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BucksportRegional Health Center

Providing healthcare and more in the Bucksport/Ellsworth region

Celebrating 50 years of Service in 2024

Medical Providers

Cindy Pepper, MD
Cindy Pepper, MD

Dr. Cindy Pepper has extensive experience in community care, geriatrics, and is a skilled preceptor training and mentoring medical students and residents. She graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, spent two years at Faculte Libre de Medicine, Lille, France, and earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and pre-medical studies from the University of Massachusetts. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Pepper speaks French and Spanish. She has an adult son, Ben, an adult daughter, Beth Ann, and a small menagerie of animals. She also enjoys breadmaking.

S. Kumar Biswas, MD
S. Kumar Biswas, MD

Dr. Biswas has practiced family medicine at Bucksport Regional Health Center since 2002. He became a Physician because ever since he was a child in Bangladesh, he wanted to help the sick and those in need. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom, and board certified in internal medicine in the U.S. Dr. Biswas attended Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, U.K. He has been married to wife, Yasamin, for 28 years, and has two children. When he is not working, he enjoys listening to music, traveling, badminton, and photography.

Dr. Thomas Bugbee - Ellsworth
Dr. Thomas Bugbee - Ellsworth

Dr. Bugbee earned his medical degree, with honors, from the University of California, Davis, and completed his residency at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA Family Practice. Dr. Bugbee is certified with the American Board of Family Physicians, and is a member of the board of directors of the Maine Academy of Family Physicians. He has an extensive experience, having worked as a family physician, an emergency room/ambulatory center physician, and a hospitalist at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Stephen Nightingale - Ellsworth
Dr. Stephen Nightingale - Ellsworth

Dr. Nightingale has been practicing in the area for many years and is highly skilled in several disciplines. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama and is Board Certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and laser surgery with a special interest in venous disease. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

Nicholas Vachon, DPM
Nicholas Vachon, DPM

Dr. Vachon became a Physician because he wanted to help people in pain. Foot pain, to be exact, which is why he chose podiatry as his specialty. He has been practicing for several decades. His professional interests include, diabetic wounds, sports medicine, reconstructive forefoot surgery, foot wounds and injuries of the foot. He received his BS in biology from UMaine and earned his MD from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He received his surgical training from Boston City Hospital, Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburg. Dr. Vachon is married to wife, Dottie, has three grown children, and two Wheaton terriers. When he is not working, he spends his time fishing and hunting. He also enjoys gardening, running and biking.

Sara Willey, NP
Sara Willey, NP

Hurricane Katrina came just two months after Sara and her family moved to New Orleans and overnight they were homeless and jobless. The compassion shown to her by others during this difficult time made Sara realize that she wanted to have a career where she could give back to her community. Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner felt like the best way for her to achieve that goal. Sara specializes in family medicine, with patients of all ages. Sara has a BSN from George Mason University, and Masters of Science in Nursing from Husson University. She is married with two daughters and four cats. She loves running, traveling, reading and learning new things.

Timothy Clifford, MD
Timothy Clifford, MD

Dr. Clifford is an avid learner with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. The medical profession fits that trait perfectly. He has been a provider for decades, having spent most of his career at Bucksport Regional Health Center. He also was, at one time, the Medical Director for the MaineCare and Goold Health Systems. Dr. Clifford graduated Boston College, with a psychology major, and earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He is married to wife, Nancy, a dentist, and has two grown children. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading mysteries, and gardening.

Craig C. Benson, DO
Craig C. Benson, DO

Dr. Benson promotes health by advising patients concerning diet, hygiene, and methods for prevention of disease and has substantial experience in urgent care. He has a Bachelor of Science in biology and completed a Family Practice Internship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Society Addiction Medicine.

David Alan Loxterkamp, MD
David Alan Loxterkamp, MD

David Alan Loxterkamp, MD is a board-certified family physician. He was born and raised in an Iowa farming community where his father was a GP. His professional interests include addiction medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and trained in family medicine in York, PA. Dr. Loxterkamp has numerous honors, is a skilled preceptor, and has been profiled in various health periodicals over the years. His outside interests include distance running, local history, choral singing, potato farming, and writing.

