Weight Management Staff
Dr. David Lauter, M.D., F.A.C.S
Medical Director, Bariatric Medicine
He has practiced surgery in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. During that time his private practice has included general, vascular, surgical oncology, bariatric and minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
In 2012, he closed his private practice to allow time to pursue a number of other interests including overseas humanitarian surgery with Doctors Without Borders/MSF. Since then, he has worked with MSF in the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The success of bariatric weight loss ultimately depends upon a patient’s commitment to living a healthy lifestyle, which is why it is so important that every patient undergo complete evaluation as well as begin a program grounded in success from the start. This is what NorthStar has always provided and the advantage of a complete and locally based program has to offer.”
Certified Health Counselor
When she’s not at work, Pamela enjoys spending time with her family, walking her Chihuahua, Thomas, studying the latest information relevant to her field, and feeding the neighborhood raccoons.
Anna Peters, ARNP
Nurse Practitioner, Bariatric Medicine
Anna was born and raised in San Francisco and is the youngest of three children. After graduating High School in San Francisco, Anna attended nursing school in Hawaii. Anna graduated with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2002. She has practiced in various specialties, and discovered her passion when she found the specialty of Bariatrics.
Anna’s career has taken her across the globe where she worked for the Saudi government as a nurse. After completing her graduate degree, Anna had the opportunity to work in conjunction with the US Army to develop and manage a bariatric program in Hawaii. It was at this time that Anna discovered her passion for Bariatrics.
Anna believes losing weight and becoming physically fit is a journey. She desires to help people reach their weight loss goals and maintain optimal health for a lifetime. She finds the element to success is a true commitment to oneself, and having the support of professionals providing guidance through the process is essential. Anna believes its important to show yourself you can lose weight and that your confidence is reborn once you achieve even a five pound weight loss.
Anna has worked at Stanford University and the University of California in surgical weight management. She helped patients reach their preoperative weight loss prior to surgery, and monitored and provided guidance for patients post surgery. She also participated in research studies regarding the positive effects of weight loss. Her most recent experience is in medical weight loss.
Anna loves to travel and experience many cultures. She has found that the immersion into other cultures has broadened her horizons and given her the ability to see things from other cultural perspectives.
In her spare time Anna enjoys socializing with friends and discovering new ways to use herbs and spices in preparing healthy nutritional meals.
Christine attended Montclair State University where she graduated with her BA degree in Nutrition and Food Science, concentrating her studies in Dietetics. Upon graduation, she became certified as a medtech/CNA. When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, she enjoys expanding her own knowledge base as well as sharing it with others. Through the compilation of her education and life experiences, she finds great satisfaction in putting her skills to use by developing individualized plans that lead patients towards their weight management goals.
Outside of the office, Christine loves to spend her free time outdoors: whether it be running, biking with her friends or traveling to new places. Most of all though, she enjoys spending time with her six nieces and nephews as they grow older and learn new things.
Sleep Medicine Staff
Zachary Webb, MD
Medical Director, Sleep Medicine
Dr. Webb has an interest in all aspects of sleep medicine. He considers good communication to be vital to diagnosing and treating his patients. “Most sleep problems are treatable. Helping patients understand the cause of their sleep disorder is instrumental in successfully treating the problem.”
Dr. Webb’s wife is also a physician, who practices pediatrics in Mount Vernon. They moved to this area one year ago because of proximity to the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, as well as having family nearby in Seattle. Both he and his wife grew up in the Pacific Northwest and had always hoped to set up their practices in this region. In his free time, Dr. Webb can be found biking, hiking, spending time with his wife, woodworking, and gardening.
Earl Franklin, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Sleep Medicine
Earl joined NorthStar Medical Specialists in 2016 to work in the Sleep Medicine Department. “People often underestimate the importance of sleep and how much it can affect their overall health and well being.”
Earl enjoys spending time with his family, doing CrossFit, spending time outside working in the yard and hiking, riding motorcycles and playing as well as building guitars.
Meralee Byker, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Sleep Medicine
She has practiced as a PA for over 25 years, initially working in Trauma, Orthopedics and General Surgery, treating injuries, doing complete physical exams and performing a wide variety of minor surgical procedures. She also worked overseas for a number of years before coming to Bellingham. She trained in the specialty of Sleep Medicine under her colleague, Dr. Zachary Webb, and has expanded her knowledge and practice at Northstar over the last 5 years.
Meralee believes that a good understanding of the whole person, and a well-informed patient, are the keys to effective treatment of the person’s sleep problems, and she especially enjoys it when the patient participates actively in his/her care. “Most patients are amazed to learn just how much a sleep disorder can impact every area of their life, physically, mentally and emotionally”.
Outside of work, Meralee enjoys music, travel, the outdoors, church and mission-related activities, and especially time with her husband and two children.
Sarah Viera, MS, ACSM, EP-C
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and attending sports events (especially Sounders and Mariners games).
Donald Berry, MD
Medical Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Dr. Berry is exceedingly active in the medical community. He is currently the director of the Critical Care Unit and Respiratory Care Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He directed the St. Joseph’s and St. Luke’s Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs before their discontinuation in 1988. His extensive background in Pulmonary Rehabilitation from the University of California, San Diego’s renowned training and research center, make his expertise uniquely valuable.
Dr. Berry grew up in New England but has made Whatcom County his home with his wife and children since 1985. In his free time, you might find Dr. Berry golfing, skiing, fly fishing, hiking with his dog or listening to classical music. He also enjoys photography.
Christopher P. Mathews, RT, LRCP
Christopher’s experience and knowledge in building this program were only further advanced by his ongoing professional interests in Sleep and Bariatric Medicine. Bringing these three medical disciplines together in a complimentary, accessible environment has been the long term vision of the practice.
Christopher’s true happiness though, is found at home in Bellingham with his wife Carolina and two children, Thomas and Sophia.
Alyson Carlyon is NorthStar’s Clinic Administrator. Alyson started as a patient services representative and quickly became an integral part of the NorthStar team. Thirteen years later, Alyson is still very passionate about her job and remains committed to NorthStar’s mission of helping those in our community achieve a better quality of life through sincere, individualized care. Alyson oversees daily operations and continually cultivates a culture for staff of support and positivity. At the root of her decision making, training and daily duties is her core value of patient care always coming first.
Outside of the office, Alyson is a true adventurer. She is an avid runner one of the founding members of the Bellingham Distance Project, a local competitive running team. If she’s not running, snowboarding or trekking through the mountains of Nepal, you may find her enjoying play time with her nieces or her favorite furry companion, her 10 year old Shih Tzu, Shasta.
Patient Care Technician
Patient Care Technician
Patient Service Representative
Patient Service Representative
Patient Service Representative/Billing Assistant
Bariatric Surgical Staff
Jeffrey A. Hunter, MD, FACS
Dr. Hunter has been working with NorthStar Medical Specialists since 2013. When Dr. Hunter is not busy with his surgical practice, he enjoys spending time with his family.