GETTING AHEAD: Sunday, August 26

2012-08-26T06:15:00Z GETTING AHEAD: Sunday, August 26By TANDY KHAMENEH of the Missoulian
August 26, 2012 6:15 am  • 

New associates

Kerri Houck has joined Alpine Physical Therapy at the north clinic location. Houck received her doctorate of physical therapy from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 2011. She recently finished a yearlong sports physical therapy residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis. Her clinical focus is in sports medicine with athletes of all ages and caliber. She works with all different athletes ranging from the overhead athlete to the injured runner. Kerri can be reached at Alpine Physical Therapy North at (406) 541-2606.

Angie Watschke, DPT, joined the Community Medical Center Rehabilitation Center. Watschke has more than 10 years of experience. She graduated from Pacific University’s School of Physical Therapy in 2002 and earned her doctorate of physical therapy in 2003. She has experience with both adult and pediatric orthopedic and neurological disorders.

The law firm of Sullivan, Tabaracci and Rhoades, PC announced that Alison Garab has become associated with the firm. Garab completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Georgia in three years and graduated cum laude with honors in 2005. Originally from Columbus, Ga., she moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana School of Law where she obtained her J.D. in 2008. During her third year in law school, Garab began working for Montana Legal Services Association. She then spent three years as the civil attorney in the Tribal Defenders Office representing clients in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court. Garab may be contacted at 1821 South Ave. W. Call 721-9700 or go to


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack named David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to serve a second term on the Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. The 18-member advisory group formed in 2010 advises Salazar and Vilsack on wildlife conservation, habitat conservation and hunting issues.

New network

The Montana Outdoor Radio Show has added KDBM 1490AM in Dillon to their radio station network. The weekly hunting and fishing show, which airs live every Saturday morning from 6 to 8 a.m., now is broadcast on 22 radio stations across Montana. Mark Ward hosts the show. The Montana Outdoor Radio Show has been on the air for 14 years. In Missoula you can listen to the show on KGVO 1290AM/101.5 FM.


Sydney E. McKenna was the recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award at the Montana Trial Lawyers Association annual convention in Big Sky. The award is presented to the trial lawyer who, in the preceding year, has exemplified and put into practice the philosophy of the MTLA through his or her representation of victims and consumers in the courtooms of Montana.

C. Ed Smart, an agent for New York Life Insurance Co. in Missoula, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for 2012. Achieving membership in MDRT is a distinguishing life insurance career milestone, attained only by those who have demonstrated superior professional knowledge, experience and client Smart has been a New York Life agent since 1975 and is associated with New York Life’s Montana general office in Billings.

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association announced that the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula took top honors for online presence in the 2012 Publications Design Competition and Technology Competition Awards for the online exhibit, “United We Will Win.” This online exhibit was developed in conjunction with an in-house exhibit of the museum’s World War II propaganda poster collection. The online exhibit is available by a direct link on the museum’s website,

MSN Money named the Bank of Montana one of the “Safest Banks in America.” Bank of Montana is one of only 359 in the United States to be named to this list and one of only three in Montana.

New members

The following are new members of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce: Howard Johnson, Labor Ready, Portico Real Estate and Servpro of Missoula.

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