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We are proud of our international team!

Patient-Centered, Provider-Managed, Interpreter-Facilitated Human Communication

We are a team of healthcare professionals and professional interpreters who prepare medical interpreters for the clinical setting - hospitals and clinics, where your knowledge of medical terminology and professional interpreting skills are critical.

Meet the members of the Culture Advantage Team.

Mentors: Medical Division

Kelly Martinkus, MD, CMI-Spanish
Manager of Program Development-Medical Division
Senior Medical Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Interpreting Mentor
Medical Degree - Mexico
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Lizbeth Mendoza, MD
Medical Mentor - English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program
Medical Degree - Mexico
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Tatiana Piccoli, MD
Medical Mentor - English-Russian Medical Interpreter Program
Master's Degree - > Medical Degree - Russia
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Russian Medical Interpreter Program

Zhao Qi, M.D., M.S.
National Certified Medical Interpreter (CHI-Mandarin, CMI-Mandarin)
Professional Translator (ATA-English-Simplified Chinese)
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Chinese Medical Interpreter Program

ChiaLing Helen Wei, MD
Mentor, English-Mandarin Program
Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Medical Degree - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Chinese Medical Interpreter Program

Katherine Post, BSN, RN
Nursing Degree, China
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Chinese Medical Interpreter Program

Gi Eun Oh, MA (Translation and Interpretation)
Mentor, English-Korean Program
Bachelor's Degree - University of Utah (Cytotechnologist) Cum Laude
Master's Degree TESOL - Ewha Women's University, Korea
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Korean Medical Interpreter Program

Joon Lee, MD
Mentor, English-Korean Program
Medical Degree - American University of Antigua
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Korean Medical Interpreter Program

Dalia Elsouhag, MD, MPH
Mentor, English-Arabic Program
Medical Degree - Egypt
MPH - Wayne State University
Culture Advantage Graduate - English-Arabic Medical Interpreter Program

Ofelia Chacon, MD, PhD
Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Medical Degree - Colombia
PhD Microbiology - Texas A&M University
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Dhuha Alkanhawi, MD
Mentor, English-Arabic Program
Medical Degree - Jordan
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Arabic Medical Interpreter Program

Jaafar Al-Dahwi, MD
Guest Mentor, English-Arabic Program
Medical Degree - Egypt

Lury Fernandez, RN, BSN
Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Registered Nurse - US
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Roger He, MD, PhD
Medical Degree - China
Mentor, English-Mandarin Program
Medical Degree - China
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Chinese Medical Interpreter Program

Idil Hernandez, BS Physical Therapy, CMI-Spanish
Medical Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Interpreting Mentor
Physical Therapy - Puerto Rico
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Ana Mária Rodriguez, MD, CMI-Spanish
Medical Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Medical Degree - Columbia
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Rafael Don Q. Montalvo, MD
Mentor, English-Spanish Program
Medical Degree - Cuba
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Marlene Obermeyer, MA, RN
Director, Culture Advantage
Registered Nurse - US

Iryna Potapenko
Mentor, English- Russian Program
Bachelor's Degree Physiotherapy - Ukraine
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Russian Medical Interpreter Program

Christina Wren, LPN
Medical Mentor English-Vietnamese
Interpreting Mentor
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Vietnamese Medical Interpreter Program

Dong Tran, MD
Medical Mentor, Medical Advisor - English-Vietnamese Medical Interpreter Program
Medical Degree - Vietnam

Mentors: Interpreting Division

Rosa Bassett, CMI-Spanish, CHI-Spanish
Mentor, Interpreting Division
Final Exam Proctor
Professional English-Spanish Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Lisa Mannella, CMI-Spanish
Senior Mentor, Interpreting Division
Final Exam Proctor
Professional English-Spanish Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Kelsey Henriquez, BS, CHI-Spanish, CMI-Spanish
Mentor, Interpreting Division
BS Biomedical Science and Spanish
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Yvette Nevares, MA, CMI-Spanish
Mentor, Interpreting Division
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Spanish Medical Interpreter Program

Language Partners

Michelle Black
Trained English-Korean Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Korean Medical Interpreter Program

Joao Costa,
Trained English- Portuguese Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Portuguese Medical Interpreter Program

Kyung Nam,
Trained English-Korean Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Korean Medical Interpreter Program

Svetlana Matveeva, LMT
Trained English- Russian Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-Russian Medical Interpreter Program

Kirby Obermeyer
American English Language Coach
Culture Advantage Graduate, Language-neutral Medical Interpreter Program

Lynne Tardiff, MT
Trained English-French Medical Interpreter
Culture Advantage Graduate, English-French Medical Interpreter Program