Madison Residents

Melanie Biegler, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Melanie Biegler, DO, is drawn to family medicine for its ability to address health in the full context of family and community. Melanie is from Elmhurst, IL, and earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. While at Marquette, she completed a public health internship where she served as an urban farmer and nutritional instructor in Milwaukee. Prior to starting medical school, Melanie served with the National Health Corps Chicago through AmeriCorps as an asthma educator. Melanie attended AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Melanie developed her interests in providing culturally competent care while completing her clinical rotations in urban, suburban, and rural settings in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. While in medical school, Melanie was involved with the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians in their Public Policy and Social Determinants of Health committee and served as a student board member. Her experiences have led her to her interests in advocacy, policy, women’s health, community health, and using her voice to address the social determinants of health for patients and communities. Melanie enjoys running, reading, and exploring neighborhoods through their coffee shops. She also enjoys painting, writing poetry, and spending time with family and friends.

Madison Residents

Ashlyn Brown, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine

For Ashlyn Brown, MD, growing up on a pig farm in Avella, PA and participating in 4-H spurred her interests in community health and ultimately led her to a career in family medicine. Ashlyn attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where she earned her degree in Neuroscience. While in college, she developed interests in pediatrics and teaching through working in a preschool and alongside an education student to develop a neuroscience curriculum for kids. Ashlyn earned her medical degree from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She volunteered as a patient advocate at Eliza Shirley Women and Children’s Shelter where she helped connect families who were temporarily experiencing homelessness to child and healthcare services. Ashlyn also served as a coordinator for a regional Racism in Medicine Conference to bring together health professionals and community advocates to discuss how racism is prominent in medicine and to develop tools to address these issues and advocate for patients. Ashlyn is passionate about equitable and socially attentive healthcare and reproductive health. She also enjoys working with pediatric populations, patients with substance use disorders, and patients in the LGBTQ+ community. In her free time, Ashlyn can be found reading, knitting, and crocheting, baking, and playing with her puppy.

Madison Residents

Jose Carrillo, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Jose Carrillo, MD, is dedicated to providing care to historically marginalized and low-income populations. He is from Aurora, IL and earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While in medical school, Jose served as the chapter secretary of the Latino Medical Student Association, which allowed him to bring attention to health disparities in the Latinx community. He is interested in diversifying the medical workforce and has mentored high school students interested in health sciences, organized mentorship events for underrepresented undergraduate students, and led discussions about implicit bias and microaggressions for first year medical students. He also volunteered with FOSTER of Dane County as a COVID-19 relief volunteer, where he helped distribute food to children, ran food drives, and distributed information about COVID in Spanish and English. Jose is committed to providing LGBTQ+, gender affirming, and Spanish-speaking care and he is passionate about community engagement, underserved medicine, and integrative health. Jose enjoys cooking and exploring new cuisines, yoga, hiking, traveling, and spending time in Eagle River, WI.

Madison Residents

Camille Gonzalez, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Camille Gonzalez, MD, is drawn to family medicine because of the trusting, caring relationships that she is able to build with her patients. Camille claims both Oconomowoc, WI and Corning, NY as her hometowns. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and she earned her medical degree from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA. While in medical school, Camille helped at a youth homeless shelter and helped translate information at the health fair so participants could more easily understand the information being shared. As part of the Medical Spanish Club, she also worked to expand ways for students to be more active in the Spanish-speaking community. Camille volunteered with Alley-Oop for Autism; she created a tournament where community members could donate and participate in friendly games of basketball. Camille’s medical interests include sports medicine, obstetrics, and women’s health. She is passionate about preventative care and helping her patients develop and maintain healthy diets and lifestyles. She relaxes by staying active playing soccer, running, skiing, cycling, and hiking. She also enjoys camping, cooking, and traveling.

Madison Residents

Alex Hanna, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Alex Hanna, MD’s approach to medicine is through the lens of the story that connects us with one another and teaches us what it means to be human. Alex’s hometown is Muskego, WI, and he earned his undergraduate degree in Preprofessional Studies and Theology from the University of Notre Dame. After college, he spent a year living and working in a school and parish in Wexford, Ireland, during which he learned more about the power of fostering and investing in relationships within a local community. Alex earned his medical degree from the Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine. While in medical school, he participated in a global health service immersion trip in Corozal, Belize, where he worked with and learned from local physicians as well as community health workers in the surrounding villages. Alex also served as his campus’ Family Medicine Interest Group president and helped create shadowing and mentoring opportunities for students interested in family medicine. Alex’s interests also include sports medicine, integrative medicine, and community health and he strives to create lifelong partnerships with his patients. Alex relaxes by playing piano and guitar, singing, cooking, recreational biking, going on family vacations in Door County, and yelling at the TV during Packers games. He is also a self-proclaimed Disney trivia expert.

Madison Residents

Rachel Her, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Rachel Her, MD, calls both Madison, WI and SeaTac, WA home. Rachel chose to be a family medicine physician because this specialty recognizes, celebrates, and defends the humanity of patients. She brings her interests in building community partnerships and advocacy to her clinical care and she is also interested in behavioral health and addiction medicine. She earned both her undergraduate degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Rachel is committed to increasing diversity in the health professions and she served as a student coordinator of the Health Care in Diverse Communities elective, where she coordinated guest speakers and led discussions about the unique healthcare needs and challenges of diverse populations in Madison. Rachel participated in the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) Program, which allowed her to complete her clinical rotations in Milwaukee and participate in a structured long-term curriculum focusing on community responsive medicine and health equity, including developing longitudinal community-directed health projects with local organizations. Rachel enjoys baking desserts and playing board games, such as Dungeons and Dragons. She also enjoys singing and musical theatre and is a karaoke enthusiast.

Madison Residents

Jenny Ho, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Jenny Ho, DO, is from San Diego, CA and earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. She earned her medical degree from the AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In medical school, Jenny volunteered with underserved communities by working at free clinics, participating in after school programs for children with disabilities, and assisting at rehabilitation centers for older patients. She was the president of the Osteopathic Practice and Principles Club and had the opportunity to collaborate with attendings from various specialties to provide weekly osteopathic manipulative technique presentations for her peers. Jenny completed her clinical rotations in Hawaii. While there, she learned what it means to have an aloha spirit and was able to bond with patients’ “talking stories” so she could provide culturally competent care that was informed by their lifestyles and diets. Her work with low-income elementary students reinforced her passion to bring health education outside the healthcare system and tailor preventative therapies to different lifestyles. Jenny’s medical interests include osteopathic manipulative medicine, sleep medicine, integrative medicine, and preventative medicine. She enjoys playing tennis, bouldering, hiking, and playing piano. She also likes trying new restaurants and making charcuterie boards.

Madison Residents

John Kalmanek, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine

John Kalmanek, MD, is passionate about primary care; he enjoys patient education, preventive medicine, community health, and providing care for marginalized populations. John is from Homer Glen, IL and he earned his bachelor’s degree in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Virginia. While there, he developed his interests in learner-centered teaching by serving as a peer mentor for other students and leading health education classes at a local jail. During a “Caring for Refugees” elective, he discovered a passion for the challenge and value of providing care for refugee patients. He also participated in the Generalist Scholars Program, which allowed him to focus on developing as a primary care physician who is devoted to holistically improving the lives of others. John worked with an interdisciplinary team of students to create a mobile application designed to make it easier for caregivers to receive help; this experience fueled his passion for innovation and the team-based, multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. He loves playing and watching sports (go Bears!) and he enjoys playing board games with friends and trying new foods.

