Richard Lai, MD

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Clinical Interests

    Connective Tissue Diseases
    Systemic Lupus Erythromatosus
    Sjogren's Syndrome
    Systemic Sclerosis
    Mixed Connective Tissue Diseases
    Autoimmune Inflammatory Myopathies
    Inflammatory Joint Diseases
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies
    Ankylosing Spondylitis
    Psoriatic Arthritis
    Other Rheumatologic Conditions

Phone: (406) 731-8850

Fax: (406) 731-8839


Dr. Richard H.C. Lai is a rheumatologist who loves everything about his work. As one of the only rheumatology specialists in the region, he provides a critical service to the community and finds joy in his job every day.

Evidence-based medicine provides the foundation for Dr. Lai to offer his patients the most modern treatments available. “Less is more when it comes to treatment. I only give patients what they really need,” he says. “If patients are unhappy with their diagnoses and medication, then I investigate further to ensure they’re receiving proper treatment.”

Education is another important part of Dr. Lai’s approach to patient care, and this shared knowledge allows his patients to be active participants in their healthcare. “I can help people feel better, give them treatment, and educate them at the same time,” he explains.

When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Lai enjoys fishing, skiing, skating, hockey, badminton, and leading the tai chi club at Great Falls College-Montana State University.

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