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CURRENT RESIDENTS

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  • First Year
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FIRST YEAR RESIDENTS

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Natalia Arizmendez, MD

Natalia Arizmendez, MD

  • Hometown: San Antonio, TX
  • College: University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Graduate Degree: Biology
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

There are several reasons why I chose family medicine, but in short, family medicine is a very rewarding career path with versatility. I want to interact directly with patients and work in underserved areas with the ability to perform procedures. Family medicine will give me the training I need to achieve my goals and more.

A fun fact or something unique about me is that I've trekked to Everest Basecamp without a guide or porter. My future career plans or goal is International and ringside medicine.

 

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Matthew Gill, DO

Matthew Gill, DO

  • Hometown: Happy Valley, Oregon
  • Undergraduate Degree: BS Public Health, Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Degree: DO, Western University of Health Sciences-COMP

I chose Family Medicine because it is a communication based specialty that is best able to provide health care for those that have barriers to accessing healthcare. Additionally, primary care is the area of health care that has the largest opportunity to implement preventative medicine. Conditions can be minimized or sometimes completely avoided by using preventative measures. One of my main goals as a physician is to reduce the mortality and morbidity of diseases that my patients have. Preventative strategies such as prophylactic treatments and lifestyle modifications can drastically improve the quality of life for people receiving care from me.

I am specifically interested in HIV, preventative medicine, and geriatrics. I plan to have a practice providing primary care for the LGBTQ community, likely in an urban or metropolitan area.

I am excited to be relocating to Milwaukee to experience the mid-west in a metropolitan setting. My father is from Milwaukee, and I look forward to experiencing the area in a more meaningful way that short visits have allowed.

I enjoy restaurants, art museums, and live entertainment. It is very fulfilling for me to meet new people, try new experiences, and eat new things.


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Alonzo Jalan, MD

Alonzo Jalan, MD

  • Hometown - Crookston, MN
  • Undergraduate degree; Major - B.A. Biology
  • College - Concordia College Moorhead, MN
  • Graduate Degree; Major - M.S. Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Almost every specialty has something I really enjoy. Family medicine was unique in that it was broad and aligned with my future professional and personal life goals.

I was looking for a program that had training in underserved areas and people committed to working in those areas. I had the benefit of being with Aurora for my 3rd and 4th years of medical school and found great mentors. Milwaukee has become one of my favorite cities because of the interesting cultures and numerous parks and places to enjoy.

One unique thing about me is that I grew up with seven sisters and one brother. My future plans are to be part of a medical school or residency program working in education and clinical care. I want to focus on health disparities, social justice, and public health.

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Kayla Parsons, DO

Kayla Parsons, DO

  • Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • Carthage College in Kenosha, WI major was neuroscience, minor in Biology
  • Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose Family Medicine because of the variety it offers and the long term partnerships that are fostered between patient and clinician. It is a unique honor to provide care for an individual and their family for many years, often over several generations. My interests include preventative medicine, women’s health, family planning, and integrative medicine. I knew after just a few days of my audition rotation with the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program in my 4th year of medical school that it was where I belong. The other residents and faculty were warm, kind, and made me feel right at home. I believe in order to be a truly outstanding clinician it is vital to take into account the broad range of factors that may be influencing the patient’s health, as well as the many modalities of treatment which may be beneficial. One of the things that most impressed me about this program was the integrative medicine curriculum, along with the holistic approach to patient care that is taken.

My passions and hobbies outside of medicine include international travel, long distance running and cycling, yoga, vegetarian cooking, reading, knitting, and playing the flute. I grew up in Milwaukee, and was born at Sinai Hospital in fact, and look forward to spending more time with my family and younger siblings that still live in Milwaukee.

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Rinal Patel, MD

Rinal Patel, MD

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate Degree; Loyola University Chicago, Biology and Anthropology
  • Medical School: St. George’s University

I chose family medicine so I can play a lead role in my patient’s healthcare. As a primary physician, I can work one on one with patients and educate them, thus empowering them to make responsible decisions about their own healthcare. Therefore, together we can not only treat, but also prevent disease for the individuals we care for.

I was immediately drawn to Aurora simply for one reason: they care. It is evident that everyone at this program is dedicated to patient care and to each other. The teamwork and comradery is exceptional, which was amazing to see. Therefore, I felt comfortable choosing to be a part of this family for the next three years.

