“It is a pleasure for Sea Mar Community Health Centers to partner with the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill, training committed physicians who will provide the highest quality of care for the underserved.”

-Ricardo Jimenez, Chief Medical Officer
Sea Mar CHC

Sea Mar Community Health Centers’ first foray into graduate medical education began in 1987 when our Seattle Medical clinic partnered with the Providence Family Medicine Residency Program (now known as the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill) to become a continuity clinic training site, welcoming two new residents each year to our clinic in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle.

The goal in 1987 was to demonstrate that a collaborative effort between a community health center and an established residency program could provide family medicine residents with an outstanding training experience, and that goal remains the same today.

Sea Mar Seattle’s residency site is intended to address the provider shortage in Community Health Centers, by attracting and graduating high-quality family medicine residents who will go on to practice and become leaders in CHC settings, working with the underserved throughout their careers.

Sea Mar, while serving a diverse population, takes pride in specializing in services to Latino families, many of whom are native Spanish speakers and have limited or no ability to communicate in English. With this being the case, the Sea Mar site is ideal for residents who are bicultural and proficient in English and Spanish. Residents are trained to provide high quality care to people of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as all ages, and a broad spectrum of medical conditions.

All rotations for Sea Mar Seattle residents are the same as for all Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill residents. The difference is that Sea Mar residents have their ambulatory continuity clinic experience exclusively at Sea Mar Seattle. Sea Mar is their clinic home for the duration of the three year residency.

Clinical Experience

Residency Site Director:

Daniel Rivas, MD

Medical Department & Residency Coordinator:

Chelsea Moritz

CMO and Vice President of Medical Affairs:

Ricardo Jimenez, MD

Medical Director, Seattle Medical Clinic:

Philip Reilly, MD

Clinic Manager:

Braden Hirasawa, MPH

Front Office Supervisor:

Veronica Hernandez

Clinic Address:

8720 14th Ave. Seattle, WA 98108

Program Phone:


Clinical Highlights:

Patient-centered care is a priority. Sea Mar’s Seattle Medical Clinic is a vibrant community health center averaging 35,000 patient visits each year. Patients are provided same-day access with their primary care physicians. New patients and walk-ins are seen through an on-site urgent care clinic. The clinic utilizes an electronic health records system; this allows for timely management of patient messages, labs, and pharmacy requests. Nurse Practitioners participate in team management of patient needs. Nurse Practitioner residents partner with the R2 and R3 family medicine residents to increase access.

Medical complexity and patient diversity are a direct result of the clinic’s high volume and long-term physician continuity. Systems have been established to help meet the needs of all patients. Obstetrical care is a highly valued service at the clinic. Sea Mar’s long history of quality obstetrical support means residents have a greater opportunity than most family medicine residencies for high volume (400 deliveries per year) obstetrics. Support is provided through an experienced maternal support services team.

Pediatric experience is plentiful and high-quality. Pediatric care at the clinic is overseen by Dr. Cor Van Niel. Dr. Van Niel is a Journal Watch Editor, Swedish Cherry Hill pediatrics instructor, Seattle Children’s Hospital faculty member, and a former chief resident. Each Wednesday and Thursday afternoon six pediatric residents from Seattle Children’s Hospital provide continuity outpatient clinical services at Sea Mar.

Procedure clinic is filled with toenail excisions, IUD placement, joint aspirations, and skin biopsy/excisions. Dr. Fabian coordinates colposcopy teaching several times a month. Obstetrical ultrasound skills are taught to Sea Mar residents by Dr. Daniel Rivas, who has been teaching and providing this service for many years. Dating ultrasounds and BPP are made readily available to assist in timely and affordable continuity of care for obstetrical patients.


Faculty at Sea Mar:

Faculty physicians at the Sea Mar Seattle residency site have extensive experience and are committed to the mission of community health centers. In fact, several of our faculty members are graduates of the Sea Mar Seattle site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill. Five Family Medicine faculty physicians and one Pediatrician work side by side with residents at the Seattle Medical Clinic, and we have a number of visiting faculty members from other Sea Mar clinics in the Puget Sound region.

Dr. Daniel Rivas,
Residency Site Director
2013 graduate of the
Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill.

Dr. Philip Reilly,
Medical Director,
Seattle Medical
2000 graduate of the Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at
Cherry Hill.

Dr. Polly Fabian,
Seattle Medical Clinic
1986 graduate of the Providence Family
Medicine Residency.

Dr. Miguel Jimenez,
Clinical Director,
Seattle Medical
2004 graduate of the
Cook County Hospital
Family Practice Residency

Dr. Cor Van Niel,
Seattle Medical Clinic
1999 graduate of the
University of Washington Pediatric Residency

Dr. Cecilia Disney,
Burien Medical Clinic
2014 graduate of the
Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency
at Cherry Hill.

Dr. Julian Perez,
Burien and White Center Medical Clinics
2007 graduate of the
Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill. Sports Medicine fellow at the Swedish Sports Medicine program, 2014-2015.

Dr. Ocean Williams,
Burien Medical Clinic
2007 graduate of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill.

Dr. Peter Beberian,
Burien Medical Clinic
2014 graduate of the Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill. Obstetrical fellow at Swedish First Hill, 2014-15.

Dr. Vanessa Feliciano,
Medical Director, White Center
2003 graduate of the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine Residency.

Dr. Christina Pease,
2004 graduate of the University of Washington Pediatric Residency.

How to Apply to Sea Mar Seattle's Residency Training Site:

Residents selected for the Sea Mar site are chosen for academic excellence, as required by the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill program. Residents are expected to demonstrate leadership and show a strong interest in the care of Latinos and low-income and minority populations. The level of Spanish-language fluency is assessed during the interview and is taken into consideration as part of the overall application.

Sea Mar is one of the five training sites offered by the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill. Other training sites offered through this program are the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Center, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, International Community Health Services, and Seattle Indian Health Board Training expectations are identical for all sites. An applicant may apply to one or all five sites, as they have separate NRMP Match numbers.

Residents selected for the Sea Mar site are chosen for academic excellence, as required by the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill program. Residents are expected to demonstrate leadership and show a strong interest in the care of Latinos and low-income and minority populations.

A separate NRMP match number 1755120C4 must be used when ranking Sea Mar, which participates in the national ERAS matching system. Applicants should also mark the Sea Mar track designation when applying to the Swedish Cherry Hill Program through ERAS.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Chelsea Moritz, Medical Department & Residency Coordinator. She can be reached at ChelseaMoritz@seamarchc.org or 206.764.0522.

About Sea Mar


Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a non-profit community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and human services in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services.

Sea Mar’s network of services includes more than 50 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and centers, and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services. Serving over 200,000 people annually, our model of care places patients’ needs at the center of attention as we deliver comprehensive health and human services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, preventive health, housing, and education.

Sea Mar stands for “Seattle Marysville.” In 1978 Sea Mar was founded in Seattle, with a future intent to develop a clinic in Marysville (and elsewhere) in order to serve Latinos, particularly migrant farm workers. Since then Rogelio Riojas, Sea Mar’s CEO, has enacted his vision of growing a network of Community Health Centers throughout Western Washington, providing care for the underserved. Over the years, Sea Mar’s medical services have grown to 28 clinics in 10 counties throughout Western Washington. We look forward to growing and improving access to quality health care for the communities we serve

Residency Program Team


Dr. Daniel Rivas is originally from Texas, where he completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University. Afterward, he attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, where he participated in a year-long community medicine track on the Texas-Mexico border. During his training at Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill Residency/Sea Mar Clinical Site, Daniel completed an area of concentration in Rural Health and served as the first resident recruitment chair for the residency program.

After residency, Daniel worked at Sea Mar Burien Medical clinic from September of 2013 through May of 2018, then moving into the role as the residency site director at Sea Mar Seattle. Daniel is passionate about teaching and has lectured for the Sea Mar NP Residency, Swedish FM Cherry Hill Residency, and Sea Mar Marysville FM Residency. He has taught medical and nurse practitioner students, volunteers as preceptor for the student-run free clinic at Casa Latina, and serves on the advisory board for the Community-focused Urban Scholars Pathway (CUSP) at University of Washington Medical School.

In additional to practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine with OB, Daniel is skilled at office procedures, including 1st trimester OB ultrasound, colposcopy, and vasectomy. He provides care for LGBTQ patients, including HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and gender-affirming medical therapies.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys travelling, cooking, live entertainment, board games, hiking, and camping. He is also crafty: dabbling in knitting, furniture restoration, beer brewing, and digital scrapbooking. He continues a seemingly futile search for “good” Texas-style BBQ and Tex-Mex food in the Seattle area.



After graduating from Beloit College with a BA in International Relations in 2014, Chelsea served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator with the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago, IL and served as Sea Mar’s Volunteer Coordinator through the Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps program. She joined Sea Mar’s Seattle medical clinic as Medical Department & Residency Coordinator in August of 2016, and is excited to continue on as part of an organization that strives to provide care to the underserved and truly understands the impact of the social determinants of health on patients’ lives.

Chelsea was born and raised in rural Georgia, and moved to Seattle in the summer of 2015. During her time in college she worked both on campus and in the community on sexual assault prevention and awareness efforts, and for the past several years has continued this work in her free time. She spends the rest of her time going to concerts, searching for new coffee shops to spend hours reading in, baking, kayaking, and hiking. If you have any questions regarding the Residency Program at Sea Mar, please feel free to reach out to her at (206) 764.0522 or via email at ChelseaMoritz@seamarchc.org.

Current Residents

Third Year Residents – Class of 2019

Alexandra Zaballa

Alexandra is a Seattle local originally from La Paz, Bolivia. She was an AmeriCorps volunteer here at Sea Mar prior to her return to the University of Washington Medical School where she was a Mentor with the UW Chicanos for Community Medicine for 4 years as well as the Chief Diversity Officer for the UW SOM, SHIFA Casa Latina acting Education Director, and Mentorship Chair on the Alliance Equal Representation in Medicine. She believes that FM physicians have the best opportunity to be leaders and advocates and to transform the inequitable social determinants of health. Alexandra says she feels rejuvenated when she is around others who are equally passionate about addressing health care inequities and loves that FM combines medicine and social justice. Alexandra loves soccer, the outdoors and travel and includes Italy and Rwanda in her list of countries visited.

Bari Laskow

Bari is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and completed her undergrad studies at New York University with and individualized major titled “Beyond Biomedicine: Poverty and Health”. Medical school at the University of Pittsburgh included a year-long research fellowship with Basic Health International in El Salvador during which she developed and implemented a pilot study investigating HPV testing feasibility. Bari was inspired to become a physician when she read Paul Farmer’s Pathologies of Power and she described how the framework of social determinants of health helped her realize how she could impact communities by focusing on women’s health. Bari enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and soccer outdoors as well as cooking, reading and travel

Second Year Residents – Class of 2020

Michael Cacoilo

Michael Cacoilo received his MD degree from Rutgers, and is originally from Livingston, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey. Michael has a strong background in volunteerism, including completing an AmeriCorps year through City Year Philadelphia, where he mentored and tutored in a local school and working with the Legion of Good Will to help provide blood pressure screenings to the uninsured, among other positions. His past work experience includes being a Humanism Fellow at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Humanism Center, and a student fellow for Community Engaged Service Learning, where he taught health lessons to middle school students. Michael’s hobbies include distance running, hiking, traveling, and learning his grandma’s recipes.

Gabriela "Bella" Siegel

Gabriela “Bella” Siegel is originally from Washington, D.C., and received her MD degree from the University of Maryland. She graduated with her BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to medical school she was very involved in her community, volunteering as a Spanish interpreter for the Baltimore City Cancer Program, among other volunteer positions, and during medical school she was involved in the Latino Medical Student Association as a community liaison, helping train and recruit medical students for free screening clinics. Bella’s work experience includes working as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, where she worked on a project to examine health disparities in cancer, including improving awareness in the Latino community. In her free time, Bella likes spending time at home relaxing with her boyfriend and their dog, dancing, hiking, spending quality time with her family, and cooking Bolivian recipes.

First Year Residents – Class of 2021

Jenny Giang-Griesser

Jenny completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She was born and raised in Santa Rosa/Windsor, California (AKA wine country, AKA “it’s about 1 hour north of San Francisco”) and majored in Biological Sciences at UC Davis. Her primary volunteer and leadership experiences have centered around mentorship and outreach to disadvantaged and first-generation Latinx and Southeast Asian communities. During medical school, she volunteered as a Spanish student-interpreter and piloted a Spanish-speaking parental support group that aimed to increase understanding of mental health issues and stigmas within the Latinx community. Jenny is incredibly passionate about increasing diversity and representation of people of color in higher education and academia. On the side, she likes to dabble in various activities that include being a dog mom, running (only slightly faster than her walking pace), biking, and practicing making balloon animal art!

Juan Herrejon

Juan is originally from Acambaro, Guanajuato MX, where he spent the early part of his childhood before moving to New Braunfels, TX. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. In his medical school career, he served as Student Government Class Co-President and completed a surgical research project in rural Guatemala. Juan has always wanted to become a family medicine physician, as he loves seeing patients of all ages and genders and truly believes FM physicians can improve health outcomes as a result of their long lasting relationships with patients and by their unique position in the community that allows them to address social determinants of health. During his free time, Juan enjoys running, weightlifting, hiking, traveling, dancing, and finding new places to experience Seattle sunsets.

Sea Mar Graduates

1991 Kim Leatham - Virginia Mason - Winslow, Bainbridge Island, WA
1991 Mary Weiss - Providence Rainier Clinic, Seattle, WA
1992 Deborah Moroney - Private Practice, Prescott, AZ
1992 Laura Saavedra - Isis Medical Clinic, Santa Fe,
1993 Billy Balsom - West Moreland Family Medicine, Eugene, OR
1993 Jenny Ziska- Isis Medical Clinic, Santa Fe, NM
1994 John Patz - UW Physicians Clinic, Issaquah, WA
1994 Charles Mayer, MD - Rainier Park Medical Clinic, Seattle, WA
1995 Katie Gerstle, M.D. - Brightwood Health Center, Springfield, MA
1995 Evan Teplow, M.D. - Greater Lawrence Health Center, Lawrence, MA
1996 David Harvey, M.D. – Private Practice, Seattle
1996 Reena Koshy, M.D. - Group Health, Burien, WA
1997 Miguel Balderrama – Sea Mar Community Health Center, Tacoma, WA
1997 Carl Morris – Residency Program Director, Group Health, Seattle, WA
1997 Michael Raddock - Metro Hospital, Cleveland, OH
1999 Christina Antenucci - Metro Hospital, Cleveland, OH
1999 Armando Quiroz - WA
1999 Jose Guerra - Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
2000 Julio Jimenez – Sea Mar Community Health Center, Seattle, WA
2000 Philip Reilly – Sea Mar Community Health Center, Seattle, WA
2001 Silvia Becker, WA
2001 Martin Garcia-Buñuel, WA
2002 Yara Delgado – OR
2002 Sonia Hernandez – WA
2003 Angela Torres – Alaska
2003 Greg Rudolph – Swedish Medical Center/Addiction Fellowship, Seattle, WA
2004 Dan McMillan, IHS, Gallup, New Mexico
2004 Hilda Mena, Seattle, WA CHC
2006 Xiomara Munoz, Bothell, WA
2006 Arama Mardian, Phoenix, AZ
2007 Norma Perales, CA

2007 Julian Perez, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle
2007 Eva Galvez, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Portland, OR
2008 Dinelle Pineda, Renton, WA
2008 Lupe Mesina, Group Health Cooperative, Tacoma, WA
2009 Valory Wangler, New Mexico, IHS
2009 Gregory Parada, Addiction Medicine, Swedish – Ballard, Seattle, WA
2010 Lissa Lubinski, Omak, WA CHC
2010 Scarlet Soriano, Indian Health Service, New Mexico
2011 Kelly Holland, Boston, MA
2011 Soledad Ayres, Portland, OR
2012 Analisa Calderon, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
2012 Anita Hernandez, Marrietta, OH
2013 Adrianna Mickelson, Swedish Medical Center, Edmonds, WA
2013 Daniel Rivas, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA
2014 Peter Berberian, Advanced Obstetrics Fellowship, Swedish First Hill, Seattle, WA
2014 Lilian Chan, Contra Costa Medical Center, Martinez, CA
2014 Cecilia Disney, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA
2014 Kaitlan Elston, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Peter Berberian, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA (2017)
2015 Lilian Chan, Contra Costa Medical Center, Martinez, CA
2016 Robie Sterling, Bethel, AK
2016 Kathy Wollner, Juneau, AK
2017 Jessica Portillo, Unity Health Care, Washington D.C.
2017 Lauren Goli, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
2018 Josh Burnell, Chelan CHC, Chelan, WA
2018 Patricia Martinez, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA


Sea Mar CHC, Seattle Family Medicine Residency Program

Attn: Chelsea Moritz,
Medical Department & Residency Coordinator

P: 206-764-0522
8720 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108