Meet Our Physicians
Memorial Physicians have a wide breadth and depth of medical and clinical expertise. They also have interesting personalities, philosophies, hobbies and community involvement. Please take a moment to meet some of our physicians and learn more about what makes them similar and unique in how they chose a career in medicine, approach working with patients and why they enjoy living in Yakima.
Hospitalists: Memorial Inpatient Services
Daniel Cole, DO
Medical School: Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, 2016
Residency: Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minn., 2016-2019
What inspired you to choose medicine? My experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Panama, where I worked in health and sanitation.
Why did you choose your specialty? Because of the breadth and depth of adult medicine.
What is your philosophy of care? To provide compassionate high-quality care.
What do you like about Yakima? I love the variety of outdoor activities in the area, and I love the people I get to work with.
What do you like to do outside of work? My wife and I enjoy going on hikes with our dogs, and I enjoy doing home DIY projects and traveling when able.
Family Medicine: Apple Valley Family Medicine
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.
Ear Nose & Throat Specialists: Yakima ENT
Aaron Shady, DO
Medical school: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, Fla., 2014
Residency: Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, Mich.
What inspired you to choose medicine? The desire to make a difference to individuals and in a community.
Why did you choose your specialty? I enjoy the idea of quality-of-life surgery and helping people overcome lifelong adverse medical conditions.
What is your philosophy of care? To listen to their concerns and create individualized treatment options where we can discuss together which options best meet their needs.
What do you like about Yakima? The community feel with access to amazing outdoor recreation.
What do you like to do outside of work? Backpacking, photography, paddle-boarding, golf, skiing, cross-country skiing, and that’s just getting started.
Previous experience: 2014 – Present Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Instructor
Family Medicine: Memorial Cornerstone Medicine
Mariela Morales, MD
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
Both my dad and my grandfather are physicians, so I grew up knowing the role of a doctor and how special a doctor-patient relationship could be. I always loved science but more importantly, I was intrigued by the human body. I liked the idea of interacting with people who put all their trust in me, people who would teach me about their lives and illnesses and in the process, I could try to make their lives healthier and better. This is what I enjoy most to this day.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I would like to think that I approach my patients as a whole and I look at the big picture. I like to keep things simple and I want to keep the conversation going both ways. One of my biggest beliefs is that patients should be in charge of their health and that I'm a facilitator of the process. I strongly believe in evidence-based medicine and this plays a huge role in the care of my patients.
What do you like about Yakima?
I love the size, the lack of traffic (coming from Houston this is a big change) and the friendliness of the people in this town. I love the landscape and the variety of activities and things nearby that allow you to stay active. I love all of the local fruits and vegetables and that big cities are so close.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I am an environmentalist and I care about the world we live in and what we are going to leave to our children, therefore, I do a lot of research on how to live a sustainable life. I enjoy trying food from different countries and I love animals. I'm also very happy when I explore the great outdoors which is very easy to do around here.
Cancer Care: North Star Lodge
Ellis Ziel MD
Philosophy Of Care:
I believe in a patient-centered approach to cancer care and welcome the active input from patients and families on how to design a care plan that best fits their needs. I find that the more a patient understands about the complex disease process of cancer, the more motivated they are in fighting the disease. I'm so proud to be a part of North Star Lodge; we have a great team-based approach which supports the overall health and well-being of our patients. Having radiation oncology and medical oncology/hematology services located under one roof at North Star Lodge is such a benefit for our patients. I can walk right across the building to meet with other medical experts regarding treatment coordination and care instead of calling or emailing another facility for information. This is patient-centered care at its best.
Medical school: University of Alabama, 2009
Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, Chicago Il, 2014
Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
Board Certified: The American Board of Radiology, 2015
Anindita Chowdhury, MD
Medical school: Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
Residency: MedStar Washington Hospital Center / Georgetown University, 2010-2013
Fellowships: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa., 2013-2016; Sleep Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2016-2017
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have a keen interest in understanding the human body and various disease processes and then ultimately to have the opportunity to help patients with this knowledge.
Why did you choose your specialty? Pulmonary physiology intrigued me. Also, I had the chance to practice pulmonary medicine in many diverse settings such as in an intense critical care setting, an outpatient setting, treating patients with chronic lung and sleep disease.
What is your philosophy of care? I believe in making a difference is the quality of life for my patients by providing evidence-based, compassionate care.
What do you like about Yakima? It is a beautiful and serene town with lots of opportunities to explore the outdoors.
Pain Management: Water's Edge
Henry Kim, MD
Henry Kim, MD specializes in pain management for Memorial Hospital. Henry first became interested in medicine while studying biochemistry in college. He knows that pain is a complicated thing, as there are a number of factors involved such as psychiatric issues, psychological and even lifestyle issues. He understands that when he sees a patient, he must see the whole person and not just their pain. He enjoys meeting new people and working with patients on a one-on-one level.
Family Medicine: Family Medicine of Yakima
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)
What inspired you to choose medicine? I come from a family of healthcare professionals and teachers and my mom is a nurse.
What is your philosophy of care? I'm upfront with patients. I tell them what I think. I don't try to tell them what to do. I'm realistic, and we'll figure out ways we can work together to meet our goals. I recognize the value of a patient's time.
What do you like about Yakima? I think it's a very diverse area with lots of different cultures and ethnicities. I'm very thankful for the bountiful fruits and vegetables that we have.
What do you like to do outside of work? I have two boys, so I spend a lot of time playing and reading about dinosaurs. From a personal heath activity standpoint, I like to work out, play basketball, and golf.