Dr. Dino Ramzi
Dino Ramzi was born in Beirut Lebanon and grew up in Montreal. His medical education was at McGill University where he did an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital Center and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Montreal General Hospital. He graduated from medical school a month before his 23rd birthday. He started teaching early, appointed Lecturer to participate in programs for younger fellow medical students before graduation.
His first job was at a McGill affiliate in Chisasibi, an Arctic First Nations community, collecting his first major administrative title of Chief of Medicine of a small 18 bed, 4 bassinet hospital at age 27.
In 1991, Dino returned to Montreal and McGill University as an Assistant Professor, honing his teaching skills, developing a passion for evidence-based medicine and doing clinical work at the Montreal General, St. Mary’s and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as well as in several private practices in town.
Desiring to further his academic contributions to the study and practice of family medicine, in 1996 he relocated to Atlanta to help steer the new family medicine residency program at Emory University. While Canada, Australia, the UK are committed to their primary care infrastructure, the US had not found a place in its most prestigious universities for the education and training of generalists. For this reason, Emory’s new program received a great deal of attention at the time, but was soon subject to the political and cultural aversions to managed care during the late 1990’s.
While he was at Emory, Dino completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health, doing course work predominantly in health policy and management as well as in outcomes research. He soon left Emory to pursue other opportunities in research and in management. This upcoming departure, however, provided him with an opportunity to return to one of his first loves – providing medical treatment and access to under-serviced communities – and he worked for a Grady Hospital’s neighborhood clinics in addition to a brief research project at the CDC.
Marrying his wife Maria in 2005 and moving to Maryland put him in the position of Medical Director at Community Clinic Inc, a facility that later qualified, under his leadership through the application process, as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Dino also reached out to Georgetown University’s faculty to integrate Community Clinic Inc with the Capricorn research network. During his three year tenure Community Clinic Inc nearly doubled the volume and revenue from direct medical services. Another highlight of Dino’s time in Maryland was the completion of a community-based intervention program to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
Some of his other roles over the years included the Chief Medical Officer of a community health center in Central Washington, a leadership position in Providence Health System, a principal in a successful local practice in Clark County, the medical director of Camas/Washougal Compassion Care clinic, the President of the Clark County Medical Society and the Southwest chapter of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians.
While Dino thrives working in a direct and personal capacity with patients and a group of like-minded primary care providers and patients, a commitment to innovation and the underserved has led to his co-founding EverMed and PanZoe, a company and a charity dedicated to working in the primary care arena.
Ila Champine was born and raised in Alaska. Her first career was as a registered dietitian. She received a dietician degree from Washington State University and completed her internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
Ila’s experience as a professional dietitian included working at a pediatric mental health hospital -- where she grew to love caring for children -- and in the primary care clinic at the Native Medical Center in Anchorage -- where she developed a passion for serving the less fortunate.
Through her clinical nutrition work, Ila came to understand the importance of primary care in prevention and the promotion of healthy communities. Striving to have the greatest impact on people’s lives, including the most needy, she decided to go back to school.
Ila eventually sought to do something more. She had the motivation to make a greater impact in peoples lives, especially for those who are in the greatest need.
Ila attended the University of Washington School of Medicine to become a physician assistant. Her goal was to practice in primary care, the field that most improves the health of communities. She believes that building strong relationships with her patients in the primary care setting is key to health and wellness.
She enjoys integrating nutrition into medicine and using it to both treat illness and promote wellness. Her greatest passion is for pediatrics. She works hard to listen and earn the trust of kids and their parents. Investing in the emotional and physical health of the next generation is essential to the well being of the family as a whole.
With family connections in all corners of Clark County and newly purchased acreage in Amboy, Ila, her husband Ted and their three boys feel more that they are coming home than that they are leaving Alaska. She is excited to be living in and serving the North County community, and feels fortunate to participate in the revolution in health care that Patient Direct Care hopes to spark.