Our Team

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Dr. Cynthia Gulick

Dr. Cynthia Gulick, DO, has been a Board Certified Family Practice Physician since 1990, which is the year she first started the practice at Southwest Family Physicians. Focusing now on medical bariatrics as her specialty, Dr. Gulick is passionate about guiding patients along their difficult but rewarding weight loss journey – informing and thus empowering patients to optimize their primary, preventive health and well-being. With respect, kindness and dedication, Dr. Gulick will help you beat your weight loss challenges and revitalize your life. She is an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Kasia Mannix

Kasia Mannix, FNP, is a native southern Oregonian who moved to the Portland area in 2014 with her husband and their two children. She is a graduate of OHSU nursing program and Frontier Nursing University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She brings with her a background in community & preventive health. She enjoys being part of the OMWL team, and strives to achieve success through collaboration and dedication. In her free time, Kasia enjoys reading, dancing to bluegrass music, and most importantly, spending time with her family.

Alyse Nikolao

Alyse Nikolao, CNM, FNP, grew up in Washington state, went to school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and was thrilled to move back home to the Pacific Northwest and join the OMWL team. Her background as a dual Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-midwife aligns well with the OMWL approach to holistic, comprehensive, preventative care. Alyse values partnering with patients and working toward common goals of health and wellness. She is inspired by the way that empowering individual patients has a ripple effect to positively benefit families, friends, and communities.

Jayme Armstrong
Wellness Coach

Jayme Armstrong, Wellness Coach, joined OMWL in 2014 as a former cooking teacher with training in personal development and passionate interest in holistic wellness. Her personal experience on the weight loss merry-go-round over many years and ultimate success in cultivating a more nourishing and relaxed relationship with food was life-changing and affirming. She is passionate about working with patients to help them create the behavioral changes essential to becoming and feeling their very best selves.

Colly Perkins
Patient Coordinator

Colly discusses our program with all new patients to determine if it’s a good fit. She started Oregon Medical Weight Loss with Dr. Gulick in 2009, and has seen it grow and transform since its inception. Colly brings her dance teacher enthusiasm and pizzazz to her work every day.

Katie Salazar

Katie is the first friendly face you see when you walk in our door. Her positive attitude and encouragement is essential to patient success. If you have questions about our program, need scheduling done, or want to talk Zumba, stop by Katie’s desk.

Claire Alvarenga
Medical Scribe

Claire recently joined our team as Dr. Gulick’s medical scribe. She was a medical scribe at UCLA Head & Neck Surgery as well as clinical assistant at Venice Family Clinic before she relocated to Oregon. Claire plans to return to school to become a Physician Assistant in preventative medicine with a focus on low-income populations. Claire is an avid foodie and traveler, and ranks the countries she visits by the food experience.

Marintia Chacon
Medical Assistant

Marintia joined the Oregon Medical Weight Loss team in 2015 as a Medical Assistant. She grew up in California and moved to the Portland area in 2001. She earned her Medical Assistant certification in 2009 at Anthem College and absolutely loves the profession. Marintia enjoys being a Medical Assistant because she loves to help patients with their weight loss goals and otherwise. When she is not working, she is spending her time with her husband and three children.

Kharia Epps
Medical Assistant

Kharia joined the Oregon Medical Weight Loss team in 2017 as a Medical Assistant. She grew up in Iowa and moved to the Portland area in 2016. She earned her Medical Assistant certification in 2014 and has been enjoying the profession ever since. Kharia loves being a Medical Assistant because she identifies as a very empathetic person, and the job allows her to be there for people and care for them when they need her. Outside of work she is a singer, songwriter and musician (she plays 9 instruments!) as well as being an avid studier of the French language.

LeeAnn Johnston
Store Manager

LeeAnn has been with Oregon Medical Weight Loss since its founding. She was Dr. Gulick’s first medical assistant and now manages our store. LeeAnn is a familiar face to our patients and is extremely knowledgeable on food products available that contain adequate protein and low carbohydrates. Outside of work, she’s an Indian rock art enthusiast – ask her about it when you come weight in for each appointment.