Faculty & Fellows
Kristin Anderson, MD, MPH, Carolyn Downs Site Director
Kristin Anderson, a Seattle-area native, studied neurobiology at the University of Washington before heading to the other coast for her medical school training at Tufts University in Boston. She graduated from Tufts with an MD/MPH in 2007, and then returned home to complete her family medicine residency at the Swedish First Hill Family Medicine program. Following residency, she pursued additional training through the Swedish First Hill geriatric fellowship program. During this fellowship year she acted as junior faculty in many capacities including developing and integrating an LGBT geriatric curriculum.
Upon graduation from fellowship she was hired on as a full spectrum family physician at Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, one of the oldest federally qualified health centers in the Seattle area, and one of the Cherry Hill residency satellite continuity clinics. In addition to her clinical duties, while at Carolyn Downs, Dr. Anderson has demonstrated her enthusiasm for teaching via facilitating geriatric assessment clinics, participating in resident didactic sessions, and starting a resident procedure clinic. Though she has worked with the Carolyn Downs residents in both the outpatient and inpatient settings since 2011, Dr. Anderson officially joined the faculty at Cherry Hill as the Residency Clinical Site Director and head of geriatric curriculum in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Anderson was recently married, and on (rare) common days-off, she and her partner, Natalie, can be found on the softball field, volleyball court, running, hiking, or traveling.
Jeremia Bernhardt, MD, Cherry Hill Clinic Director
Jeremia Bernhardt is a board certified family physician. After graduating from The George Washington University Medical School in 2006, he moved back home to the Pacific NW to train at Swedish Family Medicine, First Hill. In September 2009, after a conveniently timed paternity leave, he began clinical practice at Group Health where he spent the first 5 years of his career immersed in the medical home model of healthcare. Dr. Bernhardt joined the faculty at Cherry Hill in September 2014. He is enthusiastic about teaching medicine and leadership and is excited to have an opportunity to help cultivate the next generation of family doctors. Dr. Bernhardt's greatest passion in medicine is people, relationships, and individual interactions. He sees medicine as a constantly evolving landscape and sees family doctors as the prime candidates for leading meaningful change in healthcare and is committed to helping develop future grassroots family medicine leaders. Dr. Bernhardt has been actively involved in both the King County and Washington Academy of Family Physicians since residency. He has served on the WAFP board and as co-chair of the WAFP Government Affairs Committee and also a Past President of the KCAFP from 2013-2014.
Dr. Bernhardt lives in North Seattle with his wife and two young daughters Isabelle and Kenzi. At Swedish, he hopes to continue his 5 year run at commuting by bike or foot. When not at work, Dr. Bernhardt can be found in his backyard tending to his garden, in the kitchen preparing an elaborate meal, on the Burke Gilman trail with his daughters in tow or otherwise goofing off with his children and wife.
Michael Erickson, MD, Sports Medicine Fellowship Director
Dr. Erickson is a board certified Sports Medicine Physician and the head team physician of Seattle University (NCAA Div. I). He graduated from Carroll College in Helena, MT and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He trained in family medicine at Swedish at the Seattle Indian Health Board site. After graduation he was the Residency Site Director at the Seattle Indian Health Board for 8 years. He then completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL. He returned to Swedish to help start our Sports Medicine Fellowship. His interests are concussion management, musculoskeletal diagnostic US and US-guided procedures. He directs the Sports Medicine education for the family medicine residency. In addition, he is the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and the clinical lead for the Providence Sports Medicine and Concussion work groups.
Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin son and daughter and taking them skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and into the great outdoors of the NW.
Jen Flament, MD
Jen Flament received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at American University. After graduation, she served in the Peace Corps as an HIV/AIDS Education volunteer in Mali. Her experience in West Africa led her to consider a career in medicine and to appreciate the role that health and healthcare play in communities and development. After completing the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Goucher College she attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Living in post-Katrina New Orleans, Jen was constantly reminded that one does not have to search far to find communities in need of primary care. Jen strongly believes in the Family Medicine model of empowering patients to understand and manage their own health. She hopes to continue working with underserved communities and looks forward to meeting the people of Seattle.
