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.
Megan Blunda is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania undergrad. She grew up in the Washington, DC area, and spent 4 years after college in San Francisco, CA, working as a medical assistant and as the Clinical Operations Director for a group of primary care clinics. After four years back in Washington DC for medical school, Megan is thrilled to be back on the West Coast!
As a fluent Spanish speaker with a long-standing interest in serving the Latino community locally and abroad, she loves the commitment to multi-cultural care seen at Swedish-Cherry Hill. She is also enjoying Seattle’s outdoor opportunities; Megan loves camping and hiking, and has recently earned her Wilderness First Responder certification. Megan has a strong interest in integrative medicine, having participated in a weekly Mind-Body elective throughout medical school, and plans to continue that passion through residency. Megan loves Family Medicine because she can pursue all of these interests, as well as develop relationships with patients that can last for a lifetime.
Cecilia Disney was born and grew up in the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in 2007. During college, she spent a semester abroad working at a health post in rural Nicaragua. Cecilia attended medical school at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She spent her fourth year of medical school working with a NGO in the Dominican Republic on a water filtration project. Cecilia chose a career in Family Medicine because of her passion for preventative medicine and community health while having the opportunity to truly understand her patients. She believes access to primary care should be a universal right for all. She also believes in the importance of incorporating a patient’s cultural, social, and economic concerns into their medical care. Cecilia was attracted to the Swedish Cherry Hill program because of the opportunity to care for the medically underserved while being surrounded by excellent and compassionate family medicine physicians. Her interests include yoga, hiking, cross country skiing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog Charlie.
Kaitlan Elston graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Before attending medical school, she completed a BA in Spanish Literature and Zoology at Miami University and a Masters of Neuroscience at Kings College London, UK. She returned for medical school in the US with an even stronger belief that health care should be available to every person, despite current barriers to access or ability to pay. Kaitlan’s love of work with underserved populations, both local and international, has driven her to take part in many community projects including the creation of a medical student interpreter program for city health centers of Philadelphia, community health work in clinics and an orphanage in Honduras, and teaching and public health projects in Rwanda. She strives to continue this type of work and more in Seattle and is thrilled to be a part of a program filled with like-minded, driven individuals, dedicated as intensely to their patients’ lives as their commitment to change for social justice. Kaitlan’s medical interests include equal opportunity health care for refugee and immigrant populations, international medicine, women’s and reproductive health, LGBTQ health care, and hugs. Outside of medicine she enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and snowboarding; she also loves cooking, learning languages, hammocks, traveling, hugging trees, and playing the harp.
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.
Jeremy grew up on a small farm in a Barrett, MN; population 350. His love of music and hopes of becoming a rock star pulled him to Minneapolis where he went to McNally-Smith School of Music for percussion performance. After Jeremy graduated from this program he decided to go to the University of Minnesota. While there he had the opportunity to become a teaching assistant for the School of Public Health and the Human Anatomy lab. These experiences peaked his interests in population health and medicine. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Jeremy’s Philosophy of Care: “I believe that continuity of care, strong patient partnerships, and integrated care are essential in providing high quality care and access to this care is a human right”. Jeremy’s special medical interests include public health, academic medicine, health systems, end-of-life care and sports medicine. Jeremy’s personal interests include running, drumming, and pretty much everything involving cheese.
Gregory earned is BS from James Madison University; his MS from Georgetown University and his MD from Cornell Medical College. Gregory’s philosophy of care: “To provide high quality primary care services with an emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles and disease prevention”. His specific medical interests include underserved populations, preventative health care, sports medicine and health policy. Gregory’s personal Interests include spending time with his wife and children, hiking with his dogs, home improvement projects, exercise, cooking, and exploring the northwest.
Linsey Monaghan graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from Truman State University and completed medical school at the University of Missouri. Linsey believes in the holistic model of care, caring for the physical, mental, spiritual and social health of her patients and acknowledging them as whole people, treating their illnesses within the context of their lives. She also believes in the importance of developing strong patient-doctor relationships and enjoys educating her patients and engaging them in their own care. She is passionate about maternal-child health, women’s health, lifestyle and preventative medicine, community health, and underserved medicine. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her Australian Shepherd, Ruby, dancing, yoga, reading, hiking, camping and generally being outdoors. She also loves cooking and baking with whole foods and local ingredients.
