Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted and caring medical professionals

Rheumatologist

Dr. Richard Lai, MD

Dr. Lai’s specialties are in various connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythromatosus, inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome, osteoarthritis, gout, pseduogout and all rheumatologic conditions such as vasculitis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, sarcoidosis and scleroderma.

Dr. Lai earned a medical degree from the University of SintCQ Eustatius School of Medicine in Cole Bay, St Maarten He then spent one-year post-graduate in clinical research at Jerome Greene Sjogren’s Center at Johns Hopkins University before he completed his residency in internal medicine at Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Lai then went on to complete his fellowship in rheumatology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Lai is known for his practical evidence-based medicine approach. His special interests are in various connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythromatosus, Sjogren's syndrome and scleroderma, inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crystalline induced arthritis such as gout or pseudoout, and all other rheumatologic conditions such as vasculitis, myositis and sarcoidosis, etc.
Dr. Lai has participated in research assignments, abstracts and publications, and nonresearch-related academic activities. Outside of his medical practice, Dr. Lai has become a permanent fixture within the Great Falls community through leading and organizing Tai Chi and badminton clubs.
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Craig Carson, MD

Dr. Carson is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management, the American College of Rheumatology, and the American Medical Association. He has published multiple journal articles, been involved in research, and received numerous awards of excellence throughout his career.

Dr. Carson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Zoology from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Carson has a Montana Medical License, is licensed in over a dozen other states, and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is a member of many organizations including: the American Academy of Pain Management, the American College of Rheumatology, and the American Medical Association. He has published multiple journal articles, been involved in research, and received numerous awards of excellence throughout his career. Dr. Carson practices primarily in Oklahoma, but is activity involved in the oversight of the Montana Arthritis Center as the CMO.
Rheumatology

Stacey Johnson, FNP-C

Stacey Johnson specializes in various inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, pseudogout, and Sjogren’s syndrome. She has also received training in treating and diagnosing connective tissue diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, sarcoidosis and scleroderma.

Stacey Johnson earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University. She completed most of her training in Internal Medicine where she discovered her passion for working with patients with complex diseases and helping them live their best lives. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she obtained her ASN from Montana State University Northern and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University. After working as a nurse for 8 years at a local hospital she knew she wanted to provide more in-depth care for her patients and decided to pursue her Nurse Practitioner License. After obtaining her Nurse Practitioner License she worked in primary care until she found this opportunity to specialize in rheumatology. She completed training courses to become a Nurse Practitioner in Rheumatology and was trained by Dr. Lai himself. She prides herself on staying up to date on evidence-based medicine as well as providing patient centered care. Stacey’s interests are in various inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crystalline induced arthritis (gout or pseudogout), various connective tissue diseases such as lupus, scleroderma and Sjogren’s syndrome, as well as other rheumatological conditions including vasculitis, myositis, and sarcoidosis, etc. Her goal is to help you manage your disease. She and Dr. Lai work as a team to provide their patients a holistic treatment plan. Outside of the office Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and getting in as much fishing as possible.