Meet Our Residents

Meet the three classes of amazing residents in the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Residency Program! 

Class of 2022

The Pediatric Residency Class of 2022

Katelyn Adams

Katelyn Adams

Katelyn Adams

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Area of Interest: General Pediatrics

Hobbies: Running, playing and coaching sports (soccer/basketball), hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, reading

Kristen Bastug

Kristen Bastug

Kristen Bastug

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Hobbies: Sewing quilts, pillows, and clothing; I also like working with other materials and made a small wooden table and wooden wall decorations; scuba diving; biking around the lakes; caring for my cats; playing video games

Robert Becker

Robert Becker

Robert Becker

Hometown: Madison, WI

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction are: Pending! I love public health, health literacy, advocacy, and social media, which I hope to incorporate in my career no matter what I practice. I am also passionate about patient-centered care and humanism in medicine.

My hobbies are: Reading, playing basketball, baking sourdough, playing guitar, listening to podcasts. I also have a little mouthy calico named Artemis.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Getting to know my neighborhood (Corcoran/Longfellow)!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was so impressed on interview day. The residents here are down to earth and there is a true focus on learning. I got the impression that we get an amazing education in an unmatched variety of work environments. (And who doesn't love the Twin Cities?)

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative

Jaclyn Bender

Jaclyn Bender

Jaci Peick

Hometown: Woodbury, MN

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

My medical interests and career direction are: Outpatient pediatrics! (I think...stay tuned)

My hobbies are: Long distance running, cooking, skiing, anything that involves being in nature, and spending time with my husband!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Hanging out by the lakes, grilling with my family, and the State Fair!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The people were so warm and welcoming when I came to visit! The residents immediately felt like a group of people I could be friends with. I knew from the start that this was a program were I would be comfortable enough to be myself, yet challenged enough to become a great pediatrician.

Bonnie Bentson

Bonnie Bentson

Bonnie Bentson

Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Areas of Interest: Hospitalist, PICU

Hobbies: Playing and coaching soccer, US Women's National Soccer team, Harry Potter, traveling, playing with my dogs, biking, walking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, reading (favorite authors include Frederik Backman, J.K. Rowling, and David Sedaris)

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative

Deeksha Borkar

Deeksha Borkar

Deeksha Borkar

Hometown: Bombay, India and California

Medical School: Saint Petersburg State Pediatric-Medical University

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric Emergency Medicine & Global Health

My hobbies are: Dancing and learning new forms & styles of dance. Geocaching, graphic designing, cooking and baking.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Visiting art festivals and dance nights, kayaking- Lake Calhoun

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The multiple sites provide a well-rounded exposure to different patient demographics. The program is invested in their residents and they prepare you to excel and succeed in any sub specialty field that you choose to pursue in the future.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself? I love hosting friends for dinners and game nights! Feel free to drop by anytime!

Adrienne Bruder

Adrienne Bruder

Adrienne Bruder

Medical School: Michigan State

Area of Interest: Neonatology

Hobbies: Marathon running, downhill and cross-country skiing, cycling, yoga, culinary medicine, cooking, growing fresh food, playing with animals, spending time outdoors

Patrick Conway

Patrick Conway

Patrick Conway

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Areas of Interest: Childhood obesity/prevention, critical care

Hobbies: Alpine skiing, trail running and mountain biking, hiking, camping, cooking

Sinziana Cornea

Sinziana Cornea

Sinziana Cornea

Hometown: Woodbury, MN

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

My medical interests and career direction are: I am interested in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine and Global [Local] Health, but there are many specialties I have yet to experience, so I am keeping a very open mind.

My hobbies are: Collecting house plants, reading all types of book genres, listening to podcasts and watching [too] many shows. finding cozy coffeeshops, skiing, biking, exploring national parks, spending time with family and friends, and entertaining my pets.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking to art festivals with my family.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? So many reasons! First and foremost, the people. I had an away rotation here during which I felt so at ease and welcomed by all of the residents and faculty with whom I interacted, and then my interview day really blew me away. I liked the idea of being part of a large group of residents, and the aspect of rotating at multiple hospitals to experience different environments. I also really wanted to gain access to the incredible Global Health track, to all of the research opportunities available at the UofM , and to a robust Neonatology program. And last but not least, this special place is home, and I wanted to return here to train in the community in which my significant other and I both plan to practice.

Lauren Dorsey-Spitz

Lauren Dorsey-Spitz

Lauren Dorsey-Spitz

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest: Global Health, Emergency Medicine, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine

Hobbies: Triathalons, sSoccer, running, biking, swimming, hiking, skiing, playing in the snow with my family and dog, sour beers at a local brewery, Pueblo green chile

Alison Glowacki

Alison Glowacki

Alison Glowacki

Hometown: Le Sueur, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Rural General Pediatrics

My hobbies are: Tennis, obsessing over the NFL (Skol!), hiking, camping, walleye fishing, deal shopping, and trying new recipes. The best is sharing these things with my husband, daughter, and dog!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Vikings Training Camp

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Our program has unmatched leadership, faculty, and support staff, which was very important for my growing family. It also offers diverse training opportunities that can be tailored to my career interests and prepare me best for a rural practice.

Shelby Graf

Shelby Graf

Shelby Graf

Hometown: Lakeville, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: PICU, heme/onc, definitely inpatient

My hobbies are: Boxing, piano playing, walking my dog Oscar, drinking coffee

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Paddleboarding on one of the lakes in the summer, exploring new coffee shops in the winter

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, and couldn’t imagine leaving it! I was also very attracted to the multiple sites, and I was excited to learn the art of medicine in many different hospitals and healthcare systems.

Lauren Harasymiw

Lauren Harasymiw

Lauren Harasymiw

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Rachel Hedstrom

Rachel Hedstrom

Rachel Hedstrom

Medical School: Eastern Virginia

Areas of Interest: Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Hematology/Oncology, Global Health

Hobbies: Kiteboarding, travel, yoga, soccer, intramural sports, strategic board games

Ahmed Issa

Ahmed Issa

Ahmed Issa

Medical School: Capital Medical University

Hobbies: Playing sports (basketball, soccer, American Football), reading, and traveling

Steffi Masilamani

Steffi Masilamani

Steffi Masilamani

Medical School: Government Medical College Vellore

Areas of Interest: Cardiology vs Nephrology, Global Pediatrics

Hobbies: Video chatting with my litte boy, reading novels, baking, cooking, watching cooking shows, table tennis and badminton.

