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CURRENT RESIDENTS

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  • First Year
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  • Third Year

FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS

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Jonathan Blaza

Jonathan Blaza

  • Hometown: Dayton, OH
  • Undergraduate Degree: BS Biological Sciences, Wright State University
  • Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA

I have always been a firm believer in a whole person approach to medical care and recognize that physical and mental health are profoundly affected by all aspects of life. I was drawn to Family Medicine because it allows me the sacred privileges of understanding patients beyond their medical illness and building truly therapeutic partnerships with them. I believe that the training provided by the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program will provide me with the tools necessary to help me build a practice driven by partnership and wholeness. In addition to excellent education, I was impressed by the attitude of innovation and self-improvement that was apparent to me in my talks with both residents and faculty. In my free time, I enjoy talking and hiking with family and friends as well as watching movies. I consider myself a very story-oriented person, and few things excite me more than hearing and watching stories about human life—how people first meet, how friends grew into spouses, how heroes rise above their fears, or how explorers first break into the unknown. My current considerations for a future in Family Medicine are broad-spectrum outpatient practice and Palliative Care.

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Scott Chandler

Scott Chandler

  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Undergraduate Degree: Exercise Science; Brigham Young University
  • Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific - Northwest

I enjoyed every clinical rotation during my third year of medical school and decided that by practicing family medicine I would be able to enjoy all aspects of patient care. As well, I have a great interest in sports medicine and treating athletes. Completing a family medicine residency will provide the foundation I need to train in a sports medicine fellowship and become a primary care team physician. 

My wife and I are excited to experience Wisconsin and life in the mid-west. I am particularly excited to be joining the Aurora residency team. I love that the Aurora Family Medicine Residency is dually accredited. This program is unique, in that it is the only program I've seen with sports medicine curriculum, required use of OMT from DO residents, and annual in-state OMT training. It is a bonus that Aurora also has a great track record for placing residents in sports medicine fellowships.  If you can't find me at the hospital, I'm likely at a pick-up basketball or flag football game. I also enjoy watching movies with my wife, challenging other residents to a game of chess, and traveling with family. 


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Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate Degree: Loyola University Chicago, Biology
  • Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose family medicine for its emphasis on preventative care. Helping patients to understand and take control of their health will strengthen the foundation of our healthcare system. I chose to come to this program because of people in the program. On my interview day and second look, I felt right at home. When I have free time, I like to ride my bike and spend time with my wife and son. Right now I'm thinking I would like to pursue a career in Sports Medicine, but I'm always open to change. I really enjoy both inpatient and outpatient medicine.

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Kristin Dement

Kristin Dement

  • Hometown: St. Peters, Missouri
  • Undergraduate Degree: BS in Biology, Truman State University
  • Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

I was drawn to family medicine during my third year rotations, as I realized my favorite part of medicine was seeing patients! I realized we're privileged to be the ones listening and learning from our patients' most intimate and vulnerable times of their lives and to have the opportunity to develop that kind of trust lies at the heart of family medicine. In addition, family medicine allows for the treatment of people of all ages and I'm motivated by that diversity and vast amount of information to learn. I have a passion for preventative medicine so Aurora's integrative medicine curriculum made me extremely attracted to this program. On my interview day I had a fantastic experience, I truly felt at home (as cheesy as that might sound), and I knew Aurora was where I wanted to be! I'm excited to learn more about Milwaukee in the coming years. My husband and I really wanted to stay in the Midwest and downsize from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, and Milwaukee seemed like a perfect fit! I played 4 years of collegiate soccer and have transitioned into an avid runner. I will be running my third Boston marathon, and ninth total marathon in a few short weeks and my husband and I are excited to integrate ourselves into the Milwaukee running community. In the future I plan to work in an outpatient practice, possibly pursue more education in integrative medicine, and hopefully be involved in medical education at some point down the road.

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Devin Lee

Devin Lee

  • Hometown: Eugene, OR
  • Undergraduate Degree: Human Biology with an area of concentration in Human Physiology and Performance, Stanford University
  • Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Family medicine is a specialty where you have the most and the earliest touches on any given life. You are able to treat the person holistically, from reassurances to specialty consults. The integrative nature of our practice allows for deep community networking between providers of all sorts of healing care, which provides the biggest benefit to the patient as well as strengthening the roots of the community.

