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FACULTY

The strength of any residency program rests with the strength of its leadership and faculty. The faculty leadership and members have devoted their professional careers to the education of residents. Research, scholarly activity and quality improvement are vital to the health of the learning environment. Aurora Heath Care is proud of the academic accomplishments of its faculty, residents and fellows as evidenced by many yearly publications and national presentations.

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FACULTY

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Betty J. Amuzu, MD, FACOG

Betty J. Amuzu, MD, FACOG

A board-certified physician, Dr. Amuzu cares for routine and complicated gynecologic and obstetric patients. She also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain and care of geriatric gynecologic patient's. A strong advocate of education and collaborative practice, Dr. Amuzu served as program director for seven years and medical director of the midwifery program for 13 years. She continues to serve on the program evaluation committee.

A strong advocate of treating the whole person, Dr. Amuzu teaches the OB/GYN residents the importance of being sensitive to the unique needs and concerns of patients both physically and emotionally. Understanding the psychological impact of physical health on each patient is important to Dr. Amuzu.

Dr. Amuzu is a caring physician and dedicated teacher. She has received several awards for her work with residents including the National Faculty Award for Excellence in resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Amuzu earned her medical degree and completed her own residency in OB/GYN at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

Dr. Amuzu is a life-long resident of Wisconsin. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family.

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LaRoyce F. Chambers, MD, FACOG

LaRoyce F. Chambers, MD, FACOG

A board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Chambers offers comprehensive care and treatment to women of all ages. His warmth and sensitivity in obstetrical care naturally extends to all women's health issues. Dr. Chambers spent 26 years in private practice in Milwaukee during which time he held significant leadership roles. Dr. Chambers served as the Associate Chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health at Aurora Sinai Medical Center just prior to joining Aurora Medical Group.

Dr. Chambers earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was during his obstetrics and gynecology rotation that he immediately knew what his chosen specialty would be. After serving in the United State Army as a general medical officer for two years, he resumed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University.

Dr. Chambers is President of the Medical Staff at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and Chairman of the Metro Executive Committee. He also serves on the Aurora Metro Board of Directors. In his free time, Dr. Chambers and his wife enjoy family activities with their grandchildren.

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Dr. Andra Cicero

Andra Cicero, DO, FACOG

Andra Cicero, DO, FACOG is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. She graduated from Butler University and completed her medical degree at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her OB/GYN residency at Rush University Medical Center in 2011. She entered private practice in the Chicago suburbs prior to becoming faculty at Aurora Sinai. She is committed to the education of resident physicians and medical students and has special interests in low and high-risk obstetrics, clinical gynecology, and adolescent medicine. She acts as the obstetric drills coordinator for the obstetrics and gynecology department. She is married, has two children, and loves to spend time with her family. In her spare time, she can be found reading and working out.

She is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 2014. She also was recognized by the AOA as a 2015 Mentor of the Year nominee.

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Benjamin Dorton, MD

Benjamin Dorton, MD

Dr. Dorton completed his medical school training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. During medical school he further solidified his interest in global women's care and completed a year long global health research program through the NIH Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program. He focused mainly on HIV and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in Zambia, Africa.

He then completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at two Harvard affiliated teaching hospitals: Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Dorton has a passion for residency and medical student education as well as advancing women's healthcare through clinical research. He has a strong interest in minimally invasive gynecology surgery as well as comprehensive gynecological and obstetrics care. His main goal is to provide compassionate and thorough care for each patient and work with each patient to formulate individualized treatment plans.

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Dr. Marie Forgie, DO

Marie Forgie, DO

Marie Forgie, DO is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where she developed a special interest in women's health. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Integrative Biology and Women's Studies. She took time off of formal education to float freely around the world and eventually landed in Seattle, Washington with the love of her life and now husband.

She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She joined the same wonderful faculty group that trained her in August of 2014. Her professional interests are group prenatal care, international health care and medical education. She has two children, a sweet boy and a rambunctious girl, who give her gray hairs and a happy heart.

