Dental Providers

Mel Agan, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

As a dental student, I served a community rotation at Unity Care NW and knew after graduation I would return. The supportive staff and commitment to quality healthcare for our community are what keep me here.

I earned a BS degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Western Washington University in 1997 and a DDS degree from the University of Washington in 2001. I am a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a former member of the National Health Services Corps. I am certified in ABCD Pediatric Dentistry and remain an affiliate faculty member of the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry. I have served on the Education Committee of the Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition. I am fluent in Turkish.

Rebecca Bosh, RDH

Dental Hygienist at Bellingham Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic and North Whatcom Health Center

I started working at Unity Care NW in 2018.

I began my dental hygiene practice in 2003.  After I received my Masters of Science from Idaho State University, I began an assistant professorship at Eastern WA University.  A few years later,  I taught at the Idaho State University Dental Hygiene and worked at ISU’s Family Dentistry Clinic.  I recently relocated to Bellingham. I work three days per week at the Adult Dental Clinic at UCNW’s Cornwall Avenue location, and one day per week at the Ferndale clinic.  I specialize in restorative needs and comprehensive dental hygiene care.

I love working in a community health setting because I am able to share information and provide care to those that have limited access to oral health care.

Kathryn Brighton, RDH

Dental Hygienist at North Whatcom Health Center

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.

Laurie Brion, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

Unity Care NW provides a wonderful opportunity to improve the health and lives of individuals in our community, particularly those with limited resources, through quality care, prevention, and education.

I completed my DDS degree at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry in 1985. During my career, I’ve worked with community health centers, in private practice, and taught at the Bellingham Technical College Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program. I am fluent in French.

I am a member of NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

Jen Curlett, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I started at Unity Care NW (formerly known as Interfaith Community Health Center) as a dental hygienist in September 1998, after graduating with an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene from Lake Washington Technical College. My story really began here in November 1995, when I came to work as a dental assistant part-time while preparing to go to dental hygiene school. My circumstance of needing a part-time dental job while attending college brought me to community health, where I discovered my passion wasn’t just working on people’s teeth, but in helping the overall health of the whole community.

I especially love working with children. A large part of my job is going to all of the elementary and middle schools in Whatcom County, where I work with a dental assistant to apply sealants and fluoride to over a thousand children’s teeth annually. In 2015, I participated in the Washington State Smile Survey, visually screening thousands of Whatcom County children, ages 3 to 11. During my many years working at UCNW, I have performed dental presentations to daycare and elementary school classes, dental hygiene classes, and WIC social workers.

When I work in the clinic, i enjoy utilizing all of my dental hygiene sills, including traditional hygiene, anesthesia, and restorative. I love the opportunity I have to work with our entire dental team to provide high-quality services while trying to make them as fun and easy as possible!

Heather Devlin, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Unity Street Children's Dental Clinic

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.

Jesse Guzman, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I joined Unity Care NW in March of 2019.

I have been a dentist for 13 years and have experience in private practice, public health, and correctional institution dentistry. Most recently, I was working as the Dental Director for a Native American Tribal Health Clinic in Northern Idaho. Prior to that, I worked as an Associate Dentist at multiple dental clinics in Idaho.

Jonathan Henry, DMD

Associate Dental Director

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!

Chelsea Holcombe, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I started working at Unity Care NW in 2018.

I started my career in dentistry as a Dental Assistant, but wanted to add to my skillset and enrolled in a dental hygiene training program.  Before joining the team at UCNW, I spent four years working in private practice. I also volunteered with homeless and special needs patients, which helped me realize I wanted to work for an organization with a more diverse patient population.

What I like best about working in community health is making a difference in a person’s life!

Rebecca Hora, DDS

Associate Dental Director

Since starting at Unity Care NW in 2003, I have enjoyed working as a team with my colleagues to help the children in our community grow up to have healthy smiles.

