Asma Ali, Pharm D, PhDAsma Ali, Pharm D, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

View Fall 2021 Symposium presentation – “Med Use and Self-Management Behavior in Muslim Patients w/ Type 2 Diabetes

Asma Ali, Pharm D, PhD, is a Palestinian American who grew up in Jordan. She received her Pharm D from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy from the University of Georgia. Asma enjoyed working closely with patients at a hospital pharmacy in Jordan, counseling them, and helping improve their use of medications. This direct encounter with patients helped her understand the importance of examining patient-reported outcomes to improve the quality of care. As a Palestinian refugee who lived in Jordan, Asma is well aware of how scarce healthcare resources could impact health outcomes. Consequently, her research in the PhD program focused on studying health services and outcomes in underserved communities. Asma’s dissertation work assessed factors that may impact health outcomes and access to prescription medications in patients with diabetes receiving care at Federally Qualified Health Centers. During her fellowship, Asma plans to expand on her doctorate research by evaluating health services and their implementation in underserved communities. While Asma’s ongoing goal is to help improve health outcomes in the United States, her long-term goal is to utilize her expertise to help communities all over the world including the Middle East and Africa regions. Outside of research, Asma enjoys creating Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery “Tatreez” pieces, hiking, camping, and cycling.

Estefan Beltran, DOEstefan Beltran, MD
Academic Fellowship

Estefan Beltran was born and raised in Germantown, MD. Raised as the youngest in a collectivist immigrant household, he has always been interested in building the next generation better than the last. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Maryland – College Park with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Spanish. Undecided whether to pursue medicine or education, he went on to teach high school biology and physical science in Miami Gardens, FL through Teach for America. There, he gained a stronger appreciation of the crucial role community organizations play in the development of adolescents outside of the classroom. He then transitioned to complete a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences and M.D. at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University where he developed a space for informal mentorship to spur interest in STEM fields at the high school and elementary school ages. He carried this work further into residency at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Family Medicine Residency program where he co-founded the Enhancing Representation to Improve our Community’s Health (EnRICH) mentorship program. His focus is on medical education at all levels and the development of future physicians. He chose to pursue the Academic Fellowship to continue developing his skills as a full-scope family physician and future faculty member. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Stephanie) and cat (Taro), exercising and playing sports, listening to all music, but especially neo-soul/R&B.

Adam Cordum, MDAdam Cordum, MD
Sports Medicine Fellowship

Adam is originally from Edmond, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City, but he has called Madison home for the last 3 years. He attended the University of Oklahoma for Medical School prior to his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and is excited to be staying on as this year’s primary care sports medicine fellow. He hopes to continue his work with academic writing and resident education, as well as working closely with the Badger athletes. When he’s not in clinic or on the sideline, he loves getting out to the dog park with his wife and their two dogs Stitch and Koda, playing board games, and traveling.

Miena Meek Hall, MD, IBCLCMiena Meek Hall, MD, IBCLC
Primary Care Research Fellowship

Dr. Hall earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale Hospital. Her professional interests include breastfeeding and lactation medicine, women’s health, and pediatrics. Dr. Hall is both an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a fellow of the University of Rochester Medical Center Lessons in Lactation Advanced Curriculum (LILAC).

Dr. Hall enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She credits her breastfeeding journey with her four children as her continuing inspiration to help lactating dyads in need.

Ravi Hirekatur, MDRavi Hirekatur, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

Ravi S Hirekatur earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He took a long route to medicine via Engineering. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (mathematical modeling of industrial systems). He worked as an Industrial Systems Engineer for 4 years prior to going back to school for pre-medical studies at University of Kansas. During his first-year medical school summer, he apprenticed with a Quichua shaman in Ecuador, while living with him in the rainforest, studying medicinal plants. He did his internship in Family Medicine at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and completed the residency in Family Medicine at UW-Madison. He has worked in different capacities at UW including Urgent Care, Float, Primary care and IBD Integrative consult service. His interest in Integrative Medicine preceded medical school and has been a lifelong student of Ayurveda. He is pursuing Integrative Health Fellowship to focus more on helping patients achieve optimal health. His interests outside of Medicine include Mindfulness meditation, nature and wildlife photography, yoga, and cooking.

