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Heritage Family Medicine
4001 Harrison Ave, NW
Olympia, WA 98502


360.704.ADOC (2362)







































































































OUR STAFF

Richard L. Faiola, MD, ABFMRichard L. Faiola, MD, ABFM

Richard Faiola, MD, ABFM, is a Board Certified specialist in Family Practice (with Obstetrics - though currently inactive). Dr. Faiola completed medical training at Loma Linda University. Three years of specialty training in Hinsdale, IL followed, where he served as Chief Resident. On completing two years of service with the U.S. Air Force, he joined the Steck Medical Group, Chehalis, WA in 1981. In 2001, he began a full time international locum tennens ("rent-a-doc") career working or volunteering in Washington, Idaho, Wisconsin, India, Barbuda, Germany, and New Zealand. While his own building was under construction, he continued his locums work at Sea Mar Community Health Center and Group Health Cooperative, both in Olympia.

Dr. Faiola opened his own rapidly growing private practice, Heritage Family Medicine, on the West side of Olympia, WA, in February, 2006. 

To read more about Dr. Faiola, click here.
Lynda Stafford, DO                                                                                                  
Lynda Stafford, DO, is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Administration from Texas A&M ("Gig'em Aggies!") and graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, completing her internship and residency there as well. She has been practicing medicine at Heritage Family Medicine since 2007 and enjoys caring for every member of the family - from infants to adults.

As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Stafford uses Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT) in a hands-on approach to healthcare. "I am happy to offer this service at Heritage Family Medicine," says Dr. Stafford. "OMT utilizes the musculoskeletal system of the body to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. OMT and common uses include the treatment of low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches."

Believing strongly in a culture of service to the community, Dr. Stafford sits on two city advisory boards, volunteers weekly for a therapeutic horsemanship program and is an active supporter of her children's rowing teams. In her spare time, she enjoys family, travel, horseback riding, yoga and searching for a good Tex-Mex restaurant.

Dr. Stafford is an independent contractor to Heritage Family Medicine, setting her own hours, maintaining her personal equipment and own insurance. While sharing the HFM name, space, and services, she is responsible for her own practice and clinical decisions, and is free to also work elsewhere.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Forman Serdar, ARNP

Elizabeth Forman Serdar, ARNP is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University and has been at Heritage Family Medicine since 2012. Her background includes 30 years of RN experience in both the Army Nurse Corps and civilian medicine.

Betsy embraces a holistic approach to wellness, believing that mind, body, and spirit play equal roles in one's health. It is her desire to co-create a wellness plan with each individual patient to move them along the continuum of health towards their personal definition of wholeness. She invites babies, children, men, and women of all stages of life into her new practice.

Betsy is an avid backpacker and adventurer. She and her husband are active members of the Olympia Mountaineers.

Betsy is an independent contractor to Heritage Family Medicine, setting her own hours, maintaining her personal equipment and own insurance. While sharing the HFM name, space, and services, she is responsible for her own practice and clinical decisions, and is free to also work elsewhere.


Percy Lynchard, lll, ARNP

Percy Lynchard, III, ARNP, received his RN degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  His work experience includes a multitude of OR settings, from a major trauma center in south Mississippi, to a small band-aid station on the Mexico border in southwest New Mexico. Percy’s most recent stop was at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital, where he practiced for over 6 years before starting work as an ARNP. His desire to have more interaction with his patients, led him to pursue his advanced degree in nursing. He then went on to receive his advanced training in nursing, as well as Family Medicine through Gonzaga University.

Percy believes in getting to know his patients and their concerns, working with them to treat the whole person, for a healthy life. He sees men, women and children of all ages and sees patients for Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Percy is originally from Mississippi where he grew up. When he married, he and his wife settled in the Pacific Northwest, where she is from. They have a young son whom Percy is looking forward to sharing his outdoor hobbies with as he grows up. Cooking is also one of Percy’s interests; he enjoys learning about and making dishes from all over the world. He particularly likes making up some downhome Cajun, and Creole-style foods, along with good ol’ Memphis-style BBQ.

Percy is an independent contractor to Heritage Family Medicine, setting his own hours, maintaining his personal equipment and own insurance. While sharing the HFM name, space, and services, he is responsible for his own practice and clinical decisions, and is free to also work elsewhere.

Sofia Kolesnikova, ARNP

Heritage Family Medicine is pleased to welcome Sofia Kolesnikova, ARNP, to our practice. Sofia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. For the past six years, Sofia has been working in various hospital departments - from the intensive care unit to the emergency room - as a registered nurse. The past four years, Sofia's love of critical care took her across the country to work as a traveling ER nurse. As a traveling ER nurse she completed assignments in various emergency departments from Florida to Massachusetts to Washington State. Wanting to further advance her knowledge and education, Sofia enrolled in the Concordia University of Wisconsin where she obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Sofia is passionate about patient care and takes an individualized and holistic approach to the services she provides for each patient, seeking to understand and work in partnership with her patients on their health goals, as well as their health concerns.Sofia accepts patients of all ages and any presenting issues in her practice at Heritage Family Medicine.

Sofia is originally from Russia and is fluent in Russian. After immigrating to the United States in 1999, Sofia settled in Florida where she grew up. Sofia is passionate about physical fitness with hobbies including tennis, cycling, hiking, and marathon running. 

Sofia is an independent contractor to Heritage Family Medicine, setting her own hours, maintaining her personal equipment and own insurance. While sharing the HFM name, space, and services, she is responsible for her own practice and clinical decisions and is free to also work elsewhere.
Whitney, CMA, X-ray Technician                                                    
Lead Medical Assistant

Whitney was raised in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, in Packwood, WA. Where she spent her adolescent years working at the family-owned grocery business. After graduating with honors from high school, she continued her education at Maric College in North Hollywood, CA., where she focused on healthcare. Whitney completed her externship in Southern California and finished top of her class, receiving certification as both a medical assistant and an x-ray technician.



Wenche Faiola, RN - Bookkeeping, Landscape, 
Keeping Doctor in Line


Wenche grew up in the small village of Mysen, about 45 miles southwest of Oslo, Norway. Since her parents, as well as uncles and aunts, were healthcare professionals, it was natural for Wenche to pursue the same line of work. While studying at Newbold College in Bracknell, England, she met her future husband, Richard Faiola. Encouraged by Richard, she moved to California, where she later received her RN from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. She and Richard married after graduating from college.

While Richard studied medicine, Wenche worked as an RN, both at the pediatric unit at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, in Southwest California - a position she still recalls with great fondness. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at Hinsdale Adventist Hospital, in Hinsdale, IL, while Richard completed his specialty training. Wenche gave birth to their first child, daughter Anne-Marie, while in Illinois. Three years later, with Richard at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, she gave birth to their son, Erik.

After moving in 1981 to Chehalis, Washington, Wenche worked as a school nurse, head-room mother, and president of the Lewis County Medical Alliance, in addition to full-time homemaking.  In 1996, she added to her natural gardening skills by becoming a Master Gardner through the University of Washington course work. She has applied her horticultural talents to design and maintain the landscaping surrounding HFM.

When she isn't working for HFM, Wenche enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren. She is also an avid birder and enjoys nearly any outdoor activity. 
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