Nadia Norton was born in Tuba City, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation, but she grew up in Southern California. She received her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Fiction Writing from Stanford University in 2004. After college, she moved back home and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at the University of Southern California. She then moved back up to the Bay Area to attend medical school at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. During medical school, she acted as member and co-president of the UCSF Native American Health Alliance to increase awareness of health issues in the Native community. She also acted as the secretary for the California Student Association of Family Medicine. She is excited to be at Swedish Cherry Hill and especially to be serving the Native American community of the Seattle area at the Seattle Indian Health Board. She plans to serve her Navajo community on the reservation, after completing her training. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running, swimming, reading fiction, watching movies, and is learning how to snowboard.
Jamie hails from the Sunshine State where she graduated with honors from University of Florida College of Medicine. She is trading in her flip-flops, sunshine, and SEC football to start what she hopes will be the perfect fit residency program at Carolyn Downs. Growing up in community theater among actors, painters and musicians taught her the value of both hard work and pursuit of a true calling. When not dedicated to academic interests such as inequities in healthcare, family planning and integrative medicine, her time is primarily divided among, running, ultimate frisbee, guitar, and pretending to cook. Her most recent accomplishment was leading a running relay team, the Supernaked Superheros, 191 miles from Miami to Key West.
Amy Potter grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in World History and minored in African Studies and then studied medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Her first "career" was in sports journalism, working at the Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn's independent student newspaper, then Sports Illustrated and MSNBCsports.com. Seeking life outside of a cubicle and greater fulfillment from her job, she started volunteering at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It was there she realized her desire to pursue a career in medicine. During medical school, Amy traveled to Cuenca, Ecuador, where she conducted a study regarding health care professionals' use of Internet resources for medically-related inquiries. She was an active member and leader of AMSA and Medical Students for Choice. Her medical interests include medical education, evidence-based medicine, point-of-care access to resources, women's & reproductive health and sports medicine. Amy adopted her favorite companion, a Wheaton Terrier/Chow mix named Birch, in 2008. She is an avid Philadelphia Phillies ‘phan’, and enjoys running, yoga, road biking and playing soccer.
Jonathan grew up in North Carolina and remained there for both college and medical school, having graduated from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and then from the University of North Carolina with his Medical Degree. He is excited to be a part of Swedish Cherry Hill because of the passion he saw amongst the faculty and residents for the patients that they serve, as well as the heart that they have for one another. Jonathan found his calling in Family Medicine because as a discipline it appreciates the whole individual (body, mind, spirit), as well as the connections between the individual and their various social relationships and contexts. He has particular interests in the intersection of primary care and mental health care, community health, substance abuse and addictions, and LGB and Transgender Health. Away from work, Jonathan enjoys hanging out in coffee shops, exploring the best places to dance, trying new food experiences, and finding new pub trivia nights or games to challenge himself.
Shoshana Aleinikoff was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in the DC area. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University and her medical school training at Georgetown University. Through work in a variety of underserved communities, including a small village in Ghana, a homeless clinic in Washington, DC, a Congolese refugee camp in Tanzania, and rural upstate New York, Shoshana discovered her passion for family medicine. She found her perfect match at Cherry Hill, an academically rigorous residency program teaching full spectrum family medicine with a mission of underserved care. She could not be more excited by the residency community she gets to join. Shoshana’s interests in family medicine include refugee health care, global health, adolescent medicine, HIV care, and inpatient medicine. She is excited to have made the move to Seattle where she loves to explore the many parks, restaurants, and surrounding mountains of her new city! She hopes that in time, she will get to know the city as well as Peter does, but for now she will continue to enjoy her local co-interns excellent Seattle recommendations and directions.
Peter Berberian was born in Seattle and lived there until medical school. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in neurobiology and then spent a year traveling through Brazil and several African countries. Peter attended medical school at UCLA as a member of the UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program, which places special emphasis on working with underserved patients. Peter loved working with the Latino community in Los Angeles and was drawn to Family Medicine for its emphasis on primary and preventive care, as well as obstetrics and women's health. Twice while in medical school he took the opportunity to visit Mozambique where he met many young people eager to improve the health of their communities. Peter would love to return to Mozambique one day to help train the next generation of physicians there and to share the message of Family Medicine. Peter enjoys basketball, running, and the zoo, and he loves spending time with his wife, Sunny. While in residency, he hopes to learn how to dance like Lilian Chan.
