2019 Doctors' Day Tribute

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We are thankful to all of you for making National Doctors' Day so special. Not only are you honoring caregivers who give so much of themselves to patients, their families and our communities, but with your donations, you are also supporting life-saving treatments and compassionate care.

The responses received was incredible, and we are in the process of sending your kind thoughts to the honored caregivers. Regardless of whether a caregiver is listed below, we are grateful to all caregivers as they provide compassionate and excellent health care to patients and their families every single day.

The caregivers recognized are listed below alphabetically by last name. While many caregivers were honored multiple times, we are only listing the caregiver's name once. Some patients of caregivers allowed us to share their notes online and those notes are next to the caregiver's name. If you wrote a note that you would like shared online as well, please call the foundation at 360-493-7981 and let us know of your permission to share your note (we only shared notes if the box was checked on the doctors' day note card that people sent in). Some notes were abbreviated, but the full note will be shared with the caregiver.  Thank you for being a part of our Providence family and celebrating National Doctors' Day with us.

Name of Caregiver

Special Note (if allowed to share)

Sharon C. Abegg, MD

Dr. Abegg's unwavering dedication to alleviating the suffering of those who have mental health maladies is a prime example of servant leadership. In a world where "mental illness" is stigmatized and mental health patients are marginalized, Dr. Abegg's steadfast and focused clear guidance have profoundly impacted me in many ways. She said, "I believe you." That meant everything to me. Thank you!

Jordan M. Abel, MD  Thank you.

Jeanne M. Adams, MD

You have always been a compassionate person listening and making the best suggestions. Thank you so much for taking good care of me, my husband and my son. Please don't retire soon!

Chiante R. Amato, DO

Thank you for taking care of Robert and I. You are very patient with us and listen to our silliness. Also, thank you for having such good helpers to keep us on track with following your instructions. We actually look forward to our visits with you and the staff at Providence.

Natasha P. Arora, MD

Thank you Dr. Arora and your crew that gave me back a large percentage of my heart function! My trust in all the people at Cardiac Associates for the last 27 years - never fades. From our hearts.

Amir A. Atabeygi, MD  Dr. Atabeygi is a very compassionate man. He is dedicated to his patients' well being.

Jong-Wook Ban, MD

Dr. Ban has always been on the top of health care.

Thank you very much for the great care!

Dr. Ban is very wise, compassionate and thorough.  We are pleased and appreciative he is our primary care physician.  (His staff is also wonderful!)

Dr. Ban , I trust him, he is very professional, but still treats me with respect, that I'm not old and don't know what's going on.  He has a very nice smile.

Darrel J. Bell, MD

Thank you, you are the best.

Keith R. Birchard, MD   Thank you!
Mark W. Bradford, MD Thank You!

William P. Brennan, MD

Thank you Dr. Brennan and your crew that gave me back a large percentage of my heart function! My trust in all the people at Cardiac Associates for the last 27 years - never fades. From our hearts.

Daniel M. Byrd, MD

Dr. Byrd and staff, thank you for caring for my wife, Janet Lucas. She was extremely fond of you and your staff over the 4 year battle with cancer . Great Staff.

Thank you for your help.

Love you all.

Christopher P. Burtner, MD

Dr. Burtner, the care you gave to my Dad meant do much not only to him but to me also. Thought I miss him dearly I feel he is finally resting comfortably. What you do to help those suffering from so many things is appreciated. Thank you again for taking such good care of my dad, Boots.

Virginia R. Cannon, MD

Thanks for all the faithful and often patient care you provided for these many years. Hope you are enjoying what little extra time you have. I like Dr. Lee but miss you greatly.
Edward Cates, MD  Thank you! 
Thomas R. Cooke, DO  Thank you for your compassionate care, and love you give our family.  You are a great doctor and friend. 

Diana M. Currie, MD

Thank you!

Thomas K. Curry, MD  Thank you for doing a great job! Fabulous surgeon. 
Kirk D. Danielson, MD  How can I ever say how much Dr. Danelson has helped me.  He has been a very caring and thoughtful doctor.  He is never in a hurry and listens to all my problems.  I am so grateful and feel so very blessed to have him as my doctor. 

Robyn Davies, MD

She is simply the best!

Eric M. DeMun, MD

I've been a patient of Dr. DeMun for many years and for me, the most impacting quality he has is that he listens. He never makes you feel rushed. He's kind and patient. Being heard instills confidence in the outcome of the appointment and lowers patient stress. Thank you.

Thank you Dr. DeMun for being our medical doctor. Carl and I appreciate you very much. Your medical skills, your likable, kind and compassionate approach along with a willingness to discuss health options allows us to feel a part of our own health balance and wellness. Carl especially remembers how well you sewed up his finger after a table saw cut, and the lancing of a boil he had. We especially like how we can speak to you and know you are open to what we share. As the years get closer to your retirement (ask Carl he loves it) we wish you the very best and wonder how we can find someone to take your place.

Dr. DeMun gives careful thought about what options to recommend. He listens and discusses my concerns with me. And he contacts me with results of tests in a prompt manner--by phone soon after he gets results, if warranted.

Thank you for patience and understanding always.  You're the best.

Dr. DeMun, I have appreciated your care over the years.  You are my friend, colleague and physician in whom I have full confidence.  Thank you.

