Dr. Matthew Ptaszkiewicz has been a physician since 1999. He attended medical school at Michigan State University. Because of the abundance of consonants in his last name, he goes by "Dr. Matt". Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Matt moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2010 for the sunshine and the mountains. He has a beautiful son and daughter with whom he spends most of his free time. He likes to hike, bike, go to 80's hair band concerts and loves his Detroit sports teams.
Dr. Rita Barry grew up in Redmond, Oregon, and attended the University of Oregon for undergraduate and Oregon Health and Sciences for medical school, followed by rural, full-scope family medicine residency training. She moved to Wyoming for the beautiful outdoors and for her husband, who is stationed at FE Warren AFB. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, hiking, spending time with family, and doting upon her cat.
Joe Ballent graduated PA school from the University of Utah. During his time at the University he rode for the cycling team. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from Bradley University. In the summer months he would guide whitewater trips. He obtained his Wilderness First Responder certification in 2010. This led to a Wilderness EMT certification and opportunities in residential treatment and same-day surgery. He loves exploring the great outdoors of the western US with his fiancé Brianna, and building/playing guitars.
Chris started his experience in the medical field over ten years ago in medical imaging. Before going to PA school, he primarily worked as a radiology technician preforming X-ray, CT, and MRI scans. Chris graduated PA school from the University of Washington. Chris worked with a private urgent care center for 1 year prior to joining the HealthReach team. Chris is excited to bring his training and education to HealthReach. Outside of work, Chris enjoys hiking, exploring, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Julian graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2002 with a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner. He worked in his hometown of Rolla, ND and has been at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residence Program. In 2016, Julian received the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing award for his outstanding contributions in the areas of clinical practice and leadership. Lastly, he completed a post masters program as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Julian is married with two daughters and loves to fish, hunt, and hike.
Nikki Armstrong is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She was born in Greenville, OH and grew up working on her uncle's hog farm. She spent 10 years in the United States Army Nurse Corps. In 2012, she graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Now, she enjoys spending time with her handsome husband and three amazing children.