Meet Our Residents

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

Class of 2020

The Pediatric Residency Class of 2020

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.)

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

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

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: I'm interested in working as a Hospitalist or specializing in Hematology - Oncology 

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: My interests include patient advocacy, narrative medicine, quality improvement, and global health... not sure where I'll end up yet!

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. 

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

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 Krause

Leah Krause

Leah Krause

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction are: NICU, PICU or EM

My hobbies are: Crossfit and photography 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Boating on Lake Minnetonka

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: I'm not sure yet, but I'm currently thinking of doing the Medical Devices Center's Innovation Fellows Program before an endocrine fellowship. I would love to be able to combine my engineering background with my medical career!

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. 

Timothy Marinelli

Timothy Marinelli

Timothy Marinelli

Hometown: Narberth, PA

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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: Cardiology 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

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Beth Mittelstet

Beth Mittelstet

Beth Mittelstet

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Undergrad: Texas Tech University

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.

Emma Pabarcus

Emma Pabarcus

Emma Pabarcus

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

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

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! 

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: Heme/onc or hospitalist medicine

My hobbies are: Biking, baking, and spending time with family and friends! 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking to Minnehaha falls and trying different craft breweries

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? It's a very supportive program and I thought the people were amazing! 

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!

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: NICU, Primary care, Hospitalist

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!

Class of 2019

The Pediatric Residency Class of 2019

Hager Ahmed Mohammed

Hager Ahmed Mohammed

Hager Ahmed Mohammed

Medical School: University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine

Sahar Ahmed

Sahar Ahmed

Sahar Ahmed

Medical School: University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine

Briana Bruce

Briana Bruce

Briana Bruce

Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergrad: Creighton University

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care and integrative medicine

My hobbies are: Spending time with my family, enjoying nature, cooking, golfing, yoga

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking to the St. Paul Farmer's Market

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I chose the program for multiple reasons... the location, the diverse opportunities we experience at different rotation sites and most importantly the people!

Lauren Buckley

Lauren Buckley

Lauren Carlson

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Dorothy Curran

Dorothy Curran

Dorothy Curran

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Kate Follese

Kate Follese

Kate Follese

Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin

Robert Galvin

Robert Galvin

Robert Galvin

Hometown: London, UK

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Undergrad: DePaul University

Kalli Hess

Kalli Hess

Kalli Hess

Hometown: Pipestone, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: Concordia College

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care 

My hobbies are: I love to do basically anything outdoors, but especially hiking and hammocking. I also enjoy reading, arts and crafts (especially knitting), going to concerts, frequenting coffee shops, and if I have time I love to take ballet lessons.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: I love spending time by the lakes (any one of the many, many lakes in the area) during the summer and fall. I went sailboating last summer on Lake Calhoun and it was one of the most wonderful experiences.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? As a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, I had a great inside view of the residency program during my third and fourth years. While rotating at almost all of our sites during my clerkships, I knew that the program had many extensive, quality learning opportunities as well as a very supportive teachers. I loved that the residency program has such a variety of sites and that the Twin Cities is SO diverse, and I wanted to be sure to have experiences taking care of children in many different life situations. Additionally, I had experienced previous residents to be incredibly warm, supportive, and fun - even in the most stressful situations. Finally, I am the classic life-long Minnesotan - I LOVE everything about Minnesota and love that I am close to family and friends!

Bryan Jepson

Bryan Jepson

Bryan Jepson

Hometown: Woodbury, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction are: Academic medicine and potentially cardiology fellowship training

My hobbies are: Soccer, music, hiking/camping, running, traveling, snacking

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Spending time outside

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great training, amazing people, and diverse patient population. Living in MN is a plus!

Stephen Knier

Stephen Knier

Stephen Knier

Hometown: Richfield, MN

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: Oral Roberts University

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care, Development and Behavior

My hobbies are: Watching the NBA (go Timberwolves!), spending time with my wife and daughter, playing basketball, reading, hanging out with friends

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Finding great places to eat, watching professional sports games (Timberwolves, Wild, Twins, etc.)

