Michelle grew up in the foothills of the Catskills of New York and loves the outdoors, raising animals, writing, coffee, and especially espresso. She attended Cornell University for undergraduate studies in Cell and Molecular Biology, Calvary Chapel Bible College for theological studies, and Stony Brook School of Medicine for her M.D. She has tremendous passion for exploring new cultures and research, and has been fortunate to spend time in Nepal, Laos, Thailand, and other countries where her experiences have shaped her future goals for international medical practice. Michelle is thrilled to be a part of UW Family Medicine in Seattle, WA!
I grew up in Safford, Arizona a relatively small, rural town in southeastern Arizona (population around 10k). After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Arizona for my undergraduate years, I spent three years working for a Norwegian engineering firm, Aker Solutions—for my fellow engineering nerds, I worked on layouts, PFDs, P&IDs and specs. Eventually, I started and ran a small engineering consulting firm in the Southwest while finalizing my medical school application.
I ended up at Columbia University for medical school and was fortunate to be part of the inaugural Columbia-Bassett program, which aims to train physicians prepared for the challenges of our evolving healthcare system. While at Columbia, I developed and refined my interests through various projects and electives, which included a sports medicine research project, a QI project to streamline a frequently used diagnosis-related group (DRG), an elective dedicated to understanding quality improvement (QI) in medicine and other industries and a biomedical informatics project to detect AKI according to the KDIGO classification in large datasets.
Ultimately, I decided to pursue family medicine as elements of its practice and philosophy resonate with me, including: prevention, cost-effectiveness, an emphasis on patient-provider trust and relationships, patient advocacy, and broad-spectrum training. FPs also have a great (metaphorical) view of the healthcare system and are in a good position to better understand and perhaps improve its function. Also, the idea of being a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none (perhaps with the exception of making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) entices me.
My outlets include listening to music, doing fitness “stuff,” reading, or relaxing with close friends/family.
I was born in New Jersey, but moved to Seattle at the age of six, and I have absolutely loved living here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! In fact, I loved it so much that I attended University of Washington for both undergraduate school and medical school, and now I am thrilled to be continuing my career path at UW’s Family Medicine Residency Program (Go Huskies!). In medical school I was involved with several community service programs that focused on bringing healthcare to minority populations, and I also mentored undergraduate students who were interested in becoming physicians themselves. I was drawn to Family Medicine for many reasons, including the emphasis on life-long learning, the breadth and variety of medicine that is practiced on a daily basis, and the overall atmosphere of care and compassion. My interests include women’s health and preventative health. Outside of the hospital and clinic, I love to read and write (I’m currently working on a sci-fi/fantasy novel with hopes of future publication!), and I enjoy cooking/baking and traveling to places all around the world.
I was born on the island of Manhattan and spent childhood next door in the great state of New Jersey. Despite long having an inkling of wanting to become a physician, I didn’t commit to medicine as a career until studying the nexus of culture and healing during my undergraduate time at Brown University, where I majored in Anthropology and was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I returned to New Jersey to attend Rutgers—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and soon discovered Family Medicine, with its roots in community and social justice, to be my calling. During medical school, I earned an MPH in Health Systems and Policy, completed fieldwork studying the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model, and worked with the School of Public Health’s Dominican Republic Outreach Project, focusing on services for children of Haitian migrant workers in the DR. I left for the west coast to escape the oppressive humidity of the east, and to seek the most robust residency training in primary care. I’m excited to get to work with a group of fabulous residents, and to join the the team at the Harborview Clinic, with its diverse and underserved patient population. My interests within Family Medicine include chronic disease, behavioral health, care of underserved populations, and global health equity (though my Spanish still needs improvement). Outside of medicine, I love running, snowboarding, and playing the guitar (though that needs improvement too), and I’m excited to experience the rich culture of Seattle, as well as steal away to the great outdoors for adventures across the Pacific Northwest.
Aloha! Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, I left the beautiful beaches to learn medicine at the University of Minnesota. While in medical school, I served as a leader for Inter-professional Street Outreach Program (ISTOP), president of the medical student well-being committee, and participated in research at Harvard Medical School. I am a proud survivor of Minnesnowta for four years, which makes me the bravest Hawaiian ever.
I am fortunate for the life experiences that have helped me to be able to relate to all types of patients. Working with special needs children in Hawaii helped to teach me patience and perseverance. Volunteering in Kenya, Peru, Vanuatu, and the Philippines, helped to push me out of my comfort zone and develop compassion for those in need. As I think about my future in medicine, I am excited and humbled to be a family physician. I am passionate about disease prevention, chronic diseases, substance use disorders, international medicine, and adolescent medicine. I am blessed to be training at the best family medicine program in the country.
When not saving lives, I enjoy going to church, performing magic, running marathons (10 total, ouch!), public speaking, creating balloon sculptures, painting, racquetball/squash, kayaking, hiking, surfing, salsa dancing, traveling, cooking, and watching documentaries.
I was born and raised in California and spent a decade in NYC before moving to beautiful Seattle. I attended Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo for my undergraduate degree and majored in Chemistry and Biochemistry. After college I worked at a biotechnology company for a year before starting graduate school at New York University. There I obtained a PhD in Chemical Biology and then continued to medical school at SUNY Stony Brook shortly thereafter. I chose Family Medicine because I enjoy the variety of patients I am able to care for as well as the challenge of practicing full spectrum healthcare. My special interests in Family Medicine include care for underserved populations, HIV, addiction, reproductive health, and family planning.
I grew up in great windy state of Oklahoma. I headed south of the Red River to go to college at Baylor University. In college, I was able to study abroad in Germany, where I observed a general practitioner and learned about the German medical system and payment models. I then moved back to Oklahoma to go to the University of Oklahoma for medical school. During med school, I joined the School of Community Medicine track, which focused on treating the underserved. Part of the track involved having our own continuity clinic. It was this experience that showed me how much I value continuity of care and led me down the road toward primary care. Also, I had the opportunity to go to South Africa, where I learned to practice medicine in a low resources environment. Currently, I am ecstatic to be living in the pacific northwest. My clinical interests are working with the underserved, pediatrics, and the cost of healthcare. Outside of medicine, I enjoy the outdoors, IPA’s and playing with my dog.
I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan for both undergraduate and medical school (Go Blue!). Growing up, I was taught that everybody has a story you can learn from; this core value is what drew me to medicine. Being raised in a bilingual, Persian-American household, I developed a love for learning about other cultures, languages, and people. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and French while also engaging in organizations focused on international human rights activism and raising awareness of Persian culture. During medical school, I organized health fairs in the local Middle-eastern community, enjoyed mentorship of pre-medical students, and served on curricular committees. I then had the opportunity to work with an NGO in Kenya, where I worked alongside community members to develop a new female inpatient ward at a rural hospital. This experience confirmed my passion for international health, capacity-building initiatives, and community engagement. During this time I also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research, conducting qualitative research on maternal delivery practices in Kenya while completing coursework at the UM School of Public Health. For me, family medicine seemed a natural fit. I value the opportunity to establish lasting, meaningful relationships with individual patients as an educator and healer, while also being able to effect change as an advocate for public health and social justice on a macroscopic level. I was drawn to the UW Family Medicine program for the robust clinical training, exposure to diverse and underserved patient populations, and strength in global health and academic medicine. I’m passionate about global health, community advocacy, and medical education. Outside of medicine, I love traveling, learning new languages and cultures, dancing, and adventuring!
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.