Kane Laks, MDKane Laks, MD
Academic Fellowship

Kane Laks, MD (he/him), is from Hannibal, MO, the boyhood home of Mark Twain and setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Kane studied Biology and French at Saint Louis University and earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine, where he explored his interest in underserved and rural populations through extensive involvement in the student-run free clinic and rural rotations including at the Menominee Tribal Clinic in Keshena, WI. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at UW-Madison, where he was based at the Belleville Clinic and participated in the Rural Health Equity Track (RHET). During his academic fellowship, he will be continuing his scholarly work from residency evaluating RHET and UW’s other rural family medicine programs while also expanding his teaching, leadership skills, and high-risk obstetrics skills. After fellowship, he will be returning to the Menominee Tribal Clinic to practice full-spectrum family medicine. In his free time, Kane enjoys cooking Indian food and exploring Madison with his girlfriend, playing the clarinet and saxophone, learning more about the French language and culture, following the Oscars, and reading fantasy and thriller novels.

Stephanie Liu, MDStephanie Liu, MD
Integrative Health Fellowship

Stephanie Liu is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She received her medical degree from Western Michigan University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. During residency, she had the opportunity to learn osteopathic manipulation therapy, a skill she looks forward to advancing during fellowship. She loves to educate her patients and help empower them with knowledge to improve their health. Her other professional interests include women’s health, behavioral health, weight management, and clinical teaching. Outside of medicine, Stephanie enjoys eating and cooking, music, TV, trivia, and spending time outdoors.

David Mallinson, PhDDavid Mallinson, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

David Mallinson is an epidemiologist and health services researcher who uses administrative health care data to investigate a broad range of questions in maternal and child health. His substantive areas of research include estimating the harms of adverse birth outcomes on early-life development and evaluating the impact of prenatal care interventions on families’ health and health care. His methodological areas of research include developing strategies to estimate health-related spillover effects within families and validating birth record data. David earned his PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021. Before starting the Primary Care Research Fellowship, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas-Austin Population Research Center. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, bike riding, cooking, and going to museums.

Laurence Moore, MDLaurence Moore, MD
LGBTQ+ Health Fellowship

Laurence (he/him) grew up in the United Kingdom before moving to the West Coast and completing his BA at Stanford University, after which he spent five years working at Google. Then deciding to make the transition to medicine, he completed his MPH at University of California, Berkeley and his medical training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. He remained at OHSU for his Family Medicine residency and served as a chief resident, where he developed passions for inpatient medicine, addiction medicine and integrating mental health in primary care. After graduating from residency, he worked at a FQHC with Riverside University Health System in Palm Springs, CA, where he served a largely low-income, LGBT and Latino/a community. As a fellow, he looks forward to deepening his passion for LGBT health through research, teaching, and advocacy work. Outside of medicine, he enjoys travel, learning languages, running, and lifting weights.

Ana Pearson, MDAna Pearson, MD
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Ana Pearson, MD (she/her), hails from Hudson, WI. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She also completed her residency training at UW with the DFMCH Family Medicine Residency Program in Madison. She was drawn to Addiction Medicine after seeing how impactful treatment of substance use disorders can be for a patient’s life and overall health. As a clinician, it felt challenging to address other chronic health conditions without also being able to treat substance use disorders. She is pursuing the fellowship to develop Addiction specialty expertise to be able to provide Addiction care in the primary care setting. She is particularly interested in pregnancy- and newborn-related care. In her life outside of work, Ana can be found gardening, cooking and baking, learning about film, watching Survivor, and reading good books.

Laura Prieto, PhDLaura Prieto, PhD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

Dr. Laura Andrea Prieto is from Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Prieto earned her PhD in Kinesiolgy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration on Motor Control and Behavior and adapted physical activity. Her research focus is on adapted physical activity and dance for people with disabilities, specifically for Latine/x older adults with disabilities. She has worked with adults and children with disabilities in community centers, schools, and dance studios to promote active lifestyles through movement. Dr. Prieto’s dissertation work focused on the planning and evaluation of community-based physical activity programs including the evaluation of a program for autistic children and their families and the planning of future program for Latine/x older adults. Dr. Prieto plans to expand her dissertation work to working with Latine/x older adults with Parkinson’s disease in and out of the United States with the direction of Dr. Kristen Pickett in the Department of Kinesiology. Outside of research, Dr. Prieto enjoys dancing, being outdoors, and having “asados” or cookouts with family and friends.

Virgnia Richey, DOVirgnia Richey, DO
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Virginia Richey completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from The University of Colorado and her medical degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She then returned to Colorado to pursue her Family Medicine residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. For the past decade, Virginia has been a family medicine physician and a community preceptor in the Denver area. She brings to the fellowship a longstanding interest in treating substance use disorders, and she is particularly interested in working to bridge the gap between primary care and SUD treatment. She is passionate about challenging the stigma associated with addiction and empowering patients to ask for and access quality, evidence-based, longitudinal care. She also hopes that fellowship training will help her serve as a strong resource for other primary care physicians and healthcare providers who are seeking to integrate addiction medicine into their practices. Some of Virginia’s additional professional interests include harm reduction, variability in recovery pathways, and MAT and SUD treatment in the criminal justice system. Outside of work, Virginia’s interests include road biking, hiking, camping, backpacking, stand-up paddle boarding, gardening, cooking, reading, travel, music, history, podcasts, mandalas, storytelling, and dogs.

