Pediatrician Staff

Meet our friendly, experienced pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners at the Child and Adolescent Clinic!  Our entire team is dedicated to helping you and your child feel at home from the moment your walk through the door. We're proud to be members of our community and serve the needs of children.

We pride ourselves in being an exceptional clinic where children come first. Our child-focused practice works hard to meet the needs of children from infancy through adolescence. Compassionate, knowledgeable and supportive staff is the cornerstone of Child and Adolescent Clinic's quality care. All of our pediatricians are highly trained professionals, and maintain the highest level of accreditation in pediatrics to address the special needs of infants, children, and teens.

We strive to treat each and every patient as we would want our own children to be treated. Our pediatricians look forward to building a relationship with you and your family.

Phyllis Cavens, MD

Medical Director
MD Degree - Oregon Health and Science University
Pediatric Residency - Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University
Fellowship in Child Development - Oregon Health and Science University
Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Cavens founded the Child and Adolescent Clinic in 1978, and is now the Medical Director.  After 38 years of caring for children as a pediatrician, she retired from the active practice of pediatrics.  She is married to fellow pediatrician, Travis Cavens, who is already retired from the Child and Adolescent Clinic. They have two children who are now grown, and three grandchildren.  Her recreational activities include reading female authors, fishing, gardening, and exciting adventures of curiousity with her grandchildren.  She is active in church.

Dr. Cavens was the founding pediatrician volunteer for NW Medical Teams in 1978, now called Medical Teams International. She has served as a volunteer pediatrician for international disaster medical aid and refugee care in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uzbekestan, Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, Moldova, and the Navajo nation. She was a physician member of the Disaster Medical Assistant Team at the 1994 Olympics in Atlanta. She was the founder of Children's Community Resources, a non-profit organization devoted to helping children in our area with unmet medical needs.  She also was the founder and leads the Child Psychiatry Coalition to improve mental health services for children.  She is a Trustee for the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Legislative Committee.

Blaine Tolby, MD, PhD

PhD Degree - University of Oregon in Genetics
MD Degree - Oregon Health and Science University
Pediatric Residency - Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University
Genetics Fellowship - Oregon Health and Science University
Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Patients often hear Dr. Tolby before they actually see him, since his jolly laugh often echoes through the halls of the clinic. In addition to providing well child and illness care to thousands of patients, he has given many children special attention for their mental health and ADHD problems. Dr. Tolby was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but grew up in Beaverton, Oregon, where he was a high school biology student of Dr. Travis Cavens. He is married to Joan Tolby and together they have seven children.

He has volunteered his services to many local organizations including Progress Center, Child Protective Services, Headstart, Kelso Public School Foundation, A Child's Place, and the Child Justice and Advocacy Center. In 1991, he received from the Washington state governor, Booth Gardner, the "Governor's Volunteer of the Year" award. He and his wife enjoy hiking in the varied environments of the Northwest.

Sue Abell, MD

MD Degree - University of California, Davis
Pediatric Residency - Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Oakland, California
Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Abell is well known to people in the area as the writer of the The Daily News column "Ask Dr. Sue", that advises parents on how to deal with behavioral and medical problems in their children. This has led to her writing also for the professional pediatric journal, "Clinical Pediatrics".

She and her husband, Vern, have four children, one who is in junior high and three who are now grown. She recently became a grandmother. Dr. Abell spends her leisure time indoors reading, but outdoors she enjoys riding her horse.

Randy Copeland, MD

MD Degree - University of Tennessee
Pediatric Residency - University of Alabama School of Medicine
Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatricians

Dr. Copeland enjoys seeing patients for pediatric care, including for well child care and illness care, but he also has a special interest in helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  He is the primary pediatrician in our Salmon Creek office.

Having lived in Tennessee and Alabama, Dr. Copeland still maintains a soft southern drawl even after living here for several years. He and his wife and two boys moved to this area to be closer to his wife's family in Oregon. Dr. Copeland is part of the tradition that has developed among some of the doctors at the Child and Adolescent Clinic - he too is married to another physician. His wife, Dr. Kim Copeland, is a specialist in pediatric emergency care at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. He is interested in salt water aquariums, boating, fishing and water skiing.

Anne Mette Smeenk, MD

MD Degree - University of North Dakota
Pediatric Residency - Boston Floating Hospital for Infants and Children
Fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics - Oregon Health Sciences University
Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

When Dr. Smeenk finished her training in pediatrics, she joined a pediatric clinic in Bremerton, Washington, where she met her husband, a US Army officer. She traveled with him, spending two years practicing pediatrics in a NATO clinic in Belgium. They settled here in July of 2002 with their two youngest children. Their two older children are now grown.

Dr. Smeenk's hobbies are reading mystery novels, cross stitching, hiking, and gardening. She is active in church and raising children.