Eric is kind, caring, concerned.  He listens and really cares about you - the patient.  Simply put, he's the best . . .

Hugo de Oliveira, ARNP

Thank you.

Cheri M. Dorhauer, MD

Dr. Dorhauer is a wonderful doctor. She listens, is compassionate and very caring and is very complete in her exams. I think of her as a close friend whom is always there for me. When I see her out in public she is still the compassionate, caring person that she is in the clinic. Thank you for being such a a lovely person and doctor. Thank you for your care.

Thank you for many years of caring and service. A donation to the Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy Program was made in your honor.

Meghan R. Duffie, MD

Glad I got you and your staff are awesome too.

Michael D. Dujela, DPM

Thank you so much for delivering such excellent care during my surgery last fall! I am truly grateful and appreciative of all you and your staff do!

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job on my bunion operation. My feet feel so much better!

Wyatt C Ehrlander, MD  Thank you! 

Kimberly A. Elliott, DO, PhD

Dr. Kimberly Elliott, Panorama Clinic, So glad you are my Dr. Thanks.

Thank you for your continuing care, empathy and advice. Appreciation to your nurses and staff also.

I have been with Dr. Elliott for a while and she has always taken her time to listen to my needs and feelings and that has meant the world to me.  She is so caring and does not rush in and rush out like most doctors and they do not listen to you or your concerns.

 Richard Elloway, MD  Thanks for being there when I needed your help! God bless you!
Richard L Faiola, MD   I enjoy seeing you when I have a problem.  Love your humor!

Gerald J. Fay, MD

Thank you!

Dr. Fay is very gentle, kind and a great listener.

Dr. Fay continued to service his patients to the extreme.  I have never had a doctor that spends time with you and explains your problem, and what he will do to solve the problem.  Dr. Fay and his nurse are a great pair that shows compassion to you while in the office and at home.  He never fails to call you at home if you need him.

Dr. Fay's extensive span of knowledge is shown in his exceptional care of his patients.  He has had a positive impact on my health life.  I am grateful for the care he has provided.

Stephen R. Fischer, PA-C Thank you!

Rebecca A. Freeman, MD

Excellent job by you and your team.

Melissa L. Gamble, PAC Thank you for your kind professional caring for me and my daughter. I feel safe in your hands.
William Gavin, MD   In June 2016 I had a heart attach at the church building. Our preacher performed CPR till the aid car arrived, took me to Aberdeen, stabilized me and sent me to St. Peter. Going down for x-rays, another attack. Dr. Gavin and excellent staff worked on me for two weeks and sent me home. It will be three years this year. What a wonderful feeling to know we have the doctors and staff to save our lives. Thanks Bill and Dr. Li.
Yan Geng, MD 

Dr. Geng has an excellent ability to understand the problems of her mostly elderly patients here at Providence/Panorama

My daughter and I appreciate the kind and thorough treatment Dr.Geng (and her MA Amanda) have provided to me. She is thoughtful and compassionate and provided excellent followup after a recent falling incident. I truly appreciate having such a wonderful person taking care of me.

I appreciate both my doctors, Gen and Sui for everything they have done for me.  I hope you appreciate this small gift as a way of showing my appreciation. Thank You

Jane M. Geraci, MD, MPH

Thank you!

Gopal Ghimire, MD, PhD

Would like to thank Dr. Ghimire for receiving Chuck.

Thanks so much for my wife's new heart valve.

I wanted to thank you so much for being there to place the stents into my vessels. It is reassuring to the patient community that we have such talented medical professionals like yourself close by. Again, I thank you for what you did for me and the many other people you have done procedures on. You are a great asset to our community and its people.

Adam J Graver, MD  Dear Dr. Graver, I would again like to thank you for the wonderful care you gave me.  Also for seeing Don on such short notice.  You are not only a great doctor but a very caring wonderful person! Your staff is excellent also. 
Chris N. Griffith, MD  Dr. Chris Griffith combines intelligent scientific rigor with the common sense of an old fashioned country doctor. He is genuine, considerate, kind, responsible and experienced as a "systems guy" who knows and maneuvers well within the hospital. I see him as a helper and a healer, and would go back top him for surgery because I trust his judgment, compassion and character.
Debra J. Gross, ARNP Thank you for being there for us!

Ian S. Hallows, DO

Dr. Hallows, I truly appreciate the time you took with me during my annual exam. God bless.

Thank you! You helped me and I truly appreciate it.

Ryan J. Halpin, MD

Dr. Haplin got me back on my feet!

Thank you very much Dr. Ryan Halpin.

Thanks to Dr. Ryan Halpin for his skill and care during my neck surgery and recovery during the past nine months.

Julia L Hamilton, DO  Thank you so much for accepting me as a patient and managing my rather complex constellation of symptoms.  I genuinely appreciate your kindness and compassion.  It is because of people like you that the world is an inherently good place.  Big Thank you to all staff at St. Peter Family Practice! Thank You! Thank You! 

Douglas L. Hayden, MD

2 nose bleeds, felt ugly, rotten, and gall bladder. Thank you.

Thank you for your services.  Your kindness and care are very much appreciated.

 Margaret M. Hennessey, ARNP  Always listened and cared.  Blessings.  Hated to see you leave.
Joseph T. Ho, MD 

Dr. Ho, you saved my life and saved me from permanent disability on Jan 7, 2019, when I had a stroke due to acute ischemic left middle cerebral artery (MCA). I have recovered almost completely and am truly grateful and thankful to you and your skills.  Thank you Dr. Ho for returning my life to me!

