PEOPLE RESIDENTS, FACULTY & STAFF
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WELCOME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MEET OUR FACULTY
LEADERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
MEET OUR RESIDENTS
RURAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
UNIVERSITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
PGY-3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
PGY-2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
DENVER HEALTH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
PGY-1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
PHARMACY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
PHARMACY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
STAFF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Residents at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency come from medical schools across the United States. Our residents forge close relationships with each other and with the faculty and staff, becoming a central part of our residency â€œfamilyâ€?. While we certainly work hard together and value our roles as health professionals, we also take time to enjoy each otherâ€™s company, laugh, and to get know and appreciate each other as people. Our residency benefits from the leadership of innovative and nationally recognized faculty. While they have broad interests and academic pursuits, they are drawn together by the desire to do the best possible job of educating the next generation of family physicians. Our faculty members are here not only to provide a good education but to support and nurture our residents though the challenges of becoming excellent family physicians. 2
MEET OUR RESIDENTS RESIDENTS – PGY 3 Sydney Dittman, MD Denver Health/Montbello BA, Wesleyan University, MS, Georgetown University, MD, Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Hello! I was born in Houston, TX and after spending a some time away from the heat for college and grad school, I ultimately returned to study at Baylor College of Medicine. I studied Neuroscience and Religion at Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a particular interest in Tibetan Buddhism. Through a windy path that involved traveling in India and Nepal, learning about Tibetan Medicine and working on a farm, I ultimately decided to go to graduate school in Washington, DC to study Complementary and Alternative Medicine. My education there informed my interest in primary care and choosing a specialty where I could work with the whole person and over the course of an entire lifetime. During medical school, I spent some time in a free clinic for the homeless and developed an interest in working with the underserved and in better addressing the social determinants of health that have such a major impact on people’s well being. I continued to be interested in integrative medicine and the ways in which we in health care can support both physical and psychological health. I also developed a special passion for working with older adults. I knew when I entered medical school that I wanted to go into primary care, but as third year came to a close and it came time to solidify my choice of specialty, I felt confident that Family Medicine was the absolute right choice for me as it is a profession that lends itself to addressing social health and mental well-being in addition to physical. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Geoff, and our pup, Costume. I guess you could say I am an amateur fermentation experimenter / weird food enthusiast and Geoff and I have experimented with brewing several batches of mead. As I imagine most
in Colorado do – I am also a mountain/nature-lover and have tried my very best to spend all of my recent vacations hiking and backpacking in the mountains.
Leslie Guerrero, MD Denver Health/Montbello BS, Loyola University of Chicago; MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Kalmazoo, MI I am originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of Bells Brewery, Gibson Guitars, and Stryker Medical Instruments. I grew up with a physician father, nurse mother, and two older sisters who now practice nursing and physical therapy. So family certainly played a strong role in my decision to pursue medicine as a career. My interests in healthcare, and in particular in family medicine, grew during my undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago. Volunteering both at home in the city hospitals of Chicago, and abroad in a small clinic in Cuzco, Peru, I got to see the direct impact primary care has on disadvantaged communities. The same can be said for my experience at Michigan State College of Human Medicine, where I spent much of my time training in Flint, MI, infamously known for the recent lead crisis. Having the opportunity to train at University of Colorado, not only do I get to join an already incredible group of healthcare professionals, but I get to explore my passion for full spectrum family medicine. For years, my husband and I have taken trips to Denver to go backpacking, hiking, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, and you name it. He’ll be joining me to train in Radiology at the University of Colorado, and we will certainly be taking advantage of all that Denver has to offer.
Kenny Herring, MD – UH Track University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine I grew up in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains before heading off to undergrad at Clemson University (where my blood turned orange). After graduation, I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina for an opportunity with Teach For America and ended up teaching high school chemistry for three years. I then moved across the state to attend medical school at the University of North Carolina, where I found my home in family medicine. During my time in medical school, I helped lead a nutrition program for area elementary students, worked with a pipeline program to expose underserved high school students to opportunities within health care, and established a FMIG in Charlotte with a classmate. When I interviewed at the University of Colorado Family Medicine program, I truly felt at home— the residents and faculty were incredible, and I knew the training would foster my passions within family medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy great food, good breweries, movie nights, and backpacking. I am excited to explore all that Denver and Colorado have to offer with my wife and our dog, and I hope to knock out a handful of fourteeners and pick up snowshoeing during residency.
RESIDENTS Morgan Hungenberg, DO – Rural Track A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona I am a native of Colorado, raised in Greeley for most of my life. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Denver. For medical school, I attended A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. I loved living in Arizona and working in rural areas in the northern part of the state with several diverse groups of Native American populations. Though Arizona is an amazing state, I am very excited to return to Colorado! I first became interested in rural medicine when doing research exploring how to retain physicians in rural Colorado between my first and second years of medical school. One of the communities involved in the study just happened to be Fort Morgan. I feel like I already know the community and how great the people are. I can’t wait to practice and live in Fort Morgan as a family medicine resident and physician. As a Colorado girl, I love everything about the state from the mountains to the plains. When I am not working, I enjoy horseback riding, reading about historical events, and, of course, watching the Denver Broncos!
Naomi Malam, MD, MSPH – UH Track University of Massachusetts Medical School Hello! I am a Colorado transplant and thrilled to be out in the wild, wild West for residency. I grew up in Massachusetts, but ventured south for college at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where I studied public health, international development, and French. I stuck around to complete a Master of Science of Public Health in Tropical Medicine & Parasitology before returning home for medical school at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester! I was elated to match in Denver with my boyfriend, RJ Luraschi, who is starting in the pediatrics program here. I fell in love with family medicine after working with homeless, immigrant, and otherwise marginalized populations and seeing how powerful robust primary care can be for those populations. I’m also very interested in addiction medicine and palliative care. In my free time, I love to hike, practice yoga, cook, travel (especially road trips!), and spend time with family, friends, and my cat, Chip!
Alisa Malki, MD – UH Track George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences I was born and raised in Redlands, California, and I am so excited to be in sunny Denver in this incredible program for residency! I received my undergraduate degree in International Development Studies from UCLA and did a post-baccalaureate, premedical program at Johns Hopkins University. Before starting medical school, I did HIV research at UCSF in San Francisco and in Uganda. I graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in the Global Health track and have now officially moved across the country 3.5 times. Within health care, I have a strong interest in global health, preventive medicine, and health advocacy. When I am not in the hospital or clinic, I enjoy learning how to ride my new tandem bike with my husband and attempting to hike in altitude. I also love all things food-related like cooking and exploring Denver’s food (read: ice cream) scene. I am thrilled to be a part of University of Colorado’s program because of the passionate, kind, and interesting people and the program’s focus on making primary care better for everyone.
Anita Mathews, MD, MPH – DH Track Tufts University School of Medicine A native of Nashville, Tennessee, I am proud to come from a family of compassionate physicians who taught me early on that there is no greater privilege than to be fully invested in giving back to my community. I attended college at Brown University, where those family values merged with a passion for social justice and health equity. Before starting medical school, I worked as a health policy fellow in Washington, D.C. on issues of food insecurity and women’s health. I then received my medical and public health degrees from Tufts University, which fueled my drive to become a family physician caring for the underserved. My first visit to Colorado was for my interview at UCFMR, where I was delighted to find a group of residents, faculty, and staff who were devoted to championing comprehensive primary care. As part of the Denver Health track, I am eager to develop the skills not only to address my patients’ complex medical needs, but to attend to the social determinants of their health. I knew that this program would also prepare me to grow as a clinical educator and push for progress in our health care system. I strive to promote wellness not only for patients, but for providers as well, and fully believe that balance and gratitude are essential in the practice of medicine. In my free time you can find me cooking and baking with friends, painting, exploring coffee shops and restaurants, and taking in the Denver sunshine.
Cristina Rabaza, MD – UH Track University of Florida College of Medicine I’m Cristi Rabaza, and I am so excited to be training in Family Medicine at CU Denver! I was born and raised in Miami with a huge Cuban family and then headed five hours north for college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where I majored in Journalism. I loved it so much that I stayed there for medical school, where I spent a lot of time learning about health equity and patient literacy, especially among Spanish-speaking patients, both locally in the college’s mobile bus clinic system, as well as globally, by participating in and leading our short-term medical outreach trip to the Dominican Republic during my first three years. It was my interest in patient-centered care and practice innovation that attracted me to UCDenver’s Family Medicine Residency program in the first place, and working alongside a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about primary care tells me I made the right choice! In my free time I enjoy weightlifting and riding my road bike. I’m excited to explore Colorado’s great outdoors as well as its many indoor breweries!
Morgan Schiller, MD – DH Track Saint Louis University School of Medicine A Pacific Northwest native and recent Midwestern transplant, I am thrilled to have landed at CU Denver! I grew up in the beautiful and eclectic (if wet) city of Portland and went to college at Western Washington University, where I studied biochemistry and Spanish and performed materials science research on biocompatible electrodes. Just after graduation, I married my high school sweetheart and we headed east for me to start medical school at Saint Louis University. During med school, I followed my passion for providing primary care to the underserved and improving community health: as a clinic volunteer and patient navigator, teaching preconception health, and establishing a free vaccine program at St. Louis’ low-cost Spanish-language clinic. I’m confident that the Denver Health track will give me the opportunity to provide high quality care to a diverse group of underserved patients both in the hospital and in clinic. This experience, combined with the teaching and resources here, will prepare me for a career practicing primary care medicine at a safety net clinic and doing public health advocacy. In my free time, I enjoy low-key outdoor adventures like hiking, canoeing, and camping. I can also be found singing around my house or with friends and hanging out with my husband, my friends, and my adorable dog and cat.
RESIDENTS Ashley Schinske, MD Denver Health/Park Hill BS, University of Detroit; MD, University of Michigan Medical School Paw Paw, MI Hello hello! My name is Ashley and I am originally from Paw Paw, Michigan- a town so nice they named it twice! I completed my undergraduate degree in nursing, while running track and field, at the University of Detroit Mercy. After undergrad, I began work as a medsurg nurse in Detroit, before heading off to medical school at the University of Michigan. For the first time in my life, I was missing the “athlete” part of my student-athlete identity. To remedy this, I started playing women’s tackle football for the Detroit Dark Angels. This turned out to be a wonderful decision, as I ended up meeting my wonderful wife, Lindsay. During medical school, I took a brief hiatus to become a NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and complete an Olympic sports strength and conditioning internship in the athletic department at the University of Michigan. Additionally, I managed to continue working as a med-surg nurse, followed by a stint in school nursing and then rounding out my career in geriatrics. Family medicine always appealed to me because of the breadth of medicine involved at the ability to emphasize preventive care across all ages. My specific interests within the field include geriatrics, LGBTQ health and preventive medicine. Outside of the clinical setting, I enjoy working out and sports of all kind, trying to cook and spending time with my wife and adopted malti-poos: Lily and Dexter.
Stephen Spadafore, MD – UH Track Michigan State University College of Human Medicine I was born in Michigan and have lived there my whole life. I am incredibly excited to move out to Denver and experience the mountains and sunshine! I got my undergrad degree from the University of Michigan and my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. I’m thrilled to have matched with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency and look forward to training in an academic, innovative, collaborative environment. My clinical interests include full spectrum family medicine, sports medicine, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Outside of medicine, I enjoy almost any kind of sport, hiking, camping, hunting, craft beer, and spending time with my friends and family. Most importantly, I am blessed to share my life with my wonderful wife, Chelsea.
Jeff Utter, MD – UH Track University of Arizona College of Medicine Hi! I come from the state of Kansas, having lived in Kansas or Missouri most of my life. I obtained a bachelor’s in Microbiology, a bachelor’s in Latin American Studies and a master’s of Public Health from the University of Kansas. More recently, I finished medical school at the University of Arizona – Tucson in the lovely Sonoran Desert. I have experience in a variety of research settings, from virology to public health. I was also deployed as an Army medic attached to a combat support hospital outside of Tikrit,
Iraq in 2007. My medical interests include providing health care for Native American, migrant and refugee populations, addiction medicine, and small office procedures. In my free time, I like to play guitar, go to comedy shows, and make attempts at exotic cooking, among a number of other outdoor- and event-related activities. I am very excited and grateful to be a part of such an excellent family medicine residency program and look forward to providing my best care for our patients, and developing into the best physician possible, throughout the course of my training.
John Weeks, MD – DH Track Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine I’ve been a Virginia boy for most of my life but am thrilled to be able to come out and do my residency in Colorado! I studied at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, getting a degree in Neuroscience. I worked for four years as an interpreter and health promotor for migrant farm workers on the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia before coming back to study at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I received my medical training. Stemming from my prior work with farm workers, I take great pleasure in working with underserved and Spanish-speaking patients. I also enjoy sports medicine and procedures. I was very excited to come out to Colorado to enjoy the great hiking, mountain biking, and snow sports that the Rockies have to offer. I also enjoy playing soccer and basketball with friends. I’m excited to join the team and look forward to taking care of patients!
Alicia Wong, MD, MPH – DH Track Boston University School of Medicine I grew up in the beautiful coastal town of Westport, Connecticut, and am so excited to be out here for residency. I completed undergrad at Bowdoin College in Maine (GoUBears!), where I studied sociology and chemistry. After graduation, I moved to Boston to do health services research at Massachusetts General Hospital in The John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation. My projects included being on the CAHPS Quality Improvement Team for the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality; helping to open MGH’s Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF); and studying how safety net practices improve their patient experience of care. During those formative years, I had amazing colleagues who were inspiring clinician-researchers, and I ultimately decided to pursue an MPH and MD at Boston University. While in grad school, I helped the APF apply for PCMH Level 3 accreditation, worked with BU’s Family Medicine Department to create a QI curriculum for medical students, and interned at the Center for Child & Adolescent Health Research and Policy to study healthrelated quality of life amongst adolescent and young adult tumor survivors. I chose the University of Colorado because of its dedication to teaching, the diversity of its clinical sites, and the ability to have continuity clinic at an FQHC. More importantly, the residents I met on my interview day seemed genuinely happy and told me that they felt well supported. My interests in medicine include care for people with disabilities/complex conditions, transitions of care, QI, patient safety, health informatics, and medical education. In my free time, I love to play the piano, hike/run, do yoga, cheer for Boston sports teams, visit the botanical gardens, and spend as much time as I can with family and friends. 7
RESIDENTS RESIDENTS – PGY 2 Sean Buck, MD – DH Track University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Having grown up in the Denver area, I’m excited to be back and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. As an undergraduate at Colorado College, I studied anthropology and community engagement while running cross country and track and field. I then headed out to Moab, Utah to work at a free clinic doing volunteer recruitment and grant writing. I still serve on the board of the clinic, and I love spending time in the canyons of the Southwest. After Moab, I went north to Madison, Wisconsin for medical school where I was involved with student government and LCME accreditation. I’m interested in health policy, medical anthropology, addiction medicine, and health care administration. I’m excited to be back in my home state and I hope to find enough time to enjoy trail running, skiing, and backpacking throughout residency.
Kelley Collier, MD – UH Track University of Vermont College of Medicine Hello! Welcome to family medicine at the University of Colorado! As the daughter of a military physician, I moved many times and have had the opportunity to live in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and now the West! Attending Wake Forest University for undergrad, I found my people in the art and anthropology departments. I developed an interest in medicine while working with an art therapist on the oncology floor of a children’s hospital in WinstonSalem, North Carolina and while researching domestic violence in migrant farmworker communities in Wilson, 8
North Carolina. After graduating from Wake Forest, I taught English to middle school students in Chateauroux, France, worked in outdoor retail in Seattle, obtained my Wilderness EMT certification, and helped train Haitian EMT students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I completed my premedical coursework at Bryn Mawr College, where I also met my husband. After working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for one year, we moved to Vermont to start medical school together. While in medical school, I enjoyed completing a narrative art and medicine project as a Schweitzer fellow, developing a capacity-building cervical cancer screening program in rural Tanzania, and working on a research project with two incredible mentors examining interpregnancy interval and uptake of family planning among pregnant women with opioid use disorder. I fell in love with family medicine for many reasons, including the philosophy of care, the potential to build relationships with patients over time, and the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations and communities with different sets of needs. My interests in family medicine include women’s health, community medicine, adolescent health, preventive medicine, and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy trail running and cycling with my husband, drop-in community art classes, painting, spending time with my family, cross country skiing, and drinking good beer! I am thrilled to be at the University of Colorado and to be joining such a supportive community that’s passionate about primary care, and to have the chance to explore the West and Southwest in my time off!
Sydney Davis, MD – UH Track Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine Although I was born in Aurora, I grew up in Virginia and consider Virginia Beach my hometown. Eating Filipino food, roller skating, playing Nintendo 64, and frolicking on the
beach with my two younger sisters are all fun memories from my childhood. After graduating Bayside High School (go Marlins!), I went on to study biology at Old Dominion University. Here, I discovered my passion for teaching as an athletic tutor and also got involved with fertility research. Outside of college, I volunteered as an EMT. It was this experience that helped me realize how much I value building meaningful, long-term relationships with patients and initially got me thinking about family medicine as a career path. Determined to combine my interest in teaching with my love of medicine, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for medical school and was dually admitted into its Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT). Being part of fmSTAT allowed me to immerse myself in the wonderful family medicine community at VCU and ultimately solidified my desire to become a family doctor. I am so excited about coming full circle and returning to my birthplace to train alongside my amazing colleagues in such a supportive, innovative environment! Outside of the hospital, you can probably find me running around with my labradoodle (I used to be a dog walker), enjoying Denver’s awesome cuisine, or watching a scary movie!
Daffer Ghanim, MD – Rural Track James Cook University, College of Medicine and Dentistry Hello! I hail from beautiful Calgary, Alberta. I pursued a degree in Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. However, I have always been interested in health care and underserved medicine. While at McMaster University, I had the immense opportunity to travel to Australia, where I studied medicine through a unique program in Queensland that focused on full-spectrum rural, remote, and underserved medicine. During my time in medical school, I expanded my world
view by traveling all over Australia, living in different rural communities, working at the remote hospitals that serve these communities, and practicing full-spectrum rural medicine. My experience with these communities and their hospitals allowed me to find my passion for primary care and full-spectrum medicine. I then proceeded to complete the majority of my clinical years in Canada and the U.S. I went through multiple sub-internships at the University of Calgary, and I worked at The National Institute of Health (NIH) in Maryland, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. I was also the Rotary International House Residential Manager, a PBL small group facilitator, an anatomy lab prosector, and Senior Associate Director and National Executive Director for the Australian Medical Student Journal. I feel very fortunate to join an academic program on the front line of primary care. The University of Colorado has innovative, exceptional training, and it is filled with incredible people. The University of Colorado was the perfect fit for me, and I am so happy to be in this residency program! My medical interests include full scope family medicine, rural/underserved medicine, research/academic medicine, and emergency medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and playing sports.
Swetha Iruku, MD, MPH – DH Track Tufts University School of Medicine Hi there! I am an East Coast native making the transition to beautiful, sunny Denver! I was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland to two immigrant parents from India. I spent most of my summers growing up traveling to India to visit family, which was crucial to my
development and my desire to pursue medicine and work with underserved populations. I went down south to Duke University for undergrad (Go Blue Devils!) where I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. I made my way up to Boston for medical school right after graduating from college, where I received my MD/MPH degrees from Tufts University. I found a home in family medicine during my clerkship years, and was thrilled to find UCFMR while on the interview trail. The Denver Health track fits perfectly with my dreams of providing medical care to a diverse, underserved, patient population while also tackling social determinants of health. In my free time, you can find me running with my dog and exploring Colorado’s breweries, restaurants, and its great outdoors!
