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FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS
Carl Bellinger, DO
- Hometown: Hudson, WI
- Undergraduate Degree: BA in Psychology/Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Medical school: Andrew Taylor Still University in Kirksville MO
Family Medicine has always been a natural fit for me. It allows me the flexibility to work with a wide variety of medical issues and a wide variety of people. It was perfect for me as a guy that liked everything during my clinical years. It also appeals to me that it allows us to intervene in disease processes when they are at their most modifiable. We are able to change people's lives by focusing on health earlier in these disease processes. I was drawn to Aurora because of their excellent Osteopathic education and focus on integrative medicine. Additionally, it was also the only program where I spent much of my time talking with their faculty about resident health/mental health. It showed how much they cared about their student's well-being while still ensuring an excellent educational experience. For my free time, I am an avid in-doorsman and enjoy media in all forms: movies, video games and books. I love to travel and hope to spend significant time learning about global medicine with a goal of returning to India where I spent time during my undergrad learning about that medical system. My future goals are a broad spectrum outpatient practice and be active within the international community.
Vy Dinh, MD
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Undergraduate Degree: Biology/Psychology
- Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
My interest in Family Medicine stemmed from my experiences growing up in inner city Chicago as a Vietnamese boat refugee, where I learned of the importance of community and other social determinants of health. During medical school, I worked with many family physicians that often went beyond the scope of their practice to come up with creative solutions for their patients' problems. Their pragmatism reminded me of the can-do attitude that helped my family survive during our assimilation in America. I was specifically drawn to the Aurora program because of its commitment to serving a diverse, urban underserved population. Because I rotated here as a student, I knew that it provides strong clinical training within a progressive learning environment. Furthermore, Milwaukee is such a humble, smaller version of Chicago! Spare time or not, I always make time for yoga, my family, and stress cooking/baking (and photographing them for my Instagram account). My hobbies include volleyball, exploring the great outdoors, and doing lots of crafts (knitting, crocheting, and polymer clay sculpting miniature food for my daughter). I would love to make an impact in refugee health, integrative medicine, and lactation medicine throughout my career as a family physician.
Itamar Gnatt, MD
- Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel
- Undergraduate Degree: Biology B.A, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Medical School: Technion American Medical School
Family medicine is unique in the ability to treat any age group, anytime, anywhere. During my family medicine rotation in Israel, I enjoyed seeing patients of many different countries and cultures, with issues ranging from rare genetic diseases to the common cold. The supervising family physician had a very broad knowledge of many fields and excellent rapport with his patients, taking care of their each and every need. Consequently, I developed a thirst for variety and serving the entire community.
During the interview season I was impressed with Aurora's curriculum and people I met; it seemed a natural fit. My fiancé Tzipi and I are excited to open a new chapter of our lives together in the Midwest.
Yelena Goschin, MD
- Hometown: Mequon, WI
- Undergraduate Degree: BA in Biology and Russian Literature and Language, Univ of WI- Madison
- Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
As a third year medical student, I was drawn to Family Medicine because it combined everything I loved about various medical practices into one discipline. Being able to care for patients at every stage of life allows me to be a well-rounded and holistic practitioner. Access to comprehensive primary care is vital to improving the health of our population. I choose Aurora because of the people and principles they stand by. This program is dedicated to training physicians who use integrative techniques to empower patients in an underserved community. I am thrilled to return home to Milwaukee and be able to serve the community in this way. Coming from a multicultural family, I am excited for my husband to discover all the diversity this city has to offer. We look forward to exploring the city and surrounding areas and making Milwaukee our home. I'm sure our new puppy will love the trails and parks that abound in southeastern Wisconsin.
Melissa Grube, MD
- Hometown: Woodville, WI
- Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Microbiology
- Medical School: University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine and Public Health
I chose to be a family medicine physician because I believe in the power of relationships built over time to support, motivate, and empower patients toward improvement in health. We all need someone in our corner who is available and invested in our wellbeing, no matter what comes up or how complicated life (or the healthcare system) can get, and I believe this field allows me to truly be that for my patients. This program includes a focus on ambulatory care training and strong opportunities in mental health, geriatrics, and sports medicine which are big interests of mine, and it was the first interview where I really felt at home. It also allows my husband and I with our new baby girl to live nearer the in-laws and to Milwaukee with its plethora of exciting and amazing things to do (and eat!). Outside of work, I love hiking, yoga, cooking, traveling, and actively engaging with my church community. After residency I hope to work in a broad spectrum outpatient practice and with nursing homes and rural ER.
