Third 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.
Second Year Residents – Class of 2022
Andre was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at Bethel University where he studied Spanish and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. After his undergraduate years, Andre completed a year-long global health fellowship with public health non-profit in Nicaragua where he was exposed to the importance of community-based primary health care as a model for grassroots change in marginalized communities. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota where he worked as a Spanish interpreter in a free clinic and completed a longitudinal integrated clerkship centered on urban underserved care. Andre's professional areas of interest include community-based participatory research, racism in medicine, global health, full-spectrum family medicine, and academic medicine. In his free time, Andre enjoys biking, running, hiking, drinking coffee with a good book, puzzling, and spending time with his wife, Alison.
Laurie was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington. Her parents are immigrants from México. Laurie grew up with her parents working as farmworkers in the apple and cherry orchards of Washington. Her family and personal experience as a farmworker motivated her to pursue higher education. She was motivated to better provide for not only her family, but also give back to her community as there are significant health disparities among farmworkers. The Gates Millennium Scholarship provided her a full-ride to college. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry.
Laurie worked at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Seattle from 2013-2015. She initially was a full-time volunteer as a Patient Navigator through AmeriCorps then transitioned as a Care Coordinator until she entered medical school at the University of Washington in 2015. Laurie quickly became involved with the Latino/a Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Students for an Anti-Racist UWSOM. She believes that health disparities can be eliminated through social and health policy changes. In 2019, she was selected to be part of the Husky 100, an award that recognizes 100 UW students who are making the most of their time at UW, for her anti-racism efforts and work addressing health disparities. As a woman and physician of color, she shares her story so that others may be inspired and also become leaders in their communities.
In her spare time, Laurie enjoys dancing in her living room or kitchen and going to Seattle Sounders games with her whole family.
First Year Residents – Class of 2023
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.
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.