Allie Johnson, MD – DH Track University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Born and raised in beautiful Boulder, I am thrilled to be back home in Colorado for residency! I first left home for college at Stanford, where I majored in Human Biology with a concentration in health care in underserved communities and minored in African Studies. I spent most of my junior year in Cape Town, South Africa, where I discovered my passion for maternal and child health while working at a community-based organization serving local mothers. After graduating, I stayed on at Stanford for a year, teaching in the Human Biology Core before embarking on the next big adventure: moving to Philly for medical school. I fell in love with family medicine after doing a rural clerkship rotation in Lancaster and remained consistently inspired by the field’s genuine commitment to caring for vulnerable populations. For residency, I sought out programs that shared my values: a robust commitment to care for the underserved, excellent training in maternal and child health, and the
development of residents as teachers and leaders – and feel incredibly lucky to have found a perfect fit right here at home! I’m so excited to spend my non-hospital hours with my family, catching some powder turns, climbing hills on my bike, and drinking excellent Colorado craft beer.
Katharine Kelly, MD – DH Track University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. After high school, I ventured east for my undergraduate degree at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where I studied French and anthropology and played ice hockey. I attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and had the good fortune to participate in the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) track. As a medical student, I was active in Medical Students for Choice and the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Legislative Council, and I worked on a population health data project at Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Population Health. I’m excited to live in the beautiful mountain west and to be a part of this wonderful residency program. My clinical interests within family medicine include women’s health and reproductive health care, refugee health, pediatrics, procedures, and health equity. I remain interested in the intersection of health care, policy, advocacy, and politics. Outside of medicine, I love to ride my bike, hike, boogie board (when possible), read non-medical books, and spend time with my husband, friends, and family.
RESIDENTS Eric GR Kim, MD, PhD – UH Track Wayne State University School of Medicine Home for me has been many places in the U.S. through the years. More recently(ish), I completed high school in Northwest Ohio and college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The nine years I spent in Detroit working on my MD and PhD (in biomedical engineering) was one of the longest periods I’ve ever spent in one place! There I worked with homeless and drug rehabilitation patients in a volunteer clinic, with an evidence-based, student-run clinical question journal, and with the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians as a student representative on the education committee. I also got to engage with my love for medical technology, completing my dissertation in medical microtechnology in the College of Engineering. My time there had a profound impact on me, and wherever I find myself, I will always be a Detroiter at heart. My passion for medical technology makes me a bit of an oddball. That said, I see this interest in a similar light as the central tenants of family medicine. Alongside our skills or our relationships, our tools play a large part in shaping our practice. The more we experience firsthand, the greater and more whole our perspective, and the more we can help our patients. For residency, more than anything else, I wanted a program that reflected this interdisciplinary attitude, and I am so happy to have found it here! I am excited to work in the complex, progressive environment that is the Denver community and to collaborate with the diverse and exceptional people who make up this program. I’m also eager to engage with the local historical martial arts and fencing communities, since there’s no denying the nerd inside me.
Franklin Niblock, MD, MPH – UH Track University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hi All! Congratulations on your decision to become a family physician and thanks for your interest in practicing medicine in Denver. I am originally from Concord, North Carolina and I attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) for undergrad (Go Heels!). At UNC I majored in Health Policy and Management through the Gillings School of Public Health and spent a lot of Saturday mornings building homes with Habitat for Humanity. My education in public health fostered an interest in primary care and, specifically, underserved care. After undergrad, I worked for the North Carolina Office of Rural Health before returning to UNC for medical school. My time with the Office of Rural Health showed me the impact a family physician can have in a rural community and ultimately prompted me to pursue a MPH, as well as help start a service year organization for recent college graduates interested in underserved medicine. I was fortunate to be educated in North Carolina surrounded by strong primary care role models, and I was drawn to Colorado for similar reasons. The University of Colorado has an incredibly robust Department of Family Medicine filled with supportive faculty and residents. Each person I met on interview day was someone I felt I wanted to spend time with inside and outside of the clinic. Not to mention, Denver is a short drive away from some of the most gorgeous country in the United States. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and camping with my wife, Shelley, and our Labrador companion, Julep. When Julep and Shelley are busy, I try to explore the trout streams of the Rockies.
Lauren Oberle, MD – UH Track University of Colorado School of Medicine I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cards!) and went to the University of Missouri for undergrad where I studied biology and Spanish. I came to the University of Colorado for medical school after a gap year working as a scribe and traveling, and I have loved being in sunny Denver. I always thought I wanted to work in some sort of primary care because of longitudinal patient care and the variety. I also became interested in preventive care through healthy lifestyles and empowering patients. During medical school, I worked with a local NGO to teach health care workers in rural Peru; helped organize preventive health lectures; and helped teach a student-run, medical Spanish class. My special interests are sports medicine, women’s care (especially gynecology), and geriatrics. The CU Family Medicine Residency program was exactly the fit I was looking for in a residency: innovative, integrated, and intellectually challenging with diverse patient populations. Plus, I get to work with an awesome group of people. Colorado has also been the perfect place for all of my favorite activities outside of medicine: running, hiking, biking, skiing, eating ice cream and just being outside in the sunshine. I cannot express how happy I am to get to join this amazing program, and I am excited to see where the training takes me!
Riley Smith, MD – DH Track Ohio State University College of Medicine I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, then headed to Chicago for undergrad at Northwestern University. There I majored in gender and sexuality studies as well as global health, a combination which helped spark my interest in LGBTQ health and health care for the underserved. I attended The Ohio State University for medical school (#GoBucks), where I was heavily involved in a student-run free clinic and the LGBT & Allies in Medicine student group. I have also done global health work in South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand and spent part of M4 year biking across the U.S. to raise money for global health charities. I fell in love with primary care and family medicine because it offers the opportunity to connect with and care for patients of all backgrounds, to improve health in communities, and to practice full scope medicine. I am particularly passionate about transgender health and immigrant and refugee health, and am ecstatic to have matched at the University of Colorado’s Denver Health track to continue to work with these populations. Outside of medicine, I love all things outdoors – hiking, camping, running, biking, breweries with patios, etc. My wife (an OB/Gyn intern!) and I are so excited to be here and can’t wait to explore everything that Denver has to offer!
Alexandra Targan, MD – UH Track Wayne State University School of Medicine Hailing from the great state of Michigan, I have spent my entire life in and around Detroit and its many lakes. In college, I studied environmental health and sustainability at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and learned about the vital role that our surroundings play in our health. Completing my medical school training in Detroit opened my eyes to the far-reaching impact that the primary care physician can have on a community, even with limited resources, and especially through prevention and education. I was inspired by astute clinicians who not only knew how to diagnose and treat complex medical cases, but also how to care for patients without access to transportation, stable income, housing, or support systems. I was looking for a specialty with a similar appreciation for social determinants of health, and Family Medicine was a clear choice. Denver was the first city I visited on the interview trail, and I quickly fell in love with the neighborhoods, the environmental conscience of the community, and the emphasis on living healthfully to prevent diseases that ravage our nation. The University of Colorado’s program was at the top of my list because of the concrete steps they are taking to improve primary care delivery, the comprehensive training they offer, and the bright, warm-hearted people I met on my interview day.
Caroline Vu, DO – Rural Track West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Hi! I am a first generation American born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine after spending several years working with a student-run free clinic on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation. I completed my medical education in West Virginia. Being fully immersed in rural medicine helped me decide that becoming a primary care provider in a rural area was right for me. What I look forward to most about being in the Rural track is the patient population I will serve and learning more about rural medicine in Colorado. I intend on joining the Indian Health Services post-residency (location TBD!). My medical interests are family planning, LGBTQ health, American Indian health, rural medicine, and addiction medicine. My hobbies are being outdoors, backpacking, reading, and hanging out with George, my 17-year-old Congo African Grey parrot. A fun goal I set for myself is to become a licensed falconer at some point during residency. I am so excited to be part of such an innovative Family Medicine program and look forward to starting the next chapter of my life in Colorado!
Within health care, I am particularly interested in women’s health, medical education, health equity, integrative medicine, and preventive medicine. Outside of the hospital, you can find me playing soccer or exploring national parks to offset my foodie finds, recycling, or spending time with the people I love. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to train with leaders in primary care innovation who also love staring at mountains and enjoying local brews as much as I do. 11
RESIDENTS RESIDENTS – PGY 1 Hannah Aho, MD Denver Health
Shawnecca Burke, MD Rural Training Track
Ally Costello, MD University Track
BS, University of Minnesota; MD, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
BS, Rhodes College; MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
BS, BA Emory University; MD, Tufts University; MBA, Brandeis University
Silver Spring, MD
Hello. I’m a Midwestern gal, born and raised in Minnesota. My grandmother, who was so committed to healthcare that she moved to the US from Chile to become a nurse, was always my inspiration for choosing a career in medicine. She was passionate about working with underserved communities and addressing healthcare inequities, and I must say she passed that on to me. I went to the University of Minnesota for undergrad (Go Gophers!) where I double majored in Genetics, Cell Biology, & Development and French. I then became a Double Gopher when I attended the University of Minnesota for medical school. I am so happy to have found myself in Denver- on interview day I was blown away UCFMR’s commitment to innovations in primary care delivery, physician wellness, and advocacy for the communities they serve! My interests within medicine include full spectrum family medicine, refugee health, treatment of substance use disorder, LGBTQ+ healthcare, HIV primary care, medical education, and quality improvement. Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my dog Canon, performing abysmally at trivia and karaoke, practicing aerial silks, and snuggling up to watch a horror movie.
