South End Health Center
789 Pine Street
This site offers medical, dental and counseling services, conveniently located in Burlington’s South End district.
Medical, Psychiatry & Mental Health Services
(Additional hours are also available at our Riverside Health Center Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday 7:45am – 11:45am.)
Please note: With the exception of emergencies, are currently unable to accept new dental patients due to limited staff and appointment availability. We hope to be able to welcome new dental patients to CHCB again soon. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding!
Hours: Monday – Friday7:00am – 3:45pm*
*Closed for lunch 11:30am – 12:00pm
Dental Providers at South End
Medical Providers at South End Health Center
Vivian Esparza, MD came to Vermont from El Paso, Texas. She worked as an oncology nurse for five years before going to medical school in San Antonio and went on to complete her family medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA. Upon moving to Vermont in 1998, she began working with the diverse patient population at Winooski Family Health. She then devoted ten years to specializing in substance abuse treatment through Howard Center and the Department of Corrections. She has extensive experience in medical exams for immigration purposes. Vivian joined the South End Health Center in November, 2018. Outside of work, Vivian stays busy with her three daughters, chickens, honey bees, alpacas, and enjoys playing the violin. Not accepting new patients.
Mary Anne Kohn, AGNP recently returned to Vermont from Portland, Oregon. She holds a BA from Loyola University, an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and received her MS in Nursing from UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout her professional career, Mary Anne’s focus was primarily on issues of homelessness, mental health issues, and substance use. As a Nurse Practitioner, she works closely with her patients to respond to acute and ongoing health care needs, provides accessible health education, and encourages patient engagement in their care and wellness plans. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new recipes and is always interested in a good podcast. Accepting new patients.
Megan Mogerley, FNP was born and raised in Vermont. She earned a BS in Nursing from Southern New Hampshire University and worked as a RN while obtaining a Masters of Science in Nursing from Simmons University. Megan’s professional interests include providing holistic healthcare, increasing health literacy, pediatrics, and women’s health. Outside of work she enjoys running, designing and creating a variety of fiber arts, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family and animals. Accepting new patients.
Alexis Purdy, PA-C was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Endicott College with a BS in Athletic Training. She received her master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England. Prior to PA school, Alexis worked as a Medical Assistant at UVM Medical Center and as an EMT at Essex Rescue. She worked as a PA at an urgent care clinic in New Hampshire before relocating to Vermont. Her professional interests include adult medicine, health education and prevention and cardiac health. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, skiing and exploring the great outdoors. Accepting new patients.
Jacob Shaw, MD came to Vermont from Chicago, Illinois. After serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, he completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and his Medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From there he completed his residency training in Family Medicine at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL. After graduating from this program, he stayed on to serve as Chief Resident for an additional year where he maintained a clinical practice, including obstetric care. His medical interests include comprehensive primary care, maternity care, pediatrics, and medical education. Jacob enjoys spending time with his family including his son, reading and spending time outdoors exploring. Accepting new patients.
Mental Health Clinicians at South End Health Center
Rhiannon Champagne, LICSW received her BA from the University of Vermont and MSW from New York University. Prior to joining CHCB in 2019, Rhiannon provided mental health crisis support and intervention at First Call of Chittenden County, Howard Center’s 24/7 Crisis Service. Rhiannon worked at a public and private hospital in New York City providing supportive counseling, advocacy, referral to services and system navigation for an ethnically and culturally diverse population of hospitalized patients and their caregivers. Rhiannon’s areas of focus include anxiety, stress reduction, health and behavior change, depression and self-care through a mindfulness & CBT approach.
Tamara O’Rear, LICSW, AAP received a B.S. from the University of Oregon and an M.S.W. from Springfield College. Since graduation she has provided counseling to patients diagnosed with a life threatening and/or chronic illness. She works with individuals to increase their health by learning new coping skills, and to develop and maintain daily routines that include health care, and self-care activities. Tamara is competent in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), stress reduction, and Eye Motions Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR) to treat depression, anxiety, substance use and low self-esteem. She has 16 years of experience facilitating psychoeducational and support groups that have focused on learning DBT skills, stress management, and on distress related to body image. Tamara believes in the basic goodness and potential of each person to change, and ability to create a life that has meaning, joy, and purpose. In her free time she enjoys water exercise and an exploration of all things Spiritual.
Dental Providers at South End Health Center
Reimy Evangelista De Leon, DDS is a second-generation dentist who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. At a young age, Dr. Evangelista became aware of the extreme need for quality dental care that several populations lack. He started his dental career in 2008 as a Certified Dental Assistant in the Dominican Republic. The following year, he became a Registered Dental Hygienist. In 2015, Dr. Evangelista obtained his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and completed his Post-Doctoral education in Orofacial pain at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 2020. Dr. Evangelista’s experience included general dentistry in both public and private practices, working in academic settings as an orofacial pain provider at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and serving as a teaching assistant for the Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology department. Dr. Evangelista has completed several presentations and research papers over the years, the most recent being at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) in 2019 and Archives of Clinical Case Studies; Myofascial TMD, Multifactorial Ethiology with Multidisciplinary Approach in 2020.
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 Bachelors degree in Biomolecular 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.
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.