Kristen Ruckdashel

Kristen came to Winding Waters when she was looking for a career change and found the clinic’s mission statement very empowering. Growing up in Wallowa County, Kristen completed her Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Oregon University and her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University and is now working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She specializes in motivational interviewing, which helps patients stay dedicated to making positive health changes for themselves. She is inspired by learning with patients throughout their journey, and helping them reach their definition of success. In addition to motivational interviewing Kristen provides general health coaching, assistance navigating public services, insurance assistance, WIC application assistance and bridging gaps in care and resources. When she’s not helping patients Kristen loves dancing, singing, and kayaking on the lake.