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Julius Grecu, MD

Julius GrecuHometown: Peoria, AZ
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix

Julius Grecu was raised in Flagstaff, AZ where his family had immigrated to from Romania one year prior to his arrival into the world. After growing up exploring the mountains and forest of northern Arizona, he moved to the desert of Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology. He then completed medical school at the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Before residency, Iulius worked in education for a few years as a science teacher. Now in Spokane were he resides with his better half, Mandi. Iulius enjoying being out and about at the local lakes, mountain biking, doing yoga or playing board games with friends.

Chris Hellekson, MD - Chief Resident

Chris HelleksonHometown: Billings, Montana
Medical School: University of North Dakota

I grew up in the nearby state of Montana hunting, fishing, hiking, and backpacking with family and friends, especially my dad. I attended the University of Montana (Go Griz!) where I completed degrees in philosophy and human biology while competing in track and field in the shot put, discus, and hammer throws. I attended the University of North Dakota SOM (Go Sioux Hockey!) where I formed a great relationship with a mentor in psychiatry at the North Dakota State Hospital. I completed a transitional year internship here at Sacred Heart before a year of Radiation Oncology training at the University of Utah and decided I needed to make the switch into psychiatry and come back to Spokane. I love the culture of the hospital here and living in Spokane is unbeatable in terms of city amenities and access to the outdoors without too much in the way of crowds and traffic. There’s nowhere I’d rather train/ I’m a small-town guy at heart. The faculty here are eminently personable, caring, and collegial with residents and the quality of teaching is impossible to beat. And I couldn’t have joined a more supportive group of co-residents. I still enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, and backpacking with my wife Annabel and two dogs on a frequent basis. The Inland Northwest lake life is a hidden treasure. With regards to psychiatry, I have budding interest in inpatient, psychosis, and geriatric psychiatry.

Kelsey Martell, DO

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born into a military family in Wiesbaden, Germany, but for the most part I grew up right here in Spokane. I earned my B.S. in Nursing from Whitworth University and Washington State University, then started my career as an RN at our very own Sacred Heart Medical Center. After a couple of years I made the decision to continue my education through medical school, so while working night shift, I completed two more years of medical school prerequisites at Eastern Washington University. I then made the move to Yakima, WA for medical school and earned my doctorate from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Psychiatry pulled me in because it’s fascinating, actively evolving, and a rewarding way to help others live their best lives. My favorite thing about training at Psychiatry Residency Spokane is my fellow residents, who never fail to show me how possible it is to maintain a healthy sense of humor while working hard. I love living in Spokane because it’s close to nature, the traffic is minimal, and the people are beautiful. When I’m not at the hospital you can find me traveling, hiking, camping, doing yoga, patronizing art and music festivals, snuggling with my menagerie of furry friends, and enjoying wine and cheese.