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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.

Dr.BaileySecond-Year Residents

Joshua Bailey, MD

Home Town: Littleton, Colorado

Medical School: University of Colorado SOM

Josh was born in Littleton, Colorado. He grew up playing soccer, and playing in the mountains with his supportive family and friends. In the winter this meant snowboarding/skiing, and in the summers this meant mountain biking, trail running, backpacking, camping, horses, and ATV’s. It wasn’t all fun and games though, Josh was often helping with remodeling homes or busy managing a fencing and landscaping business his dad helped him start. Eventually, Josh went off to college. He studied religion and biochemistry at Baylor University (sic 'em Bears), and still prefers the more abstract world of literature, philosophy and religion. Josh’s life course was changed after a medical trip to Kenya where he saw medicine function as an incredible medium to connect with and serve other people. He later taught the MCAT for Kaplan while finishing up his senior year at Baylor, and then came back to beautiful Colorado to attend his state’s medical school.  During medical school his most rewarding activity was helping run a community based participatory research project that addressed racism in the health care setting. It was also during medical school that he re-met a childhood friend, now wife, Bethany. They decided to come to Washington for the incredible full-spectrum training opportunity at TFM, and to explore the picturesque Pacific Northwest. Josh is eventually interested in working in a mountain town with a large Spanish-speaking population. When not doing residency related things, Josh uses his free time to play outdoors, do carpentry, garden, read, or just kick it with Bethany.


Analiesse Carter, MD

Home Town: Moses Lake, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Analiesse was born and raised in the small town of Moses Lake, Washington, and lived there through completion of her Associates degree at Big Bend Community College.  She then moved to the west side of the state to attend Western Washington University, where she majored in Behavioral Neuroscience and made best friends with the mice in her neurobiology research lab, studying the link between NMDA receptors and the symptoms of schizophrenia.  After graduating Valedictorian from Western Washington University, Analiesse attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, and was a part of their Targeted Rural Under-Served Track (TRUST program).  Analiesse first traveled to Haiti with a medical mission team in December 2009 - just weeks before the January 2010 earthquake.  After the earthquake, Analiesse returned to Haiti to aid in relief work, and eventually ended up going back again - and again - and again.  Analiesse now runs a program in the mountainous rural regions of Haiti, where she partners with schools for public health and education initiatives.  In January 2015, Analiesse married Paul: an Oregonian blondie with more talent, kindness and athleticism, than she ever dreamed she would be paired with.  Analiesse and Paul were thrilled to Match with Tacoma Family medicine, where Analiesse can pursue her love of full-spectrum family medicine at a top ranked program, and at a location halfway between their two families.  After residency, they plan to move back to the rural parts the Pacific Northwest, where Analiesse can do Family Medicine with OB.  In her free time, Analiesse enjoys playing piano (while her husband sings!), skiing, traveling abroad, spending time with her nieces and nephews, volunteering in local classrooms, hanging out with her co-residents and their spouses, and driving her husband crazy in whatever way she can think up.

Dr.EggerAshley Egger, DO

Home Town: Portland, Oregon

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Ashley spent her childhood growing up on Sauvie Island as the daughter of a farmer, eating her fill of berries and peaches every summer. Her hobbies at that time included gymnastics, playing the piano, and being part of a drama team at her church. In college, she moved to Idaho, majored in biology, learned how to pole vault, and developed an obsession with coffee. It was on a medical mission trip to Peru after her sophomore year that she developed a passion for medicine. After college graduation, she traveled with a band for the summer playing the keyboard, and started medical school that fall. During medical school, Ashley's favorite experience was having a heart-to-heart conversation with a patient caught between being scared of dying but having nothing to live for. She loves that medicine will give her an abundance of opportunities to have many more of these heart-to-heart conversations. She is excited about the great people and full-spectrum training at Tacoma Family Medicine, and she plans on mountain biking and snowboarding as much as possible while living here.

