Dental Providers

Mel Agan, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

As a dental student, I served a community rotation at Unity Care NW and knew after graduation I would return. The supportive staff and commitment to quality healthcare for our community are what keep me here.

I earned a BS degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Western Washington University in 1997 and a DDS degree from the University of Washington in 2001. I am a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a former member of the National Health Services Corps. I am certified in ABCD Pediatric Dentistry and remain an affiliate faculty member of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry. I have served on the Education Committee of the Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition. I am fluent in Turkish.

Melissa Barrera, RDH

North Whatcom Dental Hygienist

I started working at Unity Care NW in 2022.

I have an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene from Bellingham Technical College, and graduated with high honors.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs. I like working in community health, because it allows me to to help people and provide care for the community.

Laurel Berard, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I joined Unity Care in 2024.

Since earning my Associates Degree in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene from Lake Washington Technical College in 2010, I have been dedicated to promoting oral health and wellness throughout Whatcom and King County. I am passionate about my job and find fulfillment in fostering relationships to empower others to lead healthier lives through oral health education.

When out of office, I love to explore the outdoors and enjoy quality time at home with my husband, kids, and lively English Springer Spaniel.

Kathryn Brighton, RDH

North Whatcom Health Center Dental Hygienist

I started working at Unity Care NW in June 2019 and have several years of experience in private practice.  I joined UCNW to have the opportunity to make a difference in the community.   I received my AAS in Dental Hygiene from Shoreline Community College, and my Dental Assisting Certificate from Bellingham Technical College.

I like working in community health because it involves educating and helping people.

Mark Brooks, DDS

North Whatcom Health Center Dentist

I have worked in community health dentistry for over 25 years. I enjoy providing quality dentistry to people in our community.

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia. I was able to complete a general practice residency at the University of Utah. I worked for the Indian Health Service and for Sea-Mar Community Health Center.

I started working at Unity Care NW in May 2020, at the North Whatcom Health Center facility.

Mason Cooper, DMD

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I joined Unity Care NW in November 2021.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University in 2005, and my DMD from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2010. I earned a Certificate in Public Health Concepts from A.T. Still University, a university that focuses solely on community health and clinical dentistry.  I had my own practice in Blaine for 10 years but left it to pursue a career serving those in greater need of oral health care services.

I enjoy using my skills to help members of our community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to dental care.

My hobbies include snowboarding, playing drums, cooking, gardening, and backpacking.

Jen Curlett, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I started at Unity Care NW (formerly known as Interfaith Community Health Center) as a dental hygienist in September 1998, after graduating with an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene from Lake Washington Technical College. My story really began here in November 1995, when I came to work as a dental assistant part-time while preparing to go to dental hygiene school. My circumstance of needing a part-time dental job while attending college brought me to community health, where I discovered my passion wasn’t just working on people’s teeth, but in helping the overall health of the whole community.

I especially love working with children. A large part of my job is going to all of the elementary and middle schools in Whatcom County, where I work with a dental assistant to apply sealants and fluoride to over a thousand children’s teeth annually. In 2015, I participated in the Washington State Smile Survey, visually screening thousands of Whatcom County children, ages 3 to 11. During my many years working at UCNW, I have performed dental presentations to daycare and elementary school classes, dental hygiene classes, and WIC social workers.

When I work in the clinic, i enjoy utilizing all of my dental hygiene sills, including traditional hygiene, anesthesia, and restorative. I love the opportunity I have to work with our entire dental team to provide high-quality services while trying to make them as fun and easy as possible!

Heather Devlin, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Unity Street Children's Dental Clinic

I enjoy using my training and skills to help members of our community live more healthy lives.

I earned my BA degree in Fitness and Exercise Science at Western Washington University in 1996 and completed my AAS degree in Dental Hygiene at Lake Washington Technical College in 2000.

Adam Drews, DMD

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I joined UCNW in May of 2020.

After completing my undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, I received my Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Illinois. Following a cross country road trip, I completed a residency in general dentistry through NYU Langone at Healthpoint CHC. I have experience in private practice and community health environments, working with patients from various backgrounds and cultures.