This man saved my wife's life and St. Peter's covered a portion of the cost of an operation my finances would not have covered.  So, each year I will continue to donate.  Thank You.

Sundy R. Holland, MD

Thank you!
 Brian A. Iuliano, M.D Thank you!

Nicole K. Jackson, DO

Operated and got me through lung cancer. Cancer free now. Thank you.

Edward L. Jansen, MD

Happy to have you as our doctor.

My husband and I want to let Dr. Jansen know how much we appreciate his care. He is always willing to listen and is concerned about our health. Thank You

He always has a lot of patience with me on any questions I have. He is never in a hurry.

Dr. Jansen, we thank you for the great medical care you have given us over the years! You are the best doctor we have ever had! We trust your advice completely. We feel that you have genuine concern for our welfare. We will continue to hold you in our prayers. We think of you as a good friend.

Thank you for your patience and care.

Dr. Jansen is an exceptional physician and a wonderful man. He combines outstanding medical skill with compassion and true commitment to the well being of is patients. We view him as not only a fine doctor but also as a trusted and treasured friend.

Thank you for being my primary care physician all these years.  Your caring attitude and medical knowledge is amazing and greatly gratifying.

Thank you for being my doctor!

I want to honor my primary care physician, Dr. Edward Jansen. He is the most thorough physician I have encountered. In December of 2016, I developed a "foot drop". Dr. Jansen ordered a MRI. He called me the next day and advised me that there was no nerve damage, but unfortunately, there were multiple masses within my abdomen. He explained the seriousness of this finding. He was very compassionate and caring. He also advised me that he had taken it upon himself to contact an oncologist and made an appointment for me if that was what I wanted. It is now 27 months later and I am currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Thank you Dr. Jansen from the bottom of my heart for saving my life.

Dr. Jensen is the best doctor we have ever been to.  He listens to what you have to say and makes a decision on what needs to be done.

Dr. Jansen is always available and always promotes better health options.  Mostly, he's a friend.

Claus Janssen, MD  Thank you! 

Abraham W. Jeon, DO

Thank you!
Fen J. Jiang, MD, Ph.D  Thank you for your comprehensive and compassionate care.
 Cris E. Johnson, MD Dr. Johnson, I'm so appreciative of your care.  The referral you provided to Dr. Linton last fall has been especially beneficial to me.  Thank you! 

Ryan C. Johnson, DO

I have been a patient of Dr. Johnson's since his first day at Providence. He has been a very caring and an excellent doctor. I was so impressed with his mannerism, I recommend him to my family. My sister and her family now see Dr. Johnson and we all think he is a great doctor.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Providence Health Care community for all they have done for not only me but my family as well.  A special THANK YOU to my doctor, Ryan Johnson, for his patience, guidance and his caring manor in dealing with my various medical issues.  Because of him and his abilities, he has added to the quality of my life.

 James G. Julin, MD

Thank you for helping me extend my yeas to live a life full of meaning and purpose.

A near fatal heart attack on 10-15-18 left me in the hospital for a month of treatment involving a defibrillator implant and a heart sac drain.  It was a difficult time of pain and frustration.  Dr. Julin was there throughout not just as my cardiologist but as a coach providing focus and direction.  When I was finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I realized it was Dr. Julin holding a candle.

Elvira V. Kadyrova, MD  Thank you!
Min S. Kang, MD  Thank you! 

Richard P. Kennedy, MD, FACC

Thank you for loving us.

My family and I want to take time to let you know how much we appreciate how exceptional you are to all as individuals and to our community.  Your practice of medicine is constantly up a level in your field, enriching all of us.  You daily illustrate true interest in the whole person.  You really are the Best Of All Time!  Thank you for showing all what in life really works!

Connor Kitts, MD  I appreciate the time Dr. Kitts helps us in his office.  He is very kind and is very caring for my husband and me.  He takes a lot of time to talk to us about our needs. 

Paul M. Knouff, MD

Dr. Knouff was so wonderful in caring for Don. Myself and family still talk about the excellent care you provided for him. Thank you.

Dr. Paul Knouff always pays attention to the needs of his clients and he advises and provides the best solution for his customers.

A great neighbor and a great person.

Preeti Kondal, D.O

I deeply appreciate your service as my doctor. I was very ill with an infection causing pain and sever sickness. I am nearly recovered now - but still hope to regain more strength. Thank you very much.

We so appreciate your thoroughness and great bedside manner.

Yo Kondo, MD  I have observed that Dr. Kondo is respected and much loved by his colleagues and other hospital personnel.  From a patients point of view, he is attentive, caring, a good listener a well as an excellent physician. 
Kenneth W. Kooser, MD  Dr. Kenneth Kooser has been very kind to my elderly husband and me.  He listens and is respectful, and also has a great sense of humor and warmth.
Richard T. Krug, MD  Thank you for your great care and life saving surgery.  You are a blessing to many!  Also my thanks to in-house physician Dr. Griffith for his checking in on me.  Meant so much to me - wonderful person! 
Trevor Kwan, DO   Doing his best as a doctor professionally.  Explaining well the care that best suit me, medically.  I'm very appreciative for the quality of care he shows his patients.
Sarah F. Landrum, MD  Thank you for helping me extend my yeas to live a life full of meaning and purpose. 
Robert G. Lang, MD his is to thank you and recognize your wonderful work and dedication in giving hope through care to many.  Will not forget that day you picked up a phone and called me with concerns of my health situation and asked me to run to ER for check up.  That was so nice of you. 

