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Christie Kirkpatrick

Internal Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center

About Me

I was born and raised in Longview, WA, the youngest of six kids to my amazing parents. I absolutely loved my small town and the people who lived there. I grew up surrounded by medicine – my father and grandfather owned a small internal medicine clinic which my dad still runs today. They were without a doubt my greatest inspiration for pursuing medicine and have taught me above all else to love and honor God by loving his people – our patients! Before the College of Medicine I earned an undergraduate degree at Whitworth University in Health Sciences and sang in the choir for four years. I then took a year off from school and worked as a medical scribe to apply to medical school, which has been a great adventure full of growth and friendship. This year in the midst of a global pandemic I was blessed by meeting my fiancé, Christian, who along with my family has been the most incredible support system in this unpredictable season. I am continually thankful for their love and care for me. Outside of medicine I love to run, be involved at our church, spend time developing relationships, and continue to learn to balance my love of vegetables with my need for ice cream and pizza.

My medical school journey

WSU has been such a special place where I have worked harder than ever before and have been blessed with incredible friendships and mentors. We have laughed, cried, and celebrated together. We are family,” says Kirkpatrick.

My time here has solidified more than ever that relationships are a precious gift. We need each other! I am thankful for my time at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and our mission to care for the people of this state. I came in wanting to be a primary care doctor here in Washington and develop relationships with our people as patients, and that desire is now as present as ever.

Hopes & Aspirations

My hope is to be a thorough, excellent clinician who is a trusted, safe place for my patients to come when they are at their most vulnerable. I want to serve my patients by giving them the best care possible, diagnosing and treating challenging problems while helping them feel valued, cared for and loved along the way.