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Class of 2021

Chiagoziem Obiajunwa, MD, MPHChiagoziem Obiajunwa, MD, MPH

  • Undergraduate/ Medical School: Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Graduate School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston MA

Dr. Obiajunwa grew up in university staff quarters in a small college town in the southwestern part of her home country of Nigeria, and as a little girl, life revolved around academics and healthcare. Before long, she had been bought over by the desire to be a doctor and be able to meet people at their most difficult moments and provide help to them. During medical school and as an intern back home, she volunteered in medical missions several times, which involved camping in rural sites and providing prevention and treatment of diseases. The sheer lack of resources and access caught her attention and sparked within her a keen interest in rural medicine. On moving to the United States, Dr. Obiajunwa got an MPH degree at Harvard, with an emphasis on Quantitative Methods and as she rounded up her studies, she was excited to cross the entire width of the country to start residency here in Washington. She feels, it has been a great experience training in the St Peter Family Medicine - Chehalis Rural Training Program. She feels it has offered her the wonderful opportunity to learn how to be a family physician in a truly underserved community, and in a multidisciplinary manner. She has a special interest in Obstetrics. Outside work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, biking, or seeing new places.

Kate Shield, MD Kate Shield, MD

  • Undergraduate: University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Hailing from a small town in Ontario, Canada Dr. Shield pursued an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Social Psychology at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. She then attending medical school at Ross University on the island of Dominica and completed her clinical training primarily in Michigan and New York. While attending medical school Dr. Shield was an active member in her Student Government and acted as the Health & Environment Chair for two semesters. She chose the Chehalis Rural Training Program as she felt very at home on the day of her interview and felt very comfortable with the faculty, staff, and residents she met and felt a strong connection with the mission of the program. She has been involved with the growth and development of the program and appreciates the emphasis on wellness and work/life balance. Her interests in medicine are vast and include preventative medicine, prenatal care/women’s health and procedures. Her plan for after graduation is full spectrum rural family medicine including OB. Outside of residency, she enjoys spending her time in the outdoors - camping, hiking, mountain biking or skiing with her family.

Class of 2020

Benjamin May, DOBenjamin May, DO

  • Undergraduate: Southern Virginia University
  • Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. May was born and raised in Washington State. He completed his undergraduate education at Southern Virginia University in Biology and Chemistry and played on the men’s soccer team. Dr. May attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is completing his residency at Providence St. Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency – Chehalis Rural Training Program and chose to train in rural medicine because he wanted to be able to understand and best serve communities in rural areas. He strongly believes that with patient-centered and evidence-based care, people can achieve better health and happiness in the long term. Dr. May has a special interest in treating the entire family from newborn to adult. He also has special interests in hospital medicine and using osteopathic manipulation to treat musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

Away from medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family (including three amazing and crazy kids), cycling and soccer. He also enjoys listening to and making music with the guitar and piano. After residency, Dr. May will work at Mason General Hospital in Shelton, WA where he will provide care in the outpatient family medicine setting and as a hospitalist in the 25-bed critical access hospital. He will also provide hospital-based newborn care.

“I chose Chehalis Family Medicine because I wanted to do rural and broad training with the ability to make my own decisions. I wanted to be a hospitalist and this program prepared me for the full breath of family medicine. I feel comfortable graduating and starting my new job as a hospitalist in a critical care hospital.”

Jordan Snell, DO Jordan Snell, DO

  • Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, CO

Dr. Snell grew up in the small farming community of Lexington, NE before moving to the front range of Colorado after high school. Among other adventures there, he studied Human Biology as an undergraduate, spent time helping develop novel catecholamine testing methods in the chemistry lab, and worked all the way through as a CNA. His rural upbringing and the desire to practice Family Medicine stuck with him through medical school. Paired with his love for both the mountains and sea, St. Peter Family Medicine’s Chehalis Rural Training Program was an ideal fit. Dr. Snell values the passion of the faculty for making excellent care accessible to the underserved and marginalized, and enjoys the challenge of rural inpatient medicine. After residency Dr. Snell will stay close by, working in the critical access hospital of Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, WA. He has three elementary school-aged children and lives in Centralia, WA.

Class of 2019

Ravneet Jaura, MDRavneet Jaura, MD

  • Undergraduate: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Dr. Jaura feels privileged to have had the opportunity to join and graduate from the Chehalis Family Medicine Residency program. She knew during her interview with the residency team that it was a great fit for her as everyone was very welcoming and the program offered the rural training that she was looking for. Most importantly, she appreciated the sense of a close knit family. Having finished her training at this program and reflecting back, she would not have done it any differently. There were always adequate opportunities to meet everyone’s training interests such as Ob/GYN, Sports Medicine, Palliative Medicine or Urgent care, and she felt prepared in practicing full scope medicine after completion. She is also grateful for the support that the program offered throughout the 3 years both on a professional and personal level. The program places an important emphasis on resident wellbeing which is critical in residency training in order to provide appropriate patient care and have a work life balance. After residency, she continued to work with Providence in Olympia in the urgent care setting prior to moving back to British Columbia, Canada. She is currently practicing outpatient full scope Family Medicine in British Columbia and feels that the program has prepared her well in transitioning to independent practice.

Kristina King, MDKristina King, MD

  • Graduate: University of Western States, Portland, OR
  • Medical School: American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine, Sint Maarten

Dr. King focused on English Literature while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, then explored education in both naturopathic and oriental medicine prior to pursuing a conventional medical education. Upon graduating from medical school in 2016, Dr. King was drawn to the family-like atmosphere at Chehalis Family Medicine (CFM), inspired by the tireless dedication of the faculty in training resident physicians to provide exceptional, full-spectrum primary care to all. In addition to her comprehensive training at CFM, Dr. King completed her fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She recently joined an integrative medical practice in Vancouver, BC, where her practice focuses on the whole person, uniting the best of conventional medicine with nutrition, movement and other mind/body/spirit disciplines to support each individual’s unique balance and innate capacity to heal. She has specialized training in plant-based nutrition and somatic healing through dance and creative expression. Her personalized, preventative approach allows her to work intimately with her patients to investigate the root cause of symptoms and health concerns. She engages the healing power of community through group visits, retreats and other collective experiences to promote optimal health and well-being through connection with others. She utilizes advancing technology to offer the convenience and accessibility of virtual, interactive visits and experiences.

Class of 2018

Jennifer Knox, MDJennifer Knox, MD

  • Undergraduate: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
  • Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Dr. Knox currently practices as a full-spectrum family physician at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Washington. The facility is a Critical Access Hospital and sits adjacent to the Colville Indian Reservation, which is the second largest reservation in the State. For one week each month, Dr. Knox serves as hospitalist and takes obstetrics call, including cesareans. She provides inpatient care to adults and children. She provides medication-assisted therapy to her patients with opiate-use disorder. Her practice is truly comprised of all age groups, with the vast majority being insured through Medicaid or the Indian Health Service. Dr. Knox has two children and is married and lives on Banks Lake. Her husband works full-time as a forester for the Colville Tribe, which includes wild land firefighting. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, boating, slalom water skiing, weight lifting and playing with her children. Her family has one dog, two cats and five chickens.