School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide a variety of pediatric health care services to students directly in schools. This allows for easy access and scheduling and saves time for students and parents/guardians.
Your child does not need to be a patient at Greater Portland Health to enroll in the school-based program. We will coordinate care and insurance coverage with your provider. Enrollment forms can be picked up at the health center at your child's school or printed out below. Return completed forms to the health center, the school nurse, or your child's homeroom teacher.
Gita Rao, MD, Clinical Director of School Based Health Centers
We asked Dr. Gita, “what was your favorite class in school?” She said, “I liked writing classes. I enjoyed sharing stories about my family in India and I loved hearing other people's stories.”
Dr. Gita went to medical school at Boston University of Medicine. In addition to her medical experience, she organizes broader family wellness programs.
Catherine Gaynor, FNP-C, Clinical Program Coordinator of Family Planning
We asked Cate, “what was your favorite sport?” She said, “Swimming. I love the water and the friends I made on the swim team were like family. Swimming was a place for me to push myself as well as to have fun!"
Cate went to school at the University of Southern Maine where she studied nursing. She enjoys working with entire families and connecting with people through a multigenerational approach.
Jennie Yamartino, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor
We asked Jennie, “what was your favorite class in high school?” She said, “My favorite class in high school was my freshman English class, mostly because of the teacher, Mr. Gilpatrick. In a private school where so many people thought and acted alike, Mr. Gil taught his students to take risks, question the trends, be our true selves. His lessons were courageous and bold, sometimes even controversial!”
Jennie was born and raised in Maine and went on to receive her degree from the University of Michigan. She has worked with and alongside people facing oppression and injustice in Chicago, New York City, and Oakland, California. At the heart of Jennie’s work is an unshakable belief in the intrinsic worth of every human being.
Jessie Schaumburg, DO
We asked Dr. Jessie, “what is your favorite part about working in SBHCs?” She said, “Getting to interact with kids in school, a place where they’re so comfortable and can be themselves!”
Dr. Jessie went to college in Miami before going on to get her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. She is passionate about immigrant health, preventative medicine, infectious disease care, and adolescent medicine. Dr. Schaumburg is fluent in Spanish, and outside of work enjoys surfing and hiking with her family.
Erika Skirbe, LCSW
We asked Erika, “what were you like in high school?” She said, “In high school I was a good student who was involved in a lot of activities. I was really social, loved to stay busy to keep my mind off stress at home.”
Erika went to school at Southern New Hampshire University and then Salem State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adolescents and in emergency crisis services.
Maggie Ray, FNP
We asked Maggie, “what was your favorite class in high school?” She said, “History, I enjoyed learning details about things that happened before I was born and have always loved a good story!”
Maggie studied nursing at the University of Southern Maine and international affairs at New School University in New York. She is from Florida and has a passion for working with people from all over the world. Maggie studied nursing at the University of Southern Maine and international affairs at New School University in New York. She is from Florida and has a passion for working with people from all over the world.
Lindsay Tremblay, FNP
We asked Lindsay, “what was your favorite club in high school?” She said, “I played flute and piccolo in the wind ensemble, band, and marching band. As a part of the marching band, we went to all home football games and supported from the stands as well as at our halftime show!”
Lindsay studied nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She feels privileged to be working at Greater Portland Health in primary care for patients from birth to end-of-life.
Joanna Kass, PMHNP
We asked Joanna “what was your favorite sport in high school?” She said: “I loved cross-country as a sport – I liked the fact that I could focus on my individual progress while also being part of a team. And running outside in nature always brought me joy!”
Joanna was born and raised in Maine, receiving education at Bowdoin College and University of Southern Maine. She provides psychiatric care for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults.
Krystle Maestas, LCPC
We asked Krystle, “what is your favorite part about working in SBHCs?” She said, “My favorite part is that I get to work with the inner poets, writers, singers, dancers, artists, and athletes within all the students I meet with. I feel incredibly lucky to share space and time with these astounding human beings.”
Krystle went to school at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and she also has Yogic/Ayurvedic training. She aims to help clients understand how the mind gets programmed into certain thought patterns and behaviors so that they may be successful on their path of self-discovery, positive change, and improved relationships.
Paula Hernandez, LCSW
Paula has roots in Vermont, New York City, and Chile. She went to school at Wesleyan University and the University of Southern Maine. Paula has been living in Maine for the last 8 years and has experience working with many people across different backgrounds. She grew up in a multicultural and bilingual household, and she speaks Spanish and English fluently.
John Fitzsimons, DMD, Dental Director
Dr. John went to school at Boston University. He is excited to be back in Maine and working with Greater Portland Health to expand dentistry services. Dr. Fitzsimons is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Maine Dental Association, and American Dental Association.
Kristin Hoglund, DMD
We asked Dr. Kristin “what were you like in high school?” She said: “Started out rough & slow. I had a few close friends & enjoyed spending time outdoors. I tried sports but it wasn't for me. I enjoyed movies, singing and being social and finally found my fit senior year. I generally always connected with everyone as I came from a small town.”
Dr. Kristin went to the University of New England and has been providing dental care in Maine since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children watching shows, playing games, and enjoying the outdoors.
Jenna MacDonald, Dental Hygienist
Jenna MacDonald earned her Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport and her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England. She has been working in dentistry since 2006 with experience as a dental assistant, hygienist, and instructor. Jenna’s hopes to promote and demonstrate the mastery of the clinical skills necessary to provide a high standard of care for all patients.
Delaney Mullen, Dental Hygienist
Delaney Mullen earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England. She worked as a dental assistant before joining the Greater Portland Health team. Delaney has a local anesthesia license. In her role at Greater Portland Health, she enjoys traveling to Portland area schools and working with children.
Elizabeth Sullivan, Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth Sullivan received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of New England. She volunteered with Head Start providing sealants to local students and has experience in providing exceptional preventative and therapeutic care. Elizabeth loves connecting with community members while working as a Dental Hygienist at Greater Portland Health.