Meet Our Doctors

Gabor Benda, M.D. outside the Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

Gabor Benda, M.D.

Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice

Dr. Benda graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in biochemistry before attending Medical School at Rutgers Medical School, (now called Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.) He received his medical degree in 1983. Dr. Benda did his post-graduate work in Family Medicine at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey, where he also served as Chief Resident. Prior to joining the Bozeman Clinic in 1989, Dr. Benda worked in variety of practice settings, including private practice in New Jersey and Indian Health Service at Crow Agency, Montana. At Crow Agency he was the medical director at Lodge Grass Clinic, and head of the Diabetes Program. He has been involved with Rocky Mountain Ministries on a nearly annual basis in providing missionary work and health care in rural villages to both Honduras and Mexico since 2000. Dr. Benda provides a full spectrum of medical care to his patients. His special interests include pregnancy care, and health maintenance to help achieve a high level of physical fitness. He also performs upper endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy. He and his wife Susan enjoy keeping up with their four adult children. Dr. Benda is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys cycling (with occasional road racing), skiing, hiking and restoring old cars.

David McLaughlin, M.D. outside Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

David McLaughlin, M.D.

Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice

Dr. McLaughlin is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1977 and his M.D. degree in 1983.  He finished residency at the Wyoming Family Practice Residency Program in Casper, Wyoming where he served as Chief Resident in 1986.  Dr. McLaughlin came to the Bozeman Clinic in 1991, after working several years at the Red Lodge Clinic.  Like many of the physicians at the Bozeman Clinic, Dr. McLaughlin has a passion for serving as both a missionary and a doctor, with his chief focus in East Africa.  He travels to East Africa every year to either work in a hospital or do what he really loves, which is the establishment of clinics in the bush where there is minimal or no medical care available.  In addition to the routine things that he enjoys in practicing Family Medicine, he also enjoys Geriatrics, Hospice Care, Travel, Tropical and HIV Medicine, as well as Proctology.  He and his wife Deb have raised three children and are active in the lives of their grandchildren.

Christine Mitchell, M.D. outside Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

Christine Mitchell, M.D.

Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice

Dr. Mitchell attended the University of Montana for her undergraduate degree in molecular biology.  She completed medical school at the University of Washington as part of the WWAMI program, graduating in 1998.  Her Family Medicine residency training was in Spokane, Washington, followed by a fellowship in obstetrics.  Prior to working for the Bozeman Clinic, Dr. Mitchell worked as a family physician in Spokane, Washington.  Dr. Mitchell and her husband Will are both originally from Dillon, Montana. They enjoy spending time with their three children; Clara, William, and Gabe.

Steven Roberts, D.O. outside Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

Steven Roberts, D.O.

Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice

Dr. Roberts is an Idaho native, and received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Idaho State University in 1992.  He attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California for his medical degree, and graduated in 1997.  He performed his internship at Presbyterian/St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, Colorado and his residency in family practice in Greeley, Colorado.  Upon finishing his residency, Dr. Roberts practiced rural medicine in Shelby, Montana for four years before moving to Bozeman in August of 2005 to join the Bozeman Clinic.  Dr. Roberts is blessed with four children.  He enjoys running, biking, and camping with his family.  Dr. Roberts provides full spectrum medical care for his patients, including Gastrointestinal screening and diagnostic Colonoscopies/Endoscopies.

Larry Sonnenberg, M.D. outside Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

Larry Sonnenberg, M.D.

Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice

Dr. Sonnenberg is a native of North Dakota where he received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota in 1980 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1984.  He performed his Family Medicine residency at the Wyoming Family Practice Program in Casper, Wyoming.  Dr. Sonnenberg worked in both emergency room and family practice settings in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana before coming to the Bozeman Clinic in 1994.  He has a great passion for the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, horseback riding and camping.  Dr. Sonnenberg and his wife Wendy have two adult children and they love spending time with their family.

Heather Wheeler, M.D. outside Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

Heather Wheeler, M.D.

Diplomate of American Board of Family Practice

Dr. Heather Wheeler studied at Pacific Lutheran University earning an undergraduate degree in biology.  She then attended medical school at the University of Washington through the WWAMI program.  This program allows Montana natives, such as Dr. Wheeler, the opportunity to attend their first year of medical school at Montana State University, before joining their classmates in Seattle for the remainder of their studies.  Following medical school graduation, Dr. Wheeler completed her Family Medicine residency training in Spokane, Washington.  She has practiced at The Bozeman Clinic since 2002.  Dr. Wheeler and her husband Dave take great joy in parenting their four children. In addition, she enjoys singing with the worship team at Grace Bible Church.

Heather Wheeler, M.D. outside Bozeman Clinic in Bozeman, MT

Amy Braaksma, DNP, FNP-BC 

Board Certified in Family Medicine by the ANCC

Amy Braaksma is a Gallatin Valley native, where she started her nursing journey at the age of 16, caring for the elderly in her community of Churchill. She received her bachelors in nursing, from Montana State University in 2006. She then gained experience, as a registered nurse in Bozeman, working in the inpatient and outpatient setting for 10 years. She returned to Montana State University for her graduate studies and completed her doctorate in nursing, as a family nurse practitioner, in 2017. Throughout her doctorate program she underwent clinical training throughout Montana and Wyoming. Since that time she has worked in the family practice setting in Boulder Montana. She enjoys back country hunting, camping, and trail running, along with overseas volunteer work. She is most passionate about spending time with her husband and son.