As our main site in the Old North End, our Riverside Health Center provides medical, dental, psychiatry/behavioral health care, as well as a multitude of other services to keep the community healthy.
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Please note: The Riverside Health Center physically opens at 7am, and we begin taking phone calls at 8am.
Medical, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
*Closed for clinical staff meetings 11:30am – 1:00pm
**No Counseling/Psychiatry Services on Saturdays.
*Closed for lunch 11:30am – 12:00pm
Patient Support Services
Monday – Thursday8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday8:30am – 4:30pm
Riverside Health Center Parking
Our parking garage has two levels with lots of spaces for our patients. Once you park in the garage you can take the elevator up to Level 1 for Dental and Patient Counseling or Psychiatry appointments or Level 2 for Medical appointments.
Medical Providers at Riverside
Janet Arrowsmith, MD is a family medicine physician. She holds a Master of Physiology degree from the University of Cincinnati and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio. Jan was born and raised in Ohio and lived and worked internationally with her family for many years in Jos, Nigeria and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She also practiced in the Indian Health Service network in Gallup, New Mexico. Jan’s practice centers on a holistic approach to patient health and wellbeing across the life-span. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and six grandchildren, going on hikes with her dog, and exploring Vermont. Accepting new patients.
Diana Clayton, FNP, IBCLC completed her graduate degree in nursing at UVM, where her thesis focused on healthcare delivery to New Americans. She enjoys working with patients across the lifespan, and has worked as an EMT, a ski patroller, in hospice, in maternal-newborn health, and has volunteered in Guatemala. Her professional interests include women’s health, mind-body medicine, and global health. She is also a lactation consultant, and loves to help mothers and babies with breastfeeding. Outside of work, she enjoys her family, traveling, gardening, cooking, and playing in the mountains and on the lake that surround her home. Accepting new patients at Lund.
Beach Conger, MD grew up in Pleasantville, New York. He attended Amherst College and Harvard Medical School, from which he graduated with honors in 1967. He did his residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco from 1967 to 1972, with two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Center for Disease Control. In January 1972 he founded San Francisco’s first federally funded health center, where he served as its medical director until 1977, at which time he moved to Windsor, Vermont to practice internal medicine. He practiced in Windsor until July of 2015, except for the five years when he served as Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia from 2001 to 2006. He has seven grandchildren and three children. Dr. Conger is the author of three books, Bag Balm and Duct Tape, It’s Not My Fault, and most recently It’s Probably Nothing. He joined the Community Health Centers of Burlington in 2009 as an urgent care doctor and is now providing primary care. He has a special interest in treating Seriosity. Not accepting new patients.
Michelle Dorwart, MD, MPH was born and raised in western Nebraska. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she received a BA in theology. She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine before moving to Baltimore where she earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. For residency, she and her husband (who is a teacher) decided to pursue a shared fantasy of moving to Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in June of 2016 and is delighted to be a part of the team at CHCB as a family physician working with people of all ages. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, obstetrics and newborn care, family planning, adolescent medicine, and addressing social determinants of health. Personal interests include downhill skiing, reading, spending time with family (including her two dogs), and exploring Vermont! Accepting new Pediatric, OB, MAT and New American patients.
Jenny Evans First, NP graduated 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 an MS in experiential education from Minnesota University at Mankato. She loves to travel, to practice surfing, read, eat and generally play outdoors with her family and friends. Accepting new suboxone patients.
Kristen Gray, MSN, FNP-C was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and practiced as a Registered Nurse at the UVM Medical Center on the inpatient hematology and oncology unit for 10 years. She then graduated from George Washington University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Her professional interests include women’s health, pediatrics, and young adult medicine. She believes it is important to treat patients and their families using a holistic approach. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, being in the great outdoors, and traveling. Accepting new patients.
Adam Greenlee, MD, grew up on a beef cattle farm in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, before moving on to Colgate University and graduating with a BA in history. After completing his undergraduate degree, he taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and worked within the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and remained in Pittsburgh for training in the UPMC St. Margaret/WPIC combined family medicine/psychiatry residency program. His personal interests include improving the interface between mental and physical health and health care systems that improve patient care through integrating physical and behavioral health. While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, books, animals, and enjoying the great outdoors. Not accepting new patients.
Jessica Griffin, FNP completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at UVM, and worked in HIV research for several years in Boston before deciding to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She completed her MSN at Simmons College and then moved back to VT where she spent two years working in a rural clinic in the Northeast Kingdom. She values getting to know her patients and loves that being an FNP means seeing patients of all ages, from newborn to elderly. Her professional interests include addressing social determinants of health and understanding the ways in which culture impacts health behaviors. She believes a non-judgmental approach where patients can be open and honest about their needs is essential to providing excellent care. Outside of work she loves to cook, hike, bike and ski with her husband and dog. Accepting new patients.
