North Memorial Residents
First Year: Class of 2022
Ryan Aberle, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Health equity and underserved medicine, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, nutrition, chemical dependency, palliative care
Personal interests: Cooking and dining (I was a chef in a former life), gardening, woodworking, travel, biking, coaching youth sports, science fiction – especially classics
Why North Memorial: Supportive faculty who are experts in their areas of interest and always willing to take time to teach. North Memorial hospital is a level one trauma center and has no other residents based in the facility. Broadway clinic offers an amazing opportunity to collaborate with and care for a diverse community while receiving broad spectrum training and having access to the academic resources of a major university.
Erin Anderson, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Medical interests: Wellness, chronic disease management, women's health, health equity, HIV+ care, addiction, and community engagement
Personal interests: Bike commuting, travel, hiking, camping, skiing, food justice, cooking, yoga, rock climbing, podcasts, and spending time with my dog, friends, and family
Why North Memorial: The brilliant group of faculty are committed to centering care at the margins and practice community engagement. The talented residents create a strong community that fosters wellness, curiosity, and growth. The breath of opportunity to learn full spectrum family medicine and have time to pursue specific interests will prepare me to care for underserved communities in the future.
Rebecca Gieseker, MD
Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Medical interests: Health equity, community engagement, advocacy, sexual/reproductive health, family planning, LGBTQ care, behavioral health, addiction medicine, adolescent medicine
Personal interests: hiking, biking, raising a growing houseplant colony, catching up on fiction, political advocacy, live music
Why North Memorial: Focus on urban underserved care, ample elective time and support to pursue our specific interests, full spectrum family medicine training with strong women's health component, commitment to community activism and social justice.
Laura Johnson, MD
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Medical Interests: underserved medicine, community medicine, health policy, mental health, immigrant health
Personal Interests: reading, traveling, trying new breweries and ice cream shops, spending time with family
Why North Memorial: The fierce commitment to serving the North Minneapolis community, both through high-quality patient care and through extracurricular activities, like service opportunities and advocacy. More highlights: the emphasis on treating the whole person, addressing social determinants of health, learning from a diverse patient population, and the feeling of true support from residents, faculty and staff.
Hanna Nedrud, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, community health and engagement, health policy and advocacy, geriatrics, global health
Personal Interests: Biking around Minneapolis, cooking new recipes, hiking, reading, spending time with friends and family
Why North Memorial: Incredible faculty members who will challenge and support me every day, residents who are humble and passionate about full-spectrum family medicine and community health, intentional community engagement, opportunities for health advocacy, great senses of humor, a place where people believe that learning is winning.
Katherine Nowakowski, MD
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Medical Interests: underserved medicine, population/public health, community engagement, health policy/advocacy, research, hospice/palliative care, sports medicine, addiction medicine, infectious disease, preventive medicine, American Indian populations, medical ethics
Personal Interests: music, soccer, cooking/baking, theology, fine arts
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial primarily for the dedication to working with underserved communities. I loved the community engagement and substantial experience with health policy and advocacy. I wanted the research opportunities and strong mentorship. I also appreciated the longitudinal tracks, rotation schedules and extensive elective time.
Kimberly Oelhafen, MD, MPH
Medical School: St. George's University
Medical Interests: Addiction medicine, community health, women's health and health policy and advocacy.
Personal Interests: Hanging with furry friends, eating and cooking, and any number of adventures outdoors.
Why North Memorial: Focusing on social justice, women's health, minority health, and addiction medicine, North Memorial's training program is truly committed to the Minneapolis community in profound, intentional ways. As a Metro-Minnesotan native, there is truly not another place I would rather serve.
Kaleigh Timmins, MD
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Medical Interests: Public health and policy, community engagement, preventive medicine, mental health, addiction medicine, homeless health, medical education and health literacy
Personal Interests: being outdoors, hiking, reading, podcasts, trying new restaurants, eating ice cream, playing board games, traveling, spending time with family, supporting Boston sports teams
Why North Memorial: Strong focus on community engagement and public health. True full-spectrum family medicine with most faculty members having a practice that includes inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, and obstetrics. Faculty have diverse areas of interest and residents are supportive of each other. Great combination of an academic setting within a community hospital.
Second Year: Class of 2021
Melissa Belec, DO, MPH
Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: community health, women's health, diabetes and chronic disease management, mental health, preventative health, social justice in medicine, public health, health policy and advocacy, global health
Personal Interests: rock climbing, kayaking, community gardens, backpacking, reading, traveling
Why North Memorial: Exceptional involvement to the community, supportive faculty and residents who are great teachers and great people, commitment to understanding and addressing social determinants of health at every level (including policy), university associated research opportunities and connections, well-rounded training
Toni Dick, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine - both urban and rural, sexual health and wellbeing, HIV medicine, prison medicine, addiction medicine, dermatology and procedures, sleep medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with my husband, cooking new recipes using ingredients from around the world, backpacking with goal to visit all the national parks, vegetable and herb gardening, various crafts including sewing, crocheting, and scrapbooking.
