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Meet Our Faculty

Katie Karlson, MD, FAAFP
Program Director
Ross University
School of Medicine

Why I love to teach:
I have a great love of learning and learned this at a young age from the example of my father. My father has a passion for teaching---he taught Chemistry at the Air Force Academy and for various other colleges. He also taught neighborhood kids math and science. He continues to still teach to this day even in his retirement, but now is teaching about gardening and leads the Master Gardener Association. My 3 year old son knows every plant and vegetable thanks to my father’s teaching.
Medicine is forever changing with new updates, medications, guidelines, and recommendations for best practice. I enjoy being in the Residency Program where I can keep up on the latest evidence-based information. What better way to learn than to teach!
Professional Interests:
I enjoy leading and teaching. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine and see patient of all ages and practice full spectrum care including Obstetrics.


Natalia Luera, MD, FAAFP
Associate Program Director
University of Washington School of Medicine

Why I love to teach:
Teaching at Kadlec Family Medicine Residency provides an opportunity to see the growth of newly-minted physicians into independently practicing physicians. As a faculty member, it is a privilege to observe resident physicians increase their medical knowledge and find their practice style. Teaching resident physicians occasionally creates the opportunities to coach them through difficulties and it is very rewarding to see those resident physicians overcome their challenges. I have been able to see our very first class of residents graduate and I look forward to many more graduation ceremonies!
Professional Interests:
Women’s Health, Integrated Behavioral Health Primary Care, Social Justice, Practice Management, Epic EHR training.

Paul Monié, MD
Core Faculty
Saint George’s University School of Medicine

Why I love to teach:
Teaching physicians in their family medicine specialty training, gives the opportunity to improve the health of the community. Each day provides examples of how these newly graduated physicians are changing patient lives for the better. It is invigorating to be in this uplifting environment, where everyone is always striving for excellence in patient centered care.
Professional Interests:
I enjoy providing and teaching a full spectrum of general medical care for the entire family, with an emphasis on preventative care and illness education for each individual. In addition to my board certification in Family Medicine, I hold a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. This advance training makes me uniquely qualified to address musculoskeletal care for all age groups and fitness levels, including a special interest in assessment and treatment of injuries resulting from endurance activities.


Rubicelia Perez, MD
Core Faculty
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Why I love to teach:
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This proverb is significant because it illustrates the power of a teacher. My parents were my first teachers, and I have and continue to learn, many important lessons from their journeys and sacrifices for our family. There have also been many other influential teachers in my life and I soon came to realize the value I could add to someone's life by teaching. Not only does teaching offer the opportunity to help someone else, but it also reinforces what I know. What's more, I often walk away learning something too. There is always room to grow, that is why I love teaching and chose to become part of a teaching team. Helping to inspire and mold our newest physicians is a privilege and responsibility that I am thrilled to be a part of in this new chapter of my career.
Professional Interests:
Professional Interests: Women's health, Community medicine, lifestyle medicine.


Arash Razi, MD
Core Faculty
Ross University School of Medicine

Why I love to teach:
My love for teaching has grown over the years and it all started back in college when I worked as a tutor. I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and seeing students get to that “aha moment” was my favorite part of the job. I am truly passionate about medicine and helping residents and students navigate through their experience to become the best providers they can be is my goal. I love learning as much as I love teaching! Being a core faculty member in the residency program is helping me stay up to date with all the new treatments and guideline updates. I am looking forward to continuing to teach residents who are the future of medicine and serving the community.
Professional Interests:
Adult medicine, behavioral health, preventative care, resident and medical student education, resident wellness.


Rachel Stevenson, DO
Core Faculty
Touro University
School of Medicine

Why I love to teach:
I have always loved learning and throughout my life have had many teachers and mentors who inspired and challenged me along my journey and path to Medicine. To me, teaching is in an integral part of my practice as a Physician, as well as a way to give back to my Community and to those that have taught and inspired me. With a commitment to be a lifelong learner, I am excited to continue learning alongside the next generation of Physicians and to share my experiences and passion for Family Medicine. I hope to inspire future Family Medicine Physicians be great teachers, patient advocates, and leaders in their communities.
Professional Interests:
Professional Interests: I enjoy all aspects of Family Medicine seeing patients of all ages.


Angela Klingensmith, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Minnesota School of
Professional Psychology

Why I love to teach:
It has always been important to me to empower myself and others as much as possible, and knowledge is one of the greatest sources of empowerment. Not to mention that sharing what I am passionate about with others is invigorating and motivates me to continue learning so that I never run out of information and skills to share with others that they can use as they go forth in their own lives and careers.
Professional Interests:
In addition to teaching, I enjoy working with all ages to address a variety of daily and long-term behavioral and mental health concerns with the goal of providing skills and knowledge that my patients can use in their everyday lives for the rest of their lives.

Community Preceptors

Matthew Lawrence, MD
Three Rivers Family Medicine
Richland, WA

Joshua Lum, MD
Kadlec Clinic – Kennewick Primary Care

Russell Maier, MD, FAAFP
Associate Dean for
Graduate Medical Education

Richard Meadows, MD
Kadlec Clinic – South Richland Primary Care

Shannon Phipps, DO
Kadlec Clinic – South Richland Primary Care