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Unity Care NW service bios.

Laura Reed MA, LMHCA, NCC

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.

Florian Burfeind, LMHCA

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.

Andrew Roth-Heinlein, PsyD

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.

Nathan J. Potthoff, LMHC

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.

Taisiya Gileff, ARNP

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.

Mandeep Sehmbi, MD

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.

Parm Gill, DMD

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.

Alan Faber III, DDS

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.


Melissa Barrera, RDH

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.

Beth Williams, LICSWA

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.