*Easy access to care featuring both same-day and pre-scheduled appointments

  • General, ongoing health care needs including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, adult, geriatric, women’s health, pediatric and obstetric care.
  • Physicals – sports, pre-employment, firefighter, men and women, boys and girls, well child exams in the first year of life.
  • Family Planning – including vasectomies, IUD’s, Depo-Provera
  • Minor skin procedures, biopsies, wart removals, some toe nail care, circumcisions
  • Spirometry/Audiometry
  • Lab/X-ray/Breathing Treatments
  • PharmacyCounseling appointments or on urgent basis
  • Urgent Care problems will be evaluated, treated if possible or referral to area specialists if needed or to appointment services.


The goal of our medical team is to provide high quality medical care to each patient of the Benewah Medical Center.
Shelby Rush, MD
College- University of Washington-BS Molecular Biology
Medical School- University of California, Los Angeles/ Drew School of Medicine
Residency- Community Hospital of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA
American College of Sports Medicine and American Academy of Family Physicians
Specialty-Family Practice
 Dr. Rush grew up in Everett, WA. She is the oldest child and the first in her family to complete college. She wanted to be a doctor since she was 5 years old, when the task of caring for cuts and scrapes in her neighborhood fell onto her. Her role-model was the General Practitioner who delivered her and her brother and cared for the family.  She attended the University of Washington, and graduated with a BS in Biochemistry. She also worked for the athletic department at Washington and was on the track team. She was very involved in varsity and intramural sports during college. After college, she attended the UCLA/Charles R. Drew School of Medicine, a program for students committed to working with underserved and rural populations. She had a weekly continuity clinic during the clinical years of medicine, strongly rooting her interest in primary care. Between her 3rd and 4th years of medical school, she worked in Washington DC as a Health Policy Analyst. When she returned to UCLA, she worked with the Family Practice faculty to start a free clinic in Westwood, inside a transitional housing facility funded by the Salvation Army.  Always interested in the health of the environment and international health, Dr. Rush started an international exchange program for medical students between UCLA SOM and Riga Medical School, then a part of the Soviet Union. The purpose of the exchange was to distil prejudice and fears, and to educate people about the hazards of nuclear testing, nuclear weapons storage and nuclear waste. Her most recent involvement in international and environmental health include promoting organic farming and fair treatment of migrant farm workers.  After medical school, Dr. Rush completed her residency in Family Practice at Santa Rosa Community Hospital. She volunteered with local football teams, and was the team physician for 2 years for a start-up high school. She then moved to Utah for a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Utah/ Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. She was a physician for the US Ski and Snowboard Association for over 10 years. She was faculty at the University of Utah, and had a private practice in Sports Medicine until she moved to California to take a position as full-time faculty at Natividad Medical Center.  She was full-time faculty with Natividad, a University of California-San Francisco affiliated Family Practice Residency program. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at UCSF. She served as Team Physician with North Salinas High School for 13 years. In 2003, Dr. Rush changed to part-time faculty so she could take a position as Associate Medical Director at Salud Para La Gente, overseeing 3 full-time medical clinics, a walk-in high school clinic, a part-time school-based clinic, a mobile health nursing outreach unit, a fulltime pharmacy, 2 Adult daycare centers, and 3 dental clinics.  She is very excited to be closer to her family in Washington, and to continue her pursuit of excellent primary care and preventative medicine. Dr. Rush likes running, biking, cooking, skiing, and hopes to learn to fish again.


