Tiffany Wang

Tiffany Wang, MD, Physician. ICHS International District ClinicLocation:

International District

Language:

English, Mandarin

Medical Degree:

MD

Education:

Emory University School of Medicine

Why I Work at ICHS:

I believe in the work that ICHS does and the community it serves.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I want my patients to feel both autonomous and supported

Interesting Note About Myself:

I lived and worked in the Marshall Islands for a year.

Stephanie Thanh Thao Ngo

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English, conversational Vietnamese

Medical Degree:

MD

Education:

Duke University School of Medicine
Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine (residency)

certification:

board certified in family medicine
buprenorphine/Suboxone prescriber

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS has cared for my family and friends and is a place of which I hold a deep gratitude. It is through this personal experience that I know ICHS is a home for its community. I believe ICHS is intentional in serving its community in a culturally sensitive and competent way. I feel so privileged to be able to become part of the team here.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe that patients should be at the center of their care and that it is the provider’s role to facilitate a patient’s journey in health. Health is not only a person’s physical well-being, but a complex relationship between mental health, spirituality, and socioeconomic context.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I grew up in the International District/Chinatown area where many of my extended family lives and my parents had a small printing shop. I am an avid rock climber and enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my family.

Natalie Phu

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Medical Degree:

Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health, Dental Hygiene

Education:

Seattle Central College (BSDH)
University of Washington (general studies/prerequisites)

certification:

HIV/AIDS, First AID/CPR, Dental Assistant Certificate

Why I Work at ICHS:

I grew up in a low socioeconomic household and received care from community health clinics as a child. I appreciate the compassion and quality care that I received, and I would love to give back and serve my community.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I am passionate about providing oral health care, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge of preventative care with my patients. I chose the dental field because I want to create beautiful smiles.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I am interested in traveling aboard on missionary trips.

Jenny Chu

Locations:

International District

Languages:

English, Vietnamese

Degree:

MS in Nutrition

Education:

Bastyr University — MS Nutrition
UCLA — BS Neuroscience

Certification:

Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am passionate about increasing healthcare access and equity. I believe that healthcare can be individualized to integrate culture into care, and ICHS’s mission and core values align with that philosophy.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I collaborate with patients to optimize their health using a patient-centered and holistic approach that utilizes multidisciplinary healthcare providers. I strive to translate clinical recommendations into interventions that are not only culturally appropriate, but also considerate of the patient’s environmental, mental, and social health. My counseling style focuses on the individuality of each patient to create sustainable, healthy behavior, and lifestyle changes.

Interesting Note about myself:

My interests and hobbies include plays, musicals, board games, ice hockey and travel.

Kimberly V

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Education:

University of Washington

certification:

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee

Why I Work at ICHS:

To be part of an energetic and positive work environment where the values of cultural diversity are celebrated through the access and delivery of quality healthcare services.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I respect that each individual is an expert in their own body, mind and spirit and that as partners, we will develop a plan together to meet your life goals.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I am originally from Tennessee and moved to the West Coast to be near the water. I like to swim and enjoy spending time at the dog park with Roscoe, my nine-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback.

ICHS expands free legal services for patients

International Community Health Services (ICHS) and Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) today announced the expansion of a program that gives access to free legal services for ICHS patients. Low income patients referred from ICHS’s Shoreline Clinic can now meet with ELAP’s attorneys for free legal advice. The announcement follows the launch of similar services at the ICHS Bellevue Clinic in October 2018.

“We’ve seen a positive impact for patients at our Bellevue Clinic and we are thrilled to work with ELAP to bring the same to Shoreline,” said Kimo Hirayama, assistant medical director at the ICHS Shoreline Clinic. ”Many of our patients are immigrants or refugees who face unique challenges or vulnerable circumstances. In providing access to qualified legal experts, we hope to address issues that put families’ health at risk and threaten our communities.”

ELAP experts can help patients on a wide range of civil matters, including those related to public benefits, housing, education and employment, legal status and family law issues.

“The Medical-Legal Partnership was founded on the idea that the most effective health care services target health problems at the source,” said Dorothy Leggett, ELAP MLP staff attorney. “We know that legal issues are stressors that can negatively impact a patient’s health and the community’s wellbeing. By working alongside health care teams to help patients assert their legal rights, we hope to increase access to free civil legal aid and improve overall health outcomes.”

Services are available to qualifying King County residents who fall below 200% of the federal poverty level, which was $50,200 for a family of four in 2019. The health care teams at ICHS work closely with ELAP’s legal aid attorneys to identify patients who qualify. Referred patients will meet with an attorney for sessions that can be scheduled at either the ICHS Bellevue or Shoreline Clinic.

For more information about free legal help available to ICHS patients, please call 206-788-3700.

Shilpa Kataria

Location:

Holly Park

Language:

English, Hindi, Punjabi

Medical Degree:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Education:

Simmons University, MSN
Texas Woman’s University, BS

certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS’s mission aligns with that of mine to provide affordable, quality patient-centered and comprehensive health care to broad spectrum of culturally diverse patients in the community. I am thrilled to be part of such a great team at ICHS.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I want to provide high quality, holistic care to my patients by improving patient outcomes and decreasing healthcare cost.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I am a nature lover and enjoy travelling.

Marit Knutson

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English, conversational Spanish

Medical Degree:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Education:

Seattle Pacific University (MSN)
University of Pennsylvania (BSN)

certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner (AANP)

Why I Work at ICHS:

The organization has an incredible history rooted in community organizing and advocacy, and it is a great honor to provide comprehensive primary care to clients at ICHS. I look forward to supporting each client on their unique healthcare journey.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I respect my clients and their bodily autonomy, and this is a core tenet of how I seek to provide care. It can be disempowering and disembodying to be in healthcare settings as a patient. As such during each visit I strive to provide a fusion of trauma-informed care, shared decision-making, patient-centered care, and principles of harm reduction.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I’m passionate about all topics related to sexuality and sexual health, and am excited to integrate these into my practice.

Ngan Tran

Location:

International District

Language:

Vietnamese and English

Medical Degree:

Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Education:

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

certification:

Registered Dental Hygienist

Why I Work at ICHS:

As a proud immigrant from Vietnam, I understand how the health care system is different in other countries compared to the United States. In my humble opinion, it is important to be open and understanding and accepting of other cultures in order to provide compassionate care. My mission is to build trusting relationships with patients, addressing and eliminating patient uncertainties and fear when they walk into our clinic.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I strongly believe that each patient deserves undivided attention and excellent care every time they sit in one of our chairs. Therefore, my goal is to treat all patients like family and to work with them towards optimal health.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love the water and being surrounded by nature. I also love sports and recently signed up for acting classes. Having a good balance between work and other activities keeps me at my best when patients come to ICHS.

Samantha Rothman

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Education:

Virginia Commonwealth University, MSN
Wagner College, BS

certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I was inspired by the team of providers and staff at ICHS whose mission focuses on high quality, affordable healthcare that incorporates each patient’s background and culture into the care provided. ICHS also fosters a sense of community and family within the workplace which I was instantly drawn to and wanted to be apart of.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe that developing a trusting caring relationship is the key to providing holistic, culturally competent, patient centered care. My goal is to work as a team between myself, the patient and their family to help them achieve their ultimate health and wellness goals.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I look forward to exploring the Seattle area, especially the restaurants and food scene! I enjoy cooking, swimming and spending time with my husband and family.