High 5 for Dr. LancasterDr. Eric Lindstrom, a radiologist at Yakima Valley Radiology, has chosen Virginia Mason Memorial hospitalist Dr. Brad Lancaster as the next High 5 honoree. Why? "Because Brad is receptive, deliberate in his actions, and responds with intention -- the intention of immediately effecting and benefiting both patient care and the physician dynamic. Brad improves the hospital environment on a daily basis by being a problem solver." The High 5 honor is passed from one VMM provider to another to recognize extra-special teamwork in caring for our patients. Congratulations, Dr. Lancaster!
Check it Out! Provider Directory on Home Page. Note: We are working on getting all Physicians, ARNP's, PA-C's and CRNA's listed in this directory. Stay tuned!
Sheala Johnson, ARNP
Education: Master’s of Science in Nursing, Gonzaga University, 2014; Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, Washington State University.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I knew I wanted to be a nurse when I was 18 and worked toward that goal quickly. Through the years I wanted to continue my education, so I became a nurse practitioner.
Why did you choose your specialty? I believe that as we care for women throughout their lifetime we are caring for entire families.
What is your philosophy of care? My goal is always to provide individualized, thorough care and education to the patients who entrust their care to me.
What do you like about Yakima? I have been a lifelong resident of Yakima, and I enjoy having four seasons. The sunshine we get, even in winter months, is wonderful. Also, the sense of community here in the valley is one of the greatest benefits.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my husband, two adult children and extended family. I love taking photos of adventures we have together and making scrapbooks to preserve those memories!
Blair Dorn, PA-C
Education: Master's of Medical Science, Midwestern University, Glendale, Ariz., 2018
What inspired you to choose medicine? Helping others is something I enjoy. The teamwork of health care makes it an enjoyable profession.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like the hands-on aspect. We are literally getting people back on their feet.
What is your philosophy of care? The patient is No. 1. All the decisions that are made are in their best interest.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the outdoor opportunities that Yakima offers.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy hiking. Hunting, fishing, golfing and other outdoor activities are also fun for me.
Heath Cobb, MD
Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies, 2005-2008
Residency: Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, Mass., Tufts University School of Medicine Categorical Pediatrics Program
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have wanted to be in medicine from way back, probably when I was 5. I always directed my education toward that. But, when I was older, I did have to make the decision to choose medicine over aviation.
Why did you choose your specialty? When I did my pediatrics rotation, I just knew it was the right fit.
What is your philosophy of care? You really need to work with the family, especially when caring for young patients.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m looking forward to fishing, hiking, heading out to the national parks, eating some real Washington apples.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have my pilot’s license; I like anything aviation. I like to fly fish, hike, and go boating and skiing.
Irene Varghese, MD
What inspired you to choose medicine? Growing up I saw lots of family members deal with health issues and navigate through the system. Also I had a desire to help people.
Why did you choose your specialty? I enjoy being able to take care of the whole family and helping patients transition through all walks of life.
What is your philosophy of care? It’s important to empower patients with information. That way we can make decisions together.
What do you like about Yakima? 300 days of sunshine! The summers are gorgeous. And it’s a great community.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy traveling with my husband and trying new foods. I also love board games and cooking.
Katheryn Lauer, MD
Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., 2004.
Residency: Lancaster General Hospital / Family Medicine, Lancaster, Pa., 2004-2007.
What inspired you to choose medicine? The desire to connect with people in a meaningful way.
Why did you choose your specialty? It was a calling. It felt like a way to connect with people that you don’t get in a lot of modern medicine. There’s an opportunity for healing when cure isn’t possible that you don’t get anywhere else.
What is your philosophy of care? I’m not there to tell you what to do. I can offer you my experience; I can offer you my knowledge. There’s a whole team here to help you, but it’s not our decision. We’re here to help.
What do you like about Yakima? It’s a great place to raise a family, and the outdoor opportunities are fantastic. We find it to be everything we were looking for.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to spend time with my family and my dogs. We do anything outdoors, like cross country ski, hike and fly fish.
Dustin Hurter PA-C
Education: Master’s of Clinical Health Science, Physician Assistant, MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington, 2015-2017
What inspired you to choose medicine? I enjoy a career that provides an opportunity to help others while being challenging for me as well.
Why did you choose your specialty? I enjoy the flexibility of being a PA and the broad scope of medical training I received.
What is your philosophy of care? I focus on the patient’s needs and provide an opportunity for them to express their needs and goals for their health and wellbeing.
What do you like about Yakima? I’m an outdoorsman. My wife and I do all things outdoors; hiking, fishing, skiing, golf.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to stay active. We also attend as many Sounders games as I can.
Previous employment: PA-C at Confluence Health Walk-In Clinic/Urgent Care in Moses Lake. 2017-2019.
Alexis Beinlich, DO
Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, 2014
Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, 2014-2018
What inspired you to choose medicine? My desire to serve and love the study of medicine.
Why did you choose your specialty? Because I love both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
What is your philosophy of care? I’m patient and family driven with a goal that they understand what’s happening so they can make the best decision.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the proximity to hiking and outdoor activities.
What do you like to do outside of work? Hiking, skiing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with my family.
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