Mankato Residents

First Year: Class of 2021

headshotGrant Bludorn, DO
Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus
Medical interests: Rural family medicine, emergency medicine, wilderness medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment
Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, woodworking, outdoor activities, fishing, biking, basketball, hockey, snowboarding
Why Mankato: The residents and faculty were friendly and spoke highly of the program when I came for my interview. It is very family friendly (it is FAMILY Medicine after all). There is a strong osteopathic curriculum. All of that PLUS we have the resources of two of the greatest institutions in the world in the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

headshotNicholas Myslicki, MD
Medical school: St. George’s University
Medical interests: Full spectrum medicine, sports medicine, urgent care, endoscopy, and procedures
Personal interests: Being active in many forms of sports (softball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, etc.), fishing, hunting, camping, and other outdoor activities. Spending time with family and friends. Traveling, watching movies, cooking, and enjoying cabin time.
Why Mankato: After I interviewed with Mankato, I kept finding myself comparing other locations to it and they all seemed to be missing something that Mankato had. The many opportunities to really create a path for yourself and how you want to practice medicine long-term were appealing. I have an interest in sports medicine, so their affiliation with MSU-Mankato sports teams was a big take-away for me. I also love the involvement of the faculty members and how committed they are to making residency the best possible experience.

headshotCory Simning, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Outpatient procedures, rural health, preventative medicine, community health
Personal interests: Fishing, camping, or anything outdoors. Spending time with family.
Why Mankato: The faculty are supportive and great teachers. The other residents are great to work with. There is access to resources from both the University of Minnesota and Mayo. It is the only residency at the hospital.

headshotJacan Simon, DO
Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
Medical interests: Sports medicine, underserved medicine, global medicine, emergency medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, running, weight lifting, CrossFit, music, concerts, playing/watching sports, traveling, exploring new restaurants, church, and community service.
Why Mankato: It is the only residency program in the hospital. It has an affiliation with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, and provides great training and resources, flexibility in electives, and has a strong emphasis on and support for osteopathic medicine. The smaller size of the residency program tailors to close knit relationships with co-residents, faculty and staff, and there is value placed on work-life balance. Having grown up in rural, south central Minnesota, returning to Mankato felt like coming home.

Second Year: Class of 2020

jeremiah fairbanksJeremiah Fairbanks, DO
Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Preventative medicine, behavioral health, chemical dependency, OMT
Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, running, biking, cooking, snowboarding, jazz music, travel
Why Mankato: The residents are positive and driven who really invest themselves in this residency program. The faculty and staff are very supportive and always looking out for my best interest. On top of that, there are an incredible amount of training opportunities available being a part of both the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. The program has a strong history of commitment to osteopathic medicine and the location is amazing with lots to do.

daniel olsonDan Olson, MD
Medical school:
 University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Outpatient with procedures, emergency medicine, ultrasound
Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and two sons, golf, reading sci-fi or fantasy books
Why Mankato: Community-based program with great potential to learn based on personal interests and career goals. Very positive environment with great faculty and residents.

josh ostrueJosh Ostrue, DO
Medical school:
 A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Medical interests: Community health, rural health, sports medicine, behavioral health, emergency medicine, geriatrics
Personal interests: Spending time with my spouse and family, skiing, golfing, running, traveling, cooking, being on the lake or any body of water
Why Mankato: The program felt like a home from the moment that I walked in. From the cohesion and friendliness of the residents/faculty/staff to the breadth of resources and educational opportunities between the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, I knew the Mankato program could make me into the physician that I want to be.

benjamin paulBenjamin Paul, DO
Medical school:
 A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Rural health, preventative medicine, OMM, palliative care, geriatrics
Personal interests: Time with family, singing, logic puzzles and games, playing sports, cooking, volunteering
Why Mankato: Mankato immediately gave me a sense of belonging by the friendliness of the staff and the positive atmosphere in the clinic. Professionally, I was drawn to their commitment to osteopathic medicine, the emphasis on lifelong learning, and the comradery and availability of a multi-professional team.

jordan schildJordan Schild, MD
Medical school: 
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Medical interests: Preventive medicine, rural medicine, office procedures, sports medicine, and community health
Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, traveling, motorcycle riding, working with computers, music, and movies
Why Mankato: Wonderful people (both residents and faculty), self-driven learning, and flexibility to tailor my training to my future practice.

eric valderEric Valder, DO
Medical school:
 Des Moines University
Medical interests: Full-scope rural family medicine, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, procedures
Personal interests: Fishing, hunting, cooking - recently attempted campfire cooking, exploring Northern Minnesota
Why Mankato: I was lucky enough to attend medical school at Des Moines University, however, I never stopped missing Minnesota. Mankato was a place of many happy memories as a child, helping deliver freight with my father for his trucking company in the summer months. The welcoming staff and happy residents at the Mankato made me instantly feel at home. The opportunity to get first-class residency training was obvious at both the Mankato Mayo Clinic Health Systems hospital and Eastridge Clinic.

Third Year: Class of 2019

Portrait of Emily Bastyr, DOEmily Bastyr, DO
Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: OMT, diabetes management, health and wellness, sports medicine, mental health
Personal interests: Spending time with my spouse, Andrew, and our families; outdoor activities; running; cooking; singing; reading
Why Mankato: Mankato provides an extremely comprehensive curriculum that prepares you to practice in an array of settings. Paired with an individually tailored, longitudinal curriculum, I knew I would be well-prepared by the time I finished training.

Portrait of Beth BrinkmanBeth Brinkman, MD
Medical school: Loyola University Chicago
Medical interests: Everything! Emergency medicine, rural family medicine, OB, global health
Personal interests: Baking and cake decorating, arts and crafts, reading, traveling, Netflix
Why Mankato: The people, location, and the opportunities! I was excited to hear about all the different things graduates from this program go on to do, and I feel like I can do just about anything with the training and support from this program.

Portrait of Ryan BrowerRyan Brower, MD, MS
Medical school: University of Wisconsin
Medical interests: Preventive medicine, integrative medicine, osteopathic manipulation, sports medicine
Personal interests: Trail running, biking (of all kinds), triathlons, hiking, kayaking, yoga, gardening, cooking, community wellness
Why Mankato: Mankato's smaller program fosters very close and nuturing relationships with my co-residents and faculty, creating the perfect learning environment! Combined University of Minnesota and Mayo resources, awesome outdoor recreational opportunities, and a Midwest personality were all the more reasons to live and train in Mankato!

sarah drydenSarah Dryden, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, but especially passionate about OMM, strong interest in emergency medicine and procedures, pain medicine, leadership, sports medicine
Personal interests: Enjoying time with family, fastpitch, walking, running, being outside, fishing, cooking, TV shows, movies, nature, gardening, home remodeling, exploring
Why Mankato: It just felt like where I belonged.

Portrait of Zachary MaassZachary Maass, DO
Medical school: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: OMM, sports and wilderness medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and our families, golf, college football, playing drum set and Latin percussion instruments, mountain biking, snowboarding, kayaking, boating, hiking
Why Mankato: I greatly appreciate this program's commitment to osteopathic medicine. Overall, it offered a learning environment that is safe, fun, and appropriately challenging.

Portrait of Jacob ReynoldsJacob Reynolds, MD
Medical school: University of Vermont
Medical interests: Emergency medicine, critical care medicine, nutrition
Personal interests: Weightlifting, jogging, baking, spending time with my wife and daughter
Why Mankato: It offers the unique opportunity to be trained by top physicians and providers in both the Mayo Health System and the University of Minnesota. I feel that special attention is given to my education and success.