Incoming Interns - Class of 2017
Michelle DuMond, MD
NYU Stony Brook
Andrew Gomez, MD
Andrea Jochim, MD
NYU Stony Brook
Adam McConnell, MD
Roshan Najafi, MD
Jacob Nettleton, MD
Elliot Twiggs, MD
Jessie Wang, MD
|Chief Resident||Sports Medicine Fellow||Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellow||Global Health Fellow|
|Megan Wilson||Brett Toresdahl||Kirk Mulgrew||Elisha Nziengui Boussengui|
I was born in Seattle, but I grew up mostly in Seattle’s lovely, tough, working-class neighbor to the South, Tacoma. As a Tacoman and life-long Mariners fan, I have always had a soft-spot for the long shot and a fierce dedication to the underdog. After Hurricane Katrina, I moved to New Orleans and worked as a family services coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. I studied music and biochemistry at Lawrence University, then went on to study medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University. My primary research interests are health disparities and barriers to access in the United States. Outside of medicine, I am a musician, a runner, an activist, a baker, and a lover of all things outside, especially the rain. After a decade away, I am incredibly excited to come home, to be a part of this incredible program, and to get back to the work of caring for my community.
A quarter century ago, I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and haven't stopped moving since. My parents' pursuit of education, scientific opportunity, and family had us moving back and forth between the States and Uruguay, finally settling in NY for a more stable residence when I started high school. Consequently, I have always loved traveling, seeing new sights, and meeting new people. My experience in different countries, cultures, geographies, and languages gave me a unique lens through which to see the world, and a particular penchant for diversity and change. I moved to Seattle hoping to continue my pursuit of experiencing different realities, being in new environments, and seeing other ways of approaching the human experience. I love people for their cultural richness and stories, medicine for its lack of predictability and routine, and the outdoors for its renewing qualities and its beauty.
I am excited for my next three years of formation here, and wonder where I will go next. Family medicine provides me with the scope of medical, social and cultural issues that stimulate me and make me want to learn more. My interests in family medicine include international work, rural medicine working with underserved populations, and contraception, among many others. I know my residency here will prepare me for any of those pursuits, and I'm honored to train here. I also feel a deep gratitude for the location of the UW program, and look forward to discovering more of Washington's mountain passes, creeks, lakes, sounds, and islands! In my free time I enjoy biking (to work!), hiking, cooking - particularly in the outdoors, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.
Hello! My name is Meena and I'm coming to the Pacific Northwest by way of Chicago! I was born and raised in Southern California but decided to venture out of the area for college and attended Northwestern University. After earning my bachelor' degree I decided to pursue my masters degree in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Michigan before returning to Chicago to start medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in medical school I worked with a local community organization that provided subsidized housing to formerly homeless women. I developed a formal health education curriculum for women there which continues to this day and is now led by two other medical students. I additionally was actively involved in Medical Students for Choice as well as the American Medical Women's Association. I am very interested in issues of women's reproductive health, women's empowerment,
and general issues of healthcare policy. I am incredibly excited to be at udub and look forward to learning as much as I can while getting to know my fellow interns, residents, and faculty!
Adam was born in Los Angeles County, California. At the age of eight his family moved to a small town in North Carolina called Fuquay-Varina. Growing up a Tarheel fan, he had the great fortune of being accepted to UNC where he studied Biology and Medical Anthropology. While in undergrad, he devoted much of his time to the community and was subsequently recognized as a scholar of public service. He worked with a disaster relief group in New Orleans, rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He also volunteered in Raleigh, NC, at a free clinic that focused on providing primary medical services to those in need. Adam stayed in Chapel Hill for medical school where he served as an elected representative in the department of financial affairs. He developed an interest in global health and spent a summer in the Himalayan Mountains of India with a program called the Himalayan Health
Exchange. While in India, he was a part of a team of medical professionals that treated people who were otherwise foreign to basic medical care. Nearing the end of medical school he was thrilled to be accepted to the stellar UW family medicine residency. At UW he hopes to continue his passion for community service, global health, business, and patient care. His interests outside of medicine include camping, hiking, running, tennis, watching UNC basketball, stock trading, and investing. Maintaining his southern roots, Adam also enjoys listening to country and bluegrass music.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jennifer learned to appreciate diversity and began her journey towards increasing access to healthcare for the underserved. Through her undergrad education at UCLA, she ran an annual health fair in her home church and taught asthmatic children in Watts how to read. However, it was during medical school at the University of Toledo in Ohio that she was able to combine her interests in education, leadership, and dedication to the underserved. She founded several organizations to help address the needs of marginalized populations in Northwest Ohio including homeless, migrant worker and Spanish-speaking populations. Because of this growing passion, she joined the National Health Service Corps and attained a master's in public health with a focus in health promotion and education.
