Bruce Swarny, MD, joined Livingston HealthCare as a psychiatrist in 2015.
He specializes in psychoanalysis. Dr. Swarny has an extensive background
in family medicine, having practiced as a family physician in Glendive,
Montana for 20 years. He earned his medical degree from the University
of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Throughout his years in rural family medicine, Swarny cultivated an interest
in mental health. In 2010, he completed his psychiatric residency at the
University of Washington and returned to Montana.
“I have to say my philosophy is grounded in starting out as a primary
care provider. I like to work with an individual in the context of not
just their health, but their social situation, family situation,”
Dr. Swarny says. “I think that, in taking on psychiatry, I’m
aware of the stigma that’s attached, and that it’s a barrier
sometimes for people seeking help. If people only knew how much of our
lives as primary care physicians are devoted to the same thing—how
many people we are seeing for depression and anxiety—I think it
would help alleviate some of the stigma, because these are really common
Outside of work, Dr. Swarny enjoys fitness, meditation and piano practice.
An interesting tidbit: In the early 1980s, during his service in the U.S.
Navy, Swarny had the opportunity to work at the White House. He administered
therapeutic, stress-relieving massage to President Ronald Reagan.