Elizabeth O’Brien, LCSW
Coastal Health Alliance (CHA) is pleased to announce the addition of two great providers to their care teams.
Elizabeth O’Brien, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an extensive background providing clinical services in both mental health and Community Health Center settings, joined our staff on February 9, 2015. Elizabeth comes to CHA from the Marin Community Clinics in San Rafael where she has been providing individual and group behavioral health services since 2011. Elizabeth will work closely with CHA’s primary care medical teams as an integrated behavioral health specialist to help patients develop and achieve self-management goals for improved health outcomes. Elizabeth’s position is funded by a Federal grant designed to promote innovative approaches to integrating behavioral and medical health services. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and extensively trained in the techniques of Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Treatment, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She lives in Inverness Park with her family. “I learned a lot working over the hill, and I am grateful for the professional experience,” Elizabeth says of the years she worked at a larger health center. “I am excited to be working in my community again now in joining CHA. It feels like coming home.”
Katie Kindt, DDS
Katie Kindt, DDS, has taken over as the lead dentist for the Oral Health program and is providing general dental services on Wednesday and Friday at 60 4th Street in Point Reyes Station. Dr. Kindt has 28 years of experience providing a wide range of patient care. “Ultimately for me it’s making sure that every single person that walks through the door is treated with the utmost respect and attention to total care so that they have an experience that is enjoyable, relaxing and informative regardless of their financial status or background,” explains Dr. Kindt. She provides efficient and high-quality dentistry with a patient-centered approach. She lives in San Anselmo, and you might see her commuting to work by bicycle. Started as a pilot program in June 2014, CHA Dental plans on expanding to a full schedule by the summer of 2015 to better meet the needs of the community.
The addition of Elizabeth O’Brien and Katie Kindt fully supports CHA’s commitment to providing a “patient-centered health home” by integrating medical, dental and behavioral health services, ensuring that patients experience continuity of care, and have a secure place for all of their healthcare needs. CHA’s commitment to providing “patient centered care” means going beyond asking patients, “What is the matter with you?” to learning “What matters to you?” By finding out what matters to you, CHA is able to create treatment and wellness plans that are aligned with your own hopes, beliefs, and goals about your health and well-being. This collaborative approach leads to trusting, long-lasting relationships that optimize health and wellness.
CHA is a cohesive team of health care providers and support staff dedicated to wellness, compassion, affordability and excellence of care. They are a private, non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, receiving Section 330 grant funding from the federal government to provide quality health services to community members, regardless of ability to pay. CHA serves patients insured with Medicare (18.5%), Med-Cal (26%), and Private Insurance (32.5% – including Kaiser Permanente), as well as self-paying and uninsured (23%) patients.