Amanda Mehlhoff, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Mehlhoff, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Amanda Mehlhoff, joined West Salem Family Practice in 2017. Amanda grew up in McMinnville, Oregon and completed her Bachelor of Science in Business, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, through Linfield College. In 2014, Amanda completed her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner with Gonzaga University.

Amanda enjoys partnering with patients to improve their overall health and wellness. Her approach is multi-disciplinary, with a focus on the patient as the center piece. She is an active listener who aims to treat the whole patient and works hard to understand all contributing factors to any problem she is presented.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys the outdoors with her husband and two young daughters, taking walks and riding bikes. Amanda is also actively involved in the Willamina Logging Show, McMinnville Free Clinic, the Perrydale Parent’s Club, and A Family Place West Valley Advisory Board.

Gene Yamaguchi, MD

Doctor of Medicine
Gene Yamaguchi, MD portrait

Gene Yamaguchi, M.D. joined West Salem Family Practice in 1994. Born in 1956, he grew up in southern California. He received his medical degree from University of California Davis in 1983. Dr. Yamaguchi is board certified in Family Practice.

Gene enjoys cycling, fishing, and spending time with his friends and family outdoors.

Heidi Thomas, MD

Doctor of Medicine
Heidi Thomas, MD portrait

Hello. My name is Heidi Thomas, M.D. I live here in Salem with my husband who is also a physician. I enjoy gardening, reading and bible study fellowship. I have been a physician here at West Salem Family Practice since 2001. I became a physician in 1980 after finishing medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University. I did an internship in internal medicine at University of Missouri and became board certified in internal medicine in 1983. I then practiced at Salud Medical Center in Woodburn and Physician’s Group Building until taking an extended sabbatical to raise my five children in 1989.

Mark Scherlie, DO

Doctor of Osteopathy
Mark Scherlie, DO portrait

Dr. Scherlie is a native born Oregonian. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Oregon. He earned a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Postgraduate training included an Osteopathic Internship at Eastmoreland Hospital followed by a Family Practice Residency at Oregon Health & Science University.

Currently, Dr. Scherlie is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He provides broad spectrum Family Medicine including newborn, pediatric and adult outpatient medical care and office surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Scherlie has special interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for patients needing musculoskeletal care.

Paul Weaver, DO

Doctor of Osteopathy
Paul Weaver, DO portrait

Dr. Weaver is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician. He spent his first eleven years of practice as a Medical Corps officer serving on active duty as a doctor in the United States Army. He returned to his native Oregon with his wife and two daughters in 1999. Dr. Weaver's practice includes Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in addition to his family practice services.

Scott Bean, MD

Doctor of Medicine
Scott Bean, MD portrait

Born and raised in West Salem, Scott Bean, M.D. jumped at the chance to move back and practice medicine in beautiful Oregon. He joined West Salem Family Practice in 2013.

Dr. Bean received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and then attended the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. He is board certified in Family Practice.

In his practice, Dr. Bean emphasizes the power of preventative medicine and helps his patients achieve their nutrition and fitness goals. He finds great satisfaction in helping individuals not just control, but eliminate many of their chronic health problems.

In his free time, Dr. Bean sings with the Willamette Master Chorus and is active in his church. He enjoys cooking, traveling, running, and being in the outdoors. Most of all, he enjoys spending his time with his wife, Anne, and their three young children.

Dr. Bean is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians.

Sarah Shrestha, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Shrestha, FNP

Sarah Shrestha, F.N.P. joined West Salem Family Practice in 2012. Born in 1980, she grew up in Papua New Guinea and has lived in many countries around the world. Sarah is a graduate of OHSU in 2011. Prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner she was a teacher for five years. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Sarah is passionate about God, homeschooling her children, justice issues, reading, gardening, and nutrition. She enjoys hiking, camping and church activities. She and her husband love spending time together and raising their young family.

The Family Physician

The family physician is a physician who is educated and trained in family practice — a broadly encompassing medical specialty.

Family physicians possess unique attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of sex, age or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, because of their background and interactions with the family, are best qualified to serve as each patient's advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consultants, health services, and community resources.

All of our doctors belong to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

What is a DO?

Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) is one of only two medical degrees (the other is MD) that qualify physicians to acquire unrestricted licenses to practice medicine and surgery in all fifty states of the union. Like their MD counterparts, osteopathic physicians must complete four years of medical school and then pursue post graduate training in one of twenty-two areas of specialty such as family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics, emergency medicine, surgery or psychiatry. DO's comprise ten percent of physicians in the military and five percent of physicians nationwide. There are eighteen medical schools that confer the DO degree and over eighty that offer the M.D. degree.

DO's are unique in that their training includes the study and application of osteopathic principles and practice, a medical philosophy which stresses that the human body is a unified organism, a dynamic unit of structure and function with it's own innate self-healing properties. DO's are trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment which is the hands-on application of the Osteopathic Philosophy. For further information regarding Osteopathic Medicine please go to American Osteopathic Association.

What is a Physician Assistant?

PAs are:

  • Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Licensed, certified or registered in the state in which they practice

PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services, including:

  • Conduct physical exams
  • Obtain medical histories
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Order and interpret tests
  • Counsel on preventive health care
  • Assist in surgery
  • Prescribe medications

 

Family Nurse Practitioner

A family nurse practitioner is an individual working in a primary care setting to provide a team approach to patient care. He/she has been trained to assess the health status of a patient, deliver preventive care, counsel patients on psychosocial and health problems, diagnose and treat common minor illnesses, and manage stable chronic illnesses. NP’s can prescribe in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

FNP’s provide high-quality primary, acute and specialty healthcare services similar to those of a physician. Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education and advanced clinical training. They bring a unique perspective to health services in that they place emphasis on both care and cure. Along with clinical services, NP’s focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.