Meet Our Pain Team
Patrick Danaher, D.O.
Dr. Danaher is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After medical school, he went on to a distinguished career in the United States Navy. Dr. Danaher did his formal Anesthesiology training at Naval Hospital San Diego and served his nation all over the globe.
Captain Danaher retired from the Navy after twenty years of honorable service.
During his tenure, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. In addition, he was the Director of the Pain Management Clinic and directed several continuing medical education conferences for chronic pain management. Captain Danaher also served as Officer in Charge of a Forward Resuscitative Combat Surgical Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Steve Kemple, D.O.
Dr. Kemple is a graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is trained in two specialties. After medical school, he went on to complete a residency in Family Medicine at the Mesa General Hospital in Arizona. After his family medicine residency, he decided on a career change and completed an Anesthesiology residency at the University of Arizona. Immediately after residency, Dr. Kemple moved to Missoula to start his Anesthesia career.
Dr. Kemple has provided pain management care since his arrival in Missoula seventeen years ago. His recognition of the need for a formalized pain management program inspired him to form the first private practice inter-disciplinary pain program in Missoula in 2005, now known as Advanced Pain and Spine Institute.
Vanessa Lipp, PA-C
Vanessa grew up in north central Montana and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Montana State University in Bozeman. She then moved to Boise, ID to complete her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies at Idaho State University. During her studies at ISU, she was involved in numerous community and volunteer projects and traveled all over the northwest to complete her training.
Vanessa is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) by The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Montana Association of Physician Assistants. She currently resides in Missoula and enjoys running, traveling, playing sports, snowboarding, and spending time with her friends and family.
Autum Howell, MSN, APRN, CFNP
Autum’s philosophy of chronic pain management emphasizes a multidisciplinary, individualized approach in which the patient is an active participant in their plan of care.
Originally from Missoula, Autum received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Highest Honors from Montana State University. She has fourteen years’ experience as a registered nurse including national certification as an infusion therapy specialist. Autum completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of New Mexico and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Autum’s experience includes caring for individuals with chronic pain related to cancer, autoimmune disease and occupational injury. She enjoys partnering with patients to help them achieve the best possible quality of life.
Holly Schleicher, PhD, PLLC
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Schleicher received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana and completed her doctoral internship at the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Montana.
Dr. Schleicher has worked with a wide range of medical patients in both hospital and primary care settings. She has a specialty interest in acute and chronic pain and believes in a holistic approach to pain management. Treatment may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation training, and mindfulness approaches, all aimed at helping patients create positive coping strategies and achieve a fuller quality of life.
Dr. Schleicher enjoys being active in Missoula’s vast recreational activities, including yoga, hiking, biking, and running.
Holly Schleicher, PhD, PLLC is a separate entity from Advanced Pain and Spine Institute of Montana