Lilian has lived on the West Coast for the majority of her life, growing up in the Bay Area and then studying Biology at the University of Puget Sound. She took a few years to pursue her interest in special education where she worked with kids with autism abroad in St. Lucia and back home in Oakland. She was lucky enough to study medicine in the Pacific Northwest where the strong culture of family medicine drew her in and she found supportive family doctors who she felt were living the dream. She finds excitement in obstetrics, international health, and loves that she is able to continue her work with the underserved.
She has a few goals outside of medicine for this year: learning how to bake pretzels, teaching her dog JuJu how to do a backflip, running a half marathon, and continue striving to be as adventurous and free spirited as her co-intern Joshua Evans. When she is not off travelling, she can be found experimenting in her kitchen, running up hills, hiking in redwood forests, taking photos, dancing to 90s Pandora, biking, and eating Ezell’s chicken or from various food trucks.
Josh Evans was born in Boone, NC and grew up in Fayetteville, NC until absconding north to study music at Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA. Through volunteer work at a homeless clinic, a women's shelter and work
with a hospital in rural Zambia, Josh discovered a new calling and eventually returned to UNC for medical school and public health studies. After realizing that life isn't a race, he lived abroad in Sevilla for a year before completing medical school. He is excited to join his impressive co-residents. His particular medical interests include homelessness, substance abuse, and community empowerment. He is loving living in Seattle, but wishes he could ride a bike in high heels like his co-resident Jess Guh.
Jess grew up on the east coast in a suburb of Philadelphia before she moved to California to attend college. At Stanford University she studied film, played ultimate frisbee, and lived in hippie co-op. In between college and medical school she worked as bartender/restaurant server and as a union organizer. She went to medical school at the University of Michigan where she met her current partner, and they were lucky enough to match together back on the west coast!
Jess's philosophy of care: Jess believes that working in partnership with patients and the community in healthcare is one of the most important ways to fight for social justice. As physicians, our job is to help patients empower themselves to achieve and maintain wellness. This involves not only treating direct medical pathology, but also taking into account and advocating for community wellness on a larger scale, be that secure housing, quality education, or any of the many social determinants of health.
Her special medical interests include comprehensive women's healthcare, geriatrics, addiction, and working with immigrant populations.
When she's not at work she continues to play ultimate frisbee (though no longer tolerates being forced to attend morning sprint practice), loves cooking, finding new tasty foods, reading graphic novels, and writing. By the end of residency she hopes to be able to tear up the dance floor like her co-resident Jess Karp.
Jessica Karp was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. She moved east and completed her undergraduate studies in Classics at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent the next two years focused on volunteerism: first abroad, most notably in India, and then participated in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps in Washington, D.C., working at the educational non-profit, For Love of Children. She continued her committment to humanism and social justice during her time at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. The phenomenal people and program at Swedish Cherry Hill and the thrill of the Northwest has brought her back to the West Coast, and she is here to stay! Jessica chose Family Medicine because she believes in the possibility of becoming a community healer: someone who provides care that is in tune with the cultural customs of the community, and has the unique opportunity to be recognized as a vital force in the everyday lives of people striving for health. Jessica's medical interests include women's reproductive health, obstetrics, pediatrics and adolescent health, social justice and underserved communities, global health, and integrative medicine. Outside of medicine, Jessica loves yoga, tennis, hiking and camping, reading, traveling abroad, bodies of water, watching sunsets, team-building activities, singing camp songs, and vegetarian cooking. And by the end of residency, among other goals, she hopes to be as great a chef as her co-resident, Anuj!
Anuj Khattar graduated from UCLA and then obtained his medical degree at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. Family medicine has been on Anuj’s radar since he volunteered at the UCLA Mobile Clinic, caring for the diverse urban underserved and uninsured populations of West Los Angeles. He spent many nights listening to the stories these patients had to share, whether it be about the loss of a friend to HIV/AIDS, getting paid to be an extra for a Hollywood film, or the crazy drugs and schemes they had been getting into. After his share of California sunshine, Anuj headed up to Portland, Oregon, for a new experience. The focus on local, sustainable, and organic resources in the Pacific Northwest cultivated his love of food, holistic living, and the outdoors. Anuj is excited to continue his adventure in the Pacific Northwest by exploring Seattle’s food scene, plethora of lakes, and slightly confusing bike trails. Though he is impressed by all of his co-interns, he especially is in awe of his co-intern Gretchen Mjedle’s amazing board game collection, exceptional ability to communicate in fishbowl, and striking facial expressions.
