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PHYSICIANS AND STAFF

For over fifty years, Richmond Pediatrics has been providing caring, compassionate and quality health care to the families of the Puget Sound region. We pride ourselves on our tradition of excellence and accessibility. Our daily standard of care is to offer appointments for “illness” visits on a same-day basis.

 

PHYSICIANS   
  GISELLE FALKENBERG, M.D.   JEREMY D. KASSEBAUM, M.D.
  JEFFREY C. ERNST, M.D.   MAGGIE BEVILACQUA, M.D.
  ANNIE REESE, M.D.   AKANE TANAKA, M.D.
  MELISSA WALSH, M.D.   
     
STAFF NURSES
  DEE   MARY Z.
  KAREN   AKEZA
  KRISTA   SAKINA
  KRISNA   CHELSEA
  DEBORAH   KAREN
  MARY H.   LOREE
  KATHARINE   KATIE

  DEBI

  TONYA
  JANET   

 

PHYSICIANS


GISELLE FALKENBERG, M.D.
Dr. Giselle 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 Medical Center in New Hampshire. As a medical student and resident, she worked in Haiti, Nepal and on an Indian reservation in Arizona for pediatric clinical and public health work.

She moved to Seattle to join her husband, a foot doctor and long distance runner. Two years of preventive medicine training with the University of Washington and Centers for Disease Control included lengthy trips to central Africa before joining Richmond Pediatrics. It is the families in this clinic, along with her own two young children, Tzuria and Naphtali, who continue to teach her the most valuable lessons in pediatrics and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Falkenberg takes a special interest in breast-feeding, allergies, and adolescent medicine. She serves as a consultant to the Washington State Health Department and the Shoreline School District. Favorite pastimes include reading alone and with her children, dancing, mountain scrambling, and running.

BOARD CERTIFIED
American Board of Pediatrics

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Swedish Hospital - First Hill, Edmonds and Ballard)
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
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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. Our children Lindsey (1998), Preston (2002), and Whitney (2006) add much joy and exuberance to our lives. Raising children has added immensely to my practice of pediatrics. I have truly enjoyed becoming more involved the leadership of our community by serving on the Medical Executive Committee at Seattle Children's Hospital. Personal interests include biking, hiking, and piano playing.

BOARD CERTIFIED
American Board of Pediatrics

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
Seattle Children's Hospital
Swedish Hospital - First Hill, Edmonds and Ballard
Northwest Hospital

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Academy of Pediatrics
Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
King County Medical Society
Christian Medical & Dental Association

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Medical Executive Committee-Seattle Children's Hospital
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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.

Professionally, Dr. Reese enjoys the diversity of general Pediatrics and its opportunities for lifelong learning. She has special interests in both breastfeeding and adolescent 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, telemark skiing, reading novels, cooking, and gardening with her husband, Scott, and their dog, Mazey.

BOARD CERTIFIED
American Board of Pediatrics

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
Seattle Children's Hospital
Swedish Hospital - First Hill, Ballard and Edmonds
Northwest Hospital

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Academy of Pediatrics
Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
King County Medical Society

SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Breast Feeding
Adolescent Medicine

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Former Board Member, Wonderland Developmental Center
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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, her husband, and their dog, Willow, came to Seattle for her pediatric residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital. 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 enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and dancing. She joined Richmond Pediatrics in 2007, and is greatly enjoying getting to know the community of Shoreline.

BOARD CERTIFIED
American Board of Pediatrics

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
Seattle Children's Hospital
Swedish Hospital (First Hill, Edmonds and Ballard)
Northwest Hospital

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Academy of Pediatrics
Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
North Pacific Pediatric Society

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Medical Executive Committee, Seattle Children's Hospital
Volunteer, Seattle Public Schools
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JEREMY D. KASSEBAUM, M.D.

Dr. Jeremy Kassebaum was born and raised in Sunnyside, WA, in eastern Washington. He spent his childhood on the family farm. He attended Stanford University for undergraduate, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Biochemistry. He then tried out the East Coast for Medical School, attending Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Knowing his �West Coast� personality, he came back to the Pacific Northwest to complete his Pediatric Residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children�s Hospital program. Dr. Kassebaum has spent some extended time abroad in South America. He spent 1 year in Argentina between High School and Stanford as an exchange student and 2 months in Peru, while in Medical School in 2005, volunteering in a hospital.

Professionally, Dr. Kassebaum is involved in a variety of scopes of practice. Beyond working at Richmond Pediatrics, he also works in the Seattle Children�s Emergency Room, Seattle Children�s Urgent Care Clinic in Bellevue, and the Group Health Urgent Cares in Bellevue and Capitol Hill. He enjoys many aspects of pediatric care from taking care of the acutely ill child to preventative health maintenance. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, relaxing at home, playing softball, skiing, snowboarding, and working around and on his house.