I chose Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program because I’m inspired by Aurora’s dedication to integrative medicine, in a place with massive health disparities. Working alongside so many DOs will be an important part of my training in becoming the best Primary Care doctor I can be. I’m excited to be living and working in a city that is continuously inventing itself, with a strong liberal base and access to major metropolitan areas. 

A unique fact about me is that I spent six months living on a permaculture farm in Israel.

My future plans or goals is to build a direct primary care practice that caters to the needs of urban underserved, particularly the LGBTQ community. I aim to provide both the chronic and preventive care that FM does so well, as well as maintain acute care as a central service we provide.

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 Raheel Mody

Raheel Mody

  • Hometown: Woodridge, IL
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts with major in psychology at the Benedictine University
  • Medical School: Midwestern University (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine)

I chose family medicine because I will have an opportunity to provide long term care to a variety of different types of patients and their families. Family medicine also requires one to have a good well rounded knowledge base in medicine, which definitely appeals to me. I chose Aurora because I found all the faculty and residents that I spoke with to be very compassionate and dedicated to the field of family medicine. I also appreciated the program's integrative medicine curriculum and the solid OMM training. When I visited Milwaukee, I knew that the city would be an excellent place to train mainly because it has a diverse patient population. I also liked that Milwaukee has a big city feeling without the big city traffic (being from the Chicago area this is a welcome change). An interesting aspect about me is that I enjoy acting. I was on speech team, and performed in several plays in high school and college. I also enjoy playing tennis during the summertime. My future career plans hopefully include working in both an inpatient and outpatient environment. I also hope to possibly pursue a fellowship in sports medicine.

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Sara Nixon

Sara Nixon

  • Hometown: Northfield, IL
  • Undergraduate Degree: Major in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Graduate Degree: Masters in Public Health, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Medical School: Rush Medical College

I chose Family Medicine because I want to build trusting lifelong relationships with my patients, I want to see a variety of patients every day and I want to bring preventative primary care to communities in need. 

I chose Aurora because I felt welcomed and comfortable during my interview and at the second look day.  The faculty and residents seemed to have a great working relationship and I felt like I could be challenged and learn from great mentors.  I would like to work in an underserved population and I liked how engaged Aurora was with the community that it serves. 

A unique fact about me is that I had open heart surgery for a congenital heart defect at the age of 13. 

In the future, I would love to provide primary care in an outpatient setting to underserved populations.

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Caleb Patee

Caleb Patee

  • Hometown: Ridgefield, WA
  • Undergraduate Degree: Major in Pre-Physical Therapy at the Northwest Nazarene University
  • Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Family medicine allows me to work with the whole family, something that is important in a rural region.  Working with kids and their parents has always been enjoyable, but working with adults and in particular older adults has also been something that I enjoy. Family medicine fits both of these groups into one category.

Aurora is a family friendly program that will provide a great education that will prepare me for a rural career. Having the experiences that will come through a metropolitan program will allow me to see conditions and care that might not be visible in a more rural based program. Knowing that I desire to work in a rural environment in a future, I desire to see all possible prior to embarking on my own.

I am married to Christy and we have a wonderful and active 1 year old, Levi. I enjoy most all outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, running, and snowshoeing.  Rural based family medicine practice is my future plan.

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Christopher Peters

Christopher Peters

  • Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
  • Undergraduate Degree: Indiana Wesleyan University, B.S. in Biology
  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose family medicine because I enjoy the opportunity to take care of a wide variety of patients and medical conditions. I'm also interested in preventive medicine and nutrition. Family medicine is unique in giving me opportunities to integrate those into my practice on a regular basis. Part of why I chose this program was their emphasis on preventive and integrative medicine. Most conditions we treat as family physicians have some sort of lifestyle component. I believe it is very important to address these things with each and every patient, using medication only as a last resort. I also chose this program because I felt I connected and got along well with the faculty and residents. Other things I enjoy are running, skiing (water and snow), traveling, and reading, especially The Lord of the Rings and anything by C.S. Lewis. As for my future plans, all I know is I want to practice somewhere in the Midwest, and beyond that I can't say for sure!