Thomas (TJ) Harrington, DO
- Hometown: Bourbonnais, IL
- Undergraduate Degree: BS Kinesiology, University of North Texas
- Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Family medicine is a unique opportunity to provide holistic, long-term, and relationship-based care. I believe including a patient's family in the decision making and care plan reduces uncertainty and anxiety while improving the health care experience and outcome. As a family physician, I want to be considered part my patient's family and someone they can depend on in time of need. I strive to deliver integrative health care, which I define as the intelligent blending of lifestyle medicine (nutrition, exercise, stress management) with my osteopathic medical education while emphasizing the patient-provider relationship.
When considering residency, I sought a program that would nurture my interests in OMT, integrative health, behavioral health, and obstetrics while providing a supportive and inspiring environment to learn in. Aurora's commitment to these areas of medicine and resident's well-being made the program a perfect fit. Additionally, the passion, warmth, and fellowship I felt from the staff, faculty, and residents during my time here made me feel at home. My family and I are excited to become part of the Milwaukee community and experience all its diversity, arts, and outdoor life. Outside of medicine my enjoyment comes from spending time with my wife and 4 children, reading, exercising, gardening, automotive restoration, fishing, and coaching sports.
Dane Olsen, MD
- Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
- Undergraduate Degree: BS Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Medical School: St. Georges University, Grenada
I was drawn to Family Medicine for the profound connections that you can form with patients. Family physicians have the unique perspective of treating patients from 'womb to tomb'. There is a different level of trust that is fostered between a patient and family practitioner. In that regard, I am honored to begin forming these bonds with my patients. And what a better place to do so than in Milwaukee! I am overjoyed to be returning to my roots to practice medicine. From the moment I set foot in St. Luke's I could tell that there was a dedicated group of physicians and staff. A feeling of community and family was present. That is why I knew that Aurora would be a great fit for me. Apart from medicine, I have a number of passions, however one I hold near and dear to my heart is spending time camping with my father. We have taken a number of trips into the wilderness with only a canoe and a backpack. A return to nature from time to time is necessary! In the future I would like to spend time working with underserved areas. I also have an interest in integrative medicine, and can't wait to incorporate it into my outpatient practice.
Leslie Rabaut, DO
- Hometown: Grosse Pointe, Michigan
- Undergraduate: Michigan State University
- Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi! My name is Leslie, and I am so excited to be starting my residency in Family Medicine at Aurora! My journey to family medicine and to Aurora has been an interesting one. Since I was in grade school, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. However, I was certain I was destined to be a surgeon. Once I started on my surgical subspecialty rotation in the third year of medical school, I quickly discovered I was mistaken. I found that I wanted a deeper connection with my patients, and I didn't feel that the surgical quick-fixes were truly addressing the chronic disease issues at hand. I also came to realize, throughout my rotations, that I was not satisfied with simply treating one aspect of my patient's health and neglecting those that didn't pertain to the specialty. Family medicine was perfect choice for me because it enabled me to build relationships with my patients, to care for all of their health needs, and to emphasize preventative medicine. Aurora's program stood out to me because of its emphasis on Integrative Medicine, which I personally believe is the future of outpatient medicine. I feel privileged to be part of a program that is embracing forward-thinking alternative therapies. I have no family or friends in Milwaukee (yet), but I am moving all the way to Wisconsin because I know that Aurora is a very special program. I can't wait to get started at Aurora and to explore Wisconsin and all of the nature and craft beer it has to offer!
Priti Rana, DO
- Hometown: Monroe, WI
- Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Biology
- Medical School: Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
I chose to pursue family medicine because of the relationship I get to form with my patients. I get to see and hear about their questions and concerns firsthand and am first in line to help solve their problems. In addition, I love the breadth of scope that family medicine allows me to practice, everything from pediatrics to obstetrics to geriatrics. I chose Aurora's Family Medicine Residency Program in Milwaukee because of the opportunity it allows to work with a diverse patient population. I feel that the program will give me the experiences, tools, and support needed to succeed in practice after residency. In my freetime, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and cheering on the Packers and Badgers. As of right now, I am hoping to practice full spectrum family medicine with obstetrics.
