Class of 2020
Michael Cacoilo, MD
Mike comes to us all the way from New Jersey, where he has lived most of his life. He attended The College of New Jersey, where he majored in psychology, taught ESL classes at a Latino community center, and worked as a student anti-violence educator. After college, Mike joined City Year Greater Philadelphia, where he spent a challenging and inspiring year working as a tutor and mentor with high school students. Mike returned home for medical school at Rutgers NJMS in Newark, grateful to learn and serve in the community where his parents grew up. Throughout his time at NJMS, Mike participated in a student fellowship program with The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine and designed a one year scholar’s program to help develop a service learning curriculum for students at his school.
Mike was drawn to Swedish Cherry Hill because of its mission of care for underserved communities, commitment to full-spectrum family medicine and progressive social justice curriculum. Mike’s interests in medicine include maternal-child health, care of immigrant families, integrated behavioral health, and community medicine. He also enjoys running, hiking, salsa dancing, attempting to cook, and turning all surfaces into drums.
Mike is thrilled to work with his co-resident Ed Elchico, whose childhood dream was to become a paramedic. Although he may have been most excited about riding in an ambulance and turning on the siren, it is clear that even at a young age, Ed was passionate about caring for others.
Edward Elchico, MD
Ed was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area and later moved up the California coast where he studied neurobiology at UC Berkeley. Throughout his time in the San Francisco Bay Area he was active in his Filipino community, via student organizations, a Filipino community health center, youth mentorship, and relief efforts abroad in the Philippines. It was through these and other formative experiences – such as tutoring inmates in San Quentin Prison, serving a predominantly geriatric population through AmeriCorps at an FQHC, and mentoring youth from disadvantaged backgrounds – that he realized his calling to work at the intersections of advocating wellness and social justice.
He eventually began medical school in Chicago at Rush Medical College, where he was part of the Family Medicine Leadership Program and developed a longitudinal project providing discharge planning for detainees in the Cook County Jail. He is enthused be able to have his home clinic in the International District, a vibrant community that possesses a rich history of ongoing activism and resilience. Ed is interested in community-based primary care, mental health, adolescent medicine, and correctional medicine. Outside of medicine, he likes to cook, jog, and watch singing/dancing/cooking competitions on TV. While Ed does not consider himself “sportsy,” his co-resident, Danny Low, who completed an unassisted triple play at the age of five and in route to a professional baseball career, most definitely is!
Daniel Low, MD
Danny Low grew up in Kirkland, WA, where he became a Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS) champion. When he realized RPS didn't offer a sustainable future, and when injury ended his collegiate baseball career at Pomona College, he turned to studying sociocultural and medical anthropology, with an emphasis on East Africa. Subsequently, he helped lead HIV and TB programming and research in Tanzania, Malawi, and Kenya. With a commitment to health equity, Danny returned home to start medical school at University of Washington. At UW, Danny advocated for racial equity in healthcare and medical training, serving as co-chair of the Alliance for Equal Representation in Medicine, and as the lead investigator of an initiative to address racial inequities in medical school grading. During this work, he also expanded and secured new scholarships for URiM students at UW and spearheaded a project to change admissions criteria to allow undocumented students to matriculate. He also designed a legislative bill for a state-based loan program emphasizing underserved care, inclusive of undocumented medical students. After his 3rd year of medical school, Danny spent a year as an NIH Fogarty Scholar at the Uganda Cancer Institute, examining end-of-life care in low-resource settings.
In his free time, Danny enjoys running, hiking, playing basketball, reading, exploring new places, and most importantly, spending time with friends and family. He is very passionate about poverty medicine, cross-cultural end-of-life issues, health policy, racial inequities in healthcare, and using medicine as a tool for social justice. He is excited to learn and grow with this amazing group of interns, especially Sam Masaki, who is still working on fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a window washer and gutter cleaner.
Samantha Masaki, MD
Samantha was born and raised in sunny southern California before moving to even sunnier Houston, Texas for undergrad at Rice University where she majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. From there, she headed back to California for medical school at UCSF. Her interests include interpersonal violence, reproductive health, addiction medicine, and social justice. She is excited to be at a program filled with people who are passionate about forming community partnerships and advocating for health equity. Outside of medicine, Samantha enjoys partner dancing, bird watching, hiking through the beautiful Washington outdoors, and learning how to garden.
Next up is the amazing Kelsey Motanic! As a child Kelsey wanted to grow up to be a lawyer, thanks to watching a lot of murder mystery shows with her mom--including the classic "Murder She Wrote."
Kelsey Motanic, MD
Seattle Indian Health Board
Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Motanic, I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation located near Pendleton, Oregon (located in the Northeast corner of Oregon). I was born and raised in Washington and attended Western Washington University for undergrad majoring in Biochemistry. After I graduated in 2010 instead of jumping right into graduate school, I ventured out to Washington D.C. to work for the National Institutes of Health. I participated in bench top and clinical research for 2 years in a Neuroimmunology lab, and completed an internship at the Indian Health Services through the Washington Internship for Native Students at American University. During the summers, I worked as a counselor for the Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative. My passions include soccer (both playing and watching), music (both playing and listening) and going on hikes and playing with my 3 year old rez dog Arya.
I’m excited to return to the Pacific Northwest to work with my fellow interns, and pursue my passion of caring for underserved communities while working at my home clinic at Seattle Indian Health Board. Now here is the bio from my fellow intern Dr. Jonathan Motts, who once, in his childhood, aspired to be a Financial Planner.
Jonathan Motts, MD
Raised frolicking about an old family subsistence farm in the upstate of South Carolina, Jonathan grew up with a innate appreciation for nature as well as the quiet life. Jonathan’s love of nature followed him to the University of South Carolina where it blossomed into a double major in Biology and Chemistry and a minor in Spanish. During this time Jonathan also conducted research in the field of immune-toxicology at the USC-SOM.
While biking home from the immunotoxicology lab at USC-SOM, unbeknownst to him Jonathan entered into a game of chicken with a motor vehicle…he lost, but his long and winding road to recovery lead him to a future in medicine. After returning to school Jonathan finished his research, got an EMT license, volunteered at a clinic in Peru and then made his way to Charleston, SC to complete his formal medical training at MUSC.
As a child, Jonathan wanted to be an investment banker. He would later learn he could apply his economic interests to family medicine to help bridge the socio-economic disparities that impact health. In addition, Jonathan’s medical interests include women’s health and nutrition. In his free time Jonathan enjoys anything and everything musical, culinary, and outdoors.
Jonathan used to enjoy visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral but his childhood dreams were not quite as “out of this world,” as those of young Astronaut Pham.
Hieu Pham, MD, MSPH
Hieu attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, and is the first physician in his family. He spent some of his most formative years in Saigon, Vietnam before immigrating to New York City with his mom and older brother. He attended Columbia University where he studied Biology and Chinese and then went on to Johns Hopkins for a master’s in Global Health. Before starting medical school, he spent some time working in China and New York, and got involved in community building and social justice work through the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York.
In medical school, he worked with the Vietnamese and Chinese communities centering around issues of viral hepatology and geriatrics. As a Schweitzer Fellow, he volunteered at the Crib—a homeless shelter in Chicago for gender non-conforming folks—and developed a program focused on meditation and stress reduction. During medical school he found his passion for family medicine, and is excited to be training at Swedish Cherry Hill. He was attracted to Swedish Cherry Hill for its social justice and anti-racism-based curriculum, its diversity, and the depth and breadth of training in family medicine. He is also humbled to have his home clinic at the International Community Health Service. Hieu’s clinical interests in medicine are broad but he is especially passionate about obstetrics, reproductive rights, global public health, integrative medicine, HIV medicine, and LGBTQ health.
