Duluth Residents

First Year: Class of 2021

headshotMaren Anderson, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, patient education, and clinic procedures
Personal interests/hobbies: Reading, finding/refinishing antique furniture, camping, hiking, canoeing and hoping to take up kayaking, yoga, playing boardgames with friends and family
Why Duluth: I want to practice broad spectrum family care in rural Minnesota, so it's important to me to train somewhere that reflects those values and will fully prepare me to care for my future community, including obstetric and procedural training. I knew from clinical experiences in medical school that the faculty were fully invested in teaching as well as helping build me personally - both as a physician and a fellow member of the community. I appreciate the collaborative culture and the commitment of residents and faculty to offering high quality, evidence-based medical care with caring.

headshotWhitney Bertram-Reents, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Rural medicine, women's health, reproductive health and family planning
Personal interests: Running and hiking with my dog, golfing, boating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends and family
Why Duluth: I fell in love with the Duluth area during college and have never left! I think Duluth is the best city in Minnesota, and I can't imagine a better place to live and work. The Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program has amazing faculty and staff, and I am so excited to learn and grow in the program with my colleagues.

headshotKatie Bressler, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: I chose family medicine because I have very broad interests, and I love caring for patients of all ages and from all backgrounds (¡hablo español!). Some of my interests include obstetrics, women's health, trans health, inpatient medicine, rural health, and working to reduce healthcare disparities for my patients and our community at-large.
Personal interests: Balance between my personal and professional life is important to me, because I think a happy and healthy doctor is available to listen to and advocate for her patients. I get my daily exercise by running with my rescue dog, Rebel, who is the quirkiest dog you'll ever meet. I love everything outdoors: biking, camping, hiking, backpacking, virtually all water sports, and especially SCUBA diving. When I get an itch for creativity, I knit, write, sew, and quilt. Maintaining fluency in Spanish and traveling is also a priority, especially to Ecuador, where I have strong ties to the host family with whom I lived while studying abroad for a year in undergrad.
Why Duluth: The Duluth program offers rigorous, full-spectrum family medicine in a beautiful setting. I was impressed with Duluth's high caliber of residents and attending physicians, and I'm confident the training this program offers will prepare me for whatever practice I choose in the future. I specifically wanted a program that was strong in obstetrics, inpatient medicine, procedures, and community involvement, all of which Duluth excels in. Moreover, as a native Duluthian, I really value easy access to the outdoors and natural beauty, and it's nice to have loved ones nearby in my off-time.

headshotKristina Lindholm, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, clinical procedures, OB, sports medicine, hospital medicine
Personal interests: Being outdoors, tent camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, ice fishing, basketball, spending time with my family and friends
Why Duluth: I was seeking a program that would prepare me to practice full spectrum medicine in Northern Minnesota. Duluth has the reputation for providing a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum, and I felt this program could best help me accomplish that goal. After completing various rotations within the residency, it was clear that the residents not only worked hard but were also are extremely kind and welcoming. I could easily picture myself as a resident in the program which made Duluth the obvious choice. I am excited to continue my medical training here in Duluth.

headshotKelly McKinnon, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: My medical interests are broad. That is why I am so excited to train as a family physician. I enjoy caring for expecting mothers and their newborns. I also have a passion for and history of serving both the elderly and developmentally disabled populations. I believe that mental health and addiction medicine are crucial facets of family medicine that contribute to bolstering the under-served. I find procedural medicine gratifying to both myself and patients. Palliative and hospice medicine round out my extensive list of medical interests that I plan to pursue.
Personal interests: I am a budding family man, being newly married as of last year with our first kiddo recently coming into the picture in April. Our family also includes a couple of geriatric pooches that are truly beloved and spoiled to prove it. I like to keep active outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and cycling. I also really enjoy creating through woodworking and cooking. During our long Minnesota winters, I keep from contracting cabin fever by getting out ice fishing and blowing off steam on the racquetball court.
Why Duluth: I have had wonderful relationships with the faculty and residents during my first 2 years of training on the UMN Medical School Duluth Campus and many rotations completed at St. Mary's and St. Luke's. These folks are my kind of people and it is clear that their residents get a quality education and are pushed to become great physicians. To boot, this is my home town; I graduated from Hermantown High School and have lived and worked in this area ever since. It is also hard to beat the Duluth area for an outdoor enthusiast like myself.