Alice Shallcross, DO
- Hometown: Warrenville, Illinois
- Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in Integrative Physiology, and B.A. in Spanish, Language and Literature, University of Colorado in Boulder, CO
- Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV
My path to family medicine is the culmination of academic, personal, and community service-oriented life experiences that inspired me to enter into a profession where I could advocate for the health of my patients, stand up for social justice within my community, and embrace long-lasting established relationships with my patients. A combination of global health experiences in Honduras, Mexico and Bolivia, as well as my experience as an AmeriCorps health educator focusing on prevention of chronic disease and breastfeeding education at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Chicago, inspired me to pursue a career in primary care where I could serve a diverse under-served population. Throughout my medical school experience in rural Appalachia, I tried to keep an open mind in regards to all the specialties, but my heart kept coming back to family medicine and the fulfilling experience of being able to care for patients throughout the entire life cycle, from birth to death. I specifically chose the Aurora Health Care Program and Milwaukee for my training, as a means to train in an under-served urban community and work with a diverse population. I felt really encouraged after my interview day and time rotating at Aurora St. Luke's that the faculty, staff, and residents are truly motivated to provide comprehensive, holistic care to a diverse under-served population while addressing many of the barriers our patients and communities face. I am grateful for the opportunity to train at a community-based, university affiliated program with multifaceted clinical experiences and dedicated, supportive faculty. A bonus is the opportunity to be part of a training program which supports continued training in osteopathic manipulative therapy as well as longitudinal opportunities in integrative medicine and community health. As a Midwest native, I am looking forward to re-kindling my love for camping, hiking, and kayaking the beautiful lakes. My future goals after residency include working in an under-served community, providing full-spectrum primary care with a focus on adolescent medicine, women's health and obstetrics. I also have a growing interest in geriatrics and palliative care. A unique fact about me is I was a competitive figure skater throughout much of my childhood!
SECOND YEAR RESIDENTS
Natalia Arizmendez, MD
- Hometown: San Antonio, TX
- College: University of Texas at San Antonio
- Graduate Degree: Biology
- Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
There are several reasons why I chose family medicine, but in short, family medicine is a very rewarding career path with versatility. I want to interact directly with patients and work in underserved areas with the ability to perform procedures. Family medicine will give me the training I need to achieve my goals and more.
A fun fact or something unique about me is that I've trekked to Everest Basecamp without a guide or porter. My future career plans or goal is International and ringside medicine.
Matthew Gill, DO
- Hometown: Happy Valley, Oregon
- Undergraduate Degree: BS Public Health, Brigham Young University
- Graduate Degree: DO, Western University of Health Sciences-COMP
I chose Family Medicine because it is a communication based specialty that is best able to provide health care for those that have barriers to accessing healthcare. Additionally, primary care is the area of health care that has the largest opportunity to implement preventative medicine. Conditions can be minimized or sometimes completely avoided by using preventative measures. One of my main goals as a physician is to reduce the mortality and morbidity of diseases that my patients have. Preventative strategies such as prophylactic treatments and lifestyle modifications can drastically improve the quality of life for people receiving care from me.
I am specifically interested in HIV, preventative medicine, and geriatrics. I plan to have a practice providing primary care for the LGBTQ community, likely in an urban or metropolitan area.
I am excited to be relocating to Milwaukee to experience the mid-west in a metropolitan setting. My father is from Milwaukee, and I look forward to experiencing the area in a more meaningful way that short visits have allowed.
I enjoy restaurants, art museums, and live entertainment. It is very fulfilling for me to meet new people, try new experiences, and eat new things.
Alonzo Jalan, MD
- Hometown - Crookston, MN
- Undergraduate degree; Major - B.A. Biology
- College - Concordia College Moorhead, MN
- Graduate Degree; Major - M.S. Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University
- Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Almost every specialty has something I really enjoy. Family medicine was unique in that it was broad and aligned with my future professional and personal life goals.
I was looking for a program that had training in underserved areas and people committed to working in those areas. I had the benefit of being with Aurora for my 3rd and 4th years of medical school and found great mentors. Milwaukee has become one of my favorite cities because of the interesting cultures and numerous parks and places to enjoy.
