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.
Emily Ashbaugh, MD
Emily Ashbaugh graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She chose family medicine in order to care for the whole patient and the many factors which affect their health. Her special interests are broad, including adolescent medicine, women’s health and OBGYN, integrative medicine, focus on underserved and community medicine, and LGBTQ-specific health issues. A native to the Pacific Northwest, she is happy to be in her home region where she enjoys hiking, skiing, horseback riding, basketball and rugby- as well as reading, writing and adventures in cooking/gardening.
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 2 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 Gillman trail with his daughters in tow or otherwise goofing off with his children and wife.
Michael Erickson, MD
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 guide 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 to 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.
Pat Gemperline, MD, Sea Mar Site Director
After graduating from Columbia University with honors and B.S./ M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering with an orthopedic bioengineering focus, Dr. Gemperline chose to work in underserved family medicine. This decision was sparked by his experience volunteering with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization in the heart of Harlem. Dr. Gemperline completed his medical training at the University of Utah, his native state. He then chose to attend the Providence Residency program which has since become the Swedish Cherry Hill Residency program. After graduation, Dr. Gemperline worked and learned Spanish in Guatemala, returning to the United States in 1990 to begin his career at Sea Mar CHC. Dr. Gemperline moved into the position of Clinical Director, a post he held until 2002. During this time he completed a faculty development fellowship. Through a statewide collaborative he learned of the chronic disease model of care and has helped apply this model to Sea Mar’s diabetic population. He is an ALSO instructor and ALSO Director and helps coordinate the obstetrical teaching for the first year residents. He continues to work .more than half time in clinical medicine. Dr. Gemperline enjoys teaching and he remains committed to training residents to become outstanding Family Medicine physicians who are also committed to caring for the underserved.
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. Residents may also rotate with him at Planned Parenthood where he continues to work and is the former director of colposcopy services . His interests include teaching evidence-based medicine, addiction medicine, women’s health, and chronic disease management. He is an advocate for reproductive health rights for women and men and supports the inclusion of abortion training in Family Medicine curricula nationwide. 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 vegetarian cooking and is generally regarded as potluck-safe.
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 occaisional misadventure) and training her cat (who thinks he's a dog).
Christopher Yee, MD, International District Site Director
Chris Yee received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. Upon completing his family medicine residency at Swedish First Hill in 2005, Chris moved to Kodiak, Alaska for one year and then worked for several months in Bethel, Alaska. He enjoyed being part of a small, cohesive community where practicing full-spectrum family medicine was essential. Back in Seattle, he began work at the International Community Health Services (ICHS) International District Clinic and was delighted to find the same small town feeling in an urban setting. One of his favorite things is making connections with his patients beyond the clinic walls. He often sees them at the park, in a restaurant, or simply walking down the street. Chris is passionate about understanding how the people of a community work together with organizations like ICHS to maintain and improve the community’s health. He feels privileged to be part of a team that makes this happen, and is dedicated to inspiring others and training them to find success in such a setting.
While working at the International District Clinic, Chris has served as the OB clinic lead in the Washington State Hospital Association’s Safe Deliveries Roadmap project, the interdepartmental lead for quality improvements in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Deputy Director of the clinic’s ARNP Residency Program. As Deputy Director of the clinic’s ARNP Residency Program, Chris was involved with the creation and implementation of the curriculum for the inaugural class. Chris’ medical interests include obstetrics, outpatient procedures, working through the stages of change in a person’s life, community medicine, and interprofessional medical training.
Chris lives just up the street from the International District with his wife and two girls. He is known for taking two years off from medical school to teach swing dancing internationally. These days, Chris recharges by going on adventures to find dragons and unicorns with his girls. He also enjoys capoeira and pursuing his newer interests of woodworking and photography.
Ronan Cahill, MD, Sports Medicine Fellow
Ronan is a board-certified Family Physician originally from Chattanooga, TN. He left the South after high school to syudy Biomedical Engineering with a focus on orthopedic biomaterials at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH before heading east to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester New York. After medical school he finally took the leap moving out to Seattle to complete his Family Medicine Residency at Swedish Cherry Hill and then decided he liked it so much he wanted to stay at Swedish to complete his Sports Medicine Fellowship.
After his fellowship his goal is to provide high quality primary care and sports medicine expertise to all of his patient's and help them get back to their activities - whether that is on the field, on the trail or on the job - as soon as possible.
When he is not at clinic you will often find Ronan exploring the roads of the Puget Sound on his road bike or on the trails hiking, running or mountain biking. He also enjoys cooking, baking and exploring the excellent food and drink in the Seattle area.
Jeffrey LaVallee, MD, Sports Medicine Fellow
Jeff was born and raised in the greater Hartford region of Connecticut and attended the University of Massachusetts where he studied Sports Management as an undergraduate. He was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to compete internationally as a U.S. National Team Member gymnast and later on as a NCAA division I gymnast at the University of Massachusetts. Before entering medical school at the University of Connecticut, he enjoyed working as a gymnastics instructor and coach. During this same time period he also worked for NBC Sports as a production assistant during nationally televised broadcasts of sporting events, including the 2004 Olympics Games. Upon graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine he moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he subsequently completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Virginia. Throughout his residency training, he maintained a strong interest in sports medicine and volunteered at many local sporting events providing medical care to the local high school and collegiate athletes. Following the completion of his residency training, he decided to extend his postgraduate training and pursue a sports medicine fellowship. He currently is one of the primary care sports medicine fellows here at Swedish Medical Center. His interests within the field of sports medicine include both diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal sonography, regenerative medicine, concussion and exercise physiology. His personal interests include spending time with his wife Kelly and son Colton, hiking, golfing and snowboarding.
Libby Loft, MD, Integrative Medicine Fellow
After graduating from the University of California San Diego with a BA in Third World Studies, Dr. Libby Loft spent 4 years working and living abroad before entering the medical profession. During that time, she combined her interests in health with her passion for arts, humanism and community. In addition to volunteering at Patch Adams' Gesundheit Institute and bicycling across the U.S. to raise awareness of global health inequities, she also worked as a birth doula in both Seattle and South Africa, providing support for women during pregnancy and childbirth. Dr. Loft went on to complete medical school at the University of Washington and finished residency at Cherry Hill in June 2016. She is happy to stay part of the Cherry Hill family in her new role as Integrative Medicine Fellow as she pursues further training in Functional Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and Osteopathic/manual medicine. In addition to Integrative medicine, her medical interests include population and global health disparities, family planning, positive birthing, patient empowerment, community mobilization and culinary medicine. Outside the clinic, Libby can be found collaborating toward racial and economic justice, trying out new healthy recipes with her partner, and taking piano and trapeze lessons.
Luke Peterson, DO, Addiction Medicine Fellow
Luke was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He's a family man, farm boy, and life-long learner all wrapped up into one family physician. He loves all aspects of family medicine and values building relationships and getting to know his patients on a personal level. After receiving his medical degree from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine he graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix Family Medicine Residency. To beat the heat and gain expertise in addiction medicine, he is honored to move to Seattle and accept a fellowship position at Swedish. He has particular interest in addiction, behavioral health, women's health, and pediatrics.
When not working, Luke is sharing his time with his wife Melanie and their three children: Merrill, Lewis, and Pepper. They can be found frequenting parks, exploring the coastline, swimming, and playing tennis. He loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and skiing. When it comes to literature, Luke is a big nerd and can be caught with his nose in a Sci-Fi or fantasy book. If you see him wearing ear buds you can rest assured knowing he is listening to a podcast, maybe even the podcast he helped create during residency (@AFPpodcast).