Madison Residents

Nicole Altman, MD

Location: Belleville Center

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

Brenna Gibbons, MD

Location: Belleville Center

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

Taylor Boland, MD

Location: Belleville Center

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

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.

Madison Residents

Stacy Schley, MD

Location: Verona Center

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

Stacy Schley comes to Madison with a strong interest in sports medicine and preventive and lifestyle medicine. Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Stacy 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, Stacy provided medical coverage for the NHL Prospect Tournament / Detroit Red Wings Training Camp. Throughout medical school, Stacy was a mentor and exercise instructor for FitKids360, a multidisciplinary childhood obesity program. Stacy 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. Stacy enjoys weightlifting, baking, hiking, and boating on Lake Michigan with her family and friends.

Madison Residents

Nicholas Squires, MD

Location: Belleville Center

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.

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John Yeakel, MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

John Yeakel finds great joy in the privilege of building friendships as he cares for his patients and empowers them to make important decisions about their own healthcare. John is originally from Mazeppa, MN. Throughout high school and college, John worked as a nursing assistant at a nursing home. He treasured the bonds and friendships he formed with the residents and credits them for helping him choose family medicine. John earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse before attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. While in medical school, John was a member of the Rural Physician Associate Program which allowed him to complete his rotations in Albert Lea, MN; he loved living in a smaller community away from the noise of the big city. It was here that his love of rural healthcare was cemented. He is drawn to family medicine because of the wide variety of settings in which he can practice and the deep friendships he can cultivate with patients. In addition to providing full spectrum care, John is especially interested in palliative care and helping patients prepare advance directives for end of life care. John enjoys cooking, fitness (including running and yoga), and reading.

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Jeffrey Berry MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Missouri – Columbia
Undergraduate: University of Missouri – Columbia

Jeffrey Berry, originally from Kansas City, MO, earned his undergraduate degree in biology and his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to starting his medical education, Jeff taught sex-ed and nutrition classes to elementary and high school students on the west side of Chicago as an AmeriCorps Health Educator. During medical school, Jeff served as the Specialty Services Director for MedZou, a medical-student-run free clinic. In addition to serving the Columbia, MO underprivileged population, Jeff extended his passion for serving the underserved by working to address health inequities nationwide. He also provided care on a Navajo reservation in Crownpoint, NM with the Indian Health Service. His spirit of caring and his attraction to the intellectual rigors of family medicine informed his decision to specialize in family medicine; Jeff comes to the Madison Family Medicine Residency after falling in love with the specialty during his third-year family medicine clerkship. He credits his mentors with guiding him to his interests in outpatient procedures, chronic disease management, inpatient medicine, and musculoskeletal / sports medicine. Outside of medicine, Jeff enjoys canoeing and hiking, disc golf, music and science fiction, and cheering for the Kansas City Royals.

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Alyssa Bruehlman MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Emory University

Alyssa Bruehlman developed her interest in the holistic approach to health during her career as a professional dancer. After graduating from Emory University with a BA in Dance and Movement Studies, Alyssa moved to New York City to pursue a professional dance career and recognized how detrimental it can be to feel disconnected. She attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine so that she could form restorative relationships with those who are least-connected to the healthcare system. In medical school, she helped to start an academic-public partnership between the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a rural county health department in West Virginia. Alyssa was also active in developing her medical school’s Social Medicine Curriculum to more systematically introduce aspiring physicians to ways to address the social determinants of health. She has specific interests in addiction medicine, behavioral health, care of the underserved, and disability medicine. In her life away from the clinic, Alyssa can be found spending time with family and friends while running, swimming, or hiking and building relationships over home cooked meals.

