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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.   MAGGIE BEVILACQUA, M.D.
  JEFFREY C. ERNST, M.D.   MELISSA WALSH, M.D.
  ANNIE REESE, M.D.   AKANE TANAKA, M.D.
  
     
STAFF Nursing Staff
  KAREN   MARY Z.
  KRISNA   AKEZA
  DEBORAH   SAKINA
  JOHN   CHELSEA
  VIKTORIYA   KAREN
  KEITH   LOREE
     TONYA
     KATIE
     MARIBEL
     NICOLE
  

 

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)
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
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 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)
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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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´┐Żs 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)
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.

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


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 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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JOHN
is one of our receptionists. He currently holds several industry-standard technology certifications and is pursuing a degree in Information Technology from Edmonds Community College. His varied interests includes researching and Ultimate Frisbee.
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KRISNA
is a valued member of our Reception team. She is originally from Hawaii where she worked as a dental coordinator. She enjoy crafting, reading and spending time with her husband and two wonderful daughters Sofia and Elena.
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KEITH is our Billing Specialist and comes to us with a background of 9 years of Medical Billing experience, which includes Medicare and Gastroenterology billing. He also has a Psychology degree from the University of Washington. He is a proud husband and father to a preschooler and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son going camping, kayaking, as well as rooting for the Mariners, Seahawks and Huskies.
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VIKTORIYA is one of our receptionists. She graduated from Everett Community College in June 2014. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband, family, and friends, and be active in her local church.
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Nursing Staff


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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NICOLE is one of our LPN's. she graduated from Skagit Valley Community College in August of 2013. She grew up in the small town of Aberdeen, WA. She loves kids and enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her family and friends whenever the weather will allow her to.
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