Chelsi GoodmanChelsi Goodman, MD

Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana

Medical School: Chicago Medical School

Chelsi joined Tacoma Family Medicine after nine months in another program, Carney Family Medicine in Boston, MA.  Prior to medical school, she earned her Master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and has gained experience as a clinical and research coordinator at the Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine. Chelsi has many volunteer experiences as well, such as Volunteers in Medicine, Salud Ofrecida A Latinos, Girl Scouts of America, and the Cure it Foundation, all of which further encouraged her path towards family medicine. After spending freezing days and nights in Boston, Chelsi joined the land of countless apples, beautiful scenery, and temperate climate. While in Tacoma, she hopes to broaden her studies and strong interest in women’s health, reproductive medicine, and reproductive biology. Outside of family medicine, she enjoys playing the piano, diving (has former training with the National Diving Team), riding horses, hiking, running, and being outdoors.

Dr.HineWhitney Hine, MD

Home Town: Southbury, Connecticut (but has called the Burlington, VT area home for the past 10 years)

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Whitney spent her early years in Southbury, CT with her parents and two sisters and with most of her family close by. In-fact, both sides of her family have lived in the same town since the early-1700’s and her great-grandmother lives in the farmhouse that has been in her family since it was built in the 1760’s. Whitney has wanted to be a doctor since she was a young girl. She got her first hands on experience in medicine in 2004 when she volunteered in a local hospital and took her first EMT class. After graduating from high school, Whitney traveled north to Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. She was actively involved in the St. Michael’s Fire and Rescue program as an EMT crew-chief and driver in one of the states busiest volunteer EMS rescue departments. She was elected as training officer for one year and received a leadership award in 2007. The Class of 2009 awarded Whitney the Donald Sutton Community Service Award for service and leadership to the greater Saint Michael’s community. After graduating magna cum laude, Whitney worked as a medical assistant at an urgent care and a communication specialist for the emergency department in Burlington. It was there that she learned she enjoyed seeing the patients who came in regularly and opened her eyes to primary care medicine. She was grateful to stay in Burlington for medical school where she could continue to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities Vermont has to offer year round, volunteer at the fair, learn to make maple syrup, and continue to volunteer with St. Michael’s Fire and Rescue as an alumni member. During medical school, Whitney worked with the SmileDoc’s program to bring medicine into elementary school classrooms, was on the planning committee for the Community Medical School program, and is a recipient of the Freeman Foundation Legacy Medical Scholarship. She was a member of a group that was awarded a mayoral proclamation for their work on improving medical care for survivors of sexual assault and presented their findings at several venues throughout the state. Whitney has a large “Vermont family” in addition to her family in CT who supported her through medical school and continues to do so.  Whitney is very excited to be at Tacoma Family Medicine for her residency training with hopes of being a small town, full–spectrum family doctor when she is done. Tacoma is a great city to live in with the wonderful people she has the privilege of working with and great patients to teach her how to become the doctor she want to be. When not at work, Whitney likes to hike, kayak, garden, run, knit and sew, and spend time with friends.

Dr.KuskoMegan Kusko, MD

Home Town: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Medical School: Georgetown

Meghan Kusko was born the third and best child to two Pennsylvanian settlers from Allentown in February of 1989. Born a Pisces, she grew up swimming competitively and enjoyed yearly family trips to the ocean and lakes in New Jersey and New York. For a long time she thought she wanted to be a teacher, but realized at the end of high school that she’d rather a career where she could combine her own passion for learning with helping others, and from there decided to study medicine. After high school she said goodbye to her collection of stuffed monkeys, and went to Cornell University to study the fascinating interplay between economics and biology. Her senior year of college at a Christmas Party she reconnected with her 9th grade geometry tutee, and has been dating him ever since. From Cornell she left behind her farmers markets and gorges to live in D.C. to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she realized that her favorite part of medicine was connecting with patients and caring for the whole person. She also nurtured her passion for women’s health, and lead Georgetown’s chapter of the American Women’s Medical Association, helping empower women in medicine. She volunteered at Georgetown’s free clinic in the evenings, caring for the underserved homeless populations in D.C.

Meghan chose Tacoma Family Medicine because her goal is to work at a community health clinic focusing on full spectrum family medicine, specifically women’s health and pediatrics. She is also passionate about advocating for and supporting patients suffering from domestic violence.

In her free time Meghan enjoys hiking with her pup, Jodie (a rescue dog), working in her garden to grow Gerbera daisies and strawberries, and watching football in the winter. She also loves spending time with her now fiancé, Michael, who is an ex-PGA golf pro turned apparel salesman and amazing chef. If you are looking for her you can find her at a microbrewery rooting against the Seahawks when they play the Steelers.

Dr.McKellipsKatrina McKellips, DO

Home Town: Alcester, South Dakota

Medical School: Touro University

Katrina was born and raised in rural South Dakota, the youngest and only girl of four in a strong pedigree of dairy and grain farmers. From the beginning, Katrina took a different path. After majoring in chemistry at Creighton University, she set off to West Africa with her newlywed husband to spend two years with the Peace Corps in Togo. She needed some time away--a long, long ways away--to dwell on the decision to pursue medical school. It was here, working to improve girl's education, that the stark realities of a health infrastructure ill equipped to handle the needs of their population struck a chord. After completing her service, she attended Touro University, which offered both osteopathic medical training and a Masters in Public Health. In her spare time, you can find Katrina seeking inspiration in the kitchen, on her bicycle, in the woods, or in a yoga studio. She is passionate about the full spectrum medicine provided at TFM and keeping the rural dream alive.

Dr.OlsonTara Olson, MD

Home Town: Puyallup, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Tara was born and raised in Puyallup, WA and grew up dreaming of traveling the world (and having a collection worthy of a Hobby Hall display at the Puyallup Fair).  Her life goals initially were to be a musician or journalist, and she came close with writing a weekly column on local, all-ages music for the Tacoma News Tribune while in high school.  At the University of Washington, Tara pursued a degree in International Studies, which allowed her to study abroad in Greece and India, complete a thesis on rural women's health in the Himalayas, and play violin in a mariachi band for 4 years.  After college she returned to Puyallup (and the hospital where she was born) to work in the Good Samaritan O.R. while thinking about a career in medicine.  After deciding "sure!", she moved a few miles down I-90 to Bozeman, MT, where she completed a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program and married an ace newspaper reporter, Danny, who gets to hear her news story pitches every day.

When not working, Tara and Danny like to road trip across the United States, hike, play music together under the name "Tara and the Tarpits," and continue an ongoing cribbage battle.  Through her rotations in medical school they have been fortunate to live in Spokane, WA, Montesano, WA, Grand Coulee, WA, Wenatchee, WA, Fairbanks, AK, Anchorage, AK, and Missoula, MT.  They are happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest and call Tacoma home.  They hope to stay in the PNW, where Tara can practice full spectrum family medicine and endless interesting people, and stories, live.


Third-Year Residents

Nicole Araneta, MD

Home Town: Nicki was born and grew up in Southeast Asia (Manila, Philippines; Hong Kong; Singapore) -- the Bay Area, CA is "home" now

Medical School: Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine

Nicki was born in Manila, Philippines. She flew before she could walk, as her family moved to Singapore when she was 6 months old. Later the Aranetas lived in Hong Kong before returning to Manila when Nicki was 10. Her next move was to the Bay Area (Yay! Area), CA for college where Nicki majored in English Literature and met Rob, her person. Like many recent grads who don't yet know what they want to do, she worked as a consultant before realizing/deciding that she wanted to be a physician. Nicki and Rob embarked on a long-distance relationship adventure when she went to Northwestern University in Chicago for medical school. While there she fostered her childhood interest in creative writing through the Medical Writers Roundtable. Nicki was also involved with the Medical Spanish Interest Group, the Oncology Interest Group, and in coordinating the Chinatown Free Clinic. Nicki and Rob took long-distance to the international level when she spent a year as a medical volunteer and health advocate in the highlands of Guatemala. They're both excited to be in Tacoma, WA where Nicki can learn and practice full-spectrum family medicine with TFM. In the lovely Pacific Northwest Rob plans on spending more time outdoors, and on listening patiently when Nicki plays Latin-American news podcasts to maintain her Spanish. Together Nicki and Rob enjoy skiing, reading poetry, napping, and long walks on the beach (no, really, they proposed to each other after a long walk on the beach).