Madison Residents

Colin Kavanaugh, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford

Colin Kavanaugh, MD, is drawn to rural family medicine because of the opportunity to do something different every day. He is interested in working with his hands to do procedures and he wants to practice full scope medicine in a small town. Colin is from Sandwich, IL and he earned his bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Colin went on to participate in the Rural Medical Education Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford. In this program, Colin saw firsthand what it meant to be a rural full-scope family medicine physician. He also conducted research on the stigma towards mental illness in rural communities. Drawing on his passion for exploring the outdoors, he created a wilderness medicine interest group. Colin is interested in teaching learners and served as a clinical mentor. Colin enjoys developing relationships with his patients and his favorite interactions are when patients feel comfortable to speak casually and trust that he has their best interest in mind. Colin and his wife love spending time in the great outdoors – hiking, fishing, boating, and spending time at the lake. He also enjoys hunting and cooking different fresh fish and wild-game recipes.

Madison Residents

Camila Khan, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Camila Khan, MD, is drawn, to helping patients manage their health so that they can live the life they want. Camila hails from St. Louis, MO and she earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Economics from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Prior to starting medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Camila worked at Epic. She began to consider a career as a doctor as she witnessed the direct and important impact physicians have on patients. Camila is also interested in advocacy, and she participated in initiatives with Doctors for America regarding gun violence prevention, women’s reproductive rights, treatment of asylum-seekers and migrants, and the opioid epidemic. She worked with Centro Hispano of Madison to help train community health workers on maternal and infant health and recruit expecting or new mothers to their group support sessions. Camila’s medical interests include maternal health and newborn deliveries, addiction medicine, and integrative medicine. In her free time, Camila enjoys reading, watching movies and television, and taking walks with her friends.

Madison Residents

Rebeca Liebl, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine

Rebeca Liebl, MD, chose family medicine because of its flexibility and breadth as well as the opportunity to create long-term relationships with patients and their families. Rebeca grew up in Managua, Nicaragua and moved to Madison as a young adult. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Edgewood College in Madison. After college, Rebeca worked as a Spanish medical interpreter for inpatient, emergency, and clinical services. She went on to earn her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. While in medical school, she volunteered at the student-run free clinic. As she worked alongside other health professions students, she solidified her commitment to the importance of multidisciplinary care. Rebeca is committed to diversifying the healthcare workforce and was a member of the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association. With both organizations, Rebeca was able to mentor junior students and to create a community that celebrated under-represented minorities in medicine. Rebeca’s clinical interests include sports medicine procedures and she is also interested in advocacy for gynecology and women’s health. She finds joy in going out dancing with her friends and exploring parks and trails in the summer and show shoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Madison Residents

Nivedita Nair, MD, MPH

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Nivi Nair, MD, is drawn to family medicine because of her desire to create deep and trusting relationships with her patients. Nivi is from the Madison area and she attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, her Masters of Public Health, and her medical degree. She participated in the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) Program, completing her clinical rotations in Milwaukee. While in Milwaukee, Nivi learned firsthand the struggles faced by urban underserved communities and how community engagement is truly part of the practice of medicine. She is committed to collaborating with community partners to improve population health. Nivi is also interested in maternal-child health, mental health, and the care of patients with alcohol and other drug abuse disorders. She frames her medical knowledge through the lenses of service, community, and social justice. She hopes to use her physician voice to partner with underserved patients and populations to advocate for and providing healthcare across the lifespan, particularly around reproductive justice and family health. Nivi unwinds by reading, hiking, playing with her dogs and cat, and exploring the city by eating at local restaurants.

Madison Residents

Bradley Pfeifer, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine

Bradley (Brad) Pfeifer, MD, comes to family medicine with an enthusiasm for local and national advocacy, ethical and equitable clinical practice management, optimal mental health and physical wellness, and physician leadership in both healthcare and local communities. Brad is from Sheboygan, WI and he earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. He earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Business Administration from Marquette and a master’s in Organizational Leadership from Creighton. Brad was very involved with student government at Creighton, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians. He is committed to mentoring and he started a 400-person pre-health professions mentoring group for college students. He also created a peer-led fitness program for graduate students. Brad is interested in sports medicine, nutrition, LGBTQ+ care, global health, and healthcare systems / IT. His career goals include practicing full-scope Family Medicine in small-town Wisconsin, becoming a clinical preceptor and working adjacent to academia, and gaining further training in global health and obstetrics. To unwind, Brad enjoys long-distance running, piano, guitar, and traveling. He likes being in nature, hiking, and exploring national parks.

Madison Residents

Luke Ragon, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Luke Ragon, MD, is drawn to rural family medicine because of its focus on disease prevention, care for medically underserved populations, and outpatient procedures. His goal is to work in a small, rural town, developing enduring relationships with his patients and engaging with the community. Luke is from Dansville, MI and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Hope College in Holland, MI. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. While in Detroit, Luke was involved with community service and clinical outreach. He was a part of the Fabric of Society program that allowed him to volunteer with local organizations providing clinical and social care. Through his volunteer work, Luke learned how people are adversely affected by socioeconomic disparities and how this directly impacts health. He also volunteered with Street Medicine Detroit to provide care for the unreached and homeless population. From these experiences, Luke learned empathy, compassion, and a renewed respect for the resilience of the human spirit. He also learned the joy of working with patients in limited resource settings. When he is not in the clinic, Luke enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, hunting, and fly fishing and fly tying. He also enjoys cheering for the Cleveland Browns and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Madison Residents

Taylor Ross, MD, MPH

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Taylor Ross, MD, is drawn to family medicine because of her passion for advocacy, social justice, and community medicine. Taylor is originally from Nixa, MO and she earned her bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Missouri State University. She then went on to earn her Masters of Public Health and medical degree from the University of Missouri. She served as Director of Clinic Services and started the Food Security Team at MedZou Community Clinic, the student-run free clinic. During her last year of medical school, she served as an intern at the Boone County Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped with contact tracing and the translation of COVID-19 infographics. Taylor also worked with Live Well by Faith, a Community Health Worker program that partnered with Historically Black Churches to create a system to match community members with primary care providers. Taylor believes that forming relationships outside of the clinic is essential in providing practical advice and interventions to improve the health outcomes of communities. Taylor’s medical interests also include women’s health, medication assisted therapy, gender affirming care, and sports medicine. In her free time, Taylor enjoys growing plants, cooking, baking, hiking, and enjoying life with her husband and their two dogs and cat.

Madison Residents

Jagpreet Sekhon, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jagpreet Sekhon, DO, calls Madison, WI home. She became a family doctor because she wants to help patients overcome suffering and navigate their care. Jagpreet is committed to creating spaces for her patients to feel safe and supported during difficult conversations about goals of care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and a certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While in college, she interned for STREETS (Social Transformations to End the Exploitation and Trafficking of Sex) and she learned about health disparities while working as an intern with the Area Health Education Center Community Health Internship Program in Milwaukee, WI. Jagpreet attended the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. At her clinical rotation in Bayou La Batre, AL, she saw firsthand the necessity of providing culturally competent care that addresses the social determinants of health. Jagpreet’s interests include providing trauma informed care, improving access to care, community medicine, and providing mental healthcare to BIPOC communities. She is also interested in adolescent medicine, preventative care, and integrative health. In her free time, Jagpreet enjoys music, poetry, and curating cheese boards.

