Sonoma County Indian Health Project Medical Provider Team
Getting to know your Medical Providers
Phone: (707) 521-4500
Mark Goodwin, M.D., Medical Director
Introducing Dr. Goodwin, our esteemed Medical Director, who brings over two decades of experience and a strong educational background to his role. He holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and earned his medical degree from the State University of New York-Brooklyn. With training in family medicine and emergency medicine, Dr. Goodwin has dedicated much of his career to serving California Area Tribal Health, where he gained valuable expertise.
Driven by a desire to lead in a larger Tribal Health clinic providing comprehensive services, Dr. Goodwin was drawn to SCIHP due to its excellent medical care and reputation for innovation and effective management. He specializes in primary care, with a particular focus on pain management and fostering strong clinical team dynamics. In his doctor-patient relationships, Dr. Goodwin emphasizes mutual trust and understanding, recognizing that aligning patient and doctor goals is essential for successful outcomes.
Outside of work Dr. Goodwin finds joy in cooking and enjoying the delicious food Sonoma County has to offer. He maintains an active lifestyle through cycling and hiking through the beautiful Sonoma County. Driven by his passion for music, he also dedicates time to playing the guitar. Notably, Dr. Goodwin's experiences extend beyond medicine, as he spent a year and a half on Midway Atoll coordinating emergency services and Medevac for the North Pacific region. As a former multi-sport athlete and coach in football and basketball, Dr. Goodwin values the lessons learned through sports and team building.
Don Carlos Steele, M.D.
Dr. Steele is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician who has special interest and expertise in obstetric care, home visits and outreach. He obtained his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Steele joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family straight out of residency in 1993. He has been a critical part of the Provider Team with his expertise in obstetric care and his commitment to home visits for Kashia Band of Pomo Indians on the Stewarts Point Rancheria. Dr. Steele enjoys living an active life outside of his clinical duties. He and his family enjoy quality time together, which includes capoeira, visiting the beach for walks, surfing, skiing, running, biking, and dance. His hobbies include making music and musical instruments, art, and ham radio.
Meredith Coble, D.O.
Dr. Coble is a highly experienced and knowledgeable family practice physician who has been a provider at SCIHP for many years. She has been practicing medicine for over 15 years and has an extensive background in the field.
Dr. Coble earned her medical degree from Touro University California and completed her residency at UC Davis Family Practice Medicine in 2008. She is passionate about providing excellent healthcare to her patients and creating a trusting relationship between them and her. Dr. Coble is an advocate for her patients and believes that listening to them is the best way to validate them as real human beings. She tends to see elder women but loves to see babies in her practice.
In her free time, Dr. Coble enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in a variety of activities. She particularly enjoys sewing, crocheting, knitting, and camping at the Eel River.
Dr. Coble is an inspiring example of never giving up on your dreams. Despite starting her medical career at the age of 51, she has persevered to become a highly skilled and respected family physician. She is an excellent provider who puts her patients first and strives to provide them with the best possible care.
David E. Almond, M.D.
Dr. Almond is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician. He obtained his medical training at the University of California San Francisco. Afterwards, he spent two years as a volunteer doctor in Central America and finishing his residency at the University of New Mexico where he worked for the Navajo and Mescalero Apache tribes. Before joining Sonoma County Indian Health Project in 2016, Dr. Almond worked for Consolidated Tribal Health for four years. Dr. Almond enjoys making wheel-thrown ceramics, gardening, raising chickens, playing folk guitar, and spending time with his family.
Shannon Williams, FNP
Shannon Williams is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has special interest and expertise in herbal medicine. Shannon apprenticed with two herbalists: Beth Riedel who studied at the local Forestville Herb School, and Matthew Wood who studied herbal medicine with the Ojibwe people of Wisconsin. Shannon studied psychology and culture (medicine) anthropology at San Jose State University and Shannon obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree through Sonoma State University. Shannon joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 2017. She has been a critical part of the Provider Team. In her spare time, she likes to read and spend as much time possible dancing, visiting the ocean and redwood forest.
Ellen Kruusmagi, M.D.
Dr. Kruusmagi is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who obtained her medical training from University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kruusmagi received her B.S. in Biological Science from the University of California, Davis and a A.S. in Biological & Physical Science from the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. Dr. Kruusmagi understands and cares about the Native community. Dr. Kruusmagi joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 1991 and served as a medical director for 18 years. Dr Kruusmagi continues to be a critical part of the Provider Team. She enjoys riding her scooter and every year she competes in the DIPSEA race which is known for its terrain on mountains and hills. She is also a big dog lover.
Jennifer Betts, M.D.
Jennifer Betts, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician, who has been delivering babies for 15 years. She received her medical training from Uniformed Services University of Health Services and completed her residency at Alaska Family Practice. Dr. Betts joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 2012 but has worked in Indian country her entire career. She has been a critical part of the Provider Team with her clinical expertise in preventative medicine; women’s health/pregnancy care and working with children adolescents. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Donald Boone, P.A.
Dr. Boone graduated from UC Davis’s Physician’s Assistant Program and specialized in myofascial release work and therapeutic home exercises to improve overall movement and awareness. He is passionate about creating trust and a positive patient-provider relationship.
Dr. Boone enjoys travelling but has a reputation for getting to the airport in time for his flight, but just a day late. His wife is the same way, usually joining him on his trips. When he is not working, Dr. Boone enjoys playing shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, and table tennis. He also loves spending time with family and friends and swimming in cold water, followed up by soaking in hot water.
Dr. Boone is passionate about his work and is dedicated to helping his patients to achieve the best health outcomes possible. He is known for his positive approach to patient care and for his attention to detail. He is always striving to develop new ways to improve patient care and is focused on providing a safe and comfortable experience for his patients. Dr. Boone has a unique approach to patient care and is always eager to provide the best care possible. He is committed to creating a trusting, comfortable and safe environment for his patients. He understands that everyone is unique and takes the time to listen and understand each patient's individual needs. He has a passion for helping people and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure his patients are getting the best care possible.
Alexander Korin, M.D.
Dr. Korin is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who obtained her medical training from University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and completed her residency at the San Bernadino County Medical Center. She has been in practice for 21+ years and specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Dr. Korin joined the Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 2001 and has been a critical part of the Provider Team. On her off time, she enjoys music, dancing, singing, playing piano, attending concerts and spending time with family.
John D. Hollander, DPM
Dr. Hollander is a board-certified foot & ankle surgeon who specializes in diabetic wounds and has had the privilege to lecture nationally & locally on diabetic education. He obtained his medical training at the California College of Podiatry Medicine. Dr. Hollander is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has sat on the Board of Diabetics Society and was one of the consulting doctors to the Oakland Raiders. Dr Hollander joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 1992 & has been a critical part of the Provider Team with his expertise in diabetic foot care and treatment, resulting in several saved limbs. In his free time Dr. Hollander enjoys fishing, boating & race cars.
Michael Harrington, M.D. FACR
Dr. Harrington is a board-certified Internal Medicine Physician who specializes in Rheumatology. He obtained his medical training at the University of Colorado and the University of California, Davis. Dr. Harrington is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and an active member of the Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, CA. Dr. Harrington joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 2013. He has been a critical part of the Provider Team.
Matthew Pride, M.D.
Dr. Pride is a board-certified Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician, who specializes in abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, incontinence, infertility, menopausal disorders, sexual dysfunction, and stress incontinence. He obtained his medical training at University of Washington, Seattle. In addition to his work at Sonoma County Indian Health Project Dr. Pride is also affiliated with Sutter Medical Group. Dr. Pride joined the Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 2007. He has been a critical part of the Provider Team by providing evidence-based, practical, patient centered, comprehensive women’s health care. Dr. Pride enjoys time with his family, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Ashley Weinert, M.D.