What I enjoy most about community health is educating and impacting vulnerable populations in the community, and expanding access to care to everyone. In my free time I enjoy playing hockey, pursuing new hobbies, and keeping up with my beloved Detroit sports teams.

Alan Faber III, DDS

North Whatcom Health Center Dentist

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I earned my BA in Biology from Kalamazoo College, my MS in Physiology from the University of Michigan, and my DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I completed my General Practice Residency at Community Regional Medical Center in 2022.

Prior to joining UCNW, I worked in private practice, providing the full range of dental care for adults and pediatrics. I also have experience providing dental care to underserved populations, including oral surgery, restorative, and emergency care.

I’m a member of the Mount Baker District Dental Society, the WA State Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

 

Parm Gill, DMD

Dentist

I joined UCNW in 2023.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Alberta – Edmonton, AB. I received my DDS from Roseman University of Health Sciences and College of Dental Medicine in South Jordan, UT.

Prior to joining Unity Care, I worked in both private dental practices, and Community Health Center settings. I have volunteer experience providing dental care to underserved populations.

My hobbies include travel and reading. I am proficient in Punjabi.

Jonathan Henry, DMD

Associate Dental Director

I joined Unity Care NW in April 2019.

I graduated from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsbugh in 2011 with my DMD. I received my bachelor’s degree in cell biology from Western Washington University, where I also played on the football team.

Since I earned my degree, I have worked as a general dentist in Bellingham, both in private practice and community health.  I am passionate about using my talents and skills to help serve the people in Whatcom County and achieve optimal oral health, especially for low-income families.   I enjoy helping patients become comfortable with going to the dentist!

Mireya Hernandez, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Bio coming soon

Chandler Hodge, DDS

Dentist

Born and raised in Bellingham, Washington, I traveled across the mountains to receive a BS Degree in Biology/Biochemistry from Eastern Washington University. I then moved to the Midwest and completed my DDS degree at Creighton University School of Dentistry. During my time at Creighton, I was able to explore my passion for public health and community service, traveling to different locations throughout the state of Nebraska and providing dental care to underserved communities that have limited access to primary care services.

Working at Unity Care NW gives me the opportunity to work with a like-minded team, providing quality care to those I need. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Hora, DDS

Associate Dental Director

Since starting at Unity Care NW in 2003, I have enjoyed working as a team with my colleagues to help the children in our community grow up to have healthy smiles.

I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1994 with a BS degree in General Science. I went on to complete my DDS degree at Creighton University in 2003.  I am ABCD Pediatric Dentistry Certified and am a former member of the Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition and the National Health Services Corps. I am also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

I am a member of NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

Ashley Hutto, DDS

North Whatcom Health Center Dentist

I started working at Unity Care NW in October of 2016.  I received my BS degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and my DDS degree with High Honors from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After graduating, I completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program with Northwest Dental Residency/Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ Clinic in Eastern Washington where I worked most days at the Union Gospel Mission alongside a variety of volunteer dentists seeing homeless patients.

I am a member of NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

Marco Mass Pascua, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

Public health gives me the opportunity to reach out to my community and help those in need of quality and gentle dental care.

I earned my DDS from the National Autonomous University of Honduras in 1999. I went on to earn a MS in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Barcelona in 2003 and completed the Post Graduate Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program at Lutheran Medical Center in 2014. I am fluent in Spanish.

Krissa Mickelwait, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I earned my BA degree in Spanish Language from Walla Walla University in 2005 and went on to complete my DDS at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2012. I worked in private practice after graduating and began working at Unity Care NW in 2015. I am currently a member of the National Health Services Corps. I love being part of the amazing team here and especially enjoy creating a positive dental experience for children.

Sandra Pinzon, DDS

Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I received my DDS degree from The San Martin University Foundation in Bogota, Colombia. In 2007, I completed a one-year residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Community Smiles Dental Clinic in Miami, Florida. In 2008, I completed a second-year residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Northwest Dental residency program in Toppenish, Washington.