Madison Residents

Yusuf Abdullah, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Undergraduate: Carroll University

Yusuf Abdullah, DO is drawn to family medicine because of the comprehensive care he witnessed family medicine residents provide to his family. Yusuf was born in Afghanistan and spent his early years there and in Moscow before moving with his family to Waukesha, WI. Yusuf earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Carroll University. Prior to starting medical school, Yusuf worked as a CNA at a Wisconsin nursing home; this experience helped solidify his commitment to patient care and medicine. He earned his medical degree from A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. While in medical school, Yusuf served in student government as a Senator for Activities and organized events like the school formal and Halloween costume contest. He also was a Student Ambassador and participated in applicant interviews. His interests in family medicine include preventative, hospital, and sports medicine, patient education, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. As a life-long learner, Yusuf is excited to provide care across the lifespan and for people of all backgrounds. Yusuf enjoys reading and writing poetry, learning how to cook new dishes, and participating in and watching mixed martial arts. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Waukesha.

Madison Residents

Estefan Beltran, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Rosalind Franklin University
Undergraduate: University of Maryland – College Park

Estefan Beltran, MD is drawn to family medicine because it allows him to engage with and serve his community. He is driven to explore how the medical community can advocate for and empower underserved communities. Estefan is from Germantown, MD and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Maryland – College Park. After graduating from college, Estefan taught high school biology in Miami Gardens, FL through Teach for America. While a teacher, he saw firsthand the negative health outcomes that were caused by disparities and violence and he was compelled to help his community as a doctor and advocate. He moved to Chicago to earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University. While in medical school, Estefan’s interest in providing quality care for the underserved led him to serve as the Executive Officer of Community Outreach for the student-run clinic, where he was in charge of community outreach, patient education, and the referrals process. Estefan is interested in developing and strengthening health professional pipeline programs and he founded an outreach program in which health professional students mentored and taught high school students, who then taught fourth grade students. Estefan enjoys playing team sports, R&B, NeoSoul, and Afrobeats music, food – both cooking and eating, and watching TV.

Madison Residents

André Biscaye, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of Rochester
Undergraduate: Westminster College

André Biscaye, MD is devoted to creating longitudinal relationships with his patients. He claims Denver, CO as his hometown, and has also lived in Mauritania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Cambodia. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at Westminster College of Salt Lake City and his medical degree at the University of Rochester. Between his 3rd and 4th years of medical school, he lived in Lima, Peru, and learned about the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the city’s most impoverished areas. This deepened his passion for serving underserved and Spanish-speaking patients. In Rochester, André served as a student leader of a smoking cessation group and saw firsthand the difficulties of overcoming addiction and the importance of patient-centered, shared decision making. From his experience in caring for people with mental illnesses, he sees every person as having a hidden story just waiting to be heard by an understanding, compassionate ear. He approaches his patients with love and kindness and works with patients to help them uncover what makes life meaningful, even in the face of devastating illness. André is interested in addiction medicine, global, behavioral, and women’s health, and palliative care. André enjoys climbing, drumming, cooking, reading graphic novels, and playing with his black lab.

Madison Residents

Adam Cordum, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: University of Oklahoma
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma

Adam Cordum, MD is passionate about the relationships he forms with his patients and his teammates. Adam grew up in Edmond, OK and earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. While in medical school, he worked extensively with a free clinic in Oklahoma City that served the uninsured, predominantly Latino, population in the area. He also served on the executive committee for the OU Community Health Alliance, which coordinates the partnership between local free-care clinics and the medical school, facilitating both medical student volunteering and ongoing financial support through fundraisers, donations, and university support. As a co-intramural chair, he helped organize sporting events and recreation league participation for his medical school class. Adam loves family medicine’s broad focus on prevention and community involvement in health and wellness. As a family physician, he strives to make a powerful impact by advocating on patients’ behalf, working alongside them to see the entire picture of their health and integrating all contributing factors into a care plan. He is specifically interested in sports medicine. Outside of medicine and community involvement, Adam is interested in board games, taking his puppy on walks, fitness, and all recreational sports, especially soccer.

Madison Residents

Charissa Etrheim, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Augustana University

Charissa Etrheim, MD hails from Brandon, SD. While earning her undergraduate degree in Biology and Spanish from Augustana University, Charissa coached Girls on the Run, a program that taught elementary-aged girls how to lead a physically, socially, and emotionally healthy lifestyle. She attended the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and served as a committee member and volunteer for the student-run free clinic. While in medical school, Charissa participated in a medical trip to San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, where she provided medical care in rural villages and was able to gain experience with global medicine, including the importance of learning about the people and culture of the patients she serves. Charissa’s rural family medicine rotation deepened her love of full scope family medicine by instilling in her the responsibilities communities expect from a small-town doctor. Charissa is drawn to family medicine because of the variety of care she is able to provide and the opportunities to build relationships with patients from all walks of life. Her medical interests include women’s health and obstetrics, public health, and preventative and sports medicine. Charissa can be found running, camping, snowshoeing, exploring the outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and family, and cheering for the US Women’s National Soccer Team.

Madison Residents

Nathan Gorman, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Truman State University

As a military child, Nathan Gorman, DO spent his childhood moving around the country (Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Virginia, Alabama, and Missouri) and world (Russia) but calls Kansas City, MO his hometown. He earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and played four years of college football at Truman State University before earning his medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, he developed a novel way of quantifying osteopathic manual therapy with ultrasound and presented his findings at the national Student American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation. Nathan is most motivated by working directly with patients and seeing each of his colleagues develop a unique style to connect with patients and deliver high quality care. Nathan’s interest in family medicine comes from his desire to be dynamic and innovative in his approach to healthcare, allowing him to create a practice that follows his passions: osteopathic manual therapy, bedside ultrasonography, obstetrics, and inpatient, emergency, and sports medicine, all within a holistic clinical model. When he is not in the clinic or hospital, Nathan enjoys being outside: backpacking, backcountry skiing, fishing, golf, and playing basketball.

Madison Residents

Caroline Hensley, MD, MPH

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Cincinnati
Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati College of Arts & Sciences Cincinnati

Caroline Hensley, MD, MPH hails from Wheaton, IL, and spent many of her formative years in Cincinnati, OH. Caroline is committed to learning the story of each of her patients – how they live, work, and play – to provide care that is tailored to each person. She earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Biology, her Master of Public Health degree, and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. While she was growing up, her parents regularly assisted refugee families and this experience instilled a strong commitment to caring for underserved populations. She also conducted research related to the social determinants of health and the structural barriers patients face as they seek quality medical care. This research led her to develop and lead programs to address the social needs of patients at a local federally qualified health center. Caroline evaluated the need for and established a student run free clinic for the uninsured in Cincinnati; her success solidified her motivation to creatively address health disparities and advocate for the needs of communities. In addition to her interests in health equity and care for vulnerable populations, Caroline is also interested in maternal-child health. Caroline enjoys participating in community building activities, gardening, nail art, and fitness.

