Knee arthritis

Meet our Physician Assistant, Kelly Vincent!

Hi All!  My name is Kelly Vincent and I am excited and honored to join the Tadje Orthopedic Team as Dr. Tadje’s Physician Assistant.  I am replacing the famous Virginia Jeppeson, NP.  She has only been gone 8 weeks but she is missed greatly by both patients and staff.  Although she left some large shoes to fill, I am up for the challenge and vow to uphold the quality of patient care that Tadje Orthopaedics is known for.

I was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana.  Growing up in Montana, my childhood was filled with everything a native Montanan should experience: Summers at my grandparents’ cattle ranch, hanging out at elk camp, fishing, skiing, camping and everything in between. 

After graduating High School, I moved into the dorms at Boise State to start my first year of college. I was determined to leave small town Bozeman and become independent… But not too independent and not too far from home. I paid my way through college working at Lock Stock and Barrel and Pengilly’s. If you have never been to these local gems, put them on your bucket list. During my junior year, I met my future husband Jesse Vincent.  I graduated Boise State with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic training and moved to Portland, Oregon for my first “real job.”  Fun Fact: I met my roommates on craigslist and we are all still great friends. I worked one year as the head athletic trainer for a high school before deciding to further my education and pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.

Fast forward to May 2013, I married my best friend up at Tamarack and moved, “honeymooned” to Billings, Montana to attend PA school at Rocky Mountain College.  The next 26 months were a blur but I made it out alive with a few extra letters behind my name.  Jesse and I decided to move back to Boise, the town where we met and grew to love.

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Today, we are the proud, exhausted parents of a 16 month old boy, (Jameson) and an English Pointer (Hank).  Jesse is the Superintendent at The Club at SpurWing.  When we’re not working we continue to spend time outdoors fishing, camping, backpacking, and snowboarding.  Jameson took his first backpacking trip at 6 months old, 12 miles overnight in the Sawtooth’s.  Last weekend we camped in the Donnelly area.  Next weekend we are headed to Montana for our annual fishing/camping trip near Anaconda. 

I am looking forward to getting to know current and future patients.  If you’re willing, please share some of your favorite camping spots!

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Favorite Food: Street Tacos

Favorite Candy: Peanut M&M’s

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld

Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs and Montana State Bobcats

Favorite Local Restaurant: Lock Stock & Barrel

Providing Care in Senegal

Jacob Tadje is a hard working pre-medical student at the University of Utah with big dreams and a heart of gold. He hopes to become an orthopaedic surgeon like his dad, Dr. Tadje. Last, month, he was sponsored by Tadje Orthopaedics to participate in a humanitarian trip to Senegal. This trip was organized By the University of Utah’s Dr. Richard Ingebretsen, MD, PHD.

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Dr. Ingebretsen and 7 students spent 5 days in Senegal, and traveled to 4 different villages. The trip was eye-opening. The villages they visited are essentially clusters of huts throughout the savannah. The villages are mostly self-sustaining, and have around 200 people living in each. For many villagers, this was the first time they had spoken to a health professional. Jacob and his team members interviewed each villager to assess needs. They took vitals and treated what they could. They found many people who suffer from joint pain, malnutrition, dehydration, and head fungus. Malnutrition and dehydration are hard to solve long term because of the lack of protein and clean water sources. They were able to teach the people ways to better manage the joint pain, head fungus, and other more minor infirmities.

They found some villagers with more serious ailments, like TB, malaria, and skin cancer. They are planning to analyze the data they gathered and find ways to treat these more serious needs in future trips.

Jacob’s most rewarding experience was helping a 15-year-old boy with a hearing impairment. He was unable to hear anything farther than approximately 15 meters. Jacob looked at his ears and realized he has some major blockages. After Jacob spent some time irrigating and cleaning out the blockages, the boy’s hearing was completely restored and he was overjoyed.

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Going to Senegal was rewarding for Jacob and his team members. Jacob left with more gratitude for his way of life, especially access to clean water, a comfortable home, and modern healthcare.




Written By: Rebecca Howard

Humanitarian Trip to Cambodia

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In 2017, Dr. Tadje took a humanitarian trip with his son Andrew, to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They were able to provide much needed assistance to a place called CICFO (Cambodia International Children Friendship Outreach). CICFO is a home where about 30 children live in a family environment, so they can attend school. The children are accepted through an application process and are able to live in this home until they are finished with their education. An organization called CICFO-USA raises funds to support the needs of the CICFO family. The CICFO children travel occasionally to visit their birth families, but CICFO is their true home. The children live as a family, sharing meals, chores, love, and support. CICFO is an upgrade for the children who are used to living in absolute poverty. However, even at CICFO, the children sleep in unbearable heat, packed together on the ground, owning nothing but the clothes on their backs. Dr. Tadje and his son wanted to help.

They spent a week staying with the CICFO family. They worked with Kea Botevy, the head of the home, to tackle projects that would improve the children’s living conditions. Dr. Tadje and his son bought some mattresses for the kids to sleep on and installed fans to help with the intense heat and humidity. The Tadjes were able to create a safer living space by covering exposed wires. They read with the kids and played ball with them. Dr. Tadje was impressed with these amazing, impoverished children. In spite of their circumstances, they are happy and optimistic about life. They are content. They look out for one another and work together to provide a safe and peaceful space to exist and grow. Dr. Tadje was grateful for the opportunity he had to help and learn from the CICFO family.

Written by: Rebecca Howard