Meet The Team
Our clinician team is comprised of Medical Doctors and Nurse Practitioners. We are a team-based practice, and patients may not see the same provider every time. We communicate regularly with each other to ensure we are up to do date on our patients' issues.
Aaron Trimble, MD (he/him)
Assistant Professor of Medicine - Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center
Dr. Trimble grew up near Anchorage, Alaska, and then headed across the country to attend college in Virginia. After finishing medical school and residency at the University of Virginia, he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for fellowship, with a particular interest in cystic fibrosis. Afterward, Dr. Trimble spent an additional year at UNC dedicated to CF clinical research and care. His desire to move back to the Pacific Northwest brought him to OHSU in August 2018. He began serving as the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center in January 2021. He enjoys cycling, cooking, and spending time with his wife and three young boys.
Gopal Allada, MD (he/him)
Associate Professor of Medicine - Pulmonary Clinic Director
Dr. Allada is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pulmonary Clinic Director at OHSU. He served as the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis program at OHSU since 2005 through 2021. He actively participates in clinical research trials for CF therapies as an investigator for the CF Therapeutic Development Network (TDN). He also serves on the national CF Foundation (CFF) center committee which assesses CF centers across the country for accreditation. He serves on the national CFF patient education committee and volunteers on the Oregon Chapter of the CFF board of directors. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and all things related to University of Michigan sports.
Jeffrey Gold, MD (he/him)
Professor of Medicine - Associate Director of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center
Dr. Gold is a professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the OHSU Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center since 2010. He is a recipient of a CF PACE award and has been actively involved in both basic science and quality improvement research for Cystic Fibrosis patients. He currently serves as the Interim Chair for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has an active research group focused on safe and effective use of computerized medical records in health care. On a personal note, he is an avid road cyclist and loves all things Blazers!
Beth Collins, MD (she/her)
Beth grew up in rural Oregon and moved to California for medical school at Loma Linda University. She came to Portland for residency at OHSU and stayed on for her pulmonary and critical care fellowship. She has been interested in cystic fibrosis from early on in her training and is beyond excited to join the CF clinic as faculty in August 2023. At work she most enjoys connecting with patients and their families, and working as a team to solve complex problems. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband, eating good food, traveling, working out, and many outdoor activities.
Virginia Satcher, ANP (she/her)
Instructor of Medicine
Since graduating from the University of Portland in 2008, Virginia has served the CF community as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). She see patients both in clinic and in the hospital. She is also involved in medication needs, sick calls, clinical research, and all aspects of CF care. Virginia enjoys taking long walks, working in her garden, and spending time with her family, dog and cat.
The Program Coordinator/Nurse Care Manager is your main contact for advice, sick calls, and coordination of care across healthcare settings including hospital admissions.
Ash Swift, BSN, RN, CCM (she/her)
Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Coordinator/Nurse Care Manager
Ash joined our team in the Summer of 2020. She carries a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is nationally certified in Medical Case Management. She is passionate about public health and preparedness, and she volunteers her time to disaster response efforts with the Medical Reserve Corps. She is also a native Oregonian. Her favorite activities include road trips to the coast, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Dietitians are responsible for tracking patients' growth and development and care-planning to ensure optimal health. They are highly-trained to detect nutritional issues – such as diabetes, malabsorption, or feeding issues – that will impact the health of people with CF.
Daniella Gardner, RD, LD (she/her)
Daniella graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2008 and completed her Dietetic Internship at OHSU. She has spent most of her career working as an inpatient Dietitian, obtaining a wide range of experience with many different medical conditions. She hopes to provide clear and consistent nutrition guidance in both clinic visits and hospital admissions. Daniella loves to spend her free time hiking with her family and dog and eating her way through the Portland food scene.
Carly Michelz, RD, LD (she/her)
Carly graduated from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI in 2017 with a degree in Dietetics. Carly had always had a desire to live on the west coast, which is what brought her to OHSU. Before joining the CF team in 2019, she has spent most of her career working as an inpatient dietitian. Carly enjoys traveling, watching/playing sports and spending time with family and friends.