Lincoln Heath, MD was born and raised in Vermont. He did his undergraduate education at McGill University where he received a BS in biology and a minor in social studies of medicine. He was awarded his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2012 and stayed to completed residency training at UVM Medical Center, specializing in Family Medicine. Dr. Heath is excited to provide Obstetric and Newborn care, Pediatrics, and Adult medicine. He is passionate about caring for families, New Americans, refugees, and those in need. When not at work, he may be found hiking, climbing, camping, eating good food, or spending time with family. Accepting new pediatric and OB patients, as well as adults at the Safe Harbor Health Center.
Rachel Inker, MD is a family physician who has been at the Community Health Centers since 2001. She is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the UVM Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Inker is the lead provider at CHCB’s Transgender Health Clinic where she provides care for transgender/non-binary people. She continues to practice the full spectrum of family medicine at our Riverside location. Accepting new patients at the Transgender Health Clinic.
Rachel Ivancie, CNM, WH-NP, MPH was born and raised in rural Colorado. Prior to becoming a Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, she worked in public health research and policy both in Denver, CO and abroad in Guyana. Rachel then attended Yale University where she studied advance practice nursing and midwifery in New Haven, CT. She is passionate about maternal and child health, catching babies, and working with patients of all ages on their sexual and reproductive health needs and journeys. In her free time she enjoys cooking and loves to be in the outdoors running, fly fishing, and skiing. Accepting new patients.
Irene Koplinka-Loehr, MD was born and raised playing in the gorges of Ithaca, NY. She grew up with a well-cultivated love of a crisp fall day and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot. She pursued these sounds to Carleton College in Minnesota, where she explored ceramics and photography via a bachelor’s in Studio Art. She was drawn to pursue Global Health at Ben Gurion University’s Medical School for International Health based out of Beer Sheva, Israel. After four years in the desert she was excited to return to the Northeast to complete a family medicine residency at the University of Rochester. Her personal and professional interests aligned well to bring her to Burlington—she is excited to continue to deliver babies and take care of the full spectrum of patients from birth to end of life care. Not accepting new patients.
Karla Martinez-Dulmer, MD was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She attended the University of Guadalajara where she received her degree as a Medical Doctor. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mexican Institute of Social Security in Guadalajara before moving to Syracuse, NY where she did her residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. She continued working as an attending physician at St. Joseph’s hospital for two years before moving to Vermont with her family in the spring of 2018. She is delighted to be a part of the CHCB team as a family physician working with people of all ages. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, working with the refugee population, women’s health, pediatrics including new born care, and adult medicine. Her personal interests include cooking (of course Mexican food), traveling and spending time with family. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Accepting new patients.
Megan O’Brien, FNP was born and raised in Vermont and returned after living in Maine for 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 of Nursing degree, she worked at a community health center in rural Maine. Megan is happy to be back in Vermont 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. Not accepting new patients.
Rochelle (Shelly) Paquette, FNP is a native Vermonter who is thrilled to be back at CHCB after seven years working, adventuring and getting her Doctor of Nursing Practice in the Pacific Northwest. She obtained her BSN at the University of Scranton in 2007 and first worked for CHCB as a Registered Nurse at the Safe Harbor Health Center. Shelly spent eight months working in Haiti prior to obtaining her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Portland, Oregon in 2017, and completed a Nurse Practitioner Residency program through Yakima Valley Farm Workers in 2018. Shelly has a passion for public health and her experiences working in communicable diseases, homeless health care, and with the refugee and immigrant populations in both Vermont and Oregon provided a unique framework for caring for people of all backgrounds and interests. She believes that the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient is special and the foundation for primary care. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 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. Not accepting new patients.
Andrea Solomon, PA is a Vermont 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. She has worked at the Community Health Center since 2009. Her medical interests include, but are not limited to, adolescent medicine and women’s health. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Accepting new patients at the Pearl Street Youth Health Center.
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 BS in biochemistry and a BA 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 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 family. Not accepting new patients.
