Karen Bronk, LCSW
Karen Bronk has been with DFD Russell Medical Centers since May 2002. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of New England in 1993. Her previous professional experience includes time at Spurwink School as a therapist, Androscoggin Home Health as a social worker and Tri County Mental Health as a children’s counselor. Karen enjoys working with community members of all age groups.
Kevin Cowell, D.O.
Dr. Cowell joined DFD Russell Medical Center in January, 2011. Before joining DFD, Dr. Cowell worked in rural southern Michigan where he managed a clinic and served as the hospital’s Chief of Staff. He is a board certified family physician and obtained medical school training at Michigan State University. While at Michigan State University, Dr. Cowell received the Family Medicine Award for his “exemplary accomplishments in Family Medicine.” His residency training was completed in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Intern of the Year. Dr. Cowell also earned the position of the residency’s Chief Resident. Dr. Cowell has completed additional training in acupuncture that he utilizes as a tool for pain control. He has also completed training in advanced wound therapy and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Cowell treats patients of all ages who frequently commend him for his willingness to listen.
Shannon M. Deschenes, D.O.
Shannon M. Deschenes, D.O., joined DFD Russell Medical Center in March, 2011. Dr. Deschenes has been board certified in Family Medicine since 1998. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at California State University, Chico where she graduated with honors. She concurrently worked for the Women’s Health Specialists organization for years as a women’s health care worker. She educated women on anatomy, physiology and family planning. Dr. Deschenes attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine where she received the National Osteopathic Women Physicians Association Senior Scholastic Achievement Award. She was also honored by the academic staff as “the physician they would most like to have as their own”. She received her residency certification in Family Medicine in 1997 at Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Practice residency program. Dr. Deschenes practiced at Lisbon Family Practice after completion of her residency and has practiced with CMMC at their Mechanic Falls and subsequent Lewiston locations. She is on the Board of Directors of the Maine Osteopathic Association and enjoys teaching. Dr. Deschenes currently resides in Lewiston with her husband Paul and their daughter Olivia and multiple pets. She enjoys gardening, traveling and cultural exploration as well as music and language. Dr. Deschenes has earned a very loyal patient following by taking the time to genuinely listen to her patients’ concerns.
Nora Gross, LCSW
Behavioral health provider, Nora Gross joined DFD Russell Medical Centers in July 2016. Nora holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of New England and has professional experience in behavioral health counseling to patients in St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s primary care offices. She also provided community-based counseling through Spurwink Services, case management at the Preble Street Teen Center and volunteered her time and services at The Center for Grieving Children. Nora enjoys providing care to patients of all ages and is currently working out of our Monmouth office.
Laurie Anne Huntress, M.D.Accepting New Patients
Laurie Huntress, MD, joined DFD Russell Medical Centers in January 2005. Dr. Huntress graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience and received her doctor of medicine from the University of Vermont. She completed her residency through Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program.
Tiffany Leach, PA-CAccepting New Patients
Tiffany Leach, PA-C, joined DFD Russell Medical Centers in December 2013. She attended Simmons College where she recieved her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and earned her master’s degree as a physician assistant from the University of New England. Tiffany is proud to be working for a rural community in her home state and currently sees patients of all ages at the Turner office.
Anthony Martin, PA-C
Anthony Martin, PA-C joined DFD Russell Medical Center in the Monmouth location in August 2013. Before DFD, Anthony worked for the Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, Arizona. The Hopi Health Care Center is a rural Indian Health Service site where Anthony performed a full spectrum family medicine clinic and urgent care coverage. His experience includes acute and chronic disease management with pediatric, adult, prenatal, women’s health, geriatric, and wound care patients. Anthony received both his bachelor’s in medical biology and master’s as a Physician Assistant from the University of New England, in Portland, Maine. Anthony was a National Health Services Corps Scholarship Student. He has enjoyed moving back to Maine and practicing at DFD in a rural community health care setting.
Anna Mead, FNPAccepting New Patients
Anna Pierson, FNP, joined DFD Russell Medical Centers in October 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in community health from Tufts University and a master’s as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Southern Maine. She grew up in Brunswick and currently lives in Portland. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages and is currently working out of the Leeds office.
Heather Robertson, PACAccepting New Patients
Heather Robertson, MHS, PA-C, has joined DFD Russell Medical Centers in June, 2014. She’s been practicing medicine since 2001 upon graduation from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Most of her career has been in Family Practice, but she also worked in Ear, Nose and Throat, and in Wound Care/Hyperbaric Medicine while in Alexandria, Virginia, where Heather also serves on the Maine Physician Assistant Board of Directors. Heather enjoys very long walks (ask her about the Camino), kayaking, reading, and visiting her three kids and two grandchildren who “live too far away.”
Robin Rockett, LCSW
Behavioral health provider Robin Rockett joined DFD Russell Medical Center in August 2015. Robin holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of New England. Her professional experience includes behavioral health counseling to patients at St. Mary’s Hospital and Central Maine Bariatric Surgery. She has also maintained her own private counseling practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area for nearly 20 years. Robin believes that with the right circumstances and support, people can meet life’s challenges and yield positive change.
John Yindra, M.D.Accepting New Patients
Dr. Yindra rejoined DFD Russell Medical Center in 2013, having previously served as a staff physician and Medical Director at DFD. He has served in an assortment of medical director and physician roles throughout his career. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware, and earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Yindra will be seeing patients of all ages at the Monmouth location.