Team Bios

Dr. Abigail Justiss

Dr. Abigail Justiss and her family are originally from Austin, Texas where she attended the University of Texas and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. Afterwards, she attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and then completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology training at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Justiss joined Bellingham OB/GYN in the Fall of 2017 and is thrilled to be living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Joseph and two children. Her professional interests include breastfeeding medicine, high risk obstetrics, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Abigail and her husband enjoy sailing, gardening, brewing, and spending as much free time on the water as possible.

Dr. Lisa Kaepernick

Dr. Kaepernick grew up on Bainbridge Island near Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Cell Biology. She then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Kaepernick met her husband, Jim, in Wisconsin. She worked in the Department of Pediatrics at Michigan State University School of Medicine as a pediatric/adult genetic counselor followed by three years as a prenatal genetic counselor in California. Realizing that she really wanted to deliver babies, Dr. Kaepernick returned to the University of Wisconsin to earn her Medical Degree, graduating with honors and completing her residency in 2003. She and her husband have two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family which usually involves watching kids play sports, and in her free time enjoys knitting, sewing, skiing and spending time in our beautiful outdoors. Dr. Kaepernick specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including outpatient hysterectomies.

Dr. Michael Mallory

Dr. Mallory has been in private practice for 13 years and with Bellingham OB/GYN since 2000. Dr. Mallory graduated from Auburn University in 1988 with a bachelors in Chemistry/Premed. He went on to the University of Alabama, School of Medicine graduating in 1992, then completed his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida in 1996. While in medical school, Dr. Mallory met and married his wife Kimberly. They have four children. Dr. Mallory is an active member of St. Joseph Hospital Credential Committee, and serves as a Board Member for Bellingham Anesthesia and Surgical Associates. Dr. Mallory very much enjoys the outdoors, and spends much of his free time bicycling, backpacking, climbing and camping.

Dr. C. Shayne Mora

Dr. Mora is the current president of Bellingham OB/GYN and has been part of the practice since 1998. His undergraduate degree was in Biology at Florida State. He served in the Peace Corps for two years before beginning medical school at the University of Florida. He completed residency in 1998. He enjoys all aspects of routine and high-risk obstetrics as well as Gynecologic care, management, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mora lives in Bellingham with his wife, Rosemary and they have three children. In his free time he enjoys bicycling, travel, surfing, backpacking and being out in the wonderful landscape that surrounds us.

Dr. Carla Russo

Dr. Russo is from the Midwest and grew up in Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and anthropology from Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota. Realizing her true interest was in medicine she attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she received her medical degree and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Upon finishing her medical training 2010, Carla and her husband, Jason, decided to embark on an adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Carla Russo has been practicing in Bellingham since 2010 and she enjoys both routine and high risk obstetrics as well as all aspects of gynecology with special interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Carla and her husband are constantly amazed by the beautiful scenery and enjoy exploring the outdoors with their 2 sons. She also enjoys baking, cooking, photography and spending time with friends and family.

Judith Chilcote ARNP

Judith moved to the Northwest from the Ohio River Valley in her early twenties. She soon started her career in healthcare by studying alternative medicine in the form of body work known as Jin Shin Do Acupressure and in 1985 became a Licensed Massage Therapist. Feeling inspired to pursue more education in the medical field, Judith finished her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Eastern Washington University in 1991. At that time, she had a goal to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner but found herself happily working with mothers and families as a labor and delivery nurse at Skagit Valley Hospital. While still working and raising a family, she enrolled in the University of Washington Master’s of Nursing program and received her ARNP in Women’s and Adult Health in 2001. For the next 13 years, she worked as an ARNP in an OB/GYN office in Mount Vernon. Judith joined Bellingham OB/GYN in December of 2014 and has continued to find it both a joy and a privilege to care for women from teenage through menopause years. In her spare time, she finds peace and joy working in her garden, hiking in the outdoors, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and practicing yoga.

Therese Horan, ARNP, CNM

Therese Horan was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska. She greatly valued all Alaska had to offer but knew relocation was in order to pursue her passion for women’s healthcare. In 2007, Therese and her daughter Rose relocated to Seattle in order for Therese to attend the Nurse Practitioner program at Seattle University. Early on, she focused her studies on women’s health care, including becoming a doula and attending lactation consultant training. Therese initially became a Family Nurse Practitioner, and later became a Certified Nurse Midwife in order to provide full scope of women’s health care. Currently, Therese specializes in outpatient midwifery and gynecologic care. She is passionate about providing personal, high quality care to all women, with a focus on treating the whole person. Therese and her husband Jake recently relocated to Bellingham with their three spirited daughters. They enjoy trail running, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, and the arts.