Outside of medicine, he is looking forward to eating his way through Seattle with his partner, maintaining his “healthy” obsession with boba, exploring the beautiful outdoors, and enjoying many fun nights dancing or wobbling with his lovely co-residents. Talking about his co-residents, Hieu is excited to introduce Kelsey S. who is accomplishing 1 of her three childhood dreams by becoming a doctor. And he is sure that in a few years she’ll accomplish her other two dreams of becoming a dentist and a hairdresser as well.
Kelsey Sholund, MD
Kelsey is a fifth generation Western Washingtonian who was born at Swedish and raised in Seattle. Her energetic childhood was spent escaping to the mountains or coast with family and friends as much as possible.
After a solid Seattle public schools K-12 education, she made the trip a whole 60 miles south on I-5 to Olympia to become a proud Geoduck of The Evergreen State College. There she studied biology, chemistry, and Spanish, and decided to pursue medicine after spending a year studying indigenous medicine and environmental health in Ecuador. When she returned to Olympia, she volunteered at the Olympia Free Clinic and worked as a lifeguard and as an ER Scribe before starting medical school at the University of Washington.
During medical school, she developed a love for rural, full-spectrum primary care and working with Spanish-speaking patients while completing most of her clinical rotations outside of Seattle in the WWAMI region. Kelsey is very excited to be in the first group of residents to complete two years of residency in Port Angeles, and hopes to work in small communities in the Pacific Northwest during her career.
Outside of medicine, Kelsey enjoys baking pies, bike commuting, sending letters via snail mail, beach volleyball, backcountry ski cabins, and planning her next trip abroad.
Kelsey would like to introduce her co-intern Bella, whose aspiration as a child was to become a veterinarian, and she still holds out hope of owning an animal shelter someday.
Gabriela (Bella) Siegel, MD
Bella Siegel was born in Washington, D.C. and spent most of her life in the DMV (D.C./ Maryland/Virginia). After high school, she decided to jet across the world to spend a year eating her way through Japan. After a long year away from her loved ones, she returned to the U.S. and attended the Johns Hopkins University, where she discovered her passion for public health, community engagement and the elimination of health disparities. Upon graduation, she spent a year at the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, working on several community-based projects aimed at eliminating cancer health disparities among the local Latino and African American communities. Bella decided to stay in Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine, allowing her to continue working with the communities she loved. Early on, she realized the best way she could serve communities with such diverse needs was through Family Medicine. Bella could not be more excited to be continuing her journey in Family Medicine at her dream program and alongside such an inspiring group of young physicians. She is looking forward to working with the Sea Mar community and pursuing her interests in women’s health, care of the underserved, full-spectrum family medicine and Latino health.
Bella’s interests outside of medicine include all things family, cuddling with her dog, cuddling with her fiancé (in that order), dancing to Latin music, and browsing the aisles of Asian grocery stores.
Next up, we have Nasya Sierra, who had a childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. Some of her early fashion genius included an edgy look of black lipstick and a bright red weave. While the fashion world is surely missing out, we are happy that Nasya will now be rocking a long white coat.
Nasya Sierra, MD
Nasya was born and raised on the other side of the lake, Bellevue Washington. While she did develop a her unique flare for fashion at a young age, she left it all behind her for college in sunny SoCal. After storing up on some truly needed vitamin D in California, Nasya graduated from Claremont McKenna College with BA in Biology and Government and returned to University of Washington for Medical School. Happy to have successfully traversed Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho for her last two clinical years at UW, she is now excited to be back in Seattle at Carolyn Downs Community Health Center for residency.
Within the confines of medicine, Nasya's interests include Maternal Child Health, Reproductive Health, Transitional care, and health care disparities. Outside the confines of medicine, she enjoys anything to do with water (kayaking, swimming, canoeing, floating), singing, baking, cooking, and painting. Last but not least, Nasya always enjoys gardening and from time to time her plants enjoy it too and may survive.
Next up, former aspiring director of the CDC, Julia Silva.
Julia Silva, MD
Seattle Indian Health Board
Julia was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico home of sunshine and green chile and has been helping the state live up to its nickname as “The Land of Entrapment” until now. Her mother, Denise, was also Family Medicine doc and Julia practically grew up in her office. First running around bothering doctors and patients alike, than as part of the janitorial staff, and she finally graduated to patient care in high school and worked as a medical assistant.
Julia obtained degrees in Microbiology and Biochemistry from New Mexico State University in her hometown, and then moved up to Albuquerque for medical school at The University of New Mexico (where she met fellow residents Candace and Kelsey M!). She developed a passion for working with indigenous populations through volunteer and clinic experiences in the Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nations in New Mexico, and Andean communities in Ecuador. She is extremely excited to continue to work with Natives Americans in the PNW at the Seattle Indian Health Board. Her other interests in medicine include women’s reproductive care, underserved populations, addiction medicine, and health policy advocacy.
Outside of medicine her other passions include: baking, reading, anything outdoors (hiking, biking, backpacking, cycling, climbing), traveling, and hanging out with her oversized Australian Shepherd, Little Bear.
She is thrilled to be working with co-resident Danyelle whose childhood dream of becoming an author is sure to help her out in writing patient notes on the wards.
Danyelle Thomas, MD, MPH
Danyelle is one of the elusive native Seattlites, growing up in the Central District. She attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a Mathematics minor. After graduation she had the opportunity to spend a year in Europe as a cultural ambassador. Back stateside Danyelle worked in clinical research before moving to sunny south Florida to attend the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine (Go Canes!) for her medical school and public health training. The Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency pulled her right back to her Northwest home.
Professionally she has a passion for health literacy, community engagement, and population level interventions to improve the lives of her patients. She is very excited to be able to return to her own neighborhood as health professional and serve the community.
Outside of medicine, Danyelle enjoys going to farmers markets, looking for Seattle’s best burger, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with family and friends. One such friend is Star who wanted to be a unicorn when she was a child.
Xingyue (Star) Wang, MD
Star was born in Shanggang, China and moved to Massachusetts when she was three years old. Her experiences growing up in an immigrant family sparked an interest in ethnic studies, which she chose to major in at Brown University. While her studies gave her the theory to understand institutionalized racism in the U.S., it was the amazing activist community she grew into after college that helped her find power in the struggle.
Before medical school at UMass, Star worked in Boston Chinatown, doing research on civic engagement in low-income Asian American adults, marching for workers’ rights with Asian Pacific Islander Movement, and facilitating activist training workshops for Asian American youth. Her decision to pursue a career in family medicine is grounded in an unwavering commitment to her community and racial justice.
Star’s clinical interests include immigrant and transgender health, cultural responsiveness, care of the whole family, and truly understanding her patients’ lived experiences. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Outside of medicine, she loves running, eating every type of Asian food, and decorating her tiny apartment. She believes she is at the best family medicine residency in the world, and she owes all of her successes to her biological family (for rooting her) and her chosen family (for giving her wings).
Finally, Star is very pleased to introduce Lindsey Youngquist, whose incredible artistic skills would have promoted her childhood dream of becoming an architect.
