Ellen Krajewski, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
I’m very pleased to serve as Eastport Health Care’s Chief Executive Officer. My career is in the community health center world and I’m committed to the inclusive and comprehensive model that provides access to a menu of basic health care services. I’m impressed with the EHC team of engaged employees who want to provide excellent care to patients and who are open and communicative about our work together. EHC’s Board of Directors sets the tone, and it is one of kindness, compassion, and caring. Now that is something I want to be a part of!
I bring health center leadership experience with me, including founding CEO of what grew into a large community health center in rural Pennsylvania. I spent years doing patient education in primary care settings before I moved to developing primary care and dental education, training, recruitment and retention in a large swath of rural Pennsylvania. My work as a health center leader in Pennsylvania and New England taught me to create and manage operational systems, including financial and patient care services. My background also includes a Master of Public Health in Health Behaviors and Community Education. I participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Executive Fellowship at UCLA. I served on the Board of Pennsylvania Primary Care Association, was awarded Rural Leader of the Year, and appointed by a Pennsylvania’s then Governor to represent community health centers on a statewide commission that accomplished groundbreaking work.
Mostly, I’m an advocate for patients, including our most vulnerable patients. I speak out for communities, our health center, and rural health issues and am an advocate for the health center employees who work hard to serve our patients. I’m extremely proud to be part of a great place with great people.
My priority is serving in a position where my brand of advocacy and leadership is a match for and strengthens the team, the health center, and the community. Here at Eastport Health Care, it is. I’m part of an excellent team, and together we are serving communities in important ways.
My husband and I also wanted to live in a location with unique natural beauty. We’ve always loved this state and couldn’t be more pleased with Eastport and Downeast Maine! It is a spectacular place. “The Atlantic is always beautiful and never boring,” says a friend. She is right! Thank you to all who have welcomed me so warmly. We’ve found a special place to call home.
Chief Financial Officer
I have worked in the FQHC environment for 25 years, starting as Head Billing Clerk, and working my way up to Reimbursement Supervisor, Business Office Supervisor, and CFO. Over the course of my time working in the FQHC environment, I have received certifications in many different areas of health care including Certified Professional Coder, Registered Medical Manager, Registered Medical Auditor, and most recently completed a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional course that focuses on healthcare finance, risk mitigation, evolving payment models, healthcare accounting and cost analysis, strategic finance, and managing financial resources. I recently bought a house in Eastport and I am happy that I can do what I love in the downeast area I was born and raised. I enjoy walking, hiking, gardening, and working on making my new home my own.
Cynthia Sammis, MD
Dr. Sammis is a board certified family doctor who has been practicing in Down East Maine since 1985. She has been happily working for Eastport Health Care since December of 2006. Aside from family medicine she enjoys her dogs, camping, kayaking, cooking and karate. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and the Maine Dartmouth Family Practice Residency.
Laurie Churchill, MD
I was born and raised in Calais and got my medical and undergraduate degrees at Tufts. My Family Medicine Residency was in Portland at both MMC and Mercy Hospital. I was in North Carolina for four years as part of the NHSC but other than that I have practiced exclusively in Washington County, most of that in private practice. I have been working full time at EHC since January of 2011. My five children are grown, live up and down the East Coast and work in various occupations. I live in Red Beach with my spouse.
Susan Luthin, MD
Susan Luthin has an undergraduate degree from University of Maine in Orono, Medical School at University of Vermont, and Residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Dr Luthin has 28 years of experience caring for people of all ages in family medicine and obstetrics. Her true passion lies in pediatric medicine. Before coming to Eastport, she worked in Dover- Foxcroft. Outside of work, Dr Luthin enjoys spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. “I love to hike, kayak, and play music in a contra dance band, so I feel Washington County is a wonderful place to be.”
Kelly Leslie, FNP-C
Kelly was born in Ohio and moved to San Antonio, TX after joining the Army. She was a registered nurse for 30 years before becoming an FNP in 2020. Her primary background is in pediatrics and mother-baby care. Kelly has six children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, and traveling.
