About 2019-05-01T18:38:41+00:00

Compassionate Primary Care

As a community health center, Siskiyou provides personalized, patient-centered care to help manage your individual and family wellness needs through all stages of life. Our goal is to provide a medical home that focuses on high quality primary and preventive care for the whole family and to ensure that all Patients, including those who are medically underserved, have continuous access to high quality community-based health care services including a primary care home.

Our Values

To identify and provide care for primary health needs of our community in a professional and compassionate manner.

Siskiyou Community Medical Center is committed to providing exceptional health care service and patient care experience.

  • In compassion, honesty, and integrity guiding us in all of our actions.
  • In our commitment to provide the highest quality health care and customer service.
  • In treating our patients, clients and each other with dignity and respect, regardless of race, age, gender, ability, values, lifestyle, or economic status.
  • That teamwork and cooperation are vital to the success of our working and community relationships.
  • That our success is measured only by how well we serve.


In 1973, Siskiyou Community Health Center (SCHC) began as the Takilma Peoples Clinic in the Illinois Valley. After a medical crisis in the community, volunteer residents of the Illinois Valley turned an old farmhouse into a community health center. Dr. Jim Shames came from Multnomah County Health Department to train local volunteers. His plan was to only stay for a few months, but he ended up moving to the valley and served as SCHC’s Medical Director until 2003.

In 1987, the Longwood Fire forced them to evacuate and move to a new building in Cave Junction. They began expanding and a few years later the Takilma Peoples Clinic became known as Siskiyou Community Health Center. In the 1990’s, the clinic became a Federally Qualified Health
 Center (FQHC), offering services to anyone, regardless of their financial condition.

In 1997, SCHC merged with Our Valley Clinic and Gateway Dental Clinic in Grants Pass building up these services to FQHC level. Then, in 2001, community volunteers and the board of directors embarked on a building program at the north end of Cave Junction to replace its outgrown medical facility. In early 2007, this new 10,000 square foot medical facility opened its doors to patients. It included a state-of-the-art lab and radiology facility operated by Asante Health System. In 2014, this facility doubled in size, expanding the medical clinic and behavioral health department, bringing the Outreach department onsite, and adding a pharmacy and dental clinic.

In 2010, SCHC added a pharmacy and a laboratory inside the Grants Pass medical clinic. However, the demand for their services increased and it was time to expand again in order to accommodate the growing needs of the community. In January of 2012, SCHC moved to the first LEED-certified green building in Grants Pass. Located at 1701 NW Hawthorne Avenue, SCHC offers primary medical care for the entire family, a pharmacy, behavioral health services, laboratory services, Outreach services, and a Walk-In Clinic. To increase the service area for families in need, an Outreach location was established in Medford in November of 2015. In the spring of 2016, SCHC moved their Grants Pass dental clinic on-site with their primary care facility and added radiology services.

SCHC has three School-Based Health Centers in Cave Junction and one located at the Grants Pass High school that provide adolescents  with primary health care and health education.

SCHC continues to follow its mission to build healthy communities by providing an affordable solution for quality health care.


RICHARD BOOTHChief Executive Officer
Richard is a native of Grants Pass. He attended Oregon State University, where he earned his B.S. in Health Care Administration. Richard is also a member of the Medical Management Association and the Oregon Medical Group Management Association.
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BRANDI FIELDSChief Operations Officer
Brandi joined Siskiyou Community Health Center in 2014 as the Human Resources Manager and quickly jumped into different roles including Medical Clinic Manager and Director of Operations before becoming the Chief Operations Officer.
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BRUCE R. MCKEEChief Financial Officer
Bruce came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. With over twenty-five years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Bruce has served a variety of businesses in the financial, tax and business advisory areas.
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KRISTIN MILLER, MDChief Medical Officer
Kristin came to Siskiyou Community Health Center as a National Health Service Corps Scholar with a dedication to medicine and taking care of families, working to fulfill that passion over the last 14 years as a contributing member of the Clinic.
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JOE DUNN, DMDChief Dental Officer
Dr. Joe Dunn joined Siskiyou Community Health Center in 2019 as the Chief Dental Officer. Dr. Dunn came to Siskiyou with a dedication to serving underserved communities and a passion for delivering sustainable health care for all.
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BRIAN LAUBSCHER, R.PHChief Compliance Officer
Brian graduated pharmacy school from Rhodes University in South Africa. For two years, he served as a Pharmacist in the medical corps and later worked as a clinical hospital pharmacist for 6 years.
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KIMBER BYRDDirector of Business Administration
For over 13 years Kimber has helped develop and maintain the practice management system, worked to create policies and procedures and has overseen various incentive and grant related projects.
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JACQUE DONEYOutreach Director
Jacque Doney joined the Siskiyou Community Health Center team in 1990 as the Outreach Program Director. With the program still in its infancy stages, Jacque was able to visualize and grow the Outreach Program into what it is today.
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Brad Lamont

Position on board: Board Member
Occupation: Husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Realtor
Why I serve on the SCHC board: I join a collection of people whose sole purpose, without material profit, is to listen to and act on improving the overall health of its “community”! With what skill-set I possess, I honestly cannot think of a more nobler cause or reflective mirror to judge the growth of my character!

Jim Pilcher

Position on board: Past-Chair
Occupation: Dentist, Retired
Why I serve on the SCHC board: I am serving because of a “return on investment”. I have invested over 30 years as a dentist in Grants Pass. My wife, son, and daughter and their families live here, and their futures are settled in Josephine County.
Serving on the SCHC board gives me the chance to give back to the community that has given me so much. Access to care, quality of treatment, and compassion need to exist and be improved. Anything that increases the quality of those living in the county benefits us all. The time and energy required is a small price to pay for making Siskiyou Community Health Center an important part of life in southern Oregon.

