(photo credit: The Valley Voice)
Our Clinical Team:
Medical Clinicians: (see below for bios)
Brian Bates, MD – Currently not accepting patients
C. Edward Clark, MD
Suzanne Germain, ANP – Currently not accepting patients
Jeffrey Wulfman, MD
Kate LaMancuso, MD
Tonya Howard, FNP
Will Porter, MD
Kielee Pelland, APRN,FNP
Jennifer Wisdom-Behounek, MD
Other Wrap Around Services: (see below for bio)
Sumra Harper-Deas,Registered Dietician
Samara Coble – Social worker to connect patients with community resources.
Clinical Support Staff:
Miranda Berry, MA
Cathleen Bruni-Forand, RN
Barb Leggett, LPN
Danielle Berry, LPN
Nicole Grassano, LPN
Jordan Racine, RN
Kelly O’Keefe, MA
Hannah Donovan, MA
Michele Caballero, MA
Wendy Giard, RN
Dr. Shalin Patel, D.M.D. – Dental Director
Stephen Feldman, D.D.S. – Per Diem
Susan Grimes, D.D.S. – Per Diem
John Viskup D.D.S – Per Diem
Emma Budine, R.D.H.
Chasity DeMers, R.D.H.
Louise Brynn, C.D.A.
Emily Sheehan C.D.A.
Amanda Scaggs – Front Desk
Ariana Ducharme – Front Desk
Chief Executive Officer: Martha Halnon, CPC, CAPPM, CMPE
Chief Financial Officer: Greg Macdonald
Operations Manager: Debra Hutchins
Nurse Manager: Marion Atocha, RN
IT Manager: David McClellan
Quality Manager: Kielee Pelland, APRN, FNP
Administrative Assistant: Laura Brace
Cheryl Grace – Scanning Clerk
Front Desk Staff:
Mountain Health Clinician Bios:
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.
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 – Charlie grew up in New York and received his MSW at The State University at Albany. He worked as a clinician and program developer with children, adults, and families at various community agencies in New York and Vermont. For thirty years, Charlie was the Director of Children Mental health Services for the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Charlie has enjoyed working as a Mental Health Clinician at Mountain Health Center since retirement from the state. Outside of work, Charlie and his wife Lynn enjoy their 4 adult children, travel, and most outdoor activities.
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.
Kielee Pelland – Accepting NEW patients. Kielee is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2019. Currently, Kielee is working on a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She grew up right in Bristol and prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she worked as a registered nurse for 9 years in multiple settings. As a family nurse practitioner, she provides care to all ages and is excited to see the whole family and care for her beloved community. Kielee is also the Quality Manager at MHC where she feels fortunate to support a very committed practice in maintaining comprehensive, evidence-based care. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything family centered. She is married with two sons, a bunch of dogs and other animals. Top on her list for fun are gardening, cooking, baking, spinning, wilderness camping, and traveling.
Shalin Patel, D.M.D – Shalin grew up in beautiful Western Massachusetts and went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for his undergraduate studies. He received his D.M.D degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. During his time here, he participated in various volunteering programs in the community and since reinforced the idea of compassionate dentistry. Since graduating from dental school, he completed a one-year General Practice Residency Program at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. Here, he learned more rigorous medical and dental training to serve medically complex patients.
Afterward, he practiced dentistry in a community health center setting in Connecticut for two years. He strongly believes in maintaining great dental skills, which is why he keeps current with the latest dental literature and advancements. In his free time, he loves to cook, read, and spend time outdoors with his fiancé.
Jennifer Wisdom-Behounek, MD – Dr. Wisdom-Behounek grew up in a rural community in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois for medical school, where she had additional specific training in rural medicine. Residency took her to Columbia, Missouri, where she completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Missouri. She has worked in private practice, and in academic medicine teaching medical students in addition to clinical care. She has additional training and a specialized interest in Lifestyle and Nutritional Medicine to prevent and reverse disease where possible. She loves to travel, recreating outdoors, and writing about the research illustrating nature’s positive impact on human health.