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Karyn Cecele MD

Location: Belleville Center

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

For Karyn Cecele Wisconsin is home; she was born in Black River Falls and has lived in La Crosse for most of her adult life. She earned her undergraduate degrees in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before attending the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for her medical degree as part of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. Karyn’s personal experiences, as well as her volunteer work, have influenced her approach to recognize the complex social factors that influence health. In medical school, Karyn volunteered with the Medical Students Offering Maternal Support program where she promoted the wellbeing of a pregnant mom who was recovering from opioid addiction. She also found incredible joy in introducing newborns to parents for the first time during her third and fourth year OB rotations. Karyn is passionate about caring for the whole person and she plans to practice in a rural area. She cares deeply about rural health equity, women’s health, LGBT health, and mental health. Karyn is an avid reader with a current interest in leadership skills and autobiographies of women. She enjoys hiking, dogs, gardening, and wild berry picking. Family is important to Karyn and she finds joy in spending time with her wife, two daughters, and her grandchildren.

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Rachel Erickson DO

Location: Verona Center

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

Rachel Erickson has a strong passion for encouraging healthy lifestyles through preventive primary care and sports medicine. Originally from Iron Mountain, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at St. Norbert College. Before earning her medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rachel worked as a medical assistant at a rheumatology and pain medicine clinic in Lansing, MI. While in medical school, her love of sports led her to work with local race organizers and high school football teams to provide care and osteopathic manual medicine for athletes. Her passion for the underserved took her to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, where she treated Dominican and Haitian patients. She also served as the ACOFP National Liaison for her medical school. Rachel revels in anything and everything to do with the great outdoors, especially hiking, kayaking, and running. She also enjoys playing soccer and convincing her 8o-pound rescue dog that he’s not allergic to exercise. Ultimately, Rachel wants to provide care in underserved rural areas in order to give back to communities like hers that have given her so much.

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Kelli Heinrich MD

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Vassar College

Though Kelli Heinrich grew up in Los Angeles, the Midwest has become her adoptive home. After earning her BA in biochemistry at Vassar College, Kelli moved to Chicago for medical school where Chicago stole her heart and caused her to fall in love with the Midwest. She entered the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine with a strong interest in women’s health and obstetrics. An immersion trip to Corozal Town, Belize, reinforced Kelli’s belief that learning patients’ stories is the best way to partner with them. While completing her family medicine clerkship, Kelli realized that her calling was to be a generalist that cared for both moms and babies, children and adults, the sick and the well. She appreciates the unique family medicine philosophy of care, and she looks forward to the beauty of being a family doctor whose focus is on the full lives of her patients. By listening to the stories of her patients, Kelli partners with them to identify and dismantle barriers to health. Outside of medicine, Kelli enjoys drinking good wine and eating good food. She has recently taken up quilting, which has proved to be a great hobby during the long, Midwestern winters.

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Ezra Lyon MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: Ohio State University Medical School
Undergraduate: Carleton College

Ezra Lyon originally from Galesburg, IL, earned his BA in biology at Carleton College. Before starting medical school at the Ohio State University, Ezra worked for 6 years as a computational biologist in Madison. While in medical school, he continued his work in bioinformatics and helped develop assays to identify mutations in cancer cells. Ezra’s research informed his clinical work as he volunteered at free clinics in Columbus throughout medical school. During his fourth year, he worked with the Mt. Carmel Homeless Outreach Team as well as provided rural, full-spectrum family care at the Menominee Tribal Clinic in Keshena, WI. As Ezra returns to Madison for residency, he hopes to learn how to best provide full-spectrum family medicine with a focus on underserved communities and preventive medicine at the individual and community levels. His other interests include the integration of mental health into primary care, adolescent medicine, low-intervention childbirth, and expanding the role of point of care ultrasound in family medicine. Ezra enjoys reading and hiking; he cherishes playing games with his two children.