Pharmacists keep track of each patient's medication profile and ensure dosages are correct, interactions are accounted for, and patients' needs are being met. The pharmacist works closely with the team in optimizing our knowledge of the latest CF therapies.
Melanie Anne Paragas, PharmD (she/her)
Melanie graduated from pharmacy school at University of California, San Francisco in 2021 and completed her residency training with a focus in ambulatory care at UC Davis Health. During residency, she developed a passion for supporting CF patients and their families in managing their medications through her clinic and research experiences. Melanie enjoys traveling, pilates, Bay Area sports (Go Niners!), and spending time with friends and family.
The Respiratory Therapist (RT) performs pulmonary function tests to track lung health. They also provide important education on the use and care of home respiratory equipment and training on proper methods to clear out the sticky mucus that lines the airways.
Kim Keeling, RRT (she/her)
Kim has been a Respiratory Therapist at OHSU since September 1993. She moved her practice to the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Lab in 2006 and helped develop the respiratory care Special Diagnostics group. She has participated in development of educational models and protocols for people with cystic fibrosis. She is married and lives in Columbia County. She loves camping, cooking, and most of all, being a Nana to her grandchildren.
Our Clinical social worker provides support for people with CF as they strive to live a normal life while balancing the demands of CF care. She is a licensed professional and her job is to help reduce any social, psychological or financial stressors that can impact quality of life. Doing so by assisting with coping strategies, advocacy, coordinating community and financial resources, addressing college and employment issues.
Alana Talob, MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Adult Cystic Fibrosis Social Worker
Alana Talob is originally from San Diego, CA and moved to OR in 2011. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at Portland State University where she also completed her Bachelor of Science degrees in Community Health Education and Health Sciences. Prior to joining the Cystic Fibrosis Team in January 2022 as a CF Medical Social Worker, Alana worked as an inpatient social worker in the trauma units at OHSU. Alana's interests are in public health, healthcare equity, bioethics, anti-racism, and anti-oppressive practice. She enjoys napping, reading, stand up paddle boarding, and mountain biking (downhill, very slowly, and only twice a year). She also enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs.
Jared Perkins, MSW, CSWA (he/him)
Adult Cystic Fibrosis Social Worker
Jared joined our team in May of 2022. Prior to joining the cystic fibrosis adult team, the majority of Jared’s time at OHSU has been supporting families and patients in moments of crisis, significant adjustment, and end of life. He earned a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Portland and a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. Since 2012, Jared has worked for a nonprofit organization that specializes in the assessment of suspected child abuse and neglect. Jared spends some weekends with the U.S. Army Reserve where he utilizes skills in patient triage, evacuation, medical planning, and operations. In his free time, Jared enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his better half and woodworking while listening to podcasts.
At our center, we strive to treat the whole person. Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles, as well as to detect, prevent, and respond to patient care needs. In addition to regular screenings, our Wellness Coordinator (WC) provides wellness education, counseling referrals to individual therapists and community agencies/programs, helps to problem solve barriers to accessing mental health care, including funding, brief crisis intervention, and safety planning for patients and their families.
Colleen Turner, MSW, CSWA (she/her)
Colleen joined our team in Fall of 2020. Originally from Texas, she has called the beautiful state of Oregon home for many years. She carries a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Dakota in 2019. She has served in the fields of social service, non-profit, and healthcare, collaborating with diverse and underserved individuals, families and communities across the life-span. In her down time, she loves spending time with her husband, their cat (who thinks she’s a dog), friends, and family. She also enjoys being active outdoors, hiking, running, or capturing the moment through photography.
Non-clinical Team Members
Medical Assistants (MA) help both during and outside of clinic. These staff will take vital signs, collect sputum cultures, do throat swabs, give vaccines and can assist in scheduling your follow-up visits. Outside of clinic, these staff can assist with patient letters, refills and will gather information for sick calls.