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Natasha Hernandez, MD

Natasha Hernandez, MD

Natasha Hernandez, MD, is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Natasha M. Hernandez, MD is an obstetrician/gynecologist who believes every woman deserves a physician she feels comfortable with and that each patient's questions should be given adequate attention. Dr. Hernandez has a special love for obstetrical care and high-risk pregnancy and offers minimally-invasive surgical techniques to treat a variety of gynecological concerns. In addition, she has experience in ambulatory care through her participation with mobile clinics in Belize, Central America. She also participated in volunteer and educational opportunities at hospitals in Kenya and the Marshall Islands providing OB/GYN care and conducting research.

As a former college athlete, Dr. Hernandez understands the special needs of the competitive, athletic woman and encourages every woman to find a balance of exercise and activities she enjoys and can stick with to optimize health.

She is a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Carla Kelly, DO

Carla Kelly, DO

Carla Kelly, DO, offers compassionate care to women from puberty through menopause and beyond. By taking time to answer questions, she focuses on the individual patient and encourages them to take an active role in the management of their personal health. Dr. Kelly strives to have a positive impact on her patients' lives by providing comprehensive services that include gynecological surgery, general and high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Kelly also provides patients with expertise in counseling for a variety of contraceptive options and gynecologic conditions.

A graduate of Des Moines University Medical School, Dr. Kelly completed both her internship and residency at St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital in Michigan.

Although originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, Dr. Kelly recently relocated back to the Milwaukee area. She spent nearly five years in Wilton, CT in a private OB/GYN practice, two of those as Medical Director. Currently Dr. Kelly is involved in resident and medical student education at Aurora HealthCare and serves as the Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. She also currently serves as the director of Quality for Aurora UW Medical Group.

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Nicole Salvo, MD

Nicole Salvo, MD

Dr. Nikki Salvo is a graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she was involved in providing health care to the Hispanic population in Chicago. She is a graduate of The University of Iowa where she obtained a B.S. in Psychology. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She joined the faculty group at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in association with the University of Wisconsin in August of 2013. Since October of 2013, she has become the director of the medical student obstetrics and gynecology clerkship for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her clinical interests are minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, comprehensive gynecologic care, education of medical students and resident physicians, clinical research and group prenatal care.

She speaks Spanish and plans to continue to provide obstetric and gynecologic care for the Hispanic community in the Milwaukee area. Dr. Salvo is married and has two dogs. She enjoys travel, wakeboarding, running and spending time with family and friends.

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Jacquelynn Tillett, ND CNM

Jacquelynn Tillett, ND CNM

Dr. Tillett is a graduate of Rutgers University. She subsequently graduated from Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. She received her certification in Nurse-Midwifery and Doctorate in Nursing degree in Community Health Nursing from Rush University. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health faculty, she was Director of Staff Development and Patient Education at Rush Presbyterian-Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center where she also had a nurse-midwifery practice.

Dr. Tillett has been associated with Planned Parenthood and the Chicago Women's Health Center. Her clinical interests include nurse-midwifery care and underserved populations and delivery of prenatal care. Among her research interests are the quality of care provided by nurse-midwives and components of prenatal care. She also serves as clinical faculty in the Marquette University School of Nursing's Nurse-Midwife Program.

Dr. Tillett is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

SUBSPECIALIST FACULTY

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY

Elizabeth Dickson-Michelson, MD

Elizabeth Dickson-Michelson, MD

With survivorship as her main goal, Elizabeth Dickson, MD, believes in a team approach to cancer care, incorporating research, integrative medicine, and state of the art techniques to treat not only the patient's disease, but also support her whole being through cancer treatment and beyond. Dr. Dickson is trained in minimally invasive approaches, including traditional laparoscopy and robotic surgery. She has advanced research training and is committed to continuing research, in order to better care for women with cancer.

