friends and her family.

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