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Sadie Mitten MD

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Sadie Mitten, originally from Tomahawk, WI, earned her BS in biology and gender & women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. During medical school, Sadie’s passion for international medicine led her to rural Uganda where she learned about improving health in underserved regions. Her interest in the social determinants of health also led her to complete research on morbidity and mortality outcomes of alcoholism in elderly patients. Sadie served as president of MedFLAG, an organization that promotes improved patient-physician relationships, physician education, and community resource development for the health needs of the LGBTQ community. She connected to the community by volunteering for Fit Kids 360, a program for children and families that promotes physical and mental health. She hopes to practice full spectrum women’s health and obstetrics, international medicine, and LGBTQ health. Sadie loves reading new books and wandering through bookstores, listening to live music, spending time with family, traveling the world, exploring the outdoors, hiking, camping, swimming, and water-skiing.

Madison Residents

Mehwish Moinuddin DO, MA

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Mehwish Moinuddin comes to the Madison Family Medicine Residency Program with a passion for serving her community by fostering interdisciplinary partnerships. Originally from Burr Ridge, IL, Mehwish earned her BA in sociology from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, she worked as a student athletic trainer where she was first introduced to team-based care; this collaborative experience led to her to consider a career as a family medicine physician. After graduating from Northwestern, she went on to earn an MA from Midwestern University before attending Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, Mehwish worked as a clinical research coordinator at a cystic fibrosis center. She was also involved with many community organizations throughout the Las Vegas area. Her willingness to serve led her to participate in a medical outreach trip to Guatemala with DO Care International. Her experiences have resulted in sports medicine, preventive medicine, and global health as key areas of interest. Mehwish enjoys educating and empowering her patients to prevent disease. Mehwish relaxes by reading, hiking, baking, and doing Pilates.

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Evan Nolander DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, MN

Evan Nolander advocates for the health of his patients and community by learning and telling patients’ stories. His own story began in Albert Lea, MN, where Evan was born and raised; he earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Evan then moved to Boulder, CO to serve in the AmeriCorps where he learned the importance of community activism and patient empowerment. He attended medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. While there, he served as the president of KCU’s Missouri Osteopathic Student Association. As a member of the Executive Board for the Diversity Learning Series, Evan introduced his peers to his areas of interest: economically and racially underserved populations and LGBTQ healthcare. Evan is committed to community medicine with a focus on the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in U.S. healthcare and is completing his residency in Family Medicine to be on the front lines of change. When Evan is not advocating for patients, he can be found travelling, backpacking, camping, or snowboarding. He also enjoys attending concerts, playing music, spending time with his family, and enjoying a meal with his fiancé.

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Nina Piazza MD

Location: Wingra Center

Medical school: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Undergraduate: Williams College

Nina Piazza is committed to the well-being of her community. Originally from Rochester, NY, Nina earned her undergraduate degree in biology and Chinese from Williams College. She taught at an elementary school in rural China where she saw firsthand the effects of the social determinants of health. Upon returning to the U.S., Nina attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she was involved in medical education; she designed lectures and led small group sessions for a medical education pathway. Nina also served her local community by mentoring an inner-city teenager with developmental delays as well as conducting research on long-acting reversible contraceptive use among inner-city teenagers. She helped establish and lead a new student-run free clinic in Rochester. Nina was drawn to family medicine because of its focus on serving the underserved and on forming longitudinal relationships with patients. She is especially interested in women’s health, medical academics, and working with urban underserved populations. To unwind, Nina enjoys hiking, canoeing, baking, and cooking. She can also be found playing percussion and screening independent movies.

Madison Residents

Kelsey Schmidt MD

Location: Belleville Center

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

For Kelsey Schmidt family medicine is about two things: care and the community. A native Wisconsinite, Kelsey earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary; in medical school, she travelled to Nepal to work as a Quality Improvement facilitator. These experiences led Kelsey to see the parallels between the community approaches to health in rural Wisconsin and communities thousands of miles from home. She took the lessons learned in Nepal back to the Monroe Clinic where she worked to improve the Community Care program. She also assisted with health literacy projects and volunteered with homeless families through the Road Home and Family Promise organizations. In the clinic, Kelsey delights in being able to hear her patients’ stories and learn from their life lessons as she gets to know and provide care for many generations of the same family. Kelsey enjoys running, cooking, and traveling, and she remains connected to her Wisconsin heritage by catching a Badger basketball game and spending time on her husband’s farm near Monroe, WI.