I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1994 with a BS degree in General Science. I went on to complete my DDS degree at Creighton University in 2003.  I am ABCD Pediatric Dentistry Certified and am a former member of the Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition and the National Health Services Corps. I am also an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

I am a member of NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

Ashley Hutto, DDS

Ferndale Clinic Dentist

I started working at Unity Care NW in October of 2016.  I received my BS degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and my DDS degree with High Honors from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After graduating, I completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program with Northwest Dental Residency/Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ Clinic in Eastern Washington where I worked most days at the Union Gospel Mission alongside a variety of volunteer dentists seeing homeless patients.

I am a member of NNOHA (National Network for Oral Health Access).

Ashley Kerzman, RDH

Dental Hygienist at Bellingham Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

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

I received my Associates of Applied Sciences of Dental Hygiene from Pima Medical Institute in Seattle and completed my prerequisite Dental Hygiene courses at Bellingham Technical College.

I strive to provide the best patient care while educating both the patient and the public on the importance of oral health.

Marco Mass Pascua, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

Public health gives me the opportunity to reach out to my community and help those in need of quality and gentle dental care.

I earned my DDS from the National Autonomous University of Honduras in 1999. I went on to earn a MS in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Barcelona in 2003 and completed the Post Graduate Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program at Lutheran Medical Center in 2014. I am fluent in Spanish.

Krissa Mickelwait, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I earned my BA degree in Spanish Language from Walla Walla University in 2005 and went on to complete my DDS at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2012. I worked in private practice after graduating and began working at Unity Care NW in 2015. I am currently a member of the National Health Services Corps. I love being part of the amazing team here and especially enjoy creating a positive dental experience for children.

John Nickell, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

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.

Terri Payne, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I like working in community health because I enjoy treating a diverse population and making each person feel that they and their dental needs matter.

I completed my AS degree in Dental Hygiene at Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2002.

Les Seelye, DDS

North Whatcom Health Center Dentist

I received my BA in Chemistry and my DDS degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.  I have over 20 years’ experience working in private practice, most recently in Bellingham as the owner of Barkley Boulevard Dental Care.  I continue to work there Tuesdays through Fridays, while seeing patients at UCNW Ferndale on Mondays.  I volunteered with the former Donated Adult Dental program for 2 years.

Carrie Shane, DDS

Dental Director and Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

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).

Seth Swanson, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

I like working in community health because I enjoy serving my community and making a lasting, positive dental impact with every patient I see.

I earned my BS degree in Chemistry from Western Washington University in 2011 and received my DDS degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in 2015. I completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2016.

Michael Thomas, DDS

Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a doctorate of dental surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

I enjoy working in community health because I like contributing to the community!

Hieu Tran, RDH

Bellingham Dental Hygienist at Cornwall Adult Dental Clinic

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.

Rich Ullsmith, DDS

North Whatcom Health Center Dentist

After earning my Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Oregon State College (now the University of Southern Oregon) in 1986, I joined the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot. Following nine years in the Navy, I returned to collegiate studies at Montana Tech and Portland State University before receiving a dental degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2000. I joined Unity Care NW later that year and have been happy here ever since.

Medical Providers

Don Brunk, MD

Physician

I received my BA from Goshen College in Goshen, IN, and my MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA.  I completed my Family Medicine Residency at Shadyside Family Practice in Pittsburgh, PA.  I spent the past 27 years working at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM, as a Staff Physician while also being involved in various other roles & committees throughout the years related to pharmacy & therapeutics, utilization review, anti-coagulation clinic, jail medicine, and emergency services.  I am board certified in Family Medicine.

Barb Clure, MD

Medical Director

I served as the Medical Director at the Swinomish Indian Health Clinic in La Conner for 9 years prior to coming to Unity Care NW in September 2012.

I also served as a Medical Doctor at Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Bellingham clinic for 10 years, and at the Ferndale Medical Center for 2 years. I earned my BA in Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla where I was a Sherwood Scholar.  I earned my M.D. from the University of Colorado where I graduated with honors, and performed my family practice residency program at the Ventura County Medical Center.