SECOND YEAR RESIDENTS

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Garima Chawla

Garima Chawla, DO

  • Hometown: Born in Chandigarh, India, moved to Milwaukee, WI at age 8
  • Marquette University, Degree earned: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

I chose to pursue a career in Family Medicine because it will allow me to encounter a variety of medical conditions affecting all age groups. One of the biggest rewards of being a family doctor is the opportunity to establish a meaningful relationship with your patients and their families and watching that relationship flourish over the years. I had the opportunity to rotate at Aurora St. Luke's during my fourth year of medical school. During this rotation, I realized I would get a chance to train in a supportive and encouraging environment, which is why I chose Aurora St. Luke's as the next step in my medical training. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my family and trying new cuisines. I also recently started baking and it is slowly turning into my new favorite hobby! After residency, I plan on staying in Milwaukee and serving my local community. I am interested in outpatient medicine with a focus in office procedures and women's health.

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May-Lynn Chu

May-Lynn Chu, DO

  • Hometown: Portland, OR
  • Concordia University with a BA and a major in chemistry
  • Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

I chose to pursue Family Medicine because I have a compelling sense of mission and commitment to provide quality healthcare that empowers people to gain the priceless gift of good health. I loved my visit to Milwaukee and found Aurora Family Medicine to be a program where I could have fun learning how to be a great physician. I feel Aurora will provide a challenging yet very supportive environment that will provide me with all the tools necessary to be a versatile family physician. I love spending time with my husband, my family and friends. I love listening to music, watching a good movie and enjoy sketching and painting in my spare time. I have many interests in family medicine but would eventually love to be involved in community medicine and hospice/palliative care.

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Michelle Crane

Michelle Crane, DO

Junior Chief

  • Hometown: Mansfield, OHI
  • BA; Biology/Chemistry Dual Major; Earlham College
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose family medicine because I wanted to have the opportunity to really get to know patients, to provide full-spectrum care, to address psychosocial issues, and to guide patients and their families in caring for and healing themselves. I'm particularly interested in integrative medicine, adolescent medicine, and preventive medicine, and I see myself working in a Federally Qualified Health Center after residency. Outside of the office, I think it'd be a blast to do a regular radio show, blog, or podcast about current topics in medicine! I was drawn to Aurora's integrative medicine curriculum, its strong emphasis on osteopathic principles and OMT, the way the faculty and residents spoke with such passion about their work, and the supportive and encouraging environment of the program. As far as Milwaukee goes, my husband and I are both excited to be moving to a larger city and are looking forward to exploring! A lesser-known fact about me is that I'm a dual citizen of the United States and Australia.

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Breana Cummens

Breana Cummens, MD

  • Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI
  • College: Drake University, chemistry
  • Medical College of Wisconsin

I grew up and attended medical school in Milwaukee, and I'm thrilled to be staying here for residency! When I was young I had a family medicine doctor who treated three generations of my family at the same time, but I never appreciated the importance or privilege of that until medical school. I think medicine is best approached on multiple levels, from individual to family to community, and family medicine allows and encourages me to do so. I plan to practice in Wisconsin after residency, but I'm also open to exploring new places. My go-to fun fact is that I Irish Danced when I was younger and competed at the National Irish Dance Championships before retiring. I still love everything about it and other aspects of Irish culture, but my dancing is limited to occasional dance parties in my living room these days.

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Sarah Karalus

Sarah Karalus, DO

  • Hometown: St. Paul, MN
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato for degrees in Spanish and Biology
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose Family Medicine because I love working with patients from all generations and maintaining relationships with families of patients over the years. Family Medicine also offers a great variety of opportunities working in different medical environments that will allow me to best use my skills serving families. I chose Aurora because of the strong training in broad spectrum medicine, the supportive faculty, and dual accreditation with opportunities to train in alternative medicine, global medicine, and rural medicine. Aurora and the city of Milwaukee also offer a diverse learning environment that will better prepare me for a future working in Family Medicine. My future career goals include working with underserved populations, possibly at an inner city clinic or in a rural area. I have great interest in Global Medicine and learning new languages. My hobbies include soccer, skiing, dancing, and traveling.

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Alyssa Krueger

Alyssa Krueger, DO

  • Hometown: Brown Deer, Wisconsin
  • UW-Madison, BS in Biology and German
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Choosing Family Medicine was the best decision of indecision for me. I did not want to narrow my scope of practice; I enjoy all aspects of medicine and treating a variety of people and I knew family medicine would allow me that opportunity. I look forward most to developing strong working relationships with my patients and following their progress. I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to train with the Aurora program; I will receive a great education and be able to return to my hometown of Milwaukee, I couldn't ask for better! I'm not sure what the future will hold, but for now I hope to one-day combine clinic with urgent care work. In the meantime, I hope to find time to work on my German language skills that have gotten rusty and maybe get to a Brewers game or two this year!

