Kayli Christophel, MPAS, PA-C, joined Livingston HealthCare in June 2019 as a member of our expanding behavioral health services team. Kayli has been in practice as a psychiatric physician assistant since 2012. She has worked with her supervising physician, Dr. Bruce Swarny, MD, for more than six years and has experience in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD and substance abuse.
Kayli is a third generation Montanan and was raised in a small town in northeast Montana. As a child, she watched a family member receive treatment for—and recover from—a mental health disorder. This launched a lifelong interest in mental health and a passion for expanding services to the far reaches of the state. She believes that recovery and management for mental illness are best accomplished with a combination of approaches that can include medication, lifestyle change and therapy.
“My patients will find that I have a very holistic approach to treatment. Evidence-based approaches with medication have a role in my practice, but I also regard lifestyle changes and the cultivation of healthy thought patterns as powerful medicine,” says Kayli.
Kayli completed her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading and connecting with her family during her leisure time. Patients may be surprised to learn that Kayli has an affinity for rocks and was strongly considering a career in paleontology before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.