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I had such a great experience here on interview day and during my sub-internship on the GI team. All the residents and staff were so friendly and so knowledgeable. I also loved the atmosphere of learning and how everyone seemed to have a growth mindset. Our program director, Dr. Borman-Shoap is also a huge part of the draw of the program - she has a great way of seeing everyone in the program as a learner with an expected growth curve, and also sees each of us residents as more than just doctors, but also as people with personal lives and families that need care and attention. The program is really family-friendly, which I found out firsthand when my daughter was born during the first few months of residency. I just love it here. Minnesota is also where I grew up - it's great to be back in MN!

CJ Koozer

CJ Koozer

C J Koozer

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: Nebraska Wesleyan University

Shawn Mahmud

Shawn Mahmud

Shawn Mahmud

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: St. Olaf College

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric rheumatology and basic/translational immunology

My hobbies are: Spending time with my wife and kids, fishing, canoeing, skiing, and occasionally dusting off my banjo or guitar

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Anything involving a lake and a calm, sunny summer day

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The option to complete an accelerated research pathway via the Peds physician scientist training program, wonderful faculty and a broad array of subspecialists to learn from, great program leadership who value our input, the opportunity to train at multiple sites and learn that not everything can be done only one way, and the fact that my family is here and we all wanted to stay.

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? I happy to talk to anyone interested in our PSTP or residency program and help them make the wise career decision to train here!

Nathan Messbarger

Nathan Messbarger

Nathan Messbarger

Hometown: Kearney, NE

Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Undergrad: Creighton University

My medical interests and career direction are: Hospitalist

My hobbies are: Running, hiking, fishing, tennis, NETFLIX!

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

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Our program offers exposure to multiple sites, practice styles, and EMRs building flexible and well rounded physicians. The unique population in the twin cities offers an incredibly diverse base of pathology. The cities are a great place to live as long as you can put up with the winter. The residents and attendings here are truly amazing!

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) 

Mike Nieto

Mike Nieto

Mike Nieto

Hometown: Corona del Mar, CA

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

Undergrad: Saint Mary's College of California

My medical interests and career direction are: Sports Medicine 

My hobbies are: BJJ, snowboarding, cycling, my dogs

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Riding/running on the trails around the lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Strong subspecialty training with exposure to 3 different hospital settings and patient populations. 

Ashley Phimister

Ashley Phimister

Ashley Phimister

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

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: Undecided! between hospitalist and endocrinology

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

 

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.

Stacy Romero Willson

Stacy Romero Willson

Stacy Romero-Willson

Hometown: Westminster, Colorado

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Colorado; George Washington University (M.P.H.)

Meghan Ryan

Meghan Ryan

Meghan Ryan

Hometown: Boone, Iowa 

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: University of Iowa

My medical interests and career direction are: Hematology oncology

My hobbies are: Spending time with family, golfing, playing card games

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Going to the dog parks

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Close to family and strong program

Ben Ryba-White

Ben Ryba-White

Ben Ryba-White

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Kansas

My medical interests and career direction are: Ambulatory care

My hobbies are: Playing with my dogs, being outside, watching shows/movies

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Taking my dog to the Minnehaha dog park

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I have family up here, my fiance is from here.

Anne Schendel

Anne Schendel

Anne Schendel

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergrad: Iowa State University

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care

My hobbies are: Walking, cooking, sailing, sewing, and spending time with friends and family

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Lots of great restaurants and plenty of lakes!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The program offered great experience in a wide range of pediatric care and I liked that we get to rotate at several different hospitals. I also thought the residents I worked with on my away rotation here were team players and easy to work with -- it's still true!  

Ariel Stein

Ariel Stein

Ariel Stein

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Chelsey Zahler

Chelsey Zahler

Chelsey Zahler

Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: Iowa State University of Science and Technology

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care

My hobbies are: Travel, hiking, hockey, and anything outside 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Depends on the season, right now I'd say going to the apple orchards. 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Lots of reasons! It's a strong program, I liked the chance to work at many hospitals, and of course the proximity to home for me. 

Class of 2018

The Pediatric Residency Class of 2018

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson

Hometown: St. Louis Park, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: Bethel University

Julie Ansbaugh

Julie Ansbaugh

Julie Ansbaugh

Hometown: Logan, Utah

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Utah

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care pediatrics + nursery

My hobbies are: Triathlon, outdoors in general, fancy cocktails, hilarious adult intramural sports

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Open water swimming and paddleboarding the lakes/Mississippi

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great diversity of training environments in an AWESOME city.

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? Couples matched for the win!

