All professionals at Skagit Pediatrics maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training
Frances T. Chalmers, M.D.
Born and raised in Boston, MA Education: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, BA psychology and education, 1974. Med School: Case Western, Cleveland, Ohio, MD, 1978.
Internship & Residency: Seattle Children's, 1978-1981.
In 1981 my good friend and residency colleague, Dr. Nancy Robblee and I started Skagit Pediatrics with one employee in a small house near the hospital. From 1984 to 1991 I had three wonderful children and learned to juggle work and an active family life. In 2000 I took a one year sabbatical during which time I became involved in some clinical research with the University of Washington’s Child Health Institute in Seattle. As a result, Skagit Pediatrics has now participated in a variety of clinical studies striving to find ways to improve health care delivery for Children. In 2003 our then 15 year old son and brother was killed in a motor vehicle accident. Our family will never be the same but in many ways we push on and fight for several causes in Greg’s loving memory. In 2005 I started a half time job with the Division of Children and Family Services as a medical consultant for the foster care program. In that capacity I work alongside social workers to try to improve the health and well being of children in foster care. In my free time I love to spend time with my family, travel, garden, and read.
By far the most rewarding part of being a member of the Skagit Peds team is having the privilege of getting to know many of the amazing babies, children, and adolescents who come and go through our doors, while having an opportunity to offer their parents guidance as their children grow and heal and learn to deal with some difficult challenges.
**** Dr. Chalmers has largely retired from seeing patients at the clinic. For a while she is continuing to see her ADHD and behavioral health patients on a very part time basis. She is also continuing to work in a part time medical administration role.
Mark R. Barr, M.D.
I am a life long Washington resident growing up in the Seattle area and eastern Washington. I have been happily married since 1983, and have two wonderful daughters. All my undergraduate and medical schooling was completed at the University of Washington, and my pediatric training was at Children's Hospital in Seattle. I have been working at Skagit Pediatrics since 1985. Besides family and my work, my other passion is fly fishing.
Richard S. Levine, M.D.
I was born in Denver, Colorado. I am the fourth of five children. When I was two years old, my family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where I spent my childhood and high school years. I spent my college years at Stanford University and attended medical school at UCLA. I did my internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where I completed a year as the Chief Resident in Pediatrics. My wife, Tracey, and I have two children, Jeffrey and Hannah. We’ve lived in Mount Vernon since 1995. My interests include spending time with my family, peanut butter and chocolate.
Andrea B. Lowe, M.D., Ph.D
I was born in Hope, British Columbia where my father was doing research at the time. We moved a lot when I was very young. I basically grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (1st – 12th grade). My family returned to the Cascades every summer until I was eight, thus instilling in me a love for this area. I went to undergraduate school at UC Davis and spent my junior year abroad in Marseille, France. After college I joined the Peace Corps. I worked in inland agriculture in Liberia, West Africa for 2 years. It was there I became interested in medicine. I worked in Liberia an additional year as a lab technician doing medical research. I then transferred to the New York office where I worked another 2 years and applied to medical school. I got my MD PhD at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and then did my residency in pediatrics in Seattle, Washington. My interests include hiking, biking, running, ultimate Frisbee, painting, assemblage sculpturing and gardening.
C. Esen Zentner, M.D.
I was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to Oregon at the age of eleven. I headed to the east coast for medical school, attending Albany Medical College in upstate New York. Crossing back over to the west coast I completed my internship and residency at Seattle Children's Hospital. I then worked at Skagit Pediatrics from 2007 to 2011. Having a husband in the navy, we moved to Tennessee and then Rhode Island, returning with our two children in 2014. I look forward to more years in the Skagit Valley and continue to enjoy my patients and their families.
Amanda B. Stinger, M.D.
I was the first born of two in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 14, I moved to Atlanta after a four-year stint in Nashville. During high school I became interested in medicine, but it wasn’t until a medical mission trip to Central America that I knew I wanted to be a doctor. Having attended the University of Georgia for undergrad and Emory University for medical school, Georgia is frequently “on my mind,” but the Pacific Northwest has stolen my heart during residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In my spare time, I enjoy reading a book, running in the park, conjuring up a great kitchen recipe or taking a long hike. My husband Josh and I are expecting our first child in September 2015. I look forward to getting to know the children and their families at Skagit Pediatrics; it will be a privilege to work alongside you!
Carmela M. Carrasco, M.D.
I was born and raised in New Mexico, where my parents still live. I grew up in a big family and I am the fourth of six children. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of New Mexico. During that time I explored careers in Biology research and Anthropology, but fell in love with medicine. After completing medical school, also at the University of New Mexico, I moved to Washington and finished my Pediatrics training at Seattle Children's Hospital.
While, I am a native desert dweller the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest has won my heart. I love being outdoors, hiking, biking, or just walking through a nice park. Reading and baking are a few other activities I enjoy in my free time.
I am looking forward to getting to know the families and children of the Skagit Valley and becoming a part of this community.
Todd R. Ouellette, ARNP
***** Retired 7/1/2017
Holly J. Henson, ARNP
I grew up on a horse ranch in Sultan, WA. After high school, I felt like I needed to experience the other side of the US, so I headed off to Vassar College in New York for my first bachelors degree in Biopsychology. It was clear I belonged back in Washington. I came back and worked in the Vascular Biology department at UW doing research for 7 years before I decided to become a nurse. I received a bachelors degree in Nursing from UW in 1999. Shortly thereafter my daughter was born, and my husband and I decided to move up to Mount Vernon to get out of the city. I quickly found Skagit Pediatrics and knew right away I was where I was supposed to be. While working as an RN at Skagit Peds, I went back to the UW and earned my Masters in Nursing to become a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008. I love working with children and their families, and look forward to a long and fulfilling career at Skagit Pediatrics.
Emily A. Bianconi, ARNP
I grew up in Alaska and then earned my bachelors in English at UC Davis in California. I continued on to earn my masters in nursing at the University of San Francisco. I worked as a nurse at Children's Hospital in Oakland before moving to Massachusetts where I worked as a triage nurse at a community health center in Boston. Once I became board certified as a nurse practitioner I worked at a pediatric office in the Boston area. After I had my daughter in 2010 I moved to Washington with my family to be closer to my parents. I initially worked at the Pacific Lutheran University Student Health Center until my husband's job has brought us north and we're very happy to be in the Skagit area! I'm also excited to be working in pediatrics again as that's always been my area of interest and joy.