Martina Tam, MD
I was born and raised in the Seattle area. I got my undergraduate degree in Seattle, and attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I have lived and worked in Alaska, China, Trinidad, and Tobago. In addition to English, Iam fluent in German and Spanish. My interest in medicine began at a young age. My sibling suffered a chronic illness, and I witnessed the challenges of accessing the health care system. I assisted in creating the Nuka Primary Care Fellowship, a health care innovation fellowship for medical students at Southcentral Foundation, a native-run health care organization in Anchorage, Alaska.
About My Practice: It is a true privilege to address the health concerns of my patients. I work with them in partnership to understand root causes of their illnesses, and offer approaches to health that fit their culture, lifestyle, and beliefs. No diagnosis or treatment of a disease is the same, and I enjoy working with my patients to create individually tailored health plans. When appropriate, I am eager to share my knowledge of acupuncture, which I studied in China. My areas of specialty include women's health, obstetrics, pediatrics, complementary and alternative medicine, LGBTQ care, long-term patient care, and chronic diseases. I look forward to learning and growing as a physician within the collaborative network provided at Kaiser Permanente.
How I Thrive: Although I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I only began to enjoy the outdoors after spending a year in Alaska. I love sharing this new passion with friends, and helping to make the outdoors more accessible to people in my community. In my free time, I also enjoy salsa dancing, crocheting, and cooking, and dream of becoming a conga drummer. Spending time with my family and friends is vital to keeping me healthy.