The new physicians are Dr. William J. Jarvis, specializing in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; Dr. Jenkins L. Clarkson, obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Alexander Cianflone and Dr. Aaron Billin, emergency medicine; and Dr. Angela Mills, family practice. Lisa Smith, a physician assistant in family practice, also has joined the medical staff.
Powell Valley Healthcare has scheduled an open house to allow the public to meet the new medical providers from 5:30-7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Powell Valley Clinic main building.
Dr. Jarvis said the things that attracted him to Powell Valley Healthcare included good people, high-quality medical services, new challenges and outdoor recreation opportunities.
“This is a great opportunity for me, and for Powell,” he said.
Jarvis has 16 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon and also specializes in sports medicine. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and formerly served as the team physician for the Detroit Tigers and for the U.S. Women’s Olympic gymnastic team, in addition to working with high schools and other organized sporting events. He also served on the National Ski Patrol.
Jarvis said he plans to start a sports medicine program here, as he did in Wisconsin, aimed at providing education to prevent injuries as well as medical services to treat them. The program also will focus on concussion management.
“Wyoming is one of those states where people are very active,” he said.
Much of his work consists of orthoscopic surgery to repair injuries to knees and shoulders, Jarvis said. Doing that surgery orthoscopically, using a camera and precision instruments through small incisions, is less invasive and results in faster recovery for patients, with fewer infections and other complications.
“A better outcome in general,” he said.
Jarvis is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Sports Medicine.
Jarvis completed his doctor of medicine degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago and his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he served as chief resident in orthopedic trauma. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Cincinnati.
In his free time he enjoys alpine skiing, golf, camping, hunting, fishing and water skiing.
Jarvis and physician assistant Lisa Smith are engaged to be married.
Dr. Cianflone (pronounced shin-floney) is no stranger to this part of Wyoming, having been born in Cody. When he was kindergarten age, his family moved to Rock Springs, and from there to Fontanelle, attending school in Kemmerer.
His dad later was transferred to Great Falls, Mont., then to Nebraska and Colorado.
“Dad built a cabin up on the North Fork in the early 1950s, so that was our draw all the time to go back there,” he said. “I have spent all my sumer up here since I was growing up.”
Cianflone and his partner, Jan Muir, came to Powell from Las Cruces, N.M. He was the director of the emergency room in a 200-bed hospital, with emergency room staff seeing about 100 patients per day.
“The volume was quite high, and it was quite tense,” he said. “This is quite different from that.”
When the opportunity came to leave Las Cruces, and when Muir decided she liked it here, “we decided, ‘OK, we’ll look for a job up here,’” he said.
Cianflone said Powell Valley Healthcare has good, conscientious primary care doctors as well as a strategic plan for infrastructure development.
“A lot of communities don’t have really good primary care ... so Powell’s really fortunate,” he said.
In his free time, Cianflone enjoys sailing, skiing, golf, hunting, camping and diving. He has three children.
Cianflone is certified by the American Board of Family Practice, the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He holds several certifications in advanced life support and has extensive experience in family practice and emergency medicine.
He is a retired captain of the United States Naval Reserve and served as the Primary Care Medical Officer on USS Forrestal and as the Emergency Medicine and Family Practice Medical Officer for the Navy Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. Cianflone completed his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and his residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Muir is a photographer and artist, currently specializing in making images with glass. The couple lives on the North Fork, where Muir is building a studio.
Dr. Billin lives in Riverton and is taking shifts with the emergency room each month. He has extensive experience as an ER physician, in family practice and also in wilderness medicine and search and rescue.
Billin completed his doctor of medicine degree at the St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and his residency at St. Mark’s Family Medicine Residency in Salt Lake City. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and holds several certifications in advanced life support
He is married and has seven children and is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Mills has joined Powell Valley Clinic and is accepting new patients. She is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Prior to becoming a physician, Mills worked for several years as a certified physical therapist. She completed her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and her internship and residency at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle.
Mills has special interest in preventive medicine and physical disabilities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Mills’ parents live in Lovell.
Dr. Clarkson is located at Powell Valley Clinic, Bldg. C with nurse practitioner Cathy Blanchard. Clarkson earned his diplomate by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He has held licensure and practiced medicine in Kentucky, North Carolina and Oregon and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University, Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Clarkson completed his doctor of medicine degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and his doctorate at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney University in Glebe, New South Wales, Australia. He completed his residency at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.
He is married and he and his wife, Heather, have two children ages 10 and 12.
Lisa Smith, a physician assistant, is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants.
She completed preceptorships at Wausau Hospital Center in Wausau, Wis., St. Michael’s Hospital and Rice Clinic in Stevens Point, Wis., Family Medical Clinic in Merrill, Wis. and Family Medical Center in Kenosha, Wis.
Smith completed her bachelor of science in physician assistant studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and also completed the physician assistant program at the University of Wisconsin.
She and Dr. Jarvis are engaged to be married. In her free time, Lisa enjoys time with family, going to the lake, camping, downhill and water skiing.
Dr. James Lloyd, also specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, will join Powell Valley Healthcare in January. In addition, the PVHC Board last month granted approval for creating a midwife program.
Two family practice physicians, Dr. Michael Bohlman and Dr. Sarah Durney, will not be delivering babies after December, and Dr. Betsy Spomer recently quit her practice to spend more time with her family.
Recruiting still is underway for two additional emergency department physicians, a family practitioner and two hospitalists.