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J. Miguel Lee, MDJ. Miguel Lee, MD

Residency Program Director, Chehalis Rural Training Program

  • Undergraduate: Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Medical School: Facultad de Medicina - Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Residency: Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency
  • Fellowship: UW Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship
  • Academic Appointments: Clinical Instructor, UW Department of Family Medicine, Faculty, PNWU

While traveling to rural areas of Guatemala, and later the world, Dr. Lee started on a journey towards improving healthcare for the underserved. He graduated from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín as a physician, and before graduating from family medicine at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, he completed a surgical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After working as a faculty in Lawrence, he moved to SW Washington, with the goal to start a rural training program. Together with Dr. Lambrecht, Dr. Lee successfully started the Providence Chehalis Family Medicine Rural Training Program in 2014, and shortly after became medical director of the clinic and later program director for the residency. Dr. Lee has presented innovative ways of starting an addiction medicine curriculum, rural program creation and other topics in national conferences such as STFM, PDW-RPS and regionally to groups interested in starting rural programs. He has also presented nationally and regionally in areas such as multidisciplinary care integration into family medicine training and clinics. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his family, long distance running, any water activity, non-fiction books and building with Lego.

Rein Lambrecht, MD

Rein Lambrecht, MD Associate Program Director, Chehalis Rural Training Program

  • Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Residency: Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency
  • Fellowship: University of Washington Family Medicine Faculty Development Certificate Program
  • Academic Affiliations: University of Washington Department of Family Medicine Clinical Instructor

Born in Germany and with a Belgian heritage, Dr. Lambrecht grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Case Western Reserve University, followed by medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. During medical school she was a founding member of an organization, called PODEMOS that continues to provide sustainable care for underserved communities in Honduras. She completed residency training at Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, MA. During residency Dr. Lambrecht was actively involved in residency education which led her to seek a faculty position post residency. She joined the faculty of St Peter Family Medicine Residency in 2014 to start the Chehalis Rural Training Program. Her particular interests in Family Medicine include caring for underserved populations, women’s health and prenatal care, addiction medicine and healthcare systems. She is fluent in Spanish. As the Associate Program Director, her main focus with the residency program is curricular development and residency education. Outside of work you will find her spending her time with her two beautiful children, picking up every rock or leaf they can find.

Anna Maria Pletz, MD

Anna Maria Pletz, MDFaculty, Chehalis Rural Training Program

  • Undergraduate: Trinity Western University
  • Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Residency: Tacoma Family Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Washington Family Medicine Faculty Development Certificate Program
  • Academic Affiliations: University of Washington Department of Family Medicine Clinical Instructor

Born in Seattle, WA to a first-generation Swedish immigrant mother and American scientist father, Dr. Pletz grew up in Indiana, Minnesota, and the Seattle area. She received her dual degree Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. She then invested two profoundly rich years caregiving for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, continuing to volunteer among women and youth experiencing homelessness and indigenous communities, and returning to sub-Saharan Africa, before beginning medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine with the goal of caring for underserved communities as a family medicine doctor and educator. During medical school, she held leadership positions and earned certifications in Global Health and Native Health, studied at the UW School of Public Health with focus on international healthcare workforce issues, and developed her interest in and preparation for specifically rural underserved family medicine practice. She completed residency training at Tacoma Family Medicine in Tacoma, WA. After working in the Olympia area as a full-scope family physician and associate faculty with the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency, she was grateful to return to her dream of rural family medicine practice and education by joining the Chehalis Rural Training Program in 2019. Her specific interests within family medicine include care for communities in need, cross-cultural and indigenous health, holistic health care and patient/provider wellness, and inpatient adult/pediatric medicine and obstetrics. Outside of work Dr. Pletz loves being with her 3 young children, hiking, and singing – preferably all at the same time.

Steven Elrod, Pharm D, BCACP

Steven Elrod, Pharm D, BCACP Faculty, Chehalis Rural Training Program; Director of Scholarly Activity

Faculty, St. Peter Family Medicine PGY2 Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Residency

  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Pharmacy School: Touro College of Pharmacy, NY, NY
  • Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; St Peter Family Medicine Ambulatory Care Residency
  • Academic Affiliations: Associate Professor Washington State University School of Pharmacy and Medical School, Associate Professor University of Washington Pharmacy School, Peer and Local Editor for FPIN, Preceptor Development Certificate Program with University of Washington

Dr. Elrod earned his doctorate from Touro College of Pharmacy in New York, NY. Then completed two residencies, both in ambulatory care pharmacy: first at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; and second at Providence St Peter Family Medicine in Olympia, WA. He is now a preceptor for both the PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residencies at Providence and core faculty for the Chehalis Family Medicine rural track medical residency. He currently holds an associate professorship with Washington State University pharmacy and medical schools where his areas of expertise focus on family medicine, addiction medicine, psychotropics, and interprofessional collaboration. Steven is a sneakerhead and loves basketball. You can find him paddling on the water, cheering on Wisconsin sport teams, or perfecting homemade mac n cheese.

Erica Dennehy, MSW, LICSW, SUDP

Erica Dennehy, MSW, LICSW, SUDPBehavioralist Faculty, Chehalis Rural Training Program

  • Undergraduate: Weber State University
  • Graduate School: Walla Walla University, Master’s in Social Work
  • Fellowship: Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship 2020- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Providence Merging Leaders Graduate
  • Specialized Trainings/Certifications: Addiction Studies Certificate Program, Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Perinatal Mental Health, Certified Problem-Solving Therapy Practitioner, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Academic Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, University of Washington Associate Faculty, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Associate Faculty

Ms. Dennehy began working with Chehalis Rural Training Program in 2015. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s in Social Work from Walla Walla University. She has pursued additional certifications and specialized trainings as noted above in her areas of interest including: mental health, differential diagnosis, addiction medicine, integrated care, health and behavior change and crisis intervention. Ms. Dennehy sits on the board for a number of local community advisory and task force committees relating to behavioral health. She has presented at various state, regional and national conferences including WWAMMI Monthly Webinar, PDW/RPS National Medical Residency Symposium, Society of Teacher of Family Medicine National Medical Residency Annual Conference, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatment Annual Conference. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, soccer and spending time with her husband, daughter and dog Monsters.