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For the Eel River Valley

    

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Our Mission

The Japanese have a word, "ikigai" (生き甲斐, pronounced [E-key-guy]), to describe a person's "reason for being." A person finds ikigai at the center of what they are good at, what the world needs, what they can be paid for, and what they love. Our mission is to create a sustainable culture of support for physicians within the full scope of their work for the community.

Our Vision

We will improve health care in Humboldt County by addressing community needs, providing continuity of care across various healthcare settings and allowing physicians to thrive and flourish within their chosen scope of practice.

Our Team

We are a hospitalist, skilled nursing facility, and clinical service of family practice physicians that provide meaningful healthcare to rural Northern California hospitals.

Kate Estlin, MD

Kate Estlin earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Southern California and completed her family medicine residency at Group Health Seattle. Growing up among the redwoods of Loleta, she graduated from Fortuna High School and is happy to be home. Kate is a board certified family medicine physician who also provides prenatal and OB care.

Stephanie Dittmer, MD

Stephanie Dittmer is a native of Southern California and a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Irvine. She served her residency at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, WA with a special focus on obstetric care. Stephanie also works at the Redwood Memorial Hospital as a hospitalist. Her areas of special interest include kayaking, camping, painting, scrap-booking, and gardening.

Margarette Shegog, MD

Margarette Shegog attended Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, in Ohio. She completed her family medicine residency with obstetrics, along with a fellowship in behavioral health, at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Margarette has taught in Namibia with the U.S. Peace Corps and worked on health initiatives in India with the America-India Service Corps. Her hobbies include nature walks, crafting, and tabletop gaming.

Joni McAtee, MD

Joni McAtee attended the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Duluth, Minnesota at Duluth Family Medicine in full scope family practice with OB. Her interests include geriatrics, women’s health, toxicology, and end of life care. Joni’s hobbies include hiking, kayaking, gardening, and cooking.

Danny Kelley

Danny Kelley is a passionate business coach and leader. He owns Edge Caliber, a public benefit corporation with a specific purpose of using its business to inspire individual, social, and environmental change that improves the human condition. His experience includes a 20+ year career in software development using Agile methodologies. Danny holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and an AA in Business. He holds several certifications in coaching and is affiliated with the ICF.

Barb Hough-Sisson

Barb Hough-Sisson has worked in the medical field for 43 years. Starting as a receptionist for Dr. Jack Anderson she rapidly increased her knowledge and experience to become his office administrator. Born in Scotia and a lifelong resident of Humboldt County, Barb loves her husband Linn, 2 boys, grandkids and dog Rugger. She enjoys crafts, sewing, kayaking, and travel.

Dave Duncan

Dave earned his BS in Computer Science at Tulane University. His career includes time as a software developer and tester as well as a strong customer service background with companies like Disney and Trader Joe's. Most recently he has had the opportunity to focus on raising a teenager and supporting a physician spouse as a full time Dad. Dave enjoys cooking, paddle boarding, and kite flying.

Our Partners

Providing service at St. Joseph & Redwood Memorial Hospitals and Open Door Community Health Centers