Who We Are

The Orcas Family Health Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit rural health center providing access to primary healthcare and related medical services. As a Certified Rural Health Clinic, we are acutely aware that affordability of care has become an unattainable matter for more and more people, many of whom are slipping through the safety net. We are among many such rural and underserved communities that face such challenges. With these facts in mind, we here at Orcas Family Health Center welcome all people regardless of their medical insurance status or ability to pay.

Dr. David Shinstrom, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. David Shinstrom M.D., ABFM (American Board of Family Medicine) is a native of Kirkland, Washington whose first visit to Orcas Island was as a camper at Camp Orkila. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington he attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Shinstrom’s interest in rural medicine took him to Augusta, Maine for his three year Family Medicine Residency training. He utilized this rural training during the five years he was in private practice in Forks, Washington, after which he returned to Maine where he was the Medical Director of the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency. Never having forgotten Orcas Island, Dr. Shinstrom returned here in 1993 where he has practiced Family Medicine ever since. During this time he has been recognized as a Clinical Instructor by the University of Washington, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. In addition, Dr. Shinstrom has been recognized as one of the Highest Performing Clinicians by Regence Blue Shields Clinician Performance Project. Also among recent accolades, is a Group Cooperative Award of Excellence recognizing his valuable contributions to the excellence in care delivered to Group Health Patients and in promoting comprehensive and continuous care.

Jennifer Utter, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Jennifer was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Medex Northwest at the University of Washington in 1994 with a BS in Clinical Health Services.   She doesn’t recall her first stay on Orcas because she was only 2 weeks old but she has many fond memories of time spent here on the island at her family’s  Eagle Lake property on Point Lawrence. She was an EMT and Ski Patroller prior to PA training.  She has many years of experience in Primary Care with an emphasis on Urgent Care and Women’s Health Care. Healthy living and personal well-being are very important to Jennifer and she loves living on Orcas Island.  Currently she balances her medical practice with other activities on the Island such as:  playing the cello, working out, biking, hiking and enjoying friends, family and her 7 pound miniature dachshund, Polly.

Ms. Aaimee Johnson
OFHC Office Manager

Ms. Aaimee R. Johnson is our Office Manager extraordinaire. She brings 26 years of Business Operations experience and 19 years Personnel Management experience to our administrative staff and somehow keeps everything moving forward. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Healthcare Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Aaimee loves to tackle service projects that involve multiple organizations in the community-using the strength of numbers to improve health and quality of life for those who visit or live on Orcas Island and the San Juans.

OFHC Staff, May 2018

The Board of Directors

Bill Gincig, Karen Speck, Pat Muffett, Maggie Kaplan, Jack Becker, Gil Blinn, Ken Speck and Steve Hopkins. Missing from photo: John Laursen.

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