James J. Lechner, MD

Dr. Lechner guided me through ten months of cancer treatment. Thank you.

I've worked with Dr. Lechner for over 10 years with my cancer. He has been professional, but with a very caring and helpful way. He's wonderful support and a number of people in our church praise Dr. Lechner' s help as well.

When I first went to Providence Oncology I saw a doctor that rushed through my visit, gave me bleak recurrence statistics and seemed to not care about me. One of the only times in my life I advocated for myself and asked for another doctor. I got Dr. Lechner a true gift! He gave me hope and I will be forever grateful. I am two years cancer free. Thank you Dr. Lechner.

I want to honor my oncologist Dr. James Lechner. He has been treating me since December of 2016 for stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer. In our first visit, he very directly and thoroughly explained the seriousness of this diagnosis. I would not have wanted to receive this news in any other way. He explained that there was no surgery or radiation options nor a chemotherapy regiment specific to pancreatic cancer. BUT, he explained, "We have a plan." After much discussion, we decided to proceed with palliative care while trying a chemotherapy treatment designed for colon cancer that has shown some success in slowing down the progression of pancreatic cancer. I was also entered into a trial study. He then said, "Let's go meet your team." The rest, as they say, is History. It has now been 27 months and 57 chemotherapy treatments later. As of this month, my tumor marker, CA 19-9, has gone from 3,556 to below 40 and my 5 primary tumors have decreased in size by 79%. THANK YOU, Dr. Lechner for giving me HOPE.

Dr. Lechner, We want to thank you for all the help, advice, consultations -- and your humility and sense of humor.  You have incredible knowledge as an oncologist, but at the same time can relate to ordinary people facing a great challenge in life.  Thanks so much.

Both my husband and I have had Dr. Lechner for our oncologist.  He has always been so caring and involved.  He always has been a great doctor!  We will miss him -- his retirement is coming too soon!

Will W. Leighty, MD

Dr. Will Leighty is very detailed oriented, covering all the bases at every appointment. He is compassionate as well as highly skilled, despite his youthful appearance!

Bojia Li, MD

Thank you Dr. Li, I appreciate everything you and Oncology in Aberdeen has done for me.
Qiang Li, MD 

I am so fortunate to have the care of such a wise person as Dr. Li. I appreciate his knowledge as it affects my health. His manner is calm and reassuring. Moving to a new area and faced with finding new doctors is challenging, but both my wife and I feel we hit the jackpot with our new cardiologist! 

In June 2016 I had a heart attach at the church building.  Our preacher performed CPR till the aid car arrived, took me to Aberdeen, stabilized me and sent me to St. Petr.  Going down for x-rays, another attack.  Dr. Gavin and excellent staff worked on me for two weeks and sent me home.  It will be three years this year.  What a wonderful feeling to know we have the doctors and staff to save our lives.

Karl M. Lima, MD

Always ask about how I am doing to my daughter. Thank you.

Beverly J. Lirio, MD

Thank you for all you have done in helping me with any problems I may have. I highly recommend you to anyone else. Thank you.

Kathryne Lucas, MD  Thank you for helping me through my breast cancer diagnosis. You answered all my questions thoroughly and always put a positive spin on my visits. I appreciated that very much and I always left the visit feeling much better than when I came.

Sarah A. Lux, MD

I feel fortunate to have a Dr. like Sarah Lux.

Please know how grateful I am for your care, interest and expertise. You, and your staff, are truly appreciated. Thank you, and Happy Doctors' Day!

Dr. Lux is smart, attentive, thorough, kind and respectful. I wish we could clone her.

I want to honor my primary care physician, Dr. Sarah Lux. She is the most thorough physician I have ever encountered. When having an office visit with Dr. Lux, she makes me feel as if I am the only patient she has and she takes as much time as necessary to address my health issue or concern. Thank you, Dr. Lux, for your dedication and compassion that you always exhibit towards me and my health care. I am truly blessed to have you as my physician.

Thanks so much for 20+ years of great care! Also, a big thanks to your nurses --

Thank you for not watching the clock and listening patiently when the conversation was not about my illness but things I thought were important.  You're a very smart doctor but most of all a dear friend.  PS. Also a great grandma.

Michael A. Lynam, MD

Thank you to Dr. Michael Lynam and your team for their medical care of me. I appreciate the needed referrals and medical support.

Alison F. MacMillan, MD

Thank you for all you and your staff do! My husband and I are blessed to have found such a great and caring office in our new home.

Andrew P. Manista, MD Thank you for the extra worry of advocating with L&I for years in order to obtain my surgery.  You're wonderful!!! 
Jennifer A. Marnik - Scalici, MD 

To a kind, caring, generous and qualified GYN!  She is always efficient and gentle . . . Always "up" and wearing a smile!  I'm so glad she's my doctor!  Oh . . . Did I mention she's funny!? 

Thank you for your many years of taking care of us.

