Seaport Community Health Center offers the following health care services for all Waldo County residents:
- Pediatric Care including newborns and infants
- Adult Medicine including work physicals, drivers’ exams
- Geriatrics including nursing home & rehab visits
- Women’s Health including family planning & colposcopy
- Integrative Medicine including OMT, acupuncture, herbal
- Addiction Treatment for nicotine, alcohol, and opioids
- Behavioral Health
- Physical Therapy
- Minor Surgery
- Home Visits
- Diet & Diabetes Education
- Travel Medicine
- Care Coordination
- Specialty Consults
- Laboratory Testing
- Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
The behavioral therapy department has been an integral part of Seaport Community Health Center since 1992, one of the earliest integrated programs in the country. Emotional stress can cause serious physical problems (e.g. asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, or insomnia); physical illness can lead to emotional stress (e.g. isolation, loneliness, and depression). It is one thing to be able to refer our patients to a good therapist, but quite another to have them on staff and ready to meet with patients in need.
- Counseling: We have three licensed clinical social workers who treat patients with emotional problems individually, in couples therapy, or with their families. Additionally, they treat patients struggling with addiction.
- Addiction Treatment: SCHC has a well-established treatment program for patients addicted to heroin and prescription pain medication. Applicants must be screened for the appropriateness of outpatient therapy. They must also agree to Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) education sponsored by Midcoast Mental Health Center AND remain drug-free (including marijuana) for the duration of treatment. We use opioid substitution as “bridge therapy” until patients can stabilize their personal lives and taper off buprenorphine. Most addicts will be treated in groups.
- Group Therapy: We offer support and educational groups for patients dealing with newly discovered or uncontrolled chronic disease (e.g. diabetes) and for those transitioning to retirement and old age. They carry such names as “The Old Duffers,” “What the Heck,” and “Life After Work.”
- Psychiatry: Carol Browning is a board-certified psychiatrist who offers evaluations, consultations and ongoing treatment in our office 3 days a week. Behavioral therapy and psychiatric notes are kept separately from clinical notes in our EHR for added privacy.
We now have an on-site, full-scale pharmacy for the patients of Seaport Community Health Center and the wider community. The purpose is to decrease waiting time, promote direct communication between pharmacist and prescriber, and increase
7:30 am – 7:30 pm | Monday – Thursday
7:30 am – 5:00 pm | Friday
Phone 218-6001 | Fax 218-6002
You may choose any pharmacy, but we hope that you’ll take advantage of ours for the following benefits:
- Less waiting.
- Competitive pricing through our own generic drug plan, with no annual fee.
- Assistance in obtaining manufacturers’ discounts on brand name medications.
- Prescription reviews & consultations upon request.
- Mailed prescriptions upon request.
- International Travel Clinic (including Yellow Fever vaccine).
- Walk-in availability for flu, pneumonia, and shingles shots.
- On-site availability for injectables like Synvisc, Zostavax, & Depo Provera.
- Prices available online and through office handouts.
For the first time ever, Seaport Community Health Center has physical therapists on staff. The purpose is two-fold: to decrease the time to access, and to improve communication between therapist and doctor. Of course, patients may choose or need to see therapists other than those on staff, and non-SCHC patients may use our therapists.
Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and restore mobility–in many cases without surgery or the long-term use of prescription medications and their attendant side effects. Physical therapists teach patients how to manage their condition and prevent further injury. A PT evaluates each patient and develops an individual treatment plan.
Injuries or Conditions Retreated: sports injuries; conditioning & wellness; rehabilitation after join replacement, hospitalization, or stroke; osteoarthritis & DJD; work & auto injuries; sciatica; back & neck pain, shoulder & knee pain; fibromyalgia, chronic pain, ergonomic assessments, youth fitness & conditioning; overuse injuries.
Modalities Used: Treatments focus on active and individualized programs. In addition to exercise, functional activities, and manual therapy treatment, modalities may include moist heat and cold packs, therapeutic taping, electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, ultrasound, and iontophoresis.
Home Physical Therapy: We hope to provide home physical therapy where needed and appropriate, and to take advantage of community resources, including the YMCA’s therapy pool, walking track, and gym equipment.
Physical Therapy hours:
Monday: 7am – 6pm, closed 1–2pm
Tuesday: 7am – 6pm, closed 12–1pm
Wednesday: 7am – 6pm, closed 1–2pm
Thursday: 9am – 6pm, closed 12–1pm
Friday: 7am – 5pm
Integrative Medicine (IM) is practiced by a Western-trained board certified physician who has an understanding of, and experience with, Eastern healing techniques. It refers to the integration, or bringing together, of varied approaches to health care– including allopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, herbal therapy, and commonsense lifestyle choices. It involves caring for the whole patient, matching the most effective therapies with the patient’s beliefs and circumstances, and forming a partnership between patient and physician to overcome illness and optimize health.
What conditions respond best?
IM focuses on the most effective treatment for a particular patient’s problem. The most responsive conditions are often those that require full attention to mind, body, and spirit. These include allergies, anxiety, asthma, depression, infertility, insomnia, irritable bowel, high cholesterol, menopause, migraine, musculoskeletal pain, and premenstrual syndrome. Children with ADHD, abdominal pain, allergy, asthma, behavioral issues, colic, sleep issues, and headaches may also benefit. Cancer survivors may want to try other treatments in addition to surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Hospice patients may need special help dealing with their pain and anxiety.
Is IM proven to be effective?
IM tries to choose therapies- Eastern or Western- that have been tested and proven. This is called an “evidence-based” approach. But medicine has always been the art of applying clinical science to the individual, and no therapy has been scientifically proven to work for every patient. Therefore, the doctor must use clinical judgment and careful attention to the individual to match the right approach with the right patient.
Who does IM?
Megan R. Britton, M.D. is a residency-trained family physician who completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Weil of the University of Arizona. Dr. Britton was born and raised in Aroostook County, ME, attended Bowdoin College and the University of Queensland (Australia), and completed her residency training at the Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Megan Residency Program in Portland.
CHARM – CHildren And Recovering Mothers
The CHARM or “CHildren And Recovering Mothers” Collaborative is a group of providers from in and around Waldo county who are serving mothers and families dealing with pregnancy that is affected by substance use (whether prescribed or not). We meet once a month to coordinate care for these families and individuals and to discuss issues related to providing this care.