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
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.
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 Carrasco, MD
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.
Erika Lund, MD
I was born and raised in Tumwater, WA and moved across the state to Pullman for my undergraduate studies at WSU (Go Cougs!). After finishing my degree, I moved to the east coast where I attended New York Medical College and received my MD. I was so excited to move back to Washington where I completed my Pediatric Residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and I don’t plan on leaving the PNW anytime soon.
After growing up playing various sports (soccer, basketball, softball, rugby) I am a Seattle sports fan through and through, trying to catch as many M’s, Seahawks and Sounders games as possible. While I’m in the office I love working with young athletes to keep them as safe, healthy, and active as possible. I can’t wait to learn more about this community and get to know the wonderful families in the Skagit Valley.
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 Pedi
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.
Alicia Spiess, ARNP
I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (NM) and moved to Wisconsin with my mom and sister when I was 4. I spent my winters in Wisconsin and summers in NM. I knew in high school that I wanted to be a pediatric nurse and eventually a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I moved back to New Mexico to go to the University of New Mexico where I received my bachelors in science and nursing. I worked for a short time as a Registered Nurse (RN) in pediatrics in NM before packing up and moving to the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband where I worked for 7 years at Lucile Packard Children’s of Stanford as an RN on the float team. In 2014 my husband and I took a year off to see the world. At the end of our trip I knew it was time to go back to school which is how I ended up at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. At UW, I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree specializing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I was so fortunate to complete my final UW rotation at Skagit Peds with Emily Bianconi, the best teacher ever! I knew early on that I wanted to work at Skagit Peds and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with great providers, staff, patients and families. My hobbies are traveling, reading, being outdoors, especially hiking, running, walking and being on the water every chance I get and continuing to improve my Spanish speaking skills. I’m falling in love with the Pacific Northwest more and more every day and excited to serve the Skagit Valley communit
Elizabeth McCrank, PA-C
I was raised in Toledo, Ohio and I’m the oldest of 4 children. I completed my undergraduate education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec studying Anatomical Sciences and Cell Biology, where I also met my husband. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies from what was then known as the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo College of Health Sciences). After completing my training, my husband and I were married and I moved to the Pacific Northwest, working for over 15 years in family medicine in Bellingham, Washington. Our family is now complete with three children and we live in White Rock, British Columbia to be close to both of our occupations. We keep very busy with our young family but enjoy being outdoors and appreciating everything that this area has to offer. I love to bake and enjoy creating and decorating unique cakes and cookies for my family and friends to enjoy. I’m very excited to finally specialize in the field of pediatrics and I am looking forward to working with the families and children of the Skagit Valley.
Sarah Trajano, LICSW
I am a Washington native that moved to the Skagit Valley recently to be closer to family. My daughter and I love the community of the Skagit Valley and exploring the area. I received my Bachelors in Social Work from Seattle University and went on to get my Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. I started working with parents and babies and had a chance to do individual therapy with children and adolescents and family systems. I love that I have been able to make a career out of supporting individuals and families.
Mark Barr, MD