Our Residents

First Year: Class of 2021

headshotRisa Bache-Wiig, MD

Medical School: University of Minnesota 
Medical interests: reproductive health, obstetrics, pediatrics, dermatology, advocacy, medical education
Personal interests/hobbies: Collecting vinyl records, knitting, traveling, and going to breweries with my husband and friends.
Why St. John’s: I was drawn to St. John’s by its unique combination of both an urban, ethnically diverse clinic with a more suburban, community-based hospital. I felt that this blend would allow me to work with a broad patient population while also getting tons of hands-on experience. I liked that the obstetrics and pediatrics training was incredibly strong and that the call system was rigorous without being overbearing. I was also quite impressed by the close-knit group of residents, faculty, and staff—everyone truly seemed to enjoy working with one another. In the end, it was the robust, full-spectrum training with a friendly, supportive community that made St. John’s the right place for me to begin my journey in family medicine. 
Career goals: I would like to practice outpatient family medicine with OB in the Twin Cities. I plan to continue advocacy work on behalf of physicians and patients throughout the state and I hope to have an element of medical education as part of my future practice. 

headshotNicholas Wesley Ely, MD

Medical interests: Preventive medicine, women’s health (non-obstetrics), behavioral health, clinic procedures, patient advocacy
Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with my wife and our two feline companions, trying local restaurants and cultural foods, playing video games, going for nature walks, fishing
Why St. John’s: After completing my interviews, I felt that St John’s program was the best fit for me. The curriculum seemed to fit well with my particular medical interests. The patient population is composed of people from many different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, which was something I was looking for. The program also gave its residents a good deal of autonomy. Finally, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area seemed to fit my wife and I well in regards to hobbies, culture, and careers.
Career goals: I hope to begin practicing in an outpatient clinic within the Minneapolis-St. Paul region following graduation from residency.

headshotRamla Namisango Kasozi, MD, MPH

Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, refugee health, obstetrics, women’s health, preventative medicine
Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with my husband and children - we love to travel and play sports together; supporting the Cleveland Cavaliers; fine dining; self-proclaimed tea enthusiast - I love trying out new tea flavors!
Why St. John’s: I first heard of St. John’s Family Medicine Residency program through a graduate of the program when she was a resident working with me in rural Uganda, as part of the Global Health track. I admired her eagerness to get involved in the daily clinical duties and despite the obvious cultural challenges, she demonstrated wonderful empathy and care to the patients. I knew then that I wanted to be part of a program that trains such an individual. When interviewing at the program I was impressed with St. John’s cultural competency, commitment to be cognizant of the community needs, and effort to create initiatives to address those needs. Especially with my interest in refugee health (as a former refugee) and tackling health disparities, I'm always interested in learning new strategies to address health and wellness outside of the hospital. St. John’s is a great fit for my career aspirations for bridging comprehensive clinical care with community public health in an effort to reduce health disparities by creating community-oriented primary health care initiatives.
Career goals: I look forward to practicing full-scope family medicine in under-served communities. I also see myself teaching and involved in translational research.

headshotJoseph Renier, MD

Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine, and primary care.
Personal interests/hobbies: Running, hiking, boating, cheering on Gopher/Wild hockey, and hanging with my wife and our two crazy cats.
Why St. John’s: During my third year of medical school I did a cardiology rotation at St. John’s. Going into the rotation I didn’t know much about the program in general, but as I progressed throughout the four weeks, I fell in love with the program. I was amazed at how the residents accepted me in as one of their own, essentially right away. They brought me along to various resident events, and I connected well with everyone I met. Further, the faculty offered the same, caring attitude that I had rarely seen elsewhere. St. John’s gives an all-around, excellent training in full-spectrum family medicine. Not wanting to limit myself to a certain area of medicine early on, I know that St. John’s will train me well for whatever I end up wanting to do.
Career goals: Full-spectrum family medicine in a rural-ish area, with a focus on preventative medicine. I also like sports medicine, so maybe some focus on that as well.

headshotFrances Tepolt, MD

Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, procedures, sports medicine, obstetrics, geriatrics, palliative care, clinical research
Personal interests/hobbies: Walking or fishing at one of the local lakes with my husband and our young son, swimming, running, cycling, writing
Why St. John’s: My preference was to train at an unopposed program with University affiliation. I found the residents, faculty, and staff all very personable when I visited, and the processes exceptionally well-organized. I am so happy to be at St. John’s and know I have the resources here to make sure I am well-prepared for my future practice in family medicine.
Career goals: To practice full spectrum family medicine.

