Christen Vu, DO has over two decades of medical experience. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Massachusetts and has been fortunate enough to work in many clinical settings including her own private practice in Tacoma, WA.
Dr. Vu’s passion for medicine was discovered on a dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic when she was 16 years old. In 2016 she was able to return to the Dominican Republic and fulfil her goal of providing healthcare to a much needed and deserving population.
Dr. Vu has a wide range of expertise including an emphasis on taking care of the entire patient, all aspects and ages. She offers pediatrics, adolescent medicine, women’s health, and Geriatric care.
“Being a physician is an honor and I treasure my role in the team approach to your health. I am a believer in preventative health care; caring for the entire individual – mind, body and soul, and look forward to getting to know you!”
As a third-grade student in Gainesville, Florida, Dr. Christen Cage Vu was lagging behind other students in reading and math. While some teachers saw a lazy student, Mrs. Pennisi realized that she was actually just bored and began to work with the gifted child. Her reading quickly went from Kindergarten to 5th grade level in no time and her passion for learning and helping others was cemented into her soul.
That drive for learning and helping others led her to mission trips in Appalachia and the Dominican Republic as a teen and inspired her to follow her dream of being a doctor. Dr. Vu recently sat down for an interview to learn more about what drives her passion for medicine.
Q: You took a mission trip to repair crumbling homes in poverty-stricken Appalachia when you were 11-years old. How did that experience impact you?
Dr. Cage Vu: That’s where I really, for the first time saw that I had so much to be grateful for and that I could give of myself to help others who didn’t have as much as I did. The other thing that was so amazing during that trip is that the people were so grateful. Even though we were in this home with dirt floors and a tin roof, they went out of their way to serve us a lunch that was really made with love and gratitude.
Q: When you were a pre-med student at Florida State University, you worked in the office of an oral surgeon in the summer and on breaks. What was that like?
Dr. Cage Vu: Well, I learned so much at such a young age. I had privileges at hospitals. I was in surgeries that I had never imagined being a part of and I experienced the “behind the scenes” of medicine. I learned every aspect of his practice from the billing and scheduling to the actual surgeries and procedures that we did and the difference that we could make in people’s lives. Just a huge impact on me.
Q: How did your newborn daughter’s medical emergency impact you?
Dr. Cage Vu: My daughter was born with a congenital heart defect that was not identified prior to her delivery. And it was a surprise to both her father and I, and she ended up spending two weeks in the NICU. And that time being on the other side of medicine, it really opened my eyes to so many different things, like the importance of being a patient advocate and the challenges that come with not being able to affect an outcome. I also appreciated receiving all of the gifts that medicine has to offer us today.
|Education & Training
BS: Florida State Univ, biology / Chemistry / Spanish, Tallahassee, Fl (1989-1993)
DO: Midwestern Univ Chicago College of Osteopathic Med, Downers Grove, IL (1996-2000)
Intern: Ascension Genesys Hosp, Grand Blanc, MI (2000-2001)
Resid: Family Medicine & Community Health, Fitchburg, UMass Med School, Worcester, Mass. (2001-2003)
|Memberships & Certifications
• American Academy of Family Physicians
• Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
• American Osteopathic Association
Provides wide range of expertise:
• Emphasis on taking care of the entire patient, all aspects and ages
• Pediatrics, adolescent medicine, women’s health, and geriatric care
• Preventative health care; caring for the entire individual – mind, body and soul
• Gynecologic Care
• Family Planning
• Perimenopause and Menopause
• Osteoporosis Treatment
• Hormone Analysis
• STD Testing
• Prostate Exams
• Low Testosterone
• Erectile Dysfunction
• Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
• STD Testing
• Wellness Exams/Yearly Physicals
• Flu Shots
• Shingles vaccines
• Pneumonia vaccines
• Sports Physicals
• Dermatologic screening
• Drug Screens
• Diabetes & Cholesterol Tests
• Thyroid Diseases
• Stroke Prevention
• Heart Disease Risk Assessment
• Sleep Apnea
• Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy
• Asthma & Breathing Treatments
• Allergy Testing
• Knee / Shoulder Injections
• Removal of skin lesions
• High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol
• Thyroid Disorders
• Sore Throat, Cough
• COVID testing – rapid antigen and PCR
• Respiratory Infections
• Ear and Eye Infections
• Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting
• Burns, Bites, Wounds
• Strep/Flu Testing
• Infections – Kidney / Bladder
• Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
• Husband: Long D. Vu, DO
• Hobbies: Tennis, skiing, biking, Peloton
• Listens to: ’80’s music
• Favorite movies: The Outsiders, Thelma & Louise
• Bucket List Travel Destination: Paris
• “If I couldn’t be a doctor I’d be…”: Dog walker or Barista
• Spirit Animal: Honey Badger
• Patients seen in a year: 3800
• Oldest patient currently treating: 99
• Youngest patient currently treating: 18 months