Organizational Unit: Medical Providers

Katy 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.

L Antrim Caskey, RDN

I hail from from Baltimore, MD and joined Unity Care NW in September 2019.

Previously I was an independent photojournalist based in New York City specializing in long-form documentary work; my work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Nature and featured in documentary films including The Last Mountain.

I returned to school in 2016 at the University of Idaho to pursue a career as a Dietitian. Covid restrictions inspired the development of an online nutrition education program, Dietitian Kitchen, a program I host on UCNW’s YouTube page.

I am thrilled to be in a position to share my passion for preparing delicious, nutrient-dense food to help our patients establish healthy habits to last a lifetime.

Shamika Brooks, ARNP

I received my Associate Degree in Nursing from Dallas County Community College, and my RN-BSN from the University of Phoenix.  I earned my MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner studies at Maryville University. I previously worked as an Nurse Practitioner providing primary and urgent care to adults living with HIV/AIDS. I additionally worked part-time at Care Now performing primary care, urgent care, occupational health and workers’ compensation visits, and at the University of Texas at Arlington as a Clinical Instructor.  I am an American Academy Certified HIV Specialist.

I am a champion of health equity, and I value being a community health provider!

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 Mount 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!

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.

 

Gabrielle Worzella, DO

I received my BS in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Nutrition and Food Sciences, from the University of Vermont.  I received my DO degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.  During my residency at Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine, I also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  I worked as a Hospitalist at Middlesex, then worked in Urgent Care and Family Medicine at Virginia Mason in Seattle.

I like hiking with my dog, camping, going to the beach, traveling, and gardening.

I see all ages with interests in women’s health and sports medicine. I incorporate Integrative Medicine as well as Osteopathic Principles and treatment based on patient interest and need.  I enjoy making lifelong connections with patients and helping them live their healthiest life!

Muriel Handschy, ARNP

I first came to Unity Care NW (formerly Interfaith Community Health Center) in 1991 as a nurse practitioner student.  After I graduated in 1992 from the University of Washington with my Masters of Nursing, I came back to Unity Care NW and was the third provider employed by the health center.  I previously served as co-Medical Director and Quality Improvement Coordinator at UCNW. I also have experience working at an STD testing and treatment clinic and a Well Child clinic.

Lisa Benjamin, ARNP

I joined UCNW in July 2020. I am excited to work in community health with a team that is committed to providing high quality, accessible, and affordable health care to our community. Building relationships with patients is important to me, and my goal is to empower patients to be the healthiest they can be. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia, and more recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University, specializing in family practice.  I am a long-time Bellingham resident and previously practiced in a variety of settings with Peacehealth over the past 21 years.

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.

Elisabeth Gehringer, DO

I started working at Unity Care NW in August of 2019.

I received my BS in biology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.  I received my DO degree from the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my residency at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine program in Cheyenne.  I moved back to the Bellingham area to be near Skagit County, where I grew up.

I am board certified in Family Medicine and have special interests in osteopathic manipulation and women’s health.

I like working in community health because I enjoy working as a team to provide comprehensive, high-level care to families.