Residents

First Year Residents

Craig Wolfe, DO

Where are you originally from?

Colville, Washington

Undergraduate College:

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences degree from Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington.

Where did you attend Medical School?

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington

Why did you choose PTHA?

I chose PTHA foremost because of the authenticity of its faculty, staff, and residents. It was clear that everyone truly enjoyed being a part of this program and encouraged residents to immerse themselves in the community, not be apart from it. The rigorous curriculum covers all aspects of traditional family medicine while also providing a very unique approach to treating rural and underserved communities, which aligns with my personal and professional interests.

What are your interests?

My medical interests include collaborative care, rural medicine, and behavioral health. Outside of medicine, my wife and I have two young boys who keep us very busy. We love spending time together outdoors going on hikes, enjoying wildlife, and just playing in dirt.

What are some fun facts about you?

When I was young, I learned how to tie my shoes by dreaming. When driving, I have a knack for missing the exit. If I ate tacos for breakfast and dinner every day for the rest of my life, I would still pick a taco to be my last meal on Earth. I was today years old when I learned the FedEx logo has an arrow in it. Lastly, I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.

Thomas Morello, DO

Where are you originally from?

Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate College:

Oberlin College

Where did you attend Medical School?

Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Why did you choose PTHA?

Wow, where to begin! First, as an occupant of this land-- and having been blessed with immense privilege in my life-- the opportunity to leverage my medical education to serve Indigenous communities felt meaningful and important to me. During my time rotating at PTHA as a medical student, the closeness of the community and beauty of the clinic itself formed a strong impression. I felt at home. Second, I was looking for a program with a sincere interest in osteopathic medicine, which I found at PTHA to extend from residents to attendings to patients. Beyond the patients and the osteopathy (not that I needed a beyond), the natural beauty of the PNW has been easy to fall in love with.

What are your interests?

Medically, I am interested in the areas where healthcare overlaps with social justice and an exploration of what it means to be fully human: structural origins of health disparities, population health, behavioral health, women’s health, group visits, hospice & palliative care, and traditional osteopathic medicine. Personally, I am easily lost in music and nature (I am a former DJ and a fledgling backpacker), and love connecting deeply (or shallowly!) with dear pals.

What are some fun facts about you?

Prior to medical school, I worked as a community organizer, paralegal, after-school teacher, and meditation instructor. In 4th grade, I won the MVP at a basketball camp-- my skills have been downtrending ever since. Bill Murray once threw me a beer on a golf course which my parents saved in the basement until I turned 21, at which point it was decided that we should probably just pour that old can down the drain.

Kolby Nelson, DO

Where are you originally from?

Delta, Utah

Undergraduate College:

BS- Utah State University MIA- Penn State University MS- PCOM

Where did you attend Medical School?

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose PTHA?

I’ve always been impressed and moved by natives across the Americas: my Navajo neighbors growing up, the Inca people of Peru, the Inuit of Canada’s northern Territories. When I discovered that I could complete my residency with a Coast Salish tribe, it was a no brainer. The empathy and spirit that is being lost in Medicine is fully ingrained into the curriculum. I’m also drawn to Full Spectrum Family Medicine, which is a dying field in the East where I trained. During interviews, the ‘family’ dynamic at PTHA was strong, and apparent, and I’m so grateful I’ve been welcomed into the family with gusto. I’m so proud to be a resident at PTHA.

What are your interests?

Reading/Writing, Trail Running, Nature, House Plants, Wildlife, Yoga/Fitness, Adventure-Traveling, World History, American Indigenous, Foreign Language, Nutrition, Plant-Based Living, Weight Loss, Disparities in Healthcare, Medical Education, Global Medicine, Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Hospital Procedures, Addiction, Community Development, BLM Movement, Racial Injustice, Global Citizenship, Mental Health, Osteopathy, Spinal Mechanics, Plant and Ceremonial Medicine.

What are some fun facts about you?

I speak Spanish, German, and French. Visited 40 countries. Wrote a book about Mexico. Lived 3 years in Zurich, Switzerland. Started a consulting business in Doha, Qatar. Sing and Play Piano. Animal Whisperer. Daddy to a brilliant 4 year old girl. Spent 3 months trekking thousands of miles between Mexico and Guatemala before moving to Tacoma.

