Our Team

Susan Zulke Hughes M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Susan Zulke Hughes, MD FAAFP opened the Family Wellness Center in 1995 because she believes that excellent care is a function of a healthy partnership with patients. Today she has over twenty years of experience caring for families.

While she no longer does obstetrics, Susan feels honored that she had the opportunity to care for so many Vancouver-area expectant moms. She still loves those new moms and small children, but also enjoys her rapport with her patients of all ages.

Dr. Hughes has a special interest in helping address the challenges facing families with children who have sensory processing disorders. She and her husband do this through the educational non-profit Bridges NW.

Susan is married with two children. Together they enjoy hiking, going to the beach and shopping at the farmers market. She and her husband play softball, baseball and some recreational volleyball.

Susan Zulke Hughes,MD FAAFP graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School and completed her Family Practice residency at Michigan State University. She is Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Cosmetic Family Physicians. Susan received the prestigious American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award.


Stephanie Bennett ARNP, FNP

“The best part of family medicine,” says Stephanie Bennett, ARNP FNP, “is the families. With each visit, they share the stories of their lives and we get to know each other better and better.”

Stephanie’s special expertise at Family Wellness Center is families and pediatrics. She is also helping the practice transition to a “Medical Home,” the patient-centered, team-based model that she sees as a natural extension of how the practice works now.

Stephanie is married with three children, including a set of twins. She enjoys reading, staying fit, cooking and learning to speak Russian!

Stephanie Bennett, ARNP FNP received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Walla Walla University and both her Masters in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner education at Washington State University in Vancouver. She is Board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Tom Dyehouse M.D.

Dr. Tom Dyehouse sees all kinds of patients at Family Wellness Center, with a special interest in diabetes and cardiology care. He also performs some procedures that are not that common, such as circumcisions on babies, IUD insertions and colposcopies for women, and specialized cholesterol screening for high-risk patients.

“There is never a dull moment in Family Practice,” Tom says.

Tom has a busy family life with his wife and four sons, and together they enjoy scuba diving and skiing – not in the same vacation, however.

Thomas Dyehouse, M.D. graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then completed the Columbia Family Practice Residency Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.


Teresa Hildebrand M.D.

When Dr. Teresa Hildebrand was in medical school, if there had been a “deliver babies and then be their pediatrician” specialty, she would have chosen it. As a family practice physician, she did get her wish for ten years, with many obstetrics and pediatrics patients.

When Teresa quit obstetrics in 2004, she found, to her surprise, that she likes having an broad practice just as much.

“I enjoy the variety and I love the people I’ve now known for years. I treat them, their kids and their grandkids.” There have even been times when her patients were related and she didn’t discover it until later. “It’s fun to then look back and see how the puzzle pieces fit together.”

Dr. Hildebrand loves sports, but having a family and a career has morphed her participation from competitive swimming and volleyball to watching soccer. Her daughter competes in tournaments and the family has both Thorn and University of Portland soccer season tickets.

Teresa Hildebrand, M.D. earned her medical degree at the University of Utah and completed her Family Practice residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She is Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Morgan Powell ARNP, FNP

Morgan Powell, ARNP FNP went into medicine because she loves it … and she loves helping people. She started her medical career in the Air Force and then spent seven years as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Vincent’s. It made her realize that she wanted an even more active role in her patients’ health.

“I wanted to be the one who is in a position to help people get and stay healthy,” Morgan says. She has always loved her work with moms and babies. Now she relishes treating patients of all ages.

“As a Nurse Practitioner, I get to be a part of the lives of my patients and their children,” Morgan says. “I’m so appreciative that they me be a part of their journey to better health.”

Morgan Powell is married and they have two children as well as a dog and cat. Morgan says they love spending time together, especially outside, whether it’s doing yard work, hiking, or just relaxing on the deck.

Morgan Powell, ARNP FNP received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, and completed both her Masters in Nursing and her Family Practice Nurse Practitioner education at Washington State University in Vancouver. She is Board-certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Karli Whittam M.D.

Dr. Karli Whittam is a transplant from Canada who came to the Family Wellness Center in 2005. She delivered babies for years before stopping her obstetric practice, but she continues to take pleasure in newborns and pediatric care as well as ongoing care for the new parents.

“I love the families,” she says. “Everybody is different, everybody has something to offer. It’s always challenging and never boring.”

“I like to see the whole family,” Dr. Whittam adds. “A person’s health can be affected by their environment, and as their family doctor, I can get the whole picture.”

Karli’s whole family golfs together, and she often plays with her daughter. She and her son like to spend time on the mountain: she skis, he snowboards.

Karli Whittam, M.D. finished both Medical School and her Family Practice residency at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is Board-certified with the American Board of Family medicine and the College of Family Physicians in Canada.

Jeffrey S Young M.D.

Jeffrey S. Young, M.D. believes he has the best job in the world.

“I get to take care of a broad range of patients of all ages,” he says. He’ll finish with a six-month old infant, go next to a sports injury, then on to someone with depression. He may do a small surgical procedure and then help someone deal with his obesity.

Jeff says, “We have time to know our patients, and they trust us so well that we become almost part of each other’s families. I believe that plays a key role in our ability to help them be as healthy as they can be.”

Dr. Young and his wife have two children, and they are active in sports together. Jeff has been a long-time collector of sci-fi memorabilia, particularly Star Wars and Star Trek models, toys, posters and comic books, all in mint condition.

Jeffrey S. Young, M.D. received his medical degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University, and he completed his residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

What’s Happening


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