Meet Dr. LaSalle, MD
Dr. Gretchen LaSalle, MD, is a Board Certified Family Physician in Spokane, WA, and a Clinical Associate Professor for the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
She has a passion for preventative medicine and has dedicated hundreds of hours to researching the questions she has been asked by parents about vaccines for their children – from newborns to teens.
Dr. LaSalle was recently selected as an American Academy of Family Physicians Vaccine Science Fellow. Only three physicians are selected from a national pool of applicants each year for this prestigious fellowship, which provides access to in-depth information on how vaccines are created, tested and deployed, as well as the policy development process.
She has written a book for health care professionals on talking to parents about vaccines and is a public speaker on the topic of vaccines and vaccine-hesitancy for both the lay and medical communities. Dr. LaSalle sits on the American Academy of Family Physicians General Immunization Education committee and has worked with the Washington State Coalition of the National HPV Roundtable.
Dr. LaSalle completed her undergraduate studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in French. She then attended the Tulane University School of Medicine. Upon graduating from Tulane with AOA honors, Dr. LaSalle moved to Portland, Oregon to begin her residency training in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She worked in Portland after graduation while her husband finished his Rheumatology fellowship, then their family moved to Spokane.
Dr. LaSalle is also a clinical preceptor for the University of Washington, the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and various Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner training programs, helping develop our next generation of physicians and advanced practice providers.