Stephen Foster, DO
Specialty: Am Bd Family Practice (Fam Prac)
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Residency: Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield, W.Va.
Fellowship: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Tech
What inspired you to choose medicine?
I grew up in Canada where there weren't very many doctors and not a lot of access.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I had a very strong relationship with my maternal grandmother, and I always enjoyed hanging out with elders.
What is your philosophy of care?
I believe that the patient's relationship with their physician should be a strong one, with someone they can trust -- it should be open. And it should be with someone they can have fun with, maybe crack a few jokes.
What do you like about Yakima?
I like Yakima's four seasons. Also, people here are very friendly, and they're easy to get along with.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I play many different musical instruments; guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, violin, baritone horn. I also like to play with my kids, and I read a lot.
Kristin Larson, MD
Medical School: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Residency: Central WA Family Medicine
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Dr. Larson has a passion for family medicine and for providing care for an entire family. Because Apple Valley Family Medicine is a smaller clinic, the staff and providers have the opportunity to really get to know their patients. And the location in a quiet west Yakima neighborhood is convenient.
Dr. Larson is a Yakima native who graduated from Eisenhower High School. She is married and has two children. She enjoys sports and spending time with her family.
David Lindgren, MD
Medical School: University of St. George's
Residency: Central Washington Family Medicine
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Dr. Lindgren is the newest member of the Apple Valley Family Medicine team. He believes in providing the highest quality of care that is evidence based. He appreciates that patients of Apple Valley Family Medicine are treated like family. In fact, he and his family get their medical care here as well.
Dr. Lindgren grew up in Sacramento, California. He's married and the proud father of four children which keeps him busy. In his spare time, he enjoys martial arts, weight lifting, and watching science fiction movies and shows.
Jennifer Pontarolo, DO
Medical school: Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency: Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program Board-certified: Family Medicine
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have always loved science and have a drive to constantly learn new things and challenge myself. Combined with my desire to help individuals, I found medicine to be the perfect path.
Why did you choose your specialty? Building long-term relationships and taking care of patients throughout all stages of life is my passion. I love educating on disease-prevention, devising care plans with my patients' goals for their health in mind, and working with specialists to provide the best care.
What is your philosophy of care? I believe patients have a lot of control over their own health, and my job is to guide them. Taking a holistic approach to medicine and incorporating emotional as well as physical health in every visit is important to me.
What do you like about Yakima? I came here for medical school in 2009 and was surprised to find that I enjoyed the quiet, relaxed pace of life. Being so close to the mountains, there is easy access to great hiking and skiing. Also, I like the sense of community here.
What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I like to backpack, hike, ski at White Pass and travel. I also enjoy reading and spending time with our yellow lab and two cats.
Coreen Slobig, ARNP
Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Washington State University
Certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Board Certification: Family Medicine with added qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Ms. Slobig believes that Apple Valley Family Medicine is a special place for patients to come for their health care because the doctors and staff have generous, caring hearts. The team approach of the staff and providers is to promote wellness, encouraging their patients to live in the present moment, wisely and earnestly. Her philosophy of care is that small changes can bring health and peace from within.
Ms. Slobig grew up in Yakima and graduated from Carroll High School. Most of her family lives here. She and her husband will celebrate 25 years of marriage in 2012. Her two daughters attend college in Yakima. Her approach to life is simple: life is short...so don't let it pass you by.
In her spare time, Ms. Slobig enjoys riding her Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), and the WSNA's Strategic Planning Committee.