Alicyn Trask, PA-C, MMSc completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Masters of Medical Science from Emory University’s Physician Assistant program with special emphasis in rural healthcare. Before joining CHCB, she worked for Stride Community Health Center in Denver, Colorado for 13 years. Most recently, she completed a 2 year fellowship in dermatology in South Florida where she was awarded the distinction of diplomate fellow by the Society of Dermatology PAs. Her professional interests include holistic medicine, the connection between physical and mental health, women’s health and dermatology. During her spare time, she enjoys adventures of all kinds – hiking with her dogs, biking, backpacking, skiing and traveling the world – as well as yoga, reading and word puzzles. 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 the H.O. Wheeler School’s PTO, City Market and the YMCA. Accepting new patients.
Grace Zimmer, FNP received her Masters in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. She worked for two years as a Nurse Practitioner in Milton, VT before joining CHCB. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Grace worked as a primary care nurse in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Grace grew up in North Africa and has a basic knowledge of French. Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, global health, providing care to adolescent/young adults, and preventive medicine. Grace enjoys hanging out with family and friends, cooking, pottery, travel, and learning new languages. Accepting new patients.
Psychiatry Providers at Riverside
Peter Bordelon, PMHNP, MSW received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, and Master of Social Work from Syracuse University. He worked for a decade with children, adolescents and their families as a case manager, school based psychotherapist and pediatric emergency department social worker before returning to school to pursue a nursing degree. He finished the Master of Nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Certificate in psychiatry at the University of Virginia. Peter enjoys learning new things, and you will likely see him out running , riding his bike, hiking and climbing with his family.
Adam Greenlee, MD grew up on a beef cattle farm in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, before moving on to Colgate University and graduating with a BA in history. After completing his undergraduate degree, he taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and worked within the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and remained in Pittsburgh for training in the UPMC St. Margaret/WPIC combined family medicine/psychiatry residency program. His personal interests include improving the interface between mental and physical health and health care systems that improve patient care through integrating physical and behavioral health. While not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, books, animals, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Alexander Johnston, PMHNP received his Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. A few years later, he completed a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University and then attended postgraduate study in Hangzhou, China. After managing a private Chinese medicine clinic in central Vermont, he completed his Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Vermont. He is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been working in community mental health. His professional interests include co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, impact of trauma on mental health, and supporting individuals with chronic mental illness. When not at work, Alexander is often hiking, biking, traveling or finding other ways to enjoy family, the sun and the outdoors.
Sarah Morse, PMHNP was born and raised in Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD where she majored in Women’s Studies and then attended University of Vermont’s post baccalaureate pre-medical program. She continued on to pursue her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing in New Haven, CT with a specialty in Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing.
Maria Spadanuda, PMHNP received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing followed by certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Indiana/Purdue University. She has a strong interest in public health. Her first position after graduation was providing mobile pre-natal care to under-served populations in Indianapolis and within a high-risk labor and delivery unit at the county hospital. After many years of practice in Women’s Health, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Vermont in 2009 and became board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She continues to study integrative modalities that positively impact mental health, and completed a yoga teacher training for health professionals in 2018. During time off, she is outdoors as much as possible, engrossed in yoga practice, reading, cooking, and creating mosaic art.
Margaret Spottswood, MD, MPH graduated from University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She enjoys the challenge of evidence-based psychiatric care using a team approach with patient registries and care managers to provide consultation and care to large populations.
Behavioral Health Clinicians at Riverside
Lauren Carpenter, LICSW uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach in her therapeutic work, incorporating aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to help people reach their goals. Prior to joining CHCB, she worked in a number of mental health settings, including a women’s mental health clinic supporting pregnant and postpartum women, and an early childhood mental health clinic where she worked with families with young children. She graduate with a BA from Smith College, and an MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Sarah Gerdeman, LICSW, LADC is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor. Sarah has 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 Champlain Islands Health Center and Riverside Health Center for counseling services. She received her Master of Social Work from Syracuse University. She moved to Vermont in 1998 and is thrilled to be working so close to home.
Linda Li, LICSW was born and raised in Hong Kong. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. She received her MSW from the University of Vermont. As a Pediatric Social Worker and Child Therapist, Linda provides developmental screening to children age 5 and under; care coordination to children who have special needs; and individual and family therapy for children under the age of 18. She is a certified Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider. CPP is a trauma-informed psychotherapy for children age 5 and under. She also specializes in working with diverse populations, especially bilingual and bicultural families. She devotes her practice and volunteer time to racial justice issues, and currently serves as the Board President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Vermont Chapter. She’s also the Chair of the JEDI (Justice Equality Diversity Inclusion) Committee for both CHCB and NASW, and a steering committee member of the Racial Justice Alliance Wellness Committee.
