Residency Class of 2016

Braun Lindsay, MDLindsay Braun, MD (OHSU)

Lindsay was born in Los Angeles and moved to Oregon at a young age. She grew up in Portland and studied Biology and Spanish at Oregon State University in Corvallis. While there, she developed a strong interest in science and medicine and ended up spending three months in Quito, Ecuador, rotating though hospitals and clinics and learning Spanish. The trip also solidified an already-strong desire to travel, and she spent an extra month exploring Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Despite an inkling that medicine might remain in her future, Lindsay joined Teach for America after undergrad and moved back to LA to teach 8th-grade science at an underserved middle school in Watts. Her time there remains one of the most impactful periods of her life, and she is still served by the lessons that the experience (and her students) taught her. She does, however, miss the three-month summers, which she spent backpacking through Central America and exploring other hobbies/travel.

An interest in medicine and a desire to work with underserved communities in a different role brought Lindsay back to Portland where she attended medical school at OHSU. There, she was able to continue traveling and spent several weeks at a hospital in Tanzania and another month practicing Spanish and studying community views on Type 2 diabetes in Mexico.

Lindsay was drawn to family medicine for the dynamic and longitudinal patient relationships and the focus on wellness and prevention. She is particularly interested in women’s health, childhood obesity/nutrition and international medicine. Portland and the fantastic family medicine department at OHSU kept her here, and she is excited to dive into residency and continue to explore the great northwest.

Anthony Cheng, MDAnthony Cheng, MD (Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University)

Anthony Cheng is an explorer at heart. In his studies, his interests range from philosophy, art and music to molecular biology while his vocations include music and the outdoors. He is a pianist, activist and researcher but most of all enjoys learning about people and their stories. Time spent away from academic centers while working in rural India, in the Navajo Nation and in Guatemala have been particularly formative because they remind him to think broadly about the impact of our actions as professionals and as members of the human race.

Anthony attended the University of Pennsylvania where he developed an appreciation for the potential of interdisciplinary study pursuing a degree in molecular biology and philosophy. He then spent time developing a web-based tool meant to help science make the connection between genetics and anatomy before leaving the country on a medical mission to India. There, he particularly enjoyed visiting monasteries in and around Dharamshala, home of the 14th Dalai Lama. He left the subcontinent with a thirst to develop skills to bridge his desire to learn with his desire to serve.

During medical school at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Anthony gained an appreciation for the use of scientific methodology in ambulatory clinical practice. Quality Improvement work at a community health center led to the formulation of his career goal to participate in the transformation of primary care into a more efficient and patient-centered practice that positively impacts population health. As a medical student, time spent at the Crownpoint healthcare facility in the Navajo Nation and with a non-governmental organization in Xela, Guatemala helped him realize how health professionals fit into the diversity and sameness of people. 

Anthony is delighted to be pursuing graduate medical education in family medicine because of the specialty's dedication to a practice that is based on an understanding of the psychosocial and biomedical dimensions of health and driven by a commitment to care for all patients regardless of their age, financial resources or geographic location. He feels honored to be at OHSU amongst many inspiring leaders in family medicine.

Kristin Gilbert, DKristin Gilbert, MD (Weill Cornell Medical College)

Kristin was born and raised in rural Vermont with her twin sister and younger brother. As a child, she was convinced she would become a carpenter. Her affection for hammers and hard-hats started at a young age, walking around her father’s construction sites, tools in hand. In high school, she spent summers with her family building their home and learning that there is more to the process than hammering nails. Kristin moved to Boston for college, studying physiology and psychology at BU, a short train ride from her sister at Rhode Island School of Design. But Kristin could not be far from the ski slopes and construction sites. She returned to Vermont after graduation for two years of clinical research, Habitat for Humanity trips and family time.

Deciding on a career in medicine, Kristin moved to New York City to attend Weill Cornell Medical College. During medical school, she traveled one summer to the GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and spent a year exploring the role of physicians in addressing childhood obesity. Through these experiences, Kristin was inspired by Family Physicians transforming the communities they served. She is ecstatic to be at OHSU and believes it is the perfect place to develop the skills needed to be an outstanding family physician. Kristin looks forward to building strong, long-term relationships with her patients and greater community. Working together, she aspires to prevent disease and improve all aspects of health and well-being. She is particularly interested in caring for families, children, women's health and community medicine.

Kristin loves her new home in the Pacific Northwest, where she can combine her passion for the outdoors with the excitement of city living. Kristin heads for the mountains or ocean whenever she gets the chance, usually with binoculars and bird books in hand. Biking is a new beloved pastime, to be added to those old favorites of bird watching, cooking, yoga and playing board games with friends and family.