DiBari, Jessica DOJessica DiBari, DO

Home Town: Walnut Creek, California

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Jessica was born in Walnut Creek, California and lived there until she was in high school when she moved to Selah, Washington. She attended Western Washington University where she slaved away in the biochemistry lab trying to elucidate the mysteries of protein folding. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, she decided to take some time off to travel, ski and try her hand at waiting tables and tending bar. Clumsy though she was, she enjoyed the fast pace of restaurant work but decided to return to science by pursuing a Master’s degree in Chemistry at Portland State University. Realizing that the perfect blend of human interaction and scientific understanding lies in medicine, she then went to medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. She loves to try to figure out how to flush foreign toilets and will eat just about anything. She speaks Spanish and has volunteered with medical groups in Ecuador and Guatemala. Her interests include skiing, hiking, reading and falling asleep on the couch while watching Law and Order Criminal Intent with her husband.

McLuen, Anna MDAnna McLuen, MD

Home Town: Renton, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Anna grew up in South Seattle and Renton, spending her time playing soccer, basketball, and softball in high school. She decided to go to Willamette University in Salem, OR to keep playing basketball at the collegiate level, where she spent time also volunteering in the ER and at the Humane Society. She studied biochemistry and English literature, and is obsessed with James Joyce’s Ulysses. She had known since she was little that she wanted to be a doctor, but in college learned about the Peace Corps, and decided to take time off between undergrad and medical school to become a volunteer. She was sent to the hills of the Dominican Republic, where she built her own bathroom, fell in love with the rolling hills outside her house, and found a new family. Not surprisingly, she ended up extending her service and staying longer. When she got back from the Peace Corps she tried to volunteer at Sea Mar CHC to keep up her Spanish skills and got asked to be a doula for AmeriCorps for a year, so she spent the next year helping support and educate women throughout the pregnancy and the child birthing process. During this time she applied and got into medical school at the University of Washington. She did her first year in Pullman, WA as part of the WWAMI program. She thrives on the relationships she forms with her patients, and knew from the beginning that family medicine was the only way to go. She loves Tacoma Family Medicine for their focus not only on the physical health of their patients but the social aspects of health as well. In her free time she loves bothering her three Dominican cats, painting, reading, yoga, and cooking. She can make you world famous fajitas and flat delicious cookies, and she will talk your ear off about James Joyce while drinking Malbec if you let her.

Bela_Mohapatra_R1Upasana Mohapatra, MD

Home Town: Boulder, Colorado

Medical School: University of Colorado

One of Bela’s happiest memories is growing up in University Family Housing in Boulder, Colorado, where Bela’s mother studied computer science. As a child, Bela loved to dance Bharatnatyam (Indian classical) and math. Bela attended the University of Colorado for college so she could stay near her mother and her sister. There, Bela’s experiences in gender violence prevention, sexual health education, and a summer camp for kids with cancer inspired her to apply to medical school. At the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Bela was a member of the Urban Underserved Track. She helped start a Community Based Participatory Research project on perceived racial discrimination in health care. For this project she worked collaboratively with a group of Denver/Aurora community members of color to document people’s stories and develop action plans to reduce the effects of discrimination. Bela also met her husband and co-intern Stephen in medical school. When it came time to choose a residency program, Bela was so impressed with the learning opportunities, OB training, and people at TFM and the dedication to the underserved that she decided to leave behind the home she loves in Colorado for her residency training. Bela is grateful for the excellent training opportunities in Tacoma and supportive co-residents and faculty.

Tricola, Kassie MDKassie Tricola, MD

Home Town: Othello, Washington

Medical School: University of Washington

Kassie was born and raised in Othello, Washington, a small and quaint farming community in Eastern Washington. She attended college at Washington State University, where she studied Basic Medical Sciences and Psychology. Kassie’s passion for helping others led her to University of Washington School of Medicine, known for its outstanding training in primary care. Attracted to rural practice in Family Medicine early on in medical school, Kassie became part of the WWAMI program. As part of this regional program, she was privileged to get a glimpse of the practice of medicine throughout Washington state, and in Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Kassie knew TFM was the right location for her residency training after seeing firsthand during her subinternship how the program lives up to its mission, educating doctors in full spectrum family medicine to be equipped to care for underserved communities. Kassie is married to Matt, who brings fun, adventure, and balance to her busy schedule. She enjoys getting outside, playing tennis, running, walk-and-talks, and being on the water with friends and family.

