Five Valleys Urology had yet to be formed when Dr. David Guth, one of our founding partners, struck out on his own in 1977 to practice in the newly constructed Garden City Medical Arts Building. Throughout the years, Dr. Guth shared space with other urologists but in 1998, when Dr. Karl Westenfelder moved to Missoula, they agreed to work together and recruit an additional physician to join them in a new partnership. Together, they recruited Dr. Garrick Simmons to the community and Five Valleys Urology was formed in 2002. Dr. Kevin Kronner joined the group upon Dr. Guth’s retirement in 2006. The group has flourished ever since, with Dr. Christopher Wicher and Rick Wiesemann, PA-C joining in 2011, Whitney Martin, PA-C joining in 2012, and Dr. Jeffrey Redshaw joining in 2019.
Today, our 5 urologists and two physician assistants provide patient-driven care for all ages at area hospitals and surgery centers as well as our comfortable and friendly office setting. Our practice is located equidistant between the campuses of each Missoula hospital. Our physicians have surgical privileges at 5 area hospitals as well as Big Sky Surgery Center. With excellent training, state of the art equipment, and additional certifications, our board-certified physicians and staff are here to care for you, personally.
Our mission is to deliver high-quality, comprehensive, and advanced urologic care in a timely fashion with expertise and compassion to patients across the region. Our plan of care is coordinated with referring physicians throughout the country, and we work hard to make sure patients and their families have all the information they need to make informed decisions.
Click on any link below to learn more about our physicians. All our providers are board-certified or board eligible (Dr. Redshaw).
Five Valleys Urology employs experienced and licensed registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified medical assistants. The business side of our practice is led by certified professionals and our support team proudly employs the C.L.E.A.R. method of customer service.
John O’Connor, FACMPE CEO
John helped form the practice in 2002 and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He is a past-president of the Montana Medical Group Management Association (MTMGMA) and past-chair chair of the Government Affairs Committee and Urology Administration Assembly for national MGMA. John was named the Medical Practice Leader of the year in 2018 by MTMGMA. He serves on the board for the Montana Medical Association Healthcare Plan & Trust and Monida Healthcare Network’s Core Group. He is deeply involved in civic and non-profit boards in Missoula. John hails from Indianapolis and is a proud graduate of Purdue University. email
Melanie Scott, CMPE, CPC Director of Operations
Melanie originally started working with the practice in 2003, first as a medical biller, then coder. She is certified as a professional coder and has instructed medical billing and coding courses. Her knack for problem-solving and organization allowed her to become the business office manager in our practice. After a stint in Billings in operations and practice management, Melanie returned to Missoula in late 2018 and re-joined the practice in her new role as Operations Manager in 2019. email
Bianca Swift, Business Office Manager
Bianca joined Five Valleys Urology in February of 2015. Bianca holds a certificate in accounting from UCLA as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University. Her past experience in the medical field includes coding for Mental Health practice and Oral and Maxillo-Facial practices. Bianca is originally from Romania and volunteers her time as the Treasurer for her church. email
We are here to provide our patients with excellent care and genuine customer service.
- Staff undertake annual OSHA, HIPAA, and Safety training
- We observe all federal privacy rules
- Our front office staff have extra training in patient identity theft protection
- We have staff trained in specific programs for overactive bladder, urodynamics, Botox, Peyronies disease, Advanced Prostate Cancer Care, and the MonaLisa Touch Laser