She is looking forward to working as a family medicine physician practicing full-spectrum care in an underserved area. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and newborn son. They enjoy hiking, reading, playing board games, dancing salsa, and trying new things.
Until June 2013, I spent my entire life in the state of Illinois. I grew
up in Libertyville (a Chicagoland suburb), studied chemistry at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I L L!), and attended medical
school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Along the
way, I gathered up as much of the heartbreaking Chicago and Illini sports
history of the 1990s and 2000s as I could muster, and I'm still waiting for the day the Cubs break the most infamous streak in sports.
After 25 years in Chicagoland, though, I decided it was time for a
change — a decision made easy by the incredible people I met in Seattle
and at UW Family Medicine. The program perfectly caters to my loves of
continuity of care and dabbling in a little bit of everything. That said,
I am particularly interested in Sports Medicine and global health, and it
didn't take long for me to identify incredible faculty with whom to work.
In my spare time, you can find me amongst the geographical masterpiece
that is the Pacific Northwest, socializing with my amazing co-interns,
blogging about college and professional sports injuries and medical
topics, or exploring my new city — all made possible only by the loving
support of my family and friends who are holding down the fort for me back
As a native of Michigan, moving to Seattle was a huge change for me. I grew up in Michigan and did both undergrad and medical school at the University of Michigan (Go blue!). I majored in Spanish Language and Literature and Cell Molecular Biology, which transitioned nicely to my experiences in medical school. I took a keen interest in the intersection of language and medicine, helping develop and implement the Medicine in Spanish curriculum at Michigan. I travelled abroad to Ecuador, where I developed sustainable health education workshops as part of The Quito Project. I was also able to travel to Cuba, where I learned about and witnessed its health care model first-hand. Outside of medicine, I love electronic music, all sports (even the boring ones), reading the news, and trying new foods. I also consider myself a bit of a techie. Exploring the city is one of my favorite activities since
there is always something new to see. My favorite parts of the residency are the diversity of experiences and the people in the program. I love living in Seattle and being a part of UW Family Medicine.
Dr. Gregory Van Epps was raised in New Mexico and Illinois, but spent most of his teenage and adult years in Southern California. He graduated from USC in 2003 with a BA in psychology and minor in Spanish. After college, Gregory parlayed a strong interest in foreign affairs by working for a short stint in Washington DC at the Department of State. His love of the Spanish language led him to many travels and adventures throughout South America, and after dabbling in many other careers including engineering, biotech, and law, he decided to switch into the medical field. His interests in medicine include integrative and complementary medicine, travel medicine, infectious diseases, dermatology, and wilderness medicine. Outside of work, Gregory enjoys gardening, reading, skiing, puzzling, tennis, golf, Trojan football, travel, and the great outdoors.
Born in Southern California, I am the oldest of four in a very close family. My family moved to Boise, Idaho, where I spent most of my childhood enjoying four seasons and the beautiful outdoors. I attended college just outside of Boise at the College of Idaho, majoring in Mathematics. During college, I played on the women’s soccer team and ran middle distance on the track team. I also spent a summer working at a small medical clinic in rural Stanley, Idaho, where I enjoyed the diverse patient population and challenges that the local family medicine doctors encountered. This experience confirmed my desire to pursue medicine.
I attended the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, spending my first year in Moscow/Pullman as part of the WWAMI program. Following my first year of medical school, I worked on a Rural and Underserved Opportunity Project in Montana promoting healthy living through community outreach and publishing a newsletter distributed in areas with limited resources. I spent the next three years in and around the Seattle area realizing that I was in no hurry to leave Seattle. I am very excited about attending residency at UW, and I am drawn to UW’s broad spectrum training, academic nature, diverse patient population and, most importantly, the excellent faculty and residents. My interests in family medicine include sports medicine, preventative medicine, women’s health, obstetrics, procedures and rural/underserved populations. When I am not involved in medicine, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, running, fly fishing, playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee. I am also an avid college football and basketball fan, especially when it comes to the UW Huskies and UCLA Bruins.