Nicole Labban, DO

Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona. The past 3 years, I have been living in Washington, D.C. for Medical School (living in DC has had a huge impact on my personal and professional development, I have to mention it!)

Undergraduate College:

I graduated from Arizona State University & Barrett, The Honors College in 2016, where I got my degrees in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Genetics and Cellular Biology, along with Spanish. Through Barrett, I was able to defend an undergraduate thesis: The Immune Blockade Therapy in Metastatic Osteosarcoma, under the excellent guidance of the Blattman Laboratory.

Where did you attend Medical School?

I attended A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona for medical school. 1 year was spent in Arizona, with the subsequent 3 years spent in D.C. working with Unity Health Care.

Why did you choose PTHA?

PTHA was the natural next step for my growth as a Physician committed to caring for our most vulnerable populations. In medical school, I had the opportunity to work long-term in underserved communities of Washington D.C. (wards 1, 7 & 8, consisting of primarily Black, Immigrant and Homeless communities), which profoundly altered the way I would see and choose to practice medicine. PTHA appealed to my desire to combine my values in life, with my career; namely, to learn about and serve minority populations and People of Color in the United States, along with working on advocacy & community/preventative health for these populations. I am thrilled to work with the Puyallup tribe of Washington state, learn about both their unique culture and barriers to care, and to receive rigorous training in a setting that balances in-patient and outpatient services. Similarly, I am excited to work alongside individuals who share similar values to me.

What are your interests?

My interests include Mutual Aid, advocacy work, equity (racial, gender, LGBTQ+) in medicine and reading all the books (current book list: The Selected Works of Audre Lorde, Pleasure Activism and From Beirut to Jerusalem). I also love gardening and propagating plants, third-gen coffee, bouldering and creating (in whatever way possible). I am very invested in my spirituality and community. I’m also trying to learn more languages - Portuguese and Arabic!

What are some fun facts about you?

I am fluent in Spanish, first-generation Lebanese-American, and while in DC, was very involved in the art scene, making album art and music videos for local rappers. I’ve also made art for social change (selling works for donations to different NGOs)

Second Year Residents

Laura Fox, MD PhD

Where are you originally from?

Sultan, WA

Undergraduate College:

Cornell University

Where did you attend Medical School?

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Why did you choose PTHA?

Growing up in rural Washington, I recall many occasions where the culture and traditions of Salish tribes touched both my educational and personal experiences. My training in South Dakota also brought me closer to patients from the reservations at Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Standing Rock. Learning medicine in that environment offered constant reminders that modern healthcare holds only a small part of what it means to be a truly well human being. PTHA emphasizes a whole-person approach to full-spectrum care. Such comprehensive training in my home state was all I could ever ask for!

What are your interests?

My medical interests include women’s health, nutrition, holistic medicine, and making it simpler for those with unique neurocognitive needs to engage with their own medical decision making, particularly individuals on the autism spectrum. My scientific expertise is in traumatic brain injury, anxiety, PTSD, and neuroendocrinology.

What are some fun facts about you?

I turned down the chance for a spot on the U.S. Olympic archery team and went to college instead of Beijing, but I still love to shoot and coach today. I am fond of outdoor activities and enjoy even more sharing the outdoors with friends and family. I play a few instruments (some better than others!) and volunteer with Girl Scouts of Western Washington as often as I can. My husband and I love exploring new places and new foods together, at restaurants and at home. I was once an engineer at Boeing, love anything J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote, and for better or worse, am a morning person.

Chelsea Nagayama, DO

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Honolulu, HI and I grew up in a suburb near Fort Worth, TX in a town called Keller. I’ve lived in Seattle and Kitsap peninsula since undergrad.

Undergraduate College:

University of Washington

Where did you attend Medical School?

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Community campus: Renton, WA

Why did you choose PTHA?

PTHA has a great mix of things I really cared about in a residency- a warm welcoming community clinic, a large hospital to soak up all the knowledge, opportunities to gain rural experience, ability to grow my OMM skills, and a team that will allow me to grow as a provider and person. Also, I felt the folks at PTHA promoted the culture of understanding health and healing beyond institutional medicine, which really resonated with me.

