St. Joseph's Residents

First Year: Class of 2021

headshotStephanie Aldrin, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Community health, health disparities and equity, reproductive health and family planning, pediatric and adolescent health, mental health, transgender and gender nonconforming healthcare, health policy and advocacy
Personal interests/hobbies: Traveling, local theater, cross country skiing, walking, aquariums, arboretums, reading
Why St. Joe's: The amazing and diverse patient population, faculty committed to teaching, dedicated and friendly residents, and helpful staff at the clinic and hospital. The program trains residents to do full spectrum family medicine and had support for the various areas of family medicine I was interested in.

headshotBrandon Edlund, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: cross-cultural health, hospital medicine, medical education, procedures
Personal interests/hobbies: camping, cooking, church activities, canoeing the BWCA, spending time in the outdoors with company.
Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe's because it provides focused training in the areas of medicine I am interested in, but also because I identified with the faculty and resident communities. I felt that the residents were well supported in their interests and had supportive and enjoyable relationships with the faculty.

headshotEmily Lawrence, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, women's health, preventative medicine, addiction medicine, community health
Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, hiking, camping, traveling, baking, creating mosaics
Why St. Joe's: I felt welcomed by the residents, faculty and staff during a rotation at St. Joe's. Everyone was so friendly and immediately made me feel like a member of the team. There is such a strong sense of community and collaboration within the residency program. I also love their willingness to allow residents to explore different areas of interest while providing great full spectrum training. 

headshotChee Lor, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, global health, integrative medicine, preventative health
Personal interests/hobbies: Soccer, volleyball, photography, videography, tech, traveling, bonfires with family and friends
Why St. Joe's: This is a full spectrum, unopposed family medicine program in an urban setting that has strong ties to the diverse communities that it serves. What made St. Joe’s stand out from other programs was the enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere created by the residents and staff.

headshotBrandon Porten, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Chronic disease management, preventative medicine, quality improvement
Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, fishing, boating, golf, running, traveling
Why St. Joe's: The residents and staff are an incredibly welcoming, enthusiastic, and supportive group of people dedicated to their patients, community, and residency program. St. Joseph's has a strong reputation for preparing family physicians to practice high quality full-spectrum primary care. The inpatient training is second to none, and the program's location in St. Paul provides the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse patient population.

headshotSarah Roe, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, obstetrics, women’s health, refugee and immigrant health, sports medicine, community health, and procedures.
Personal interests/hobbies: Watching/playing any type of sport (especially football, baseball, and rugby), spending time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking, any type of outdoor activity, exploring new places.
Why St. Joe’s: I was fortunate enough to be able to spend four weeks at St. Joe’s for a rotation early in my fourth year. As soon as I met the residents, faculty and staff, I fell in love with the program. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I immediately felt the sense of community, and felt like everyone was one big team, helping each other out. The diversity of the patient population fit well with my interests. Also, I was able to see how much passion everyone has to do whatever they can for their patients.

headshotJoel Soma, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Full-scope family medicine, community health, preventative health, sports medicine, procedures
Personal interests/hobbies: Birding and bird photography, racquetball, hiking, fishing, summer grilling and cooking, and spending time Up North (or anywhere) with family, friends, and dogs
Why St. Joe's: During a medical school rotation at St. Joe's it was instantly obvious it was the perfect program for me. It is a high-caliber program closely tied to the vibrant and diverse community in which it resides. The faculty are incredibly dedicated, welcoming, fun, and supportive. Residents helped and supported each other and genuinely had fun spending time together. Overall, St Joe's truly felt like a tight-knit community and the optimal place to continue learning and serve the people of St Paul.

headshotThomas Walsh V, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Medical interests: Sports medicine, adolescent medicine, palliative care, medical education, procedures
Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with family. Watching and playing many sports, especially basketball and golf. Reading, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Playing video games and board games with friends.
Why St. Joe's: I think the Twin Cities area is among the best locations in the country to train in family medicine. The University of Minnesota programs all provide the opportunity to learn full spectrum primary care, while also allowing for special interests. I am also from St. Paul and am very excited to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community that I loved growing up in. But most importantly, the people at St. Joe's are welcoming, supportive, and very proud of their program!

