Resident Profiles

2020-2021 Residents


Matthew Baer

Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, I have always loved the Pacific Northwest and am humbled by the opportunity to serve this community. My college studies took me to University of Portland where I studied Biochemistry, climbed as many Cascade volcanoes as I could, and volunteered my time in hospice care and aiding single mothers who were homeless. Between college and medical school, I worked as a test prep teacher. I attended medical school through Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE and in their regional campus located in Phoenix, AZ. Throughout my training, I regularly worked in free clinics focused on care for the underserved and worked to develop wellness-focused curricula. I plan to continue working on expanding access to high quality healthcare, practice full-spectrum family medicine, and care for my patients with empathy and compassion. When I have free time, I’ll be outdoors enjoying the wild beauty this land offers. I am looking forward to getting back into the mountains, rivers, and lakes which dominate this beautiful land we call home.

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Liz Buck

Hey everyone! I was born and raised in Marysville, Washington, just a bit north of Seattle. For undergrad, I went to La Salle University in Philadelphia where I played softball and studied Biology and Spanish. After graduating, I moved back home and did a year of service with AmeriCorps at a local Community Health Center dedicated to underserved communities, particularly the Latinx communities. I went on to work there as a Chronic Care Coordinator, working directly with our patients to help them better manage their chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mental health. My time working at this clinic opened my eyes to the social determinants of health, the health disparities our marginalized communities face and how I can be an advocate as a family medicine physician. Throughout my medical school journey at UW, I continued to expand my knowledge of underserved medicine and how to respectfully work with different populations through student-run free clinics and outreach services to those suffering from homelessness. The UW Chelan RTT is my dream residency come true- I get to practice broad spectrum family medicine, work in an underserved area with a large Latinx population and continue to learn how to break down health care barriers and promote health equity for all. When not working you can find me spending time with my wonderful husband, son and other family/friends, baking/cooking, drinking coffee and working out/staying active!

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Beatrice Caballero

Hi Everyone! My name is Bea Caballero. I was born in Los Angeles, CA but grew up in Douglas, AZ, a small town in the southeast corner of Arizona on the Mexican border. I moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona where I earned my undergraduate degree in physiology with a minor in chemistry. I spent a year teaching physiology, anatomy and biology at the high school level then returned to the University of Arizona to complete a Master’s degree in Physiological Sciences. My primary research focus was on the neuroprotective effects of a vascular endothelial growth factor on dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s disease. Following graduate school, I stayed in Tucson where I attended medical school and was fortunate enough to work in rural communities throughout Arizona. This solidified my interests in community outreach and addressing healthcare disparities in underserved areas. Other academic interests include clinical research, teaching and sports medicine. I am thrilled to be here at the University of Washington, and I look forward to exploring the beautiful city of Seattle! Outside of work I enjoy playing sports, particularly basketball (Go Lakers!) and volleyball, live music, hiking, cooking, dog watching and of course enjoying all the restaurants, breweries and coffee shops Seattle has to offer.

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Natalie Cheung-Jones

Hi! I grew up in a small island community on North Haven, Maine. I studied human biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, before moving to Washington. Both in Maine and Rhode Island, I served as an EMT – discovering my love for medicine and taking care of people at all stages of life. After undergrad, I moved to Seattle and began working as a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood. It is there that I found my passion for providing reproductive healthcare. After my time at Planned Parenthood, I was able to stay in beautiful Washington state and complete my medical education at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. I look forward to my time training at the University of Washington and caring for families as we address their short and long-term healthcare goals together. A few of my additional interests include obstetrics, transgender and adolescent care. In my free time, I love gardening, hiking, cooking, playing with my cat and biking to find new places to eat with my husband.

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Daniel Dudley

Hello! I have lived in Seattle my entire life, with most of my friends and family living in the Pacific Northwest as well. I am very attached to this beautiful region. I love being around the unique beauty and culture of the Pacific Northwest. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, boating, exploring the city, cooking, raising my two dwarf rabbits and spending time with my family and loved ones. I had an early interest in medicine because my mother was director of development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and my father was a family practice physician in the area. I grew up visiting them at their respective places of work and became fascinated with the ability of healthcare workers to provide peace, hope, and healing to those in need. I worked at my dad’s family medicine clinic as an adolescent and enjoyed getting to know his patients and watching him provide excellent care. I attended college at Seattle Pacific University where I studied biology and chemistry. During college, I started volunteering at Neighborcare Health and later continued to work there as an AmeriCorps member, gaining deeper insight into health disparities in the region. I then completed medical school at the University of Washington, the same school my father attended, and now I am very excited to continue in his footsteps as a family medicine physician! During medical school, I completed an NIH research fellowship in otolaryngology. Within medicine some of my interests include LGBTQ+ health, urgent care, otolaryngology, medical ethics, grief and loss, oncology fundraising and translational research.

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Erin Fredrickson

Hi friends! I’m so excited to be at the University of Washington, and specifically as a resident in the Harborview Family Medicine Clinic. I grew up in San Francisco and my family moved to Sonoma County before I started high school. I met my first family doctor in the small town of Sebastopol, CA when I was 14 years old. He ended up serving not only as my physician, but a great mentor and teacher, and ultimately the inspiration for me to become a family doctor and prioritize leadership. I studied Kinesiology during undergrad with minors in Biology and Sports Nutrition at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and then moved to North Carolina for medical school. I earned my MPH from UNC Chapel Hill between my clinical years at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I value the osteopathic philosophies of whole-person care and empowering the body to heal itself, and I love applying these concepts to community medicine, public health, and social justice. I am interested specifically in sports medicine, women’s health, and caring for people with criminal justice involvement. Outside of medicine, I love food and coffee, running, reading, and spending time with my husband and our dog Charlie!

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Tiffany Jenkins

Hi everyone! I’m Tiffany. I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up among the cacti and fiery sunsets of the Sonoran desert, I’ve always had a burning curiosity about the world and a strong desire to help others. In undergrad I triple majored in Creative Writing, Religious Studies, and Nutritional Sciences with a minor in biochemistry, which perfectly balanced my passions for the humanities and science. During this time I also had the pleasure of working within my community as a medical services intern with the IRC (where I advocated for refugees during their health appointments, and helped families connect with and utilize WIC services). I also worked with a few different volunteer programs along the US-Mexico border, which aided migrants both medically and nutritionally. Growing up I watched my Dad struggle with mental illness, and I became his advocate. Our story and my experiences inspire me to serve underserved communities and bring the healing power of story and art to medicine. I moved to Seattle to complete medical school at UW where I continued to foster these passions by completing the Underserved, Indian Health, and Global Health Pathways while working to start the Humanities and the Arts Pathway. I am glad I get to stay at UW to continue my passions while learning full-spectrum family medicine with obstetrics. In my free time I enjoy going on Pacific Northwest adventures, writing poetry, cuddling with my adorable fur babies, and crafting home-made bath bombs, soaps, and jewelry.