Meghan McElreath

Meghan McElreath

Meghan McElreath

Hometown: Mahtomedi, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care

My hobbies are: Reading, camping and hiking, baking, board games

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking around (or skating on) one of the many lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I loved the diverse patient population in the Twin Cities and the learning opportunities that come from rotating at many different sites. I also enjoyed working with all of the residents and faculty, and the Twin Cities is a great place to live!

Robert Mills

Robert Mills

Robert Mills

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Hobbies: Coaching my childrens' sports teams, teaching youth, advocating on behalf of at-risk youth and their families, playing the drums, basketball, tennis, working on cars, home improvement projects

Derek Norton

Derek Norton

Derek Norton

Hometown: Prior Lake, MN

Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

My medical interests and career direction are: At this point, undecided; however, I am leaning toward sub-specializing - possibly in Peds Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, or Heme-Onc. Regardless of what I do clinically, I would love to be involved in medical education. I enjoy teaching and mentoring, and I want to help develop programs and curricula to make each subsequent generation of physicians better and better!

My hobbies are: Mostly centered around great food and craft beer! I really enjoy cooking and I dabble a bit in home-brewing as well. I can't wait to get back to exploring the many great restaurants and breweries across the Twin Cities. I am a home-grown MN sports fan (for better or worse), and each year I seem to spend more and more time watching Premier League Football (soccer). I also love table-top games, podcasts, and spending time outside (hiking, camping, running along the river and Greenway, rooftops, bonfires - you name it!)

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Chilling with good friends at one of the many, many craft breweries in the area.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The welcoming environment of this program was evident from the moment I arrived for my interview. I knew right away that this would be a place that I would feel incredibly supported during my training. "Minnesota nice" is real, and this program has it in spades! I was also excited about the opportunity to train at several different sites across the Twin Cities, so that I can come out of training a more well-rounded physician ready for anything.

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative

Kayla Olson

Kayla Olson

Kayla Olson

Medical School: New York Medical College

Area of Interest: Global Health

Hobbies: Traveling with friends; hiking and camping with my boyfriend Tom and dogs Finn and Jax, trying to hit all the US national parks; attending Packers and Badgers games with my family; country concerts in the summer; Broadway shows with my sister-in-law; cooking and baking; reading a page-turner

Program Committee Member: Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Mary Park

Mary Park

Mary Park

Hometown: Kwangju, South Korea but I grew up in New Brighton, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: General Pediatrics

My hobbies are: I love watching Korean dramas, Bollywood movies, telenovelas, any other dramatic soaps! I also love getting out there with adrenaline rushes like sky diving, paragliding, bungee jumping, etc. I play violin in my free time in a string quartet at weddings.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: The lakes! There's a lot of beautiful parks around the lakes where I love to have barbecues with my family. I also love trying out all the great eateries in the area. It's a lot more diverse than people originally think when they think of Minnesota.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was a student at the U of M and I really liked the supportive atmosphere among the residents as well as the leadership and administrative staff.

Abigail Schnaith

Abigail Schnaith

Abigail Schnaith

Hometown: Red Wing, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Vaccine Hesitancy; I would like to be a Rural General Pediatrian or Hospitalist, PICU, Peds ED physician in the future.

My hobbies are: Swimming, Running, and Cooking

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running around the lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? In this program you have an opportunity to serve a diverse population of patients as you rotate at 5 different hospitals. I also felt the residents at this program were truly happy and had enjoyed their experience training here.

Matthew Seitzer

Matthew Seitzer

Matthew Seitzer

Hometown: Burnsville, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Global Health and Primary Care

My hobbies are: Running, swimming, hiking, traveling, cooking and trying new foods

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Getting ice cream and walking around the lakes and rivers in the cities, trying all of the amazing breweries around town.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I chose the U of M because of the amazing staff that support and truly care about the residents, the multi-site training model to learn in diverse environments, and its focus and opportunities in global health.

Benjamin Stanghelle

Benjamin Stanghelle

Ben Stanghelle

Hometown: Lindstrom, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: I love primary care! I will be working in a rural area doing general pediatrics after residency.

My hobbies are: Playing with my daughter, playing with my dog, camping, kayaking, and watching and playing a variety of sports. I also really like watching the Vikings and Twins, even though they break my heart a lot!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Going to the zoo with my family.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I love all of the opportunities we have at this program and the great teaching we are exposed to. We get to go to many different hospitals in the area and see a wide variety of things. I also just love living in Minnesota!

Katherine Wageman

Katherine Wageman

Kate Wageman

Medical School: Creighton University

Areas of Interest: Hospital Medicine, Neonatology

Hobbies: Playing music and learning new instruments (piano, clarinet, flute, guitar, and saxophone), running; puzzles and crosswords; traveling to Ireland to spend time with my granparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins

Mallary West

Mallary West

Mallary West

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest: Pulmonology, Primary Care

Hobbies: Cooking and creating/sharing recipes, reading, spending time with my husband and dog (Roxy), hiking, traveling, going on road trips, I have completed the "Parks and Recreation" series many times

Class of 2021

The Pediatric Residency Class of 2021

Munir Abdalla

Munir Abdalla

Munir Abdalla

Medical School: Dow Medical College

Graduate Education: Queen Mary University of London (M.Sc., Healthcare Research Methods)

My medical interests and career direction are: General pediatrics, global health

Hobbies: Playing soccer, working out at the gym, and spending time outdoors

 

 

 

Morgan Boes

Morgan Boes

Morgan Boes

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Medical School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

My medical interests and career direction are: Emergency medicine or PICU; interested in pediatric medical device design

My hobbies are: Going to musicals, concerts, plays, and baseball games with my family; Playing handbells; Spending time outside - in all seasons of Minnesota

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Getting ice cream!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I'm excited about potential projects and collaboration with the Pediatric Device Innovation Center and the Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program at the University of Minnesota

Elena Brown

Elena Brown

Elena Brown

Hometown: Clemson, SC

Medical School: University of Louisville

My medical interests and career direction are: My medical interests and what I want my career to focus on include advocacy, health equity, caring for the underserved and immigrants.

My hobbies are: DIY projects, snowboarding, being on the water, traveling, ancestry, and, of course, binge watching my favorite shows.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: I just moved to town, so, so far, my favorite activity is paddle boarding! :)

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Within the first hour of my interview I knew I wanted to come to UofM! i felt that here, unlike any other program, I would get the support and encouragement necessary to accomplish my goals. Coming from far away and not having any family in the area, it was important to feel connected and supported by those I would be closely working with, and I felt that in abundance here.