Madison Residents

Brian Kenealy, MD PhD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Brian Kenealy, MD PhD is a native Madisonian, having grown up in the Monroe Street neighborhood. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and his doctorate in Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In medical school, Brian participated in the Health Systems Management and Policy Pathway, which exposed him to ways in which systems can be leveraged to improve health and wellness, such as advocacy at Doctor Day at the Capitol. He also participated in leadership, teaching, and mentorship activities and is committed to medical student education. Drawing on his research training, he conducted research on how psychosocial determinants affect diabetes and how fat cells regulate cholesterol. He also used his research skills to inform community projects and mentor the next generation of medical professionals and scientists. Brian is committed to caring for patients across their lives and medical conditions. He is interested in obstetrics, chronic disease management, shared decision making, and community-focused preventative care. Brian finds joy in spending time with his wife and daughter, walking his dog and tending to his backyard chickens, indulging in science fiction, and playing ultimate Frisbee and basketball.

Madison Residents

Kane Laks, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine
Undergraduate: St. Louis University

Kane Laks, MD is from Hannibal, MO. Kane studied Biology and French at Saint Louis University and earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine. Kane is committed to providing care for underserved and rural populations: in medical school, he volunteered at the student-run free clinic in Columbia, MO and rotated at the Menominee Tribal Clinic in Keshena, WI. Kane is also interested in academic medicine; as a medical student, he worked with his junior peers to teach them how to develop differential diagnoses, interpret lab results, and explore treatments. Kane is drawn to family medicine because the variety allows him to care for patients in clinics and hospitals and ranges from obstetrics to psychiatry to palliative care. His passion for working with underserved populations and his drive for life-long learning combine to create an evidence-based, nuanced approach to medicine that places the patient and the community at the center. Kane enjoys playing the clarinet and saxophone, learning more about the French language and culture, following the Oscars, reading fantasy and thriller novels, and cooking Indian food.

Madison Residents

Stephanie Liu, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Stephanie (Steph) Liu, MD approaches medicine with an awareness that patients place an extraordinary amount of trust in their doctors by sharing deeply personal stories and moments. She loves developing meaningful, long-lasting relationships with her patients of all ages. Steph is originally from Ann Arbor, MI and earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She earned her medical degree from the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. While in medical school, she helped develop a curriculum for teaching health literacy in partnership with a local agency that teaches adults who struggle with reading. This experience gave her an appreciation for the obstacles faced by patients with low health literacy and strengthened her commitment to patient education. Her interests in behavioral health and caring for young adults led her to join a research team on the topic of ADHD in adolescents. Steph is also interested in preventive medicine and weight-loss counseling. As a family physician, she is committed to being present for her patients, providing quality care, and helping them improve their health and their lives. Outside of medicine, Steph likes cooking and trying new recipes, listening to music, watching TV and movies, going to the gym, trivia, and pop culture.

Madison Residents

Eleanor Meisner, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Eleanor (Elle) Meisner, MD hails from Richmond, IL and received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While in college, Elle volunteered at the refugee center in Urbana and provided afterschool educational activities for first generation and immigrant children. Elle went on to attend the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and earned a master’s degree in Comparative Biosciences. Prior to starting medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford, she studied the role of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during early development in animal models and developed a passion for the crossover between basic science and clinical research. While in medical school, she volunteered in the homeless department at the underserved clinic in Rockford and saw firsthand the impact of social determinants of health, poor environments, and economic difficulties on patients’ lives and healthcare. This experience deeply impacted her career choice and she is focused on advocacy, health communication, evidence-based medicine and research, and geriatric, palliative, and preventative medicine. When she is not serving her community, Elle enjoys being outdoors, skiing, biking, hiking, yoga, and trail running. She also enjoys experimenting with new recipes and traveling.

Madison Residents

Ana Pearson, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburg

Ana Pearson, MD is from Hudson, WI and earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. While in high school and college, Ana worked as a certified nursing assistant at an assisted living facility, where she developed a passion for forming relationships with patients. In college, she worked on a research team that studied mental health in women and children; this fueled her interest in mental health and women’s health and how families and communities can impact individuals’ health. She also participated in a research trip to Bolivia to study mental health in the Quechua culture; she gained an immediate appreciation for the importance of incorporating patients’ backgrounds into their care plans. Ana attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and she served as the volunteer clinic coordinator at the Share the Health free women’s clinic in Madison. She also volunteered at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and in her community garden. Ana’s medical interests also include pediatrics, gender-affirming care, and providing care to the underserved. When Ana is not in the clinic or working in the community, she can be found gardening, cooking and baking, learning about film, watching Survivor, and reading good books.

Madison Residents

Melissa Ricker, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame

Melissa (Mel) Ricker, MD is from Green Bay, WI. She attended the University of Notre Dame and earned her bachelor’s degree in Science Pre-Professional Studies and Psychology. While in college, Mel worked as a certified nursing assistant, where she realized her love of working with geriatric patients, and learned the importance of doing all jobs, no matter how big or small, with compassion. Mel returned to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In medical school, she served in student government as a Class Representative and Student Body Vice President, where she developed an interest in medical student education while collecting feedback on the new ForWard curriculum. As a part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mel raised awareness of mental health illnesses in high school classrooms across Wisconsin. She also participated in a public health trip to Thailand where she developed a passion for improving health literacy. Her main interests within family medicine include pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, health literacy, and community engagement. She was drawn to family medicine because of the focus on taking care of the whole person and forming deep, long-term relationships with her patients. She cheers for the Packers, Fighting Irish, and Badgers and enjoys running, board games, being on the water, and singing karaoke.

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Stefanie Sippl, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin- La Crosse

Stefanie (Stef) Sippl, MD is drawn to family medicine because of the opportunity to form long-term relationships, care for whole families, and advocate for patients in the clinic, hospital, and community. Stef is originally from Wausau, WI and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Prior to medical school, she worked at the University of Minnesota in the Schulze Diabetes Institute. She returned to Wisconsin and earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Stef conducted research examining the practice locations of Wisconsin family medicine residency graduates in relation to three different measures of medical need, which highlighted the importance of providing care to underserved communities. This was emphasized by her rotation in Hayward, a small town in northern Wisconsin, where she gained insight into the value of full-spectrum family medicine in rural areas. Volunteering at the MEDiC student-run free clinics in Madison explicitly showed her the importance of considering all aspects of health in patient care. Beyond full-spectrum family medicine, she is passionate about women’s health, obstetrics, sports medicine, mental wellness, and care for the underserved. Stef likes ultimate frisbee, camping, hiking, knitting, playing board games, and spending time with friends, family, and her cats.

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Eartha Taylor, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Eartha (Zoë) Taylor, DO comes to medicine in response to witnessing the comforting hospice care provided to a close friend. She loves working with patients to optimize their health so that their lives can be lived to the fullest and she is passionate about providing quality patient-centered end-of-life care. Zoë grew up in Houston, TX, but considers Madison to be her adopted home. She has worked as an office administrator for several non-profit organizations, including a homeless services agency, where she developed a strong team-centered work ethic and learned firsthand the importance of empathy and meeting people where they are at on their journeys. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Zoë enjoys forming deep relationships with her patients and journeying alongside them as they receive care. It is important to her that all people, regardless of background or circumstances, receive high-quality care and is especially eager to provide size-neutral healthcare. She has strong interests in geriatrics, women’s health, and LBGT and gender-inclusive healthcare. Zoë enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, baking, German Wheel gymnastics, roller skating, and learning how to play the bagpipes.

