Mankato Residents

First 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
Medical interests: Preventive medicine, sports medicine, procedures, community health, rural medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with my family, traveling, motorcycle riding, working with computers, music and movies
Why Mankato: Wonderful people, great communication, great relationships, and flexibility to tailor my training to my future practice. Minnesota is a great place for family medicine and Mankato was absolutely the perfect fit for me!

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.

Second 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.

Third Year: Class of 2018

Portrait of Andrew BaderAndrew "Andy" Bader, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Practicing broad spectrum family medicine, including OB and procedures, in a rural setting (hopefully somewhere on a lake)
Personal interests: Time with wife, Abbey; kayaking; camping; traveling; reading
Why Mankato: Residents and faculty are great to work with and have many varied interests and experiences. Family medicine is also the only residency at the hospital.

Portrait of Bill BensenBill Bensen, DO
Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, behavioral health, osteopathic manual medicine, OB, emergency medicine, procedures
Personal interests: Spending time with family, reading, racquetball, singing, conducting, English handbell ringing, anything tech, cooking
Why Mankato: Its dual accreditation and combination of resources from Mayo and the University of Minnesota, their commitment to osteopathic medicine, and working atmosphere. Residents also enjoy the faculty and staff.

Lu Ji, MDLu Ji, MD
Medical school: Medical University of the Americas - Nevis
Medical interests: Emergency medicine, global health, preventative medicine
Personal interests: Watching movies, running, strength training, traveling, scuba diving, exploring new restaurants
Why Mankato: Incredible faculty with diverse interests and experiences; friendly, easy-going residents who are happy with their training; only residency at the hospital; small-town feel with access to the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic resources