Why North Memorial: Truly passionate faculty and staff committed to caring for their underserved community, well rounded training program with diverse learning opportunities, elective longitudinal tracks, and full spectrum inpatient service, and the chance to learn so much and grow with the diverse patient population in North Minneapolis.
Evan Eide, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical Interests: Preventive and social medicine, community health and engagement, sports medicine, mental health, addiction, health policy & advocacy, and broad-spectrum family medicine.
Personal Interests: Reading, basketball, travel, hiking, trying out area breweries and coffee shops, games of all kinds (card, board, video, outdoor, etc.), TV/movies, skiing, attempting to grow bonsai trees, and general tomfoolery.
Why North Memorial: The well-balanced expertise of faculty positions residents to be successful in all areas and to dive deeper into areas of their choosing. In addition to the comprehensive nature of training, the faculty and residents are deeply committed to making a positive impact in their patients, communities, and beyond. The program emphasizes community engagement and understanding the broader context that shapes patients' health. There is plenty of collaboration across disciplines, and the working environment is both genial and collegial.
Molly Gruber, DO
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: Sports medicine, preventative health and wellness, community health, mental health, addiction medicine, osteopathic manual medicine, integrative medicine
Personal Interests: Watching and playing sports, remaining cautiously optimistic about Minnesota sports teams, hiking, reading, fitness, meeting new dogs and hanging out with dogs I’ve already met, watching documentaries, travel, exploring
Why North Memorial: I chose North because of the opportunities in sports medicine and osteopathic medicine, the abundant elective time, and the culture of the program. Faculty and support staff are willing to teach and challenge you to grow as a physician while supporting you along the way. There is a genuine sense of community in this program and the care they have for the greater community of North Minneapolis is ultimately what helped me know this was a program I wanted to be a part of.
Rose Marie Leslie, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical Interests: Underserved medicine, health education, adolescent health, women’s health, reproductive health, procedures, community engagement, local activism and policy.
Personal Interests: Live/local music, weightlifting, gardening, travel, cooking, trying restaurants around town, hiking with my significant other and dog
Why North Memorial: The opportunity work at a program with a strong commitment to community engagement, social justice, and care for underserved patient populations. Rigorous, unopposed, full spectrum training. Staff/faculty that deeply care about resident development and growth, both personally and professionally
Michaela McCuddy, MD
Medical School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Medical Interests: Maternal and child health, comprehensive women's health, community development, international medicine and collaboration, Spanish speaking and immigrant health, rural medicine, complementary and alternative medicine.
Personal Interests: All forms of cycling (commuting, touring, mountain biking), kayaking, swimming, surfing, traveling, gardening, cooking, carpentry
Why North Memorial: The opportunity to work with faculty, staff and residents that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the community that they serve. Strong clinical training, both inpatient and outpatient, with excellent learning opportunities in obstetrics and women's health. The breadth of training to prepare me for both urban and rural settings and an incredible amount of elective time to tailor my training to my specific interests.
James Smith, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of Illinois Chicago in Peoria
Medical Interests: Adolescent medicine, sports medicine, immigrant health, health advocacy and policy, public health, childhood obesity
Personal Interests: Movies/TV, board games, volleyball, walking my dog and listening to audiobooks, exploring restaurants/breweries
Why north: Good inpatient training including level 1 trauma center. Intentional work in the community. Faculty that are involved in variety of organizations. Elective time that will allow me to explore areas of interest.
Paul Stadem, MD
Medical School: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, mental health, geriatrics, underserved medicine, public health, health policy, among others!
Personal Interests: Hiking, camping, dodgeball, golfing, dogs, ice cream
Why North Memorial: I found this program to be strong in purposeful community engagement, academic medicine, and health policy/advocacy. The faculty have diverse interests and are engaged in local, state, and national organizations to continue to advocate for family medicine and primary care. This is a place that will both support and challenge me, and I will have some fun along the way.
Third Year: Class of 2020
Lucas Boyle, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Motivational interviewing, community and environmental health, addiction medicine, group visits, outpatient medicine, exercise medicine, maternal and child health, medical Spanish, education
Personal interests: Gardening, biking, running, puns, kayaking, Spanish, donuts
Why North Memorial: Because of the program's intentional design on producing purpose-driven family medicine doctors. Everything from feedback format to supportive scholarly work is designed to produce expert physicians who focus on making patients' lives better. They also know the secret ingredient to making master physicians lies in connection to the community.