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Justin Temple, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Justin Temple, MD’s approach to patient care is informed by the principles of addressing all aspects of a patient’s health, forming longitudinal relationships with patients, and advocating for their needs. The patient is always at the center of his care and he practices narrative-driven medicine. Justin is from Aurora, IL and earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. In medical school, Justin participated in a medical mission to the Dominican Republic and learned how care is provided in impoverished areas. He also volunteered with Chicago Street Medicine, a group which provides medical care to the homeless population of Chicago. Justin served as the vice president of his school’s Queers and Allies group and as the wellness representative for his medical school class. Justin conducted Type 1 diabetes research at Columbia University through a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases program. Justin’s medical interests include women’s health, LGBTQ health, HIV medicine, and providing quality care for underserved and Spanish speaking populations. Justin enjoys eating and exploring the food scene of each city he visits, watching bad reality TV, playing video games, and spending time with his friends, family, and cat.

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Nicole Altman, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Nicole Altman loves family medicine because of the lifelong relationships and connections that she builds with her patients. She is thrilled to provide care to whole families and communities. Nicole is from Merrill, WI. She earned both her undergraduate degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nicole is passionate about practicing family medicine in a rural Wisconsin community. She participated in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program and completed her clinical training in and around Marshfield, WI, where she gained a better appreciation and understanding of the unique health care challenges of rural Wisconsin. While in college, Nicole was a certified nursing assistant; this helped her develop a compassionate bedside manner and see the importance of maintaining patient dignity and autonomy. Nicole completed a Path of Distinction in Public Health and worked to improve the Marshfield community’s knowledge of NSAIDs through a media campaign she implemented. Nicole is passionate about primary care, rural medicine, public health, women’s health, pediatrics, and preventative medicine. Nicole enjoys getting outdoors and staying active. She likes to hike, fish, kayak, snowshoe, and camp. She also enjoys cooking, going to farmer’s markets, and playing with her wirehaired pointer.

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Anne Drolet, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Flint
Undergraduate: Central Michigan University

Anne Drolet is drawn to family medicine because she enjoys building relationships with patients and becoming a part of the community in which she lives and works. Anne grew up in Clarkston, MI and earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from Central Michigan University. She went on the earn a master’s degree in basic medical sciences from the Wayne State University School of Medicine before earning her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. While in medical school in Flint, Anne earned a certificate in public health and saw firsthand the importance of community resources to building and sustaining the health of a community. Anne’s special interests include women’s health, public health, research, interprofessional education, and advocacy. Anne’s term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians has helped her understand how medicine works at the larger level and has empowered her to advocate for change to better care for her patients. She also earned a certificate in interprofessional education and recognizes the importance of teamwork in providing care. She is interested in providing full spectrum care and helping whole families throughout all of life’s stages. Outside of medicine, Anne enjoys bouldering, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, and spending time with friends and family.

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Megan Dudek, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Megan Dudek is originally from Pulaski, WI and earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire prior to earning her medical degree from Des Moines University. Megan is interested in LGBT / Trans healthcare, mental wellness, integrative and preventative medicine, and nutrition. She chose family medicine so she can provide accepting, non-judgmental care to patients of all ages and identities. She served as a leader in her medical school’s Gay Straight Alliance Club and provided input on the new gender identity portion of the electronic medical record that was being implemented at one of her clinical rotation sites. While in medical school, Megan volunteered at a free clinic where she learned first-hand about the disparities and medical needs of her community. Megan also has a strong interest in mental health compassion and care. After witnessing the struggles of her peers and loved ones, she became involved with stress management groups and other projects to help others express their struggles in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. Megan is committed to helping her patients live healthy lives by promoting disease prevention and nutrition. Megan’s hobbies include kayaking, playing board games, cooking, baking, and walking, hiking, and snuggling with her two huskies.

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Brenna Gibbons, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: Luther College

Brenna Gibbons grew up in the tiny town of Coon Valley, WI, nestled in the Driftless area. Brenna moved to Decorah, IA to earn her degree in biology. While in Decorah, she coached collegiate basketball, volunteered with Iowa Hospice and a free clinic, and gained an appreciation for tightly knit communities. Brenna returned to Wisconsin to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While in Madison, Brenna co-founded the Alumnus Project, a non-profit organization promoting cycling in the Madison area and encouraging kids to ride bikes. This experience blended her passions of sports and public health, and she organized a seminar for cyclists on concussion recognition and safe return to sports. Brenna also served as a coach for the Allied Running Club to promote healthy lifestyles. Brenna is drawn to family medicine because it provides the opportunity to meet the needs of the community through inpatient, outpatient, obstetrical, and pediatric care. She is also interested in palliative care, women’s health, hospital medicine, and medical ethics. In her free time, Brenna enjoys singing and playing with her family band, competitive cycling, running, fishing, coaching youth athletics, and writing.

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Tyler Grunow, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Tyler (Ty) Grunow is dedicated to the broad scope of practice of family medicine and developing personal, long-lasting relationships with his patients. His goal is to work with patients to improve their health by preventing disabling and costly chronic diseases and providing evidence-based care. By partnering with each of his patients, Ty hopes to transform the health of his whole community. Originally from Dodgeville, WI, Ty attended the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he majored in biology. Before starting medical school, Ty worked as a medical scribe in the emergency room at St. Mary’s Hospital. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While in medical school, Ty was part of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program and completed his clinical rotations at the La Crosse Gunderson campus. While in medical school, Ty organized and participated in training exercises for local EMS squads to improve the care provided for severe rural and farm injuries. As a public health intern with the Jackson County Public Health Department, he developed educational materials about infectious diseases and vaccinations and developed emergency preparedness plans for tornado and thunderstorm disasters. In his spare time, Ty enjoys exercising, playing with his dog, and spending time with his friends and family.

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Danielle Hartwig, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Danielle Hartwig is drawn to family medicine because she enjoys forming long-term relationships with patients and because of the broad scope of practice. She approaches each individual patient as their teammate, support system, teacher, cheerleader, and physician. She has special interests in maternity care, women’s health, and procedures. Danielle is from New Berlin, WI and she earned both her undergraduate degree in medical microbiology and immunology and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to starting medical school, she worked as a lab technician at the Medical College of Wisconsin. While in medical school, she volunteered at the MEDiC student-run free clinics and served in a medical leadership role where she learned more about Madison’s public health needs. Danielle is interested in fostering inter-professional communication and participated in a “nursing for medical students” program at the VA Hospital. Danielle enjoys watching Badger football and hockey, playing board games and trivia, knitting, and spending time with her husband. She will also try to befriend every cat that she meets.

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Melanie Hellrood, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin Central Campus
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Melanie Hellrood values the relationships she is privileged to build with her patients as she cares for all ages and stages of patients’ lives. Melanie grew up in Mosinee, WI and earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Before medical school, she was an AmeriCorps member and helped coordinate a program for first-generation middle school students, which focused on career exploration and college readiness. Melanie earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin Central Wisconsin campus, where she helped start the Family and Rural Medicine Student Organization. Melanie has been an on-call sexual assault response advocate, which has strengthened her passion for women’s health and taught her how deeply trauma affects people. Along with this, she has worked with a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention program in local high schools to assess the effectiveness of their prevention education. Melanie is also interested in maternity care, underserved medicine, palliative care, rural health, and adolescent medicine. Outside of medicine, Melanie can be found in nature hiking and getting lost in new places. She also enjoys painting, cooking, baking, frequenting ice cream shops, and listening to live music.