Dr. Weinert is a board-certified Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician, who specializes in abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroids, incontinence, infertility, menopausal disorders, sexual dysfunction, and stress incontinence. She obtained her medical training at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her work at Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Dr Weinert is also affiliated with the Sutter Medical Group. She was elected as the 2012 Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods Physician of the Year. Dr. Weinert joined Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 1996. She has been a critical part of the Provider Team by striving to make women’s experience during pregnancy as non-interventionist and safe as possible. When she is not at work, Dr. Weinert enjoys spending time with her family biking, skiing or watching theater.
Duncan Parker, M.D.
Dr. Duncan is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician who specializes in Family Medicine. Dr. Duncan obtained his medical training at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine and completed his residency at Sutter Medical Center. Dr. Duncan also practices at Women’s Health Specialists in Redding, CA. He joined the Sonoma County Indian Health Project family in 2013 as the On-call Physician and has been a critical part of the Provider Team. In addition to English, Dr. Duncan is fluent in the Vietnamese and Spanish language. On his off time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Margot Brown, M.D.
Margot is familiar with the Bay Area and Sonoma County. She attended the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program and completed a master's degree in health and medical sciences and received her medical doctorate.
Following graduation from medical school, Margot attended the Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. She has worked in community clinics throughout Sonoma County and most recently served as the clinical lead physician at the Sonoma State University Student Health Center. Margot enjoys working with patients of all ages and has additional training and clinical experience in family planning as well as adolescent medicine.
Margot was drawn to SCIHP's mission driven organization and strong commitment to serving their community. Margot expresses that it is "a privilege to work within a system that is so patient-centered and informed." She is particularly drawn to SCHIP's team-based approach to care and the comprehensive services and support programs available to patients.
Margot expresses that by truly listening and being present during a clinical visit is "paramount to building a healthy doctor/patient relationship." She is committed to partnering with her patients toward achieving their health goals and looks forward to caring for her patients and their family.
When Margot is not working, she recently developed a love of gardening and is slowly creating a new landscape in her front yard with drought resistant plants.
Russell Koester, Licensed Acupuncturist
Russell Koester is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist (L.Ac.) in the state of California and nationally
certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). He is a graduate of Five Branches University,
Santa Cruz. Before joining SCIHP Russell served the Monterey Bay Peninsula at Pacific Grove
Acupuncture specializing in chronic pain management for low-income individuals. Russell additionally
has a strong background in traditional herbal medicine with experience treating a wide variety of
Before studying medicine, Russell spent his time in concert halls and classrooms as a classically trained musician and teacher but continues to play alongside the Petaluma Community Band. His latest endeavor is fatherhood and outside of the clinic you can find him spending time with his daughter, Imogen, and partner, Hannah. You might also run into him at the farmer’s market, hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing.
Sam Cardenas, Physical Therapist
Sam is a passionate and knowledgeable physical therapist who graduated from the USC School of Physical Therapy. He has committed to a lifelong pursuit of learning and furthering her education in the field of physical therapy. Sam has chosen to practice at SCIHP due to their commitment to providing quality healthcare that benefits both patients and employees.
Sam has a specialty in orthopedics, pediatrics, and sports related issues. She believes that the cornerstone of a successful patient-provider relationship is honesty and authenticity. He also believes that a strong relationship is essential to meeting the patient's needs and striving for the best possible outcome.
When he isn't working, Sam loves to stay active and enjoy life. He is an avid swimmer and enjoys playing various sports, gardening, and spending time with animals. He also loves to cook and try new recipes. He believes in having fun and learning from every experience.
Sam is an experienced and compassionate physical therapist who is committed to helping his patients reach their goals. He is passionate about providing the best possible care for his patients and is dedicated to helping them live the best life possible. With his expertise and knowledge, he is an ideal provider for any patient.