I was born in California to an American father and a Spanish mother. We moved back to my mother’s home in Barcelona, Spain when I was a preschooler and lived there throughout my youth, medical school and post-graduate studies. I wanted to become a doctor from a very young age because of my love for science, anthropology and working with people. I was thrilled to be able to go directly into medical school from high school under the Spanish system and began practicing community medicine as a generalist by the age of 23. I was fortunate enough to embody the work of a GP in a strong Primary Care system while, at the same time, attaining a PhD in Liaison Psychiatry and later a Master’s Degree in International Health. My years working as a GP taught me the value of continuity of care and the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to promote health in communities. My years in research taught me about the intricacies of psychosomatic medicine but also that excellent clinical acumen is a foundation for effective research. My studies in international health and my subsequent experience as a humanitarian aid doctor in different countries exposed me to cross-cultural care and the widespread challenges of access to health care and the meaning of living healthy.
With this varied experience I came back to the US, married a wonderful Seattelite, Eli, had a beautiful baby boy, Paxton, and pursued entrance to a residency program in Family Medicine that would allow me to embody all these aspects of medicine. The UW Family Medicine Program is this home for me, a program that is committed to strengthening Primary Care through a collaborative and patient-centered approach as well as to providing leadership in the field.
In addition to being a “mother in medicine” I thrive as a dancer, as a bossy cook of Spanish-International fusion dishes, a fan of Zumba fitness and Ethiopian jazz. I enjoy Seattle immensely for its cultural diversity and for being surrounded by such beautiful nature.
I hail from Detroit (Rock City), and although I love my hometown dearly, I am excited to be at UW in Seattle for residency! I’m part of a large puzzle family, and I love people, medicine, traveling and doing anything outdoors. Hobbies of note include running, snowboarding, skiing, rock climbing and travel. This year, I hope to expand that list to include kayaking and mountaineering while here in Seattle. Particular interests within Family Medicine are international medicine, preventative medicine and contraception.
I had the great fortune of being born and raised in Vermont, where I developed a taste for sensible health policy and maple syrup. My academic interests began with a fascination of the modernization of China, including rural China, and grew to focus on how health reform affects chronic disease. Somewhere along the way, I decided that I wanted to be a physician, but am still interested in health systems.
I attended the University of Vermont for college and medical school, and took a year off to get an MPH at Harvard along the way. My clinical interest is in palliative medicine, particularly in underserved patient populations. My research work has focused on how people make decisions for themselves and surrogates, with end of life care. In residency, I looked for a program where I could care for a diverse and underserved patient population in urban and rural settings; where faculty members did research along with clinical work; and where palliative medicine was a focus. Despite never having been to Seattle before, I was thrilled to find all this (and great coffee!) here.
I am coming to Seattle with my 5-year-old hound, Sadie, and am learning that this is a fantastic city for dogs! I enjoy jogging, hiking, and cross-country skiing with Sadie, as well as knitting, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.
I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada with a fabulous younger sister who is now a nurse in Oregon. I attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and majored in Biology and Psychology. I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and couldn’t be more excited to be back in the rain. I then moved to Reno, Nevada to attend the University of Nevada School of Medicine. I was able to work to initiate the first of five, and on-going, medical brigade trips to Nicaragua through the University of Nevada School of Medicine in conjunction with a non-profit organization, Bridges to Community. While completing a dual degree MD/MPH (Masters in Public Health) program I was able to return to Nicaragua on a second medical brigade. These trips changed my life, sparked an interest in global health, and instilled a passion for travel. I completed my clinical years of medical school in Las Vegas at UMC hospital. I chose the field of family medicine because I truly enjoy the variety and challenge of full spectrum health care. It is an exciting and ever changing field. I have special interests in global health, public health, and women’s health. I feel so lucky to have joined the University of Washington’s Family Medicine Residency and cannot wait to embark on this new journey.
I am an unabashed science geek, an activist, and I love to help people understand the world around them. I was always bound for Family Medicine. While I grew up on a farm in central Illinois, my love of music, hiking, and functional health systems naturally led me to Seattle. I have broad interests, including community organizing for a variety of issues including insurance reform, student debt in Washington DC, lobbying the late Edward Kennedy, and demonstrating for the sake of women and children on the South Side of Chicago. I also have instructed a course on the medical home model as well. Listening, curiosity, and service leadership are central to my life, and underpin the deeply rewarding experience I have every day taking care of patients.
