Alexis Beinlich, DO
Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, 2014
Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, 2014-2018
What inspired you to choose medicine? My desire to serve and love the study of medicine.
Why did you choose your specialty? Because I love both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
What is your philosophy of care? I’m patient and family driven with a goal that they understand what’s happening so they can make the best decision.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the proximity to hiking and outdoor activities.
What do you like to do outside of work? Hiking, skiing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with my family.
Paul Emmans, III, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.
Board-certified: Family Practice
Residency: Family Medicine Central Washington
What inspired you to choose medicine?
My father was the main influence in my pursuit of medicine. When I was a kid, I tagged around with him everywhere. My dad was always a calm reassuring presence. Mostly I realized he was a good listener. I wanted to be able to have the same meaningful relationships with people that he did. It was a dream fulfilled when I became his partner later on.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Everyone has an interesting story, and that is what I really enjoy about my job. I enjoy doing a variety of things from house calls to osteopathic manipulative treatments, to procedures. There is something/someone new every day.
What is your philosophy of care?
I see myself as providing advice and treatment to people. It is up to them whether they would like to follow my recommendations or not.
What do you like about Yakima?
It' home. I grew up in Selah. I love the climate, people, weather etc. I love all things agricultural. My folks had an orchard when I was growing up and I spent all of my summers out there.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy the outdoors with my wife and three daughters. We hike and ski whenever we can. We have a small farm in lower Naches where we raise cattle/hay and a few goats. I am an amateur radio operator (KB7OFH), and the current resident bassist at Selah Covenant Church.
David Fine PA-CD
Education: MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington, 2013-2018
What inspired you to choose medicine? I’ve always enjoyed helping others and find the human body to be very complex and interesting.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like the variety of medical issues that Family Practice provides. I also enjoy working with all ages and family members.
What is your philosophy of care? To be a partner in one’s health, including physical, mental and emotional well-being.
What do you like about Yakima? I was born and raised here, and I like the small town feel. I also like the diverse population.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy time with family, the outdoors and playing hockey.
Tiffany Marks, MD
Carl Olden, MD
Other specialties: Geriatric Medicine, Obstetrics
Medical school: Univ. of Washington School of Medicine, 1981
Residency: Oregon Health Sciences University, 1984
Board-certified: American Board of Family Practice
Born in Toppenish and reared in Central Washington, Dr. Olden is the founder of Pacific Crest Family Medicine. He is devoted to family medicine and seeks to give every patient a personal medical home to meet their comprehensive medical needs.
Dr. Olden received his Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Washington's School of Medicine in Seattle. He completed his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland before returning to Toppenish to serve Indian Health Services from 1984 to 1995.
Dr. Olden seeks open communication with patients in a friendly, interactive way that makes them feel comfortable while still answering their important medical questions. The secret to patient-centered care, he says, is taking the time required to meet the patient's health care needs. So often, just as the appointment is wrapping up and he's walking toward the door, a patient will mention an "after-thought" question or "by the way" comment that turns out to be really important. He welcomes these as opportunities to understand what's really going on in the health of his patients.
What makes Dr. Olden a truly great physician and someone everyone enjoys having around comes down to this simple philosophy: "I love life. I love people. And I love what I do," he says.
Dr. Olden is active nationally and internationally in maternity health care, and serves on the national faculty of the American Academy of Family Physicians' Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course (ALSO). He serves on the international ALSO Advisory Board and has traveled to Europe and Central Asia to train other physicians.
He and his wife Susan, a fourth grade teacher at Summitview Elementary, have been married for more than three decades. They have four children, three sons and one daughter. In his personal time, he enjoys carpentry, woodworking, camping, baseball and traveling with the family.
Paul Tompkins, MD
Specialty: Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Medical school: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1990
Residency: Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina, 1994
Board-certified in: Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Other medical interests or special services you offer: Peer counseling, cross-cultural communication
Dr. Paul Tompkins grew up in various places across the United States - Florida, Central Illinois and California. From an early age, medicine intrigued him. He tried various fields of work before coming back to medicine.
He graduated from medical school in Oklahoma and completed his residency in North Carolina, specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Prior to moving to Yakima, he worked at PacfiCare Clinic in Tamuning, Guam. He has experience in peer counseling and cross-cultural communication.
Dr. Tompkins truly has a passion for what he does and it shows in the care he provides his patients. He sees himself as a partner in helping his patients establish and maintain their best health possible. "Patient choices make a great deal of difference in their health."
Dr. Tompkins and his wife have one child. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, classical music, drama, literature and snorkeling.
Kimberlee Van Der Kolk, ARNP
Undergraduate education: Pepperdine University (Bachelor of Science in Teaching/Athletic Training) and Mount Saint Mary’s College (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
Medical education: California State University, Long Beach (2005)
Board certification: I am board certified in Family Medicine by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have a strong desire to help educate people on their health, and teach them how to live their best lives. I come from a long line of amazing Registered Nurses, and that experience from a young age helped to influence my decision to also enter this rewarding profession.
Why did you choose your specialty? I didn’t want to limit my options in my practice, and I am fortunate to work with people of all ages and stages of their lives. Caring for patients who are newborns all the way up through grandparents and great-grandparents helps to keep my job exciting, and I enjoy taking care of entire families.
Other medical interests or special services you offer: I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and I find great joy in helping Moms through those sometimes challenging early days of breastfeeding their new babies. My goal is to help reduce the psychological as well as physical demands that raising a newborn can place upon both parents. I am also a Certified Medical Examiner with the Department of Transportation (DOT). Additionally, I have special interest in PCOS and Diabetes Management.
What do you like about Yakima? I moved to Washington in 2012 from Southern California, where I was born and raised. I’ve lived in a few different regions around Washington state, and we realized that we prefer experiencing all four seasons. We love to participate in many sports year-round, and figured that Yakima is a great place to foster our love for the outdoors. With mountains and lakes nearby, and the city traffic a distant memory, Yakima is where I want to continue raising my family.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy exploring the great outdoors with my family and friends. I love to run, ski, snowboard, wakeboard, fish, camp… you name it!
Joe Vickers, MD
Medical school: University of Washington
Residency: Central Washington Family Medicine
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have a strong desire to help other people and great respect for the medical profession.
Why did you choose your specialty? I didn’t want to limit my options in my practice, and I am fortunate to work with people of all ages, backgrounds
What is your philosophy of care? Treating patients how I’d like to be treated.
What do you like about Yakima? I was born and raised in Yakima, and I like the four seasons, nearby mountains and the family-friendly atmosphere and certainly, the lack of traffic.
What do you like to do outside of work? Spending time with my family, going to church camping and other outdoor activities.