Elena (Ellie) Yanchar is a proud Ohioan. She grew up in the historical town of Kent, OH where she completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She then moved to NYC to work for the NYC American Red Cross emergency services through the Americorps program. That journey took her to Louisiana and Mississippi doing disaster services for Hurricane Katrina, which ultimately sparked her fire on the journey to become a physician. She completed her post-baccalaureate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also learned the art of river-floating and started running marathons. She completed a Masters at Georgetown in Physiology and Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in effort to deepen her understanding of mind/body medicine and how to apply it to traditional medicine. She then returned to the Louisiana Bayou to again assist the Red Cross with Hurricanes Gustav and Ike where she spent an extended period of time in the Louisiana bayou learning and appreciating the magical bayou culture, and catching a few fish along the way. She attending medical school at ATSU- school of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, completing her first year in AZ, and doing her clinical work for the next 3 years based out of Portland, OR. Somewhere along her journey through Arizona she met her partner Brett, another DO in training, and they spent 3 years doing rural rotations around the Pacific NW, and heading to the mountains with their dog Otis just about every chance they could get. She was lucky enough to have the opportunity to train in some incredible places, such as Dutch Harbor, Alaska, where she grew to love the magic and richness of community health centers in the rural and underserved areas. While combined FM/Psych training was Ellie’s passion and residency intent all along, it’s a darned competitive match and they ended up back in Cleveland, OH with Ellie doing a categorical Psychiatry internship at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve. As luck would have it, Ellie is a die-hard Cleveland Cavaliers fan, and she and Brett focused on being interns and Cleveland sports for the year, while catching up with their rich Midwest roots. Ellie hadn’t given up on her dream of combined training, and the stars aligned to open up a second year position for her at UCSD Combined Residency, and she jumped at the chance to continue her training in beautiful San Diego. Ellie was also awarded a National Health Services Corps Scholarship in her first year of medical school, and is committed to training to become the most well-rounded FM/Psych physician she can be. Her interests lie in giving holistic care to underserved populations, integrative medicine, nutrition, movement, meditation, community, and in hearing people’s stories. When she’s not working you can usually find her on her yoga mat, hiking with her dog Otis, surfing, cooking delicious vegan food, or doing anything outside involving breathing the fresh air.