Gretchen was born and raised in Eastern Washington. She obtained her BS in Genetics in Cell Biology from Washington State University in Pullman, where she also conducted three years of research on early ovarian development. She attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Gretchen’s medical interests include patient education, prevention, musculoskeletal medicine, dermatology, and office procedures. Her personal pursuits include gardening, playing piano, biking, snowboarding, and learning how to cook. She plans on picking up some tips from her co-intern Laura, who can ride a bike in style even while wearing a skirt.
Laura Morgan was born and raised in Seattle, WA. After graduating from Colorado College, she returned to Seattle to attend University of Washington School of Medicine, graduating with a certificate in underserved medicine. Her interest in primary care was sparked through her work in Colorado and the Washington Peninsula, where she gained an appreciation for the challenges unique to rural populations and immigrant communities. She was drawn to Cherry Hill primarily because the residents and faculty are kick-ass (!), demonstrating both incredible clinical skill, as well as commitment to the mission of working with underserved communities. Her special interests lie in OB, addiction medicine and prison medicine. She is determined to improve her Spanish, (and possibly her English), and is looking forward to shenanigans on and off service with her awesome co-residents, whose talents go far beyond the realm of medicine (looking at you Chinyere…What a voice!). She spends her weekends hiding her pager under her mattress and hiking, biking, running her pup around beautiful Seattle.
Chinyere was born in Ann Arbor, MI, and lived in the area for 22 years surrounded by a large and loving extended family. She attended the University of Michigan for college, double majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Spanish. As such, she conducted basic science research in the genetics of OB / OB mice and the visceral fat cytokines that influence atherosclerosis while serving on the board of a bilingual literacy program and learning from the local Latino community. She took a break one summer and learned public health research skills and Caribbean Spanish in the Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. After college, she made her way to the East Coast to attend Harvard Medical School, completing her Master’s in Public Health in Family and Community Health along the way. Her favorite parts of medical school included her participation in Student National Medical Association, advocating for local immigrant families through a community clinic-based project called Bridging the Gap, co-directing FABRIC, a cultural show celebrating the African Diaspora and conducting a maternal-child health project in Northeast Brazil to improved HIV and syphilis screening during prenatal care. She fell in love with family medicine because of its special dedication to the care of underserved populations and its unique position to address the social determinants of health for communities. She is excited she finally made her way to the best coast and is falling for Seattle. She looks forward to learning from her new community at Carolyn Downs and becoming more outdoorsy to take full advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her interests include obstetrics, maternal-child health, community health, adolescent health, immigrant and minority health and the elimination of health care disparities. She’s also into language learning, everything Brazil, creative writing, singing, dancing, reading, cooking, documentary watching and city-going. She hopes to learn to play the piano like David Sapienza at some point, or at least someday perform in a band like he has.
David Sapienza grew up in Massachusetts and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Boston University. After graduating he moved to Seattle (for the first time) to do a public health research fellowship at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation before returning home to attend the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is excited to be back in Seattle to continue his training at Swedish-Cherry Hill and the Seattle Indian Health Board. David is committed to providing compassionate primary care medicine that is tailored to each individual’s unique needs, belief systems, and life circumstances. He believes all people deserve equal access to high quality health care. His interests within medicine include integrative medicine, reproductive health, addiction medicine, rural medicine, and caring for the underserved. Outside of medicine he enjoys vegan cooking, jogging, hiking, camping, and music. David wishes he had the line dancing and outdoorswoman skills of Madeline Turner.
Madeline Turner grew up in Montana and pursued her undergraduate education at Montana State University. She earned her medical degree with a certificate in Global Health from the University of Washington. Madeline’s interest in working with the whole family started with her clinical experiences in rural Montana. She believes healthcare is a human right and chose Swedish Cherry Hill for the opportunity to work with faculty and co-residents who are also devoted to serving the underserved. Madeline also has an interest in global health. During medical school, she was honored to study with traditional healers in Mongolia, and to work and teach at a hospital in rural Malawi. Her special medical interests include women’s health, reproductive health, pediatrics, LGBT care, teaching, and underserved populations. Outside of medicine, Madeline enjoys good food, hiking, fly fishing, cooking, sunny days, traveling, knitting, breweries, running, and spending time with family and friends. One day, Madeline aspires to have miraculous gymnastic flipping skills like Shoshana.
