Our Providers

Ryan Black, DO, FAOCOO

Ryan Black, DO

Dr. Black graduated from Utah State in Logan, Utah with degrees in Biology and Chemistry and he earned his medical degree from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa.

Dr. Black is board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. His inspiration to be a physician comes from the joy he gets from taking care of his patients and the challenges of complex head and neck surgeries. Dr. Black is committed to listening to the needs of each patient and tailoring their treatment to their unique needs.

Dr. Black grew up in Murray, Utah. He and his wife have five children. The whole family enjoys the beauty that surrounds us in Central Washington. When he's not spending time at work or with his family, Dr. Black volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.

Rick D. Gross, MD

Rick D. Gross, MD

Dr. Gross graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Scientific Business, earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. He is board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The desire to help people drove Dr. Gross into the medical field. He takes pride inproviding his patients with quality care on a respectful, timely basis.

Dr. Gross grew up in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico and has one son. Dr. Gross loves the outdoor recreation Central Washington offers and enjoys skiing, climbing, hiking and mountain biking. He is active in the Downtown Yakima Rotary.

Debra Jenkins, M.A., CCC-A

Debra Jenkins, M.A., CCC-A

Debbie graduated from Washington State University in 1982 with a B.A. in Speech Pathology and in 1984 with an M.A. in Audiology. After 2 years in Pendleton, Oregon working with an Ear, Nose and Throat physician she moved to Yakima in 1986 where she has spent the last 30+ years working with local Ear, Nose and Throat physicians.

When not at the office, Debbie enjoys times with her dogs. She trains in multiple performance events and is currently competing in agility and barnhunt with her dogs.

Robert Schefter, MD

Robert Schefter, MD

Dr. Schefter is proud to be an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame. He earned his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his residency at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board-certified in Otolaryngology. Dr. Schefter's father was an otolaryngologist. His inspiration to follow in his father's footsteps came from observing his father practice medicine. Dr. Schefter takes great pride in listening to his patients, providing support and quality medical and surgical care.

Dr. Schefter is a native of the Yakima Valley. He and his wife have five grown children. When he's not in the office or in the operating room, Dr. Schefter enjoys tennis, golf and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

John Topping, MD

John Topping, MD

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine

Residency: University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary, Chicago - Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

What inspired you to choose medicine? I have a love of biology and science, and medicine offers me the opportunity to be of service to others.

Why did you choose your specialty? I have a fascination with the anatomy of the head and neck, coupled with my admiration for mentors in this specialty.

What is your philosophy of care? Individualized, compassionate care.

What do you like about Yakima? It's a beautiful place to live close to the mountains I love.

What do you like to do outside of work? I like to ski (alpine, back-country and telemark), go whitewater kayaking and rafting, play soccer, fly fish, rock climb, swim and play jazz guitar.

Palmer Wright, DO

Palmer Wright, DO

Dr. Wright graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri with dual degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He stayed in Kirksville for medical school, attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Wright is board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Wright admired those in medicine from an early age and knew he wanted to be a physician. He has many role models in his family who are also physicians. He takes a holistic approach when treating his patients.

Dr. Wright spent his formative years in Northern California. He's a past president of the Osteopathic Foundation of Central Washington, founding member of the Board of Trustees of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, the owner of Kana Winery and has served as duty doctor for the ski patrol. His interests include gourmet cooking and snow skiing.

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