Organizational Unit: Behavioral Health Providers

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.

Shannon Sumner, LMHC

I received my MA in Psychology-Marriage & Family Therapy from Chapman University in Orange, CA, and have a BA in Liberal Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  I previously worked as a BH Consultant at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Prior to that, I worked as a BH Clinician at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai, AK, with youth & families and at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, AK, with adults.

I specialize in Trauma Informed, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I enjoy working in community health because I find true satisfaction in serving my neighbors.


Tim Raymond, LICSW

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.

Sara Wells, ARNP

I started at Unity Care NW in June of 2020.  I work at both the 1616 Cornwall Avenue location in Bellingham, and the North Whatcom Health Center in Ferndale.

I received my MSN/FNP degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and my Post-Master’s Certification for Psychiatric/Mental Health NP from the Frontier Nursing University out of Lexington, KY​.  I am board certified as both a Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have a Medical Assisted Therapy (MAT) certification.  I have 15 years’ experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Ashley Carter, LMHC

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.

Haley Acra, LMHC

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.

Patricia Gora, LMHC

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


Katie-Gray Landham, LMHC

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.

Colleen Curtis, LMHC

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.

Karen McKenzie-Alexander, LMHC

I became a member of the Unity Care NW team in April 2019. I greatly enjoy collaborating with individuals who are seeking to develop and achieve goals in their lives. Counseling provides the time and space to explore new ways of thinking and being that support greater health and well-being. I partner with individuals in this process, empowering them to discover and create those changes which they desire in their lives.

My educational journey has included Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology, French, and International Studies at Oregon State University, and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University. My counseling experience includes a combination of community mental health, private practice, and co-occurring/chemical dependency counseling.

I am board certified as a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.