Lauren Bray

Lauren Bray

Lauren Bray

Hometown: Victoria, MN

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Iowa

My medical interests and career direction are: General outpatient pediatrics

My hobbies are: Reading, spending time with friends and family, boating, skiing, spending time up north, and traveling.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Trying out all of the amazing restaurants!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Minnesota is home which was my initial draw to the program. Then, I was fortunate enough to do an externship during my fourth year of medical school and found all of the residents and faculty very welcoming, helpful, and supportive which solidified my interest in the program.

Megan Camerino

Megan Camerino

Megan Camerino

Hometown: Elk River, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: College of Saint Benedict

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care!

My hobbies are: Reading for fun, fixing up my house, watching movies, knitting

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Walking around the lakes in the summertime

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Because I really enjoyed the atmosphere and people when I was here for medical school. And Minnesota is home!

Rachel DeVries

Rachel DeVries

Rachel DeVries

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: Concordia College

My medical interests and career direction are: Underserved and refugee population, local global health. I plan to do primary care pediatrics in the Twin Cities.

My hobbies are: Yoga, running, and most recently hanging out with my newborn

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Checking out different microbreweries

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I love the global health track and the exposure to multiple different hospitals which broadens our exposure to different ways health care can be practiced.

Karl Eckberg

Karl Eckberg

Karl Eckberg

Hometown: Batavia, IL

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Dayton

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary care, interest in children with special or complex health care needs

My hobbies are: Playing with my kids, board games

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Playing in the parks with my kids. So many to love!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Easy choice because of having family close by. Was my top choice because everyone was friendly and easy to work with, able to work in a variety of settings, very family friendly, flexibility in scheduling, able to capitalize on my interests by creating educational opportunities that fit my interests.

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? Would love to talk to anyone about having kids in the Twin Cities as well and sharing my interest in complex care. 

JoAnna Ekstrom

JoAnna Ekstrom

JoAnna Ekstrom

Hometown: Yardley, PA

Medical School: Karolinska Institutet Medicinska Fakulteten

Undergrad: Kenyon College

My medical interests and career direction are: I am interested in medical education, and am planning on a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship.

My hobbies are: Traveling and running

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring all the different markets and festivals.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I was drawn to the camaraderie of the residents in the program, the diversity of the different hospitals, and the mix of gen peds and specialty care.

Hannah Esdal

Hannah Esdal

Hannah Esdal

Hometown: Northfield, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: Macalester College

My medical interests and career direction are: Outpatient pediatrics, genetics as encountered in a primary care setting

My hobbies are: Salsa dancing, exploring Minnesota state parks, cross-country skiing, figure drawing and painting

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Canoeing the chain of lakes with a break for a midday picnic

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The program offered a balance of primary care and specialty exposure, adequate volume as I prefer to learn by doing, and geographically was close to family

 

Meghan Fanta

Meghan Fanta

Meghan Fanta

Hometown: Hillsboro, WI

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

Undergrad: Colgate University

My medical interests and career direction are: Hospitalist, medical education, ???

My hobbies are: Running, volleyball, family 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Brunch or being by the lakes

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I wanted a bigger program with strong inpatient medicine. I really liked and heard great things about Emily Borman-Shoap from the residents. I was impressed with the global health support and structure.  

Dustin Hansen

Dustin Hansen

Dustin Hansen

Hometown: Rice, MN

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergrad: Saint John's University

My medical interests and career direction are: I am pursuing a fellowship in pediatric critical care. I also have interests in quality improvement and patient safety as well as global health. 

My hobbies are: Biking, hiking, skiing, cooking, and visiting all of the great restaurants and breweries the Twin Cities has to offer. 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Riding my bike around the lakes. 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great program in a great city. Overall wonderful diversity of experiences at many different hospitals with many different faculty. It's a busy program where you learn by doing and learn by taking care of patients. It's also a great place to live when you don't have to work. 

Saki Ikeda

Saki Ikeda

Saki Ikeda

Hometown: Yokohama, JPN

Medical School: Chiba University School of Medicine

Claire Ives

Claire Ives

Claire Ives

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Undergrad: Creighton University

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric Hospitalist 

My hobbies are: Cheering on the Creighton Jays, cooking, running

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the city on a bike! 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The experience that comes with going to 4 very different hospitals makes this program unique and comprehensive. On my interview day I loved the vibe of the program, the residents, the faculty, and program director. The Twin Cities are vibrant with tons of restaurants, outdoor activities, sporting events, and festivals! 

Alicia Kemp

Alicia Kemp

Alicia Kemp

Hometown: East Side of St. Paul.

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: St. Olaf College

My medical interests and career direction are: PCP, newborn nursery.

My hobbies are: Hiking, biking, cooking, paper flower crafting, reading.

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Outdoor spaces!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Multi-site model, patient diversity, Minnesota Nice :)

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? I love cats

Christian Nagel

Christian Nagel

Christian Nagel

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction are: Neonatology and early childhood development

My hobbies are:

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Biking, going to theaters, enjoying street festivals.

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Close to home with great research opportunities. 

Any additional information you'd like to share about yourself? I'm a proud Minneapolitan and I would be happy to tell you the multitude of reasons you should move here. 

Danielle Quallich

Danielle Quallich

Danielle Quallich

Hometown: Portage, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Undergrad: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

My medical interests and career direction are: Hospitalist 

My hobbies are: Rock climbing, yoga, reading for fun, crocheting

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Picking a new restaurant to go to whenever we go out to dinner-- there are so many good ones!

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? I love the multiple children's hospitals! With so many sites we see a very diverse patient population.

 

Sarah Raatz

Sarah Raatz

Sarah Raatz

Hometown: Pontiac, MI

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Undergrad: Michigan State University

Julia Rubin-Smith

Julia Rubin-Smith

Julia Rubin-Smith

Hometown: Boston, MA

Medical School: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences

Undergrad: Vassar College; Harvard School of Public Health (M.S.P.H.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Global Health, NICU/PICU

My hobbies are: Traveling the world, yoga, rock climbing, biking, + anything creative!

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Exploring the outdoors, hanging out at the farmers' market, seeing shows at the Guthrie (and other theaters around town)

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Great reputation and strong Global Peds program

Emma Schempf

Emma Schempf

Emma Schempf

Hometown: Edina, MN

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care Outpatient Pediatrician

My hobbies are: hiking, strolling, cooking, lounging, 

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Eating outside on a patio in nice weather

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? The people in this program are my kind of people - caring, hard working, and fun to be around. 

Cally Scherber

Cally Scherber

Cally Scherber

Hometown: Robbinsdale, MN

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Undergrad: University of Minnesota

McKayla Schmitt

McKayla Schmitt

McKayla Schmitt

Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota

Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Undergrad: University of North Dakota

My medical interests and career direction are: Sports medicine

My hobbies are: Running, hiking, home improvement projects, playing with my dog

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Running - there are so many beautiful lakes and parks 

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? We have such a wide variety of clinical experiences that I truly feel ready to practice in any setting after residency. This is the most supportive environment I have ever been a part of, from fellow residents all the way to faculty and leadership. 

William Sveen

William Sveen

William Sveen

Hometown: Bismarck, ND

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Undergrad: Bethel University; Loyola University (M.A.)

My medical interests and career direction are: Pediatric critical care, academic bioethics

My hobbies are: Drawing, weight lifting, audiobooks and podcast listening, cocktail making, snake keeping, metal listening, city biking, Netflix watching

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Cant' pick one, here are multiple highlights: MN State Fair; miles of bike paths for easy commuting; Open Book, CO Exhibitions, VACVVM for art; Twin Cities Reptiles; Sea Wolf Tattoo Company; First Avenue for music venues; many amazing restaurants

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Large academic program, highly involved faculty who are responsive to feedback, acuity and diversity or patients prepares well for fellowships, multiple hospitals provides opportunities to see different systems, plus supportive family around.

Diana Thyssen

Diana Thyssen

Diana Thyssen

Hometown: The Northeast

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Undergrad: Lehigh University

My medical interests and career direction are: Primary Care Pediatrics in the Twin Cities

My hobbies are: Watching Netflix with my husband and dog, Penny

My favorite activity in the Twin Cities is: Visiting breweries and trying new restaurants

Why did you choose the UofM Peds Residency Program? Because we work in children's hospitals vs a pediatric floor within an adult hospital; for the size of the program; and for the multiple sites that we rotate at

Joe Woolley

Joe Woolley

Joe Woolley

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin