Andrea Bachhuber-Beam, MD
Andrea was born in Milwaukee, WI but spent much of her childhood in San Antonio, TX. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, she moved to the Rio Grande Valley to teach 8th grade science. Three years later she left the classroom and started medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.
Andrea's clinical interests include pediatrics and medical education. On a personal level, she enjoys reading, playing with her dog Whopper, baking, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Andrea is excited to move to Seattle. She hopes to hike, camp, and explore the Pacific Northwest as much as Brett Bell.
Brett Marie Bell, MD, MPH
Brett grew up in the idyllic city of Portland, Oregon. Seeking the thrill of a bigger city, she attended college at Barnard College in New York, New York, where she majored in Political Science. After graduating college, a desire for adventure and service took her even farther from home, to Uganda, where she served as a Peace Corps health volunteer. In Uganda, she worked developing social support programs and youth leadership for a health center that served people living with HIV/AIDS. These experiences taught her the value of reaching out to understand others across language and cultural barriers. She happily returned home to the Pacific Northwest and attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. While in medical school, Brett spent 6 months at a rural training site in Lander, Wyoming, working alongside family medicine physicians who were passionate about service to underserved patients. During medical school, Brett took a year to study for a Masters in Public Health, to better understand the social determinants of health. Her thesis project focused on the relationship between neighborhood walkability and obesity. Brett is excited to be training in family medicine, because she loves how family medicine takes a holistic and compassionate approach to health care. She is also thrilled to be training at the Seattle Indian Health Board, and with so many like-minded residents and faculty, who are committed to caring and advocating for underserved patients.
Outside of medicine, Brett enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband. She loves hiking, climbing, running, bicycling and skiing, and loves skiing so much that she is willing to hike with her skis to get a few summertime turns. When weather or residency demands keep her away from the mountains, Brett loves cooking, yoga and yelling herself hoarse supporting the Seattle Sounders.
Brett is thrilled to be a co-resident with fellow public health nerd and awesome new mom, Emily!
Emily Flynn, MD, MS
Emily was born and raised in Oakland, California, with a strong appreciation for mountains, foggy coastlines, and burritos. She ventured across the Bay to Stanford University, where she studied human biology, global health, and Latin American history and politics. A semester living in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico piqued her interest in borders and migration and solidified her impression that health and well-being are inseparable from social and cultural context. On campus, she advocated for reproductive rights, taught ESL to campus groundskeepers, and pondered whether to become a doctor, epidemiologist, educator, or human rights activist. Reluctant to leave academia, she stayed at Stanford for an additional year to complete a master’s degree in comparative education, for which she studied community empowerment in Oaxacan indigenous communities in California's agricultural belt. After a stint as a researcher on a legal case about human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war, she hopped from one coast to the other and settled into a job working on public health programs and policies in the Commissioner's Office of the New York City Health Department. There, she realized that clinical medicine would allow her to combine her experience in public health and interest in working more closely and directly with people and families.
So, back she went to California for a combined medical school and public health program at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. While in medical school, she took public health courses and worked on a handful of research projects related to maternal depression, child development, nutrition, and poverty, primarily in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. She was drawn to family medicine because it allows her to take care of patients from birth through old age, it pushes her to think about a broad range of medical problems, and because of the undeniable connections between primary care and the broader social and cultural contexts in which people live. Her clinical interests include maternal child health, contraception and abortion care, and chronic disease prevention, among others. Emily could not be happier to have landed at Swedish Cherry Hill and the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, where commitment to social justice through medicine runs deep.
Outside of work, Emily loves a good mountain hike, urban bike ride, yoga class, photography project, cooking experiment, and dinner feast with friends. She and her partner embarked on their biggest adventure just after Match Day, when they welcomed a sweet and smiley baby boy who is keeping them on their toes.
Jayne Taylor Gaubatz, MD
Jayne Taylor Gaubatz grew up in San Francisco and Norfolk, Virginia. She first came to the Pacific Northwest to attend Reed College, where she majored in biology and studied abroad in Egypt and Morocco. After college she joined the Peace Corps as a health education volunteer in a small village in Madagascar, working with community health workers on a number of projects related to maternal child health, family planning, and water sanitation and hygiene. After a coup d'état ended her Peace Corps service early she bounced around Madagascar and Europe for a year before starting medical school at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. While at Brown she completed a scholarly concentration in global health and developed her interests in refugee health and prison health. She is excited to join such a passionate group of co-residents, staff, and faculty at Cherry Hill, and to be part of a residency that encourages the role of a physician as an advocate for their community. In her free time Jayne enjoys drawing and painting, dancing at concerts, learning languages, and all activities involving oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Lauren Goli, MD, MPH
Lauren is from sunny Los Angeles and after attending an all-girl high school, happily enrolled at USC, where she attended football games and oversaw the Collegiate Volunteer Program at USC-County Hospital. She graduated with a BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and spent a year as an oncology researcher and working as a medical assistant at an urgent care. From micro pipetting to coding for paronychia she decided to broader her medical lens further, and so she and her faithful companion, Billie (large black feline), left the SoCal bubble for northern California to study maternal and child public health at UC Berkeley. After much deliberation, Lauren and Billie traveled to Boston for medical school at Tufts, where she would long for good Mexican food, learn how to scrape ice from her windshield, and participate in a student-run clinic in the first state that provided insurance to nearly all of its residents. While at Tufts, Lauren met the love of her life, Stephen, and had 2 fabulous weddings during their 4th year of medical school! Together they traveled to rural Nicaragua with a few Swedish alums to staff clinics and provide donated medications. Lauren is incredibly stoked to be at Cherry Hill where she can continue to work with the underserved Latino population, enjoy fabulous restaurants, and pose as an outdoor enthusiast.
Things she has in common with Glenna: enjoys greeting friends with hugs, baking tasty treats, and being positive around others.
