Sea Mar Community Health Center's Family Nurse Practitioner Residency began in October of 2015 with its inaugural residents, Lindsey Parden and Susan Taylor. The goals for the Nurse Practitioner Residency program are to further enhance and develop the clinical skills, education, and confidence of new nurse practitioners to prepare them for the complexities and rigors of working within Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The program emphasizes interdisciplinary medicine and patient-centered, culturally competent care, with exposure to medically and socially complex patients. Skills to encourage retention and prevent burnout are an integral part of the residency program and the program has twice a month “Residency Wellness Sessions” to teach these skills.
The residency program is located at Sea Mar’s Seattle medical clinic in the South Park neighborhood. Sea Mar has long been invested in education, with its satellite site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill welcoming two new residents per year to the Seattle clinic since 1987 and a multitude of community and youth programs. Sea Mar will be starting its first Sea Mar sponsored Family Medicine Residency program in Snohomish County, which will be based at Sea Mar’s Marysville clinic. Upon completion of the accreditation process the Sea Mar Marysville Family Medicine Residency program will welcome its first class of residents in June 2017.
Sea Mar is one of the largest FQHCs in Washington. The Nurse Practitioner Residency program is designed to increase the number of high-quality family nurse practitioners working in FQHCs, especially in more rural areas that have limited access to primary care providers. The ideal nurse practitioner resident at Sea Mar is a bilingual and bicultural recently graduated family nurse practitioner, who intends to practice in a FQHC.
Residency Program Director
Patti Cleveland was inspired by Sea Mar’s vision and mission during her undergraduate education at Western Washington University, which led her to pursue nurse practitioner training. She graduated from the family nurse practitioner program at Seattle University in 2008. During grad school Patti had clinical rotations at Sea Mar Marysville, and joined the Seattle Medical provider team in February of 2009. Patti was appointed Program Director of Sea Mar’s very first Nurse Practitioner Residency in 2014.
Patti’s philosophy of care is that every person deserves access to holistic and comprehensive health care, and that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. She believes in health promotion and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle to aid in the prevention of chronic diseases.
Patti is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Puget Sound Nurse Practitioner Association, and the National Health Service Corps. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, playing soccer, outdoor recreation, and playing board games.
Bethany Rolfe, DNP, ARNP
Bethany Rolfe began practicing at Sea Mar in 2007. She is a professor at Seattle Pacific University, where she teaches in the School of Health Sciences’ graduate school. The classes she teaches include pediatrics, women’s health, health assessment, and culture in health care.
Bethany works on a per-diem basis at the Seattle Medical and White Center clinics, but precepts Nurse Practitioner residents regularly in Seattle. Before beginning her practice at Sea Mar, Bethany worked in La Carpio, San Jose, Costa Rica, serving immigrants and the indigenous populations of Costa Rica. Bethany completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, graduating with honors from Seattle Pacific University. She then earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Washington. She is ANCC board certified. In addition, she is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. She has a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and spends her free time with her husband enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, kayaking, sailing, and gardening.
Linda Simoneaux, ARNP
Linda Simoneaux joined the nursing team at Sea Mar’s Tacoma Medical Clinic in July 2012. In 2009, she earned a Master’s degree in Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University and is a certified family nurse practitioner. In college she majored in zoology at the University of Washington.
Before joining Sea Mar, Linda worked as a family nurse practitioner at Harrison Health Partners Primary Care in Belfair, WA, and as a medical/surgical nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, WA. She also served for five years as a medical research associate at Ventana Medical Systems in Oro Valley, AZ.
Linda has delivered patient education on disease prevention and advised patients on health and nutrition, disease prevention, and proper medication usage. She believes in approaching health care with a comprehensive and holistic approach. Her goal is to help individuals and families achieve optimal health through disease prevention and promoting healthy lifestyles. When she is not working, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She appreciates the outdoors by hiking, cycling, and mountain climbing.