Samuel Lurie, LICSW, MEd joins the Behavioral Health team after many years of health care advocacy for marginalized groups including LGBTQ folks and people with disabilities. He earned a Masters of Education at the University of Vermont and later an MSW at Smith College School for Social Work. He has worked in inpatient, private practice, and community mental health settings providing client-centered, trauma-informed care. Samuel specializes in somatic approaches to healing, and is a clinical hypnotherapist (2008 graduate of Hypnotherapy Academy of America) who incorporates mindfulness, guided imagery, EMDR and other body-mind techniques to reduce anxiety, boost confidence and build skills for change and growth. Samuel is also the social worker for CHCB’s Transgender Clinic, providing affirming care to transgender and gender non-binary folks and their support systems.
Meaghan McFadden, LICSW is a native Vermonter who received her BA in Religion from Davidson College and her MSW from Portland State University. She worked most recently on the Integrated Health Team at Northwestern Counseling providing counseling and care coordination to patients at Northwestern Primary Care in St. Albans. Meaghan has expertise in depression and anxiety management, self-care and wellness, health and behavior change, insomnia treatment, and stress reduction.
Leah Oklan, LICSW, AAP received a BS from Endicott College in Developmental Psychology, and an MSW from Fordham University. Prior to joining CHCB in March of 2016, Leah practiced psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents at an outpatient mental health clinic in Forest Hills, NY before moving on to work in inpatient psychiatry at a New York City hospital. She is competent in addressing depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, and anger issues. She looks forward to collaborating with the staff at CHCB.
Philippa Owens, LICSW, LADC received her BA from Warren Wilson College and MSW from New York University. Before joining CHCB in 2014, Philippa worked as a substance abuse counselor in Boston, and worked with children and adolescents in an outpatient mental health setting. Philippa provides individual therapy with a strengths based, client centered approach, with a focus on building skills and strategies for managing anxiety, depression, and addiction, and improving overall wellbeing. Philippa is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained clinician.
Christa Russell, BSW was born and raised in Vermont. She received her BSW from the University of Vermont in 2004. Christa’s primary work has been in mental health and long-term care. Prior to joining CHCB in 2016 she worked at a nursing home providing psycho-social support and case management to patients and families. Christa believes in the strength-based perspective and finds great value in the needs of others. In the future, Christa hopes to expand her career by achieving her MSW. In her free time, Christa enjoys shopping and spending time with her husband and pets, Izzy and Marmalade.
Emily Sanders Garcia, LICSW received her BA in Political Science at the University of Vermont and worked as a litigation paralegal and high school and college debate coach for a number of years after graduation. Emily switched tracks and went back for her MSW at UVM when she realized she wanted to help people in a way that felt more meaningful to her. She has experience working with adults with persistent mental health challenges, embracing and promoting restorative justice in schools and communities, and youth and their caregivers around trauma and mental health challenges. Emily enjoys working with children and adults and focuses her practice around depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief and loss. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and animals, gardening and being outside.
Matthew Perret, LICSW was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and MSW from Kean University before relocating to Northwestern Vermont. Prior to relocating, he spent several years working as a residential counselor with people living with severe and persistent mental illnesses on maintaining housing security. His post-graduate work has centered on integrated behavioral health care where he has worked in a variety of primary care and pediatric offices throughout Franklin County. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and dogs and also enjoys running, hiking and rock climbing.
Jessica Schwartz, LICSW, AAP received her BA from the State University of New York at Oswego and MSW from New York University. Prior to joining CHCB in 2015, Jessica worked at nursing homes in Vermont providing individual psychotherapy, and worked at a large urban hospital in New York City providing counseling and services to medically hospitalized patients and their families. Jessica’s areas of focus include depression and anxiety management, self-care and wellness, grief and loss, health and behavior change, and stress reduction.
Stephanie Szkaradnik, LICSW received her BA in Psychology from Salisbury University. Originally from Pennsylvania, she spent a number of years post-college as an English teacher overseas in Taiwan, Vietnam and Turkey. After returning to the states, Stephanie received her MSW from the University of Vermont. Her experience includes time as a residential counselor at NFI Group Home, internships at both Steps to End Domestic Violence and Lund Family Center, and as an Integrated Health Team social worker at Northwestern Pediatrics in St. Albans. Stephanie specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with issues of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, relationships, and transitions. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing sports, traveling, reading science fiction/fantasy novels, and spending time with friends and family.