Leah Baruch was born and raised in Missouri as the child of two social worker parents. After getting her undergraduate degree inTheater and English, she found her way out west to Seattle where she worked as a theater critic, writing for the Seattle Times and other publications. Inspired by her parents' passion for service, she took a second job working as a community mental health worker, which eventually led her down the path toward medicine. After working in community mental health and then women's reproductive health in Seattle, she took the plunge to medicine and attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. There, she participated in research studying models of primary care/mental health integration (which she hopes to implement in her own practice some day). Leah loves Family Medicine, because she believes in the healing power of relationships, and in treating the whole person in the context of their lives. She is excited to be at Cherry Hill, where she is surrounded by smart, funny, and compassionate colleagues. Her medical interests include addiction medicine, reproductive health, primary care/behavioral health integration, women's health, and social medicine. Outside medicine, Leah enjoys live performance, good books, cooking, hiking, and playing music. To introduce her fellow co-intern Ronan, she offers the following haiku:Fearless, Sir Ronan
Ronan grew up in Chattanooga, TN where he suffered through the hot and humid summers dreaming of snow. To escape the heat, he attended Case Western Reserve University where he studied Biomedical Engineering before heading east to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY. While in Rochester, Ronan discovered the allure of Family Medicine, cultivated his interests in Latino Health, became a bicycle enthusiast and learned to cross-country ski. After his 3rd year, he took a year and travelled to Nicaragua where he experienced third world medicine and brushed up on his Spanish skills.
Ronan knew he wanted to live in the Northwest and was drawn to Cherry Hill and the Carolyn Downs clinic for the opportunity to pursue his interest in Latino Health amid a diverse patient population, the excellent obstetrics and women’s health exposure and the strong emphasis that the program places on behavioral health. What made the program even better were the energetic, enthusiastic and fun residents. They were part of a community where Ronan knew he would be happy and grow as a doctor.
When he is not busy as a resident, Ronan loves to ride his bicycle up Seattle’s hills, runs and tries his hand at making as many interesting foods as possible - including yogurt, sourdough bread and sauerkraut. Ronan is amazed daily by the beautiful scenery of his new home and is particularly excited to climb Mt Rainer.
Ronan is thrilled to spend the next three years working with and exploring with his co-residents. He is truly impressed by their intelligence and their varied interests. It is especially impressive that:
while intern year starts
the dashing Doctor Graf still
looks to hunt and fish
Matthew Graf grew up in Essex Jct., Vermont before earning a BS in Biology at McGill University in Quebec. After undergrad he became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Stationed in a rural farming village his efforts focused on natural resource management, health education, and local infrastructure development. Matthew was exposed to medicine while serving as a translator and later as a medical assistant. He witnessed first-hand the immense benefits that access to health care offered – especially in a resource-poor setting. Inspired by his experiences, he returned home to attend medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Matthew was attracted to family medicine due to its focus on primary care and preventive medicine, its integration into communities, the opportunity to build longstanding working relationships with patients, its broad and challenging scope of practice, and its utility in resource-poor areas.
He is very happy to be training at Swedish Cherry Hill and Seattle Indian Health Board with colleagues who are equally passionate about underserved and compassionate medicine. Beyond the white coat, Matthew enjoys spending time at home with his wife and their dog and cat. He also enjoys most everything that can be done outdoors - especially soccer, cycling, running, hiking, skiing, hunting, and disc golf. Enticed by the Puget Sound and the abundance of rivers near Seattle he is now focused on learning the art of fly fishing.
Her last name is Scottish
Warmth and grace
Laura grew up in the Bay Area and then ventured south to Pomona College, where she studied linguistics. After college she worked at a cancer hospital, doing research on the cognitive and psychological effects of cancer treatment. This experience has helped her maintain a healing presence in medicine, even when no cure exists. After completing pre-med classes at San Francisco State University, she worked for a year at a lesbian and transgender community clinic in San Francisco. She stayed in the Bay Area to attend medical school at UCSF, where she was involved in immigrant health efforts such as promoting breastfeeding among Latinas and teaching disaster preparedness in Chinatown. She loves to travel, and has been fortunate to participate in medical adventures in Guatemala and Uganda. She and her husband are very excited to make Seattle their new home. When they’re not swimming, cycling or running, they’re usually chowing down on something yummy.
