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Joseph Amavisca began his medical career in 1988 as a combat medic in the United States Army Reserve. He was honorably discharged in 1996. Devoted to the medical field, Joseph worked in level one trauma centers, urgent care centers, Intensive Care Units, and emergency rooms, while providing ancillary services as an Emergency Medical Technician for Rural Metro Fire Department, Patient Care Technician, and Laboratory Technician as he pursued his medical education. He graduated in 2002 from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. In 2008, he was awarded his Medical Doctorate from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Amavisca completed his Family Practice residency in 2012 at Somerset Medical Center, in Somerville, New Jersey. Dr. Amavisca moved to Coquille, Oregon with his wife and five children. Dr. Amavisca is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Board of Family Medicine. He studied conversational Spanish and conversational Italian and enjoys golfing, swimming, hiking, fishing, and camping.
Mary Anker ANP — Family Medicine — Bandon
Mary Anker grew up in Michigan, where she received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. After deciding to make a career change, she received a BS and MS in Nursing from Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio with Sigma Theta Tau honors. Having called many parts of the US home over the years, Mary returned to the best coast in 2009 and joined NBMC in January 2012 in the Bandon Office. Mary works to provide comprehensive, preventative care services to her patients. She is also FMCSA certified to perform CDL exams. When not in the office, she can be found happily digging in her gardens, or running on the beach.
Julie Batchelor OTR/L, CHT — Physical Therapy — Coos Bay
Julie Batchelor, OTR/L, CHT was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Derby School of Occupational Therapy in 1990. She relocated to the United States in 1992 and proceeded to work in a variety of health care settings throughout the country as a traveling therapist. Julie earned the designation of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) November 2004, becoming the only therapist on the southern Oregon coast specialized in the treatment of the hand. Julie joined the Physical Therapy Department in December 2004
Aaron Bennion was born and raised in northern Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009.
Developing a passion for cardiology, Aaron continued his education while working in the cardiovascular ICU with Intermountain Healthcare in Provo, Utah. In 2012, Aaron was named Nurse Practitioner Student of the Year. He completed his Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner with a 4.0 in 2013. Aaron chose to work with Dr. Seth Giri to bring much needed cardiovascular services to the Southern Oregon Coast. He is passionate about helping people achieve lifestyle changes to improve cardiovascular health.
Aaron is married and has three boys. He enjoys running, cycling and outdoor activities with his family.
Amit Bhandari, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Bhandari was born and raised in New Delhi, India. He attended the University College of Medical Sciences in New Deli, India Medical School from 1992 to 2002 where he received a MB,BS and Master’s of Surgery (General Surgery). Dr. Bhandari’s Internal Medicine Internship and Residency programs were completed at Resurrection Westlake Hospital Internal Medicine Program in Melrose Park, Illinois, from 2002 to 2005. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bhandari joined North Bend Medical Center in November 2005.
Dallas A. Carter, MD — Family
Practice — Coos Bay
Dr. Carter is an Oregon native and graduate of OHSU medical school in 1987. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin medical school in Madison, Wisconsin, and has been board certified in Family Practice since then. He returned to Oregon to practice in Coos Bay in 1992. He has been the medical director of South Coast Hospice since 1995 and has become specialty boarded in Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Carter is a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners and the Oregon Medical Association.
Lawrence speaks French fluently
Lawrence Cheal, PT. is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Lawrence moved to the United States in 1995. He has since practiced Physical Therapy in a number of settings including acute care, sub-acute, home health, skilled nursing, and out - patient. Lawrence is experienced in the fields of orthopedics, post surgical rehab, geriatrics, and neurological rehab. Lawrence has lived in the Bay Area with his wife and family since 2000. He joined NBMC in January of 2009 in the role of Physical Therapist and Department Manger.
Cherry, MD — Oncology and Hematology — Coos Bay
Dr. Cherry was born in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Mayanmar). She began her medical education at the Institute of Medicine in Lamaddaw, Rangoon, Burma, 1979-1985. She has been in the US since 1994 at All Children’s Hospital University of South Florida as an Associate in Research, Department of Pediatrics. From May 1997 to August 2000 she did a Residency in Internal Medicine at Canton Medical Education Foundation, Canton, Ohio. From September 2002 to November 2002 she completed a Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Her membership in professional societies includes the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Oregon Medical Association, and Burma Medical Council, Department of Health, Rangoon, Burma. Dr. Cherry began her practice at North Bend Medical Center in January 2003.
Lance Cheung, MD — Physical
Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Cheung did his medical school training in Creighton University School of Medicine, finishing in 2003. He did his internship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, finishing in 2004 and did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, in 2007. Rotations included Musculoskeletal/Sports, Interventional Spine, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Pediatric Rehabilitation and Electromyography.
Bret A. Cook, MD — Oncology
and Hematology — Coos Bay
Dr. Cook received a degree in Microbiology in 1990 from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Dr. Cook received a Master’s in Science Degree in Pathology in 1994 and was awarded his Medical Degree in 1994 from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Cook completed his Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1997. He attended University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, where he completed his Oncology requirements in 1999 and his Hematology requirements in 2000. Dr. Cook is board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Cook is the current Medical Director of Bay Area Hospital’s Cancer Program and the Medical Director for the Hematology/Oncology department in NBMC. Dr. Cook is also an active member of the Southwest Oncology Group.
William Croson, MD — Family
Practice — Coquille
Dr. Croson completed his Doctorate of Medicine at University of Illinois in Chicago and did his internship and family medicine residency at University of Illinois in Urbana and then in Peoria. Dr. Croson is Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Oregon Medical Association. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Board of Pain Management. His practice specializes in pain medicine, providing non-opioid options for treating pain including medication, interventions, guidance regarding lifestyle changes and physical therapy modalities. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, hiking and anything else that can serve as an excuse for enjoying the scenery.
Dr. Cruz speaks Tagalog and Spanish fluently
Dr. Cruz was born and raised in the Philippines where she finished medical school in 2001 at the University of the Philippines in Manila. She completed her Internship at UP-Philippine General Hospital. She graduated from the same university for her undergraduate degree in BA Philosophy where she graduated cum laude. She completed her Pediatric residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas. Prior to Residency she trained for four years in Pediatrics in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Dr. Cruz is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She enjoys reading and snowboarding.
Dr. DeLeon speaks Spanish fluently
Dr. DeLeon did her undergraduate work at Harvard University graduating with an AB in Biochemistry in June, 1990. Her medical school training was at the University of Vermont, graduating in May 1997. She had post-graduate training from 1997 to 2000 with an Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. DeLeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and joined North Bend Medical Center in December 2004. She enjoys volleyball, tennis, gardening and knitting. She also enjoys playing and listening to music and hanging out with her husband and two children.
Kamara Dodd, FNP — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Kamara Dodd was born in Washington and raised in Oregon. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing-Family practice and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She was also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and the Student Nurses Association. Kamara Dodd joined NBMC in September of 2009. She is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Oregon Nurses Association and the Nurse Practitioners of Oregon. She loves to be involved in community organization such as the Relay For Life and has done many fundraising events and volunteer work for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Kamara Dodd has also joined the local Women’s Health Coalition. In her practice she is involved with infusions for osteoporosis treatments; insulin pumps for both type I and type II diabetes, internal medicine, women’s health and geriatric health. Kamara Dodd is married with two kids and a dog. She loves family activities such as hanging out at the beach and going hiking. She also enjoys skiing as much as possible in the winter months.
Audrey Duke, FNP — Family
Practice — Coos Bay
Audrey was born in Medford, Oregon. She received her BS in Nursing in 1998 from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and her MSN and FNP Certification from University of Portland in 2000. She received her Board Certification for Perioperative Nursing CNOR in 1994 and National FNP Board Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2002. Audrey is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association and a volunteer for the Waterfall Clinic. Her practice is primarily occupational medicine, family practice and walk-in clinic one day a week. She has an interest in Orthopedics. She enjoys playing the guitar and beading. She loves walking her golden retrievers and riding horses.
Britta D. Fink, MD — Obstetrics
and Gynecology — Coos Bay
Dr. Fink was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and went to Swarthmore College with a double BA in English Literature and Biology. Dr. Fink did her medical school training in Wake Forest University School of Medicine and her Internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maricopa County Medical Center, the Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the Oregon Medical Association. Dr. Fink is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and received her American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship in 2007. Medically she has special interests in incontinence, endometriosis, infertility, vulvar disorder and menopausal problems. She has a particular interest in making sure each patient not only knows their diagnosis and treatment plan, but understands it as well. She has developed over fifteen patient education aids for her personal practice. She is an avid gardener and enjoys spending time on the bay, at the lake and in the dunes with her three daughters.
Dr. Giss speaks Italian fluently
Dr. Giss is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University and works with fourth-year medical students doing rural surgery rotations. Since his arrival to the Coos Bay area he has been the liaison for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer working closely with the hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Program and has served as the director of Bay Area Hospital’s Department of Trauma. He is currently the Chairman of the department of surgery at Bay Area Hospital. Special interests within his field include minimally-invasive surgery, cancer surgery, varicose vein management, and diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. He enjoys working with pre-med and medical students interested in pursuing general surgery. He enjoys participating in triathlons, snow skiing, surfing, tennis and playing a variety of musical instruments — all with his family of course!