Second Year: Class of 2020

christopher culhaneChris Culhane, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Global health, slow medicine, rural medicine, OB
Personal interests: Java, conversation, leisurely jogging, ultimate Frisbee, Spanish mass, Ecuadorian fútbol
Why St. Joe's: With the dedicated faculty and welcoming residents, St. Joe's felt like home on my interview day! I grew up visiting family a lot in the Twin Cities and knew that it would be an unparalleled location to learn and grow. I couldn't be more excited to join the team at St. Joe's!

stephanie deppeStephanie Deppe, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Chronic disease management, integrative medicine, women's health, sports medicine
Personal interests: Biking, horseback riding, walking around the lakes with my husband, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, eating out
Why St. Joe's: Residents and staff are enthusiastic about their work, strong training in full spectrum family medicine, supportive work environment, interesting and diverse patient population, great location in downtown St. Paul.

dennis eaDennis Ea, MD

Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, health disparities, community health, geriatrics, sports medicine, procedures, medical education
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, cheering on Minnesota sports teams (especially my Carleton Knights, Gopher Wrestling, and Minnesota Vikings), traveling to new places, eating new types of food
Why St. Joe's: It offers a wealth of opportunities to receive excellent full spectrum family medicine training and engage in longstanding community outreach programs. I'm grateful to return and serve my beloved hometown of St. Paul and be able to pursue my various professional and personal interests in this supportive environment. Our team is filled with wonderful people committed to serving our diverse patient population with the highest standard of care.

thomas krummeGrant Krumme, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Rural medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, procedures
Personal interests: Fishing, hunting, archery, camping, canoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, snowboarding, gardening, cooking
Why St. Joe's: The faculty and residents are very inviting and truly made me feel like I fit in. It is a great place to train for full spectrum family medicine and has all of the important factors I was looking for in a training program. Additionally, I like the idea of being able to tailor my training towards how I see my future practice. The residents genuinely seemed happy and were glad with their choice of going to St. Joe's.

abbie-bruningAbbie Metzler, DO

Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Sports medicine, women's health, integrative medicine, community health, global health
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, sports, camping, basically any adventure outdoors
Why St. Joe's: While interviewing, I could feel the strong sense of community and family. I was looking for a residency program that would help me develop into a well-rounded physician. St. Joe's provides that balance for their residents while still allowing them to pursue their own special interests.

betlehem semahgeBetlehem Semahge, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Women’s health, underserved medicine, infectious disease, refugee and immigrant health, procedures and preventative medicine, health disparities, social determinants of health
Personal interests: Learning about orthodoxy, cross stitching, African feminism, watching documentaries, cooking or baking and feeding people, visit museums, discover new places, spending time with my other half, family, and friends.
Why St. Joe's: I fell in love with St. Joe's during my family medicine rotation in medical school. I was a newly minted third year medical student then, and St. Joe's provided me with an unforgettable experience. The diversity of the patient population they serve fit very well with the interests I had, especially working with immigrants and refugees. I also found that faculty, staff, and residents all genuinely cared about their patients and went above and beyond for them.

christina wermanChristina Werman, DO

Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, women's health, preventative care, procedures
Personal interests: Spending time with my family and friends, anything outdoors, cooking, yoga, traveling
Why St. Joe's: I was drawn to the faculty, residents, and patient population at St. Joe's. Everyone was so welcoming throughout the interview process. The faculty were very supportive, and the residents were very proud of their program. Everyone was very close, and I liked that they made time to do things together outside of residency. I also enjoyed the diversity of the patient population.

Third Year: Class of 2019

Leah DuvorLeah Duvor, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Community health, rural healthcare, preventative medicine, women's health, mental health
Personal interests: Hot yoga; running; reading; listening to music; painting with acrylics; spending free time with family, friends, and my dog.
Why St. Joe's: Everyone was welcoming, and it felt like a community from day one. All the social gatherings held by the program had great turnouts and truly highlighted how much the residents and faculty supported one another and cared about helping choose their future colleagues. Furthermore, St. Joe's has always been the standard of care to which I compare all hospitals as a result of growing up in the Twin Cities. Therefore, I am excited to have the opportunity to train with such an outstanding program.

