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About Health Services

Health services provides quality health care, health education, preventative services, and opportunities for experiential learning to Colby students. We are advocates for the lifelong health and wellness of our community.

Providers

Mike Clark

Michael Clark, Medical Director – Maine Dartmouth Family Practice and Colby Health Center

Medical School: Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest

Family Medicine Residency: Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency

I was born in the middle of the cold war, into a dysfunctional family, the product of a teen pregnancy. I spent my formative years on the ball fields of Hubbardston, a small working class town in central Massachusetts where ambitious children hoped for the opportunity to join their fathers at work in the local backhoe factory. I attended Colby College where I met and later married Ann Rhinehardt, the only other poor person to graduate from that esteemed institution during the opulent ‘80s. After graduation, both Ann and I began graduate school at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. After two years of psychological torture by a paranoid advisor, we both fled with master’s degrees in molecular genetics. A short trip down the Mass turnpike in our yellow VW bug deposited us in Boston, where I did GI research at BU for two years. Later, I did AIDS research at Duke, and then began medical school at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. In medical school, I tried hard to convince myself that I would enjoy life as a radiation oncologist. Unfortunately a 40 hour work week and more money than I could possibly spend just couldn’t compensate for the fact that I thought a “real” doctor should be able to treat an ear ache. Thus I began my career as a family physician.

It was with great excitement that I learned that I would be attending the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. At last we would be returning to Maine! I looked forward to joining the eclectic group of residents, faculty and staff that comprised the FMI. I enjoyed my time as a resident so much that I chose never to leave. Upon completion of residency I was given the opportunity to join Cathy Morrow in a tiny practice on the edge of Somerset County, and to become a member of the esteemed faculty at MDFMR. In the last 21+ years, that practice has grown into the health care giant that is Maine Dartmouth Family Practice. What more could I ask for!

Mike has chaired the Department of Family Medicine at MaineGeneral Medical Center (MGMC) and served on the Medical Executive Committee at MGMC since 2011. He is currently (2015) the Vice President of Medical Staff and will serve as President of MGMC’s medical staff in 2016.

Toby Ostrov

Toby Ostrov, PA-C, Medical Director – Four Seasons Family Practice and Colby Health Services

Medical School: University of New England

Pronouns: he/him/his

Toby joined Four Seasons Family Practice, Maine-Dartmouth’s northernmost practice, in the fall of 2016 and Colby in the summer of 2022.

He is a graduate of the physician assistant program at the University of New England and worked as an EMT and emergency department technician prior to enrolling at UNE. Toby’s undergraduate years were spent at SUNY Oneonta, where he swam competitively and studied computer graphics. A native of Saratoga Springs, New York (notable for horseracing and natural mineral springs, and the birthplace of the potato chip), Toby enjoys spending time with his wife and watching Boston Bruins games.

Thomas Hoke, MD

Thomas Hoke, MD

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School

Family Medicine Residency: Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Sports Medicine Fellowship: Maine Medical Center

Originally from Colorado, Tom is happy to be settled in the woods, hills, and lakes region of Maine. After attnding Dartmouth Medical School, he completed his family medicine residency at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, in Boise. He then completed the primary care sports medicine fellowship at Maine Medical Center. After three years of practicing at Central Maine Sports Medicine and teaching sports medicine fellows, he joined the Maine Dartmouth Sports Medicine Fellowship faculty in 2018. He is board certified in family medicine as well as sports medicine and his clinical practice includes both primary care at Augusta Family Medicine as well as sports medicine at MaineGeneral Orthopaedics. In addition, to his clinical work, Tom teaches Maine-Dartmouth’s family medicine residents and sports medicine fellows. He serves as team physician for a local high school as well as the L/A Nordiques junior hockey team. He regularly travels with the US Freestyle Ski Team as part of their volunteer physician pool. Tom and his wife live in Monmouth with their two daughters. He enjoys nearly all types of sporting activities with his favorites being skiing, hiking, paddling, and soccer.

Caroline LaFave, DO

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Family Medicine Residency: Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency

Caroline LaFave is a 2006 graduate of Colby College. At Colby she studied biology with a concentration in neuroscience and a minor in art. After graduating college, she served as a clinical research coordinator in the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital Providence, Rhode Island and then in the Pediatric Pulmonology Division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia studies. Fate brought her back to Maine, where she spent a year working on the Maine Concussion Management Initiative at Colby College prior to attending medical school at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Following medical school, she returned to central Maine where she completed her residency in family medicine at MDFMR, serving as chief resident in her final year. She joined the faculty at Maine Dartmouth Family Practice in Waterville in the fall of 2020 and is teaching medical students and residents there in addition to seeing patients at the Colby Health Center. When not taking care of patients, she can be found with her children and husband around the lakes and woods of Maine, often chasing their 2 dogs through the Colby Arboretum or over Runnals Hill.

Raj Woolever, MD, Residency Director

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York

Family Medicine Residency: Travis Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency, California

I grew up in Upstate New York (i.e. not “the city”) where my father was a college professor and my mother mostly stayed home with my sister and me.  Both of my parents were born and grew up in India and all things Indian remained an important part of my upbringing.  I developed my own connection to India as a Rotary Exchange student between high school and college and returned to South Asia as a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka after receiving my bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.  It was during my time in Sri Lanka and through work with UNICEF that the idea of becoming a doctor first entered my head.  That major course correction required a return to school and a post-bacc pre-med program where I met my wife, Cindy Dechenes.  We both also then met the US Air Force who helped to fund the remainder of our medical education.  We had our first child (son, Kadin) during medical school and the second (daughter, Elina) during residency.  The Air Force was a great place to raise our young family and we thoroughly enjoyed our tours in Northern California, the “pan-handle” of Florida, and Germany.  But after 10 years of moving frequently, it felt like time to come back home to the Northeastern US.

My wife is the Mainer in our family, but Maine does not feel all that different from Upstate New York. When we separated from the Air Force, we knew that we wanted to be in New England and I knew that I wanted to be on a residency faculty. The Northern New England academic family medicine community was a great place to land and Maine truly is “the way life should be.”  As of October 2018, I am very excited to take over as the Director of MDFMR.  It has a storied history (“Heirs of General Practice”), a great mix of faculty and staff, interesting and diverse residents, and a strong commitment to serving the underserved and working toward better health for our communities.  It is a great environment for learning family medicine and it is a pleasure and a privilege to come to work every day.

My wife and I are both runners and have run 5 marathons and several half-marathons together.  Maine is a beautiful place to run, as well as kayak, ski, and hike.  It’s a good thing we like to run because we also like to eat and there is lots of great local food!  As our history implies, we are also big travelers and seize every opportunity to sample a new destination.

Medically, I am interested in the clinical decision making process and how we reconcile the uncertainties and ambiguities that are an inherent part of family medicine, trying to figure out the best ways to measure “health” and capitalizing on the power of the patient-physician relationship.

Mary Madore

Special Projects Coordinator

Mary Madore is the office manager for the Health Center. She brings to Colby twenty years’ experience in the dental field (orthodontics) and fourteen years’ experience as a business owner. Mary retired from her dream job of owning and operating Leaps N Bounds Gymnastics in April, 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys officiating gymnastics’ competitions, shopping for real estate, relaxing at Moosehead Lake, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Brandi Pass

Certified Medical Assistant

Lindsey A. Varney

Nurse

Areas of Expertise

  • Float Pool
  • Radiology
  • Vascular Access Team

Professional Information

Lindsey joined Colby Health Services in 2019 with more than 10 years of nursing experience. Prior to joining the team at the Colby Health Center, Lindsey spent 6 years in Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging at MaineGeneral Medical Center, specializing in Interventional Radiology and Vascular Access. Earlier in her career, Lindsey cared for individuals of all ages as a member of Maine Medical Center‘s Float Pool. Lindsey lives in China, with her husband, 2 young sons and 2 dogs. Her most enjoyable times are spent on the lake, in the woods, or in Cocoa Beach with her family.

Shelley Wehry

Registered Nurse, per diem

Judy Whyte

Registered Nurse, per diem

Robyn Beaulieu

Nurse Manager

Maine Dartmouth Family Practice, Four Seasons Family, Practice, Colby Health Services

Jennifer Thibert

Practice Administrator

Maine Dartmouth Family Practice, Four Seasons Family, Practice, Colby Health Services