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Colbey Ricklefs

Hey all, I’m Colbey (he/him)! I am originally from the Northwest… of Missouri. I grew up just north of Kansas City and went to the University of Missouri (Mizzou) for undergrad. Public health is my mitochondria (an absolute #powerhouse), so I moved to Boston to get my MPH. I went to the Boston University School of Public Health where I dual concentrated in Global Health as well as Maternal & Child Health. I made my way back home to attend Mizzou Med, but I’m excited to start the next phase of my training in Seattle! I have a particular interest in the intersections of public health and medicine, especially in the context of diversity, equity, and justice (#BLM, #WC4BL). I was a co-director of our student-run free clinic in medical school, and I look forward to continue serving as an advocate to folks for whom healthcare has been traditionally inaccessible. With my interests in refugee /immigrant health, as well as working with the urban underserved, there was no better fit for me than the Harborview Family Medicine Clinic! Outside of medicine, you’ll find me rewatching Parks and Rec, listening to podcasts, or sampling all the delicious foods Seattle has to offer!

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Andrew Stine-Rowe

Greetings from Seattle! I am Andrew Stine-Rowe and I’m thrilled to be doing my Family Medicine training in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at UW. I hadn’t ever thought about pursuing medicine when I was growing up or in college. When I left rural Ohio to move to Boston for college, I fell in love with city life and all the systems that make cities run. At MIT, my major was urban studies and city planning, and after college I served on the public oversight board for the public transit system in Boston. My interest is in how people’s lives are affected by the systems we operate and live in, but I also learned in the years after college that I needed to have a career where I could directly connect with and work with people. After some soul searching, I decided to pursue medicine and went back to night school for several years to complete my medical school prerequisites. I then studied at the University of Miami for combined medicine and public health degrees. My public health capstone work was related to how the usage of public parks shapes community health. Family Medicine is a perfect fit for me not only because of its full spectrum care for everyone in the community (I love that we take care of kids, adults and obstetrical patients all in one practice!), but also because it supports my intended career path in public health systems leadership. Outside of medicine, I love exploring Seattle’s world class parks and forests with my wife and two children.

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Kami Veltri

¡Hola! I blame my sunny disposition on growing up in the Sunshine State. Though I often introduce myself as “Kami from Miami” and use she/her or they/their pronouns, I was born and raised an hour up the coast in Parkland before escaping suburbia and moving further inland to attend the University of Florida. There, I fell in love with biking and organic farming while studying psychology and biology, ultimately landing on a major that combined the latter two in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience. I then spent six months in Guatemala as a scholar of the Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program to learn Spanish, volunteer in rural clinical and public health programs, and hike the volcanic countryside. After returning stateside, I traveled a circuitous path through medical school at the George Washington University, taking time off to work within the realms of integrative medicine and advocacy in DC. It was a long journey (literally and figuratively) to finally get to “the other Washington” and I couldn’t be more stoked to be here. I’m so grateful to have Harborview as my home base in Seattle for intern year before I ship off to Chelan to expand my full-spectrum family med skills further in the dreamiest of RTTs. Academic and clinical topics that excite me most include: health justice reparations, health care as a human right, gender-affirming care, and caring for people who experience incarceration. I tend to carve out time for hikes, camping trips, and ogling at Mount Rainier while picnicking with my partner James and our doggo Sammy.

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Alex Chen

I’m from the eastern suburbs of Seattle, but I’ve spent much of my life in other parts of the country, which has broadened my understanding of the people and patients I work with every day. I studied Cultural Anthropology and Biology at Duke, after which I worked at an electronic health record company in San Francisco to facilitate information exchange. I moved to sunny (and smoggy) Los Angeles for medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, where I had the privilege to work with a largely underserved population. My interests include health technology, informatics, health and insurance policy, and housing policy. Outside medicine, I like to bicycle, hike, brew coffee, and read.

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Christine Davenport-Welter

Hi everyone! I claim many homes – I spent my childhood in a small town in Wyoming before moving to Colorado. My undergraduate years landed me in Seattle where I studied biology and chemistry at Seattle Pacific University.During the summers of college, I traded the PNW for the rocky coast of Maine where I worked with community organizations that serve a diverse and dynamic community of refugees. After college, I made my way back to New England where I taught high school chemistry with Teach For America in Hartford, CT. My time in Maine and Connecticut exposed me to health disparities and sparked my interest in public health and primary care. I stayed in New England to complete my MD/MPH at Tufts University – Maine Track. I could not be more excited to return to Washington to train at UW. The Chelan RTT is the perfect fit for me as I desire to practice full spectrum family medicine with ample community involvement in an underserved setting. When not working, you will find me closely glued to my pup hiking, running, and exploring every dog friendly brewery, coffee shop, and restaurant with my Washingtonian husband and co-residents!

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Deepthi Ennamuri

Deepthi grew up in Portland, Oregon, but spent the early years of her life in South India. As part of the Honors College at Oregon State University, she majored in Biochemistry and Biophysics before enrolling in Oregon Health and Science University for medical school. During medical school, she was involved in curriculum transformation and also served as a student representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges. In addition, she volunteered with a free clinic where she developed her interest in women’s health. Her research during medical school focused on women’s health in patients with advanced heart failure. She is passionate about preventative health, reproductive health and family planning. She is very excited to continue her training at the University of Washington and explore a different part of the Pacific Northwest during residency.

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Andrew Gray

Hey everyone! I am a born and raised Washingtonian, and am thrilled to continue this medical journey with UW Family Medicine. I grew up in Sammamish, WA just east of Seattle, and went a bit north to Western Washington University in Bellingham for undergrad, where I studied cell biology and competed for WWU in track and field (specifically hurdles). I then trekked over the Cascades to Yakima for medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, where I found my passion for family medicine in its purest form: as full-spectrum as you can get! I am so excited to be continuing my training as part of the Chelan RTT, where I will have the opportunity to practice cradle to grave medicine in both outpatient and inpatient settings (and the lakeside location isn’t too bad either!). My current interests are varied, including obstetrics, critical access hospital/ER medicine, and incorporating osteopathic manipulation into the clinic setting in an efficient and effective way. In my free time, I can be found with my amazing wife, puppy, and friends backpacking, skiing (always in search of powder days), travelling (most recently camping around Iceland), and seeking out whatever breweries I can find! Cheers!

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Jack Mo

Greetings everyone, my name is Jack Mo. I am originally from Eugene, OR but grew up in Kent, WA. I then moved to Seattle to attend college at the University of Washington where I got a degree in biochemistry with a minor in bioethics and humanities. While in college, I spent a few years doing research in a malaria lab—working on developing new medications for malaria. I also volunteered at the UW Medical Center where I quickly recognized how much I enjoyed working with patients and listening to their stories. This experience encouraged me to apply to medical school, and I was able to continue my education at the University of Washington School of Medicine. My time here reinforced my desire to hear my patients’ stories and understand who they are as individuals in order to better serve their health needs. What ultimately drew me to family medicine was being able to develop strong relationships with patients over many years, working with families, and serving a diverse patient population. Now, I am fortunate enough to stay at UW for my residency training. Some of my areas of interest within family medicine are preventative care and—as the son of Chinese immigrants—immigrant and underserved care. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, playing board games/card games/video games, and video editing/photo editing.

