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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Welcome Dr. Melinda Bower!

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April 5, 2021

For Immediate Release

Apple Martine
Community Health Director

Jefferson County Public Health


Welcoming Dr. Melinda Bower at the Opening of our Quilcene School Based Health Center

Jefferson County Public Health has a new provider, Dr. Melinda Bower, serving students in both our Chimacum and Quilcene School Based Health Centers. These School Based Health Centers are a partnership with Jefferson Healthcare and the School Districts, located for student-use at Port Townsend High School, Chimacum Middle and High School and our newly opened location at Quilcene School District.

Dr. Melinda Bower is a naturopathic doctor who received her degree from Bastyr University in Seattle.  In 2015, she was recognized by her peers as one of Seattle’s “Top Doctors,” and she continues to teach herbal medicine and gynecology at Bastyr. Dr. Bower provides comprehensive medical care with a focus on family medicine and women’s health, working with people using medical best practices, nutritional support, botanical medicine, and much more. Dr. Bower’s integrative approach addresses the root causes of illness.

Our services include:

  • Treating acute illness & injury
  • Birth control & reproductive health
  • Stress management & depression
  • Sports physicals
  • STD screening & treatment
  • Wellness and nutrition

Dr. Bower is available at Chimacum Middle and High School Health Center, located off the Commons as well as Quilcene Health Center, located in the Elementary School building.

Our other provider, Susan Bone O’Brien, ARNP, is available at Port Townsend High School Health Center, located in the Gael Stuart Building.

At our school locations, in-person and telehealth appointments are available. For medical and mental health appointments, students can call 360-385-9400 or call/text 360-390-8560.  Students may also place a written request for an appointment in the confidential box provided at each site.

Both providers are also available at our main Public Health Clinic, located at 615 Sheridan St, next to QFC. For an appointment, please call 360-385-9400.


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