I was born in Utah and raised in New Jersey, where I studied public policy at Princeton and researched the health policy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. After interning in public health during school, I moved to Beijing to work on international development and HIV/AIDS programs. Returning to medical school as a Humanism Scholar at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, I continued my interest in global health through research and volunteer work in Uganda and Peru. I am passionate about family medicine, which takes a fulfilling individual approach to the patient but with also a macroscopic view of health. I believe it is the best and most cost-effective solution for healthcare problems both here and abroad. That's why I'm thrilled to be at UW and Seattle, the center for global health, primary care, espresso, and IPAs. In the future, I hope to be serving the underserved through academic family medicine and social enterprise. My interests include volunteering at church, guitar, a cappella, running, and backpacking.
I was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up spending most of my extracurricular time in the pool, as a competitive springboard and platform diver. I continued these athletic endeavors through college as a member of the Stanford Diving Team. While I knew I wanted to be a doctor from a young age, I majored in African History and minored in Human Biology at Stanford. After college I spent three months living in Buenos Aires improving my Spanish, and another three months in Tanzania as an HIV/AIDS educator in secondary schools. I moved to Ann Arbor for medical school at the University of Michigan, where my interests in global health took me to Ecuador, China, and Ghana. I also spent a year researching cochlear implants and methods to improve their function for cochlear implant users. I am thrilled to finally be moving back West to the climb the mountains, save the trees and kayak in the oceans!
My interests in family medicine are in providing holistic life-long care to my patients. I am extremely interested in global health and the care of disadvantaged populations. I was also recently certified as a yoga teacher, finding that yoga and meditation practice are essential not only to finding health but also to finding balance and meaning in a busy, demanding life. I am honored to be a new addition to the University of Washington’s Department of Family Medicine where I will be surrounded by compassionate, knowledgeable providers.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, I slowly circled the Midwest until gaining enough gravitational velocity to launch myself to the beautiful Pacific Northwest on a mountain-hungry whim. I studied microbiology and philosophy at The Ohio State University and went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. I consider myself a jack of all trades and master of hopefully something ...someday. I worked as a handyman for several years in college and am pathologically unable to pass a wobbly table or loose wall plug without fixing it. Otherwise, preferring to keep my interests broad, I enjoy hiking, biking, bicycle repair, sunset viewing, plants & plant organization, solitary cat ownership, lights of any sort, guitar tuning, beer brewing, carpentry, and generally everything else. My academic interests are education and organization: I was a serial member of several Education Policy, Financial Aid, and Curriculum Reform committees. I came to Seattle for the University of Washington program, the buses, kexp, and evergreens. I haven't regretted it for a second.
While my path to medicine has taken me to many corners of the globe---including Tanzania, Boston, South India, and Zanzibar----I have always come back to my Northwest roots. I grew up in a tight-knit family in the Pacific Northwest and am absolutely thrilled to be in Seattle to train in Family Medicine at the University of Washington! The UW program allows me to train in full-spectrum Family Medicine alongside an extraordinary team of compassionate, enthusiastic, experienced, and fun-loving residents, faculty, and support staff. My academic and professional interests include women's health, community medicine, palliative care, international medicine, and reflective/creative writing. The social, cultural, and economic diversity of our patients here in Seattle, combined with the opportunity to train in a variety of geographic settings through the WWAMI network, make the UW Family Medicine Program a truly outstanding place to learn and grow both personally and professionally. Outside of the hospital, I can be found enjoying sunset runs at Greenlake, hiking in the mountains, enjoying local rodeos, or spending time with family and friends.
Originally from Washington, I've traveled and studied in various places and always returned home again. I grew up on Camano Island in an enormous and diverse family. I am the second oldest of 13 children, eight of whom are adopted (four from Ethiopia, two from Russia, one from Guatemala, and one from the United States). Growing up in that environment helped ignite my passion for traveling, experiencing other cultures, and hearing people’s stories. My college career started off at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon where I earned my A.S. in Biology. One of my delights during my time at Skagit was starting the Science Van - a group of college students who took science demonstrations to kids in elementary schools to get them excited about science. The Science Van is still going strong today. With the help of the McIntyre Scholarship, I finished my B.S. at the University of Washington in Neurobiology with a minor in African Studies. During my undergraduate years, I volunteered in an AIDS orphanage in Malawi for a summer. This experience fueled a growing passion for global health, and I later earned my MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University in New Orleans. My MPH studies were an exciting time, as I had to evacuate from Hurricane Katrina, live in Texas for a semester, and then return to a devastated and recovering city. As part of my MPH studies, I spent eight more months in eastern Africa - learning Swahili and studying the Maasai in Tanzania, doing HIV/AIDS education and prevention with a Canadian NGO in northern Uganda, and learning about public health systems in Kenya. During medical school, I completed the Global Health and Underserved pathways and had opportunities to travel back to both Uganda and Malawi and work in the medical setting internationally. I was drawn to family medicine due to my interest in continuity of care and my passion for helping people through all stages of life. I particularly enjoy obstetrics and women’s health, pediatrics, geriatrics and palliative care. Family medicine also fits well with my interest in international health and public health policy. My interests outside of medicine include: biking, kayaking, hiking, running, singing, baking bread, tasting chocolate, reading my kindle, losing at Scrabble to my 15-year-old sister, and spending time with family and friends.
