Our medical provider team displays a variety of educational backgrounds and professional experiences. To help you understand some of the terms and titles, we have compiled the following descriptions:
There are two types of physicians in the United States. One has an M.D. (doctor of medicine) degree, and the other has a D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degree. Both physicians have premedical training, an undergraduate college degree, four years of training in a medical school and a year’s internship in a hospital. If he or she chooses to enter a medical specialty, he or she enters a two to six year residency program.
The D.O. believes that a disturbance in the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones and joints) causes changes in other systems of the body. As part of their diagnosis and treatment, osteopathic physicians use osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) as well as other traditional forms of treatment to care for their patients.
F.N.P. —– Family Nurse Practitioner
A Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.) has an advanced degree in nursing. Family nurse practitioners meet the health care needs of the family by providing health assessments, direct care, and guidance, teaching, or counseling as appropriate, particularly around family self-care. They are dedicated to primary health care. They treat all age groups and the array of medical conditions that patients have. Family Nurse Practitioners work collaboratively with physicians.
Medical Provider Profiles
Dr. Ray completed his internship at the University of Massachusetts and his residency at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency in Augusta. Dr. Ray’s responsibilities at SVHC include direct patient care, and, in his position as Medical Director, clinical management and supervision of the medical provider team. He is also a member of the Health Center’s Leadership Team.
Dr. Bates has joined our staff one day a week to provide psychiatry services to children and adolescents. He trained to become a physician at University of New England in Biddeford, Maine and did his psychiatry residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Before medical school, he worked as a lobsterman, carpenter and woodcutter, and then trained to be a paramedic and nurse.
When he is not with patients, Dr. Bates enjoys raising animals of all sorts, playing music with his friends and working on his house and barn with his wife and children.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Gale Johnsen is a family nurse practitioner who rejoined the SVHC team in 2008. She received undergraduate degrees in nursing and sociology from the University of Southern Maine, master and doctoral degrees from Boston College, and a postgraduate certificate in family practice from Simmons College. In addition to many years working as a family nurse practitioner in primary care, Gale has taught at the graduate level. Her clinical interests include women’s health, geriatrics, and mental health.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Margaret, a Nurse Practitioner, joined SVHC in September 2012. Originally from Michigan, she completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Saginaw Valley State University and her master’s degree at Michigan State University. She is certified as a Nurse Practitioner in both family and gerontology and continues to have special interest in the elderly. Margaret has lived and worked in Michigan’s rural upper peninsula (yes, she’s a yooper), a Community Health Center in South Central Alaska and a remote Eskimo fishing village on the Yukon River in Southwestern “bush” Alaska.
Margaret likes exploring new places, learning new cultures and appreciating the best of her surroundings. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, walking and playing with her dog Ginger as well as cross-country skiing and some kayaking.
Mayra Brink, P.A.
Medical interests include pediatrics, women’s health, and preventive medicine. She has joined the Sacopee Valley Health Center because of her desire to help those in medically underserved areas.
She joins our community with her husband and son. She loves to dance, hike, and do crafts.
Seth Brooker, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Originally from Millinocket, Maine, Seth obtained his BSN from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 1996. He went on to obtain his Master’s degree from UVM in 2000 and since that has worked as a Nurse Practitioner. He brings experience from a sports medicine and occupational practice as well as over a decade of experience working in Pain Management / Spine clinic. His clinic interests include orthopedics and health promotion through personal responsibility.
An avid outdoorsman, he and his wife Nicole enjoy cycling, woodworking, gardening, reading, cooking (and eating), hiking, backpacking, fishing, time on his motorcycle and bird hunting with their two dogs.
The Care Manager role is the next step in our Integrated Primary Care program which supports the health connection between the mind and the body. As a member of the medical team, the Care Manager consults with patients and the providers to help the patients live the healthiest life possible. Amy joined SVHC in June 2009 as the Care Manager. She received her B.A. in Psychology in 2002 from Southern New Hampshire University and has worked with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings.
The Behavioral Health Consultant works in our Integrated Primary Care program which supports the health connection between the mind and the body. As a member of the medical team, the Behavioral Health Consultant provides lifestyle support and assistance to both Medical Providers and their patients. Jennifer received master’s degrees in education and counseling from Boston University and Salem State College. She is a licensed counselor in Massachusetts and Maine. She has extensive experience counseling adults, children, adolescents and families.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sweet dog.