I am a member of the Mount Baker Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.

My interests include reading and traveling.

It is wonderful to be part of a team that is in a position to significantly transform lives of patients and communities.

Courtney Schick, DMD

Dentist

I attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and NYU for Advanced Education in General Dentistry. I am a member of the Mount Baker Dental Society, WA State Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

My interests include skiing, gardening, hiking, and biking.

I enjoy being part of a team providing compassionate care to all, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

 

 

Carrie Shane, DDS

Dental Director and Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I have over 20 years experience as a practicing dentist, including more than 17 years as lead for programs and strategic planning for Unity Care NW’s dental programs in Bellingham and Ferndale.   I earned a DDS from Creighton University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University.

I am a member of NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

Lauren Soekirman, DMD

Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I started working at Unity Care in 2022.

I received my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Florida State University, and my Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. I am active with the American Dental Association, and the Washington State Dental Association.

My interests include hiking, biking, and spending time with family.

I enjoying working in community health because I’m passionate about making a difference to those in need. I like being able to help bridge the gap for people to get access to good quality care.

Hieu Tran, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I like working in community health because I believe everyone deserves access to dental care.

I earned my AAT degree from Whatcom Community College with Honors in 2010. I went on to complete my AAAS degree in Dental Hygiene at Shoreline Community College in 2013. I am fluent in Vietnamese.

Ceci Vazquez, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Bio coming soon

Medical Providers

Lareina Albertson, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I received my Bachelors degree in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, and my Masters degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico.

I specialize in family medicine, with interests in women’s health, gender affirming care (including hormone replacement therapy), and STI testing and prevention (including PrEP).

I enjoy spending time with family and our dog, camping, hiking, and exploring.

Community health care has always been an interest of mine. I grew up in a rural community, and understand the barriers underserved communities face in accessing quality healthcare. Through my work at Unity Care NW,  I strive to provide high-quality, easily accessible, and culturally competent care to all individuals with medical needs.

Don Brunk, MD

Physician

I received my BA from Goshen College in Goshen, IN, and my MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA.  I completed my Family Medicine Residency at Shadyside Family Practice in Pittsburgh, PA.  I spent the past 27 years working at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM, as a Staff Physician while also being involved in various other roles & committees throughout the years related to pharmacy & therapeutics, utilization review, anti-coagulation clinic, jail medicine, and emergency services.  I am board certified in Family Medicine.

Jeanette Dolmetsch, PA- C

Physician Assistant

I joined Unity Care in 2023.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN.

I’ve provided family medicine care at Community Health Centers in Washington, California, and Michigan. This includes caring for rural and underserved populations.  I’ve worked with substance use disorders patients for medication assisted treatment, and provided medical education to common disease states including Type 1 and 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity, smoking, and COPD.

I am devoted to detailed care to better serve communities, and passionate about practicing with the highest of ethical and medical standards.

I played soccer in college and still love to play to this day. I enjoy spending time outdoors either skiing, going out on a boat, or even the simple walk. I love dogs and can’t wait to have my own soon.

Carrie Dyer, PA-C

Physician Assistant

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College in Long Island, NY.

I have over 23 years experience in Family Medicine outpatient clinics.

My interests include travel, reading, puzzles, and crafts.

 

Nancy E. Fong, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I joined Unity Care NW in 2022.

I received my my BA in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine, and my MS in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco. I specialize in Family Practice, and am a Certified Diabetes Educator. I enjoy seeing patients of all ages.

I am a high desert/mountain transplant to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to people and places I love. I enjoy playing outdoors with four and two-legged friends, mostly on land and snow, and hope to hone my paddle skills here on the lakes and bay.

I like community based health for the diversity of people, backgrounds, interests, faiths, and cultures. I also like working beside people that are drawn to this setting.

Elisabeth Gehringer, DO

Associate Medical Director

I started working at Unity Care NW in August of 2019.

I received my BS in biology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.  I received my DO degree from the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my residency at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine program in Cheyenne.  I moved back to the Bellingham area to be near Skagit County, where I grew up.