Jessica Johnson, MD, MPHJessica Johnson, MD, MPH (University of Connecticut School of Medicine)

Jessica grew up in central Connecticut, where she developed a love of autumn foliage, women’s basketball, and a good snowstorm. She studied Art History, French, and Economics as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, then worked for a few years in insurance and risk advising while deciding what she really wanted to do. After wisely choosing a career in medicine, she returned home to attend medical school at the University of Connecticut, where she also completed a Master of Public Health degree. Now she can’t imagine a more rewarding or humbling career than this one. She fell in love with family medicine early in medical school, after working with amazing preceptors who showed her the importance of building relationships with patients and of caring for the community both inside and outside the exam room.

Jessica is excited to continue her training with the outstanding faculty and trainees at OHSU. She was particularly drawn here by the culture of excellence and the emphasis on clinical mastery and leadership development in the new four-year curriculum. She developed a passion for health policy and systems-based practice during medical school, and firmly believes we can build a health delivery system – based in primary care – that better cares for people. She looks forward to improving systems while helping her patients work toward better health. She has special interest in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal and child health, procedural care, rural and community medicine, and medical education. In her free time, Jessica looks forward to exploring Portland and the beautiful Oregon outdoors.

Jason Koening-Roche, MD, MPHJason Kroening-Roche, MD, MPH (University of California San Diego School of Medicine)

Jason Kroening-Roche is a native of Portland and attended Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie.  He traveled south to San Diego for his undergraduate studies and earned his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine.  While there he worked on projects ranging from the study of antibiotic prescribing patterns in the emergency department to representing the student voice on academic and curricular issues to the university administration.  Between his first and second years of medical school he traveled to Ghana for six weeks to study child health access to care.  As a result of this trip he founded the Rural Health Collaborative (RHC) which he now co-directs with his wife, Olivia. RHC partners with local groups in the Akatsi District of Ghana to improve the health of rural communities (  He was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the John and Lola Ross Award in the Science and Culture of Medicine.

Following medical school Jason attended Harvard School of Public Health where he earned his Masters in Public Health with areas of concentration in global health and health policy.  While there Jason explored various areas of interest including primary care health policy, global non-communicable diseases, and community organizing.  He worked with an organization that is an emerging voice on non-communicable diseases called the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (  He also helped design and launch a primary care innovation research project to evaluate the effectiveness of group visits for chronic pain patients in a clinic outside of Boston.  His community organizing work focused on passing a Massachusetts state bill to eliminate the tax exemption on sugar sweetened beverages in an effort to raise money for childhood obesity programs.  Finally, he formed a primary care breakfast club with like-minded colleagues that met once each week to read and discuss various articles on topics ranging from the Patient Centered Medical Home to the social determinants of health.  As a result of these meetings, he and two of his colleagues published a perspective piece about their vision for primary care in the New England Journal of Medicine.

He is very excited to be joining the OHSU family medicine residency and to be among the first cohort in the new four year program.  He chose this program because it presents an opportunity to pursue a variety of interests outside of clinical medicine and because he believes family physicians of the future must be leaders in population-based care, primary care policy-minded thinkers, and outstanding clinicians and teachers.  OHSU offers these opportunities in a great city with outstanding departmental faculty and co-residents.

Jason lives with his wife, Olivia, in SE Portland.  He is an avid Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Timbers fan.  He’s also excited about biking to work, good coffee, and experiencing the seasons again.  He's looking forward to being back in Portland for several reasons including the great food and beer and being near family.

Rita Lahlou, MD, MPHRita Lahlou, MD, MPH (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)

Rita was born in Morocco, to the two most loving and selfless people she knows. Early childhood was spent first in Rabat, Morocco, then in Norman, OK, where her brilliant little brother was born, and finally in Centreville, VA. Growing up in a suburb of Washington, DC, gave Rita the opportunity to befriend people from all over the world, to be involved in national politics and to spend long, hot summer days at the pool.

After high school, Rita headed a few hours south to go to college at the University of Virginia, where she spent her time studying bioethics, catching live concerts, and hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. After four years in Charlottesville, Rita headed further south to attend medical and public health school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There, she began to develop her professional interests in prevention, chronic diseases, maternal and child health, systems of health care and medical education. She also developed her personal interests in yoga, by training to be a yoga teacher, and in gardening and bread baking.

