Class of 2019
Amy Chabitnoy, MD
Amy was born and raised in a small town outside of Hershey, PA, home to cornfields, cows, and oh yeah chocolate. With a love of chocolate and the countryside, she ventured to Lancaster, PA, home to the famed Wilbur bud, rival of the chocolate kiss. She attended Franklin and Marshall College where she earned a Biology degree with a minor in Medicine and Technology in Society. A sports fan from a young age, she was fortunate to play both soccer and basketball for the Diplomats. She even got to be the Benjamin Franklin mascot a time or two to support her fellow D3 athletes. After graduating, she experienced the power sport can play in a community atthe Christopher Campbell Memorial Field in Khayelitsha, South Africa, where she took part in a summer soccer and youth leadership skills camp. After getting schooled on the soccer field and learning some sweet new dance moves, Amy returned home to work at the Pennsylvania State University Medical School (GO LIONS!) in a laboratory studying oxidative stress on the heart.
Next, Amy discovered a world outside of PA when she traveled to New Hampshire to attend the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In New England she was happy to find mentors and classmates who shared Dr. Seuss' joy of life and determination to provide comfort, although thankfully not always in rhyme. While at Dartmouth she was able to work closely with Native American communities in Arizona, Maine, and Minnesota. She is very excited to continue to work with Native American and Alaska Native populations at the Seattle Indian Health Board. Proud of her Aleutian heritage, she is excited to be in the Pacific Northwest. In NH she gained a love of the outdoors with hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She is looking forward to continuing all these in her new home.
She is excited to join the other members of her intern class. She would particularly like to introduce Lisa, a board-game loving, sweetheart whose spirit animal is the ocelot.
Lisa Chan, MD
Lisa grew up surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah where she studied biochemistry and Chinese language and literature at the University of Utah. She first developed a passion for serving marginalized communities while volunteering at the local free clinic and refugee community center as an undergrad. After college, Lisa spent some time working as an inorganic chemist and certified nursing assistant before going onto medical school at Pennsylvania State University. In the northeast, Lisa served on the board for the student-run free clinic, organized community service events at the local assisted living facility, and mentored at-risk youth. These broad experiences solidified her love for family and community medicine.
She is excited to be a part of the inaugural class at ICHS where she will be serving the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of the International District. She looks forward to providing full-spectrum care for the underserved communities of Seattle and acting as an agent of change for health and social equity.
In her free time, Lisa likes to draw, hike, play boardgames, and spend time with her cat Toby. Though Lisa is a self-admitted cat enthusiast, her co-intern Bryn Chowchuvech's spirit animal is a koala.
Bryn Chowchuvech, MD, MPH
Bryn was raised in the western outskirts of Denver in sunny Colorado. He spent time in Boulder and Breckenridge prior to moving to the Bay Area in California, where he graduated with a degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. Not minding the idea of being a lifelong student, he furthered his education at the University of Washington where he studied both Medicine and Public Health.
His professional interests include full-spectrum primary care, rural & global health, refugee and immigrant care, palliative care, integrative medicine, and medical technology. He is thrilled to a part of Cherry Hill, where health equity and advocacy are spoken as a common tongue and a program that can allow pursuit of a multitude of interests. His personal hobbies include cooking and sharing wonderful meals with his spouse, as well as most anything outdoors, be it on water, rock, snow, or trail.
He is especially thrilled to be learning the art of medicine, working in the community, and playing in the beautiful Washington outdoors alongside his co-resident, Trevor, whose insatiable natural curiosity and overt friendliness are embodied by human's best friend, the stalwart Labrador.
Trevor Dickey, MD, MPH
Trevor Dickey was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he grew up until discovering the beautiful pacific northwest during his time at college at the University of Washington. There, he studied Biochemsitry and started taking advantage of all the northwest had to offer.
He made a change all the way across the country to Duke University for medical school, in North Carolina, where he was fortunate enough to be part of the newly formed Primary Care Leadership Track. He also had time at Duke to get his Master in Public Health degree where he focused primarily on efficacy of diabetes care management programs. He has a clinical interest in rural health as well as an interest in policy and economic issues surrounding community health and health inequality. He is so grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by his inspiring fellow co-residents and faculty that are passionate about addressing the social, economic, and medical issues that affect their patients’ health and well being.
Outside of medicine he enjoys hanging out with his awesome wife and co-intern Steph and their ever-smiling dog Koopa. He loves to climb, hike, camp, surf, snowboard. He is also known to become too proud of himself when he successfully builds something, or completes a home improvement project.
And although he can neither verify nor refute the presence of a blow-hole, he would like to think the next person, Kirsten Hansen-Day has the spirit animal of a dolphin. She is always full of positive energy and enjoys water related activities like going out on her new paddle board.
