Third Year Residents – Class of 2019
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 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 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 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 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.