Mr. Montgomery grew up in Kansas City. In 1969, he was drafted into the Army, where he became a medic.
He served in Vietnam from 1969-1971 as a combat medic in the 2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment. Montgomery started in G Troop and then went to the tank company, where he was in charge of four other medics. He later became senior medic for the squadron, where he directed more than 25 medics.
Mr. Montgomery worked in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia. His assignment could be stressful at times when fighting was intense. There were good days, and there were bad days.
After returning from Vietnam, Mr. Montgomery went to school to become a licensed vocational nurse. He worked for nine years as an LVN at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco.
In 1979, he was sent to Baumholder, Germany, where he served as First Sergeant almost three years at the 56th General Hospital.
Services at the hospital included pediatrics, orthopedics, gynecology, and emergency medicine. The hospital also had numerous physician assistants who rotated through various clinics as needed.
When the Army reopened its physician assistant program, Mr. Montgomery decided to apply. He completed one year of classroom work in San Antonio and then worked a one-year internship at Fort Riley in Kansas.
When he completed his training in 1983, Montgomery was sent to Korea. There, he spent one year with the 1/15th Field Artillery before he was assigned to the 367th Armored Battalion at Fort Hood.
The person Montgomery was to succeed had not left yet, so Montgomery worked with a dermatologist for almost seven months.
His dermatology rotation has been very helpful in his practice at FMC.
After about five years with the 367th Armored Battalion, Montgomery went to a support battalion at Fort Hood.
At that time, there were many Troop Medical Clinics instead of one large TMC. Montgomery moved into a senior role at one of the TMCs.
Montgomery, who retired from the Army in 1991, knows his military service is what enabled him to become a physician assistant.
He wouldn’t be here today without the Army. They gave him all his medical training.
When he went on terminal leave from the Army, Montgomery worked about two months for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Big Spring. A big dust storm around Christmas convinced him and his wife not to settle in West Texas.
Montgomery then worked briefly at a federal penitentiary in Bastrop before he took a medical job at the Hughes Unit at the state prison in Gatesville. He worked there for two years before practicing medicine at a rural health clinic in Hearne.
He enjoyed practicing in a civilian setting in the small town near Bryan-College Station, although he had a long commute from his home in Harker Heights.
Following a Fort Hood co-worker’s suggestion, Montgomery joined Family Medicine Clinic in 1995. He started at FMC on West Avenue E in Lampasas and then began working in Copperas Cove in the spring of 1996.
Over the years, Montgomery has worked with Lampasas physicians Dr. Mark Lane, Dr. James Cain, Dr. Morris Patteson Jr., and Dr. Robin Gruen. He affirms that his FMC colleagues are friendly and work well together to provide the best possible care for patients.
Mr. Montgomery enjoys the variety of his work, as he sees patients of all ages and with many different medical needs. Diagnosing medical conditions and helping heal people are the most enjoyable aspects of his work.
Mr. Montgomery also likes working with families, including, many cases, multiple generations of the same family. He has been with FMC so long that now he takes care of patients’ grandchildren.
Bill Montgomery’s CV
- Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska — 1989
Bachelor of Science Degree, Physician Assistant Studies
- Ft. Sam Houston, Academy of Health Sciences — 1981-1983
Physician Assistant Certificate
- Family Medicine Clinic, Copperas Cove, Texas — 1995-present
- Hearne Rural Health Clinic — 1992-1995
- United States Army — 1969-1991
- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Board Certified — 2014
- Texas Academy of Physician Assistants
- Metroplex Health System, Killeen, Texas