Nicole is a native Montanan, born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. Her passion for nursing started as she completed her undergraduate nursing program at Carroll College in Helena, Montana graduating with the honor of Maxima cum Laude. She worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Pediatric Home Health and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit yet was drawn to the multifaceted role of the Nurse Practitioner. Nicole achieved a Master's degree in Nursing through Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman while remaining on the Dean's List throughout her time at MSU.

Nicole is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), specializing in the comprehensive, holistic care of patients throughout the life span. She gained general orthopedics knowledge and sparked an interest in the musculoskeletal system while working at a local Missoula Urgent Care after graduation. She has since further specialized into Ortho-Spine training directly under Dr. John Hammerstein, MD as well as completing a rigorous RN First Assist Surgical Program through Southwest Florida College. Nicole's role at Northern Rockies Orthopaedics includes, but is not limited to, diagnosing and treating conditions of the spine in our clinic setting, assisting in the surgical setting, rounding on hospitalized patients during the immediate post-operative period, and providing consistent follow up care throughout the recovery process. She is drawn to Ortho-Spine due to the "complexity of our patients, the ability to form close working relationships with patients and their family members, and the opportunity to assist patients through a difficult time of need in order to resume normal activities of daily life."

In Nicole's free time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends (especially her husband, daughter, and yellow Labrador Griffey). She has a passion for the great outdoors of Montana and revels in hiking, camping, and downhill skiing. She is an avid runner and has finished half and full marathons, including the Missoula Marathon. She is fervent reader and appreciates classic literature.

Nicole Swartz, FNP-BC