By Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff

Dr. Rachel Pontemayor had a lot of doctor visits as a child. Diagnosed with a congenital heart murmur, she was fascinated by how her pediatrician treated her while explaining complex medical terms to her mother with ease, making her mother comfortable and confident with her child’s treatment.

Growing up in Guam, a United States island territory, Dr. Pontemayor’s access to routine healthcare specialists was limited, her pediatric cardiologist not continuously on the island. Her small island community also inspired her to pursue medicine, especially her grandmother, who had emigrated from the Philippines and settled in Guam to seek a new beginning for her family. 

“Because of her I value education and family,” said Pontemayor, explaining her grandmother was illiterate. “My experiences drew me into medicine, and I wanted to learn more about it. For me, it’s about giving back to my grandmother and family for all the sacrifices they made, while being a trusted member of the community and giving back.” 

“Because of her I value education and family,” says Dr. Pontemayor, explaining her grandmother was illiterate. “My experiences drew me into medicine, and I wanted to learn more about the field. For me, it’s about giving back to my grandmother and family for all the sacrifices they made, while being a trusted member of the community and giving back.” 

While attending the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, the medical student, once set on pediatric practice, found a passion for the variety of patients and care found in family medicine. Plus, the geriatric patients reminded her of her grandmother.  

“I like forming a relationship with a family and being able to follow it generation after generation,” emphasized Pontemayor. 

To Dr. Pontemayor, being a physician is being someone her patients and their families can trust—someone who will be there to help them navigate the healthcare system. “I’m there to bridge the gap in their knowledge and my knowledge, to help them better take care of themselves and empower themselves,” she says. 

Taking a holistic approach to medicine, Dr. Pontemayor attends to the minds, bodies and spirits of her patients. This method is yet another tool in her toolkit, allowing her to personalize her care, as so many varying factors affect a person’s health. 

“They’re a whole person with all these different types of needs, and I feel like, in this regard, I’m better able to be an advocate for them and treat them from a whole-person perspective,” explains Dr. Pontemayor. “Everyone has different circumstances that affect who they are.”

Seeking a position in which she could provide high-quality care to families regardless of their socioeconomic background, Dr. Pontemayor chose to join Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) in Lynnwood this September. Now, she’s getting to know and build relationships with not just her patients, but also their families. 

Dr. Pontemayor is proud of  PacMed’s reputation and the doctors’ team-based approach to serving patients, with specialists available when needed. “So far I’ve enjoyed it a lot; everyone’s been helpful, kind and team players,” she explains. “Everyone’s here to do what’s best for the patients.” 

Dr. Pontemayor shares that serving the Lynnwood community is wonderful and that she enjoys how diverse and varied its population is. 

Make an appointment with Dr. Pontemayor online or by calling 425-744-7153. Dr. Pontemayor practices at Pacific Medical Centers at 19401 40th Ave W, Suite 230, in Lynnwood.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s free community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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