Hello! I am new to Denver and so far I am loving it! Originally from Maryland, I stopped in Memphis, Tennessee, for my undergraduate degree then returned to Maryland for medical school. At Rhodes College I served as the Director of our all campus community service program and made alternative spring break trips to the Dominican Republic. During medical school I continued to foster my many interests, especially mentorship, underserved and rural medicine. I was a pen pal & mentor for multiple area high school students who were initially in danger of not graduating. Separately, I did two rotations with the Indian Health Service, in Chinle, Arizona, and Zuni, New Mexico— which were some of my mostly influential experiences to date! I was also the founder and president of our school’s Latino Medical Student Association. I was drawn to family medicine because I hope to practice in a rural area, and I think family docs are best equipped to fulfill the various needs of these smaller communities especially with the versatility and adaptability in family medicine. UCFMR was attractive because of the robust academic training that is built in to the similarly robust Rural Health Track. I also fell in love with the Fort Morgan community during my interview, and am excited to be serving them! This program also engages my interests in LGBTQ+ health, community engagement, and complementary and alternative medicine. Outside of clinic I enjoy cooking, reading (especially unpublished works), national parks, beaches and collecting holiday decorations.
Hey, my name is Ally from the great city of Boston. I attended college at Emory University in Atlanta and studied Anthropology & Human Biology, and Music. After graduation I worked as a project manager at the EMR company, Epic. During these two years, I developed a passion for understanding the connection between healthcare systems and clinical medicine, motivating me to pursue my MD/MBA at Tufts. While I Tufts I helped lead a student-run organization called Medstart, which promoted building multi-disciplinary relationships in healthcare. Our annual conference brought together bench researchers, physicians, healthcare executives, and students and provided them with a forum to discuss how we can all work together to benefit healthcare. At Tufts, my research focused on evaluating the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to see if the measures are evidenced based and patient centered. I fell in love with FM at UCFMR was because of their dedication to EBM as well as their emphasis practice transformation. My interests in FM include quality improvement, population health, reproductive health, addiction medicine, academic medicine and mentorship. I also love music, doing anything outside including running/ hiking, Broadway musicals, cooking and eating, bodies of water, bars and doing barre.
Joshua Felton Gilens, MD University Track
Bethany Hileman, MD Denver Health
Lakshmi Karra, MD Denver Health
BS, Rutgers University; MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
BS, University of Tulsa; MPH, University of Oklahoma; MD, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine
BS, MS, Stanford University; MS, Harvard School of Public Health; MD, University of Michigan Medical School
Overland Park, KS
Palo Alto, CA
Princeton, NJ I was born in California, raised in New Jersey, and have now settled somewhat in the middle here in Denver. I attended college at Rutgers University where I studied animal science and had the pleasure of working on the Rutgers farm. I realized I would be remiss to not work closely with people in my career, and so switched to human medicine. After a year of coordinating clinical trials in Princeton, NJ, I enrolled at the Rutgers RWJMS. My passions during medical school were in my extracurricular activities. As class president, I had the opportunity to cultivate a community focused on wellness, professionalism, and safety in the clinical learning environment. I also worked at our student run free clinic and created a prescription produce program that provides patients with vouchers to use at farmers markets. Importantly, I was the founder of my school’s cheese club. I chose family medicine because of my love for people and providing care within patient’s social context. The UCFMR program had everything I was looking for: a wellbalanced socially-oriented academic program with plenty of opportunities for OB, procedures, sports medicine, and a supportive and flexible faculty that was willing to engage in my interests. These interests include community health, social determinants of health, sports med, and health policy. Outside of medicine you can find me playing squash, running, gardening, and enjoying local flora and fauna.
Hi there! I’m so excited to be in Denver and part of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. I’ve spent most of my life on the plains, and being up here in the mountains has literally left me breathless. I grew up in Kansas, but went to college in Tulsa and stayed in Oklahoma for medical school, where I also got the opportunity to study public health. In medical school, I spent some time working with local nonprofits doing women’s and sexual health education. I also got really interested in academic medicine and medical education, as well as incorporating public health and medicine. I’m glad to be a part of a residency program that has a strong academic foundation and faculty that will support my interests. Outside of medicine I spend my time hiking, cycling, cooking, and running a moderately successful cat Instagram.
Hi everyone! I grew up in California (West Coast, Best Coast) and went to Stanford University, where I completed my BS and MS in Biology, but was NOT pre-med. Thinking I wanted to work in philanthropy or public health, I spent a year working at a public health non-profit and then moved to San Francisco to work in economic consulting. During this time, I became more aware of and invested in the health care concerns of my community – the San Francisco Bay Area. From healthcare for the homeless, to mental health care, to serving communities of color and immigrants, threads from my undergraduate career and my work experience came together to point me in the direction of direct patient care – medicine. I moved to Boston to complete a Masters in Psychiatric Epidemiology before ending up in the great state of Michigan for medical school. Clinically, I am interested in urban underserved care, particularly in communities of color and immigrant communities. I am passionate about mental health, women’s health, and LGBTQ care. Lastly, I hope to leverage my background in economic research and epidemiology to contribute to strong, evidence-based policy to promote the welfare of families and communities throughout the US. I am proud to train at the UCFMR, which brings together strong academics, primary care innovation, and deep community engagement to train excellent family physicians and provide excellent care. Outside of medicine, you can find me devouring novels, hiking, biking, Spikeballing, and planning my next overseas vacation.
RESIDENTS PEOPLE Sean Llewellyn, MD, PhD University Track
Nainita Madurai, MD University Track
Jeremiah (Jeremy) Moon, MD University Track
Brigham Young University, National Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
BA, Case Western Reserve University; BS, University at Buffalo; MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
BA, University of California, Los Angeles; MD, Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Hello, I’m Sean and I spent the formative years of my life in NYC. Before that, I grew up and went to school in Utah. There, I was a competitive swimmer and when I stopped swimming competitively, I coached high school swimming. After that, I moved to Washington D.C. to work at the National Cancer Institute where I worked on an HIV vaccine. Finally, I moved to NYC to start the MD/PhD program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Hi there! I am originally from Western New York where I spent many glorious years singing classical Indian music, playing lots of board games, and just generally pulling off shenanigans. Fast forward several years and I am still doing all three of those things, but I am also lucky enough to be practicing family medicine. My undergraduate degree was in anthropology which I believe fits perfectly with the patient and community-centered nature of primary care.
It was in NYC that I discovered myself and my true passions in life and medicine. At school, my PhD focused on the effects of diet upon the gut microbiota and health. My research opened the door to family medicine for me because I saw how important diet is upon health and it gave me the time to volunteer in our student-run primary care clinic. Personally, I’m passionate about LGBTQ+ history, cooking, baking, backpacking, and hiking. In NYC, I was able to explore the thriving LGBTQ+ scene and became the mother to the House of Cocker.
Throughout my journey through medicine my interests/ projects have centered around geriatrics, medical anthropology, interprofessional education, refugee wellbeing, and recognition of bullying and child abuse. One of my favorite aspects of this program is that there are many opportunities to expand my interests and I look forward to learning more about and engaging with the communities here in Denver.
Now, I’m here at UC Denver in the University Track. I chose to come here because I’m very interested in continuing clinical microbiota research with researchers at CU Boulder and performing research in practice transformations. As an MD, PhD, I want to bring more research into primary care and use my research to change healthcare policy.
My husband and I drove all the way from Syracuse, New York to Colorado when I started residency and we are loving it here. We are outdoorsy people and enjoy hiking, camping, star/moon gazing, playing Kan-Jam, dancing, you name it! We will probably try anything at least once. Even though we miss our families back out east, we are in love with the beautiful mountains and I am thrilled to be at UCFMR. My co-residents are incredibly kind and intelligent and I cannot wait to see how we all grow during residency.
San Diego, CA Hi y’all! My name is Jeremy. I am originally from San Diego. I went to UCLA for undergraduate and moved to Texas Tech University for medical school. My interests in medicine include primary care innovation, community engagement, sports medicine and palliative care — to name a few. I love to cook (especially Korean food), hike, play basketball, snowboard, read, write and go to concerts (most recently Local Natives). The University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency has some of the best opportunities for community engagement, primary care innovation, health and public policy. I’ve also already made some amazing friendships with my fellow residents and faculty, and am stoked to be here!
Madhav Narayan, MD Rural Training Track University of Colorado-Boulder; MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine Broomfield, CO Hello! I am a Colorado native with an interest in rural full-spectrum medicine. Colorado is a very nice place to live. There is a lot of sun, plenty of things to do in any season, and an opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful sights in the United States. Check it out for yourself. I still find myself in awe of the beauty of the Rocky Mountains!
Chelsea Roberts, MD University Track
Megan Townsend, MD Denver Health
BS, Washington University in St. Louis; MD, David Geffen School of Medicine
BA, Wellesley College; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School; MD, Harvard Medical School
Saline, MI and Abilene, KS
I am from the San Francisco Bay Area, and went to Washington University in St. Louis for undergrad where I studied Engineering, Psychology and French. Shortly after graduation, I went to Uganda for my Peace Corps service, and I taught health topics in elementary schools with a focus in sexual health and reusable menstrual pads. Through this experience, I realized my future career path in medicine. Once back stateside, I went to Scripps College for my post-baccalaureate and DGSOM (UCLA) for medical school. Along the way, I married a Colorado native, who just couldn’t wait to get back to the mountains (he’s very happy to be here). We have a 6-month-old daughter and a dog. We like to go out hiking and are excited to explore the trails here. I also like running, yoga and eating. I am hoping to pick up a few winter hobbies too. I am so excited to be part of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency (UCFMR) family! I chose this program for many reasons, including: ample teaching opportunities, sites at academic and county hospitals, an innovative clinic environment and the ability to pursue my interests in women’s health and adolescent health. However, I ultimately chose UCFMR because of the supportive, welcoming, wonderful people I met on my interview!
Hello! After many years on the East Coast and a stint in the Peace Corps in Guinea, I am thrilled to be starting my residency here in Colorado and am so excited to begin the process of becoming a great family doc. As an intern on the Denver Health track, I am enjoying the chance to learn from our very diverse patient population in a supportive and vibrant clinic community. I am also interested in federal and state level health policy and am already benefiting from our faculty’s incredible primary care research and advocacy activities. I am interested in primary care payment and delivery reform, as well as the development of more equitable health systems that better serve vulnerable populations. Aside from work, I love to get outside as much as possible and have already had many chances to explore beautiful Colorado.
