“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

CMO and Vice President of Medical Affairs:

Ricardo Jimenez, MD

Medical Director, Seattle Medical Clinic:

Philip Reilly, MD

Residency Coordinator:

Klondy Canales

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 (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. 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. 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. 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. Patrick Gemperline, Seattle Medical Clinic
1989 graduate of the Providence Family Medicine Residency.

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.

Dr. Adnan Mustafa,
Kent Medical Clinic

Dr. Usha Rao,
White Center Medical Clinic

Dr. Ally Zaballa,
Burien Medical Clinic

Dr. Gabriela Siegel,
Seattle Medical Clinic

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 six 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, Seattle Indian Health Board, and the Rural Training Track at North Olympic Healthcare Network. Training expectations are identical for all sites. An applicant may apply to one or all six sites, as they have separate NRMP Match numbers.

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 Daniel Rivas, Residency Program Site Director. He can be reached at DanielRivas@seamarchc.org

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.

Current Residents

Third 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.

Second Year Residents – Class of 2022

Andre Scarlato

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 Bazán

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 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.

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.

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
2019 Alexandra Zaballa, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Burien, WA
2019 Bari Laskow, Faculty Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, ID
2020 Michael Cacoilo, Church Health Center of Memphis, TN
2020 Gabriela Siegel, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA


Sea Mar CHC, Seattle Family Medicine Residency Program

Attn: Daniel Rivas,
Residency Program Site Director

P: 206.762.3730
8720 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108