MCHC Welcomes New Primary Care Provider
Ukiah and Willits, CA – Carrie Guilfoyle, Adult Nurse Practitioner has joined the primary care team at MCHC. Carrie Guilfoyle, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is now seeing adult patients (16+) at MCHC Health Centers, in both the Ukiah and Willits locations.
Carrie’s journey into medicine began in the West African nation of Niger, where she served for three years as a Community Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps. Following her time in Africa, Carrie received her Registered Nursing (RN) license and spent time providing culturally sensitive emergency care in Baltimore, at Saint Agnes Hospital. Her Nurse Practitioner program included another two years of training, focused on comprehensive, evidence-based care for adults. This training along with three years of experience in primary care has prepared Carrie for treating patients with complex or chronic issues. She frequently sees patients from our community who are experiencing health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and anxiety, in addition to common ailments such as viral and bacterial infections.
Carrie’s desire to serve others in a meaningful way was born during those years in Niger and has continued to grow and develop since then. Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, she traveled to Northern California to begin providing primary care, in rural communities. Carrie has a special place in her heart for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and for those who suffer from substance use and addiction, and hopes to be a resource for these patients, throughout her career. As a primary care provider with MCHC, Carrie will continue to serve community members from all walks of life and meet each patient where they are; helping them understand their illness, cope with their symptoms, and achieve their health and wellness goals.
MCHC CEO, Scott McFarland, expresses his thoughts, “Our goal is to always hire staff and providers who show the qualities that Carrie demonstrates, including determination and genuine compassion for patients. The fact that as a young adult, she traveled to Africa with the Peace Corps and spent years helping the people of Niger, is a perfect example of who she is and how our community will benefit from her care.”
Throughout the past several years, Carrie has developed a special interest in nutrition and teaching patients the importance of healthy eating. Carrie describes her interest, “I like to incorporate nutritional counseling into my visits with patients, as diet is the cornerstone of overall health and wellbeing. Working with patients to set and achieve their health goals, is the best part of the work I do.”
MCHC continues to hire providers who are dedicated to serving our community with integrity and compassion. MCHC Chief Medical Officer, Jerry Douglas MD, states “Carrie Guilfoyle is an experienced nurse practitioner who is personable and skilled in adult care. Her focus on health and wellness fits well with our team.”
MCHC Health Centers includes Hillside Health Center and Dora Street Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits, and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport. Learn more at www.mchcinc.org.