Our Story

We are a group of six nephrologists practicing mainly in Olympia, Washington. Our referral area extends to the five counties of Southwest Washington. Our practice is limited to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the north by the Tacoma area and to the south, by Vancouver-Longview, WA and Portland metropolitan areas.

We are the only Nephrology group in the area which was founded in 1973. Our group is well considered by the local medical communities for our excellent quality of care ever since.

Our most senior associate, Dr. Vo Nguyen (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) started in 1992. Our second associate, Dr. Seth Thaler (University of Colorado, Denver) joined the program in 1998. Our third associate, Dr. Chris Burtner (University of Virginia, Charlottesville) joined in 2003. Our fourth associate, Dr. Julia Anuras (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis) joined our practice in 2008. Our fifth associate, Dr. Lana Bur (George Washington University, Washington DC) joined our practice in 2010. Our sixth and most recent associate is Dr. Niranjan Sivakumar, MD. Our dietician is Mary Jennings, RD.

Our practice is mainly Nephrology, including renal consultation, pre-ESRD care, dialysis and transplant follow up. We provide services at 7 area Hemodialysis units. Providence St. Peter Hospital is located directly across the street from our office.

Our total dialysis population is currently about 400 patients and continues to increase annually. Our hemodialysis program is considered by the Pacific Northwest Renal Network (covering the 5 NW states and based in Seattle) to be the best practice in vascular access (84% fistula rate for the whole program vs. 31% for the US average) with lower morbidity. The Aberdeen unit averaging 92% AVF rate, 8% catheter, has probably one of the best vascular access programs in the country.

Memorial Nephrology’s physicians provide for all aspects of the prevention and treatment of kidney disease, including but not limited to:

  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Failure
  • Acute and Chronic Glomerulonephritis
  • Diabetic Kidney Disease
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Anemia Associated with Kidney Disease
  • Management of Inpatient Dialysis Treatments
  • Management of Outpatient Dialysis Treatments
  • Management of Kidney Transplant Patients
  • Management of Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
  • Kidney Transplant Preparation
  • Nutritional Information and Support


  • Ph: (360) 413-8121

  • Toll free: 1 (866) 616-2289

  • Fax: (360) 413-8865

  • 3525 Ensign Rd NE, Ste K
    Olympia, WA 98506


Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


We love Julia! She has been totally honest with Chet since he first met with her. She’s helped him lower his BP and has pretty much talked him into having the decompression surgery…Thank you!

Mindy Greenly