Marketa Dimitrov

Marketa Dimitrov

Marketa Dimitrov

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Medical School: Charles University

My medical interests and career direction are: Immunology and Heme/Onc

My hobbies are: Playing board games, watching movies, and spending quality time with my husband.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Spending time by any of the beautiful Minnesota lakes!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I fell in love with the program after doing some electives here as a medical student, and only grew to appreciate it more after I got to know the incredibly friendly and supportive environment here. I have no question that my education and training are in the best hands possible!

Ashley Green

Ashley Green

Ashley Borgschatz

Hometown: Byron, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Rural Primary Care

My hobbies are: Running, cooking and baking

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running on the trails

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was drawn to the program's commitment to innovation in training, multiple training sites and supportive culture. I entered the U of M Pediatric Residency through the EPAC program.

Tiana Hallberg

Tiana Hallberg

Tiana Paulson

Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction are: General Pediatrics, Global Medicine

My hobbies are: Spending time with my husband and family! I also enjoy photography, painting, writing, running, hiking, kayaking, volleyball/basketball, baking, DIY home projects, exploring new coffee shops, traveling.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: In the summer, finding a new ice cream parlor, admiring the Aquatennial fireworks display, or enjoying a Twins game. In the fall, grabbing a Caribou or Starbucks coffee and finding a quiet trail to meander and admire the changing leaves. In the winter, ice skating at the Landmark Center or going to a Wild or Wolves game. In the springtime, circling Lake Harriet and going to the rose garden nearby.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I chose U of MN Pediatrics for several reasons: First, as a former gopher during my undergraduate training, I developed great respect for this program and the passionate work it carries out both locally and globally to take the best possible care of children. Next, I observed a compelling sense of camaraderie and cooperation among the residents, staff, and attendings I met here during my residency interviews. And finally, training here provides the opportunity to serve and work in the communities that I was raised in. I am exceedingly grateful to be here!

Program Committee Member: Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Melissa Hardy

Melissa Hardy

Melissa Hardy

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care

My hobbies are: Hiking, volleyball, singing, dancing, aerial arts

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Mall of America

Why did you choose the UofM Pediatric Residency Program? It’s basically my home! I wanted to keep working with all the same great physicians and residents I’d already met during medical school. I like the variety of all the different hospitals and I think this program is one of the best for training as well as resident well being. Emily and the residency associate directors, admins and other staff all care a lot about us and what we think. It was a no brainer!

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself? I love hugs! And I love breastfeeding (my own baby and helping others with it). I’m hoping to become a IBCLC during residency.

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative

Caleb Hocutt

Caleb Hocutt

Caleb Hocutt

Hometown: Zionsville, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction are: Public Health/LGBTQ Health; Hospitalist vs. PICU

My hobbies are: Volleyball (indoor > beach), running, taking the dog on a hike, watching a good film with a glass of red wine

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Tie: Finding new places to eat and taking my dog to Minnehaha Falls

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The Twin Cities are an awesome place to live and work and the people at this residency program genuinely care about each other and about the important work we do as providers of care and advocates for children. The multi-site training model, while occasionally stressful and difficult to navigate, provides an opportunity to experience a diverse practice environment and patient population within one residency program.

Program Committee Member: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council; Class Representative

Kimberly Hughes

Kimberly Hughes

Kimberly Hughes

Hometown: Spicer, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Quality/systems improvement, caring for underserved & working on health disparities, primary care and/or general hospital medicine

My hobbies are: My dogs, gardening, ultimate frisbee

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking the stone arch bridge, going out to local restaurants, taking my pup to the 30 acre dog park

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The main thing for me was the huge variety of experiences available here- you take care of every type of patient at every level of acuity. It’s challenging as an intern but every place we work has a great teaching focus and plenty of support. By 3rd year the residents become really comfortable and experienced. Residents are well prepared for any career from the most subspecialized to community pediatrics which was important to me as I’m undecided exactly what my next step is. Also Minneapolis is a great city to live in!

Program Committee Member: Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

 

Stephanie Kerkvliet

Stephanie Kerkvliet

Stephanie Kerkvliet

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric nephrology, global health

My hobbies are: Traveling, scuba diving, piano

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Long walks along the Mississippi River

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I am looking forward to train at the variety of children’s hospitals in the Twin Cities. I love the people in the residency program and the children and families of MN who I am excited to care for in my residency.

Program Committee Member: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council; Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative

Brooklyn Leitch

Brooklyn Leitch

Brooklyn Leitch

Hometown: Willmar, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

What are your medical interests and/or career directions? As of now I plan to pursue a career as a pediatric hospitalist. I am particularly interested in child development and in Global Health.

What are your hobbies? Reading, yoga, spending time with friends and family, eating Izzy's ice cream

What is your favorite activity in the Twin Cities? Omnifest at the Science Museum!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I had the opportunity to get to know the program as a med student, and I loved it. The residents and staff are wonderful, and we get to take care of a diverse population at a variety of sites.

Andrea Lyle

Andrea Lyle

Andrea Lyle

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Medical School: University of Iowa

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care

My hobbies are: Sewing, breweries with friends, making creative pizzas

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking, making friends with boats

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Global health program

Kendra Martinez

Kendra Martinez

Kendra Martinez

Hometown: Conroe, TX

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical Center

My medical interests and career direction are: NICU, global health

My hobbies are: Dancing (salsa and swing), cooking/baking (Cuban food, pizza, and bread), hiking, and crocheting

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the many hiking trails

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Global health program--very supportive program with a pediatric global health department and wonderful curriculum.

Pooja Mishra

Pooja Mishra

Pooja Mishra

Hometown: Bangalore

Medical School: St John’s Medical College, Bangalore

My medical interests and career direction are: Hematology/ oncology, Global Heath, Inpatient medicine. I don’t know yet but I can’t wait to figure it out during residency

My hobbies are: Curling up with a good book, hanging out with friends.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walks along the river or lake, the restaurants in uptown, anything to do with Lake Calhoun (or rather Bde Maka Ska)

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I did an elective here as a medical student and I loved the culture here. The program is very supportive of its residents and really encourages you to go after anything that interests you.

