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Meet the Doctor

Meet the Doctor

I am Brentley A. Buchele MD, MBA.  Most folks call me Dr B.  I like that.  "Bu-Hee-Lee" is a mouthful.Dr_Buchele  I am a Plastic Surgeon.  I’d like the opportunity to be your plastic surgeon.

I am certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and have been since 1989. I am proud to be Board certified.  I think it is important.  While I was at the Ohio State University in a teaching role, I had the privilege of giving the oral certification exam for the Board for several years.

I am a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the national organizations dedicated to practice management and ongoing plastic surgery education.

I am proud that HeathCenter Northwest Hospital has selected me to be it’s Medical Director for Surgical Services, and equally proud that Kalispell Regional Medical Center has made me the Medical Director of it’s Wound, Ostomy, and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.

How did I end up in Montana from my job in Ohio?  While on a vacation in the Caribbean in 2002 we met and were befriended by a couple from Whitefish, and we came to visit them that spring.  Subsequent visits and discussions with physicians and the Kalispell Medical Center administration led to my wife Diane and me giving up our 18 year careers at the Ohio State University Medical Center and opening Buchele Plastic Surgery in April 2006.

We are very happy to have moved here and enjoy taking care of the members of our community in our adopted home in the Flathead Valley.

See my credentials page to learn more about me.

More about Dr. Buchele...

In 1955, I was born. My Dad was a Methodist minister who went back to school, became a general surgeon, and moved as a “missionary” to a town of 1,200 people in rural Kentucky. I attended high school, college, and medical school in Kentucky. My Mom ran his office until his death from lymphoma in 1984. She has since remarried and still lives there in Cloverport, Kentucky.

I was finishing my 5 years of General Surgery training at the University of Iowa when my Dad died. I then went on to Springfield Illinois and completed a 2 year Plastic Surgery residency in 1987, the same year my only child Anne, was born. We moved to Columbus, Ohio where I joined the faculty of the Ohio State University. As I moved up the academic ranks I felt I did not have the business skills to run the Division of Plastic Surgery, so while still practicing, completed an MBA from Auburn University May 2005. I was the Chief of Plastic surgery of the Division from March 2004 until my resignation.

I was divorced in 1995, and my daughter Anne moved back to Iowa with her mother. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2009. She is currently attending Washington University in St. Louis Missouri in a Master’s in Architecture program. Anne spent the summer of 2008 here in Kalispell as an intern at the hospital. She, Diane, and I spend as much time together as possible and enjoy scuba diving, skiing and golf together.

While at Ohio State, I met and fell in love with Diane. She worked as a nurse in the OR and later as a research coordinator for the Cardio-thoracic surgeons. She and I married in 2001. During the decision to move to Montana, we discussed the risk of working together. Diane’s nursing and administrative skills had it make sense to have her be the office nurse and the office manager. Diane has been an outstanding wife and now practice partner.

We enjoy the Montana outdoors.  We golf, ski, have our sailing certification but no boat (we would love to crew!), and are taking dance lessons at Flathead Valley Community College.

 
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