Sara C. Martinez, MD, PhD

Thank you Dr. Martinez for placing that life-saving stent in my heart. Thanks too for being on the team that put an aortic valve in my heart. You are special and I really appreciate all you did.

Carrie A. Matyac, ARNP, FNPC

Carrie Ann, I do appreciate the care and concern you show, anytime I have a "bump in the road."

After I had suffered for many months, if not years, with a problem and had been treated to no avail by 2 allergists, 2 ENTs, a naturopath, an MD, and even a psychiatrist, and had been prescribed numerous drugs and homeopathic remedies, Carrie Ann finally suggested something which gave me total relief overnight! My husband, my sisters, and I am eternally grateful to Carrie Ann for her compassionate care which has allowed me to feel good and enjoy life once again. I feel so fortunate to have Carrie Ann as my primary care provider and am very happy to acknowledge her on this Doctors Day.

Robert D. McElhaney, MD

Dr. McElhaney, we wish to thank you for your diligence in taking care of our medical needs. You have shown us your compassion as well as a desire to make a correct diagnosis with each appointment we have with you. May God bless you.

Thank you for all your help with my health over the years. You are appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Charles L. McGill, MD Dr. McGill, thank you so much for your caring and professional way you have cared for my family over the years.  Thank you for your patience. 
Molly A. Mellon, ARNP  Molly - you're the best!  No matter the issues, I come away with the answers. Love you - stay forever. 
Richard Meltzer, MD  We have been blessed by your talents and most of all by your strength and medical ethics. 

Ana M. Mihalcea, MD

Dr. Ana Mihalcea always takes her time so we don't feel rushed, is cheerful and shows joy through her big smile. She reflects God's presence and love by her works, we know him!

Very knowledgeable, caring, considerate and compassionate care.

Brady G. Miller, MD

When I have lost all hope, you don't give up. We try something else. I am so grateful for you. You give me strength to go on.

Very nice person. Made me not so worried about my condition. Made me comfortable and was very nice to me and my family. I loved my doctor in Louisiana but I don't think anyone else would make me more comfortable.

A very likable doctor.  He is so kind.  He makes me very comfortable.  I would not ask for a better doctor.

Harley D. Miller, MD

Thank you for being such a nice and good doctor.

I appreciate the care I've received the last thirty years from Dr. Miller and his staff.

We loved your compassionate care as our PCP and miss you. Our best wishes for you, may God bless you and yours.

Thank you for your services.  Your kindness and care are very much appreciated.

Joanne M. Mulder PA-C I was saved Dec 29, 2018. I will never forget my visit.  I was a person not a number and was treated as a person with everyone I saw that evening.

Jordan J. Mulder, MD

Helped me through throat and lip cancer, then kept checking and found signs of cancer in upper lob of lungs and now I am cancer free. I am very thankful.

Debra K. Newby, PAC  Thank you!

Kimberly A. Newell, ARNP

Thank you to Kimberly Newell, ARNP and your team for their medical care of me. I appreciate the needed referrals and medical support.
Ioan V. Nicolescu, MD 

Thank you for your friendly and helpful manner.  You take care of my needs effectively and I feel confidence and relaxed when I see you. 

Thank you for your comprehensive and compassionate care.

Vo D. Nguyen, MD

Dr. Nguyen and staff, thank you for your care and kindness. Super staff.

David Owens, MD 

We had a rough start, but your diligent follow-up and attention meant a lot, demonstrating that you are a first rate doctor!  Your referral to the therapist in Tumwater has helped a great deal.

Thank you for your comprehensive and compassionate care.

Haines K. Paik, MD Thank You!
William J. Penn, MD  Thank you for all your help and care.  I appreciate what you do for our community and your professional staff as well. 

Physicians and Staff at Panorama Clinic

Thank you!

Andrew P. Patel, MD

Dr. Patel, your care and kindness is very much appreciated. Thank you for your quick responses, willingness to refer me to specialists and for your friendly messages. Your help is wonderful and I'm very grateful!

Thank you for the thorough and complete health care that gives me peace of mind that I'm OK.

PCH ER Physicians

They are all good and help me get back into life.

I truly believe your actions saved my life.

Physicians and Staff at Panorama Clinic  Thank you! 

Physicians in the USA

Thank You!

Gheorghe E. Plesiu, MD

Dr. Plesiu, Thank you for being a wonderful, caring doctor. It's a tough job now-a-days.
William Peterson, MD  Dr. Peterson,  thank you for the excellent care you and your staff gave me after I broke my shoulder.  Words cannot express the gratitude I feel.  Your words of encouragement kept me going.  I'm still getting better each day.  Thank you.  You are not only a great doctor but a very caring person. 

Susan L. Powell, MD

I appreciate you.

Providence Physicians and Staff

We have personally experienced the medical expertise, caring manner, and teamwork of so many members of the Medical Staff, that it wouldn't be appropriate to call out one or two. We are grateful for all of you.

Every doctor we have had any contact with (and every other employee) have been outstanding. Great. Keep it up.

I have not written before but I have forever wanted to let your people know how much I appreciated and feel in love with the people in the hospital. They are very much to me "angels" for the time I have on earth I will be always thankful for you St. Peter Physicians

Every doctor we have had any contact with (and every other employee) have been outstanding. Great. Keep it up.

PSPH Nurses

Thank you to all of the nurses who went out of their way to care for me last year when my appendix herniated. They are the best in the world I m sure!
Allison P. Puckett, MD  Thank you!

