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

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

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. Joe 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:

Kari Cunningham, NP

Kari Cunningham was born and raised in Colorado, where she received her Nursing degree at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She worked as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse for five years in Colorado and Idaho. Kari married a Montanan and moved here 10 years ago. She received her Master’s in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) Degree from Idaho State University. She worked in the Emergency Room and Urgent Care for four and a half years and has been practicing as an NP for CareHere for the past four years. She and her family love to enjoy the great Montana outdoors!

Ed Leas

Ed Leas, PA

Ed has over 13 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 including occupational health and most recently in Emergency medicine in Conrad and Polson, Montana. While in Polson, Ed was recognized for his exceptional care of patients by receiving the DOVES provider of the year award. 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 age 10 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, Cassie worked on many general health issues and education. This experience led her to realize her real desire to work in the health/medical field.

Cassie returned to school in 2009 and received her Masters of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in Phoenix, AZ. She has backgrounds in Family Practice and Women’s Health. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, skiing, running, and going to Bobcat football games.

Morgan Stearns, PA

Morgan Strearns is a long-time Montana resident who, along with his wife Jamie, daughters Delaney-8, Peyton-6, and Kenley-3, reside in Ennis, MT. As a family they enjoy outdoor activities and being involved with their local parish.

Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Morgan cared for patients with disabilities in Butte and Helena, provided home hospice services in Hawaii, and medic duties at a maximum security facility in Idaho. Morgan graduated from the MEDEX Physician Assistant program at the University of Washington in 2008. Since then he has worked in primary care in both pediatric and adult medicine. He enjoys many aspects of being a PA but especially the personal interaction with patients. His certifications include; BLS, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, and APLS.

Aside from being a PA, Morgan also serves as a helicopter instructor pilot for the Montana National Guard Medevac Company in Helena. His military service spans over 24 years and includes active duty Marine Corps, Reserves, and National Guard.

Stephen Ziegler

Stephen Ziegler, PA

Stephen lives in Helena with his wife and daughter. He 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 for the past eight years. He and his family appreciate the people in this community, and especially enjoy all things outdoors in Montana, especially fishing, hiking, camping and skiing.

Stephen Ziegler

Tiffany Lamping, PA

Tiffany is a Helena native who returned home almost four years ago. She attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2008. She completed her Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant studies in Savannah, GA at South University where she graduated with honors in 2012. Tiffany has experience in Family Practice, Women’s Health, and Urgent Care.

Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, camping, traveling, and attending sporting events.

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