About Dr. Yami
I was born in Panama, but grew up in a small town in the piney woods of Texas. However, I spent my childhood summers in Panama watching my aunt, Nilsa Martinez, a general practitioner, use her patience and compassion to treat patients in the living room of my grandmother’s house. I deeply admire her work and because of this, I knew I wanted to be a doctor from the age of 3. Over time, I dreamt of serving as a primary care physician in a small town to help and inspire others. I graduated magna cum laude with honors in psychology from Austin College, a small, private liberal arts university in Texas where I married my college sweetheart the day after graduation when we were just 21 years old. We then both went on to the University of North Texas Health Science Center and I spent the next 5 years learning about medicine, public health and research. I discovered that I had a love for pediatrics in my 3rd year of medical school. I knew then that I wanted to be a community pediatrician. I graduated with a medical degree (D.O.), a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Clinical Research and Education and a cute and energetic 1 year old son. Despite the burden of studying for tough medical classes as well as public health and clinical research and completing 2 masters theses, I still consider parenting one of the most challenging jobs there is! I was honored to be selected for the primary care track at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medicine Pediatric Residency which is one of the top pediatric residencies in the country. After residency, My husband, an internal medicine physician, and I chose to live in Yakima, Washington for its size, proximity to the mountains and ideal location.
Since moving to Yakima, I have become even more interested in nutrition and lifestyle and the power it has to both prevent and potentially reverse chronic disease. In 2014, I obtained a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. I also became a certified Food for Life instructor through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in 2015. I became certified as a Health and Wellness Coach in February 2016 and I also completed the Rouxbe Cooking School Plant-Based Professional Certification Course that same month . I am a board-certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. I enjoy a social media presence at Veggie Fit Kids as well as hosting my podcast Veggie Doctor Radio.
I enjoy learning as much as I can about nutrition, wellness, chronic disease prevention, and personal development. I speak English, Spanish, a bit of French and some baby sign language. I love to exercise, read, socialize and spend time with my husband and two sons. Living in Yakima since 2009, I now consider myself a transplant to the beautiful Pacific Northwest despite growing up as a die-hard Texan. I feel very passionate about wellness, especially when it concerns nutrition and lifestyle and the prevention of chronic disease. I envision a day that Yakima will be known as one the of the healthiest cities in America.
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“When my husband and I had our first child 6 weeks early we were not prepared with a pediatrician. When we found Dr. Lancaster we didn't realize what a perfect match it was! Our son had intestinal complications from the start and we spent his first two months at Seattle Children's Hospital. When we came home and finally got to meet Dr. Lancaster, we learned she had experience with our son's condition. We felt relief that as we learned about our new medically complicated baby, she would be there to help us understand and grow together!
My husband and I had two more babies, another boy and a little girl! All the kids have loved Dr Lancaster; we are a part of her family! During appointments she sits down and just talks to us. She plays with the kids and gets to know them! We are forever connected and I trust her fully with the care and safety of my children!” -Erin, mother of 3