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
For Dr. Christopher Faison, being a family doctor is about being part of a community, about working one-on-one with families journeying through different phases of life. He appreciates a job that balances hands and head, and allows him to be present for both special and difficult moments. He has a particular interest in pediatrics, reproductive health, sports medicine, and palliative care.
Chris grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and spent most of his life in the Southeast and Appalachia, including North Carolina and Virginia. He and his wife Tracy fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during a cross country road trip in a wood paneled station wagon, their hermaphroditic dog Joey in tow.
Chris has been lucky enough to live and work in some pretty unique places, from Germany to Kenya. These are experiences he continues to draw upon as we decide locally and nationally what type of health care systems are practical and in keeping with our values.
Since moving to the NW, the Gorge has been and continues to be a special place for both him and his family. They escaped to the area often during medical training, were married here, and are thrilled to be planting roots here. To Chris, the place is a living story, a beautifully illustrated reminder of a much bigger and longer timescale and our place in it. He looks forward to having his arm twisted into many long hikes as well as to learning some of the many new pastimes the area has to offer.
Traditional Western medicine tends to concentrate on specific diseases, where the physician is in charge of directing care. Dr. Giménez sees herself instead as an advisor or health coach in people’s lives. She tries to meet patients wherever they are on the road to good health. Then together, they identify and try to remove any obstacles in the way. In some ways, this approach is more difficult as it requires a lot of involvement on both parts. Ultimately though, she believes it is not only more rewarding, but more successful in the long run as she and the patient can tailor a unique, individual health plan. From infancy, through adolescence, onto the “golden years”, she sees this approach as essential to achieving a healthy, balanced life. Her goal is to empower each person to direct their own health and care.
Dr. Giménez was raised on a small family farm in Eastern Washington. She attended University of Washington in Seattle for both her undergraduate degree and medical school, and then moved to Spokane, WA for residency. She has lived in White Salmon since 1996; her favorite activity is spending time with her husband Dr. Allen LaBerge and their two children. She also enjoys most outdoor sports, gardening, sewing and knitting.
Residency in Family Medicine, Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program – 1996
Doctor of Medicine, University of Washington – 1993
Board Certified Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
Washington State Medical Association
Obesity treatment and prevention, Nutrition, Adolescent Medicine