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PGY-1 Roster

  • Juliet Alla, M.D.

    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    B.A. Neuroscience, Oberlin College

    Juliet grew up in Newton, MA and attended Oberlin College where she earned a degree in Neuroscience and graduated with honors. She worked in basic science research and education prior to medical school, studying rhesus macaque monkey behavior, teaching oceanographic research methods to college students, and working for the US Antarctic Program at an Antarctic field base. After focusing her scientific interest to the field of medicine, she attended Oregon Health & Science University where she published research on addiction medicine, was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and graduated with honors. When not at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, long runs, good books, and catering to her demanding but ultimately benevolent cat. After completing internship, she will continue her training in Interventional Radiology at UCSD.

  • Laura Bennetts, M.D.

    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    B.S. Biology, University of Washington

    Laura grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Washington. Prior to starting medical school, she conducted clinical cancer research at the Legacy Cancer Institute and spent time in Kenya working with local physicians. She has a special interest in oncology and is passionate about patient-centered care. Outside of medicine, Laura enjoys exploring Oregon, taking trips to the coast, and playing spikeball in the park with friends.

  • Megan Block, M.D.

    M.D. Creighton University School of Medicine

    B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University Megan was born and raised in Portland, OR. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. During her time at Marquette, she volunteered with Global Brigades where she went as part of a group to provide medical and dental care to rural communities in Nicaragua. Being part of Global Brigades is what sparked her passion for global health and serving underserved patient populations. Megan completed her medical degree at Creighton University. She is very excited to return to the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, yoga, classic movies, and Oregon Duck football.

  • Amanda Farris, M.D.

    M.D. Wayne State University School of Medicine

    B.S. Neuroscience, University of Michigan Amanda grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, spending her summers boating and sailing. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where she developed a passion for international health. Before starting medical school in Detroit, she spent six months in Guatemala studying Spanish and volunteering with Somos Hermanos, a non-profit organization that embraces cultural immersion and competency with the goal of providing health care professionals with the tools needed to better treat Latino patients in the U.S. In her free time, Amanda loves practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, and rollerblading. She is excited to embrace the Pacific Northwest and Providence Portland as her new home!

  • James Gendreau, M.D.

    M.D. California Northstate College of Medicine
    B.S. Public Health, University of Washington

    James grew up in Western Washington where he found a passion for anything outdoors, board games and reading. At UW he began researching teledermatology quality improvement for VA Puget Sound. He continued his education at California Northstate College of Medicine and was in the second graduating class. He plans on continuing his Dermatology training in sunny Ft. Lauderdale after his prelim year at PPMC. He is ecstatic to return to the PNW where he can continue playing Ultimate in the rain, skiing and enjoying at least 3 cups of coffee a day.

  • Dylan Haynes, M.D.

    M.D. University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
    BS Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona

    Dylan was born and raised in Bend, OR and attended the University of Oregon where he graduated as valedictorian with a major in Biology and minor in Biochemistry. During medical school, Dylan was enrolled in dual-degree program—earning both a Doctorate in Medicine as well as a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research. He hopes to use his experience in rare disease clinical trials and translational research to improve the lives of his future patients. Outside of work, Dylan enjoys training in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

  • Song Chi Lu, M.D.

    M.D. Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac Medical School
    B.S. Chemistry, University of Guam

    Song was born in Zhejiang, China before moving to Guam where he graduated from the University of Guam with a major in chemistry and minor in math. He worked for a short period of time in a hotel before entering medical school in Connecticut. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, watching movies, and hanging out with friends, He was particularly thrilled by Portland’s bike share system and can’t wait to try it out and explore the city. Hopefully out of the busy schedules of residency he will have time to explore other parts of Oregon and the rest of the west coast!

  • Samuel Luty, M.D.

    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    B.S. Biology, University of Portland

    Sam grew up in Gresham, OR and earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Portland. There, he conducted research in genetics, coached and played Water Polo, and performed with the Improv group. After graduating, he worked in a clinical lab at OHSU researching drivers of leukemia and potential treatments. With spare time, Sam enjoys reading, running, playing board games, singing karaoke, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Kyungjeen Paik, M.D.

    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    B.S. Business Administration-Finance, University of Oregon

    KJ is a first-generation Korean-American who was born and raised in Portland, OR. He was a Business Administration/ Finance major with an Economics minor at the University of Oregon. Following his undergraduate studies, KJ attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He has an interest in providing care for medically underserved populations, specifically within the AsianAmerican population. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, film, watching the Blazers, and immersing into Portland’s food culture.

