Kelsey Motanic, MD
Where are you originally from?I am originally from Southwest Washington near Portland, Oregon. The town is called Hockinson.
Undergraduate College:Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, WA, a must visit little town up north. My Major was in Biochemistry; I started a benchtop researcher and thankfully was able to find clinical medicine as my calling.
Where did you attend Medical School?University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Go Lobos
Where did you go to Residency?Seattle Indian Health Board with Swedish Cherry Hill
Why did you choose PTHA?I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, with ancestry in Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) as well Couer D'Alene My plan is to continue providing care to native and indigenous peoples, Puyallup was such a welcoming environment it was an easy decision! PTHA offered the ability to continue to learn from Native people through my medical journey while working in an urban reservation as well as ability to work with residents.
What are your interests?- Indigenous health including learning various traditional medicine and plant medicines - Woman's health - Addiction Medicine As seen in the picture I love hiking, camping, and most of all bird watching and foraging for plant medicines and berries during these activities
What are some fun facts about you?- I enjoy a good board game and working on puzzles (my record is finishing a 3000 piece puzzle after I finished Step 1) I played the French Horn for 8 years and was part of my high school marching band, we went everywhere in the PNW competing as well as Hawaii. My hope to pick back up playing French Horn. - I have two pets a cat and dog who are my furry companions along with my partner William - Finally I have played soccer most my life, my MLS team is Portland Timbers, and I have always been a fan of USA Women's team
Martina Tam, MD
Where are you originally from?Seattle, WA
Undergraduate College:Seattle University
Where did you attend Medical School?University of Washington School of Medicine
Where did you go to Residency?Kaiser Permanente of Washington Family Medicine Residency
Why did you choose PTHA?I chose to pursue family medicine because I wanted to be participate in healing and wellness for the whole person and communities. For me, this looks like caring for community members at all stages of their healthcare (in the clinic, in the hospital and delivering babies) and being able to incorporate my own practice of acupuncture. I was drawn to PTHA because I felt I could do exactly that, and have loved getting to know our community members better. It is an honor to be a small part of people's journey in wellness and healing.
What are your interests?Medical: Women's health, pediatrics and adolescents, geriatric care, Hep C and HIV, procedures, acupuncture
What are some fun facts about you?My husband and I enjoy planning and hosting talent shows to showcase the diverse and many talents of the youth in our community. In Covid we have been surprised at how fun these can be virtually!
Mikaela Alger, MD
Where are you originally from?Reno, Nevada
Undergraduate College:University of Pittsburgh
Where did you attend Medical School?University of Pittsburgh
Where did you go to Residency?Seattle Indian Health Board Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, WA
Why did you choose PTHA?I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get to know folks in native communities in the Seattle area while doing my residency with the Seattle Indian Health Board. I really loved my time at SIHB, and was looking to do something similar after graduation. PTHA was a great fit. I also really love living in the PNW, and was happy for an opportunity to stay here.
What are your interests?In medicine, I enjoy a little bit of everything. I am especially interested in obstetrics, mental health, and addiction recovery. I love that my job gives me to work with people in all stages of life, and I enjoy finding ways to help folks identify and meet their health goals. Outside of work, I love hiking, biking, and generally being outside. I love learning about local plants and animals, and have recently been learning a lot about edible plants and mushrooms. I also really enjoy making things and spend a lot of time knitting and sewing. Music is my other hobby. My husband and I met singing in a cappella groups and now we sing together in the Tacoma symphonic choir.
What are some fun facts about you?I have been to almost all 50 states. I am only missing Oklahoma and North Dakota.
Paul Barnett, MD
Where are you originally from?Born in Roswell, New Mexico but raised in Texas and consider Texas to be where I am from but have lived in 28 different locations!
Undergraduate College:University of Texas at Edinburg majoring in Mathematics and Chemistry
Where did you attend Medical School?University of Texas Health Science Center
Where did you go to Residency?South Texas Family Medicine Residency McAllen, Texas
Why did you choose PTHA?This is as close to home as you can get at work.
What are your interests?White water rafting, newest interest is gardening and “RV’ing”
What are some fun facts about you?I own the World’s Largest Unprofitable Rafting Company.. Prince of Waves Rafting Company!!! Expert level chess player…in my younger days. Who knows what level I am now…no one challenges me anymore! Just started gardening this year with a newly installed greenhouse. See how it goes?! I have learned that elk go through fences, deer go over fences, and antelope go under fences (bet you did not know that!.... If you did, I need you as a consultant).
William Chythlook, MD
Where are you originally from?Dillingham, Alaska
Undergraduate College:Walla Walla University
Where did you attend Medical School?Loma Linda University
Where did you go to Residency?Alaska Family Medicine Residency, Anchorage AK
Why did you choose PTHA?I has always been my goal to serve the Native American, Alaska Native Community even before I started medical school. I did a month long rotation during residency as an “interview” and loved it so much that I came here right after graduating from residency in Alaska. I loved the ‘feel” of the clinic, the genuine nature of the patients and how quickly I felt like part of the family, even during my short time here. I enjoy teaching and a big draw was to be part of the PTHA faculty from day one and I was full time faculty for 3 years and now have been the program director for almost 3 years.
What are your interests?I love to fish, both for sport and I grew up commercial fishing for salmon in Bristol Bay.
What are some fun facts about you?I am Yupik from Southwest Alaska and grew up “on the water” fishing in the lakes, rivers and bays of Bristol Bay. So, naturally I love the water and love the Puget Sound, so you will most likely find me on the water somewhere in the Puget Sound, on our boat with my partner and our two fur babies!
Walt Hollow, MD
Where are you originally from?I am originally from the Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux Indian Reservation in NE Montana. I still have land there and a family farm. I have lots of relatives on the reservation and make at least one trip a year to help manage the land that I lease out. I moved to Seattle in 1965 to attend the University of Washington and have been in Seattle ever since.
Undergraduate College:My undergraduate school is University of Washington and I went to Central Washington University for my Masters Degree in Biochemistry.
Where did you attend Medical School?University of Washington
Where did you go to Residency?Providence Family Medicine Residency Olympia, WA
Why did you choose PTHA?I choose PTHA so that I could work in Indian country seeing patients and then develop a curriculum on Indian health for the PTHA residency program.
What are your interests?My interests professionally are development of an Indian health curriculum for medical students and medical residents. I also am an avid member of the Association of American Indian Physicians working to improve Indian health politically and through the association. I have worked on developing an Indian physician faculty at UWSOM working regionally in the WWAMI program and then Indian health nationally through AAIP. I have also done research on Indian health and Indian academic medicine to augment the curriculum development too.
My personal interests are photography which is very serious with my own darkroom in my home and now a digital darkroom in my home. This is also supplemented by wood working and have a wood working shop at home. My last hobby is boating and I have boated all over Puget sound and Vancouver Island in Canada. I also have a wife and four children so family activities have supplemented all of the above as well as attending 1000’s of soccer games, musical events for all of my children and tried to teach them photography and boating.