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Kate Cousineau, PA-C

Kate Cousineau, PA-C

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Kate Cousineau comes to us with a unique background as both a social worker and a certified physician assistant (PA-C).   Kate believes it is best if she and her patients work together to create a health care plan that is personalized and sustainable to fit a person’s unique lifestyle.  She strives to help patients better understand their health and connects them with local community resources when necessary.  Kate encourages patients to play an active role in their health by asking questions, communicating with her, and collaborating to reach goals.

As a social worker, Kate spent many years working with clients struggling with addiction and behavioral health issues.  She decided to pursue family practice to help patients with addiction and behavioral health issues obtain easier access to quality care, and she prides herself on practicing integrative medicine. She is passionate about helping patients achieve and sustain recovery.

Kate comes to us from Pennsylvania, but for the last two years Kate has been working in migrant health at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.  She truly enjoyed her work in Family Practice in this setting, and is happy to move to the Gorge where she can also continue this important work. Kate also speaks Spanish and appreciates learning from patients with diverse backgrounds.

She is a white water kayaker and moved to the Gorge to reunite with kayaking friends and family, and to enjoy the amazing rivers here.  She also loves mountain biking, running, 5 Rhythms Meditation, and living a sustainable lifestyle.

EDUCATION
Master’s of Medical Science, Physician Assistant, Lock Haven University, 2015
Masters of Social Work, MSW, Widener University, 2010
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, BSW, Temple University, 2005

CERTIFICATIONS
NCCPA- Certified Physician Assistant

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Addiction, Suboxone, Behavioral Health, Holistic Health

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Stephanie Naas, FNP-BC

Stephanie Naas, FNP-BC

Stephanie Naas, FNP-BC

Stephanie Naas, FNP-BC

Stephanie Naas decided to pursue medicine as a career out of a desire to help people be healthier. She knew her first love was in rehabilitation, which is why she received her first Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and then a year later in Nursing. After eight years as a critical care nurse she returned to the world of academia and received her Master’s of Science from OHSU to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings ranging from large urban hospitals to clinics in remote areas of the Navajo Nation.

She chose to concentrate in family practice because unlike critical care, where one sees the sickest patients for a short amount of time, family practice allows providers to gather the whole health story of a person. For Stephanie, this helps her to partner with patients to create a health plan that suits each individual’s goals. Giving patients the personal empowerment to make health improvements is one of the most rewarding aspects of her career.

Stephanie believes that all human beings have the right to sound, evidence-based and thorough primary healthcare that is not discriminatory, divisive, or judgmental. She has dedicated many years to the study, research, advocating and clinical care of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth and adults in rural communities. She is one of only two providers in the Gorge specializing  in LGBT clinical care which includes  transgender transition counseling, services, and referrals. For more information view Stephanie’s profile at:  www.glma.org

Stephanie had been looking to work in the Gorge for several years before finally making the move here from the Northern California coast. The Gorge is a perfect area for all of her favorite outdoor hobbies such as cycling, skiing, and kayaking, not to mention a great place for her indoor hobbies of pottery, and seeing live music. She wanted to work at NorthShore Medical Group because it is an organization which truly sees their employees as individuals and genuinely cares about their personal and professional satisfaction.

EDUCATION
Master’s of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Oregon Health &; Science University – 2010
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Binghamton University – 2001
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Kent State University – 2000

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner – ANCC

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Fibromyalgia, LBGT Health (youth, teen and adult), Rheumatology, Nutritional medicine

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Kathy Pickering, PA-C

Kathy Pickering, PA-C

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kathy pickering2Kathy has over 20 years of clinical experience as a primary care provider in a variety of settings.  She has a personal passion for women’s health and pediatrics.  She spent almost 10 years offering primary care services and teaching primary and emergency care skills in remote villages in arctic Alaska prior to moving to the Gorge in 2006.  She enjoys educating patients about health issues, working with kids, outdoor activities, crafting with friends.