  • Cody Paiva, D.O., M.P.H

    D.O. Pacific Northwest University
    M.P.H. Eastern Washington University | B.S. Microbiology, University of Vermont

    Cody was born and raised in Central Vermont and completed his undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Vermont. After college, he got a job at Oregon Health & Science University working in cancer research. He loved the Pacific Northwest to want to stay for medical school and thus enrolled in medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. He also obtained his Master’s in Public Health from Eastern Washington University. His medical interests include hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, and public health. In his free time, Cody enjoys baking, cooking, running, wine tasting, and board games.

  • Anthony Paluso, M.D., M.P.A.

    M.D. University of Utah School of Medicine
    M.P.A. University of Oregon | B.S. Biology, University of Utah

    Anthony grew up in Salt Lake City, UT, where he developed a love for all things outdoors. As an undergraduate at the University of Utah, he took time off to volunteer in the Philippines, and on returning cultivated a keen interest in medicine. He loves learning new things, which motivated him to engage in clinical research at OHSU and obtain a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Oregon before medical school. He is passionate about increasing access to healthcare and serving the underserved. He is especially excited to return to Portland for his residency training and considers Oregon his second home. In his free time, he enjoys running, exploring the outdoors, board games, and finding new restaurants to try.

  • Nicholas Pettit, D.O.

    D.O. Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine/Pacific
    B.S. Biochemistry, University of Portland

    Nick is a Portland native who graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Biochemistry. He then worked as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University focusing on inborn errors of metabolism. During this time, he also worked as a medical scribe in a local emergency department. In medical school, Nick became interested in education and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and participated in multiple volunteer and research projects aimed at improving these areas. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking, running, and exploring new events around the Portland area.

  • Reid Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.

    M.D. Baylor College of Medicine
    Ph.D. Bioengineering Rice University | B.A. Chemistry, Amherst College

    Reid grew up in Portland, Oregon before moving to the east coast to spend his undergraduate years at Amherst College. After earning his degree in chemistry, he joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As part of that program, he completed a PhD at Rice University where he focused on the design of better experimental models for studying infectious diseases. After his year at PPMC, Reid will continue his training in ophthalmology at the Casey Eye Institute. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, skiing, cycling, playing soccer, and solving crossword puzzles.

PGY-2 Roster

  • Chris Bender, M.D.


    M.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    BS Physics, University of Oklahoma

    Chris was born and raised in Eugene, OR, and attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship where he majored in physics with minors in biology and international studies. During college, Christopher found his love for medicine volunteering with Cascade Medical Team as part of a group that traveled to rural Guatemala to provide healthcare for the underserved populations there. After college, he moved to Dallas, TX, where he completed medical school at UT Southwestern, graduating with a distinction in quality improvement and patient safety due to his work in the area of opioid stewardship. Christopher is very excited to return to the Pacific Northwest where he can pursue his outdoor interests including running, camping and hiking. He also enjoys cooking, travel and live music.

  • Vanessa Evoh, M.D.


    M.D. St. George’s University School of Medicine
    MS Biomedical Sciences Drexel University
    BS Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

    Onyin Vanessa was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and relocated with her family to Humble, TX at the age of three. She left Humble for her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri, followed by a Master’s degree in Philadelphia at Drexel University before beginning medical school at St. George’s University. As the child of a librarian, Onyin Vanessa is an avid reader who enjoys everything from science fiction to romance novels. She also enjoys attending concerts, practicing vinyasa yoga, and watching almost anything that Netflix has to offer.

  • Samyon Itzhakov, D.O.


    DO Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
    BS Human Biology, Boise State University

    Samyon is a first generation American who was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Meridian, Idaho. He attended Boise State University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Human Biology. While at Boise State, he worked as a math and biology tutor and scribed for emergency department physicians. He then attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, movies, board games and yoga.

  • Chang Lee, M.D.


    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    BA Music Performance-Double Bass, Temple University

    Chang was raised in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated Temple University with a bachelor of Music in performance. He had a successful career as a classical double bassist, resigning from his tenured position as Associate Principal Double Bass of the Vancouver Symphony in British Columbia to pursue medicine. While in medical school at Oregon Health & Science University, he found his passion for helping the underserved, volunteering in outreach efforts and leading interest groups with similar missions, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Chang enjoys the broad scope of internal medicine and is interested in primary care after residency. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors, and continues to perform music as a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra.

  • Kelley Newton, M.D.


    M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    MS Molecular Biology, Portland State University
    BS Biology, Reed College

    Kelley grew up in Billings, Montana before moving to Portland where she attended Reed College. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, she went on to obtain a master’s degree at Portland State University where her research focused on DNA repair and replication. During graduate school, Kelley had several volunteer positions including working with patients at Outside In and hospice. These experiences helped to inform her decision to pursue a career in medicine and she completed her medical degree at OHSU. Kelley’s professional interests include addiction medicine, infectious disease and improving care for underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, reading, baking, and exploring the Pacific NW with her partner and their amazing Dalmatian, Zero.

