Duluth Residents

First Year: Class of 2022

headshot of Jill GolobichJill Golobich, MD

Medical interests: Rural, broad spectrum family medicine, OB and women's health, sports medicine, in-office procedures, and geriatrics
Personal interests: Reading mystery novels, spending time on a lake with family and friends, restoring old furniture, baking and cooking new recipes, and being in the outdoors walking our mini-goldendoodle, hiking, and kayaking in the summer, while ice fishing and skating in the winter.
Why Duluth: I choose the Duluth residency program for many reasons, particularly for the strong full spectrum, rural focused training that Duluth is well known for, the high-volume obstetrical training, the down-to-earth, hard-working residents who I had great experiences with through rotations in medical school, and of course, Duluth's location in beautiful Northern Minnesota. 

headshot of Elaina HintsalaElaina Hintsala, MD

Medical interests: I chose to pursue a career in family medicine because I love the full spectrum of care we're able to provide. From prenatal care and pediatrics to acute care and chronic illness management, I love the variety in every day's schedule. I particularly enjoy obstetrics, women's health, preventative medicine and geriatrics. I intend to put these passions into practice in rural or underserved communities.
Personal interests: Spending time with my family is my favority hobby. Aside from that, I love exploring - whether it's traveling to other countries or walks around my own community. I enjoy hiking, skiing, running, kayaking and other ways of getting around this wonderful area. My husband and I have a personal goal of visiting all 67 Minnesota state parks and just added a membership to the MN Historical Society to our plans. I also enjoy reading and have a goal of reading 19 books in 2019. 
Why Duluth: First and foremost, I know Duluth will best prepare me for a future practicing full-spectrum family medicine. I wanted a strong training in inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and emergency medicine, as well as a good foundation in clinic. Second, I wanted to train where I hope to practice. I am passionate about serving northern Minnesota and wanted to train in this region. Finally, I am from Duluth (Denfeld Class of 201 0!), and love the idea of giving back to my community. I hope to get involved in community service during my three years at DFMR. 

headshot of Christopher HughesChristopher Hughes, MD

Medical interests: I really enjoy full spectrum family medicine, taking care of all ages and people in a variety of different practice settings. I like both the inpatient and outpatient sides along with different clinical procedures. Obstetrics-and rural medicine are other areas I'm passionate about. 
Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a dog who keeps us busy outdoors along with biking. I like to tinker with different projects and do handyman type things around the house/garage. My wife and I also like to try our hand at cooking new things. 
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth because of the amazing faculty/residents and top notch training. I wanted a program that could prepare me to be a very competent rural doctor. Duluth offers broad full spectrum With heavy OB, which I wanted. I did my undergrad at Scholastica and started medical school at the Duluth campus. It felt like a natural fit during my rotations In Duluth. I also worked with many doctors during RPAP who were former Duluth grads who all recommended the program. It was an ideal city for my wife too. We both felt like this was the program that we were meant for. 

headshot of Jordan KaczorJordan Kaczor, MD

Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, procedures, OB, emergency medicine.
Personal interests: Outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and trapping. All sports with a particularly obsession with Minnesota professional and collegiate teams. Music and antique tractors.  
Why Duluth: This program is well known for its rigorous, well-rounded training that prepares residents to practice broad spectrum family medicine with particular strengths in rural medicine and OB. These fundamentals aligned well with my career goals and my interactions with the residents and faculty made it clear that this program was a perfect fit. I am also from rural Northern Minnesota and went to medical school in beautiful Duluth so geographically this was also my dream destination. 

headshot of Laura LhotkaLaura Lhotka, MD

Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, especially pediatrics, hospital medicine, obstetrics, rural health, and Native American health. 
Personal interests: Outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking. Spending time with friends and family, especially my nieces and nephews. 
Why Duluth: I'm excited to begin my training in Duluth for the vast, full-spectrum training provided in this beautiful city. I was warmly welcomed by the residents, faculty, other staff and immediately felt at home. I strongly believe this program will best prepare me for my future practice in rural Minnesota.

