Organizational Unit: Dental Providers

Patrick Pacyga, DDS

I joined Unity Care NW in 2021.

I graduated from the University of WA with a BA in Communications and Chemistry. In 2015, I graduated from the University of WA’s Dental School, with a leadership Award from the International College of Dentists. I completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency in the Lake Chelan area, through Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics.

My hobbies outside of clinic include skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and trying to find the best enchiladas around.

I enjoy working in community health because it allows me to be involved directly with the community in a multitude of ways, in addition to serving as a health care provider.

 

Mason Cooper, DMD

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.

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 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.

Kathryn Brighton, RDH

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.

Jonathan Henry, DMD

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!

Carrie Shane, DDS

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).

John Nickell, DDS

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.

Hieu Tran, RDH

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.

Heather Devlin, RDH

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.