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Elise Malzer, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Elise Malzer is drawn to family medicine because of the long-term relationships that she builds with her patients. Elise is originally from Chicago, IL, where she spent her early years, and moved to La Crosse, WI prior to starting school. Elise earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Chicago. Elise developed an interest in mental health through her work as a dormitory counselor and special education teaching assistant at a residential psychiatric school prior to starting medical school. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is passionate about advocacy, women’s health, and obstetrics. As the president of the University of Wisconsin’s Medical Students for Choice group, she worked with students, faculty, and local activists and lawmakers to advocate for women’s reproductive healthcare needs. She also submitted testimony on several Wisconsin bills that would impact the quality and availability of graduate medical education in the state. In her free time, Elise enjoys running, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, cooking, baking (especially sourdough), fly fishing, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Thomas Ridella, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Flint
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame

Thomas (Tom) Ridella is originally from Detroit, MI. He is drawn to family medicine because of the long term relationships with patients, the full-spectrum of care, and the positive impact primary care physicians have on both their patients and their community. Tom majored in preprofessional studies and minored in science, technology, and values at the University of Notre Dame and earned his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Tom earned a public health certificate and has been extensively involved with improving community health and advocating for the needs of individuals and whole communities. In Flint, Tom helped organize a free dental and health screening fair and in Lansing, he volunteered with the prescription assistance program at a free clinic. He completed a research project on Adverse Childhood Experiences and worked with an organization to help teach a resiliency model and connect people with community resources. He is also interested in preventative medicine, sports medicine, and procedures. Tom enjoys all sports, especially golf, basketball, running, and squash. He can often be found exploring local coffee shops and all of the best brunch spots.

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Jeremiah Shaw, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: The Ohio State University
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University

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 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. During his time on the committee, the free clinic expanded to include a free refill pharmacy, full EMR integration, improved social work and behavioral health services, specialist care, legal counsel, and an onsite food pantry. Jeremiah is also interested in integrative medicine in the holistic care of both patients and physicians. As president of the Students for Integrative Medicine, he promoted yoga, meditation, relaxation stations, difficult discussion groups, and the creation of a wellness room to encourage access to integrative health. His medical interests also include community medicine, obstetrics, women’s health, population health, advocacy, and care for the underserved. Jeremiah enjoys outdoor activities, running, yoga, meditation, piano, and anything that keeps him inspired and imaginative.

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AJ Sheehan, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College

Andrew (A.J.) Sheehan brings empathy and attentive listening to each patient to build a strong, trusting relationship that allows patients to open up about their physical and mental health. A.J. has lived in Danville, PA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Madison, WI, Northfield, MN, and Des Moines, IA. He attended St. Olaf College and earned his degree in English. He earned his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, A.J. was awarded the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Teaching Fellowship which allowed him to spend an extra year in medical school caring for patients in the OMM clinic and teaching the OMM course to junior medical students. From this, A.J. developed a strong passion for medical education and advocacy. He is a strong advocate for mental health, has worked to de-stigmatize mental health issues for patients and contributed to a task force with the Iowa Medical Society on combating physician burnout. A.J. is also interested in sports medicine. His hobbies include hockey and other sports, reading and writing, cheering on the Badgers and the Packers, and hanging out with his dog, Enzo.

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Laura Shingleton, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Laura Shingleton is driven by learning about people’s stories, cultures, and languages through her interactions with patients and through her travels. Laura grew up in Baltimore, MD and attended Johns Hopkins University, where she studied the Writing Seminars and Russian. She earned a master’s degree in the biological sciences form the Drexel University College of Medicine. Prior to starting medical school, Laura moved to Xela, Guatemala without knowing Spanish and had to quickly learn how to communicate in a new language and culture. She took the lessons learned during this experience with her to Maine, where she earned her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, Laura volunteered in Bolivia and studied HIV mortality. Laura is drawn to family medicine because of the capacity to develop strong relationships with patients that are built in the context of both health and disease. Laura is interested in working with people of all ages and has strong interests in osteopathic manipulative treatment, obstetrics, and caring for underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad. Laura enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, reading nonfiction, writing, enjoying live music, and playing the harp.

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Neal Smith, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin Central Campus
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Neal Smith is from Verona, WI and takes great honor and humility in the responsibility he has to care for patients. Neal earned his degree in community health education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. He went on to serve as a health extension agent in the Peace Corps in Cambodia. He provided health education on many topics, including childhood nutrition and sanitation. Neal returned to Wisconsin to attend medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin Central Campus. As a member of the new campus, he helped establish new student groups on campus, including the cultural competency and medical Spanish student group. While in Wausau, he worked with the Marathon County Child Development Agency to develop and implement a project to identify and address the barriers to receiving dental health care for children enrolled in Head Start in Marathon County. Neal has strong passions for community medicine, mental health, point of care ultrasound, and advocating for the needs of rural underserved patients. Neal is always looking for opportunities to play soccer, disk golf, and to go downhill skiing. He enjoys watching Wisconsin sports teams with friends and family and joking about fantasy football.

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Jake Starsiak, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Gregory (Jake) Starsiak thrives on meeting people from diverse backgrounds, learning their stories, and advocating for their care. Jake grew up in New Berlin, WI and attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, earning a degree in biology. Jake went on to volunteer with Americorps in Boston, MA. In Boston, he learned firsthand how to be a community advocate and how to focus on all aspects of healthcare. Jake earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, Jake also earned an MBA in Healthcare Leadership from Rockhurst University. Jake is interested in osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine, and full spectrum family medicine. He is also interested in community health and advocacy, global health, medical practice management, and group-based health visits. In medical school, Jake was part of a group that provided group-based family nutrition education to combat childhood obesity. He was also the president of his class, where he learned how to be a leader in medical education and emphasize mental health and wellbeing for medical trainees. Outside of medicine, Jake enjoys hockey, soccer, running, and playing with his dog. He also enjoys travel, roadside attractions, storytelling, museums, inventing games, and lake life.

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Nick Sullivan, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Creighton University

Nicholas (Nick) Sullivan grew up in Naperville, IL. He studied exercise science and Spanish at Creighton University. While at Creighton, he worked as a patient advocate and interpreter in a federally qualified health center where he worked to overcome existing healthcare inequities and learned that quality healthcare is more than just physical health. Nick attended the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine to earn a master of arts in bioethics as well as a medical degree. As an osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) fellow, Nick spent a year teaching junior medical students physical exam skills, clinical medicine, and OMM while learning skills in teaching methods and adult learning theory. Nick participated in medical trips to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala, where his Spanish improved and he developed a passion for caring for Hispanic and Latino communities. Nick is drawn to family medicine by the breadth, continuity, and comprehensiveness of care he can provide to his patients. His specific interests include full spectrum medicine including OB, newborn, and pediatric care, nutrition and wellness, and bioethics and social determinants of health. Nick enjoys running, basketball, tennis, board and card games, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and the Creighton Bluejays. He also enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and sampling coffees.

