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 joined the Sacopee Valley Health Center in 2013 because of her desire to help those in medically under-served areas. She joins our community with her husband, son and daughter. She loves to dance, hike and to do crafts.
Family Nurse Practitioner – MAT Program
Gale Johnsen is currently a family nurse practitioner who works with patients in the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. She has been working at SVHC as a medical provider since 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
Ms. Lenart is a family nurse practitioner providing primary care to patients at SVHC. She has lived locally for nearly 20 years and recently graduated from Simmons University. She began her career in healthcare as a personal care assistant, and most recently worked as a nurse at Maine Medical Center on the post-op cardiothoracic surgery floor. She understands the many challenges we face living in a rural setting, and so believes strongly in collaborative care. Ms. Lenart holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a graduate degree in Environmental Toxicology. She has an interest in an integrative approach to medicine, looking at how the mind and body work together to keep us healthy. She is very pleased to be joining the practice, and look forward to being your healthcare partner.
When not working, Ms. Lenart enjoys hiking, gardening with her cat, and enjoying the company of close friends.
Eric joined SVHC in 2020. He started his career in emergency medical services in Boston, Massachusetts and practiced for 6 years as a emergency room nurse before becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP). He became an FNP to help bridge the gap between emergency medicine and preventative medicine.
Eric received much of his clinical experience at SVHC where he completed several internships and gained a love for the patients and working in rural Maine. Eric has a passion for helping Mainers with limited access to healthcare and is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with health center patients and help you meet your healthcare needs.
When he is not helping people, Eric is an avid beachcomber. His other hobbies include motorcycling, skiing and surfing. He is also a dog-lover and enjoys walking his French Brittany, Ollie.
Christina Sawyer is a physicians assistant who joined SVHC in 2019. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Chris attended Idaho State University for her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. Having trained in Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, she feels most at home working with rural populations. While she has worked in both family practice and emergency medicine, her other clinical interests include cardiology and women’s health. She hopes to build long-standing partnerships, working to help patients determine what is best for their health and happiness.
She is thrilled to return to the Northeast to continue playing old time fiddle and ski with her dogs and incredible husband. She also enjoys participating in a myriad of other stereotypical outdoorsy activities.