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Christopher Faison, MD

Christopher Faison, MD

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Dr. Faison

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.

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Alicia Giménez, MD

Alicia Giménez, MD

Alicia Giménez, MD

Alicia Giménez, MD

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.

EDUCATION
Residency in Family Medicine, Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program – 1996
Doctor of Medicine, University of Washington – 1993

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine
CCLA-Spanish Certified

ORGANIZATIONS
American Academy of Family Physicians
Washington State Medical Association

SPECIAL INTERESTS
Obesity treatment and prevention, Nutrition, Adolescent Medicine

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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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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