Family Nurse Practitioner
I graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and the University of Southern Maine with my Master’s of Science in Nursing. I have worked in the acute care setting for 8 years and am looking forward to working in family practice. My goal is to provide best health care to you and your families. Growing up in a small community, I appreciate the relationship health care providers have with patients and family. I am excited to build relationships with you and your community!
I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and most outdoor activities. I also enjoy attending sporting events of our New England sports teams. Growing up with four younger siblings, I have a place in my heart for high school sporting events. Outside of my nursing career, rescuing animals is my passion!
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Sarah graduated from the University of Southern Maine for both her Health Science and Nurse Practitioner degrees. She also has a degree in Cardiovascular Technology. Sarah has lived and worked in the southern Maine community for several years. She comes from a strong cardiology background, both in inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to cardiology, Sarah has a special interest in the older adult and both men’s and women’s health. She is excited to join the SVHC team and help care for the families of the Sacopee Valley community.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, motorcycling, disc golfing with her sons, spending time with her dogs, and attending concerts.
Dr. Royer graduated college from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Royer has been in practice since 1980. He has worked in emergency rooms and has owned his own medical practice and walk-in clinic in Michigan as well as Maine. As staff physician at SVHC, he will provide family medical treatment, osteopathic manipulative therapy, and is certified to perform DOT physicals.
Dr. Royer and his wife Vicki live in Lovell, Maine and have four grown children and several grand-children. Of their children, Anna was the only one interested in medicine as a career, and is currently a general surgeon in Lewiston.
Dr. Royer has many interests including reading, writing, welding, travel, gardening, and sports. Unfortunately he is left with little time to do many of these.
Dr. Ray began his full time practice at SVHC during the summer of 1998. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine in Orono in 1975, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1983. He operated a private chiropractic practice in Portland for 10 years and then attended the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, where he received a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 1995.
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.
Mayra Brink is a Physician Assistant who completed her Master’s Degree in 2013 at Franklin Pierce University of New Hampshire. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, she was an office manager at a rural health center in Chelsea, Vermont. Mayra has over 15 years experience including an active role as a combat medic in the Vermont Army National Guard since 1999. Medical interests include pediatrics, women’s health, and preventative medicine. She has joined the Sacopee Valley Health Center because of her desire to help those in medically under-served areas. She joins our community with her husband and son. She loves to dance, hike and to do crafts.
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.
Staff Triage Nurse
Santana Eastman is Sacopee Valley Health Center’s Staff Triage Nurse. She works closely with the clinical support staff to ensure workflow development is adhered to and utilizes health information technology data for clinical quality reporting. Santana oversees the day to day clinical improvement initiatives ensure compliance and promoting improved health care outcomes.
Her hobbies include hunting and fishing as well as spending time with her husband and watching her two children’s sporting events.
Behavioral Health Consultant
The Behavioral Health Consultant works in our Integrated Primary Care program which supports the health connection between the mind and 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 Maine. She has extensive experience counseling adults, children, adolescents and families. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sweet dog.
Behavioral Health Consultation is available to all patients at SVHC. A consultation is a brief visit of 15 minutes with Jenn before, during, or after the visit with your provider. The cost of the session is free on the same day as your provider appointment otherwise it is $3.00. There is flexibility with scheduling and same day appointments are available.
Jenn has specialized training in behavioral medicine and health in addition to her background in counseling and education. This work is different from traditional counseling/psychotherapy. Instead, Jenn is available to all our patients as needed, usually on the same day as your PCP visit. Often a few brief visits are enough to help you improve your health. If more mental health service is needed Jenn can help you find that.
As a member of your primary health care team, Jenn will have a close working relationship with you and your PCP to help address a variety of health issues such as:
Have more questions? Talk to your health care provider and ask to meet with Jenn to develop the best health care plan for you!
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Emily began her role as SVHC’s Care Coordinator in June of 2017. In this role, Emily works closely with the providers as part of the medical team. You may see Emily welcoming you at your new patient visit, establishing care visit, or at your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. She also does regular telephone follow-up calls with patients to help them monitor their chronic health conditions and provide support for self-management goals. Emily is the direct line to the patient’s provider in between visits.
Emily and her husband were raised as members of the local community. Together they have two beautiful children and a beloved dog. As a family they enjoy staying busy outdoors, fishing, camping and watching movies in their down time.