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Joey Nelson

As a citizen of the Yakama Nation and a Washingtonian born and raised, I am very excited to continue my education here in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up on the Columbia River in a town of less than 500 people and I earned my undergraduate degree at Central Washington University. I am a former Udall Scholar for my commitment to tribal healthcare and I participated in the Four Directions Summer Research Program in Boston – where I learned a little about research and a whole lot about medicine. I worked as a medical scribe for two years in Yakima before starting my medical education at the University of Washington in WWAMI Spokane. As a family medicine resident training at the Harborview Medical Center satellite, I will get the unique opportunity to work with underserved populations burdened with a variety of social challenges. This experience will help prepare me for a future battling the many health and educational disparities that face American Indian and Alaskan Natives. My partner Claire and I enjoy paddle boarding, taking our dog to the beach, and eating – whether that’s at a trendy restaurant or with family. Of note, my favorite “P” things happen to be Poke, Poker, and Pokémon. I’ve played basketball for as long as I can remember, and like “Dr. McDreamy” before me I too have a thing for ferry boats.

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Claire Simon

As a Seattle local I am thrilled to continue my training with the University of Washington at Harborview Family Medicine Clinic. I did my undergrad at University of Washington where I studied Psychology and Spanish. I also had the opportunity to study abroad in India, Spain and Chile where I saw the public health impact of primary care.After undergrad I taught ESL and worked as a medical assistant at a small family medicine clinic where I saw the power of long-term healing relationships. I stayed at the University of Washington for medical school and was involved in student run free clinics and efforts to increase diversity in medicine. I also did buprenorphine research at both Harborview and Kaiser. My partner Joey and I are committed to caring for the underserved in our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to train together at Harborview Family Medicine Clinic.My interests in medicine are primary care research, medical student teaching and mentorship, addiction medicine and full spectrum reproductive health. Some of my favorite Seattle activities include paddle boarding on Lake Union, biking around Seward Park, taking our dog Hugo on the Whidbey Island ferry and eating dinner at my parent’s house.

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Jon Staloff

Hello! My name is Jonathan Staloff and I grew up in Marlboro, NJ.I studied Community Health at Brown University, after which I worked in Washington, DC at a healthcare policy consulting firm. I returned to Brown for medical school, where I also completed a Master’s degree in Population Medicine as part of its Primary Care-Population Medicine Program. Throughout my education, I’ve been fascinated by healthcare systems and policy and how we can improve it for all families and communities.I’m inspired to be here at the University of Washington where I hope to care for children, adults, and older populations. I look forward to exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and growing from my great indoorsman roots into a budding outdoorsman. In my free time, you can find me playing piano, reading a good book, at the movies, or exploring Seattle.

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Goldie Stands-Over-Bull

Dr. Stands-Over-Bull grew up in Denver, Colorado. She has lived all over the country, but the family home has been south-central Montana. She spent her formative years in New England, completing both a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology and her MD at Yale University. She plans to practice full spectrum care in the Rocky Mountain region.

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Matt Wise

Hello there, my name is Matt Wise. I grew up in southwest Washington and earned a Biology degree from a small liberal arts school called the University of Dallas, where I played soccer, studied in Rome, and ate lots of breakfast tacos. Throughout undergrad, I was exposed to the beauty and wisdom of the humanities. This largely motivated my pursuit of medicine and informed how I view the patient-physician relationship. I attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth – which I affectionately refer to as the Tacoma of Dallas. During this time, I started an outreach clinic for the growing homeless population in Fort Worth, which immersed me in the value and necessity of underserved care. Many of my subinterests – broad training, access for marginalized groups, primary care and cancer survivorship, interfacing the humanities with medicine, and even sports medicine – all stem from how much value Family Medicine gives to relationship. I’m more than excited to train with the UW family and to be back in the Pacific Northwest! Outside of work, I enjoy all things soccer, discovering new music, and pretty much any activity outdoors.

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Monica Agarwal

Hi all! I was born and raised in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey. I crossed the Hudson River for undergrad at Columbia University in New York City where I majored in biomedical engineering. During my time in undergrad, I was involved with Engineers Without Borders which exposed me to public health projects, community management, and global health. After college, I attended medical school back home at Rutgers University, where I was introduced to the prospect of pursuing women’s health & family planning through family medicine. I took a research year after my M2 year to pursue a fellowship in Pathology at Stanford University where nurtured my interest in histology. However, after completing my clinical years in medical school, I knew I wanted to be directly involved in patient care. I enjoyed the variety of family medicine and the appreciated the value of continuity. I’m so excited to be at UW in the wonderful city of Seattle! After a long hard shift, you’ll find me exploring Seattle with my husband, pretending to be a mixologist in my own home, and planning my next trip abroad.

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Liz Brallier

Hailing from Pittsburgh and raised near Nashville I was drawn west by the community-focused care at UW. I studied Biology and Spanish at Rhodes College in Memphis, but it was after becoming my father’s primary caregiver that I started anew and earned my nursing degree before heading to medical school. Clinical work throughout Tennessee culminating in medical mission trips to Haiti and Palestine showed me that I wanted to work with underserved and refugee populations and I can’t imagine a better place to do that than Harborview clinic. In addition to developing my medical Spanish I am interested in women’s health, palliative care, and global health. When I need to unwind I love to hike, bike, and run on Washington trails, spend time with my adoring cats, or with more adoring fiancée.

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Allison Cummings

Hi, my name is Allison and I am so excited to be a part of the UW Family Medicine Residency. As a native North Carolinian and lifelong Tar Heel (go Heels!) I was looking for a change of scenery after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and medical school. Fortunately, I landed in a dynamic city where the mountains are visible on clear days and easily accessible by car on the weekends. When I am not caring for patients I enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family, surveying the local craft beer and food scene, and foraging for fresh berries. My academic interests include quality improvement, understanding how the health workforce can be tooled to meet population needs, and ensuring patient access to obstetrical care and women’s health services. I feel very lucky to have landed at the University of Washington, where there are plenty of opportunities to explore those interests during my training.

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Jose Flores-Rodarte

Hola! I was born in Mexico and grew up in a small town in the Central Coast of California. I always wanted to see more of the world growing up so my thirst for education took me to the University of California, Irvine, down in Southern California where I majored in Philosophy & Biological Sciences. While at Irvine, I also became interested in a medical career once I started volunteering and interpreting at a local federally-qualified health center that serves uninsured and under-insured, primarily Spanish-speaking patients. Specifically, I knew at that point I wanted to do family medicine, based on my experiences observing health disparities and the opportunity to do something about them but also based on the mentorship of a great family medicine doctor back in my hometown. The long-term connections with patients, your community, and the breadth of knowledge and skills required to practice good family medicine are what drew me to it before I even started medical school. I then went to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where I received an M.D./M.P.H. with a focus in global health, completing my thesis project working on maternal and child health in the Dominican Republic. Now that I’m back on the West Coast, I am settling in and exploring Seattle and all it has to offer in terms of breweries and hikes. Along with that, you can usually find me vigorously podcasting, reading, and finding all the good food around here!