Erin Mustonen

Erin Mustonen

Erin Mustonen

Hometown: Little Falls, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota - Duluth

My medical interests and career direction are: I am excited to practice hospital-based medicine in the future, with fellowship training in intensive care or hospitalist.

My hobbies are: I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dogs! I am active and enjoy downhill skiing and golfing, as well as spending time at the cabin, swimming and boating. I also cook and bake in my free time!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Enjoying the many dog-friendly patios around town with my co-residents with my own two pups!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? My heart is in Minnesota, but being a part of a close-knit, cohesive resident cohort was important in my decision for my pediatric training. Protected educational time in block education and ample opportunities for involvement in research are just two of the academic reasons that made the University of Minnesota Pediatric Residency Program stand out. The vast patient diversity within the multiple hospital training sites, as well as the rich academic environment with supportive faculty involvement, made continuing to be a Golden Gopher an easy decision for me!

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee

Faith Myers

Faith Myers

Faith Myers

Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School TC

My medical interests and career direction are: I love so many areas of pediatrics and I am definitely excited to explore the various specialties within pediatrics during residency!

My hobbies are: Going to concerts with my fiancé, exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, visiting farmer's markets, and walking along the river. I also love the outdoors and visiting waterfalls around the area!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring local breweries. Also, I love a good Twins baseball game!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I am excited to learn at a variety of institutions with different patient populations and faculty. In addition, I love the supportive culture amongst residents and faculty and believe it will be a great environment to foster my professional development.

Simon Ndely

Simon Ndely

Simon Ndely

Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatrics! Duh :) Also potentially hospitalists or critical care.

My hobbies are: Cooking, Working out. Traveling, Stepping

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: STATE FAIR!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE AWESOME :) I love a larger program where you are provided a lot of support by the program and fellow residents. Twin Cities is also a great place to live.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself? I was heavily involved in the Student National Medical Association as a medical student and am still connected to the organization as a resident. Feel free to ask me anything about my experience in MN and time at the University!

Trisha Paul

Trisha Paul

Trisha Paul

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Palliative Care. I am also passionate about pediatric ethics and narrative medicine.

My hobbies are: I enjoy reading, writing, choreographing, and dancing.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring all the different neighborhoods and the many things to do around town!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The University of Minnesota pediatric residency program stood out to me on the interview trail because of the unique experience offered by our multiple training sites. I believe that gaining exposure to different healthcare systems, learning how to be flexible in working at various sites with different EMRs, and caring for the diverse patient population that we have here in the twin cities will make me the most versatile and well-rounded pediatrician that I can be. I was also excited about the strength of the subspecialty programs that I am interested in and the opportunity for new adventures in the twin cities.

Andrew Piropato

Andrew Piropato

Andrew Piropato

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction are: Currently leaning toward primary care pediatrics with an interest in academic health/education.

My hobbies areBeing outside! Running, biking, hiking, and camping are easy to do here. My wife and I are trying to explore all the national parks in the country. Eating pretty much anything. Hanging out with my toddler! Rewatching The Office or the Harry Potter movies

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: We just moved here, so still figuring that out! Being active, exploring the great restaurants and breweries has been fun so far!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? My wife and I love the vibrancy and diversity of the Twin Cities, and all that can be explored outdoors up here! I had a great time on my interview day and it has lived up to the friendly, supportive impression I had on that day. Our class is amazing! Beyond that, one unique strength is that we get to train at a variety of sites. I think that factor is easily overlooked, but will prepare graduates of this residency to be adaptive and ready for independent practice.

Phillip Plager

Phillip Plager

Phillip Plager

Hometown: Golden Valley, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Endocrine, global health, public policy

My hobbies are: Dog obedience training, music, archery, travel

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Being on the water (tubing, canoeing, swimming, ice skating), or near water (Minnehaha dog park!)

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great academic center, love training in multiple locations, felt like the co-residents were solid folks, very excited to dive deep in all the global health offerings.

Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin Quinn

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction are: Not sure yet!

My hobbies are: Running, baking, traveling, hiking, playing with our puppies, watching the Packers

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running around the lakes, trying new breweries/restaurants...especially ones that are dog friendly!

Program Committee Member: Class Representative

 

Zachary Shaheen

Zachary Shaheen

Zachary Shaheen

Hometown: Elk River, MN

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction are: As a training physician scientist, I am interested in studying the cellular mechanisms that dictate peripheral immune tolerance and environmental determinants that result in autoimmune disease pathogenesis. Clinically, I will be pursuing a fellowship in Rheumatology.

My hobbies are: Hockey, tennis, canoe camping & fishing; playing and composing music; political/civic activism; board & card strategy games, especially poker

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Anything outdoors or active, which justifies my indulgence in the craft/micro-brewery scene and strong Midwest ice cream game this city has to offer.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Home! I grew up in Minnesota and am excited to return to the community that I love. It has the added benefit of a phenomenal group of clinician educators, premier Global Health program, and basic science immunology researchers that I would like to continue my training with.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself? While I'm extremely extroverted and like debating nearly anything, I'll chat for hours about public policy or Science-Fiction/Fantasy (books, movies, or TV) . . . I'm not known for brevity (you've been warned).

Also, my pun game is strong, and I'm open to any and all challengers.

Sarah Swenson

Sarah Swenson

Sarah Swenson

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Margaret Tierney

Margaret Tierney

Margaret Tierney

Hometown: Hermantown, MN

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care, Global Health

My hobbies are: Hiking, camping, running (pretty much anything outside!)

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Canoeing or kayaking on the many lakes and rivers

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? So many reasons! I was drawn to the diversity of experiences here at the U, the friendliness of the residents and staff, and the global opportunities, to name a few. I also love the Twin Cities, so location was an added bonus.

Kristi Weinmeister

Kristi Weinmeister

Kristi Weinmeister

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hobbies: Road biking, backpacking, traveling, intramural sports, and the Green Bay Packers. I love exploring new places and finding unique restaurants to try. I gravitate toward small plate restaurants because I get to try a little bit of everything. On a rainy (or snowy) day, my favorite activities include reading a classic book, baking a dessert, or painting abstract art.

Program Committee Member: Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Albert Zhang

Albert Zhang

Albert Zhang

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

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

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric emergency medicine

My hobbies are: Listening to and making music, hiking, travelling, eating good food with good friends!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking to a farmer's market, food truck, or ice cream shop!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Everyone is kind, supportive and encouraging, which makes delivering excellent pediatric care a fun team effort. Plus, the Twin Cities are great place to live!