What are your interests?

In medicine, I am interested in OMM, obstetrics, lifestyle medicine and practicing in a rural environment. Outside of medicine, I like to cook and pretend I am a member of the Bon Appetit test kitchen, have dance offs with anyone willing to lose, nerd out about painting and art theory, and see live music (hopefully that isn’t just a distant memory of the past).

What are some fun facts about you?

I have a fine art degree in painting and drawing and a few of my favorite artists are Richard Tuttle, Jessica Stockholder, Phillip Guston and Joan Mitchell. Art and medicine are very unique, however one commonality that I am drawn to in both fields is the physicality of the work. I once dined with Michelle and Barack Obama… well I once dined at the same restaurant as them in Honolulu during the holidays and FORMER (but forever in my heart) PRESIDENT OBAMA WALKED RIGHT PAST ME!

Daniel O’Bryan, DO

Where are you originally from?

St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate College:

Maryville University of St. Louis

Where did you attend Medical School?

Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose PTHA?

I choose PTHA for the ability to train in a similar size hospital as my surgical training hospital. I also was looking for a primary care program that had unopposed training. The program has shown that education to their residents is key. I also wanted to strengthen my osteopathic skills and PTHA has the tools that would allow this. The idea of training in an environment that also allows me to learn more about Native Americans is very unique and exciting to me.

What are your interests?

My medical interests include being part of an outpatient clinic with the opportunity to work within the community and at local hospitals. I enjoy any hands-on medicine for example OMM and bedside/minor procedures. I would also be interested in substance abuse or sleep medicine. Outside of medicine I enjoy many things. Creating has to be one of my favorite past times, this includes cooking, DIY projects, baking, piano, gardening and more. I also enjoy being part of groups, whether it is my Kickball group or just a group to hang out and grab some dinner. I love any type of games from board games to puzzles to computer games. I’m a big movie and music fan as well, but I would say most people are!

What are some fun facts about you?

My dog gets too much attention and has more beds than she is “years old”. I never had an animal until 2nd year of medical school. Business was my first career; medicine was is my second and final career where I started out as a surgery resident and have since transitioned into family medicine. I forced myself to start drinking coffee 1st year of medical school, prior to that I couldn’t tolerate the taste of coffee. I always try to go, do, or experience something new every year of my life.

Yuina Satoh, DO

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Japan and grew up moving back and forth between Japan and the US. Within the US, I’ve lived all over the place from East to West coast, including New York, Oregon, California, and then Colorado.

Undergraduate College:

University of California, Berkeley

Where did you attend Medical School?

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose PTHA?

I was attracted to PTHA for the comradery among the residents, faculty, and staff, and for the unique opportunity to work with a medically underserved patient population. Pride in diversity, a strong sense of serving the community, and patient advocacy are all important to me and I find these values to be reflected in the mission of PTHA. I am also thrilled to be moving to Tacoma, Washington. Having spent a number of years living and traveling in the Pacific Northwest, I am ecstatic to be returning to this beautiful region.

What are your interests?

As for my career goal, I have a particular interest in women’s health and hope to be able to grow professionally into an advocate for women’s health issues, while still practicing the full spectrum of medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy training and performing as a circus straps artist, exploring nature and the outdoors, and trying anything new and exciting. On a more leisurely day, I like to create things, whether that be by sewing, crocheting, cooking, or baking.

What are some fun facts about you?

I am a triplet and I weighed 1645grams (that’s 3.6lbs) when I was born. I am a circus performer and trained on aerial straps after undergrad for a number of years. I perform as an aerialist at local events and venues and hope to be able to continue to do so in Tacoma!

Third Year Residents

Ted Weatherwax, MD

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in Taos, NM and Browning, MT

Undergraduate College:

Montana State University - BS in Microbiology Tulane - MS in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Where did you attend Medical School?

University of New Mexico, School of Medicine

Why did you choose PTHA?

I started my journey into medicine as an EMT on my own reservation. While there I developed a deep appreciation for the role in a community physicians can have for cultivating a culture of healing. When I was given the opportunity to visit PTHA during my interview season I was deeply impressed by the level of community that was developed between the providers, the staff and the people they serve. In addition it opened my eyes to osteopathic manipulation. To learn how to practice medicine in this environment, and to learn how to develop the practice of medicine for tribal communities will be incredible!