Satyendra (Seth) Giri, MD, MPH, RVT, MRCP, FACC, FSCA— Cardiology — Coos
Originally from Nepal, Dr. Giri is an accomplished interventional cardiologist, having first trained in London at the Royal College of Physicians, followed by Harvard Medical School fellowship training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where he completed advanced training and board certification in cardiac catheterization and angiography, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, and endovascular interventions.
Dr. Giri and his wife Amy moved to the region in search of the perfect community in which to raise their two children. Dr. Giri states, " We wanted an opportunity to meet our professional and personal goals and to put down roots on Oregon's South Coast."
Laurie L. Hamilton, DO — Obstetrics
and Gynecology — Coos Bay
Dr. Hamilton was born in Monterey, California. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1982. She received her DO from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa in 2000 and completed her Internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the Oregon Medical Association. Dr. Hamilton is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dale Henken, MD — Pediatrics
— Coos Bay
Dr. Henken graduated from the University of Oregon (Honors College & Phi Beta Kappa) in 1965 & the University of Oregon Medical School (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 1969. He did his internship in pediatrics & medicine at Baltimore City Hospitals in 1970. He finished his residency in pediatrics & fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the University of Oregon in 1975. Dr. Henken's career has been four decade's long & has been spent in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, private practice in Idaho & nearly twenty years in San Diego, California at Kaiser Permanente. He is board-certified in Pediatrics & Pediatric Cardiology. Dale & his wife, Win, a clinical psychologist have two married daughters & three grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, golf, computers, cooking, reading & keeps his home in Coquille. Dr. Henken has been with NBMC since 2011.
Hazen speaks Spanish fluently
Hazen is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his family moved to the Oregon coast in the fall of 2010. He received a BA in Spanish from the University of Utah in 2007. Volunteering as an interpreter at hospitals in Salt Lake City drove his desire to pursue a career in medicine. He received a master's degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Physician Assistant studies in 2009. Prior to joining Dr. Tersigni in the General Surgery/Bariatric Department at North Bend Medical Center, he worked in family medicine and orthopedics. Hazen and his wife Janet have 3 children and enjoy exploring the coast as a family. An avid fisherman since childhood, he enjoys spending his time off on the many rivers in the area. He also enjoys biking and skiing.
Charles James, MD — General
Surgery — Coos
Originally from the Seattle area, Dr. Charlie James has always loved the Pacific Northwest. After high school, Charlie attended the University of Washington and received a B.S. in Biology. He worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for a year while applying for medical school; it was there he met and married his wife, Laura. He was accepted into the University of Washington School of Medicine, and after four years of medical school he completed his internship in General Surgery at the University of Washington. He transferred to the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine to complete his General Surgery residency.
Wanting to go home to raise his family, he accepted a position in Walla Walla Washington, where he has been a surgeon for almost 12 years. Today, his children Carson and Kelsey are in college, and Dr. James and his wife of 23 years are happy to call the Southern Oregon Coast home.
He and his family are active in the community; his family supports the Hospice and Humane Society as well as events associated with the American Cancer Society.
Dr. James and Laura enjoy meeting new people, hiking, sight seeing, cooking and travel.
Sushan Joshi, MD — Internal Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Joshi did his medial school studies in Nepal, the country of Mt. Everest. He trained in Internal Medicine in Massacheusettes. He
devoted special time for Neurology, Hematology, Rheumatology and Heart failure training during his residency. Dr. Joshi was awarded for Outstanding Scholastic Performance, scoring in the 99th percentile in each of his three years of residency. Dr.Joshi is delighted to have come to the West Coast and be a part of this nice community of Oregon. He loves to hike, read, meditate, help people get well.
Nancy Keller, MD — Family
Practice — Coquille
Dr. Keller earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and biology from the University of Oregon in 1987 and graduated Cum Laude from Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine in 1989. She completed her family practice residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1992. She has been a practicing family physician in Coquille ever since graduating from her residency in July 1992. Her practice is a full spectrum family practice that includes delivering babies and has an emphasis on teen girls and women’s health.
She is chess coach for the Coquille Chess Club whose elementary, middle school and high school teams have won many trophies at state and national events. She plays the clarinet in the Bay Area Community Band who put on local performances. She is a major supporter for the new Coquille Art and Education Enhancement Center. She also oil paints, with a year 2010 “chess in nature” calendar recently published and has paintings at the Coquille Art Gallery. She enjoys river rafting, RV camping, playing guitar, reading science fiction and attending Science Fiction conventions.
