Our Providers

Nicola Bocek, MD

Dr Bocek

Specialty: Am Bd Family Practice (Fam Prac)

Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine

Residency: Central Washington Family Medicine

Board Certification: Family Medicine

I grew up in Yakima from the age of six years. My father was an orthopedic surgeon here for many years. Although I had no intentions of returning to Yakima after I graduated from high school, a stroke of fate led me to a residency program after I completed medical school in Missouri. Family Medicine was in its infancy and I was drawn to its humanistic approach to teaching and to patient care. I applied and was accepted to a brand new family practice residency organized in Yakima.

...I love family practice because of the infinite variety of problems that patients bring in to me every day. I enjoy the kind of relationships that I have developed with my patients. I have learned so much from all of the individuals and families that I have cared for over the years, and I hope that I have been able to help them along in their journeys from time to time.

The camraderie of my partners and the support of the wonderful staff at Family Medicine have allowed my practice to flourish. Outside of my professional life, I love to garden, cross country ski, and ride a tandem road bike. I also enjoy playing Irish music on the concertina. My family consists of three cats and a small flock of Banty chickens. I'm a pretty good cook and I also like to travel when I can.

I have come to greatly appreciate my good fortune in having been guided back here to spend my life and career.

Tanny Davenport, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine

Residency: Central WA Family Medicine

Board Certification: Am Bd Family Medicine (Fam Med)

Debra Gould, MD, MPH

Debra Gould, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Other Specialties: Public Health

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine / State University College of New York at Buffalo

Residency: Family Medicine, Highland Hospital / University of Rochester

Fellowship/MPH: Health Services - University of Washington, Seattle

Board Certification: American Board Family Medicine

What inspired you to choose medicine? I have a love of both science and people.

Why did you choose your specialty? So that I could focus on primary care and advocate for communities.

What is your philosophy of care? I treat the whole person.

What do you like about Yakima? The outdoors, it's multi-cultural, serving a need

What do you like to do outside of work? Whitewater kayaking, hiking, music, reading

Esther Hunte, MD

Dr Hunte

Specialty: Family Medicine

Other Specialties: Obstetrics

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Residency: Naval Hospital at Jacksonville

Board Certification: Am Bd Family Practice (Fam Prac)

I like to see the whole family, to treat the whole person. Because of the nature of my practice I have the privilege of following patients from the womb on.

I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I mostly grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. My hobbies are scrapbooking, knitting, embroidery, biking and hiking. My brother lives in Florida with his wife and children and my father lives in Cleveland.

Jeff Kaplan, MD

Dr Kaplan

Specialty: Family Medicine

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

Residency: Medical University of South Carolina

Board Certification: Family Medicine

I have lived in Yakima since 1989 and have been associated with Family Medicine of Yakima since 1990. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh as the middle of three boys. A love of the outdoors and open spaces led my wife and me to move to Yakima. We have two daughters who bring us an endless amount of joy. I enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, biking, camping and especially sea kayaking. I also relish the time to read and travel, and have an avid interest in history and outdoor adventures.

As a physician I enjoy providing care and attention to individuals of many different ages and backgrounds. I find that getting to know a person as an individual and as a member of a family is especially satisfying. I believe in being attentive to a person's needs while also emphasizing preventative and evidence based care. I am fortunate to work within a group which shares this philosophy as well as an appreciation of how the differences between people lead to growth.

My career has recently offered some changes leading me to work two days a week as Medical Director of Memorial Physicians, Memorial Hospital's outpatient clinics.

Shannon Neer, PA-C

Shannon Neer, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine

Graduate school: Arizona School of Health Sciences, Phoenix

Joined the Family Medicine team in 2001

I grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where my dad was the head of the newly forming Medical Physics facility at the brand new King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. Back then Riyadh was still quite underdeveloped-routine medical care and advanced health services were nonexistent for most of the population.

Almost overnight (nine years, actually) I witnessed a tiny city with several mud buildings, diseased children and one stop light turn into a big city with modern streets and grocery stores. One of the first CT scanners ever made was installed in my dad's facility. I always wanted to practice medicine, and in my senior year of college I learned the Physician Assistant profession is based on a model of rural medicine and taking care of underserved populations. That was an instant no brainer for me! Yakima is not exactly rural but it is small and access to care is indeed an issue.

After moving back from Saudi Arabia my family moved to Washington State. I graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham. I then attended Arizona School of Health Sciences, in Phoenix, where I earned a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

My husband and I live in Ellensburg. We have two precious and spoiled little girls- a miniature Yorkie and a teacup Chihuahua. When I'm not at work, I enjoy arts and crafts, baking and raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Almost every day when I am practicing medicine I am reaffirmed that I made the right career choice. Because I don't follow patients in the hospital or take call I feel like I can spend more time with each patient. In keeping with the principles of rural medicine I make sure to address the whole patient. This includes their home life, work life, and their available resources. I always make sure that the medications and treatment plans that I give to a patient will actually work for them considering their circumstances.

I like patients of all ages but I decorate my rooms for the children-I like them better! I like to goof off with them and I am typically the loudest one making animal noises and being silly! Who said I have to grow up?

Vivian Orthmann, FNP-BC

Vivian Orthmann NP

Specialty: Family Medicine

Graduate school: Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Board Certification: ANCC

Joined the Family Medicine team in 2015

I'm originally from New Orleans, and I always wanted to work in the medical field. I have a holistic and relationship-building philosophy of nursing. I have two young daughters, and we moved to Yakima to be closer to family. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking, and also scrapbooking and playing the piano.

Amanda Ryder, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine

Medical School: Dartmouth

Residency: Sharp Grossmont Family Practice, La Mesa California

Board Certification: Family Medicine

I grew up in Southern California, spent a year in South Africa while in college, then traveled to New Hampshire/Vermont for medical school. I take great pride in caring for a wide range of people from newborns to geriatrics y hablo español.

At Family Medicine, we value creativity, individuality and humor. Our support staff is outstanding, including medical assistants, lab and x-ray technicians and the front office staff. These men and women are the best in their fields.

My husband and I have two wonderful elementary school aged boys who keep us on our toes, as well as an assortment of dogs, cats, guinea pigs and ducks. I play the violin (badly), and enjoy hiking, reading and stamp collecting.

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