About Our Team
(photo credit: The Valley Voice)
At Mountain Health Center, each patient has a designated provider of choice to oversee all care. We make referrals to specialists and coordinate care as needed. We also work with home health services to provide in-home support to our patients when needed.
Mountain Health Center is a medical home where people can engage in coordinated and comprehensive health care in a comfortable, caring and relaxed environment. Comprehensive care plans which include patient generated goals and specialty referrals, as well as coordination of care, are integral to our practice. We take care of you when you are ill and work with you to achieve health, recognizing that your health care demands your involvement.
We now have a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) to help our patients and community members apply for qualified health plans, including Medicaid, through Vermont Health Connect.
From left to right: Frank Provato, MD; Renee Bratspis, MD; Marian Bouchard, MD; Jeffrey Wulfman, MD
Our Clinical Team
Medical Providers: (see below for bios)
Marian Bouchard, MD
Brian Bates, MD
C. Edward Clark, MD
Suzanne Germain, ANP
Frank Provato, MD
Jeffrey Wulfman, MD
Complementary Care, Acupuncture, and Massage: (see below for bio)
Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac.
Clinical Support Staff:
Marion Atocha, RN
Miranda Berry, MA
Cathleen Bruni-Forand, RN
Gwen Delgadillo, MA
Barb Leggett, LPN
Jessica Nicholson, RN
Kielee Pelland, RN
Kathie Shedarowich, MA
Danielle Berry, LPN
Scribe: Emily Speck
Dental Providers: (see below for bios)
Nidhi Gupta, DMD
Farid Hamidzadeh, DMD, MS, FAGD, ABGD
Dental Support Staff:
Kaylee LeCompte, Registered Dental Hygienist
Emily Sheehan, Dental Assistant
Lisa Sullivan, Office Manager
Our Administrative Team
Chief Executive Officer: Martha Halnon, CPC, CAPPM, CMPE
Chief Financial Officer: Greg Macdonald
Operations Manager: Debra Hutchins
IT Manager: Seth Nelson
Informatics Specialist: Kathie Shedarowich
Quality/Clinical Systems Coordinator: Kielee Pelland, RN
Community and Patient Health Educator: Rachel Edwards
Front Desk Staff: Kim Farnsworth, Sheila Perfect, Starr Bouvier, Maghan Mashia, Peggy Yolman, Laurie Steadman
Billing Staff: Linda Hanf, Tina Patterson
Human Resources/Administrative Specialist:
Farid Hamidzadeh, DMD, MS, FAGD, ABGD – Dr. Hamidzadeh is a native of South Florida, and recent transplant to Vermont. He graduated from Deerfield Beach High School, and was named a Scholar Athlete by the Broward County Athletics Association. He attended undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University, where he earned his B.S. in both Engineering and Biology. After undergraduate, he earned his dental degree from the University of Florida, and went on to attain a Certificate in Comprehensive Dentistry from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and a Masters of Science in Oral Biology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Dr. Hamidzadeh has continually pursued furthering his education, which led him on to become a Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Hamidzadeh served as a comprehensive dentist in the US Navy, where he delivered care at home and abroad on deployments. He serves as a Deputy Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of General Dentists, and frequently lectures on dental materials, aesthetics, and CAD/CAM dentistry. He places great value on staying current with new technologies to offer the best and most comfortable patient care possible. He has a passion for humanitarian missions, caring for military working animals, and clinical case presentations.
Dr. Hamidzadeh is a proud father to his son, and a German Shepherd named Razor. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, and is looking forward to becoming an integrated member of the community to serve your family. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the country roads on his motorcycle, hiking, spending time on the water and skiing.
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.
Nidhi Gupta, DMD – Nidhi Gupta grew up in India and moved to United States where she received her medical training. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Georgia and completed her training in dentistry at Boston University’s dental school in 2006. After working in Maine for two years at a non-profit dental center, she married and moved to Vermont. Nidhi enjoys working in public health as it gives her the opportunity to provide care to people in need of all kinds of dental services ranging from immediate pain relief to cosmetic dentistry. She enjoys sharing her skills with adults and children of all ages and likes to volunteer for free dental care days. Nidhi believes preventive care is essential and encourages patients to be seen as early as when their first tooth appears. This gives her the opportunity to build trusting relationships with families over time providing information on preventative care along the way. Nidhi enjoys swimming and various outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Frank Provato, MD – Dr. Provato is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in the treatment of a broad spectrum of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries in patients aged sixteen and older. He has a special interest in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic heart and lung disease. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He completed his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He has over forty years of experience in clinical practice and medical administration. A native of New York City, Dr. Provato has been in Vermont for almost two decades serving patients in both urban and rural settings. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, reading, listening to music and spending time with his family. Currently accepting MAT patients only
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).