DEBORAH MALTERS, MD
Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Malters was born in the Midwest and raised in Southern California. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego graduating with degrees in Biology and Spanish. Dr. Malters completed her medical doctorate at The Chicago Medical School and did a one year internship in internal medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital.
Dr. Malters moved to California with her husband Edward Malters, MD where she did her residency in general psychiatry at LA County Hospital/University of Southern California. After completing her residency training, Dr. Malters did a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.
After working in two large cities, Dr. Malters, her husband, and their two small children wanted more space and craved “big sky.” Dr. Malters has been working in Billings since 1998. Her professional experiences have included being in a solo private practice and a group practice affiliated with St. Vincent Hospital before joining Montana Psychiatry. She has been the medical director for Youth Dynamics of Montana and has had the pleasure of watching it grow to cover youth in need across the state.
Dr. Malters enjoys working with people of all ages, across generations, helping them with their psychiatric needs. She has double board certification in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
BELINDA HARTLEY, MD
Dr. Hartley was born in Salem, Indiana and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. After finishing college she obtained her certification as a Physician Assistant and worked in Kentucky as a PA-C for 10 years – initially in surgery and then in primary care – before deciding to attend medical school.
Graduation from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1997 was followed by her 4 year psychiatric residency program where she was awarded “Resident of the Year” during her final year. Dr. Hartley immediately joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine as an instructor, clinician and researcher. Working closely with her mentors and with funding from the National Institute of Health, Dr. Hartley focused on the areas of depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression. She worked to help define and implement safe psychiatric treatment for women of childbearing years.
Dr. Hartley moved to Montana in 2002 to begin working in our community and enjoying all the wonderful outdoor activities that Montana offers. She continues to specialize in working with women to keep them emotionally healthy throughout their pregnancies and after their babies are born. She also enjoys treating both men and women with myriad mental health concerns including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Compassionate, professional, non-judgmental evaluation and treatment are the primary goals of Dr. Hartley’s practice.
Dr. Hartley is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
ERIN AMATO, MD
Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Erin Amato, MD, was raised in Billings, Montana and attended medical school at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Amato was awarded the Lillian Orchow Prize for Outstanding Student in Psychiatry and was designated as an AMA Foundation Rock Sleyster Scholar.
She completed her internship and residency in general psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York. She then pursued fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry through the NSLIJHS-Albert Einstein College of Medicine program in New Hyde Park, NY. She served as the chief fellow during her second year of the fellowship and was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award upon completion of her program.
After finishing her child psychiatry fellowship, Dr. Amato returned to Billings with her family to start clinical practice. In addition to her private practice through Montana Psychiatry, she has worked with AWARE and Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch to provide mental health services to children and adolescents in the region. Dr. Amato is involved in regional and national activities for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has served as the Assembly Delegate for the Big Sky Regional Organization of AACAP since 2010.
Dr. Amato believes that early intervention is critical when people are affected by emotional, behavioral, cognitive and learning disorders. Especially in cases of children and adolescents, early diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders is essential in promoting healthy development.
Dr. Amato has received training in TMS and other Brain Stimulation techniques as the Brain Stimulation Laboratory of Medical University of South Carolina. She is also a member of the Clinical TMS Society. She is committed to exploring cutting edge treatments for depression and other mental health conditions and is excited to now be able to offer TMS to patients in the region.
Dr. Amato has double board certification in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
LAUREN VOELTZ, MS, LCPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Lauren Voeltz, MS, LCPC, was born in Billings, Montana, but for the majority of her childhood, was raised in Kalispell, Montana. She graduated early with honors from the University of Montana-Missoula, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in Psychology with a research emphasis, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.
She later moved back to Billings and earned her Master’s of Science in Psychology at Montana State University-Billings. She earned this degree while working full time at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, a local residential treatment facility, treating significantly emotionally disturbed youth. Here she gained experience with the direct care needs as an online Mental Health Worker, but soon was promoted to the leadership position of Program Manager. Upon completion of her education at Montana State University-Billings, she seized the opportunity to provide therapeutic services as the Clinical Program Manager, providing individual, family, and group therapy sessions.
After completing her internship and required supervised hours at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, she became a practicing Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She then pursued further training in the Child and Adolescence Needs and Strength Assessments, Intensive Adolescent Mentalization Based Integrative Treatments, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
In addition to her work through Montana Psychiatry and Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, she has also worked at AWARE, located in Kalispell, Montana, assisting youth in the community based forum.
Lauren Voeltz believes that preventative and supportive intervention is imperative to long term success. When people, especially children and adolescents, are affected by emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and learning disorders, by having a caring advocate with a complete integration of collective services (therapy, medication management, and lifestyle changes), the process of change becomes less burdensome, and more of a doable step in life.
Lauren Voeltz is board certified by the State of Montana Board of Social Workers and Professional Counselors, as well as a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Child and Adolescence Needs and Strength Assessments provider.
PATRICIA FRANCISO, PA-C