Described as “truly a servant”, the way Dr. Al has lived his life demonstrates the unmatched integrity and commitment Montanans will receive from him as our next Congressman from Western Montana.
Montana Born and Raised
Born and raised in Great Falls, Dr. Al is the great grandson of farmers and miners who pioneered Central Montana and the Hi-Line. He is the oldest of seven in a third generation Montana family. His father was a floor layer; his mother was a nurse. By their example, they taught Dr. Al that hard work is a true Montanan value and the priorities are always God, country, and family.
Dr. Al is a CM Russell High School alumnus, Class of 1980. He attended and graduated from Carroll College in Helena with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1984. Dr. Al was awarded a WAMI scholarship and earned his medical degree in 1988 from the University of Washington.
Air Force Veteran
During his final year in college, Dr. Al answered the call to serve his country and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He served 13 years as a flight surgeon and rapid mobility trauma surgeon. As a member of a Mini Forward Surgical team, Major Olszewski completed specialized training to perform emergency surgery on the battlefield.
He received Air Force Commendation medals for being a rapid response medical provider during the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 and the Manta Ecuador Air Disaster in 1996.
Flathead Valley's Best Orthopedist
Olszewski began his practice in Kalispell as a partner at Flathead Valley Orthopedics in 1998. He was the first fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon to provide care in Kalispell. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Al has cared for over 100,000 patients. He was voted Flathead’s Best Orthopedist in 2018 and 2019, and received the 2018 Montana Medical Association (MMA) Award of Merit for outstanding service to the medical community and patients of Montana.
During his career, Dr. Al was a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive joint replacement surgery. He is an international instructor and trained more than one thousand surgeons across North and South America in the execution of minimally invasive total knee replacements. In 2005, Olszewski performed the first minimally invasive total knee replacement in South America in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Olszewski volunteered in the early medical response to the devastating 2010 Haiti Earthquake as a trauma surgeon. He was one of the first outside medical personnel on the ground after the natural disaster and provided orthopedic care to the children of Port Au Prince.
Montana State Senator
Dr. Al has served Montana on state and national levels as a healthcare adviser since 2009. In 2014, Dr. Al was elected to the Montana House of Representatives. He was elected to the State Senate representing District 6 from 2016-2020.
As a proven conservative, Dr. Al is a true fighter on all issues regarding everyday Montanans. He is a driving force to rein in the high cost of healthcare, open public lands, protect our agriculture, defend the Second Amendment, and fight for the unborn and most vulnerable.
Dr. Al was honored with the 2017 NAMI Montana Hero Award and the 2017 Montana Conference in Suicide Prevention Impact Award for his efforts advancing multiple suicide awareness and prevention programs for our Native Americans, our youth, and our Veterans. Learn more about notable bills he has drafted and carried.
Husband and Father
Dr. Al met the love of his life, Nancee, at Carroll College in 1980. They were married in August of 1987. Together they have six children and three grandchildren.
God builds families in all sorts of ways. Dr. Al and Nancee’s first four children were born at Air Force bases in Texas. In 2006, the Olszewskis became a foster family and were blessed with a newborn they never had to say goodbye to. In 2017, after being out of the foster care system for nearly eight years, Nancee received a phone call from Child Protective Services asking if they’d be a forever home for their adopted daughter’s half-sibling. Without hesitation, they welcomed their youngest daughter who was adopted in 2018.