Casey completed his undergraduate at Gonzaga University. He then went on to medical school at the University of Washington-Spokane campus!
During Casey’s Family Medicine rotation he had an encounter with a baby that he had been in the delivery with 1 year prior. From that experience he identified that this exemplified the two qualities that he searched for in a medical specialty; lasting relationships with patients and a meaningful impact on patient health.
He loves that Spokane provides the opportunities of an unopposed community program as well as training at a tertiary medical center. Through his sub-I with us, he also found that FMRS has a supportive and collaborative environment, and align well with his goals of becoming a rural family physician in Eastern Washington.
Casey enjoys reading mystery novels and philosophy books. He loves playing basketball in Hoopfest and plays the Ukulele. His favorite song to play is “Over the Rainbow”.
Ivan Gerlitz, MD, Rural Training Track
Ivan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria in Castlegar, BC. He then went on to study medicine at Saint James School of Medicine Anguilla.
Ivan has had his interest captured in medicine by its humanity. Part of Ivan’s past experiences was working for five years n Wild Land Firefighting, which taught him his strong ability to work well in a team. He is passionate about health promotion and population health. He has been fortunate to have many travel experiences which have helped develop open mindedness and cultural competence.
Ivan loves to back country ski, surf and climb. He plays acoustic guitar and lead vocals in a band called “Yardsale”.
Ivan has recently obtained dual citizenship and will be joining our team in the Colville RTT.
Mara Hazeltine, MD
Mara completed his undergraduate at University of Washington-Seattle. She then went on to medical school at the University of Washington-Spokane campus!
Mara went into medicine to fulfill her journey of service, and founded the medical school’s first educational equity service organization in Spokane. They worked to expand access for kids of color and low income to become the next generation of doctors. To Mara, Family Medicine means caring for human beings, not just pieces of them. This means seeing beyond systems to the complete person and understanding how culture and values inform care and gives medicine real power to heal. She dreams to stay in her beautiful hometown of Spokane!
Mara loves to travel and has been to many countries and National Parks. She plays on the soccer team, beach volleyball and likes tennis. She has had many years in tap and hip-hop and has coached middle school step teams. She enjoys local concerts, vinyl records and has played piano for 13 years.
Carol “Carrie” Johansen, MD, Rural Training Track
Carrie completed her undergraduate studies at Whitworth University and went on to the University of Washington – Spokane campus for her medical degree studies.
Carrie’s interests in medicine peaked at an early age and she is passionate about building lasting relationships with patients and their local community. This leads to providing care to the underserved and having it become more of a joy rather than a burden.
Carrie grew up adjacent to the Tulalip Indian reservations and sent summers on the Colville Indian reservation and began her interest in serving Native communities at that time. In the future she plans to provide full-spectrum care for a diverse patient population in Eastern Washington, with a specific focus on rural Native communities.
Carrie enjoys gardening, baking, cooking, fishing, camping, hiking with her dogs and attending concerts.
Carrie will be joining our team in the Colville RTT.
Michelle McKay, DO
Michelle did her undergrad at Heritage University & went to medical school at Pacific Northwest University.
Michelle truly believes that to be a great Family Medicine provider, one must have a servant’s heart. She believes hers was inherited from her family. Caring for others has become a part of who she is as a person. Family Medicine is a natural fit for Michelle.
Michelle enjoys golfing, gardening, waterboarding, snowboarding and cooking. She also loves to travel & exploring the world in the future. She also has a passion for learning new things and reading.
Parvita Panchal, DO
Parvita went to New York University and the University of California-Irvine for undergrad. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2018 and has been in a Transitional Year Residency program at Merit Health Wesley/TRI in Hattisburg, MS and will complete that program just prior to joining us.
Parvita has wanted to become a physician since the ninth grade when she was in biology class watching the “Life’s Greatest Miracle” PBS documentary. That was the moment when she was filled with awe and a sense of purpose and her passion for medicine was ignited. Her passion for medicine has led her to her dedication and determination to further advancing her training in Women’s health care. After residency she desires to work in a rural underserved area and be prepared for any type of obstetrical emergency.
Parvita enjoys Classical Indian dancing-Kathak and Bollywood dancing. She likes rock sport climbing, traveling and exploring new countries. She really enjoys watching Broadway musicals and Disneyland.
Emily Piekenbrock, DO
Emily attended the University of British Columbia for her undergraduate and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical degree.
Emily believed she would someday become a specialist, until she was in a rotation in rural Colorado where she worked with two very passionate family physicians, who changed her career goal. Emily has been in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Track in school where she realized the need in the rural communities.
Emily grew up in the mountains, which have made her an avid outdoor enthusiast. She likes camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking in the summer and skiing in the wintertime. She was also fortunate to spend 5 years of her childhood in Chile, which instilled her early love of travel. She is also very passionate about cooking, using her creativity and giving her a social outlet.
Logan Shetlar, MD
Logan completed his undergrad at the Kansas State University and will receive his MD degree from the University of Kansas – Wichita in May.
Logan knew that family medicine was the specialty of choice for him at the beginning of his fourth year of medical school. He is looking forward to diversity in his patients, as well as their diseases. He is hardworking, dedicated and curious and embraces the challenge of medicine and getting to know and connect with his patients. His goal is to be comfortable handling every patient that walks through his office doors.
Logan enjoys hiking, camping, biking, running, fishing and hiking. He is also passionate about woodworking. He enjoys watching and cheering on Kansas State football and walking his dog.
Taylor Stewart, MD
Taylor received her BA in Biology and Theology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and went to medical school at the University of Washington in the Idaho WWAMI track.
Taylor has had many experiences in her rotations that have led her to choose family medicine. She desires to provide longitudinal care and have well-formed relationships with her patients. After residency she wants to practice in a community that she can live in long-term and maintain continuity with her patients and provide full-spectrum care. Taylor was born and raised in northern Idaho, very near to Spokane.
Taylor’s hobbies include baking bread and desserts, outdoor recreation with her dog, gardening and watching college sports, especially basketball.
Andrea "Drea" Thomas, DO
Drea attended UC Davis for her undergraduate studies and is completing her medical degree at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Drea has been on several global medical electives and those experiences have taught her that Family Medicine aligns with her goals of being culturally competent, preventative care focused and a rural integrative medicine doctor for the under-served. She loves procedures and is looking forward to providing full spectrum care.
Drea enjoys Yoga, Meditation, hiking, reading, dancing and art.
Mia Wright, MD
Mia completed her undergrad at Arizona State University and will receive her MD/MPH degree from the University of Arizona-Phoenix in May.
Mia grew up with an aunt who is a family physician in Mexico. She watched how many times her aunt’s services would be paid with tamales or tortillas, but no one was ever turned away and how she served her community. These experiences sparked her interest in medicine and a passion for service to this day.
Mia desires to serve the underserved and be involved in health promotion, team management and inter-professional models and hopes to be trusted by her patients, like her aunt has been.
Mia enjoys cooking, boxing, yoga, hiking, reading and playing the piano.
Carly Villarreal, MD
Carly completed her undergraduate at Walla Walla University. She then went on to medical school at Loma Linda University.
Carly loves everything from volunteering playing music to mountain hiking and her most meaningful moments are formed around relationships with people. She loves medicine and discovering that she is happiest when she is caring for the whole person. She knows that the ability to engage patients’ values in order to help them reach a healthier life is what makes Family Medicine special.
Carly enjoys scuba diving, aviation, geology and archaeology as well as sewing, Hiking, camping and astronomy.