Meet Our Staff
Job Title: Clinic Care Coordinator
About Me: I was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1982. I graduated from High School at the age of 16. I pursued a career in Modern Languages at the Central University of Venezuela where I received my degree as a translator (Spanish, English and French) in 2010. I worked as an English Teacher for Senior High School students and as a Language Center Coordinator at UNEFA University. I moved to the USA in 2016. I got my Washington State Medical Interpreter Certificate and Document Translator Certificate in 2017 and was offered a position by ICHS as the Clinic Care Coordinator for the Highland Health Center.
Role at Highland Health Center: I am in charge of scheduling appointments, coordinating staff scheduling, checking-in and checking-out patients, making referrals/phone calls, registering patients, and providing medical translation services to students at the Health Center.
Hobbies: I love exercising, lifting weights, hiking, swimming, etc. I am also a personal trainer. On the side, I love to read, solve puzzles, sudoku and play board games
Fun Fact: I once participated in the Venezuelan version of the show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire!”
Job Title: Family Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
About Me: I am from a small city called Paso Robles in California where my love for people, science and sunshine was fostered. I received my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. After graduation, I worked in a biotechnology lab for 5 years. Then, I moved to Seattle for a new adventure! I worked as a nanny, a phlebotomist, and attended graduate school at Seattle University. Now, I get to serve as a Nurse Practitioner with ICHS at both Highland Middle School and the Bellevue Clinic.
Role at Highland Health Center: As a nurse practitioner, I can perform advanced skills similar to that of a doctor, but right here at school! I can diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, administer vaccines, conduct sports physicals, answer general health questions, and much more. I especially enjoy helping patients live physically and emotionally balanced lives by teaching healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.
Hobbies: Backpacking, biking, cooking a variety of cuisines, and board games.
Fun Fact: I am half Indian by heritage and always love a good curry!
Job Title: Behavioral Health Specialist
About Me: I was born and raised in the Seattle area. My first year in college was spent at Portland State University. I then transferred to the University of Montana and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Creative Writing. I worked in retail until 2001, where I started a career as a fundraiser for non-profits throughout Seattle. In 2012, I applied to the LIOS clinical psychology program at Saybrook University and graduated in 2015. I opened a private practice in Seattle in 2016. In 2018, I was offered the position at Youth Eastside Services (YES) to work at the Highland Health Center as the Behavioral Health Specialist. I am training to become a co-occurring therapist (mental health and chemical dependency).
Role at Highland Health Center: I have the best job. My job is to talk with students, listen to what is on their minds, and help find resources and/or teach skills on how to manage anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, or relationship concerns. Sometimes clients just need someone to talk to, and other times they may need more support.
Hobbies: I spend my time with friends and family, hiking, taking photos, listening to music/podcasts, coaching soccer, playing in water, and cooking. I love superheroes and dogs too.
Fun Fact: When I laugh really hard, I sound like I’m crying and have a hard time breathing. But I love every minute of it!
Job Title: Health Educator
About Me: My name is Kendall, and I was born and raised right here in Bellevue, WA. I attended college at the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and graduated with a degree in Public Health. During that time, I had the privilege of studying international healthcare abroad in London, England at the University of Greenwich. After graduating from the UW, I got hired as a Health Educator at International Community Health Services (ICHS) in 2017 and joined the Highland Health Center team shortly after in 2018.
Role at Highland Health Center: As a Health Educator, I work with students (1-on-1 or group sessions) on healthy lifestyle counseling. I focus specifically on topics such as: nutritional & exercise counseling, chronic disease management, preventive health services, and developmental/reproductive health. My favorite part of my job is utilizing strength-based approaches to help students feel happy and self-empowered about their own health. I am extremely passionate about my job and helping students reach their fullest potential!
Hobbies: My hobbies include playing sports (volleyball, tennis, kickboxing & running), Latin dancing, hiking and traveling. Alpacas are also my favorite animal of all time!
Fun Fact: I collect fruit stickers (the ones you find on apples and bananas). Every sticker in my collection is unique and I have collected thousands of them from all over the world!