Residency Class of 2014
Faith Butler, MD (University of Kansas)
Faith Butler was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. As a girl, she loved being involved in tutoring younger students. Originally, Faith attended the University of Kansas to become a high school biology teacher, but the intrigue and complexity of medicine stole her heart. Medical school at the University of Kansas opened up a host of new opportunities for Faith. She became passionate about international health. She traveled to Quito, Ecuador to improve her medical Spanish and learn about the health care system in South America. Later, she was able to explore the impact of HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa. In order to better understand health care in America, she worked on a research project examining cancer screening in the disabled Medicaid population. However, the experience she valued most in medical school was serving as a board member for JayDoc Free Clinic. JayDoc is run by the medical students of KU and serves the indigent population of Kansas City. Through this experience, she came to see how important service to her community was. A major project for JayDoc was organizing a benefit concert to raise funds for the clinic. Although exhilarating, planning a concert proved to her that she is better suited for a career in medicine over one in the music industry.
Faith believed family medicine was the perfect specialty for her because it best fit all her passions. She will be able to use her experiences in education to help teach her patients about how to improve their health conditions. Family medicine will give her a broad training which will help her pursue her interests in international health. Finally, it will give her the preparation she needs to be a well rounded doctor who is able to serve the community. In medical school had the opportunity to spend a month at OHSU and fell in love with the program. She found that the residents and faculty to inspired her to be her best. The collaborative environment and emphasis on evidence based medicine felt like a wonderful place to continue her training.
Outside of medicine, Faith loves exploring the outdoors, knitting, reading, watching movies, and entertaining. Although it is hard to leave the rolling plains of Kansas, she is very excited to begin a new life in Portland, OR.
Eric Chen, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker)
Eric grew up near San Jose, California and spent most of his formative years playing Little League, collecting baseball cards & comics, and biking trails at local nature preserves. During high school, Eric backpacked Yosemite for the first time and was absolutely blown away by the sites. To this day, Tuolumne Meadows, Cathedral Lake, and Glacier Point are a few of his favorite places.He followed his older brother to UC Berkeley and majored in biochemistry and religious studies. Shortly after graduating from college, he spent a year living in Tianjin, China for a language immersion program and coincidently witnessed the SARS outbreak during the epidemic's peak.Eric remembers a daily bike commute, past the city's main hospital where local patients with suspected respiratory illness were isolated, as the starting point for his interest in population science.
He returned to UC Berkeley to study public health which led to conducting research with the Center for California Health Workforce Studies and the Department of Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Eric contributed to studies investigating racial and ethnic diversity within the health professions. Being situated at a county hospital, he saw both the challenges and the satisfaction gained in providing services to the urban poor. Despite being "a data guy", Eric was drawn to clinic and ventured out to the Midwest to attend the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.
Eric's interest in primary care continued through med school, leading a children's free clinic on Chicago's south side, studying quality improvement in a large network of federally qualified health centers, and promoting organized community service in the med student body.Eric believes a strong primary care system is the only way to prevent healthcare from bankrupting the entire country.For that reason, he sees family medicine as one of the keys to rescuing healthcare and is proud that OHSU is leading the way.
Eric and his wife, Jennifer, are excited about living in Portland.They plan to use their precious free time hiking trails, surveying farmer's markets, tasting local wines, playing tennis, driving to Eugene and Corvallis to watch Pac-12 football, catching up on Top Chef episodes and supporting the local music scene.
Susannah Daniel, MBBS (Royal Free and University College)
Susannah grew up just outside London, England. Her passion for travel and discovering other cultures dates back to family road trips across Europe as a child. Her earliest memory of wanting to be a doctor was hearing someone talk about the organization MSF, Doctors Without Borders, and she thought – how wonderful, to work with people, wherever they may be in the world, and simply try to make them better! With that in mind, she squeezed in trips whilst still at medical school, volunteering in Nicaragua and Romania.
