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.
Dana Severson, ARNP
Education: Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Washington State University, 2018; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Washington State University, 2008.
What inspired you to choose medicine? As a nurse for 10 years I wanted to help fill the gap with primary care providers and provide a higher level of care that I wasn’t able to do as a nurse.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like to help everybody else from all age groups, from infants to those over 100. You can build relationships with your patients and follow entire families.
What is your philosophy of care? I like to educate people on disease prevention and management. It’s a partnership. I like to guide patients rather than tell them what to do.
What do you like about Yakima? I really like all the fresh agriculture here and the four seasons. Plus, we’re close to the beach and close to the mountains. And, my whole family is here.
What do you like to do outside of work? I’m excited to go snowboarding. I like to travel and I enjoy anything outdoors really, such as camping and hiking. I also like to hang out with friends and family.