Our Residents

Our residents come to our program with great diversity. They come from all parts of the country and with a broad range of experiences. What they have in common is a commitment to excellence and a desire to make the health care system better. This commonality is palpable throughout the program and is visible in the work the graduates do once they leave the program.

Chief Resident

Sarah CarterSarah Carter, M.D.
BA Psychology, Harvard University
Wake Forest University School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Sarah grew up outside Seattle, where as a child she aspired to become a marine biologist. She started playing the cello at a young age and after graduating from Harvard University, moved to New York city to pursue a career as a professional musician. She attended The Juilliard School as a graduate student but ultimately decided that the life of a performing artist was not for her and decided to attend medical school. She worked in a basic science lab at Columbia University Medical Center and also completed their postbaccalaureate premedical program. She attended Wake Forest University for medical school. Ultimately, after many years on the east coast, she decided to return to the Northwest for residency and completed her residency training at Providence Portland Medical Center in 2017. She is currently Chief Resident. Sarah will be relocating to Walla Walla, WA next summer to work at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center as part of their hospitalist group.

Sarah’s professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship, improving transitions of care from the inpatient to outpatient setting, and improving access to care for underserved populations. Outside of medicine, she has traveled extensively in South America on high altitude mountaineering trips and also loves long distance trail running (especially with her rescue dogs, Milo and Gus). She also loves cooking, local outdoor adventuring, and gardening.  

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PGY-1 Roster

BrieChunMDBrie Chun, M.D.
BS Biology, BA Dance, University of Washington
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Brie grew up in Silverdale, Washington with her brother and sister. A lifelong dancer, she graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Dance and Biology, and spent an interim year before medical school as a freelance modern dancer in Seattle. She attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she continued to develop her interest in medical humanities as a Hook Scholar. She was also active in an insulin telemedicine program through the local free clinic and in an arts-based interprofessional end-of-life care educational initiative. Among other hobbies, Brie enjoys rock climbing and skiing with her soon-to-be husband, yoga, cooking and the performing arts.

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AlexanderDreisinAlexander Dreisin, M.B.B.S.
BS Finance, Washington University in St. Louis
University of Queensland School of Medicine/Ochsner Clinical School

Alex was born and raised in Portland, Oregon before moving to St. Louis to complete his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Alex then returned to Portland where he spent several years volunteering with the Children’s Cancer Association and where he was able to mentor children undergoing chemotherapy. Alex also worked as a scribe in the Legacy Emanuel ED before leaving for Australia to attend medical school at the University of Queensland. Alex spent his pre-clinical years studying in Brisbane, and completed his clinical clerkship at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has always been his dream to practice in Portland and he is very happy to be a part of the Providence family. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing tennis and is trying to hone his golf game. 

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KristianFloresKristian Flores, M.D.
BS Biology, Walla Walla University
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Kristian was born in California, but considers himself a native Oregonian. He developed a passion for science and medicine during his college years, but decided to take a less conventional route into healthcare by completing his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine before finishing his medical degree. Along the way he married his beautiful wife, Ivonne, and they had three lovely children: Luna, Diego, and Eliana. In his free time, Kristian enjoys doing “Portlandy” things like woodworking and pickling things. After completing his internship he will be returning to Loma Linda for his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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LynnKemperLynn Kemper, M.D.
BA History, UC Berkeley
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Lynn was raised in a small town in northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in history. Prior to medical school, she travelled the world working in international and online banking. The desire to be closer to her family brought Lynn to Portland more than ten years ago. Volunteering has long been a part of her life, from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to the pediatric ED and the Southwest Community Health Center. Lynn enjoys spending her free time with family and her dog Abby.

