Madeline graduated from the University of New Mexico and received her undergraduate degree there, too. She grew up in rural southern New Mexico, learned Spanish during time spent in both Mexico and Guatemala and was in the Somos Hermanos program in Xela, Guatemala.
She impressed us with her humility, compassion and aptitude! A former attending wrote : “Madeline is extraordinary at being attentive to patients with complex medical diagnosis coupled with difficult social problems.”
She enjoys hiking, camping and river rafting and is already a passionate Portland Timbers Fan, too!
Laura-Marie Brown, MD
New York Medical College
Laura is a native of Montana and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Santa Clara. She has taken the initiative to earn a master’s in public health during medical school as well.
Laura has been interested in rural family medicine since a young age and was mentored by family practioners in rural Montana. She comes from a family of musicians and has been playing the harp since age 10. Some of her earliest exposures to health care were from playing harp at a nearby hospital or the hospice center—over the years, she’s taken that talent and continued to play the harp since in orchestras and ensembles!
In her free time, Laura also enjoys hiking and baking, and, after being in New York, she’s excited to be in a place big enough to have a dog! Besides being fluent musically, Laura also speaks Spanish. Her career goal is to practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural community.
Carly Chambers, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
As a fourth generation Oregonian, Carly has family history across the state which connects her to the varied country of the Northwest. Although a rare native Portlander, she lived abroad and experienced diverse beliefs, traditions, and people. She combined her love of healing with learning about other cultures by volunteering with migrant outreach programs and free health clinics beginning as a teenager. The Hood River family medicine residency program's emphasis on rural and underserved care was a perfect fit for furthering this interest. She is excited to develop lasting relationships with patients to work toward better health for both the individual and community. Outside of medicine, Carly enjoys spending time with her family and friends (to whom she is incredibly grateful for their endless love and support), being active (skiing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and hopefully wind surfing soon!), eating all sorts of delicious fresh fruit from this beautiful valley, and reading a good book!
Kate Kleaveland, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Kate grew up in Bend, Oregon and later earned a degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University. Before medical school, she worked at an Indian Health Service Clinic in rural Washington, Planned Parenthood, and as a research assistant at OHSU. At OHSU she was an Oregon Rural Scholar. She knew she wanted to be a rural family medicine physician since beginning medical school. She has been a social justice advocate since high school and is committed to working with populations and peoples on the margins of society.
Enrique Riddle, MD
Enrique is a native of Texas and New Mexico. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi College in Medical Sciences, where he was also awarded his school’s Gold Humanism Award.
Enrique comes from a strong physician pedigree. When he was a boy growing up near the border of Texas and Mexico, his family told him stories of his physician grandfather who rode a horse and carriage throughout rural northern Mexico, treating the poor and underserved of their communities.
Enrique is also a musician and has been playing classical guitar since age 16. He even has performed on the streets of New Orleans in the French Quarter raising funds to support charitable foundations.
We were impressed with his sincerity and connection to his heritage. He is a native Spanish speaker and desires to become a rural family medical provider.
Benjamin Coffey, MD
University of Washington
Ben graduated medical school from the University of Washington, and was a rural scholar in WWAMI/Idaho program. His undergrad degree is from the University of Puget Sound but also studied in Granada, Spain. Ben grew up in Mt Vernon, Washington.
Before medical school he was a math teacher in the Navajo nation, which helped developed his understanding of social determinants of health. His letters of recommendation were replete with praise of his keen clinical skills and compassionate nature.
He describes himself as a “very amateur banjo, fiddle and guitar player” and enjoys running, backpacking, skiing and is the proud owner of a rescue dog named Xavi.