headshot of Burton MasemBurton Masem, MD

Medical interests: Generalism, socially equitable medicine, diagnostic reasoning, obstetrics, procedures, geriatrics, ultrasound. 
Personal interests: Science fiction and fantasy books, making and listening to music, environmental sustainability, board games that aren't Monopoly, martial arts, being outside, learning how things work, trying new things. 
Why Duluth: In light of the pressures on generalist physicians to narrow their scope of practice, I was deliberate about choosing a residency that could make good on the promise of full-spectrum family medicine training. Duluth Family Medicine seemed well positioned to deliver this, being a long-standing, unopposed, academically affiliated program with particularly robust obstetrics, inpatient, and emergency medicine training. It is also full of kind people, surrounded by natural beauty, and in my favorite state!

headshot of Stephen PalmquistStephen Palmquist, MD, MBA

Medical interests: My medical interests include all thing full-scope family medicine including inpatient and outpatient medicine I am also interested in healthcare administration and designing the systems that deliver care to a community. I hope to combine these interests in my future career. 
Personal interests: My favorite hobbies revolve around being outdoors with my wife. This includes hiking, backpack camping, running, and kayaking. I also enjoy learning about history and traveling. 
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth both for the residency program and the city. The residency trains full-scope family medicine physicians and has a great reputation. Additionally, the program is a great personal fit for me and it felt like the right place for me when I interviewed. The city was also a great fit for me and my wife. I am from a small town and really enjoy the outdoors so Duluth checks a lot of boxes. The city itself isn't too big, but the tourism gives the town a lot of businesses and events normally found in a bigger city. Also, the amount of outdoor activities is endless.

headshot of Alex SauerAlex Sauer, MD

Medical interests: Full-spectrum famlly medicine, rural medicine, obstetrics, women's health, pediatrics, hospital medicine.
Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring the outdoors around Lake Superior, running, playing basketball, and watching UMD hockey games. 
Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for residency because of the program's focus on training residents for full-spectrum, rural family medicine as well as their high-risk obstetrical training. Not only does Duluth have the training I desire, it also has an incredible group of people within the program. I had the opportunity to work alongside the residents, staff, and faculty during medical school and knew that these were the people I wanted to work with for the next three years. I am very excited and honored to be able to do my residency in Duluth.

headshot of Nicholas VelasquezNicholas Velasquez, MD

Medical interests: I am interested in full spectrum family medicine, healthcare in rural settings, clinic procedures, and working with under-served populations. 
Personal interests: Reading has always been my favorite pastime, and I particularly enjoy pursuing interests in history, English literature, and various strains of modern fiction. I also enjoy listening to music from various cultures around the world, as I find that there is something in the poetry and passion of music that is invaluable to learning about new perspectives and expanding one's ability to understand and connect with others. Being in Duluth, I look forward to taking advantage of the natural beauty that the region has to offer, and hope to be able to take up canoeing.
Why Duluth: As a result of my background, I have always been deeply inspired by physicians who work with under-served communities, particularly in rural settings. I knew that I wanted to emulate this model of medicine, and found that the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program provided an opportunity to train with people who are deeply committed to precisely this mission. My interaction with the residents and faculty leaves me with no doubt that everyone involved with the program shares the values of inter-cultural respect, community support, and patient-centered healthcare, which I hold dear.

Second 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.

headshot of CW hallClifford "CW" Hall, III, MD

Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, emergency medicine, critical care, and care of the underserved.
Personal interests: Weightlifting, going to sporting events, horseback riding, reading, watching rodeo, camping, hunting, fishing, and anything that involves family.
Why Duluth: I was impressed by the training offered in Duluth, specifically that a program with a rural focus has such a rich educational environment. As a family medicine physician, community is very important to me, and I appreciate how involved the residency program is in the wellbeing of the people of Duluth. Also, what a beautiful setting to enjoy in my free 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.

Third 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.