Program Committee Member: Class Representative; Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Class of 2020

The Pediatric Residency Class of 2020

Sahar Ahmed

Sahar Ahmed

Sahar Ahmed

Medical School: University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine

Maher Alainawi

Maher Alainawi

Maher Alainawi

Hometown: Yabroud, SYR

Medical School: University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Education: Washington University in St. Louis (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: General pediatrics and public health

My hobbies are: Table tennis, soccer, running, cooking, exploring Minneapolis amazing restaurants

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: I go to lake Nokomis all the time. It is great for biking, fishing, kayaking, and barbecue

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The different clinical sites, strong program, warm people, and lots of lakes

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine

Undergrad: Bates College; George Washington University (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Global healthy, advocacy, public health.

My hobbies are: Soccer, cooking, reading, hiking, pond hockey.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running/cross country skiing around the lakes with my pup, West, and exploring new restaurants with friends.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great training, supportive program, and amazing people! Really value having the opportunity to work at four different hospitals, each of which offer a different aspect of pediatric medicine.

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative

Taylor Argo

Taylor Argo

Taylor Argo

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Grand Rapids

Undergrad: Michigan State University

My medical interests and career direction are: Adolescent Medicine & Global Health 

My hobbies are: Spending time outside, HGTV and Michigan State Spartan athletics 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Twins Games, Chain of Lakes and biking throughout the city! 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Diversity of clinical experiences, strong academic centers, global health program, advocacy opportunities and an awesome city to live and work in! UMN is the total package :) 

Erin Balay

Erin Balay

Erin Balay

Hometown: Stillwater, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric Rheumatology & Global Health

My hobbies are: Cooking, Road cycling, trying out new breweries in the cities, traveling both domestically and globally whenever possible, running, and thrift shopping.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Cycling around the hundreds of miles of bike paths!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was drawn to the U of M Peds Residency Program because of their fresh take on resident education. Our program’s leadership is so invested in getting feedback from its residents and always willing to work to improve both ours and the patient’s experience! I was also very interested in being able to work at multiple different facilities with such varying patient populations, along side such diverse and distinguished faculty. 

Holly Belgum

Holly Belgum

Holly Belgum

Hometown: Outing, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: St. Olaf College

My medical interests and career direction are: I'm excited to be going into primary care pediatrics, and plan to stay here in Minnesota. My interests include teaching, patient advocacy, quality improvement/patient safety, and narrative medicine!

My hobbies are: music, writing, cooking, and spending time outside with friends and family.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Hiking or skiing in our beautiful parks!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? It felt right! The residents were friendly and kind, the attending physicians made a point to set aside time to teach, and I was impressed by the every-other-week protected time for learning. I liked that residents rotate at multiple hospitals, and the opportunities in advocacy and global health. My family's here, too, and it's so nice to see them on a day off.

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? Feel free to contact with me with questions or just to chat about the program!

Christopher Brooks

Christopher Brooks

Christopher Brooks

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Undergrad: Ohio Wesleyan University

My medical interests and career direction are: Allergy/Immunology 

My hobbies are: Long runs while listening to my favorite podcasts, exploring the outdoors (especially exploring all the wonderful outdoor areas Minnesota has to offer!), and cycling (Minneapolis and Saint Paul are great biking cities!). 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the restaurants and breweries

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Nearly everyone here, from attending physicians and staff to nurses to everyone else on the patient care team, are very friendly and welcoming and this makes for a great environment to learn. While residency is time intensive no matter where you get your training, there is an emphasis here on work-life balance and resident wellness. I also love the Twin Cities - there are so many recreational opportunities as well as so many restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries to explore. 

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative; Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Georgios Christakopoulos

Georgios Christakopoulos

Georgios Christakopoulos

Hometown: Pyrgos, Greece

Medical School: University of Athens School of Health Sciences

My medical interests and career direction are: Hem/Onc/BMT

My hobbies are: Skiing, cycling, swimming, meteorology

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Hiking and BBQ with friends

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? One of the best BMT programs in the country, friendly and supportive staff, great location, state of the art facilities

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee

Dorothy Curran

Dorothy Curran

Dorothy Curran

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My hobbies are: Being grossly uncoordinated at broomball and volleyball but enthusiastically playing anyways, biking around the greenway in the summer, searching for the next hole-in-the-wall spot to Yelp about

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking around Minnehaha falls and subsequently getting Lyme disease

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Our program leadership truly is dedicated to residency education and is doing innovative things here!

 

Amr El-Bokl

Amr El-Bokl

Amr El-Bokl

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Iowa (B.A., M.P.H.)

Leah Jordan

Leah Jordan

Leah Krause

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: Neonatology with particular interest in parental mental health and developmental outcomes.

My hobbies are: Crossfit, gardening and cooking.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking around the nearby lakes with my husband and son.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I came to the UofM Peds Residency Program through Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC), a medical education pilot project. I love that the program is so dedicated to creating the best learning environment for trainees. 

Sandy Liu

Sandy Liu

Sandy Liu

Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh

My medical interests and career direction are: Endocrinology

My hobbies are: Cooking/baking, eating, and hiking! I love exploring state and national parks. 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: All of the amazing Farmers Markets!! I go to one or two of them every weekend to walk around, buy some flowers, and people watch. 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? It felt right! I didn't really know what I wanted for most of interview season until I interviewed here. It is a wonderful mix of experiences and I felt that it was a strength to rotate at an academic hospital, freestanding pediatric hospitals, and a county hospital. It's also so important to feel comfortable with your co-residents and I felt that the residents I met on my interview day and at the recruitment dinner all had meaningful relationships with their co-residents. 

Program Committee Member: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council; Class Representative

Timothy Marinelli

Timothy Marinelli

Timothy Marinelli

Hometown: Longmeadow, MA

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: Williams College; Boston University (M.A.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care, developmental peds, NICU

My hobbies are: Whitewater kayaking, hiking, barbecue

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Mini golf at Can Can Wonderland

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Diverse patient population, strong training in general and specialty pediatrics, great program leadership

Erin McHugh

Erin McHugh

Erin McHugh

Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota

Medical School: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Undergrad: St. Olaf College; University of Texas (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Pulmonology, High Risk Asthma, and Medical Education (one day I want to be EBS)

My hobbies are: Anything outdoors! hiking, biking, canoeing, etc. I also love visiting any of the local breweries. And fun fact - I am a former competitive Irish Dancer and used to be an Irish Dance Teacher. 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: MN Twins games 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I chose the U of M for several reasons. I missed the twin cities and my family after being in TX for a long time. I also loved the supportive atmosphere and overall vibe I got from the residents and administration. It had a lot of the academic aspects I was looking for and room to make up the missing ones! 

