Nicola Rentschler, MD
University of Queensland

Although I was born in Boston, I spent the next 12 years living in Holland and England.  Before returning to Massachusetts, my family spent six months traveling around the world.  I attended Wellesley College where I majored in Russian studies and learned during my junior year that Russian winters are not for the faint of heart. I spent the remainder of the year in Seattle and in spite of my January arrival, I soon felt a strong connection to the Pacific Northwest.  I embraced the drizzle and grey, loving the outdoors, and knew I wanted to eventually settle here.

My interest in medicine was first sparked in a small Russian clinic where leeches were used to treat a sports injury. I was drawn to Family Medicine during my time working as a medical assistant in a Family Practice prior to medical school.  I valued the long term relationships I formed with not only patients but, in some cases, their entire families, and appreciated the holistic approach in patient management.

After completing my pre medical studies at the University of Virginia, I traveled further south to Australia where my father had been working for several years.  I graduated from the University of Queensland, spending my 2 clinical years at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans.

I am happy to be at Valley Medical for my residency and look forward to rowing on Lake Union and Lake Washington, hiking in the Cascades and enjoying all the delicious food that Seattle has to offer.  On particularly rainy days, I´ll be reading noteworthy books and enjoying not so noteworthy television series (courtesy of Shonda Rhimes).