Daniel (Danny) Wells-Prado, MD Denver Health
Molly to Denver. I became interested in medicine early on because of my fascination with the complexity of the human body and the personal relationships with patients. Family medicine was a natural extension from these interests and I never looked back. In college I studied Genetics and Spanish while volunteering in FQHCs and participating in a semester-long program about inequality in the United States. After college I moved to Philadelphia for the National Health Corps/ AmeriCorps program and served in a FQHC performing health insurance enrollment (yay Medicaid expansion!). I returned to the Twin Cities for medical school where I was active in our White Coats for Black Lives chapter and LGBTQ+ student group. Through RPAP I spent nine months in a rural critical access hospital during my third year experiencing the full-scope practice of family physicians. My interest in the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency stemmed from the hybrid of academic and community settings and opportunities to learn full-spectrum family medicine with passionate faculty. I was also drawn to the staff who work at Lowry Family Health Center and Denver Health, especially their collective passion for underserved healthcare. I also cannot wait for opportunities to work with the LGBTQ+ community and the ability to explore my interest in HIV primary care. Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, television dramas, kayaking, and exploring the world of Denver ice cream (Smith+Canon the best thus far).
BS, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; MD, University of Minnesota Medical School St. Paul, MN Hey future family medicine residents! I hail from the great state of Minne-snowta and brought along my husband and our dog 15
RESIDENTS RESIDENTS – BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Kaile Ross, MA I am excited to be working as a psychology intern at CU Denver in the Department of Family Medicine! I grew up in Massachusetts in a big family (eight siblings!) and completed my undergraduate as a psychology major at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. I have dual interests in research and clinical work with a focus on management of chronic illnesses and behavioral health. I’ve worked on a variety of clinical research trials at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as well as the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Colorado to complete a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. I’ve lived in Colorado for six years and love it! From hiking to skiing, to snowshoeing, to trail running, I continue to enjoy the Rocky Mountains with my husband and dog. This year I’m also looking forward to starting a family (baby due in October!) and finishing my dissertation.
Rachel Vanderkruik, MPH I am from Massachusetts and grew up outside of the Boston area. I stayed in New England for college, attending Bowdoin College in Maine. Afterwards, I moved to Boston and joined the Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Here, I worked as a research coordinator on several projects focused on postpartum depression and the treatment of bipolar disorder during pregnancy and postpartum. Before moving to Colorado, I worked as an analyst in the Department of Applied Research and Evaluation at National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) in Boston. I received my master’s in Public Health from Harvard University where I concentrated in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) as well as Obesity Prevention and Epidemiology. I am currently starting my 4th as a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. My focus area is on increasing access to mental health services for women during pregnancy/postpartum and for people with health conditions. I’m thrilled to be joining the Behavioral Health team at A.F. Williams for a one-year externship program! In my free time, I like to hike, run, play soccer and explore Colorado.
Aimee Zisner, MSc Having grown up in Los Angeles, I feel right at home here in sunny and scenic Denver, Colorado. I received my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. After graduating, I decided to spread my academic wings, so to speak, and completed a master’s degree in Neuroscience from Oxford University. I am now finishing up my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Ohio State University, where I study comorbidity among mental health disorders from genetic, biological, and psychological perspectives. I am thrilled to be completing my predoctoral internship through the Anschutz School of Medicine, where I am continuing to develop my clinical skills in integrated primary care. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, preparing delicious vegetarian food, and spending time with my sweet and wonderfully lazy dog, Naya.
RESIDENTS – PHARMACY Ian Hatlee, PharmD – FM Track Ian grew up in the small town of Horseheads in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. He completed his bachelor’s in Biochemistry at Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania, and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. After pharmacy school, he stayed on with the LECOM-affiliated Millcreek Community Hospital to complete his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. He is thrilled to have made the long journey out West and is determined to learn as much as possible from the clinical pharmacy specialists and leaders at the University of Colorado. His professional interests include diabetes management, population health, and academia. In his spare time he enjoys working out, playing recreational sports such as soccer and basketball, golfing, and spending time with his girlfriend and pug named Rex. He is looking forward to experiencing 300 days of Colorado sunshine!
Emanuela Mooney, PharmD – FQHC Track Manny grew up in Romania and she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University. After pharmacy school, she moved to Denver to complete the Albertsons Companies/Regis University PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency. She looks forward to staying in Denver for another year and being one of the Ambulatory Care PGY2 residents in the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) track. Her main professional areas of interest include chronic disease management and academia. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, golfing and snowboarding.
Julianna Rivich, PharmD – FQHC Track Julianna grew up in Michigan City, Indiana and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Purdue University. After pharmacy school, she moved to Colorado to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Denver VA Hospital. She is beyond excited to continue her career as a PGY2 in the ambulatory care setting with a deserving patient population through the FQHC track. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, mental health, and geriatrics. In her free time, Julianna enjoys hiking, camping, running, skiing, trying new recipes, and spending time with friends and family.
Scott Pearson, PharmD FM Track Scott is from St. Paul, Minnesota. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology, Society and Environment at the University of Minnesota before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his Doctor of Pharmacy. He then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. His professional interests include primary care, cardiology, transitions of care and academia. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan and plays soccer, basketball and tennis in his spare time. He also enjoys going to concerts, traveling and exploring the Colorado outdoors.
MEET OUR FACULTY FACULTY – LEADERSHIP Linda Montgomery, MD
Kathryn D. Boyd-Trull, MD
Daniel J. Burke, MD
Director, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Director of In-Patient Family Medicine
Education: Harvard University, BA; Cornell University, MA; University of Florida, MD
Education: University of Colorado, Denver, Bachelors of Science in Chemistry minor Biochemistry. University of Colorado, Denver, Medical Doctor.
Rural Training Track Program Director; Associate Vice Chair for Educational Program Development
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Precepting Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Medical Areas of Interest: Dr. Montgomery enjoys caring for patients of all ages and has special interests in women’s health and chronic disease management. She also has strong involvement in residency curricular innovation and evidence-based medicine. Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Dr. Montgomery is board certified in Family Medicine. She came to AFW in late 2006 from the University of Florida where she completed her residency, served as chief resident, and stayed on as faculty. She has won multiple program and departmental teaching awards. She was recently selected President of the Family Practice Inquiry Network. Personal Interests: When not in clinic, she can often be seen running or hiking with her husband, three children, and a mutt. Email: email@example.com
Education: University of Massachusetts Medical School, medical school; University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and State University of New York Department of Family Medicine, residency
Medical Areas of Interest: Hospitalist Medicine, Emergency resources for under and non-insured. Complex affordable care for homeless and patients with addiction.
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Teacher of the Year 2019, Tri-County Volunteer Clinic/Provider of the Year 2018, AF Williams Faculty Teacher of the Year 2017, Consumers Report Hospitalist Provider of the Year 2016, 2017, 2018.
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Personal Interests: YHC Clinic, club volleyball coaching, hiking, skiing Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Graduate medical education, practice management, quality improvement Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Teacher of the Year Personal Interests: Home remodeling Email: email@example.com
MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF Amelia Challender, MA
Corey Lyon, DO
Associate Program Director of Education, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Associate Program Director University Track; Medical Director, A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Education: Warren Wilson College, BA; University of Colorado Denver, MA
Education: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Medical Areas of Interest: As Associate Program Director of Education, Amelia collaborates with other faculty members to oversee and coordinate curriculum development, evaluation, and faculty development. She has experience in these areas from her master’s in Educational Psychology and previous positions in CU Denver’s School of Education and the Colorado Association of Family Medicine Residencies. Amelia is excited to have a part in training the next generation of family physicians and leaders in family medicine. Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Associate Program Director of Education, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency; Instructor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine Personal Interests: Outside of work, Amelia enjoys hiking, spending time outside, and practicing yoga. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health, to include women’s health procedures and OB care. Also enjoys chronic disease management and practicing evidencebased preventive care. Enjoys taking an active role in clinic leadership and practice transformation to build the strongest clinical training site for residents. Also loves training residents in full-scope family medicine to include procedures and evidence-based medicine.
Completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 2009. Serves as a Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Board Member and Family Physicians Inquiry Network Board President Elect. Dr. Lyon completed his residency with the Navy at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, then served three years in the Navy at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. While in residency, served as Chief Resident and awarded the STFM Residency Teaching Award. Personal Interests: When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. As a dad of three girls, activities include dance, and car pools. When not hanging out with his daughters, he enjoys golf, going to Colorado State University football games and trying not to be in last place in the residency fantasy football league. Email: email@example.com
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Associate Professor. Board certified in Family Medicine. Came to AFW in 2011 from Research Family Medicine Residency Program in Kansas City where he served as a faculty for four years. Awarded the Faculty of the Year Award by the residents for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Department of Family Medicine Clinician of the Year in 2012-2013 and Special Recognition for Leadership Award in 2014-2015. Awarded Family Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians in 2014.
FACULTY Alex Reed, PsyD, MPH Director of Behavioral Health Education: Illinois School of Professional Psychology Chicago, PsyD; University of Kansas, MPH Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine, Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Thomas J. Staff, MD, MPH Education: Georgetown University, BA -Theology; Georgetown University School of Medicine; West Suburban Medical Center Family Medicine Residency; PCC Community Wellness Center -Maternal Child Health Fellowship; University of Illinois, Chicago, MA - Public Health, Health Policy and Administration
Medical Areas of Interest: Behavioral health education in primary care, integrated behavioral health, physician resilience, mindfulness, narrative medicine, medical improv
Attending Site: Lowry Family Health Center, Denver Health Medical Center
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: University of Kansas Wesley Family Medicine Non-Family Physician Teacher of the Year (2007), University of Washington Advanced Clinician Psychiatry Track Outstanding Faculty (2011), Director of Behavioral Health Education (2015-)
Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Personal Interests: Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, golf, tennis, fly fishing, camping, cooking and doing all these activities with my family.
