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Class of 2020

CarlyCarly Chambers, MD Oregon Health & Science University

As a fourth generation Oregonian, Carly has family history across the state which connects her to the varied country of the Northwest. Although a rare native Portlander, she lived abroad and experienced diverse beliefs, traditions, and people. She combined her love of healing with learning about other cultures by volunteering with migrant outreach programs and free health clinics beginning as a teenager. The Hood River family medicine residency program's emphasis on rural and underserved care was a perfect fit for furthering this interest. She is excited to develop lasting relationships with patients to work toward better health for both the individual and community. Her academic and CQI project reviewed Pediatric Obesity identification and interactions. Outside of medicine, Carly enjoys spending time with her family and friends (to whom she is incredibly grateful for their endless love and support), being active (skiing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and hopefully wind surfing soon!), eating all sorts of delicious fresh fruit from this beautiful valley, and reading a good book! She will be joining us as a locums physician at One Community Health through the fall and plans on doing full spectrum family medicine and obstetrics at a coastal community in Oregon or Washington sometime this year.

KateKate Kleaveland, MD Oregon Health & Science University

Kate grew up in Bend, Oregon and later earned a degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University. Before medical school, she worked at an Indian Health Service Clinic in rural Washington, Planned Parenthood, and as a research assistant at OHSU. At OHSU she was an Oregon Rural Scholar. She knew she wanted to be a rural family medicine physician since beginning medical school. She has been a social justice advocate since high school and is committed to working with populations and peoples on the margins of society. Kate’s research project was on Advanced Care Planning and POLST completion rates in primary care rural practice. Kate will be joining One Community Health in the Dalles as a Family Physician

Class of 2019

JojiJoji Kojima, MD Rush Medical College

Joji completed his residency in 2019 and was in our 4th class of our program. He was born and raised in Tacoma, WA and went to medical school in Chicago at Rush University where he had the opportunity to work with immigrant rights advocates and anti-racist initiatives in the city. He chose to pursue family medicine due to his broad ranging interests in obstetrics, musculoskeletal medicine, and adolescent medicine. Some of his other life pursuits include capoeira, kizomba, and other lusophone culture. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean. He sees medicine as a direct way to combat systemic racism and poverty that afflict oppressed communities. He chose Hood River Family Medicine because of the intimate feel of the program, the commitment to social justice and spirit of independence evinced by the senior residents and faculty. His academic and CQI project was on Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. He currently is a National Health Service Corp Scholar and full spectrum family physician practicing obstetrics and family medicine for the Yakima Valley Health Center in Grandview and Prosser Washington.

MorganMorgan Shier, MD Ross University School of Medicine

Morgan grew up in rural Trinidad, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Integrative Physiology. She attended Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. Prior to medical school, she lived in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where she participated in the Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program during which she became fluent in Spanish. She has always been passionate about women’s health, rural medicine, and the social determinants of health. Beyond medicine, she enjoys spending time in nature, coming up with plots for science fiction movies with her husband, and writing short stories and satire. Her academic project was in Reducing Gender Bias in Resident Evaluations. She is currently in private practice in Littleton, Colorado where she does prenatal and delivery care, home births and primary care family medicine.

Class of 2018

MariahMariah McAlister, MD University of Connecticut Medical School

Mariah completed her residency in 2018 and we quickly asked her to join our practice at One Community Health to become a medical provider and faculty (see more under faculty). She chose Family medicine as it was a natural fit for her holistic perspective on health, and the importance she places on sustained relationships with her patients. Mariah’s specific interests remain in integrative medicine, women's health, office-based procedures, palliative care and global health. The Hood River Rural Training Program was a perfect fit for her sense of adventure, her passion for working with underserved populations, her love of the outdoors, and her desire to work with like-minded, compassionate and inspired practitioners. She felt extremely lucky to have found a program with so many excellent, kind teachers and role models--a program that fosters individual growth within a supportive community. Her scholarly project was on “Patient Interactions and Difficult Topics in Spanish”. She is featured in our new residency video.

DanaDana Gersten, MD Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

Dana joined us as a resident in 2017 after completed 2 years of an internal medicine residency in San Francisco. She realized she was really a family doctor and came to our program because of our commitment to teaching full spectrum care and to work with a Spanish speaking population. She studied Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley, traveling to India as an undergraduate to study Ayurvedic Medicine and Medical Anthropology at the University of Delhi. She completed medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, at a medical program affiliated with New York Medical College, where she got a close-up look into medical practice in Latin America. She continues in her interests in community organization, mental health, serving low-income populations, and international medicine. Dana’s residency project was on Syphilis Outbreaks and tracking. She currently works at the LifeLong Community Health Center in Berkeley California and has recently been accepted in the UCSF Contra Costa Medical Center 2 year Global Health Fellowship. She serves as faculty there as well and plans on Global Health to become her career focus.

Class of 2017

MattSprerryBWMatt Sperry, MD Oregon Health & Science University

Matt was the only resident we graduated in 2017 and many joke this was because his brain was so big there was no room for another resident in the program that year. Certainly he impressed us with his excellent knowledge base, teaching abilities and procedural dexterity that was only matched by his keen ability to expertly critique any published medical journal article right down to the statistical method. During residency, Matt had a keen interest in point-of-care ultrasound, but he also was remarkable for his comfort in working in all areas of our hospital and took advantage of the opportunities our residency offers to gain the skills to become a full spectrum family physician. He joined his senior resident Peter Benziger at Columbia Gorge Family Medicine in Hood River and is a fully privileged member of the medical staff at Hood River Memorial Hospital where he provides inpatient medicine, pediatric, neonatal and obstetrical care. Our residents are fortunate to have him and his colleagues as role models.

Class of 2016

PeterBenzigerBWPeter Benziger, MD Tufts University School of Medicine

Peter works as a full-spectrum family medicine doctor at Columbia Gorge Family Medicine in Hood River. He continues to enjoy full continuity of care by practicing outpatient medicine, obstetrics, and inpatient care of his patients when they are hospitalized at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He is married to our faculty Kate McKenna and has become a leader in the medical staff and community. His academic project was in Pre-gestational Diabetes screening and management in our largely Hispanic patient population.

JaredShannonBWJared Shannon, MD University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Jared works as a hospitalist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, OR and at Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale, WA. Jared focused his elective time on ICU care and procedures, and continues to enjoy these activities in his current career. He is still involved in our residency as a guest teacher and interviewer. His academic and CQI project was on Food Insecurity the Veggie Rx project