Meet the Members
Patti is a pioneer in behavioral health integration and the use of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (fACT) in primary care. She participated in several of the initial studies documenting improved outcomes with integration of behavioral health providers into primary care. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books on primary care behavioral health integration and brief interventions. Patti is also the author of several self-help books. As President of the Mountainview group, she provides mentoring for other members, as needed. Patti trains for health care systems, large and small, all over the world.
David Bauman, PsyD is the Behavioral Health Education Director at Central Washington Family Medicine (CWFM), where he oversees a variety of behavioral health training programs (i.e., predoctoral psychology internship, post-doctoral psychology fellowship, and psychosocial medicine curriculum within the family medicine residency). He also serves as the Region Training Director of the National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC)-Cascades Region psychology internship. In addition to his teaching, training, and administrative responsibilities, he practices as a behavioral health consultant at CWFM via the primary care behavioral health model. Dr. Bauman is one of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) representatives for the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC) and has served previously on the leadership team for the Primary Care Behavioral Health Special Interest Group of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. He has authored articles and book chapters regarding a number of primary care/behavioral health related topics. He also regularly presents at national and regional conferences on integrated care, training of both medical and behavioral health providers, and the implementation of contextual based behavioral approaches (i.e., fACT) within the primary care context.
Dr. Bauman values assisting organizations in fortifying their primary care services by fully integrating behavioral health providers. He has a passion for training both medical and behavioral health providers on the tenets of integrated care. Through webinars and on-site work, he has a passion for upskilling all members of the primary care team in regards to common behavioral health concerns. Lastly, Dr. Bauman infuses a contextual approach throughout his work and promotes evidence based and informed behavioral interventions.
Bridget Beachy, PsyD, is currently the Director of Behavioral Health at Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW) and leads a team of seven BHCS. She is also a behavioral health faculty member at CHCW’s Central Washington Family Medicine Residency and has duties working as a Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC). She has received supervision from Kirk Strosahl during her postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Beachy also completed her pre-doctoral training at HealthPoint, a federally qualified health center which is known for its robust Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) program and was developed by Jeff Reiter. Dr. Beachy has experience in training medical residents, medical students, and BHCs in PCBH as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Focused (ACT). Additionally, she has co-authored two book chapters addressing behavioral health in medical settings, and has given multiple presentations on integrated care both locally and nationally.
Jodi Polaha, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in behavioral pediatrics. She describes herself as a “pracademic” with one foot firmly planted in real-world clinical work and teaching and another in research and scholarly activity. Dr. Polaha has worked in primary care since the start of her career in 1998. She has directed integration efforts at over 30 practices, many of which served as training sites for students. During her tenure as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, she established and directed a network of 15 integrated clinics which were awarded the Nebraska Rural Health Integration Award in 2003. From 2006-2015 she was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University where performed a central role in the development of the curriculum and training experiences for a novel clinical doctoral program with a special focus on rural primary care psychology. Presently, she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Primary Care Research in the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University. In addition to her clinic development and training work, she has maintained an active and federally funded research program around integrated care including over 30 publications. Dr. Polaha currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. She has expertise in behavioral pediatrics, ACT, prevention, implementation science, and rural care. She received her PhD in child clinical psychology from Auburn University.
Melissa Baker, PhD, ABPP, is a Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist who works as a Behavioral Health Consultant at HealthPoint, a network of federally qualified health centers near Seattle, WA. Dr. Baker has worked in integrated primary care since 2008. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Baker has been hired at several universities as an Adjunct Professor to design and implement advanced graduate courses in Integrated Primary Care. Dr. Baker also has experience training medical providers and BHCs in the Primary Care Behavioral Health model and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She currently serves on the leadership team of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s Primary Care Behavioral Health Special Interest Group and has given multiple presentations on integrated care both locally and nationally. Clinically, Dr. Baker has a passion for working with pediatric populations, preventative medicine, and the development and implementation of professional resiliency trainings across health professions.
Dr. Oyemaja began her career in primary care in 2004 in a federally-qualified health center in Portland, Oregon. It was this experience that inspired her to go to “where the people are and serve them there.” Julie’s passion for supporting primary care patients, staff, and clinicians has fueled her work as a clinician leader in two primary care organizations in Oregon. While her current focus is on primary care, her professional experience in psychology comes from a diverse background. From residential care for patients with substance use concerns to community mental health to private practice to hospital settings, Dr. Oyemaja has served and supported a variety of patients and clinical teams. This rich background has prepared her to coach practices through their healthcare transformation journey.
Currently, she serves as a professor at George Fox University and provides consulting and technical assistance to primary care clinics and healthcare organizations. Julie is also a community organizer and a wife and mother of two beautiful children. Her life roles align with her core values of education, transcendence, community, and family. Julie believes that active attempts to align core values and day-to-day work and the “rest of life” promote joy and create a life that “flows.” Her goal with patients, teams, and organizations is to support their efforts to identify their core values and plan, implement, and sustain behavior consistent with those values so each can get in and stay in “the flow.”
Julie’s passion is to promote a new kind of primary care, one empowered by psychological science and practice. This results in an “advanced primary care” with intentional staffing for addressing the biopsychosocial needs of all patients served. She believes this can be done when primary care practices staff their teams as usual with primary care clinicians, nurses, and medical assistants but additionally with a new essential clinical team member, a primary care behavioral health clinician (psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed counselor, or licensed marriage and family therapist). The primary care behavioral health clinician (BHC) actively supports the population-health objectives of the team. The BHC is prepared for service by completing core-competency training in the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model. In this advanced primary care model, Julie assists clinic/organization leadership in developing a staffing model for BHC services based on the number and complexity of patients paneled to a team, consistent with the current strategy for staffing primary care clinicians, nurses, etc.
During a recent five-year project, Julie provided leadership in the conceptualization, planning, full implementation, spread, and attention to sustainability of “advanced primary care” teams in a public health department system. In this effort, she worked closely with senior and clinic leadership, primary care clinicians, behavioral health clinicians, nurses, medical assistants, and clerical supports. Practice teams also included culturally-responsive community health workers, co-located psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, and adult/child psychiatrist consultants. Project practices included seven primary care clinics, a specialty HIV clinic, and school-based health centers. More information about this initiative is available in an article on workforce development in the January 2018 special edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (Robinson, Oyemaja, Beachy, Goodie, Sprague, and Ward).