David S. Adams, MD received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver for medical school and then did his residency training in Family Medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Adams' professional interests include international health and providing full-spectrum medical care to entire families. He speaks Spanish fluently. While not at work, he loves to spend as much time as possible outdoors and traveling with his wife.
*We're sorry, Dr. Adams is not accepting new patients at this time.
John Brooklyn, MD graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in education in 1979. He received his medical degree from Brown University in 1989 and did his residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care Family Practice Residency. Prior to becoming a doctor, Dr. Brooklyn was a ski instructor, elementary school teacher, chef and purchasing agent. Dr. Brooklyn is board certified in addiction medicine and works on treatment projects for drug addicted pregnant women and opiate addicted prisoners. John is also a national mentor for physicians who prescribe Buprenorphine and substance abuse trainer for medical residents. He has an interest in holistic health and outside his busy medical practice, John can be found maple sugaring, raising small animals, swimming, cycling, doing yoga, watching the Red Sox, spending time with his family and speaking French.
*We're sorry, Dr. Brooklyn is not accepting new patients at this time.
Tara Chasnoff, NP was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton. After graduation, she worked at the NYC DOH as a research assistant. Wanting to focus on patient-oriented work, she earned her nursing degree at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She then worked as a nurse at NYU hospital and NYU student health center while obtaining her nurse practitioner degree at NYU. After leaving New York she moved to Vermont and worked initially as a nurse practitioner at Fletcher Allen's cardiology practice, and then in two different primary care practices. Her professional interests include cardiovascular health, women's health, mental health, and college health. Outside of work, Tara enjoys dancing, yoga, spending time with her family and friends, and the peace, quiet and beauty of Vermont. Accepting new patients.
Jenny Evans First, NP graduated this spring from the University of Vermont Family Nurse Practitioner program. Before a career change into nursing, Jenny was an experiential educator, literacy specialist, flower designer and bike tour leader. She has a BS in business from Miami University in Ohio and a MS in experiential education from Minnesota University at Mankato. She loves to travel to practice surfing, loves to read, eat and generally play outdoors with her family and friends. Accepting new patients.
Kerry Goulette, MHP, PA graduated from College of Holy Cross and received her Physician Assistant certificate and Master of Health Professions from Northeastern University. Before her arrival at the Health Center in 2006, Kerry worked for Lynn Community Health Center and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts. Her professional interests include adult medicine, heart health and diabetes. Kerry is currently focusing her practice on the adult homeless population in our community. Kerry speaks Spanish and loves to run and ski. Accepting new patients.
Annika Hawkins-Hilke, FNP, MPH was raised in Strafford, Vermont. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MSN/MPH from Johns Hopkins University as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis on community and global health. Annika later returned to the University of Vermont to study adult health, and now works with the health needs of all ages. Her professional interests include health care for at risk youth, homeless health care, and global health. Outside of her work, Annika enjoys travel, backpacking, yoga and cooking. Accepting new patients.
David Hobbs, MD earned his B.A. at Pomona College and M.D. at the University of Southern California. Dr. Hobbs joined CHCB's newest site, Keeler Bay Health Center, in June 2012. Dr. Hobbs is an Island resident and came to CHCB after closing his private practice that he loving grew for 30 years. Dr. Hobbs is one of two Family Physicians at our Keeler Bay Health Center ensuring access to high quality care for the Island communities. Accepting new patients.
Rachel Inker, MD Graduated from Harvard University AB Cum Laude and University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Inker's professional interests are as follows: women's health, addiction medicine, transgender medicine and mental health.
*We're sorry, Dr. Inker is not accepting new patients at this time.
Susan Jacques, NP graduated with a BSN from the University of Virginia and worked as a nurse in the hospital setting for 5 years before returning to receive her MSN at the University of Maryland, along with certification as both an adult and women's health nurse practitioner. Her profession experience includes women's health care, college health, and primary care. Susan lives in South Hero with her husband and enjoys sailing, reading and traveling. Accepting new patients.
Sherry Larose, PA was born and raised in Franklin County, Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clark University in 2005 and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2009. Before PA school, Sherry worked as a Histology Supervisor at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and as an Emergency Department Technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Her professional interests include all aspects of family medicine especially adolescent medicine, mental health, and health education and prevention. Sherry enjoys traveling, cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, and spending time with her family, friends and two cats. Accepting new patients.
