Home Town: Colchester, Connecticut
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.
Home Town: Auburn, Washington
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.
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!
Home Town: Anaconda, Montana
Medical School: University of Washington
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.