Nomadic Nate with
calves of steel, smiles while cycling
Seattle’s steep hills
Nate Kittle graduated from Creighton University with a degree in Anthropology in 2007. He then spent a year as a full-time volunteer in Chicago working as a case manager for survivors of torture at the Marjorie Kovler Center. In 2008 he began medical school at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where he enrolled in their MD/MA in Bioethics and Health Policy program. Nate’s interest in family medicine began as a child growing up in the rural Midwest and has been fostered through his work in many underserved communities in the US and abroad. Notably, Nate spent a year working in rural Bolivia in between his 3rd and 4th year of medical school and has had international medical/public health experiences in Nigeria, Ghana, Guatemala, Peru, and South Sudan. Nate is excited to escape the urban jungle of Chicago and explore the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest while still enjoying the cultural, gastronomic and fine arts opportunities a city has to offer. He would like to end his bio with a
shout-out to his co-intern and roommate Marissa:
Marissa, while thrift shopping,
Brings us joy and smiles
Marissa Kummerling was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate education in Neuroscience and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Miami, after which she returned to the northeast for her medical school and public health training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Marissa’s passion for family medicine is rooted in her desire to provide continuity of care for patients in all stages of life and practice medicine that promotes wellness and emphasizes disease prevention. Her focus on care for underserved populations stems from her education on the influences of social injustices on health during her time in New York City and her belief that medical professionals should work to alleviate these inequities. She was drawn to Swedish Cherry Hill by the amazing residents and faculty and her desire to train in a program that emphasizes the union of academic rigor and compassionate, family-centered care. Marissa’s medical interests include women’s reproductive health, obstetrics, adolescent health, and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, Marissa loves exploring the many neighborhoods of her new city, hiking and camping, biking, yoga, reading, cooking/baking, spending time with her vestibularly-challenged cat, Ruby, and thrift-shopping with her co-residents!
always a welcoming smile.
Our Seattle guide.
Teresa grew up in the beautiful city of Seattle where her large, multigenerational family has laid its roots. She was a philosophy major
at the University of Washington. Inspired to explore and address social determinants of health, she completed a joint MD/MPH degree at UW. She is drawn to fostering health through patient-family-provider partnerships as well as through community advocacy. In particular, she is interested in addiction medicine and drug policy. She feels humbled and privileged to work with underserved populations.
Outside of medicine, she enjoys cooking, eating, and home brewing. She also loves to spend time outside - hiking, camping and swimming - with her partner and their dog, Remus. She hopes to continue traveling the world, getting to know other cultures, and is interested in destination recommendations!
Loving, Full of Laughs
Libby Melts Smores, Does Yoga
Libby was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She attended the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in Third World Studies. Her college experiences volunteering in an Ecuadorian hospital quickly ignited her interest in the root (social) causes of disease. Although she knew at a young age that she wanted to become a physician, Libby spent 4 years after college following a non-traditional arc that combined her interests in health with her passion for arts, humanism, economic justice, and community. In 2006, she and 20 other wingnuts bicycled across the US giving talks on global health disparities. Once she got to the East Coast, she stuck around for several months volunteering at Patch Adams’ Gesundheit! Institute, where she learned to appreciate clowns and started pondering desirable healthcare system design. Her favorite job before entering medicine was working as a birth doula, supporting immigrant and low-income women in Seattle during pregnancy and childbirth. She also loved returning to South Africa for a year to combine her doula work with studying public health and racial disparities.
Despite lots of globetrotting, Libby maintains a strong connection to the Northwest and came back to Seattle for medical school at UW. She loves that Family Medicine puts her on the frontlines of primary care for the underserved, adds to her perspective on the social determinants of health, and gives her a broad foundation to work in any setting. Libby chose Cherry Hill because she wanted to be part of a program with rigorous training and a shared mission to care for the underserved without compromising a broader concept of the physician role -- healer as community leader, ally, and advocate. Her medical interests include global health, population health, integrative medicine, sexual and reproductive health, positive birthing, patient empowerment, and community mobilization. She is an active member of the People’s Health Movement and loves building networks around the globe. In her free time, she enjoys imagining life as a trapeze artist, painting and block-printing, yoga, learning to rock climb, PHM conference calls, shaking her booty at Zumba, and getting out into the wonderful wildness of the Pacific Northwest. Libby wants to express her deep admiration for her co-intern Socia:
Stoic new cyclist
Doctor Love heals from the heart,
thrilled to wear turquoise
Socia Love-Thurman is Cherokee, Delaware and Yuchi and grew up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Native American Studies. She was honored to serve as Miss Indian Oklahoma 08-09’ where she traveled to various schools and cultural events around the US. Her platform aimed at instilling self-confidence and pride among American Indian youth; encouraging them to pursue higher education to not only sustain, but to better their tribal nations. Socia then moved north to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for Medical School where she founded the first chapter of the Association of Native American Medical Students. She subsequently worked to establish a national mentorship program between Native American medical students and Physicians. Socia joined Swedish and the Seattle Indian Health Board because of the strong commitment to improving the health of the underserved and underrepresented populations, while also excelling in areas such as addiction medicine and integrative healing. After residency, Socia plans on practicing full-spectrum medicine within the Indian Health Service. In her free time, she loves exploring the Northwest with her husband and their two dogs, Jackson and Sabra. She also enjoys dancing traditional southern buckskin, making beadwork, traveling, swimming, biking, snowboarding, going to concerts and movies, reading, couponing, OU Sooner football, and the OKC Thunder.Accents, hugs, and kilts;
Colin was born in Scotland and moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. He followed a somewhat unusual path into medicine, studying music as an undergraduate in Portland, OR, and spending several years working in the travel industry. He has a lifelong passion for social justice and is continually developing his skills in political advocacy and community engagement. As a medical student at the University of Washington, Colin spent a year in D.C. (the other Washington) serving as the Education & Advocacy Fellow for the American Medical Student Association, working on a variety of issues including health professional student engagement in the Occupy Movement and enhancing training for future physicians in advocacy skills. Colin is thrilled to remain in Seattle and pursue his residency training at Swedish Cherry Hill and particularly at Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center. He is dedicated to providing care to underserved, under resourced and marginalized populations, and is excited to pursue a career in full-spectrum family medicine combining compassionate, holistic patient care with political and community advocacy.
In addition to his healthcare-related pursuits, Colin also enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, cooking and eating good food, playing and watching soccer, and planning his next trip.
While more comfortable with musical arts than the written word, Colin was inspired by his colleague Robie to pen a short poetic work:
Merging of cultures
Yields a Sterling physician
Care and compassion
Robie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and stayed local for university, attending UC Davis, where he played rugby and majored in physiology. After graduating he ventured to his mother's homeland, Peru, where he learned to surf, ate lots of ceviche, and worked first with the ministry of health on a dengue fever prevention project and later on a research project assessing the long-term morbidities associated with infantile diarrhea and malnutrition.
He returned to California to attend medical school at his alma mater, joining the Rural-PRIME program, where he cultivated his passion for family medicine while working at a free health clinic, establishing a medical-legal partnership with the school of law and venturing into the Sierras whenever possible.
Outside of medicine Robie enjoys getting outdoors, travel, listening to music, and hanging with family and friends.
He is stoked to be joining the Cherry Hill and Sea Mar familias along with Kathy Wollner to whom he dedicates this poem:
Chitown to Seattle
Ciudadana del mundo
Doc Wollner is in
Kathy is a Midwest native accustomed to flat bike lanes and delicious Mexican food. She was born and raised outside of Chicago where her love of medicine first bloomed under the influence of the original Dr. Wollner (aka, her dad), a fantastic family doctor. She ventured off to Washington, DC for undergrad at the George Washington University where she pursued a degree in international affairs with a focus on Latin America. She spent a semester in Chile and another in Kenya. After a year in DC working with the non-profit Advocates for Youth, she moved back to Chicago to get her M.D. at Rush Medical College where she had the great privilege of spending most of her clinical time at Cook County Hospital.
She chose Cherry Hill because of its stellar training, its passionate and inspirational residents and faculty, and its strong mission for undeserved medicine. She feels humbled to be a part of the Cherry Hill and Sea Mar familias. Things Kathy likes a lot include obstetrics, well child care, comprehensive reproductive health, community medicine, rural health, and health policy. Sometimes she even likes managing diabetes and hypertension.
Beyond the hospital and clinic, Kathy enjoys exploring the outdoors; watching both exceptional and less-than-exceptional rom-coms; catching concerts; staring at Mt. Rainer; snuggling with her new dog, Ray; and joking around with her sweetheart, Pat. The hills of Seattle are building up her calves and she enjoys frequenting her new favorite Vietnamese and Ethiopian restaurants. She gives and receives hugs with much enthusiasm.
Now for a poetic shout out to her fellow intern and friend, Leah (you'll find her back at the top of the list):
Theater she gets
Mental health, justice, healing
Leah fosters them