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Sons of two Helena veteran docs who carry the torch at St. Peter’s

The grownup sons of two longtime native docs have returned to Helena with an MD behind their names.

On August 28, Dr. Matthew Goldes joined St. Peter’s Well being as a basic and vascular surgeon. He’s the son of Dr. Jeffry Goldes, who has been practising dermatology in Helena for 32 years, since 1990.

“Most of my sufferers present me like a spot on their arm and say, ‘He took this off,'” Matthew Goldes mentioned. “So the truth that he has this fame is a bit intimidating, and with Dr. Harper retiring, these are actually large sneakers to fill.”

Dr. William Harper was a Thoracic and Normal Vascular Surgeon at St. Peter’s Well being, serving the Helena neighborhood for 35 years earlier than retiring. Matthew Goldes was the deliberate succession recruit.

He turned occupied with drugs from a really younger age as a result of his household is made up of dentists, nurses, ER docs and dermatologists.

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“Seeing (his father’s) satisfaction together with his profession and my different household who have been concerned in drugs and their look after the folks round them inspired me to (drugs),” he mentioned. “…It was most likely throughout my pre-med years in school after I was volunteering at a hospice the place we have been uncovered to the specialties of drugs that I noticed I needed to be severe about it.”

When Matthew Goldes was a child, his mother and father moved from the East Coast to Helena to be nearer to household after the loss of life of an uncle.

Matthew Goldes attended CR Anderson Excessive Faculty after which Capital Excessive Faculty. In 2013, he was accepted into the WWAMI Medical Training Program via Montana State College and attended the College of Washington Faculty of Medication in Seattle, the place he met his spouse.

Matthew Goldes moved to Miami the place he accomplished his basic surgical procedure residency at Mount Sinai Medical Heart. He and his spouse have a cat, Sir Isaac Newton, and distant plans for a potential second feline in the home. He would not see himself leaving Helena any time quickly.

“It is nice to be again in my hometown, lots of people cannot try this. Being a part of the neighborhood, it is fortuitous that it labored,” mentioned Matthew Goldes.



Pictured from left to proper are Dr. Robert Maher, Dr. James Maher, and Dr. Katrina Maher.


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Drs. Katrina and Robert Maher are siblings who grew up in Helena and attended Capital Excessive Faculty. His father, Dr. James Maher, practiced drugs in Helena for greater than 33 years and labored at St. Peter’s earlier than retiring in 2015.

“There have been numerous instances rising up, that the vacations possibly began slightly later as a result of he needed to undergo the hospital and see somebody or issues like that,” Katrina Maher mentioned. “You recognize, that was at all times one thing that I actually revered…Once I was a child it was slightly tougher, however now it is actually spectacular, the work ethic that numerous our docs at the moment had.”

Katrina Maher earned her bachelor’s levels in biology and artwork historical past from Willamette College in Salem, Oregon. Her diploma in artwork historical past focuses totally on prehistoric artwork. She mentioned this helped her lots in medical college as a result of it is largely memorizing particulars.

Like his father, he attended medical college at Wayne State College Faculty of Medication. He’s a licensed member of the American Board of Household Medication. She got here to St. Peter’s as a Major Care Supplier with a specialty in Household Medication in March 2020.

“I attempted fairly onerous to see if there was the rest that appeared extra attention-grabbing to me than (drugs). I majored twice in artwork historical past and considered doing one thing alongside these strains, however I like with the ability to work together with folks, assist care for them. I actually get pleasure from all elements of it, so over time, it appeared like (drugs) was the most suitable choice for me.”

Earlier than returning to Montana, Katrina Maher held momentary assignments in Washington and New Zealand.

“I like to journey, however there are belongings you simply cannot discover outdoors of Helena, and I’ve seemed…Rising up in Helena, it would not look like it is sufficiently big, however as I’ve left and are available again, I actually admire the neighborhood and the truth that it is a neighborhood,” he mentioned.

Katrina Maher is a member of the Clay Arts Guild of Helena. In her free time, she walks, takes footage and hangs out along with her two cats, Jackson and Zoey.

Robert Maher attended the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, the place he obtained a bachelor’s diploma in chemical sciences. Like his sister and his father, he additionally studied drugs at Wayne State College Faculty of Medication. He accomplished his basic surgical procedure residency on the College of Arizona-Phoenix Faculty of Medication and is a board licensed member of the American School of Surgeons.

“I get pleasure from serving to folks. I get pleasure from science so this appeared like the most effective compromise between the 2 of us,” mentioned Robert Maher. “Each my spouse and I are from Helena, so it was a long-term plan to come back again right here. All of our households are right here. We each actually loved rising up right here.”

Robert Maher began at St. Peter’s in August 2021 as a basic surgeon. He and his spouse have slightly child collectively.

“The reality is that elevating a baby with the household is far more enjoyable, a lot simpler than doing it some other place,” she mentioned. “That was one other attraction of coming again right here, that our son may develop up together with his grandparents, his aunt and everybody else.”

Robert Maher is an avid runner when not in uniform. He simply ran within the Helena Extremely Runner League’s Elkhorn Endurance Run 50k in early August.

Along with drugs, the Maher brothers additionally share an appreciation for the humanities and their hometown artwork scene.

“It is a fantastic neighborhood so far as folks go. The truth that we have now so many trails proper outdoors. We’ve a vibrant arts scene with the symphony, with Grandstreet Theatre…” mentioned Robert Maher. “I actually love ceramics and the truth that we have now Archie Bray and Clay Arts Guild (of Helena) is nice too. There’s all of the issues you may get in an enormous metropolis, all of the issues I like, proper right here.”

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Megan Michelotti may be contacted at megan.michelotti@helenair.com.

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