Debbie Pottle, RN, CDE
RN Care Coordinator
Debbie Pottle is the RN Care Coordinator for Eastport Health Center. She has over 13 years experience in family medicine and has received certification as a diabetes educator. Her focus is to provide patient education, which provides patients the ability to make informed choices and assume responsibility for their own care. She has received Lifestyle Coach Training and is excited to bring the CDC approved Diabetes Prevention Program to Eastport Health Care.
She lives in Perry with her spouse. Enjoys hiking, boating, snowshoeing, and spending time with family.
Adam Simmons, DPM
Dr. Adam Simmons received a B.A. in Biology from Utah Valley University and a DPM degree from Barry University in Florida. He then completed an FF/RRA Surgical Residency program, specializing in wound care and foot and ankle surgery. While in his postgraduate training, Dr. Simmons become a certified clinical director for the Special Olympics Fit Feet program and had the opportunity to screen hundreds of athletes in state and local games.
Dr. Simmons has fond memories of hiking, camping, and four-wheeling while growing up with family in Utah and looks forward to enjoying similar outdoor activities in Maine with his wife and three children.
Abhay Ektare, DDS
Dr. Ektare received his B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and went on to earn his D.D.S. at the University of Maryland. Before moving to Maine, he spent three years in a unique mobile practice, providing dental care for children on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona. He loves living on the Maine coast and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve the people of Washington county.
Kathleen Dunbar, RDH/IP
Kathleen was born and raised in Eastport. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from The University of Maine in 2008 and from Dalhousie University with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2011. She has been employed by EHC since the fall of 2011. She is happy to be back in her home town helping to educate patients on the importance of oral hygiene and creating healthier happier smiles.
Jordan Brooks, RDH
Jordan was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He received an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2016. His dental hygiene career began in Machias and Lubec, and he continues to serve the people of Washington County at Eastport Health Care. Jordan is enthusiastic about educating people and encouraging healthy habits and lifestyle choices. He enjoys living on the Maine coast and looks forward to seeing you at your next appointment.
Tammy Carr, LCPC
Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maine. She was born and raised in Washington County and upon completing her education chose to remain local to help provide behavioral health services to residents in need. Tammy provides services to individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science and Community Studies with a concentration in applied psychology from the University of Maine at Machias and she received her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Husson University. Tammy started her career at Eastport Health Care where she has remained a member of the treatment team since February of 2014. Tammy practices as an outpatient therapist in our Machias office.
Ann O’Brien, PMH-NP
Ann is originally from Vermont and has been residing in Maine for over 30 years providing mental health services; practicing for the last decade in Washington County. Ann is a graduate of the University of Vermont and did her graduate work in advanced practice psychiatric nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso. Ann currently provides psychiatric services in all three Eastport Health Care locations: Eastport, Machias and Calais Maine. Ann also volunteers at the Washington County Jail.
Lisa Jacobs, PMHNP
Lisa was born and raised in Washington County. She has over 30 years of psychiatric experience. She worked at The Acadia Hospital onsite for approximately 17 years. She continues to work there in the Integrated Behavioral Health team and functions as the Clinical Supervisor for that department. She received her master’s degree in Nursing at Husson University. Lisa currently resides in Indiana with her husband but practices in Eastport and Machias for EHC. She has been providing telepsychiatry services for the past 5 years and is very excited to provide this service to her home state and county. “It is great to be home without the cold winters, but the seafood just isn’t as good.”
Ann Leaver, LCPC, LADC, CCS
Anne with an “e” grew up in a military family. She has had the privilege of calling many places home, but when asked, she will most often say she’s from Baltimore. Anne is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and did her graduate work in Clinical Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University in Maryland, and in Creative Writing at Boston University. Except for 10 months away in VT, she has been working as an Outpatient Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in Washington County since 2004. Anne enjoys spending time in nature, writing, drawing, and trying to play the viola.