“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 medical students 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:

Patrick Gemperline, MD

Director of Medical Education:

Daniel Byrd, MPH

Medical Department & Residency Coordinator:

Chelsea Patterson

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 and Dr.Calderon coordinate colposcopy teaching several times a month. Obstetrical ultrasound skills are taught to Sea Mar residents by Dr. Julio Jimenez, 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. Seven 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. Patrick Gemperline, Residency Site Director
1989 graduate of the Providence Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Ricardo Jimenez,
Chief Medical Officer
1989 graduate of the
Cook County Hospital Family Practice Residency. Faculty Development fellow at the Cook County Hospital Family Practice Residency, 1989-1990.

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. Analisa Calderon,
Seattle Medical Clinic
2012 graduate of the Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at
Cherry Hill.

Dr. Julio Jimenez,
Seattle Medical Clinic
2000 graduate of the Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at
Cherry Hill.

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. Katherine Caldwell, Everett Medical Clinic
2012 graduate of the
University of Colorado, Swedish Family Medicine Residency. Obstetrical fellow
at the University of Utah
Family Medicine Fellowship
in Obstetrics, 2012-2013.

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

Dr. Michael Kopec,
Everett Medical Clinic
2012 graduate of the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency. Obstetrical fellow at the Advanced Obstetrics Fellowship, Swedish First Hill, 2012-13.

Dr. Jose Mata,
Everett Medical Clinic
2004 graduate of the Scripps Mercy Family Medicine Residency. Obstetrical fellow
at the University of Utah
Family Medicine Fellowship
in Obstetrics, 2005-2006.

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. Daniel Rivas,
Burien Medical Clinic
2013 graduate of the
Sea Mar site of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill.

Dr. Greg Sanders,
Residency Director of
Sea Mar Marysville
1992 graduate of the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency Program.

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

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

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 Patterson, Medical Department & Residency Coordinator. She can be reached at ChelseaPatterson@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


After attending Columbia University School of Engineering and obtaining a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Gemperline chose to go into underserved family medicine. This decision was sparked by his experience volunteering with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization in the heart of Harlem.

Dr. Gemperline completed his medical training at the University of Utah, his native state, and chose to attend the Providence Family Medicine Residency program because he was attracted to the program’s mission to serve the underserved.

After graduation, Dr. Gemperline worked in a volunteer clinic in Guatemala gaining experience and learning Spanish. Upon his arrival back in the United States in 1990, Dr. Gemperline began his career at Sea Mar Community Health Centers as a family physician, working with a large multi-ethnic, but primarily Latino population providing health care to the economically disadvantaged. In 1992, Dr. Gemperline moved into the position of clinical director, a post he held until 2002. He has subsequently made the transition to Residency site supervisor of the Sea Mar Seattle family medicine training site.

His academic interests mirror the needs of the Sea Mar clinic population and include obstetrics, pediatrics and applying the chronic disease model of care to diabetes. He is an ALSO course instructor, ALSO Director and ALSO Faculty Advisor. He supervises the R-1's in their first year OB rotations and coordinates the OB portion of the second year FMS newborn/ob rotation. Drilling emergency procedures at the Gossman Simulation Suite is a new addition to the curriculum.

At Sea Mar many outstanding family medicine doctors and staff are involved in providing high quality medical care for this multiethnic, primarily Latino community. We would like to share this rewarding and challenging experience with new physicians in training in hope they will leave this residency motivated to be leaders in Latino healthcare, community health center medicine and willing to work to expand provision of quality care to the economically at risk populations.

Dr. Gemperline and the Sea Mar organization know firsthand that physicians who have a desire to work with the economically disadvantaged can achieve that goal and have a rewarding career practicing comprehensive high quality, evidence based family medicine.

Dr. Gemperline volunteers regularly at the winter homeless shelter sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church. He is married, and the father of three boys. He enjoys bicycling and running.



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 is the mother of a beautiful baby boy who is the brightest spot in her life, and in addition to spending time with her family and friends, she loves 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 ChelseaPatterson@seamarchc.org.

Current Residents

Third Year Residents – Class of 2017

Lauren Goli

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, CA Lauren Goli ventured east for medical school, graduating from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA in 2014. She received her BS degree in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Southern California. Before medical school Lauren earned a MPH with a concentration in maternal & child health at the UC Berkeley. Lauren has a strong desire to work with underserved and Spanish speaking populations and she feels very at home at Sea Mar. Heavily involved in the community, she spent her free time tutoring middle and high school students in math and science, mentoring adolescent teens through their pregnancy, and acting as a board member for a student run free clinic. Lauren’s work experience includes working as a medical assistant for two years and as a research assistant for the Robert Wood Johnson foundation. Her hobbies include playing the piano, trying new restaurants, running, and Pilates.

Jessica Portillo

Jessica Portillo is originally from Harbor City, CA and received her MD degree from the University of Chicago. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Hispanic Studies. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Southern California. Through her MPH work, she co-founded the “Healthy Market Basket” program, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement the eating program she developed while she was a social medicine intern at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. She has traveled with CerviCusco to bring a free cervical cancer screening campaign to rural Peru. Jessica has a strong commitment to public health and the Hispanic community. Some of Jessica’s favorite things to do are cooking, baking (cupcakes in particular), Latin dance, and traveling.

Second Year Residents – Class of 2018

Josh Burnell

Josh Burnell is a native Seattleite who graduated from medical school at the University of Washington. He did his undergraduate work at UW as well, earning degrees in both Spanish and Neurobiology. Josh worked at Sea Mar as an interpreter in 2009 and has demonstrated his commitment to the Latino and underserved communities through his volunteer work. He has spent time working and volunteering in Peru and Guatemala and is an avid cyclist; he frequently commutes to Sea Mar via bicycle. On one of his bike touring adventures he biked from Port Townsend all the way to Los Angeles!

Patricia Martinez

Patricia Martinez received her MD from USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She was born in San Jose, CA and spent her undergraduate years at UCLA- majoring in Physiological Sciences. Patricia has significant volunteer experience working with Latinos and the underserved. She was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and co-founded a Health Partners Project pairing medical students and underserved diabetic patients. She collected data on the outcomes and presented a poster at the AAFP national conference in 2014. In her spare time Patricia likes to cook healthier versions of her mother’s traditional Mexican recipes, practice yoga, and watch detective/legal procedurals.

First 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

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


Sea Mar CHC, Seattle Family Medicine Residency Program

Attn: Chelsea Patterson,
Medical Department & Residency Coordinator

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