Willamette Family Medical Center Providers


         Family Physicians 

Paul Balmer, MD

One of WFMC’s founding physicians, Dr. Balmer has practiced quality family medicine in the Salem community for many years. Dr. Balmer also leads Centering Pregnancy® groups, visits patients who have been hospitalized at Salem Hospital, and serves on the Salem Hospital Medical Staff Quality Committee.


Olivia A. Galvez

 Olivia Galvez, MD

Dr. Galvez recently joined our practice in the fall of 2015. She is a family physician and has been providing prenatal care for over 10 years. She attended the University of Washington and completed her residency in Boise, Idaho.

 Dr. Ortega (2)

Salvador Ortega, MD

Dr. Ortega is one of WFMC’s founding physicians. He has worked in the Salem community for over 15 years, providing a wide range of services to the under-served populations in the area. He currently leads Centering Pregnancy® group in Spanish and spends time visiting his patients who are receiving in-patient care at Salem Hospital.


 Dr. Scott

Uljana Scott, MD

Dr. Scott joined WFMC in August of 2014. She graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and is fluent in Russian. Dr. Scott comes to us with many years of experience as a pediatrician in Estonia and in the United States.

 Dr. Vavro

 Tina Vavro, DO

WFMC welcomed Dr. Vavro in September of 2014. She obtained her D.O. degree from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Baystate Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Vavro travelled to Haiti for a pediatric medical mission trip.


Robert Steele, MD

Dr. Steele is one of the founders of WFMC and acting CEO. He specializes in Internal medicine, though currently, he focuses more on the administrative aspects of the clinic. Dr. Steele has provided medical care to the under-served populations of Salem for over 15 years and continues to be a strong public advocate for the patients we serve.

          Family Nurse Practitioners



Rahwa Gessese, PNP

Rahwa is a pediatric nurse practitioner who recently graduated from the John Hopkins School of Nursing. She joined WFMC in the spring of 2016. Previously, Rahwa worked at a pediatric clinic in Baltimore, MD.

Sheryl Combs


Sheryl Combs, PNP, PMHNP

Sheryl is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a background in pediatric mental health. She joined WFMC in the fall of 2012. Previously, Sheryl worked at a summer camp for chronically ill children.

 Kristen Jamsa, CNM, FNP

Kristen is a family nurse practitioner with a background in nurse midwifery. She recently joined WFMC in the fall of 2015. Previously, Kristen worked as a nurse midwife at Silverton Health.

Stephanie Schmidt (3)

Stephanie Schmidt, FNP

Stephanie has served WFMC’s patients since 1998. She sees a wide range of patients, both English and Spanish speaking. Stephanie has worked as a mother-baby nurse and as a La Leche League leader, which has led her to have a special interest in promoting breast feeding.



    Specialty Care 

Dr. Mendez


Dr. Mendez-Allwood, MD (Rheumatology)

Dr. Mendez-Allwood joined our practice in Fall 2015. He previously worked as River Valley Rheumatology and Infusions. Dr. Mendez-Allwood is a board certified rheumatologist tha thas been providing care to our community for over three years. He is fluent in Spanish and will be accepting referrals for patients ages 18 years and older.

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