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Juliana Avila, ARNP, HealthyNow, Zillah
Education: Master's degree, Family Nurse Practitioner
Georgetown University, 2014
Certification: Master's degree, Family Nurse Practitioner, Georgetown University, 2014
What is your philosophy of care as a nurse practitioner? I believe in preventative and holistic care. It is important to work together with patients to reach better health outcomes.
Your previous job? I worked for almost a year at Yakima Neighborhood Health as a nurse practitioner. Prior to that I worked as a registered nurse in the post-anesthesia care unit for general surgery, and in cardiac ICU in Orlando, Florida.
Where were you raised? I'm from Norte de Santander, Colombia. I've been in the United States for the past 16 years.
What do you like about Yakima? I love the landscape, the closeness of the community and the beautiful scenery in Washington state. I also enjoy communicating with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time with friends and my golden retriever, Mateo. I enjoy exercising, dancing and traveling.
Juliette Capp, ARNP
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Seattle Pacific University
Master of Science in Nursing, Gonzaga University
Certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, ACLS, PALS, BCLS
Before joining the Healthy Now team, Ms. Capp was in critical care for over 17 years. She has a servant's heart and puts the needs and the care of her patients first in every interaction, working with them to improve their health. She loves living in Yakima for all four seasons and the close proximity to Seattle and the Oregon Coast. She is the proud grandmother of two and has been married to her husband for 40 years.
Hugo de Oliveira, ARNP
Education: Master's degree, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gonzaga University 2014
Certification: Family Nursing Practitioner - AANP, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
What is your philosophy of care as a nurse practitioner? I believe in frank communication with patients, having the patient actively participate in their care. Everyone is different, which requires an individualized plan. Prior to working at HealthyNow, I was a primary care provider at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. While finishing up my master's degree I worked at Sunnyside Community Hospital as the director of the Emergency Department. Prior to that I worked as a registered nurse in the emergency room at Memorial for 6 years.
Where were you raised? I'm Portuguese; I was born in Lisbon. Before coming to the United States I lived in London, England, where I met my wife. I have also lived for some time in Canada, Greece and Scotland, and traveled all around Europe.
What do you like about Yakima? I enjoy the weather, outdoor activities and access to the beautiful wine country. My brother and sister-in-law work at Memorial. They're both RNs: He's in Pediatrics and she's in Labor & Delivery. My wife works in Human Resources for Memorial. Going away for a while I'm glad to return to Memorial, where I love the people and the culture.
What do you like to do outside of work? My wife and I have three kids, ages 4 to 12. We like traveling, camping, fishing, hiking and spending our time outdoors. Also, we love football and are Seahawks season ticket holders.
Tara Morris, ARNP
Education: Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Washington State University; Master of Nursing, Washington State University
Tara Morris grew up with an interest in science. She believes it's important to involve patients in their own care, because at the end of the day, their health is their responsibility. She has worked at Memorial for more than 15 years, previously serving in the Emergency Department. In her spare time, she enjoys water sports: river floating, swimming and paddle boarding.
Shannon Neer, PA-C
Specialty: Family Medicine
Education: Arizona School of Health Sciences, Phoenix
I grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where my dad was the head of the newly forming Medical Physics facility at the brand new King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. Back then Riyadh was still quite underdeveloped-routine medical care and advanced health services were nonexistent for most of the population. Almost overnight (nine years, actually) I witnessed a tiny city with several mud buildings, diseased children and one stop light turn into a big city with modern streets and grocery stores.
One of the first CT scanners ever made was installed in my dad's facility. I always wanted to practice medicine, and in my senior year of college I learned the Physician Assistant profession is based on a model of rural medicine and taking care of underserved populations. That was an instant no brainer for me! Yakima is not exactly rural but it is small and access to care is indeed an issue.
After moving back from Saudi Arabia my family moved to Washington State. I graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham. I then attended Arizona School of Health Sciences, in Phoenix, where I earned a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
My husband and I live in Ellensburg. We have two precious and spoiled little girls- a miniature Yorkie and a teacup Chihuahua. When I'm not at work, I enjoy arts and crafts, baking and raising money for the American Cancer Society. Almost every day when I am practicing medicine I am reaffirmed that I made the right career choice. Because I don't follow patients in the hospital or take call I feel like I can spend more time with each patient. In keeping with the principles of rural medicine I make sure to address the whole patient. This includes their home life, work life, and their available resources. I always make sure that the medications and treatment plans that I give to a patient will actually work for them considering their circumstances.
I like patients of all ages but I decorate my rooms for the children-I like them better! I like to goof off with them and I am typically the loudest one making animal noises and being silly! Who said I have to grow up?
Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Stacie Olson was inspired to be a nurse by her mother who was also a nurse. She has a strong desire to help other people no matter where they are on their health journey.
Tricia Robertson, ARNP
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Washington State University
Master of Science in Nursing, Gonzaga University
Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Patricia Robertson grew up interested in science and fascinated by the human body. Going into nursing and healthcare seemed like a natural career fit. She believes in working together with her patients to help them learn ways to take control of their health by asking questions and becoming informed. Patricia was born at Memorial, raised in Yakima and is married to her high school sweetheart and has two sons. In her spare time she enjoys hobby farming, salmon and steelhead fishing.
Laura Stewart, ARNP
Education: Post-Master's - Family Nurse Practitioner, Washington State University. Master of Science in Nursing Education, University of New Mexico. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Washington State University
Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner - ARNP
What is your philosophy of care as a nurse practitioner? Patient-centered focus.
Where were you raised? I was raised in Yakima.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the weather and the location; it's near both Seattle and the mountains.
What do you like to do outside of work? We're big fans of the Oregon Coast. I also like to travel and play tennis.
Shereen Stocker, ARNP
Ms. Stocker attended high school in Lewiston, Idaho and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Wisconsin in Madison. She completed her Master of Science in nursing, and her family nurse practitioner degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1990. She started at Selah Family Medicine in 1991, and has been practicing there ever since.
Special interests in medicine include travel medicine and women's health care. Ms. Stocker is a member of ARNP's United of Washington State and has participated in medical missions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Tanzania and Peru. One of her main volunteer passions is a local program called "Feeding Five Thousand" of which she serves as a co-chair. Several churches and community groups come together to package meals of rice, lentils, spices, dehydrated vegetables & chicken. These meals are sent with an organization called Children of the Nations and are sent to Uganda, Sierra Leone, Malawi or the Dominican Republic. Earlier this year, the organization sent 61,000 meals to the Dominican Republic.
Her other interests include travel, hiking, photography, and quilting.
Kathleen Tucholke, ARNP
Phil Young, ARNP
Education: Master's of Nursing, Washington State University, 2008; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2001.
Certification: Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Mr. Young worked at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for 12 years, before leaving to pursue other opportunities, and returned to Memorial Family of Services because he appreciates the sense of community that Memorial and the Yakima Valley provide.
His philosophy of care is simple: He tries to put himself in his patient's shoes. Mr. Young strives to make medicine understandable for patients and believes that if his patients understand the reasoning behind the treatment plan, they are much more likely to follow that plan. He chose medicine as a career because he wanted to help people and has found it rewarding.
Mr. Young and his wife have four children, and they spend a lot of time playing, coaching and watching baseball. He also has traveled for medical mission work in Honduras, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic and is fluent in conversational Spanish.