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Greg Lavins

Hello! My name is Gregory Lavins and I grew up in a small suburb of Cleveland Ohio, hiking the local metro parks and dreaming of vistas more cinematic than my state could offer.My interest in medicine began at The Ohio State University where I majored in French and sociology, and where I became involved in research on health disparities within inner city Cleveland.I then continued traveling down I-71 south to attend medical school at the University of Cincinnati where I worked extensively in our free homeless clinic and took part in an NIH-funded research fellowship investigating pediatric asthma phenotypes. While in medical school, I also worked as an instructor for USMLE board review courses which further solidified my passion for teaching, a passion I hope to bring to my future practice.I graduated AOA in 2018, packed up a car and left for the PNW with my wife, our 2 dogs, and our then 1-month-old (it was a tight fit!).In Seattle, I finally found those vistas I had been searching for while growing up.Outside of medicine, you can find me out biking, at a yoga studio, reading books in the sun, playing guitar, or relaxing with my family.


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Jessica Lu

Hi! My name is Jessica Lu, and I am from Columbia, Maryland, a suburb sandwiched right between DC and Baltimore. I went to college at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I studied Biology and Art History/Religion and mastered the art of the DC brunch. In college, I worked with local nonprofits to facilitate service learning opportunities for students, which piqued my interest in community outreach and social justice. I then ventured to the University of Pittsburgh for medical school, where I partnered with the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community to create educational tools to help new refugees navigate the healthcare system. I also spent a summer in Guyana conducting OB/GYN research (and exploring the vast Guyanese jungle) and traveled to Honduras to work in a rural family medicine clinic. My specific interests in FM include women’s health, immigrant/refugee populations, and global health. Although I am sad to leave the Steel City and its endless bridges, hills, and pierogies, I am so excited to explore the glorious Pacific Northwest. Outside of medicine, I love backpacking/hiking, reading, traveling and eating my way around the world, and discovering new podcasts.

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Rachel Smith

Rachel grew up in Prineville, OR – a small town in the high desert of central Oregon. She spent much of her undergraduate years studying and working abroad in Tanzania, Chile, and Senegal, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Studies. The plan was to go into International Development, but then she decided to make things more complicated, and go back to school for medicine. She did the MD/PhD program in Sociology (ABD) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her dissertation research was completed in Tanzania, and focused on access to care for chronic health conditions in low resource settings, and institutional obstacles to global health equity. She is overjoyed to return to the Pacific Northwest with her two Midwestern rescue pups.

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Ping Yang

I was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to America with my family at the age of 5. I basically spent a large part of my childhood hopping from one Chinese restaurant to another, since my family moved around a lot (mostly all within the northeast). I attended college at the University of Connecticut and there I double majored in Physiology and Neurobiology as well as Molecular and Cell Biology (a whole lot of biology), and also enjoyed living in a rural environment for the first time (my next door neighbors were cows!) While in college I traveled with a group of students to Atlanta, GA and Niceville, FL to help the underserved community and I knew then that this was the population I wanted to work with in the future. I then headed to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, and there I was involved as President of the Integrative Medicine Interest group and Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) and organized health screenings for our community. I chose family medicine because I value the close relationship you develop with your patients, and I love how broad each visit could be. I am excited to join the family at the University of Washington family medicine residency. I’ve already bought my first pair of hiking boots, done a couple of hikes, and am really looking forward to exploring the vast magical lands of the PNW with my fiancé and our puppy dog.

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Chief Resident (2020-2021)

Zoe Sansted

I was born and raised in New York City and the nearby suburb Westport, Connecticut. I stayed in New York for college, where I discovered my passion for primary care by working for the nonprofit organization Health Leads, where I did case work for the mostly underserved Latinx people of Washington Heights. I stayed at Columbia for medical school, where I was co-chair of the student-run free clinic CoSMO, which serves many of the same undocumented, un-insurable people that I worked with in college. This clinic allowed me to further develop my commitment to primary care and healthcare access for all, as well as my interest in clinic management and operations. I decided to enroll in the MD/MBA dual degree program to further foster these interests, and while in business school I was able to gain a broader view of the health care system and its many challenges. Though I’m a New Yorker at heart, I was ready for a big change and wanted to come to Seattle, and specifically to UW, to be in an environment and at an institution that understands the importance of high quality preventive care and population health management for all people. In residency, I worked on many projects including improving new resident orientation, implementing a tele-prenatal care program at Northgate, increasing prenatal care experiences for Northgate residents, and starting a formal population health management element to the R3 curriculum. I was also the Vice President of the University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA), the labor union for residents and fellows, and worked to improve resident benefits including improved pregnancy accommodations, increased meals reimbursements, and fairer vacation policies. Clinically, I am passionate about reproductive justice and was able to do an Area of Concentration in reproductive health that included an away rotation in Texas, allowing me to become proficient in abortion and other repro health procedures. I practice comprehensive full-spectrum outpatient primary care, with a focus on reproductive health including abortions. In the future, I hope to continue working on improving access to reproductive healthcare and population health management. In my spare time, I love getting outside with my fiancé and (in non-COVID times) exploring the food, comedy, and theater scenes in Seattle.

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Class of 2020 (most recent graduating class)

Patrick Callahan

Hello! My name is Patrick Callahan and I am excited to be joining the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency! Originally from Rochester, New York, I spent several years living in Vancouver, WA as the Clinic Director of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington prior to entering the University of Washington for medical school.My background also includes clinical research, urban/underserved outreach, and the completion of a Robert Wood Johnson leadership fellowship prior to medical school.In my free time I enjoy running, hiking,and traveling to new places with my wife Havilah and our two children. As a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, I also enjoy playing solo and ensemble piano with friends and family. I am eager to continue my residency training at the University of Washington, a school known for it’s dedication to primary care.

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Lamin Ceesay

I was born in a tiny West African country known as “The Smiling Coast of Africa” –The Gambia. I attended the City college of NY, where I received a BS in Biochemistry.At city college, i worked as a research assistant in the genomic lab sequencing DNA molecules–this experience reinforce my interest in medicine and medical research.I also love teaching and being active in my community, so myweekends during undergrad were mostly spent volunteering to tutor kids in science and math.

After graduating from college and prior to medical school— I got together with a very motivated group of individuals to create a non-for-profit organization… whose main purpose is to provide access to basic “primary care”; mostly to the under-served regions of The Gambia

I had the collective experience of growing up in a community and country that had limitedaccess to healthcare services but had significant needs, the resilience of the human spirit — coupled with experiencing the healthcare delivery system of the US informed me of the value of primary care in any community.I moved to the beautiful island of Antigua to attend medical school at the American University of Antigua College of medicine.

I fell in love with family medicine because of the diverse populations we serve and also because i find it tremendously satisfying to be with patients for the long term. It isGratifying to manage multiple problems and keep up with each patient’s individual health maintenance/needs.I have great interest in health equity, health care access, global health and women’s health and the UW family medicine program is a great place to train at.

