Clinic Staff


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.

Douwe Rienstra

Douwe Rienstra, MD

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.

Although he is one of very few primary doctors not employed by his local hospital, he is married to the chairman of the Hospital Commission, Jill Buhler Rienstra.

Article about Dr Rienstra in the Port Townsend Leader

Douwe Rienstra CV

Bonnie Corra

Bonnie Corra

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, expedites administrative issues, backs up the receptionist, 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 its daily business practices. When she isn't working at the clinic or being a real life mom and grandmom, Bonnie enjoys acting and cooking.

Linda Townsend

Linda Townsend

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 on Washington Street, in association her partner's David Conklin Photography.

Now she's 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 via her excellent VW van. 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.

Me l Christensen

Me'l Christensen, RN

Me’l grew up in a succession of US Forest Service towns. By now she has completed enough adventures for several bucket lists. Study architecture in Greece and Egypt? Check. Peace Corps in Micronesia? Check. Backpack in Guatemala then travel the Silk Road in Asia? Check and check.

In New Mexico she built her own home out of used car tires and aluminum cans, hidden inside an adobe exterior and a solar paneled roof. With husband Seth here in Port Townsend she built another house with room for their two children, now in college. She qualified and worked as a firefighter and an EMT. Now with her nursing degree, Me’l specializes in primary care medicine, having worked at Jefferson Healthcare and now the Rienstra Clinic.

“After all the moves of the earlier part of my life, I feel very rooted here in Port Townsend. In my spare time, I make and sell block printed clothing at the Saturday Farmer’s market, hike, camp, paint and build yard sculptures.”


Michele Rabey

Michele Rabey, RN

Michele 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.