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 problems.”
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.