(photo credit: The Valley Voice)
Our Clinical Team:
Integrative Therapies, Acupuncture, and Massage: (see below for bio)
Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac.
Clinical Support Staff:
Miranda Berry, MA
Cathleen Bruni-Forand, RN
Barb Leggett, LPN
Jessica Nicholson, RN
Kielee Pelland, APRN, FNP
Danielle Berry, LPN
Nicole Grassano, LPN
Leslie Scribner, RN
Kelly O’Keefe, MA
Patrick Rowe, D.D.S M.P.H.
Emma Budine, R.D.H.
Sandy Capasso, C.D.A
Dental Support Staff:
Sarah Bell, Office Manager
Chief Executive Officer: Martha Halnon, CPC, CAPPM, CMPE
Chief Financial Officer: Greg MacDonald
Office Support Staff:
Operations Manager: Debra Hutchins
Nurse Manager: Marion Atocha, RN
IT Manager: David McClellan
Informatics Specialist: Gwen Delgadillo
Quality/Clinical Systems Coordinator: Kielee Pelland, RN
Community and Patient Health Educator: Rachel Edwards
Human Resources: TBH
Front Desk Staff:
Mountain Health Clinician Bios:
Marian Bouchard, MD – Marian has been with Mountain Health Center since 1993, practicing full spectrum family care, often seeing several generations of a given family. She enjoys the relationships that develop over time, and feels that trust is vital to a positive healing environment. Marian went to McGill University Medical School, in Montreal, Quebec, and completed a family practice residency in Rochester, NY. Mountain Health Center was her first job out of residency, and for the first 9 years of practice, Marian included obstetrics in her practice. That changed when Marian had her own two children. Marian enjoys cycling, skiing, playing family soccer, spending time in and on the water, and in nature with her family. She is interested in wildcrafting, yoga and when time allows, loves to garden. She is very interested in how health is connected to one’s relationship with food, and Marian loves to cook with this in mind. Marian is board certified in both Family Medicine (American Board of Family Medicine) and Integrative Medicine (American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine). Currently NOT accepting new patients.
Brian Bates, MD – Brian grew up in Maryland and first ventured to New England for undergraduate studies at Dartmouth. He went to medical school at the University of Maryland and then completed his family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center where he continued to work as a teaching physician. He practices full spectrum primary care for children and adults. He also provides medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders with Suboxone. Outside of work, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, outdoors activities, beekeeping, gardening, and playing music.
Ed Clark, MD – Ed is one of the original founders of the Mountain Health Center, which started in 1986. He graduated from UVM Medical School in 1982 and completed a Family Residency Program at UVM in 1985. Now mostly retired, Ed still helps out at MHC and volunteers at the Open Door Clinic. Ed lives in Lincoln (in the house he built) with his wife Suzanne and has two grown daughters. Ed is an avid kayaker, mountain biker, skier and an accomplished carpenter. Currently NOT accepting new patients.
Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac. – local acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist, brings complementary care therapy to the scope of services offered at the Mountain Health Center. She specializes in addiction and behavioral health, and sees her clinical role as a facilitator for each person’s unique capacity for transformation and healing. While every clinical relationship is different, she invites each person to participate more fully in the practice of health through dietary changes, meditation, and exercise. Rachel received her certification in massage therapy from the Vermont Institute of Massage in 1997 and graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2001. She has been sharing the benefits of Chinese Medicine and massage therapy with the Vermont community ever since. Rachel lives in Lincoln with her husband and three sons. If she’s not enjoying family time in the woodlands and by the rivers, you can find her practicing Tai Chi Chuan out in the fields with the view of Mount Abraham.
Suzanne Germain, ANP – Suzanne is one of the original founders of MHC with her husband Dr. Ed Clark, which started in 1986. She has lived in VT since age 11 (so not quite a native Vermonter). Suzanne graduated from UVM nursing school with an AD in 1976 and a BSN in 1985, and then became a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She just recently completed her masters in 2013 as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Her work as an NP has taken her all over the world volunteering in Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, and locally at the Open Door Clinic. In addition, Suzanne speaks fluent Spanish and French.
Jeff Wulfman, MD joined Mountain Health Center in 2013. He practices full-spectrum Family Medicine covering all areas of health and all ages from birth to elderly. The original foundations of Jeff’s general philosophy honor all aspects of evidence-based medicine including scientific information, clinical experience and patient preferences/values. Jeff takes an open-minded, carefully considered, common-sense approach to healthcare, combining the best of both standard allopathic medicine and integrative/alternative/functional medicine approaches. He sees the body as an ecosystem, not just a chemistry set, and honors that each person’s situation is unique and is best served by individualized care with decisions made as a team- clinician and patient- working together with mutual respect. Jeff is board certified in both Family Medicine (American Board of Family Medicine) and Integrative Medicine (American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine).
Kate LaMancuso, MD – Kate is originally from western New York. She took the long path to medicine, via undergraduate studies in literary arts and Italian studies at Brown University. She completed her post-baccalaureate premedical studies in Buffalo. There, she fell in love with family medicine and its power for individual and community transformation while working as a medical case manager at a refugee service agency. She completed medical school and a family medicine residency at Brown University, where she pursued clinical and research interests in women’s health, global health, and health care for vulnerable populations. Kate is eager to participate in the Addison County community through her work at Mountain Health Center. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, yoga, Green Mountain culinary adventures, and spending time with family and friends.
Tonya Howard, Family Nurse Practitioner – is doing acute care one or two days a week at MHC. She has been involved at many levels and in different roles in the community health center world in Vermont. She lives in Underhill, has 2 cats and a big farmhouse and barn she has been “bringing back to life”, and enjoys having guests, retreats, and gatherings there. She always has an audio book queued up for the commute. She graduated from Yale University School of Nursing with her Masters too many years ago to admit, and continues to love learning, traveling, swing dancing, hiking, singing, eating and cooking good food, and cherishes time with her diverse group of friends.
Sumra Harper-Deas, Registered Dietitian- Sumra joined Mountain Health in 2017 as a Registered Dietitian on the Community Health Team. She was born and raised in the Bristol area and is delighted to be able to do the work she loves in a community that is so close to her heart. Her work experience includes clinical nutrition, coordination of a statewide nutrition education program, and as a children with special health needs community nutritionist. Sumra helps individuals and families to work toward realizing their nutrition and health goals, and offers counseling and education to help with managing many common health concerns, including diabetes, heart disease, and problems with digestion. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, skiing and hiking with her family and soaking up the quiet Vermont woods near her home.
Amy Kittredge-LADC/LCMHC– Amy is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Amy graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2012 and has been a therapist in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders since 2010. Amy was born and raised in Addison County and is excited about the opportunity to work at Mountain Health Center to give back to a community that has given her so much. Currently, she live in Addison with her husband Nate and their 3 children. She enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Charlie Biss – Bio and photo coming soon!
Will Porter, MD – Will Porter joined Mountain Health in May 2019, as a staff physician providing addiction treatment services in Bristol and Middlebury. He had been doing this same work in Addison County for the past five years. Will graduated from Middlebury College in 1984 with a degree in English Literature. He attended medical school at Brown University. After completing family medicine residency training and doing ER work in California for ten years, he moved back to Vermont in 1999. He has provided medical care in this community as an ER, family medicine and palliative care/hospice doc but found his ‘calling’ in the substance use treatment. He lives in Shoreham and loves being a dad, skiing, biking, music, and reading.
Ed Liberman – Bio and photo coming soon!