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Morgan White, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Michigan Medical School
Undergraduate: Yale University

Morgan White sees family medicine as a platform to address healthcare disparities affecting underserved communities, with a particular emphasis on the African-American population. Morgan is from Crystal Lake, IL and earned her undergraduate degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University. She went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. While in medical school, Morgan served as president and treasurer of the Black Medical Association. She has committed herself to addressing issues affecting the healthcare needs of the black community and supporting the educational pipeline to train more black doctors. Morgan forms deep relationships with each of her patients, from birth through old age, in sickness and in disease prevention. In medical school, Morgan completed a month-long palliative care rotation, during which she learned how to have important, difficult conversations with her patients about their end-of-life care. For Morgan, medicine is more than just physical conditions and treatments; it is about relationships, values, and creating communities that promote health. Morgan enjoys traveling with friends, including trips to Barbados and Thailand while in medical school. She also enjoys cheering for the Michigan Wolverine football and basketball teams, cooking, and taking scenic walks.

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Megan Bartz, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Megan Bartz chose family medicine because it provides longitudinal care, fosters strong relationships with patients, and cares for all people. She grew up in Eau Claire, WI, and earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. While in La Crosse, Megan helped support and connect with families and patients while volunteering with hospice. She then went on to pursue her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As a medical student, she served as a leader in the Family Medicine Interest Group and helped organize a Wellness Day at Lakeview Elementary. She also collected warm clothing for Madison-area homeless shelters. She finds great joy in giving back to her community and listens to each patient with compassion as they share their story. She cares for her patients’ whole health and incorporates eating, exercise, better sleep, social health, spiritual health, and environmental health into a patient’s goals. In addition to her interests in whole health, she is also passionate about obstetric care and women’s health. Outside of medicine, Megan’s hobbies include cooking, dog agility, playing the harp, and reading.

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Taylor Boland, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame

Taylor Boland views family medicine as more than just patient care. Although she is especially interested in rural, addiction, and integrative medicine, women’s health, and end of life care, Taylor is also active in advocacy and community engagement. Taylor is from rural Stoddard, WI (near La Crosse). She received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. Taylor returned to Wisconsin to earn her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Taylor is an advocate, having been involved with professional societies, writing resolutions and advocating for a variety of policies including infant mortality, opioid use, and alcohol abuse. She has met with legislators on several occasions to discuss upcoming bills and how they impact the healthcare system. While in medical school, Taylor created “Every Patient Has a Story” which is a narrative medicine project that interviews hospital patients about their life stories in order to provide more holistic care and better understand their medical needs. Taylor also traveled to China to learn about their healthcare system and how to incorporate integrative medicine techniques to supplement Western medicine. Taylor can often be found outdoors running, hunting, and sailing or cheering on the Badgers and the Packers.

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Jonathan Christ, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Jonathan (Jon) Christ enjoys partnering with his patients to work collaboratively to achieve their health goals. Jon is originally from Kalamazoo, MI and attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree in human biology. After graduating from Michigan State, Jon earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. While in medical school, Jon volunteered at many organizations in downtown Detroit to provide medical and social services to the homeless population. This included providing care, making and distributing meals, and working to clean up polluted areas. Jon’s interest in family medicine stems from his experience rotating in inner-city hospitals in Detroit as well as coordinating blood pressure screenings for senior citizens. Jon strives to build strong relationships with each of his patients so he can better understand their medical, social, and family situations to provide the best care. Jon has a special interest in sports medicine, but he is always looking forward to work with all patients and conditions. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing golf and basketball. He also unwinds by spending time near water – on a lake or beach – while reading.

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Diana Cowdrey, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Diana Cowdrey chose to become a family doctor because of the care they provide throughout a patient’s entire life. Diana is from Cambridge, MA, but came to the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her undergraduate degree in biology and for an additional research year in the Department of Neuroscience. She completed the intensive honors biology program and served as a peer mentor and peer mentor coordinator. While there, Diana also played on the UW Women’s Club Ice Hockey team. She then returned to Cambridge to earn her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Diana worked with a pediatric oncology patient as part of her support team during all her appointments and hospitalizations. Diana also worked as a senior medical student to dissect ahead of the first year anatomy class and to teach them the subject material as well as help them with their own dissections. Within family medicine, Diana is particularly interested in musculoskeletal and sports medicine. She believes that every individual should be active and hopes to treat everyone from those just finding their inner athlete to professional athletes. Diana enjoys playing hockey, watching college football, playing with dogs, sailing, and fitness.

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Robert Freidel, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Robert (Bob) Freidel has wide ranging interests, which is why he enjoys family medicine. Bob grew up in a small town called Byron just outside of Rockford, IL. Bob was raised amongst cows and cornfields, and grew to appreciate rural and urban living and hoped to one day serve people from all walks of life. Bob studied biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating, he worked at Epic Systems Corporation where he focused on software for ambulatory clinics and federal regulations. Bob earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. While in Rockford, Bob analyzed Rockford’s social and economic factors of health and identified root causes of poor health and provided recommendations to community leaders and agencies. Among his many interests in providing full-spectrum family medicine, Bob seeks to understand social and economic factors of health – and take action to improve them. Bob also wants to provide preventive healthcare, inspire lifestyle modification, better utilize healthcare information technology, and advocate for primary care at all levels. Outside of work, Bob can be found snow- and water-skiing, running, or trying new things.

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Parker Hanson, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

For Parker Hanson, being a ‘good’ doctor means having the skills to treat both acute and chronic illnesses and address mental as well as physical ailments. He strives to be a doctor who builds trusting relationships with patients and works passionately to prevent illness as well as treat it. Parker calls both Sioux Falls, SD and Minneapolis, MN home. He studied biology, society, and the environment at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. As a pre-med undergraduate, he served on the board of Colleges Against Cancer to organize the annual Relay for Life event held at the University of Minnesota as well as other fundraiser and awareness campaigns for different types of cancer. Parker attended medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. While there, he volunteered at the Friday Night Lights clinic to assess and treat injuries sustained during the regional football games. Parker is dedicated to providing care for all patients across their lives, and he has special interests in sports medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and non-opioid pain management. He is also interested in research. In his free time, Parker likes to spend time with his wife and golden retriever, Bella. He also enjoys playing basketball, running, and golfing.

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James Ircink, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame

James Ircink brings a holistic perspective to help patients pursue and maintain wellness in the context of their beliefs, values, family, and community. A native Madisonian, James attended the University of Notre Dame to study business administration. While in college, James was an amateur boxer which taught him that fighting for a purpose can make challenges surmountable and sacrifices meaningful. After working in Chicago and later at Epic as a financial analyst, James had a change of heart that led him to earn his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While in medical school, James volunteered at free clinics and with community outreach groups that serve unsheltered women and men. This compelled him to research and advocate for policy and systemic changes to extend healthcare “beyond clinic walls” to people who are unable to access the medical system. James is interested in full-spectrum primary care, care of vulnerable and unsheltered populations, procedures, humanism, technology in primary care, medical ethics, and health care economics. His hobbies include staying active, brewing coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

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Allison Jenness, MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Allison Jenness is drawn to family medicine by the strong patient – physician relationships that form and enhance patient care. Within family medicine, she is interested in geriatrics, women’s health, adolescent medicine, and global health. Allison is originally from Prior Lake, MN and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for her undergraduate degree. She earned her medical degree at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Allison was a peer tutor for three years in medical school, where she refined her teaching skills and she is looking forward to teaching opportunities during residency. Allison was also the president of the International Health Interest Group which allowed her to grow her communication and teamwork skills with patients and colleagues. Her experiences in Chicago and in Billings, MT, where she spent half of her third year, gave her the opportunity to see how medicine is practiced throughout the United States and cemented for her the fact that all people face similar healthcare triumphs and struggles. Allison loves to travel both across the US and abroad so she can learn more about people, cultures, and herself. Cooking and baking are great stress relievers for Allison and it is always rewarding for her to share her creations with others.