Glenna Martin, MD, MPH
Glenna was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and most of her family still lives there. She was 13 when her younger sister, Colleen, was in a horrific bus accident and spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from a broken femur and pelvis, and a longer time recovering from the trauma. That experience sparked her desire to enter the field of medicine and become a doctor who would think of the whole patient: her mind and body, her family, and her community. Glenna knew family medicine was for her when she was 16 years old and began a long term shadowing experience with a bilingual family physician at a community health center serving the underserved in her hometown.
She made a journey to upstate New York for undergrad at Skidmore College. After graduating she traveled to Costa Rica for a few months of a public health/pre-clinical/Spanish immersion experience before returning to Santa Fe where she worked as a phlebotomist and medical assistant while applying to medical school. She then headed to Seattle to attend UW for her medical and public health training.
Glenna has a broad range of professional interests including health equity and liberation medicine, LGBTQ issues, women’s health, homeless populations, prison medicine, immigrant health, community activism, public health promotion, and medical education. Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with friends, cooking/baking (and sharing!), trying new things, running, yoga, and collecting jokes. She is thrilled to be part of a close-knit family of resident physicians who share a foundation of compassion, empathy, and humanism, the motivation and energy to fight for social justice, and the curiosity and humility to continuously learn from one another and our patients.
What she has in common with Jessica: a love of wearing bright colors and the desire to point out adorable dogs (and babies!) for everyone to enjoy!
Jessica Portillo, MD, MPH
Jessica was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. She went to Scripps College in Claremont, California, where she majored in Biology and Hispanic Studies and loved the enabling spirit of attending an all-women’s college. She remained in Southern California and obtained a Master of Public Health at the University of Southern California, before venturing to the Midwest to attend medical school at the University of Chicago. The daughter of immigrant parents, Jessica feels strongly about working with communities often falling outside the fold of mainstream services and care. She attempts to address this gap regularly, having volunteered with a day laborer’s clinic in the Inland Empire, run a nutrition program for at-risk youth in South Central Los Angeles, advocated for student health reform and community gardens in South Chicago, and mentored younger minority students interested in a medical or scientific career. She is thrilled to join the Cherry Hill Family Medicine residency and Sea Mar Clinic, where she can continue helping and advocating for those whom she loves to serve most. She chose the Swedish Cherry Hill program because of this shared mission, its exceptional, well-rounded training, the inspiring faculty and residents, and the warm, family feel that makes this program a perfect fit. Her interests within medicine include reproductive health and contraception, obstetrics, community medicine, and health education. After residency, she plans to continue her practice working with underserved, Latino populations through the National Health Service Corps. Outside of medicine, Jessica enjoys baking, good food, spending time with friends and family, her toy poodle, Chloe, and traveling. What she has in common with Jessie: the most popular name of the 80s and having lived in Latin America as a child.
Jessica Price, MD
Jessie considers herself a native of the Pacific Northwest, though she spent part of her childhood in Northern California and Venezuela as well. She attended Gonzaga University for her undergraduate degree, where she studied International Relations with an emphasis on Latin American studies. After college, her passion for international justice led her to Ecuador, where she spent time running an after school program and working at a clinic for patient's with Hansen's Disease, and later to Honduras, where she volunteering at a local community health clinic - though if you ask her about it she is likely to tell you more about the Tilapia Farm she lived at while there. Her work overseas eventually drew her back to medicine, seeing the basic needs of so many of her neighbors being jeopardized by social disparities - including health care. She decided to invest in a medical education in order to be able to provide much needed care to those at the margins. After returning to the US, she moved to the "other Washington" (DC) to attend George Washington University while being close to her husband Matt's family on the East Coast. During medical school, she augmented her studies with experiences in community health and insights from local experts about the public health reality of Washington, DC and the disparities existing there. She is thrilled to be back in the Northwest and eager to learn more her community here, especially the reality of health care to the marginalized in the greater Seattle area. She can't say enough about her wonderful colleagues at Cherry Hill, and feels very blessed to continue her medical training in such a life-giving and mission-centered program. When not working, she can be found gallivanting around the Cascades with her husband Matt and daughter Kadence, or attending a family sing-a-long equipped with one of countless percussion instruments.
What she has in common with Summer: hiking through state and national parks to "rehab" an intense leg injury.
Summer Scavone, MD, MPH
Summer Scavone hails from San Antonio, Texas—where the sun is constant and unrelenting. She completed a BS in Human Biology at University of Texas in Austin, where her interest in public health started. After college, she worked at an allergies and asthma clinic to explore her life-long interest in medicine. She moved back to her hometown for medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she completed a dual MD/MPH degree. In her third year of medical school, she moved to the South Texas Valley (near the Texas-Mexico border) where she continued to nurture an interest in underserved care. There, she worked with disadvantaged populations, practiced her Spanish, and envisioned better lives for her patients. She grew to love family medicine and the multiple roles that a family physician can play in someone’s life. She is grateful to join a wonderful cohort of colleagues equally committed to full-spectrum family medicine for all populations.
Outside of medicine, Summer loves to explore her new surroundings by hiking, swimming, and eating her way through town and nearby mountains. She also enjoys dabbling in the kitchen, relaxing on her porch, reading, and having good laughs with her new co-interns.
Summer and Hailey look forward to donning their dancin' shoes for a shared girls' night out on the town!
Hailey Wilson, MD
Hailey Wilson was born in Lewiston, Idaho. She is a proud member of the Nez Perce Tribe and grew up in the small town of Lapwai, Idaho on her tribe’s reservation. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science Studies at Boise State University and took a year off before medical school to return home to Lapwai to work for her people as a patient educator. Hailey attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle where she also received a certificate for completing the Indian Health Pathway. She is passionate about serving the underserved particularly Native American populations and plans to work rurally in the future. Her other interests in medicine include sports medicine, women’s health, integrative medicine and traditional Indian medicine.
