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.

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.

Laurie Brion, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

Unity Care NW provides a wonderful opportunity to improve the health and lives of individuals in our community, particularly those with limited resources, through quality care, prevention, and education.

I completed my DDS degree at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry in 1985. During my career, I’ve worked with community health centers, in private practice, and taught at the Bellingham Technical College Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program. I am fluent in French.

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

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 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.

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!

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.

John Nickell, DDS

North Whatcom Health Center Dentist

I like working in community health because I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to serve those most in need of health care.

I completed my BS degree in Microbiology at the University of Washington in 1971. I went on to earn a DDS from the University of Washington in 1975. I am a member of the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association.

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).

Seth Swanson, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I like working in community health because I enjoy serving my community and making a lasting, positive dental impact with every patient I see.

I earned my BS degree in Chemistry from Western Washington University in 2011 and received my DDS degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in 2015. I completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2016.

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.

Medical Providers

L Antrim Caskey, RDN

Dietitian

I hail from from Baltimore, MD and joined Unity Care NW in September 2019.

Previously I was an independent photojournalist based in New York City specializing in long-form documentary work; my work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Nature and featured in documentary films including The Last Mountain.

I returned to school in 2016 at the University of Idaho to pursue a career as a Dietitian. Covid restrictions inspired the development of an online nutrition education program, Dietitian Kitchen, a program I host on UCNW’s YouTube page.

I am thrilled to be in a position to share my passion for preparing delicious, nutrient-dense food to help our patients establish healthy habits to last a lifetime.

Lisa Benjamin, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I joined UCNW in July 2020. I am excited to work in community health with a team that is committed to providing high quality, accessible, and affordable health care to our community. Building relationships with patients is important to me, and my goal is to empower patients to be the healthiest they can be. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia, and more recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University, specializing in family practice.  I am a long-time Bellingham resident and previously practiced in a variety of settings with Peacehealth over the past 21 years.

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.

Barb Clure, MD

Physician

I served as the Medical Director at the Swinomish Indian Health Clinic in La Conner for 9 years prior to coming to Unity Care NW in September 2012.

I also served as a Medical Doctor at Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Bellingham clinic for 10 years, and at the Ferndale Medical Center for 2 years. I earned my BA in Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla where I was a Sherwood Scholar.  I earned my M.D. from the University of Colorado where I graduated with honors, and performed my family practice residency program at the Ventura County Medical Center.

Elisabeth Gehringer, DO

Physician

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.

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.

Muriel Handschy, ARNP

Associate Medical Director

I first came to Unity Care NW (formerly Interfaith Community Health Center) in 1991 as a nurse practitioner student.  After I graduated in 1992 from the University of Washington with my Masters of Nursing, I came back to Unity Care NW and was the third provider employed by the health center.  I previously served as co-Medical Director and Quality Improvement Coordinator at UCNW. I also have experience working at an STD testing and treatment clinic and a Well Child clinic.

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.

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.

 

Anne Slater, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

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

I enjoy putting my varied experience into practice at Unity Care Northwest. 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.

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!

John Tilley Jr., MD

Physician

I joined Unity Care NW in 2015.  I received my medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, then completed my residency in internal medicine at York Hospital in York, PA. I am board certified in internal medicine, and have worked for the US Public Health Service Commission for almost 30 years. Most of my public health service has been spent at Lummi Tribal Health, where I retired.

Eleanor Walker, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I joined Unity Care NW in June of 2018.  I received my MSN from the University of California with a focus on Family Practice that included HIV care.  My first job as an ARNP was as an HIV Clinician Consultant with the Clinician Consultation Center at the University of California where I provided clinical consultation through a national CDC-funded hotline on management of HIV, HBV, HCV exposure management & Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high risk patients.  Following that, I moved to Washington and worked almost 3 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic’s Miramar Health Center in Pasco, providing primary care services to all ages.

What I like about working in Community Health is being part of a larger community working towards the greater good, and also getting to work with diverse and interesting people and patients.

Kate Wojnicki, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and an HIV Specialist.  I joined Unity Care Northwest in 2014 as an opportunity to return home and serve the community I spent much of my childhood growing up in.  I hold a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington.  I spent 6 years working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington before earning my Masters of Science in Nursing/ Nurse Practitioner degree from Seattle Pacific University .  After spending time in the NICU and volunteering in Uganda, it became my personal belief that access to high quality primary care for all persons was the answer to many problems we see in medicine.   At that time I chose to complete a Community Health Residency in Tacoma, Washington with a focus on caring for persons living with HIV.  I earned my HIV credential through the American Academy of HIV Medicine in 2016.   I enjoy working with people of all ages and in all stages of life to promote health and well being.

