JEFFREY C. ERNST, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Ernst was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. His undergraduate years were spent at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma where he graduated Phi Kappa Phi and Cum Laude with a degree in Natural Science. Before medical school at the University of Washington, he served as an admission counselor at Whittier College in California. During medical school, he and his wife, Jennifer, traveled to Kenya, Africa for a medical mission to Tenwek Hospital.

Residency in pediatrics was completed at the University of Washington and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Their children Lindsey (1998), Preston (2002), and Whitney (2006) add much joy and exuberance to his life. Raising children has added immensely to his practice of pediatrics. He has truly enjoyed becoming more involved the leadership of our community by serving on the Medical Executive Committee at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ernst prioritizes working collaboratively with families in his practice. He approaches every visit with compassion and thoroughness. Personal interests include biking, hiking, and piano playing.

Education

Undergraduate: University of Puget Sound

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Pediatric Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Language(s) Spoken

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital – Edmonds, First Hill
  • UW/Northwest Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • King County Medical Society
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association

Community Service

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Medical Executive Committee
  • Hillwood Soccer Assistant Coach
  • Shoreline School District Volunteer
  • St Luke School Volunteer Medical Missions—Africa, Mexico

Interesting Facts

  • Strava virtual races are a passion of his and a lot safer than real bike racing
  • Loves pruning his many ornamental bushes and fruit trees

GISELLE FALKENBERG, M.D.

Dr. Falkenberg grew up in Germany, and was transplanted to the United States as a teenager. She studied History and Literature at Harvard College, went to Boston University Medical School, and trained in pediatrics at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. As a medical student and resident, she worked in Haiti, Nepal and on a Native American reservation in Arizona.

After residency, she moved to Seattle to join her husband, a foot doctor and long distance runner. Two years of preventive medicine training with UW and the Centers for Disease Control included trips to Central and East Africa before joining Richmond Pediatrics in 1992.

It is the families in this clinic, along with her own two children, who continue to teach her the most valuable lessons in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She prides herself on helping families and children find the care that best suits their medical needs and cultural preferences.

Dr. Falkenberg takes a special interest in breast-feeding, allergies, preventive and adolescent medicine. She has served as a consultant to the Washington State Health Department and the Shoreline School District.

Education

Undergraduate: Harvard College

Medical School: Boston University

Pediatric Residency: Dartmouth Medical Center, NH

Masters of Public Health: University of Washington

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Language(s) Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German

Hospital Privileges

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital – Edmonds, First Hill
  • UW/Northwest Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • King County Medical Society
  • North Pacific Pediatric Society
  • Puget Sound Women’s Pediatric Group

Community Service

  • Shoreline Arts Council
  • PTA, Shoreline Schools

Interesting Facts

Dr. Falkenberg has two children, daughter Tzuria and son Naphtali. Her family loves exploring bookstores and collects a menagerie of stuffed animals from all over the world. They enjoy running, dancing and hiking together.

Annie Reese, M.D.

Dr. Annie Reese was born in Chicago and raised on the East Coast. She migrated west for college at Stanford where she graduated with a degree in American Studies and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa society. For a year before starting Stanford Medical School, she counseled and organized after-school activities for homeless youth at Seattle Emergency Housing Service. During medical school, she traveled to the Philippines for 6 months to conduct public health research. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, now called Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Professionally, Dr. Reese enjoys the diversity of general pediatrics and its opportunities for lifelong learning. Clinically, she has special interests in both breastfeeding and adolescent medicine. In addition, she has been involved with committees at Seattle Children’s Hospital to improve quality across pediatrics in the northwest. She also maintains an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

On a personal level, she is fascinated by the daily growth and development of children, Liam (2003) and Cora (2006), and spends time hiking, cross country skiing, reading novels, cooking, and gardening with her husband, Scott, and their dog, Mazey.

Education

Undergraduate: Stanford University

Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine

Pediatric Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Language(s) Spoken

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital – Edmonds, First Hill
  • UW/Northwest Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • King County Medical Society
  • North Pacific Pediatric Society

Community Service

  • Former Board Member, Wonderland Developmental Center
  • Seattle Children’s Care Network Quality and Clinical Integration Committee

Interesting Facts

Dr. Reese grew up in a half Greek household, and roasted lamb in the back yard. She is now a vegetarian and mainly grows tomatoes in the back yard. Her family loves pets, and has a dog, cat, leopard gecko, and many generations of fish and snails.

