At Hidden Treasure, we are committed to providing quality senior personal care in a home-like setting. Our residents thrive in an environment that promotes the highest levels of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Our staff is comprised of a close-knit team of compassionate caregivers who selflessly “go the extra mile” for our residents and their families.
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Meet Our Staff
Patrick Trammelle was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Friendly, Maryland. He earned a B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University; served as a U.S. Air Force public affairs officer for four years; and earned his J.D. from the University of Montana. Patrick clerked for the Montana Supreme Court; practiced law in Helena for seven years; served as a pharmaceutical sales representative for 11 years; and served in an outreach role for Compassus Hospice (formerly Rocky Mountain Hospice) for 5+ years. Patrick and his wife, Layne, have been married for 25 years. They have two children: Brooke and Craig. His hobbies include reading, ranching, listening to music, hunting, and spending time with his family. Patrick is honored to carry on Shelby’s fine tradition of resident care at Hidden Treasure Assisted Living.
Owner, Registered Nurse
Layne Trammelle was born in Deer Lodge and raised in Gold Creek, Montana. She attended Montana State University, and earned a BS in Nursing in 1986. Layne initially worked on the Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Units at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She eventually returned to Montana and served as an ICU/CCU nurse at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula until 1993. Layne and Patrick were married in 1993, and moved to Helena. Layne worked on the Pediatric Care Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital before accepting a position at Helena OB/GYN & Associates, where she worked for six years. For many years, she served as the nurse for 4-H Camp and for the Student Education Program Camp. In 2000, she became a stay-at-home mom. Layne brings a wealth of nursing knowledge and a deep passion for resident care to Hidden Treasure. She enjoys ranching, reading, outdoor activities, time with family, all animals, and a very active faith life.
Nikki Russel was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant at age 17; traveled the world, with stops in Texas and Germany, and raised four girls. At age 40, Nikki attended Williston State College in North Dakota. She worked at Bethel Lutheran Home for seven years, serving the elderly population. She earned her LPN degree in 2008 and — upon completion of the nursing program in 2009 — accepted an RN position at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. Nikki spent two years working on the medical floor at St. Peter’s Hospital. She has three years of nursing experience on the Behavioral Health Unit, and seven years of experience as a float pool nurse. Nikki has two dogs and spends as much time with her children and grandchildren as possible. Her hobbies include shopping, reading, listening to music, and walking.
Assistant Administrator, Certified Nursing Assistant
Nettie Thompson was born in Missoula, Montana, and graduated from Big Sky High School in 1994. She has been in the medical field for 20 years. Nettie served Montana’s developmentally disabled population for 16 years. She worked at Rocky Mountain Healthcare Community for two years; on the St. Peter’s Hospital medical floor for two years; and she began serving at Hidden Treasure Assisted Living in May 2018. Based on her leadership and experience, Nettie was quickly promoted to assistant administrator. Nettie has one sister, two brothers, and a daughter. Her hobbies include slow-pitch softball, hunting, camping and work.
Caregiver, Emergency Medical Technician
Kimber Thorsteinson hails from Sonoma, California. She moved to Montana in 1994. Kimber has a broad range of interests. She competed in ice hockey for 18 years. She has two sons. Kimber has served as a firefighter, EMT, and chef. Since May 2018, she has served as a caregiver at Hidden Treasure Assisted Living. Kimber treats our residents and staff to specially-prepared, home-cooked meals and desserts.
Krista Marion was born and raised in Townsend, Montana. She has two years of assisted living facility experience, and a true passion for caring for residents and ensuring their needs are met. Krista has two girls and a son. Krista’s hobbies are outdoor activities, such as folfing, hiking, spending time at the lake, and spending time with family.
Caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant
Trisha Huston was born in Sacramento, California, and raised in Richfield, Idaho. She completed high school in 2012 and earned her CNA license in the same year. Trisha worked at Safe Haven, an assisted and skilled living facility in Bellevue, Idaho, for four years and at Blaine Manor, a skilled nursing facility, in Haley, Idaho, for 1 year before moving to Montana. Trisha has a daughter and a son. She enjoys crafting, walking and fishing.
Chelise Robson was born in Missoula, Montana. She was raised in East Helena. Chelise graduated from Helena High School in 2018. She decided that she wanted to try something new and different that was interesting to her, so she came to work here at Hidden Treasure. Chelise’s hobbies include music, singing and playing the flute. She an amateur seamstress, and is passionate about music and reading.
Natalie Porter was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Eagle High School in 1999. Natalie’s uncle was an LPN and he was her idol and role model in many respects. Following in his footsteps, she has been caring for the elderly since 2003. Natalie loves outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, fishing and hunting.
Cindy Ellmaker was born in Arlington, Virginia, and raised in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. She attended Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, Pennsylvania. After getting married, she moved to Durham, North Carolina, and settled in Oxford. In 1997, Cindy moved to Helena. She sold cell phones for 10 years, and has spent 20 years in healthcare. Cindy has daycare experience and she worked for an optometrist; however, most of her healthcare career has been dedicated to serving the elderly community in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Cindy has two adult children and four grandchildren. She enjoys quilting, playing softball and volleyball, reading, and spending time with her family.
Suzan Sword was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended St. James High School in St. James, Missouri. Suzan moved Helena in June 2012. She is pursing a BS in criminology through the University of Phoenix. Suzan worked in housekeeping from 2013 until 2016, at which time she moved to Missouri to care for her grandfather, who passed in February 2017. At that point, Suzan worked for Phoenix Home Care in Missouri, serving veterans and private clients. She returned to Helena in March 2018. Suzan joins the Hidden Treasure team after having served the developmentally disabled community at Spring Meadow Resources since May 2018. She is married to Trevin. They have three children: two girls and a boy. Suzan enjoys reading, playing bingo with our residents, and spending time with her family.
Michelle Lessley was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, and moved to Helena at age 15. She attended Capital High School and graduated in 2001. Michelle took classes at Helena College, spent several years in working in retail sales and customer service industries, and embarked on a career in healthcare in 2010. She has worked in daycare settings; with the developmentally disabled community at West Mont and Benchmark; and with the elderly community at Aspen Gardens Assisted Living. Michelle joins the Hidden Treasure team with a wealth of experience and a deep passion in caring for our aging population. Michelle’s hobbies include watching movies, attending events, and staying active in the Helena community.
Lea Hightshoe was born and raised in Bemidji, Minnesota. She moved to Helena at the age of 12. Lea graduated from Capital High School in 2010. Over the years, she worked at a dog kennel and an O-Ring factory in East Helena. Lea also served the developmentally disabled population at West Mont, and served as a personal care attendant for the elderly population in an assisted living facility. Lea has a passion for serving Helena’s elderly community. She has a toddler and enjoys art, playing pool, and spending time with her family – including her two dogs.
We at Hidden Treasure Assisted Living believe that serving our aging community is one of the more noble callings in life. We are committed to treating our residents with the utmost respect and dignity, while honoring their choices, independence and individuality.
Our mission is to provide focused, enviable, compassionate care for our residents, while championing a “just like home” assisted living environment for our aging friends, neighbors and their families.