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Anne Lovell

Anne Lovell, DO

  • Hometown: Wausau, WI
  • Undergrad:  University of Wisconsin- Madison, B.S. Biology
  • Touro University California

I chose Family Medicine because I am interested in broad spectrum medicine and am passionate about patient centered holistic care. Family medicine is the ideal path for incorporating these aspects. I look forward to forming partnerships with my patients to help them achieve their ultimate health both physically and mentally. It was important to me to find a place with a strong educational program in traditional medicine, but that also integrated osteopathic manipulation and holistic principles. The program at Aurora impressed me with their commitment to teaching and providing a broad range of rotations. I loved meeting the faculty, staff and residents and could picture myself working alongside them. Additionally, having the opportunity to work with both an urban under-served population and in global health fulfills some of my goals for residency. After 4 years living in California, I am excited to move home to Wisconsin and be closer to family (and excited to get away from all that traffic!). Growing up we mostly visited Milwaukee for Brewer games, so I am excited to explore all the other wonderful things Milwaukee has to offer in addition to cheering on those Brewers! I am a foodie, movie snob, and love dancing, playing piano and hiking/ doing anything outdoors. I am looking forward to getting more use out of my down-hill skis. In the future I see myself working with an urban underserved population.

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Stephanie McDearmon

Stephanie McDearmon, MD

Junior Chief

  • Hometown: Morrison, IL
  • Trinity International University with a BA in biology/pre-med & chemistry/pre-med and a MA in bioethics
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA

I chose family medicine because I want to care for people of all ages. I want to be able to really get to know my patients and what is important to them so that together we can find ways for them to live the healthiest life possible. The Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program is a perfect fit for me because of the quality education they have coupled with opportunities to get involved in the community. I also love that the residents, faculty, and staff are great people to work with! Milwaukee really won me over with its diverse array of environments and activities to enjoy! I love spending time with my family and friends and have developed a passion for running and cooking while in medical school. In fact, I ran my first race, a full marathon, as a first year medical student and then went on to do four half marathons and several shorter races in the years that followed. In the future I hope to remain in the Milwaukee area serving as a general family practitioner and playing an active role in the community.

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Brandon Phelps

Brandon Phelps, DO

  • Hometown: Victor, IA
  • Loras College – B.S. in Exercise Physiology
  • Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine

Family medicine appealed to me because of the ability to take care of a wide variety of disease from diverse populations over a long period of time. It is exciting to be able to develop long-term rapport with people of all ages. I love being around geriatrics and pediatrics, so family medicine is a great field to see both populations. Also, I enjoy providing manipulation treatments, performing procedures, managing medications, and educating about diet and exercise. Aurora Family Medicine is a great fit for me because they will continue to train me in the areas of medicine that I enjoy and provide a friendly, team oriented approach during the process. The manipulation and procedure clinics plus the integrative medicine pathway are a few examples how Aurora will provide the opportunities for education. Milwaukee is a great place to train because of the diverse population, but also a fun city to live in. My wife and I cannot wait to start attending games at Miller Park, check out the zoo, visit downtown and the waterfront, and of course to start finding the best food in town! A couple fun facts about me are that I grew up as the youngest of 3 boys on a farm where we grew corn, beans, and raised livestock. In college I played basketball and rugby and am a huge sports fan. A unique fact is that I cannot swim, which is embarrassing when I share the last name of the Olympic swimmer with 22 medals, Michael Phelps! One major goal is to someday participate in or start an international medical clinic in a rural part of a third world country. My other career plans are a less known at this point whether I will work in an urban or rural area, but definitely plan to stay in the Midwest.