  • Zack Sensing, M.D.


    M.D. Meharry Medical College
    MS Biomolecular Science, Lipscomb University
    BS Biology, Lipscomb University

    Zack grew up in a small town in rural Middle Tennessee. A fascination with human physiology prompted him pursue a BS in Biology as well as a MS in Biomolecular Science at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. After briefly considering a career in research, he realized that patient care was where his true passions lie. He completed his medical degree at Meharry Medical College, where he developed a passion for the service of underserved patient populations. Zack has lived in Middle Tennessee his entire life and decided when applying to residency that it was time to explore a new part of the country. He is excited to have the opportunity to come to the Pacific Northwest and join the PPMC family. Outside of the hospital, Zack enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, trying new foods/restaurants, playing the piano, and travel.

  • Hayden Smith, M.D.


    M.D. Creighton University School of Medicine
    BS Bioinformatics & Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University

    Hayden Smith grew up in Beaverton, OR where he developed his love of the outdoors, including mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. During his undergraduate years at BYU, he studied Bioinformatics and researched DNA evidence of evolution. For medical school he went to America’s heartland in Omaha, Nebraska, at Creighton University. It was there that he developed an interest in Infectious Diseases and molecular diagnostics. In his free time with his wife and two children, he enjoys going to local parks or watching the Portland Timbers match.

  • Cody Wiench, M.D.


    M.D. University of Utah School of Medicine
    BS Biology & Microbiology, University of Idaho

    Cody was born in Spokane, WA but grew up on a dirt road in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and majored in Biology. After graduation, he worked in a research lab studying tumors in Tasmanian devils and made the decision to go into medicine due to his love of working with others and science. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and discovered his passion for inpatient internal medicine. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights, camping, hiking, backpacking, survival skills, watching The Office or crime drama on Netflix. He is super excited to get to know the people of Portland and to start his career here! Oregon has so much nature to explore, so that’s where you’ll find him when he’s not working.

  • Sarah Xie, D.O.


    DO Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
    BSPH Public Health Sciences, University of California-Irvine

    Sarah was born in Guangzhou, China but grew up in the Greater Los Angeles Area with her two younger siblings. She is a self-described jack-of-all-trades and had dabbled in many creative endeavors ranging from script writing, ballroom dancing, to computer programming. She had an early affinity for solving complex puzzles, which ultimately led to her love of internal medicine. Sarah graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Public Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Prior to medical school, she worked in online marketing and took time off to backpack internationally. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring new places, playing with her mischievous cat, Boo Boo, hunting for treasures at local swap meets, or curling up with a good book.

  • Hong Xu, M.B.B.S.


    MS Genetics, Oregon State University
    BMed Bengbu Medical College

    Hong was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She was inspired to be a doctor when she was a child after shadowing a neighbor doctor at work for a day. Upon finishing medical school, she decided to follow her father's footstep to pursue a career in medical research. She obtained a master’s degree studying genetics and molecular biology at Oregon State University. Subsequently, she conducted research on glaucoma and HIV vaccine for a number of years at OHSU. An opportunity to serve as a medical interpreter reignited her passion for patient care which led her back to medicine. During her free time, Hong enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking, reading, watching sitcoms, and spending time with family and friends.

PGY-3 Roster

    • Andrew Armstrong, M.D.


      BS Cell & Molecular Biology, Texas Tech University
      Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

      Andrew was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he spent much of his youth playing baseball and going on camping trips. While studying Cell & Molecular Biology at Texas Tech University, he was selected as an undergraduate research scholar and worked in a lab investigating bacterial cell communication in wound infections. It was here he became drawn to patient care and decided to pursue medicine. As a medical student at Texas Tech, he conducted research on inflammatory responses following burn wounds. It was also during his time in college that he first visited Oregon on a camping trip to Crater Lake National Park and knew he would one day live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Andrew also enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, learning to cook and traveling the world with his wife.

    • Brieanna Brown, M.D.


      BS Biology, University of Portland
      Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

      Brieanna grew up in Hillsboro, OR and earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Portland. During her studies, she conducted research in molecular biology as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute student researcher at Oregon Health & Science University. After graduation, her love of molecular biology and how it impacts human disease lead her to pursue work as a research assistant studying immunology. While in medical school, she continued this research, as well as mentored under-served/under-represented pre-medical students from the Portland area. Outside of medicine, Brie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking and enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

    • Gerald Hutfles, D.O.