James Beck, MD
Dr. Beck is originally from California although he spent time living in different areas of the country returning to California for college where he graduated from California State University, Long Beach.  He is an Army veteran having served one tour in Vietnam.  Dr. Beck graduated from medical school at Universidad Antonima de Guadalajara, completed a rotating internship at University of California-Irvine and then a Family Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee-Jackson.  He has lived and practiced medicine in the Tri-Cities area for many years.  He worked for Benewah Medical & Wellness Center most of 2013 and has worked as a temporary physician at another site.  He thoroughly enjoyed the work at BMWC and is happy to have the opportunity to return and work full time as a physician. He feels very honored and privileged to work for the tribe and with a great staff and facility!
Dr. Beck is married with two grown children and has five grandchildren. He enjoys shooting skeet, walking, traveling and visiting historical sites. 
Susan Hildebrandt, Family Nurse Practitioner
Susan was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, number three out of 7 children. She has always been interested in medicine and was the one who helped attend to injuries incurred with raising a large family.  She moved to Southern California with friends at the age of 22 for a new adventure and ended up meeting the love of her life. She has been married over 22 years and has three children. She and her family have been living in North Idaho for over 18 years after visiting the area and falling in love with the climate, beauty and people.  She enjoyed working as a volunteer Intermediate EMT in Post Falls for 5 years before becoming an RN. She worked 3 years at Deaconess on the Ortho/Neuro floor and enjoyed it immensely. She was able to transfer to Valley Hospital and working the ER for the past 5 years before completing her Master degree. Her interests are varied. She enjoys any time outside with her family and attempts to find time for camping, hunting and fishing if possible. She has participated in many duathalons, half marathons and recently completed her first marathon last year.
College- North Idaho College, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho- ASN Registered Nurse & Lewis Clark University- Bachelor of Science Registered Nurse
Medical School- Gonzaga University-Master of Science Nursing
Specialty- Family Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis of Diabetes and Hypertension
Nichole Vetter, Family Nurse Practitioner
Nichole Vetter grew up in South Dakota. She has 6 children and a husband who mean the world to her and have supported her in everything that she has done. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Sioux Falls with a major in psychology and minor in biology. She became interested in working in the healthcare field through her experience working with autistic children while attending school. She completed her Nursing degree from Augustana College in 2000 and spent a year on a cardiac floor at Mayo Clinic. She has always had an interest in other cultures and her interest took her to work with the Inupiaq Tribe in Alaska for three years, working in the ER, Specialty Clinic and CHAP program. She then went back to the Midwest to work for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska for almost 8 years as a Public Health Nurse. During this time she became a United States Public Health Officer and has deployed for hurricane Gustaf, Obama presidential inauguration and a local deployment to a tribe in South Dakota. Her experiences working with Native Americans and tribes have made an impact on the desire to continue to provide holistic care to medically underserved populations. She graduated from Briar Cliff University in May 2013 with a Master of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is excited to learn about the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and culture and provide care at BMWC. She enjoys time with her family, reading, running and finding time to fish, camp, hike or relax in front of a fire in the evening.
College- University of Souix Falls, major-Psychology, minor-Biology
Medical School- Augustana College-Nursing
Specialty- Family Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care
June Griffin, Family Nurse Practitioner
June was born and raised on a small family farm in the Catskill Mountains of upstate NY. Her family raised most of what they ate: from tomatoes, squash, and beans to beef, pork, and fowl. Her parents both hunted and made sure that all four of their children learned how to hunt. They all learned to drive tractors, cut wood, build fence, and pitch hay. They learned how to work hard and care for their fellow man.

June attended Broome Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and later a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University. Her family moved to Colorado in the late 90’s in search of better opportunities and more outdoor adventure. She worked many 12-hour weekend night shifts and decided to further her education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Nursing with an emphasis in family practice at Colorado University. After 30 years of caring for women and children, she now enjoys working with whole families – men, women, and children. She believes in partnering with people to help them and their families live as healthy as possible.  She is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, camping, fly fishing and hunting big game.



  • Urgent Care screening offered by phone and on site 
  • Same Day or pre-appointments to help improve patient access
  • Provider/Nurse/Medical Assistant/Certified Nurses Assistant Teams to serve you
  • Electronic Medical Records

Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting patients; obtaining vital signs, chief complaint; updating past medical and social histories; allergies; updating immunization records; documentation of visit 
  • Assist with physicals, well-child exams, OB visits, and any other procedure
  • Assist with referrals to outside providers and medication refills
  • Return patient phone calls made to the clinic

Nursing appointments available for:

  • Injections: immunizations, allergy injections, contraception injections, and therapeutic injections
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Suture removal
  • Wound checks
  • EKGs ordered by outside provider
  • Patient education

Our Staff

The goal of BMC nursing staff is to provide quality nursing care in a respectful, friendly, and efficient manner to our patients. Our nursing staff consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants and all of our Registered Nurses are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified.