Brien Davis, FNP – Owner.
In the office Mondays, Wednesday mornings and Thursdays.
Brien completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985 and his Master’s Degree from the Husson College Family and Community Nurse Practitioner Program in 1998.
Brien has over 20 years experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Practice and Occupational Health. He likes to combine standard medical practices and alternative health treatments. He says “It’s all good; you just need to know when to use what. More often than not, some of each is better than either alone.”
Brien has over 500 hours of training in Natural Healthcare, focusing on Craniosacral Therapy, Manipulative Medicine and Homeopathy. He uses hands-on treatments to treat neck, back and extremity pain.
Brien believes health care happens best when the health care provider listens carefully and provides detailed information about the diagnosed illness. From there, the patient can choose the course of treatment, be it an herb, a pharmaceutical or a lifestyle change.
Brien is nationally certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is a national nursing credentialing and certifying organization responsible for maintaining a national standard for Nurse Practitioners.
Other tidbits: Brien owns Hope Orchards. He spent his first year as a Nurse Practitioner at a mission hospital in Kenya. He’s from “away”, but has lived in Maine for the past 27 years. He’s married and has two sons.
Jennifer Bell, FNP – Provider
Jennifer has been in nursing since 1979 and has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1994. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine in 1987 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 1994 from the University of Utah. Since 1994, Jennifer has practiced in family practice, internal medicine, urgent care, HIV care and clinical research. In 2005 she and Brien Davis, FNP opened Hope Health Family Practice. In 2009, Jennifer left Maine for three years. She is now back from her travels and has happily rejoined Hope Health Family Practice.
Jennifer’s practice interests and expertise lie in women’s health, internal medicine, adolescent health and preventive care. She particularly loves working with families. Jennifer’s approach to health care is broad utilizing nutrition, exercise and stress reduction, pharmaceutical therapies and natural remedies. She takes time to listen to her patients and enjoys educating patients about their health. Most importantly she encourages patients to be active participants in their health care decisions and changes.
Jennifer is nationally certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is a national credentialing and certifying organization responsible for maintaining a national standard for Nurse Practitioners and other APRNs.
Jennifer is thrilled to be back in Camden where she lives with her husband and teenage daughter.
Meredith Bruskin, FNP - Provider.
In the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.
Meredith has over 31 years of nursing experience, the last 10 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Meredith received her Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1969, and then changed her career course to become an RN in 1978. After working at Boston City Hospital, she happily relocated to Maine in 1981 and worked at St Joseph’s Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, 10 years of which were spent in the Emergency Department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995, and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Maine at Orono, in 1999.
Meredith has been working for the past 10 years for the Penobscot Nation Health Department. Her practice has involved a focus on women’s health as well as internal medicine—especially diabetes and cardiac disease. She believes that preventive health is key to living healthy lives, and feels privileged to partner with patients to achieve the best possible outcome for whatever challenges they face. Time for thoughtful listening, and an openness to explore alternative health treatments to compliment standard medical practice is an important part of her practice.
Meredith is nationally certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) The ANCC is a nursing credentialing and certifying organization responsible for maintaining a national standard for Nurse Practitioners.
Meredith has been co-director of Camp Chrysalis, a camp for children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS in the state of Maine, since 1990. She believes that sharing the journey and helping provide the information that patients need about their diagnoses is an essential part of any healing practice. Meredith is happy to join Hope Health Family Practice in their mission to provide holistic, patient centered care.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Colby-Sawyer College. She worked as an RN at Concord Hospital in NH for several years before following her roots back to Maine.
She was employed by Waldo County General Hospital in the Surgical and Intensive Care units before earning her Masters degree in Nursing from Husson College Family and Community Nurse Practitioner Program in 2000.
Michelle is nationally certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is a nursing credentialing and certifying organization responsible for maintaining a national standard for Nurse Practitioners.
Prior to taking some time off to be with her young children, Michelle Worked at Husson Family Practice in Bangor and as a clinical nursing instructor at the University of Maine – Augusta.
She is happy to be working at Hope Health Family Practice where she can spend time listening to and getting to know patients. “I’m a firm believer in wellness through prevention”, she said. “I want my patients to be active participants in their healthcare. The journey to good health is just that, a journey. It’s my hope to educate my patients on how to lead happy and healthy lives.
Outside the office, Michelle enjoys golfing, skiing and relaxing with family and friends. When not chasing a soccer ball, Michelle resides in Lincolnville with her husband and two daughters.