The Pacific Northwest is a great place to be and personally enjoy the beautiful outdoors and take every opportunity I can to go hiking, biking and spending time with family.

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Daniel Cornish

Hello! My name is Daniel Cornish and I grew up in Butte, MT – affectionately known as the “Richest Hill on Earth.” I stayed in Montana for college and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with degrees in mathematics and photography.I worked as a teacher leading photography courses in the National Parks for Canon Camera before spending some time living in Turkey and eventually returning for medical school here at the University of Washington. I fell in love with full-spectrum family medicine while participating in a rural training track in Dillon, MT.Having been a teacher before coming to this profession I see many parallels between primary care and education. I plan on continuing to develop as a teacher (and student) while training here in this amazing program.Finally, I believe that excellent, evidence-based healthcare, fundamentally comes from good conversation and I would love to meet you in clinic. If I am not here you will find me playing soccer, reading, or taking walks with my Wife and our aussie “Maverick”.

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Eunice Fu

I’m a Silicon Valley baby, growing up in the diverse, tech-minded city of San Jose, California. I stayed nearby for college, learning about bioengineering and the meaning of “crunchy granola” hippie life at UC Berkeley. I then hopped across the bay to San Francisco for 2 years, where I researched cartilage regeneration in osteoarthritis with UCSF Orthopedic Surgery and worked as a scribe and research coordinator at an ENT clinic. All of these experiences confirmed that medicine was where I wanted to be, but it was my experience as a sibling to someone with autism that opened my eyes to the paramount importance of primary care in effective and relevant care for the individual and their communities. I flew across the country to attend the University of Vermont School of Medicine, where I led refugee health orientations, co-produced a Palliative Care lecture series, and was active in the autism community – all while getting my fill of glorious New England fall, maple syrup, IPAs, and cheese. I found my heart home in Family Medicine and am so excited to be back on the west coast at UW, pursuing my interests in palliative care, behavioral health, developmental disorders, and cross cultural medicine. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, street photography, serious board-gaming, and learning jazz clarinet.

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Justin Kappel

Growing up with my feet in the Atlanta suburbs and my heart in the North Georgia mountains, I’ve always been torn between the peacefulness of a hike in through the woods and the excitement of life in the city.I’m so excited to be here in Seattle to get the absolutely best of both!I’ve spent most of my life on the move, living in France and Spain during high school, attending undergrad at UC Berkeley, and using every spare moment between to travel. After a couple years at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. post-college, working on vaccine development and confirming that bench science involved too much time hunched over indoors, I made my way home to Atlanta to reconnect with family/friends and to attend medical school at Emory University.I fell in love with the sheer breadth of the medical field, taking special interest in geriatric medicine, health systems design, policy/advocacy, and the prominence of food, exercise, and stress as determinants of health.I took an extra year for an MPH in epidemiology, working on a practicum project training community health workers in Nicaragua and a thesis examining the prognostic utility of a geriatric mobility survey. I am honored to join the UW family and look forward to exploring deeper all the ways family docs can promote well-being in all its many forms.In my spare time, I practice as much yoga as possible, cook dinner for myself and my wife, and read sitting with our two cats–who, of course, pay very little attention.

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Christie Miles

I am originally a Midwesterner from the beautiful Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes. I migrated to the woods of New Hampshire for college at Dartmouth, where I majored in biology. After college, I spent two years in upstate New York working at a federally qualified health center through Americorps/Community Healthcorps where I helped to establish a Centering Pregnancy program for group prenatal visits. I headed down the Hudson River for medical school at Columbia University where I was lucky to work for all four years (and serve as co-director for a year) at the student-run clinic CHHMP, which serves uninsured, under-insured and homeless patients in Harlem. My time in Americorps and at CHHMP fostered my passion for and commitment to the care of under-served communities, and I am thrilled to be working with the incredible patient population at the Harborview FMC site during residency at UW. My other interests in medicine include family planning, maternity care and medical education. In my free time, you can find me hiking, making moony eyes at puppies or sampling the delicious coffee, beer and food of Seattle.

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Viet Nguyen

I grew up in a Vietnamese restaurant in central California, where I was surrounded by oil drills, pistachio orchards, and the smell of smog and cow farms (it makes for beautiful sunsets and lots of long-distance running). I attended University of California, Riverside, where I received a BS in biology, though the most interesting parts of my time were spent with community organizing groups for youth leadership develepment (which included summer science camps / community gardens). I attended Harvard Medical School, where I did research in group visits integrating dental/diabetes care, palliative care implementation in Ho Chi Minh City, and the use of mobile-technology in rural parts of Vietnam. I enjoy thinking about the role of narrative in medicine, in improving medical education systems/infrastructure, in global health, and in palliative care. Outside of all that, my favorite things include sharing pots of tea, the silence of book shops, or a home-made meal, and possibly being too serious. To maximize my PNW potential, I’m trying to get into cycling / kombucha brewing, and I’ve long nurtured a soft-spot for dark chocolate and the occasional cup of well-made coffee.

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Lauren Webb

Originally a Texan, I am so pleased to have made it up to the PNW for residency.I completed my undergrad in communication disorders at UT Austin (home of the world’s best breakfast tacos) as well as 2 years of graduate school in Audiology. While I loved my time in that specific field of healthcare, I became increasingly exposed to medicine and was certain this was the best path for me. I moved up to Fort Worth, TX for medical school at TCOM, where I became very involved in women’s health service organizations and served as president of Medical Students for Choice. Family planning access and reproductive rights have always been of huge importance to me, and the social justice focus in the Family Medicine speciality felt like a perfect fit. I couldn’t be happier to train in beautiful Seattle and to escape to the mountains on my days off.Outside of work, you can find me dog watching at Greenlake, practicing my photography skills, or spending time with my partner and our two cats, Kona and Miso.

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Chief Resident (2019-2020)

Nicole Gentile

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Hey y’all! I was born in the snowy mountains of South Lake Tahoe and raised on the beautiful beach in Pacifica, CA, with a couple of months each year growing up spent on the captivating island of Hawaii. Originally intending to be a pharmacist, I began my undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Davis. However, after discovering my true passion for medicine while working abroad with a medical non-profit organization in Guatemala, I switched my major to Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. As if that wasn’t enough science, I decided to complete my PhD (also at UCD – Go Ags!) in Comparative Pathology (now Integrative Pathobiology) with an emphasis in microbiology and sepsis. My studies then led me to the remarkable city of New Orleans where I completed medical school at Tulane and enjoyed phenomenal live music and cultural emersion. It was there where I developed a love for family medicine and learned the importance of addressing social determinants of health and delivering contextualized patient care. I love learning from and treating patients of all ages and their families and I look forward to one day utilizing all aspects of my science training as an academic family medicine physician. I also have particular interests in both rheumatology and sports medicine. Besides science, I enjoy spending my free time with my husband, two dogs (yep, one is a Husky), and friends/family while BBQing and watching college or NFL football (Geaux Saints!). Although I miss the people and culture of NOLA, I am looking forward to being back on the West Coast where I can rock climb, ski, hike, and ice-skate again (maybe even while wearing a tutu, beads, and a Saints jersey 😉