Gabrielle Worzella, DO

Physician

I received my BS in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Nutrition and Food Sciences, from the University of Vermont.  I received my DO degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.  During my residency at Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine, I also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  I worked as a Hospitalist at Middlesex, then worked in Urgent Care and Family Medicine at Virginia Mason in Seattle.

I like hiking with my dog, camping, going to the beach, traveling, and gardening.

I see all ages with interests in women’s health and sports medicine. I incorporate Integrative Medicine as well as Osteopathic Principles and treatment based on patient interest and need.  I enjoy making lifelong connections with patients and helping them live their healthiest life!

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

Pharmacy Manager

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

Pharmacy Director

I have over 10 years of experience as a pharmacist, and have been with Unity Care NW since 2013. I manage all aspects of our pharmacy. My responsibilities include oversight over all pharmacy operations including dispensing and patient education on pharmaceuticals; coordination of care and consultation with Unity Care NW’s medical, dental, and behavioral health providers; scheduling and supervising staff; contracting and billing; ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations; and ensuring excellent customer service.

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

Haley Acra, LMHC

Counselor - North Whatcom Health Center

I enjoy helping others build meaning in their lives by creating a safe place to be fully present and explore life’s challenges together. I work from an integrative approach and tailor my counseling style to each client that I work with. I value collaboration in the therapy room, with an emphasis on mindfulness, examining core beliefs, emotional regulation, and creating holistic recovery goals. I have a desire to help people reach their unique goals by building on their strengths and providing them with the necessary resources they need for success.

I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University and then went on to complete my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University. I joined the Unity Team in December 2019 and I love working in our community.

Ashley Carter, LMHC

Counselor

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.

Janet Clingaman, ARNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I received both my BS degree in nursing and my MN degree in psychosocial nursing from the University of Washington School of Nursing.  I am certified in adult psychiatry and mental health nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  I have over 20 years’ experience working in a rural area of Eastern Washington as a psychiatric nurse practitioner–6 years for the Northeast Washington Regional Support Network, and the last 12 years at Northeast Washington Alliance Counseling Services.   Prior to receiving my masters’ degree, I obtained 10 years’ experience in nursing, including positions as a psychiatric nurse, a psychosocial nurse, and a case manager.  I started working at Unity Care NW in 2013.

Colleen Curtis, LMHC

Counselor

I started working at Unity Care NW in July 2019.

I have worked in community mental health settings for many years since obtaining my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.  My approach is collaborative, supportive, strength-based, and compassionate, with the goal of helping clients improve their awareness, health, and functioning.

Margo Davis, LMHC

Counselor

I joined UCNW in October 2018 and I am passionate about providing mental health therapy in an integrated healthcare system dedicated to wellness for the whole person. My experience includes providing mental health therapy in community mental health settings, and as a case manager working with homeless individuals and families. I have a B.S. in Social and Behavioral Science from Linfield College, and an M.Ed. with a specialization in counseling from Heritage College.

Creating positive life change is an attainable goal. Counseling provides a safe, supportive environment that allows us to honestly and authentically examine issues and concerns. Working together we can strengthen hope and promote lasting healing and growth.  I use a variety of treatment approaches to address issues including depression, trauma, anxiety, mood management, and many others.  Whichever issues you choose to address in counseling, I am dedicated to working with you compassionately and respectfully toward an increased sense of resolution and well-being.

Patricia Gora, LMHC

Primary Care BH Consultant

I joined Unity Care NW in November of 2018.

I graduated with a Master of Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California.

I have training in motivational interviewing, exposure therapy, autism, domestic and sexual violence, and more.  Prior to coming to Unity Care NW, I worked in Oak Harbor as a Child and Family Therapist.

I enjoy engaging in a team approach to counseling and find it rewarding when clients strengthen their resiliency and deepen their recovery.  I like working in community health because it allows me to provide services to a larger, more diverse community and work in a team environment dedicated to helping people meet their own goals

 

DJ Hanson Epstein, CDP

Chemical Dependency Professional

I joined Unity Care NW in 2019.

I am a seasoned professional around substance abuse disorder. I am helping to get our Substance Use Disorder/Medication Assisted Therapy program off the ground and running. I most enjoy working with people to help them improve their quality of life through working on their issues stemming from substance abuse.

I wholeheartedly believe in community health and am grateful to be working with UCNW to make the world a better place. I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree at Antioch Seattle in Psychology. I plan to attend Antioch to finish my Masters in Child and Family Psychology.

I love being part of the solution. Community Health is for people who truly deserve the best care that is available.

 

Alison Hastings, LMHC

Specialty Behavioral Health Supervisor & Counselor

I am passionate about helping people identify their strengths and achieve meaningful goals.

I received my BA degree in Psychology from Western Washington University, and I went on to earn a MS degree in Mental Health Counseling at Western Washington University. I am a member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Julia Hudnall, LMHC

Counselor

I joined Unity Care in 2014. My experience ranges from case management to crisis services to psychotherapy, gained primarily in Jefferson County.  I worked with both adolescents and adults and served as in-house Designated Mental Health Professional. I am passionate about community mental health and enjoy being part of a collaborative and supportive group at UCNW!

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.

Rob McCollough, LMHC

Counselor

I got into the field of counseling in order to help others. We all face challenges and sometimes need support to help us navigate these challenges and reach our goals. Each person is unique, and I really appreciate the opportunity to help others reach their goals and lead healthier lives. I enjoy and am proud of the work we do at Unity Care NW for our community.

I earned my BA degree in English from Western Washington University. I received my MA degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I am also a chemical dependency professional trainee and am a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Libby Michel, LMHC

Primary Care BH Consultant

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.

Mike Nicholson, LICSW

Counselor

I joined the Specialty Behavioral Health department in 2021.

I received my MSW with honors from the University of Washington and my BS in Psychology from Washington State University. I spent my career serving those in need as a medical social worker and mental health practitioner, and previously worked at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Working in Community Health provides opportunities to connect with and support the members of our community who need that support most.

Stephanie Pattison, LMHC

Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in August 2014. I have over 10 years of experience as a counselor in Whatcom county, having worked with children, adolescents and adults. I am a licensed mental health counselor and a nationally certified DBT therapist (CDBT). I provide individual counseling and coordinate and facilitate DBT skills groups at UCNW. I received my BA degree in Psychology from Western Washington University and my MA degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. I believe it’s a privilege to support others in their journey towards improved health and well-being and I enjoy working as part of a collaborative team here at UCNW.

Tim Raymond, LICSW

Primary Care BH Consultant - North Whatcom Health Center

I joined the UCNW Behavioral Health team in Ferndale in 2020.

I have several years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. Much of this experience has been with chronically mentally ill individuals struggling with substance use disorders. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University and my Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University.

Amanda Russell, LICSW

Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in 2021.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Metropolitan ​State University in Denver and my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver.​  Prior to UCNW, I worked in Northwest Colorado as an Integrated Care Clinician.

I am passionate about whole person, holistic care and walking alongside people to achieve their best health as determined by their own specific needs and goals. I believe every person should have a safe space to be seen, heard and express their authentic self.

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.

 

Richard Sprague, LICSW

Counselor

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and am a licensed clinical social worker.  I joined Unity Care NW in 2010.  I have received education in specialized areas including suicide prevention, domestic violence, eating disorders, crisis prevention, and personality disorders.

Amanda Weis, LICSW

Child & Family 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.  I practice out of the 1616 Cornwall Avenue Behavioral Health Clinic, as well as Carl Cozier Elementary School.

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.

Josh Whaley, LICSW

Specialty BH Counselor Lead

I started working at Unity Care NW in April of 2018.  I completed my MSW in Social Work in 2001 from Eastern Washington University.  I earned a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University in 1997. I have been providing counseling to people for nearly 20 years.  I have experience in Hospice Social Work, as well as Clinical Management experience.  I have also worked in Emergency Departments as a Crisis Counselor and have had a private counseling practice in Spokane and Olympia Washington.  I am foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior therapy, and utilize Narrative, Acceptance and Commitment and Cognitive Behavioral therapy approaches in my work with people.  Mindfulness based stress reduction is a mainstay in my work.  I am also an approved Clinical Supervisor and look forward to mentoring the skills of other counselors as we move forward in our careers.  What I strive to do is help relieve the emotional suffering of others through compassion, supportive presence, and a collaborative style that focuses on strengths and capacities of each person.