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!
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. McElroy joined SVHC in 2019 after practicing in York, ME, since 2011. She received her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she was chosen as an Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society member. She was attracted to Family Medicine because of the breadth of the field, the opportunity to have longitudinal relationships with patients, and the chance to perform office procedures. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, MA, where she worked with a largely Spanish-speaking immigrant population at a federally qualified health center. She is pleased to return to this inclusive model of care and social services at SVHC.
Dr. McElroy’s clinical interests include women’s health, office gynecology procedures, chronic disease management and prevention, and pediatrics. She enjoys taking care of the entire family and has proudly cared for 4 generations of several families, including having all of them in the room once while she delivered the newest family member!
Prior to medical school, Dr. McElroy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. She taught elementary and middle school music in Massachusetts public schools.
Outside of work, Dr. McElroy appreciates spending time with her husband and 3 active boys. She can be found writing and performing music, riding dressage, cooking vegan meals, crafting, and caring for a menagerie of animals.
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.
Kristina graduated from Green Mountain College with her Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Biopsychology. She also completed an undergraduate fellowship at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College before completing her Master of Science in Nursing at Yale University. Having grown up in a small, rural town, Kristina loves community health and connecting with patients over the lifespan through all of life’s transitions. She has a passion for health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases and enjoys working with patients to manage and optimize their health. She also enjoys women’s health and helping patients with Substance Use Disorder.
Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband and their pets. She loves to cook and bake and is always looking for a new culinary challenge.
Lindsay graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History and worked in business briefly before realizing her true passion was in healthcare. She then pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at New York University. She worked in acute care in both the Adult and Pediatrics setting for 4 years before graduating from Georgetown University with her Master of Science in Nursing. She has a love of working with pediatrics and with adults on preventative medicine. Her passion for working with families in primary care brought her to SVHC where she is very excited to be a part of the community.
In her free time, you can find her spending time with her family and her dog, out hiking, skiing or on the water swimming, kayaking or sailing.
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.