Outside of medicine, Hailey enjoys watching and playing sports. She loves football and is an avid Boise State Broncos and Seattle Seahawks fan and also loves running, playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. She enjoys reading, watching movies, binge watching TV shows on Netflix, listening to all kinds of music especially the good ole 90s, and traveling.
Above all Hailey loves to crack jokes and laugh like her fellow resident Hetty.
Hei Wah (Hetty) Wong, MD
Hetty was born and raised in sunny Southern California. She ventured to the east coast for college where she majored in Public Health Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Her experiences with the homeless of Baltimore and Washington DC fostered an appreciation of people's life stories and their strong influence on health and well-being, and taught her that physicians are in a strong position to advocate for patients. She stayed on east coast for medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. During her time in the Bronx, she was a student leader at ECHO, the oldest student-run free clinic in New York City. This exposure to a diverse population both in her patients and passionate co-workers inspires her to pursue and provide quality care for all patients. She feels privileged to be gifted with the trust and health of her patients. Hetty is super excited to be at Cherry Hill to train among a group of people who strongly value patient-centered care and bringing healing and whole-ness to their respective communities. Her medical interests include increasing access to care, community empowerment, homelessness, adolescent medicine, and bringing palliative care and end-of-life discussions to the primary care setting.
Hetty enjoys trying new recipes, baking for whoever will try her creations, spending time with her husband, and starting spontaneous dance parties.
What she has in common with Amy: Determination to find the best dim sum in the Pacific Northwest!
Amy Yam, MD
Amy was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area (she will forever remain a 49ers fan at heart!) She attended college at UC San Diego where she majored in biochemistry & cell biology and took many study breaks running along the beach. After graduating, Amy teamed up with classmates to create a non-profit organization called Voces y Manos por el Derecho a la Salud. She went to Guatemala to learn how to improve community health, and eventually developed a scholarship program that promotes youth leadership and advocacy. Two years later, Amy attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. It was in the Midwest that she was introduced to the world of family medicine. Seeing the powerful impact that family physicians can make in urban underserved communities inspired Amy to enter the field. She was attracted to Swedish Cherry Hill primarily for its excellence in training, devotion to the underserved, and strong community involvement. She is ecstatic to be joining the Cherry Hill family and looks forward to the fun, crazy, and rewarding times ahead of her in Seattle.
What she has in common with Andrea Bachhuber-Beam: a love for Milwaukee's finest frozen custard!
Mikaela Alger, MD
Mikaela was born in Reno, Nevada. She pulled up stakes and ventured out East to Pittsburgh, PA for college at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied biology, anthropology, and Latin American studies. During this time, she had to opportunity to travel to Nicaragua where she interviewed people about health behaviors and beliefs. She liked Pittsburgh so much she stuck around for four more years of medical school at Pitt. While there, she focused on underserved populations, working as a student coordinator for a local free clinic and traveling to rural Honduras to work in a community clinic. She also pursued research into social risk factors for depression and suicide in unstably housed patients. Though Pittsburgh had been good to her, the siren call of the Pacific Northwest beckoned, and she packed up her car and long-suffering husband and made another cross-country move.
Medical interests include global health, urban underserved, addiction medicine, obstetrics, and the interplay between social justice and medicine.
Non-medical interests include hiking and playing outside, but on rainy days likes knitting, sewing, and playing complicated board games with anyone willing to roll dice and trade sheep.
And now, introducing the lovely Liz Bates. Master of laughing yoga, always good for a hug, and one of the best examples of extraordinary care from an extraordinarily caring provider...
Elizabeth Bates, MD
Originally from Washington DC, Liz took time off while studying English at the College of William and Mary to do AmeriCorps, where she worked with the Red Cross after September 11th. Fleeing the brutal northeastern winters, she moved to Savannah, GA, where she was a bartender and writer, publishing short stories, zines, and graphic novels. After Hurricane Katrina, she did disaster relief in Gulfport, MS, and became passionate about medicine as a tool for change.
She found herself back in the northeast at Jefferson Medical College, working extensively with resettled refugees, including Burmese, Bhutanese, Congolese, and Iraqi populations. Efforts included establishing free medical clinics, developing educational programs (including laughing yoga), and women’s groups. Her research about women’s health and contraception have been presented at meetings nationally and abroad.
She is committed to serving marginalized populations, with an emphasis on community partnerships, refugee, and reproductive health. She’s worked in Africa, Europe, and South Philly. Other interests include yoga, hiking, cheering for the Eagles, and biking around Seattle. She is constantly inspired by her co-residents, her patients, and the incredible Olympic mountains.
Liz is particularly humbled by Erin Bulleit—who not only climbs mountains, runs ultra-marathons, and triumphs over evil—but also bakes amazing alfajores.
Erin Bulleit, MD
Born in Pasadena, CA, raised in Baltimore, MD and Verona, WI, and recently transplanted from Rochester, NY, Erin is feeling like whatever Seattle has going on, she’ll be having more of it, please. Mountains and coffee are enticing, but the Swedish Cherry Hill community- with strong roots in social justice, community activism and humanism in underserved primary care- that's the real clincher.
Erin studied Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. Fascinations with protein structure and infectious disease led her to a tuberculosis drug development internship in India, where she also developed her penchant for dosas. After graduating, she briefly settled in South America, working at a preschool in a marginalized community in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In medical school at the University of Rochester, she was overjoyed to find like-minded people practicing Street Medicine, and she crystalized her commitment to underserved primary care through working with unsheltered and chronically homeless individuals, as well as with refugees at a Rochester CHC. She helped establish a clinic night with a no-barrier shelter, gave healthy cooking coaching at a teen drop-in shelter, and led an interdisciplinary team of “hot-spotters”, who worked closely with frequently hospitalized patients to improve care and connection. Within medicine, Erin enjoys working at the intersection of chronic medical and psychiatric illness, where she is continually humbled by patients' power and resilience. She is passionate about reproductive health, addiction medicine, adolescent medicine, storytelling (and story hearing) and addressing inequity in medicine, as it is a constant threat to health. She also hopes to continue her work to better serve high-utilizing patients with intensive community-based outpatient services. Erin is a lover of bikes, poutine, red-winged blackbirds, podcasts and sleeping outside.