Shane McWhirter

Shane McWhirter

Shane McWhirter

Hometown: Kasson, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care pediatrics with a focus on adolescent medicine. I have particular interests in mental health care & advocacy, weight management, family and medical education.

My hobbies are: Traveling (15+ countries ad counting!), exploring the Twin Cities foodie scene with my beautiful wife, trying to control my 100 lb Bernese Mountain Dog Teddy, watching movies, going to any concert or live show I can afford, & cheering on all things Minnesota sports (as much as it hurts my soul...)

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring all of the great restaurants! I've been a lot of places but still think the Twin Cities has one of the most underrated food scenes in the US. I'm aways down to hear suggestions for places to eat.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Besides being a lifelong Minnesotan, the family culture and leadership of the program stood out to me. The emphasis on resident wellbeing and development of meaningful relationships is something that meant a lot to me when considering programs , and I have not questioned that once since starting my residency here. The support we receive is remarkable.

Program Committee Member: Class Representative; Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Beth Mittelstet

Beth Mittelstet

Beth Mittelstet

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Undergrad: Texas Tech University

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care in rural and international settings

My hobbies are: Listening to music, playing with my daughter, drawing, camping and biking

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring hiking trails and lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was drawn to UMN for the Global Health Track, the diverse patient population and supportive and friendly environment.

Khaled Mohammed

Khaled Mohammed

Khaled Mohammed

Hometown: Assiut - Egypt

Medical School: Assiut University Faculty of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction are: Academic general pediatrics and global health

My hobbies are: Playing soccer, swimming and walking

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Going to the science museum with my kids

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great academic program, training in multiple setting, exposure to diverse patient population, extensive teaching experience and wonderful team of residents and faculty

 

Alexandra Muhar

Alexandra Muhar

Alexandra Muhar

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: University of Southern California

My medical interests and career direction are: Interested in advocacy. Undecided about career direction.

My hobbies are: Baking, kickboxing, fishing, finding new restaurants to try

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running on the trails along the river or concerts at First Ave.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I love the Twin Cities, and the residents were so welcoming and friendly.

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Class Representative; Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Emma Pabarcus

Emma Pabarcus

Emma Pabarcus

Hometown: Edina, MN

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Colorado; Boston University (M.A.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric primary care

My hobbies are: Running around Lake Harriett, playing tennis, reading, learning how to garden, working on our house with my husband.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running or walking around Lake Harriett. I also really love just enjoying all four seasons.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I first and foremost wanted to go to a program where I knew I would get a great education. But coming home and settling down with my husband near our families was also very important to us.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself? I am a proud aunt to one niece (soon to be two!) and we are fortunate to live close by! I love spending any spare time I have with my family.

Madeline Paul

Madeline Paul

Madeline Paul

Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergrad: Loyola University

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care/Hosptialist with public health/advocacy emphasis 

My hobbies are: Waterski team, gardening, anything with my dog! 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Anything to do with the lakes! Swimming, water skiing, fishing...

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The people!! Everyone is great. I like the broad exposure. Being close to my family is nice too. 

Sharmila Raghunandan

Sharmila Raghunandan

Sharmila Raghunandan

Hometown: Bangalore, India and Saint Paul, MN

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: Macalester College; University of Minnesota (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Hematology-Oncology, global health, public health and medical anthropology. 

My hobbies are: Running, hiking, yoga, traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running on Summit Ave in Saint Paul!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The people (co-residents, physicians, staff, mentors and everyone else involved with the program), diversity of patient population, ability to rotate at 3 different hospital sites and it’s location! I love the Twin Cities. 

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? My husband and I couple’s matched at this program and would be happy to answer any questions! 

Tim Rauschke

Tim Rauschke

Tim Rauschke

Hometown: Blaine, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: I am interested in cardiology, as well as general/academic pediatrics and medical education.

My hobbies are: I have a background in fine art photography and choral music, and my wife and I enjoy hiking in national parks and love board games.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: I love all the biking trails in the metro area, and when winter comes around you can't go wrong with either Gopher or Wild hockey.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Minnesota is my home, first and foremost--but the program has a strong foundation with a wide breadth and depth of experiences at four very different hospitals, and the administration is incredibly supportive of residents' personal lives and responsive to feedback about the program.

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee

Michaela Rokosz

Michaela Rokosz

Michaela Rokosz

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction are: General Pediatrics
 
My hobbies are: Spending time outdoors (biking, hiking, walking our dog!), baking, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends and family!
 
My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking to Minnehaha falls (and Sea Salt eatery)!
 
Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I felt that Minnesota was an extremely supportive, diverse, and strong program with an amazing group of people. My husband and I were also very excited to move back to the Twin Cities! 

Program Committee Member: Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Jennifer Signor

Jennifer Signor

Jennifer Signor

Hometown: Lansing, IA

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Undergrad: University of Iowa

My medical interests and career direction are: General Pediatrics 

My hobbies are: Running, anything sports-related, and exploring the farmer's markets and restaurants throughout the twin cities

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the outdoors - with the many lakes, bike paths, and hiking trails throughout the twin cities, there is always something new and fun to explore.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I chose the UMN Peds program because it is a strong program, and the diversity of experience at all the hospital sites really stood out to me.

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? I recently got married and purchased a home in the twin cities. My husband and I are new to the area and have loved exploring the cities. 

Kelly Smucker

Kelly Smucker

Kelly Smucker

Hometown: Canby, Oregon

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Undergrad: Eastern Mennonite University

My medical interests and career direction are: General Pediatrics, possibly combination of outpatient and inpatient. I'm also interested in breastfeeding medicine.

My hobbies are: Spending time with my toddler and husband, cooking, reading, traveling, visiting family in Virginia and Oregon.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Brunch at any of the numerous fine eating establishments, then going for a nice long walk around the lakes.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? This program provides residents with a variety of clinical experiences, Minnesotans are super nice, and the program leadership allows residents flexibility to cater their education toward their professional goals. This program is also very family friendly, and when I interviewed here the residents with families seemed to have a good life/work balance. 

