“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 Community Health Centers

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:

Alexandra Zaballa, MD

CMO and Vice President of Medical Affairs:

Ricardo Jimenez, MD

Medical Director, Seattle Medical Clinic:

Philip Reilly, MD

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 (roughly 400 deliveries per year as a group) 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. Basic obstetrical ultrasound skills are taught to Sea Mar residents by Dr. Daniel Rivas, who has been teaching and providing this service for many years.


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. Our faculty preceptors typically work from the Seattle, White Center, and Burien Medical Clinics, and most work with the residents at Swedish Hospital on the inpatient Family Medicine Service and the OB Red Team.

Dr. Ricardo Jimenez,
Chief Medical Officer
Sea Mar CHC
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Dr. Alexandra Zaballa,
Residency Site Director

Dr. Philip Reilly,
Medical Director,
Seattle Medical
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Dr. Vanessa Feliciano,
Medical Director,
White Center Medical
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Dr. Jesus Iniguez,
Medical Director,
Des Moines Medical
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Dr. Cor Van Niel,
Seattle Medical

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Dr. Daniel Rivas,
Seattle Medical

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Dr. Julian Perez,
White Center Medical

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Dr. Patrick Gemperline,
Seattle Medical

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Dr. Ocean Williams,
Burien Medical

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Dr. Christina Pease,
Seattle Medical

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Dr. Peter Beberian,
Burien Medical

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Dr. Jenny Giang-Griesser,
Seattle Medical

Dr. Karishma Dara,
Seattle Medical

Dr. Andre Scarlato,
White Center Medical

Dr. Laurie Bazan,
Burien Medical

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

All applications to Sea Mar Seattle Family Medicine Residency are processed through ERAS, under the main program Swedish Family Medicine Residency Cherry. Sea Mar is one of the six training sites offered by the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill; the others being Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Clinic, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, International Community Health Services International Disctrict Clinic, Seattle Indian Health Board, and the Rural Training Track at North Olympic Healthcare Network. An applicant may apply to one or all six sites, as they have separate NRMP Match numbers. Inpatient training and rotations are the same for all Seattle-based training sites.

Residents are selected for the Sea Mar site based on a demonstrated committment and service to the Latinx populations. Other qualities we look for in an applicant are committment to full-spectrum Family Medicine including inpatient medicine and OB, service to the underserved, and an ability to work in team and in high-pressure situations. The level of Spanish-language fluency is assessed during the interview and is taken into consideration as part of the overall application.

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

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


Alexandra Zaballa (she/her) received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Diversity Studies at the University of Washington. She earned her medical degree from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, completing both the Underserved Pathway and Hispanic Health Pathway.

She completed residency in 2019 at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency where she worked at Sea Mar South Park. After graduation, she continued her work at Sea Mar Burien practicing full spectrum family medicine. She joined the faculty at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine in 2022 as the Sea Mar Site Director.

Her clinical interests include reproductive health and obstetrics, immigrant and refugee health particularly in the Latinx community, social justice and advocacy, and addiction medicine. Outside of the clinic and hospital, Alexandra enjoys spending time with her husband and family, quality time with friends, and all things outdoors including running, hiking, biking and playing soccer.

Current Residents

Third Year Residents – Class of 2023

Dr. Cesar Andrade
Cesar was born in Ecuador and moved to the U.S in 2001 at the age of 8. He arrived in NYC and lived there for 19 years. He attended public schools throughout and went to the City University of New York in the Bronx for college. He is interested in the intersection between healthcare and inequality and feels passionate about working with the community to improve healthcare outcomes. For fun, he loves to play and watch soccer, salsa dancing and coffee.

Dr. Olenka Caffo

Olenka attended Florida State University and majored in chemistry and biochemistry. She was part of the FSU Bridge Master’s Program and then went to medical school at Florida State College of Medicine. Throughout medical school, she focused on working with migrant farm workers in Florida and held various positions with the Latino Medical Student Association. Olenka is originally from Lima, Peru. Her and her family moved to Fort Lauderdale when she was 9 years old. Her and her brother both learned English while in school, watching TV, and listening to music. They both translated for their parents since they were little and still do. Her family conserves their Peruvian culture either by her grandmother's cooking, eating at Peruvian restaurants when possible. She also likes go back to Lima whenever she can to visit family and friends. She loves the outdoors, hiking, Zumba, and the beach. Dancing is her favorite thing to help her relax.

Second Year Residents – Class of 2024

Dr. Stacey Martinez

Stacey Martinez attended SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where she quickly jumped into activism. She implicated herself in the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) in leadership roles at Regional and National levels. Her prolific involvement includes Co-Director as well as part of the Board of Directors for the National board. It is by way of this dedication and work that she brought new policies into work and new scholarships in order to further the cause of the organization; the mission of helping Latinx students in medical education. Stacey believes in the importance of maintaining and retaining this underrepresented student demographic. Through LMSA she has helped close the gap for them, especially those that are the first generation to undertake this profession. As a medical student, Stacey was also awarded the Nightingale Fellow, which was awarded to medical students that were involved in Quality improvement initiatives and ensuring patient care was improved in many ways to improve the experiences of medical students in the rotations.

Stacey is a lifelong New Yorker and decided to take the leap to the West Coast due to the appeal of the Sea Mar clinic site where the patient population is near and dear to her heart, specifically working with Spanish-speaking patients and immigrant populations. Stacey is excited to continue advocating for the needs of the Latinx community and learning and immersing herself in community medicine here in Seattle. While in Seattle, she looks forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog Ruby."

Dr. Andrea Pilotta Gois

Andrea grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the US when she was 18 years old. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. She then pursued a Master in Biomedical Sciences degree at Tufts University in Boston, and stayed at Tufts to complete her medical studies. Throughout her training, she had the opportunity to participate in service experiences focusing on adult education and immigrant support services.

During medical school, she was also part of the Sam W. Ho Health Justice Scholars Program, which exposed her to different ways that family physicians could partner with patients and communities to address health disparities. She has broad interests within family medicine, but she’s particularly passionate about immigrant and refugee health, addiction medicine and health equity. In her free time, Andrea loves catching up with her family abroad, Latin dancing and watercolor painting.

First Year Residents – Class of 2025

Dr. Laécio Rocha

Laecio is from a small village in Brazil and immigrated to Washington State as a child. He went to Central Washington University for undergrad and worked as a community health educator. Laecio went to medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Saint Kitts and Nevis, with clinical years largely in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia. He also has a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Laecio is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and cycling.

Dr. Anne Bowers

Dr. Anne Bowers Anne (Annie) is from Davis, California. She studied biology and genetics at University of California at Davis for undergrad and is graduating from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has experience as a Pregnancy Centering group facilitator and has a variety of research experience including pediatric sleep studies. Annie is Mexican/Chicana. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, and outdoor activities.

Sea Mar Graduates

Kim Leatham - Virginia Mason - Winslow, Bainbridge Island, WA
Mary Weiss - Providence Rainier Clinic, Seattle, WA

Deborah Moroney - Private Practice, Prescott, AZ
Laura Saavedra - Isis Medical Clinic, Santa Fe,

Billy Balsom - West Moreland Family Medicine, Eugene, OR
Jenny Ziska- Isis Medical Clinic, Santa Fe, NM

John Patz - UW Physicians Clinic, Issaquah, WA
Charles Mayer, MD - Rainier Park Medical Clinic, Seattle, WA

Katie Gerstle, M.D. - Brightwood Health Center, Springfield, MA
Evan Teplow, M.D. - Greater Lawrence Health Center, Lawrence, MA

David Harvey, M.D. – Private Practice, Seattle
Reena Koshy, M.D. - Group Health, Burien, WA

Miguel Balderrama – Sea Mar Community Health Center, Tacoma, WA
Carl Morris – Residency Program Director, Group Health, Seattle, WA
Michael Raddock - Metro Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Christina Antenucci - Metro Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Armando Quiroz - WA
Jose Guerra - Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Julio Jimenez – Sea Mar Community Health Center, Seattle, WA
Philip Reilly – Sea Mar Community Health Center, Seattle, WA

Silvia Becker, WA
Martin Garcia-Buñuel, WA

Yara Delgado – OR
Sonia Hernandez – WA

Angela Torres – Alaska
Greg Rudolph – Swedish Medical Center/Addiction Fellowship, Seattle, WA

Dan McMillan, IHS, Gallup, New Mexico
Hilda Mena, Seattle, WA CHC

Xiomara Munoz, Bothell, WA
Arama Mardian, Phoenix, AZ

Norma Perales, CA
Julian Perez, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle
Eva Galvez, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Portland, OR

Dinelle Pineda, Renton, WA
Lupe Mesina, Group Health Cooperative, Tacoma, WA

Valory Wangler, New Mexico, IHS
Gregory Parada, Addiction Medicine, Swedish – Ballard, Seattle, WA

Lissa Lubinski, Omak, WA CHC
Scarlet Soriano, Indian Health Service, New Mexico

Kelly Holland, Boston, MA
Soledad Ayres, Portland, OR

Analisa Calderon, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
Anita Hernandez, Marrietta, OH

Adrianna Mickelson, Swedish Medical Center, Edmonds, WA
Daniel Rivas, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA

Cecilia Disney, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA
Kaitlan Elston, Philadelphia, PA

Peter Berberian, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA (2017)
Lilian Chan, Contra Costa Medical Center, Martinez, CA

Robie Sterling, Bethel, AK
Kathy Wollner, Juneau, AK

Jessica Portillo, Unity Health Care, Washington D.C.
Lauren Goli, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA

Josh Burnell, Chelan CHC, Chelan, WA
Patricia Martinez, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA

Alexandra Zaballa, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA
Bari Laskow, Faculty Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, ID

Michael Cacoilo, Church Health Center of Memphis, TN
Gabriela Siegel, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA

Jenny Giang-Griesser, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
Juan Herrejon, Advanced Obstetrics Fellowship, Swedish First Hill, Seattle, WA

Andre Scarlato, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
Laurie Bazan, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA


General Inquiries: SeattleMedEd@seamarchc.org

Alexandra Zaballa, MD 
Sea Mar Seattle Family Medicine Residency Site Director

Sea Mar Seattle Medical Clinic
8720 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
P: 206.762.3730