MARLA CALVERT, MD - DFM
OREGON HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY
I was born in Olympia, Washington and am thrilled to be back in the Evergreen State as a resident at Swedish First Hill. I've spent most of my life on the West Coast, growing up in Olympia and Santa Rosa, attending college among the redwoods at UC Santa Cruz, doing research at UCSF in San Francisco, and most recently, going to medical school at OHSU in Portland. I discovered a love for health science in a high school fetal pig dissection lab, and eventually discovered my dream profession in family medicine. I'm especially passionate about preventive care, adolescent medicine, and global health. I learned Spanish as a Rotary Exchange student in Chiapas, Mexico, and also love working with Spanish-speaking patients.
A few years ago I met my amazing husband Dan who has dragged me into many wilderness adventures, forgiven my inability to ski, and kept me well fed through medical school. We have a 2 month old daughter Isa, who has been keeping us busy and entertained day and night.
PUJA DALAL, MD - BALLARD
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
I was raised in South Carolina, where streets are lined with palm trees, peaches are plentiful and the summer heat is not to be messed with! I went to the University of South Carolina for both undergrad and medical school, where I had the opportunity to do community health work throughout the state and abroad, most notably the Dominican Republic. A few years later, working in a small rural clinic in India, I had a flashback to my time in the DR in regards to disparities of access to healthcare depending on poverty level. I plan on being capable of taking care of the medical needs of all individuals, regardless of race, income, or religious beliefs. My special interests include Global Health, Sports Medicine and Wilderness Medicine. I was drawn to Swedish First Hill due to their diversity in population, rigorous teaching curriculum and the compassionate, supportive people.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, dancing (any and all types!), kicking a soccer ball around or just hanging out with my fellow residents. I look forward to discovering new hiking trails, attempting my luck at rock climbing and going to a Sounders match!
MAEGAN DIRAC, MD - FIRST HILL
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
I was raised in Yakima, WA, where my earliest experiences in healthcare included serving as a Spanish-English interpreter at pre-school health screening and working as a Nursing Assistant, first at a long-term care facility and later at a hospital. I moved to Seattle in 1996 to study Biochemistry, Spanish and Dance at the University of Washington, and had the pleasure of spending one of my undergraduate years studying abroad in Cadiz, Spain. After graduation, I served as a full-time volunteer at the St. Joseph’s Family Center and Venice Community Housing Corporation in Los Angeles, California, both through the Episcopal Urban Intern Program. My work at these organizations ranged from running an after-school program for children from low-income families, to reaching out to vulnerable elders in need of home repair and maintenance services, to teaching computer skills and preparing tax returns. This work gave me insight into the tremendous administrative burden placed on those seeking public or charitable assistance with housing, education and health services. It also showed me how resilient families can be in face of these challenges. This inspired me to be an ally and partner in navigating health care, and to improve systems to increase health and wellbeing across economic strata, cultural groups, and stages in life.
I returned to the UW two years later to become a Medical Doctor and pursue a PhD through the School of Public Health. My dissertation research evaluated whether certain behaviors or environmental factors increase risk of contractinglung disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium avium complex. I was drawn to Swedish First Hill because of the dual emphasis on strong provider-patient relationships, and on improving the systems of care that support these relationships.
When I’m not in the clinic or hospital, I can be found watching old episodes of Wonder Woman with my three-year-old, savoring dinners with family, housemates, and guests, seeing local theatrical productions with my husband, or running around the neighborhoods of Seattle.
CODY KING, MD - FIRST HILL
I was born and raised in Petaluma, CA – home of the Butter and Eggs Day Parade and the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest! I attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where I studied Spanish and Biology. While in college, I spent my time playing tennis, trying to cure arthritis in mice, and perfecting my rolled ‘rr’ in Costa Rica. I also worked for a time at a small community health center in Point Reyes, CA, and was quickly impressed by the positive impact a family physician could have on the community. After graduating, I moved to San Diego and conducted research on progesterone in preterm labor among other obstetric topics. It was then off to medical school at Creighton, first in Omaha and then to Creighton’s regional campus in Phoenix. During that time, I was lucky enough to travel to Peru, where I helped provide immunizations and volleyball knowledge to kids (and of course visited Machu Picchu!). I also helped start our Family Medicine Interest Group in Phoenix as part of Creighton’s inaugural class at that site. I couldn’t be more excited to be back on the west coast, particularly in the Pacific Northwest at Swedish First Hill!
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, playing tennis, and generally exploring the outdoors. Don’t worry, though, I’m not all flannel – I also like catching up on the latest Game of Thrones, or just hanging out with my awesome fellow residents.
ALEX LANGLEY, MD - FIRST HILL
SUNY MEDICAL CENTER
I grew up in Skaneateles, NY, a small lake town near Syracuse. I attended the University of Rochester for undergrad where I majored in biology with a minor in political science. With these two equally marketable skill sets I attended grad school at Tufts University College of Medicine, where I received an MS degree in Biomedical Science and a MPH. Having decided that 6 years of college was not nearly enough I applied to medical school in an effort to make it an even 10. I attended SUNY Downstate after finishing my MPH in Panama where I worked on a qualitative community needs assessment, focusing on sanitation. While at SUNY Downstate, I was inspired by the great faculty in the Family Medicine Department to pursue family medicine as my specialty. After reading the Twilight series, I decided the Pacific Northwest was the place for me (just kidding, it was the discovery that the Endor scenes, from Return of the Jedi, were shot beneath the redwoods).
Outside of medicine I like hiking, snowboarding, trivia, Skee-ball (trademarked, I believe), and exploring this new city I find myself in. I'm a fairly strong connect four player, and have been known to Settle Catan when the mood strikes.
RADHA SADACHARAN, MD - DFM
JEFFERSON MEDICAL COLLEGE
I hail from the bustling metropolis of Wilmington, Delaware. In search of good clam chowder, I headed up to Boston University where I studied Linguistics and Biology. After college, I became interested in community engagement while working in maternal and child health at Boston Medical Center, and completed my MPH with a concentration in Biostatistics. At that point I realized the best way for me to inspire change in healthcare at both the individual and community level was through primary care. Leaving Boston for Philadelphia, I headed to Jefferson Medical College where I got involved in the Urban Underserved Program, Bridging the Gaps, and the IHS – all focused on addressing healthcare needs in vulnerable populations.
I knew First Hill was the residency for me when I spent time my fourth year of medical school working with the intelligent, accomplished yet humble faculty and residents - who I felt would inspire me to be the engaged community member and clinician I hope to become. I have particular interests in urban underserved care, health policy and community education, so I'm thrilled to be working at Downtown Family Medicine. When I’m not appreciating the fantastic decor of Swedish Medical Center, I enjoy spending time day-tripping around the PNW, playing music and having dinner parties with my wonderful co-interns and residents.
ISABELLE TREPICCIONE, MD - FIRST HILL
OREGON HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY
I was born, raised, and educated in Portland Oregon. I love the Pacific Northwest and couldn't be happier to be training in Seattle! I studied sociology in undergrad at Portland State University and attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University where I met an awesome guy who made the move up to Seattle with me for Internal Medicine at UW!
The most rewarding part about medicine for me has been the close relationships I have been able to develop with patients and their families. I am so excited to be entering a field in which these relationships are paramount. My interests within Family Medicine are vast, but I am particularly drawn to women's health, transgender health, and adolescent medicine. I look forward to having medical training that is applicable in every community from frontier to inner city, and at this point, I couldn't tell you which setting I see myself in in ten years. I am starting this next chapter of my life with a completely open and enthusiastic mind!
GRACE TIDWELL, MD - DFM
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
I'm here in the Pacific Northwest from the extreme Southeast, with plans to escape the heat and pursue excellence in broad-spectrum primary care. I grew up in sunny Florida, where I was a curious kid who wanted to learn more about the world. When I did, I was often sad, so decided I would go to college and study things that may be useful to all, namely nutrition and international development. While there, I discovered I enjoyed research and labs and biochemistry, but I mostly loved people and their stories. Accordingly, I found myself a spot in medical school. Here, I learned more about the disparities that existed in my own small world and spent my free time directing a free healthcare clinic and advocating for affordable housing.
Now, at Swedish Family Medicine Residency, I'm excited to grow as an intermediary who can guide my patients to knowledgeably interpret information about their health and navigate an often confusing system to access care. At the Downtown Family Medicine clinic, I'm able to engage with extremely diverse and often underserved patients with incredible stories in an urban environment with county resources at hand. In my free time, you’ll usually find me exploring all the biking, hiking, music and food this vibrant city has to offer.
CAROLYN WAKEMAN, MD - FIRST HILL
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and was a Spanish major at Davidson College before attending medical school back at UNC. After 27 years in the Southeast, I decided it was time to try out the other coast and I became smitten with Seattle and the water, the mountains, the coffee and of course, the excellent family medicine training! After working in several community clinics and an advocacy group for migrant farmworkers, I knew that I wanted to be part of a team that focused on eliminating the many barriers to care that our patients face. I love family medicine because of the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with individual patients as well as the emphasis on engaging with the community as a whole. I’m thrilled to be at Swedish First Hill with other folks who are committed to practicing full-spectrum family medicine and caring for patients of all backgrounds. From my first afternoon at First Hill, I recognized this program’s commitment to supporting one another, caring for our patients, and preparing residents to practice family medicine in any environment they choose.
In my free time, I'm usually exploring Seattle and the incredible scenery surrounding it with my amazing co-residents. I'm also a huge college basketball fan (Go Heels!) and trying to make it as a Panthers fan in Seahawks territory. I also love riding horses, bringing sweet tea and fried okra to the PNW, kayaking, camping, good music, and orca watching!
MAX WESTON, MD - FIRST HILL
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
From the Great Lake State of Michigan with all my belongings strapped on, in and around my moderately sized car, I traversed west to the city of Seattle. Among them were a few Philosophy and Biology books from the University of Michigan, from which my medical interest grew through a focus on ethics and social justice. With additional training in underserved leadership at Michigan State College of Human Medicine and with work at a needle exchange program, in an under-resourced school district, and clinics in Nicaragua and Uganda I continued to appreciate the complex interplay between social factors, health and wellness. With broad medical interests and a desire to work in a variety of settings, including wilderness and internationally, I appreciate the possibility and utility of family practice. I realized the unique and significant impact a family physician can have from individuals to community. I chose First Hill because of the thorough training, dedication to the diverse population they serve, and the sincere people that I felt were doing family medicine for the right reasons, and clearly enjoyed doing so.
Outside of medicine I’ve pursued a variety of endeavors including throwing hatchets (carefully), ice sculpting (gracefully) and playing the ukulele (strummingly). Right now I’m focused on exploring the food and drink of my new home, finding good views of water and mountain, and putting the finishing touches on a shiny new bicycle. And the other residents have been happy to help with the food and drink part.