Current Residents

Jonnae Barry, MD – PGY5

Dr. Jonnae Barry was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and is the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Washington where she received two degrees, one in psychology and the other in biochemistry. She then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine where she was awarded the UW School of Medicine Service award for her involvement in volunteer activities. In addition, she graduated from the Underserved Pathway program, a separate curriculum within the school of medicine for those interested in working with underserved populations. Outside of medicine, Jonnae spends her free time with her husband, family and friends.

Tyson Nielsen, MD – PGY4

Dr. Tyson Nielsen was born and raised in Southwest Idaho and is the oldest of five children. He attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho where he completed a degree in Biology. He then attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. Tyson is married and has two daughters. Outside of medicine Tyson loves spending time with his family, exploring new places, and tinkering with automotive projects. 

John Symms, MD – PGY3

Dr. John Symms grew up on a family-owned fruit farm in Caldwell, Idaho. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Utah, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a minor in Spanish. While attending college in Utah, John competed internationally in halfpipe skiing and later covered the sport as a columnist for ESPN, Powder Magazine and various other publications. During his medical education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Symms was drawn to otolaryngology because of the meticulous anatomy, rich variety, fulfilling patient relationships and charismatic, capable practitioners that pervade the field. Outside of medicine, John is an avid chess player, cyclist, slack-liner and musician. He also cherishes the time he gets to spend with his wife and children. 

Samuel Barber, MD – PGY2

Dr. Samuel Barber grew up in the Finger Lakes area of New York State.  Following undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester, he spent a few years working as a surgical neurophysiologist for surgical procedures of the spine.  While attending Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston for his medical training, Sam took dedicated years off to pursue Otolaryngology research.  He was awarded the William Dameshek Research Award at Tufts for his academic contributions, and received his medical doctorate with research honors.  Outside of work, Sam enjoys skiing, cooking, photography, and music.

John Richards, MD – PGY1

John was born in Indio, California and grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma. John attended Oral Roberts University where he studied Biomedical Chemistry and met his wife, Larisa. During his undergraduate studies, John took special interest in research and completed two projects on Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy. During his medical training at the University of Oklahoma, John was involved with various research projects and presented at American Rhinologic Society Annual Meeting in Chicago in 2017.