Solomuna Habtu

IMG_3085Location:

Shoreline Clinic

Languages:

English, Tigrinia

Year Joined ICHS:

2016

Dental Degree:

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Education:

University of Missouri- Kansas City

Why I Work at ICHS:

I work at ICHS to have the opportunity to work with patients and staff who come from all over the world. This organization also feels like a family and I enjoy that aspect too.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I aim to provide the care, support, and education to my patients to the best of my abilities. I want them to see me as a partner in achieving and maintaining good oral health and overall well-being.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love to watch sports (Go St. Louis Cardinals!), adventure, and travel.

Hien-Thao Phan

HIEN-THAO PHAN-WEB

Location:

Seattle – International District

Language:

English

Year Joined ICHS:

7/2016

Degree:

Masters of Social Work

Why I Work at ICHS:

I’ve known about ICHS for a long time and I’m glad to finally be working here. I like that ICHS works and engages the API community in various ways. The vision and mission of ICHS also aligned with what I want for the community, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to work here.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Patient centered, strength based, and mindful of patient’s experiences, culture, and background.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love to garden and see the results of my hard work. I’m into organic gardening, native plants, and ways to keep the native bee population thriving. In my down time, I watch Korean drama, swim, and play ping-pong.

Tiffany Ho

Location:

Seattle – International District

languages:

English, Mandarin

Degree:

M.D., MPH

Education:

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Why I Work at ICHS:

As an advocate for community health, I am excited to join an organization that dedicates its services to the local community.

Patient Care Philosophy:

To provide quality, holistic care to patients of all backgrounds, and to promote healthy mental and physical well-being.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I am open to trying new things – whether it’s activities, food, music, or anything adventurous! I enjoy baking more than eating my own creations, and love to hike, as well as climb.

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Dear ICHS,
I am incredibly honored to be a part of this wonderful community. I still clearly recall the first time I toured the clinic on my interview day, and was fortunate enough to visit again the following day. Both times I walked through the corridors in awe at the comprehensive, and innovative, resources available to the community this clinic serves. This clinic aligns well with multiple personal interests I have including the integration of East-West medicine, behavioral health counseling, and most importantly, providing culturally sensitive multi-disciplinary care to patients of diverse backgrounds.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you during my short visit, but please forgive me if I don’t recall your name. The biggest impression I left with is you are all dedicated and passionate individuals, and your energy will help further my growth as a future physician as well as an individual!

ICHS Bio – Tiffany Ho
Tiffany’s experience at a mobile clinic in Los Angeles for the underserved community has been pivotal in her decision to pursue medicine. The clinic’s mission to deliver quality services to that addressed both the physical and mental health needs of the surrounding community set the foundation for how Tiffany envisioned healthcare can be. However, she quickly realized that comprehensive healthcare wasn’t accessible to all. In order to better understand barriers to accessing healthcare, Tiffany volunteered as a patient advocate in the Emergency Department to connect uninsured patients with community resources and taught health education classes for migrant workers. She also founded a multi-disciplinary program that partnered with the most high-risk and medically complex patients to understand the root causes that led patients to either over- or under-utilized the health care system. Throughout all these experiences, Tiffany consistently reached the same conclusion: Primary care is necessary but not sufficient to improve the health of communities, partnerships with local organizations and community advocates are also essential.

Outside of medicine, Tiffany spends her time cooking culinary cuisines from all cultures (currently focused on Southeast Asian) and enjoys baking for the sake of sharing with others. She is excited to explore the great outdoors of Seattle, especially rock climbing and hiking.

 

Lisa Chan

LOCATION:

Seattle – International District

Languages:

English, Cantonese, Toisanese

Degree:

M.D.

Education:

Pennsylvania State University

Why I Work at ICHS:

The vibrant neighborhood, passionate staff, and diverse patients drew me to ICHS. I’m excited to work in a clinic that is so active and engaged in the community it serves.

Patient Care Philosophy:

My philosophy and goal is to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love to go hiking and try new foods. I also have a cat who does tricks.

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Hello everyone! My name is Lisa Chan. I’m a native of Salt Lake City, and I grew up speaking Toisanese and some Cantonese at home. I studied chemistry and Chinese language & literature as an undergrad at the University of Utah. After working for two years as a lab technician and nurse aide, I moved out east to attend Penn State University for medical school where I became involved in various organizations including a student-run free clinic, geriatric interest group, and mentoring program for at-risk youth. In my free time, I like to draw, paint, run, hike, and dabble in rock climbing. I also have a dog trapped inside a cat’s body named Toby whom I have trained to do various tricks.

Heidi Boon

Work Location(s):

Shoreline

Degree:

Masters of Science

Education:

University of Washington

Certification:

Physician Assistant Certified

Why I Work at ICHS:

I have always wanted to work at a community health center to provide compassionate care to underserved and ethnically diverse populations.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe good communication with my patients is extremely important. I seek to understand each patient and their background so that I can provide quality health care.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I grew up in North Carolina and moved to Seattle for PA school. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

 

Lili Sperry

Lili Sperry

Work Location:

Shoreline

Degree:

MD

Certification:

Buprenorphine/Suboxone prescriber

Why I Work at ICHS:

I was drawn to ICHS for the following reasons:

  • Its community health model
  • It is mission driven
  • It provides culturally appropriate healthcare
  • It’s wonderful people

Interesting Note About Myself:

I previously worked as a foreign medical doctor. I worked as a general practitioner in Spain and with Doctors Without Borders.

Aliya S. Haq

Aliya Haq, ICHS Licensed Dietitian at Seattle International District and Shoreline ClinicLocations:

Seattle – International District, Shoreline

Languages:

English, Urdu, Hindi

Degree:

Master’s in Nutritional Sciences, Master’s in Foods and Community Nutrition, Post Graduate Diploma in Preschool Nutrition and Education

Education:

Master’s in Nutritional Science and Dietetic Internship at University of Washington. Master’s in Foods and Nutrition and Post Graduate Diploma in Preschool Nutrition and Education at AP Agricultural University, India

Certification:

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Dietitian (CD)

Why I Work at ICHS:

ICHS is the ideal place for culturally competent patient care and this is something I have always strived to achieve in my method of patient care and education. This is the place that allows me to connect with the medical team and all other providers who think on the same lines. It gives me immense satisfaction to see patient information actually reaching the patient.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Cultural competency in patient care and education is the key to effective patient care and treatment. Every patient deserves the right to understand his/ her treatment hence it is of utmost importance to reach the patient where he/ she is. Compliance follows automatically.

Interesting Note about myself:

I am an artist and I try to bring my art in my patient education and have found it very effective and rewarding. I love to travel and have had the opportunity to travel in the deepest jungles of India and offered nutrition education to those who suffered from many nutrient deficiencies. I love reading and especially enjoyed reading the series “Lands and People”. I like to have fun and believe we should be thankful and smiling for the many things we enjoy in life.

Chona M. Lorico

Chona Lorico, ICHS Licensed Dietitian at Seattle International District, Seattle Holly Park, and Bellevue ClinicLocations:

Seattle – International District, Holly Park, Bellevue

Languages:

English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Spanish

Degree:

Bachelor in Science (B.S.) in Foods and Nutrition (St. Paul College; Manilla, Philippines)

Education:

Dietetic Internship – Fairview Development Center – Costa Mesa, CA ; Associate in Science – Long Beach City College – Long Beach, CA

Certification:

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) ; Certified Dietician (CD) ; International Board Certified Location Consultant (IBCLC)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am so fortunate to land a job with ICHS whose core values are ones that I strongly believe in as well as it offers me an opportunity to continue to do what I passionately love to do as a dietician.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe that in order to reach a desirable health outcome and quality patient care, there has to be a strong working relationship and commitment towards a common vision between physicians and all medical staff in any given healthcare facility.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I love traveling, hiking/walking, camping, reading, watching plays, and cooking. I love to engage in community service.

Joanne Lam

Joanne LamWork Location(s):

Shoreline

languages:

English, Cantonese, Toishanese

Degree:

Master of Social Work; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Education:

MSW from University of Washington; BA from University of Washington

Certification:

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW); Certified DSHS Language Interpreter in Cantonese, Social Services

Why I Work at ICHS:

I enjoy working with people of all ethnic and socio-economic background; ICHS enables me to serve these populations who are typically underserved in our community.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I like to empower patients with skills and knowledge so they can take an active role in their wellness, and to provide resources where needed to enable them to care for themselves and their family.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I enjoy travelling, hiking, and gardening.  In my quiet time, I like to listen to music with a good cup of coffee.