Lowell E. Kobrin, MD, Phd — Acupuncture
Dr. Kobrin received his BS degree from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1965. He received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1971 and his PhD in anatomy from Thomas Jefferson University School of Graduate Studies in 1974. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, in 1975, and became a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1977. Dr. Kobrin received his basic acupuncture training through the UCLA Medical Acupuncture for Physicians training program in 1984, and is a founding member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is a fellow of both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
Leo Kusuda, MD — Urology
Dr. Kusuda was born in Newark, New Jersey. He received a BES in Bioengineering in 1977 from Johns Hopkins University. He received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1981. Urology residency at Oakland Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, was completed in 1986. He completed a three- year fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 1993. In 2007, he retired from the US Navy with the rank of Captain and had been on staff at the Eastern Virginia Medical School at the rank of Associate Professor. He is board certified through the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kusuda is a member of the American Urological Association, Society of Government Services Urologists and the Oregon Medical Association. Dr. Kusuda is an Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator and is active with the Coos County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. Dr. Kusuda performs robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery and the placement of sacral nerve root neuro stimulators.
Philip C. LaGesse, MD — Pediatrics
Dr. LaGesse obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1979. He received his medical degree in 1989 from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. LaGesse did his internship and residency in general pediatrics at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and also completed a fellowship in pediatric pulmonary medicine in 1995. Dr. LaGesse is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics. He enjoys outdoor activities especially with his family.
David Y. Lee, MD — Family Practice — Myrtle Point
Dr. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Biological Sciences. He graduated with honors. He attended the Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr Lee was born in New York and then moved to Korea when he was a young child. He moved back to the United States to go to school and he also studied in Israel because they have International medicine and he wanted to do mission work. He is a member of the Oregon Medical Association.
Anton E. Lotman, MD — Neurology
Dr. Lotman was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He received his Diploma of Physician (equivalent to MD) at First Leningrad Medical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at Emergency City Hospital No. 17 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1982. Residency includes Geriatrics at Hadassa University Hospital and Sarah Herzog Memorial Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel; Internal Medicine and Neurology at Albany Medical Center in Albany New York. Dr. Lotman had a private practice in Schenectady, New York State with Neurology Associates of Northeastern New York, P.C. prior to moving to Oregon. Dr. Lotman is Board Certified in Neurology through the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Oregon Medical Association. Dr. Lotman is also boarded in sleep medicine through the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He serves as a Medical Director of Sleep Center in Bay Area Hospital.
Heather MacLean, CNM, NP — Certified
Nurse Midwife — Coos Bay
Heather received a Bachelors in Science in Biology degree from Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, in 1992. She received her Bachelor’s of Nursing degree in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and her Masters of Nursing Certificate of Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in 1997 with Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors. She enjoys kayaking and gardening.
Thomas F. McAndrew, MD — Family
Practice — Coos Bay
Dr. McAndrew received his BA in Zoology in 1977 from Humbolt State University, Arcata, California. His Masters of Public Health was obtained from UCLA School of Public Health in 1980 with a special emphasis on nutrition and epidemiology. His Medical Degree was awarded from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, in 1985. A three-year Family Practice residency program was completed at Scenic General Hospital, Modesto, California. Dr. McAndrew is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. McAndrew is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He and his wife, Deborah, have three grown sons. He enjoys sailing, music, live-theater and stained glass. Dr. McAndrew has been involved at Bay Area Hospital as a district board member for the last 15 years.
Carla D. McKelvey, MD — Pediatrics
Dr. McKelvey received her BA in English with honors from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983. She was awarded her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in June 1993. She completed a pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in June 1996. Dr. McKelvey is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Her practice is one of collaboration between parent, patient and physician. Her goal is to provide practical advice for the busy parent while ensuring optimal care for their child. She especially enjoys working with adolescents. Her interests include gardening, reading and theatre.
He completed his Bachelors degree at Brigham Young University in April 2003, and went on to receive a Masters from Georgetown University. He completed his M.D at Eastern Virginia Medical School in May of 2010.
Dr. Millet is happy to be in Coquille, where he has a full scope family practice; he has a passion for preventative medicine with a focus on positive lifestyle changes. His practice is open to everyone, including pediatrics, prenatal check ups and so much more.
With his family, he enjoys running, hiking, camping, cooking/baking, and traveling.
William J. Moriarty, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
William J. Moriarty, MD was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion in 1980. He attended Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and received a Master of Science Degree in Theological Studies in 1984. Dr. Moriarty received his Medical Degree in 1988 from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his medical internship in 1989 and residency in Internal Medicine in 1991 at University of California San Francisco in San Francisco, California. Dr. Moriarty became certified by the American Medical Director Association with a specialty in Long Term Care in 2001. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Oregon Medical Association. Dr. Moriarty has been a practicing physician in Oregon since 1996 and joined North Bend Medical Center in April 2004.
John K. Muenchrath, MD — Urology
Dr. Muenchrath received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy/Biology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1987. He earned his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University Medical School in Portland, Oregon, in 1992. Dr. Muenchrath completed his preliminary Surgical Residency and his Urology Residency at University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1997 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Urology.
Frank Y. Mukaida, MD — Obstetrics
and Gynecology — Coos Bay
Dr. Mukaida received a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from University of Washington in 1988, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Dr. Mukaida received a Master’s of Science in 1992 in Genetics, specializing in Cell, Molecular and Neuro Science from the University of Hawaii. He obtained his medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine in 1996 in E. Lansing, Michigan. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Inc., Michigan State University, Saginaw, Michigan, in 2000.
Christopher M. Muller, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Muller received his Bachelors in Science in Biology from Stanford University in California. His medical degree was awarded from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1985. He interned at the University of California at Davis. His three-year residency program was also at the University of California. Dr. Muller is a member of the American Medical Association as well as the Theta Xi Fraternity. He also received recognition for Outstanding Performance as a Resident. His subspecialty is Nephrology.
Karson Nasstrom, FNP — Immediate Care Clinic — Coos Bay
Karson Nasstrom was raised in Sebastopol, California. She graduated in 2000 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Humboldt State University, California. She attended graduate school at Long Beach State University, California. She graduated in 2004 with a Masters Degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification. Karson is Board Certified by ANCC in the state of Oregon. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and daughters.
David E. Oelke, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Oelke received his BS from the University of Illinois in 1963 and his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1966. Dr. Oelke performed his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and took a three-year residency at the same institution. He completed three years with the US Army in Germany. He received Board Certification through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Oelke is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His practice is very active and diverse; he has a special interest in pacemakers and liver biopsies as well as upper and lower endoscopies. He enjoys gardening, golfing and is a member of the Art Museum Board.
Susan Ottemiller, ACNS, BS — Oncology
and Hematology — Coos Bay
Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1984. She received her Master’s in Nursing, Community Health Care Systems Specialty from the Oregon Health and Sciences University in 1996. She received her Post Master’s Certificate in Adult Health and Illness, Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2003. She joined the oncology department in NBMC in September of 2003. Susan is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Nurse Oncologist Committee for Southwest Oncology Group. Susan is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Gonzaga University. In her practice she performs functional assessments on patients undergoing treatment for cancer diagnoses. She also obtains appropriate diagnostic test for functional health problems and provides symptom management for Oncology patients.
Jonathon L. Park, MD — Family
Practice — Coos Bay
Dr. Park was raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and MD from Puerto Rico. He completed Family Practice Residency at St. Vincent’s Health Care Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. In July 2002, Dr. Park relocated to Coos Bay to join the North Bend Medical Center. He is board certified in Family Practice and a member of AAFP and OAFP. Dr. Park’s practice philosophy is “to provide compassionate and comprehensive health care to those in need.” Dr. Park is a full bird Colonel in the US Army National Guard and a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He enjoys riding his Harley D motorcycle and is a member of the local HOGS chapter. He also enjoys landscaping, wind-surfing, travel, movies, and he is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States and active member of the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association.
Kaylie Parrish, PA-C — Family Practice — Myrtle Point
Kaylie Parrish was born and raised in Myrtle Point, Oregon. After high school Kaylie attended Oregon State University, where she was awarded the Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year in Women’s Rowing. Kaylie graduated OSU in 2008 with a B.S. in General Science, Pre PA. She went on to receive her CNA2 and worked as a Nursing Assistant in the Emergency Department at Coquille Valley Hospital while continuing her education and training. She received a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health and Science University in August of 2012. She has completed rotations in Family Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Developmental Pediatrics, Women’s, Health, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, and a 10 week Family Medicine Preceptorship. Kaylie joined the NBMC Myrtle Point team in August of 2012. Kaylie and her husband Tank call Myrtle Point their home, and they enjoy running, hiking and travel.
Kaylie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants.
Bhargavbhai K. Patel, MD — Internal Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Patel completed his medical education in 2005 at M.P. Shah Medical College in Jamnagar, India. Dr. Patel then came to the United States attend Long Island University and receive his Master’s in Community Health from 2006 to 2008. While there, he completed an Observership at the department of Interventional Cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital as well as at the Department of Pain Management at Mount Sinai Hospital. After graduation he began his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, which he completed in June 2011. He has been involved in numerous research projects and done many medical presentations. Dr. Patel has completed all three steps of the USMLE and has his ECFMG certificate.
