By choosing a primary care provider (PCP) at Benewah Medical & Wellness Center, you are choosing to belong to our Medical Home. The services provided by a Medical Home are patient-centered, directed by your PCP, comprehensive, accessible, continuous, and organized to meet your need. As a patient, you are the most important member of your health care team in a Medical Home. Your BMWC health care team will provide you with the resources and support that you need to achieve your health goals.
*Easy access to care featuring both same-day and pre-scheduled appointments
- Primary Care of Entire Family
- Physicals – Including DOT
- Family Planning: IUD,Nexplanon,PAP
- Minor Casting/Splinting/Suturing
- Toenail Removal
- Breathing Treatments
- Urgent Care/Triage
The goal of our medical team is to provide high quality medical care to each patient of the Benewah Medical Center.
Marilou Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Gonzalez grew up in Hawaii and was raised in a military family. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Ghana, West Africa for years. She was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service and attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been stationed at Crow/Northern Cheyenne Indian Health Service Hospital in Crow Agency, Montana for two years, providing adult, pediatric, prenatal, Ob/Gyn and in-patient Hospitalist services. Dr. Gonzalez enjoys reading, traveling and eating shave ice, preferably at the beach.
Nichole Vetter, Family Nurse Practitioner
Nichole Vetter grew up in South Dakota. She has 6 children and a husband who mean the world to her and have supported her in everything that she has done. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Sioux Falls with a major in psychology and minor in biology. She became interested in working in the healthcare field through her experience working with autistic children while attending school. She completed her Nursing degree from Augustana College in 2000 and spent a year on a cardiac floor at Mayo Clinic. She has always had an interest in other cultures and her interest took her to work with the Inupiaq Tribe in Alaska for three years, working in the ER, Specialty Clinic and CHAP program. She then went back to the Midwest to work for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska for almost 8 years as a Public Health Nurse. During this time she became a United States Public Health Officer and has deployed for hurricane Gustaf, Obama presidential inauguration and a local deployment to a tribe in South Dakota. Her experiences working with Native Americans and tribes have made an impact on the desire to continue to provide holistic care to medically underserved populations. She graduated from Briar Cliff University in May 2013 with a Master of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is excited to learn about the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and culture and provide care at BMWC. She enjoys time with her family, reading, running and finding time to fish, camp, hike or relax in front of a fire in the evening.
College- University of Souix Falls, major-Psychology, minor-Biology
Medical School- Augustana College-Nursing
Specialty- Family Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care
June Griffin, Family Nurse Practitioner
June was born and raised on a small family farm in the Catskill Mountains of upstate NY. Her family raised most of what they ate: from tomatoes, squash, and beans to beef, pork, and fowl. Her parents both hunted and made sure that all four of their children learned how to hunt. They all learned to drive tractors, cut wood, build fence, and pitch hay. They learned how to work hard and care for their fellow man.
June attended Broome Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and later a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University. Her family moved to Colorado in the late 90’s in search of better opportunities and more outdoor adventure. She worked many 12-hour weekend night shifts and decided to further her education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Nursing with an emphasis in family practice at Colorado University. After 30 years of caring for women and children, she now enjoys working with whole families – men, women, and children. She believes in partnering with people to help them and their families live as healthy as possible. She is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, camping, fly fishing and hunting big game.
Coy Fullen, DO
Dr. Fullen first entered the medical field as a Navy Hospital Corpsman in 1976. He obtained Physician Assistant training at Emory University in 1979-1980 and for four years was a PA in an Army infantry battalion at Fort Lewis, WA. In 1985 he entered medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and after graduation in 1989 he served a three year residency in family medicine at East Tennessee State University. From 1992-1996 he was a full time emergency room physician in the coal mine country of southwest Virginia. Dr. Fullen moved out west in 1996 and has been serving Native Americans ever since, initially four years on the Colville Indian Reservation at Nespelem at their IHS facility, and then seven years at the tribally operated Lake Roosevelt Community Health Center in Inchelium/Keller. He has served the last seven and a half years at the IHS facility on the Spokane Indian reservation in Wellpinit. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children. His interests include sailing, amateur astronomy, woodworking, and playing several musical instruments as well as keeping horses on his property. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.
Jason Chapman, MD
Dr. Chapman was born in San Jose, CA and has lived and worked nearly half his life outside of the Continental United States both in the military and private practice. He has lived in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico, Sudan and Thailand. He is married to Sena; they have a four year old son and another on the way. His interests include scuba diving, single engine pilot in training, sailing, hiking, fishing and cultural events. They have family in the area and are very excited to have the opportunity to work at BMWC.
His medical background and training are extensive through the United States Coast Guard, Lake Superior State University and USA Family Medicine Residency Program Medical University of the Americas. He is a General Practitioner and enjoys treating all age groups.
Tucker Larsen, PA
Tucker Larsen was raised in Missoula, Montana and received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Boston University. Due to his great love for the Northwest, Tucker returned to Missoula after college and worked in the field of social work and mental health, which included homeless outreach, case management and residential care. Tucker looks forward to a career practicing medicine as a Physician Assistant, bringing with him the idea that personal growth can be achieved in everyone willing to take the steps forward. He believes a “whole person” approach is essential to helping patients get and stay invested in their care, and looks forward to getting to know each of his patients.
He received the John B. Coombs award for Exemplary Leadership and an award for his clinical-year Capstone project during his time in PA school at University of Washington. He received his Master’s degree in 2016. Tucker had the majority of his hands-on training with the Provider team at Benewah Medical Center during the clinical phase of Physician Assistant training and feels fortunate to return to Benewah Medical & Wellness Center and begin his career. When not at work, Tucker can probably be found adventuring in the Northwest.
- Urgent Care screening offered by phone and on site
- Same Day or pre-appointments to help improve patient access
- Provider/Nurse/Medical Assistant/Certified Nurses Assistant Teams to serve you
- Electronic Medical Records
- Greeting patients; obtaining vital signs, chief complaint; updating past medical and social histories; allergies; updating immunization records; documentation of visit
- Assist with physicals, well-child exams, OB visits, and any other procedure
- Assist with referrals to outside providers and medication refills
- Return patient phone calls made to the clinic
Nursing appointments available for:
- Allergy Shots
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Suture Removal
- Wound Checks
- Patient Education
The goal of BMC nursing staff is to provide quality nursing care in a respectful, friendly, and efficient manner to our patients. Our nursing staff consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants and all of our Registered Nurses are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified.