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Current TFM Residents

First-Year Residents 

Kyla Halsor, MDKyla Halsor

Home Town: Dallas, Pennsylvania

Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

Kyla was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As a child she enjoyed being outside hiking and camping with her family, spending any time she could with her older sister, and traveling to visit her extended family in Oregon and Michigan during the summers. After high school Kyla stayed close to home and attended Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Kyla began her college career working towards an elementary education major until she began working at a local rehabilitation hospital as a nursing assistant. It was here working hands on with brain injury and stroke patients she cultivated her interest in medicine and realized this was the path for her. She soon changed her major to biology and began taking classes to fulfill a pre-med tract. After graduating from college, she attended medical school at Penn State in Hershey, PA. Here she enjoyed being involved in and leading the Family Medicine Interest Group in many community outreach and educational events. One of her most rewarding experiences was being involved in Penn State’s Global Health Scholars Program, a 4-year longitudinal global health curriculum, which included travel to Ecuador during both her first and last year of medical school. This experience allowed her the opportunity to not only improve on her Spanish but to fully immerse herself in the health care system in both a very urban and rural setting in Ecuador. This program sparked her interest in global health work as well as reinforced her interest in underserved and rural medicine.

Though Kyla has spent her whole life on the East Coast, she is excited for a new adventure moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and joining TFM! She looks forward to the full-spectrum family medicine training at TFM and the opportunity to explore her interests in women’s health, rural and underserved medicine, and global health. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, doing puzzles, traveling and many outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and backpacking.


Megan Hatch

Megan Hatch, MD

Home Town: Portland, Oregon

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University

Megan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and earned her degree in Economics and Mathematics from Boston College. After graduation, Megan was ready for an adventure and joined the Peace Corps as a Community Health and Economic Development Volunteer. She spent the next two years living and working in a tiny, Ugandan village that lacked both running water and electricity. In the village, she provided HIV/AIDS and malaria education and helped local women to start a small business. Next, Megan moved to South Korea to teach English and while there decided to pursue her life’s goal of becoming a doctor. Upon her return, Megan completed a Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical program at Bryn Mawr College and then moved home to Portland to attend medical school at Oregon Health & Science University. During a rural rotation in Enterprise, Oregon, Megan watched the family docs do it all and knew she had found her calling. Megan is thrilled to have matched into a program with such strong training in full-spectrum care. On her days off, Megan enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, daughter and dog, eating delicious food, running and daydreaming about her next travel adventure.


Elizabeth Karin, MDElizabeth Karin

Home Town: Scarsdale, New York

Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Elizabeth grew up in a New York City suburb and has spent most of her life on the east coast. She is very excited to be joining the TFM family and living in the Pacific northwest! Growing up, she was involved in sports (soccer, basketball, softball), music, and activism and loved spending time with her family.  She earned her BA in development studies at Brown University focusing on health care and human rights then spent a year working in the Boston area before returning to NYC for medical school at Mount Sinai. Throughout medical school, Elizabeth continued to learn and work at the intersection of healthcare and human rights. She conducted an international research project in Kenya on palliative care and participated in domestic work involving healthcare access, border healthcare, medical evaluation for asylum seekers, and addressing bias and racism in the healthcare system. She is also proficient in Spanish having kept up her skills with formal education and informally through friends and travel abroad. Elizabeth was drawn to family medicine for its focus on treating patients with holistic consideration of all that affects their health and wellness and the opportunity to develop lasting relationships as a primary care doctor. Within family medicine her interests include women’s health, healthcare access, and palliative care to name a few. 

 

Outside of medicine she enjoys music, movies, cooking, travel, reading, crossword puzzles, and quality time with friends and family. She took up roller derby during medical school and is hoping to keep that up in Tacoma. She is also looking forward to having more opportunities to explore the outdoors in the PNW with hiking, kayaking, and whatever new activities she can find.