Kirsten Hansen Day, MD
Kirsten grew up in Seattle and might just spend the rest of her life here. She went to undergrad at Oberlin College in Ohio. After graduating, she helped start an integrative birthing center in rural Bolivia and then spent two years working as a birth doula in Seattle and New Orleans. In 2010, during her time as an Americorps doula, she first learned about the social determinants of health. She realized this was the common thread that connected everything she had previously worked on or cared about, whether anti-sweatshop organizing, human rights, Latin America solidarity work, or empowering women to reclaim their birth experiences.
During medical school at the University of Washington, she organized with the student group Health Equity Circle to increase discussion of social determinants of health in the pre-clinical curriculum and worked to improve the learning environment for students of all races. Her clinical interests include integrative medicine, LGBTQ health, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, reproductive health and policy advocacy. She is thrilled to join a circle of physicians that challenge each other to be the best care providers, activists and advocates for the communities they serve.
Kirsten can also be found paddleboarding on Lake Washington, hiking the North Cascades, playing pirates with her nephew, West Coast swing dancing with her wife, or watching anything starring Kate McKinnon. She’s proud to work alongside her cointern Tiff, whose spirit animal is a wise and elegant owl, a leader in the field, forest, or mountain, wherever she may be.
Tiffany Ho, MD, MPH
Tiffany grew up in San Jose, CA prior to the craze of the technology start up boom. She hopped down south to major in Neuroscience and minor in Geriatrics at UCLA. During this time, she had the fortunate opportunity to become a clinic coordinator for a student-run mobile clinic for the homeless and uninsured population of West Hollywood. This valuable experience fueled her interest in working with the urban underserved population, particularly those with mental health conditions.
Excited for a change in scenery, Tiffany leaped across to Baltimore, MD to attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Training at one of the last ten institutions without a Department of Family Medicine pushed Tiffany to find creative ways to explore primary care in a specialty-focused institution. Along the way, she obtained her Master in Public Health degree at Hopkins. She learned more about community-oriented primary care, and sought to find a strong residency program that echoed such a philosophy. She's incredibly excited and honored to join the Cherry Hill family, and already feels at home with the International Community Healthy Services (ICHS) International District clinic.
Tiffany enjoys a range of activities from plumping up her roommates and friends with baked goodies to backpacking internationally as well as rock climbing with her fellow interns. She's pumped that her fellow cointern Laura Krinsky has tried climbing several times. Her light-hearted spirit, warmness, and nutty comment made on the intern camping trip echoes the spirit animal of a flying squirrel.
Laura Krinsky, MD
Laura was born and raised in Manhattan. As a third-generation New Yorker, she ventured out to Pomona College in Claremont, California to get her first taste of the West Coast. While there, she majored in Latin American Studies and wrote her honors thesis on Cuban racial discourse based on original research done in Havana. Prior to matriculating at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, she assisted Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI) in research on women's barriers to contraception in the Bronx. Laura’s commitment to understanding and serving vulnerable populations unified her service, research, and clinical experiences while in medical school. She was a Human Rights and Social Justice Scholar and co-founded courses on race/racism in medicine and social justice in clinical practice. Laura led the student-run global health organization and researched kidney disease in Nicaragua. She honed her skills in community organizing as a co-founder of Primary Care Progress' local chapter and teaching as an inaugural didactic leader for Icahn’s Interclerkship Ambulatory Care Track, which focused on primary care. In recognition of excellence in clinical care, leadership and service, she was awarded the Dr. Barry Stimmel Renaissance Scholar Award.
Laura is thrilled to join a community of like-minded residents and faculty who are dedicated to full spectrum training with the shared goal of equity and social justice in healthcare. The social mission and many clinical and academic strengths of the program resonate with her wide array of professional interests, including but not limited to medical education, primary care in urban underserved communities, prisoner/re-entry health, adolescent medicine, community activism, maternal child health and reproductive justice.
Outside of medicine, she is excited to take the next step in her bicoastal hop and admire the Pacific Northwest through coffee shop windows. Laura and her fiance look forward to borrowing her co-residents’ camping and watersports gear and making everybody NY-style pizza.
It is her great honor to introduce her co-resident Bari, whose wisdom, strength, and reputation for being a mutant ninja in her teenage years makes her a turtle. Not only are Bari and Laura native East Coasters, but also they have partners who enjoy pickling vegetables and setting up camp for weekend trips while Bari and Laura are in clinic on Friday afternoons.
Bari Laskow, MD
Bari was born in Alabama but spent her formative years in New Jersey (which is much prettier than most people think). She attended the Gallatin School at New York University where she developed a major that focused on the social determinants of health. Between college, medical school at University of Pittsburgh and residency, she found herself working towards exploring these determinants in various places: in Liberia with Africare developing a peer-education program to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy; participating in a medical Spanish and social justice program called Somos Hermanos in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; and a year in El Salvador working on community-based HPV self-sampling for cervical cancer prevention.
She is beyond-words excited to join her fellow residents and faculty at Cherry Hill and Sea Mar; their passion for providing high-quality medical care and being amazing advocates for their patients is inspiring and invigorating. When she's not taking care of patients, she can be found rock climbing in- and outdoors, hiking the beautiful mountain ranges with her partner, playing boards games, or eating delicious home-cooked meals.
