Northcountry Clinic

Hours & Contact

NorthCountry Clinic

785 18th Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Phone: (707) 822-2481
Fax: (707) 822-3656

Hours: Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, closed for lunch 12-1

Open Door Pediatric Services


Family practice services for all of your primary medical needs, including diagnosis, treatment and referral for more advanced care as necessary. Clinic provides diagnosis and treatment for acute illnesses (such as flu, colds, aches and pains, fatigue) and chronic conditions (including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, emphysema). Routine health screenings, immunizations and boosters, and lab tests are provided as appropriate. We work to help you with disease prevention and health maintenance activities and ways you can take care of yourself. Well-child examinations and annual adult check-ups offered to all patients.

Additional services at the NorthCountry Clinic include: Behavioral Health Counseling and Support, Opiate Dependency Treatment, and Women’s Health. Patients can also be referred to see our Case Manager for assistance with housing, employment, paperwork and numerous other services. Patients established at the NorthCountry Clinic can be referred to other Open Door Clinics, including the Telehealth & Visiting Specialist Center, for additional and specialty services. Referral to and coordination with other specialists provided as needed, with follow-up care in the clinic. The clinic also provides follow-up care after hospital stays.

The clinic has 14 private examination rooms, with four physicians, three mid-level practitioners and a clinical psychologist on staff. Young children should be seen often for routine immunizations and well-child examinations. Older children and adults should be seen for routine check-ups every year. Public or private coverage is typically available for children. Coverage for adults depends on a number of factors; we will assist you in determining eligibility for Medi-Cal, Medicare, CMSP, Family PACT and other programs. Those without insurance are eligible for discounts based on income and ability to pay. We accept most private insurance.

Recent Articles

NorthCountry Clinic

By | December 13th, 2013|Categories: News, NorthCountry Clinic|

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By | November 14th, 2013|Categories: News, NorthCountry Clinic, NorthCountry Prenatal Services|

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By | November 13th, 2013|Categories: Del Norte Community Health Center, Eureka Community Health Center, Humboldt Open Door Clinic, McKinleyville Community Health Center, News, NorthCountry Clinic, NorthCountry Prenatal Services, Willow Creek Community Health Center|

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Gerald (Jerry) Alston, MD
Gerald (Jerry) Alston, MDDoctor of Medicine
Jerry Alston has been a family practitioner at NorthCountry Clinic since 1998. He completed Medical School in 1991 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and obtained his Family Practice Residency at the Providence Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. During his education, Dr. Alston cared for patients in Mexico and El Salvador. His interests include Guitar, Bicycling, Soccer, Hiking, and spending time with his family.
Judy Burns, MD
Judy Burns, MDDoctor of Medicine
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Heidi Denton, MD
Heidi Denton, MDDoctor of Medicine
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Eloi Hoopman, DO
Eloi Hoopman, DODoctor of Osteopathic Medicine
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Gloria Dung Lam, FNP
Gloria Dung Lam, FNPFamily Nurse Practitioner
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Caroline Lowry, PA
Caroline Lowry, PAPhysician Assistant
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Julie Ohnemus, MD
Julie Ohnemus, MDDoctor of Medicine, Medical Director
Julie Ohnemus received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1988. She joined NorthCountry Clinic in 1991 and is the clinic’s medical director as well as associate chief medical officer of Open Door Community Health Centers. Julie has also been director of Open Door’s behavioral health and psychiatry programs.
Deborah Sweitzer, PA
Deborah Sweitzer, PAPhysician Assistant
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Kelvin Vu, DO
Kelvin Vu, DODoctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Kelvin Vu graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a major in Psychobiology and a minor in Education Studies. He received his medical degree from Western University and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at University of California Davis Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident in his last year. In his free time, Kelvin enjoys traveling the world with his wife, participating in medical trips to developing countries, watching movies, and playing sports.
Lorraine Watkins, MFT
Lorraine Watkins, MFTMarriage and Family Therapist
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Maria Spetzler, PA-C
Maria Spetzler, PA-CPhysician Assistant
Maria Spetzler is a home grown Medical Practitioner for Open Door, having worked as a Medical Assistant and Lab Manager for the Clinics since 1993. In 2000, Maria was accepted to the PA program at UC Davis School of Medicine. She returned to the Open Door team as a PA-C in 2002. She has developed an emphasis in diabetes management, and now offers focused consultations for patients with diabetes who are having self management difficulties.
Lynn Stacy, RD
Lynn Stacy, RDRegistered Diatitian
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