Medical Staff

Katherine McElhaney

Katherine McElhaneyMrs. McElhaney graduated from Southern Oregon University with a major in Athletic Training and minors in Chemistry and Philosophy. She trained in clinical research and went on to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon for postgraduate training as a Physician Assistant. Since graduating in 2008, Katie has worked primarily in family practice and community medicine with experience in oncology, allergy, and asthma and urgent care. She joined the Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic in 2017 to improve patient access to care.

When not at work, Katie loves to travel, surf, hike, swim, and spend time with her family. She has lived in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington.

Medical Staff

Ben Olmedo

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Benjamin Olmedo is a Class of 2011 alumni of the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program.  He completed his undergraduate studies through an R.O.T.C. Scholarship and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army on the same day he graduated from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo in June 2002 with a degree in Biology.

In 2009, Ben transitioned from military service and translated his army leadership experiences into successful opportunities while completing his clinical training at Yale School of Medicine.

As a PA, he has worked in Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, and Correctional Medicine in large urban hospitals, community health centers and isolated rural settings.

In 2013, he commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service where he worked in rural Alaska for three years with the Indian Health Service (IHS) before transitioning to the Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic.  He continues to be a strong advocate for underserved communities and the unique role of the PA profession in addressing unmet healthcare needs. He is the Emergency Preparedness & Response Liaison for the clinic serves on the advisory council for the California Tribal Epidemiology Center and currently serves on the Solvang School Board of Trustees.

In 2017, LCDR Olmedo was appointed as the IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Physician Assistants responsible for representing, advocating and supporting the PA profession nationally through 12 area offices and 170 clinical service units that provide healthcare to over 2 million American Indian and Alaska Native people. In his spare time, he is a husband and father to two beautiful girls who enjoy outdoor adventures and making pancakes.

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