In her final year she took an elective at a rural missionary hospital in Malawi, Africa. This involved delivering babies on the floor and accompanying nurses in Jeeps to set-up rural clinics. On this trip, she also found time to meet her future husband, Kevin. Despite being American and a student in Cryptography and Computer Science (which Susannah still knows nothing about) they had a lot in common and, six months later, Kevin moved to England and Susannah graduated from medical school.
Post-graduate training took a total of four years of hospital rotations plus a final year working in a small but friendly health centre. This opportunity to look after her own patients over time affirmed her desire to be a family doctor, although she was still keen to take her career to a different part of the world. She is fascinated by the great variation in the way different countries organize their health systems when ultimately they are all based on the same medical science. She is also eager for a new adventure and to spend time with the American side of the family. So, despite having convinced her husband of the joys of drinking tea, English pubs and small cars, the time has come for them to live in the USA. When Kevin chose to do his PhD in Portland, a city which Susannah loved from her first visit, she knew it was worth the extra exams and training.
In her spare time Susannah enjoys walking, especially up mountains. Her highest peak so far was Kilimanjaro, Africa but anywhere with a gorgeous view will do, so good job she's landed at OHSU. She also enjoys running, cycling, playing the piano and cooking from scratch. She's especially looking forward to jogging across Washington Park on a clear day, visiting the farmer's markets and hiking in rural Oregon.
Bridgit Hatch, MD, MPH (OHSU)
Brigit was born in tiny town outside of Augusta, Maine, and transplanted to Oregon at a young age. She grew up in Corvallis, where she spent most of her time exploring the outdoors with her two brothers and learning to do flips. Her early preference for being upside-down quickly translated into a love of gymnastics, which kept her out of trouble and constantly fascinated by the human body. She graduated from Crescent Valley High School and traveled to Ithaca, New York to attend Cornell University. At Cornell, Brigit majored in Human Biology, Health & Society and competed for the varsity gymnastics team. After graduating, she accepted a fellowship with The Congressional Hunger Center. This position led her, first, to San Francisco where she worked with local residents to develop a strategic plan for Food Stamp Outreach; and then, to Washington, DC, where she partnered with the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies to examine the economic impact of poor nutrition among people living with chronic disease. Through this work, Brigit developed a great appreciation for the social, cultural, and economic barriers to health, as well as great faith in the potential for progress.
Hoping to fuse her interest in population-level health with her desire to serve individuals, Brigit matriculated to the combined MD/MPH program at Oregon Health & Science University. Early on, she found that family medicine offered the perfect blend of progressive, innovative thinking, community advocacy, and holistic care across the life cycle that she was seeking. During medical school, Brigit volunteered at local safety-net clinics and participated in several research projects. At one local clinic, she studied how and why homeless youth in Portland utilized the emergency department. For her master's thesis, she examined the impact of the new citizenship documentation requirement for Medicaid eligibility among children in Oregon. She has a strong interest in caring for underserved populations, innovating health care delivery, and providing access to reproductive health care and addiction services.
Brigit lives in NE Portland with her husband, Joshua, and typically can be found baking bread, gardening, cycling long distances, and/or doing handstands. She loves the relaxed, friendly attitude of the Pacific Northwest as well as the limitless opportunity for outdoor adventures.She is thrilled and honored to continue on at OHSU for residency in family medicine.
Anna Hemphill, MD, OHSU
Anna Hemphill spent her early childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she learned to appreciate good local food and good live music (an appreciation of good wine came later.)Her youth and adolescence were spent in rural central Illinois, where she learned to love fresh air, big skies, and vegetable gardens. After some intervening years in Chicago and Boise, in 2006 she made it to her promised land of Portland, Oregon, and hopes to stick around for a good long while.