I have gotten to travel and live in many different locations during my time in medical school. I lived in the Caribbean and enjoyed the beautiful beaches and hot island sun for two years. I also met and adopted my adorable little puppy on the island and now she’s back with me living lavishly in the states. I have also lived all over New York and have met amazing people and made a lot of new friends during this time.

As for the future, I want to work in an underserved community and hopefully start or join a free health clinic for immigrants and refugees.

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Alison Perry, DO

Alison Perry, DO

  • Hometown: Placerville, CA
  • Undergraduate Degree: Psychology, UCLA
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program: University of Virginia
  • Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

My attraction to Family Medicine is centered around my interest in the biopsychosocial model of health and illness, and desire to cultivate genuine, lasting relationships with patients. I am passionate about preventive medicine and wellness, and look forward to partnering with my patients to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. I was very impressed with Aurora’s program on interview day, particularly with the warmth and enthusiasm of faculty and residents, commitment to serving the needs of the surrounding communities, and the collaborative, diverse training including opportunities in integrative and underserved medicine. I am very excited to migrate from Chicago to the more “livable” city of Milwaukee, and am confident that the area and program will provide me with a rewarding, culturally-diverse training experience.

In my free time, I enjoy yoga and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, and am always trying to fit in travel to foreign countries (although this has been challenging as a student on a budget!) As for my future career plans, I would like to work in an underserved area with community involvement to address the health disparities that exist across different populations. My specific interests also include behavioral and mental health, addiction medicine and end of life care.

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Christina Quale, MD

Christina Quale, MD

  • Hometown: Stoughton, Wisconsin
  • Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, I had a family medicine provider for the majority of my life, and it was wonderful. I chose family medicine because I want to be able to really get to know my patients and be able to care for patients of all ages and through the different stages of their lives. I also love the versatility of family medicine and how many different paths are open for you to choose from in your future.

I knew that the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program was a perfect fit for me on my interview days because I immediately felt welcomed and felt like I was right at home. I chose Aurora for its supportive faculty and residents, and its strong, challenging curriculum.  I was also drawn to the opportunities to train in sports medicine as well as integrative medicine.  I am most interested in outpatient medicine, and plan to stay in Wisconsin after I finish my residency. 

In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, my pets, my family and friends. I grew up on Lake Kegonsa in Stoughton, Wisconsin and have always loved water sports, including waterskiing, boating, swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. My husband and I enjoy watching a good movie and we love to travel.

 

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Mary St. Clair, DO

Mary St. Clair, DO

  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Undergraduate Degree:
  • Major: Sports Medicine
  • Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I found Aurora Family Medicine when searching for a family medicine program that offered training in integrative medicine. At the AAFP conference in Kansas City, I visited the program booth and left feeling it could be the right fit. The program's strengths in sports medicine, integrative medicine, and OMT complemented my interests in these areas of medicine, and it was important to me to learn to practice in a state like Wisconsin that highly values family medicine. On my interview day, I was sold by the people I met. The faculty and residents seemed to continually seek ways to improve health care delivery to the Milwaukee community. The residents were passionate about their quality improvement projects, confident in their training, down-to-earth, and happy to be at Aurora; I could picture myself working and being friends with them.

Throughout my third year clinical experience, I identified most with the soul of a family doctor. I carry that “in it for the long haul” spirit with my patients, and I am ready to help them overcome their barriers to optimum health. Through continuous, therapeutic relationships, coordination of care, and connection to the community, family medicine provides the best platform to promote preventive medicine over a lifetime. Strong family medicine has the opportunity to make significant change in the health of our nation, and I am excited to join a field with others who support the future of primary care.

On the morning of my interview, I walked along the shore of Lake Michigan to catch the sunrise. I have always loved Lake Michigan because my family vacations in northern Michigan during the summer. I feel lucky that I now have the opportunity to practice medicine in a city where I can enjoy the benefits of lake life year round. Milwaukee also offers a vibrant city life, strong cultural and arts scene, festivals galore, endless outdoor adventures, and a close proximity to Chicago. I am looking forward to vegetable and fruit hunting at the Milwaukee public market, hosting a Friday night fish fry, learning to make frozen custard that can rival Kopp’s, taking advantage of all the cheese Wisconsin has to offer, finding my fellow UVA HOOS fans in the city, joining a sailing club, and maybe even trying to surf on Lake Michigan.

When I finish residency, I will consider further fellowship training in integrative medicine and sports medicine. My long term goal is to work in and potentially build a multidisciplinary, integrative medicine wellness practice. This practice will offer broad spectrum family medicine, evidence-based alternative medicine, a gym, yoga studio, psychological counseling, and health education, nutrition, and cooking classes. As a tea enthusiast, I would also love to add a tea room to the practice!

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Abdulrehman Siddiqui, MD

Abdulrehman Siddiqui, MD

  • Hometown: Fruitland, Maryland
  • Medical School: University College Dublin
  • Degree: MB BCh BAO

Having completed medical school in Ireland, a country with a public healthcare system, I realized the important role that primary care and prevention plays in the overall outcome of a society. I experienced a wide scope of medical specialties throughout medical school and ultimately came to realize how crucial it is for patients to have continuity of care and long-term healthcare goals. I want to help patients participate in their own health in order to improve healthcare outcomes and ease the burden on our healthcare system. Primary Care doctors serve as the gatekeepers of medicine, and with a focus on prevention, I hope to make a positive change in the community I’m working with.

I chose Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program because of the diversity of interests among the residents. Everyone I met felt supported by the program to pursue their particular goals and had nothing but good things to say. On my interview day I felt right at home, and I could see that the staff were really wanted the residents to succeed in their careers. I’m excited to experience the Midwest as a resident, and am looking forward to being close to family and friends I have in the area.

In terms of my future goals, I hope to work with lawmakers to improve healthcare policy that can improve outcomes in our community and country. In my free time I like to exercise: namely weightlifting, hiking, playing soccer, and cycling. I also love to check out concerts when I have the opportunity. I’m very much looking forward to exploring what Milwaukee and the Midwest has to offer me in the coming years.

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Joseph Vogelgesang, DO

Joseph Vogelgesang, DO

  • Hometown: Lima, OH
  • Undergraduate degree: BS in Allied Medical Professions
  • Major: Biomedical Science
  • College: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose family medicine because I believe in the four tenets of osteopathic medicine namely that the body is a unit and innately able to heal itself. I see my role as a physician as helping my patients achieve health, not merely absence of disease.

I was initially attracted to the program because of the unique opportunities it offers such as an integrative medicine track and I admired the residents' varied interests within family medicine. I felt that the residents at Aurora embodied the kind of physician I want to be more than any other program that I pursued.

In my free time I like to play and watch sports. I'm an avid runner and enjoy spending time outdoors with my fiancée and our dog. My future plans are to have an integrative lifestyle-based practice with an emphasis in OMT that provides care for an underserved population somewhere in the Midwest.

SECOND YEAR RESIDENTS

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Jonathan Blaza, MD

Jonathan Blaza, MD

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

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

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Scott Chandler, DO

Scott Chandler, DO

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

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

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


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Christopher Cook, DO

Christopher Cook, DO

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

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

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Kristin Dement, DO

Kristin Dement, DO

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

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

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Devin Lee, MD

Devin Lee, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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Raheel Mody, DO

Raheel Mody, DO

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

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

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Sara Nixon, MD

Sara Nixon, MD

Junior Chief

  • 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, DO

Caleb Patee, DO

Junior Chief

  • 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, DO

Christopher Peters, DO

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

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

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Sarah Ward, MD

Sarah Ward, MD

  • Hometown: Medina, OH
  • Undergraduate Degree: BS- Biology; Minor- Mathematics; Minor- Language, Literature, and Culture of Ancient Rome (Latin). University of Michigan.
  • Medical School: Technion Israel Institute of Technology- Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, Israel

During my medical studies in Israel, I thrived with the variety of patients I saw across a broad range of ages, cultural backgrounds, and differential cases. Consequently, I developed a passion for the dynamic environment that Family Medicine offers. Family Medicine inspires a large breadth of knowledge and creates a stimulating workday, and I look forward to becoming proficient in the many ways a Family Medicine physician can serve patients. I am also eager to be a part of a field that strongly lends itself to preventative care and continuity of care.

I had previously rotated at Aurora, and this experience paired with my interview experience made the program stand out to me. The program offers thorough training to prepare its residents, and it does so in a supportive, encouraging, and inspiring learning environment. I am pleased to be a part of such a wonderful team, and I know that I will be well prepared to reach my goal of providing excellent service to the underserved as a general family physician.

I live for adventure, and while I know residency will be an exciting adventure in and of itself, I particularly enjoy traveling, hiking, running, and reading. Some of my favorite travel adventures have included scuba diving along the coral reef in the Red Sea, hiking through a desert canyon to the beautiful St. George's monastery in the West Bank, exploring the Dachstein ice cave in Austria, and walking through the ruins of Pompeii.

THIRD 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

Senior 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

Senior 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!