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Jasmine Wiley

Jasmine Wiley, MD

  • Hometown: Clintonville, Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of arts, American Indian Studies and biology, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program

I chose family medicine because it provides the opportunity to establish long, continuing relationships with my patients, allowing me to work collaboratively with patients to determine the best treatment plan to meet their health needs through an integrative approach combining medical, complimentary, and public health approaches to wellness and health. Family medicine also will prepare me well to work with patients of all age groups and to have a skillset that helps me to better meet the needs of underserved communities. Aurora St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency offered everything I was looking for in a program--a challenging yet supportive learning environment, strong obstetrical training with high risk OB management, and the opportunity to explore integrative medicine concepts. I was also looking for a strong community based training program that served a primarily underserved population. I found all of these with Aurora, PLUS an incredible group of energetic people to work and learn with! I would like to end up practicing full spectrum family practice in a rural Wisconsin community, likely in a tribal health care center, with a focus on integrative medicine and women's health. A fun fact about me is that I love any type of outdoor activity, especially Nordic skiing, and I ski the American Birkebeiner 54km race every February. A bonus fun fact is that I am a 200-hour registered yoga instructor!

THIRD YEAR RESIDENTS

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Kayla Flores, MD

Kayla Flores, MD

  • Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • Alverno College, Degree Earned: B.S. Molecular Biology & Chemistry
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

I chose a career in Family Medicine because it allows me to care for all members of a community and to develop and maintain genuine relationships with patients throughout their lifetime. Training at the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program gives me the privilege of serving my home community while learning from a group of passionate, intelligent and caring Family Physicians. My husband and two children are the joy of my life and we enjoy cooking, watching movies, and staying active together. I also love dancing and choreography. After the adventure of residency I plan to continue serving families in Milwaukee.  I hope to practice full spectrum Family Medicine, with an emphasis on caring for the underserved members of our community.

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Nicole Mubanga, MD

Nicole Mubanga, MD

  • Hometown: Stevens Point, WI
  • UW - Madison for Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Medical College of Wisconsin

I chose Family Medicine because I enjoy treating patients as a whole including the psychosocial aspects. I chose St. Luke's because of the emphasis on integrative medicine- another interest of mine. A fun fact about me: I got married in Zambia this June. I am a National Health Service Corps scholar, so in the future I plan to work in an urban underserved location, and would love to stay in Milwaukee.

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Krystina  Pischke, DO

Krystina Pischke, DO

  • Hometown: Appleton, WI
  • UW - Madison, B.S. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose Family Medicine for the unique ability to treat entire families for a variety of medical conditions as they enter different stages of life.  I chose to continue my training at Aurora St. Luke's Family Medicine because it is a dually accredited program with a strong, challenging curriculum and supportive faculty and residents. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I enjoy hiking, traveling, photography and following Wisconsin sports. After completing my residency, I plan to practice full spectrum Family Medicine in Wisconsin.

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Elizabeth  Quiroz, MD

Elizabeth Quiroz, MD

  • Hometown: Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Milwaukee, WI at age 11.
  • Marquette University, Marketing and International Business
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine 

As a primary care physician my goal is to empower my patients to become active participants in their health by providing them with exceptional education and guidance.  Family practice is not only the specialty best suited for this, but also offers the flexibility and variety in medicine that other specialties don't. Aurora's Family Medicine program provides much of these same benefits and the collaboration among faculty and staff was incredibly encouraging as an outsider.  The ability for residents to pursue individual goals with flexibility and support, while also maintaining autonomy creates opportunities for growth that really motivate me. Currently, my interests in Family Medicine are broad, but eventually I would like to focus on women's health and integrative medicine.  I strongly believe that Aurora's curriculum in integrative medicine will provide a strong foundation for my long-term goals.
Personally, I am looking forward to returning home to Milwaukee to be closer to family and friends.  It's time to dust off my Brewer's hat!

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Keisha  Rogers, MD

Keisha Rogers, MD

  • Hometown: Born in Milwaukee, WI; grew up in Sheboygan, WI
  • UW - Milwaukee, BS in Biology
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

I chose Family Medicine for the ability to build long lasting relationships, being able to care for individuals and families, having a variety of experiences, and working as an advocate for my patients. I had a very positive experience here at the Aurora Family Medicine program when doing a rotation during my fourth year. I enjoyed the cooperative as well as supportive environment between the residents, faculty, and other health care professionals. My future career goals include working with underserved populations in some way, possibly working at a federally qualified health center. I am very family oriented and I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 2 year old daughter. I also love reading, music, and going to festivals and plays.