MELISSA C. WALSH, M.D.

Dr. Melissa Walsh is a Midwest transplant, having grown up near Detroit, MI. She graduated with High Honors in Biology from the University of Michigan where she helped develop a mediation center, started a group to explore complementary and alternative medicines, and, most importantly, met her loving husband, Mike. After a year teaching through Americorps in Detroit, she completed medical school at the University of Rochester. Dr. Walsh moved to Seattle for her pediatric residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2004. At the completion of her residency, she was honored by the Seattle Children’s Family Advisory Council with the Family Centered Care award. Their family expanded to include their two children, Alex (2006) and Elizabeth (2008), who continue to be their utmost joy and keep them connected to the wonder and stresses of parenting!

Dr. Walsh is excited to serve as a medical home for families, and enjoys taking care of all ages from newborns to adolescents. Personally, she savors spending time with her family, traveling, and dancing. She began her practice with Richmond Pediatrics in 2007.

Education

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Rochester

Pediatric Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Language(s) Spoken

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital – Edmonds, First Hill
  • Northwest Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • North Pacific Pediatric Society

Community Service

  • Seattle Children’s Care Network Board Member
  • Volunteer, Seattle Public Schools
  • Previously served on the Medical Executive Committee, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Interesting Facts

Before diving into medicine, Dr. Melissa Walsh performed with the Michigan Renaissance Festival and was an avid tap dancer. During medical school, she was able to spend a month focusing on an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China, which helped to give an appreciation for the different frameworks of understanding health and illness. 

AKANE TANAKA, M.D.

Dr. Tanaka has been with Richmond Pediatrics since 2011. After graduating from the University of Dallas, she attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She then moved to Hershey, PA to complete her residency at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital where she served as chief resident. Because of her interest in international medicine and learning about different cultural approaches to medicine, Dr. Tanaka has done some medical work abroad including infectious disease research in Guadalajara, Mexico during medical school, and caring for children with heart problems in Guayaquil, Ecuador during her 2nd and 3rd year of residency.

Dr. Tanaka loves the broad diversity of the patients and families she serves and takes a special interest in infectious disease and travel medicine. As a previously certified child passenger safety technician, she also takes a special interest in child safety and injury prevention.

Dr. Tanaka met her husband, a local ER physician, during medical school and they elected to move to the Pacific Northwest for its cooler climate, mountains and ocean. In her free time, she likes to explore the surrounding area with her husband and their exuberant wirehaired pointing griffon pup. She enjoys traveling locally and internationally, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving and experimenting with her gardening skills.

Education

Undergraduate: University of Dallas

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Pediatric Residency: Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Language(s) Spoken

  • English
  • Proficient in Spanish

Hospital Privileges

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital – Edmonds, First Hill
  • UW/Northwest Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Interesting Facts

Dr. Tanaka is half-Japanese and half-Peruvian. She is originally from Long Island, New York, and then moved to Dallas, Texas at the age of 12.

SONJA TARRAGO, M.D.

Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Tarrago attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her undergraduate education and University of Wisconsin Medical School for her post-graduate degree.

She completed pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics and has been a pediatrician for over 14 years.

Dr. Tarrago joined Richmond Pediatrics in 2015 after moving to Seattle from the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She enjoys a growing practice of newborn babies to graduating college seniors. She is particularly interested in helping children and families with mental health issues including anxiety and depression.

She is the proud mom of two boys and wife to a physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Education

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Medical School: University of Wisconsin

Pediatric Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Language(s) Spoken

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Hospital – First Hill, Edmonds
  • UW/Northwest Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Interesting Facts

Dr. Tarrago is an avid yogi, and challenges herself daily with hot yoga classes. She enjoys biking around Lake Washington and jogging around Green Lake. She is proud to wear pink and support breast cancer causes.

