- Douwe Rienstra, MD
- Bonnie Corra
- Dixie Scoffield
- Kathleen Kastner, RN
- Sandra Dayley, RN
- 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. 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 has taken him to India, the Mayo Clinic, and many places in between. An active student of both pharmaceutical and natural methods, he knows the value and limitations of each. He loves medical practice, 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.
Another clinic veteran (since 1994), Dixie has many skills. Most often you'll see her at the reception desk. A trained practical nurse, she does laboratory work and assists Dr Rienstra with office procedures. She manages the clinic's dispensary and can help you with a special or wholesale order. Dixie transcribes our medical records. Dixie doesn't just like working at the clinic; she loves working at the clinic. "I love the people I work with. I love the people who come into our office. I love the variety of tasks I do. And I love that I learn something new almost every day that I work." While Dixie dreams of being a world-class fiddler or a gospel singer, she puts some practicality to those dreams by gardening, hiking and quilting. Dixie also feels passionate about all of us being kinder to our planet and our children.
Kathleen Kastner, RN
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.
Sandy Dayley came to us with lots of nursing experience gained by raising three children and successfully keeping husband Collin in good health for twenty-three years. Along the way she worked as a reading tutor and behavior aide in the Tigard-Tualatin Oregon school system. When her family relocated to North Kitsap, she worked as a Behavior-Interventionist for 3 years in the school district. As her children started leaving home, she followed in her RN mother's footsteps by working for her own RN degree at Olympic College in Bremerton. We were so impressed with her that we hired her shortly before she graduated in July of 2010, and we have not regretted it. Sandy really attends to the details and thinks carefully about everything she does. Besides family soccer, Sandy's interests include gardening, working out, drawing, painting, and photography.
Pat Herkal, RN
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.