In her spare time, Jen enjoys endurance running, biking, reading, travel, languages, and beer tasting.
Daniel Rivas, MD, Sea Mar Site Director
Dr. Daniel Rivas is originally from Texas, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University. Afterward, he attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, where he participated in a year-long community medicine track at the Regional Academic Health Center on the Texas-Mexico border. During his training at Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill Residency – Sea Mar Clinical Site, Daniel completed an area of concentration in Rural Health and served as the first resident recruitment chair for the residency program.
Daniel joined Sea Mar’s Burien Medical clinic in September of 2013, where he has continued to work with the Latino population. Daniel is skilled in 1st trimester OB ultrasound, colposcopy, and vasectomy. He is passionate about teaching and has lectured for the Sea Mar NP Residency and Swedish FM Cherry Hill Residency. He has taught medical and nurse practitioner students, volunteers as preceptor for the student-run free clinic at Casa Latina, and serves on the advisory board for the Community-focused Urban Scholars Pathway (CUSP) at University of Washington Medical School.
Seeking to address the deficiency of cultural and medically competent health care for the Latinx LGBTQ community, Daniel has trained local clinicians and medical staff in LGBTQ cultural competency, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and basic transgender healthcare in the context of a Latino-focused clinic (reaching over 200 healthcare workers in various contexts). He has also served on the LGBTQ Task Force for the National Association of Community Health Centers and participated in community forums specific to Latinx LGBTQ health.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys travelling, cooking, live entertainment, board games, hiking, and camping. He is also crafty, dabbles in knitting, furniture restoration, beer brewing, and digital scrapbooking. He continues a seemingly futile search for “good” Texas-style BBQ and Tex-Mex food in the Seattle area.
L. Paul Gianutsos, MD, MPH, Residency Program Director
After completing his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Gianutsos completed a master’s degree in epidemiology and international health at UCLA. He graduated from the UCLA-Drew School of Medicine in 1993 and completed his family medicine residency at Providence Family Medicine. After graduation he worked for five years in a community health center where he helped develop an inpatient medicine and obstetrics program. Dr. Gianutsos developed and directed the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the residency. He is board certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He supervises the colposcopy and LEEP clinic at the Cherry Hill clinic and is the former director of colposcopy services at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. His interests include addiction medicine, women’s health and improving healthcare work force diversity. He is an advocate for reproductive health rights and for addiction medicine and supports normalizing abortion training and including medication assisted therapy in Family Medicine curricula nationwide. In 2019 he was recognized by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians as the Family Medicine Educator of the Year. He has two children who used to make him appear older than he really was. More recently, he has realized that he's just old. He enjoys cooking and letting his dogs take him on walks.
Socia Love-Thurman, MD, SIHB Site Director
Socia was born and raised in the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She also belongs to the Yuchi and Delaware Nations. She studied Microbiology and Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She was selected as Miss Indian University of Oklahoma and then Miss Indian Oklahoma and focused her platform on promoting higher education among Native American youth. She then attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and there founded the first chapter of the Association of Native American Medical Students. After joining the National Board, she developed a mentorship program for NA/AN medical students and physicians across the country.
After heeding the wisdom from her own mentor who graduated from this program she decided to make the voyage west. She trained here at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency with her clinic at the Seattle Indian Health Board. Socia is excited to continue her enthusiasm in recruiting and retaining doctors who share our love and commitment to our diverse, underserved communities. To recharge she enjoys exploring the PNW with her husband and young son, dancing traditional southern buckskin at pow wows, making regalia, swimming, and engaging in social justice work, most recently with protecting the land and water rights in Standing Rock, ND.