DAVID DE GIVE

–Starting September, 2017–
Dr. David de Give was born and raised in Olympia, WA, where his father only recently retired after 30+ years as a practicing pediatrician. He accepted a National Merit Scholarship to attend Rice University in Houston, TX, where his love of the outdoors led him to major in Geology. After completing additional premedical requirements he was offered a Southwestern Medical Foundation J.W. Simmons Scholarship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He then accepted a position as one of the first Pediatrics & Global Child Health Residents at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, working from 2012-2013 in Malawi at a Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative clinic and Kamuzu Central Hospital before finishing his training in Houston in 2014. He is joining Richmond Pediatrics in 2017 after three years in private practice in the Portland, Oregon area.
Dr. de Give was drawn to pediatrics by the joy and resiliency of his patients. He strives to provide the most informed and evidence-based care possible, and as such he is a firm advocate of timely vaccination. Personally he enjoys coffee, spicy food, and spending time with his wife exploring the Puget Sound and Cascades, whether by boat, on alpine skis, or towed behind a large kite.

Education

Language(s) Spoken

English

Hospital Privileges

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Interesting Facts

Education

Language(s) Spoken

Hospital Privileges

Professional Affiliations

Interesting Facts

Dawn Sibanda, MD, DPharm, MPH, Resident

Dr. Sibanda is from Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. She grew up in the second largest city with a beautiful subtropical and semi-arid climate.  She went to North Dakota State University for her undergraduate degree, and the University of Minnesota for Medical School. She is very excited to move to Seattle and Alaska!! When she is not working she loves being outside…hiking and biking. She’s dabbled in rock climbing (it’s easier indoors!) and lap swimming. She also recently rediscovered sewing and leisurely reading.  She is looking forward to exploring the Pacific NW and Alaska.

Shane Wo, MD, Resident

Dr. Wo was born and raised in Honolulu, completed his undergraduate degree at Berkeley, and returned to Hawaii for medical school. He enjoys spearfishing, and using spearfishing as an excuse to travel. His bucket list includes swimming with whale sharks.

Margaret Wheeler, MD, Visiting Doctor

Born and raised in central Idaho, Dr. Wheeler completed her undergraduate degree in nursing.  She worked as a nurse in rural California, Idaho and Kentucky, as well as in villages in Alaska.  She returned for medical school at Dartmouth and the University of Washington.  She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Wheeler enjoys working with young families and their infants and children.  She is especially interested in asthma and other lung conditions, cross-cultural medicine and infectious diseases.

Dr. Wheeler enjoys biking, downhill skiing, and gardening.  She also enjoys working and teaching in medically underserved areas in Africa and elsewhere.

John Hawes, MD, Visiting Doctor

Dr. John Hawes splits his time between rural Alaska and Seattle.  When he’s in Alaska, he works in a small hospital in the Alaskan bush that serves Alaskan Natives from over 50 villages.  When he’s down in Seattle, he spends his time working at Richmond Pediatrics and enjoying the outdoors with his partner, Meghaan, and their dog, Rusty.  Dr. Hawes is originally from Illinois, but has also lived in Washington, DC and Hawaii.  He attended medical school at Georgetown University and completed his residency in pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  He’s worked abroad providing medical care in Honduras, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Hawes is passionate about primary care pediatrics and caring for children of all ages.  In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, skiing, mountaineering, and watching good movies.

Jeremy Kassebaum, MD, Visiting Doctor

Dr. Jeremy was born and raised in eastern Washington on a family farm. Instead of pursuing farming, Dr. Jeremy was interested in the Sciences and went to Stanford University with the goal of majoring in Chemistry. However, while there, he became interested in Medicine, and pursued a medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He decided on Pediatrics, due to his interest in working with children as well as their families. He often says that he chose Pediatrics because he is often entertained by the same things as his patients.

He finally returned to Washington State for residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and has made Seattle home since. In addition to working at Richmond Pediatrics (since 2007), he also works as a Hospitalist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and as a Pediatrician in the Urgent Care.

When not working, he enjoys traveling, dining, sports (playing and watching), and the outdoors.

Jessica Ebberson, MD, Visiting Doctor

Dr. Ebberson was born at Northwest Hospital and grew up in Seattle. She graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, MA with a degree in English. Following medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ebberson was delighted to move home to Seattle in 2009 for a residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has been working as a locums Pediatrician at Richmond Pediatrics since January, 2017. When she is not at work she enjoys swimming, running, downhill skiing and hiking with her dog, Abby

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