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Faculty Profiles


Paul James, MD (Chair of Family Medicine)


Paul James, MD, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his baccalaureate and medical degrees. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at the University of Virginia Hospitals in Charlottesville, Virginia then practiced family medicine in rural eastern North Carolina. Dr. James was recruited to SUNY at Buffalo, NY in 1992 where he completed a faculty development fellowship in Rural Health. While there, Dr. James began the Upstate NY practice-based research network (PBRN called UNYNET) and studied adherence to guidelines in primary care practices. He also conducted studies on ambulatory medical education instructional quality using the MedEd IQ instrument. In 2001, Dr. James was recruited to Iowa as the first Iowa Academy of Family Physicians Endowed Chair in Rural Medicine. He founded the Iowa Research Network (IRENE), a PBRN of Iowa family physicians. In 2005 he became Chairman/Executive Officer of the Department. In 2010, Dr James was named the Donald J and Anna M Ottilie Endowed Chair of Family Medicine. Dr. James joined the University of Washington as Chair of the UW Department of Family Medicine in 2017.
Dr. James is a well-regarded expert in rural medicine, ambulatory medical education, measurement of health care quality for patients with cardiovascular diseases and team-based care through pharmacist-physician collaboration. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, two international research awards, and grant funding from the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Nationally, he has served as Co-chair of the Eighth Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure; Chair of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) Research Development Committee, President and Chairman of the Board for ADFM.



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Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, PhD, MSCR, FAAFP


Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, PhD, MSCR, FAAFP, is an assistant professor in the departments of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. He completed his medical degree at Aleppo University in Syria in 2006. He finished his residency training at Florida Hospital in Orlando in 2012. Before joining the UW, he was a residency faculty at the Indiana University for almost five years. He has a master science in clinical research. He is a family physician providing full spectrum outpatient primary care. He is also a researcher conducting qualitative research studies on the experiences of patients with lung cancer and patients with chronic pain. In 2018, he completed his PhD in Education and his new focus is brining critical dialogues and reflections to the learning space and to patient care in order to better understand the lived experience of illness. Outside work, he enjoys reading philosophy, writing, volunteering, and spending time with family.

Interest: Critical social theory, doctor-patient dialogues and reflections, evidence-based medicine, theories of research, education theories, qualitative research methodology, and using video-recording in medical education.

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Ashley Austin, MD 

Ashley V. Austin, MD, is a board-certified primary care and sports medicine physician who specializes in non-operative management of pain and dysfunction in the muscular and skeletal systems due to acute injury or chronic injury/overuse syndromes.

Dr. Austin’s clinical interests include using ultrasound guidance for diagnosis and treatment of muscle, bone, joint, tendon, ligament, and non-spine associated chronic nerve pain/injury. Her new interest also includes radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for chronic knee pain.

As a former Division I college athlete, she understands the importance of communication, team work, and shared decision-making, with the ultimate goal of returning patients back to their respective playing fields.

Dr. Austin enjoys hiking/mountaineering, playing soccer/basketball/tennis, snowboarding, cooking, traveling, rock climbing, reflective writing, watching movies and documentaries, and lake time with family and friends.

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Chris Behrens, MD

Dr. Behrens is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Global Health and Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington. He has been providing HIV- and TB-focused technical assistance to multiple countries in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South America and the Caribbean region.
Dr. Behrens obtained a BA in Political Science at Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of California – San Francisco. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

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Ian Bennett, MD, PhD

Ian Bennett MD PhD, a physician scientist, is a professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. He is a family physician providing full spectrum primary care including obstetric, pediatric and general adult health care. He also conducts health services research focusing on the implementation of evidence based care models for perinatal depression. He is the primary investigator or co-investigator of multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health as well as foundations to investigate perinatal depression care in low income and race/ethnic minority populations in diverse geographic settings. He has particular expertise in the delivery of health services within Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and is the PI of a national cluster randomized trial of implementation strategies for team based care for perinatal depression in FQHCs. He completed a fellowship in the Implementation Research Institute funded by the NIMH at Washington University. He has also been funded by the AHRQ and Grand Challenges Canada to study mHealth strategies to extend the reach of services for women from vulnerable populations with depression in pregnancy both in the US and Peru.

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Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD

Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency. She enjoys women’s health, integrative medicine, preventive medicine, and practice management and has been active in the state and local branches of the Academy of Family Physicians. Jeanne likes to cook (and eat!), cross-country ski, run, travel, and read good books.


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Nelson Chiu, MD

Nelson Chiu, MD is the Clinic Chief at the University of Washington (UW) Neighborhood Northgate Clinic as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine. He completed residency at the UW and graduated from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, where he was a Humanism Scholar, and Princeton University, where he studied public policy. He is particularly interested in medical administration, global health, and medical education. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering at church, music, hiking, and triathlons.



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Allison Cole MD

Dr. Allison Cole is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Director of the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN).The WPRN is a network of more than 80 primary care practices across the five-state WWAMI region that collaborate on research and quality improvement.Dr. Cole attended medical school at the University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.She completed the National Research Service Award Primary Care Research Fellowship and received a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Washington.Her research program focuses on implementation of evidence-based interventions in primary care settings.She provides outpatient family medicine care at the Harborview Family Medicine Clinic.




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Freddy Chen, MD, MPH

Dr. Frederick Chen is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Chief of Family Medicine at Harborview Medical Center.  He is the Director of the WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network which encompasses over 30 residency programs and rural tracks in the region.  He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and received his MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Chen was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where he developed his research interest in health policy and medical education. His work led to the Teaching Health Center GME program and he served as senior advisor at HRSA to help start the first cohorts of Teaching Health Centers.
At the University of Washington, he has been active in clinical care transformation, having served as medical director for the Washington State Patient-Centered Medical Home Collaborative, and medical director for physician engagement and training at UW Medicine. He is past President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  

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Kimberly Collins, MD

Kimberly Collins is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She cares for patients at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic and on the Family Medicine inpatient service at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is involved in teaching family medicine residents in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Her interests include pediatric care, women’s health, prenatal care and obstetrics, and care of the underserved.

Dr. Collins completed medical school at Harvard and family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, she practiced full spectrum family medicine at Community Health Center of Snohomish County. She joined the faculty in 2015.

She enjoys living in Seattle where she has the opportunity to hike, explore local parks, and travel internationally with her husband and children.

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Maegan Ashworth Dirac, MD, PhD

Maegan Dirac, MD, PhD, is a board-certified family physician who provides primary and prenatal care, general care for hospitalized patients, and maternity and newborn care. She believes in providing accurate and up-to-date scientific evidence, speaking frankly about areas of uncertainty, and providing respectful and empathetic support in applying this evidence to each patient’s unique set of values and life circumstances.
Her clinical areas of interest include evidence-based medicine, migrant health, outpatient gynecological procedures, the transition to parenthood, health-promoting behaviors for families with children, and complex care of patients living with more than one chronic condition.
Dr. Dirac is an acting assistant professor in the Department of Health Metrics and Department of Family Medicine at UW School of Medicine.
Personal Interests: In her free time, Dr. Dirac likes to run, practice yoga, watch superhero movies, and read books with her children.”




