SVHC’s Medical Assistants
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.
Dr. Kistler graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995. She previously worked in New Hampton, NH and specializes in Family Medicine. Dr. Kistler is excited to meet the Sacopee Valley community!
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 underserved areas. She joins our community with her husband and son. She loves to dance, hike and to do crafts.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Colleen is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2016 at Seattle University. She received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Notre Dame and worked in the field of recruiting for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care industries before becoming a nurse practitioner. Colleen’s interests include women’s health, diabetes care, pediatrics, health promotion and preventative medicine. As a native of rural Maine, she is excited to provide health care in the Sacopee Valley community.
In her free time, Colleen enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, running, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and spending time with her family.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Tiffanie graduated from the University of Southern Maine for both her her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Degrees. She also has a degree in Biology. Tiffanie has served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a registered nurse training combat medics. She has a strong background in cardiology, correctional medicine, women’s health and psychiatry but enjoys working in diverse populations. She works one day a week at a small jail in Androscoggin County.
Tiffanie recently relocated back to Maine after living in Savannah, GA and she is looking forward to being back with friends and family. She enjoys traveling and is excited to get to know the Sacopee Valley area, especially the patients at Sacopee Valley Health Center!
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.
Donna Hempel is a Physician Assistant who joined SVHC in 2015. She received an undergraduate degree in Biology from Fitchburg State College and Master’s Degrees from Harvard University in 2004 and University of New England in 2008 in the fields of Immunology and Physician Assistant Studies respectively. As a Physician Assistant she has practiced in the specialties of Primary care, Urology, Surgery and Hospitalist Medicine. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant she spent 20 years in research science with specialization in the field of molecular immunology to include the development of vaccine strategies for the treatment of malignant melanoma and renal cell carcinoma.
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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Aleece has been with the Health Center since 2013 and in April of 2015 began her journey as the Care Coordinator. In this role, Aleece works closely with providers as a part of the medical team. You may see Aleece welcoming you at your new patient visit or at your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. She also does regular telephone follow up with patients to help them monitor their chronic health conditions, provide support for self-management goals, and is a direct link to the patient’s provider. This vital role enables the provider to spend less time on the phone and more time giving patients personal attention while in the office. The role of the Care Coordinator is to think about patient needs other than what is provided in the office. Often times, Aleece coordinates the very first follow-up visit with a patient’s primary care provider after they have been in the hospital.
She loves living in rural Maine and enjoys all the great outdoor activities our state has to offer like fishing and camping. In her free time she enjoys coaching softball and spending time with her boyfriend and beloved dog; her black lab Drake.