Family Medicine, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
I was born and raised in Yakima Washington. As a young girl I developed a love for the outdoors and volleyball. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor but set out to play division I volleyball. I was recruited to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While there, I took pre-med courses while competing all four years with the woman’s volleyball team. One of my biggest accomplishments was being nominated as NCAA woman of the year in 2017. As an athlete, I found a passion for exercise and nutrition and have always looked for ways to incorporate the two into my future career. I continue to play recreationally and still enjoy coaching local teams. While applying to medical school I began a master’s in nutrition and human performance and volunteered at a local free medical clinic, which reinforced my desire to pursue medicine.
My medical school journey
I come from a large family of Washington State University graduates and was overjoyed when I was accepted into Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine – Go Cougs! I was fortunate enough to complete the first two years of my training in person and made lifelong friends with my peers. I began clinical training during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has helped me grow as a student and future clinician. The College of Medicine provided me with opportunities to work with underserved populations including rotations with Indian Health services, multiple rural communities as, as well as a free clinic in Yakima I had previously volunteered. These are populations I hope to continue to care for in the future.
Hopes & Aspirations
As a family medicine physician, I hope to stay in the area and serve the community that has shaped and supported me throughout the years. I have felt tremendous support from the faculty physicians and will work to build upon these relationships in the future.
I plan to use my background in sports and nutrition to promote healthy lifestyles and help my patients be the best versions of themselves,” says Riehl.
I look forward to a career of patient centered care, advocacy, and lasting relationships with members of my community.