Prabhakar Patel, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Patel as born and raised in Gujarat, India. He graduated from Pramukh Swami Medical College in Gujarat at the age of twenty-three years. Dr. Patel came to the United States in 2004 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles from 2006 through 2009. Although Dr. Patel likes all the branches of medicine his areas of clinical interest include critical care medicine, cardiovascular medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Patel likes to stay active by playing tennis, basketball and working out on a regular basis. Dr. Patel is also a wild life conservationalist and is working towards helping save Bengal tigers.
Basil Pittenger, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Basil Pittenger, MD was born in Hamilton, New York, and raised in Florence, Oregon. He attended University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he received a BS in Mathematics in 1995 and continued his education there from 1995 to 1997, majoring in Biochemistry. He attended medical school at the University of Washington and received his medical degree there in 2001. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship in 2002 and his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in June 2004. Dr. Pittenger is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and joined NBMC in July 2004. His practice is limited to Internal Medicine with a specialty interest in Cardiology and Gastroenterology. He enjoys running, swimming, biking and various outdoor activities.
Sandra R. Randolph, AuD — Otolaryngology
Dr. Randolph was born in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington, Speech and Hearing Sciences department in June of 2005 with her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She continued her studies at the University of Washington and graduated in August 2008 with her Doctorate in Audiology. Dr. Randolph has worked clinically with both pediatric and adult populations. She strives to serve both populations with comprehensive and compassionate audiologic care. She joined North Bend Medical Center in October of 2010. Dr. Randolph is board certified, by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). Outside of work, she continues to promote healthy hearing through her affiliation with Oregon State Special Olympics, as the state’s clinical director for the “Healthy Hearing” program. The Healthy Hearing initiative is dedicated to promoting better hearing health and education to Special Olympic athletes. Dr. Randolph and her husband are happy to call the southern Oregon Coast their home.
Rajesh Ravuri, MD — Internal
Medicine — Coos Bay
Dr. Ravuri specializes in Internal Medicine. He has been practicing for 10 years and for the last seven years at NBMC. His interests include Cardiovascular, Diabetic, Gastrointestinal and Preventive Medicine. He is proficient in Endoscopies, Colonoscopies, Skin biopsies, Joint and Bursal injections. He also does CGMS testing (continuous glucose monitoring) and starts and manages Insulin Pumps.
Dr. Ravuri at the age of 17 attended one of the most prestigious medical schools in India, Andhra Medical College, started in 1857 by the British. He pursued further training in Internal Medicine at Rush-Westlake Hospital in Chicago. He chose NBMC over sub-specialization at the Mayo Clinic because the practices at NBMC epitomized how he wanted to practice as a physician.
Dr. Ravuri recently added Kamara Dodd, FNP, to his team to increase the same-day access to care for his patients, making his practice a true model for Integrated Medical Home.
He loves the Oregon coast and considers it his home. This commitment is shown in him taking on the added responsibilities of being the Medical Director at the Waterfall Clinic, being on the Board of Directors at NBMC and on the Board of Directors for DOCS.
His practice motto is “Partnering with my patients in their pursuit of Health, Wellness and Happiness.”
Stephanie A. Riccalarsen, MD — Family
Practice — Coos Bay
Dr. Riccalarsen received her Bachelor’s of Science from Oregon State University with a major in Biology. She received her medical degree at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and then completed residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Riccalarsen is a member of the Oregon Medical Association and Board Certified in Family Medicine. Within her practice she has a special interest in young adults and preventative medicine as well as medically supervised weight loss. Dr. Riccalarsen enjoys quilting and ballroom dance.
Chris Riehl PA-C — Orthopedics — Coos Bay
Chris was born in Palo Alto California, and was raised in Corvallis Oregon. He attended Pacific University where he received double BS in Exercise Science and Biology. He graduated with a Masters in P.A. studies from Midwestern University in 2009.
Chris came to NBMC in June with a passion for Orthopaedics. Not only can he diagnose and treat orthopaedic patients, he does casting, bracing and splinting. Chris works with all spine issues, orders all testing, orthotics, performs intra articular injections and assists surgeons during surgery.
Chris met his wife, Lindsey in college, and they have 3 daughters, McKenzie, Heidi and Annaleigh. He enjoys spending time with his family, running and soccer.
Michael Robinson — Family
Practice — Coquille
Michael Robinson was born and raised in Utah. Michael earned his Master in Science Family Nurse Practitioner from Brigham Young University. Michael's speciality is family care. Michael's clinical rotations included family medicine, pediatrics, and emergency care. Previously Michael has worked for five years as a nurse in a NeuroShock Trauma ICU in Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Weber State University.
