Current Fellows

photo of galen millsGalen Mills

Galen Mills grew up on a small farm in northern Wyoming. When he wasn’t playing sports, he was hunting or camping with his family enjoying every chance he had to explore all that the Wyoming outdoors had to offer. He attended Carroll College in Helena, MT for his undergraduate studies where he majored in biology and won a NAIA National Championship with the Fighting Saints football team. During college, he fell in love with fellow classmate, Kelsey, who he later married after graduating. Dr. Mills was then accepted into the University of Washington School of Medicine, but was granted a deferral to volunteer with his wife with a Christian ministry in Guatemala for a year. This was a formidable time and left a lasting impression on them both. Dr. Mills then followed his twin brother’s footsteps and matched into orthopaedics at the UT Health San Antonio Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. They have been blessed to have Oliver (5) and Lucia (2) join their family along the way. They are excited to explore the climbing, biking, hiking and green chiles that Taos has to offer. Dr. Mills and his family will be moving back to where he grew up after fellowship to join the Billings Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery team in Cody, WY. 

photo of dallas smuinDallas Smuin

Dallas Smuin and his wife, Brittany, were raised in rural Utah. Dallas served a 2-year proselyting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission. He later attended Brigham Young University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Brittany attended Utah State University and after marrying Dr. Smuin she moved to Provo to support Dallas on his quest to become a physician. Dallas obtained his Doctorate of Medicine at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. The Smuin family introduced their first child during medical school there in Hershey. Dallas and Brittany decided to stay in Hershey, PA for Dallas’ Orthopaedic training where they welcomed two more children into their family. Brittany and Dallas loved all the aspects and potential that Taos Orthopaedic Institute had to offer from a community, lifestyle, and training perspective. They are happy that the feeling was mutual in being able to complete their fellowship training in Taos. This year they also welcomed their fourth child into the world. The Smuin family plans to return to the place of their upbringing to practice.

photo of Jay ThompsonJay Thompson

Jay Thompson grew up in Boulder, CO where he spent most of his time skiing, swimming, and playing football. He moved up to the Pacific Northwest for his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington where he walked on to the Crew team and proceeded to win 4 National Championships. After earning a degree in Biology Jay spent time working for Amazon and as a rowing coach before attending medical school at Rocky Vista University in Colorado. While at medical school, Jay met his wife Jaime and they matched together for residency at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. With Jaime, now a board-certified anesthesiologist, they are looking forward to returning to the Mountain West for Jay to continue to further his training at Taos Orthopedic Institute.  They will bring their daughter, Edith, and soon-to-be new baby boy to experience everything Taos has to offer.  Outside of orthopedics Jay enjoys skiing, golfing, and cooking with his family.