Lucas Labine, MDLucas Labine

Home Town: Arden Hills, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lucas is a born-and-raised Minnesotan, growing up in the Minneapolis area with his two younger sisters and parents. His childhood consisted of many scenic camping adventures in MN and throughout the continental US, foreshadowing his choice to move closer to the mountains for residency training. At the University of Minnesota, he pursued a degree in Bioproducts Engineering, with an interest in biorenewable resources. However, he quickly learned through a clinical research internship at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation that medicine was a better career fit for him. Before he knew it, he was a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota, where he learned how much he values patient-orientated care, strong relationships, and variety of both patient populations and medical pathology, especially during his 3rd year clerkships as a Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP) student in the town of Waconia, MN.

In his 4 years of schooling he picked up many interests in medicine, such as hospital medicine, obstetrics, clinical research, palliative care, sports medicine, point-of-care ultrasound, and other niches in the field, making family medicine an ideal choice of specialty. He also enjoyed being involved in the medical school and surrounding community, including having leadership positions in the Student Council and Gold Humanism Honors Society. Lucas is beyond thrilled to be starting his career at Tacoma FM to learn full-spectrum care in the beautiful western United States. He is also looking forward to spending time running, hiking, sailing his small 2-seater sailboat, being with loved ones, and exploring the coast.


Matt NovackMatt Novack, MD

Home Town: Kemmore, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Matt Novack grew up in Kenmore, Washington, where he enjoyed hiking the trails of St. Edward State Park and swimming in the Seattle Summer Swim League. He attended the University of Washington for undergraduate where he studied Biochemistry with a Minor in Music and played trumpet in the marching band. Prior to starting medical school, he worked as a chemist for a clean drinking water technology company, but quickly realized he liked patients more than polymers.

Matt returned to the University of Washington for medical school and took advantage of opportunities to experience different cities in the Northwest. He spent the first 2-years of medical school in Spokane where he savored the affordable housing and lack of traffic. During his clinical years, he did rotations in Eastern Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho where he developed his interests in addiction medicine and obstetrics, while also finding time to ski. Outside of class, he spent time volunteering with Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor and House of Charity Homeless Shelter. Matt is grateful to be in Tacoma surrounded by like-minded colleagues who are dedicated to full-spectrum family practice, rural medicine, and primary care in underserved communities.


Marissa RobinsonMarissa Robinson, MD

Home Town: Spanish Town, Jamaica

Medical School: University of Iowa Roy. J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Marissa was born and raised in Jamaica where she grew up in Spanish Town and spent an inordinate amount of time at the beach. She attended high school in Kingston and it was here that she was spring-boarded into a life of science and dreams of medical school. One of the biggest motivators for Marissa’s interest in medicine was her time caring for her grandmother who lived with her throughout high school. She became profoundly aware of the disparity in healthcare resources between her home town and the more urban areas of her school, which sparked a desire to work in underserved medicine. At eighteen, she was filled with a need to explore more of the world and decided to complete her undergraduate studies in Biology at Grinnell College in Iowa. Her passion for medicine never waned in college but rather became more informed as she learned more about sociological forces of inequity, volunteered in Jamaica and Nicaragua, studied in Denmark and immersed herself in a myriad of mentorship and supportive initiatives for underrepresented students.

A true Midwest convert, Marissa stayed in Iowa to attend medical school at the University of Iowa. She continued to explore opportunities to work in underserved communities both in Iowa City and Jamaica, volunteered in STEM activities across the state, and worked through the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to develop both recruitment and supportive initiatives for underrepresented students at the University of Iowa. Marissa states that she did not start on the path of Family Medicine, but it was clear by the end of her core year that it was where she belonged. She wanted to move closer to her family on the west coast and realized early on that her goals aligned with those of TFM-a dedication to working with underserved populations, true community involvement and most of all, dedication to full spectrum practice. She is particularly interested in women’s health, family planning, global health and procedural medicine. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys reading, swimming, karaoke, dancing, watching movies and playing with her 2-year old cat, Sir William von Snuggleton.


Audra Stallard, MDAudra Stallard

Home Town: Olney, Illinois

Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine

Audra grew up in the small town of Olney, Illinois (known for its albino squirrels). She lived in St. Louis during her high school years, then went to the University of Missouri-Columbia for college. There she majored in Biology and Spanish, worked in an ophthalmology research lab, and led several service trips through Mizzou Alternative Breaks. She stuck around for medical school, and when she wasn’t studying she was involved in MedZou (the student-run free health clinic), SIGHT (MU’s global health interest group), and American Medical Women’s Association, among other things. Audra continued practicing her Spanish throughout medical school, and spent a month studying medicinal Spanish in Ecuador. She has a passion for all areas of family medicine, including obstetrics/women’s health, newborns, underserved medicine, geriatrics, palliative care, and everyone in between. She loves the social aspect of medicine, and she is always excited to get to know her patients and their families.

Audra fell in love with the Pacific Northwest when she became acquainted with a friendly seal on the edge of Point Defiance Park. She then found that the people were even nicer than the seals, and she loved the idea of working with this community. Though she is a Midwesterner at heart, she is excited for a new adventure in beautiful Tacoma. Outside of medicine she spends her time swing dancing, reading, playing rugby, doing any outdoor activity, making Spotify playlists, cooking, and playing board games.


Manisha ThuparaniManisha Thuparani, MD

Home Town: Hyderabad, India

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Manisha was born in India. She moved to Seattle when she was 13, and stayed in Seattle for undergrad and medical school at University of Washington. She wanted to be a physician since she was five years old because of her grandfather's experience with the healthcare system in India after an accident. While exploring various aspects of medicine during high school and college, Manisha enjoyed the idea of forming long term relationships with patients in primary care. She completed her third year clerkship at Tacoma Family Medicine and loved the program for it's full spectrum family medicine training.  She is excited to be at Tacoma Family Medicine and continue learning from a dedicated group of faculty. Manisha is interested in full-spectrum family medicine with a focus on underserved medicine, women's health and international medicine.

When she is not working, Manisha likes to hike, watch tennis, cook, bake, and play board games. She identifies herself as a huge foodie and likes exploring restaurants around town. Manisha also loves traveling, and traveled to Kenya, Italy and France right before starting residency.


Second-Year Residents

Paige Cummings-Johnson, DO

Home Town: Colchester, ConnecticutPaige Cummings-Johnson 8x10 computer version

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus

Paige was born in Colchester, CT but moved to Myrtle Beach, SC at the age of 5, where she learned to master the art of being a “beach bum” leading up to college. She enjoyed playing whatever sport was in season (soccer and tennis being the two favorites) and swam as often as she could. Her inspiration for becoming a doctor began after watching her Grandma care for her bed-bound Grandpa during her childhood. In pursuit of this dream, Paige attended undergrad at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach (because who wants to leave the beach?), where she majored in Biology, played club soccer, worked as a multi-skilled tech in the Emergency Department, and waitressed at a restaurant on the water to name a few things. Paige developed a growing interest in underserved care and preventative medicine during this time, after going on a medical mission trip to Haiti, as well as suffering the tragic loss of her mother due to medical reasons. These hard experiences turned to passions, which only grew while doing her clinical rotations in the small town of Newberry, SC where she decided that she without a doubt wanted to work in a rural area doing full-spectrum family medicine. It was here that she found the ability to connect with and help her patients was best served through Family Medicine.

Tacoma, WA fell onto Paige's radar for residency when her best friend's husband was stationed there for the Navy. She fell in love with the beautiful outdoors and endless opportunities for adventure while visiting them. After spending more time in Tacoma during medical school, she further fell in love with the area and TFM's program finding that in encompassed all of the values and training she strove for. Paige quickly began to feel at home out west, getting involved in any and all sports she could find in the area. With her love for water and mountains, the Pacific Northwest will undoubtedly continue to have endless opportunities to offer in her spare time. While living in Colorado for a few months during her last year of medical school, she discovered the snow for snowboarding is of a different breed compared to the east coast. When Paige isn't constantly on-the-go, she also enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, daring adventures into new recipes in the kitchen, and playing with her new-found interest in gardening.


Michelle Happenny, DO

Home Town: Auburn, Washington Michelle Happenny 8x10 computer version

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Michelle grew up in Auburn, Washington, but moved to Oregon for her undergraduate and medical school studies. She is thrilled to be close to home again for residency at Tacoma Family Medicine! She studied Biology at Oregon State University, toying with the idea of dual-majoring in English in order to write novels versus pursuing the pre-medical route. After taking a Physiology course and becoming fascinated by the intricacies of the human body, she shadowed a physician in the Corvallis, Oregon emergency room and became sold on medicine as a career choice. She attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest, enjoying the opportunity to help start up a new medical school and experience a more "rural" lifestyle than she previously had known.