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Maternal child health, intersection of public health and primary care, team-based care, leadership, safety net workforce issues/education and training of family physicians, equity in health care outcomes Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Associate Director, Denver Health Track, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Personal Interests: My family; outdoors hiking, camping, skiing; issues of social justice; Chicago Cubs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FACULTY – RURAL Shaun Thompson, MD Education: University of Denver; University of Colorado School of Medicine; University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency at Cheyenne-Chief Resident Clinic Site: Valley View Villa Long Term Care Center and Skilled
Elias Hernandez, MD
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Board certified in Family Medicine; 2015 Fort Morgan Salud Employee of the Year; UC Davis Golden Apple Teaching Award; FM/OB Chief Resident
Education: Universidad Adventista de Montemorelos Escula de Medicine in Montemorelos N.L. Mexico. Valley Baptist Family Medicine Residency in Harlingen, Texas
Personal Interests: Cheering on my kids in all of their many activities, biking, hiking, yoga, general fitness and health, attending concerts and traveling Broadway shows. Email: email@example.com
Attending Site: Family Medicine at Fort Morgan
Senior Clinical Instructor University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Geriatrics, nursing home care, palliative medicine, hospice and end-of-life care Certificates: Certificate of Added Qualification Hospice and Palliative Medicine; STFM Emerging Leaders Fellowship
Upasana (Bela) Mohapatra, MD
Precepting Site: Fort Morgan Salud Family Health Center
Education: University of Colorado, BA; University of Colorado School of Medicine, MD; Tacoma Family Medicine Residency
Medical Areas of Interest: Obstetrics, emergency room, full spectrum family medicine
Attending Site: Colorado Plains
Personal Interests: Cycling, reading, watching sports
Precepting Site: Salud Family Health Center in Fort Morgan
Aline Hansen-Guzman, MD
Clinic Site: Salud Family Health Center, Fort Morgan
Education: Colorado College, BA; University of Colorado School of Medicine, MD; University of California, Davis Family Medicine/ Obstetrics Residency
Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health care, contraception, prenatal care and obstetrics, pediatrics, providing health care to underserved populations, physician wellness
Attending Site: Colorado Plains Medical Center Precepting Site: Salud Family Health Center, Fort Morgan Clinic Site: Salud Family Health Center, Fort Morgan Medical Areas of Interest: Comprehensive obstetric care including surgical obstetrics, women’s health, newborn and pediatrics, providing care to diverse and underserved populations
Clinic Site: Fort Morgan Salud Family Health Center
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Medical Director, Salud Family Health Center; 2015 Family Medicine Physician of the Year, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians; 2016 Exceptional Clinical Leadership Award CHAMPS Personal Interests: Mission trips and international medicine. Hiking, mountain biking, camping and nature. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Alex Rodriguez-Prieto Award for Exemplary Community Engagement Personal Interests: Reading, Zumba, watching Bollywood music videos and stand-up comedy Email: email@example.com
FACULTY FACULTY – UNIVERSITY Drew Ashby, MD Education: University of Colorado, Boulder, BA; University of Colorado, Denver, MD Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Resident education, wellness, procedures, complex patient care Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Rising star in education-CU Department of Family Medicine 2017 Personal Interests: Skiing, mountain biking, beer, exploring new restaurants, growing vegetables Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Bleacher, MD, MPH Education: Princeton University, BA; Tufts University School of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Colorado School of Public Health, MPH Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: General primary care, women’s health and contraception, health disparities, social determinants of health, LGBTQI care, community health, community engagement, public health/primary care integration 22
Personal Interests: Running, spending time with my growing family, cooking, hiking and camping Email: email@example.com
Jeffrey J . Cain, MD Education: Oregon Health Sciences University; Mercy Family Medicine Residency, residency & chief residency; Michigan State University, Faculty Development Fellowship Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Medical activism, tobacco prevention/cessation, co-founder of Tar Wars - a national children’s tobacco-free education program Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Past President of the American Academy of Family Physicans, Chief of Family Medicine at Children’s Hospital in Denver, STFM Advocacy Award, Star Award - AAFP Tar Wars, Willamette University Distinguished Alumni Award, AAFP Public Health Award, Smithsonian Institution Paul Garber Award in Aerodynamics, WHO Special Recognition Medal in tobacco control, Gold Medal U.S. Snowboarding Championship Adaptive Slalom Personal Interests: Skiing, bicycling, barnstorming, bad puns Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen Conry, M D, ABFP Education: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, medical school, residency, chief residency Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital, including OB Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine, Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Resident education, competency-based education, cancer prevention Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: American Cancer Society Cancer Control Fellow, Medical Director for Colorado Women’s Cancer Center Control Initiative Personal Interests: Spending time with her family, hiking, camping, and canoeing Email: email@example.com
Aimee F. English, MD Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst, MS, MA; University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency; Fellowship in Practice Transformation – University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Practice and health systems transformation, patient and family engagement, improving the quality of care for patients and populations
Molly Hoss, MD
with complex needs, women’s health, family medicine residency education
Education: Kansas State University, BS; University of Kansas School of Medicine, MD; John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency, John Peter Smith Maternal Child Health Fellowship
Personal Interests: Figuring out how to be a doctor-mom (still a work in progress), hiking/biking/skiing, DIY’ing and knitting in meetings Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending Site: University of
Larry Green, MD
Education: University of Oklahoma, BA-Psychology (1969); Baylor Medical School (1973); University of Rochester and Highland Hospital Residency (1976)
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Integration of mental health services into primary care Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Founding Director, Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network (1978); Member, Institute of Medicine (1991-present); Modern Medicine Award for Distinguished Achievement (1991), Curtis G. Hames Award for Career Accomplishment in Family Medicine Research (1998) ; Founding Director, The Robert Graham Policy Center (1998); Green-Edelman Chair (1999); Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research (2004); The Robert Graham Physician Executive Award (2005); The Larry A. Green Visiting Scholar Program established (2006); Epperson-Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine (2008)
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: General primary care, wilderness medicine, training residents in full-scope family medicine procedures, women’s health including procedures, all OB care and contraception, and taking care of newbornsand pediatric patients Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Board certified in Family Medicine. Faculty of the Year Award 2016-2017 Personal Interests: Running, hiking, bicycling, backpacking, rock climbing, dance, yoga, reading, and experimenting with cooking Email: email@example.com
Morteza Khodaee, MD, MPH Education: Tehran Islamic Azad University, Medical School; University of Michigan, Master of Public Health, Family Medicine Residency, and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Personal Interests: Loving up grandchildren, fly fishing, skiing, reading, movie-going
Medical Areas of Interest: Sports medicine, prenatal care, obstetrics, and medical education Personal Interests: Soccer, bicycling, mountain hiking, and nature photography Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Knierim, MD Education: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medical; University of Colorado Denver Family Medicine Residency Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Appointments: Board certified in Family Medicine. Completed his residency at the University of Colorado, serving as Chief Resident during his third year. He stayed to join the faculty and participate in the new PCMH fellowship. Medical Areas of Interest: Enjoys caring for patients of all ages and has a particular interest in office procedures, pediatrics, and practice improvement. Personal Interests: Family, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, discovering new restaurants, good books. Email: email@example.com
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine 23
FACULTY Shannon Langner, MD
Rebecca Mullen MD, MPH
Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH
Education: University of Kansas, BA; University of Kansas School of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Education: University of Texas at Austin, BA; University of Kansas Medical School, MD, MPH; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Education: University of Georgia, BS; University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD, MPH; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health, including GYN procedures and obstetrics; mother/baby, newborn and pediatric care; patient education and practicing evidence-based preventive care. Teaches and supervises residents in practicing full scope Family Medicine. Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Board certified in Family Medicine. Came to A.F. Williams in 2005 for residency and joined the faculty in 2008.Teacher of the Year Award for 2016-2017. Completed a Teaching Scholars Program Fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2014. Completed the Advanced Leadership Training Program in 2017. Personal Interests: When not at work, enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Active in the community as a member of SheEO, an organization that supports women entrepreneurs in their ventures. Volunteers at her children’s schools, and takes an active role in their education. She also is passionate about traveling, health, fitness, and overall well-being.
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Medical Areas of Interest: Dr. Mullen enjoys full scope family medicine including women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics and newborn care, chronic disease management, and geriatrics. She believes in order to provide the best care for patients, one must aim to understand the patient’s social context, appreciate and advocate for patient engagement, implement shared decision making, and emphasize prevention and whole person wellness.
Medical Areas of Interest: Medical student education, achieving the quadruple aim, behavioral health integration, advocacy, leadership development, residency education, and social justice.
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Currently a Faculty Fellow in Primary Care Research. Board certified in Family Medicine. Served as chief resident from 2016-2017. Larry Green Award for Clinical Excellence and Scholarship in 2017. Served as resident representative on multiple national committees, including the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and the American Academy of Family Physician’s National Research Network (NRN). Within the NRN, currently serves as the Fellow Representative and the Chair of the Students, Residents, and Fellows Engagement in Research Task Force. Personal Interests: Reading, hiking, camping, live music Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: AAFP’s Award of Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, CAFP F. William Barrows Award for Outstanding Family Medicine Resident, Larry Green Award, Chief resident. Personal Interests: Ballroom dancing, hiking, snowshoeing, theatre, spending time with family, and Georgia Bulldogs football! Email: email@example.com
Emily Spencer, MD
Jack Spittler, MD
Karin VanBaak, MD
Education: University of Florida College of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency
Education: University of Notre Dame, undergraduate; Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD
Education: Calvin College, BS; University of Connecticut School of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency; University of Minnesota Sports Medicine Fellowship
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine, AOP Orthopedics Clinic
Medical Areas of Interest: General primary care including prevention of and management of chronic disease; women’s health including women’s health procedures and contraception; prenatal care and obstetrics; newborn and pediatric care; office- and hospital-based procedures; medical student and resident medical education. Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, dancing, hiking, and watching Gator football.