Lindsey Youngquist, MD
Lindsey grew up in Juneau, Alaska and on San Juan Island in Washington. Living in these beautiful rural places, she developed an appreciation of nature and close community. After attending Seattle University, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship to study community health in rural Nepal for a year. Here, she fell in love with the Himalayas and continuously yearns for the mental clarity that comes from breathtaking mountain views, thin air, and the absence of technology. She has returned several times to the Himalayan regions of Nepal and India for infectious disease and gender equity research, shadowing traditional healers, and trekking journeys.
Back in Seattle, she led an education program on women’s global health for local high school students. She then attended the University of California San Diego for medical school where her vision of providing integrative primary care to marginalized communities solidified. At UCSD, she enjoyed working at the Student Run Free clinic, leading meditation sessions for her classmates and running the Holistic and Integrative Medicine student group. She is excited to bring nutrition, mindfulness, and whole-person approaches to patient care into her work. She is thrilled to be at Swedish Cherry Hill, surrounded by residents and faculty who are engaged in health equity, community work, and humanism in medicine. Her interests include painting, backpacking, cooking, bike commuting, and spending time with good friends.
And next up is Neha Bakhai! Put on your N95, as this residency will probably need to build a separate isolation unit to contain how infectious Neha’s giggles are. But don’t let that superpower fool you—Neha’s silly side is merely the cherry-on-top of her kind and down-to-earth attitude, making her someone you can count on in every situation.
Class of 2021
Neha Bakhai, MD
Neha Bakhai was born and raised in snowy Buffalo, NY after her parents settled there from Gujarat, India. She loves nature, playing soccer, hiking, eating ice cream and spending time with the people she loves! Neha graduated from Duke University in 2013. She then served for one year as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year working as a teacher and mentor for amazing 4th grade students in SE Washington D.C prior to arriving to Hopkins.
At Hopkins, Neha co-founded the Student LGBT Curriculum Team. This team developed and implemented a four-year longitudinal curriculum on caring for patients who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities. She also worked as a case manager at Charm City Care Connection supporting local clients to navigate the fragmented systems of health, housing, and other social services in Baltimore.
She is looking forward to a career of building longitudinal relationships with her patients and communities and working in medical education to fight against racism and discrimination in medicine for both patients and students. She also hopes to continue to collaborate and learn from colleagues in Gujarat, India throughout her career, specifically around maternal-child health. Neha is so grateful to continue her training at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, WA with her goofy and inspiring co-interns.
Next up, Neha is so honored to introduce Rozanna Fang who has infinite superpowers as resident mama to the cutest baby around!! Everyone is in awe of her rock hard propeller calves that allow her to effortlessly boulder mountains, and her ability to fall soundly asleep on command. Watch out for her spontaneous caring and meaningful comments that will no doubt leave you shedding a tear or two - always carry some kleenex when Rozanna is around!
Rozanna Fang, MD
Rozanna was born in NYC and raised in Federal Way, WA. She studied French and Public Health at the University of Washington, and spent most of her twenties learning about activism and figuring herself out (she’s decidedly still working on both these things!).
Her interest in social change and health equity stem from experiences tutoring immigrant and refugee youth in Seattle, working abroad in Haiti and along the Thai-Burma border, and coming to know her own family’s narratives of illness and migration.
In medical school, she partnered with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the oldest organizing network in the US, to teach community organizing skills to students in health professions. She was also involved in successful campaigns resulting in: implementation of a city-wide paid sick leave policy, passage of a $65 million levy for early child development, and hosting of a tent city on a major university campus.
Rozanna’s professional interests include immigrant and refugee health, adolescent medicine, palliative care, and medical education. She is both humbled and ecstatic to be pursuing these interests at a clinic founded by Seattle Black Panthers. She hopes to honor the legacy of Carolyn Downs through a steadfast commitment to racial justice and to community organizing in health care.
When she’s not in the hospital, you might find Rozanna: trying not to re-tear her ACL while exercising, reading to her 5-month-old baby Avi, fighting with various family members to grab the dim sum check first, or owning her partner Ansel at any/all board or card games.
She is quite certain that she couldn’t have dreamed up a radder bunch of co-interns. One such individual is the esteemed Dr. Jenny Giang-Griesser, who will unarm you with her easy smile and witty sense of humor. Her true superpower, however, is as an ultimate Pokemon Master. You can find her lounging in tall grass with her ‘Lucky’ sidekick in her arms, but be forewarned: bring some potions and revives if you dare do battle with her!
Jenny Giang-Griesser, MD
Jenny is the daughter of Southern Vietnamese refugees and is the first in her family to pursue a career in medicine. She was born and raised in Santa Rosa/Windsor, California (AKA wine country, AKA “it’s about 1 hour north of San Francisco”) and majored in Biological Sciences at UC Davis. While there, she developed her fire for social justice and health equity by working with first-generation Southeast Asian and Latinx youth. After graduation, she studied medical Spanish in Argentina and juggled multiple part-time jobs to pay off her student loans.
Since she enjoyed being in debt so much, Jenny moved across the country to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. During medical school, Jenny focused on addressing institutional racism and ongoing diversity concerns through engagement in community pipeline programs, equity and inclusion-based initiatives, and the admissions committee. On weekends, Jenny volunteered as a Spanish student-interpreter for the MEDiC free clinics. As a TRIUMPH student in her school’s urban-underserved clinical track, she also collaborated with the 16th Street Community Health Center to pilot a Spanish-speaking parental support group that aims to increase understanding of mental health issues within the Latinx community.
Jenny is honored to have discovered her new families at Cherry Hill and Sea Mar, who are relentlessly committed to bridging health inequities through antiracism work, full-spectrum care, community-engagement, and advocacy for underserved populations. In her free time, Jenny likes to indulge in various hobbies that include being a dog mom, biking, competitive gaming, and practicing making balloon animal art.
Finally, Jenny is thrilled to introduce her fellow co-resident Zoe Ginsburg, whose incredibly practical superpowers include mastery of campfire meal prep, functioning on minimal sleep, finding great deals on Craigslist, and elaborate snacking at inappropriate places. Without a doubt, Zoe is just the teammate you need to survive an overnight shift or zombie apocalypse!
Zoe Ginsburg, MD
Zoe grew up moving often, but comes to Seattle following a 10 year stint in New York. During that time, she had the privilege of learning from patients in the Bronx at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Zoe comes to medicine from a background in activism and community organizing, and thinks of medicine as one of many tools for working towards a more just, equitable world.
Her medical interests include integrating abortion and HIV care into routine doctor's visits, trauma-informed care, and alternative healthcare delivery models. Zoe most enjoys working together with those that are often overlooked or inadequately served by the medical system, including people who have been incarcerated, sex workers, and queer and trans people.
Besides medicine, Zoe is happy to nerd out with you about organizing tactics, knitting, and overly ambitious DIY home improvement projects.
Zoe is thrilled to introduce her extraordinary colleague and friend Dr. Kara Harvill, whose super powers include mastering the art of simultaneously moist and gluten-free baking, gifting us all with her carefully thoughtful insight, and throwing a perfectly rewarding smirk/side-eye. Kara is the perfect superhero for when you’re experimenting with an elimination diet or having a bad day.
Kara Harvill, MD
Seattle Indian Health Board
Kara hails from the California Bay Area and has called Oakland home for the past 10 years. She briefly tried out the East Coast at Brown University, where she studied history and studio art, but after a few real winters hightailed it back to the Best Coast. Her path to medicine was meandering, but greatly informed by her HIV clinical research work at San Francisco General Hospital.