Heidi Shawley, FNP
Heidi Shawley, FNP

Heidi has experience in chronic disease management, geriatrics and long-term care. She earned a Master's Degree in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner, from Husson University, Bangor, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine Fort Kent. She is a Certified Rehab Registered Nurse.

Ruth Tainter, FNP
Ruth Tainter, FNP

Ruth Tainter, Family Nurse Practitioner, has experience in various medical specialties, including, ambulatory surgery, emergency room, and helping patients manage chronic diseases. She attended the University of Maine, Orono, and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing Masters. Ruth is involved with many activities that support the community and co-chairs her church’s Public Suppers which involves planning, shopping, and cooking monthly meals (prior to COVID 19 restrictions) for up to 160 individuals. When not working or volunteering, Ruth is interested in sailing, restoring a 22-foot sailboat, a 12-foot dingy and a 1978 Triumph Spitfire.

Stacey Henner Walden, DO
Stacey Henner Walden, DO

Dr. Walden is BRHC’s Medical Director. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a primary care physician. She is also experienced in obstetrics. Dr. Walden earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine. She is married with six children and enjoys farming and the outdoors. She is very active in the Blue Hill community, volunteering at the school and church. She also enjoy cooking, baking, photography and framing, art and music.

Shannon L. Curtis, FNP-BC
Shannon L. Curtis, FNP-BC

Shannon Curtis, FNP, is a primary care provider with keen diagnostic skills and strong patient advocacy. She has a special interest in women’s health. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Maine, School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Husson University. Shannon is married and has three sons. She loves being a baseball mom and spending time with her family on a pond.

Megan Light, FNP
Megan Light, FNP

Megan Light is a Family Nurse Practitioner who provides compassionate, evidence-based quality care for patients of all ages. She has expertise in assessment, diagnosis, and management of both acute and complex chronic medical conditions. Megan earned her Master of Science in Nursing/FNP degree from Middle Tennessee State University, her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT, and her Nursing Associate of Applied Sciences degree from Nashville State Community College. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.

John Bradford, MD
John Bradford, MD

Dr. John Bradford is an orthopedic surgeon with many years of experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College, earned his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin, did his surgical internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY, and his residency in orthopedic surgery at George Washington University Hospital Washington, DC. Dr. Bradford is a member of the American Medical Association, the Maine Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and a Fellow at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Ryan Rebar, FNP
Ryan Rebar, FNP

Ryan Rebar is a compassionate family nurse practitioner who has experience treating all ages, from babies to older adults. He also has post-operative care management experience involving orthopedic and general surgery patients. Ryan earned his Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Husson University. He has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Husson University as well.

Behavioral Health Providers

David Harlan, LCSW
David Harlan, LCSW

David is a versatile therapist who uses solution focused brief intervention techniques to work with families in distress, intervening in substance abuse problems, treating post-trauma anxiety, using homework assignments, and providing clients with tools for problem solving. He has a BA in sociology from Taylor University, and earned his MSW in Treatment of Individuals, Families, and Groups from Loyola University. David is married and has an adult son and daughter. He moved to Maine as a young adult to pursue Maine’s wilderness and outdoor activity – that is where you will find him now when he is not working.

Jonathan Heeren, PhD
Jonathan Heeren, PhD

Jonathan, a clinical psychologist, has practiced for decades and uses evidence-based cognitive-behavioral, collaborative and solution-focused brief intervention techniques to work with a diverse range of families and patients of all ages. He earned his MS in Counseling/Clinical Psychology from University of Oregon and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. He has a wife, Phyllis, and two grown children. When not working, he and Phyllis enjoy hiking, camping, riding their motorcycles and exploring Maine.

