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Allison Cohen, MD

Allison CohnHometown: Hayden, ID
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.

Shelly Haferkamp, DO

Shelly HaferkampHometown: Brenham, Texas
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Brenham, Texas, a small town outside of Houston and am one of seven children. I spent 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical device sales before deciding to pursue a career as a physician. I moved to Alabama in 2015 with my husband and daughter to attend school at ACOM (Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine). Following graduation, I joined an emergency medicine residency in Corpus Christi, Texas. I found that the urgency and pace of an emergency room did not offer the patient interactions and involvement that had initially drawn me to medicine. Realizing I had already invested too much not love my career, I decided to reconsider my earlier interest in psychiatry. I ultimately accepted my current position in Spokane. I was delighted by the kindness of everyone I met at the program and struck by their genuine interest in my success. Having spent my entire life in the South, I am looking forward to a dramatically different climate and share my daughter’s enthusiasm for snow. Spokane seems like a beautiful city with a lot to offer anyone who enjoys being outdoors and I have no doubt that I will enjoy exploring the area with my family. My previous experience has sparked an interest in Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, but I expect to add more areas of focus to my list as I progress through residency.

Michael Kinney, MD

Hometown: Littlerock, WA
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: Seattle, WA
Medical School: University of Washington

While I was born and raised in the South for most of my childhood, Seattle is my home. I moved in my junior year from Arkansas and spent the rest of high school and went to the University of Washington for undergrad. I was fortunate enough to come the Spokane branch of the University of Washington School of Medicine and spent the first three years of medical school here in Spokane. Psychiatry wasn't in plan when I first started medical school, but Psychiatry in Spokane brought me back to train another four years here. The highlight of this program are the people - I can't say enough good things about how supportive and passionate the staff, faculty, and residents are. I love that going to work often means that I'm learning and growing alongside friends who are just as passionate and even more supportive about the collective growth of each other. Outside of medicine, I try to spend my time outdoors as much I can. I enjoy hiking, floating the river, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and snowboarding.