Please join us in welcoming Blake McKnight, MSN, FNP-C and Julia Zdanowicz, PMHNP-BC to CHCB!
Blake is our newest medical provider. He was born and raised in Vermont, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then entered the health care field through a job collecting blood donations at the American Red Cross, which led to a desire to become a family nurse practitioner. He earned a BSN degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, then completed the family nurse practitioner program at UVM. Before coming to the Community Health Centers of Burlington, he worked for over four years at another local family practice, as well as a local college health center and two local urgent care clinics. Outside of work, Blake enjoys cooking, podcasts, music, reading, chess, and biking. His professional interests include diabetes management, primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, health screenings, urgent care, and the health benefits of a plant-based diet. He is currently accepting new patients at the South End Health Center.
Julia is our most recent psychiatric provider. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL and relocated to Vermont in 2021. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitative Services in 2002 and spent many years assisting adults with developmental disabilities and autism, as well directed unit operations for various Dementia Special Care Units in Chicago. She received her nursing degree from Morton College in 2013 and worked as an intensive care nurse for several years in a small community hospital. Julia received a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2021 and became board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The majority of her training was done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL which has been ranked #1 in the state. Julia values collaborative care to be a support to her patients as they navigate their mental health goals to achieve symptom relief. Julia is located at our Riverside Health Center, and patients can be referred to her through their CHCB Primary Care Provider.