Melissa B. Purtteman, MD

She listens and her word is good.

Ronald Quinton, MD 

Thank you for saving my husband. 

Thank you for your care and giving me my life anew.

Larisa G. Raastad, MD  Thank you!
Maria I. Ramneantu, MD  Thank you! 
Dr. Richard Redman, MD  Appreciate everything and look forward to the next appointment. 
Curtis D. Reinke, MD  You have been great!
Julie M. Rice and Staff, Rochester Family Medicine 

Thank you!

So appreciative of your care.

Paul A. Robertson, MD

You did more than save my life. Your kindness was amazing. Thank you.

Words cannot say how much you have done for me. It is because of you that I am still here today. You always listened to me and together we would come up with a plan. I am blessed that you are my doctor and friend.

Thank you for the "trek" you and your staff do weekly!

I am so glad you ignore the 15 minute "rule" as you truly care for your patients. We've been together a long time now and I not only consider you my doctor but also a good friend. Jan feels the same way about your friendship.

Thank you for care and support for the last eight years.  Without you, I wouldn't be here today.  Really appreciate your singing and jokes.  Keep up the good work. 

My thanks to Dr. Paul Robertson for all his care, and keeping me alive these last three years with Stage 4 breast cancer.  He has changed my plan of care as needed, and contacts me about these changes.  Again, my deep appreciation.

I applaud Dr. Robertson's approach to his patients with kindness, honesty and respect.  He listens to what the patient has to say and responds appropriately.  He shows his concern for his patient in the exceptional way he treats them.  His knowledge of his medical specialty is abundant.

I am only here today due to the concern and care of Dr. Robertson along with the staff at Providence Oncology & Radiant Care in Aberdeen and the PET scan technicians in Lacey.

Thanks for being my doctor for all these years!

Excellent doctor. Lucky to have him!

Kevin D. Robinson, MD

Dr. Kevin Robinson is a very capable surgeon. He performed major surgery in my case. I really like his professional manor, as well as personal after care. Thank you!

Thank you for your great care and life saving surgery.  You are a blessing to many!  Also my thanks to in-house physician Dr. Griffith for his checking in on me.  Meant so much to me - wonderful person!

Caitlin F. Rodman, ARNP

Catlin is a very caring doctor and very thorough. She asked questions and listens to me and answers my questions. She cares about my well being and staying health. I recommend her to all my friend who are looking for a caring and compassionate doctor.
Jessica Ryan, NP  I could not ask for a better healthcare provider than Jessica Ryan.  She is wonderful. 
Daniel S Salyer, MD  Dr. Salyer has been our surgeon twice and both times had done an excellent job. 
Luis F. Santamarina, MD  Excellent surgeon, gave new life. 

Timothy A. Scholes, MD

We have been blessed by your talents and most of all by your strength and medical ethics.

Christopher Schwartz, DO 

Dr. Schwartz, we appreciate your level of professional care and concern for your patients.   We feel fortunate to have found such a caring family doctor.

Dr. Schwartz always takes time to really listen to us, which we appreciate!

Seth E Scott, MD  Thank you!
Monique C. Semien, MD  I am so grateful to have Dr. Semien as my provider because we can have conversations about what is best for me as an individual.  We make all decisions together.  She explains why one plan may be better than another.  She is gentle but also frank and truthful.  I have been blessed.

Lisa D. Skinner, MD

We have had Dr. Skinner in the ER twice. She is so very caring of our 94 year young mother. Thank you!

David P. Slack, MD

Providence Palliative Care and Hospice did a superb, caring job of prescribing medicine and treatment, especially in finding the fine line in providing pain mitigation and avoiding sick effects in medicines for my wife.

Scott C. Slattery, MD  Dr. Slattery is a fine example of what a physician should be.  He has done joint replacements on both my wife and myself, with care -- both before and during the procedures -- and solid follow up afterward.  We both are proud to call him our "Doc."

Ciara N. Smith, ARNP

I appreciate my doctor taking time to listen to my needs and being patient with me.

Floyd D. Smith, MD and Staff Just a thank you for a very caring doctor.

Kendra M. Smith, MD

Thank You!

Shelia Smitherman, MD  Thank you for your professional Neurosurgery abilities. Other doctors and professionals in the medical field spoke volumes of your surgery skill and proficiency. 

Burkley D. Snow, MD

My appendix had ruptured. I felt like I was in good hands with you doing the laparoscopic surgery. You gave me a feeling of peace. Thank you so much. God bless you with all operations.
Stephen W. Snow, MD 

This donation expresses my appreciation of his skills and how they improves the life of people like me.

Dr. Snow was kind enough to drive me home from the hospital after my total knee replacement.  My elderly husband was unable to get me due to two feet of snow!! Dr. Snow graciously offered to go out of his way to get me home safely.  Words will never be adequate to express my appreciation.

Lisa A. Spatz, MD  Thank you!
Ian Strand, DO  I want to thank Dr. Strand, he really helped me Thanksgiving day in the emergency room.

Michael W. Strohbach, MD

Thank you for your pleasant and caring attitude.

Xingwei D. Sui, MD, PhD

Thank you for your care and kindness toward my husband Marty, and now me. God Keep Thee.