Stephanie_Wheeler_R1Stephanie Wheeler, MD

Home Town: Santa Cruz, California

Medical School: Georgetown University

Originally from the California coast, Stephanie is well known for her love all things sunshine and ocean. As a strong advocate for the everyday need for sunshine and the nutritional value of vitamin D, and her inaccurate belief that she is in fact cold blooded, she may be found eating lunch or taking a much needed break on a rooftop, or perhaps in the beautiful Wright Park. An avid lover of all things Latin American, she is known to “bump” music genres such as Reggaeton, Cumbia, Bachata and the amazing rock artist known as Manai. Her one goal in life is to practice rural medicine, preferably in a Latin country, or on an island (or an island in a Latin country?) where shoes are often not worn, and in fact recommended against. She is well known for her loud presence, including an extensive collection of bohemian style long skirts, a laugh that can carry throughout the hospital, and endless supply of dry humor. Stephanie has held a plethora of different jobs, including waitress, telemarketer, bartender, special needs nanny, and most notably AmeriCorps member in San Francisco. She believes firmly that the empowerment of communities is the key to excellent primary care, and chose Tacoma Family Medicine for their dedication to the Tacoma urban and rural community, amazing faculty, and overall sweet vibe. Stephanie worked very hard to both get to, and through, medical school and therefore cherishes every opportunity to learn and work with patients. Her skill repertoire includes uncanny ability to find awesome free opportunities, lose things in all places of the hospital, and locking herself out of her car.

Stephen_Wills_R1Stephen Wills, MD

Home Town: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Medical School: University of Colorado

Stephen spent much of his early years exploring the mountains of Colorado by foot, bike, and ski. When he wasn’t on outdoor adventures, Stephen experimented with a paintbrush and a trumpet. For college, Stephen’s athletic and artistic leanings and his sense of adventure led him to Williams College in Massachusetts. Stephen competed for the Purple Cows in cross-country and track. When Stephen was a sophomore in college, his father was paralyzed in a ski accident. Stephen stayed with his father through his early hospital recovery. Less than 6 months later, he watched his dad hand-cycle over 100 miles in one day through the Colorado Rockies. Inspired by his father’s ability to take on new challenges, Stephen chose to study abroad in Mongolia and work in Malawi as an Education Peace Corps Volunteer. Ultimately, it was Stephen’s experiences with his father’s spinal cord injury and his work in Mongolia and Malawi that encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine. Stephen returned to Colorado for medical school. There, the Purple Cow fell in love with the Colorado University Buffalo and fellow med-student Bela. Stephen and Bela bonded over their interest in underserved family medicine and decided to couples match into the same specialty. Stephen’s affinity for outdoor recreation and underserved medicine attracted him to TFM. He looks forward to training at a program with outstanding broad spectrum training opportunities and exceptionally supportive co-residents and attendings.

Ashley_Yoder_R1Ashley Yoder, MD

Home Town: Gig Harbor, Washington

Medical School: University of Oklahoma

Ashley was born in Tacoma, Washington, but grew up across the Narrows Bridge in Gig Harbor. She attended Peninsula High School, playing soccer, basketball and running long distance in track. For undergraduate school Ashley went to Central Washington University where she majored in Biology and was president of the Pre-Med club. During the 2008-2009 years she volunteered at the local hospital and clinics in E-burg. She graduated in 2009 with honors and began applying to medical schools. While planning her wedding, she worked as a cashier for Fred Meyer in Ellensburg and Port Orchard. Following their marriage in 2010, she and her husband moved to Oklahoma City to begin medical education at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. While in medical school Ashley traveled to Peru and Nicaragua, working in hospitals and clinics in those countries. While attending OU she became president of the AAFP student chapter Family Medicine interest group. Matching at Tacoma Family Medicine was a dream come true for Ashley and her husband, as it meant that they would be able to come home to family and friends. After her time at Tacoma Family Medicine, Ashley would love to work in a small family practice in a rural community around the South Puget Sound. Ashley loves to spend her free time hiking with her husband, exploring new restaurants, spending quality time with her two cats, knitting, sewing, kayaking, gardening and antiquing.