Abigal ElliottAbigail Elliott, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum care, international missions, women's health, obstetrics, dermatology
Personal interests: Spending time with my family, playing the violin, karaoke, playing team sports, going to Zumba classes, eating baked goods
Why St. Joe's: The residents, faculty, and staff drew me to St. Joe's. I felt welcomed and accepted right away and knew that I wanted to be part of this community. I was also impressed by the strong full spectrum training of the program and the way the training can be tailored to meet each resident's medical interests.

Robyn HeglandRobyn Hegland, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, rural healthcare, community outreach, OB/GYN, pediatrics
Personal interests: Cooking with family and friends; walking, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and getting outside to enjoy the great state of Minnesota; yoga; exploring the local arts and culture scene
Why St. Joe's? I received wonderful endorsements of the program from former grads and local healthcare professionals. My own interactions with the residents, faculty, and staff were overwhemingly welcoming and positive. I was especially appreciative of the diversity of interests among the residents, as well as the laid-back and supportive culture of the program as a whole. I know that St. Joe's will prepare me well for a career in full spectrum family medicine.

Katie HinderakerKatie Hinderaker, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, community medicine, full spectrum family medicine, medical education
Personal interests: Walking my dog, Minion, around the Twin Cities; playing video games or watching TV with my husband, Matt; enjoying coffee with family and friends; reading cheesy paperback fiction
Why St. Joe's? I was lucky to have the opportunity to spend three months at St. Joe's as a medical student on an underserved community medicine elective. I found myself comparing every other program I interviewed at to this one. I love the community feel of the program along with academic support from the University of Minnesota, the ability to an additional interest or project throughout residency, respected time for didactic learning, and the strong elective choices. However, I really made my decision based on the faculty support I've experienced and the wonderful residents that I've had the opportunity to spend time with.

Brandon NgBrandon Ng, MD

Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: My medical interests are centered on adolescent medicine and using education to improve community health outcomes. I feel that making true, lasting changes in healthcare starts and ends with informed and educated patients. I love looking for ways to utilize the community for that purpose.
Personal interests: I'm a huge sports fan and have been told I'm the "Ultimate Minnesota Homer" and will cheer for Minnesota teams whether or not they have a chance at winning a game. I have been known to choose the Gophers as NCAA championship winners every time they go "dancing." I enjoy playing tennis in my spare time. I'm also a self-described nerd and play board games and video games when I can.
Why St. Joe's? I was able to witness firsthand how important the program is to the community that it provides healthcare to. I was able to see how a strong partnership between physician and patient was able to overcome cultural, language, and socioeconomic barriers time and time again. I wish to have that same type of practice as a physician and felt like St. Joe's was best suited to give me that opportunity.

Lindsay SchroederLindsay Schroeder, DO

Medical school: A.T. Still University
Medical interests: Preventative medicine, pediatrics, mental health, underserved medicine, dermatology, minor procedures
Personal interests: Outdoor activities; traveling; cooking; spending time with my husband, family, and friends
Why St. Joe's? After an impressive and welcoming interview day, I felt like St. Joe's was the right fit for me. The program director and faculty are excellent, and the residents seemed happy, hard-working, and very friendly.

Jaimi WeberJaimi Weber, DO

Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Sports medicine, preventative medicine, community health
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, working out, running, cooking and trying new recipes
Why St. Joe's: I rotated here in my fourth year of medical school and really valued the ability to feel like a member of a team. The staff were outstanding and always found time to teach. The residents were genuinely happy to be here and made me feel so welcomed.

Lindsay WilliamsLindsay Williams Palaniappan, MD

Medical school: Creighton University
Medical interests: Maternal and child health, OB, global health, underserved care, group health classes
Personal interests: I love being outdoors, biking, hiking, and camping. I am an avid podcast listener, love traveling, eating good food, and playing board and card games.
Why St. Joe's: I spent a month here during medical school and walking back into the building for my residency interview felt like coming home. The residents and faculty are some of the most caring, welcoming people I have ever met, and on top of that, they are brilliant physicians. I also love the diversity of the patient population. Finally, I felt that St. Joe's offered the perfect amount of flexibility for me to explore my areas of interest as well as spend time abroad working on global health.