Sienna Nelson M.D.

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  • Family Medicine at Scappoose

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Expertise

  • Family Medicine

Special focus on

  • LGBTQ Care
  • Reproductive Health

Education

  • B.A., Tulane University 2015
  • M.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine 2019
  • Residency:

    • OHSU Family Medicine

Biography

Dr. Sienna Nelson loves family medicine because of its emphasis on addressing people's social context as it relates to their physical health. Raised by a family medicine doctor and a biochemist in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Nelson grew up loving the performing arts and spent time in ballet, choirs, orchestras, and theater productions. Beginning in high school, she accompanied her mother on many medical service trips to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which put her on the path to medicine.

Working with people in Haiti also taught her the importance of authentic longitudinal relationships, and inspired her to study Haitian Creole, French, and international development. While attending medical school in Memphis, Dr. Nelson observed stark racial and class disparities in health care. She also saw how physicians and medical institutions often fail to acknowledge the effect of systemic oppression on population health.

When not at work, Sienna spends time with her partner, Angelo, and their dog and cat, Merlin and Motoko. She has been described as nerdy, loves sci-fi and fantasy literature, and can occasionally be found putting her musical theatre degree to use at karaoke.

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