headshotHannah Salk, MD

Medical school: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Medical interests: I am interested in broad spectrum family medicine, including outpatient and inpatient medicine, obstetrics, clinical procedures, and geriatrics. I have a special passion for rural medicine and medicine in resource-limited settings.
Personal interests: Outside of medicine, I enjoy many hobbies, including reading, boating, hiking, running, traveling, slalom water skiing, dancing, cooking, crafting, and music. I love trying new restaurants and going to concerts with my loved ones. On my down time, I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my hairless cat!
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for residency primarily for its focus on rural medicine. I feel confident that Duluth will provide me with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill my future dream of being an exceptional practitioner in a rural, resource-limited setting. I was also impressed with the caliber and kindness of the faculty and residents during my interview, making my decision to choose Duluth even easier! Not to mention, the program is nested in a friendly city on Lake Superior in beautiful northern Minnesota!

headshotSidney Sisson, MD

Medical school: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Medical interests: I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine. I’m especially passionate about obstetrics, pediatrics, and preventative medicine.
Personal interests: I enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, kayaking, and running. I also love to read, explore new places, and play with my golden retriever.
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for its emphasis on full-spectrum training. I am interested in practicing in a rural area, and I know Duluth will provide the training I need. I like the unopposed setting and the chance to work one-on-one with specialist attendings. I am especially excited about the opportunities for rigorous obstetrics training. At my interview, I could tell that the residents truly enjoy their jobs and get along very well with each other. As an added bonus, the Duluth area is absolutely beautiful, and I am really looking forward to all the outdoor activities the city offers.

headshotJake Traxler, MD

Medical school: Creighton University School of Medicine
Medical interests: Full spectrum, rural family medicine. I enjoy working with patients of all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics, obstetrics, emergency medicine, palliative medicine, and in office procedures.
Personal interests: I enjoy running, biking, hiking, and cross country skiing, along with spending time with my family.
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for their reputation in training full spectrum family medicine physicians, as well as any other path you would like to go within family medicine. I also appreciate how involved they are in their community and in finding innovative ways to address the needs of their patients both inside and outside of the clinic/hospital.

headshotLuke Wohlend, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Procedures, hospital, acute care, chronic disease management, and medical education.
Personal interests: Anything outdoors. I grew up farming and continue to help out on the family farm working on tractors, mowing hay fields, and growing gardens. Staying connected to family and friends is also important to me and something I take pride in.
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for residency because it provides top-notch full-spectrum training and prepares residents for any type of practice they want, including high-risk OB, hospital, and emergency medicine. I was born and raised not far from Duluth in Northern Wisconsin. I was thrilled to be accepted at the DFMRP, so that I could stay close to my family and friends.

Second Year: Class of 2020

luke albaresLuke Albares, MD

Medical school: Albany Medical College
Medical interests: Rural family medicine, procedures, inpatient hospital work
Personal interests: Spending time outdoors (hiking, biking, camping, or running), doing projects around the house, baking
Why Duluth: I completed a rotation here during my fourth year of medical school and felt at home. I was welcomed by the faculty and the residents and knew this would be the place I wanted to train to help me pursue my goal of practicing rural family medicine. Duluth has always been one of my favorite places in Minnesota. I'm very excited that I get to live there and see what the area has to offer while training during residency.

mark bostromMark Bostrom, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum rural family medicine, OB, clinic, clinical procedures, emergency medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with my family and friends, running, biking, cross-country and alpine skiing, basketball, curling, hunting, hiking, camping, traveling
Why Duluth: It offers rigorous training in all aspects of family medicine and graduates are not limited in their spectrum of practice. I feel Duluth will prepare me best for rural family medicine. The residents and faculty in Duluth are warm and welcoming, and the patients come from diverse backgrounds. My wife and I love Duluth and the North Shore of Lake Superior and are excited to call it home for the next few years.

benjamin dummerBenjamin Dummer, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, procedures, OB, sports medicine
Personal interests: Running, spending time at the cabin, wakeboarding, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, playing drums
Why Duluth: It's well-known for its rigorous and well-rounded curriculum in areas of practice that are critical to full scope family medicine including inpatient care, OB, procedural medicine, pediatrics, and clinical medicine. I felt that a well-rounded curriculum in these areas would prepare me for any sort of practice I may be interested in my future. Additionally, I like the unopposed setting and thought that this provided great learning opportunities.

