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.
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
NCCPA- Certified Physician Assistant
Addiction, Suboxone, Behavioral Health, Holistic Health
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.
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
Board Certified Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
Suboxone (Click here for Suboxone Patient Handout)