Julie Lamoreau, LCSW
Julie Lamoreau, LCSW

Julie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing clinical social work for over 25 years. She has a broad range of experience in a variety of mental health and addiction settings with the adult population ages 18-98. She specializes in trauma-related issues and is EMDR certified. She earned a degree from University of Southern Maine, then attended graduate school at Boston University. While working in geriatrics, she went to United Theological Seminary to help clients with end-of-life issues and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree. Julie has two children, three grandchildren, two cats and a dog. She enjoys hiking, fly fishing and skiing.

Meredith Torrey, LCSW
Meredith Torrey, LCSW

Meredith Torrey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her BSW and her MSW at the University of Maine, Orono. She has experience in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. She has had extensive training in trauma involving children and families. Meredith has worked with kids and families for over four years now. She also works with adults and in the recovery community. Meredith loves to play outside with her boys, spend time with her loved ones, and watch “Gilmore Girls” on a repeat.

Dental Providers

Paul Gualtieri, DDS
Paul Gualtieri, DDS

Dentistry is in Dr. Gualtieri’s blood. His father was a dentist, and they practiced together until, at the age of 80, his dad retired. His father taught him, at a young age, the fundamental principles of being a good dentist. Dr. Gualtieri is skilled in all aspects of dentistry. He received an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from NYC Technical College, a BS in Microbiology from Wagner College and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Gualtieri resides in Castine with his family, Kelly and their children, as well as their aquatic turtle. His hobbies include a love for muscle cars and vintage two stroke motorcycles.

Whitney Jones, DMD
Whitney Jones, DMD

Whitney Jones, DMD, first had the thought of becoming a dentist in the 6th grade. She developed a love for science and helping people. She grew up in a small town which drove her to dentistry to improve access to healthcare for Maine communities like the one she was raised in. She studied dental medicine at the University of New England in Portland, ME. When not working, Dr. Jones enjoys anything sports or outdoor related. She likes hiking with partner, Tess, and Great Dane, Rory, kayaking, softball, watching the Red Sox and Patriots, and traveling.

Natalie Sigwart, DDS
Natalie Sigwart, DDS

Natalie Sigwart, DDS, is a comprehensive general dentist with experience in FQHCs and private practice. Her experience includes but is not limited to treatment plans to restore and replace the dentition, cosmetic/ esthetic dentistry, dentures, bridges, and implants. She also performs oral surgery. She earned her doctor of dental surgery at the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Baltimore, MD. She enjoys hiking with her dog, travel, maine outdoors, snowmobiling.

Jessica Poole, RDH
Jessica Poole, RDH

Jessica received an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor campus, in 2006. She began working at Bucksport Regional Health Center that same year. She is thankful to work in a strong team environment, and feels that the patients recognize and benefit tremendously from this. She is mindful of her patients who are anxious and nervous in the dental office setting, and takes great pride in ensuring a comfortable and successful visit. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her children, Taylor, Blayne, and Kinley, being with family and friends, watching Taylor play sports, camping, attending concerts and cheering on the New England Patriots!

Nicole Gillway, RDH
Nicole Gillway, RDH

Nicole is passionate about working in the dental field. She thoroughly enjoys her working relationship with patients of all ages. She finds it very rewarding to have the opportunity to help and educate each patient individually. Nicole attended Bucksport High School, and graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bangor campus, receiving an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. She began her dental hygiene career at a private dental office in Blue Hill, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to practice in her hometown, at Bucksport Regional Dental Center, starting in 2013. Nicole is married to her husband James, who is a Merchant Mariner, Police Officer, and Army National Guardsman. They have two children, Alexis and Wyatt, and a Husky named Kylie. When she is not at work, she enjoys any outdoor activity with her family and friends. She particularly enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking and fishing.

Accepted Insurance

In addition to MaineCare and Medicare, we accept insurance from most popular insurance companies.

Transportation Information


Bucksport Regional Health Center (BRHC) will not discriminate in the provision of health care services to an individual because they are unable to pay for the health care services; because payment for those services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); or based upon the individual’s race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.