She attended University of California San Francisco for medical school, where she co-chaired the Native American Health Alliance and helped coordinate a peer health education curriculum for incarcerated women at the SF County Jail. As part of the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), she developed her advocacy skills and learned from inspiring peers and mentors.
Despite her need for year-round sunshine, she is excited to continue her training at Swedish Cherry Hill. She was drawn to the program’s full-spectrum training and explicit commitment to social justice and preparing its residents to be physician-activists. As a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation, she is honored to have the opportunity to care for an urban Native population at the Seattle Indian Health Board.
Outside of hospital, Kara enjoys running in the numerous green spaces around Seattle (and only sometimes getting lost), procrastibaking for her co-residents, and serving as a pillow for her pit mix pup, Winnie.
Kara has the great honor of presenting the inimitable Juan Herrejon, whose superpowers include an uncanny disappearing act and a killer smile--great for getting out of tight jams like attempted paddle boat theft and stealing our hearts.
Juan Herrejon, MD
Juan is originally from Acambaro, Guanajuato MX, where he spent the early part of his childhood. His parents, two brothers and he immigrated to New Braunfels, TX in 1998 where he grew up and spent his summers swimming and soaking in the sun at Schlitterbahn. He is the first in his family to attend college and medical school. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
In his medical school career, Juan served as Student Government Class Co-President and completed a surgical research project in rural Guatemala. Juan has always wanted to become a family medicine physician, as he loves seeing patients of all ages and genders and truly believes FM physicians can improve health outcomes as a result of their long lasting relationships with patients and by their unique position in the community that allows them to address social determinants of health. Juan’s interests include working with the Latinx population, LGBTQ care, HIV care, obstetrics, and public policy. He is thrilled to be at Swedish Cherry Hill where he will be able to explore all of his interests and receive excellent training. During his free time, Juan enjoys running, weightlifting, hiking, traveling, dancing, and finding new places to experience Seattle sunsets.
Juan is thrilled to present his fabulous co-resident, Dr. Emily Jones, whose superhuman mastery of the four elements make mother nature green with envy. You can catch her swimming in mystical lakes, skillfully breathing life into fires to keep any campsite warm, and hiking the toughest trails - all while beautifully capturing the perfect picture of it all. You’re definitely in for an unforgettable time if you’re with her on your next outdoor venture!
EMILY JONES, MD
Emily is a native Pacific Northwesterner and has no plans to leave anytime soon.
She spent most of her childhood in a small farming community 60 miles north of Seattle, then attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree, where she studied Biology, Latin American Studies, and Diversity. After college she spent three years teaching science at a majority-minority high school in New Haven, Connecticut. It was through her experiences with students and their families that she became interested in refugee mental health, racial inequities, and the lasting impact of violence on communities.
She returned home to the Northwest to attend medical school at the University of Washington (again). During this time she had the good fortune to spend six weeks learning from the residents and faculty at Cherry Hill and couldn’t be more thrilled to continue taking care of some of those same patients again as a resident.
Among other things, Emily is interested in women’s reproductive access, obstetrics, adolescent health, and end-of-life care.
She spends as much of her free time as possible in the outdoors - rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, and any other activity that allows her to explore the gorgeous mountains and waterways of the Puget Sound.
Emily couldn't be more excited to learn the ways of her co-resident Alex, who has beckoned many puppies with his Taylor Swift karaoke. If you're lucky, you can spot his trademark superhero outfit - jorts and a fanny pack.
Alex Kivimaki, MD
Seattle Indian Health Board
Alex was born in Lacrosse and raised in Warrens, Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a German certificate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
While attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Alex was able to explore various topics including rural medicine, full spectrum care, and Native health. As a proud member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, he was also fortunate to work with the Native American Center for the Health Professionals (NACHP), the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), and the Ho-Chunk House of Wellness medical clinic. When considering residency programs in line with his post residency goals, Seattle Indian Health Board’s philosophy “For the Love of Native People” made the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine program the logical next step for medical training.
In addition to exploring the Pacific Northwest over the next three years, Alex enjoys low-budget karaoke, weightlifting, fishing, and anything related to the Wisconsin Badgers/Green Bay Packers.
Up next is the incredible Mira Nelson. Mira’s superpowers include superhuman senses (e.g. finding any Waldo within 27 minutes and tasting the difference between oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies), which allow her to appreciate the fun and beauty in a busy and chaotic world.
Mira Nelson, MD
Port Angeles RTT
Mira used to be shy about calling herself a True to the Blue Seattleite but has decided that planting her roots in Lake City at the age of ten, and drinking almond milk before it was hip, qualifies her for the title. She graduated from University of Washington, majoring in Medical Anthropology and Public Health. After graduation she served as an Americorps member at WithinReach, a Seattle-based nonprofit conducting outreach to residents of King and Snohomish Counties to connect them with nutrition and healthcare resources. She completed her post-baccalaureate premedical studies at
Bryn Mawr College. During this time she volunteered as a hand holder at Planned
Parenthood and solidified her passion for women’s health and reproductive
choice. Upon returning to Seattle she worked as an in-person navigator,
enrolling families in Washington State for health insurance under the
Affordable Care Act, connecting with and advocating for Washingtonians who,
more often than not, qualified for coverage for the first time. She returned to
University of Washington for medical school, where she founded the ACA Access,
Education and Advocacy Campaign. She was proud to serve as the Washington
Academy of Family Physicians Student Co-Trustee in her final year of medical
She is thrilled to have matched with the Swedish Cherry
Hill RTT and looks forward to training in rural full-spectrum family medicine
in Port Angeles. Her professional interests include long-term holistic
strategies for patients with substance use challenges, palliative care, and
women’s healthcare. Personal interests include gardening, cheering for the
Mariners, playing a mean game of Scrabble and spending time with her husband
Mira is pleased to have the opportunity to introduce Dr. Momo Nisen, whose boundless superpowers include creative nicknaming on the fly, performing witchy magic over her cast iron cauldron to whip up culinary delights, and adding levity to any event with her clowning antics.
Mollie Nisen, MD
Mollie grew up between Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia; eventually making her way to Oberlin College in Ohio and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. She views medicine as a tool for social change, and strives to bring humor and a deep sense of justice into not only her patient encounters, but also her community organizing.
Mollie's clinical interests include the care of complex patients with multiple chronic illnesses, caring for patients who have experienced incarceration, HIV care, reproductive justice, harm reduction, and working with LGBTQ folks.
In her copious free time, Mollie enjoys cooking for large groups of people, sewing, and geeking out about revolutionary healthcare systems design.
Coming up next is Kristin Puhl whose superpowers are semi-secretly scribing elaborate and delightful fan fiction, baking multi-tiered wedding cakes for friends with food sensitivities and/or picky palates, and, most notably, using her dry sense of humor to deliver a most unique and effective form of empathy.
Kristin Puhl, MD, MS
port angeles RTT
Kristin was born and raised in Port Angeles, Washington--"Where the mountains meet the sea." She grew up at the foot of the Olympic Mountains, minutes away from Olympic National Park. She went on to study Psychology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she also earned her Masters of Science in Experimental Psychology with a focus on measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis.
She worked as a research manager for an obstetrical research unit before joining the Human Subjects Division, which she left to attend medical school just a few minutes away at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Her professional focus is full-spectrum family medicine with a focus on rural care: lifelong health care, including reproductive health and prenatal care, gender care, geriatric care, and harm reduction. She is committed to providing health care for the LGBTQIA+ community that recognizes the different needs of individual patients. She is part of the second pair of interns accepted to the Rural Training Track at Swedish Cherry Hill, which trains for the first year in Seattle and for the next two years in her hometown of Port Angeles.