Rita feels unbelievably privileged to be able to work with patients to improve mental and physical health. She believes that family physicians are in the perfect position to advocate for patients and communities and to improve health care systems. She believes that OHSU is the perfect place to develop the skills needed to be an excellent family doctor in our evolving health care system.

Rita travels whenever she gets the chance—she has spent time working in Bangladesh and Honduras, and of course loves to visit her extended family in Morocco. She was thrilled to move across the country to Portland and is looking forward to spending her free time cooking for friends, hiking in the beautiful nearby parks, exploring the city by bike and running along the river.

William Nettleton, MDWilliam Nettleton, MD (Wayne State University School of Medicine)

Will was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in St. Louis, MO, Billings, MT, and Battle Creek, MI. As the son of a Presbyterian minister and registered nurse, Will grew up seeing the physical, spiritual and social sides of health. Will attended Hope College in Holland, MI, where he further developed a sense of service while majoring in philosophy and biology.

Fresh out of college, Will travelled to Udaipur, India, and volunteered with a nongovernmental organization aimed at enabling rural communities to better access and manage health care with a focus on reproductive health, newborn health, and primary health systems. Acknowledging the patriarchal, tribal setting of the population, Will’s role emerged to assist and develop a plan to integrate HIV prevention into existing health services and to involve men in the health care of women and children. The concept entailed accomplishing these goals within a framework of providing new primary health services to men. Will then spent six weeks travelling throughout India to different medical and public health civil societies to better understand health challenges of the developing world.

After 11 months in India, Will began medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Detroit quickly introduced him to the uninsured crisis and the health consequences for those living in the poorest urban center in the United States. During the summer after his first year, Will participated in an urban health fellowship at Harbor UCLA Department of Family Medicine in Los Angeles and experienced how clinical work can be balanced with community outreach and advocacy in an underserved population. During his second year at Wayne State, Will started a "Preventive Medicine Action Group," to increase student awareness of the specialty of preventive medicine while also getting involved in the community with health education talks at a free clinic. As a medical student, Will also counseled patients in an emergency department on smoking cessation, mentored elementary students in an after school exercise program, presented a talk on the basics of health reform, and gave two lectures on maternal and neonatal health in rural India.

Will believes a physician’s role does not end at the exam room door. Indignation at preventable disease and corresponding social determinants of health compels him to be an advocate for social justice. He looks forward to training at OHSU as part of the next generation of family physicians who reasserts primary care as the foundation of the US health system.

Will enjoys spending time with his amazing wife Amber, who always makes his life more flavorful.

Kamala Nyamathi, MDKamala Nyamathi, MD (University of California Davis School of Medicine)

Kamala was raised in sunny Los Angeles, CA, by parents from two very different parts of the world. From a young age, she developed a deep curiosity about the diversity of people and places around her. Pursuing a strong desire to learn about the inner workings of the human mind and its relationship to the body, she earned her undergraduate degree in Biopsychology.

She spent the year after graduation traveling around the world attempting to soak up as much as she could, eating cheese with Italian shepherds, swimming in the Adriatic Sea and hiking through Thailand’s ancient ruins. During this year, she also traveled to New Delhi, India where she spent several months working with residents and attendings managing TB and HIV in the local university hospital. She was drawn back home by an opportunity in downtown Los Angeles to assist with research focused on enhancing the knowledge base and health outcomes of homeless patients with chronic hepatitis C. Excited by this type of work, she went on to study medicine at the University of California, Davis. She found herself enormously inspired by Family Medicine’s ability to provide holistic healthcare to patients throughout the spectrum of life and finally felt she had found the right calling.

Kamala is very excited to start her training with OHSU’s Family Medicine Department and to have the opportunity to deliver comprehensive and compassionate care to the Portland community. Her primary interests are adolescent medicine, women’s health, global health and caring for vulnerable populations.

In her free time, Kamala enjoys biking, cooking, hiking and traveling wherever and whenever she can manage. She feels very fortunate to be surrounded by the unique communities and incredible beauty of Oregon and is really looking forward to the next few years in the Pacific Northwest.

 Kira Paisley, MDKira Paisley, MD (OHSU)

Kira was born under blue skies in Denver, CO, and relocated to the gray Pacific Northwest at the age of 5. She grew up in the Portland area, which explains her love of good coffee and sheer giddiness whenever the sun comes out.During her undergraduate studies at Tufts University, she majored in Bio-Psychology and appreciated her classes in Women’s studies and Community health. The four years in Boston were also spent playing a significant amount of Ultimate Frisbee and exploring the beautiful White Mountains in New Hampshire. It was during college that she decided medicine was a natural fit for her because it blended science, humanism and a professional commitment to serve the community.