One unique thing about me is that I grew up with seven sisters and one brother. My future plans are to be part of a medical school or residency program working in education and clinical care. I want to focus on health disparities, social justice, and public health.
Kayla Parsons, DO
- Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
- Carthage College in Kenosha, WI major was neuroscience, minor in Biology
- Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
I chose Family Medicine because of the variety it offers and the long term partnerships that are fostered between patient and clinician. It is a unique honor to provide care for an individual and their family for many years, often over several generations. My interests include preventative medicine, women's health, family planning, and integrative medicine. I knew after just a few days of my audition rotation with the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program in my 4th year of medical school that it was where I belong. The other residents and faculty were warm, kind, and made me feel right at home. I believe in order to be a truly outstanding clinician it is vital to take into account the broad range of factors that may be influencing the patient's health, as well as the many modalities of treatment which may be beneficial. One of the things that most impressed me about this program was the integrative medicine curriculum, along with the holistic approach to patient care that is taken.
My passions and hobbies outside of medicine include international travel, long distance running and cycling, yoga, vegetarian cooking, reading, knitting, and playing the flute. I grew up in Milwaukee, and was born at Sinai Hospital in fact, and look forward to spending more time with my family and younger siblings that still live in Milwaukee.
Rinal Patel, MD
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Undergraduate Degree; Loyola University Chicago, Biology and Anthropology
- Medical School: St. George's University
I chose family medicine so I can play a lead role in my patient's healthcare. As a primary physician, I can work one on one with patients and educate them, thus empowering them to make responsible decisions about their own healthcare. Therefore, together we can not only treat, but also prevent disease for the individuals we care for.
I was immediately drawn to Aurora simply for one reason: they care. It is evident that everyone at this program is dedicated to patient care and to each other. The teamwork and comradery is exceptional, which was amazing to see. Therefore, I felt comfortable choosing to be a part of this family for the next three years.
I have gotten to travel and live in many different locations during my time in medical school. I lived in the Caribbean and enjoyed the beautiful beaches and hot island sun for two years. I also met and adopted my adorable little puppy on the island and now she's back with me living lavishly in the states. I have also lived all over New York and have met amazing people and made a lot of new friends during this time.
As for the future, I want to work in an underserved community and hopefully start or join a free health clinic for immigrants and refugees.
Christina Quale, MD
- Hometown: Stoughton, Wisconsin
- Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, I had a family medicine provider for the majority of my life, and it was wonderful. I chose family medicine because I want to be able to really get to know my patients and be able to care for patients of all ages and through the different stages of their lives. I also love the versatility of family medicine and how many different paths are open for you to choose from in your future.
I knew that the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program was a perfect fit for me on my interview days because I immediately felt welcomed and felt like I was right at home. I chose Aurora for its supportive faculty and residents, and its strong, challenging curriculum. I was also drawn to the opportunities to train in sports medicine as well as integrative medicine. I am most interested in outpatient medicine, and plan to stay in Wisconsin after I finish my residency.
In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, my pets, my family and friends. I grew up on Lake Kegonsa in Stoughton, Wisconsin and have always loved water sports, including waterskiing, boating, swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. My husband and I enjoy watching a good movie and we love to travel.
Mary St. Clair, DO
- Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
- Undergraduate Degree:
- Major: Sports Medicine
- Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
I found Aurora Family Medicine when searching for a family medicine program that offered training in integrative medicine. At the AAFP conference in Kansas City, I visited the program booth and left feeling it could be the right fit. The program's strengths in sports medicine, integrative medicine, and OMT complemented my interests in these areas of medicine, and it was important to me to learn to practice in a state like Wisconsin that highly values family medicine. On my interview day, I was sold by the people I met. The faculty and residents seemed to continually seek ways to improve health care delivery to the Milwaukee community. The residents were passionate about their quality improvement projects, confident in their training, down-to-earth, and happy to be at Aurora; I could picture myself working and being friends with them.
Throughout my third year clinical experience, I identified most with the soul of a family doctor. I carry that "in it for the long haul" spirit with my patients, and I am ready to help them overcome their barriers to optimum health. Through continuous, therapeutic relationships, coordination of care, and connection to the community, family medicine provides the best platform to promote preventive medicine over a lifetime. Strong family medicine has the opportunity to make significant change in the health of our nation, and I am excited to join a field with others who support the future of primary care.