Dennis Misner

Position on board: Board Member
Occupation: Retired, Education Administrator
Why I serve on the SCHC board: I am serving on the board because the access to quality and affordable health care is a significant community need in Josephine County. Because of my experience in working with adolescents for the past 25 years in local high schools, I see that medical and dental care makes it possible for many of our young people to remove hurdles to their education so they have a better chance of becoming successful and well-adjusted adults who are able to make their own way in life.

Andreas Goldner

Position on board: Honorary Board Member
Occupation: Retired former Associate Dean, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Why I serve on the SCHC board: Provision of quality health care for all has been my passion for many years. Siskiyou provides me with the opportunity to continue my passion.

Deelia Warner

Position on board: Board Member
Occupation: RCC Business Consulting
Why I serve on the SCHC board: As a patient since 1984, I am proud to have ‘grown up’ with the clinic, and to have known so many wonderful providers and support staff over the years; I truly value those relationships. I remember the days when folks could answer the phone or do other simple tasks for the staff as payment for services provided; it was a way for everyone to contribute and keep the doors open, while maintaining their personal pride in being able to pay their bills. That’s always resonated with me; even though I’ve been fortunate to have private insurance and could have gone anywhere for medical services, it was this feeling of community that was more important to me, and still is. Not only have I learned so much about how Siskiyou has been able to grow and serve our community as its grown, I’ve learned so much about the health care system and how great the need is for affordable and sustainable care, especially for our most vulnerable and under-served neighbors.

Derrick Kleiner

Position on board: Chair
Occupation: Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, Spectrum Prosthetics & Orthotics
Why I serve on the SCHC board: I am an Orthotist Prosthetist located in Grants Pass, Oregon. As a member of the medical community, I want to improve our local healthcare. Siskiyou Community Healthcare Center is a premier provider in Josephine County. Membership on its board allows me to be involved in this multi-faceted organization and directly impact the implementation and improvement of affordable and quality care offered in our community.

Kathleen Luther

Position on board: Board Member
Occupation: Church Administrator
Why I serve on the SCHC board: Service on the Board gives me a chance to give back to the community in which we raised our children.  My previous volunteer experiences have all centered around children and families, and access to quality healthcare is necessary for children and families to thrive.  I hope to help Siskiyou CHC continue and expand on its excellent programs.

Richard Cohen, MD

Position on board: Board Member
Occupation: Retired MD, President and founding board member of KidZone Community Foundation
Why I serve on the SCHC board: It is important to me to be involved positively with my community. I have always tried to be a part of the “medical community”, both as a practicing physician from 1977 through 2007 and as an active member of the medical staffs of our local hospital(s) through the years, the Josephine County Medical Society, and the Oregon Medical Association House of Delegates. I served on the Asante system governing board from 1996 to 2005. During the first 30 years spent in Grants Pass, I focused primarily on my patients. As a Siskiyou Community Health Center board member, my focus is on the process of health care delivery to the community.

George Wilson, RN

Position on board: Board Member
Occupation: Perioperative; endoscopy and PACU Nurse
Why I serve on the SCHC board: The decision to serve on the SCHC board has provided the opportunity to be personally involved in the local communities’ access to quality healthcare. Not only do I serve on the board, but I am also a consumer and active user of the services at Siskiyou. Being part of the healthcare community where I serve as a nurse, I see daily the importance of vital immunizations and timely health screenings, followed by a healthy lifestyle. Eliminating many of the chronic diseases facing society today begins with regular and quality access to services designed to make healthy living a way of life. Affordability should not be a deterrent to quality healthcare. As new healthcare laws are ushered in and implemented at the local, state and federal level, being actively involved in the implementation and adherence interests me greatly.

Warren Kendall, MD

Position on board: Vice-Chair
Occupation: Retired from Healthcare
Why I serve on the SCHC board: My medical experience in Southern Oregon began in 1975, about the same time that Siskiyou Community Health Center became operational. Through the years, I have remained impressed with the dedication and commitment of doctors, nurses, mid-level professionals and staff with whom I worked in support of SCHC’s orthopedic clients. When offered the opportunity to serve on this Board, I knew the level of responsibility involved and felt that as my clinical years were behind me, an opportunity to continue Community service through participation in SCHC governance could not be passed up. Board involvement offers me an ongoing role in providing state of the art medical care to those who can least afford it. It is my privilege to serve.

Denise Terrell

Position on board: Secretary
Occupation: Retired from Josephine County Public Health
Why I serve on the SCHC board: I have been associated with Siskiyou Community Health Center since the early years in Takilma, and originally became a member of the Board of Directors soon after Siskiyou Community Health Center (SCHC) became a Federally Qualified Health Center. Through my history with SCHC and 30 years of employment with Josephine County Public Health, I have watched SCHC become an important part of Josephine County’s health care community. As a member of the Board of Directors, I look forward to being involved in the continued provision of the many services that SCHC offers to meet the many health care needs of our community.

Brian Sachs

Position on board: Treasurer
Occupation: Certified Financial Planner and Regional Leader/Principal
Why I serve on the SCHC board: I grew up in a small community where healthcare access was limited. With just one clinic and no hospital, people struggled to obtain and afford quality healthcare. Therefore, many went without including our family. Serving on the board of SCHC gives me the opportunity to help provide what wasn’t available to me as a child. More than ever, available, affordable and quality health care has become difficult to find in our community. This type of access to healthcare leads to healthier individuals, children and families. When the community is healthier as a result of SCHC, we all benefit. Most of all, we remove one barrier to reaching our highest potential.