AMP Sports Medicine Physicians at Ortho Montana

Keeping Athletes Safe, Healthy & Doing What They Love

AMP Physicians, all specializing in Sports Medicine, can be seen at Ortho Montana. To make an appointment with an AMP physician, please contact Ortho Montana. The Sports Medicine Center at Ortho Montana specializes in taking care of the injured athlete, from professional to the avid amateur.

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Student athletes are a priority and are attempted to be seen within 48 hours. When making an appointment, please mention that the patient is a student athlete, what school they attend and if they have already seen an Athletic Trainer.

James S. Elliott, MD


Dr. Elliot specializes in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on reconstructive procedures of the knee, shoulder, foot and ankle.

Dr. Elliott received his undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Helena, and then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. A residency in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Chicago followed, as did a sports medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine.

Dr. Elliott is president of the Montana Orthopedic Society, and is a member of the Western Orthopedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North American and the American and Montana Medical Associations. He is an adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College in Billings and a clinical instructor for the Montana Family Practice Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship programs.

Outreach Activities

  • Rocky Mountain College Team Physician
  • MSUB Team Physician
  • Billings Mustangs Team Physician

Steven J. Klepps, MD


Dr. Klepps specializes in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on injuries of the shoulder and elbow injuries.

Dr. Klepps graduated from Caroll College with a degree in biology. Having been awarded a Distinguished Student Scholarship, he attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also completed his internship and residency. A fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow followed at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he was also a clinical instructor.

An adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College, Dr. Klepps is a clinical instructor for the Montana Family Practice Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship programs. Team physician for Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University-Billings, Billings Mustangs and Billings District II Football Teams, Dr. Klepps is a member of the Montana High School Association Medical Advisory Committee. He also provides outreach services for Roundup Memorial Hospital and Wheatland Memorial Hospital in Harlowton, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Outreach Activities

  • Roundup Memorial Hospital
  • Rocky Mountain College Team Physician
  • MSUB Team Physician
  • Billings Mustangs Team Physician
  • Billings District II Football Team Physician

Joshua S. Bowler, MD


Dr. Bowler, MD received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University. He then performed a five-year orthopedic surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Bowler then chose to complete a specialized fellowship program in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University’s Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute where he worked with athletes from across Ohio State Athletics.

Outreach Activities

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • He currently serves as Team Physician for Montana State University – Billings, Rocky Mountain College, Billings Senior High School, Billings Central Catholic High School, and the Billings Mustangs.

Ben K. Phipps, MD, CSCS

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Dr. Phipps received his medical degree from The University of Minnesota School of Medicine after completing his undergrad at University of Minnesota-Duluth. He completed a Family Medicine residency with Sports and Wilderness Medicine emphasis and served as chief resident at Montana Family Medicine Residency. He has also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Phipps gained further experience and perspective while practicing sports medicine for over a year in Christchurch, New Zealand. While there he provided care and coverage for Canterbury Rugby League and the Christchurch Crusaders, Black Caps New Zealand National Cricket team in international test matches and was the head team physician for the Canterbury Rams professional basketball team.

Outreach Activities

  • Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
  • Director for the Montana Family Medicine Residency Sports Medicine Fellowship.
  • Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • Team Physician for Montana State University- Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and the Billings Mustangs.

Our Commitment

We are dedicated to providing a skilled, hands-on evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing to determine the ultimate plan of care for each patient. Participation in athletics is widely popular amongst many people with different skill levels, different motives, and different goals with one shared need, the need for a comprehensive sports medicine program. We are committed to providing the same high level of care to each of our patients whether the seasoned professional or the weekend warrior. We are also devoted to keeping the athletic community healthy by educating the area athletes and coaches about injury prevention and recognition.

Our Services

We provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to our patients. However, if surgery is the right solution to your problem, we have particular skill in the operating room. Our expertise includes ligament and joint reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff repair, and knee surgery just to name a few. We use the most cutting-edge techniques and have access to the most advanced equipment and instrumentation. We work closely with our physical therapists and athletic trainers to provide a team approach to your rehabilitation so that optimum recovery is achieved as soon as possible.