- Douwe Rienstra, MD
- Bonnie Corra
- Linda Townsend
- Michele Rabey, RN
- Beth Spooner, RN
- Kate O'Sullivan, RN
- Dawn Helman, RN, BSN
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.
Michele also grew up in a military family, first in Arizona and then on the East Coast.
Her mother and sister worked in nursing, and in 1991, Michele earned her RN degree as well. She has covered the entire nursing spectrum, from the high intensity care of the medical ICU to home-based hospice. In 1999 she earned a credential as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, and together with her partner, Sue, formed a wellness practice in North Carolina. After her son was out of the nest and safely launched, Michele returned to her beloved Southwest, serving as a home health and Eldercare Clinic nurse, then Assistant Nurse Manager, at Tsehootsoi Medical Center on the Navajo reservation. She first came to Port Townsend in late 2011, loved it more than she'd expected, and now has a home with a broad view of water, birds, sky, and Mount Rainier. Occasionally she air commutes to North Carolina for some volunteer nursing for her parents. During her leisure hours here in Port Townsend, she rambles trails and beaches with her dog, reads voraciously, progresses incrementally with the cello, and learns the flora and fauna of this beautiful corner of the country.
Beth Spooner has always felt a special devotion to her nursing career. With her calming voice and comforting ways, she brings a little bit of the Midwest with her to our clinic. She earned her Registered Nursing degree at Normandale College in Minnesota, and took various advanced nursing classes at Minneapolis Community College and the Mayo Clinic. After some years of work in the Minneapolis area, in 1992 she and her husband moved to Seattle. She worked in the Ambulatory Care Unit at the University of Washington Medical Center for over 20 years, giving intravenous treatments, postsurgical care, discharge teaching, and other such acute care tasks. She then joined the Multiple Sclerosis clinic team giving intravenous infusions and other care.
Beth and her husband Phil retired to Port Townsend a few years ago. In addition to working here at the clinic, Beth is involved in church activities, quilting, and gardening. Husband Phil enjoys woodworking; Beth is happy to report that so far he has required no major nursing care.
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.