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David Evans, MD (Program Director)

Dr. Evans joined the Department of Family Medicine in April 2012. Prior to coming to Seattle he spent 15 years practicing in central Oregon where, in addition to providing broad spectrum clinical care, he was active in his local community and with organized medicine. Viewing the marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry as a negative force on patient care, he guided his clinic through a process to become pharm-free. Dr. Evans’s research interests include rural medical education and the rural health workforce. Dr. Evans is the recipient of several community service and teaching awards and enjoys the big city with his wife, two children and dogs.

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Nikki Gentile, MD PhD

Nikki Gentile is an Acting Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency and Research sections. She grew up in San Francisco and part-time in Hawaii. She received her bachelor’s degree and PhD from the University of California, Davis and her MD from Tulane University in New Orleans. She completed her Family Medicine residency and an additional chief resident year here at the University of Washington.Go Huskies! As UW faculty, she currently maintains a significant clinical role in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has 2 continuity clinics (NWH Lake Forest Park and UWNC Northgate).Her clinical interests include rheumatology, hospital medicine, prenatal care, and complex chronic diseases. She is a co-investigator and clinical site lead for (1) a large multi-center CDC study known as INSPIRE (Innovative Support for Patients with SARS COV-2 Infections Registry) and (2) ongoing research involving implementation of exercise as a vital sign in the primary care setting under the “Exercise Is Medicine” initiative at UW. Outside of medicine, Nikki enjoys watching football (has had the same 4 fantasy football teams for 10+ years), skiing, hiking, exploring breweries/wineries, training her husky, spending time with her family, and chasing her toddler around!




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Emily Godfrey, MD

Emily Godfrey MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Family Planning. Dr. Godfrey was selected to be the first Family Planning Epidemiology and Public Health Fellow at the CDC in Atlanta where she worked on the new US-based Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. Dr. Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Rochester Fellowship in Family Planning. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her family medicine residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois. Other interests include yoga, traveling, bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and drinking fine wine with friends.

Interests: Family planning, sexual and reproductive health care, women’s health care, dissemination and implementation of clinical guidelines, mentoring.

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Justin Kappel, MD MPH

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Misbah Keen, MD

Misbah Keen, MD, graduated from Government Medical College in Srinagar, India and subsequently completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Health Partners in Toledo, OH. He is currently pursuing masters degrees in Bio-Medical Informatics through Oregon Health and Sciences University and Public Health through Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, he has been practicing full spectrum of family medicine at Columbia Basin Health Association in Othello, Wash. He has interests in teaching and mentoring, patient safety & medical errors, and medical informatics. All this combined with his interest in exploring why golfers make better physicians leaves him with no free time…

Interests: Evidence based medicine. Medical Student Teaching. EMR Data acquisition and interpretation. Laboratory Medicine. Public Health.

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Kim Kardonsky, MD

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Amanda Kost, MD

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Alexa Lindley, MD

Alexa Lindley is an Acting Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program. She provides primary care at the Family Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center and UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic. Dr. Lindley received her medical degree at the University of Michigan and completed residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a graduate of the HEAL Initiative, a global health equity fellowship through UC San Francisco. During her fellowship received an MPH from UC Berkeley. She has interests in reproductive health, medical education and the provision of comprehensive primary care in underserved communities locally and globally. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, surfing, running and spending time with her wonderful family.

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Lynn Oliver, MD, DTM&H

Lynn Oliver is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and did her Family Medicine residency there as well. She initially worked in a private practice in suburban Seattle, but subsequently joined the faculty of the medical school in 1989. She enjoys her work in teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. An active clinician, she especially values the decades long realtionships she has had with many of her patients. Her philosophy is that physicians and patients are partners in health care and that the relationship between them is two way. Among her professional interests are the areas of women’s health care, global health/travel medicine, and improving health by improving lifestyles.

Outside of work she travels, reads, and spends time with her family. She is the mother two, and mostly commutes to work by bicycle in an effort to stay young and decrease her carbon footprint. She considers herself to be the luckiest person in the world.

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Pamela L. Pentin, JD, MD, FAAFP

A New Englander by birth, Dr. Pam Pentin was an English major at the University of Pennsylvania, then earned a law degree and practiced as a corporate trial attorney before attending Jefferson Medical College on a U.S. Navy scholarship. After completing her Family Medicine residency at the University of Vermont she served on active duty as a Navy medical officer for 7 years before transferring to the Reserves where she still proudly serves and sometimes still travels the world. The Navy brought her to the Pacific Northwest and to the University of Washington.

Dr. Pentin is an Assistant Professor in the Residency Section and Site Coordinator for the 3rd year Medical Student Clerkship at UW Medicine at Northgate. She enjoys practicing and teaching the full spectrum of Family Medicine. In her time off Pam loves to spend time with her family, travel, cook, hunt for antiques and walk and swim at the beach.

Interests: chronic pain management, treatment of addiction, the interface between Corporate America and the medical profession.

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Jackie Raetz, MD (Associate Program Director)

Dr. Raetz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She provides full-spectrum family medicine including inpatient and outpatient care, obstetrics, nursing home care and palliative care. She holds a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics and palliative care. She attended medical school at Duke University, residency at the University of Washington and completed at geriatrics fellowship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She is a member of University of Washington Family Medicine Residency faculty and also holds clinical appointments in Long Term Care and Palliative Care.

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Ashwin Rao, MD

Ashwin Rao is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rao completed his residency training in family medicine and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. In 2008, he assumed the role of clinical assistant professor in UW’s department of family medicine and the Hall Health Sports Medicine Clinic. Currently, Dr. Rao serves as a team physician for University of Washington Husky Athletics and the Seattle Seahawks. He works in both primary care and sports medicine settings. He is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He serves as the chair of the University of Washington ’s sports academic conference curriculum. He also serves on the Research Committee of AMSSM. Dr. Rao’s special interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures, including tenotomy with platelet rich plasma and autologous blood injection, medical student and resident education, patient-centered care, injury care and prevention, and emergency preparedness.

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Valerie Ross, MS

Valerie Ross M.S., trained at Group Health Cooperative and UW Family Medicine, both sites specializing in collaboration between mental health practitioners and primary care physicians. Her professional interests include mind-body medicine, relationship-centered care, and health behavior change. Clinically she is experienced in treating anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions common in primary care. She is an active cellist and performs regularly in a semi-professional orchestra. She also enjoys yoga, tai chi, chi gong, hiking and kayaking.

Interests: Doctor-patient communication, relationship centered care, mindfulness in medicine, mind-body medicine, humanities and medicine, and genetics and primary care.