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Jessica  Schmid, DO

Jessica Schmid, DO

Senior Chief

  • Hometown: Dodgeville, WI
  • UW - Madison, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Sociology
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose Family Medicine because I love the variety of patients and the variety of issues that bring patients to the clinic. I also love the versatility of Family Medicine and that it can lead to many different life paths in the future. My favorite part of Family Medicine though is really getting to know patients and their families, and forming a good working relationship with them. I chose Aurora St. Luke's because of the very friendly staff and residents. I felt like they were team I would be able to work well with and learn from. I also chose Aurora St. Luke's because I think that it will give me a population of patients with a diverse set of issues so that I can get the most comprehensive education possible and prepare me best for the future. The fact that Aurora St. Luke's is in Milwaukee is only a bonus, as it a great city filled with lots of fun activities to do, and is large enough to have just about anything you want, but small enough that it still feels friendly. A unique fact about me is that one time while backpacking in Upper Peninsula of Michigan, my campsite was raided by a bear. After some failed attempts to scare away the bear who was happily enjoying our jelly, we were forced to run away barefoot in our pajamas and watch him finish our breakfast from a safe distance away. In the future I hope to provide full spectrum care including OB care in a smaller more rural community of WI.

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Kara  Stoll, DO

Kara Stoll, DO

Senior Chief

  • Hometown: Cashmere, WA
  • University of Portland, Portland, OR, Bachelors of Science in Biology
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in a small town in Washington State where my family grows pears for a living. We had a close relationship with our family doctor while I was growing up, and it definitely influenced my decision to go into family practice. I want to be a physician that interacts with a variety of patients from all age groups, reaches out to the community and develops lasting relationships with my patients; I feel that becoming a primary care doctor will fulfill that goal. I absolutely loved my visit to Aurora's program, and the opportunity to have a strong background in obstetrics and pediatrics is what initially attracted me to Milwaukee. My husband is going into Anesthesiology, and he will be at the Medical College of Wisconsin. We both feel pretty lucky we were not only able to end up in the same place, but also at very good programs! Milwaukee is new to us, but we love the idea of living near the water, cheering on the Brewer's, and checking out some of Milwaukee's breweries. We are coming from Colorado, and are not sure what we'll do with all the snow and lack of mountains, but I can guarantee my cross-country skis will get a lot of use. I'm excited to begin a new adventure in Wisconsin!

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Arianna Sundick, MD

Arianna Sundick, MD

  • Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
  • University of Chicago, BA Biology
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

I choose Family Medicine because for me it was the perfect combination of clinic medicine and public health. I like focusing on prevention and chronic disease management while being a part of solutions to address the root cause of health disparities. I specifically chose Aurora St. Luke's because of their patient population: a large underserved community, a large Spanish speaking community and the opportunity to work with the uninsured. I also picked Aurora St. Luke's because I felt like their curriculum produced well rounded doctors including their focus on integrative medicine, community health, and leadership development. After residency I hope to continue working with urban underserved populations and likely at a Federally Qualified Health Center. A fun fact about me is that I really like to sail and I am hoping to go sailing on Lake Michigan this summer.

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Ima Tanner, MD

Ima Tanner, MD

  • Hometown: Weimar, Texas
  • Stanford University ('05) - Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

I chose Family Medicine because I was fortunate enough to have wonderful mentors who allowed me to see the enormous professional flexibility and deeply gratifying work that comes with this specialty. I am looking forward to the variety of experiences that I will get at Aurora. I feel that the program is a wonderful blend of a rigorous medical education and a family-friendly vibe. I am part Incan Indian and cannot wait until my 2 children are older so I can take them to visit the land of their ancestors. My future plans include a satisfying practice with the time to volunteer in various community organizations.

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Leah Welsh, DO

Leah Welsh, DO

  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio
  • Earlham College, BA in biology
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose to pursue osteopathic medicine because I have an interest and a belief in the inherent health of the body, which is one of the principle tenants of this philosophy of medicine. I chose to pursue a career in Family Medicine because I see the opportunity to closely encourage this health with a wide variety of patients, and because I see myself with the most opportunity to utilize all of the medicine I have enjoyed learning. I chose Aurora St Luke's Family Medicine because I see this program as best suited to meet me in all of these interests and goals. There is a strong team approach to patient care, and an emphasis in hospital and women's health that excites me. I intend to integrate osteopathic manipulation into my practice and am looking forward to working in the dually accredited environment of this program. I also am excited about the opportunities to learn about other integrative medicine through Aurora St Luke's.