Nailah Cash-O'Bannon, MD
Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Underserved medicine specifically LGBT and urban health, women's health, OB, community medicine and development, complementary or alternative medicine, full spectrum family medicine
Personal interests: Reading, traveling, watching movies or TV, swimming, high intensity interval training, eating delicious ethnic foods
Why North Memorial: I wanted to train at a program with strong community ties and involvement. North Memorial is made up of staff and providers that are extremely caring and social justice-minded. I feel the leadership is interested in developing me as a physician and a person. I love the dedication to providing excellent patient care and consistently improving the education and experience provided to residents.
Anne Doering, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Women's health and family planning, addiction medicine, mental health, LGBTQ health, palliative care, community health, underserved medicine including refugee and immigrant health, nutrition and promotion of wellness, health policy and advocacy
Personal interests: Running, biking, yoga, hiking, cross country skiing, cooking and eating new foods, shopping at farmers markets, traveling, exploring Minneapolis, caring for more than 20 houseplants, spending time with my husband
Why North Memorial: High-quality inpatient training and opportunities in obstetrics, combined with excellent outpatient training, all while serving a challenging and rewarding patient population. Residents and faculty who are truly invested in and passionate about caring for the community in a humble and compassionate way. Inspiring and approachable faculty and staff who provide extraordinary support while encouraging residents to continually learn and to provide patients with the best possible care.
Lee Haggenjos, MD
Medical school: Northwestern University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, Spanish speaking and immigrant health, obstetrics, inpatient/procedural medicine, advocacy and health policy, community health
Personal interests: Music of any type, classical/electric guitar, family get-togethers, biking, exploring Minneapolis, breweries, new restaurants, travel
Why North Memorial: Truly unique combination of mission-driven and committed social justice for underserved populations and community advocacy combined with rigorous full spectrum inpatient, obstetric, and outpatient training. Remarkably dedicated faculty with diverse interests. Fantastic collaboration with teaching and interprofessional learning, including behavioral health and communication skills, support to pursue interests outside clinical medicine, and diverse and fun colleagues and environment.
Jen Lee, MD
Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Medical interests: Community medicine, health and social justice, patient-provider communication, behavioral health
Personal interests: Yoga, swimming, spending time outdoors, construction, painting, ukulele, pondering toxic cultural norms that promote cruelty and mental illness and how to counter them
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial because of the incredibly thoughtful and deliberate approach they take towards nurturing people regardless of their social standing (e.g., patients, non-physician staff, residents, faculty, etc.). They are all expected to be real human beings who need help to grow and be well. I wanted to be in a place that not only spoke about interconnectedness, community, and wholeness, but a place that iteratively and obsessively asks and acts to realize its mission in everything it does. At the same time, I wanted to be at a place that would offer me exceptional medical training, structured formalized didactics, and additional opportunities to work directly with a diverse and underserved community outside of the clinic.
Ebiere Okah, MD
Medical school: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Medical interests: Women's health, family planning, integrative medicine, urban underserved medicine, health policy and advocacy, health systems, healthcare delivery innovation
Personal interests: Travel, politics, crafting, meditation and wellness, crochet, reading, brunch
Why North Memorial: The knowledge and respect the clinicians have for North Minneapolis, the supportive and structured learning environment, faculty attuned to the need for a diverse physician workforce, the opportunity to serve black patients, the friendly and welcoming residents and faculty, the opportunity to work in a primarily unopposed environment, the emphasis on resident education and well-rounded training.
Laura Robitschek, DO
Medical school: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Preventative health, patient health education, chronic disease management, underserved medicine, team-based care, integrative medicine, geriatrics and palliative medicine
Personal interests: Reading (especially murder mysteries), cooking and trying new recipes, going on walks in my neighborhood, going up to Northern Minnesota to hunt for agates with my dad, exploring local coffee shops, breweries, and restaurants with my husband and our friends
Why North Memorial: Brilliant faculty who are dedicated to patient-centered care and resident development, strong curriculum and ample elective time, emphasis on underserved and community medicine, outstanding team-based care approach.
Katie Swanson, DO
Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Maternal and child health, evidence-based maternity care, policy/advocacy, community medicine, social determinants of health, patient communication/empowerment, LGBTQ health, immigrant/refugee health, health care disparities, sports medicine, palliative medicine, osteopathic manual medicine, reproductive medicine, academic medicine, integrative medicine, and too many more to list
Personal interests: Adventuring with my husband and daughter, camping, being in the woods, canoeing/kayaking, running, rock climbing, summer music in the parks, commuter biking, yoga, reading, gardening, skiing, dabbling in various crafts, thrifting
Why North Memorial: Genuine residents and faculty who are people first and doctors second. A culture of compassion, excellence, and humility where difficult situations are seen as opportunities for growth, and we are encouraged to struggle honestly. Diverse backgrounds of residents and faculty. People are simply kind to one another—and funny!