Jeremiah Shaw, MDJeremiah Shaw, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

For Jeremiah Shaw family medicine is a responsibility to deliver equitable care such that health becomes accessible for all. Jeremiah is from Yellow Springs, OH. He earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical science with a minor in integrative health and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. In medical school, Jeremiah chaired the Columbus Free Clinic steering committee which allowed him to advocate beyond basic healthcare for the underserved to addressing deep barriers to health. He completed residency through UW Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health with a focus in Integrative Health. During residency he co-founded the Antiracism Education and Advocacy group (AREA) to educate and promote an antiracist culture within the residency as well as pursue projects with community partners. The group worked to expand voter registration to UW clinics, build antiracism into the residency education structure, and create community health promotion projects. Jeremiah also became certified as an instructor in Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics (ALSO) and completed OMT4MD which began his training in osteopathic manipulation. Integrative health and the comprehensive care of the whole person has been a lifelong pursuit for Jeremiah. He has sought to understand this model from a minor in undergrad, to leading the Students for Integrative Medicine in medical school, to the integrative health track in residency, and now this fellowship. He has sought to care for his colleagues in medicine as well as his patients at every level. To him, the mind, body, and spirit must be in balance to achieve wellness. He hopes to gain more skills and further develop this model for patient care in this fellowship. His medical interests also include community medicine, obstetrics, women’s health, advocacy, antiracism, decolonization, and more. Jeremiah enjoys outdoor activities, running, yoga, hiking, meditation, piano, and anything that keeps him inspired and imaginative.

Sydney Tan, MDSydney Tan, MD
Primary Care Research Fellowship

Sydney Tan grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned her bachelor’s degree in Contemplative Studies at Brown University. She stayed at Brown for her medical degree where she investigated how contemplative practices affect stress and coping in medical training. She is currently a general surgery resident completing two years of dedicated research time. Her research investigates the use of contemplative practice training for physicians to provide better patient care. Outside of work, Sydney enjoys being in nature, yoga, cooking, and travelling.

Justin Temple, MDJustin Temple, MD
LGBTQ+ Health Fellowship

Justin Temple received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then his MD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then crossed the northern border and completed his family medicine residency training here at UW-Madison. He is excited to be staying for another year to hone his skills in caring for the LGBTQ+ population, which is a realization of one of his original goals in becoming a physician. He looks forward to continuing his learning in how to provide comprehensive, quality care for this population and how to be an effective advocate for them in community and medical spaces. He is also glad to be continuing to practice primary care part time at the Wingra Family Medical Center, whose staff and patients have helped shape how he practices medicine. When he’s not working, Justin enjoys traveling, caring for his pets and plants, and watching reality TV with his partner.

Karina Viloria-Rodríguez, MDKarina Viloria-Rodríguez, MD
Academic Integrative Health Fellowship

Karina Viloria-Rodríguez, a Puerto Rican native, daughter of Dominican parents, initially completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She subsequently pursued a medical degree at Central East University in the Dominican Republic. Eager to specialize in a particular field, she had the privilege of undertaking a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Médicas Campus, where she actively engaged with underserved communities. This experience allowed her to learn invaluable local medicinal practices and recipes. In the realm of Family Medicine, she has found fulfillment in various aspects of her work, including performing minor procedures, serving as a hospitalist, and above all, focusing on preventive medicine. With a firm belief in the intrinsic connection between mind, body, and soul, Karina embraces the concept of Integrative Health, which promotes overall wellness. Beyond her professional endeavors, she cherishes quality time spent with her beloved dog, Purkinje Carpentier, exploring and connecting with nature, nurturing her plants, and, true to her Caribbean roots, immersing herself in the myriad experiences offered by the sea and rivers.

Erica Yamamoto, DOErica Yamamoto, DO
Integrative Health Fellowship

Erica Yamamoto, DO received her B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Richmond while simultaneously performing as an Artist Scholar for piano. After taking a gap year to travel and work as a scribe, she attended medical school at Des Moines University and completed a Family Medicine Residency at the Monroe Clinic in Monroe, WI where she served as chief resident. While in residency, she continued to improve on her osteopathic manipulative treatment skills and found it very helpful for her patients. She became interested in the Integrative Medicine Fellowship as she desired to further her studies outside of Western medicine. Outside of work, Erica enjoys traveling, attending classical music concerts, and exploring the local food scene.

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