Elizabeth Gabay, MD

Physician

I like working in community health because I enjoy helping people to manage their own medical problems and challenges. It’s the best job in the world.

I earned my BS degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. I went on to complete my MD degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I completed my Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California-Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA, and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California-Los Angeles & Wadsworth VA Medical Center. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Geriatrics. I am also certified as an HIV provider by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Elisabeth Gehringer, DO

Physician

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.

Colin Goggin, MD

Physician - North Whatcom Health Center

I like working in community health because I can partner with people to improve their health and happiness, regardless of ability to pay or whether or not they have medical insurance.

I earned my BA degree in Biology at Carleton College in Northfield, MN and went on to receive my MD degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. I completed my Residency in Family Medicine at Exempla – St. Joseph Family Medicine in Denver, CO. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and I am conversational in Spanish.

Muriel Handschy, ARNP

Associate Medical Director

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.

Sharon Junge, MD

Physician - North Whatcom Health Center

I started working at Unity Care NW in November 2018, and specialize in Family Medicine.

I graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and did my family medicine residency in Carbondale, Illinois.    I have worked for non-profit clinics in several states and in Australia as well as doing volunteer work overseas in St. Lucia, Brazil, and Tanzania.   I have taught with the University of Illinois, the University of Washington and the University of Dodoma.

I love working at a clinic that does not limit who can be seen and also goes the extra mile to help patients with many of the problems that affect health.

Niina Nykanen, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

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

I received my Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado in May 2019, and my ANCC Board Certification for Family Nurse Practitioner in July 2019.  I have seven years of RN experience, including work as a charge nurse and at a Level I trauma center.  I recently moved to the Bellingham area and enjoy working in community health so I can help reduce barriers to care.

Elaine Peterson, DO

Pediatrician

I came to Unity Care NW from Moses Lake, where I worked at a rural clinic and hospital.   I am passionate about child development, including mental health and behavioral development, and have a background in early childhood education and coaching. I earned my BS degree in Biochemistry with a Minor in Humanities at Western Washington University.  I then received my DO degree from the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.  I completed my Pediatrics Residency at the University of California San Francisco-Fresno.

I like working in community health because it gives me a chance to work with a diverse population and be able to deliver “whole person” care to my patients.

 

John Tilley Jr., MD

Physician

I joined Unity Care NW in 2015.  I received my medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, then completed my residency in internal medicine at York Hospital in York, PA. I am board certified in internal medicine, and have worked for the US Public Health Service Commission for almost 30 years. Most of my public health service has been spent at Lummi Tribal Health, where I retired.

Eleanor Walker, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I joined Unity Care NW in June of 2018.  I received my MSN from the University of California with a focus on Family Practice that included HIV care.  My first job as an ARNP was as an HIV Clinician Consultant with the Clinician Consultation Center at the University of California where I provided clinical consultation through a national CDC-funded hotline on management of HIV, HBV, HCV exposure management & Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high risk patients.  Following that, I moved to Washington and worked almost 3 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic’s Miramar Health Center in Pasco, providing primary care services to all ages.

What I like about working in Community Health is being part of a larger community working towards the greater good, and also getting to work with diverse and interesting people and patients.

Dean Williams, MD

Physician

I attended Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, and completed my residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  I started working at Unity Care NW in 2010, and before that I worked at the Community Health Center of Snohomish County in Everett.  I’ve been on several volunteer medical missions, including trips to Guatemala and Kenya.  I am fluent in Spanish.

