ASTORIA — Coastal Family Health Center has a new clinic manager and behavioral health consultant.
Liz Somers is the new clinic manager while Brigid Koeppen will work as a behavioral health consultant.
After completing her nursing degree, Somers joined the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Nurse Corps.
After six years of active duty conducting hospital and clinic management, including an overseas tour in Japan, she switched to the Navy Reserves while earning her master’s in business administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Her experiences growing up and working with Indian Health Service in New Mexico drew her to community health care. “It opened my eyes to the vulnerability of those without proper access to care,” Somers said.
Somers is a member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin.
Koeppen helps her patient’s see how their physical and mental health are connected, the power of small steps and makes sure they achieve their health goals with the support available to them.
Koeppen earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
She is a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon.