Dr. Richard Wei, MD, MPH – Owner & CEO
Dr. Wei received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He received his M.D. at Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. Dr. Wei finished his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he began to develop an interest in occupational medicine; as a result, he pursued fellowship training in Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois.
Following the completion of his training, Dr. Wei moved to New Orleans and eventually became owner and CEO of Occupational Medicine Center of West Jefferson. Dr. Wei continued on to establish five physical therapy clinics and two occupational medicine clinics. In 2005, Dr. Wei was one of more than 15 million people devastated by Hurricane Katrina; his home and all of his physical therapy and occupational medicine clinics were destroyed. Dr. Wei was fortunate enough to be able to rebuild his programs through hard work and determination. After evaluating the affects of this life-changing ordeal, Dr. Wei decided to sell his businesses and relocate to an area that called for the level of expertise he could offer.
Dr. Wei is an expert in musculoskeletal medicine and occupational medicine, with extensive experience in urgent care medicine. He is a member of five professional medical societies, including the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine, the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As the medical director of 1,200 companies in New Orleans, Dr. Wei brings a comprehensive knowledge base and a wealth of professional experience to Care Medical Group’s expanding practice.
Mark Vandervort, PA-C
Mark grew up spending every summer visiting his grandparents in Bellingham, where he grew to love the area. He has deep family ties to Bellingham with his great-great-grandfather working at the Lone Jack mine near Mt. Baker in the late 1800s. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming, Mark went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. In 2009 Mark joined the Care Medical Group team. His current practice involves walk-in and scheduled appointments, allowing for both initial management of urgent care medicine and needed follow-up care. Mark is board certified by the NCCPA, a licensed L&I provider, and a certified medical examiner for the FMCSA. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and getting in as many outdoor adventures as possible. He especially enjoys mountain biking at Galbraith, backcountry skiing, photography, backpacking, climbing, and kayaking.
Scott Johnson, PA-C
Scott is originally from Chicago, IL. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Vermont, earning a degree in public sector recreation management. He then worked as a U.S. Park Ranger for the National Park Service and had the privilege of working in a variety of parks including Bryce Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Biscayne National Park. It was during his experiences with the National Park Service, and his time spent working ski patrol, that he discovered his interest in medicine. While with the National Park Service he was a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and was regularly responsible for backcountry rescues. Helping others who were sick and injured was his favorite part of the job and he decided to pursue it full time. He graduated in December 2014 with a Master of Clinical Medical Science as a Physician Assistant from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He and his family moved to Bellingham in early 2015 and are having a great time exploring the area. He enjoys working with the wide variety of conditions seen in urgent care and is happy to be in a position to help the community.
Emilio Abringe, PT
Emilio was born and completed his BS in Physical Therapy in the Philippines and then continued his education in Canada and the United States. Before working in North America as a Registered Physical Therapist, he worked in the Philippines for 7 years as a Registered Physical Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. He has over 20 years of professional Physical Therapy experience in diverse settings including- Long Term Care, Hospital, Skilled Nursing Facility, and Home Health. However, most of his experience is in the Outpatient Care setting, which he enjoys most. Emilio’s passion and appreciation for Physical Therapy grew after he himself underwent reconstructive knee surgery in 2010 due to a sports injury and then employed his PT knowledge to rehabilitate himself. Outside of work, Emilio spends his time outdoors; hiking, fishing, and hunting.