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HiromichiParkHiromichi Park, D.O.
BS Human Physiology, Boston University
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hiro is a proud native of the Silver State, where he grew up and attended high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He completed his undergraduate education at Boston University with a concentration in Human Physiology. Hiro then returned to Las Vegas where he worked as a research technician in a Microbiology lab that studied Shigella flexneri. He traveled to Central America and served on a medical mission trip where he found his interest in communicable diseases and aspires to pursue a career in Infectious Diseases in the future. Outside of practicing the art of medicine, Hiro enjoys playing his electric guitar and training in the Martial arts of Kendo and Capoeira.

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StevenPhanSteven Phan, M.D.
BS Biology, Oregon State University
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Steven grew up in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Cleveland High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Oregon State University. Prior to medical school, he worked as a medical assistant and an EMT. He has a special interest in health literacy and hopes to continue promoting health literacy at the clinical level. In his free time he enjoys traveling and enjoying different types of cuisines with his wife, golfing, fishing and long walks on the beach.

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SamuelRoseSamuel Rose, M.D.
BA Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
MAS Clinical Research, UCSF
Sackler School of Medicine

Samuel grew up in California. Prior to medical training, he completed an undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology and a master’s degree in clinical research. Samuel has experience with laboratory and epidemiology research and sees these endeavors as complimentary to his interests in patient care. In his free time, Samuel loves the outdoors and enjoys trying to fix old guitars. He is very happy to be training in the community of Portland.

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VeronicaSchimsVeronica Schims, D.O.
BS Biology, University of Washington
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest

Veronica grew up in Bellingham, Washington and attended the University of Washington. Between her studies, she spent time playing soccer, music and working construction in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Curious about life outside the PNW, she ventured to Mississippi to complete her Master’s degree and worked for several years as a nurse assistant. Finding that she loved patient care and meeting others within the medical field, she decided to attend medical school. In her spare time, Veronica likes to stay active, hike through state and national parks, listen to podcasts and live music and spend time with family and friends.

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WillyTerrallWilly Terrall, M.D.
BS Biology, University of Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Will was born and raised in southern Oregon and grew up exploring the Cascade Mountains, Oregon coast, and the Rogue River. His early love for extreme sports and later football ensured a very early appreciation for medical care, and his fascination with science made medicine a natural career choice. Prior to completing his undergraduate degree, Will enlisted in the Marine Corps and served two combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. After his time in the military, he attended the University of Oregon where he focused on biology and biochemistry. He then moved to Portland to complete his medical degree at OHSU. During medical school, Will conducted research on early cancer diagnosis and mechanisms by which cancers become resistant to therapy. After spending a year with Providence, he hopes to continue his work on cancer diagnosis and targeted therapy while pursuing radiology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In his free time, Will enjoys mentoring with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, running, swimming, biking, following politics and international affairs, and spending time with his family.

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KatherineThomasKatherine Thomas, M.D.
BS Biology, Reed College
New York Medical College

Katherine was born and raised in San Francisco. She first discovered a love for the Northwest as a student at Reed College, where she majored in biology. After completing a thesis in microbiology, she worked for a year as an emergency department scribe in Portland, Oregon, before attending medical school at New York Medical College. Although she enjoyed being exposed to many specialties during medical school, she was particularly drawn to rehabilitation medicine, especially the rehabilitation of individuals with connective tissue disorders. Katherine looks forward to spending the next year at Providence before continuing to Stanford University to finish her training in physical medicine and rehabilitation. When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her very silly cat, Harold.

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EmmaWhiteEmma White, M.D.
BS, Biological Chemistry & Russian, Bates College
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Emma was born in New Jersey but grew up on an island in Washington State. She did undergrad at Bates College where she studied biological chemistry and Russian, with a minor in rowing. Four years of collegiate crew wasn’t enough so, she coached rowing for two years while working in an ER and preparing for medical school. She then returned to her New Jersey roots for medical school. At school in Camden, Emma was passionate about providing high value care to uninsured city residents at the student-run free clinic. Emma’s professional interests include coordination of care, geriatrics, health policy/economics, critical care medicine and palliative care. When she’s not in the hospital she loves to run, row, hike and be outside. On a perfect day you will find her on the trail or in a boat with friends.