james ericksonJames Erickson, DO

Medical school: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Rural medicine, broad spectrum practice, surgery, psychiatric elements of wellness
Personal interests: Motorcycling building, pistol/rifle target shooting, downhill skiing, continuing to believe the Minnesota Wild can win a Stanley Cup
Why Duluth: I've always desired to return to Warroad, Minnesota to practice medicine, giving back to my home community. That desire has been coupled with an interest in pursuing broad spectrum training. The program is unrivaled in its quality and variety of training. In three vigorous and challenging years, Duluth will prepare me to offer a substantial service to the people of my hometown. My amazing fiancée and I are excited to be moving back to the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior.

allison jubaAllison Juba, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, OB, pediatrics, preventive medicine, sports medicine, procedures, OMM
Personal interests: Fishing and exploring lakes and rivers around the Duluth area to find some walleyes with my husband, yoga, exercise, reading, trying new recipes
Why Duluth: I grew up in Duluth and had always thought about returning to practice medicine. When I came to interview, I could immediately see how impressive the residency program was. I had no doubt that the outstanding curriculum would prepare me to practice the full scope of family medicine with strong OB and critical care experiences, intense inpatient exposure, and a wide opportunity for electives. I could also tell that the residents were truly happy with their program and had fun together, which was a big selling point for me. I'm excited to return to my hometown to join a program that I know will prepare me to handle the variety that comes with being a family medicine physician.

mindi kvaal andersonMindi Kvaal Anderson, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, OB, women's health, end-of-life care
Personal interests: Running, reading, films, cooking, jigsaw puzzles, spending time with my children and family at the lake, traveling
Why Duluth: The faculty and residents in this program are friendly, kind, funny, hardworking, quality people. I could tell the residents were challenged and well-trained with mutual respect and strong relationships between each other, faculty, staff, and patients. It was very important to me that I could picture myself as a resident here, which I could easily do. I believe Duluth is one of the best training programs in the Midwest for full spectrum rural family physicians, and I am very excited to be chosen as a resident.

alison liewenAlison Liewen, MD

Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Medical interests: Full spectrum care, rural and global medicine, women's health
Personal interests: Trail running, nordic skiing, backpacking, long canoe trips; relaxing with my fiancé, dog, and our banana tree
Why Duluth: It offers a perfect combination of a comprehensive training program, including surgical OB and rural rotations with a beautiful four season climate and outdoors culture to match! The faculty and staff are extremely welcoming, and I'm confident that after training in Duluth, I'll be prepared to work in any rural or global setting.

charles taborCharles Tabor, MD, MS

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Rural medicine, emergency medicine, preventive medicine, cost/resource-effective technologies for rural health care, intersection of technology and medicine, ways to improve health care access and disparities
Personal interests: Outdoor endurance sports like running, biking, and nordic skiing; adventure travel, exploring roads less traveled, cooking, baking, DIY projects
Why Duluth: I was impressed with the clinicians, high caliber of available medical resources, and residents. Ease of access to outdoor activities (including snow!) was also important.

jessica taylorJessica Taylor, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, OB, reproductive health, mental health, pediatrics, emergency care, preventive care, chronic disease management, improving access to health care
Personal interests: Crafting (sewing, knitting, crocheting), reading, cooking, biking, cross-country skiing, canoeing
Why Duluth: It has a strong reputation for full spectrum training. Duluth and the North Shore of Lake Superior are full of natural beauty, and I have many happy memories of visiting this area with my family growing up.

Third Year: Class of 2019

becky daviesBecky Davies, MD

Medical school: Creighton University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, rural and global health, OB
Personal interests: Horseback riding in the woods, cooking (especially creating new and exciting variations of lentils with rice, baking "Becky Bars," preparing homemade apple sauce), the physical and logistical challenge of using any form of transportation that is not a car
Why Duluth: Duluth is my grandpa Ross's favorite destination outside of the farmstead in South Dakota. Just as important, the faculty and residents are down-to-earth and passionate about patient care. I am excited to jump into a collaborative teaching environment where residents receive exceptional training in the clinic, the hospital, and the OB delivery room. Finally, I cannot think of a better way to spend a day off than exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Elizabeth FeistElizabeth Feist, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full scope rural family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics, women's health, in-office procedures, palliative care/hospice, exercise, nutrition
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, biking, Frisbee golfing, camping, Zumba and group fitness, traveling, reading, playing piano, cooking, baking
Why Duluth: It was immediately apparent how close the residents are with each other and with the faculty. They all seem to have a lot of fun while learning to care for their patients in the clinic and in both hospitals, all with a view of beautiful Lake Superior. This program has everything I was looking for in a residency program with a very strong OB experience, intense inpatient experience, and a dedication to training rural family physicians. I lived in Duluth during my first two years of medical school and met my husband here. We enjoy being back in the beautiful city of Duluth!