What are your interests?

I enjoy providing full spectrum care, working with patients who have substance use disorders, and OB patients. I would like to specialize in Addiction Medicine.

What are some fun facts about you?

I am training to be a DM for DnD, play Magic the Gathering, enjoy terrible books and movies. I have a rescued boudreaux pit bull who has spent 8 years trying to teach me the perfection of mind that comes from being entirely at one with the moment, and to never let anything come between yourself and peanut butter.

Winnie Tsai, DO

Where are you originally from?

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Undergraduate College:

University of California, Irvine

Where did you attend Medical School?

A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Why did you choose PTHA?

After completing an audition rotation, I knew PTHA would be an amazing place to train during my residency. It has a perfect balance of rigorous adult and pediatric inpatient training alongside residents at Tacoma Family Medicine, a warm and welcoming outpatient clinic that provides care for Puyallup tribal members as well as other regional Native American tribes and a strong osteopathic manipulative medicine curriculum.

What are your interests?

I am a firm believer in practicing medicine with a focus on prevention that incorporates education on nutrition and physical activity. I am interested in pediatric and women's health, behavioral health, utilizing osteopathic manipulative medicine/integrative medicine for chronic pain, and issues concerning end of life. I have always been passionate about working with undeserved communities. Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest -- hiking, eating, gardening, traveling and photography. I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. I also love low-key "Netflix and Chill" evenings with my husband.

What are some fun facts about you?

I spent a month in Quito, Ecuador of my 4th year learning medical Spanish and met my future co-resident Arielle in Baños de Santa Agua! I hiked up to the summit of Ruca Pichincha, a volcano at 15,413 ft elevation. I am obsessed with dogs, yet allergic to them at the same time.

Nick Snow, DO

Where are you originally from?

The beautiful hills of western North Carolina (Granite Falls, NC)

Undergraduate College:

North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Where did you attend Medical School?

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus (Blacksburg, VA)

Why did you choose PTHA?

I chose PTHA on account of the community we serve! I am passionate about Native health and PTHA provides an amazing array of patient-centered, well-rounded care. PTHA has also fostered a sense of community unlike other programs and I am excited to be a part of it. I plan to pursue a career in this IHS and know that PTHA would be an exceptional preparation for my future. Additionally, I am excited to grow as an osteopath and found the OMM training here to be exceptional. I also can't deny the fact that I am excited to be in the Evergreen state with all of the beautiful nature around. 🙂

What are your interests?

In regards to health and medicine, I am interested in many things. My all-encompassing motivation to empower folks to increase their overall physical, mental, and spiritual health. I am passionate about food, exercise, osteopathic manipulation, herbal & integrative medicine, musculoskeletal/sports medicine, and mental/spiritual health. I also am interested in health policy, particularly matters that pertain to the "upstream" determinants of health, like insurance, employment, access to green areas, and food access. I believe are health is inseparable from our communities and together, we can all support in each other in health.

What are some fun facts about you?

Outside of the clinic and hospital, you can find me outside hiking trails, climbing rocks, dancing to groovy tunes, or simply enjoying some tea and reading a book. I love mushrooms and used to forage in the Appalachian mountains, so any local knowledge on the local mycology will be appreciated! I'm a professionally amateur juggler. I've also traveled to several Latin American countries and love to speak Spanish!

Arielle Jacob, DO

Where are you originally from?

Freehold, NJ

Undergraduate College:

Fordham University in Bronx, NY

Where did you attend Medical School?

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA

Why did you choose PTHA?

My previous positions in the social work field has inspired me to stay involved with community outreach and empowerment; however, I was unsure with which community. After a transforming medical school rotation with PTHA, I knew I wanted to dedicate my career to indigenous health. I chose PTHA because of their unity and dedication to the Native population.

What are your interests?

My career interests include preventive medicine, rural health, health literacy, mental and emotional health, bridging modern and traditional treatments, nutrition, diabetes management, and women's healthcare.

What are some fun facts about you?

In my spare time, I enjoy reading memoirs, trying new recipes, taking aerialist classes, and binge watching Latin American telenovelas.