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Mary Hogan was introduced to OPCC as a volunteer, while attending the Medical Assisting Program at Peninsula College in 2009. She was amazed at what was being accomplished in that little yellow house on Georgiana Street. After earning an Associate's Degree in 2011, Mary enrolled in a clinical program at Olympic College in Bremerton, interning with Planned Parenthood.
At the conclusion of her internship, she returned to OPCC in 2012 as the Clinic Manager and started a new career path, moving up to Executive Director in 2015. Mary brings a long work history with 30 years in customer service, project management, accounting and finance, administering multi-million dollar contracts with the State of California and the California Highway Patrol.
She moved to Port Angeles in 2000 to semi-retire, working for a local logging company and caring for her father until his passing. Furthering her education has always been important to Mary and in 2017 she graduated with honors from Colorado State University Global Campus, earning a bachelor's degree in Health Administration and Management.
Gerald B. Stephanz Jr., MD, FACP has been dedicated to helping patients with kidney disease for over 25 years. He "retired" to the Olympic Peninsula in 2015, after the clinical practice of Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Utah for 20 years; the last 10 years of his practice had been at Central Utah/Revere Clinic, in Provo, Utah.
Dr. Stephanz earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1983; completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He completed his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1990.
He remains board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Stephanz served the nephrology community by serving on the Intermountain ESRD Network 15 Medical Review Board for over 15 years. He is a former board member of the Renal Physicians Association. He served as the nephrology consultant for HealthInsight (the Utah Quality Improvement Organization) for a CMS QIO CKD project ending in 2011 and served on a committee for the Utah Department of Health revising Utah Diabetic guidelines for 2012.
He was medical director of multiple dialysis units, serving a diverse geographic and patient population. Dr. Stephanz served on the medical review board for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. He became VIMO medical director in 2016 was appointed to the Clallam County Board of Health in 2017.
Dr. Stephanz and his wife (Dr. Nancy Ahlstrom, hospitalist at Olympic Medical Center) enjoy exploring the Olympic Peninsula; he is an avid golfer.
Medical Clinic Manager
Michael Salyer joined OPCC in September of 2016 as a practicum student from the Medical Assisting program at Peninsula College. After completing the externship, he was offered a position as Medical Clinic Manager when the previous manager was preparing to further her education.
Prior to joining OPCC, Michael served as a U.S. Army specialist repairing missile systems out of Fort Campbell, KY and FOB Salerno Afghanistan. Upon leaving the military, he moved to Port Angeles and worked as a 911 dispatcher for a short time before returning to school and entering the medical field.
Dental Assistant/Medical Assistant
Mischa Levis first volunteered at OPCC in 2005. Between her love for medical and dental care, OPCC stole her heart from the start. She was amazed at the level of need in the community and made it her life's mission to be a part of the solution.
Mischa graduated from Dental Assisting School in 2003 and worked in private and corporate practice for 10 years before returning to school to earn her Associates in Medical Assisting degree from Peninsula College. After graduation she worked in a small walk-in clinic and mastered her skills as a Medical Assistant, while continuing to volunteer at OPCC.
Mischa now works full-time at OPCC having completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Addiction Studies and now pursuing her Masters in Social Work.
Nancy Adams is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and know so many wonderful and interesting people over the many decades of her career.
The focus of each workplace, from New Mexico to California to Washington, has been on the health and well-being of each individual woman, man, or child, being served. The Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) arrived in Clallam County in 2001 at the Family Planning Clinic and Nancy was fortunate to become involved with the program at that time.
She has found coordinating this program to be a deeply meaningful experience. Nancy has lived in Port Angeles for a total of 22 years and enjoys spending free time outdoors, exploring all of the Peninsula's awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Medical Clinic Receptionist
Kayla LaFritz joined OPCC in 2016 after working in customer service through 2015. She has knowledge in a wide variety of subjects, which is useful when helping to solve problems in the clinic.
She works with scheduling the many OPCC providers and helps patients with information about getting signed up for appointments and programs. Kayla helps uninsured patients get medications through various Patient Assistance Programs. Kayla loves a challenge when it comes to figuring out problems and is always ready to help with any problem posed.