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Tomoko Sairenji, MD

Dr. Sairenji joined the Medical Student Education Section in 2015. She is Director of the FM Department Career Advising Program, and is faculty advisor of the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). She is also a College mentor at the UWSOM. She does clinical work at the Northgate Clinic and UWMC. Dr. Sairenji graduated from Okayama University Medical School in Japan, and did a 2-year junior residency at Aso-Iizuka Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan. She then came to the US where she completed her Family Medicine residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA, where she also served as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Sairenji did a two-year in Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, which included being a visiting scholar at the American Board of Family Medicine, Lexington, KY, and was awarded a Master of Science in Medical Education.
She enjoys baking and gardening in her free time.




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Chris Sanford, MD MPH DTM&H

Christopher Sanford, MD, MPH, DTM&H, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Global Health.  He has practiced at the University of Washington since 2000; he joined UW’s Family Medicine Residency in 2009. In addition to serving as Director of the UW Dept. of Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship, he is Director of the Travel Clinic at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic, which offers a full spectrum of pre- and post-travel services.

Every fall he travels to Uganda to teach in the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (East African Partnership), a three-month course in clinical tropical medicine for physicians from both Africa and the Global North. This course is coordinated by a consortium of five institutions (UW, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Makerere University [Uganda], and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center [Tanzania]).

He is Chair of a biennial CME course, Update, Travel Medicine & Global Health. During this two-and-a-half day conference experts speak on a variety of topics within travel and tropical medicine, and global health.

He is lead editor of Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, Fifth Edition (Elsevier, 2016), and author of Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Traveler’s Guide (University of Washington Press, 2018).

Interests: Tropical medicine,  Travel Medicine, Global Health, Public Health, Disaster Medicine.

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Grace Shih, MD MAS

Grace Shih MD, MAS is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Shih completed her medical degree at University of Florida and her family medicine residency at Brown University. She spent a year working in clinics in Ecuador and Mexico and speaks Spanish. After residency, she completed her Family Planning Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests include integration of family planning services into primary care, contraceptive disparities, and male involvement in family planning. She is UW RHEDI director, helps direct the UW RHAP Fellowship, and is Associate Director of Faculty Development for the WWAMI Network. She provides clinical care at UW’s Northgate clinic. She enjoys biking, cooking, and hanging with her kids & dog.

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David Siebert, MD

Dave Siebert, MD, CAQSM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, practicing and teaching Sports Medicine and Family Medicine. He is the Associate Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and a team physician for the University of Washington (UW) Huskies and Seattle Seahawks. His other team physician experience includes sideline coverage for Seattle-area high school football since 2013 and UW’s ACHA Division II club hockey team from 2014-16.

Dr. Siebert received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2013. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at the UW in 2016 and Primary care Sports Medicine fellowship training, also at UW, in 2017. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and serves on the AMSSM Education and Research committees. His other memberships include the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Siebert sees patients at the Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium and the Northgate branch of UW Neighborhood Clinics. Outside of his clinical roles, he is actively involved in resident education, the residency Sports Medicine Interest Group, and the Sports Medicine Area of Concentration. He is fellowship trained and privileged in diagnostic and procedural musculoskeletal ultrasound and oversees the residency’s longitudinal point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum. Regionally, he chairs the Seattle-area Sports Medicine Grand Rounds series.

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Christina Tanner, MD

Christina Tanner, MD earned her medical degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also has two law degrees and speaks French and Lithuanian. Away from work, Dr. Tanner enjoys traveling, skiing, reading and spending time with her family.

Interests: Medical student teaching. Clinical Ethics. Medico-legal issues. Doctor-patient communication.

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Christopher Vincent, MD

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Megan Wilson, MD (Associate Program Director)

Studio portrait of Megan Wilson.Megan Wilson, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. She provides full spectrum care and sees patients at the UW Northgate Clinic and at the UW Medical Center on the Family Medicine inpatient service. She completed medical school at the University of Virginia and family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 2017, she practiced full spectrum family medicine at the Neighborcare 45th Street community health center in Seattle. Her interests include women’s health, caring for patients with developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment, and resident education. In her free time, Megan volunteers at a horse rescue and enjoys horseback riding, cooking, gardening, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

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Ying Zhang, MD, MPH (Harborview Family Medicine Clinic Medical Director)

Dr. Ying Zhang is a family physician and faculty in the UW Family Medicine Residency since 2016. She completed her residency at the UW Family Medicine Residency and then completed a National Research Service Award Fellowship and Master of Public Health at UW prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at UW. Dr. Zhang is faculty at the Harborview Family Medicine Clinic and practices full spectrum family medicine, including outpatient, inpatient, and OB care. Her clinical and research interests focus on reproductive health and family planning among refugee and immigrant communities in the U.S. Together with Dr. Grace Shih and other Seattle family medicine residency program faculty, Ying co-leads the Continuing Reproductive Health Education for Advanced Training Efficacy (CREATE) curriculum in WA. This curriculum focuses on developing clinical, advocacy, and leadership training in reproductive health among family medicine residents. In addition, Ying is the AAFP Liaison for the Washington Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) Cluster. Outside of work, Ying enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, and exploring new restaurants.

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Team Residency Profiles


Gwen Credit, M.A., C-TAGME (Associate Director)

With over 25 years of experience with the University of Washington, Gwen’s work has included hospital and clinical administration, national and state based policy research, analysis and legislative advocacy primarily on health insurance coverage, programs and services for low-income children and families.

Gwen is currently the UW Family Medicine Residency and Global Health Fellowship Associate Director. Before joining the UW Family Medicine Residency Program, she worked as the Harborview Department of Family Medicine Administrator for many years. Gwen was one of the original team members that helped open the Harborview Family Medicine Clinic in 1997. For eight years, she was the Director of Operations for the Herndon Alliance. The Herndon Alliance was a national coalition of over 200 organizations focused on communications and coordination with a goal of achieving affordable quality healthcare for all people in America. Gwen advocated for affordable health coverage, oversaw press operations and business operations, and mobilized the public on a variety of health policy issues.

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Seo Song (HMC Administrator – Program Operations)

nophotoSeo graduated from the University of Washington and returned to the UW to join the Family Medicine Residency Program in 2015. She is currently one of our administrators and has been with Harborview for almost four years. She enjoys working with and supporting the amazing team of residents, staff, and faculty at UWFMR.


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Edison Tacardon (Northgate Administrator – Program Operations)

Edison Tacardon started his career with UW in 2012 at the UW Northgate Neighborhood clinic in patient services for over 3 years. He left the neighborhood clinics as a Health Navigator joining the Residency team in 2015 as an Administrator. He is currently working on his degree in Human Resources. He enjoys working with the faculty/staff and residents providing support to all. 

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 Robby Zehra (Residency Program Operations Specialist)

Robby joined UW Family Medicine Residency in 2019 and serves as the scheduling and curriculum administrator. Originally from Southern California, Robby has now lived in Seattle for over 10 years. He graduated from Seattle University and has had a career in healthcare administration working for other Seattle-based health systems. He enjoys process improvement opportunities, ice cream, and growing his plant collection at home. 

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