Kolby Nelson, DO
Where are you originally from?
BS- Utah State University
MIA- Penn State University
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.