BOARD CERTIFIED
American Academy of Pediatrics
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MAGGIE BEVILACQUA, M.D.

Dr. Maggie Bevilacqua was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. After earning a biology degree from the University of North Carolina she spent two years teaching middle school in Atlanta through Teach For America. She returned to UNC for medical school before moving across the country to complete her residency at Seattle Children�s Hospital. She is proficient in Spanish and has taken several trips to Latin America for clinical and public health work.

Dr. Bevilacqua enjoys the diversity of general pediatrics and loves taking care of children of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, gardening, exploring new restaurants, and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that are possible in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

BOARD CERTIFIED
American Board of Pediatrics

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
Seattle Children's Hospital
Swedish Hospital (First Hill, Edmonds and Ballard)
Northwest Hospital
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AKANE TANAKA, M.D.

Dr. Tanaka was born and raised in a small town on Long Island, New York before moving to Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Dallas, she attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center,Houston. She spent a month in Guadalajara, Mexico, for infectious disease research. While completing her residency with Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, she cared for children with heart problems in Ecuador.

Dr. Tanaka and her husband elected to move to the Pacific Northwest for its cooler climate, mountains and ocean. She takes a special interest in injury prevention and child safety. Dr. Tanaka is fluent in Spanish and is learning Japanese.

HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES
Seattle Children's Hospital
Swedish Hospital (First Hill, Edmonds)
UW Northwest Hospital
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STAFF


DEE is our office manager.  She earned her B.S. in nursing at Seattle University where she met her husband.  Her professional career began in the U.S. Navy in neonatology.  Dee has three grown daughters.  Her passion is gardening; in addition, she loves to cook, travel and spend time with her husband and family.
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DEB is our Front Office Manager. Before joining our team, she greatly enjoyed being a preschool teacher in classrooms of varying ages, from 1-5 year olds. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time at the beach, taking pictures, playing bass and learning guitar.
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KAREN is one of our friendly receptionists. When not at RPC she enjoys making art, cooking with her husband Keith and walking her dog Leena.
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KRISTA is the heart and soul of our front desk team. She is a native of Richmond Beach where she met and married her husband Mike and raised three boys. After spending decades in the Real Estate Industry, she enjoys being back in the neighborhood and seeing old friends and classmates. Her pastimes include music, boating, sailing, traveling, gardening and loves all things nautical.
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KRISNA is our new receptionist.
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MARY H. is our Accounts Manager. She grew up in Shoreline and graduated with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Washington. She is the mother of three daughters and has worked in the medical accounts receivable field for over 25 years. Mary enjoys all outdoor activities and has a passion for gardening.
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KATHARINE is our billing assistant. When not at work, she occupies herself teaching private music lessons, participating in Toastmasters International, and with church, family and friends. She likes talking, yellow roses, rocks, and Chopin.
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JANET is our part time billing assistant, bringing with her 40 years of experience in a variety of medical specialties. Outside of work, she devotes her time to family as a wife, mother, grandma, and daughter-in-law. Her furry family includes three cats and a miniature poodle. Spare time is spent with her nose in a book.
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DEBI handles all our referrals and authorizations. She is one of our most artistic and creative staff members. She enjoys decorating and has created theme rooms throughout her home. She shares her life with her husband and three grown children and her grandchildren.
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NURSES


MARY Z. is our nurse-manager.  After graduating with a B.S. In nursing in her home state of Ohio, she moved to the Northwest with her family.  She has three grown children and enjoys cooking, gardening and dog walking with “Bailey”.
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AKEZA, a member of our nursing staff, is our world traveler, who was recently newly married in Ethiopia. She enjoys working with children, and shares her life with her son, Daniel, the light of her life.
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SAKINA is an experienced member of our nursing staff, and enriches our practice with many insights from her time spent living abroad. She enjoys working with children of all ages. She spends most of her free time with her son, Asfand.
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CHELSEA is a Medical Assistant whom was born and raised in Seattle. She enjoys hiking and boating in the San Juan Islands. Some of her other favorite activities include cooking, running, and gardening. On her days off from work she spends lots of time with friends and family.
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LOREE brings 10 years of previous experience as a certified Medical Assistant prior to joining Richmond Pediatrics. She grew up in the Seattle area. She loves to travel, snap pictures of her kids, camp in the great outdoors, bake and enjoys anything involving plants-indoors and out.
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KAREN is one of our new Medical Assistants.
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KATIE is one of our new nurses, and is an LPN.
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TONYA attended Bellingham Technical College where she received her LPN. She has lived all over Washington State. Tonya treasures her free time with her 2 children. She is always on the go.
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