As an undergraduate at Eastern Illinois University, Anna studied psychology and sociology. Initially headed toward a career in academic psychology, it was while working in a psychiatric hospital in Idaho that she realized her true calling was to provide primary care to disadvantaged individuals and communities. She prepared for medical school at Boise State University, and now is a proud graduate of OHSU School of Medicine. There she was involved with the Association of Students for the Underserved, Family Medicine Interest Group and Integrative Medicine Interest Groups. She spent her last few weeks of medical school studying Spanish in the central highlands of Ecuador and in the Galapagos, indulging a passion for travel, meeting new people, and seeing things she's never seen before.
Anna is honored to continue her training in the OHSU Family Medicine community, where she has found inspiring role models in both underserved medicine and family medicine leadership. Anna chose family medicine as a specialty for the opportunity to care for patients from all walks of life at all points in their lives, and is proud of the tradition of family physicians who advance social justice by advocating for and caring for the underserved. Her numerous interests in family medicine include caring for and empowering vulnerable patients, community medicine, cross-cultural medicine, mental health and addiction medicine, care for adolescents, maternal care, integrative medicine, group visits and medical education.
Anna is thrilled to be staying in beautiful Portland. She loves being outdoors, especially when hiking or playing tennis, and is always up for trying out Portland's latest, greatest food carts. She will travel to almost anywhere for good conversation, and is intent on practicing her Spanish skills whenever possible. Finally, she is usually on the hunt for another great novel, and would love to hear about the best you've read recently.
Mollie Jacobs, MD (State University of New York Downstate)
My name is Mollie Jacobs. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and have lived in all four time zones since leaving home for college. After graduating college from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, I worked for a year at Planned Parenthood in the Bay Area—an experience that reinforced my intent to pursue medicine and lead me to a job in New York at the Public Health Department's AIDS Institute. I completed medical school at SUNY Downstate Brooklyn New York where I garnered a lot of experience caring for urban underserved patients
I love the outdoors. While in New York, I ran the New York City Marathon and explored the high-peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains.As a proud Brooklynite, I also honed my taste for delicious food. I appreciate fine pizza and gourmet doughnuts. I love sushi, and tacos, and corn-on-the-cob.And I recognize the value of a delicious cup of coffee. I am delighted that my medical career has taken my family to Portland. Before residency I had visited several close friends and family members in the area.My husband and I love Portland.It is warm, friendly, fun, and the perfect balance between city-life with access to spectacular outdoor activities. I was attracted to OHSU for its incredible clinic system and its in-depth training in reproductive health care!
M. Alicia Overstreet Galeano, MD (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
Alicia was born in Nicaragua and lived there until she was nearly 10 years old when her family moved to Eastern Tennessee. While in Nicaragua she spent most of her time in the Atlantic coast on a small island enjoying afternoons on the beach with her siblings, climbing trees, and eating all sorts of seafood and tropical fruit.This is where her love of the outdoors and food were born.She learned English when she arrived in Appalachia and also learned to love the mountain landscapes. While in high school in Gatlinburg, Tennessee she participated in five sports as an excuse to get outside year round.She briefly entertained aspirations for a professional soccer career until she sustained a knee injury. Being inspired by nature, she thought it appropriate to focus her studies on Biology and decided to pursue a career in the sciences, perhaps molecular biology.
She moved to North Carolina to attend Duke University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biology but also learned much more about herself and her chosen career path.She spent her summers in Central America, Europe, and East Africa as well as in the dermatology laboratories at Duke University Medical Center.Much of her professional development occurred outside of formal classrooms and in the community where she worked with multiple organizations that allowed her to learn about her community including, Habitat for Humanity, NC Land Trust, the Triangle Residential Option for Substance Abusers, El Centro Hispano and multiple other service and community based organizations.
After earning her degree, she stayed on at Duke University working with the Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all children can prosper.As part of CEHI she collaborated with citizens groups, local and state health departments, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with academicians doing spatial analysis of health outcomes and environmental exposures.This experience taught her about the public health system in the United States and about the potential for health informatics, especially the application of Geographic Information Systems analysis to improve health outcomes.For seven years, she helped teach a class called Exploring Medicine in Other Cultures, which took her to Honduras with medical outreach teams and helped her arrive at the decision to pursue a career in family medicine.
