Organizational Unit: Behavioral Health Providers

Julia Scherting, LMHC

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Washington University, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University. I utilize a person-centered, trauma-informed approach while assisting patients in reaching their health goals.

Areas of interest include trauma, anxiety, body image/eating concerns, depression, grief, relationship concerns/attachment difficulties, finding meaning, LGBTQIA+ allied. I have a background as a recreational therapist and yoga instructor, which are integrated into my work as a counselor through modalities such as encouraging engagement in natural environments for healing and somatic approaches for addressing distress.

I find it fulfilling to be a part of an organization that utilizes an integrative approach which assists patients in strengthening different aspects of their health in a holistic way.


Mallory Hamilton, LMHC

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.



Chalice Bailey, LMFT

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.

Heather Bomben, LMFT

I received a Master’s of Family Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and became certified in Attachment-Based Family Therapy from the Center for Family Intervention Science at Drexel University. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

I like to work from a emotion-focused, attachment-based approach, helping people to understand what they are feeling, why their emotions serve them or not, and how they can move forward with their lives in a healthier, more mindful way. I value the multicultural and racial impacts on people’s lives and take that into consideration as a foundational part of my practice.

I enjoy being part of a team at Unity Care that takes the whole person into consideration. I believe therapy is most effective when people feel like they are supported, understood and connected to themselves and their community.

Larae Huycke, ARNP

I started working at Unity Care in 2022.

I am certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and an Adult Clinic Nurse Specialist, with over 20 years’ experience. I’m originally from rural Kansas and earned degrees from the University of OK, University of TX and University of TN. I served as a PMHNP for thirteen years. I also worked at a Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic in Dallas, TX.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and grandchildren. I’m an avid gardener and enjoy DIY projects.

Pam Jacobs, PhD

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.

Jeremy Rutherford, PhD

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.

Amanda Russell, LICSW

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.

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.  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.

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.