Wesley Armstrong, ARNP
White Center Medical
Wesley Armstrong joined Sea Mar White Center as an ARNP after graduating from Seattle University in 2014. He received a Bachelor’s of Science from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada in 2008. He majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
Between college and graduate school Wesley worked in the crisis management field, doing international aid work in Haiti. Haiti was where Wesley first started working in the medical field, performing wound care and triage after the earthquake in 2010. He was a Country Leader for ReachGlobal Crisis Response, designing and leading medical, construction, education, and community projects; managing volunteer teams; and collaborating with local leaders, aid organizations, and clinics. His experience in Haiti informed his vision for his career as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and Wesley is committed to providing healthcare to underserved populations and communities in need. In addition to his work in Haiti and at Sea Mar, Wesley has volunteered on construction, water purification, and community health projects in Peru, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Swaziland. In his spare time Wesley enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving.
Hannah Harper, ARNP,
Hannah Harper joined the Seattle Medical provider team in October 2015. Her first degree was in Medical Anthropology, and she was inspired to pursue nurse practitioner training while doing healthcare development research in West Africa. She graduated from the family nurse practitioner program at Seattle University in 2015. During grad school, she did rotations at multiple community clinics in Washington, including one at Sea Mar and was excited to go on to join the Sea Mar team.
Hannah is a Truman Scholar and member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Puget Sound Nurse Practitioner Association, and the National Health Service Corps. She believes that universal access to quality, comprehensive healthcare is a human right. In her free time, she enjoys adventuring outdoors in the great northwest and traveling.
Rebecca Nebel, ARNP
Rebecca Nebel began practicing as a provider at Sea Mar’s Kent Medical Clinic in 2014. Before practicing at Sea Mar, she completed her undergraduate work in biology and Spanish language, graduating with honors from Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Wash. After working in Mexico City as an English teacher and several years as a veterinary technician, she earned a Master’s degree in nursing from Seattle University. Rebecca especially enjoys working with children and women’s health. Before attending graduate school she volunteered in the pediatric unit at Swedish Medical Center and the neonatal intensive care unit at UW Medical Center.
Rebecca is a native of Seattle, but also has a passion for travel. She has visited various countries including Ecuador, France, and Cambodia. She has a special appreciation for learning about different cultures and customs, and hopes this will further improve her ability to provide high quality patient care. On her days off, Rebecca enjoys reading, salsa dancing, watching movies, hiking with her husband and their dog, Gizmo, and spending time with friends and family.
Amber de la Vega, ARNP,
Amber de la Vega began working as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Sea Mar’s Tacoma Clinic in April 2012. Before joining Sea Mar, Amber served in the Army National Guard as a commissioned officer and Army aviator. Amber earned a Master’s degree in nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Seattle University.
Her clinical experience includes promoting proper health maintenance and disease prevention in male and female patients from newborns to the elderly, including assessment and treatment of acute and chronic conditions. Amber also has experience working with diverse populations such as military service members and their families.
In her spare time, Amber enjoys aviation, running, hiking, traveling, music, volunteering, and reading.
Brooke Powers, ARNP
Brooke Powers graduated from the University of Washington with a Doctorate degree in Nursing Practice in 2016. She received her BS in Nursing from Montana State University in 1996, and after graduating spent many years working as a registered nurse. Her time as a nurse volunteer working with the indigenous population in Bolivia helped fuel her passion for working with the underserved and vulnerable populations and motivated her to work towards ending health disparities. Brooke’s goal as a nurse is to be an excellent family practice provider: evidence-based, patient-centered, collaborative, and compassionate.
Rachel Query, ARNP
Rachel Query graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Prior to that, she earned a BS in Nursing from Calvin College as well as a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA. Rachel has spent many years working with underserved communities both at home and abroad, and these experiences have solidified her belief that health is a basic human right, and fueled her desire to pursue a career as an ARNP. Her background in both nursing and public health has given her a unique skill set that combines compassionate care with an understanding of the importance of health care systems and community, and she hopes to dedicate her career to improving the health and wellbeing of the underserved on both the individual and community level. She believes that the residency program at Sea Mar will help set her on the path to achieve her goals and is honored to have been chosen for the program.
Lyndsey Parden, ARNP
Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Everett, WA
Susan Taylor, ARNP
Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
The Sea Mar Nurse Practitioner Residency is a 12-month long program that begins with a four-week orientation process and gradually progresses to full independent practice.