- Jaden Kaufman, CMA (he/him)
Bronte Loewen-Thomas, CCMA (she/her)
Patient Access Specialist (PAS) staff help schedule and coordinate appointments, manage incoming calls, and get messages to our staff. The PAS staff also assist with prior authorizations and working with insurance companies to get certain testing ordered.
Audiologists evaluate hearing loss and related disorders, including balance (vestibular) disorders and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and to rehabilitate individuals with hearing loss and related disorders. People living with cystic fibrosis are at increased risk for hearing disorders due to medication effects and possibly other factors. You may be screened by an audiologist as a part of your CF care.
Angela Garinis, PhD
Dr. Angela Garinis is an Assistant Professor at the Oregon Hearing Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University and a Principal Investigator at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System. She received her Master’s degree in Audiology in 2003 and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2008 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her primary research interests involve improving non-invasive techniques for the diagnoses of middle-ear and/or cochlear dysfunction. Dr. Garinis’ current funding is focused on understanding the mechanisms associated with drug-induced hearing loss (i.e., ototoxicity) [NIH-NIDCD, R21DC016128-01A1], and to investigative genetic markers associated with aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) [Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, #GARINI19A0]. She is co-chair of the International Ototoxicity Monitoring Aminoglycoside Working Group and recently served as a committee member for the developing the new CFF’s Ear, Nose and Throat guidelines.
Research is a vital part of CF care in order to find new therapies and treatments. Our research team works with the CF Foundation to implement research protocols to better the lives of people with CF. You may see our coordinators in clinic to inform you on our CF clinical research program and possibly invite you to participate in a trial you qualify for!
Brendan Klein, MPH, CCRP (he/him)
Brendan was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Michigan before attending graduate school at Oregon State University. After completing his Master of Public Health degree, he worked as research faculty at OSU on a community health grant funded by the USDA. Brendan joined the CF team at OHSU in July 2014 and loves working with CF patients and their families to find new and better treatments. In his free time he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and relaxing with his wife, two children, and dog.
Jenna Bucher, CCRC (she/her)
Jenna attended the University of Oregon where she majored in Human Physiology. As an undergrad, she volunteered in the Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory lab and has had an interest in working in research ever since. Prior to joining the CF Clinical Trials team at OHSU, Jenna had 4 years of clinical trial experience. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading and following interior design blogs.
Pierce Nusbaum, BS (he/him)
Pierce was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He attended Portland State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education. Prior to joining the CF team, Pierce had two years of experience working as a research coordinator at OHSU in Pediatric Hematology Oncology. Pierce loves working as a coordinator and having the opportunity to work with patients. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, playing soccer and spending time with family.
Richard Zhang, BS, BA (he/him)
Richard attended Oregon State University where he double majored in Biology and Piano Performance. Before joining the CF team, he worked on COVID-19 clinical trials. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, reading, and hiking around the great Pacific Northwest!
Non-Pulmonary CF Clinicians
Gastroenterologists are specialists in gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. If there are issues involving your GI symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, belly pain, changes in your bowel habits, etc, we may refer you to see a gastroenterologist. There are also GI specialists called hepatologists who focus on liver problems.
Endocrinologists are physicians specialized in diabetes care and conditions of the endocrine system. We may refer you to an endocrinologist for diabetes care or bone health issues.
Physical Therapists are specialists to help improve your strength, flexibility and mobility.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation teams specialize in working with patients with more advanced lung disease suffering from ongoing breathing issues.
Infectious disease specialists are familiar with the treatment of a variety of bacteria of fungi. If you have a more unusual infection, we may refer you to an infectious disease specialist.
Otolaryngologists are specialists who help with ear, nose, sinus and throat issues. If you have chronic issues in these areas that are not improving with medical treatments, we may refer you to their clinic.