Michael loves working with people, helping them to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and helping people to better understand their health. He has done extensive volunteer work with Share a Smile, the Boys Scouts of America, and his church. When not at work, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Shanelle and their daughter Vivian. Together they enjoy travel, being outdoors, books and movies. They are looking forward to spending time together exploring the southern Oregon Coast.
Castel Santana grew up in Alaska, but traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest. While taking an AP anatomy class in High School, he became drawn to medicine. Castel worked as laborer and a medical assistant while attending Minnesota State University of Moorhead. During college, he also competed in wrestling where he was named the Midwest Wresting Rookie of the Year and made the Dean’s list in 2001-02. He graduated in May of 2004 with a B.S. Double major in Biology and Chemistry with an emphasis in Biotechnology and was accepted into the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. After two years, he transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and in April of 2010, received his M.D.
Dr. Santana completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2013. Dr. Santana is passionate about preventative medicine, and motivating people to live healthier lives. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching wrestling, history and staying active. Dr. Santana joined NBMC in August of 2013.
Kent D. Sharman, MD — Family
Practice — Coos Bay
Dr. Sharman received his BS from the University of California at Davis and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. He received postgraduate training at the University of California at Davis, completing a Family Practice residency in 1983. He is a member Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. He is a volunteer member of the faculty at OHSU School of Medicine, and The Medical Director for North Bend Medical Center. Dr. Sharman offers comprehensive family-oriented health services, including adult medical care and pediatric care.
Steven G. Shimotakahara, MD — Otolaryngology
Dr. Shimotakahara is a Board certified Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgeon and he is Chairman of the Board of North Bend Medical Centers. He has been at NBMC since 1993 when he came from Johns Hopkins University Hospital where he was on faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology. He completed his medical school at McGill University in Montreal in 1978. He spent five years in family practice in rural Nova Scotia followed by specialty training in ENT in London, Ontario. His fellowship training focused upon Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Shimotakahara’s clinical skills include all aspects of ENT practice including the surgical treatment of sinuses, nasal airway, skin cancers, thyroid disorders, ear diseases, cancers of the throat and larynx and pediatric problems. His special expertise lies in endoscopic sinus surgery and thyroid tumors.
Dr. Shimotakahara spends most of his free time pursuing sport activities including surfing, white-water rafting, swimming, stand up paddleboarding and, scuba spear fishing. He loves to cook for large groups of people (paella and sangria are his specialty) and studies foreign languages.
Diane Smith, NP-PP — Pain Management — Coos Bay
Diane Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Associates in Nursing from South Suburban College. She spent years working neonatal and cardiovascular intensive care. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a masters degree in nursing where she worked on the burn and trauma team. She is a Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who specializes in pain management. She received her training and certification in Pain Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Diane has four adult children and four grandchildren and enjoys gardening and reading.
Dr. Smith speaks KiSwahili fluently
Dr. Smith is originally from Kentucky but has traveled widely. She graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, magna cum laude in 1980, and received her Medical Degree at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, in 1985. She then completed a General Surgery Residency at Mercer University and practiced Surgery in the USAF from 1990 to 1994, serving overseas in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After leaving the Air Force, she participated in medical missions in Tanzania East Africa for ten years. During that time she obtained a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool, UK. On her return to the US she pursued her foundational interest in family and preventive medicine by completing a residency in Family Medicine through the University of Tennessee, Memphis/St Francis Hospital program. She then became Board Certified in Family Medicine in 2008. Dr. Smith specializes in providing primary and preventive care to entire families from birth to hospice care. She also has special interest and expertise in Travel and Tropical Medicine as a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She and her staff are dedicated patient advocates and have a strong commitment to providing excellence in health care to all people enrolled in her practice.
Dr. Somera was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She received her undergraduate education at the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City where she completed a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Psychology in 1995. She spent the next four years in medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She did her Postgraduate rotating Internship year at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, Metro Manila, from 1999-2000. Dr. Somera then moved to the United States in June 2002 for her Internal Medicine Residency Training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. After residency graduation, she took on her first job as a primary care physician at North Bend Medical Center in November 2005.
Dr. Somera enjoys the autonomy and flexibility of her private practice, and the camaraderie among physicians/health care personnel within the clinic and community. Living in Oregon has opened up new adventures (from hiking to snowboarding) and new activities (from crabbing and clamming to tuna canning) for her. A far cry from the city where she grew up in, Coos Bay, Oregon has proved to be an unexpected but comforting home for Dr. Somera.
