Hong Chang

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English, Vietnamese

EDUcaTiON:

Associate of Art and Science
Associate of Dental Hygiene

Certification:

BLS

Why I Work at ICHS:

I volunteered at ICHS while in college 10 years ago and I fell in love with the multicultural and diverse setting that ICHS provided. I am grateful for organizations like ICHS, which provide affordable and quality health care for all and I am honored to be a part of the organization.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Treat patients with the best care like I would want to be treated.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I had major dental anxiety growing up and I had my very first dental cleaning at ICHS International District clinic after I immigrated to America. The kindness and patience that the doctor and clinic staff exhibited helped me overcome my anxiety and motivated me to work in the dental field.

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.

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.

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.

Ramona Pintea

Location:

Shoreline

Language:

English

Medical Degree:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Education:

Graceland University, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner
Graceland University, BSN
Shoreline Community College, ADN

certification:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)

Why I Work at ICHS:

I feel privileged to be part of an organization and a team that supports health care as a human right and is committed to providing high-quality care services to a diverse patient population.

Patient Care Philosophy:

My goal is to build a strong and trusting patient-provider relationship where patients are engaged and empowered in their own care. I believe in patient-centered care and equitable health care access.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I was born and raised in northern Romania. I enjoy outdoor activities and traveling.

Susan Willis

Susan Willis, Dentist, Shoreline ClinicWork Location:

Shoreline

Languages:

English

Degree:

DDS

Education:

University of Washington, School of Dentistry

Why I Work at ICHS:

I am excited to join the ICHS Shoreline dental team. I enjoy working with a diverse population.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe in treating all people with respect and compassion regardless of their circumstance or cultural background.

Interesting Note About Myself:

I enjoy being outdoors whether it is biking, skiing, hiking or taking a walk in the sunshine!

Ngoc Diep (Hanna) Ngo

Hanna Ngo, ICHS Dental Hygienist. Seattle-International DistrictLocation:

Shoreline

Language:

English, Vietnamese

Year Joined ICHS:

2018

EDUcaTiON:

Associate of Science, RDH

Certification:

Certified Dental Assistant

Why I Work at ICHS:

Working at ICHS gives me an opportunity to work with underserved patients that come from a diverse background.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I believe in not just treating my patients by cleaning their teeth but also by educating them with life style changes for healthier overall wellbeing.

Interesting Note About Myself:

Beside spending time with my family and two beautiful rescued cats, Joey and Kanobi, I enjoy activities that are good for the mind and the body.

Natasha Weled

Location:

Shoreline, Mobile Dental Clinic

Languages:

English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Degree:

DMD

Education:

UBC

Certification:

Dental Provider

Why I Work at ICHS:

I love working with people and learning about them. It is cool that there is so much similarity between all of our different cultures. Shared understanding of each other makes us stronger at ICHS.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Empowering people with knowledge and skills in oral care is the cornerstone to lifelong good oral health.

Interesting Note About Myself:

My husband and I just bought an 110 year old Seattle project house that we hope eventually will be our home. So I am now ‘interested’ and engrossed in home re-modelling.

Solomuna Habtu

Location:

Shoreline

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.