I am board certified in Family Medicine and have special interests in osteopathic manipulation and women’s health.

I like working in community health because I enjoy working as a team to provide comprehensive, high-level care to families.

Taisiya Gileff, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I graduated from Washington State University in 2005, with a Masters degree in Nursing, Family.

I have been working at UCNW as a fill-in clinician since 2007.

My mission is to serve people wholeheartedly, with kindness and respect.

Colin Goggin, MD

Physician - North Whatcom Health Center

I like working in community health because I can partner with people to improve their health and happiness, regardless of ability to pay or whether or not they have medical insurance.

I earned my BA degree in Biology at Carleton College in Northfield, MN and went on to receive my MD degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. I completed my Residency in Family Medicine at Exempla – St. Joseph Family Medicine in Denver, CO. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and I am conversational in Spanish.

Frances Jablonski, MD

Physician

I joined Unity Care NW in September 2021.

I earned my medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, and completed my Family Medicine residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, CA.  While in residency, I helped expand care to include management of PrEP and hormone therapy for trans patients. Upon completion of my residency, I worked as a Physician for Vista Community Clinic,​ a community health center in Vista, CA.  There I managed a large volume of culturally diverse, medically complex patients and worked in their Women’s Center. ​​

I love helping patients take ownership of their health through education, and take my role as an advocate for my patients as my guiding philosophy in medicine!

Sharon Junge, MD

Physician - North Whatcom Health Center

I started working at Unity Care NW in November 2018, and specialize in Family Medicine.

I graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and did my family medicine residency in Carbondale, Illinois.    I have worked for non-profit clinics in several states and in Australia as well as doing volunteer work overseas in St. Lucia, Brazil, and Tanzania.   I have taught with the University of Illinois, the University of Washington and the University of Dodoma.

I love working at a clinic that does not limit who can be seen and also goes the extra mile to help patients with many of the problems that affect health.

Jaspreet Khehra, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner - North Whatcom Health Center

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University. Afterward, I obtained my Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner from United States University, San Diego.

I am a member of the Mount Baker Nurse Practitioners Association, and the Washington State Nurses Association. My leisure activities include hiking, biking, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family.

One of the main reasons I like working in community health is because it allows me an opportunity to provide health equity and reduce health disparities.

Susan Kranzpiller, MD

Medical Director

I joined Unity Care NW in May 2020.

I started my career as a Registered Nurse in both the USA and Germany before and while attending medical school. I received my MD degree at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitate in Heidelberg, Germany, then completed my Family Practice residency at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. Since then I’ve worked in Family Practice roles in Washington, Oregon and California. My last position was at PeaceHealth in Bellingham, at the Same Day Care Clinic and the Family Practice clinic.

I enjoy working in community health because it provides the opportunity to fulfill my commitment and passion for health care for all patients.

Katherine Mayer, MD

Physician

I started working at Unity Care in 2021.

I received my BA from Western Washington University, and my doctorate in medicine from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. I completed my residency at Swedish Family Medicine First Hill in Seattle.  I worked at Country Doctor in Seattle for eight years as a Family Medicine Physician, performing obstetrics, and providing HIV care, gender affirming care and addiction recovery care.

I feel my role as a family physician is to work with my patients on becoming healthy and whole so that they can in turn focus on caring for their families and friends, helping them to be healthy and whole as well. I enjoy caring for whole families through all stages of life – from newborn care to elder care. Se habla español.

Denise Plaisier, PA-C

Physician Assistant

My journey with Unity Care Northwest began in October 2020, and is an opportunity for which I’m grateful.  One of the many aspects I appreciate about community health such as UCNW is the diversity and inclusiveness characteristic of this setting.  It means so much to me to be able to express my skills and personality in a place where everyone is welcome and treated with respect and compassion.