Rachel Stappler is a North Bend native and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s of Science, performed post baccalaureate studies at Southern Oregon University and obtained her physician assistant degree and Masters of Health Science from Lock Haven University, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania in 2010. She completed a post graduate residency program in pain medicine and anesthesiology at the University of Washington medical school in Seattle, Washington. She is a fellow of the American Society of Physician Assistants and the President-elect for the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants. She is also a member of the Oregon Medical Association, and a Rotarian. In her spare time Rachel enjoys lecturing to the medical communities around the state, volunteering, long distance running, triathlons and spending time with her family.
Dr. (Ted) Taylor received his degree from the University of Missouri in 1976. After graduating from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1980, he completed a rotating internship at the Flint Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Taylor is board certified in Family Practice by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He is a member of the Oregon Medical Association, the Curry Medical Society and the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon.
Dr. Tersigni was born in San Jose, California. He entered Brigham Young University in 1974 and then left for two years to serve as a missionary in Italy for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While in Italy he mastered the Italian language and subsequently received a BA in Italian at Brigham Young University. Before attending medical school Dr. Tersigni worked for several years as a roofing contractor in California. He attended the University of Utah Medical School and received his MD in 1990. Dr. Tersigni received his general surgery training at the University of Kansas Medical Center and started a practice at North Bend Medical Center in July of 1995.
Dr. Tersigni is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He specializes in breast, thoracic, and general surgery with a special interest in advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. Dr. Tersigni is currently a clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine.
Dr. Tersigni is the founder of Bay Bariatrics and provides Bariatric Surgery to patients from all over Oregon and the surrounding states. Bay Bariatrics is recognized by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence, one of only five in all of Oregon.
Dr. Tersigni and his wife Lori reside with two of their three children in North Bend, Oregon. He enjoys travel, outdoor activities and computers in his leisure time.
Tamara Tuttle was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Woods Cross High School and received her Bachelor’s of Science and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, in 2003. Tamara attended the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana with an MS in Physician Assistant Studies from 2004-2006. She worked in family practice as a PA from 2006-2009 and joined the NBMC Gold Beach clinic in January of 2010. She has a special interest in health promotion and preventive medicine, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure management as well as pediatrics and women’s health. Tamara enjoys the outdoors by jogging, hiking, cycling and camping. She also competes in Triathlons.
Garrett Vangelisti was born in Phoenix Arizona, and first arrived in Oregon to attend Southern Oregon State College. Garrett attended medical school at the University of Alabama, School of Medicine. Dr. Vangelisti then completed a general surgery residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University. During his residency, he pioneered the Rural Surgery Training Program, which trains surgeons in a rural setting to better prepare them for working in a small community; because of Dr. Vangelisti success, this remarkable program is now being implemented in Coos Bay.
After Dr. Vangelisti completed his general surgery residency, he moved to Hershey PA, and trained in Plastic Surgery. He returned to Oregon and has been at the Legacy Emmanuel Hospital for the last 5 years.
Dr. Vangelisti specializes in problems of the hand; he co-developed a device used to fuse the bones of the finger and trains other surgeons to implant this device which greatly improves the quality of life for his patients. He surgically manages many conditions including arthritis, hand fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger. His cosmetic practice includes non surgical and surgical interventions. Some of Dr. Vangelisti’s cosmetic surgeries include; liposuction, abdominoplasty, breast reductions and augmentations and post bariatric weight loss body contouring. Dr. Vangelisti is excited to join the teams at North Bend Medical Center, and is looking forward to building a practice focused on the community's needs.
Dr. Vangelisti enjoys spending his off time with his three children, ages 12, 10 and 6. He also enjoys on and off road motorcycles and reading.
Dr. Webster is the founder of Oregon Coast Plastic Surgery and provides full facial plastic surgery services to patients from all over Oregon. His cosmetic practice includes non-surgical and surgical solutions such as: Facelift, Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping), Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction, Lip Augmentation, Laser Treatments, Botox, Dermal Fillers, Scar Revision and Facial Peels.
Dr. Webster was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Lafayette, California. He earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Nebraska in 1995 and a M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Montana in 1998. He received his M.D. at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He completed his internship in General Surgery in 2003 at the University of California San Francisco-East Bay Program in Oakland, California. Dr. Webster then completed a fellowship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California in 2007. He is Board Certified through the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Webster is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Medical Association, Oregon Medical Association, California Medical Association, and East Bay Surgical Society.
Reginal Williams received his undergraduate degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Williams earned his medical degree from Temple University Medical School in 1971. He completed his internship and family practice residency at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, in 1972. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. He is also ATLS, ACLS Certified and is an FAA-Medical Examiner.