Our Faculty

Faculty and Providers: 2013-2014 Academic Year


David Ruiz, MD FAAFP

Family Medicine Program Director

Marilyn Darr, MD, PharmD

Family Medicine Associate Program Director

O. Rae Wright, MD

Family Medicine Director of Curriculum

Dr. Wright graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed residency at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, CA. After completing residency she spent time doing international work in Australia and Honduras. She joined the faculty at FMSW in 2002. Her special areas of interest in addition to curriculum development are women’s health and adolescent medicine. Her interests outside of medicine include hanging with her super cool family, travel and enjoying the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Steven Baker, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Daniel Benedick, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Dr. Benedick graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2006, then returned home to the Northwest and completed training at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 2009.  Dr. Benedick is trained in the full spectrum of family medicine, which means that he loves caring for the whole family—adults, kids, babies, obstetrics, procedures, clinic, hospital—if it involves the family, he wants to be there. Desiring to serve Jesus, Dr. Benedick and his family spent two years working in a rural mission hospital in Ecuador, where he also developed fluency in Spanish.  He now enjoys the privilege of teaching family medicine residents and working with the amazing people at FMSW. Throughout his medical career, he has focused on caring for the whole person, including the physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects of health.  Taking the time to listen to his patients is very important to Dr. Benedick.

Kevin deWeber, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, RMSK

Family and Sports Medicine Teaching Faculty

Dr. Kevin deWeber is a board-certified Sports Medicine and Family Medicine physician and is a nationally recognized author, teacher and clinician.  As a Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer, he does bedside diagnostic imaging and accurate ultrasound-guided injections, and teaches ultrasound around the country.  His repertoire also includes auricular acupuncture for acute pain control. He served in the military for 25 years on active duty, retired as a colonel, and returned home to Washington to serve the Vancouver community.  He has been team physician for numerous colleges, is on the U.S. Olympic Medical Team, and has traveled with elite athletes around the world for international competitions.  He currently provides Sports Medicine services to Hudson’s Bay and Fort Vancouver High Schools, Clark College, and amateur and professional mixed martial arts events.  He loves to hunt and fish; stays fit with Krava Maga self-defense; and leads worship music at his church.

Adriana Linares, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Dr Linares is a Colombian physician who has lived in the United States for 25 years, during which she completed a doctorate degree in Public Health in Houston, Texas. She is interested in women’s health and pediatrics. She practices full spectrum family medicine with inpatient care and OB, including delivery of babies at Peacehealth Southwest. She is in charge of the Scholarly Activity at the residency program. Dr. Linares' favorite hobby is traveling.

Michael Liu, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Dr. Liu was raised just north of Chicago. He received degrees in music and chemistry from the University of Illinois. He graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN and completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School Family Medicine Program.  He spent four years working in a busy obstetrics and pediatrics practice on the Island of Guam. He joined the Family Physicians Group and became the medical director of the Fisher Landing Clinic in 2001. He was kindly recruited to the FMSW teaching faculty in 2007 where he enjoys the teaching and mentoring of the full spectrum of family medicine.  He serves as chair-elect for the PHSW Family Medicine Committee. Dr. Liu is a pianist for the Vancouver Symphony and has been playing the piano since the age of 4! He leads a chamber music series in Vancouver and plays for several music groups including a doctor-jazz group with trumpet player Dr. David Ruiz.

Jack Long, MD

Internal Medicine Endocrinology Teaching Faculty

John Nusser, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Martin Oates, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

David Paik, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Gabe Salvadori, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty


Christopher Wheelock, MD

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Amber Whited, DO

Family Medicine Teaching Faculty

Melinda Landchild, MD

Family Medicine Clinical Faculty

Dr. Landchild was born and raised in Vancouver, WA and has seen it grow and change.  She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Providence Milwaukie in Portland, OR.  She spent some time doing international work in New Zealand then joined the faculty at FMSW in 2007. She is dedicated to serve family medicine, which cares for the full lifetime of a patient.  She has special interests in adolescent health, LGBT care, addiction treatment and obesity prevention, but mostly she just likes to talk a lot with her patients. In her free time, she enjoys running, travel, swing dancing, being pampered with good food by her husband, and music with her daughter.


Natasha O’Neal, MD

Family Medicine Clinical Faculty

Layne Prest, PhD, LMFT

Behavioral Scientist

Dr. Prest received his MA at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and his PhD in Family and Child Development, and Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He has presented regionally and nationally on topics related to mood and anxiety disorders, integrative and collaborative approaches to behavioral health in primary care settings, and Medical Family Therapy. Dr. Prest has authored and co-authored a number of book chapters as well as several articles for scientific and medical journals, including JFP & JMFT. He also is an adjunct professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Program at Lewis & Clark College. He is married and has three grown daughters. When not at work you can find him working in his garden, kayaking, swimming, getting together with friends, practicing Spanish & Italian, dancing, or hanging out on his deck.

Diana Tiganus, MD

Family Medicine Clinical Faculty

Dr. Tiganus is an international medical graduate, from Transylvania, Romania. She graduated from “Victor Babes” University of Pharmacy and Medicine, Timisoara. Dr. Tiganus did her family medicine residency with FMSW and is board certified. She has a special interest in Women’s Health and Obstetrics, but enjoys all aspects of family medicine and loves children and therefore pediatric care. She is also interested in a holistic and integrative approach to medical care. In her free time, Dr. Tiganus enjoys all things that involve being outdoors, staying active, traveling, eating good food and spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves rock music and shoes.