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Allison Cohen, MD

Allison CohnHometown: Honolulu, HI
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Hayden, Idaho with my parents, older sister, two younger brothers, and two black labs. My interest in medicine started with my parents, an emergency room physician and paramedic. I went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where I studied biochemistry and psychology, and then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I pursued residency in Spokane because it would allow me to be close to my family after being in the Midwest for 8 years. I enjoy living in Spokane because it is a good-sized city with stunning surroundings and four seasons, and the residency program here is supportive with a focus on creating quality physicians. I was impressed with the faculty and staff I met during my interview, and am so happy I chose to train here after meeting my wonderful co-residents. I am interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and am excited to explore it more during rotations. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, horseback riding, shopping, and relaxing at home.

Michael Kinney, MD

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Medical School: University of Washington

I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but I would later find myself in the natural beauty of the northwest. I grew up exploring the mountains and forests of Western Washington while residing in a quiet rural town near Olympia. I attended Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington where I completed a triple major in biology, psychology, and criminal justice. During my undergraduate studies I volunteered as an EMT-Firefighter in Olympia where I recognized the profound gratification and sense of purpose I receive from delivering patient care. After graduating I worked as a medical scribe for an orthopedic surgery group as well as an oncology and hematology clinic to deepen my understanding of the medical field. I went on to adventure in the urban maze of Seattle to pursue medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. My initial interests in medicine were centered primarily around emergency medicine as a natural consequence of my time spent in the emergency medical service. Over time I began to appreciate my preference for spending more time interfacing with patients, and that psychiatry offered perhaps the most compassionate path to deliver medical care. I have additional interest in the treatment of substance use disorders, and in particular confronting the opiate epidemic. Outside of medicine I spend most of my time exploring the ridiculously beautiful state and national park systems, scuba diving, desperately trying to stay fit, traveling, hanging out with my dog, and refining my cooking skills.

Savannah Patterson, MD

Savannah PattersonHometown: Couer d’Alene, ID
Medical School: University of Washington WWAMI - Moscow, ID

I was born and raised in Couer d’Alene, ID. I attended the University of Washington WWAMI program at Moscow, ID. As a first generation college graduate, my family has been fiercely supportive of my goals. My grandmother and mom raised me to go after my dreams and they were the most emotionally supportive and hardworking female role models I could have ever asked for. My career interests are in geriatric patients, chemical dependency, and forensics. I like Spokane for its proximity to rural populations with access to major academic centers. I knit items for and keep up with 10 nieces and nephews, 9 brothers and sisters and friends from every level of my education.

Daniel Yang, MD

Daniel YangHometown: Atlanta, GA
Medical School: University of Washington

I was born in Atlanta, GA. I grew up for most of my childhood in Arkansas and moved to Seattle in high school. I grew up in a low-middle class immigrant family. I attended the University of Washington. Psychiatry continues to expose a lot of the biases and preconceptions I have about people. I find it difficult at times, but I really appreciate trying to understand the differences in cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that I encounter with patients. I like training and working at Psychiatry Residency Spokane because of the people, co-residents to attendings. And not just the Psychiatry residency. Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents and attendings are really great too. I like Spokane as it has a lot of secret spots that make it unique. Good food, lots of outdoor stuff to do. Also, way less crowded and hardly any traffic. I really like doing things outdoors: biking, paddle boarding, swimming, snowboarding, and when I’m not outside, I enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy and playing games in my free time.