Internal Medicine Residents
Jeff Armaly, DO
A graduate of PNWU, Dr. Armaly was born and raised in New York. He moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the University of Washington in 2006. After a couple of years doing bench research, he decided to pursue a career in medicine and was accepted into PNWU. As a physician, Dr. Armaly said he wants to help his patients find ways to incorporate healthier choices into their everyday lives. He and his wife Mika have a Labrador named Jasper.
Alexa Celerian, DO
A graduate of PNWU, Dr. Celerian was born and raised in the Philippines. She migrated to the United States at age 13 and lived in Oregon, North Carolina and Washington. She studied biochemistry and Spanish at the University of Washington before attending PNWU. She was inspired to pursue a medical career by her mother, who is a family medicine physician. As an osteopathic physician, she said she hopes to provide holistic and compassionate care to her patients while working with an interdisciplinary team. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs.
Adam Field, DO
A graduate of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Field grew up in Richland. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah with a degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Field said he has always had a keen interest in the human body and
holistic medicine, and he commonly integrates osteopathic tenets into his daily practice. Dr. Field is married and has six children.
Malik Nizamuddin, DO
A graduate of PNWU, Dr. Nizamuddin grew up in Kent. He graduated simultaneously from high school and Green River Community College and went on to graduate from the University of Washington, majoring in both chemistry and biochemistry. With his passion for science, education and serving his community, he decided to pursue a career in medicine. While at PNWU, he completed a year-long Anatomy Fellowship, teaching anatomy and histology to first-year medical students. As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Nizamuddin said he aims to incorporate a holistic approach to patient care with a focus on diabetes, hypertension and overall cardiovascular health. He is married.
Aaron Price, DO
A graduate of PNWU, Dr. Price grew up in Poulsbo and graduated from Central Washington University. He served as a cardiovascular technician in the Army, providing care to the nation’s soldiers, veterans, and their family members. He has been married
for 10 years and has a 2-year old daughter.
Anthony Whitlow, DO
A graduate of Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whitlow was born in Iowa and raised in Ohio. He studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Whitlow said he has been motivated
to practice medicine since a young age because he loves to work with people and is passionate about giving back to his community.
Christopher Crudder, DO
Dr. Crudder hails from Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from Colorado State with a dual degree in Microbiology and Biological Sciences. In 1997, he moved to Seattle where he began his molecular biology career studying leishmaniasis and trypanosome drug targets. In 2002, he moved to Nairobi, Kenya to study the immunology of neonates exposed to HIV. A few years later he received his Master’s in Infectious Disease Control, a hybrid epidemiology and public health degree, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Chris then moved from London back to Kenya to work on a malaria clinical trial in school-based health programs. By 2006, the U.S. Embassy granted Chris’s wife a visa, so they emigrated back to Seattle. There Chris took up a position at PATH, a global health non-profit, working in product development and evaluation for in vitro diagnostic tests. Chris desired a closer interaction with patients so he decided to hang up his hat in global health and to become a physician here at home. He attended PNWU in Yakima and completed his clinical training at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Mary Ezeanuna, DO
Dr. Mary Ezeanuna was born in Macon, GA, grew up in Nigeria and moved back to the United States at the age of 13 to continue her education in California. While completing her undergraduate degree at UCLA, she worked as a certified nursing assistant in various hospitals in the Los Angeles area. After graduating, she had the opportunity to work as a research associate in bio-pharmaceutical companies in California and Ohio prior to medical school at Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her spare time, she loves to cook and experiment with recipes. When she is not cooking, she loves to participate in indoor cycling and volunteering.
Douglas Hayes, DO
Dr. Doug Hayes has lived in Washington state his whole life and is excited to be doing his residency close to home. Doug moved to Bellingham in 2003 to attend Western Washington University where he majored in Community Health and Spanish. After graduating with his Bachelor's degrees, he worked as a clinical health educator with a focus on chronic disease management in the Latino community. Doug attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, and did his clinical rotations in the Mount Vernon area. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, spending time with his dog, running and occasionally reading a good book.
Brady Holdaway, DO
Dr. Brady Holdaway grew up in a small agricultural town on the Utah-Idaho border. After high school, he framed houses and moved to Peru for two years where he became fluent in Spanish. When he moved back from Peru, he attended Utah State University where he graduated with a degree in exercise physiology and minored in business. He graduated from University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Medicine with a degree in osteopathic medicine. Before graduating college, he became a certified personal trainer, which is what sparked his interest to become a physician. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his family, fly fishing, hunting, watching college football and exercising.
Amreen Kaur, DO
Dr. Amreen Kaur was born in India and moved to the United States at the age of four. She has lived in the greater Seattle area since, growing up in Covington. She attended the University of Washington for undergraduate studies and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to obtain her degree in osteopathic medicine. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and staying active in her free time. She likes warm weather activities such as hiking, running and swimming. She also practices hot yoga to help her relax and destress.
