Pediatric Staff

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.

Pediatricians

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Sarah Strandjord,
    MD, MS

    I was born and raised near Seattle, WA along with my twin sister and our family pets. I attended University of Puget Sound for my undergraduate studies with a focus in Biochemistry and Singing. After finishing my degree, I worked as a chemist in the Section of Nutritional Neurosciences at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. I then made my way inland and attended Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to my medical degree, I also obtained a Master of Science in Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University. I then eagerly returned to the Pacific Northwest to complete my residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. My interests outside of medicine and nutrition predominantly involve the outdoors, including mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, and swimming. I currently live on a sailboat with my partner who works as a helicopter pilot. I cannot wait to explore Skagit Valley and support the health and wellbeing of the children and families who live in this beautiful area.

  • Catherine Staunton,
    MD

    I am very excited to be returning to Skagit Pediatrics, where I first worked as a pediatrician!

    After growing up in Upstate New York, I completed my undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine, where I received a BS with honors in Biology. I graduated from Cornell University School of Medicine in 1991. My Pediatric Residency was completed at the University of Washington in 1994. I have been board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics since 1994.

    I have worked in a number of pediatric clinics, but most recently the Seattle/King County Department of Public Health. I also conducted field research on infant mortality in West Africa and lab research on parasite infections. I completed a fellowship at the CDC in pediatric injury prevention, and then worked at the CDC studying the relationship between community design and health.

    My husband Jai and I have three children. We enjoy swimming, hiking and camping as well as baking birthday cakes, visiting the ‘grandmas’, going to movies, and exploring tide pools.

  • Ariel Garcia,
    MD

    I grew up in northern Indiana next to a wetland which inspired and fostered my love for nature, science, and the outdoors. Following my interests, I studied Biology with a concentration in Health and Disease at Purdue University. I then attended Indiana University School of Medicine where I discovered my passion for Pediatrics and fell in love with my now husband. We then moved west to the University of Arizona in Tucson where I completed my residency in Pediatrics.

    After closing our chapter in the Southwest, we were drawn to the Pacific Northwest where we feel inspired by the Cascade Mountains, ocean, islands, and nearby cities. We look forward to settling down in this beautiful area. My interests outside of medicine include hiking, mountain biking, reading, cooking, sustainable living, and loving on our two fur babies.

    I am excited to join the community and care for the children and families of Skagit Valley!

ARNP's

  • 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 we 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.

  • 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 community.

  • Kathleen Piacentino,
    ARNP

    I was born in San Francisco, CA but moved to Orange County in southern California at a very young age. I attended The University of California, Fullerton where I earned a degree in History with the intention of working in and continuing my education in the legal field. After graduation I decided I needed to see more of the country than just California, so I moved to Annapolis, MD. There I worked in the court system establishing mediation programs in the county courts. After two years, I realized that the legal field was not for me, and I returned to school. I earned my nursing degree in 2006 and worked in Visalia, California in the ICU as an open-heart nurse and later in the Cardiac Catheterization lab. In 2012 we moved to Anacortes, WA for my husband’s job and I continued with nursing as an ICU, ER, and special projects nurse. After 10 years as an RN, I felt it was time to continue my education, so back to school I went yet again. In 2019, I graduated from Simmons University with a Master’s degree in Nursing and became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I was very fortunate to complete two of my rotations at Skagit Pediatrics and enjoyed that time immensely. So much so that I knew I wanted to specialize in pediatrics after my first rotation. 

    I love being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with my husband and four kids.

PA-C's

  • 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.

Social Workers

  • Kara Smith,
    LSWAIC

    I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where I completed my Bachelor's in Psychology at UC San Diego. From there, my spouse's military career took us to Japan, and then finally here to Washington where we have since settled. I completed my Master's in Social Work at the University of Washington. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with loved ones. 

    I am grateful and feel honored that those I work with trust me with their stories and experiences, and that they allow me to partner with them/their families every day. I have served youth and families in many different capacities throughout my career, and I am thrilled to be able to continue that journey at Skagit Pediatrics.

  • Patricia "Trish" Beagle,
    MSW

    I grew up in Auburn, Washington, and graduated from both Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Sociology, and the University of Kentucky with a Masters in Social Work.  My programs had me travel to Mexico and Rwanda to learn more about how families and communities thrive, and move toward healing after traumatic times.  I've also had the privilege of working with refugees, adoptive parents, and many families who are facing hard challenges.  I love coming alongside families, and finding ways to grow in health together.  My husband and I have four kiddos, and love exploring with them, whether it be what we grow in our garden or traveling to National Parks.  I especially love camping, photography, gathering with friends and family, playing cards & board games.

Retired Providers:

Nancy Robblee, MD
Frances Chalmers, MD
Todd Ouellette, ARNP
Mark Barr, MD

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

8:30 am-6:30 pm

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