Meet the Team
Joel A. Amundson, MD is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He graduated with honors from Oberlin College in 1998, after which he went on to receive his medical degree in 2003 from one of the country’s top-tier medical schools, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After a four month medical volunteer trip to Africa, he returned to complete residency training at the University of Wisconsin in 2006 and at last moved to Oregon.
Dr. Joel is passionate about improving medical care for children through thoughtful, evidence-based medicine. He likes to remain engaged with the community on topics related to children's health. He has received several awards for his work, including the John L. Stevenson Award for Excellence in General Pediatrics at Randall Children’s Hospital, and the CDC’s Immunization Champion award for the State of Oregon. As president emeritus of Boost Oregon, a non-profit organization providing education about children’s vaccines, he sits on the medical advisory board and regularly offers workshops and lectures for the community and local healthcare organizations. He is a big advocate of small, personal medical clinics, and assists other physicians in establishing pediatric practices of their own.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Joel loves the Pacific Northwest and enjoys canoeing, birding, foraging for wild edibles, cross-country skiing, baseball, fitness, collecting musical instruments, wood-working and perpetually fixing up his old house. He also enjoys traveling and learning other languages, including French, Spanish and Portuguese. Ultimately, he is a big advocate for enjoying life, which includes making parenting fun and easy, and hopes to help his families raise fun, engaging, thoughtful children that will go out and make our world a better place.
Meredith R. Dunn, MD (Meri) is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated with honors from Yale University in 2002, where she immersed herself in the humanities and studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2008, she graduated from one of the nation’s premiere medical schools, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Meri completed her pediatric residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2011. She moved to Portland, Oregon to join her husband and worked as a hospitalist at Randall Children’s Hospital (RCH) at Legacy Emanuel from 2011-2015. While at RCH, she cared for both hospitalized sick children and healthy newborns. Dr. Meri was the director of resident and medical student education at RCH, sharing her love of medicine with the next generation of our community’s doctors. Additionally, she was a founding member of the RCH Clinical Ethics team and participated in the Pathways program, guiding families and children with complex medical needs.
When she’s not at work, you may find Dr. Meri hiking, running, reading, traveling, drinking coffee with friends, finding a new swimming hole to explore, or planning her next whitewater adventure. Dr. Meri is dedicated to promoting the health of children through thoughtful, science-based, family-centered care.
Carissa Haney, NCMA, is an awesome medical assistant and clinic manager. We are very fortunate to have her with us! She went to college here in southern Oregon and graduated at the top of her class in 2007 with a medical assisting degree. She has spent her career working within pediatrics and women’s health, and does a spectacular job keeping everything running smoothly and making sure the needs of all our families and children are met.
In her spare time, after retiring from 10 years of roller derby, Carissa is now a certified group fitness instructor for “PoundFit”. She is also an accomplished writer of short stories and essays. Talk to her about Matcha tea, or her most impressive collection of all things hippo-related.