Paige Ely, DO

HIV and Viral Hepatitis Fellow 2023-2024

Dr. Paige Ely grew up in San Diego, California.  Receiving an academic scholarship, she moved to Missoula to attend University of Montana, where she fell in love with her now husband and the Northwest. She majored in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice. After college, she served at Missoula Food Bank as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working on food insecurity research with the public health department, community education, and coalition building.  Through community development work in Panama and Paraguay and volunteering with medical groups in Honduras and India, she has seen the gross discrepancies in health outcomes and access.  This has prompted a lifelong interest in global health and improving health access.  

She attended Pacific Northwest University for medical school, wanting to attend an osteopathic (or DO) school to get excellent medical education and the additional tool of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), which uses hands-on treatment to help improve some patient’s pain and range of motion.  Dr. Ely spent an additional year completing an undergraduate fellowship in OMT, to further improve this hands-on skill. During that undergraduate fellowship, she spent a significant amount of time at the free clinic providing OMT for migrant  farmworkers. She incorporates OMT nearly daily into family medicine practice.  

She completed residency at Full Circle Health (previously Family Medicine Residency of Idaho) and loves taking care of families of all ages, from pregnancy to childhood to adulthood.  She is thrilled to be selected for the HIV fellowship and continue her general family medicine clinic at Emerald Clinic, seeing patients from many different countries and cultures.  As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, Dr. Ely will work in an underserved area after fellowship.  

Languages: English, Spanish

Medical Interests: HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, global health, immigration/refugee health, women’s health, musculoskeletal/osteopathic manipulative medicine