Our team is here to help
with your medical needs.

Our staff is the "heart and soul" of the Center, here to make your visit comfortable and ensure that your health needs are met in every way possible.  Here is a little bit about "Who They Are"...

Medical Staff

Anthony Giefer, MD, MPH
Dr. Giefer has lived on Orcas Island with his wife, MaryAnn, since 2005. Experienced in all aspects of family medicine, he also has a master’s degree in public health and a special interest in conditions of the skin. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, in 1973. He had a private practice for many years, was a clinical instructor at the Mayo Medical School, received his Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Wisconsin; and from 1995-2005, he was full-time faculty at the University of Minnesota directing the Family Practice residency program at Ramsey Hospital.

Ravin Williams, Medical Assistant, X-Ray Technician
Ravin joined the OMC staff in 1994. Her interest in health care began while she was still in high school on Vashon Island, WA, where she was a nurse’s aide in a critical care nursing home.  Ravin graduated from Vashon High School in 1975. She moved to Orcas Island in 1982 and has been a health care assistant for 20 years. She completed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training in 1988 and served as an Orcas EMT for 20 years.

 

Mary Garcia, LPN
Mary joined our staff in September of 2015. She became involved in the Medical field back in 1995 and has continued her studies and involvement ever since by becoming a Certified Medical Assistant in 2008 and receiving her Practical Nurse Certificate in 2015. Mary has lived on Orcas Island since 1998 and brings a strong medical ethic to her work dealing in situations from Pediatric through Geriatric treatment and patient care.

 

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Taylor, Practice Administrator
Jennifer brings strong communications, organizational and interpersonal skills-plus a solid work ethic to her new position at the Medical Center. She has broad experience in coordinating patient care, communications among various healthcare and administrative services, staff training, policy development and more. Prior to joining us, Jennifer worked at Palmetto Health Richland, a hospital affiliated with the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine, Columbia. She also served as Registration Manager at the same facility, overseeing staff and patient admissions and helping maintain communications and working relationships among departments and management.

Neisha Grams, Patient Appointment Coordinator
Neisha is a Graduate of Montana State University with a BS in Biology. She moved to Orcas in 2010, and has worked with local financial institutions prior to joining OMC, where she provided customer service, teller supervision and training, credit research, and data entry duties.

Dawn Ballinger, Patient Appointment Coordinator
Dawn moved to Orcas in 2012 and has extensive management and administrative experience in medical and retail establishments. She's also experienced in human resources, worker’s compensation, payroll and benefits, and provider credentialing duties.

Shawn Moran, Patient Appointment Coordinator
Shawn has more than 20 years of administrative and management experience working with insurance, design and professional speaker events and promotion; and provided sales and customer service, event planning and promotion, marketing, and general office duties. She moved to Orcas in 1995, left to join family in 2006, and returned to Orcas in 2013.

SHIBA VOLUNTEERS

Michael Moss and Pegi Groundwater, OMC's SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) volunteers, are knowledgeable healthcare insurance "navigators" who will help answer all your coverage questions, compare plans and help you get healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  Both are retired business lawyers who moved to the Islands in 2005. They volunteered to be trained as SHIBA volunteers when they read in the Senior Sentinel that Peg Griswold, who served as the SHIBA volunteer on Orcas for 19 years, wanted to retire and new volunteers were needed.  In 2013, when the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was being implemented, they trained as Obamacare Navigators as well. They are the only volunteers who serve as Navigators in Washington.  The other navigators are employees of governmental, charitable or health organizations.