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Meet Our Physicians

The physicians at Virginia Mason Memorial have a wide breadth and depth of medical and clinical expertise. They also have interesting personalities, philosophies, hobbies and community involvement. You can meet some of our specialists below.

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Hospitalists: Memorial Inpatient Services

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Daniel Cole, DO

Daniel Cole, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, 2016

Residency: Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minn., 2016-2019

What inspired you to choose medicine? My experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Panama, where I worked in health and sanitation.

Why did you choose your specialty? Because of the breadth and depth of adult medicine.

What is your philosophy of care? To provide compassionate high-quality care.

What do you like about Yakima? I love the variety of outdoor activities in the area, and I love the people I get to work with.

What do you like to do outside of work? My wife and I enjoy going on hikes with our dogs, and I enjoy doing home DIY projects and traveling when able.


Ear Nose & Throat Specialists: Yakima ENT

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Aaron Shady, DO

Aaron Shady, DO

Medical school: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, Fla., 2014


Residency:
Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, Mich.


What inspired you to choose medicine?
The desire to make a difference to individuals and in a community.

Why did you choose your specialty? I enjoy the idea of quality-of-life surgery and helping people overcome lifelong adverse medical conditions.

What is your philosophy of care? To listen to their concerns and create individualized treatment options where we can discuss together which options best meet their needs.

What do you like about Yakima? The community feel with access to amazing outdoor recreation.

What do you like to do outside of work? Backpacking, photography, paddle-boarding, golf, skiing, cross-country skiing, and that’s just getting started.

Previous experience: 2014 – Present Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Instructor


Cancer Care: North Star Lodge

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Ellis Ziel MD

Ellis Ziel MD

Radiation Oncology

Philosophy Of Care:

I believe in a patient-centered approach to cancer care and welcome the active input from patients and families on how to design a care plan that best fits their needs. I find that the more a patient understands about the complex disease process of cancer, the more motivated they are in fighting the disease. I'm so proud to be a part of North Star Lodge; we have a great team-based approach which supports the overall health and well-being of our patients. Having radiation oncology and medical oncology/hematology services located under one roof at North Star Lodge is such a benefit for our patients. I can walk right across the building to meet with other medical experts regarding treatment coordination and care instead of calling or emailing another facility for information. This is patient-centered care at its best.

Medical school: University of Alabama, 2009

Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, Chicago Il, 2014

Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

Board Certified: The American Board of Radiology, 2015


Pain Management: Water's Edge

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Henry Kim, MD

Henry Kim, MD

Henry Kim, MD specializes in pain management for Memorial Hospital. Henry first became interested in medicine while studying biochemistry in college. He knows that pain is a complicated thing, as there are a number of factors involved such as psychiatric issues, psychological and even lifestyle issues. He understands that when he sees a patient, he must see the whole person and not just their pain. He enjoys meeting new people and working with patients on a one-on-one level.


Family Medicine: Family Medicine of Yakima

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Dr Daveport

Tanny Davenport, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Residency: Central WA Family Medicine

Board Certification: Am Bd Family Medicine (Fam Med)

What inspired you to choose medicine? I come from a family of healthcare professionals and teachers and my mom is a nurse.

What is your philosophy of care? I'm upfront with patients. I tell them what I think. I don't try to tell them what to do. I'm realistic, and we'll figure out ways we can work together to meet our goals. I recognize the value of a patient's time.

What do you like about Yakima? I think it's a very diverse area with lots of different cultures and ethnicities. I'm very thankful for the bountiful fruits and vegetables that we have.

What do you like to do outside of work? I have two boys, so I spend a lot of time playing and reading about dinosaurs. From a personal heath activity standpoint, I like to work out, play basketball, and golf.


Physiatry: Lakeview

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Sean Mullin, DO

Sean Mullin, DO

A physiatrist or physical medicine and rehab specialist at Lakeview Spine, Sean Mullin uses a holistic approach to help his patients. A cross between orthopedics and neurology, physiatry uses a number of different methods and types of medicine to treat patients. Seeing a patient who once was in a great amount of pain now with a smile is why Sean practices medicine. In his free time, Sean enjoys cooking, reading, walking his dog, snowboarding, and flying his Cessna aircraft with his wife.

What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
I was inspired by a good friend who practices the same specialty, physiatry. I knew I wanted to go into healthcare but I didn't know where I fit. It wasn't until I went with him on rounds seeing patients that it hit me that this was what I was supposed to be doing. At that point, I decided I would go to medical school. As I went in for my interview at the medical school, I found a flyer talking about osteopathic medicine. As soon as I read it, I knew that would be my profession.

Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I try to treat people with respect. If they're in the mood for it, I try to use some humor and lighten up the situation. I try to have fun, do what needs to be done, treat them with respect, and do my best to do what is right and to answer their questions.

What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
When I came here, I did not know the quality of the medical community in Yakima, but I soon discovered that most of the doctors here have excellent training and excellent backgrounds. They are excellent physicians; as good as I've seen anywhere else, if not better.

What do you like about Yakima?
When I moved here, I was looking for a town that wasn't too big or too small. I wanted a place that had lots of outdoor recreational opportunities. I also like that it's near the mountains and full of very nice people.

Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I have many interests. I like to cook, read, walk my dog, snowboard, and fly. I got bored one day and decided I wanted to learn how to fly a plane. It's been a lot of fun. I've got an old Cessna and my wife and I will jump in it on the weekend and take off somewhere.


Family Medicine: Apple Valley Family Medicine

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Jennifer Pontarolo, DO

Jennifer Pontarolo, DO

Medical school: Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency: Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program Board-certified: Family Medicine

What inspired you to choose medicine? I have always loved science and have a drive to constantly learn new things and challenge myself. Combined with my desire to help individuals, I found medicine to be the perfect path.

Why did you choose your specialty? Building long-term relationships and taking care of patients throughout all stages of life is my passion. I love educating on disease-prevention, devising care plans with my patients' goals for their health in mind, and working with specialists to provide the best care.

What is your philosophy of care? I believe patients have a lot of control over their own health, and my job is to guide them. Taking a holistic approach to medicine and incorporating emotional as well as physical health in every visit is important to me.

What do you like about Yakima? I came here for medical school in 2009 and was surprised to find that I enjoyed the quiet, relaxed pace of life. Being so close to the mountains, there is easy access to great hiking and skiing. Also, I like the sense of community here.

What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I like to backpack, hike, ski at White Pass and travel. I also enjoy reading and spending time with our yellow lab and two cats.


Family Medicine: Memorial Cornerstone Medicine

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Mariela Morales, MD

Mariela Morales, MD

What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?

Both my dad and my grandfather are physicians, so I grew up knowing the role of a doctor and how special a doctor-patient relationship could be. I always loved science but more importantly, I was intrigued by the human body. I liked the idea of interacting with people who put all their trust in me, people who would teach me about their lives and illnesses and in the process, I could try to make their lives healthier and better. This is what I enjoy most to this day.

Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I would like to think that I approach my patients as a whole and I look at the big picture. I like to keep things simple and I want to keep the conversation going both ways. One of my biggest beliefs is that patients should be in charge of their health and that I'm a facilitator of the process. I strongly believe in evidence-based medicine and this plays a huge role in the care of my patients.

What do you like about Yakima?
I love the size, the lack of traffic (coming from Houston this is a big change) and the friendliness of the people in this town. I love the landscape and the variety of activities and things nearby that allow you to stay active. I love all of the local fruits and vegetables and that big cities are so close.

Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I am an environmentalist and I care about the world we live in and what we are going to leave to our children, therefore, I do a lot of research on how to live a sustainable life. I enjoy trying food from different countries and I love animals. I'm also very happy when I explore the great outdoors which is very easy to do around here.


Sleep Medicine: The Sleep Center at Memorial

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Anindita Chowdhury, MD

Anindita Chowdhury, MD

Medical school: Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Residency: MedStar Washington Hospital Center / Georgetown University, 2010-2013

Fellowships: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa., 2013-2016; Sleep Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2016-2017

What inspired you to choose medicine?
  I have a keen interest in understanding the human body and various disease processes and then ultimately to have the opportunity to help patients with this knowledge.

Why did you choose your specialty? Pulmonary physiology intrigued me. Also, I had the chance to practice pulmonary medicine in many diverse settings such as in an intense critical care setting, an outpatient setting, treating patients with chronic lung and sleep disease.

What is your philosophy of care? I believe in making a difference is the quality of life for my patients by providing evidence-based, compassionate care.

What do you like about Yakima? It is a beautiful and serene town with lots of opportunities to explore the outdoors.


Gastroenterology: Yakima Gastroenterology Associates

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Dr. Sunil Amin

Dr. Sunil Amin

Medical school: Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2005-2010

Residency: Internal medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2010-2013

Fellowship: Interventional Endoscopy, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center 2016-2017; Gastroenterology, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2013-2016

What inspired you to choose medicine?  I think I've always wanted to be a physician ever since I was a kid. I can't imagine doing anything else. The deep satisfaction of helping people through a difficult time in their lives is something unique to my profession.