Born and raised in Colorado and then transplanted to Hawaii, coming to the verdant and biker/hiker/boater-friendly shores of Seattle was an easy choice. It also didn’t hurt that my future wife, Carolyn, fell in love with the Pediatric program at UW when she visited. We left New York City, where we attended Albert Einstein college of medicine, drawn out west by the strength of primary care and the myriad resources here at UW, including terrific academic medicine and teaching, faculty involved in national/international policy and research, a diverse and challenging patient population, an emphasis on rural medicine, and the chance to finally have our own lawn! This year has been challenging (as expected) but I’m learning in a great environment with a highly skilled and supportive team and I could not be happier. I feel privileged to provide care as a family physician, and hope to be a part of the positive transformation that will make quality healthcare accessible and affordable for all of us.
Justin Iwasaki is a graduate from the University of Utah School of Medicine in the combined MD/MPH program. As a physician and social entrepreneur his professional interests and goals are broad, but center on solving problems to make people’s lives better. Prior to and throughout medical school he worked internationally for a large global health non profit, specifically in clean water. He subsequently went on to found his own clean water delivery company after winning Harvard Business Schools Social Enterprise Business Plan Contest. His business plan is now taught to all first year Harvard MBA students. Other interests include innovative health maintenance strategies, technology development, healthcare delivery systems, and urban development. He enjoys cheap noodle restaurants and is on course to eat at every ramen shop in Seattle.
I’m new to the Pacific Northwest, and excited about three dynamic years of training in primary care and advocacy for patients. My path first took me from my hometown in eastern North Carolina to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. My time in Chapel Hill was a wonderful mix of engagement in local and broader social justice campaigns, applied mathematics, and punctuated by experiences assisting with health care delivery in Latin America. The next two years I spent engaging in microbiology research in Helicobacter pylori and working for the non-profit organization Carolina for Kibera, based in Nairobi but with links to UNC, where community-led efforts were providing primary care to the Kibera informal settlement. I returned to North Carolina to attend Duke University for medical school (but still proudly wearing Carolina blue). One of the years I spent at a partner hospital in northeast Tanzania, in clinical duties and in research on the use of social networks to promote access to HIV testing and care in rural and urban settings. In Durham, I joined efforts at promoting greater access to care for the uninsured, and took note of the significant leadership coming from primary care physicians. It all led to an appreciation of the essentiality of primary care in achieving more equitable health care in the US and globally. I’m grateful to be joining the team at the University of Washington, to be working with the culturally-diverse population at the Harborview clinic, and to be learning this trade of service.
I was born in Sichuan, China and raised in the Southeastern U.S. I am from Charlotte, NC and am thrilled to now be living in the Pacific Northwest! I attended Davidson College for my undergraduate degree, which gave me the opportunity to volunteer and shadow at hospitals and rural clinics in Mexico and Kenya, which kindled my interest in global health. During medical school at the Brody School of Medicine (East Carolina University), I have continued to pursue my interests in global health through medical humanities research in China and medical rotations in Ethiopia and Nicaragua. Working and speaking my Schweitzer Project at the Greenville, NC Hope Lodge in combination with my medical humanities research in China allowed me to appreciate a holistic approach to medicine. Thus, I chose family medicine not only because of the variety of patients and problems I will see in practice but also because I will be able to address the social, familial, environmental, and emotional factors that affect individuals and their health. In addition, I am excited to be a Harborview resident because of the urban underserved and diverse patient population I will be working with. I am passionate about cross-cultural care, women’s health and OB, and plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in my career. Outside of medicine, I enjoy exploring the outdoors by running, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. (I’m looking forward to starting up some biking soon!). Also, I love to eat and try different grub spots in the city with my fiancé Sean.