headshotKaeley Whiting Allen, MD

Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, emergency medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine
Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time on the lakes, searching for sea glass along Lake Superior, golfing, traveling, kayaking, and watching The Office on repeat.
Why St. John's: I had excellent rotations at St. John's during medical school and knew this site would push me to succeed. The residents, attendings, and staff were all so welcoming I knew it was the place for me!
Career goals: Practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural area, possibly back to my hometown on the Iron Range.

Second Year: Class of 2020

cameron blegenCam Blegen, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Outpatient Medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine
Personal interests: Traveling and exploring the outdoors with my wife, Maggie, spending time with family and friends, running, skiing, golf, wine, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers!
Why St. John’s: It is an unopposed residency program at a community hospital with the resources and support of a university, which is a leader in family medicine. Above all though, everybody at the program is really happy and passionate about what they do!
Career goals: I look forward to treating patients of all ages and stages of life in my future family medicine practice!

kayla harrisKayla Harris, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, sports medicine, preventative medicine
Personal interests: Hiking, camping, playing and watching hockey, fishing, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and traveling
Why St. John’s: I chose St. John’s not only for the strong reputation it has in the community, but also because the faculty, staff, and fellow residents provide the perfect blend of guidance and autonomy. In addition, I very much wanted to find a residency close to home; I am incredibly happy to be returning to the Twin Cities.
Career goals: I see myself working in a rural community practicing full spectrum family medicine. I would love to be a team physician for local sports teams or high schools as well.

luke leblancLuke Leblanc, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, wilderness medicine, ultrasound
Personal interests: Running, road biking, volleyball, racquetball, backpacking, cooking
Why St. John's: I chose St. John's for three reasons: 1) The faculty created a positive learning environment with a combination of friendly demeanors, but serious focus on didactics and on-the-spot learning. 2) The program's unopposed status, with an emphasis on flexibility in your learning, made me confident that I would receive excellent training in the variety of skills I would need as a family physician. 3) I received multiple recommendations for the program from previous University of Minnesota medical students who I dearly trusted. These glowing reviews sealed the deal for me!
Career goals: Work in a rural area surrounding the Twin Cities practicing clinic, obstetrics, pediatrics, and emergency medicine as a full spectrum family physician.

justin meyersJustin Meyers, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, sports medicine, procedures
Personal interests: Swim, bike, run, pretty much anything outdoors, and playing with puppies while I’m too busy to have my own!
Why St. John’s: I applied based on the recommendation of a couple mentors and their amazing experiences here in regard to the ability to work with underserved populations and flexibility of elective time. Interviewing with the residents and faculty also seemed more like a family than co-workers. Being a die-hard Packer/Badger/Brewer fan, it was a little hard to cross over, but I’m sure I can talk the rest of the family in to rooting for the right teams.
Career goals: Full spectrum family medicine, but unsure where I’ll end up geographically. Loved spending time in the Pacific Northwest, but most family is in the Midwest, so we will see!

benjamin rosensteinBen Rosenstein, MD, MA

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Palliative medicine, geriatrics, procedures and ultrasound, women's health, public health and policy, medical ethics
Personal interests: Biking (mountain and road), cooking, baking, coffee (yes, it's a hobby), playing violin, gardening
Why St. John's: I struggled when looking at programs as I wanted the public health and community aspects of very urban programs, but the independence and full-spectrum emphasis of very rural programs. I found St. John's to fit that gap with a clinic in an urban city and a hospital that serves the city as well as the more rural areas of north and eastern Minnesota. I also had a great interview day and connected with the residents immediately. I was attracted to the call schedule being Q-based with house responsibilities, allowing me to keep all my OB and inpatient skills in practice regardless of what rotation I am on. I feel St. John's will prepare me to practice anywhere and gain all the capabilities I wish to have, be it clinic, inpatient, emergency and critical care, to their fullest potential.
Career goals: Still figuring this out. I continue to heavily consider (dual?) fellowship in palliative care and/or geriatrics. Though, I like so many aspects of medicine, I'm not sure I want to limit myself to those areas. I would like to practice inpatient and outpatient regardless. I also would like to stay in the area, possibly move to a smaller place like Stillwater for more independence, or stay in the Twin Cities if I find a good fit. 