      BA Biology, Kansas State University
      DO Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
      MA Bioethics Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences

      Gerald grew up in a small town in northwest Kansas with his three brothers and one sister. He then attended Kansas State University to complete his undergraduate degree in Biology, with a minor in German language studies. Gerald completed a Masters of Bioethics and began medical school. During medical school, he developed a strong interest in education of both students and patients, which he hopes he can bring to his practice. He also has a penchant for the study of medical ethics and infectious disease. While he is not practicing medicine, he enjoys the outdoors and is glad to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. Gerald also entertains other interests such as rock climbing, brewing, reading, and using video games to stay in touch with family and friends.

    • Samreen Khan, MBBS, MPH


      MBBS Khyber Medical University
      MPH Yale School of Public Health
      PGY1 Preventive Medicine Residency, Griffin Hospital, Connecticut

      Samreen was born, raised and educated in Pakistan. She moved to the US after getting married to her lovely husband with whom she has two beautiful kids. In the past years, she has lived both on the west and east coasts. Though the east coast is beautiful in its own way, Samreen has to say that she and her family are so excited to be back on the west coast!!! They love being outdoors and can’t wait to explore Oregon. Having experienced the healthcare system both in a developing and a developed nation, she truly understands the importance of prevention along with curative medicine in any setting. Taking this understanding to a professional level, she pursued a Master’s in Public Health along with a Preventive Medicine Residency. She is extremely passionate about primary care, as she feels it is a perfect platform to preach prevention along with cure and, in the process, add both quality and quantity of life to her patients. Besides medicine, she loves cooking, talking over a cup of tea with friends, hiking, biking, meditation, yoga, watching sports and sometimes binging on a Netflix series!!

    • Vanessa Nwaokocha, M.D.


      BA Cultural Anthropology & Chemistry, Duke University
      St. George’s University School of Medicine

      Vanessa was born in Lagos, Nigeria before relocating to Chicago with her family. From a very young age, she was exposed to the medical field due to the overwhelming number of her family members in medicine. She actualized her dream by going off to Duke University where she was a pre-med student who majored in cultural anthropology and minored in chemistry. Studying cultural anthropology gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, which sparked her curiosity to see more of the world. In addition to traveling, Vanessa spends her free time with family and friends, dancing, eating, volunteering at her community women’s shelter, and trying to master techniques in crossfit. She has her heart set on doing research to help with advancements in the field of hematology/oncology.

    • Olesya Petrenko, DO.


      DO Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      BS Bachelor of Health Science, Biomedical Specialization, McMaster University
      PGY1-2 Sarasota Memorial Hospital of Florida State University

      Born in Ukraine, Olesya grew up in Toronto, Canada where she attended McMaster University and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science with a Biomedical Specialization. During her undergrad years, she worked in a protein crystallography lab deciphering the structure of a protein called Aprataxin and in the summer volunteered as a counsellor in an orphanage camp in Ukraine. She fell in love with medicine as it combined both the intellectual challenge with the ability to help her community. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University and fell in love with Internal Medicine. She is excited to be moving to the Pacific Northwest to join her husband and to be immersed in all the wonderful things Portland has to offer. On her free time, you will find her in the kitchen with a new cookbook or outside enjoying nature.

    • Eric Ryan, M.D.


      BA Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
      University of Colorado School of Medicine

      Eric grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in molecular biology. Throughout college, he took several trips to Kenya and Uganda, where he worked alongside both volunteer and local physicians. He attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he participated in volunteer and research projects aimed at helping underserved populations, decreasing harm from opiates and effectively treating pain in the hospital. In his free time, Eric enjoys skiing, rock climbing, attending concerts, and hanging out with his dog, Beckham.

    • Rachael Starcher, M.D.


      BA Religion, The George Washington University
      Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine
      MA Religion Vanderbilt University

      Rachael grew up in Rush, Kentucky, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains before moving to Washington, DC, for college. In undergraduate and graduate school, she studied religion and had multiple opportunities to travel to the Middle East. Upon returning to Appalachia for medical school, Rachael shifted her focus to addressing health disparities, particularly in rural communities. This continues to be her major focus, with particular emphasis on intercultural barriers to health care and help seeking. In her free time, she likes running, cycling, playing with her mini goldendoodle Barley, collecting badges and check-ins on Untappd, enjoying gourmet food and fine wine, and spending time with her very supportive and close-knit family.

    • Brandon Temte, D.O.


      BS Human Physiology, University of Iowa
      Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
      MA Biomedical Sciences Midwestern University

      Brandon was born in Iowa City, IA and then later moved to La Crosse, WI where he grew up playing golf and creating music as a singer/songwriter. Brandon returned to Iowa City to complete an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. He then completed a yearlong masters at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL before attending medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. Brandon most enjoys about medicine is patient-centered care and treating each patient as a whole. He is interested in pulmonary/critical care following residency. In his free time, Brandon enjoys biking, playing music, basketball, snowboarding, cooking, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family.