Next, to introduce the leader in our “sweatiest resident” charge, here’s radical bike commuter Josh Burnell, who brings his infectious smile, tenacious puns, and thirst for adventure (on whatever scale) to all of the coolest spots in south Seattle- on two wheels.
Josh Burnell, MD
Josh is a native northwesterner from the unofficially recognized region of Cascadia. He was born in Seattle and lived in Government Camp, Oregon for 10 years with his older sister and firefighter parents. He moved back to Seattle in time for middle school, then high school, then college, then five-years off, then med school, then now he's still here.
Josh studied spanish and neurobiology at the University of Washington and has found family medicine to be a great way to link the two. He has worked as a valet, a ski instructor, a brain map analyst, an EMT, a tuberculosis researcher in Peru, and most recently as a proud resident of Swedish Cherry Hill. He is especially thrilled to be at the Sea Mar site in one of his favorite Seattle neighborhoods, South Park. Josh likes bike touring, backpacking, soccer, sugar cereal. and post-apocalyptic movies, He finds cottage cheese and Garrison Keillor particularly hard to stomach. His medical interests include global health, cultural barriers to health care, rural medicine, and obstetrics.
Erin Cooley is a bottomless well of energy and enthusiasm. And lightning quick on the soccer pitch. In med school and in residency, she has been a first-rate accomplice in adventure seeking. Honored to introduce her...
Erin Cooley, MD
Erin is a Pacific Northwest native, born at our very own Swedish Hospital and grew up across the lake in Redmond, Washington. She made her way to Spokane, Wa for undergraduate majoring in Chemistry and Spanish at Whitworth University. Not quite ready for a real job, Erin spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Gresham, Oregon volunteering full time as a Referral and Clinic Coordinator for the Wallace Medical Concern. There she gained a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of social stressors and systemic barriers to health. She continued a second year of service with AmeriCorps HealthCorps at Seamar Community Health Centers in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle as a Patient Navigator. There she learned more about the intersection of policy and health care. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she worked on addressing local issues impacting the health of her community through community organizing with the student group Health Equity Circle, and participated on the Board of Directors of the community organizing institution the Sound Alliance. She additionally spent a summer in Peru with a non-profit in Ollantaytambo working to develop a community needs assessment and community health worker program to reach rural communities in the high Andes.
Erin's clinical interests include: Women's and reproductive health, mental health, sports medicine, chronic disease management, the complicated psychosocial issues affecting our urban unerserved patients, diversity in medicine, and clinic-based community organizing. Outside of medicine, Erin has recently fallen in love with road biking, plays on multiple community soccer teams, and can't wait for the snow to fall for skiing this winter. She loves cooking for friends at weekly Sunday dinners, and learning to grow things in her first garden ever! Erin is thrilled to train at Swedish, where she is surrounded by faculty and residents that are just as passionate about creatively addressing the social justice issues that inspired her to go into medicine in the first place, as well as cultivating the strongest full spectrum family medicine training.
Erin is excited to share her time at Carolyn Downs with Maisha who has a hip patio, passion for the intersection of art and social justice, and mad scone baking skillz.
Maisha Davis, MD, MPH
Maisha Davis originally hails from the greater Los Angeles area where she learned to appreciate sunshine, casual style, and developed great patience from her many days of sitting in Southern California traffic. She learned the importance of community advocacy and activism from an early age, frequently participating in HIV/AIDS prevention and education outreach activities. Maisha spent the bulk of her formative years in the Bay area, graduating from Stanford University in 2007 with a B.A. in Human Biology. As an undergraduate, she developed an area of concentration in health advocacy and education in minority communities while also minoring in Japanese. Soon thereafter, Maisha completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College and became enamored by the East Bay; its people, its art/culture, and Oakland most of all. She went on to attend UCSF for medical school where she was enrolled in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved and completed a joint MPH at UC Berkeley in the Interdisciplinary Studies track.
Before matriculating to the UCSF , she spent much of her time entrenched in policy advocacy and community engagement efforts for California Black Women’s Health Project, a not-for-profit whose mission revolves around health promotion for Black women and girls throughout the state. It was there she was introduced to the concept of reproductive justice and its conceptualization in urban, underserved communities of color. Since that time she has been involved in academic and extracurricular endeavors that center around “urban” youth of color, reproductive health, community violence, and trauma-informed care. Her long-term interests lie in developing novel interventions which call upon elements of traditional medicine/healing practices such as drumming, mindfulness meditation, ethnobotany, and the arts in such a way as to make them more accessible to today’s urban underserved communities. Maisha’s interests in medicine are LGBTQ health, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, and reproductive health.
Outside of medicine she enjoys going to as much live music as her budget allows, consuming science fiction in any medium ad nauseum, and connecting with other queer and/or trans* folks of color to engage with in activism and/or dancing. Those last two go hand in hand. Speaking of dancing, I hear Marie Oliva Hennelly loooooves dancing, West African dancing to be specific.
Collette Harris, MD, MS
Collette Rochelle Harris is from the great Pacific Northwest, raised in Kirkland, WA. A first-generation college student, she attended Stanford University where she majored in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities Program for premedical students. There, she participated in a number of student groups including the Stanford Black Premedical Organization, Students 4 Healthy Youth, Promoting Women's Health and Human Rights, and the Public Health Initiative. She also worked for the Stanford Premedical Summer Program, which helped prepare students of color for careers in medicine. After graduation, she worked for Seattle Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston, coordinating Orthopedics and Rheumatology clinic visits and Ophthalmology procedures, respectively. She then earned her MS degree from Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition. From there, she attended Howard University College of Medicine, where she served leadership positions in the International Medicine Interest Group and the student chapter of Physicians for Human Rights. She completed her intern year at Howard University Hospital's Department of Community and Family Medicine, where she was awarded Intern of the Year. Throughout her journey, she has learned that health disparities are rooted in socioeconomic and environmental inequities, including unsafe housing, poor literacy, pollution, food deserts, occupational hazards, police violence, and mass incarceration. After residency, she hopes to dedicate her career to food justice and fighting environmental racism. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, horror films and crime documentaries, and thrift shopping.
She is excited to be at a residency program with colleagues like Marie Hennelly who share her passion for social determinants of health and human rights!
Marie Oliva Hennelly, MD
Marie was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and studied Biology at Brown University. It was a global health experience running women's public health programs in rural Honduras that sparked Marie's interest in pursuing a career in medicine, particularly in communities with less access to health care. At Mount Sinai in NYC, she enjoyed developing educational opportunities for students in areas of health advocacy, integrative medicine, race and racism in medicine and health, and humanism in medicine. She co-founded Mount Sinai's Human Rights and Social Justice Scholars Program -- a year-long training program for first year medical students designed to cultivate a community of physician-activists -- and helped run Physicians for Human Rights' National Student Program. During a research year, she investigated racial disparities in colorectal cancer screening with attention to how physicians and healthcare structures may perpetuate the same disparities we work to alleviate.
Marie's professional interests include addiction medicine, contraception and abortion care, integrative medicine, palliative care, torture and asylum evaluations, prison and re-entry health, and lending a physician voice to broader movements addressing racism and poverty such as mass incarceration and single-payer healthcare. She was drawn to family medicine (and, in turn, to Swedish Cherry Hill) for its community-centeredness, its social justice spirit and activist heart, and its understanding that context is as important as the medical issue -- that few patients experience their health or illness uninfluenced by their family or society. Outside of medicine, Marie loves West African dance and yoga and is enjoying all of the live music, great restaurants, and friendly dogs in Seattle. She's particularly a fan of Lauren Lawler's dog Tanner, who shows remarkable restraint during our class picnics, rough-houses with his equally cute cat sibling, and joins our dance parties with a wagging tail."
Lauren Lawler, MD, MPH
Lauren is a Seattleite through and through. The pull of her family and Seattle’s energetic, quirky culture have drawn her to stay rooted here, other than for travel, for her entire life.
Lauren attended the University of Washington first as an undergraduate, where she studied both neurobiology and public health while developing a passion for social justice issues. She stayed on to earn her medical degree, where her interests in population health, health policy, and health care systems inspired her to spend an extra year earning her master’s degree at the UW School of Public Health. Lauren was drawn easily to Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine by its deeply rooted commitment to serving Seattle’s marginalized and underserved communities and by the dynamic change-agents she found already among the program’s ranks. Lauren’s clinical interests are broad, but she particularly enjoys obstetrics, pediatrics, chronic disease management and procedural medicine. She is most excited for the opportunity to provide care informed by the unique cultures, obstacles, social contexts, and goals that every family and patient brings.
Before medical school, Lauren worked as a wedding planner and pastry chef. Although she still likes to bake for a crowd, her real loves are growing, cooking, and eating seasonal food surrounded by her family and friends. She has an ever-expanding container garden where she spends as much time as possible. Although she has always lived under the Emerald City’s grey skies, Lauren has spent her adult life falling even more in love with this beautiful city of neighborhoods and it’s charming surrounding towns tucked between forests, mountains, and the Sound. You will find her and her husband Patrick adventuring in and out of Seattle with their fearless schnoodle Tanner in tow whenever they can.
Patty’s pet preferences, however, are of the feline variety. This articulate warm-hearted Californian has an infectious laugh and truly unparalleled cat fur styling skills.
Patricia Martinez, MD
Patricia grew up in San Jose, California where her large family still reside. She ventured off to sunny Southern California for undergrad at UCLA where she majored in Physiological Sciences and minored in Education. An unforgettable college experience providing basic medical aide to local residents in a small community clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico first sparked her interest in the field of medicine. After undergrad, Patricia worked as an English Language Learner Educator and eventually coordinated the ELL program at an elementary school in the Bay Area. While at the elementary school, she started the Grupo Sol – a community based program aimed to empower parents from the Spanish-speaking community. After a few years of working Patricia was drawn back to medicine and she completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical education at UCSF where she met inspirational people that ignited her passion for addressing health disparities in medicine. Afterwards, Patricia received her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Excited to work with the local East and South Los Angeles community, she co-founded the Health Partners Project as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow – a year-long program that trains first and second year medical students to be diabetic educators and pairs them with patients that then educate medical students on what it means to live with a chronic condition. Patricia is excited to now be part of the Swedish Cherry Hill family and especially excited to call Sea Mar her home clinic.
Patricia’s clinical interests include women’s reproductive health, integrative medicine, behavioral health, adolescent health, and working to improve the health of underserved communities. Outside of medicine Patricia loves hanging out with her husband and three lazy cats, cooking with her family, yoga, hiking, and exploring a new city through food and nature. Speaking of food and nature, if you’re ever craving some yummy crab and want to explore beautiful Seattle, Beth knows of the best spots to go crabbing!
Beth Mynar, MD, MPH
Beth Mynar was born and raised in Seattle, though she has always spent as much time as possible adventuring outside of the city, exploring the woods/beaches/mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In high school she discovered a passion for documentary photography, and could often be found hiding away in the dark room printing black and white images of everything from broad Alaskan landscapes to portraits. For her undergraduate studies, she traveled to Northfield, MN to attend Carleton College, where she spent many an hour chasing flying plastic objects around the ultimate frisbee field, while officially majoring in Biology. During her time at Carleton, she lived in La Paz, Bolivia, for a summer shadowing physicians as part of a pediatric public health internship. The experience was her first exposure to medicine and global health, ant it set her on a course to pursue medicine as a career. Her time in Bolivia showed her that medicine could be a wonderful blend of listening to people and their stories, critical scientific thinking, connecting across cultures, and adventurous exploration. Not quite ready to dive into medical school, she spent two years after college reconnecting with Seattle through coffee making at a local French bakery, completing post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Washington, and volunteering at a preschool for children with developmental disabilities. During this time she also lived abroad for 5 months in southern Chile, where she shadowed physicians at a small rural hospital, gaining an appreciation for the many challenges of practicing medicine in a resource-poor setting.
Returning to Seattle in 2010, she enrolled at the University of Washington, where she studied both medicine and public health, graduating with a dual MD/MPH degree from the Department of Global Health and School of Medicine. While at UW she built on her interests in underserved medicine and rural health, spending time in several communities in Alaska as part of the WWAMI program. Her interests in medicine include global health, palliative care, reproductive health, and the intersection of art and medicine. She is thrilled to be a resident at Swedish Cherry Hill, where she gets to work with providers like Nell, a sports-enthusiast with a wonderfully dry sense of humor, who she has also come to know as a donut connoisseur extraordinaire.
Lauren Sonderegger, MD
Raised in Berkeley, CA, Lauren developed an early respect for recycling everything, and for defiance expressed by camping out in trees. Ready to check out the other coast, she attended Yale University for an undergraduate double-major in history and biology. During college, Lauren spent a summer in Quito, Ecuador, learning Spanish while developing an oral health curriculum for market-worker children. Here she first became convinced of the power of prevention, especially in addressing systemic complications of early childhood dental caries. Over the years she returned to El Salvador, Peru and Argentina, where her travels, work and research held a unifying theme of empowering local health workers to prevent common health problems with the greatest morbidity. A drive to work in primary care and public health brought her home to the Bay Area for medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. Throughout, she maintained interest in caring for the underserved, helping to coordinate Clínica Martín Baró, a free clinic in San Francisco, mentoring premed students and engaging in primary care leadership.
Her interests in medicine include food justice issues, nutrition, fitness and food as medicine, global health, and behavioral and environmental health as they relate to prevention on a societal scale. So far, what has excited her most about being at Swedish Cherry Hill is the program’s emphasis on humanism—valuing each patient as a person before a disease—and the shared interest and passion of those around her for addressing the greater societal injustices that largely determine poor health outcomes.
In Seattle, she is always game for a run in a beautiful place, a bike ride to a new neighborhood, and will happily cook for your next potluck (no cottage cheese included). She will gladly nerd out over NPR or regale of her sixth sense for free food, good deals and hidden bathrooms. Such skills pale in comparison, however, to the sweet siren Mikaela Alger; sponsored by a joint production of UpToDate and YouTube, she is writer and renowned star of musical medical parodies.
Amy Chabitnoy, MD
Amy was born and raised in a small town outside of Hershey, PA, home to cornfields, cows, and oh yeah chocolate. With a love of chocolate and the countryside, she ventured to Lancaster, PA, home to the famed Wilbur bud, rival of the chocolate kiss. She attended Franklin and Marshall College where she earned a Biology degree with a minor in Medicine and Technology in Society. A sports fan from a young age, she was fortunate to play both soccer and basketball for the Diplomats. She even got to be the Benjamin Franklin mascot a time or two to support her fellow D3 athletes. After graduating, she experienced the power sport can play in a community at the Christopher Campbell Memorial Field in Khayelitsha, South Africa, where she took part in a summer soccer and youth leadership skills camp. After getting schooled on the soccer field and learning some sweet new dance moves, Amy returned home to work at the Pennsylvania State University Medical School (GO LIONS!) in a laboratory studying oxidative stress on the heart.
Next, Amy discovered a world outside of PA when she traveled to New Hampshire to attend the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In New England she was happy to find mentors and classmates who shared Dr. Seuss' joy of life and determination to provide comfort, although thankfully not always in rhyme. While at Dartmouth she was able to work closely with Native American communities in Arizona, Maine, and Minnesota. She is very excited to continue to work with Native American and Alaska Native populations at the Seattle Indian Health Board. Proud of her Aleutian heritage, she is excited to be in the Pacific Northwest. In NH she gained a love of the outdoors with hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She is looking forward to continuing all these in her new home.
She is excited to join the other members of her intern class. She would particularly like to introduce Lisa, a board-game loving, sweetheart whose spirit animal is the ocelot.
Lisa Chan, MD
Lisa grew up surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah where she studied biochemistry and Chinese language and literature at the University of Utah. She first developed a passion for serving marginalized communities while volunteering at the local free clinic and refugee community center as an undergrad. After college, Lisa spent some time working as an inorganic chemist and certified nursing assistant before going onto medical school at Pennsylvania State University. In the northeast, Lisa served on the board for the student-run free clinic, organized community service events at the local assisted living facility, and mentored at-risk youth. These broad experiences solidified her love for family and community medicine.
She is excited to be a part of the inaugural class at ICHS where she will be serving the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods of the International District. She looks forward to providing full-spectrum care for the underserved communities of Seattle and acting as an agent of change for health and social equity.
In her free time, Lisa likes to draw, hike, play boardgames, and spend time with her cat Toby. Though Lisa is a self-admitted cat enthusiast, her co-intern Bryn Chowchuvech's spirit animal is a koala.
Bryn Chowchuvech, MD, MPH
Bryn was raised in the western outskirts of Denver in sunny Colorado. He spent time in Boulder and Breckenridge prior to moving to the Bay Area in California, where he graduated with a degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. Not minding the idea of being a lifelong student, he furthered his education at the University of Washington where he studied both Medicine and Public Health.
His professional interests include full-spectrum primary care, rural & global health, refugee and immigrant care, palliative care, integrative medicine, and medical technology. He is thrilled to a part of Cherry Hill, where health equity and advocacy are spoken as a common tongue and a program that can allow pursuit of a multitude of interests. His personal hobbies include cooking and sharing wonderful meals with his spouse, as well as most anything outdoors, be it on water, rock, snow, or trail.
He is especially thrilled to be learning the art of medicine, working in the community, and playing in the beautiful Washington outdoors alongside his co-resident, Trevor, whose insatiable natural curiosity and overt friendliness are embodied by human's best friend, the stalwart Labrador.
Trevor Dickey, MD, MPH
Trevor Dickey was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he grew up until discovering the beautiful pacific northwest during his time at college at the University of Washington. There, he studied Biochemsitry and started taking advantage of all the northwest had to offer.
He made a change all the way across the country to Duke University for medical school, in North Carolina, where he was fortunate enough to be part of the newly formed Primary Care Leadership Track. He also had time at Duke to get his Master in Public Health degree where he focused primarily on efficacy of diabetes care management programs. He has a clinical interest in rural health as well as an interest in policy and economic issues surrounding community health and health inequality. He is so grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by his inspiring fellow co-residents and faculty that are passionate about addressing the social, economic, and medical issues that affect their patients’ health and well being.
Outside of medicine he enjoys hanging out with his awesome wife and co-intern Steph and their ever-smiling dog Koopa. He loves to climb, hike, camp, surf, snowboard. He is also known to become too proud of himself when he successfully builds something, or completes a home improvement project.
And although he can neither verify nor refute the presence of a blow-hole, he would like to think the next person, Kirsten Hansen-Day has the spirit animal of a dolphin. She is always full of positive energy and enjoys water related activities like going out on her new paddle board.Contact
Kirsten Hansen Day, MD
Kirsten grew up in Seattle and might just spend the rest of her life here. She went to undergrad at Oberlin College in Ohio. After graduating, she helped start an integrative birthing center in rural Bolivia and then spent two years working as a birth doula in Seattle and New Orleans. In 2010, during her time as an Americorps doula, she first learned about the social determinants of health. She realized this was the common thread that connected everything she had previously worked on or cared about, whether anti-sweatshop organizing, human rights, Latin America solidarity work, or empowering women to reclaim their birth experiences.
During medical school at the University of Washington, she organized with the student group Health Equity Circle to increase discussion of social determinants of health in the pre-clinical curriculum and worked to improve the learning environment for students of all races. Her clinical interests include integrative medicine, LGBTQ health, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, reproductive health and policy advocacy. She is thrilled to join a circle of physicians that challenge each other to be the best care providers, activists and advocates for the communities they serve.
Kirsten can also be found paddleboarding on Lake Washington, hiking the North Cascades, playing pirates with her nephew, West Coast swing dancing with her wife, or watching anything starring Kate McKinnon. She’s proud to work alongside her cointern Tiff, whose spirit animal is a wise and elegant owl, a leader in the field, forest, or mountain, wherever she may be.
Tiffany Ho, MD, MPH
Tiffany grew up in San Jose, CA prior to the craze of the technology start up boom. She hopped down south to major in Neuroscience and minor in Geriatrics at UCLA. During this time, she had the fortunate opportunity to become a clinic coordinator for a student-run mobile clinic for the homeless and uninsured population of West Hollywood. This valuable experience fueled her interest in working with the urban underserved population, particularly those with mental health conditions.
Excited for a change in scenery, Tiffany leaped across to Baltimore, MD to attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Training at one of the last ten institutions without a Department of Family Medicine pushed Tiffany to find creative ways to explore primary care in a specialty-focused institution. Along the way, she obtained her Master in Public Health degree at Hopkins. She learned more about community-oriented primary care, and sought to find a strong residency program that echoed such a philosophy. She's incredibly excited and honored to join the Cherry Hill family, and already feels at home with the International Community Healthy Services (ICHS) International District clinic.
Tiffany enjoys a range of activities from plumping up her roommates and friends with baked goodies to backpacking internationally as well as rock climbing with her fellow interns. She's pumped that her fellow cointern Laura Krinsky has tried climbing several times. Her light-hearted spirit, warmness, and nutty comment made on the intern camping trip echoes the spirit animal of a flying squirrel.
Laura Krinsky, MD
Laura was born and raised in Manhattan. As a third-generation New Yorker, she ventured out to Pomona College in Claremont, California to get her first taste of the West Coast. While there, she majored in Latin American Studies and wrote her honors thesis on Cuban racial discourse based on original research done in Havana. Prior to matriculating at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, she assisted Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI) in research on women's barriers to contraception in the Bronx. Laura’s commitment to understanding and serving vulnerable populations unified her service, research, and clinical experiences while in medical school. She was a Human Rights and Social Justice Scholar and co-founded courses on race/racism in medicine and social justice in clinical practice. Laura led the student-run global health organization and researched kidney disease in Nicaragua. She honed her skills in community organizing as a co-founder of Primary Care Progress' local chapter and teaching as an inaugural didactic leader for Icahn’s Interclerkship Ambulatory Care Track, which focused on primary care. In recognition of excellence in clinical care, leadership and service, she was awarded the Dr. Barry Stimmel Renaissance Scholar Award.
Laura is thrilled to join a community of like-minded residents and faculty who are dedicated to full spectrum training with the shared goal of equity and social justice in healthcare. The social mission and many clinical and academic strengths of the program resonate with her wide array of professional interests, including but not limited to medical education, primary care in urban underserved communities, prisoner/re-entry health, adolescent medicine, community activism, maternal child health and reproductive justice.
Outside of medicine, she is excited to take the next step in her bicoastal hop and admire the Pacific Northwest through coffee shop windows. Laura and her fiance look forward to borrowing her co-residents’ camping and watersports gear and making everybody NY-style pizza.
It is her great honor to introduce her co-resident Bari, whose wisdom, strength, and reputation for being a mutant ninja in her teenage years makes her a turtle. Not only are Bari and Laura native East Coasters, but also they have partners who enjoy pickling vegetables and setting up camp for weekend trips while Bari and Laura are in clinic on Friday afternoons.
Bari Laskow, MD
Bari was born in Alabama but spent her formative years in New Jersey (which is much prettier than most people think). She attended the Gallatin School at New York University where she developed a major that focused on the social determinants of health. Between college, medical school at University of Pittsburgh and residency, she found herself working towards exploring these determinants in various places: in Liberia with Africare developing a peer-education program to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy; participating in a medical Spanish and social justice program called Somos Hermanos in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; and a year in El Salvador working on community-based HPV self-sampling for cervical cancer prevention.
She is beyond-words excited to join her fellow residents and faculty at Cherry Hill and Sea Mar; their passion for providing high-quality medical care and being amazing advocates for their patients is inspiring and invigorating. When she's not taking care of patients, she can be found rock climbing in- and outdoors, hiking the beautiful mountain ranges with her partner, playing boards games, or eating delicious home-cooked meals.
Next up is the amazing Steph Ngo! While some might say she is a monkey the way she easily cruises up some difficult climbs, if you look closely at her excited wide eyes you'll see that she is truly a beautiful spry deer.
Stephanie Ngo, MD
Stephanie Ngo is a Seattle-ite, raised in the Chinatown/International District. She attended college at the University of Washington. After graduation, she moved to Vietnam for a year and taught English and hung out with family and traveled. After her stint abroad, she moved back to the US and across the country with her partner to Durham, North Carolina. There, she worked as an AIDS United/AmeriCorps member at the Durham VA Medical Center. Stephanie then started medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and was part of the Primary Care Leadership Track.
Stephanie is interested in community medicine, social injustice, mental health integration with primary care, immigrant/refugee health, and addiction medicine. She is beyond excited to return to Seattle and start residency at Swedish Cherry Hill with amazing colleagues and faculty who share a passion of providing comprehensive, high quality to underserved patients and communities beyond just the medical setting.
In her free time, Stephanie likes to hang out with her partner (see his profile above, Trevor) and dog, Koopa Troopa, hike, rock climb, paint, and find parks and beaches to chillax during her time off.
Next up is Jenn Nguyen, whos smiles and hugs make her spirit animal a bear... Specifically a black bear.
Jennifer Nguyen, MD, MPH
Jennifer grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley where she cultivated the need to work towards social justice. After working in the non-profit sector, she moved to the beautiful Northwest with her partner to pursue a Master in Public Health, focusing on refugee community health. She ultimately pursued medicine at the University of Washington in order to foster the connections found uniquely in physician-patient relationships. She realized her calling was Family
Medicine, a specialty which gave her the opportunity to holistically care for a patient, honor the patient’s narrative, while pursing obstetrics and pediatrics. Jennifer found her community at Cherry Hill, filled with residents, faculty, and staff who not only whole-heartedly believes the notion that people are disproportionately affected by societal factors, but use their creativity and voice for advocacy. Her interests are in refugee/ asylum/ immigrant health,
women’s/ reproductive health, and adolescent health.
Jennifer loves relaxing near water, cooking and eating Vietnamese & Thai food with her loving partner & co-intern, live music & theater, hiking, travelling, getting over her fear of heights with rock climbing, and is continually energized by her co-residents who have a genuine passion for improving the health of patients from disenfranchised communities because they believe that things should and need to be better. Jennifer’s lovely co-intern, Candace is a fellow water-lover and social justice advocate, whose calm and nurturing ways imbue the playful spirit of the otter.
Candace Watts, MD
Candace S. Watts is from the Land of Enchantment and attended The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She is the first physician in her family and proud of her Diné (Navajo) and African American heritage. Before medical school she obtained a bachelors degree in nursing from Hampton University and completed pre-nursing coursework at Sweet Briar College.
During undergrad Candace established a passion for social justice and health equity through her public health work in Zambia, Italy, Capitol Hill, the Navajo Nation, and the Center for Disease Control. Her desire to serve Native people and quest for adventure took her to rural Southwest Alaska. There she worked as a nurse alongside full scope family physicians that motivated her to pursue a life in medicine. She is honored to continue her training with the inspiring residents and faculty of the Cherry Hill program and Seattle Indian Health Board.
Candace enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking to hot springs, outdoor yoga, buying all things turquoise and eating all things green chile.
Last and NEVER least is the fierce-hearted, community healer Alexandra Zaballa whose spirit animal is the Lion.
Alexandra Zaballa, MD
Alexandra was born in La Paz, Bolivia but spent most of her childhood in the Portland,OR- Vancouver,WA area. She attended the University of Washington for undergrad, majoring in Biology and minoring in Diversity studies. During this time she first became involved in the Latino Medical Student Association and a local student-run clinic at Casa Latina, which is a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides services to Latino immigrants and seasonal workers. After graduation, she decided to serve through AmeriCorps at SeaMar Community Health Center. At SeaMar, she was involved in leading health education classes and starting a youth soccer program. She then started medical school at the University of Washington where she continued pursuing opportunities for outreach and service for marginalized communities while continuing to focus on the recruitment and retainment of students of color in medicine, firmly believing that mentorship has been a critical support in her path to medicine.
Alexandra is very happy to be training at Cherry Hill, where she has found her people, who are also committed to caring and advocating for underserved patients. She is especially excited to call Sea Mar her home clinic. She loves the broad-spectrum family medicine training that Cherry Hill offers as well as the focus on community activism and addressing inequities that play such a large role in the health of individuals and communities. Medical interests include urban underserved, obstetrics and reproductive health, and the interplay between social justice and medicine.
Outside of medicine, Alexandra enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, exploring the outdoors through hiking and backpacking trips, and enjoying both rainy and sunny days in Seattle!