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Internal Medicine Residency Faculty and Staff

Meet the Everett Internal Medicine Residents

PGY-1 Residents

Aisha Alam
Aisha Alam, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Becoming the first female physician in my family.

Where is home for you?
Vancouver, Canada.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Increasing healthcare access for underserved and rural communities.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Hiking, spending time with friends and family and trying new cuisines.

Aseel Alsamarrie
Aseel Alsamarraie, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Becoming someone who is empowered by empowering by others, and using that to drive how I practice medicine.

Where is home for you?
Everett, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I’m interested in advocating for patients and medical professionals alike with my work in healthcare quality improvement and medical education.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Yoga, hiking, road trips, and game nights.

Kafiya Arte
Kafiya Arte, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
My siblings and I retired our hardworking mother in December 2021!

Where is home for you?
Marysville, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am passionate about primary care and health advocacy. As a first-generation child of Somali refugee parents, I understand that consistent access to equitable, patient-centered primary care is paramount to disease prevention, early detection, and effective intervention. I am excited to do my part in providing this service to my community here in Snohomish county.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Like a true PNW native, I enjoy spending my free time outdoors whether I’m hiking, paddle boarding, or just taking scenic walks. I recently took up surfing while living in Barbados and am excited to explore the WA surf scene! I also love traveling and immersing myself in different cultures; I’ve traveled to/lived in 20+ countries and counting! If it’s too cold to explore the outdoors you’ll find me curled up by my fireplace, watching the latest competition reality TV show while drinking Somali tea.

Kathryn Katie Buckman
Katie Buckman, DO

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
I received the Excellence in Public Health award from the United States Public Health Service for creating a fundraiser that raised over $10,000 to keep a local free clinic running. I am also proud to be one of the co-founders of What Matters in the End at Pacific Northwest University, a CME conference regarding end-of-life care education.

Where is home for you?
Eugene, Oregon.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am passionate about providing healthcare to rural and underserved populations. I have a wide variety of interests in medicine, including preventative care, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care, critical care, addiction medicine, and physician advocacy.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs, family, and friends. I am an amateur golfer and love to play any time I can. I also enjoy photography, snowboarding, hiking, baking, cooking, and naps.

Monica Carroll
Monica Carroll, DO, MPH

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Receiving my medical degree and starting my journey as a physician.

Where is home for you?
Duvall, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Providing care to underserved populations
Working alongside other physicians to treat complex medical conditions
Public Health.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, boating
Spending time with my husband, puppy, family, and friends.

Jonathan Cheng
Jonathan Cheng, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
I am proud to be the first physician in my mother’s family and am proud to be the second American physician in my father’s family.

Where is home for you?
King County & Snohomish County, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
My current career interests are in primary care and hospitalist medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I love to read (favorite series: Pendergast, Prey), watch movies (favorite genre: Horror), and eat fried chicken.

Keely Coxon
Keely Coxon, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Taking the initiative to change careers and pursue medicine.

Where is home for you?
Everett, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Community-based medical practice and teaching; research.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy rock climbing (sport, trad), skiing, endurance sports, photography, baking and going to local coffee shops. I also volunteer as a member of the Junior League of Seattle.

Matthew Matt Engel
Matt Engel, DO, MPH

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
I am excited to be starting residency. But I’m probably most proud of the fact that my son is a year and a half old and still thriving. Being a parent has been a challenge, but the tiredness and frustration has started to yield towards excitement and anticipation as I watch him develop into a spirited and expressive individual.

Where is home for you?
Born in Colorado, but been a nomad for most of my adult life.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am extremely interested in all facets of inpatient medicine. I appreciate the dynamic and often frenetic nature of the hospital. Outside of clinical work, I have a passion for quality improvement and translational research.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
My family and I enjoy hiking and camping outdoors. We play a variety of board games and enjoy watching movies when we are being homebodies.

Gursimran Simran Grewel
Gursimran Singh Grewal, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
The community service work to the date and the impact its had on our communities over the years! Achieving my MD and the service opportunities that come with it as well.

Where is home for you?
Tukwila, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Reading, journal reviews, club meetings (ethics, medical interest group, etc).

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
The great outdoors! I enjoy spending time with my dog and travelling. Also spending time with friends and family in new destinations.

Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh, DO

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
The progress I have made on my path to becoming a physician is my proudest accomplishment to date. Everyone has a different path towards becoming a doctor and everyone has their own challenges. For me, I was the first in my family to go to university and the first to enroll in medical school. To finance this, I worked as a Scientist to help support my family. This job also allowed me to explore my passion for research. It was not a straightforward journey, but I love every step on this challenging path. I aim to continue it to not only become a good physician but one who continually learns and improves.

What are your interests related to medicine?
My biggest interest in relation to medicine is academic research. I had the opportunity to work as a R&D Scientist for a few years before enrollment in medical school. This professional history compounded with my scientific curiosity during school, and I involved myself with various research projects. Amongst them, was the exploration of cancer pathways and potential diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. I believe that the eagerness to remain current with landmark trials and a constant pursuit for new knowledge are invaluable to me. I want to incorporate valid, peer-reviewed research into the way I practice medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Outside of residency, I have a lot of hobbies I try to keep up. While being active, I greatly enjoy skiing, hiking, playing basketball, and playing disc golf. Other days, I play the piano, read, write, play board games, and try new coffees. I love trying new foods and enjoy the opportunity to explore different types of restaurants!

Adam Panzer
Adam Panzer, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Creating a student-physician mentorship community for first-generation medical students.

Where is home for you?
New York City.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Helping to resolve barriers to access and producing a more patient-centered health care system.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Cooking, rock-climbing, and baking bad bread.

Jorge Parra
Jorge Parra, DO

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Completing medical school.

Where is home for you?
Savannah, Georgia.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am interested in Diagnostic Radiology, specifically neuroradiology and development of artificial intelligence.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, and spending time with my wife, Lauren, and pup, Aspen.

Darren Pouv
Darren Pouv, MD

PROFILE

Biography

Where is home for you?
Everett, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am interested in medical education and quality improvement in healthcare.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Scrapbooking, traveling, cooking, and playing board games.

Nicholas Rintala
Nicholas Rintala, MD

Mahnoosh Taheri
Mahnoosh Taheri, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Volunteered for Canadian Blood Services as a team leader and scheduler for 3 years.

Where is home for you?
Vancouver, Canada.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Primary care and all areas of internal medicine, especially critical care, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and challenging symptoms in general. As a former vice principal and high school teacher, I also plan on being part of academic medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy cooking Persian foods, baking birthday cakes, biking by a lake, running on a beautiful trail, skiing on a snowy day, meeting new people, and learning about their language and culture. I love to get creative in the kitchen and invite friends over to try my new food in our little place. I enjoy learning and joining group dance at a party. I am a coffee person; it’s always a bonus if it’s with good company, view, and weather.

Jonah Imee Talavera-Paragas
Imee Ramirez Talavera-Paragas MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
My proudest accomplishment to date is learning how to love myself, and to be able to fully appreciate life by remembering that we are all human beings, and not just humans doing.

Where is home for you?
I was born in the Philippines, raised on Guam, and have been a Seattle transplant for a decade.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I’m highly interested in Primary Care, Preventative Medicine, Geriatrics, and Gastroenterology.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I love going on long walks with my chihuahua, traveling to new places with my family, trying new restaurants and boba shops, and napping.

PGY-2 Residents

Mariam Alamgir
Mariam Alamgir, MD, MBA

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Staying true to my values and living my dream of becoming a physician.

Where is home for you?
Pennsylvania.

What are your interests related to medicine?
My interests include general internist, rural medicine, healthcare administration, and preventative medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I love spending time with family and friends, painting, bird watching/feeding. My newfound love in Washington has been exploring nature and hiking.

Sujan Badal
Sujan Badal, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Receiving my MD degree.

