University Health Services Welcomes Four New Clinicians

AMHERST, Mass. – Four medical providers have joined the team of college health experts at University Health Services (UHS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Staff physicians Laura L. Scoville and Maria Gallo and nurse practitioners Yanghee Kwon and Patricia A. Mertes are providing care in the health center’s walk-in and general medicine clinics.

Scoville comes to UHS from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, where she served both as a hospitalist and chief of the department of medicine. A board-certified internist, she has also practiced in hospital and community-based settings in Greenfield, Alaska, Nevada and Utah. Scoville received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Medical School; completed residencies and clerkships in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, and pursued graduate studies in public health and environmental engineering at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Gallo most recently served as staff physician for the Hilltown Community Health Centers in Huntington and Worthington, and as a physician with Clean Slate Centers for Addiction Treatment in Greenfield and Spectrum Health Systems’ methadone program in Pittsfield. Earlier in her career, she was a physical therapist at UHS. A graduate of the UMass Medical School, Gallo holds a certificate in physical therapy from the City University of New York’s Hunter College; and a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst.

A certified women’s health nurse practitioner, Kwon joins UHS from Planned Parenthood of Southern New England in Danielson, Conn. She earned her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in women’s health from Boston College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maine, Orono. Kwon’s background includes graduate clinical rotations in the greater Boston area and adult psychiatric nursing experience.

Mertes has served as a nurse practitioner in a variety of settings, including the Dean Technical High School teen clinic in Holyoke, an inpatient mental health unit at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Holyoke Health Center sites in Holyoke and Chicopee. A board-certified family nurse practitioner, her experience also includes clinical programs serving children, adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. In 2010, she was honored as Outstanding Clinician of the Year by the Massachusetts Coalition of School-Based Health Centers. Mertes received her master’s degree from UMass Amherst’s family nurse practitioner program and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fitchburg State College.

UHS is UMass Amherst’s fully accredited campus health center, offering comprehensive care, education and referral services for students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit www.umass.edu/uhsor call 413/577-5000.