Hello everyone! My name is Natalie (she/her) and I was born and raised in the Portland, OR area and can attest that the show “Portlandia” is, unfortunately, accurate. I spent my youth hiking and camping along the Columbia River, also known as the Gorge, as we like to call it in the Pacific Northwest! When I wasn’t in Portland, I was often visiting my family up here in the great state of Alaska. We spent our summers in Nome where my family is originally from.
I left the Portland area for college and attended Seattle Pacific University, where I earned a bachelor’s in human biology. From there I moved to Green Bay, WI and spent a year working for a local Volunteer Center through the AmeriCorps program. In addition to providing me with an invaluable professional experience, it further solidified my undying love of cheese (Go Packers!). After that, I returned to Seattle to work as a medical scribe in the Swedish Hospital System. From there I decided to finally go back to Portland and found employment at a local free clinic, where I developed my passion for working with the medically underserved.
I went on to attend medical school at Kansas City University and obtained my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine along with a Master of Arts in Bioethics. After enjoying four incredible years as a medical student in Kansas City, along with enjoying their famous BBQ, I decided it was time to return to familiar territory. It was no question at all that the AKFMR program was the one for me! My cat, Hermione, and I are both incredibly excited and grateful to be in Alaska!