Mary Puttmann-Kostecka, MD
Mary Puttmann-Kostecka, MD, MSc completed undergrad at St. Louis University where she studied political science, Spanish and international. During her undergraduate experiences she was drawn to healthcare as a way to advocate for social justice. In the year before medical school she completed a masters of social psychology in Health, Community and Development at the London School of Economics where she learned the power of community level change and participation. She then went on to complete medical school at Georgetown University, residency in Santa Rosa, California and then completed a maternal-child health, advanced OB fellowship at PCC Community Wellness in Chicago, IL. She spent another year in Chicago as interim Inpatient Medicine Course Director for West Suburban Family Medicine Residency. Her professional interests include OB, international health, migrant health, immigration, trauma healing, peer education, community health center organization and social justice. She also enjoys cooking, skiing, anything outdoors, spending time with her family, cards, board games and playing the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira.
Tanmeet Sethi, MD
Dr. Sethi joined the faculty in the fall of 2003. She is a board-certified family physician who graduated from the Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in 2000 and has been practicing in the Seattle community since. Dr. Sethi’s primary interests are in maternal-child health and Integrative Medicine. She has completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Weil and is faculty for the Center of Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. She has also received training in Ayurvedic Medicine in India and the U.S. She directs the Integrative Medicine curriculum and IM Area of Concentration which includes a more intensive learning experience in mind-body medicine, nutrition, botanicals, nutritional supplements and integrative medicine consultations. She leads an Integrative Medicine consultation clinic at the Cherry Hill Clinic site and runs mind-body medicine group visits twice a year at the clinic.
Dr. Sethi completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in African history. After graduating from college, she lived in China for a year and a half where she taught English and traveled through China and Southeast Asia. After moving back from China, she attended Rush Medical College in Chicago and then moved to Seattle to complete her residency. She has also co-founded Chaya, an organization created to support South Asian women in domestic violence situations and educate the South Asian community on domestic violence issues. She is a writer and has published her non-medical work in anthologies. She has conducted workshops on physicians and writing as well as workshops for women to use writing as healing from chronic illness. She speaks Punjabi, Hindi and Spanish. She has three young children and enjoys spending her free time with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest
Frederick B. Smith, MD
Dr. Smith graduated from Rutgers Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1979. A board-certified family physician, he completed his family practice residency in 1982 from the Cherry Hill residency program. He has been a member of the faculty for 27 years. He directs the clinic’s procedure clinic and is one of the R2 advisors. In addition to his residency teaching, he has maintained a busy clinical practice in downtown Seattle for over 24 years with Swedish Physician Medical Group.
Julie Taraday, MD, Associate Director of the Curriculum
Julie Taraday received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University before heading to the Rocky Mountains to ski, hike and climb for a few years. A thorough analysis of weather and snow conditions required her to return to her Washington roots where she learned how to multitask: coordinating multiple research projects for the University of Washington, obtaining essential pre-med requirements, and ski patrolling on weekends. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency at the 45th Street Clinic site of Swedish Family Medicine Residency at First Hill. She landed her dream job as faculty at Swedish Family Medicine, Cherry Hill immediately upon completing residency training. She is currently the Faculty Coordinator for the 4th year student clerkship program. Her other curricular passions include maternal/child medicine, obstetrics, gynecologic procedures, community-based research (including but not limited to her special focus on improving breastfeeding rates in high-risk populations) and inpatient family medicine service. She is enthusiastic about the advantages of Group OB care and has been conducting group OB visits with resident colleagues using the Centering model of prenatal care. Julie finds meaning and purpose in her professional life by working for the disadvantaged and underserved in the community. Her like-minded resident and faculty colleagues make this the ideal work environment for her. She also loves getting to speak Spanish with many of her patients in the Cherry Hill Clinic. Julie and her life-partner, Gretchen, have two adorable boys who keep life at home hilarious and busy. She finds abundant joy in sharing her once “extreme” passions with her kids via the bunny slopes and cushy tent camping. While parenting has become her favorite pastime, she still enjoys cooking Indian and Thai food, racing in triathlons, backpacking, digging in the garden and generally being a dork with her family and friends.