 Ken Wu, MD

MD Degree - New Jersey Medical School
Pediatric Residency - Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow - American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)

Dr. Wu is a proud native of the Garden State, New Jersey.   While completing his pediatric residency training in Portland, Oregon, though, he became attracted to the Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys active sports such as hiking, basketball, and tennis.  Dr. Wu also enjoys playing the piano and trying to get tomatoes to grow in this cooler climate.

  Rebecca Hutfilz, MD

MD Degree - Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Pediatric Internship - Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Pediatric Residency - Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Rebecca Hutfilz is a native of Ohio, but has practiced medicine in Texas, Florida, California, Oregon, and Washington.  Dr. Hutfilz has many interests, but perhaps her favorite involves traveling to agility training meets with her Spaniel.    

Tsering Lhewa, MD

MD Degree - University of  Washington School of Medicine
Pediatric Internship - Oregon Health and Science University
Pediatric Residency - Oregon Health and Science University
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Lhewa enjoys being part of a team dedicated to serving children and families in our area.  He moved to SW Washington during his childhood and has since called the Evergreen State home.  During the years of his medical training, he has enjoyed serving various populations in urban and rural areas of the Pacific Northwest, North Slopes of Alaska, Northern California, Migrant Farm Workers, Swinomish and Yakima Indians.  He also completed a Global Health Pathway in Tibetan communities, India, and Australia, as well as a National Institutes of Health Academy fellowshipin Bethesda, MD.  He is interested in quality improvement projects, international health, and increasing access for our underserved children.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, movies, and listening to public radio.

Wes Henricksen, MD, MPH

MD Degree - Emory University
MPH Degree - Emory University in Health Policy
Pediatric Residency - University of Washington
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Henricksen grew up in the Seattle area, but gained a love for pediatrics while caring for kids in rural Georgia during medical school.  He loves all aspects of general pediatrics, but takes special joy in working with families of newborns, and working with families whose children have behavioral issues.  He and his wife have two young twins at home, and they enjoy bicycle riding, fishing, backpacking, reading, and growing their own vegetables.  They are active in their church when not attending to their crying children.  Dr. Henricksen is new to Longview, but is excited to engage withthe many ways that kids' health interacts with community institutions and activities.

Amrita Stark, MD

MD Degree - Ross University  School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency - Case Western Reserves' Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Board Certified - American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Stark is interested in working with kids of all ages, but has a special place in her heart for tweens, teens, and sassy 4 year olds.  Her goal is to work with families as a team to navigate the challenging but normal impasses of childhood and adolescence, as well as the unexpected health problems that can arise.  Though she hails from the California coast, she has strong ties to the Northwest from her college days inPortland.  In her spare time she loves to run, travel, read novels including children's literature, explore her new home in the Northwest with her two daughters and husband, and find new, creative ways to hide vegetables in meals.



Two pediatric nurse practitioners work with the pediatricians. Not only did they graduate with a Master's in Nursing, they also became certified in pediatrics after years of training and testing in that field. They are licensed by the State of Washington and can diagnose, treat illnesses, and prescribe medications. They are an important part of our Clinician Care Team.

Mary Alice McCubbins, PNP-BC

BSN – Washington State University, Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education
MSN – University of Nebraska Medical Center
Certified - Pediatric Nurses Certification Board
Member - National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners

MaryAlice was born and raised in Kelso, graduating from KHS, Washington State University and the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education. She then entered the Air Force where she served for 22 years.  While in the service, she participated in and directed the care of wounded soldiers and host country nationals.  After obtaining her Advanced Practice degree, she provided direct care to thousands of military children and managed military base pediatric clinics.  After retiring from the military, she became a Trauma Nurse Practitioner at St Louis Children's Hospital.  There she managed and coordinated multiservice and rehabilitative care for polytrauma patients, provided directed patient care in their wounds clinic, and directed trauma and post-concussion clinics to guide patients and families through the transitions to wellness.  In addition, she is a recognized speaker lecturing on various pediatric specific topics at conferences nationwide.

Mary Alice is the proud mother of nine grown children who are scattered across the country, and has eleven grandchildren.  She is thrilled to have returned to the Pacific Northwest and to primary care.  She began work at Child and Adolescent Clinic in August 2015.

Robin Wulff, PNP-BC

BSN – Washington State University/University of Phoenix
MN – Seton Hall University
Certified - Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Member - National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners

Robin was born in the Bay Area of California, but moved to the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington for high school.  She settled with her husband in the Olympia area near family, after traveling throughout the world. She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time with her son. She is excited for the opportunity to start her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at CAC, and looks forward to meeting the families in our area. Robin began work at Child and Adolescent Clinic in August 2015.