Next up is the amazing Steph Ngo! While some might say she is a monkey the way she easily cruises up some difficult climbs, if you look closely at her excited wide eyes you'll see that she is truly a beautiful spry deer.
Stephanie Ngo, MD
Stephanie Ngo is a Seattle-ite, raised in the Chinatown/International District. She attended college at the University of Washington. After graduation, she moved to Vietnam for a year and taught English and hung out with family and traveled. After her stint abroad, she moved back to the US and across the country with her partner to Durham, North Carolina. There, she worked as an AIDS United/AmeriCorps member at the Durham VA Medical Center. Stephanie then started medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and was part of the Primary Care Leadership Track.
Stephanie is interested in community medicine, social injustice, mental health integration with primary care, immigrant/refugee health, and addiction medicine. She is beyond excited to return to Seattle and start residency at Swedish Cherry Hill with amazing colleagues and faculty who share a passion of providing comprehensive, high quality to underserved patients and communities beyond just the medical setting.
In her free time, Stephanie likes to hang out with her partner (see his profile above, Trevor) and dog, Koopa Troopa, hike, rock climb, paint, and find parks and beaches to chillax during her time off.
Next up is Jenn Nguyen, whos smiles and hugs make her spirit animal a bear... Specifically a black bear.
Jennifer Nguyen, MD, MPH
Jennifer grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley where she cultivated the need to work towards social justice. After working in the non-profit sector, she moved to the beautiful Northwest with her partner to pursue a Master in Public Health, focusing on refugee community health. She ultimately pursued medicine at the University of Washington in order to foster the connections found uniquely in physician-patient relationships. She realized her calling was Family Medicine, a specialty which gave her the opportunity to holistically care for a patient, honor the patient’s narrative, while pursing obstetrics and pediatrics. Jennifer found her community at Cherry Hill, filled with residents, faculty, and staff who not only whole-heartedly believes the notion that people are disproportionately affected by societal factors, but use their creativity and voice for advocacy. Her interests are in refugee/ asylum/ immigrant health, women’s/ reproductive health, and adolescent health.
Jennifer loves relaxing near water, cooking and eating Vietnamese & Thai food with her loving partner & co-intern, live music & theater, hiking, travelling, getting over her fear of heights with rock climbing, and is continually energized by her co-residents who have a genuine passion for improving the health of patients from disenfranchised communities because they believe that things should and need to be better. Jennifer’s lovely co-intern, Candace is a fellow water-lover and social justice advocate, whose calm and nurturing ways imbue the playful spirit of the otter.
Candace Watts, MD
Candace S. Watts is from the Land of Enchantment and attended The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She is the first physician in her family and proud of her Diné (Navajo) and African American heritage. Before medical school she obtained a bachelors degree in nursing from Hampton University and completed pre-nursing coursework at Sweet Briar College.
During undergrad Candace established a passion for social justice and health equity through her public health work in Zambia, Italy, Capitol Hill, the Navajo Nation, and the Center for Disease Control. Her desire to serve Native people and quest for adventure took her to rural Southwest Alaska. There she worked as a nurse alongside full scope family physicians that motivated her to pursue a life in medicine. She is honored to continue her training with the inspiring residents and faculty of the Cherry Hill program and Seattle Indian Health Board.
Candace enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking to hot springs, outdoor yoga, buying all things turquoise and eating all things green chile.
Last and NEVER least is the fierce-hearted, community healer Alexandra Zaballa whose spirit animal is the Lion.
Alexandra Zaballa, MD
Alexandra was born in La Paz, Bolivia but spent most of her childhood in the Portland,OR- Vancouver,WA area. She attended the University of Washington for undergrad, majoring in Biology and minoring in Diversity studies. During this time she first became involved in the Latino Medical Student Association and a local student-run clinic at Casa Latina, which is a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides services to Latino immigrants and seasonal workers. After graduation, she decided to serve through AmeriCorps at SeaMar Community Health Center. At SeaMar, she was involved in leading health education classes and starting a youth soccer program. She then started medical school at the University of Washington where she continued pursuing opportunities for outreach and service for marginalized communities while continuing to focus on the recruitment and retainment of students of color in medicine, firmly believing that mentorship has been a critical support in her path to medicine.
Alexandra is very happy to be training at Cherry Hill, where she has found her people, who are also committed to caring and advocating for underserved patients. She is especially excited to call Sea Mar her home clinic. She loves the broad-spectrum family medicine training that Cherry Hill offers as well as the focus on community activism and addressing inequities that play such a large role in the health of individuals and communities. Medical interests include urban underserved, obstetrics and reproductive health, and the interplay between social justice and medicine.
Outside of medicine, Alexandra enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, exploring the outdoors through hiking and backpacking trips, and enjoying both rainy and sunny days in Seattle!
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 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.
She is excited to introduce her co-intern Mike, whose childhood dream job was to be ice cream man in order to bring joy to those around him.