While at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, she continued her commitment to service both locally and internationally by working with the Student Health Action Coalition clinic in Carrboro, NC and the Collaborative Sasha Health Initiative in the Region Autonomy del Atlántico Non>rte, Nicaragua.Both personal and professional experiences have helped her appreciate the role that families and communities have in determining health outcomes.She hopes to empower patients from across a spectrum of backgrounds to make good health care decisions, serving as an advisor.
She looks forward to enjoying the great environs of the Pacific Northwest where she will feel safer commuting by bicycle and be closer to many new hiking trails, camping destinations, ski slopes, and majestic sights.She also hopes to find a new soccer league and some nice Latin dancing venues.The proximity to the coast and its bounty are also appealing.She hopes to share all that she finds in Portland with her family and fiancé Jerry.
Thomas Quattlebaum, MD (University of Virginia)
The child of a Texan drafted into the Vietnam War and a Vietnamese woman from a small fishing town, Thomas' parents came from very different walks of life. After serving his time in Vietnam, his dad brought mom along to the next assignment in Singapore where Thomas was born and spent the first two years of his life. The next stop was Malaysia where his brother David was born and after a short time there with occasional visits to Vietnam sprinkled in, his family moved to Seoul, South Korea. Here Thomas attended kindergarten and vaguely remembers an awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Halloween costume.
When Thomas was 5 years old, his family moved to the Northern Virginia suburbs where he grew up and went to high school. Along with dad and brother, his mom also brought her mother, sister, and 2 brothers who all had their own families as well. With 4 families plus grandma living in one house, Thomas grew up with no understanding of the concept of personal space, frequent exposure to conflict, and a strong ability to compromise. His high school years were spent playing sports and video games with friends, studying, and working at Target where he was convinced he would never work in retail again.
After high school, Thomas went to Virginia Tech without any specific aim beyond thinking that maybe he would be an engineer. Majoring in Chemical Engineering led to the realization that this career was not for him so he pursued medicine through experiences in China learning about herbal medicine and volunteering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. However, it was his experience on Hurricane Katrina relief trips to Mississippi when he was able to work with individual people and hear their stories that fully convinced him to go into medicine. After that he attended the rival University of Virginia for medical school where he became interested in primary care and working with underserved populations through experiences with community caregivers in Lesotho, working with families in the Charlottesville area on small housing renovations, and rotations in rural Virginia. To that end he has accepted a National Health Service Corps Scholarship and will serve a commitment in an underserved area of the United States after residency.
While this will be the largest move Thomas has made on his own, he is very excited about coming to Portland and exploring a new part of the country. Outside of the hospital, Thomas would probably be enjoying the outdoors, eating/cooking, reading, playing basketball, or just vegetating to music.
Moria Ray, MD, MPH (OHSU)
Moira Kathleen Ray grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York along the Hudson River. She went to the University of Connecticut, majored in biology, and planned on becoming an ornithologist.After a field season on the wetlands of Connecticut she realized that she missed working with humans and moved to Providence, Rhode Island to work for Rhode Island Hospital in their Substance Abuse Research ornithologist. After she nurtured her interest in biology, public health and addiction medicine and then decided to go medical school at OHSU for the combined MD/MPH program. Unit. Here chose a career in Family Medicine as it allows her to practice medicine in a primary care setting and build long-term relationships with patients. She also gets to work alongside other physicians who strive to better the health of their communities through research, policy and public service. Outside of the hospital Moira is a keen crafter who enjoys knitting and quilting. She also loves bird-watching, riding bicycles, and hiking in the beautiful woods of the Pacific Northwest. She prefers tea to coffee, even if local and slightly pretentious.
Laurel Witt, MD (University of Kansas)
Laurel is a thirty-something-year-old female with a complicated history. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri to a family that encourages permissive education, imagination, and large boisterous suppers. And although she struggled throughout most of her adolescence to free herself from the terrifyingly uncool banality of the Midwest, Kansas City is where her heart is (and, not coincidentally, where her family is).
Undergraduate education and an opportunity to play D-I ball took Laurel to Virginia after high school. There she first learned the pangs of homesickness and the wonder of learning about new people, places, and things. Four years later, she earned many winning volleyball memories, a bachelor's degree in English literature from the College of William & Mary, and a keen interest in studying for her Ph.D. to teach English someday. Toward the latter, Laurel soon eloped to Dublin, Ireland, enrolled in Trinity College, and began graduate study in Anglo-Irish literature. At Trinity, on many a fine Irish day holed-up in its wondrous library, Laurel began to long for people and participation; she was after all spending all her time with dead poets. On a whim and with great luck, she stowed away on a volunteering and study trip with a fellow Trinity graduate to South Africa. There, living in Khayelitsha, just outside Cape Town, and volunteering in a maternal and child clinic called Philani, Laurel realized her calling to health and medicine. And at the end of her service to Philani, she boarded a flight home, began prerequisite courses for medical school, and moved to New Orleans to study about the other essential tier of the health care platform, public health, at Tulane University. Finally, Laurel completed her medical doctorate education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Laurel feels most honored to join the exceptional and unmatched OHSU family medicine team for her residency training. Her medical interests include the achievement of wellness in a variety of contexts, including chronic disease, poverty, aging, and in community. She is further interested in the intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health and the cultural construction of health. In her coveted free time, Laurel finds balance by being active, creative, and culinary with her partner, Jimmy. She enjoys being outdoors, eating good food with good people, and learning new things.
Stephen Yip, DO, (Touro University)
Stephen was born and raised in San Diego a huge fan of the ocean, Chargers, Padres, and Lakers.He grew up playing sports (basketball, golf, water polo, and lacrosse), surfing, playing piano, and hanging out with family.His life journey took him to USC where he became a fan of the Trojans and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.He graduated with degrees in Biology and Public Health and a minor in East Asian Languages & Cultures.His outlook and perspective on life and the world changed forever after living in Beijing, China; Managua, Nicaragua; and Washington D.C.While doing community development work in the impoverished communities of Managua and Washington D.C., Stephen's desire to become a healer was realized and his passion for living in and serving D.C. while communities was stoked.
Riding the momentum of two years of service work, Stephen began his medical training at Touro University California, College of Osteopathic Medicine.While at Medicine. While, he had the privilege of starting a Student-Run Health Clinic, setting up a slip-and-slide on a perfect grassy hillside for a Fall BBQ, co-leading CMDA, and improving his Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment skills at Berkeley's Suitcase Clinic for the homeless.During his second year of medical school, Stephen and a few classmates moved into an at-risk neighborhood in homeless. During, converted their detached garage into a community space for tutoring and mentoring youth from the neighborhood, planted a community garden in the backyard, and raised some chickens.Stephen is most thankful for chickens. Stephen because it is where he met his beautiful fiancée Jackai.
Stephen loves that Family Medicine offers him the opportunity to develop lasting and healing relationships with people of all ages.He is an advocate for preventative medicine, holistic care, and the patient-centered medical home.His clinical interests lie in sports medicine and medicine for the underserved.Being trained at OHSU by such accomplished and passionate faculty alongside such incredible and inspiring residents is a blessing that amazes him daily.
Stephen and underserved. Being look forward to exploring Portland and all it has to offer.They enjoy going to church, praying, dreaming of new adventures, playing basketball, dancing, and resurrecting broken things.When not with Jackai or practicing medicine, Stephen can be found dabbling in endurance sports, surfing, snowboarding, gardening, cooking, or attempting to play hand percussion.