Sahar Khalaj, DO
Dr. Sahar Khalaj graduated from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. She got her second bachelor’s degree from University of Washington with a 4.0 GPA. Being bilingual has helped her develop cultural competency necessary to help an increasingly diverse patient population. She enjoys outdoor activities, dancing and cooking. Medicine is emotionally intense to help her be more empathetic, intellectually challenging to keep her humble and culturally dynamic to keep her passion alive. She aspires to become a loving spouse, a caring mother and a compassionate doctor.
Matthew Boyle, DO
Matthew Boyle, DO, a California native, was raised in a military family as the oldest of four boys and spent his childhood living in Italy, Korea, Hawaii and other U.S. states before settling in Salt Lake City, UT. While originally pursuing a degree in music, he switched to pre-med after spending time working with his osteopathic physician father in their family-run, private wound care clinic. He obtained his bachelor's in Biology from the University of Utah and attended medical school at Liberty University in Virginia where he served as IT representative for his class. His passion for medicine comes from the years of observing his father's care and dedication to his patients and a strong desire to better the lives of those around him. His wife, Danae, is thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest. They have two young children, Oliver and Amelia. His hobbies include playing piano and jazz sax, basketball, rock climbing, mountain biking and enjoying a good, hoppy IPA.
Nicholas Goodman, DO
Nicholas Goodman, DO was born and raised in Washington, and spent summers and holidays visiting family in California, surfing in Santa Cruz and skiing, hiking and fly fishing in the Cascades and Sierras. He spent the last several years volunteering as a Firefighter/EMT and living in Bellingham, WA. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Psychology in 2006, earned a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from Western Washington University in 2011 and recently graduated from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, WA. His passion for medicine developed while volunteering as a firefighter/EMT for nine years on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Bellingham, WA. Seeing the Lummis’ rich cultural heritage firsthand made him realize that every culture seeks healing mind, body and spirit in their own way.
Dr. Goodman met his wife, Kellie, while attending WWU. Dr. Goodman and his wife have a daughter named Elena and a black lab named Luna. They enjoy hiking, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Kaitlin McDade, DO
Kaitlin McDade, DO grew up in Oakland, MD and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV, where she was a member of the women's soccer team and completed a study abroad semester in Thailand. She attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, WV. She is passionate about global health and wilderness medicine and has completed medical outreach trips to Ecuador and India. She recently completed a trek to Everest Base Camp as part of an altitude medicine course. In addition to practicing in the United States, she hopes to be involved with global health. She enjoys outdoor activities, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Rabia Sarwar, MD
Rabia Sarwar, MD was born and raised in Pakistan and hails from a family of doctors. Her entry into medicine follows witnessing the tragic death of her mother at a very young age, during a catastrophe involving a large crowd of people in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The experience, in which delay in medical help led to the loss of her mother, made her committed to ensuring other patients do not suffer the same ordeal. She studied medicine at Dow University of Health & Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan and graduated with honors. During her time in medical school, she led a student-run free clinic for an underprivileged community and participated as volunteer physician at a WHO led anti polio drive.
She gained a year of clinical experience at a multi-specialty hospital in Pakistan before relocating to the United States to further pursue a career in medicine, including research projects and clinical work as a doctor’s assistant. Dr. Sarwar believes in providing evidence based, patient-centered and empathetic care to underserved segments of society. Her passion to serve mankind and altruistic nature is what helps her to truly care for her patients making her a better physician. Dr. Sarwar is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and English and can converse and understand basic Spanish and Arabic. She enjoys cooking, kickboxing, swimming and spending time with her husband and two children.
Zakaria Sharif, MD
Zakaria Sharif, MD was born in Africa and raised in SeaTac, WA by his father along with his three brothers. He went to the University of Washington where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. He went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Medical Physiology at Case-Western Reserve University in Ohio. After receiving his Master’s degree, he worked in the biotech industry at Amgen and CMC biologics in Bothell, Washington as a research analyst. He further advanced his career by attending St. George’s University where he obtained his medical degree. Dr. Sharif is interested in pursuing a career in primary care. He is married and has three young boys. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, playing basketball and spending time with his family.
Furqan Taher, DO
Furqan Taher, DO is a graduate of University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He grew up in suburban, northwest Chicago. Dr. Taher obtained his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. Prior to attending undergrad, Dr. Taher underwent treatment for cancer. Having this experience further fueled his passion for medicine, allowed him to observe medicine from a patient's perspective and assisted him in understanding the magnitude of influence a physician has on the well-being of patients. He strongly believes that successful treatment parallels a thriving doctor-patient relationship and focuses on holistic, compassionate care in a patient-doctor relationship centered experience.
Dr. Taher’s is very passionate about health maintenance and prevention stemming from his personal history with cancer. He uses his medical expertise along with his personal experience to cultivate and motivate patients to take charge of their own health. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He also enjoys discovering new ethnic cuisines, cooking and traveling.