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Mark Matusak, DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

For Mark Matusak, family medicine provides the versatility to fuse his many interests. He enjoys the relationships with his patients and opportunities to give back to the community. Mark is originally from Torrance, CA and studied integrative biology and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, Mark ran track and cross-country, received All-American honors, and ran under four-minutes in the mile. This, along with his research on lactate metabolism during exercise, fostered his passion for exercise as medicine. Mark earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was selected to be a predoctoral Anatomy and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine teaching fellow where he honed his osteopathic skill and developed his passion for medical education. Mark was also involved with the Let’s Go program where he worked with children in Maine to promote healthy lifestyles to prevent childhood obesity. Mark is inspired by the impact family physicians have on patients and communities through full-spectrum family medicine; he has special interests in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), sports medicine, preventive medicine, integrative medicine, and procedures. Mark enjoys running, cycling, cooking, travel, photography, and rooting for Aaron Rodgers.

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Samantha Mayhew, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Indiana University

Samantha (Sam) Mayhew loves small town rural medicine, women’s health, and geriatrics. Originally from Delphi, IN, Sam earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University. During her junior year, she traveled to Honduras for a week to help educate children about healthy habits, build showers and bathrooms, and do other renovations for the homes. After graduating from Indiana University, Sam attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. While in medical school, Sam was involved in community outreach, including mentoring a middle school girl and participating in geriatric events and fundraisers such as the Alzheimer’s Walk. Sam was a Geriatric Medical Student Scholar. She enjoys the close relationships she develops with her patients and their families. Between her first and second years of medical school, Sam worked at Johns Hopkins University doing research on the communication between caregivers and elderly patients in an adult day care center. She works daily to show that good health is more than being free from disease – it is about lifestyle, access to healthcare, and building a strong social network. Sam enjoys playing tennis, kayaking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends, her boyfriend, and their puppy.

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Carly Salter, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Carly Salter is interested in providing continuity care for families and underserved populations and women’s health. Carly is originally from Fond du Lac, WI and earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. During college, she participated in a 2-week mission trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua where she traveled to remote communities with minimal access to healthcare. From this, she gained perspective on poverty’s influence on health. Carly earned her medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Carly volunteered at the student-run free health clinic in the underserved urban community of North St. Louis where she gained experience with trauma-informed care and the barriers faced by marginalized populations. As a result of the unrest and dialogue following Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, which happened one week after starting medical school, Carly engaged the local community in conversations about socioeconomic status and ways to collaborate and make a difference. Carly seeks to understand her patients’ stories and experiences so she can provide compassionate care for each individual. When she has some free time, Carly enjoys figure skating, horseback riding, walks in the park, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

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Stacy Schley, MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Undergraduate: Lasell College

Stacey Schley comes to Madison with a strong interest in sports medicine and preventive and lifestyle medicine. Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Stacey earned her undergraduate degree in sports science from Lasell College. She earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she founded the school’s Sports Medicine Student Interest Group and provided medical coverage for sporting events. While in medical school, she implemented and instructed an ultrasound elective for 1st and 2nd year medical students. During her 3rd and 4th years of medical school, Stacey provided medical coverage for the NHL Prospect Tournament / Detroit Red Wings Training Camp. Throughout medical school, Stacey was a mentor and exercise instructor for FitKids360, a multidisciplinary childhood obesity program. Stacey has a background in personal training and she is excited to work with her patients to manage acute and chronic conditions as well as partner with individual patients and whole communities on the preventive aspects of health and well-being. She wishes to establish long-lasting relationships with each of her patients to encourage them to achieve their health goals. Stacey enjoys weightlifting, baking, hiking, and boating on Lake Michigan with her family and friends.

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Nicholas Squires, MD

Location: Belleville Center – RHET

Medical school: Tulane University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Nicholas (Nick) Squires is drawn to the broad scope of family medicine, both in caring for babies to adults to seniors, and having direct positive impacts on lives through outpatient and inpatient care. Nick is a native Wisconsinite, hailing from Altoona (near Eau Claire). He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls before moving to Minneapolis for 2 years. He then earned his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. Nick’s family medicine clerkship in Opelousas, LA showed him what kind of doctor he wanted to be – one that fosters strong relationships with patients, sees a wide variety of conditions, and does many procedures. This experience also showed him the benefits of practicing rural medicine and living in a small town. He looks forward to knowing each of his patients personally and adapting his care for their unique situations. In his patient care, Nick focuses on prevention and follow-up as he works with patients to manage acute and chronic illnesses. Outside of medicine, Nick enjoys playing video games and chess, reading fantasy novels, and exploring nature through hiking and fishing.

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Andrea Suarez, MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate: Hamline University

Andrea Suarez is dedicated to the care of underserved communities and addressing health disparities. Andrea calls Lima, Peru and Portland, OR her hometowns. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Hamline University before attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Andrea also participated in a year-long cultural exchange program in Munich, Germany. Andrea is interested in preventive and global health. In medical school, she participated in a global health trip to China in 2014 and a global health elective in Peru in 2017. She also was involved in the Latino Medical Student Association and volunteered at student-run free clinics for uninsured patients. Andrea has led events to raise awareness of health issues that disproportionately affect diverse communities as well as worked to recruit more diverse clinicians to the health professions. She wants to partner with patients and communities to address poverty, lack of healthcare access, and resource deprivation. She has also worked with child health advocacy and kids’ safety improvement programs across Wisconsin. When she is not caring for patients, Andrea enjoys barbequing, dancing, hiking and other outdoor activities, learning languages, playing soccer, and enjoying live music festivals.

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Alexandra Wolf, DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Marquette University

Alexandra (Allie) Wolf is a native Wisconsinite from Green Bay. For Allie, medicine is about taking care of more than just the patient in front of her; it is about the person’s family and communities, which is why she focuses on multigenerational patient-centered care. She is inspired by each person’s unique background and story. Allie earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Marquette University. Before starting medical school, Allie worked at a medical scribe company where she joined the Board of Directors and helped set up new scribe programs across the nation. Allie attended the A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as president of the school’s chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, where she expanded leadership opportunities on the board and helped raise nearly $10,000 for St. Baldrick’s to benefit child cancer research. Allie was also involved in the Diversity Club and coordinated the first annual Cultural Diffusion Show. Allie is interested in providing full-spectrum family medicine, including inpatient and outpatient care with OMT, in rural, underserved communities. Allie can often be found singing, running, hiking, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, playing with Taco, her Chihuahua mix, or just enjoying newlywed life with her husband who shares her passion for being a foodie.