Though new to UCNW, I am not new to this type of work.  My husband and I moved here from Michigan in 2003 when I began working as a primary care provider at Sea Mar Community Health Centers for 10 years and then on a nearby Indian reservation for 6 years.  Besides being a healthcare practitioner, other joys in my life include hiking, yoga, cooking, attending retreats for spiritual and personal growth with friends, doing video chats with my godson and spending meaningful time with my husband.  I enjoy an active, well-balanced life of work and play.

 

Alicia Portillo, PA-C

Physician Assistant

I joined Unity Care NW in 2022.

I have a BS in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma WA, and a Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from Northern Arizona University at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

My background includes working as a US Peace Corps health volunteer in Mozambique, and partnering with the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) to enroll and improve upon HIV treatment. After PA school, I was a study clinician at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) in the Southwest, working on phase 3 clinical trials in partnership with IHS, followed by working at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

My interests include mountaineering, backpacking, and environmentalism. Se habla español. I enjoy working in community health because it gives me the opportunity to provide accessible care and be a resource to underserved populations. It’s also rewarding to be in a position to help address barriers to healthcare that an individual may be experiencing.

 

Mandeep Sehmbi, MD

Physician

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I have a Doctor of Medicine from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. I received an MBA in Health Services  from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from the University of British Columbia.

My residency training was completed in Flint, Michigan, where I gained experience working with underserved populations. I am fluent in Punjabi and have a working knowledge of Hindi.

Following residency, I wanted to continue to work with underserved populations and felt that the community healthcare setting was the best way for me to contribute to providing high quality healthcare to those who need it most.

Anne Slater, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors degree in Nursing in 1985, and an MS in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner in 1996.

I enjoy putting my varied experience into practice at Unity Care NW. I worked here permanently and then as a fill-in clinician since 1999.

Community health feels like home and especially so here where I have the good fortune to have met so many patients and colleagues. I like working in this setting built on team spirit and the shared goals of providing integrated and accessible medical, dental and behavioral health care to all in our community.

During my time off I enjoy fresh air, music and the company of friends and family.

Jennifer Strobel

ARNP

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle University.  I am a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Washington and have been practicing family medicine since 2011. I enjoy working with patients of all ages and ranges of needs to help them improve their health and well-being.

Working in community health has developed my appreciation for the critical services provided to at-risk patients.  It is very rewarding to work at a clinic that provides compassionate, high-quality health care to every member of our community.

In my free time, I enjoy being with my family, travelling, cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Angela Taylor, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia, and my Master of Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner studies from the University of Victoria.

I previously worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood.  Prior to that, I worked as an RN at Skagit Regional Clinics Urgent Care and Peace Arch Hospital Emergency.

I like meeting patients where they are at, and working together to create a realistic plan of how they can achieve their happiest, healthiest self!

Lara Togoan, PA-C

Physician Assistant

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Health Ecology from the University of Nevada, Reno. I received a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro University in Vallejo, California.

I have worked in family medicine since graduating from PA school. I love family medicine because it enables me to be a part of a patient’s health journey at so many stages of life. I provide general family practice but do have a passion for child and adolescent health, gender affirming care and chronic disease management, especially diabetes and hypertension.

It is my passionate belief that my role as a healthcare provider is to help patients achieve improved health as well as improved wellbeing. I am grateful to be a part of a community health center because I truly believe it is one of the best ways to support both individual patients and the community at large in achieving these goals.

Outside of work, I spend as much time as possible in nature and with my family. I love mountain biking, skiing, hiking, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Mike W.

Physician Assistant

I joined Unity Care NW in 2024.

I received my Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University after receiving my Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois. After working in emergency medicine, I transitioned to family practice so that I could be involved with preventive medicine as well as early recognition and management of chronic conditions.

Jessie Wynne, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner - North Whatcom Health Center

I earned my BS in Biology at Western Washington University and my MSN from the University of San Diego.  I came to Unity Care NW in 2012 as a Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in pediatrics and providing primary care to underserved populations and I currently work at our Ferndale location.  I have worked extensively with diverse populations, including mentally ill and homeless patients. Before joining UCNW, I worked at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services.

