Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
Meet our staff

Our staff is a family of compassionate, skilled professionals who listen to and love, laugh with and cry with, teach and learn from, believe in and appreciate the strong and resilient families we serve.
We recognize where they have been, accept them where they are, and have faith in where they have the potential to go. To learn more about our staff members, click on their names.

Arlesia Bailey
Mariela Hernandez-Bartolomei
Eunice Hobbs
WaKeisha McGee
Angela Mason
Tim Wyse
Ana Phommachanh
Happy Salinas-Santos
Rebecca Finkel
Shaquita Bell, MD
Leann Smith
Sylvia Bengisoy
Benjamin Danielson, MD
Happy Salinas-Santos, ARNP
M.A. Bender, MD, PhD
Ken Feldman, MD
Lenna Liu, MD, MPH
Jim Stout, MD,MPH
Seema Mhatre, LICSW, MPH
Jo Montgomery, ARNP
Gabrielle Seibel, ARNP
Antwanette Lyons
Crystal Lyons

Kimberly Heeter
Clezetta Bardwell
Chris Delecki, DDS
Seok Bee Lim, DMD
Alberto Enrico, DDS
Geoffrey Greenlee, DDS, MSD
Yoo-Lea Yea, DDS, MSD

Megan Frye
Erin Grady
Mark Fadool, MS, LMHC
David Ingram, MSW, LICSW
Andrea Pascarelli, Psy.D.
Leafar Espinoza, PhD, MPH
Florence Smith
William French, MD

Hope Lopez
Amy Andersen
Rosie Moore
Oriana Souers-Dilley

Michael Bender, MD, PhD- Director, Odessa Brown Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic

M.A. Bender, MD, PhD
Director, Odessa Brown Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic

Despite an elite set of credentials, M.A. Bender is still a kid at heart.

Claiming that he still hasn’t grown up, this pediatric oncologist and associate professor at the University of Washington Medical School has a sense of humor that touches his young patients at Odessa Brown.

A native of New York, Bender (who prefers being called by his last name rather than his first) received his Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego prior to earning his Medical and Doctorate degrees, as well as pediatric and hematology/oncology training from the University of Washington.

Before joining the OBCC staff, Bender was doing bone-marrow transplants as well as doing molecular biology research and stem-cell research.

His interest in sickle cell disease led him volunteer at OBCC while in training and doing bone marrow transplants, and he eagerly joined the OBCC staff in 1999 when the opportunity arose.

As director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic, Bender not only sees patients but also oversees a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in sickle cell from many points of view, including nursing, social work, genetics, neurocognitive expertise, mental health and more.

He ensures that staff, health professionals in training and other pediatricians and hematologists can provide the most cutting-edge care to patients and families affected by this complex blood disorder.

In his spare time, Bender enjoys eating, gardening, looking at art and meandering around the city. He has a pet turtle named Terrin that a patient gave him. A big fan of the water, Bender was an ocean lifeguard from his early teens through medical school.

Sickle cell, Bender says, “can affect everything, all aspects of life. It is amazing how out of 3 billion bases of DNA, one mutation effects how people feel and function, affecting them physically, socially and emotionally. This then effects school, work, recreation and how one sees the world. These patients and families often have to deal with so much, and are often not offered adequate services and support.”

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