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Carl “Andy” Astbury, DO (Chief Resident, January 2019 – June 2019)

Carl “Andy” Astbury (Idaho) received his BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Human Factors Psychology with a minor in Aerospace Life Sciences. He went on to earn his wilderness EMT certification thru the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), served as a supplemental instructor at Daytona State College, and worked as an ER scribe prior to matriculating at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) of Midwestern University. In medical school, he worked as a paleontology research fellow and a Histology & Embryology tutor for first year medical students. He is an outdoor enthusiast and has traveled to 47 states and 30 National Parks. In addition to collecting books, movies, and vinyl records, Andy enjoys hanging out with his African Grey and Umbrella Cockatoo.

Ryan Billington, MD

Ryan Billington (Idaho) was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and received his BS in Biology from Walla Walla University. While at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he held many leadership positions in student government and served as President of his medical school’s student association. His passion for volunteering has taken him as far as Borneo to do service work. He is the student wellness officer at his school and has a particular interest in burnout, depression and resiliency. He enjoys writing, literature, longboarding, unicycling, and wake boarding.

TJ Orthmeyer, DO, MBA (Chief Resident July 2018 – December 2018)

T.J. Orthmeyer (Idaho) received his BA in English and Communications from University of Washington where he was on the football team (Go Dawgs!).  He graduated from Pacific Northwest University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, WA, while concurrently obtaining his MBA in health care management. He is interested in general adult psychiatry, as well as addiction medicine. He is very close to his family and friends, is a college football fanatic, loves to read, and has a diverse taste and love for music, ranging from classic rock to classical to rap and most genres in between.

Uday Aloka, MD

Uday Aloka (Idaho) completed his medical school training, and also completed an Internal Medicine residency, and one year of Anesthesia residency before immigrating to the US. During his training he worked for the US Army as a medical interpreter and liaison which led to his interest in PTSD and refugee populations. After immigrating to the US, he worked as a health navigator with Catholic Charities in San Diego. He enjoys many sports (soccer, ping pong, volleyball) reading and listening to music.


Eric Ford, MD

Eric Ford (Idaho) is originally from Tennessee where he first began research in blood flow modulation and islet transplantation in diabetes mellitus at Vanderbilt. He came to the University of Washington to obtain his BS in Bioengineering and worked at the Infectious Disease Research Institute. Eric returned to Vanderbilt as a research assistant in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics exploring downstream effects of stress.  While in medical school, he traveled as a volunteer medical liaison to Quito, Ecuador and worked in a student run clinic for non-English speaking underserved patients.  He enjoys soccer, rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, ping pong, and international travel.

Jared Bozeman, MD

Jared Bozeman (Idaho), a native Montanan grew up in Bozeman, Montana. He went to Montana State University in Bozeman earning a BS in Cellular Biology and Neuroscience. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He was involved in the student run Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured and quality improvement projects including a C. diff control project. During residency, he continues to be interested in quality improvement work, working with University of Washington Housestaff Quality and Safety Committee (HQSC). He is interested in rural psychiatry and increasing access to mental health care. He is also interested in incorporating the impact of somatic health on mental health (and vice versa) in clinical care. As a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, he values the importance of humanism in medicine. He enjoys running, backpacking, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing, especially in America’s National Parks and Wilderness areas. He also enjoys playing French horn and attending symphony orchestra concerts.

Jordan Urbanek, MD

Jordan Urbanek hails from America’s original west coast, the banks of the Mississippi River. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate (Spanish literature and language) and medical school training (Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine). Between the two he spent time teaching and volunteering in Spain, in Peru, and back home in rural southwestern Wisconsin. He was drawn to this program by the diversity of the training opportunities, as well as its focus on rural medicine. Fascinated by upstream determinants of health and socioeconomic impacts on wellbeing, he is interested in access to care, optimized care models, and civic engagement. His focus is on rural psychiatry. A lover of sunshine and the outdoors, Boise is a fantastic fit. Other pursuits include good travel, great books, fine food, and sound environmental practices.

Melanie Drake, MD

Melanie Drake (Idaho) is originally from Wisconsin and obtained her BS in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin before working in business analytics for 10 years across the West.  She then worked as a lead challenge course facilitator for an outdoor program where she designed situations using rope courses to facilitate participant’s personal growth.  She decided to pursue medicine and matriculated at Oregon Health and Science University where she found her true passion and calling in psychiatry.   She has volunteered for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington, in a palliative care program, at a free clinic, and in various youth literacy organizations.  In addition, she co-lead the psychiatry interest group.  Outside interests include poetry, art, animals, nature and wellness activities (swimming, pilates, yoga, cooking and meditation).


Diego Quiros, DO

Diego Quiros (Idaho) received his BA in History from Georgetown University and then worked as a paralegal for the US department of state and a consultant in the office of Family and Community Health researching maternal health policies in Latin America. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.  Diego is passionate about working in Latino and immigrant communities and raising awareness about mental health issues. He has volunteered at numerous educational fairs and health clinics sponsored by the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). Diego enjoys playing sports (particularly soccer, basketball, and hockey), playing the drums, reading, traveling, cooking and tutoring.

Eunice Stallman, MD

Eunice Stallman (Idaho) received her BS in Neurobiology from the University of Washington and is currently a medical student at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Eunice was initially interested in Dermatology but became fascinated with the interplay between mind and skin. This led her to psychiatry. In medical school, Eunice has done research in graft vs. host disease and volunteered in “MedSci”, developoing hands-on, science-related lessons to teach children weekly in an afterschool program. Eunice enjoys spending time with her husband, son and cats. She likes swimming, running, biking, backpacking, hiking and baking.

Jeffrey Pedersen, MD

Jeffrey Pedersen (Idaho) received his BA in Vocal Performance from Westminster College in 2013 and his MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2017. As a med student, he was involved in numerous activities on campus addressing a number of issues from humanism in medicine to LGBTQ+ health. He was also co-president of Geisel’s a cappella group, the Dermatones. At present, he is planning to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatry with specific interests in psychotherapy, PTSD, and addictions. Outside of work, he enjoys singing, Greek folk dance, chess, reading, movie-going (especially horror movies!), and exploring new cuisine.

Nari McVay, DO

Nari McVay (Idaho) received her BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and then worked as an ophthalmic technician before matriculating at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. In medical school, she was active in community service volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission Free medical clinic and organized elementary school health workshops. Nari served as the co-director of the Yakima Health Equity Forum where she organized multiple community events to promote health equity and equality. She is passionate about advocacy and wishes to bring positive change to vulnerable patient communities. Nari enjoys travel, bike riding, hiking, baking desserts, knitting, painting and reading.


Andrew Johnson, MD

Andrew Johnson (Idaho) received his BA in Political Science from Idaho State University.  He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Idaho WWAMI student.  Prior to medical school, Andrew worked as a counselor for the Idaho Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline as well as a care provider at a residential treatment center for youth in the custody of the state of Idaho. Andrew is passionate about improving access to psychiatric care and creating strong therapeutic alliances with his patients. Andrew enjoys photography, videography, writing, sports, and playing billiards.

Jasdeep Gill, MD

Jasdeep Gill (Idaho) received his BS in Economics from the University of Utah and completed his Masters in Economics at the University of Utah as well.  He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine.  Since 2015, he has run a small consulting business that focuses on improving decision making with the integration of real time economic data.  In medical school he has been active as a pre-medical student mentor, a tutor for elementary aged children, and a representative on his student council and in the American Medical Student Association.  He is passionate about using his background in economics to work towards better delivery of mental health care.  Jasdeep enjoys staying active and spending time in the great outdoors, particularly skiing and hiking.  He also enjoys nature photography, running, lifting weights, and reading.

Mariah Racicot, MD

Mariah Racicot (Idaho) received her BA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Montana. She then volunteered with the Indian Health Service, translating diabetes educational materials into Spanish. Prior to medical school, Mariah also volunteered with Family Services of Greater Vancouver, supporting expectant and new mothers with trauma histories by encouraging positive parenting strategies.  She graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.  While in medical school Mariah created a structural competency curriculum for first year medical students and studied the efficacy of this curriculum.  She has also studied gender disparities in preclinical small group participation. She is passionate about exploring upstream social determinants of health and reducing health disparities. Mariah enjoys sewing, hiking, helping her husband make papier-mâché sculptures, and watching The Office on repeat with their dog, Brutus.

Nicholas Hovda, MD

Nicolas Hovda (Idaho) received his BS in Chemistry from Westminster College and then worked as a laboratory technician at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, researching oncogenes implicated in melanoma in the mouse model.  He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Idaho WWAMI student.  During medical school, he continued research into potential causative factors in melanoma pathogenesis. Nicholas is passionate about promoting mental wellness and addressing the shortage of access to psychiatric treatment.  Nicholas’ interests include Basque culture, traveling, hiking, basketball, dogs, real estate, and food.

"Being a resident at a small hospital, I got the chance to see and do more. I had more personal exposure to interesting cases and one on one time with attending. “

"Being a part of a medical home and primary care team is part of my goal to practice outpatient consultation psychiatry. It's great to work side-by-side with the family medicine residents. The new Center of Excellence grant at the VA also provides great opportunities to practice what may well be the future face of outpatient psychiatry - integrated care. The UW Idaho Advanced Clinician track was the obvious choice for me."

"Practicing in Idaho means treating some of the most underserved populations in America. Beginning training in Seattle with pioneering experts in primary care consultation psychiatry (Drs. Unutzer, Katon, Veith) means the UW-Boise track is the best of both worlds."

"I love the unequalled access to outdoor recreating. Some of the best whitewater rafting, skiing, and rock climbing in North America is all within a few hours. Trail-running, mountain biking and horseback riding are all literally right outside our back door. During lunch, I can even go to the Veteran's garden and eat produce off the vine, right alongside deer from the nearby foothills."

“This program feels like family, I am very fortunate to train in a program where the faculty and staff truly care about my education as a resident, and my development as a person.”

“After a few months of living in Boise, it feels like home for me, I love that it feels like a small town, but with lots of big city amenities which I can enjoy.”