Shannon Waterman, MD
After completing her undergraduate degree in The Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington, Dr. Waterman remained in Seattle for her medical doctorate at the UW School of Medicine. Following residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, Dr. Waterman, now board-certified in family medicine, returned to the desert Southwest (where she grew up) working for several years at the Indian Health Service hospital in Zuni, New Mexico. There she developed a broad scope of practice including OB, emergency care and trauma stabilization, casting, and colposcopy. The clinical culture at Zuni included interdisciplinary care, a spirit of intellectual curiosity, bright students and residents and supportive collegial relationships - all of which she finds at Cherry Hill as well. (Recent work in Arctic Alaska also provided insight into the rewards and challenges of caring for underserved populations in remote locales - and to think she initially found Zuni to be remote!) She is pleased to bring this experience to advising residents interested in rural health care careers. Dr. Waterman worked in community health care locally, and in medical student and residency education at the University of Washington before joining our program at Cherry Hill. She enjoys time with family and good friends, road biking, river rafting, traveling internationally and is a self-declared foodie. She has broad interests in art, music and theater and still stubbornly attempts the Sunday NY Times crossword in pen. Though never playing a team sport before, she is now a member of a community kickball league and has become a die-hard fan of the Seattle Sounders professional soccer team.
Jackie Wong, MD
After completing her Art History and Biochemistry degrees at University of Washington, Jacqueline headed east for medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. After enjoying Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, she returned home to Seattle and completed her residency at Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill in 2009. Following her residency, she completed an Addiction Medicine fellowship before splitting her time between Seattle Indian Health Board, a community CHC, and Addiction Recovery Services in Ballard, an inpatient detox/treatment unit for pregnant women with addiction issues until 2014. She joined the Cherry Hill faculty part time in 2014 and continues to work at Addiction Recovery Services. Jacqueline's interests include addiction medicine, women's health and obstetrics. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, reading, cooking (with the occasional misadventure) and training her cat (who thinks he's a dog).
Jessica Guh, MD, International District Site Director
Jessica Guh grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate degree in the humanities with a focus on documentary film. After working for a few years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she went to medical school at the University of Michigan. She completed residency at Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill and after graduation started working at International Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center focusing on the care of under-served Asian Americans. Other clinical interests include addiction medicine, comprehensive women’s health, and the integration of primary care with psychiatry. Her weekly primary care clinic at Asian Counseling and Referral Services is one of the highlights of her week! Her work outside of clinical medicine focuses on racial health equity and the education of the medical community about issues of racism and implicit bias and she has lectured nationally on the subject.
She spends most of her free time biking and eating. Mostly eating though.
Rob Epstein, MD
Swedish RTT Site Director
University of Washington School of Medicine Assistant Clinical Professor
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Epstein earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, going on to earn a master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Tennessee. He returned to Seattle to earn his MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, then completed his residency in family medicine in Spokane in 2001. Dr. Epstein and his wife Betsy Wharton have enjoyed raising their two children, Forrest and Maya in Port Angeles. His medical interests include obstetrics, pediatrics and procedural medicine, as well as teaching medical students and residents.
CHINYERE OBIMBA, MD, MPH
Chinyere is from Ann Arbor, MI, where she lived for 22 years surrounded by a large and loving extended family. After completing a double major at the University of Michigan in Cell and Molecular Biology and Spanish, she headed to the East Coast to attend Harvard Medical School, completing her Master’s in Public Health in Family and Community Health along the way. Her favorite parts of medical school included her participation in Student National Medical Association, advocating for local immigrant families through a community clinic-based project, co-directing a cultural show celebrating the African Diaspora and conducting a maternal-child health project in Northeast Brazil. She fell in love with family medicine because of its special dedication to the care of underserved populations and its unique position to address the social determinants of health for communities. She then made her way west and completed her family medicine residency at Swedish Cherry Hill with Carolyn Downs as her continuity clinic, completing an Area of Concentration in Integrative Medicine. She joined faculty at Cherry Hill after working for two and a half years at Carolyn Downs. In addition to her responsibilities as Integrative Medicine faculty, she also contributes to the Anti-Racism curriculum. Her other interests include obstetrics and obstetric ultrasound, procedures, maternal-child health and developmental pediatrics. She’s also into language learning, everything Brazil, creative writing, singing, dancing, reading, cooking, documentary watching and city-going. She lives with her husband and toddler son, who is likely growing to be more of an outdoorsperson than either of his parents.