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CameronWilsonCameron Wilson, M.D.
BS Biochemistry, MS Polymers & Coatings Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
University of Miami School of Medicine

Cameron was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, California and attended Cal Poly for BS and MS degrees. Cameron focused on biotech research and worked in medical devices for a few years. He decided to go to medical school to balance his research with patient care. Cameron enjoys biking, rock climbing and hiking. His professional interests are in palliative/hospice medicine and hospitalist medicine.

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PGY-2 Roster

barnes_alex_md_2016Alex Barnes-Rickett, M.D.
Southwestern University, BA History, BA Sociology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Alex was born in California and raised in East Texas, where she discovered a love for road biking, distance running, and 1000% humidity. Her childhood dream of being a veterinarian quickly rerouted to human medicine upon the discovery of Mercy Ships, an incredible organization that fits out donated cruise liners as floating hospitals to serve communities in need. Her goal from that moment on was to become an integral part of a long-term global health initiative. During college and medical school, Alex was fortunate to spend time in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica, volunteering with medical missions and learning from local healthcare professionals. She enjoys hospital and tropical medicine, pulmonology, and infectious disease. Alex and her husband love to spoil their pets rotten, eat dim sum, be inspired by nature, and travel excessively.

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burgh_eric_md_2016Eric Burgh, M.D.
University of Oregon, BS Human Physiology, Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Eric grew up in the Yamhill-Carlton area, an hour's drive west of Portland. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he began working for a health technology NGO in Kenya and decided to pursue a career in medicine. During the two years between college and applying to medical school, Eric also worked at a bakery and a winery in Oregon, a virology research lab in New York City, and a solar energy start-up in North Carolina. While at UNC for medical school he became interested in preventative care and medical education. When he's not in the hospital Eric enjoys live music and spending time outdoors – especially with friends, family, and his wonderful fiancée, Emily.

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finley_jessica_md_2016Jessica Finley, M.D.
Stanford University, BS Human Biology
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Jessica Finley was born in Toronto, Canada, but spent most of her childhood in Minnesota. She loved the Midwest, dancing on a competitive dance team in ballet and jazz, spending the winters playing in the snow and the summers swimming in the lake. She went to high school in the Bay Area and college at Stanford University. Her love of physiology and passion for working with people led her to major in Human Biology and pursue premedical studies. She continued to dance and was a member of the Stanford University “Dollies,” which gave her a front-row seat to some of her favorite athletic events. After graduating, she spent a year as an educational consultant and then moved to Eugene, Oregon, to work at the Oregon Research Institute, where she pursued research in obesity and eating disorder prevention. She then moved to Portland to attend medical school at Oregon Health & Science University. Jessica has lived in two countries and five states but now considers herself an Oregonian at heart. In her free time, she loves hiking, dancing, reading outside, watching old movies with her husband, and daydreaming about getting a dog.

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GhebremichaelRahwaMD2016Rahwa Ghebremichael, M.D.
Stanford University, BS Biological Sciences, BA Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Rahwa was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Los Angeles, CA with her 3 younger siblings. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, did research for 3 years and obtained an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She then worked for several years as a hospital infection prevention specialist/clinical epidemiologist in Oregon before finally (FINALLY!) pursuing her dream of becoming a physician. Her personal interests are many but, these days, her hobbies are few. She takes great pleasure from spending quality time with her husband and children, meditating and exploring the beauty of Oregon. Her professional interests include primary care, HIV medicine, clinical research and working with underserved/refugee populations.

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heims_cydney_md_2016Cydney Heims, M.D.
University of Chicago, BA Anthropology and Latin American Studies
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Cydney was born and raised in northwest Portland. She attended the University of Chicago where she double majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, after taking a year off to travel in South America. Following college she moved to Hood River, where she supervised a children's ski program and worked at a winery. She returned to Portland in 2009 to work with veterans with schizophrenia at the VA Medical Center and to complete a post-baccalaureate at PSU. She continued her focus on underserved populations during medical school: precepting for a year at Outside In, volunteering at the Southwest Community Health Center and working in a free clinic for Spanish speaking patients. In her free time, she enjoys listening to live music, discovering new hiking trails and skiing big mountains.

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HendricksonKatieMD2016Kathryn Hendrickson, M.D.
St. Cloud University, BS Biomedical Science
Medical College of Wisconsin

Katie grew up in Madison, Wisconsin with her two sisters. She attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN to play softball and study biomedical science. She then worked at Boston Scientific in Minneapolis before returning to WI to begin medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she was able to explore her interests in global health, physical exam, and teaching. In her free time Katie likes spending time outside biking, hiking, and camping with her boyfriend, Matt. She is a sports fan with baseball and tennis being her favorites, and enjoys reading, music, food, and wine.

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hutchinson_elizabeth_md_2016Elizabeth Hutchinson, M.D.
Arizona State University, BA Anthropology
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Elizabeth grew up in Chicago, IL. Her interest in medicine first developed through studying about infectious diseases while earning a degree in anthropology at Arizona State University. Prior to medical school she worked in business and retail management. While completing pre-medical coursework, she volunteered at free clinics and worked as a scribe. During medical school she contributed to curriculum development projects and research in women's health and hematology & oncology. She enjoys running, yoga, cycling, and horseback riding.

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kim_isaac_md_2016Isaac Kim, M.D.
Andrews University, BS Biology
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Isaac Kim was born in Eugene, OR and spent his middle and high school years in Columbus, OH. He graduated from Andrews University in Michigan, then attended medical school at Loma Linda University in southern California where he was active in a student organization that provided tutoring and music lessons for underprivileged children in the local area. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing his guitar, cooking, staying current with politics, and watching his favorite sports teams, including the Blazers, Timbers, and Ducks.

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Lisa OlsonLisa May Olson, M.D., M.P.H.
BA Human Biology, Stanford University
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, M.D., M.P.H

Lisa grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon. As a child, she was a competitive gymnast and explored all the Oregon coast has to offer with family camping, fishing and boating adventures. Lisa lived in Eugene, Oregon for high school, then later moved to California for college. After graduating from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology, she spent several years working in San Francisco in the health and biotechnology field. Lisa later returned to her Oregon roots and followed her passion for medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, where she earned a medical degree and a Master’s in Public Health. Lisa completed her internship year at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, and then took a few years to work in public health, as well as live in London, England with her husband and two boys. Outside of medicine, Lisa spends time with her family and enjoys swimming, cycling, hikes with her dog, Ruby Jewel ice cream and travel.

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tsai_chaowei_md_2016Chao-Wei Tsai, M.D.
University of Washington, BS Biochemistry, Microbiology
University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria

Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in Biochemistry and Microbiology. After graduation he spent some time working in research, medical interpreting, and medical laboratory while serving on the executive board at a local community health center before he attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He loves to travel and learn about food, cultures, architecture, and languages.

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PGY-3 Roster

BlairJacob2015Jacob Blair, M.D., M.S.
B.A. University of Missouri
Major: Biological Sciences
M.S. School: Wayne State University; Major: Basic Medical Sciences
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Jacob was born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Kansas City, MO, where he aspired to be a doctor even as a young child. After attending the University of Missouri and receiving a degree in biological sciences, he worked in an immunology lab as a researcher and flow cytometrist. Deciding to return to Detroit, he earned a masters degree in medical science, focusing his research on the immunology of the eye. Jacob then made the decision to remain in Detroit for medical school due to his passion for working with the underserved. While growing up, his love for music led him to learn the piano, eventually competing in various competitions. In addition to still enjoying the piano, Jacob loves to travel, eat sushi, and explore outdoor fairs or farmer’s markets – while being with family and friends as much as possible.

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BrekkeKyle2015Kyle Brekke, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Montana
Major: Cellular & Molecular Biology
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kyle was born and raised with his two younger brothers in Billings, Montana, where he played multiple sports while growing up, including soccer and basketball. He was also regularly crowned the neighborhood ping-pong champion! He received an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Montana and worked as a phlebotomist when not in school. Kyle researched the Rift Valley Fever Virus and presented his research at the National Conference in Undergraduate Research. As a college tutor of chemistry and biology, he developed a passion for teaching. Kyle has interest in primary care and preventative medicine. In his free time, Kyle enjoys watching and playing sports and spending time with friends and family, including his new wife, Ally.

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CaseyJacob2015Jacob Casey, M.D.
B.A. School: University of Washington
Major: Comparative Literature & History
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Jacob grew up in Vancouver, WA and initially had no interest in medicine after graduating from the University of Washington in the humanities. He spent the following years as a special education teacher as well as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan. It was there, while serving abroad, that he decided to pursue medicine as a career and received training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In his free time he likes running, listening to classical music and keeping up on international events.

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ChancellorLeia2015Leia Chancellor, M.D.
B.A./B.S. School: University of Nevada Reno
Major: BA English, BS Neuroscience, AS Computer Science
Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Leia hails from Northern California. Starting at age 15, she attended Mendocino Community college where she received an A.S. in computer and Information Sciences and furthered her education earning dual bachelor degrees in English and Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. She attended medical school at the University of Nevada, where she volunteered at a student run clinic and spent time working in an infectious disease laboratory. Her professional interests include hospitalist medicine, hematology & oncology, and infectious disease. During her free time she enjoys writing, playing strategy-based games, having brunch with friends, and exploring the great outdoors.

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IngValerie2015Valerie Ing, D.O.
B.S. School: Oregon State University
Major: Chemistry
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Valerie grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Oregon State University. At a young age she knew that she was destined to serve as a physician. Prior to attending medical school, Valerie worked as a manager in the hospitality industry. In her free time she enjoys hiking, berry picking, baking and spending time with family.

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LogendranVerni2015Verni Logendran, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Oregon
Major: Biology
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Verni grew up in Corvallis, Ore., and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in biology. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted two years of research in molecular biology and neuroscience. She spent a summer volunteering in the Indian Himalayan foothills. After graduation, she worked as a caregiver in an assisted living facility. While in medical school, she volunteered at free clinics, served as President of the Midwestern University Internal Medicine Club, and conducted diabetes research with funding by the National Institutes of Health. She also served as Co-Chair of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Medical Students’ Committee-Arizona Chapter, and received the Medical Student of the Year Award for the ACP-AZ Chapter in 2013. Outside of medicine, Verni enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, meditation, and playing the violin and piano.

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PedrojaBenjamin2015Benjamin Pedroja, M.D.
B.S. School: Reed College
Major: Biology
Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Ben grew up in Los Angeles, California and earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Reed College. After graduation, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and spent several years conducting basic science research before completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Ben’s interests include hospital medicine, critical care and medical education. He enjoys biking, homebrewing, politics and live music.

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SanchezKatherine2015Katherine Sanchez, M.D.
B.S. School: University of New Mexico
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Katherine was raised in New Mexico with her twin sister, Cassie. She attended University of New Mexico and studied Biology and Chemistry. She also minored in Asian studies and taught English in China for a semester. She has worked in restaurants since high school, managed while getting her undergrad, and co-owned a restaurant while attending medical school. She loves cooking and entertaining, running, and playing with her puppy, Duke.

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SouthworthCole2015Cole Andrew Southworth, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Oregon
Major: Biology
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cole was raised in Eugene, OR along with his twin brother. While attending the University of Oregon, Cole enrolled in a medical internship in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. It was here that he developed his love for medicine. Before attending medical school he worked several years in a conservation program leading at-risk youth in the Northwest. During his free time Cole loves any opportunity that can take him and his wife back into the outdoors including fly-fishing, hiking, camping, and rafting.

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