Medical Areas of Interest: Primary care sports medicine; also interested in preventative health, fitness, and adolescent medicine. Serves as the medical director for Aurora Public Schools Athletics and is a team physician for Rangeview High School, the University of Denver, Colorado Avalanche, and Denver Nuggets. Works throughout the year at the Winter Park Ski Clinic (DH East Grand Community Clinic). Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Board certified in Family Medicine with Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. Completed residency and primary care sports medicine fellowship training at the University of Colorado and part of the faculty since 2014. During residency, he received the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Resident Scholarship Award and the Family Medicine Resident Scholarship Award and served as a chief resident. As faculty, he received the Rising Clinician of the Year Award in 2016.
Attending Site: University of Colorado Hospital Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic Site: University Family Medicine Boulder, University of Colorado Boulder Athletics Medical Areas of Interest: General primary care for children and adults, sports medicine, women’s health and contraception management, injury and illness prevention, multidisciplinary team-based patient care, care of female athletes, keeping patients active through their lifetime. Personal Interests: Anything outdoors: hiking, running, camping; gardening; working with my husband on our fixerupper house; finding homes for retired racing Greyhound dogs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Interests: When not at work, enjoys spending time with his wife (Jen), son (Luke), and dog (Paige). Personal interests mainly revolve around sports. Enjoys playing golf, volleyball, hiking, and skiing and watching college/pro sports – Go Irish! Email: email@example.com
FACULTY FACULTY – DENVER HEALTH GraceAlfonsi, MD Education: University of Pittsburgh Medical School; Cook County Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Chief Resident; University of Colorado Primary Care Research Fellowship Attending Site: Denver Health
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Primary Care Research Fellow Personal Interests: Travel, languages, reading, family time Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Morris Askenazi, MD
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Education: University of Texas Health Sciences Center - San Antonio; University of Colorado Residency - Rose Hospital
Clinic Site: Level One Physicians clinic at Denver Health, Denver Family Planning and Sexual Health Clinic Medical Areas of Interest: STDs, weight management, women’s health issues, motivating behavior change Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Associate Professor of Family Medicine Personal Interests: Family, personal fitness, singing, pop culture Email: email@example.com
Katherine P. Anderson, MD Education: Colorado College, BA cum laude, French and Political Science; University of Colorado School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Clinica Campesina in Lafayette, Colorado Attending Site: Park Hill Family Health Center, Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Park Hill Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health, preventive health, benign breast disease, genomic medicine 26
Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: La Casa Quigg Newton Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Informatics, chronic diseases, obstetrics, procedures
Medical Areas of Interest: Family medicine procedures, maternal health, electronic medical record systems, Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: EPIC Champion Superuser, Cavity Free by Three Champion, Member of the Process Improvement Engagement Committee, Provider Communication Curriculum Personal Interests: My family – husband, three children and dog. Love to go on family bike rides and boating in Grand Lake. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Beagle, MD, MPH Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Preceptor Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: La Casa Quigg Newton Family Health Center
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Senior Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Areas of Interest: Maternal-child health, obstetrics, procedures,public and community health
Awards: Currently appointed to the Maternal Wellness Preconception Health Advisory Committee through the Colorado Department of Public Health
Stephanie Augustine, MD Education: University of Arizona College of Engineering and Mines, BS, Mechanical Engineering; University of Arizona College of Medicine, MD; St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency Program in Phoenix, Arizona Attending Site: Lowry Family Health Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Montbello Family Health Center
Personal Interests: Family and friends, cooking, gardening, photography, reading, travel Email: email@example.com
Michael J. Benavidez, MD Education: University of Notre Dame; St. Louis University School of Medicine, Medical School Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center
Award 2016, Resident of the Year 2016, Member of MyChart committee and Obesity Workgroup. Personal Interests: Nutrition, reading, snuggling my cats and fiancée, traveling Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Precepting Site: Lowry Family
Jessica Bull, MD
Education: University of Cincinnati SOM, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency-Denver Health Track
Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Family medicine, diabetes and refugee health Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: 5280 Magazine Top Doc - Family Medicine; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Doctor-Patient Relationship Award Personal Interests: Spending time with family, college football (especially Notre Dame), traveling, theme parks Email: email@example.com
Lauren Bergstrand, MD Education: University of Arizona in Tucson, BA, MD Attending Site: Denver Health Precepting Site: Montbello Family Health Clinic Clinic Site: Montbello Medical Areas of Interest: A passion for guiding patients through lifestyle changes to improve their health. She has a robust population of weight loss patients, and has done specific work on pediatric obesity and investigating group models for obesity. Also very passionate about medical education, and enjoys teaching learners of all stages. Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Larry Green
Kurt Cook, MD Education: Westmont College, Santa Barbara, BA; University of Southern California, MD; International Health and Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, MSc; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, DTM&H; North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Residency Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Denver Health Lowry Family Health Clinic
Attending Site: Denver Health
Clinic Site: Denver Health Westwood Clinic
Precepting Site: Lowry Family
Medical Areas of Interest: Health in developing countries; tropical medicine, tuberculosis; public health; cross-cultural health care; health of immigrants; sexually transmitted diseases
Health Center Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Substance use treatment, refugee and immigrant health, women’s health and family planning, underserved medicine, LGBT health Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Denver Health Faculty of the Year Award in 2017
Personal Interests: Hiking, running, exploring the mountains, traveling, spending time with wife and kids Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Corcoran, M.D. Education: Johns Hopkins, BA; University of Missouri SOM, MD; University of Colorado-Rose Family Medicine Residency
Personal Interests: Family, urban homesteading, singing with my daughters, hiking, plant-based diets and political activism. Email: email@example.com
Attending Site: Denver Health Precepting Site: Montbello Family Health Center Clinic Site: La Casa Quigg Newton Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health, reproductive health, chronic disease management, preventive health care 27
FACULTY Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Clinical instructor, Department of Family Medicine Personal Interests: Family; enjoying the great Colorado outdoors, camping and hiking; cooking and baking Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen (Inger) Fedde, MD Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program
Harriet Huang, MD
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Junior Faculty Fellow, University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency; Denver Health focus on Refugee and Community Medicine.
Education: Stanford University, BS; University of Michigan Medical School, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency - Denver Health Track
Personal Interests: International travel, hiking, sketching, premier league and international soccer competitions Email: email@example.com
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Stephanie B. Gold, MD Education: University of Virginia School of Medicine; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency; Fellowship in Health Policy, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Park Hill Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Refugees, social justice in medicine, patients
Personal Interests: The grand parade of life
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Sara Foster Fabiano, MD Education: Furman University, BA; Wake Forest University School of Medicine, MD Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center
Attending Site: Denver Health
Medical Areas of Interest: Health policy, particularly related to integrated behavioral health and primary care, payment reform, practice transformation; health behavior change, underserved medicine Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Board member, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians; Associate Professor, University of Colorado; Scholar, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center, Denver Health
Personal Interests: Yoga, hiking, skiing, reading science fiction/fantasy
Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center, Montbello Family Health Center, Denver Health
Medical Areas of Interest: Global health and education, refugee and immigrant health, urban 28
Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Clinic Site: Westwood Family Health Center, Federico F. Pena Southwest Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Refugee and immigrant health, LGBTQ health, family planning, addiction medicine Personal Interests: Camping, travel, cooking, trying new restaurants, dinosaurs
Joedy Hulings, MD Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Colorado Swedish Family Medicine Residency Attending Site: Park Hill Clinic and University of Colorado HIV Clinic Precepting Site: Park Hill Clinic Clinic Site: Park Hill Clinic and University of Colorado HIV Clinic Medical Areas of Interest: HIV primary care, care for diverse and underserved populations, chronic disease management, women’s health and family planning, sexual health, care across the lifespan Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Instructor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Larry Green Award recipient; Confidential Advisor for 3rd year medical students in the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum;
Swedish Family Medicine Residency Chief Resident
Amber Koch-Laking, MD
Personal Interests: Spending time with my husband and daughter, hikes with my dog, listening to musical soundtracks, travel, Crossfit, yoga, baking
Education: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine; Rose Family Medicine Residency, Colorado
Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center
Robert Keeley, MD Education: Stanford University, Medical School; University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine / St. Anthony’s Family Medicine Residency, Denver Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center
Preceping Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Westwood Family Health Center Areas of interest: Obstetrics, outpatient surgical procedures, women’s health Awards, recognitions, appointments: Chief Resident, Rose Family Medicine; 2010-2011 University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine Clinical Rising Star Award
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Personal Interests: Hiking, camping, ethnic cuisine
Clinic Site: Level One Physicians Clinic, Denver Health
Medical Areas of Interest: Consulting methods (motivational interviewing), chronic pain, depression, cardiovascular disease.
