Archives: Bios

Unity Care NW service bios.

Amanda Weis, LICSW

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.

Katherine Mayer, MD

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.

Bonnie Ross

Bonnie joined Unity Care NW in February 2021. She has 18 years’ experience in the field of finance including roles as auditor, finance manager, finance director, CFO and CEO.  Before joining UCNW, she worked at Federally Qualified Health Centers in California and Oregon. She has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah.  She is also a Certified Internal Auditor.

Libby Michel, LMHC

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.

Angela Taylor, ARNP

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!

Catherine Strong

Caty recently retired, following 39 years as a Clinical Psychologist in Bellingham.  Her Ph.D. was from the University of Chicago, focusing on mental health and adult development.  She was a founding member in 1993, and served on the executive board, of Associates in Mental Health, a local independent practice association.  She has served on the Advisory board for the Palliative Care Institute (WWU).  Born and raised in the Northwest, her extended family here spans ages 1 to 96.  Her hopes include access to quality healthcare for all.  She joined the UCNW Board in October 2020.

Denise Plaisier, PA-C

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.


Susan Kranzpiller, MD

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.

Adam Drews, DMD

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.

Mark Brooks, DDS

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.