I appreciate both my doctors, Gen and Sui for everything they have done for me.  I hope you appreciate this small gift as a way of showing my appreciation. Thank You

Corey R. Sullivan, MD

Dr. Sullivan, When I have appointments with you I know that I have had a thorough and caring session. Your kind personality is always appreciated. You always cover every detail regarding my health and give suggestions and referrals depending on what is needed at that particular appointment. After our session I walk away feeling grateful that you are my doctor.

Dr. Sullivan is the best doctor I have ever had. He always had a smile om his face, a warm friendly demeanor, and a positive attitude. He is an excellent listener and always validates my concerns. He is thorough and knowledgeable in his diagnosis and treatment plans and follow-up. Lots of doctors are smart but not all made you feel comfortable, important, and truly cared about.

 Michelle M. Sullivan, ARNP Thank you for being so kind.  You are a loving and caring person.  My very best wishes to you!

Jimmy Z. Swan, MD

Thank you Dr. Swan and your crew that gave me back a large percentage of my heart function! My trust in all the people at Cardiac Associates for the last 27 years - never fades. From our hearts.

When I have lost all hope, you don't give up. We try something else. I am so grateful for you. You give me strength to go on.

Dr. Swan, You are a very gentle and warm person. I am very glad you are my doctor.

Thank you for all your help and care. I appreciate what you do for our community and your professional staff as well.

Dr. Swan is the best! He is kind, caring and respectful to his patients and a very good cardiologist.  He has helped me so much! I want him to know how grateful we are.

Dr. Swan has been/is a kind, caring, life-saving cardiologist for Marcia throughout his care for her multiple triple by-pass and multiple stents since 2012!  He is a credit to the medical profession and is a wonderful person.

Thank you for your comprehensive and compassionate care.

J. David Swift MD  Dr. Swift, thank you for taking such good care of my parents.  Also, thank you for caring for and enduring my then-husband, Alfred.  I greatly appreciate your care of me, and your sage advice.  Glad I listened to my wise, caring doctor.  May God richly bless you and yours. 
Yue Teng, MD  I have been quite fortunate to have him, I haven't seen him often, but he has made a good impression.

Atul Thakker, MD

There are many Providence docs who have helped us in the past, but D. Atul Thakker most recently at Christmas time. We are so grateful to him for his help, professionalism and personal touch.

I really appreciate the doctor.  When I had my cancer he was so very good to me.  I can't help but give him a great big hug every time I see him.  Thank you so much Dr. Thakker!

Seth M. Thaler, MD 

Thank you for your comprehensive and compassionate care.

I have a great deal of gratitude for the excellent care Dr. Thaler has provided me during the past few years.  I am confident of his enormous knowledge base he has in his medical specialty, nephrology.

Stella S. Thalhamer, MD

My Dr. is very courteous, helpful, supportive. She is very punctual to my appointments. She will take good care of my health in her appointments. Thank you.

Dr. Thalhamer is always very compassionate, efficient, expert and proactive in my annual health check-ups. I appreciate her thoughtfulness and concern for my well-being, no matter how busy her day is. I am fortunate to have her as my doctor.

I don't tell you how much you are appreciated! Thank you!

Thank you for your professionalism and care. I am thankful for your timeliness and steadfast help.

Thank you, Dr. Thalhamer, for all you do for both of us.

Brandy H Thomas, MD

Dr. Brandy Thomas of Kaiser Permanente is a fabulous doctor--she is compassionate and knowledgeable.  I have worked with her for many years as a register nurse and have the utmost respect for her and how she treats her patients.  Newly retired, I am fortunate to call her my trusted doctor.

We appreciate how you listen when we come to you with our problems.  You ask questions, then explain what is going on.  You tell us of your plan of treatment and you always follow through.  We feel confident when we leave your office that our problem will be taken care of.  You are not only our doctor, you are a very dear friend.  Thank you.

Kevin H. Touney, MD

Thank You!

Nathan Valentine, ARNP  Nathan, I don't know if you qualify for this or not, but regardless of the title after your name, you are my doctor.  You have a gift of compassion and understanding for older, much older people.  Thank you for taking me as your patient in the last quarter of the game, with the clock ticking. 
Natalya A. Vaughn, AG ACNP, ACNP-BC   Thank you for your services. Your kindness and care are very much appreciated.

Diana Velikova, MD

Dr. Diana Velikova is wonderful and always will be the best Dr. anyone could have.

Ross E. Vogelgesang, MD

Dr. Ross Vogelgesang has been my savior for at least 25 years helping me to tolerate my terrible chronic pain.

John W. Waggoner, MD

Dr. Waggoner has my admiration and appreciation. He has taken time to help me physically and emotionally. His work is impossible and he is very approachable and fun too!

Dr. Waggoner and staff, thank you so much for the care, kindness and professionalism.

Dr. John W. Waggoner is kind, compassionate and treats his patients with respect. He is willing to answer any questions and makes sure you understand.  He is always there when needed. The staff in his office appears to be experienced and extremely professional.

John, I can't imagine a better cardiologist.  I appreciate your skills and your care more than I can express -- and thanks for your patience with an admittedly "difficult" patient.

Dr. Waggoner, I'm so appreciative of your care over the years.  That wonderful plumbing job you did on my pump almost nine years ago is holding up well! Thank you.  P.S.: Re the Preparation H for bags under eyes tip: I improved its efficacy by applying directly under the eyes.

