About Mariel Bryden, MD

Medical School: University of Iowa

Residency & Fellowship: JPS Family Medicine Residency and Maternal-Child Health Fellowship

Dr. Mariel Bryden joined Sea Mar in 2020 after two years as residency faculty in Lesotho, southern Africa. She is originally from Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa for undergraduate and medical school. She went on to complete family medicine training and an OB fellowship at JPS in Fort Worth, TX. She then took a position as residency faculty at a program in Colorado before moving to Lesotho, where she was faculty at the country’s only residency program. She also helped develop a new nationwide medical internship program in Lesotho as well as run the family medicine program and practice at a rural district hospital. Global health is a passion of hers, and she looks forward to continuing her involvement with the family medicine program in Lesotho as part of a larger goal of developing family medicine around the world. She is excited to help develop Sea Mar Marysville’s global health curriculum and continue to work with the Lesotho program from Washington.

Dr. Bryden loves providing maternity care, from delivering babies, performing C-sections, and doing OB ultrasound, to educating and bonding with patients and families both before and after delivery. She also enjoys office procedures, taking care of children and adults in the hospital, and getting to know and take care of families. Dr. Bryden is excited about Sea Mar’s comprehensive approach and focus on underserved populations. She also loves medical education and geeking out over curriculum development and learning objectives. Her teaching philosophy is centered on facilitating learning rather than instructing, both in the classroom and the bedside.

Outside of work, Dr. Bryden enjoys spending time with her spouse the other Dr. Bryden and their daughter. She loves traveling, gardening, hiking, biking, skiing, reading novels, and trying new foods.


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