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Hood River Family Medicine Residents

Class of 2022

Madeline Bierle, MD - University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Madeline graduated from the University of New Mexico and received her undergraduate degree there, too. She grew up in rural southern New Mexico, learned Spanish during time spent in both Mexico and Guatemala and was in the Somos Hermanos program in Xela, Guatemala.

She impressed us with her humility, compassion and aptitude! A former attending wrote: “Madeline is extraordinary at being attentive to patients with complex medical diagnosis coupled with difficult social problems.”

She enjoys hiking, camping and river rafting and is already a passionate Portland Timbers Fan, too!

Benjamin Coffey, MD - University of Washington School of Medicine

Ben graduated medical school from the University of Washington, and was a rural scholar in WWAMI/Idaho program. His undergrad degree is from the University of Puget Sound but also studied in Granada, Spain. Ben grew up in Mt Vernon, Washington.

Before medical school he was a math teacher in the Navajo nation, which helped developed his understanding of social determinants of health. His letters of recommendation were replete with praise of his keen clinical skills and compassionate nature.

He describes himself as a “very amateur banjo, fiddle and guitar player” and enjoys running, backpacking, skiing and is the proud owner of a rescue dog named Xavi.

Class of 2023

Jessica Worrell, MD - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

I grew up on a rural ranch in Oklahoma where I learned to be independent and resilient. I have a strong desire to become a full spectrum family physician and serve a rural population. I want to be more than just a healer, I aspire to be educational, inclusive, humane, and dedicated to the health and safety of my patients no matter their status or background.

My non-medical interests include: jazz, piano, poetry, kickboxing, backpacking, nature, and wildlife, rock climbing, cross-country, and hanging out with my dog Opal.

Fernando Polanco, MD - St. George University School of Medicine

I was born in Guatemala then moved to Canada in 1989 at the height of the Guatemalan Civil war and was raised in a rural town in northern British Columbia Canada. Shaped by my experiences growing up, I became passionate about integrating social justice with health sciences. I have extensive experience in Indigenous health research, worked in health policy with marginalized populations, and worked in harm reduction/needle exchange prior to starting medical school. I believe that family medicine has a unique ability to foster relationships both at an individual and community level.

I enjoy coaching and playing soccer, surfing, back-country snowboarding, playing classical guitar, and speaking Spanish and French.

Class of 2024

Paola Candia, DO - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

My mom immigrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua and growing up I saw firsthand how hard she had to work to give her children a home and food, to survive. Seeing her physical ailments from laborious jobs as a child – and seeing the results today— I yearned to take care of her, and people like her. This eventually led me to family medicine. Family medicine to me is looking at the social determinants of health and tailoring your care to fit the needs of the person. It is also about advocating for quality care to all, regardless of your race, gender identity, socioeconomic class, etc. I have many interests in family medicine – rural and underserved population care, prevention, women’s health, obstetrics, community outreach, and more.

Outside of medicine some things I enjoy are playing soccer, trying new pastries and coffee, taking photos of flowers, hiking, playing Zelda, and reading.

Taylor Wrinkle, M.D. - University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

What I love about Family Medicine is that it incorporates and prioritizes so many of the things that I have come to value in medicine: public health, social medicine, patient advocacy and holistic care. I worked in global public health prior to medical school and am committed to providing full spectrum care to the underserved. My interests include obstetrics, women and children’s health, and global health. I speak French and some Spanish.

In my free time, I enjoy making bread, skiing, and sailing, and spending time with my husband and our 5-year-old son.