EDUCATION
PA Certification, Stanford University Primary Care Associate Program – 1992
BA, Sonoma State University

CERTIFICATIONS:  Board Certified Physician Assistant, NCCPA

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Connie Strom, PA-C

Connie Strom, PA-C

Connie Strom, PA-C

Connie Strom, PA-C

There is nothing more satisfying and rewarding to Connie than being able to work with and help her friends and neighbors. Being a family practice provider here in our rural community offers her that unique opportunity.

Connie loves dogs! She breeds, shows, hunts and does agility with her adorable Brittany’s. She also enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing with her husband.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science, Oregon Health Sciences University – 1997
Associate of Science in Nursing, Macomb Community College – 1989

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Physician Assistant, NCCPA

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Minor surgery (laceration repair, lesion removals), Trigger point/joint injections, Acute injuries

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Liette Witherrite, MD

Liette Witherrite, MD

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Dr Liette Witherite

Dr. Liette Witherrite loves providing a full spectrum approach to health care. Avoiding the labels that are often used in some areas of medicine, family medicine allows her to focus on her patients as people. Dr. Witherrite’s specific interests in geriatrics, pediatrics, adolescent medicine and women’s health allows her to care for her patients at each stage of their lives. She embraces working with evidence based and integrative medicine, as well as nutrition and medical acupuncture.

In her free time, Dr. Witherrite enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Troy Witherrite, and their two daughters, Lila and Sage. Being an active participant in our community, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, gardening, weight lifting, yoga, and is an avid reader. She has a special interest in literacy and volunteers with reading programs at the local public school and administers the Reach Out and Read Program at NorthShore Medical Group.

 

EDUCATION
Faculty Development Fellowship, University of Arizona, 2006
Residency in Family Medicine, Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency Program – 2005
Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University, The Feinberg Medical School – 2002

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine

ORGANIZATIONS
Washington Academy of Family Physicians
Washington State Medical Association

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Troy Witherrite, MD

Troy Witherrite, MD

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Dr. Troy Witherite

Dr. Witherrite believes that rural family medicine remains the ideal for the family medicine specialty. It gives doctors the ability to provide full spectrum care for patients from, obstetrics & pediatrics to geriatrics and everything stage in between. He finds that having the opportunity to care for you and your entire family is very rewarding.

Besides being close to where he grew up in Pendleton, OR, Dr. Troy Witherrite chose to move to the area because of the nice blend of cultures, and climates that the area offers. He chose to practice at NorthShore because there is a strong spirit of independence here as well as a wonderfully diverse group of professionals to work with.

Outside the office, Dr. Witherrite enjoys backpacking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and CrossFit.   He also loves spending time with his wife, Dr. Liette Witherrite and their two daughters, Lila and Sage. He has also been enjoying fixing up their nearly century old farmhouse. To date they have built a large chicken coop, greenhouse, and begun restoring the barn.

EDUCATION
Fellowship in Faculty Development, University of Arizona College of Medicine  – 2006
Residency in Family Medicine, Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency Program – 2006
Internship in Internal Medicine, Maricopa Integrated Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program  – 2004
Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin  – 2002
Masters of Arts in Medical Ethics, Medical College of Wisconsin  – 2002
Bachelor of Science: Double Major in Biology & Philosophy, Oregon State University  – 1997

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine

ORGANIZATIONS
American Academy of Family Physicians

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Suboxone (Click here for Suboxone Patient Handout)

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Gregory Zuck, MD

Gregory Zuck, MD

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Gregory Zuck, MD

Gregory Zuck, MD

Dr. Zuck has always thought practicing medicine should occur on a more personal basis. In the Mid-Columbia area, he has had the chance to get to know his patients personally. He believes that makes his job more enjoyable.

When Dr. Zuck is away from the office, he enjoys being with his wife and four children. They enjoy skiing, backpacking and camping together. He also enjoys gardening, music and computers.

EDUCATION
Residency in Family Medicine, St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency – 1984
Doctor of Medicine, St. Louis University School of Medicine – 1981

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine

ORGANIZATIONS
American Academy of Family Physicians

SPECIAL INTERESTS
ADD / ADHD