Aspen Practice, P.C., dba as Michael R. Bütz, Ph.D.

About Michael R. Bütz, Ph.D.

Michael R. Bütz, Ph.D. is a clinical, forensic and neuro psychologist who has been licensed since 1995, and held licenses in Idaho, Maine, Montana and Wyoming. Dr. Bütz is currently licensed in Montana. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has been very active working with state and national associations. He is currently the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for Montana Psychological Association, had served as the Legislative Chair for a decade, and was President for two years. Dr. Bütz is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

The Approach

Within the office we consider it an honor to serve our clientele who, by making use of our services, have entrusted the most intimate and important aspects of their lives to our care. For this reason, we feel that our services need to be delivered in a fashion that recognizes this trust.  It is our aspiration to deliver services that are simply excellent, and we had measured these services through our quality assurance program that sought feedback from clients and referral sources for the first ten years while the practice was an integrated clinical, forensic and neuropsychiatric practice (see Excellence Measures page). Now, the focuse is on providing sound and informative forensic services.

We began Aspen Practice, P.C. in 2004 after many years of service in the behavioral healthcare field. Dr. Bütz has served communities in Idaho, Maine, Montana and Wyoming being thoroughly familiar with providing behavioral healthcare services in a vareity of modalities and service settings. Dr. Bütz has held the following positions over the course of his career prior to moving back to Montana.

  • Chief Operations Officer, Board Member and Co-Owner, Washington County Psychotherapy Associates/Cathance Psychological Services, Machias, Maine
  • Board of Directors, Bangor Mental Health Institute, Bangor, Maine
  • Assistant Professor (Part-Time), University of Maine at Machias, Machias, Maine
  • Supervising Clinical Psychologist, Washington County Psychotherapy Associates/Cathance Psychological Services,  Machias, Maine
  • Director of Systems Design, Behavioral Health Resource Locator
  • Director of Systems Design, MentalHealthAccess.comTM
  • Program Manager, Counseling and Family Services, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, Idaho
  • Director of Child, Adolescent  & Substance Abuse Services, Cornerstone Behavioral Health/Mountain Regional Services, Evanston, Wyoming
  • Co-director of Psychology and Adolescent Unit Psychologist, Wyoming State Hospital, Evanston, Wyoming
  • Director, Rivendell of Montana Day Hospital and Outreach Center, Billings, Montana
  • Clinical Director, Rivendell Psychiatric Center, Billings, Montana
  • Acting Chair, Psychology Department, Montana State University - Billings
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Montana State University - Billings

Since arriving in Billings, Montana in October of 2004 Dr. Bütz has demonstrated the same level of commitment to behavioral healthcare through the works of Aspen Practice, P.C. In the past he has served as the Vice President Board of Directors of STEP, Inc., a Consulting Psychologist at the Indian Health Board of Billings, and served on Rocky Mountain Healthcare Network's Ancillary Provider Committee and Outreach Committee.

Recent Awards

  • 2017 Federal Advocacy Coordinator of the Year Award by American Psychological Association Practice Organization (March, 2017).

  • 2013 Award Outstanding Staff Member by a State Provincial, or Territorial Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Division 31, Division of State Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (March, 2013).

  • 2012 Award Outstanding Achievement by a State Provincial, or Territorial Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Division 31, Division of State Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (March, 2012).  Associations nominated for this award span Canada and the United States, and it had only been awarded on five occasions previously reflecting“…a psychological association that provides a model for other associations to emulate, by achievements and outstanding accomplishments.”

  • 2010 Charles E. Kelly Memorial Award, for Outstanding Professional Contribution to Montana Psychological Association (April, 2010).

  • 2009 Fellow, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. Division 55, American Psychological Association.

  • 2008 Fellow, Society of Clinical Psychology. Division 12, American Psychological Association.