Fill Buckner, M.D. ’52, J.D. (right), writes, “Fill Buckner, Sam Tarica (middle) and Dave Wolter (left) [all Class of 1952 alumni] still stay in close contact and meet several times per year. All three keep in contact with their remaining classmate Jerry Baker on the East Coast.”

Raymond Nejeres III, M.D. ’98, published his first novel. Tortugas is a young-adult science fiction novel filled with adventure, suspense and life lessons.

Tracey Lee Smith, PA-C (Seattle Class 32), writes, “I opened Progressive Pain Partners as a new pain practice on February 4, 2019. We focus on holistic pain management using standard-of-care modalities.”

Blair Washington, M.D. ’02, writes, “I had the privilege of returning to Rwanda for my eighth fistula mission with the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD). This year, classmate and dear friend Christine Price, M.D. ’02, Res. ’03 (internal medicine), Res. ’06 and ’07 (anesthesiology), joined our anesthesia team.”

Nathan Furukawa, MPH, M.D. ’14, and Elizabeth Clark, M.D. ’14, MPH, were married in Seattle on May 26, 2018, by their friend and classmate, Libby Loft, M.D. ’13.

Brett G. Toresdahl, M.D., Res. ’13 (family medicine), Fel. ’14 (family medicine-sports med), writes, “This past year, I traveled to Korea to support Team USA as team physician for the U.S. biathlon at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. I have worked with the team since 2014, when I moved to New York to begin my practice in primary-care sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery.”

Snarling Dogs and Smiling Queens

Beth Wagner, DPT ’08, is writing a book on travel, including several months spent volunteering in Vietnam and Bhutan. She saw patients, taught students and took note of local culture. Here’s a preview.

Dodging scooters in Da Nang, Vietnam. After being yelled at and nearly run over several times, I learned that it was my job to avoid scooters — difficult when they showed up wherever the rider felt like driving. Thankfully, the skills mastered in the old Atari game, Frogger, came in handy!

Going to the dogs in Thimphu, Bhutan. I tried to stay calm while five snarling, feral dogs jumped all around me. A friend suggested that I carry a stick: not to hit the dogs, but simply to appear more capable of defending myself. The next week, the dogs and I established a truce.

Meeting the Queen Mum. An attendant showed me in, and the Queen Mother (one of the four wives of the fourth king) welcomed me with a warm, genuine smile. Settled into an oversized leather sofa, she served me tea, and we discussed Thimphu and American politics.

How did the trip end? “With a sense of gratitude,” says Wagner, “for friendships and lessons learned.”

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