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

Wendy Donaugh, FNP

During her first year as a FNP in Primary care, Wendy found her love for rheumatology. Over the years that love has grown into a passion for providing rheumatology patients with personalized care, in a setting that fosters communication and compassion.

Wendy grew up in Bozeman MT and completed her undergraduate nursing education through Montana State University (MSU). Her nursing career spanned 15 years and included med surge, oncology, MRI/ PET scanning and some time working in an observation unit and as a float pool nurse. Following her time as a nurse, Wendy attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota to complete graduate school and become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

During her first year as a FNP in Primary care, Wendy found her love for rheumatology. Over the years that love has grown into a passion for providing rheumatology patients with personalized care, in a setting that fosters communication and compassion.