Pharmacy Staff

JoAnne Balsiger, PharmD

Associate Pharmacy Director

I became a part of the Unity Care NW team in February of 2017. I have 20 years of experience as a pharmacist/pharmacy manager in both retail and ambulatory care settings. I received my Doctorate in Pharmacy from Washington State University and am certified in Immunizations, Smoking Cessation, Lipid Management and Medication Therapy Management.

It’s an honor to work collaboratively with Unity Care NW service providers to improve the health of the patients in the communities we serve.

Michael-Ann Cooley, RPh

Pharmacist

I joined Unity Care NW in June 2019.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.  I have multiple years of experience in retail and clinical pharmacy settings, and am looking forward to advancing further into the clinical setting.   I have my Immunization Provider Certificate, and received training in emergency contraception through the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

I like to be able to offer accessible health care to all, and also enjoy working as a team to improve the health of our community.

Brian Henley, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacist

I joined the pharmacy at Unity Care NW in 2015.  I received my Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University.  Most of my experience was as Phamacist/Pharmacy Manager at various locations for Arlington Pharmacy, but I also recently worked at Rite-Aid and Haggen.

Jason Lim, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacist

I started as a pharmacist at Unity Care NW in 2015.  I have over 14 years’ experience, working previously at Rite Aid, Custom RX Shoppe, and, most recently, Hoagland Pharmacy.

Lisa Nelson, PharmD, RPh

Chief Pharmacy Officer

I received my Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University, where I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating, I began practicing community pharmacy before finding my calling in community health. I’m an active member of the National Association of Community Health Centers serving as co-chair of NACHC’s 340B Workgroup, a member of NACHC’s Pharmacy Policy & Operations Subcommittee, Clinical Practice, Legislative, and Health Policy Committees; a 340B Apexus Certified Expert (ACE), and serve as a member of Apexus 340B FQHC Council and peer faculty for Apexus 340B University; and president-elect of Washington State Pharmacy Association. In my free time, I enjoy reading and spending time with family enjoying all the scenery and activity the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Jack Tai, RPh

Pharmacist

I received my pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia.  I have 17 years of experience as a pharmacist in ambulatory care and community pharmacy.  Previously, I worked at Walgreens, Haggens, & PeaceHealth as a pharmacist.

I am excited to be a part of an organization that has a mission to provide quality health care for everyone!

Tam Tran, PharmD

Pharmacist

I started working at UCNW in 2021.

I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and  Health Sciences University in 2013. I have 10 years of experience in retail pharmacy. I am familiar with home health infusion and anticoagulant pharmacy services.  I enjoy helping people with their questions about over the counter products and prescription medications.

I am fluent in Vietnamese.

I am honored to be able to join Unity Care to continue to provide the services that our Whatcom County communities deserve.

Behavioral Health Providers

Nathan Anderson, ARNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I have a BA in Linguistics/European Studies from Seattle Pacific University, my BSN from Regis University, and my MSN – PMHNP from the University of South Alabama.

 

Chalice Bailey, LMFT

Counselor

I started working at Unity Care in 2022. I have a BA in Psychology from Seattle University, and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University.

My approach is to bring forward the strengths of lived-experience, as we move through life’s challenges together. I draw on compassionate inquiry to uncover trauma and beliefs that undermine our best efforts in life.

I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

I appreciate Unity Care NW and their values, which are consistent with my own, in that we are here for and with each other – we are all family.

Clay Beaulieu, LMHCA

Specialty Behavioral Health Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in 2024. I received my Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Vermont State University, and have experience as an Outpatient Counselor, Crisis Clinician and Behavioral Interventionist. I strive to provide a person-centered and empathetic approach while collaborating with clients to reach their therapeutic goals. Outside of work I enjoy being outside playing sports such as baseball and basketball, exploring the mountains backpacking/ hiking and spending time with my family and dog, Roz.

Florian Burfeind, LMHCA

Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I have a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. I have experience providing short-term individual, couples and group counseling to diverse clients with a wide range of mental health issues and life concerns.

My approach to counseling is client-centered and responsive to the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the client. I am committed to serving clients in an affirming and inclusive environment.

