Lynden/Birch Bay, Washington WRITE Site
Lynden Family Medicine
1611 Grover Street Ste D-1
Lynden, WA 98264
Birch Bay Family Medicine
8097 Harborview Road
Blaine, WA 98230
Lynden is the second largest city (population 10,820) in Whatcom County. Named and established in 1874 on the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish (Nooksack: Sqwehálich), the town of Lynden began as a pioneer settlement headed by Holden and Phoebe Judson and is today home to one of the largest Dutch American communities in the nation. The town lies in a broad valley along the winding path of the Nooksack River, which empties into nearby Bellingham Baa. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry farms. The region saw significant Dutch immigration in the early and mid 1900s, spurring the growth of dairies.
Today, Lynden pays homage to its Dutch heritage through locations such as Front Street, which has been made-over with a Dutch theme, complete with its own windmill. Along that street, you'll find a Dutch bakery, Dutch restaurants and numerous antiques stores. Local supermarkets contain Dutch food sections, and Dutch is still spoken by some of the town's residents. The town is noted for its manicured lawns, cheery gardens, Dutch architecture and abundance of reformed churches. In August, the Northwest Washington Fair lures thousands, and allows locals to display their agricultural products, art, and crafts. - History of Lynden
Birch Bay was named in 1792 by Archibald Menzies, a member of the Vancouver Expedition. Vancouver's two ships used Birch Bay as an anchorage for several days. Menzies noted a number of species of birch and gave the name to the bay. Birch Bay is a census-designated place (CDP) in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. Birch Bay is a protected bay located between Semiahmoo Bay and Lummi Bay. It is also commonly referred to as the community near and around this body of water, but is actually not its own town. The population was 8,413 at the 2010 census, a 69.6% increase over the 2000 census.
Primary WRITE Preceptors:
Margaret Burden, M.D., Lynden Family Medicine
Family Medicine; Michigan State University graduate; Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; St. Vincent Health Center Family Practice Residency, Erie, PA.
Dr. Burden has been a physician in Lynden since 1990. She and her husband, Tony have 6 children and enjoy camping, hiking and the various activities the kids are involved in.
John Gunningham, M.D. F.M., Birch Bay Family Medicine
Born in Bristol, England, Dr. Gunningham received his M.D. from the UWSOM and completed his family practice residency at Tacoma Family Medicine in 1990. Before coming to Birch Bay Family Medicine, Dr. Gunningham worked at the Eastside Clinic in Tacoma and then at the Lynden/Everson Community Health Center in Whatcom County from 1994 to 2008.
"A few of the many things I enjoy about family medicine includes caring for pregnant patients, watching children grow and develop into adults, never quite knowing what the next day in the clinic will bring, and the lifelong learning it takes to diagnose and manage challenging medical issues. I treasure the trust patients place in me to accompany them through the many transitions that life brings. I am married to Juliann, and we have two children. Being a husband and a father continues to be one of life’s greatest gifts. I am an avid birdwatcher and enjoy gardening, reading, and travel in my free time."
Clinic Physicians - Lynden:
Steve Alexander, M.D. Family Medicine • Hannah M. Bujak, M.D. Family Medicine • Oliver M. Bujak, M.D. Family Medicine • Robin Caldwell, M.D. Family Medicine • Larry Hartwell, M.D. Family Medicine • John Hiemstra, M.D. Family Medicine • Bruce M Pederson, M.D. Family Medicine
Hospital Rounding: Family Care Network (of which we’re a part) has its own hospitalist service and several of the Ferndale doctors participate.
Consulting Specialists: Many specialties are available in Bellingham. Patients are occasionally referred to even larger community such as Seattle.
Lynden/Birch Bay Clinics: Lynden and Birch Bay Family Medicine are two of Family Care Network’s 10 sites located at 1610 Grover Street, Lynden and 8097 Harborview Road, Blaine WA. Birch Bay Family Medicine is the only private family medicine practice in Birch Bay. We practice full spectrum family medicine through all stages of life including family centered maternity care. As part of FCN, we are actively becoming a medical home for our patients.
For more information about Lynden and Birch Bay Family Medicine visit out websites at:
Hospital: Lynden and Birch Bay is served by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in nearby Bellingham. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham provide comprehensive and specialty care for the communities of Northwest Washington.
Highly trained caregivers are committed to providing safe, evidence-based, compassionate care to every patient. They are a not-for-profit organization founded in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, who continue today as sponsors of the PeaceHealth system serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
The medical and technology resources of PeaceHealth combined with the caring atmosphere of a community hospital ensures patients receive exceptional medicine and compassionate care.
Our dedicated physicians and staff have earned PeaceHealth St. Joseph recognition as a 100 Top Hospital in America and as a top-ranking facility for patient quality initiatives in Washington state.
The hospital's web site is www.peacehealth.org/st-joseph/Pages/default.aspx
Here's a direct link to "Fast Facts" on the hospital.
We continue to follow our patients when they require care in a nursing home and have many patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Whatcom County.
Lynden is 13 miles North of Bellingham and approximately five miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border. To see a map of where Lynden Family Medicine is located and/or get directions from other locations, go to the following maps.google.com (for directions, click "Get Directions" in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).
Birch Bay is approximately 100 miles north of Seattle and 35 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. To see a map of where Birch Bay Family Medicine is located and/or get directions from other locations, go to the following maps.google.com (for directions, click "Get Directions" in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).
Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is a full service commercial airport located in Whatcom County, approximately 3 miles N.W. of Bellingham City limits.
With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State.
Both Lynden and Birch Bay are within 50 miles to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for fun weekend excursions.
Lynden, WA climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 75.90 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 32.10 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Lynden is 45.77 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is November with an average rainfall of 6.36 Inches. www.idcide.com/weather/wa/lynden.htm
Birch Bay, WA climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's. The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 72.40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 30.20 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Birch Bay is 41.44 Inches. Winter months tend to be wetter than summer months. The wettest month of the year is November with an average rainfall of 6.29 Inches. www.idcide.com/weather/wa/birch-bay.htm
Birch bay Tidal Info: www.birchbaychamber.com/tidetable.jsp