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Julie Carlton, PA-C
Education: Master’s of Clinical Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington MEDEX Northwest, 2013, 2015; bachelor’s of Applied Technologies in Health Sciences, University of Texas – Brownsville, Texas, 2009-2011.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have always wanted to make an impact on people’s lives, like the caregivers who helped my mother after her stroke. I have always gravitated toward the life sciences.
Why did you choose your specialty? Pain medicine is a fascinating hybrid of physical and medical treatment. Also, it’s a fast-growing specialty due to the choices of treatment that new technology and advances in medical devices and methods have to offer as an alternative to opioid medications.
What is your philosophy of care? The patient will tell you exactly what you need to treat them effectively, if you take the time to listen. Patient-centered care is my focus.
What do you like about Yakima? The proximity to the Cascades and Mount Rainier, and all the outdoor experiences are amazing. Also the local produce is phenomenal.
What do you like to do outside of work? Hiking, biking the Greenway, kayaking and river-rafting.
Anneliese Corcoran, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist
Anneliese Corcoran, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned a doctorate degree and master's degree from Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She believes that treating the whole patient - mind and body -and listening and hearing each patient's story is the best way to find long-lasting solutions. From Tri-Cities, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing or doing anything outside.
Daniel M. Kwon, MD
aniel M. Kwon, MD earned his MD degree at LLU School of Medicine in 2001, completing an Internal Medicine internship in 2002, followed with a three-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was chief resident from 2004 to 2005. He capped his education with a fellowship in Anesthesiology pain management in 2006 and began practicing as attending physician at Desert Pain Care and El Mirador Surgery Center in Palm Springs and at LLU Medical Center's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.
Henry Kim, MDHenry Kim, MD specializes in pain management for Memorial Hospital. Henry first became interested in medicine while studying biochemistry in college. He knows that pain is a complicated thing, as there are a number of factors involved such as psychiatric issues, psychological and even lifestyle issues. He understands that when he sees a patient, he must see the whole person and not just their pain. He enjoys meeting new people and working with patients on a one-on-one level.
Joe Y. Kim, MD
Joe Kim, MD earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2001. He completed an Anesthesiology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and a post-doctoral fellowship in Pain Management at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He enjoys teaching and views a physician's office as a private classroom setting - an opportunity to educate patients about their options for achieving their goals. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.
Juan Ruiz Hurtarte, MD
Juan Ruiz Hurtarte, MD grew up in Guatemala in a family of dentists and doctors, and caring for patients and addressing patient needs was an everyday occurrence in his home. He believes his role is to ensure patients understand their problems and are involved in their own care, and he couldn't see himself in any career besides medicine. Says Dr. Ruiz Hurtarte, "A piece of paper lets you practice medicine, but your heart makes you a doctor." He enjoys the abundance of natural beauty in the Yakima Valley - and lack of traffic - and leads an active lifestyle, biking, lifting weights and practicing yoga. He also has collected comic books since he was 10 years old.
Jeff Cowman, PA-C
Education: Master of Science, Physician Assistant, Heritage University, 2016
Certification: Physician Assistant, Registered Polysomnography Technician
What is your philosophy of care as a physician assistant? I consider myself to be a partner in my patients’ health care. We work together to restore health and well-being.
Your previous job? I was the polysomnography tech at the Sleep Center.
Where were you raised? Here in Yakima. I was born here at Memorial. My wife works at Memorial, too. She’s an RN.
What do you like about Yakima? I love the four seasons. Also, we have family and friends here, and I like that I turn the corner and I know somebody everywhere I go.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to golf, and socialize with family and friends. I also like nature, so we like to camp. I also love snowboarding.
Caroline N. Clark, ARNP
Caroline N. Clark, ARNP Caroline's education includes four years at Walla Walla University in health and science with a bachelor's degree in Nursing and a master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from Loma Linda University. She served for two years as a clinical nurse in Medical Intensive Care at LLU Medical Center. For four years prior to joining Water's Edge, she treated pediatric and elderly patients with a wide range of acute and chronic medical concerns at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
Wayne Clark, ANRP
Wayne Clark, ANRP comes to Water's Edge as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA, and later completed a Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Washington. Mr. Clark has more than 30 years of nursing experience, including work as a trauma nurse specialist and emergency room charge nurse. He also spent a little over a year at a hospital in Africa where he worked in surgery and post-op care.
Virginia Smith-Dunwoody, ARNP
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 2012
Previous work experience includes: Yakima Valley Regional Hospital & Cardiac Care Center, 2014-2017; Sunnyside Community Hospital, 2013-2014. Provided primary care in urgent care, primary practice, and clinic settings for both. Three Rivers Family Practice, Waterville, Maine, 2012-2013
What inspired you to choose medicine? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. And then having worked as a nurse for many years, I felt it was time to move up to a new experience level.
Why did you choose your specialty? I’m a family practitioner, I see all ages.
What is your philosophy of care? The patient comes first; listening to what the patient has to say is the most important part of any encounter, as far as I’m concerned.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the area. The valley itself has a lot to offer.
What do you like to do outside of work? I do a lot of gardening. I also knit and read. I also play with my two labs, Sam and Bonnie, and keep in contact with my son in Alaska.