Christine Mahoney, DO
is a Vermonter, 4th generation. Having grown up in South Burlington with
her parents and 5 siblings, she is excited about her recent return to Vermont
with her husband, daughter and dog. Her interest in
family medicine reflects her passion for the diversity of people and their
stories. She provides comprehensive osteopathic family medicine
care, from birth-to-earth. She believes that outcomes improve when
patients are empowered by and engaged in their health care and decision making,
whether it is childbirth or heart disease. Combining traditional with
progressive, she works with each patient to create their individualized plan of
care to not only diagnose and treat disease, but find and promote health.
Outside of her family practice and OB work at CHCB, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, cooking, seeing
live music, singing and traveling. Accepting new patients.
Megan O'Brien, FNP was born and raised in Vermont and is returning after living in Maine for the past several years. She received her bachelor's degree at University of Vermont. Prior to entering the field of healthcare, Megan worked in international education where she had the opportunity to work and travel abroad. After attending the University of Southern Maine, where she received her master's of nursing degree, she worked at a community health center in rural Maine. Megan is excited to return to Burlington and hopes to continue working with individuals and their families to improve their health and wellness. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, salsa dancing, sailing, and skiing.
Accepting new patients.
Lianna Percy, PA is a 7th generation Vermonter who grew up in Burlington. She graduated from UVM and completed a second B.S. in nutrition at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She has worked as an Oncology Nutritionist for the National Cancer Institute at NIH and later at the Lombardi Cancer Center - Georgetown University. After completing her Physician Assistant program at George Washington University in 2006, she worked in adult primary care in the Washington, DC area. Lianna is thrilled to be back in Vermont and is looking forward to working in her home community at CHCB. When she's not working, Lianna likes to spend time with her family, biking, hiking, and reading. Accepting new patients.
Margaret Russell, PA graduated from Colorado College and received her Physician Assistant and Pediatric Intensive Program certification from the University of Colorado. Before she joined the Health Center in 1997, Margaret worked for Helios Health Center in Boulder, Colorado. Her professional interests include pediatrics, developmental and holistic medicine. Outside of her work, Margaret enjoys all outdoors activities, including gardening, hiking and biking.
*We're sorry, Dr. Russell is not accepting new patients at this time.
Andrew Saal, MD, FAAFP received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh - Shadyside Hospital and is board-certified in Family Medicine. Before joining CHCB in 2011, he had worked for the Indian Health Service on the Hopi Reservation and as a family physician in a community health center in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Saal is currently pursuing a master's degree in public health from Loma Linda University. His professional interests include infectious diseases, health care disparities, and cross-cultural issues in medicine. He and his wife have two daughters and enjoy gardening and raising chickens. Accepting new patients.
Andrea Solomon, PA is a VT native who was raised in this community. In 2003, Andrea graduated from Skidmore College with a concentration in Women's Studies. She completed her Physician Assistant training at the University of New England. Before going to PA school, Andrea worked at the VT Respite House as a House Manager and then as a medical technician at a pediatric ophthalmologic office in NYC. Her medical interests include, but are not limited to, geriatrics and women's health. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Accepting new patients.
Heather Stein, MD is a native of West Virginia and grew up in Morgantown where her father still practices Family Medicine. Dr. Stein graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in classical studies. She returned to West Virginia University for medical school and moved to Vermont for her Family Medicine residency at Fletcher Allen where she was introduced to the CHCB community. Dr. Stein's professional interests include adolescent/young adult medicine, infectious disease, and care of the underserved as well as comprehensive care for the whole family. She has a wonderful husband whom she met in medical school and who is also a family doctor in the area. She enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her furry children (two cats and two dogs). Accepting new patients.
Wayne Warnken, MD graduated from Western State College and from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency-Valley Medical Center. Before medical school Dr. Warnken worked at Samaritan House-Homeless Shelter, in Denver Colorado; for the United States Park Service; and as a research assistant at the Salk Institute. Dr. Warnken's professional interests are in Spanish, addiction medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, nutrition, and sports medicine. When Dr. Warnken is not at work he is active in H.O. Wheeler PTO, City Market and the YMCA. Accepting new patients.
Audrey Wen, MD was born and raised in central Illinois. She received her BS in biology from the University of Illinois, then attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her family medicine residency training at the West Suburban Family Residency in Chicago in 2008. She worked at another FQHC, PCC Community Wellness located in the west side of Chicago for three years before relocating to Burlington. Her professional interests include family planning, underserved medicine, and she especially loves caring for whole families. She enjoys hiking, swimming, running, traveling and loves to explore up and coming independent music. Accepting new patients.