On the morning of my interview, I walked along the shore of Lake Michigan to catch the sunrise. I have always loved Lake Michigan because my family vacations in northern Michigan during the summer. I feel lucky that I now have the opportunity to practice medicine in a city where I can enjoy the benefits of lake life year round. Milwaukee also offers a vibrant city life, strong cultural and arts scene, festivals galore, endless outdoor adventures, and a close proximity to Chicago. I am looking forward to vegetable and fruit hunting at the Milwaukee public market, hosting a Friday night fish fry, learning to make frozen custard that can rival Kopp's, taking advantage of all the cheese Wisconsin has to offer, finding my fellow UVA HOOS fans in the city, joining a sailing club, and maybe even trying to surf on Lake Michigan.
When I finish residency, I will consider further fellowship training in integrative medicine and sports medicine. My long term goal is to work in and potentially build a multidisciplinary, integrative medicine wellness practice. This practice will offer broad spectrum family medicine, evidence-based alternative medicine, a gym, yoga studio, psychological counseling, and health education, nutrition, and cooking classes. As a tea enthusiast, I would also love to add a tea room to the practice!
Abdulrehman Siddiqui, MD
- Hometown: Fruitland, Maryland
- Medical School: University College Dublin
- Degree: MB BCh BAO
Having completed medical school in Ireland, a country with a public healthcare system, I realized the important role that primary care and prevention plays in the overall outcome of a society. I experienced a wide scope of medical specialties throughout medical school and ultimately came to realize how crucial it is for patients to have continuity of care and long-term healthcare goals. I want to help patients participate in their own health in order to improve healthcare outcomes and ease the burden on our healthcare system. Primary Care doctors serve as the gatekeepers of medicine, and with a focus on prevention, I hope to make a positive change in the community I'm working with.
I chose Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program because of the diversity of interests among the residents. Everyone I met felt supported by the program to pursue their particular goals and had nothing but good things to say. On my interview day I felt right at home, and I could see that the staff were really wanted the residents to succeed in their careers. I'm excited to experience the Midwest as a resident, and am looking forward to being close to family and friends I have in the area.
In terms of my future goals, I hope to work with lawmakers to improve healthcare policy that can improve outcomes in our community and country. In my free time I like to exercise: namely weightlifting, hiking, playing soccer, and cycling. I also love to check out concerts when I have the opportunity. I'm very much looking forward to exploring what Milwaukee and the Midwest has to offer me in the coming years.
Joseph Vogelgesang, DO
- Hometown: Lima, OH
- Undergraduate degree: BS in Allied Medical Professions
- Major: Biomedical Science
- College: The Ohio State University
- Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
I chose family medicine because I believe in the four tenets of osteopathic medicine namely that the body is a unit and innately able to heal itself. I see my role as a physician as helping my patients achieve health, not merely absence of disease.
I was initially attracted to the program because of the unique opportunities it offers such as an integrative medicine track and I admired the residents' varied interests within family medicine. I felt that the residents at Aurora embodied the kind of physician I want to be more than any other program that I pursued.
In my free time I like to play and watch sports. I'm an avid runner and enjoy spending time outdoors with my fiancée and our dog. My future plans are to have an integrative lifestyle-based practice with an emphasis in OMT that provides care for an underserved population somewhere in the Midwest.
THIRD YEAR RESIDENTS
Jonathan Blaza, MD
- Hometown: Dayton, OH
- Undergraduate Degree: BS Biological Sciences, Wright State University
- Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA
I have always been a firm believer in a whole person approach to medical care and recognize that physical and mental health are profoundly affected by all aspects of life. I was drawn to Family Medicine because it allows me the sacred privileges of understanding patients beyond their medical illness and building truly therapeutic partnerships with them. I believe that the training provided by the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program will provide me with the tools necessary to help me build a practice driven by partnership and wholeness. In addition to excellent education, I was impressed by the attitude of innovation and self-improvement that was apparent to me in my talks with both residents and faculty. In my free time, I enjoy talking and hiking with family and friends as well as watching movies. I consider myself a very story-oriented person, and few things excite me more than hearing and watching stories about human life—how people first meet, how friends grew into spouses, how heroes rise above their fears, or how explorers first break into the unknown. My current considerations for a future in Family Medicine are broad-spectrum outpatient practice and Palliative Care.