During medical school, Michelle came to love Family Medicine because of the variety involved. In addition to caring for patients in various settings - obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, hospital medicine - and performing procedures, she most looks forward to getting to know her patients and their families over time. She also seeks to be involved with her community beyond the clinic or hospital. While in medical school, some of her favorite outreach activities included women's health & preventative care education, volunteering at a local nursing home, and helping to run a mock operating room with 5-year-old "surgeons" at COMP-Northwest's Mini Medical School. Outside of medicine and community service, she enjoys hiking, camping, biking, running, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.


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Brianne Huffstetler Rowan, MD

Home Town: Port Townsend, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Brianne grew up in Port Townsend, WA and is excited to be staying in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for residency at TFM! Growing up, Brianne could usually be found either outdoors (hiking the cascades or sailing in the San Juan Islands) or at her local gymnastics center (where she was a competitive gymnast and later coach). She attended Juniata College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, where she studied Global Health and French. During college, she spent a year studying abroad in France, and spent summers teaching English and working on cross-cultural community building in a rural village in Northern Thailand. Brianne returned to Washington for medical school, where she participated in the University of Washington’s dual MD-Master of Public Health degree. She is grateful for the opportunities she had during this time, including doing clinical rotations in Montana, working on malnutrition prevention and breastfeeding in rural Vietnam, researching mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Côte d’Ivoire and working at a clinic for migrant workers on the Thai-Myanmar border. Brianne is especially interested in maternal-child health, and hopes to practice full-spectrum medicine with obstetrics in rural parts of the US and abroad. Both her and her husband (who is a local English and ESL teacher) are passionate about learning new languages, working towards social justice, and building strong communities where cultural exchange and diversity is celebrated. On their days off, you’ll find them enjoying the PNW outdoors or perhaps drinking some locally roasted coffee and playing board games (with their cat on their lap) on a rainy day!


J. Nicholas Loomis, MD

Home Town: Anaconda, Montana

Medical School: University of WashingtonNick Loomis 8x10 computer version

Nick has spent time in most parts of the United States, and has become convinced the best parts rest somewhere between the Puget Sound and the Rocky Mountains. He grew up in the small smelter town of Anaconda, MT, where he enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing, long road trips, and working on his grandfather’s ranch. After high school, Nick attended The University of Montana, where he studied chemistry and Chinese. During college, he worked as a teaching assistant and a building supervisor for freshmen residence halls, both of which helped cultivate his continued love for education and community development. During this time, Nick volunteered in several local clinics, and seeing the amazing relationships that had developed between the physicians and their patients solidified his desire to pursue medicine. Nick attended medical school at The University of Washington, where he explored rural medicine in Alaska, Washington, and his home state of Montana. Through these experiences, Nick has become passionate about full-spectrum practice, and excited to provide medical care to a rural community after residency. His special interests include palliative medicine, teaching, pediatrics, and civic engagement. Hopefully, he will also be able to continue what he learned from his grandfather and start a small hobby farm. Until then, Nick is thrilled to be in Tacoma for residency and to join the wonderful community of Tacoma Family Medicine. In his free time, Nick is excited to practice his very new sailing skills, explore the mountains with his golden retriever Finley, garden as much as he can, and hopefully become a better reader.


Josh Marshak 8x10 computer versionJosh Marshak, MD

Home Town: Mount Vernon, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Josh grew up on a small island in the Pacific Northwest where he spent much of his childhood in the outdoors with his four siblings. After high school he received his BA in Biology from Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota. There he also cultivated his interests in the humanities, including Anthropology and Spanish. After his undergrad he returned to Seattle where he conducted herpes immunology research at the University of Washington for four and half years. Josh decided to enroll in medical school so that he could work with families and communities to improve health in rural Washington. To this end he enrolled in the University of Washington's Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) Program which helped ensure extensive clerkship experiences in rural Washington. Josh is very excited about matching to TFM where he plans to continue to develop a broad primary care skill set including obstetrics in a rigorous, unopposed, academically affiliated residency program. In his free time Josh spends time with his nephews; and  running, biking and cooking with his fiancé Rini, who is currently working on a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Washington.
 


Arash Mirzaie 8x10 computer versionArash Mirzaie, MD

Home Town: Kerman, Iran

Medical School: International University of the Health Sciences

Arash was raised in a large family with two brothers and two sisters in Iran.  Growing up he was an active child playing soccer, basketball, ping pong and made time for piano lessons. After completing high school, his family made the difficult decision to leave Iran to immigrate to the United States. Arash’s goal was to live in a fair and well-developed country and to work hard toward his dream of becoming a healthcare professional.  On May, 26th, 2003, he had the privilege of entering the United States. Upon arrival at SeaTac airport, Arash needed to purchase a phone card, and quickly came to the realization that his English was basically zero. This experience motivated him to work even harder toward his dream. Arash started ESL classes in South Seattle Community College, and after successful completion took the first step toward the medical field by enrolling in the Medical Assistant program. After working for several years he decided to become a physician assistant.

Arash applied to the University of Washington physician assistant program, which lead him to a position at a local urgent care. Seeing daily a variety of challenging and exciting cases was rewarding, but his work made him realize that he could still learn more and meet the community's need at an even higher level. Arash attended the International University of Health Science, for the didactic portion of the program and completed his third and fourth year rotations at home in the Northwest, while also working part time as a physician assistant. During medical school, he published several articles on patients he had treated.

In his spare time Arash enjoys spending time with family and friends and when the weather is good he enjoys riding his motorcycle or attending car shows.  In addition, he also volunteers at Evergreen Hospital Hospice Center visiting patients on a weekly basis. Getting to this point in his life has been a challenging and exciting journey and he is looking forward to the challenges ahead.


Stacey Rittmueller 8x10 computer versionStacey Rittmueller, DO

Home Town: Glendale, Arizona

Medical School: Pacific North West University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine

Born in Glendale, AZ, Stacey studied Physiology at the University of Arizona and earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Diverse experiences in Tanzania, the Canadian Arctic, and the VA Puget Sound inspired a career bridging community health and clinical medicine. As a medical student at Pacific Northwest University, Stacey was fully engaged with her campus and community. She enjoyed creating partnerships to address health disparities through leadership roles in the Yakima Health Equity Forum and the 2015 Run for Your Life 5k & Health Fair. Together, her public health and osteopathic medical training have reinforced that the body must be treated as a holistic unit and its health often reflects that of the surrounding community. Stacey is excited to apply this framework as a resident at Tacoma Family Medicine with the vision of providing full-spectrum primary care, including surgical obstetrics, in rural Washington State as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. To balance her professional interests, Stacey enjoys connecting with her community as an avid volleyball and handball player, outdoor enthusiast, and sharing home-cooked meals.
 


Andrew Smith 8x10 computer versionAndrew Smith, MD

Home Town: Symsonia, Kentucky

Medical School: University of Louisville

Andrew was born and raised in a small town called Symsonia, KY, where he spent his summers hiking, playing soccer and baseball.  He attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY where he majored in biology and chemistry.  During undergraduate school he developed a love for teaching and bench research.  He went on to the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  He was a member of the rural medicine class and was also on the Distinction of Research track.  He was involved in numerous teaching extracurricular activities.  He chose Tacoma Family medicine mainly because of the full-spectrum family medicine, procedures, strong obstetrics and pediatrics, and the commitment the program has to the rural and urban underserved populations. He will be moving out of Kentucky for the first time with his sister, five-year old niece, and two wild cats.  In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places, spontaneous traveling, hiking, camping, spending time with family and friends, rollercoasters, and going to the zoo.


Third-Year Residents

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Eve Barker, MD

Home Town: It's Complicated

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Eve was born in Aswan, Egypt and grew up in Ethiopia, Jerusalem, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. She went on to attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR where she majored in French and Biochemistry. After working for a few years in a lab in Florida she decided to attend medical school in the frigid north (aka Minnesota). During medical school she enjoyed teaching group diabetes classes, volunteering at a local free clinic, and studying in Guatemala and Uganda. Her interests include hiking, baking, learning languages, sewing, and finding places off the beaten path.


TFM_Dr.BellTony Bell, MD

Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri

Medical School: University of Missouri

Tony was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he spent a free and easy childhood riding bikes, reading books, and traveling to the Ozarks to fish, hike, and hunt for inanimate objects, such as arrowheads. He attended a Jesuit high school in St. Louis, where he was first exposed to the tenets of social justice and learned to appreciate the importance of a larger community. He stayed in state for college at Truman State University, where he studied Biology, History, Spanish, and Portuguese (neither of which he has yet to master, much to his chagrin), co-founded a cultural magazine and a bike co-op, and graduated magna cum laude. After graduating, he utilized both sides of his Biology degree through two years of community service with AmeriCorps – one teaching environmental science in Knoxville, TN, and the other working on the homeless outreach team of a community health center in Denver, CO. It was this experience in a CHC, seeing the intimate ways in which physicians bear witness to human experience, that drew Tony to medicine. He went to medical school at the University of Missouri, where he threw his energy into the student-run health clinic, medical outreach to local shelters, and the global health interest group. In his third year, Tony participated in Mizzou’s rural track clerkship program, and in his fourth, he gained formative clinical experiences working with the homeless community of Pittsburgh, the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, and patients living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Tony was nominated by his classmates to receive the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at graduation. He chose TFM due to its orientation towards service and its commitment to rural and urban underserved populations. He and his significant other, Kellyn, are overjoyed to be moving to the Pacific Northwest! Kellyn will be completing her residency in ophthalmology in Portland, with an intern year in Seattle, both merely a sleepy train ride from Tacoma. Tony’s clinical interests include full-spectrum family medicine, preventive health, nutrition, addiction medicine, and medical outreach. In his free time, Tony enjoys cycling (road, mountain, & motor), hiking, camping, traveling, reading, learning Spanish, and exploring Cascadia with Kellyn and their fellow residents.


TFM_Dr.GarrenNikki Garren, MD

Home Town: Richmond, Virginia

Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

After spending her whole life on the East Coast, Nikki is excited for a change of pace as she joins the TFM team in beautiful Tacoma.  She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she grew up playing a variety of sports, her favorites being soccer and basketball.  She attended the University of Virginia for college, studying Biochemistry and Spanish, and continuing to play soccer on the women's club team.  Her most formative experiences at UV included her job as a personal trainer and her leadership role with the Nicaraguan Orphan Fund, both of which solidified her desire to pursue a career revolving around health, wellness, and service.  After graduating from college, she worked as a youth sports camp coach and an Emergency Department Scribe for a year, during which she decided that a career in medicine would be a perfect fit for her.   She headed to the small city of Roanoke, Virginia for the next four years to study at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  During her time in Roanoke she enjoyed not only the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, but also found that she really enjoyed serving the more rural population of Southwest Virginia.   She was also lucky enough to meet her husband, Ben, in her small medical school class of 42 students.  He is delighted to join her in Tacoma where he is a pediatric resident at Madigan Army Medical Center. Nikki had the opportunity to rotate through TFM on a sub-internship her 4th year in medical school, and fell in love with the people, the strong full-spectrum training, and the Tacoma community.  Her special interests in family medicine include sports medicine and academic medicine.  Outside of work, Nikki enjoys being active in any way she can and exploring the Pacific Northwest with Ben.


TFM_Dr.JohnsonEmily Johnson, MD

Home Town: Centennial, Colorado

Medical School: University of Colorado

Emily grew up in Centennial, CO.  As a child she loved being outside, playing sports, and music. She picked up the oboe in 5th grade and played through college. She grew up with two brothers, the older of whom has Down Syndrome. She became involved in the disability community at an early age. She volunteered with Special Olympics and Adam’s Camp through middle and high school. She attended Willamette University in Salem, OR where she majored in chemistry. She also led and re-created the WU Best Buddies program for young adults with disabilities. After college, she returned to Colorado for medical school. There, she helped to lead and run volunteer opportunities designed to give medical students the opportunity to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Outside of medicine, she continues to love the outdoors and has developed a strong interest in road cycling. She is very excited to have matched at Tacoma Family Medicine and hopes to continue working with patients with disabilities as a family physician.