Why did you choose your specialty? I think GI is a good mix of brain and brawn. We get to use our hands on a daily basis, but we also get to use our heads on things like liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease.

What is your philosophy of care? Multidisciplinary evidence-based medicine. I think the input of my fellow physicians is so important and allows us to take the best care of our patients.

What do you like about Yakima? The natural beauty of the region is just stunning. I look forward to exploring the area.

What do you like to do outside of work? I like to do something physical every day whether it’s the gym, yoga or running, and I look forward to exploring the outdoorsy stuff around here.


Surgery: Cascade Surgical Partners

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Clayton Miller, DO

Clayton Miller, DO

Medical school: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, 2014


Residency:
General Surgery, Statewide Campus System Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2014-2019.

What inspired you to choose medicine?  My desire to work with people. First, I fell in love with science, however, I soon realized I wanted to work directly with people. Medicine allows me to do both.

Why did you choose your specialty? General surgery provides enormous diversity; I work inpatient and outpatient, trauma and oncology, pediatrics to geriatrics -- and I get to work with my hands!

What is your philosophy of care? I strive to provide quality surgical care to the patients of the Yakima Valley on the basis of mutual respect, communication and hard work.

What do you like about Yakima? I initially came to Yakima to attend PNWU and have been gone for seven years. The sense of community, beautiful weather and location within an outdoor lover’s paradise brought us back.

What do you like to do outside of work? Outside of work, my wife and I spend most of our time chasing around our two young children. We enjoy golf, skiing, hiking and camping and hope to get out more as our children grow up.


Vascular Surgeons: Yakima Vascular Associates

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Dr Tanwani

Tekchand Tanwani, MD
General Surgeon

Dr. Tekchand Tanwani grew up in southern Pakistan in a small town about the size of Yakima. He earned a medical degree from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. He completed a residency in general surgery at Northshore University Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y. and is board certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Phlebology.

Dr. Tanwani belongs to a family of physicians and considers medicine a noble and rewarding profession. He enjoys spending time with patients and educating them about their care, employing honesty and a passion for his work.

Dr. Tanwani moved to Yakima in 1998 and enjoyed the weather, community and the landscape so much that he and his wife decided to stay in Yakima and raise their two children here.


Obstetrics & Gynecology: Generations OB/GYN

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Bonnie Crouthamel, MD, OB/GYN

Bonnie Crouthamel, MD, OB/GYN

Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., 2008-2013

Residency: Ob/GYN, the University of Washington, 2013-2017

Fellowship: San Diego Family Planning Fellowship, University of California, San Diego, Calif., 2017-2019

What inspired you to choose medicine?  Traveling various places and seeing health disparities made me want to pick a career where I could help with those disparities.

Why did you choose your specialty? I saw how health disparities affect women specifically, and I wanted to help women through any situation in their life: the happy situations, the complicated situations, everything. I also like to have continuity with my patients.

What is your philosophy of care? I believe in nonjudgmental care and being able to provide the patient with all the information they need to make decisions about their health.

What do you like about Yakima? I did a rotation here in medical school, and this is the place that felt like home.

What do you like to do outside of work? I love being outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping, being with my two dogs.


Podiatry: Yakima Podiatry Associates

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Dr. Silas Klaver, DPM, AACFAS

Dr. Silas Klaver, DPM, AACFAS

Medical school: Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, 2011-2015

Residency: Podiatry, New Mexico VA Health Care System & Kaiser Foundation Hospital, 2015-2018

What inspired you to choose medicine and your specialty?  I grew up playing soccer and running so I naturally found interest in biomechanics, or the study of the body in motion. Being able to help patients get back to the activities they love is very rewarding. I wanted to have an active role in both conservative and surgical patient care, so Podiatry was a perfect fit.

What is your philosophy of care? It's important to me to create a relationship of trust with my patients, making sure they understand their condition, their options, and are able to take an active role in their treatment plan.

What do you like about Yakima? I like the weather and the proximity to all the outdoor activities.

What do you like to do outside of work? Running, just about anything outdoors; winter sports, soccer, hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking. I seem to develop a new hobby every year. We have three young, active kids that keep us very busy.


How did you come to Yakima Podiatry? I previously lived in Oregon and really wanted to get back to the Northwest. I was introduced to Dr. Orminski and things fell into place. It turned out to be a fantastic opportunity.


COVID-19 News & Announcements

New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

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Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Telehealth: Your questions answered

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COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic

Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

Physician Recruitment:

We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035

Tele-Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.

Virtual Chaplaincy

Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm