Methodist Residents

First Year: Class of 2021

headshotKathryn Chamberlain, MD

Medical interests: Geriatric and palliative care
Personal interests: I met my husband at the Goodhue County Fair and we enjoy spending our free time being active in our church community and in recreation, playing a lot of Frisbee golf and racquetball. I also take outdoor adventures as much as possible, biking and hiking when it’s not winter. My family and friends are a huge support in my life and I am grateful for every minute I get to spend with them.
Why Methodist: I chose Methodist Residency because of its strong atmosphere of teamwork and support between residents. I also chose it because of the way that staff are invested in each individual resident. With my hope to focus on geriatric and palliative care, their program provided the strongest opportunities to train in those interests and prepare to serve those populations to the best of my abilities.

headshotNicole Noyes, MD

Medical interests: Mental health, preventive medicine, community health, pediatrics
Personal interests: I love the outdoors and spending time enjoying the beautiful nature in Duluth. I have always loved to travel, and hope to continue traveling throughout my career. During my free time I enjoy golfing, doing puzzles and exploring new breweries!
Why Methodist: Methodist felt like the perfect fit for me. The residents were excited to be there and seemed to love the work they were doing. The faculty were welcoming and passionate about teaching. I am excited about the flexibility the program provides, which will allow me to tailor my training to my specific areas of interest.

headshotChristine Prill, MD

Medical interests: Women’s health, sports medicine, procedural training, global health, preventive health, integrative medicine, weight management, dermatology
Personal interests: I enjoy running, yoga, biking, paddleboarding, and any activity that involves the outdoors! Also spending time with family and friends.
Why Methodist: I knew Methodist was the residency of choice for me during the interview day. I appreciated how we were able to have coffee with the residents and start the day off learning more about the program in a relaxed setting. The innovative curriculum and resources offered in the program were a significant highlight. I appreciated the community feel, and I could tell in all my interactions that the faculty and residents worked together in a cohesive manner. The faculty and residents seemed excited to teach, and passionate about family medicine.

headshotJessica Sawinski, DO

Medical interests: OB, women’s health, pediatrics, preventive medicine, global health, procedures, osteopathic manipulation
Personal interests: My husband and I have a very precious daughter named Blake, whom we spend nearly all of our free time with. We love being outdoors, and especially love going to our family cabin in northern MN. I love running, volleyball, yoga, photography, traveling, cooking, and speaking Italian and Spanish.
Why Methodist: The University of Minnesota and Methodist Hospital have very strong reputations, and the program offered a lot of flexibility. The staff, faculty, and residents were the friendliest I had met on my interview trail. They were so accommodating, welcoming, and family-oriented. The residents all seemed to balance work and life in the program, and were very supportive of one another. The University offers several amazing global health opportunities. Their community health curriculum was a huge draw, and I felt I would get a very strong education in women’s health and pediatrics, which are my top interests within family medicine.

headshotMargaret Schwartz, MD

Medical interests: Women’s health, reproductive health, adolescent medicine
Personal interests: Playing board games, watching tv/movies, eating ice cream, attempting yoga, and walking around the lakes with my husband and my dog, Blue.
Why Methodist: My interview day at Methodist felt special. From the very beginning of the day getting coffee with the residents, to the interviews themselves, to the dinner that night – the whole day I felt like I was talking to people I already knew. So on top of the impressive curriculum and great opportunities, I was excited to go somewhere where I felt at ease.

headshotNathaniel Schwartz, MD

Medical interests: Obstetrics and women’s health, pediatrics, office procedures, rural medicine
Personal interests: My wife Cara and I enjoy cooking, running, biking, and hiking with our two dogs.
Why Methodist: The residents I met were very friendly, had diverse interests and were passionate about becoming outstanding physicians. The curriculum is well suited to provide full spectrum training, including a strong foundation in obstetrics. The faculty were supportive and passionate about teaching.

Second Year: Class of 2020

katherine baillon

Katherine Baillon, DO, MPH

Medical school: Midwestern University
Medical interests: Sports medicine, preventive medicine, public health
Personal interests: Most outdoor activities, especially running, biking, and hiking, spending time with family and friends
Why Methodist: I completed a family medicine rotation with the Methodist program and immediately fell in love with it. The residents and faculty are so friendly and passionate about teaching that I strongly felt this was a program I wanted to be a part of. The training and opportunities available to residents was everything I was looking for in a program.

amanda honsvallAmanda Honsvall, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Sports medicine, ultrasound, children’s health, community health
Personal interests: Any opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature, traveling, trail running, yoga, curling, spending time with family at the cabin
Why Methodist: From my very first interactions with Methodist, I knew that it would be a great fit for my personality and professional interests! The residents and faculty are welcoming and friendly. They share a clear drive to improve the lives of others through high quality, comprehensive medical care. I was also drawn to the flexibility of this program, including opportunities to pursue sports medicine, community health, and training in procedures.

tyler laceyTyler Lacey, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Sports medicine, children’s health, patient education, preventative medicine
Personal interests: Keeping up with Minnesota sports, spending time with family and friends, hanging out with my goldendoodle, Finn
Why Methodist: The residents were extremely welcoming and seemed happy with their training. The faculty at Methodist seemed extremely supportive and dedicated to teaching. I was also impressed with the flexibility of the program to tailor my training to my particular interests.

laura murphyLaura Murphy, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Sports medicine, palliative care
Personal interests: Horseback riding, playing piano, camping, grouse hunting, spending time at her family’s farm in Wisconsin with her Kangal dog, Ira
Why Methodist: Because of the outstanding faculty, residents, and staff as well as the first class family medicine training that is offered.

emma sielingEmma Erickson, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Rural and underserved populations, hospice and palliative care, state-level advocacy
Personal interests: Hiking, baking, weight lifting, Netflix marathons, brewing beer and wine, gardening, playing with Gertie the rescue dog, family game nights, DIY projects, breakfast, being married to my high school sweetheart, Colin
Why Methodist: The residents and faculty I met at Methodist were unparalleled. They truly felt like a family; they teach each other and care for each other. With an opportunity to have an enriching family medicine training, to emphasize my personal interests and do so alongside some of the most phenomenal and caring people I’ve met is a dream come true.

rebecca siffringRebecca Siffring, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Obstetrics, emergency medicine, urgent care, pediatrics, preventive health and wellness, weight management, digestive issues, dermatology, community health
Personal interests: Playing ice hockey, painting, drawing, running, hiking, snowboarding, theology, Japanese language, being an aunt to many darling nieces and nephews, spending time with my wonderful husband, Caleb, and our precious little boy
Why Methodist: It is the best mix of everything that I hoped for in training. Most importantly, Methodist will prepare me for full spectrum family medicine in a rural location. Faculty members view patients holistically and are passionate about teaching. Current residents and graduates of the program are role models for the kind of physician I hope to become. The obstetric training opportunities at Methodist are exceptional. Additionally, the Methodist program includes more elective time than most other programs, allowing me to pursue special interests and obtain additional training.

Third Year: Class of 2019

seun acquah photo taken in 2016Seun Acquah, MD

Medical school: Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Personal interests: Spending time with her family and friends, plan reunion trips with friends, board or card games, rock climbing, trying new restaurants with new friends in the Twin Cities, finding new ways to embrace Minnesota winters like ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing.

christopher leonard taken in 2016Christopher Leonard, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Personal interests: Outdoor activities, fishing, classic rock, college football trivia

elizabeth mcniven taken in 2016Elizabeth McNiven, MD, MS

Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Personal interests: Running with her husband, Mike, building Lego trains with her young son, Clark, soaking up some peace and quiet in nature

chelsey sand taken in 2016Chelsey Sand, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Personal interests: Reading, theatre, yoga, meditation, spending time with her daughter, Elaina

allyson stevenson taken in 2016Allyson Stevenson, DO

Medical school: University of North Texas
Personal interests: Lake activities, such as wake surfing and fishing, spending time with her family and friends whenever she can, hanging out with her Australian Shepherd, Rowdy, spending summers at her family lake house in Crosslake, Minnesota

isaac zoller taken in 2016Isaac Zoller, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Personal interests: Mountain biking, bike commuting, distance running, spending time with family