TFM_Dr.LermanJulie Lerman, MD

Home Town: Brush Prairie, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Julie was born in McMinnville, OR and spent most of her growing-up years in Brush Prairie, WA, near Vancouver. She passed most of her childhood either at the piano or curled up with a book. To this day, Chopin and Harry Potter are two of her best buddies. Her first job was blueberry picking, where she gained an appreciation for hard work in the hot sun, and thanked her lucky stars they weren't strawberries (harder to pick, more tempting to eat). She attended college at the University of Washington and enjoyed its broad offerings, studying physiology, neurobiology, Spanish, American literature, Middle East history, and anything else she had time to learn. In college she worked in a lab studying nervous system development, and quickly learned that though basic science is a noble and elegant pursuit, she was far more suited to a career where she could have conversations with humans and not mice. In medical school Julie was granted the opportunity to see medicine practiced throughout the Pacific, Inland, and Mountain Northwest, and to meet the wonderful people and wildlife that populate these regions. In the meantime she cultivated a love for trail running, biking, hiking, sleeping outdoors, and breathing fresh air whenever possible. She is overjoyed to be joining the kind, hardworking atmosphere of Tacoma Family Medicine. Her ultimate goal is to work for a community health clinic somewhere in her beloved Northwest region, and practice thoughtful medicine that respects the greater context of her patients' lives.


TFM_Dr.RedlineOlivia Redline, MD

Home Town: Post Falls, Idaho

Medical School: University of Washington

Olivia Redline is from Post Falls, ID where she grew up swimming in the lakes & rivers, hiking, reading every book in the school library, and keeping up with her 3 younger (but much taller!) brothers. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she studied life sciences, improved her Spanish by studying abroad in Mexico, and learned to love football. She returned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for medical school and became particularly interested in women's health and pediatrics. Her dream job is practicing full-spectrum family medicine in a town with mountains nearby and a large Spanish-speaking population. In her free time, Olivia enjoys camping, trying new recipes, recycling, and playing volleyball. When not at work, you might spot her out running with her dog or drinking coffee on a sunny patio. She is thrilled to join the TFM Residency Program because of its dedication to the underserved and community health while also providing exceptional training opportunities!


TFM_Dr.SnowAlex SnowMassara, MD

Home Town: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Alex has called Western Washington home for the past 20 years, but also grew up in California and Texas. Prior to medical school, he worked with computers and technology, but transitioned into medicine because he wanted to work more directly with others to help improve their lives and health. As a medical student, he was a TRUST Scholar (Targeted Rural and Underserved Track) and spent time training in rural WA state, where he was inspired by how much difference it can make when a doctor really knows his patients well. During medical school, he advocated for healthcare for rural and underserved communities through his work volunteering as a board member for the Washington Rural Health Association. He looks forward to practicing full spectrum medicine for the whole family. His medical interests include integrative medicine, wilderness medicine, and community emergency preparedness and response. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and adventuring outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


TFM_Dr.WaiWint Wai, MD

Home Town: Yangon, Myanmar

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

Wint was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar which is a small Southeast Asian Country comprised of 145 ethnic groups! Wint now calls Bellevue, WA home where she moved with her family 10 years ago. She graduated with a major in Environmental Health from University of Washington and later pursued her medical education at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health. Before starting medical school, she took a couple years off, working as a nursing assistant while volunteering in health and education projects at different organizations serving underserved communities from homeless, foster youths, to refugee and immigrant families. Her most favorite volunteer position was serving as a cultural companion to a newly resettled refugee family for 3 years and becoming a part of the family's journey to call the U.S their new home away from home. Her interest in Refugee Health continues through medical school, where she was involved in advocacy work around provider cultural orientation, and health navigation workshops for families in local and state level in Milwaukee, WI. Her main interests are social medicine, refugee health, women health, integrative medicine, and palliative medicine. She is very excited to be back in Pacific Northwest close to her family and the mountains while learning to grow as a full-spectrum trained family physician at TFM. Outside of medicine, she is an avid food and loves to cook especially traditional Burmese food (always trying to master a healthier version) and organizing community meals with her friends. She also loves to hike, crossfit, or binge watch her favorite TV series in addition to always trying to learn new things, travel new places with her family and friends.