Scott Chandler, DO
- Hometown: Sacramento, CA
- Undergraduate Degree: Exercise Science; Brigham Young University
- Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific - Northwest
I enjoyed every clinical rotation during my third year of medical school and decided that by practicing family medicine I would be able to enjoy all aspects of patient care. As well, I have a great interest in sports medicine and treating athletes. Completing a family medicine residency will provide the foundation I need to train in a sports medicine fellowship and become a primary care team physician.
My wife and I are excited to experience Wisconsin and life in the mid-west. I am particularly excited to be joining the Aurora residency team. I love that the Aurora Family Medicine Residency is dually accredited. This program is unique, in that it is the only program I've seen with sports medicine curriculum, required use of OMT from DO residents, and annual in-state OMT training. It is a bonus that Aurora also has a great track record for placing residents in sports medicine fellowships. If you can't find me at the hospital, I'm likely at a pick-up basketball or flag football game. I also enjoy watching movies with my wife, challenging other residents to a game of chess, and traveling with family.
Christopher Cook, DO
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University Chicago, Biology
- Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
I chose family medicine for its emphasis on preventative care. Helping patients to understand and take control of their health will strengthen the foundation of our healthcare system. I chose to come to this program because of people in the program. On my interview day and second look, I felt right at home. When I have free time, I like to ride my bike and spend time with my wife and son. Right now I'm thinking I would like to pursue a career in Sports Medicine, but I'm always open to change. I really enjoy both inpatient and outpatient medicine.
Kristin Dement, DO
- Hometown: St. Peters, Missouri
- Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, Truman State University
- Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
I was drawn to family medicine during my third year rotations, as I realized my favorite part of medicine was seeing patients! I realized we're privileged to be the ones listening and learning from our patients' most intimate and vulnerable times of their lives and to have the opportunity to develop that kind of trust lies at the heart of family medicine. In addition, family medicine allows for the treatment of people of all ages and I'm motivated by that diversity and vast amount of information to learn. I have a passion for preventative medicine so Aurora's integrative medicine curriculum made me extremely attracted to this program. On my interview day I had a fantastic experience, I truly felt at home (as cheesy as that might sound), and I knew Aurora was where I wanted to be! I'm excited to learn more about Milwaukee in the coming years. My husband and I really wanted to stay in the Midwest and downsize from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, and Milwaukee seemed like a perfect fit! I played 4 years of collegiate soccer and have transitioned into an avid runner. I will be running my third Boston marathon, and ninth total marathon in a few short weeks and my husband and I are excited to integrate ourselves into the Milwaukee running community. In the future I plan to work in an outpatient practice, possibly pursue more education in integrative medicine, and hopefully be involved in medical education at some point down the road.
Devin Lee, MD
- Hometown: Eugene, OR
- Undergraduate Degree: Human Biology with an area of concentration in Human Physiology and Performance, Stanford University
- Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Family medicine is a specialty where you have the most and the earliest touches on any given life. You are able to treat the person holistically, from reassurances to specialty consults. The integrative nature of our practice allows for deep community networking between providers of all sorts of healing care, which provides the biggest benefit to the patient as well as strengthening the roots of the community.
I chose Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program because I'm inspired by Aurora's dedication to integrative medicine, in a place with massive health disparities. Working alongside so many DOs will be an important part of my training in becoming the best Primary Care doctor I can be. I'm excited to be living and working in a city that is continuously inventing itself, with a strong liberal base and access to major metropolitan areas.
A unique fact about me is that I spent six months living on a permaculture farm in Israel.
My future plans or goals is to build a direct primary care practice that caters to the needs of urban underserved, particularly the LGBTQ community. I aim to provide both the chronic and preventive care that FM does so well, as well as maintain acute care as a central service we provide.
Raheel Mody, DO
- Hometown: Woodridge, IL
- Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts with major in psychology at the Benedictine University
- Medical School: Midwestern University (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine)
I chose family medicine because I will have an opportunity to provide long term care to a variety of different types of patients and their families. Family medicine also requires one to have a good well rounded knowledge base in medicine, which definitely appeals to me. I chose Aurora because I found all the faculty and residents that I spoke with to be very compassionate and dedicated to the field of family medicine. I also appreciated the program's integrative medicine curriculum and the solid OMM training. When I visited Milwaukee, I knew that the city would be an excellent place to train mainly because it has a diverse patient population. I also liked that Milwaukee has a big city feeling without the big city traffic (being from the Chicago area this is a welcome change). An interesting aspect about me is that I enjoy acting. I was on speech team, and performed in several plays in high school and college. I also enjoy playing tennis during the summertime. My future career plans hopefully include working in both an inpatient and outpatient environment. I also hope to possibly pursue a fellowship in sports medicine.
Sara Nixon, MD
- Hometown: Northfield, IL
- Undergraduate Degree: Major in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Graduate Degree: Masters in Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago
- Medical School: Rush Medical College
I chose Family Medicine because I want to build trusting lifelong relationships with my patients, I want to see a variety of patients every day and I want to bring preventative primary care to communities in need.
I chose Aurora because I felt welcomed and comfortable during my interview and at the second look day. The faculty and residents seemed to have a great working relationship and I felt like I could be challenged and learn from great mentors. I would like to work in an underserved population and I liked how engaged Aurora was with the community that it serves.
A unique fact about me is that I had open heart surgery for a congenital heart defect at the age of 13.
In the future, I would love to provide primary care in an outpatient setting to underserved populations.
Caleb Patee, DO
- Hometown: Ridgefield, WA
- Undergraduate Degree: Major in Pre-Physical Therapy at the Northwest Nazarene University
- Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Family medicine allows me to work with the whole family, something that is important in a rural region. Working with kids and their parents has always been enjoyable, but working with adults and in particular older adults has also been something that I enjoy. Family medicine fits both of these groups into one category.
Aurora is a family friendly program that will provide a great education that will prepare me for a rural career. Having the experiences that will come through a metropolitan program will allow me to see conditions and care that might not be visible in a more rural based program. Knowing that I desire to work in a rural environment in a future, I desire to see all possible prior to embarking on my own.I am married to Christy and we have a wonderful and active 1 year old, Levi. I enjoy most all outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, running, and snowshoeing. Rural based family medicine practice is my future plan.
Christopher Peters, DO
- Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
- Undergraduate Degree: Indiana Wesleyan University, B.S. in Biology
- Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I chose family medicine because I enjoy the opportunity to take care of a wide variety of patients and medical conditions. I'm also interested in preventive medicine and nutrition. Family medicine is unique in giving me opportunities to integrate those into my practice on a regular basis. Part of why I chose this program was their emphasis on preventive and integrative medicine. Most conditions we treat as family physicians have some sort of lifestyle component. I believe it is very important to address these things with each and every patient, using medication only as a last resort. I also chose this program because I felt I connected and got along well with the faculty and residents. Other things I enjoy are running, skiing (water and snow), traveling, and reading, especially The Lord of the Rings and anything by C.S. Lewis. As for my future plans, all I know is I want to practice somewhere in the Midwest, and beyond that I can't say for sure!
Sarah Ward, MD
- Hometown: Medina, OH
- Undergraduate Degree: BS- Biology; Minor- Mathematics; Minor- Language, Literature, and Culture of Ancient Rome (Latin). University of Michigan.
- Medical School: Technion Israel Institute of Technology- Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, Israel
During my medical studies in Israel, I thrived with the variety of patients I saw across a broad range of ages, cultural backgrounds, and differential cases. Consequently, I developed a passion for the dynamic environment that Family Medicine offers. Family Medicine inspires a large breadth of knowledge and creates a stimulating workday, and I look forward to becoming proficient in the many ways a Family Medicine physician can serve patients. I am also eager to be a part of a field that strongly lends itself to preventative care and continuity of care.
I had previously rotated at Aurora, and this experience paired with my interview experience made the program stand out to me. The program offers thorough training to prepare its residents, and it does so in a supportive, encouraging, and inspiring learning environment. I am pleased to be a part of such a wonderful team, and I know that I will be well prepared to reach my goal of providing excellent service to the underserved as a general family physician.
I live for adventure, and while I know residency will be an exciting adventure in and of itself, I particularly enjoy traveling, hiking, running, and reading. Some of my favorite travel adventures have included scuba diving along the coral reef in the Red Sea, hiking through a desert canyon to the beautiful St. George's monastery in the West Bank, exploring the Dachstein ice cave in Austria, and walking through the ruins of Pompeii.