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Why Choose MSFM?

We are a small locally owned clinic providing excellent evidence-based care with a more personal touch. Unlike other larger clinics where you can get lost in the huge system, we get to know you and enjoy caring for your entire family. We are centrally located for access to the hospital, imaging, and laboratory for the convenience of our patients. Laughter is encouraged in our office and our patients love it.

Our Mission: At Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine and Dermatology we strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for all ages of people through the spectrum of life, regardless of gender identity, age, or race.

What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

Family NPs focus on your primary medical care. We form relationships with you and your family to help you maintain optimal health. We screen for problems and treat illnesses and injuries from birth to the elderly population. We love getting to know you and your family and having an open and trusting relationship with your provider will help you maintain the best medical care possible.

Although one NP will be your primary family practitioner, we work closely together as a team in order to provide greater availability for your schedule. When proper medical care requires consultation with other specialists, we may refer you to a specialist that can further evaluate and treat your medical concerns.

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Our Providers

Meet the family nurse practitioners caring for you at Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine and Dermatology.

Kirstin Curtis ARNP and Dermatology

Kirstin Curtis, ARNP, DCNP

Board Certified in Family Practice & Dermatology

Kirstin Curtis ARNP graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2002. Kirstin is nationally board certified by the ANCC in family practice and is also certified as a dermatology nurse practitioner since 2013.

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Kirstin Curtis ARNP graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2002. Kirstin is nationally board certified by the ANCC in family practice and is also certified as a dermatology nurse practitioner since 2013.

Kirstin has extensive work experience in internal medicine and family practice. She prides herself on thorough and comprehensive management of patients health, and truly believes in preventive medicine with the goal of minimizing medications when possible. “I love caring for the whole family.” Kirstin has also worked full-time in a busy dermatology practice in Vancouver, WA, where she focused on the treatment of many skin disorders. She won a new dermatoscope at her recent dermatology convention (2013) in a competition with 300+ other providers for identifying lesions correctly. Dermoscopy allows a trained provider to see lesions with more clarity, in order to determine if they are abnormal or benign.

She evaluates and manages rashes, acne, psoriasis, mole/nevus and full skin evaluations, skin biopsies and skin excisions, and treatment of some cosmetic lesions. Acne of all ages is very easy to treat; she also does Accutane when indicated. “The wait to see a dermatologist can be up to 6-8 weeks. I enjoy helping patients with their dermatology concerns, and referring on if needed.”

In her spare time, Kirstin adores her three children and husband, Dr. Bob Curtis. They are certified level 3 ski instructors at Mt. Baker, and love hiking, camping, fly fishing, and anything involving being outside.

Kirstin has been an active member of:

~ Dermatology Nurses Association since 2009
~ American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 2008
~ Mt. Baker Nurse Practitioner Association since 2009

Monika Reynolds ARNP

Monika Reynolds, ARNP

Board Certified in Family Practice

Monika Reynolds ARNP joined Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine in October of 2020 and is open and scheduling new patients.

 

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Monika Reynolds, ARNP, has been a board-certified family nurse practitioner since 2018. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with the highest honors as class valedictorian from Azusa Pacific University in California. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, where she also graduated Summa Cum Laude, and worked as a student researcher.

Monika has clinical experience with families of all genders, backgrounds, and ages, seeing patients from newborns to older age. She is passionate about providing excellent, kind, nonbiased health care, including gender affirming hormone therapy.

Monika places a special emphasis on health education and wellness and is our office specialist for Whole Body Nutrition and Movement Coaching. “I’m passionate about helping you find your best place: where you feel positive about how you move, how you fuel, how you look, and how you feel. Each of us is made of our own unique physical, emotional, and spiritual health. As your healthcare partner, I walk with you — help you navigate challenges and pursue your best health and wellness.” Monika has experience as a professor, researcher, and published author. She currently teaches therapeutic nutrition to nursing students at her alma mater, APU. She welcomes questions from her patients and loves to research new ideas and teach.

In her free time, Monika loves trail running, drinking coffee with her partner, and playing with their young twin boys. The family enjoys being outside together, camping, hiking, and eating pizza.

Monika is an active member of:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 2018
  • Mount Baker Nurse Practitioners Association since 2019
  • Health at Every Size Community (HAES) since 2020
Andrea Phillips ARNP-2

Andrea Phillips, CNM, ARNP

Board Certified in Nurse Midwifery & Women’s Healthcare

Andrea Phillips CNM, ARNP joined Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine in June 2021.

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Andrea Phillips specializes in midwifery and women’s care and graduated from Frontier Nursing University in 2019. She is board certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives. She previously practiced at the women’s clinic in Mt. Vernon and is excited to offer care to patients in Bellingham. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in acute care, psych, women’s services and labor and delivery prior to becoming a midwife.

At Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine Andrea will provide GYN services and primary health care to women of all ages. CNMs focus on gynecologic, preconception and family planning services. Andrea will also provide women’s primary care for acute and chronic conditions, annual exams, and has a passion assisting patients with gender affirming hormone therapy.

“I believe in providing non biased reproductive health care and primary care, and I enjoy empowering and educating my patients and partnering with them as they navigate life. Sex and body positivity and a knowledge of power dynamics and trauma informed practices shape how I interact with patients and offer care.”

Andrea moved to Bellingham with her partner and pup from Nashville, TN. They enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking and enjoying the Mount Baker wilderness. “We feel like we’ve definitely found our community in the PNW!”

Andrea has been an active member of:
-American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
-Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
-American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
-Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS)
-Mount Baker Nurse Practitioners Association

 
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Kim Bittner, ARNP

Board Certified in Family Practice

Kim Bittner ARNP joined Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine in October of 2018 as a per diem provider, helping with vacation coverage for our providers. She has seen enough of our patients, so thought we should put her lovely face on our website!

Kim is semi-retired, enjoying time on her sailboat with her husband. She has a background working in acute care and ear nose and throat along, with family practice seeing all ages.

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Lauren Schreffler, ARNP

Board Certified in Family Practice

“I want to get to know you and your health goals so we can work together to develop the best plan of care for you.”

Lauren has been practicing as an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) since 2014. She enjoys caring for people of all ages and backgrounds, including adolescents and young adults and the LGBTQ+ community.

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She has special medical interests in contraception and gender affirming hormone therapy. Lauren has also worked in urgent care and is comfortable stepping in to help patients with their urgent needs. 

Lauren strives to practice the most up-to- date, evidence-based medicine that is free from commercial bias. She sees each patient as a whole person.

Lauren will be providing telemedicine care for Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine & Dermatology for all ages.

Outside of the clinic, Lauren enjoys hiking, running, trying new restaurants, attending concerts, and continually learning. She is married and has a black lab named Luna.

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