Dr. Dickson earned her medical degree at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL. She completed both her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

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Scott Kamelle, MD

Scott Kamelle, MD

Scott Kamelle, MD, board-certified gynecologic oncologist, is focused on researching and treating gynecologic cancers. He has extensive training in minimally invasive surgery for endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancers. He earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and then completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his residency, Dr. Kamelle continued his training through a fellowship program at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.

Dr. Kamelle is dedicated to incorporating medial education and clinical research into his practice. This commitment allows him to offer state-of-the-art treatment to women with cancer as well as those who require potentially complex pelvic surgery. He is also active in the national Gynecologic Oncology Group which is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Kamelle is also a published author with several abstracts and medical journal articles to his name and a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Cancer Research.

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MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE

Kai Chen, MD

Kai Chen, MD

Kai Chen, MD, is a fellowship-trained maternal fetal medicine specialist with advanced expertise in obstetric, medical and surgical conditions that are caused by, or complicated by, pregnancy. His special interest within this field includes hypertension and preeclamptic pregnancy.

In addition to his work in the clinical setting, Dr. Chen is respected for his academic and research work in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Chen completed his OB-Gyn residency at New York Downtown Hospital and his maternal fetal medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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Randall Kuhlmann, MD, PhD, FACOG

Randall Kuhlmann, MD, PhD, FACOG

Dr. Randall Kuhlmann believes that maternal fetal medicine is about more than administering medical diagnosis and treatment; it is also about a collaborative process to provide the highest quality care for every woman who has special medical needs during pregnancy. Dr. Kuhlmann specializes in percutaneous umbilical cord sampling (PUBS), intrauterine fetal transfusion (IUFT) and amniocentesis. His clinical interests include high-risk obstetrics, prenatal diagnosis, coagulation disorders during pregnancy and perinatal ultrasound.

Dr. Kuhlman earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He completed both his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and his fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of OB/GYN, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine Medical College of Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA. Dr. Kuhlmann is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Ricardo Mastrolia, MD

Ricardo Mastrolia, MD

Ricardo Mastrolia, MD, is a fellowship-trained maternal fetal medicine specialist. He has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology for his research on a number of subjects, including first-trimester screening in patients of advanced maternal age.

Dr. Mastrolia completed advanced training in maternal fetal medicine through a fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, along with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

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David C. Merrill, MD, PhD

David C. Merrill, MD, PhD

Dr. David Merrill is a board-certified maternal-fetal medicine physician with special interest and experience in the areas of preeclampsia, preterm labor and prenatal diagnosis. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed his residency at the University of California – San Francisco, and did his fellowship training in MFM at the University of Iowa.

Previously, Dr. Merrill was professor and chairman at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Ryan Stone, MD

Ryan Stone, MD

Dr. Ryan Stone is board certified in obstetrics/gynecology with a subspecialty in maternal fetal medicine. He has special interest in the treatment of preterm birth prevention, maternal hypertension, diabetes in pregnancy and maternal addiction medicine.

Dr. Stone attended Marshall University School of Medicine for both medical school and residency, and completed his fetal medicine fellowship training at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

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Kristine Strickland, MD

Kristine Strickland, MD

Dr. Kristine Strickland, is a fellowship-trained maternal fetal medicine specialist with extensive experience in high-risk obstetrics, OB/GYN ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis. In addition to high-risk obstetric care, she has a special interest in health concerns that are either caused or complicated by pregnancy, including thyroid disease and vein disorders.

Following her medical residency, Dr. Strickland served as assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Tulane University. She has also served as an instructor in the division of maternal fetal medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she completed her fellowship. Currently, Dr. Strickland is the associate program director for the OB/GYN residency program.

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Thomas Wigton, MD

Thomas Wigton, MD

Dr. Wigton is board certified in obstetrics/gynecology with subspecialty certification in maternal fetal medicine. As a maternal fetal medicine specialist, he has extensive experience in high-risk obstetrics, OB/GYN ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis. His special interests include gestational diabetes and pre-term labor.

Fellowship-trained at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Wigton focuses his work on utilizing the most advanced technology available to provide high-risk obstetrical patients with expert care and valuable information regarding their health and the well-being of their unborn child.