haley stewartHaley Stewart, DO

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, OB, women’s health, adolescent medicine
Personal interests: Proud cat mom, napping enthusiast, lake lover, avid DIY’er
Why St. John's: I felt an instant and effortless connection with the residents and staff on interview day. Everyone seemed eager to learn and happy to be a part of the team. It was apparent St. John’s provided a space in which everyone involved, especially residents, are empowered to build a strong knowledge base and become lifelong learners. I felt as though this community was where I needed to be; I found "my people.”
Career goals: I’m hoping to practice full scope family medicine in the Twin Cities metro.

Third Year: Class of 2019

Portrait of Molly AndersonMolly Anderson, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, OB, peds/adolescents, sports medicine, geriatrics, preventative medicine
Personal interests: Running, biking, hiking, really anything outdoors, reading a good book
Why St. John's: I chose St. John's mostly because I was so impressed with their residents' ability to comfortably handle many different medical situations. They were the kind of residents I wanted to become. The resident-faculty relationship was very healthy and well-balanced between autonomy and guidance. The entire hospital staff was very warm and genuinely cared about each other. The location of the hospital and clinic is out of the downtown areas, which made it feel very inviting and home-like. Overall, it is the ideal place for me to become confident in my skills as a young family medicine physician, while being in the company of caring co-residents and staff that I can easily relate with.
Career goals: Live in a rural community where I am able to practice full spectrum family medicine, yet have enough resources to effectively provide care to my patients.

Portrait of D.J. Fahey-AhrndtD.J. Fahey-Ahrndt, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine, palliative care
Personal interests: Ultimate Frisbee and card games, grilling out, and camping. I love spending time with my wife, walking our dog, Sadie, making our own wine, and traveling.
Why St. John's: The faculty are approachable, willing to teach, and offer wonderful expertise in both the full scope of family practice, as well as specialized areas of medicine that I'm interested in (sports medicine, preventative medicine, etc.) The residents are all very friendly and passionate both about their own learning and providing excellent care to their patients. I am very thankful to be a resident at St. John's
Career goals: Practice primary care, likely in a suburb of the Twin Cities or western Minnesota. After residency, I may also pursue a sports medicine fellowship and act as a team physician for local high school sporting events within my community.

Portrait of Lorelii LewisLorelii Lewis, MD

Medical school: Loma Linda University
Medical interests: Lifestyle medicine, community medicine and public health, obstetrics
Personal interests: Being outdoors with my family, taking my dog to the park, riding horses, reading a good fantasy novel
Why St. John's: I was very impressed by the strength and quality of St. John's Hospital training as well as community involvement through Phalen Village Family Medicine Clinic. I love the Twin Cities and am excited to be returning home.
Career goals: Work in an underserved area, possibly rural Minnesota. Yet to be determined.

Portrait of Tony NguyenTony Nguyen, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, preventative medicine, minor procedure, medical education
Personal interests: Fishing and exploring smaller lakes throughout Minnesota, camping, hiking, biking, snowboarding
Why St. John's: I chose St. John because it felt like a second home. The faculty, residents, and staff are very passionate about what they do and what they can offer to their communities. St. John had everything I was looking for in a residency, including residents who love their work, plenty of opportunities to work in different areas of family medicine, and support from a caring community.
Career goals: Practice full spectrum family medicine with some aspect of medical teaching. I see myself living in rural Minnesota, practicing in a smaller community and becoming a part of their families.

Portrait of Heidi NicholHeidi Nichol, MD, MPH

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Preventive medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, global health
Personal interests: I spend as much time as possible with my husband and my toddler son. We enjoy walking and running outside, playing games, artistic endeavors, and visiting family.
Why St. John's: At the recommendation of a close friend, I rotated at St. John's as a medical student and felt right at home. I found friendly residents who valued family life, supportive faculty who focused on evidence-based practices, and a community hospital and clinic where I could serve patients from all stages and walks of life. I knew that it would be an ideal learning environment for me and that it would provide me with the tools and experience for a responsible and well-balanced career in family medicine.
Career goals: Practice full spectrum family medicine in rural Minnesota, to serve overseas, and to integrate teaching into all that I do.