Her interests include writing, baking, and spending time with her dogs. She ultimately plans to practice in rural Washington.
Next up is Alice Tin. Alice’s superpower comes in handy when she’s escaping from supervillains: she can untie any knot, no matter how Gordian—so from Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth to the Joker’s diabolical inventions, you can’t keep Alice out of the action.
Alice Tin, MD, MPH
Alice does not identify “home” with a particular geographic location, but New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Boston all hold special places in her heart. Her undergraduate studies in history at Tufts allowed her to explore the rich diversity of the human narrative, which has informed and contextualized her studies and research in France, Spain, Taiwan and Nicaragua. In college, she was introduced to community medicine and public health, and was so enthralled by the discipline that she enrolled in the joint Bachelor’s/Master of Public Health program to wrangle data into cohesive stories and gain a better understanding of health systems before diving into her medical education. As a Schweitzer fellow, she continued work with a grassroots organization that she had started as an undergraduate to launch an interpreter training program for bilingual youth. This was an experience that taught her the importance and beauty of empowering youth to operationalize their language assets in service of their own community.
Continuing her scenic route to medical school, Alice completed a post-bacc program at NYU, soaking in all the (mostly free things the) city had to offer, while conducting research to evaluate the care management program for pregnancy women with hepatitis B at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.
As someone deeply interested in interdisciplinary collaborations, Alice co-founded Open Style Lab in 2013, a non-profit platform for engineers, designers and occupational therapists to collaborate to create clothing with and for disabled clients. She also has an avid interest in One Health, a health paradigm that recognizes the intricate links between human, animal and environmental health. As a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, she created a program called Hand in Paw, a program that matches formerly homeless individuals who have secured permanent housing with pets, to provide emotional support and optimize their success in independent living. She also had the opportunity to see One Health in action by interning at the Centers for Disease Control, and piloting a clinical One Health elective at the University of Washington.
Alice is ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve and train at Cherry Hill and the ICHS/International District clinic. She is looking forward to joining her fellow residents, faculty and patients in social justice and community advocacy work, while honing her clinical skills.
Alice is curious about many things, but she is particularly interested in geospatial analysis of health problems, re-imagining and optimizing health care delivery systems, clinical applications of One Health, end-of-life care and procedural medicine. Alice loves seeking out adventures in the mundane and abroad; she has a knack for picking out the best food items on a menu and has a healthy skepticism for rules.
She has the distinct honour of introducing her co-resident, Dev. Dev’s superpower is his ability to turn shape the energy in the room – either by amping everyone up by serving his signature extra-hot, extra-caffeinated chai, or creating instant calm with his meditative Indian classical music vocals. Or if the situation is really dire – stunning everyone into silence by being ridiculously good looking in any of his three salmon-colored pieces of clothing.
DevESH Vashishtha, MD, MS
Devesh Vashishtha attended the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he received an MD and a Masters' in Clinical Research. He is passionate about practicing full-spectrum family medicine, which includes addressing the systemic ills of economic inequality and racism. Devesh advocates for his patients and his community through policy work at the local, state and national levels.
Devesh was born in New York City to his parents Anshu and Malini Vashishtha, who are immigrants and scientists from India. He grew up with his two younger brothers in Irvine, Orange County, where he attended University High School and was part of student leadership, model united nations, and the varsity volleyball team. He completed at bachelors' in political science at UC San Diego, where he stayed for his medical training.
In medical school, Devesh worked extensively with under-served and undocumented human beings at the UCSD student-run free clinic, where he served as pulmonary clinic manager. His experiences at free clinic shaped his perspective on policy, and he served a one-year term on the California Academy of Family Physicians board of directors. Devesh was part of a successful CAFP effort to secure $100 million in funding for primary care residency programs to train doctors in rural and under-served areas of California.
During a gap year in medical school, Devesh completed a Masters' thesis on public health strategies to prevent transitions to injection drug use. He also led research papers on renal artery calcium and kidney function, the health effects of pesticides in children and the effect of heat waves on the frequency of outpatient clinic visits.
Devesh's other passion is environmental health, and he was one of the founding members of the 2015 Hindu Declaration on Climate Change. As the UC San Diego chapter leader for Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (sPSR), he advocated in Washington, D.C. for the Clean Power Plan. He also helped start a lecture series on Climate Change and Health at the Institute for Public Health at UC San Diego.
Devesh is an avid student of Vedanta, a Hindu philosophical tradition that presents a means for removing one's sense of inadequacy. He is also a Carnatic Classical vocal musician and has performed across the US, and in Canada and India.
Devesh is honored to introduce his colleague, Tiffany Wang, whose superpowers include going on impressively long runs, eating large amounts of food, and happening upon quaint and interesting community events. She's also a super chef, and enjoys making dinner for family and friends with her fancy kitchenware.
TIFFANY WANG, MD
Tiffany grew up in the Bay Area, back when it was less populated and not yet the kind of place that Seattle is trying to avoid becoming. She majored in English and music at Dartmouth, took a year-long detour to work in the Marshall Islands, and attended Emory for medical school. She is thrilled to be joining the Swedish Cherry Hill family for many reasons, but especially for the way this program dares to embrace the open secret that health outcomes extend far beyond the world of medicine. When she is not busy pursuing the magical unicorn of full-spectrum family medicine, she can be found trying to blend into the Seattle community, purchasing more clothing from REI, and reading the Seattle Public Utilities bulletin on how to compost properly.
FARAH ABDUL, M.D.
Born on the East Coast, Farah moved at a young age to the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington, where she spent most of her childhood. Her experiences growing up as part of a small, but diverse, Muslim community in small-town Washington imbued her with a deep sense of the strength and healing capacity possible through strong community bonds.
For her undergraduate years, she went to the University of Washington, where she majored in biology and minored in dance. It was during her time in college that her interest in Family Medicine and community health was sparked. She was awarded the Mary Gates Scholarship to coordinate the health education program for the UW medical student clinic at the Aloha Inn, a transitional home for Seattle’s homeless populations.
After graduating college, she worked at API Chaya, an organization working to empower survivors of intimate partner violence. Here, she collaborated with faith centers serving immigrant communities to conduct qualitative research aimed at identifying prevention and transformative justice strategies. She also spent 6 months working with other women of South Asian origin to script Yoni Ki Baat, a play based upon Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues”. The final play was performed by the group at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in order to help encourage community discussions about reproductive and sexual health, as well as bring out stories reflecting the immigrant experience.
She eventually stayed on at the University of Washington for medical school. During this time, she advocated with other medical students for inclusion of a health equity curriculum in her program and had the opportunity to co-develop a clinical clerkship focused on the social and structural determinants of health.
Farah is thrilled to be joining Swedish Cherry Hill, and continue her work with Seattle's many diverse communities in a cutting-edge program with a reputation for combining health care with deep community engagement and social justice. Her interests include women’s reproductive access, immigrant health, holistic medicine, and palliative care. Outside of medicine, she enjoys singing, salsa dancing, delicious meals with loved ones, and cuddling with her two cats.
Farah is honored to introduce her co-intern, Laurie, whose passion and laughter put everyone in the room at ease. She inspires others through her fierce loyalty as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and advocate for her community. Also, she boasts the largest accidental collection of feline-related paraphernalia in the program.
Laurie Bazan M.D.
