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Alison Krause, MD

Alison Krause (Idaho) completed her BA in East Asian Studies at Wesleyan, and then lived in Japan for nine years, doing graduate work in Sociology and women’s health and working as a translator. She completed her MD at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she volunteered in a medical clinic at a shelter and completed a project increasing awareness about depression in elderly people in Butte, Montana. Her interests include Japanese language and culture, ikebana, travel, running, literature, film, and music.

Jonathan DeHaan, MD

Jonathan DeHaan (Idaho) was a psychology undergraduate major, after which he completed his MD at the University of Cincinnati. During medical school, he volunteered to help Japan’s Touhoku region rebuild during the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. His interests include Japanese language and culture, musical instruments, hiking, nature and pugs.

Merrill Velez, MD

Merrill Velez (Idaho) earned his BA in History at Grinnell, worked as an Army Combat Medic in Italy and an EMT at Madigan Army Medical Center, completed post-bacc classes at Columbia and San Francisco State, and worked as a patient care assistant at the Long Beach VA before he completed UC Davis medical school. He has volunteered at a low-income clinic and been an officer in the Latino Medical Student Association. He enjoys playing guitar (blues, rock, classical, Latin), teaching himself the cuatro (a Puerto Rican folk guitar),
travel, hiking, and historical research.


Carl Astbury, DO

Carl Astbury (Idaho) received his BS from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and then obtained his wilderness EMT degree prior to matriculating at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. In medical school he did some paleontology research with his Anatomy professor but ultimately still has a goal of wanting to work in space psychiatry. He is an outdoor enthusiast and has traveled to 45 states and 20 National Parks. In addition to collecting books and vinyl records, he enjoys observing 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

TJ Orthmeyer (Idaho) received his BA in English and Communications from University of Washington where he was on the football team (Go Huskies!). He worked as an ophthalmology technician which influenced his desire to go in to medicine. He is currently a student at Pacific NW Osteopathic School in Yakima and concurrently he has obtained his MBA in health care management. He was also very involved in leadership of student organizations and served as the student government executive vice president. He is interested in consult liaison, addictions and palliative care. He is married with two daughters and is very close to his family and friends. He enjoys college football, loves to read and has a diverse taste and love for music from classic rock to classical and rap.

Uday Aloka, MD

Uday Aloka (Idaho) completed medical school at Mosul College of Medicine during the outbreak of the war in Iraq. He completed an Internal Medicine residency and one year of Anesthesia residency there 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. Since immigrating to the US he has been working as a health navigator with Catholic Charities in San Diego. In addition to PTSD he is interested in Child Psychiatry. 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.  He is currently a medical student at the University of Tennessee where he has traveled as a volunteer medical liaison to Quito, Ecuador and worked in a student run clinic for nonEnglish speaking underserved patients.  He enjoys soccer, rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, ping pong, and international travel.

Jared Bozeman, MD

Jared Bozeman (Idaho), a native Montanan, Jared grew up in Bozeman, Montana.  He went to Montana State University in Bozeman earning a BS in Cellular Biology and Neuroscience.  He matriculated to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee.  He volunteered extensively with MCW’s student run free clinic and served as the clinic’s lab manager during his first and second years.  He was in the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety scholarly pathway at MCW where he participated in a Clostridium difficile containment project.  He continues to be interested in quality improvement work. He is interested in rural psychiatry, especially integrated care and telepsychiatry.  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 American’s National Parks and Wilderness areas.  He also enjoys playing French horn and attending symphony orchestra concerts.

Jordan Urbanek, MD

Jordan Urbanek (Idaho) is from rural Wisconsin and received his BS in Spanish language and literature.  He then spent a year in Madrid teaching elementary students, followed by a year teaching and volunteering in his home state and in Peru. He matriculated at the University of Wisconsin for medical school where he participated in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) track.  He was able to practice rural community medical care across the state.  In medical school he volunteered at a student-run clinic and has partnered with community organizations to facilitate a disaster-training scenario.  He organized the Reach out and Read program at one of his clinical sites.  He is very interested in practicing rural psychiatry. His interests include travel, culinary exploration, farming, agriculture, and literature.

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

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 is currently in 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

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

Jeffrey Pedersen (Idaho) received his BA in Music and is currently a medical student at Dartmouth College. Jeff has been involved in numerous activities on campus including volunteering for Dartmouth Ears program providing conversation and social contact for inpatients; membership of Geisel chapter of
the Physicians for Human Rights; and a member of qMD a group dedicated to raising awareness of LGBT health. Jeff participated in a program for adolescents at a juvenile detention center. Jeff is a singer and was co-president of the Dermatones, the a cappella group. He enjoys singing, Greek folk dance, chess, reading, movie-going, and exploring new cuisine.

Nari McVay

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.