Ashley Carter, LMHC

Child and Family Counselor Lead

I find my work to be a privilege in partnering with those who seek to grow and further explore their lives.  I strive to provide a safe place for individuals to expand their health, resilience and well-being while identifying the change they desire in their lives.

I received a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Kent State University and Master’s of Counseling from Walden University.  I have 10 years of experience utilizing evidenced based practice in community behavioral health services in a variety of roles.

My favorite part about working in community health is being a part of a team that can create positive life changes that impact the greater whole.

Mallory Hamilton, LMHC

Specialty Behavioral Health Supervisor

I received my MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University.

I work with children, adolescents, couples, and adults – specializing in work with individuals who have a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

My professional activities include volunteering with non-profits that support sheltered and unsheltered community members within Whatcom County. I also created a trauma-informed training for volunteers working with unsheltered individuals.

My interests include walking, cold water swimming, yoga, and dancing. I love working in community health because it integrates medical, behavioral, dental, case management, health goals and pharmaceutical needs under one roof. Supporting a human in autonomy and building trust in their support network creates long lasting effects. The hope is that the struggle decreases and the relief increases.

Nathan J. Potthoff, LMHC

Primary Care BH Consultant

I joined Unity Care in 2022.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Biological/Biomedical Sciences, a Master of Science in Clinical, Counseling and Health Psychology, and a Master of Science in  Clinical, Nutrition and Integrative Health.

My specialties are in eating disorders/disordered eating, integrating nutrition with chronic health conditions including mental health, and co-occurring disorders – intellectual & developmental disorders.

I love urban exploration and nature hiking with my wife and child, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and music.

I enjoy collaborating with and learning from other providers and patients. It is a privilege to be part of Unity Care NW and the Bellingham community.

Pam Jacobs, PhD

Psychologist

I was the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the NW (NARA) where I also served as the Adult Mental Health Director and as a clinical manager. I spent 15 years in private practice in Hillsboro, Oregon and had an adjunct faculty appointment at Pacific University’s Graduate School of Psychology, where I taught courses in basic clinical skills, advanced clinical skills, and the business of psychology. I received my bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and my master’s and doctorate from The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California. My interests include hiking and birdwatching, travel, and horseback riding.

Katie-Gray Landham, LMHC

Counselor

Hailing from the great state of Tennessee (Good ‘ol Rocky Top!), I did my undergrad at Middle Tennessee State University in Liberal Studies and completed by graduate degree at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2016. My clinical focus since my internship days has been combining a critical-social approach to therapy with mindfulness practice and somatic work. My favorite (FAVORITE) part about being in community health is working together with folks to make tiny changes in their day to day lives which ultimately have a big impact on an overall sense of health and well-being.

Lea Lin, LMHC

Specialty Behavioral Health Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in 2024. I received my Master of Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University and Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Washington. I have experience providing therapeutic services for youth, adults and families from ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged communities. It is my goal to provide compassionate and effective counseling services and to foster relationships to support each client’s holistic wellbeing.

Arcelie Lopes, LICSW

Primary Care BH Consultant

I joined UCNW in 2023.

I have Master of Arts in Religious Education with Emphasis in Family life, and a Master of Social Work from Andrews University in Michigan. Prior to joining Unity Care, I worked as a therapist in a non- profit community mental health center in Colorado.

I love seeing my patients experience good health and happiness. It gives me great joy and satisfaction when I see them experiencing improvements in their behavioral and overall health. I enjoy helping people and providing them with skills and resources to address their daily life struggles. I teach my patients evidenced based skills and interventions to help them change behaviors they want to improve.

I like working together with a team who also love helping people live healthy. Working in a community center like Unity Care, provides me a great team support and resources I need to provide the best care for my patients.

Libby Michel, LMHC

Counselor

I received my BA in Psychology from Western WA University, and my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University. I previously worked with youth and adults at Catholic Community Services, as a Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder Professional, and prior to that as a Substance Use Disorder Professional.

I enjoy working in community health because of the collaborative approach that goes in to each individual’s care.

Samantha Poss, ARNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I joined Unity Care in 2023, and have over ten years’ experience in the mental health and counseling field.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University in South Carolina, and a Master’s of Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in Massachusetts. I received my Master’s and Doctorate in Nursing from Seattle University in Washington.

My most recent work experience was providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and treatment planning for adult clients for a private practice in Seattle.

Laura Reed MA, LMHCA, NCC

Specialty Behavioral Health Counselor

I hold a master’s in Professional Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark College. I have experience working with adults, children, and adolescents providing both individual and group therapy. My approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, and person-centered. I integrate a variety of therapy techniques and strive to cultivate a supportive and affirming environment for all clients. I have experience supporting people navigating trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and identity development, as well as other concerns.

I am also a musician and nature-lover and enjoy incorporating creativity and nature-based therapies to support clients’ health goals. I am passionate about increasing accessibility of care in our community and working within a team to provide a holistic approach to healthcare.

Andrew Roth-Heinlein, PsyD

Psychologist

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and received my Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, and depressive disorders.

I use Emotionally-Focused Individual, Compassion-Focused, and Dialectical Behavior Therapies and provide both individual and group counseling at Unity Care.

The outdoors is my favorite place to be, including hiking, backpacking and Nordic skiing. I am also an avid basketball fan and enjoy listening to a variety of music genres.

I feel strongly about providing high quality, holistic and person-centered healthcare services to others, regardless of ability to pay.

Jeremy Rutherford, PhD

Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist and received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. I received my Master of Science degree in Psychology-Clinical Emphasis from Eastern Washington University, and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University.  Prior to starting at UCNW, I was the Coordinator of Behavioral Health Services at Cougar Health Services at WSU.

I like to work from a solution-focused, behavioral, and compassion-focused framework. I believe in the value of holistic treatment and value multiculturalism and diversity. I’m passionate about equitable mental and physical healthcare and believe healthcare is a right. ​

I love working together with my fellow community members, to improve their health and mental health.

Marian Schultz, LICSW

Counselor - North Whatcom Health Center

I joined Unity Care NW in November of 2018.

I received my Master’s of Social Work from Walla Walla University, and have over 20 years of experience utilizing evidenced based practices to improve behavioral health with individuals, couples and families in multidisciplinary settings.

I enjoy being part of a team that sees each person as a unique individual and supports them in making positive life changes.

 

Kelsey Scoggins, SUDPT

Substance Use Disorder Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in 2024.

I have a BA in Addiction Studies and Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and an MA in Advanced Addiction Therapies from Eastern Washington University.

I am certified as a Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee by the Washington Department of Health.

 

Griffin Tokuhara, LMHCA

Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW as a Specialty Behavioral Health Counselor in 2023.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University.

I work from the perspective that all individuals deserve to have a counselor and community that is understanding and open to all aspects of their lives.

Amanda Weis, LICSW

Counselor

I started working at UCNW in June 2021.

I have an MA in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in Cheney.  I have several years’ experience as a therapist working with children and families, including roles at Lutheran Community Services in Spokane and at ​Lower Columbia Mental Health & ​Children’s Center ​in Vancouver, WA​.  I also worked at ​Strengthening Foundations Counseling Services in Vancouver, providing community and home-based therapeutic services for families referred from Children’s Administration and Juvenile Courts.

Working in Community Mental Health has been an opportunity to witness resiliency in action, and be a part of building hope in partnership with children and families.

Beth Williams, LICSWA

Primary Care BH Supervisor

I started working at Unity Care NW in 2022.

I have a BA in English from Western WA University, and an MA in Adult Education form Western WA University. I have a MSW from the University of Southern California, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. My specialties include geriatric grief and loss, and I’m certified in Advance Care Planning for End of Life, and Problem Solving Therapy.

I have 20 years experience as a rural health care administrator in San Juan County.

I’m a life-long learner who enjoys reading, nature, travel, art, and music.

I enjoy working with an integrated team of professionals in medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health to serve people in the community that otherwise would find access to healthcare difficult or impossible.