Emily Gaukler, MD
Emily Gaukler is one of the newest staff members to join Addison Family Medicine Practice. She just recently completed her combined residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Delaware at Christiana Care Health Services associated with Thomas Jefferson University where she served as Chief Resident. Prior to that she completed her medical school training at University of Rochester and obtained an undergraduate degree in Geology and International Relations at Brown University. The idea of primary care is what initially drew her to medicine and she is very happy to now be devoting herself full time to this endeavor. When not working, she is looking forward to getting to spend more time outdoors hiking again and sampling the good restaurants that Vermont has to offer. She also has a passion for travel. She has studied abroad in Egypt, spent months doing public health research in India, and more recently helped out in rural clinics in Nepal after their catastrophic earthquake.
Ken Harris, MD
After having studied at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers Medical School, Dr. Harris completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Tufts St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston. He then pursued a subspecialty fellowship in Gastroenterology at a combined program at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was a Harvard Teaching Fellow. Doctor Harris has been a partner at a vibrant multi specialty group in the Boston area, practicing Primary Care Internal Medicine as well as Gastroenterology. While in practice, he was Chief of GI endoscopy and served as the youngest president of the medical staff at his local hospital. He is a lifetime member of the Wilderness Medicine society, frequently attending their national conferences.
Dr. Harris and his family have vacationed at their home on the lake in Ferrisburgh for over 20 years enjoying hiking, kayaking and all that the region has to offer. He recently decided to move to Vermont permanently. He states "to be able to live and work in Vermont is a dream come true". He is happy and proud to join Addison Family Practice as a Primary Care physician in Internal Medicine and a Gastroenterology consultant.
Jeffrey Abell, PA-C
Jeffrey Abell completed his Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Jacksonville Florida, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for physician assistants. Prior to attending PA school he studied human biology in Portland Maine, and also worked in ophthalmology for seven years, where he performed ophthalmic diagnostic imaging and assisted in eye surgery. Jeff enjoys camping, skiing, cooking, and is excited to be back in Vermont.
Lauren Bierman, AGNP
Lauren Bierman is an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her RN from Castleton University, BSN from Sacred Heart University, and graduated from Maryville University of St. Louis with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Her primary focus is on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. She has helped to enhance memory care within our community by educating families and caregivers, and by implementing programs such as the Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia. She is a community educator for the Alzheimer's Association, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by dementia.
In her other life, she enjoys leading hikes for the Green Mountain Club and training for obstacle course races. She and her husband Clint live in Bridport with their two very energetic young boys and three dogs.
Community Health Team Members:
Community Health Team - See Brochure
Matthew Couch, Behavioral Health
Cathy Swearingen, Care Coordinator
Sumra Harper-Deas, Dietician
Please call (802) 388-6777 for a list of providers accepting new patients.