Family Medicine Residents

Headshot of Shelly Brencick-Higman DOShelley Brencick-Higman, DO
Family Medicine

Dr. Shelley Higman is a graduate of PNWU and a fifth generation Washingtonian. After attaining her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Spanish, Dr. HIgman became a professional oil painter, an after-school program director and later opened up a gardening business. After years of working with people and their gardens, her calling to medicine and healing work reasserted itself and she shifted gears. She enjoys surfing, paddle boarding and spending time with her young son and her wife Anastasia.

Headshot of Devon Kienzle DODevon Kienzle, DO
Family Medicine

A graduate of Touro University in Las Vegas Nevada, Dr. Kienzle, along with his wife and two children, have missed the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Monroe, WA, he has long awaited the opportunity to return home and establish his roots providing care to the residents of the great Pacific Northwest. Before medical school, Dr. Kienzle attended Brigham Young University – Idaho where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience, served a mission in South Florida where he became fluent in Spanish, and married his wonderful wife, Beth, and had two delightfully independent children. He is passionate about creating a patient-centered medical home by blending all philosophies of medicine into a place where any family or family member can feel comfortable receiving a wide spectrum of care. He and his family love spending time outdoors, cycling, backpacking and camping.

Headshot of Justin Lytle DOJustin Lytle, DO
Family Medicine

A graduate of Touro University Nevada, Dr. Lytle was born and raised in Washington State and is very excited to return home to finish his medical training. He graduated with a degree in human biology at Brigham Young University-Idaho. His love of science, a desire to work with people and his dedication to education drove him to pursue a career in medicine. As an osteopathic family physician, he hopes to practice holistic full-spectrum family medicine, with emphases on his passions for preventive medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Lytle is married and has two young boys.

Corey Pickett, DO ResidentCorey Pickett, DO
Family Medicine

Corey Pickett is a graduate of Pacific Northwest University. He recently moved back home to Washington from North Carolina to complete his Family Medicine training here at Skagit Regional Health. Dr. Pickett has been serving as an officer of the Army National Guard for the past 10 years. He is excited to be involved with the community here in Skagit Valley, and after completing his residency he plans to remain in Washington State with his family. In his free time Dr. Pickett enjoys hiking and kayaking.

William Hudson, DOWilliam Hudson, DO
Family Medicine

William (Max) Hudson, DO is a graduate of Midwestern University AZCOM in Arizona.  He grew up in Cincinnati and attended DePauw University as an undergraduate, majoring in Biology.  After a short stint as a private investigator, he entered the world of academics as a graduate student at Colorado State University, earning a Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition.  Dr. Hudson is most interested in primary prevention of disease through positive lifestyle practices.  He is eager to build relationships with his patients to help them on their path towards optimal health.  He and his wife, Molly, have two children, Jane and Simon.  His family most enjoys good food and all manner of outdoor pursuits with their dog, Temple.

Emily Kunz, DOEmily Kunz, DO
Family Medicine

Emily Kunz, DO is a graduate of PNWU-COM and received her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA with a major in Kinesiology. She grew up in Port Townsend, WA where her parents and youngest siblings still reside. Her interest to pursue medicine was initially piqued while learning about her adopted siblings’ medical conditions and how limited medical resources can be in rural communities. Dr. Kunz is excited to continue her training in Skagit Valley so she can help serve the community with full spectrum primary care. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and nurturing her creative side by painting, gardening and learning to play guitar.

Mark McGrath, MDMark McGrath, MD
Family Medicine

Mark McGrath, MD is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine.  He grew up in Seattle, WA and attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, majoring in Business Administration.  After working as a technician in an emergency department, he decided to pursue a graduate education in medicine.  Dr. McGrath is most interested in primary prevention of disease through shared decision making.  He is eager to build relationships with his patients and help them identify what interventions are best for their unique situation.  He and his wife, Erin, enjoy hiking in the Cascades, indoor rock climbing and relaxing with their cat, Luna.

Cory Schmidtz, DOCory Schmidtz, DO
Family Medicine

Cory Schmidtz, DO is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW in Lebanon, Oregon. She received an undergraduate degree in Biology/Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. After working for a non-profit organization for individuals with HIV/AIDS and gaining exposure to the medical field, she decided to pursue a career as an osteopathic physician. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Schmidtz has a strong passion for the region, culture and the people. In addition to treating acute and chronic conditions, Dr. Schmidtz considers all aspects of health and addresses each patient as a unique individual. She hopes to build long-term patient-physician relationships while giving back to her community. She enjoys art, baking, hiking, and spending quality time with her family.

 

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