- Douwe Rienstra, MD
- Bonnie Corra
- Linda Townsend
- Lissy Corra, RN, BSN
- Kate O'Sullivan, RN
- Dawn Helman, RN, BSN
- Pat Herkal, RN
The lifeblood of any effective organization is not the bricks and mortar, the procedure manual, nor the organizational chart. It's the people involved. We're proud of ours.
Joseph Douwe Rienstra practices general medicine, which allows him to see the full spectrum of patients. He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1969 and has taught in the Preventive Medicine Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. His study of medicine, including alternative/traditional medicine, has taken him from the Mayo Clinic to India and many places in between. An active student of both pharmaceutical and natural methods, he knows the value and limitations of each and how to combine them to treat the individual needs of each patient. He loves being a doctor, singing, backcountry hiking, and his family. He goes by "Douwe," a Dutch name he inherited from his grandfather.
If you've a question about the clinic, you can get the answer from Bonnie. She has been with the clinic since 1986 and is looked at as the mother of the office by other staff members. Bonnie keeps the accounts, works at the reception desk, and fulfills many other tasks to help Dr Rienstra operate the clinic. Although the clinic doesn't bill your insurance company, Bonnie can help you with any questions you may have regarding insurance billing and the clinic's procedures. Bonnie enjoys working at the clinic because there is always new information. "In all these years, I continue to learn a great deal about health." In addition to the academic benefits, Bonnie loves working in a small clinic that has the feeling of family and adds the personal touch to it's daily business practices. When she isn't working at the clinic or her other bookkeeping job, or being real life mom, Bonnie enjoys acting and cooking.
Linda moved from coastal Maine to Port Townsend in 1987. In 1995 she joined the clinic as our back-up receptionist, then followed her love of photography into ownership and operation of Frameworks. After eight years, she followed her muse to work in Alaska, to Sol Duc Hot Springs in Olympic National Park, then once again to Port Townsend to open LT Images, in association her partner's David Conklin Photography.
This year Linda has moved into a varsity position as our receptionist, office tech specialist and healthcare expediter.
Along with her passion for photography, Linda enjoys hiking and backpacking, especially in our National Parks. She has visited over 20 of the parks, and worked briefly at Bryce Canyon National Park. Her travels have also taken her to Peru, Italy, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico, Honduras, Ireland and England.
Lissy Corra met Doctor Rienstra about 30 years ago in Jefferson General Hospital's obstetric department. She earned her BSN from Seattle University in 2009 before cementing her skills as a staff nurse at the Neurological Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the University of California at Los Angeles. She and her biologist husband Austin returned to Port Townsend in 2014 with their new baby girl, ready to nest in the town they both grew up in. Another of Lissy's loves is family planning, so you may also find her working at the Jefferson County Public Health Department.
Lissy loves spending time with her 3-generational Port Townsend family and her friends. She enjoys summer, the farmer's market, hikes in the Olympics and getting a sun tan.
Despite her busy schedule as a new mother, often you'll find her bicycle in our rack at the office. She encourages you to follow her example!
Kathleen graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1968. As a military wife for over 24 years, she moved 11 times. She’s served as a public health nurse, school nurse, nurse in a pediatric allergy office, pediatric nurse educator, lactation educator and as a hospital nurse on the pediatric unit and newborn nursery. The Monterey Peninsula Pediatric Medical Group enlisted her in 1986 as the nurse manager.
Kathleen is proud to be the mother of Kristine, a police officer, and Jill, a cardiac rehab nurse and happy to be the “gg” (goofy grandma) to Austin, Trenton, Kailey, Claire, Chase, and Aidan. She and her “good man”, Chuck O’Connor, retired and moved to Port Townsend in 2003, happy to be close to the water and able to enjoy the great outdoors and small town atmosphere. She enjoys hiking with Chuck and Libby, their golden retriever. She is a power walker and has completed 21 marathons and several half marathons.
Kathleen wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. She has always enjoyed teaching her patients and loves to learn new things.
Dawn Helman was born and raised in Detroit and has lived and worked in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Colorado. She and Bonnie Corra have been close friends since their time together at the University of Michigan. Dawn earned a BA and a teaching credential from Western Michigan University and a BSRN nursing degree from Penn State University. She has 26 years of experience, first in a Colorado family practice clinic and then as the Gunnison district school nurse. Dawn and her retired university administrator husband Jay are smitten with Port Townsend and are very happy to be here.
Pat Herkal earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and went on to manage a nine-doctor pediatric clinic in Fort Carson, Colorado. After marriage and a move to Wyoming, she taught Allied Health at a high school, took time off for children, worked as the nurse for a vascular surgeon, and was an office nurse for a group of orthopedic surgeons. For the past 10 years, she worked for a home health and hospice agency in Wyoming. Her interest in nutrition led her to become the lead nutritional educator in that agency. Pat believes in the importance of patient education so people can make their best choices for good health and health care. Pat and her husband moved to Port Townsend from Riverton, Wyoming in March 2004. She had been searching for a community with an atmosphere of tolerance and environmental concern and feels she has found that here. Her daughter is a talented chef. Pat likes to garden, read and quilt. She was a Master Gardener in Wyoming but is having to learn new ways to garden in the Pacific Northwest.