Laurie Bazán was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington. Her parents are immigrants from México. Laurie grew up with her parents working as farmworkers in the apple and cherry orchards of Washington. Her family and personal experience as a farmworker motivated her to pursue higher education. She was motivated to better provide for not only her family, but also give back to her community as there are significant health disparities among farmworkers. The Gates Millennium Scholarship provided her a full-ride to college. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry.
Laurie worked at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Seattle from 2013-2015. She initially was a full-time volunteer as a Patient Navigator through AmeriCorps then transitioned as a Care Coordinator until she entered medical school at the University of Washington in 2015. Laurie quickly became involved with the Latino/a Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Students for an Anti-Racist UWSOM. She believes that health disparities can be eliminated through social and health policy changes. In 2019, she was selected to be part of the Husky 100, an award that recognizes 100 UW students who are making the most of their time at UW, for her anti-racism efforts and work addressing health disparities. As a woman and physician of color, she shares her story so that others may be inspired and also become leaders in their communities.
In her spare time, Laurie enjoys dancing in her living room or kitchen and going to Seattle Sounders games with her whole family.
She is excited to return to Sea Mar through Swedish Cherry Hill. Laurie most looks forward to learn with and from her peers and to continue to grow as a physician and person.
Next up is Kevin Beene, who brings his smile all the way from Wisconsin. His passion for community medicine and social justice aligns with the mission of his continuity clinic site, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center. If he weren’t already pursuing a career in medicine, you’d probably find him on Broadway or working as Rihanna’s personal assistant.
Kevin Beene, MD, MS
A proud Wisconsin native, Kevin was born and raised in beautiful Milwaukee, WI. In hindsight, his journey to family medicine truly began with witnessing the unmistakable health disparities of marginalized and vulnerable people in the communities in which he grew up. After high school, he moved just an hour-and-a-half west to Madison, WI where he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both his undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on cellular and tissue engineering as well as healthcare systems engineering. Though he was inspired by and drawn to the innovative spirit of engineering, it was ultimately the long-term personal connections with patients that stole Kevin’s heart and led him to the world of medicine.
Kevin was fortunate to stick around Madison for his medical education at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he further nurtured his commitment to urban underserved medicine and community health. He sought out early clinical experiences working with the homeless, uninsured, and other disadvantaged populations at student-run free clinics and completed rotations at local federal qualified health centers. Kevin also served as co-president of his institution’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and was an active member of Medical Students for Minority Concerns (MSMC), a student organization dedicated to advocating for the needs of the medically underserved and promoting a diverse, inclusive environment within the medical school.
After an unforgettable decade in Madison, Kevin made the move from one isthmus to another and could not be more excited for his next chapter in Seattle! It has been a dream come true for Kevin to continue his medical training at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency and the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, a community health center founded by the Black Panther Party. His medical interests include obstetrics, reproductive health, HIV medicine, LGBTQ health, and dermatology, particularly the presentation of dermatologic disease in people of color. Outside of medicine, Kevin is an avid concert goer (fun fact: Milwaukee, WI is home to the world’s largest music festival!), coffee aficionado and amateur latte artist, and hip-hop dancer. He loves the outdoors and cannot wait to make the most of his free time exploring the majestic PNW! You may also often find him curled up with a great mystery novel, listening to true crime podcasts, or even singing and dancing around his apartment, much to the enjoyment (or so he likes to think…) of his amazing partner and their cat.
Coming in hot is Julie Do, who unlike most PNW-ers, generally prefers the indoors and finds a sense of peace/belonging at a good happy hour. Some of her favorite things to do include getting to know other people and trying to make them laugh those full, mood-lightening, belly laughs that heal the soul.
Julie Do, MD
Julie was born to a pair of courageous Vietnamese immigrant parents in San Diego, CA. After relocating to the beautiful Pacific Northwest as a kid, she spent the majority of her time trying to assimilate her traditional Vietnamese culture and free-spirited American upbringing. She also tried to keep up with her two incredibly talented siblings: Joseph (a super buff engineer, so he’s good at math and loves fitness) and Christine (a brilliant, fiery mother of 4 and full-time podiatrist).
Julie began working for a primary care clinic in the International District at the age of 14, where under the mentorship of a Vietnamese physician came to deeply respect the strength and resilience of patients’ stories. She worked there for 7 years, developing longitudinal relationships with families and the overall immigrant/refugee community as their receptionist, resource navigator, and patient advocate. Having this life-changing experience gave her no choice but to pursue her wildest dream – becoming a skilled family doctor for all vulnerable groups, but especially those of refugee/immigrant backgrounds.
After receiving a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Washington, she was thrilled to learn that she would return to the UW for medical school. There, she was able to gain excellent clinical training while still pursuing interests that set her soul on fire. She was involved in the Asian American Pacific Islander Medical Student Association, Refugee and Immigrant Health interest group, and Students of Color Pre-Matriculation program. Her greatest achievements include helping to lead two major health fairs aimed at engaging with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations in King County. These health fairs provide free health screenings, general health education sessions, and a network of community resources in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way for these AAPI groups.
Julie is absolutely ecstatic to be a family physician at the International Community Health Services as a part of the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency. She feels lucky to be training at a renowned program surrounded by individuals who are fiercely committed to providing high-quality, holistic care to disadvantaged/underserved groups. Her clinical interests include immigrant/refugee health, obstetrics, palliative care, and LGBTQ+ care. When she gets a moment to do something other than medicine, her go-to’s include trying new restaurants, lifting weights, laughing until she cries, and avoiding hiking at all costs.
Next up is Dalila, who grew up baking and indulging in eating banana bread, fruit cakes and an assortment of other baked goods. If only she were born British, so she could be a contestant in the Great British Bake Off.
Dalila Gittens M.D.
Dalila was born and raised in New York, the Empire State. During her undergraduate studies at Barnard College of Columbia University, she became dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health and rights and promoting HIV prevention. Through her coursework in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies as well as Human Rights studies, she learned about social determinants of health and became committed to serving the most vulnerable patient populations. She conducted pre- and post- HIV testing counseling in the Gay Health Advocacy Project at her student health service. As a volunteer, she provided a welcoming and supportive environment for students to discuss any concerns about their sexual and reproductive health and incorporate harm-reduction strategies into their sexual practices. She also interned at various non-profit organizations that focused on upholding basic human rights and social justice around the world.
After graduation, she continued her interest in HIV prevention and harm reduction through Jacobi Hospital’s Project BRIEF program whose mission was to increase access to HIV testing throughout New York City. As a public health advisor, she recruited patients for rapid HIV testing and prevention counseling on the streets of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Through many interactions with HIV specialists during her work, she became interested in providing HIV care.
She completed her post-bacc in NYC and was later accepted to the George Washington University School of Medicine. While awaiting her medical school matriculation, she served as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist at Ryan Women and Children’s Clinic through AmeriCorps’ Health Corps. She facilitated health education classes focused on healthy eating and exercise and provided food demonstrations. By conducting workshops, she also promoted breastfeeding among prenatal patients.
During medical school, she became a member of a health working group at the DC Center for the LGBT community. The working group discussed many health issues impacting LGBTQ folks and addressed ways to improve access to mental health services and prevent suicide, decrease the rate of new HIV infections, and prevent violence against transgender people.
Over the next three years, she plans to pursue her interests in HIV care, reproductive health, addiction medicine and LGBTQ health. She is excited to work with her colleagues who are passionate about social justice and health equity in medicine. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest as she enjoys hiking, skiing and water sports. She also loves to participate in vinyasa yoga, draw portraits and experience live music performances.