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Kristi Smith DO

Location: Verona Center

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Undergraduate: University of Central Oklahoma

Kristi Smith’s approach to patient care is informed by her first-hand experiences: she doesn’t just treat diseases, she cares for people. Originally from Ada, OK, Kristi relocated to the Oklahoma City area after high school. Prior to earning her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kristi worked as a medical assistant in a family medicine clinic. While working with patients whose health worsened because of missed warning signs, she developed a passion for family medicine. In medical school, she completed rotations in Kenya and Guatemala which reinforced her desire to provide quality local and global preventive medicine in resource-limited areas. In addition to these interests, she is also attracted to osteopathic manual medicine and addiction medicine. Kristi has also been involved in her community by tutoring school-aged children in reading. Kristi enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, and visiting local restaurants and breweries. She likes all sorts of movies and occasionally hosts Bad Movie Nights for her friends because “a really bad movie can be just as entertaining as a really good movie.”

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Chelsea Thibodeau DO

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Macalester College

Chelsea Thibodeau grew up in Duluth, MN on Lake Superior. After earning her undergraduate degree in biology and music from Macalester College, she attended the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, Chelsea found her voice for advocacy. She participated in policy advocacy with the Iowa Medical Society and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. She also served as the president of her medical school’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice where she worked to foster education and advocacy in reproductive health topics. She chose to practice family medicine because it provides unique opportunities to powerfully advocate for patients and communities. Chelsea has special interests in reproductive health, social justice and advocacy, LGBT health, osteopathic manipulative treatment, adolescent medicine, and behavioral health in primary care. Chelsea has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she established a strong relationship with a pre-teen who provided a meaningful way to indulge her love of kids and keep her grounded in her community. Chelsea enjoys classical piano and live music concerts, craft breweries, and cycling and hiking, especially along Lake Superior’s North Shore.

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Katrina Weimer MD

Location: Belleville Center

Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Undergraduate: West Virginia University – Morgantown, WV

Although Katrina Weimer spent most of her life in Akron, OH with a short period in Luxembourg, she credits her college years at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV as the greatest influence on who she is today. While studying forensic biology and biology in West Virginia, Katrina recognized her calling to pursue a career in medicine. Katrina returned to Ohio to earn her medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Katrina was drawn to family medicine and caring for underserved populations while volunteering at the UTCOM Community Care Free Clinic. During a summer family medicine experience, she was exposed to her newfound interest in rural healthcare. Her attraction to family medicine was confirmed when she saw firsthand the importance of hands-on full-spectrum family medicine in the lives of her patients. These experiences have led Katrina to pursue training in full-spectrum family medicine while also continuing her work in rural medicine and advocacy. In addition to playing basketball and volleyball, hiking, rock climbing, and water sports, Katrina can often be found thrifting and working on (and completing!) home improvement projects.

Madison Residents

Lashika Yogendran MD, MS

Location: Northeast Center

Medical school: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Undergraduate: City University of New York – Brooklyn College

Lashika Yogendran’s passion for global health grew naturally from her personal experiences. Born in Saudi Arabia, she has also lived in Toronto, North Carolina, Shanghai, Brooklyn, and Chicago. Lashika earned her BA in chemistry and classics from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College before going on to earn her MD and MS from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. During medical school, Lashika completed extensive global health work. She volunteered in hospitals in Cuzco, Peru and worked in a clinic in Uganda. These experiences shaped her worldview and she hopes to pursue global health work after residency. Closer to home, she was involved with her medical school’s oncology interest group and helped organize the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Lashika is drawn to family medicine by its care for diverse patient populations and the focus on care across the life-span. Lashika enjoys playing volleyball, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, checking out new restaurants, and playing trivia – she has even appeared on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”