Dental Providers at Riverside
Kelsey Cone, DMD completed her undergraduate studies at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. There, she was a student-athlete and the assistant captain of the National Championship ice hockey team. She then attended University of New England College of Dental Medicine in Maine as a member of the inaugural class. Dr. Cone completed her General Practice Residency at Community Regional Medical Centers of Fresno, California. Her exceptional training and exposure to multiple local hospitals serving diverse populations has afforded her invaluable experience and knowledge in all aspects of general dentistry. Dr. Cone has a strong passion for helping others. With her meticulous treatment planning and execution, she constantly strives to make a positive and lasting impact on her patients. She is committed to always doing what’s best for her patients. Dr. Cone enjoys the outdoors with her dog Wilson and plays golf in the off-season. Her latest interest is following the Portland Trailblazers. Go Blazers!
Jessica Hutchins, DDS received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Reed College and worked in biochemical research at Shriners Hospitals for Children for several years before pursuing dentistry. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Hutchins has practiced as a general dentist in St. Albans and Essex Junction. She enjoys spending time with her family, working on home projects and training for triathlons.
David Jette, DDS grew up in St. Albans and attended Bellows Free Academy High School. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York with a bachelor’s degree in Bio molecular Science. He received his Dental degree at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, NY. In the summer of 2012, he moved back to Vermont and served two years as a general dentist in Richford and Swanton for the Northern Tier Center for Health (NOTCH).
Dr. Jette believes in pain free dentistry, so that all patients are confident in their dental treatment and comfortable with their experience. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their two sons, Maxim and Jude.
Rian Stewart, DMD attended dental school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated with honors in 2008. Dr. Stewart has a particular interest in pediatric dentistry and global healthcare training and service. Dr. Stewart is the proud father of two young daughters. When not seeing patients at CHCB, he enjoys backpacking, skiing, and spending time with his 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!
Gopichand Vallabhaneni, DMD moved to Vermont from Portland, Maine, where he worked in a private office for five years. Dr. Val graduated from Boston’s Tuft’s School of Dental Medicine in 1998. He performs urgent care with a focus on emergency dental treatment and enjoys playing golf in his free time.
Michele Cannon, EFDA has worked for the Community Health Centers of Burlington for almost 20 years. For most of her career she worked as a Certified Dental Assistant, and was fortunate to gain experience working in triage and at the front desk over the years as our office expanded. She was also sent to the American Red Cross and became CHCB’s CPR/AED/First Aid instructor for a few years, which she really enjoyed. Three years ago she attended the Center for Technology and obtained her license as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. Nothing makes her happier than giving our patients a smile they can be proud of! Michele loves being involved in our dental community and served as the President of the Vermont Dental Assistants Association and is currently on the board for the Center for Technology in Essex. In her free time she is a very busy soccer mom to two beautiful boys, and loves to be outdoors doing anything active.
Sharon Graves, CDA, EFDA is a native Vermonter and brings 35 years of experience to our dental team. The EFDA qualifications allow her to place all fillings, Sealants, and Composites. Sharon also teaches in the Dental Assisting program at Center for Technology at Essex. Sharon is active in her church and volunteers in children’s ministries that benefit children around the world.
Raba Hebib, EFDA 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 children. Raba has been with CHCB since 2004.
Katelyn Denton, RDH graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2012 with an Associate’s degree in dental hygiene and completed her bachelor’s degree in 2014. Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys traveling, cooking and baking, road biking, and spending time with her family, friends, and cat Sylvio.
Brittney DiStasi, RDH graduated with honors and received her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Vermont Technical College in May, 2010. She continued her education with VTC and obtained her BA in Dental Hygiene in 2012, and went on to receive her MBA from UMASS in 2018. When Brittney’s not working at CHCB’s Dental Center, she enjoys tennis, hiking and cooking.
Rachel Joecks, 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. She lives in South Burlington with her husband and two young children. Some of her interests outside of work include snowboarding, horseback riding, traveling, hiking, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mary Kay Schreindorfer, RDH graduated from the University of Vermont with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in May of 2001. She had worked in a private practice in St. Albans, VT until joining CHCB in January of 2021. Outside of work, Mary Kay enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, cooking and baking.
Katherine Stickney, RDH graduated with her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of New England in Maine. She returned to Vermont and worked in private practice before joining CHCB in 2016. Outside of work Katherine enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Carmen I. Negron-Dupee, BS, RDH has a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and an associate’s degree in dental hygiene, both from the University of Puerto Rico. She worked at a Periodontal practice for five years before moving to the Boston, MA area in 2002, where she worked at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and in two general private practices. In 2007, she moved to Vermont and continued practicing clinical dental hygiene. Carmen has a great passion for dental hygiene, and really enjoys educating patients to help change their attitudes towards oral health and improve their smiles and quality of life. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She loves to read, learn, travel, garden, and quilt.