In addition to his care of women with high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Wigton has been actively engaged as both a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Clinical Campus and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has over 80 publications and presentations to his credit.

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REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY AND INFERTILITY

Ellen Hayes, MD

Ellen Hayes, MD

As a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, Ellen Hayes, MD, is dedicated to assisting patients experiencing infertility issues. Since joining Aurora Fertility Services in 2007, she has been providing compassionate, individualized care to her patients with access to the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatment options available.

Dr. Hayes earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Science with High Honors from Michigan State University. She then received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Alpha Sigma Nu medical honor societies. Dr. Hayes completed her residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she was designated "Outstanding Resident in Laparoscopic Surgery" by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University, where her thesis project was awarded the John D. Thompson research award.

Dr. Hayes is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has authored several articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has participated in research studies in her field. She is experienced in all aspects of assisted reproductive technology (IVF), as well as advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery.

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Aida Shanti, MD

Aida Shanti, MD

Aida Shanti, MD, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with endocrine and infertility issues. She joined Aurora Fertility Services in November 2013 as medical director, overseeing programs in both Milwaukee and Green Bay. Prior to joining Aurora Health Care, Dr. Shanti worked as a consultant for IVF (in vitro fertilization) centers overseas. At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, she served for four years as division director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Before that, she was the IVF medical director at Emory University for six years. At UAMS, she started the egg freezing program,
the first in the mid-south to offer this service. She was also involved in many clinical studies and published articles in renowned scientific journals.

In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Shanti has a master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University. She was chief resident in her final year at Case Western University and finished fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and fertility at Wayne State University. She did two years of advanced training in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and laparoscopy at Emory University. Dr. Shanti is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Dr. Shanti is dedicated to caring for infertile patients through thoughtful, cost-effective and, most importantly, honest treatment with an individualized approach. She has a passion for IVF and strives to increase pregnancy rates using the most innovative techniques.

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UROGYNECOLOGY

Tracy Capes, MD

Tracy Capes, MD

Tracy Capes, MD, is a female pelvic medicine physician and reconstructive/ urogynecology surgeon. Dr. Capes has experience addressing issues such as urinary incontinence, fistulas, uterine fibroids and dyspareunia, among others.

Dr. Capes offers her patients special procedures including minimally invasive techniques, such as advanced laparoscopy and robot-assisted laparoscopy. Additional procedures provided by Dr. Capes include pelvic floor reconstruction, uterine/vaginal prolapse repair, cystocele/rectocele repair, uterine-preserving prolapse repair, fistula repair, cystoscopy, hysterectomy and myomectomy.

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GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY

Amy Miller-McCarthy, MD

Amy Miller-McCarthy, MD

Dr. Miller-McCarthy believes strongly in patient educated based decisions, informed patient decision processes and a balanced patient-physician relationship.

In 1992 Dr. Miller-McCarthy received her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her Internship and Residency in Family Medicine were also completed through St. Lukes Medical Center in Milwaukee, and she also completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology through the Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee. Dr. Miller-McCarthy has been in private practice in the Milwaukee area since 1997. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Miller-McCarthy takes special interest in vulvar diseases, vaginal surgery, high-risk obstetrics, laparoscopy and general obstetrics and gynecology. Away from the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her busy family.

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Kathleen Powell Mattioli, MD

Kathleen Powell Mattioli, MD

Dr. Powell Mattioli received her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison in 2004. In 2008, she completed my Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Powell Mattioli has also presented original research at national conferences.

Her special interests are in preventive medicine as well as high risk obstetrics, and she also specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including robotics and single-site (incision-less) hysterectomies. This allows her patients to return to their lives sooner, including same day discharge, with minimal hospital stays. Dr. Powell Mattioli believes in empowering women through knowledge so that they can become active participants in their own healthcare team.

Away from the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and playing sports. A Milwaukee native and life-long resident, Dr. Powell Mattioli also enjoys going to her favorite places around the city.