Erika Snow

Erika Snow

Erika Snow

Hometown: Sweet Home, OR

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Undergrad: Oregon State University; University of Rochester (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Undetermined 

My hobbies are: Hiking, Reading, Crafting and exploring breweries with my dog 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the local cuisine and activities 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The level of support the program provides, my co-residents, multiple sites with diverse patient populations, block education 

Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thompson

Hometown: Edina, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: I don't know what area of Pediatrics I'll pursue, but I do know that I have a passion for advocacy. I can't wait to get more involved as a provider.

My hobbies are: Running, golfing, singing, cooking, trying to stay active when I can!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking around the lakes and by the river.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I'm very attached to Minnesota and the University in particular. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the leadership. They are committed to improving how doctors are educated!

Program Committee Member: Program Evaluation Committee; Wellbeing and Resilience Committee

Nathan Wegmann

Nathan Wegmann

Nathan Wegmann

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: Macalester College; University of Minnesota (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Undecided 

My hobbies are: Almost anything outdoors, hiking, biking, running, skiing etc...

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Going for a run down summit avenue or relaxing and grabbing a drink on any of the wonderful restaurant patios (WA Frost in particular)

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great global health opportunities, the opportunity to practice in multiple settings in the twin cities and because the twin cities are just a great place to live. 

Aaron Westreich

Aaron Westreich

Aaron Westreich

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Undergrad: Yeshivat Bais Yisroel (Bachelor's), Thomas Edison State University (B.A.); Ner Israel Rabbinical College (Master's)

My medical interests and career direction are: Allergy/Immunology

My hobbies are: Finding every possible way to make my kiddo laugh, playing escape rooms with my wife, board/party games, podcasting, watching any movie with a superhero in it (Jedi's included!), cooking when I have a chance 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Just a leisurely afternoon relaxing/strolling around any of our beautiful lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was really impressed with the exceptional breadth and diversity of the clinical experience at UofM as well as how genuinely supportive and resident-friendly the program is. Hands down one of the best decisions I ever made!

Chief Residents

The Pediatric Chief Residents for 2019 - 2020

Heidi Moline

Heidi Moline

Heidi Moline

Hometown: Rapid City, SD

Medical School: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of South Dakota; Emory University (M.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Infectious disease and public health. 

My hobbies are: Hiking, biking, volleyball, travel. 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the local parks, lakes, and trails. And Twins games! 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I knew I wanted to stay involved with public health during residency, and was blown away by the opportunities available within this program. With the proximity and relationships with the Minnesota Department of Health, the School of Public Health, CIDRAP, and the Division of Global Pediatrics, the possibilities really are endless. For me, the UofM offered a perfect blend of rigorous pediatric training, access to public health opportunities, and supportive leadership all in an inspiring academic environment.

Vishal Naik

Vishal Naik

Vishal Naik

Hometown: Schaumburg, Illinois

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Undergrad: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

My medical interests and career direction are: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care

My hobbies are: Biking, spending time with fellow residents, astrophysics 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Eating (being a foodie in the Twin Cities is wonderful)....and then biking it off around the lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The different clinical sites - gaining experience in a variety of clinical settings (University, Private, County) 

Ashley Phimister

Ashley Phimister

Ashley Phimister

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Cardiology

My hobbies are: Cooking, spending time with family, Netflix, and reading.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Trying new restaurants

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Working at multiple sites provides for a diversity of experiences and the Twin Cities are a great place to live.

Kate Policht

Kate Policht

Kate Policht

Hometown: Bartlett, IL

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Undergrad: Loyola University (B.S., M.B.A.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Hospitalist

My hobbies are: Cooking, netflix, friending dogs on instagram

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking/walking around Lake of the Isles, trying new breweries and restaurants  

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The diversity of experience and training we get at all the different hospitals we staff around the twin cities

 

The Cutest Class

The Cutest Class

See below for the cutest class in residency: from feathery to furry, going through residency without them just wouldn't be the same!

Stella Balay

Stella Balay

Stella Balay

This is Stella, she’s an Australian Shepard we adopted last year. She loves napping more than anything, prefers humans over dogs, and is unsure what exactly dog toys are supposed to be used for.

Artemis Becker

Artemis Becker

Artemis Becker

Artemis is a 2-year-old calico/tortoiseshell. 
Cute fact: She will stick her entire face in a glass of milk if you're not watching it.

Kali Belgum

Kali Belgum

Kali Belgum

Kali is a sweet quarter-horse (who loves apples and carrots and months when I’m on electives in the spring or fall)

Leia and Jack London (Belgum)

Leia and Jack London (Belgum)

Leia and Jack London

Their favorite weeks of the year are when I’m on nights (aka lots of daytime napping).

Nadia Boes

Nadia Boes

Nadia Boes

Nadia is a puggle who was adopted last year by Morgan's sister. But Nadia gets to hang out with Morgan a lot and come to happy hour occasionally, so she's essentially part of the family. 
 
Likes --> treats and to sit on your lap. She prefers to be a lap dog to see all the activity. 
Dislikes --> Large trucks, Nadia will bark at large vehicles as they go by.

Zeus Borkar

Zeus Borkar

Zeus Borkar

Charles and Seamus Dimitrov

Charles and Seamus Dimitrov

Charles and Seamus Dimitrov

Seamus is our orange boy cat. He’s about 2 years old and already larger than Charles, who is 10 years old. Seamus loves to eat and sleep, especially eat.
Charles is the black and white guy, he thinks he’s a guard dog and is very devoted to his family. He plays fetch and likes to hoard stolen hair ties under the couch. He’s also an international traveler!
Both boys are very good with the new addition to the family, although we suspect that Seamus only recently noticed something had changed. 

Moose Dorsey-Spitz

Moose Dorsey-Spitz

Moose Dorsey-Spitz

Hi I’m Moose, my mom named me that cuz I’m a BIG ole boy. I’m an 8 mo old bernese mountain dog, pushing 80lbs and I don’t know how to control my body quiet yet. First thing in the morning I sit on my moms head to wake her up. I love giving big hugs and kisses to everyone I meet even if they don’t want it. I like taking mom on walks and chasing cheeseburger wrappers in our neighborhood. If I could eat all day, every day, I would. I love wrestling, playing tug o war and hanging out with fellow fur balls big or small. Most of all I love wrestling with my sister, but it’s hit or miss if she lets me. 

