Meet The Team

When you step into our office, you will feel like you’ve come home. This awesome team of ladies is not only dedicated to your health and supporting you to reach your goals, we are also each on our own journey to better health and living life fully on purpose.

 

At Thriven Functional Medicine we believe that every person is worthy and capable of achieving abundant health. By loving people first, we create an environment filled with hope and healing. As we listen carefully to your concerns, we partner with you to create a personalized path reconnecting your mind, body, and soul, empowering you to live your life’s purpose.

 

 

Dr. Loy Anderson M.D.

Dr Loy Anderson, M.D. has been practicing medicine for nearly 25 years.  She is board certified in Family Medicine and Functional Medicine.  She completed undergraduate training with a BS in Biology at Walla Walla University, followed by her MD at Loma Linda University.

After a 3-year residency in Family Medicine, she was honored to serve in the US Air Force for 4 years, stationed at Malmstrom AFB.  She then joined the Great Falls Clinic, where she thoroughly enjoyed her colleagues and caring for families and patients of all ages until 2017.  She is passionate about educating and has lectured on women’s health, stress management, hormones, inflammation, autoimmune disease, obesity and weight loss, thyroid, and brain health.

While traditional medical care is excellent at dealing with acute care and health emergencies, Dr Loy realized something was missing.  After helping her patients manage their chronic disease for decades, she observed they never really got well, and felt there had to be a better way.  Here is her story in her own words:

“Like many, I entered medicine with innocent idealism and a simple but burning desire to help people.  Armed with knowledge, training, and experience I believed it would be relatively simple to alleviate suffering and improve the health of my patients.  After nearly 25 years in both military and civilian medicine, I have discovered it’s not. Sure, with enough medication and nagging, we can keep various maladies “managed”. But I became dissatisfied with overall outcomes.  It was demoralizing to be stuck in a broken system, and heartbreaking to see my patients not ever really getting well.  Not to mention the hardships of being unable to afford expensive medications, copays and deductibles (the lucky ones with insurance), and suffering myriad unpleasant, dangerous and sometimes irreversible side effects from their treatments.  I was unable to provide the care I wanted to for my patients or myself.

In 2010, both my professional and personal life were crumbling.  I realized I was totally burned out.  Current estimates are up to 50% of primary care providers suffer from burn out.  Even more are dissatisfied and consider quitting medicine.  Most alarming, physician suicide rates are rising.  Thankfully, my journey of recovery began before I reached that point. Gradually, I learned that to care for others, I had to love and care for myself-my whole self; physical, spiritual, emotional and mental. That included simple yet profound practices such as good nutrition, adequate rest, meaningful connection, movement, and living on purpose.  I didn’t know it then, but that is the essence of functional medicine.  It also started my dream of helping other professionals who are suffering from burnout.

“To heal the world, we must first heal ourselves.” Seane Corn

While attending a dermatology conference in 2013, I first heard of Functional Medicine at another conference going on at the same hotel. I glanced at the agenda and my curiosity was piqued.  In 2015 I attended a conference called “Heal Thy Practice” in my search for answers to burnout.  Again, I was led to functional medicine, and I finally knew this was the path I was meant to be on. The seeds were planted for Thriven Functional Medicine. In spite of uncertainty and fear, I took the plunge and began my training in 2016.  I will never forget the first day at that training-I felt like a parched traveler who had stumbled on an oasis and could drink my fill! 

It took about a year and a half, and with the support of some amazing people the dream of providing comprehensive wellness programs based on the principles of functional medicine was realized. The doors of Thriven Functional Medicine opened in May of 2017 – finally I had the tools to help people achieve optimal, vibrant health so they could fully live their life’s purpose.  I am so grateful my own path towards recovery and abundant health began in 2010 and continues. I now know it is an ongoing journey, not a destination – not an easy admission for someone with my personality! Today I love what I do and am supported by the most amazing team.  The very best part of all is seeing people reclaim themselves and achieve optimal health.  I cherish my health and my family, and whether you are a suffering patient or a burned out provider I hope to inspire you to do the same.”

Dr Anderson combines her extensive experience and skills in traditional western medicine with the innovative and intuitive power of functional medicine to offer you the best of both.  She is sustained daily by her unshakeable faith, has a beautiful daughter Alex, and a chocolate lab named Maya. When not serving her practice members or leading her team, she loves to hike, drive fast cars, fly planes, snowshoe, garden, travel, read, and play the flute.

Callie Brown

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Callie is often the first person that practice members see as they walk in the door and her cheerful smile and kindness immediately help people to feel welcome at Thriven.

She is dedicated to pursuing her own overall health and also to encouraging and supporting others on their journey to a healthy and happy life. Blessed with an adventurous spirit and a love of the outdoors, Callie is determined to live life to the fullest.

 

 

 

 

Jackie Lamb CMA

Office Manager and Medical Assistant
Direct Neurofeedback Specialist

Jackie is excited to be part of Thriven where she can work in an environment of personal and professional growth and be challenged in new ways. She’s also thankful to be part of a workplace where God is not abandoned at the door.  She specializes in direct neurofeedback to help our members with recovery from all types of brain injury or trauma.

An excellent listener, Jackie feels it is a blessing when people share their stories with her. She loves all of God’s creatures, with a particular interest in exotic animals. She has two bearded dragons, Lady Mufasa and Sir Marleigh whom she loves completely.

 

 

 

 

Quincie Jones MS, CHC

Health Coach
Functional Movement Specialist

Quincie started with Thriven in November of 2017 and found it was a place to bring her many interests together. Along with working as a Health Coach and using Neufit electrical stimulation for recovery at Thriven, she teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology at Great Falls College MSU. Additionally, Quincie holds certifications in Yoga, Heart Math, Nutrition and Health Coaching. Her work at Thriven allows Quincie to use her varied skills in helping others on their personal journeys of health 

Quincie loves her colleagues and the practice members. She also appreciates Thriven’s multi-faceted approach in addressing the entire person and the caring environment that promotes healing. In her free time, Quincie enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

 

 

 

 

Cali Salmond

Health Coach

Cali started as a practice member and found the Thriven Wellness Program to be life-changing both physically and mentally. She wanted to become involved and now works as a Health Coach, helping others gain what she, herself, learned from the program. She is dedicated to researching her own and her clients health challenges.

She loves working in an environment where it is safe to be herself and where everyone has a genuine concern for each other and for the people with whom they work.

In her free-time, she spends time on the family ranch with her husband and two adventurous little boys.

 

 

 

 

Melissa Pyette RDH, MS

Health Coach

Melissa came to Thriven as a patient and became so interested in functional medicine that she enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, graduating with a health coach certification in January of 2019. Because she is also a Registered Dental Hygienist, Melissa combines her background in dental hygiene and oral wellness with her work as a health coach to assist Thriven members with overall well-being.  She is especially good at teaching interactive classes as well.

In her free time, she loves to read, play pickle ball and cycle. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult daughters and her Malshi dog, Zoe.

 

 

 

 

Cari Kent

Bookkeeper

Cari joined Thriven Functional Medicine in 2018, first as a practice member and now as the bookkeeper.   She pursued a position with Thriven to become a blessing to those who helped restore her health.  She says when she walks into the office, it feels like home because of the care and love.  She now blesses everyone in the office with her servant’s heart. Cari is a retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant and spends her free time volunteering with the Refuge Foundation and her church, cooking for her family, and when the weather permits, camping and off-road motorcycling.