JCPH Gets New Doctor, New School Health Facility

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has a new provider, Dr. Melinda Bower, serving students in the Chimacum and Quilcene health centers. JCPH school-based centers are a partnership between Jefferson Healthcare and the school districts. They are located for student use at Port Townsend High School, Chimacum Middle and High School, and a newly opened Quilcene School District location.

Dr. Melinfa Bower

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 at Bastyr. She provides comprehensive medical care with a focus on family medicine and women’s health, nutritional support, and botanical medicine, using an integrative approach to address the root causes of illness.

JCPH services include the following:

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

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

At the 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 can also place a written request for an appointment in the confidential box at each site.