After university, Kira worked for the Legacy Stroke Program doing research and working on program development projects. She chose OHSU medical school because it offered a focus on primary care and a holistic training approach.

Despite being rooted in Portland, Kira has a love of travel. She has been fortunate enough to spend time in Mexico, Peru, and most recently Uganda working in communities and learning about the challenges of healthcare in an international setting. This has also fueled her desire to provide care to the underserved and rural communities closer to home.

Kira has a special interest in women’s health, family planning, international medicine, care of the underserved and palliative care. She is committed to providing contextual care to a whole person and family unit, something that attracted her to Family Medicine from the beginning. In her spare time, she still plays Ultimate Frisbee, enjoys music, hiking, and attempting to grow urban vegetables.

Carl Rasmussen, MDCarl Rasmussen, MD (University of South Dakota School of Medicine)

Carl was born and raised along the rolling hills and prairie lakes of rural northeastern South Dakota – "God’s Country" as the locals call it. He grew up in a family proud of its Scandinavian roots and in a community home to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux, making for a unique cross-cultural Midwestern upbringing.

After leaving his hometown, he first attended St. Olaf College (MN) before graduating from Augustana College (SD) – home of the Vikings – as he sought to fully experience the finest Norwegian Lutheran post-secondary educational institutions in the land of Garrison Keillor.

Following college, Carl spent a year teaching English courses, studying Spanish and traveling through Nicaragua, and then later in Spain. After building some semblance of Spanish-speaking skills, he took an AmeriCorps position in Washington, DC at Bread for the City – a non-profit medical clinic and social service center serving uninsured and low-income populations in DC. The following year he returned to his roots and started medical school at the University of South Dakota.

Selecting family medicine as a specialty seemed inevitable for Carl after growing up in a rural state where family practice encompasses anything from the clinic to the ER to the OR. The choice was further solidified by working with primary care physicians in DC who cared for the underserved of the city with an emphasis on improving public health, as well as by academic family medicine mentors at the University of South Dakota.

Carl moved to Portland for residency at OHSU with his partner Angie, who is a counseling graduate student at Lewis and Clark University. He is very much looking forward to the intersection of strong, comprehensive family medicine training located in a city where he can easily escape to the outdoors, hear some good live music and embrace his inner foodie and beer snob – needless to say, Carl is happy to be at OHSU and in Portland.

Emily Waterman, MD, MPHEmily Waterman, MD, MPH (OHSU)

Emily grew up in Salem, OR, an experience that motivated her to move to a series of cities that were more easily identified as their states’ capitols. She went to college at Brown University in Providence, RI, where her plans to become a Spanish major and avoid a medical career at all costs were soon foiled by her growing love for science. Her tipping point into medicine and public health came during the summer she spent teaching English and sex education to a group of teenagers in a Nicaraguan high school. Emily learned that her students’ very strange ideas about reproductive health, perhaps much like her own, were rooted in a cultural and social context that had to be understood before much could be done to promote healthier behaviors. Returning to college, Emily delved into the world of public health, emerging occasionally to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador; to learn and then teach salsa dancing; to graduate with a degree in neuroscience; and to work as a research assistant at an Alzheimer’s Disease center in Boston, where she also completed her master’s degree in public health at Boston University.

In the midst of this somewhat meandering course, Emily realized that she loved working with patients in the clinical setting to promote health and health behaviors. She realized that her diverse interests – from reproductive health to geriatrics to encouraging healthy behavior choices – were all something that could be part of her career as a primary care physician. And perhaps most importantly, she realized that the Pacific Northwest was one of the most beautiful places in the world, and a perfect place to learn to be a doctor! Emily was delighted to return to Oregon to attend medical school at OHSU, and is even more delighted to be staying at OHSU for her residency in Family Medicine.

Outside of medicine, Emily loves spending time with her husband, Jeremy; exploring the Northwest’s beaches and hiking trails; playing board games; tooling around in their garden; and learning to tango dance. She has enjoyed her return to Oregonian-hood by honing her culinary skills with predominantly local produce (and chickens named Colin), refining her red wine palate, becoming a coffee snob, bike commuting even in the rain, and regaining an appreciation for random conversations with friendly strangers, who do not exist in New England. She feels incredibly fortunate to be joining the ranks of the amazing OHSU Family Medicine community, and looks forward to the growth and exploration that the next four years will bring!