Where is home for you?
Kathmandu, Nepal.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am interested in oncology, clinical research, and quality improvement projects. I enjoy working with underserved and diverse patient populations.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
Soccer, outdoor activities, hiking, and sci-fi movies.

Riley Brazil
Riley Brazil, MD, MPH

PROFILE

Biography

Where is home for you?
Lake Hills, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am passionate about making healthcare safer, especially for vulnerable people and communities.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy swimming, hiking, and camping out in nature. When I’m home, I enjoy cooking and baking.

Dong Soon Choi
Dong Soon Choi, DO, PhD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Having my family and choosing medicine.

Where is home for you?
Texas.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Personalized medicine, prevention, oncology, and endocrinology.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy exploring nature, fishing, traveling, and cooking.

Jordan (Jordy) de Lisle
Jordy de Lisle, DO

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Becoming a doctor while maintaining a healthy marriage & being a dog dad.

Where is home for you?
Tacoma, Washington and Salt Lake City, Utah.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I’m interested in G.I. and critical care. I’m also interested in hospitalist medicine and general outpatient medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I play guitar, jog with my dog, and I absolutely love spending time with my wife, Kate.

Nigel Jagoo
Nigel Jagoo, DO, MS

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
AAFP Leadership Project Award & Best Leadership Project Award
“Free Health Clinic for Migrant Women in Palm Beach County”

What are your interests related to medicine?
Underserved primary care medicine, where I focus on building relationships with my patients. I want to get to know them beyond any ailments, understand their struggles, their barriers and partner with them towards their own good health.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I like playing/watching soccer, and I recently started fly fishing. I also like spending time with my baby nephew.

Michelle Liang
Michelle Liang, MD

PROFILE

BIOGRAPHY

Where is home for you?
Irvine, California.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am interested in healthcare policy and economics, and also all areas of internal medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy tennis, running, snorkeling, and surfing.

Edwin Llamas
Edwin Llamas, MD, MS

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
Helping my mother get chosen to receive a house from Habitat for Humanity.

Where is home for you?
Yakima, Washington.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I enjoy point of care Ultrasound and Pulmonary/critical care medicine.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I like to stay active by playing basketball, tennis, lifting weights, etc. I also enjoy watching anime and playing video games such as Fortnite.

Wagma Nizami
Wagma Nizami, MD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
My son.

Where is home for you?
Toronto, Canada.

What are your interests related to medicine?
General internist, primary care, and infectious disease.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I love spending time with family. I also enjoy exploring, whether it’s discovering new places, trying new foods, or hiking. I think one thing I’d like to do more of in the future is travel.

Nikhila Palle
Nikhila Palle, MD

PROFILE

Biography

Where is home for you?
Toronto, Canada.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I enjoy primary care, but also taking care of patients with complicated conditions. I also care about providing care to underserved populations.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy hiking, watching true crime TV, cooking and baking.

Bo Peng
Bo Peng, MD, PhD

PROFILE

Biography

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?
I could not be happier being able to spend quality time with my wife Wei, my son Wilson and daughter Harper. I also have many supportive close friends and colleagues that I enjoy spending time with them. Also, I was lucky enough to win the table tennis tournament during my time in medical school.

Where is home for you?
I was born and raised in China. I lived there until I was 23. After that, I was lucky to spend about a decade residing in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.

What are your interests related to medicine?
Providing care for women—especially women in pregnancy. I also have a huge interest in infertility early pregnancy related conditions. My biggest wish toward the future of medicine is whether we can provider better understanding to diseases and tailor management based on gender-specific needs for better care.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy table tennis, snowboarding, cooking, and hiking.

Sean Terada
Sean Terada, MD

PROFILE

Biography

Where is home for you?
Honolulu, Hawaii.

What are your interests related to medicine?
I am interested in primary care and working with underserved populations. I also have an interest in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion throughout healthcare.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of residency?
I enjoy swimming, volleyball, and tennis.