Who We Are

Mary K. Nordling, MD, FAAFP

Program Director

The George Washington University, Washington DC

Residency: UPMC St. Margaret’s, Pittsburgh, PA, Chief Resident

Dr. Nordling completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and English (with Honors) while attending college on a women’s basketball scholarship at The George Washington University in Washington DC.  She then went on to complete medical school at GW, which she attended on a National Health Service Score Scholarship.  She  became interested in working with underserved communities prior to medical school when she volunteered at the Whitman-Walker HIV clinic and during medical school did a rotation with Healthcare for the Homeless.  She moved to Pittsburgh to complete her residency training, where she was selected Chief Resident by her peers.  Upon graduation from residency, Dr. Nordling worked at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, MA where she fulfilled her four year National Health Service Corps obligation as a faculty member of the residency and later served six years as Associate Residency Director.

She was charmed by Hilo the first time she visited Hawaii and was drawn to the mission of the residency because she saw what a positive effect a residency can have upon a community in need of physicians.  She enjoys teaching both medical students and residents and has always sought to work in diverse communities.   Dr. Nordling has an interest in addiction medicine and was awarded a SAMHSA grant in 2015 to implement an SBIRT curriculum at the Hawaii Island Family Health Center.

In her spare time, she likes spending time with her family, still plays basketball, likes to snorkel and boogie board, is an avid reader when she has the time and likes to explore all parts of the island.


Mark A. Knox, MD

Residency Faculty

Penn State

Residency: Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Johnstown, PA.

After a quarter century of refinement, Dr. Knox feels that his main goal as a medical educator is to provide a learning environment that is challenging but that remains non-threatening and humanistic.  The opportunity to support the personal and professional growth of residents as they metamorphose from rookies  to Family Physicians ready to begin their careers, is a privilege and provides his inspiration as a teacher.  Improving his ability to teach well has been the focus of his professional development. “As much as I like practicing medicine, the opportunity to teach residents is what gets me out of bed each morning.”

Clinically, Dr. Knox has a special interest in caring for patients with HIV/AIDS and in inpatient and outpatient procedures.

Personal notes: “The great challenge in medicine is to balance your profession with the rest of your life.  I am married and have two grown children.  I have been a student of the martial arts and tai chi for almost thirty years.  Like medicine, the martial arts are rich and complex and provide unlimited possibilities for study and growth.  My other hobby, and significant social outlet, is playing the bagpipes.  No other kind of music will put you in touch with so many other eccentric people and test the limits of your family’s tolerance.”


Doug Rose, MD, M.B.A.

Residency Faculty

Jefferson Medical College (now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College)

Residency: New Hampshire-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency

Dr. Rose was born and raised in Pennsylvania.  He attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College (now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College).  Residency saw him move to New Hampshire.  He joined a then brand new program and is a member of the first three year class of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.

After residency he stayed at Dartmouth and was a faculty member at the same program for four years.  He then moved to Tennessee to join the faculty at the East Tennessee State University Family Medicine Residency in Kingsport where he stayed for the next fourteen years.

For ten years in Tennessee he served as the medical director of the residency clinic.  In this role he succeeded in receiving certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home for the clinic (and the other two residency clinics as well).  For three years he coordinated clinical efforts across all three of the department’s residency clinics in the role of Director of Clinical Operations for the Department of Family Medicine.

In order to better be equipped to understand and work within the business realm he obtained his Master of Business Administration in 2015.

He has received multiple awards for his teaching from medical students and residents.  He has presented numerous local, regional, national and international lectures on topics ranging from information mastery, diabetes care and clinical improvements.

Dr. Rose is married and has three children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, good (and even bad) science fiction, movies, comic books and round of golf.


Jennifer Junnila Walker, MD, MPH FAAFP

Residency Faculty

Medical College of Wisconsin (MD 1993, GME 1996)                                

Dr Jennifer Junnila Walker joins the residency faculty following a career as a family physician in the US Army.  Dr. Walker was commissioned through Army ROTC, graduating cum laude from Seattle University. She earned her MD degree and completed family medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a fellowship in Faculty Development and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington.

She retired as a Colonel in the US Army in September 2016.  Immediately prior to joining the HIFMR faculty, Dr. Walker served as the Director of Graduate Medical Education at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC. In this role, she was responsible for all of the physician training programs at a large military hospital. Dr. Walker fell in love with Hawaii while living on Oahu and serving the Chief of the Medical Staff for the  large outpatient healthcare facility at Schofield Barracks. Following that assignment, she served  as Chief of Clinical Operations at US Pacific Command at Fort Shafter, where she was the senior clinician advising the PACOM Surgeon on all aspects of health care for military and humanitarian engagements throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Walker’s military career gave her the opportunity to serve in a variety of practice environments, from family clinics to community hospitals to world-class tertiary care centers at military bases in the US and Europe. Dr. Walker served as Chief of Medical Services, 48th Combat Support Hospital – Bagram, Afghanistan (2002-03) and as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, 21st Combat Support Hospital – Tikrit, Mosul, and Al Asad, Iraq (2010). Dr. Walker’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. She has been inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit and has received the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians President’s Award.

Dr. Walker has lectured extensively on medical and military topics at regional, national, and international military and civilian conferences.  She has conducted and published original medical research, has authored or co-authored numerable scientific journal articles and book chapters, and has served as chair of several professional development and continuing education seminars.


Miki Cain, DO


A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri

Residency: San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, Texas, United States 

Dr. Cain  from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, Texas.  After residency, Dr. Cain spent almost two years as the Brigade Surgeon with a unit in the First Armored Division.  Following that assignment, Dr. Cain fulfilled his commitment to the United States Army by serving for four years as a pediatric hospitalist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.  He is excited to be a part of a great Pediatric/Family Practice team and work with outstanding residents.  He is married with three daughters.

Kristin Rajala, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Boston, MA

Dr. Rajala is a licensed clinical psychologist with a passion for health psychology and integrated primary care behavioral health. She graduated cum laude from The College of the Holy Cross with her B.A. in psychology, and went on to receive her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a concentration in health psychology, at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College). Her doctoral research examined medical and behavioral health providers’ experiences of shifting to an integrated primary care behavioral health model under the Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative. Excited by their mission of increasing access to care for native Hawaiian and other underserved populations, she moved to Hawai’i to complete her post-doctoral fellowship with I Ola Lāhui Rural Behavioral Health Training Program. She has trained in Federally Qualified Health Centers and private primary care offices in urban and rural settings across the country. Dr. Rajala is passionate about working as part of an interdisciplinary team to address the whole person to treat mental health issues, substance use disorders, and medical conditions with mind-body and behavioral interventions.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors. She has an interest in complementary and alternative therapies and is a Level II Reiki Jin Kei Do and Level I Buddho Enersense practitioner. Some of her favorite stress busting activities include: dancing, hiking, spending time by the ocean, gardening, and laughing with friends.


Michelle Kim, PharmD


PharmD – Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo

PGY-1 Residency – Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Michelle was born and raised in Hilo. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and went on to achieve her bachelors degree in Pharmacy Studies & doctorate of pharmacy degree from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. After graduation she went on to do a PGY-1 residency & became a clinical faculty member at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. Her practice interests include anticoagulation, hypertension, and diabetes.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and watching football.