Put me in coach! If Michael hadn't pursued medicine, he would be making artisan pizzas out of the back of a food truck in Sellwood to fund his Judo practice, much to his tolerant wife's very mild disappointment...
Michael Gonzales, MD, MS
Michael is a native of Austin, Texas. An interest in language and the liberal arts brought him out west, where he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After college, he took a brief hiatus to travel while his future wife finished her undergraduate studies. He returned to the great state of Texas to attend UT Southwestern for medical school. After thousands of miles of road trips in his Toyota Corolla, he's finally back in the Pacific Northwest.
After completing his residency training, Michael aspires to grow a strong community around his medical practice with integrated community resources, such as a recreation center, a community garden, and local small businesses. With luck, he might even convince his wife to join him in this endeavor...
Outside of his professional life, he enjoys hiking and camping in the great outdoors, practicing Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and going to bed at 9PM.
Next up is the fiery and tenacious Janelle, who, if she wasn’t working towards full-spectrum family medicine, would be running a community center dedicated towards empowering women to nurture their mind, body and spirit through all stages of life.
Janelle Lee, MD, MS
Born and raised in Seattle, Janelle spent much of her childhood fine-tuning her ears to multiple dialects of Chinese. She embraced Asian American ethnic studies and Mandarin at the University of Washington before majoring in mechanical engineering, while also exercising her right brain with a minor in dance. She became a systems engineer in the aerospace industry in sunny Los Angeles, where she promoted Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in under-resourced public school districts to help underrepresented minorities thrive. It was there that she also pursued an advanced engineering degree at UCLA, only to have significant life events trigger her to realize her goal of having a more direct impact on humanity.
Janelle nurtured her budding passion for women’s health and community medicine by volunteering as a reproductive health advocate for Planned Parenthood and joining the Global Medical Brigades to care for vulnerable populations in rural Honduras. She continued to chase her dreams all the way to the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she was able to concentrate on global and rural community health disparities, while learning Spanish and integrating complementary and alternative modalities in allopathic medicine
She feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to train with the Swedish Cherry Hill Rural Training Track, and to build strong bonds with a network of socially conscious individuals who are devoted to challenging the system and improve access and quality of care. Her clinical interests include full-spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, adolescent medicine and mental health, as well as addiction medicine and palliative care involving a holistic and integrated approach. She is committed to providing comprehensive care to individuals and their families while promoting wellness, social justice and health equity. Between shifts, you can find Janelle chasing sunsets with her basenji, spending time with her family, doing outdoor yoga or cooking up something creative and healthy.
Janelle is thrilled to introduce Celina who she has quickly formed a strong bond with over shared interest in social justice, dance, puppies, yoga, and making yummy treats to share! As Janelle quickly learned, Celina is a hugger, loves to share feelings and values building relationships through learning others’ stories.
Celina Hayashi Macadangdang, MD
Celina grew up exploring the jungles and swimming in the ocean of beautiful Maui, Hawaii.After high school, Celina conducted service projects in a rural area of the Philippines where her grandparents are from and where some of her extended family currently lives. It was during her trips to the Philippines that Celina became passionate about advocating for human trafficking prevention as she met many women and children who were survivors or at risk of being trafficked.
At Scripps College, Celina became more active in feminism and social justice. She helped to create the Scripps College Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, which ran a helpline for college students to provide resources and support for sexual assault survivors and to help increase awareness and prevention of sexual assault on her college campus. While studying Biology at Scripps, Celina also pursued her passion for jazz and hip hop dance as the Claremont Colleges dance team captain.
Celina is grateful to have attended medical school in Hawaii at the John A. Burns School of Medicine where she learned from and served the community that raised her and means so much to her. During medical school, Celina conducted research evaluating reproductive health services for adolescents in a predominantly low-income, Native Hawaiian population disproportionately impacted by unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. She also was one of the co-instructors of her medical school’s Social Justice Elective, re-established the Medical Students for Choice chapter to support reproductive justice advocacy and improve reproductive health curricula, and created human trafficking and trauma-informed care curricula for her medical school. One of her favorite parts of medical school was volunteering with the free student-run clinics for homeless communities. Celina’s advocacy work promoting healthcare as a human right and mentoring premedical students helped keep her grounded during medical school. She received three Dean’s Certificates of Distinction in Social Justice, Medical Education and Rural Health. She was also the Gold Humanism Honor Society Vice President. Celina was selected as a National Health Service Corps Scholar based on her dedication to providing primary care to underserved populations. She also studied rural healthcare in Japan during her first year of medical school. Celina produced and directed The Vagina Monologues in Honolulu during her fourth year of medical school, bringing together medical students and community members to raise funds for reproductive health care for survivors of human trafficking.
Growing up in a vibrant community of immigrant families, similar to her own, inspires her passion to care for and serve this diverse population. Celina is incredibly grateful to be welcomed into the ICHS family where she can serve immigrant and underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander families while learning from their overwhelmingly skilled and compassionate doctors and staff. Coming to Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency is truly a realization of her wildest dreams as she loves working with and learning from her fabulous co-residents and incredible faculty.
During her medical career, Celina is excited to continue to serve and advocate for LGBTQ+ folks, provide gender affirming care, advocate for people suffering from housing insecurity, provide family planning and options counseling, and cultivate longitudinal relationships with her patients in the context of their families and community.
Raised on her family’s small farm, Celina is passionate about gardening and sharing with others the joy of growing your own food. She loves spending time with her friends and family especially over spicy meals, hiking, and at live music events!
Up next is Matt Markey-Crimp. One of Matt’s crowning musical (and life) achievements was a captivating solo mandolin performance of “Super Bass” by one of his favorite artists, Nicki Minaj. He might play it for you if you sing with him.
Matthew Markey-Crimp, MD
Matt is from the Great Land of Alaska, where he grew up fishing the commercial salmon season in Bristol Bay until medical school got in the way. He made his way east to Williams College in Massachusetts for undergrad, where he graduated with a degree in sociology, writing a thesis on rural community health structures. After college, Matt joined a community health-focused AmeriCorps program in Oakland, CA. Through teaching gardening and nutrition at a middle school to leading and developing a group medical visit program at a busy primary care clinic, Matt was able to appreciate the complex drivers of health inequity, and how only through creative, culturally humble approaches can the healthcare system tackle them.
After a brief stint mixing drinks and teaching music, Matt attended UC San Francisco for medical school, where he continued his passion for underserved and primary care through the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), leading group visits in a homeless shelter and helping develop an innovative program in reducing hypertension in African-American men through screenings in barbershops. He also developed an earlier interest in Native health through organizing clinical rotations in Alaska Native healthcare facilities in Dillingham and Anchorage, AK. He is privileged and honored to be continuing this work at the Seattle Indian Health Board. Matt’s healthcare interests include healthcare systems change to reflect the needs of underserved patients, group medical visits, rural community health, and addiction medicine.
Outside of medicine, Matt enjoys hiking, mountain biking, playing bluegrass, hanging out with family, and catching, cooking, and smoking wild Alaska salmon.
Up next is Mitch O, DO. He is a Native of the Northwest and the Pacific Islands. He believes in his mantras of keeping things Indigenous Minded and Mission Minded, and he wants to create a world where all our Native people are interconnected as one.