Jennifer Willingham, MD received her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in 1995. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, in 1999. Dr. Willingham completed her residency at the York Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in 2002 upon which she began practicing here at CHCB. Dr. Willingham's professional interests are women's and children's health. In her free time she can be found hiking, knitting or making jewelry. Accepting new patients.
Saudina Avdic, EFDA completed the Dental Assistant program in 2006 at the Center for Technology in Essex, VT. She completed the Expended Function Dental Assisting program at the Center for Technology in 2011. Saudina moved to Vermont from Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 with her husband and son. EFDA qualification allows her to place all fillings and perform other beneficial procedures for our patients.
Susan S Camp, RDH was raised in Central Vermont and practiced there until 1998. She came to Burlington to work at Associates in Periodontics and then joined CHCB in 2004. Susan is a graduate of Fones School of Dental Hygiene in Connecticut. She is a member of the ADHA, VDHA, and past member of the Vermont Board of Dental examiners and Northeast Regional Board. In 2008, Susan received the VDHA Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award. Outside of CHCB, Susan is a member of Addison County CERT and the Emergency Management Team for the town of Monkton. She is married and has one son, a daughter-in-law, two grandsons, a Rat Terrier, and two cats. In her spare time, Susan enjoys kayaking and reading.
Katelyn Denton, RDH recently graduated from Vermont Technical College and is working toward earning her Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene in May of 2015. Outside of her work at CHCB, she enjoys traveling, relaxing on the beach, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Kristina Dion, RDH has been a member of the CHCB dental team since 2005. Throughout college Kristina worked as a certified dental assistant. In 2009, Kristina graduated with honors from Vermont Technical College Dental hygiene school and has since been working as a Dental Hygienist. Kristina enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, snowmobiling, and hiking.
Jennifer Frank Gamage, CDA, EFDA is a native Vermonter and completed the Dental Assisting Program at Essex Vocational Center in 1993. She started working shortly after The Dental Center moved to CHCB in 2002. She completed the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) Program at the Essex Technical School. The EFDA qualifications allow her to place all fillings, Sealants, Composites and Amalgam. She currently lives in Colchester with her husband and two cats.
Brittney Gendreau, RDH graduated with honors from Vermont Technical College in May 2010 and is in the process of completing her B.A. in Dental Hygiene at Vermont Technical College. When Brittney's not working at CHCB's Dental Center, she enjoys tennis, kickboxing, hiking and cooking.
Raba Hebib, EFDA moved to Vermont from Bosnia and Hecegovina in 1994. Raba completed the Dental Assisting Program in 2003 at the Center for Technology in Essex, VT. She completed the Expended Function Dental Assistant Program at the Center for Technology in 2009. EFDA qualifications allow her to place all Fillings, Sealants, Composites, Amalgam and assist in various dental procedures. She was awarded Dental Assistant of the year in 2007. Raba currently lives in Essex with her husband and two daughters. Raba has been with CHCB since 2004.
Marijke Kopecky, RDH is a native Vermonter and graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2011. Currently, she is also planning to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2013. She is a member of ADHA and VDHA. In her free time she enjoys spending time hiking, biking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Rachel Roeloffs, RDH graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2006 with an associate's degree in Dental Hygiene. She grew up in Weybridge Vermont and practiced in Middlebury before coming to the CHCB. Some of her interests outside of working at CHCB include snowboarding, horseback riding, traveling, hiking, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Elicia Thompson, DDS grew up in Sacramento, California. She attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle, Washington. Upon graduating in 2006, she completed their General Practice Residency program. After finishing her training, she helped develop and practiced for the dental clinic of the St. Charles Community Health Center in Luling, Louisiana. Dr. Thompson relocated to Vermont with her husband in 2009. Before joining the CHCB team, she worked in private practice in Franklin County, Vermont. When not at work, she and her husband enjoy hiking, kayaking, and generally taking advantage of all the natural resources Vermont has to offer!
B. Michael Thornton, DMD is a Vermonter who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and Vermont's dental residency program and he has over 30 years of private practice experience in Vermont. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He has been married to his wife, Irene, for over 30 years and is dad to two adopted children, many international students and a wonderful dog named Adidas. He has been active in his church and community and has been with the dental center at CHCB since 2003.
Gopichand Vallabhaneni, DMD moved to Vermont from Portland, Maine with his wife and children where he worked in a private office for five years. Dr. Vall graduated from Boston’s Tuft’s School of Dental Medicine in 1998. Dr. Vall does an array of dentistry and in his free time enjoys playing golf.
Joe Zuaro, DDS came to the Health Center after 30 years of practice. Dr. Zuaro started his practice in the Public Health Service, stationed in Montana, and then in Island Pond, VT. He moved to Northfield, VT in 1981 where he worked in private practice and retired in 2007. Now Dr. Zuaro is happy to work part-time at CHCB and is the lead instructor of the Expanded Function Dental Assistant course at the Center for Technology in Essex. Dr. Zuaro is also on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Foodbank.
Erin Ahearn, LICSW, LADC, received her B.A. from Saint Michael's College and M.S.W. from the University of Vermont. Erin has been with CHCB since 2007 and is the Lead Clinical Social Worker at the Safe Harbor Health Center, working with clients who are homeless or marginally housed. The focus of her practice is helping people with depression, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders using cognitive behavioral and insight oriented therapies.
Doug Bugbee, LICSW, LADC, received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.S.W from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Doug has worked at CHCB since 2002. He currently facilitates the Recovery Group for Patients struggling with co-occurring addiction and depression or anxiety as well as a Pain Management Group fro those struggling with chronic pain and depression/anxiety. As a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience, Doug uses a biopsychosocial approach with a perspective that draws on the mind-body connection and the importance of the client's story. He provides Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with a focus on solutions and possibilities for change. He is competent in addressing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, chronic pain, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, anger, and compulsive behaviors. He enjoys collaborating with the primary care providers, nurses, and other personnel at CHCB.
Sarah Gerdeman, LICSW, LADC is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor. Sarah has 19 years of experience providing individual and group counseling to people with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and life stress concerns. She will be available to meet with new and existing medical patients at CHCB's new Keeler Bay Health Center and Riverside Health Center for counseling services. She received her master's degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. She moved to Vermont in 1998 and is thrilled to now be working so close to home.
Leighton Johnson, LICSW, LADC, received a B.A. from Hobart College and M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Before coming to CHCB Leighton worked in North Carolina on an Assertive Community Treatment Team with Individuals who had severe and persistent mental illness and who were often homeless and struggling with substance abuse issues. Leighton has been with CHCB since 2010 and works at the Safe Harbor Health Center with individuals who are homeless and in transitional housing. Leighton provides social work coverage for Safe Harbor's medical clinic and provides case management for individuals in the Housing First Program. Leighton provides individual therapy with a focus on treating depression, anxiety and substance abuse issues using cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques.
Elizabeth Kanard, LICSW received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work. Elizabeth has been at CHCB since 2013. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, post-traumatic stress, and grief and loss. She has experience with cognitive-behavioral therapies, motivational interviewing, brief psychodynamic therapy, and use of mindfulness techniques.
Bronwen Neale, LICSW, AAP is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor. She received her BA from Michigan State University and her MSW from the University of Vermont. Her area of focus includes depression and anxiety management, substance abuse counseling, trauma treatment, co-occurring disorders and wellness self-care.
Bronwen Neale LICSW, AAP is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor. She received her BA from Michigan State University and her MSW from the University of Vermont. Bronwen has been at CHCB since 2013. Her area of focus includes depression and anxiety management, substance abuse counseling, trauma treatment, co-occurring disorders and wellness self care.
Naya Pyskacek, LICSW, LADC received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. from New York University, and an M.S.W. from the University of Vermont. Naya is the Behavioral Health Services Manager and has been at CHCB since 2000. She facilitates Smoking Cessation Groups and is trained in EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Level II trained) and has served as a field instructor with the UVM Social Work Department for 10 years. Naya's practice focus at CHCB includes: depression and anxiety management, substance abuse counseling, stress reduction, trauma treatment, chronic pain management, grief counseling, and health and behavior change.
Katherine Ruggiero, LICSW, earned her B.A. from Wells College and M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Katherine has been at CHCB since 2010. Katherine's practice focus includes: depression and anxiety management, substance abuse counseling, eating disorders, trauma treatment, and sexual orientation counseling.
Karen Schumacher, LICSW, LADC, earned a B.S. from the University of Vermont and M.S.W. from the State University of New York at Albany, Karen has worked at CHCB since 2009, facilitates a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group for insomnia, and her practice focus includes: depression and anxiety management, substance abuse counseling, stress reduction, trauma treatment, and health and behavior change.
Suzanne "Suzi" Tanner, LICSW, ASAC, received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and her M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare. Suzi has been with CHCB since 2009 and provides services at the Pearl Street Youth Center as well as at the CHCB's main site. Suzi's area of specialty includes working with transition age youth, trauma and PTSD treatment, working with survivors of sexual violence, treatment of depression and anxiety, and use of mindfulness techniques.