About Us

Our Story

Whatcom Occupational Health has had the privilege of being locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We offer comprehensive occupational medicinal services to ensure the employees’ effectiveness on the job.

Founded on a commitment to excellence, Whatcom Occupational Health has been a beacon of quality healthcare since its inception. In 2003, our esteemed medical director, Dr. Eric Smith, MD, joined forces with our founder, Dr. Peter Ambrose, MD, further solidifying our dedication to delivering exceptional medical services. With Dr. Smith’s leadership, our clinic continues to thrive as a trusted provider of occupational health solutions.

At Whatcom Occupational Health, accessibility and convenience are paramount. Whether you require immediate attention for an occupational injury or prefer to schedule an appointment, we accommodate both walk-ins and appointments with ease. Your well-being is our priority, and we strive to ensure that you receive the care you need, precisely when you need it.

Our goal is to provide and promote a healthy workforce, prevent illness, and work with employers on occupational hazards that cause risks to employees.
Our treatment philosophy emphasizes early return to work of injured employees (when medically safe). We’re proud to be in the Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) Alliance of Western Washington.
Our staff can work to design an affordable, workable program for your company. We offer extended hours, making access to care even more convenient. Call us today to get the medical care your employees need.

Meet Our Providers

Eric Smith, MD

Dr. Eric Smith, MD is an occupational medicine specialist in Bellingham, WA and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University in 1981.

Denise Taylor, PAC

Denise Taylor, PAC is a physician assistant in Bellingham, WA. She is a physician assistant is a person who has successfully completed an accredited education program for physician assistant, is licensed by the state and is practicing within the scope of that license.

Melissa Herrin, MD

Dr. Herrin grew up in Connecticut and attended Yale for medical school. After completing 3 years of surgery training, she transitioned to the University of Washington Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program, following which she began working at Whatcom Occupational Health. She enjoys running, hiking, skiing, eating, and spending time with her husband, son, and two cats.

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