Caryn GerberCaryn Gerber, MBChB

Medical school: Stellenbosch University
Family medicine residency: Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust GP Training
Medical interests: OB, women's health, pediatrics, child and adolescent mental health, urgent care/emergency medicine, infectious diseases
Personal interests: Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, yoga, running, walking, reading, cooking and trying new recipes, gardening, spending time with family and loved ones, traveling
Why Duluth: Family brought me back to Duluth, and I am proud to say that I have loved living here over the last 12 years! Though I was born in the U.S., I was raised in South Africa where I attended medical school and practiced before moving to England to continue practicing family medicine. My journey came full circle in returning to the U.S., and I am now incredibly excited and honored to be partaking in the Duluth program. The program here in Duluth is well known for its rural medical training and preparation, which I am interested in. I am very impressed with several aspects of the residency, namely, the scope of medical training the program has to offer, the high quality of residents and the varied opportunities to explore different interests within the program. All this, plus the location on the wonderful shores of Lake Superior, made it my number one choice to study, work, and practice one day!

Tolga HanhanTolga Hanhan, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Broad-spectrum family medicine with OB
Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and two children, outdoor pursuits including Nordic skiing, hiking, road and mountain biking, hunting and fishing
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for the program, the people, and the place. I wanted a program with rigorous training in broad spectrum family medicine. Duluth's reputation for this style of training is unmatched. I enjoyed working with the residents and talented faculty during medical school rotations, and I knew this would be a natural fit. Finally, my family has roots here as we moved to Duluth in 2000. I taught middle and high school science in this area for 12 years, and I love the community, both the people and the outdoor opportunities of the Lake Superior region.

Joshua KropkoJoshua Kropko, DO

Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Preventative care, management of chronic disease, procedures
Personal interests: International travel with my wife, cooking
Why Duluth: This program is well known for training well-qualified, broad spectrum family physicians. We get one-on-one mentorship by specialists of all sorts. We are free to make our training exactly what we want it to be. That, along with the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota, drew me here, and I couldn’t be happier.

Jessica OlenJessica Olen, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full scope family medicine, clinic, hospital, emergency room, OB, hospice, home visits, healthcare disparity
Personal interests: Spending time with my husband, walking through the woods with my dog, learning or trying new things, cooking or baking health foods
Why Duluth: The program offers an outstanding foundation in full scope family medicine, and the community offers an amazing outdoor setting.

Steven SchumacherSteven Schumacher, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine
Personal interests: Hiking, gardening, raising ducks and other odd assortments of animals, spending time with my wife and our dog, Bailey
Why Duluth: It offered a program where I wouldn't be limited or told to practice just one aspect of medicine. I knew I wanted to incorporate obstetrics into my future practice and Duluth provides amazing experience in OB and surgical OB if that is something I will eventually want for my training. Duluth has a diverse population, and patients come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This facilitates experiences that most residents have to go to big cities to have. It's also an awesome location along the shores of Lake Superior, and my wife and I loved the city when we came here on a rotation in my last year of medical school.

Jessica StayJessica Stay, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full scope family medicine, OB, pediatrics, women's health, sports medicine
Personal interests: Spending time outdoors such as fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and relaxing on Rainy Lake; spending time with my daughter, husband, family, and friends
Why Duluth: I was looking for a training program that would prepare me well for practicing in a small northern Minnesota community. I was especially looking for excellent training in obstetrics and inpatient medicine, which this program offers. In addition, the residents and faculty are so welcoming that I knew this was the right choice for me. I am very excited to have the opportunity to receive excellent full scope family medicine training in an area that also satisfies my love for Northern Minnesota.

Jesse SusaJesse Susa, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Rural medicine, full spectrum family medicine
Personal interests: Running, camping, kayaking, cross-country and downhill skiing, fishing, hunting, guitar and banjo
Why Duluth: Duluth offers rigorous training in all disciplines important to the rural family physicians: critical care, obstetrics, primary/preventative medicine, mental health, and so on. My wife and I were thrilled to find a perfect fit in the upper Midwest where we have called home our whole lives. The very best of all four seasons are right here on Lake Superior, and there could not be a more inviting landscape for outdoor enthusiasts like us!