Kate Wojnicki, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and an HIV Specialist.  I joined Unity Care Northwest in 2014 as an opportunity to return home and serve the community I spent much of my childhood growing up in.  I hold a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington.  I spent 6 years working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Washington before earning my Masters of Science in Nursing/ Nurse Practitioner degree from Seattle Pacific University .  After spending time in the NICU and volunteering in Uganda, it became my personal belief that access to high quality primary care for all persons was the answer to many problems we see in medicine.   At that time I chose to complete a Community Health Residency in Tacoma, Washington with a focus on caring for persons living with HIV.  I earned my HIV credential through the American Academy of HIV Medicine in 2016.   I enjoy working with people of all ages and in all stages of life to promote health and well being.

Jessie Wynne, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner - North Whatcom Health Center

I earned my BS in Biology at Western Washington University and my MSN from the University of San Diego.  I came to Unity Care NW in 2012 as a Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in pediatrics and providing primary care to underserved populations and I currently work at our Ferndale location.  I have worked extensively with diverse populations, including mentally ill and homeless patients. Before joining UCNW, I worked at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services.

Pharmacy Staff

JoAnne Balsiger, PharmD

Pharmacist

I started at Unity Care NW in February of 2017.  I have over 13 years’ experience as a pharmacist/pharmacy manager at Haggen Food & Pharmacy.  I received my Doctorate in Pharmacy from Washington State University and am certified in Immunizations, CPR, Smoking Cessation and Lipid Management.

Michael-Ann Cooley, RPh

Pharmacist

I joined Unity Care NW in June 2019.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.  I have multiple years of experience in retail and clinical pharmacy settings, and am looking forward to advancing further into the clinical setting.   I have my Immunization Provider Certificate, and received training in emergency contraception through the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

I like to be able to offer accessible health care to all, and also enjoy working as a team to improve the health of our community.

Brian Henley, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacist

I joined the pharmacy at Unity Care NW in 2015.  I received my Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University.  Most of my experience was as Phamacist/Pharmacy Manager at various locations for Arlington Pharmacy, but I also recently worked at Rite-Aid and Haggen.

Jason Lim, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacist

I started as a pharmacist at Unity Care NW in 2015.  I have over 14 years’ experience, working previously at Rite Aid, Custom RX Shoppe, and, most recently, Hoagland Pharmacy.

Kjelene Manning, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacist

I joined Unity Care NW in 2013.

I attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma for my pre-pharmacy education. I continued my education at the University of Washington, where I graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2006. My pharmacy residency was completed at the University of California in San Francisco.  Previously, I worked at Center for Senior Health as a Clinical Pharmacist and at St. Joseph Hospital. I also held many positions as a staff pharmacist at various medical centers and pharmacies in California.

Lisa Nelson, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacy Manager

I have 10 years of experience as a pharmacist, and I have been with Unity Care NW since 2013. I manage all aspects of our pharmacy. My responsibilities include oversight over all pharmacy operations including dispensing and patient education on pharmaceuticals; coordination of care and consultation with Unity Care NW’s medical, dental, and behavioral health providers; scheduling and supervising staff; contracting and billing; ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations; and ensuring excellent customer service.

Jack Tai, RPh

Pharmacist

I received my pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia.  I have 17 years of experience as a pharmacist in ambulatory care and community pharmacy.  Previously, I worked at Walgreens, Haggens, & PeaceHealth as a pharmacist.

I am excited to be a part of an organization that has a mission to provide quality health care for everyone!

Behavioral Health Providers

Haley Acra, LMHC

Counselor - North Whatcom Health Center

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.

Angela Anderson, LMHC

Primary Care Behavioral Health Supervisor & Consultant

As a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, I earned my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska.

Through a consultative approach, I assist patients in achieving their health goals by empowering them to make small behavioral changes that improve functionality and quality of life. In turn, this increases the strength of our community. When I’m not reading, I enjoy cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, exploring out-of-the-way places, and connecting with nature.