Glenda J. Wailer, ARNP

Glenda is the best nurse I've ever had. She takes time to listen to me and explain problems, if any.

Glenda Waller. She is the best.  She has been up on top of everything--if it's yearly check-ups, I get a letter from her office.  I am very pleased with my doctor (Glenda Waller).  Very understanding and couldn't be any better than she is I am a proud customer (patient) to have her as my doctor.  I do believe they (she) deserves a (deli sandwich and coffee, etc.) for her hard work.

Hui Wang, MD, PhD

I am a cancer survivor since 2009, have been under Dr. Hui Wang's care ever since. She has always been very caring in every way. I thank God for her. God is not unjust, he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10 NIV. Dr. Wang is a "labor of love."

Dr. Hui Wang, Some doctors are body mechanics.  Dr. Wang, however, seems to view the patient's whole body and all of its systems before making a diagnosis and then prescribing treatments.

Dr. Wang, thank you for taking care of my wife, Maria Elena Sabala.  I shall love her forever and plan to be with her forever.

Robert S. Wark, MD

Dr. Robert Wark is a really great doctor and I really appreciate everything that he has done for me. Thank you very much.

Thank you Dr. Wark and your crew that gave me back a large percentage of my heart function! My trust in all the people at Cardiac Associates for the last 27 years - never fades. From our hearts.

Please know how grateful I am for your care, support and expertise. You, and your staff, are truly appreciated. Thank you, and Happy Doctors' Day!

Thank you doctor, still going strong at 92.

Craig J. Wehrli, MD, FACC

Thank you!

Glen Weller, MD

Thank you for being there for us! Thank you for being our friend.

Scott D. Werden, DO, FACC, FASE 

When in St. Peter's just prior to Christmas 2017 for a respiratory infection, Dr. Scott Werden arrived at my bedside twice during my stay just to see how I was and to chat for a few minutes. He was not one of my attending physicians during this stay. He did this on his own time and it meant a lot to me. I like this guy. 

Very caring professionals who I consider friends that guided me through a tough decision on heart surgery.  I am now looking forward to m

You have seen me through many tragedies!  Thank you for your sensitivity toward me and my family as we have waded through the loss of Jan and the heart issues I have dealt with!  Many thanks for all you do.

Haleigh A. Werner, MD  Dr. Werner was very thorough and understanding when she explained all our options to us for prostate cancer treatment. 

Bethanie R. White, MD

Thank you Dr. White and Staff.

Corey R. White, DO

Thank you Dr. White of Neurology of St. Pete's and Staff.

Dr. White was positive and understanding when our son was in his care. We know he had a heavy workload but he always had as much time as we needed. We appreciate all he has done for our son.

Robert J. Widrow, MD

My wife and I have been Dr. Widrow's patients for quite a few years. He is one of the few Dr.'s that takes the time to listen to you and takes the tie to explain to you what is or he feels is the best for you concerning the reason that you are there to see him.

Thank you for always being there to diagnose and help us overcome our ailments and to assist us in maintaining a positive health status

Ryan E. Will, MD

Thank you for three surgeries and months of knowledgeable and respectful care. I always looked forward to seeing you and was grateful for the amount of time you spent with me answering questions-- pre-surgery, via patient portal, and especially at the end of one of your marathon appointment days. I hope you take as good care of yourself. (Pace yourself for the marathon of life!) I've since had the final plate removed (Dec. 27th in Bellevue) which has left my wrist virtually pain free and with more mobility. There is soreness, but hey, since I shoveled for hours this week (wearing my brace, of course) it must be strong, right? I may consider a cartilage graft at some point, but would like to enjoy several months of healing first.

You have been a very kind, intelligent and happy doctor. It has been a pleasure recovering from the broken leg. As of now I am walking in the house with no walker for help. You are someone I will always remember.

Thanks so much for the care you gave to me and I did not feel that I was a number on the chart.

Paul Williams, MD 

Thank you for your compassionate care. 

Dr. Paul Williams is our medical partner in our health care.  He is caring, concerned, compassionate in all ways and goes above and beyond to truly be our family doctor.  From answering emails to phone calls checking on us, he does it all.  We treasure him!

William Williard III, MD  Thank you! 
Terry Wilson, MD  Thank you Terry for the wonderful care you have given to me and my family over the past 40 years or so.  Your dedication and caring I the best! Thank you again.

Guito Wingfield, MD

Dr. was a first class doctor. He knows our bodies and gives us excellent health care. He makes time to explain things. We couldn't ask for more.

Warangkhana Wongba, MD Dr. Wongba and staff, thank you for your care and kindness. Great staff.

P. Brodie Wood, MD

I hare two hips and two knees. Thanks for giving me my life back.

Thanks for the new hip. Working like a charm.

I am so happy with my new knee! The dogs and I took a long walk this morning and no pain! Thanks so much.

Thank you for being my doctor since 11/1/1995. You provide excellent services, with a loving heart. Love You!

Christopher L. Yarter, MD

Thank you again Dr. Yarter for the good care you've given me and my family for the many years. You are so appreciated. Thanks.

Thanks, Dr. Yarter, for your compassionate and competent care!  I appreciate it.

Thank you for the wonderful care you have provided me when needed.

Mohammad H. Yavari-Rad, MD

Dr. Rad has provided me with excellent care!