Mitchell Ornelas, DO
Mitchell Ornelas was born and raised in Oregon. He partially grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in Eastern Oregon, and in Woodburn on the Western side of Oregon. He attended Eastern Oregon University (EOU) where he earned a Molecular Biology degree. At EOU he was involved in the Multicultural center, where he participated in nearly all of the multicultural functions and events. Most notably, he attended many Leadership and Diversity conferences, and helped revitalize the annual Island Magic Dinner and Show. Most of the close friends he developed at EOU are of Pacific Island descent. He met his significant other at EOU and she is Native Hawaiian.
During his first year of medical school at A.T. Still University- School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) he decided to learn more about his biological father, who he never met, with a DNA test. Surprisingly, he discovered his heritage from his father was mostly from the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asian. Through the 1 and 3 model at ATSU-SOMA, Mitch spent his last 3 years of medical school training in Hawaii. He was able to discover more of the culture he never knew he had and the culture of his significant other.
From his upbringing and my new-found knowledge about his ethnicity, he discovered his mission in medicine. Being someone that culturally identifies as Pacific Islander and Native American, and whose cultures share a common experience with Western influence and experience common healthcare disparities. Mitch feels it is his purpose to be a bridge to connect these Indigenous communities, and find ways to continue to work through these healthcare disparities together.
There has been a special connection in the Northwest with the Native people of this area and the Native people of the Pacific Islands. Mitch invites you to discover more about the history of Hawaiians in Kalama, WA and Oregon as well. He hopes to build a connection with all our indigenous groups here in the Northwest.
Mitch enjoys running, lifting weights, and playing basketball. He listens to Reggae and R&B music. Also, in college he performed as a vocalist in a Reggae cover band.
Julia Ramos is an inspired, well traveled, and determined individual. She has experienced many areas of need in this world and understands her role as a well trained future primary care physician. She believes having a personal valued relationship with her patients will allow her to bridge gaps in our healthcare system.
Julia Ramos, MD
Julia moved to Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina from Long Island, NY around age 10. In an attempt to mirror her parents' compassion and pride in their work as nurses, Julia received the Morehead Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This scholarship enabled her to travel abroad for the first time. She worked in maternal healthcare in Ecuador for one summer. Upon returning home, she became a birth doula and became a Women’s and Gender Studies major in order to study the impact of systems of inequality on the health and wellness of all people.
In 2011-2012, Julia took a gap year and engaged community-based HIV work in Kenya. She was struck by the tangible health needs of the people she got to know and was humbled by so many stories of their resilience.
Julia's angsty heart to struggle against injustice and stigma led her to the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, which supported the health of the South Dallas community—a community which has been historically plagued by racism, and economic inequity. Through this, Julia procured an excitement for preventative health and primary care. Largely guided by her family-derived values of love and understanding, during her time as a medical student at Johns Hopkins, Julia prioritized her time building meaningful relationships with people in Baltimore, in the medical school, and in Tanzania through fun, conversation, harm reduction and social justice. She feel so lucky to be a part of this Cherry Hill family, and work towards a more antiracist, just, and kind world.
Julia has two bird-ren named Luna and Rio, she loves roaming in nature, and being a goofball.
Next up is Valerie...Valerie Rock. This woman gives off light and love. Valerie brings a sage grounding through mindfulness practices, a sense of humor that brings us all home, and is always reminding everyone to take pride in themselves and their journeys.
Valerie Rock, MD, MPH
Valerie hails from the best sports city in the world: Boston, MA. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies in American Studies and public health at Tufts University, Valerie became a Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. During her 9-year tenure at CDC, her research and professional activities explored a variety of topics including nutrition, STIs, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. She was a subject matter expert in menthol cigarette use, African American and LGBT smoking behaviors, and youth tobacco cessation. The common thread throughout her work was a focus on identifying and eliminating health disparities to inform and guide the development of culturally appropriate prevention strategies, interventions, and clinical practice guidelines. Each day, she used her non-traditional, multidisciplinary academic background and formative experiences of growing up in the inner-city of Boston to guide her professional endeavors, collaborations, and negotiations with colleagues who shared similar or tangential goals.
During her medical school tenure at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL, Valerie participated in the Family Medicine Leadership Program (FMLP): a 4-year longitudinal curriculum with clinical and didactic components for students interested in Family Medicine. Through the FMLP, she had the opportunity to establish continuity of care with diverse patients in a community-based clinic. Valerie also demonstrated her passion for increasing diversity and cultural awareness in both STEM and health care professions through her mentorship work with high school students, Rush pipeline initiatives, and leadership of the Rush Medical College Chapter of the Student National Medical Association. She was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious David Jones Peck, MD Award—an award given by her peers and named after the first African American graduate of a U.S. medical school.
Valerie is very excited to continue her medical training and health advocacy work at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency and Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center. She is proud to be part of the incredible legacy of the Black Panthers who founded the medical center in the heart of the Central District in 1968. When time permits, she engages in smile-inducing activities like attending music concerts and plays; "road-tripping" to explore neighboring states and small towns; visiting art museums; kombucha-brewing; baking; and watching her favorite soap-opera (33 years straight!!)
Next up is Andre Scarloto: the gentle giant, lover of puppies, walking SAD lamp, high five expert, and master salad chef. Andre always has a kind and encouraging word on the hardest days and likely was a motivational speaker in a previous life.
Andre Scarlato M,D.
Andre was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN where he studied Spanish and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. During undergrad, he became interested in global health and social justice and founded a GlobeMed chapter at his university, developing a long-term partnership with a rural NGO in Cambodia supporting clean water and micro-loan initiatives. After his undergraduate years, Andre completed a year-long global health fellowship with AMOS Health & Hope, a public health non-profit in Nicaragua where he was exposed to the importance of community-based primary health care as a model for grassroots change in marginalized communities. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota where he worked as a Spanish interpreter in a free clinic and participated in MetroPAP, a longitudinal integrated clerkship centered on urban underserved family medicine. Andre's professional areas of interest include community-based primary health care, community-based participatory research, anti-racism in medicine, global health, and medical education. He is beyond thrilled to be joining the Swedish Cherry Hill and SeaMar communities for their full spectrum family medicine training, dedication to health equity and anti-racism work, and passion to serve alongside those at the margins. In his free time, Andre enjoys biking, running, hiking, drinking coffee (with a good book!), puzzling, and spending time exploring new places in and around Seattle.
Next up is Alecia, a fellow Minnesotan who knows what cold winters are truly like and someone who has fully embraced the tent camping scene in the PNW. Andre is looking forward to learning more from her osteopathic training and the osteopathic manipulation treatment skills that she has brought into practice to help her patients.
Alecia Stewart, DO
Alecia Stewart was born and raised in Rochester MN and she is excited to trade in the snow for rain. Alecia has bounced around different parts of the country for her education. She majored in biochemistry and played division II volleyball at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. Then, after returning home to complete a post-baccalaureate research program at Mayo Clinic she relocated to Indianapolis, IN to attend Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM).
At MU-COM, Alecia inspired the discussion of nutrition in medical education. She facilitated a for credit elective that included both a lecture and hands on cooking series. Additionally, with the board of MU-COM’s SNMA chapter, she developed MU-COM’s inaugural diversity week.
Alecia’s clinical interests include osteopathic manipulative treatment, integrative medicine, maternal child health, addiction medicine, and culturally competent care. She is overjoyed to continue her training at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency for many reasons; most notably, she’s excited to be surrounded by like-minded individuals that value health equity, understand the implications of social determinants of health, and advocate for social justice. Outside of medicine she enjoys trying new cuisines, seeing a different view of the world in down dog, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.