School Based Health Center
Adolescents are reported to have the lowest access to health care of any age group and they are the least likely to seek care through a traditional doctor's office. The goal of the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is to serve student health needs by providing a quality comprehensive health care facility located conveniently at Forest Grove High School that is open to all students of the Forest Grove, Banks, and Gaston School Districts!
The SBHC provides comprehensive physical, mental and preventative health services, such as:
• Physical exams
• Sports physicals
• Urgent care
• Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness
• Specialist referrals
• Dental screenings
• Mental health therapy
• Substance abuse screenings
• IEP support
• LGBTQ+ safe zone
Larissa Whalen Garfias
Hello, my name is Larissa Whalen Garfias and I am a Certified Physician’s Assistant, (PA). I hold a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health and Science University and a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science from Pacific University. I have practiced family medicine as a PA since 2003.
I am excited to be a primary care provider at the Forest Grove School-Based Health Center because I also call this community home. I believe high quality comprehensive healthcare is essential for children and teens in order to succeed in school. I’m proud to be part of a team that delivers medical, dental, and mental healthcare in a convenient local setting. I speak both English and Spanish.
My husband and I enjoy traveling and exploring the great outdoors with our two children. I am a writer, urban farmer, baker, and member of Forest Grove’s Historic Landmarks Board. I look forward to partnering with you to keep your child healthy!
Gianfranco Mascia Betancourt
Hi! My name is Gianfranco Mascia Betancourt, I currently hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's degree and license in Mental Health Counseling.
I am a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) and also have a certification to practice hypnotherapy. Throughout my time as a provider I have taught various seminars demonstrating the techniques of prevention, relaxation and detention of negative thoughts. I also have instructed a variety of workshops regarding family dynamics and how to support parents and children. I have had the opportunity to educate and help patients prevent drug use/ abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and help to foster healthy relationships and behaviors.
My work experience is based on treating trauma cases, grieving processes, sexual abuse and violence, as well as physical and emotional abuse. I use a variety of tools and techniques during my sessions to find the root causes that are affecting my individual clients. I work closely with my clients to help develop the right pathways to promote health and well-being in their day to day lives.
Questions & Answers
Are there licensed medical providers on staff?
Absolutely, the SBHC has a licensed Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant and a Mental Health Therapist on staff, plus a Dental Hygienist.
What about insurance? The SBHC can bill most private health insurance plans and may collect a co-pay at the time of your visit. Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is also accepted, which does not require a co-pay. Contact your SBHC to see if they can take your insurance. No insurance? No problem. The SBHC will assess if you are eligible for a discounted fee, based on income. Families that earn less will pay less.
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are preferred, but if you have an urgent need, you can walk in. To make an appointment simply call the SBHC to schedule, or walk in and request a visit.
Is my appointment confidential? Your privacy and safety are a priority at the SBHC. In general, adolescents have a right to privacy regarding some heath information. If there is a safety concern, we are required to report by law. SBHC staff work with youth of all ages to involve parents/ guardians in their care. If you have any questions about the confidentiality of your care, please ask our knowledgeable staff.