|Jacob 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.
|Kyle 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.
|Jacob 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.
|Leia 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.
|Sarah Coates, M.D.
B.A. School: The University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Sarah grew up in San Angelo, Texas, working jigsaw puzzles, watching football and attending Harry Potter midnight release parties. At the University of Texas, she became interested in the interface of medical science and healthcare systems. In medical school, she gained international clinical experience in Tanzania, where she lived and worked twice; in 2011, she engaged in social and medical outreach to benefit the local population of patients with albinism in Moshi, and in 2014 she developed a smartphone-based teledermatology connection between dermatologists in New York and physicians in Mwanza. Sarah’s professional interests include infectious disease, particularly HIV, and dermatology healthcare service delivery to resource-poor settings, both domestic and international. She enjoys adventuring, SLR and iPhone photography, eating tacos and spending quality time with Dean, her acoustic guitar named after Jack Kerouac’s supporting character in On the Road. After her internship, Sarah will begin a dermatology residency at UCSF.
|Matthew Duggan, M.D.
B.S. School: Wheaton College
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Matt was born and raised near Charlotte, NC. He studied biology at Wheaton College, IL and spent time researching an invasive aquatic organism in Lake Michigan (scuba diving included!). Quickly realizing the midwestern winters were not for him, Matt lived in New Orleans for a year, leading volunteer teams on reconstruction projects throughout the city. He then returned to his native North Carolina for medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem. During his time there, he was surprised to discover a love for ophthalmology and, more importantly, his wonderful wife Kristy (who is starting her residency at OHSU). In his time outside of the hospital, Matt enjoys hiking, cooking, playing ultimate Frisbee, and woodworking. After his internship, Matt will begin his ophthalmology training at OHSU.
|Valerie Ing, D.O.
B.S. School: Oregon State University
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.
|Verni Logendran, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Oregon
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.
|Benjamin Pedroja, M.D.
B.S. School: Reed College
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.
|Katherine 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.
|Cole Andrew Southworth, D.O.
B.S. School: University of Oregon
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.
|Garth Tormoen, M.D., Ph.D.
B.S./M.S. School: Michigan Technological University
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Garth grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University. During college, Garth developed an interest in biomedical research that led him to San Antonio, TX where he worked as a research engineer at the Southwest Research Institute. Garth moved to Portland in 2008 for medical school at OHSU, where he also completed a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Garth enjoys cooking, backpacking, gardening and spending time exploring the PNW with his wife Ann, son Graham and dog Emma Loo.