Richard Kornfeld, MD Education: University of Colorado Boulder, undergraduate; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, medical school; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Swedish Hospital, Residency
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Distinguished Paper, NAPCRG 2003 Personal Interests: Fishing, beekeeping, watching hockey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Daniel Kortsch, MD As an interim CMIO and physician, I provide medical care for patients of all ages while leading multiple projects at the departmental, enterprise and state levels. As a practicing family physician, I directly care for outpatient and hospitalized patients who are primarily comprised of the medically underserved populations of Denver. Within this role, I have been recognized many times for my quality, productivity and innovation. Within Denver Health, I work closely with our medical staff to coordinate multiple enterprisewide projects. As the lead physician for clinical informatics in ambulatory care, I helped coordinate the implementation of our medical software system, as well as pioneer the innovation that accompanied such a massive project. As one of the principal clinical faces of technological medical innovation, I coordinated much of the required change management while facilitating business strategy in executive-level committees. I apply this population health management expertise as a state leader in tobacco control where I manage or chair a variety of multimillion dollar state- or system-level interventions around tobacco education and cessation through my work with Denver Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In these roles, I regularly work with elected members of the Colorado Senate and House and have provided expert opinion on state legislation. As an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, I teach medical knowledge and skills in multiple clinical arenas. Through my directorlevel roles, I coordinate components of their education and directly oversee the clinical practices of medical residents and medical students. 29
FACULTY Elizabeth Kvach, MD Education: University of Oklahoma, BA, Women’s Studies; University of York, MA, Post-War Recovery Studies; Yale School of Medicine, MD; University of WisconsinMadison Family Medicine Residency, Chief Resident; St. Joseph Family Medicine Program, Maternity Care Fellowship Attending Site: Denver Health Hospital Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health and family planning; LGBT+ health; refugee health; substance use treatment; UCFMR Social Justice Work Group. Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Medical Director, Denver Health LGBT Center of Excellence; Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; Director of DH Refugee Health Elective; Denver Health Faculty of the Year Award (2016). Personal Interests: Traveling (and eating while traveling), camping, hiking and snowshoeing with my dogs, cooking, working in my vegetable garden, organizing a feminist book club and political engagement. Email: email@example.com
Charity Lehn, MD
University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine
Education: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, undergraduate degree and medical school; Northwestern Family Medicine Residency – Humboldt Park, residency
Personal Interests: Hiking, skiing, gardening, and bicycling
Attending Site: Denver Health Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Westwood Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Maternal child health, underserved care, immigrant health, medical education, procedures, global health Personal Interests: Running, hiking, backpacking, skiing, cooking and eating Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy Loomis, MD Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, MSPH; Yale University, BS; University of Connecticut Family Medicine Residency Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center, La Casa Quigg Newton Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Practice transformation, contraception, PCMH, care coordination for high risk families, and cancer screening Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Director of Family Medicine at Denver Health, 2010 Leadership Award,
Kari Mader, MD Education: University of Florida, BS and MD; University of Colorado, MPH in Community & Behavioral Health; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency – Denver Health Track Attending Site: Denver Health, University of Colorado Hospital Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Women’s health, refugee and immigrant health care, community-based research, health equity achieved through community-based health change, innovative care for underserved populations, interprofessional health professions education, and leadership training Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Resident of the Year 2015; Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Family Medicine; Associate Medical Director, DAWN Student Run Free Clinic; Primary Care Progress-National Training Team and Primary Care Leadership Collaborative Project Lead; Assistant Professor University of Colorado School of Medicine, Secondary Appointment Colorado School of Public Health Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends and being outside via hiking, backpacking, skiing, biking, traveling, or a number of other activities. She longs to be a connoisseur of wine and cheese, and dreams of miraculously becoming a stellar salsa dancer without having to practice. Email: email@example.com
Michelle C. Mang, MD
Lara Penny, MD
Education: State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency
Education: Dartmouth/ Brown School of Medicine; UCSF San Francisco General Hospital, Residency
Haley Ringwood, MD, MPH
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Education: Duke University, Interdisciplinary: Psychosocial Aspects of Health & Illness; University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency-Denver Health Track
Clinic Site: La Mariposa Family Health Center
Clinic Site: Team Lead at Montbello Family Health Center
Attending Site: Denver Health
Medical Areas of Interest: Providing health care to underserved communities
Medical Areas of Interest: Community health, chronic disease management, group medical visits
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: SUNY at Buffalo’s Academic Excellence in Family Medicine
Personal Interests: Slam dancing with my three crazy boys, ice hockey, cycling and running
Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center
Personal Interests: Traveling, reading mysteries, providing a safe, happy (and silly) home to our recently adopted children
Attending Site: Inpatient Adult Family Medicine Service, Denver Health Medical Center
Eric Peterson, MD Education: University of Arizona College of Medicine; Saint Anthony’s Family Medicine Residency Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Medicine Clinic Clinic: Park Hill Family Medicine Clinic Medical Areas of Interest: Rural medicine and family practice models (Indian Health Service in particular); addressing and preventing medical errors.
Michael Russum, MD Education: Eastern Virginia School of Medicine Attending Site: La Casa Quigg Newton Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: La Casa Quigg Newton Medical Areas of Interest: Sports medicine, men’s health, diabetes Personal Interests: Family, athletics, reading, and hiking Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Interests: Family time with my kids and parents takes up most of extra energy. I also enjoy talking about African history (I was in the Peace Corps in Congo), sports and current events.
FACULTY Roberto Silva, MD
Daniel White, MD
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Education: University of Tennessee Knoxville, BA in Philosophy; University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD; University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency-Denver Health Track
Residency: University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency, Denver Health Track Attending Site: Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center, Park Hill Family Health Center
Attending Site: Lowry Family Health Center, Denver Health Medical Center Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Clinic Site: Park Hill Family Health Center
Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Medical Areas of Interest: Chronic disease management, physician-patient relationships, medical student education, primary care workforce development, care of underserved patient populations, rural health care
Medical Areas of Interest: Inpatient family medicine, refugee and immigrant health, tropical medicine, viral hepatitis, addiction medicine
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Assistant Director, University of Colorado School of Medicine Rural Track; Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado; Director, University of Colorado School of Medicine Integrated Longitudinal Medicine Clerkship Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine; Director, Adult Family Medicine Service; Completed University of Colorado Junior Faculty Development Fellowship in Inpatient Family Medicine, Leadership, and Refugee Health in 2017 Personal Interests: Hiking and outdoor endeavors, small home improvement projects, zymurgy, LOTR and mostly my family. (I have a toddler and an infant, so really no time for any of the other interests outside of work). Email: email@example.comâ€‹
FACULTY – BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Shandra Brown Levey, PhD
Samantha Pelican Monson, PsyD
Education: Mercyhurst College, Honors Scholar, Psychology and Art Therapy; Eastern Virginia Medical School, MS, Art Therapy; Illinois Institute of Technology, PhD, Clinical Psychology Medical Areas of Interest: Primary care psychology, cognitive vulnerability to depression, health behavior change, instrument validation Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, post-doctoral fellowship, primary care psychology and instructor; integrated primary care psychologist and researcher; inducted into Psy Chi, international honor society in psychology; internship Park Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana Personal Interests: Living in Westminster, Colorado with her husband and daughter, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, scuba diving, volunteering, and traveling
Joanna Stratton, PhD
Education: University of Denver, PsyD
Education: University of Chicago, MA; University of Denver, PhD, Counseling Psychology
Attending Site: Lowry Family Health Center
Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine
Precepting Site: Lowry Family Health Center Clinic Site: Lowry Family Health Center Medical Areas of Interest: Refugee mental health, empathic communication in the physician-patient relationship, motivational interviewing Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: Paul Harris Fellowship, Impact Award, Breath of Life Award; Senior Clinical Instructor
Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences, post-doctoral fellowship Professional Areas of Interest: Integrated health care, couples counseling, research methods, program evaluation, gender issues, graduate teaching and training Personal Interests: Running and skiing Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Interests: International travel, water skiing, winter hut trips, and raising my twins
FACULTY â€“ PHARMACY Joseph J.â€‹Saseen, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS Education: SUNY at Buffalo, BS in Pharmacy; SUNY at Buffalo, PharmD; University of Illinois / University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Ambulatory Care Fellowship Precepting Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine and University of Colorado Hospital Family Medicine Service Clinic Site: A.F. Williams Family Medicine and University of Colorado Hospital Medical Areas of Interest: Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy Awards, Recognitions & Appointments: University of Colorado Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award 2011, Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Personal Interests: Mountain biking, snowboarding, NFL football Email: email@example.com
STAFF STAFF Shontelle Jaramillo CU Family Medicine Residency Coordinator
Chole Finke DH Family Medicine Residency Coordinator
niversity of Colorado Family U Medicine Residency 3055 Roslyn St., Suite 100 Denver, CO 80238
Lowry Family Health Center 1001 Yosemite St. Denver, CO 80230
Phone: (720) 553-2696 Fax: (720) 848-9050 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Shontelle Jaramillo is our overall program coordinator. In her role, she’s highly involved with recruitment, rotational scheduling, clinic scheduling for residents at A.F. Williams, and keeping us all in line with the administrative tasks necessary to keep a residency running. Shontelle first worked at A.F. Williams several years ago as Care Team Assistant. After earning her BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and working in the City of Westminster’s Human Resources department, Shontelle was eager to return to the residency as our program coordinator. Shontelle enjoys coordinating the day-to-day administration of the program to make sure the operation is running smoothly and efficiently. Outside of work, Shontelle enjoys hiking, cooking, and yoga.
Felicia Kinsey Program Assistant 3055 Roslyn St., Suite 100 Denver, CO 80238 Phone: (720) 553-2700 Fax: (720) 848-9050
Phone: (303) 602-4531 Fax: (303) 602-4545
Felicia Kinsey is our residency program assistant. Felicia manages the residency budget and serves as the course coordinator for Family Medicine out-patient and inpatient rotations for medical students. She is in charge of all event planning, coordinates meetings for the residency, and handles a host of other administrative duties. Felicia earned her bachelor’s and master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo before moving to Denver and working as a Patient Access Representative at our A.F. Williams clinic for five years. When not working, Felicia enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer, and baking.
Chloe Finke is our Denver Health Track coordinator. A native of Nebraska, Chloe earned a bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology from the University of Denver. She started working for Denver Health as a research assistant in the Family Medicine department during her undergraduate career and continued after graduation. She transitioned to the coordinator role in 2017. Chloe is involved with recruitment, Lowry clinic scheduling, evaluation processes for Denver Health residents, and generally keeping things organized for residents and faculty in our Denver Health track. When not working, Chloe enjoys spending time with her puppy, decorating her condo, baking and experiencing Denver’s food scene.
Brenda Cabrera RTT Educational Coordinator Salud Family Health Center 729 E. Railroad Avenue Fort Morgan, CO 80701 Phone: (970) 441-6055 Fax: (970) 867-2145 Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Brenda Cabrera is the on-site Rural Training Track Educational Coordinator, located at the Salud Family Health Center in Fort Morgan. Brenda earned her bachelor’s in Education from Western State Colorado University. She recently moved back to Colorado, from Missouri, where she worked at the University of Missouri St. Louis as a Site Coordinator for their Off-Campus Sites program. Brenda coordinates schedules, assists with recruitment, manages evaluations and handles any administrative duties required of the residency program in Fort Morgan. In her spare time, Brenda likes to make seasonal wreaths, listen to music, play the piano and spoil her two miniature dachshunds.
University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency 3055 Roslyn Street, Suite 100 Denver, CO 80238
Meet the Residents, Faculty, and Staff of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency.