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Tacoma Family Medicine

Current Faculty

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Rebecca L. Benko, MD

Home Town: Croswell, Michigan

Medical School: Michigan State University of Human Medicine

Special Interests:

Colposcopy OB, and Surgery Skills


Michal Brennan, DO, MA, FAAFP

Home Town: Longmont, Colorado. I have been in the Great NW for over 25 years so my hometown is here.

Medical School
: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

Special Interests

Dermatology, Otorhinolaryngology, Urology, Ophthalmology, and Emergency Medicine

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Paula Constance, ARNP

Home Town: Sidney, Iowa (pop. 1200)

Nurse Practitioner: University of North Dakota

Masters of Education: University of Nebraska

Masters of Management: Troy University

Areas of interest: Outdoor Emergency Medicine, Acute Care, Dermatology, Ortho, Women’s Health Care, OB, and CAM





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Anne Cooper, MD

Home Town: Los Angeles. California

Professional School: University of California, Davis

Special Interests:

What keeps me in medicine is daily interaction with my colleagues and patients, touching peoples’ lives and being touched.  We are lucky to be allowed to interact with people in ways that can be meaningful, interesting, and wild.  We get to be with people during some of their great and difficult moments.


Thomas Egnew, Ed.D

Home Town: Hardin, Montana

Professional School: Seattle University

Special Interests:

Behavioral Science/Counseling and Psychiatry


Alan Gill, MD

Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri

Medical School: University of Michigan

Special Interests:

Cardiology, Fellowship, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Medicine

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Janelle Guirguis-Blake, MD

Home Town: Westfield, New Jersey

Medical School: Dartsmouth-Brown Medical School Program

Special Interests:

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and TFM Day

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Christopher Jones, MD

Home Town: Tri-Cities, WA

Professional School: University of Washington

Special Interests:


Kate Landy, MD

Home Town: Chevy Chase, Maryland

Professional School: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Special Interests:

Women’s health / Gynecology. 
I joined TFM 2012, having been working for the previous several years at a community health center here in Tacoma.  I love practicing full spectrum family medicine, and feel privileged to be teaching the next generation of primary care providers.  Before doing to medical school I earned a Master’s in Public Health in international medicine / epidemiology, and then served in the US Peace Corps doing maternal and child health education in rural Morocco.  These experiences have helped me to integrate cultural and population health issues into my care of families.


Enrique Leon, MD

Home Town: Chimbote, Peru

Professional School: Howard University

Special Interests:

Obstetrics and pediatric care, procedural medicine.
Outside medicine- Camping and playing with family, soccer, fishing, skiing, hiking.


Mary Jo Ludwig, MD

Home Town: Denver, Colorado

Medical School
: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Special Interests

Geriatrics and although my curricular focus is geriatrics, I love the full spectrum of family medicine and have special interests in medical ethics, women’s health, preventive health, and family dynamics.


Natalie Nunes, MD

Home Town: Tacoma, Washington

Medical School: Georgetown School of Medicine

Special Interests


I joined the faculty at TFM in 2009 after ten years of practice at a local community health center. As a native Tacoman, I find it very rewarding to practice medicine in a way that serves to educate future family physicians while working to decrease local health disparities.

After graduating from Georgetown University Medical School in 1995, I did my residency training at Seattle Indian Health Board (affiliated with Providence Medical Center, now known as Swedish at Cherry Hill). This experience cemented my desire to work with underserved populations and to continue to practice full spectrum family medicine.

Outside of work I enjoy music, theater, books, travel, film and spending time with my husband, two children and extended family.

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Susan W. Rowe, Pharm. D.

Home Town: Tacoma, Washington

Pharmacy School: University of Washington


John VanBuskirk, DO

Home Town: Los Angeles, California

Medical School: College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona California

Special Interests:

Urban Underserved, Palliative Medicine, and Medical Student Liaison

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Kerry Watrin, MD

Home Town: Kennewick, Washington

Special Interests:

My special interests include adult learning styles, transition cycles, practical use of the EHR in prevention and chronic disease management, obstetrics and international health. I am the liaison for Family Practice inpatient and outpatient rotations, normal newborn and NICU. I assist Dr Benko with Obstetrics and have been an ALSO teacher for years

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