Janet Clingaman, ARNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I received both my BS degree in nursing and my MN degree in psychosocial nursing from the University of Washington School of Nursing.  I am certified in adult psychiatry and mental health nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  I have over 20 years’ experience working in a rural area of Eastern Washington as a psychiatric nurse practitioner–6 years for the Northeast Washington Regional Support Network, and the last 12 years at Northeast Washington Alliance Counseling Services.   Prior to receiving my masters’ degree, I obtained 10 years’ experience in nursing, including positions as a psychiatric nurse, a psychosocial nurse, and a case manager.  I started working at Unity Care NW in 2013.

Colleen Curtis, LMHC

Counselor

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.

Margo Davis, LMHC

Counselor

I joined UCNW in October 2018 and I am passionate about providing mental health therapy in an integrated healthcare system dedicated to wellness for the whole person. My experience includes providing mental health therapy in community mental health settings, and as a case manager working with homeless individuals and families. I have a B.S. in Social and Behavioral Science from Linfield College, and an M.Ed. with a specialization in counseling from Heritage College.

Creating positive life change is an attainable goal. Counseling provides a safe, supportive environment that allows us to honestly and authentically examine issues and concerns. Working together we can strengthen hope and promote lasting healing and growth.  I use a variety of treatment approaches to address issues including depression, trauma, anxiety, mood management, and many others.  Whichever issues you choose to address in counseling, I am dedicated to working with you compassionately and respectfully toward an increased sense of resolution and well-being.

Autumn Farina, LMHC

Counselor - North Whatcom Health Center

I joined UCNW in August 2017 and enjoy working in community health as it enables me to provide compassionate, supportive and client-centered care to those who may not ordinarily have access. It is an honor to walk beside my clients on their path to healing.

I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  In the contemplative view, every individual possesses an inherent wisdom within.  When one is suffering from painful experiences in life, such as with anxiety, grief, or depression, that wisdom may be temporarily clouded. My goal is to help my clients integrate both mind and body in order to ease their presenting symptoms and fully awaken their own inherent wisdom.

 

Patricia Gora, LMHC

Consultant

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

 

Grant Guiley, LMHC

Behavioral Health Director and Counselor

I believe that helping others is a privilege, and daily I am grateful that others would allow me the privilege to be part of their life.

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business and Communications from Calvin College where I graduated in 2004.  While there I also spent much of my time studying music and religion. After working in business for four years I realized that I needed to be spending my life helping others.  I received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2011 from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. My practice is built on the knowledge that all people are both unique and are composed of individual desires, experiences, and gifts and at the same time we have common structures and aspects that make us tick as humans.  For this reason I approach counseling with the philosophies of Psychodynamic theories including Object Relations Theory, while using specific practice skills such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Motivational Interviewing. This allows those I see to direct their own healing while at the same time allows us to specifically target the things that are affecting health and development.

DJ Hanson Epstein, CDP

Chemical Dependency Professional

I joined Unity Care NW in 2019.

I am a seasoned professional around substance abuse disorder. I am helping to get our Substance Use Disorder/Medication Assisted Therapy program off the ground and running. I most enjoy working with people to help them improve their quality of life through working on their issues stemming from substance abuse.

I wholeheartedly believe in community health and am grateful to be working with UCNW to make the world a better place. I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree at Antioch Seattle in Psychology. I plan to attend Antioch to finish my Masters in Child and Family Psychology.

I love being part of the solution. Community Health is for people who truly deserve the best care that is available.

 

Alison Hastings, LMHC

Counselor

I am passionate about helping people identify their strengths and achieve meaningful goals.

I received my BA degree in Psychology from Western Washington University, and I went on to earn a MS degree in Mental Health Counseling at Western Washington University. I am a member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Julia Hudnall, LMHC

Counselor

I joined Unity Care in 2014. My experience ranges from case management to crisis services to psychotherapy, gained primarily in Jefferson County.  I worked with both adolescents and adults and served as in-house Designated Mental Health Professional. I am passionate about community mental health and enjoy being part of a collaborative and supportive group at UCNW!

Lucas Koole, LMHC

Specialty Behavioral Health Supervisor & Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in February 2016 as an Integrated Behavioral Health Counselor, and in January 2018 I became the Specialty Behavioral Health Supervisor & Counselor.    I love working with the people in our community in Bellingham. I received my BA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2008. I majored in Religion and minored in Communication Arts and Sciences. I went on to earn my MA in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2013. I also obtained a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee credential in July 2017. I have a history of working in community mental health, starting as a Case Manager in 2008 for a non-profit in Michigan. Since obtaining my MA, I have worked in both the community and a hospital prior to moving to Bellingham in 2016.  I enjoy working at Unity Care and assisting patients as part of an integrated care team.

Katie-Gray Landham, LMHC

Counselor

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.

Rob McCollough, LMHC

Counselor

I got into the field of counseling in order to help others. We all face challenges and sometimes need support to help us navigate these challenges and reach our goals. Each person is unique, and I really appreciate the opportunity to help others reach their goals and lead healthier lives. I enjoy and am proud of the work we do at Unity Care NW for our community.

I earned my BA degree in English from Western Washington University. I received my MA degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I am also a chemical dependency professional trainee and am a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Karen McKenzie-Alexander, LMHC

Counselor

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.

Aaron Moore, DO

Psychiatrist

I enjoy working with Unity Care NW staff and patients.

I earned my BA degree in American Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and I received my DO degree from the Touro University, Nevada School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed my Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry in Worcester, MA. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychology and Neurology.

Mike Nicholson, LICSW

Counselor

I joined the Specialty Behavioral Health department in January of 2018.  I received my MSW with honors from the University of Washington and my BS in Psychology from Washington State University.  I spent my career serving those in need as a medical social worker and mental health practitioner, and worked the last five years at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  I am excited to be in Bellingham, closer to family.  Working in Community Health provides opportunities to connect with and support the members of our community who need that support most.

Stephanie Pattison, LMHC

Counselor

I joined Unity Care NW in August 2014. I have over 10 years of experience as a counselor in Whatcom county, having worked with children, adolescents and adults. I am a licensed mental health counselor and a nationally certified DBT therapist (CDBT). I provide individual counseling and coordinate and facilitate DBT skills groups at UCNW. I received my BA degree in Psychology from Western Washington University and my MA degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. I believe it’s a privilege to support others in their journey towards improved health and well-being and I enjoy working as part of a collaborative team here at UCNW.

Marian Schultz, LICSW

Consultant - North Whatcom Health Center

I joined Unity Care NW in November of 2018, and work at the Ferndale location.

I received my Master’s of Social Work from Walla Walla University, and have over 20 years of experience utilizing evidenced based practices to improve behavioral health with individuals, couples and families in multidisciplinary settings.

I enjoy being part of a team that sees each person as a unique individual and supports them in making positive life changes.

 

Richard Sprague, LICSW

Counselor

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and am a licensed clinical social worker.  I joined Unity Care NW in 2010.  I have received education in specialized areas including suicide prevention, domestic violence, eating disorders, crisis prevention, and personality disorders.

Grace Thoerner, LICSW

Inpatient & Emergency Room Community Connector

I enjoy partnering with clients as they try to navigate the local services network and helping them establish connections they can benefit from long-term.

I earned my BS degree in Sociology at Western Oregon University, and I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Oregon University.

Adrienne Watkins, LMHC

Counselor

I started working at Unity Care NW in April of 2018.  I have over 10 years’ experience working as a Mental Health Clinician and School Counselor.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University, and my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University. I recently moved to Bellingham from Alaska.

Josh Whaley, LICSW

Consultant

I started working at Unity Care NW in April of 2018.  I received my MS in Social Work in 2001 from Eastern Washington University.  I also have a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University.  I have 14 years of experience providing counseling and case management to a wide variety of populations.  What I like best about working in Community Health is the opportunity to help others with difficulties and help improve their quality of life.