Oakley Dorsey-Spitz

Oakley Dorsey-Spitz

Oakley Dorsey-Spitz

Hi I’m Oakley. I’m the brains of the household. I’m an 8yr old Rhodesian mix, don’t let the grays fool you. I’m young at heart and feisty as ever. I spend my days lounging but would prefer to be running miles and hiking with mom. Maybe when she’s off inpatient month we’ll do that again. I live for playing catch. Ball is life. I’m super protective and make sure no other fur creature messes with mom. Still don’t know why she brought moose home, but I tolerate it for now cuz he cleans my paws and ears occasionally. 

Oscar Graf

Oscar Graf

Oscar Graf

Oscar enjoys sitting/standing on my yoga mat while I'm exercising, doing laps through the house in the middle of the night, and trying to bury his bone in the wood floor. He may look like a puppy, but he's 9 years old! He has about 5 teeth, urinary retention, and a fractured toe. He won't give kisses or sit in your lap, but he's very affectionate, and will curl up next to you and force you to pet him.

Eowyn Harasymiw

Eowyn Harasymiw

Eowyn Harasymiw

At thirteen years old, her body is slowing down, but she's still young at heart. She loves swimming, tennis balls, corn on the cob, and all kinds of berries. She is the sweet, loving glue that holds our little family together.

Sebastian Harasymiw

Sebastian Harasymiw

Sebastian Harasymiw

AKA "the buddy". He keeps us on our toes with his supernatural ability to get into anything and everything (to the tune of some really painful vet bills and a hospital stay or three). He makes up for it all, though, with his world class snuggles.

Simone Harasymiw

Simone Harasymiw

Simone Harasymiw

AKA "little boo". The household bug killer extraordinaire. She loves sunbeams and napping in her heated cat bed year-round (we sometimes wonder if she's actually cold blooded).

Dixie Hedstrom

Dixie Hedstrom

Dixie Hedstrom

Great at photo shoots, only eats certain types of wet food (fave is whitefish tuna filets (not patè))

Walter Hedstrom

Walter Hedstrom

Walter Hedstrom

Loves playing with friends and chewing dad’s shoes. Just an all around loveable guy!

Loki Hocutt

Loki Hocutt

Loki Hocutt

The emperor himself. Likes include food, sunbathing, food, cuddling with the dog (when it's his idea) and making a nest of blankets on the couch. Dislikes include when Dad leaves for work, when there is no food in his bowl, and cuddling with the dog (when it's not his idea).

Rogue Hocutt

Rogue Hocutt

Rogue Hocutt

The overly friendly "guard dog". Likes include a good stick, wading in a lake, and herding humans. Dislikes include actually swimming in a lake, fireworks, thunderstorms, and being asked to lie down when there is so much to do and see.

Boy Scout Martinez

Boy Scout Martinez

Boy Scout Martinez

Likes: long walks, squeaky toys, playing ball, sticks, snuggles, romping in the snow
Dislikes: swimming, sharing toys, squirrels
Fun fact: I'm a herding dog and I love to play by "herding" all of my toys to the upstairs bedroom.

Einstein McHugh

Einstein McHugh

Einstein McHugh

Einstein is a 7 year old corgi who likes strangers, laps, and peanut butter snacks. He is very much an only child and is learning to make friends slowly. He likes to lay at the window and people and dog watch and loves to snuggle on the couch to watch Veronica Mars. His future besties are Gunter and Stella, but he doesn’t know this yet. 

Izzy and Chloe Mustonen

Izzy and Chloe Mustonen

Izzy and Chloe Mustonen

Izzy (White Tortie) is rambunctious, fun loving and can make a toy out of anything. You know she was raised by dogs, as she sits, comes, and follows you around!

Chloe (Orange Tortie) is sweet, well-adjusted, and well-mannered. Being the oldest pet in the household affords Chloe the luxury of ruling the house.

Remy and Rylee Mustonen

Remy and Rylee Mustonen

Remy and Rylee Mustonen

Remy (Black Lab / Beagle) is full of energy and loves to chase squirrels - he will even climb trees! He enjoys long walks, jumping off docks into lakes, and is a rascal for attention. He will snuggle for hours if you let him!

Rylee is a mix of German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute and Great Pyrenees. Rylee’s favorite toy is her ball, her favorite food is green pepper and she would play with kids all day if she could. She is a vocal girl; she will tell you how her day was and what she wants, when she wants it! But she loves to curl up and cuddle, too!

Reggie Paul

Reggie Paul

Reggie Paul

Reggie's likes: Loves belly rubs. And when I work nights because he gets to sleep all day and night with his favorite people to cuddle with.

Reggie's dislikes: the chickens (because they peck at him and all he wants to do is eat their food not them...)

The Pauls (Phoebe, Poxy, Fancy Nancy, Spicy, Toucan, and Margaret Hatcher)

The Pauls (Phoebe, Poxy, Fancy Nancy, Spicy, Toucan, and Margaret Hatcher)

Phoebe, Poxy, Fancy Nancy, Spicy, Toucan, and Margaret Hatcher

Likes- mealworms, cucumbers, watermelon, and when it rains because then all the yummy bugs come out.

Dislikes- Reggie’s tail because they seem to want to peck it. They do not like asparagus.


Fun chicken info- they live outside all year round. They haven’t started laying eggs yet but will at 5 months- then they lay 6 eggs per week each! 

Zoey and Charlie Barr (Quinn)

Zoey and Charlie Barr (Quinn)

Zoey BarrCharlie Barr

Meet Zoey (black lab) & Charlie (yellow lab) Barr! They are sisters from the same litter and are about 1.5 years old! They love playing fetch at Minnehaha dog park, pup-creams from Pumphouse Creamery, belly rubs, checking out new breweries with our Sidewalk Dog pass, and falling asleep using each other as a pillow!  Dislikes include their post-swimming ear drops and when squirrels are just out of reach on top of the fence in the backyard. They’re excited to be flower girls at mom & dad’s wedding next summer!

Randy Rokosz

Randy Rokosz

Randy Rokosz

Randy is a lab mix from Spot’s Last Stop
Likes: Long walks, swimming, and playing with his friends.
Dislikes: Baths and when my parents leave me.
Fun fact: My full name is Randall, after Camp Randall where the Wisconsin Badgers play.

Louie Signor

Louie Signor

Louie Signor

Louie is a lover of all people and all dogs, will do anything for a treat and enjoys his days playing fetch in our backyard.

Roxy West

Roxy West

Roxy West

Roxy loves when her baby brother "accidentally" drops food for her to eat and she hates having to get out of bed too early in the morning.