WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)


Lynden, Washington WRITE Site

Lynden Family Medicine
1611 Grover Street Ste D-1
Lynden, WA 98264
Phone: 360-354-1333
Fax: 360-354-5399

Lynden is the second largest city (population 10,820) in Whatcom County. Named and established in 1874 on the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish (Nooksack: Sqwehálich), the town of Lynden began as a pioneer settlement headed by Holden and Phoebe Judson and is today home to one of the largest Dutch American communities in the nation. The town lies in a broad valley along the winding path of the Nooksack River, which empties into nearby Bellingham Baa. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry farms. The region saw significant Dutch immigration in the early and mid 1900s, spurring the growth of dairies.

Today, Lynden pays homage to its Dutch heritage through locations such as Front Street, which has been made-over with a Dutch theme, complete with its own windmill. Along that street, you’ll find a Dutch bakery, Dutch restaurants and numerous antiques stores. Local supermarkets contain Dutch food sections, and Dutch is still spoken by some of the town’s residents. The town is noted for its manicured lawns, cheery gardens, Dutch architecture and abundance of reformed churches. In August, the Northwest Washington Fair lures thousands, and allows locals to display their agricultural products, art, and crafts. – History of Lynden


Primary WRITE Preceptors:

Margaret Burden, M.D.,
Lynden Family Medicine

Family Medicine; Michigan State University graduate; Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; St. Vincent Health Center Family Practice Residency, Erie, PA.

Dr. Burden has been a physician in Lynden since 1990. She and her husband, Tony have 6 children and enjoy camping, hiking and the various activities the kids are involved in.

Email: mhburden@hinet.org


Clinic Physicians – Lynden:
Steve Alexander, M.D. Family Medicine • Hannah M. Bujak, M.D. Family Medicine • Oliver M. Bujak, M.D. Family Medicine • Robin Caldwell, M.D. Family Medicine • Larry Hartwell, M.D. Family Medicine • John Hiemstra, M.D. Family Medicine • Bruce M Pederson, M.D. Family Medicine

Hospital Rounding: Family Care Network (of which we’re a part) has its own hospitalist service and several of the Ferndale doctors participate.

Consulting Specialists: Many specialties are available in Bellingham. Patients are occasionally referred to even larger community such as Seattle.








Lynde Clinics: Lynden Family Medicine is located at 1610 Grover Street, Lynden. We practice full spectrum family medicine through all stages of life including family centered maternity care. As part of FCN, we are actively becoming a medical home for our patients.

For more information about Lynden Family Medicine visit out websites at:





Hospital: Lynden is served by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in nearby Bellingham. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical Group in Bellingham provide comprehensive and specialty care for the communities of Northwest Washington.

Highly trained caregivers are committed to providing safe, evidence-based, compassionate care to every patient. They are a not-for-profit organization founded in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, who continue today as sponsors of the PeaceHealth system serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

The medical and technology resources of PeaceHealth combined with the caring atmosphere of a community hospital ensures patients receive exceptional medicine and compassionate care.

Our dedicated physicians and staff have earned PeaceHealth St. Joseph recognition as a 100 Top Hospital in America and as a top-ranking facility for patient quality initiatives in Washington state.

The hospital’s web site is www.peacehealth.org/st-joseph/Pages/default.aspx
Here’s a direct link to “Fast Facts” on the hospital.

Nursing Home:
We continue to follow our patients when they require care in a nursing home and have many patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Whatcom County.

Lynden is 13 miles North of Bellingham and approximately five miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border. To see a map of where Lynden Family Medicine is located and/or get directions from other locations, go to the following maps.google.com (for directions, click “Get Directions” in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).Air Transportation:
Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is a full service commercial airport located in Whatcom County, approximately 3 miles N.W. of Bellingham City limits.

Extracurricular Activities:
With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State.

Lynden is within 50 miles to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for fun weekend excursions.

Weather Trends:
Lynden, WA climate is mild during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 60’s and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30’s. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 75.90 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 32.10 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Lynden is 45.77 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is November with an average rainfall of 6.36 Inches. www.idcide.com/weather/wa/lynden.htm

Birch bay Tidal Info: http://www.birchbayvillage.com/tidetables.html