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Meet the Fellows 2015-2016

Department of Neurology



Samantha Holden, MD      

Samantha Holden, MD
Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry
Samantha received her B.S. in Neural Science from New York University and her M.D. from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed her medical internship and neurology residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Her research interests include cognitive and other non‐motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which has led to her decision to complete dual fellowships in both Movement Disorders and Behavioral Neurology. She has received a research grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to validate a performance‐based assessment of cognitive functional abilities in Parkinson’s disease. In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading historical fiction, going on long walks with her dog, Harrison, and keeping up on celebrity gossip and fashion.

       
Michael Persenaire, MD  

Michael Persenaire, MD
Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

Mike received his B.S. in Biopsychology from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and his M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is a recent graduate as a Neurology Resident from University of Colorado Hospital and received the Student Teaching Appreciation Award for his work in medical education and practice-based learning teaching.

       
 
Laura Friedlander, MD  

Laura Friedlander, MD
Epilepsy

Laura is a proud Colorado native. While growing up in the foothills she was able to enjoy camping, hiking, boating and even dirt biking in the Rocky Mountains. This love of the outdoors was enough to convince her to stay in the beautiful state of Colorado to complete her academic career. She first attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she majored in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology. Then, she was lucky enough to stay in the state for medical school and neurology residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is looking forward to completing her training in epilepsy with all the wonderful physicians she has come to know over the years.

       
Taylor Finseth, MD  

Taylor Finseth, MD
Movement Disorders

Taylor grew up outside of Cleveland as the youngest of three brothers. He earned his undergraduate degree in Zoology and Molecular Biology at Miami University in Ohio followed by medical school at Ohio State University (go buckeyes!). There he met his wife, Beth, an OB/GYN resident, and they decided to couples match out to Colorado to be closer to the mountains. He did his internship at St. Joseph Exempla in Denver followed by Neurology Residency at U of Colorado. Taylor decided to stay on as the Movement Disorders fellow after falling in love with the field during residency. He is undecided as to his exact direction within the field but knows it will be great no matter what turns up. Taylor loves Colorado and enjoys his weekly soccer games, hiking, skiing at Vail, and spending time with his wife and son.

       
Ari Magill, MD  

Ari Magill, MD
Movement Disorders

Ari completed his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Texas, Austin, and his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He is currently a Senior Neurology Resident at Arizona Health Sciences Center. His goal is to improve quality of life for those suffering with disease and injury of the nervous system.

       
Jason Fleming, MD  

Jason Fleming, MD
Neuromuscular Medicine

Jason Fleming received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine before completing his neurology residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. He looks forward to honing his neuromuscular skills through seeing patients, doing EMGs, and performing and interpreting nerve and muscle biopsies during his fellowship. He is excited to spend another year in Colorado with his wife and newborn daughter.

       
Alex Mohler, MD  

Alex Mohler, MD
Neuro-Oncology

Alex earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology near his hometown at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC before returning to his alma mater, the University of South Florida, where he earned his medical degree in 2010. Looking for a change in scenery, he applied to and was accepted to complete his neurology residency at the University of Colorado where he served as Chief Resident of Administration in his final year of training. He also was the recipient of the Resident Extra Mile award.

       
Michelle Leppert, MD  

Michelle Leppert, MD
Vascular Neurology

Dr. Leppert graduated from Duke University for her undergraduate degree, and completed her MD and MBA degrees at Emory University before coming to University of Colorado for her Internship and Neurology residency. She has research interest and experience in mathematical modeling and cost effectiveness analysis and hopes to pursue an academic career as a clinician researcher in the area of stroke. She is a recent graduate as a Neurology Resident from the University of Colorado Hospital and received the Senior Research Award for her work in cost-effectiveness analysis in stroke.

       
Daniel Smith, MD  

Daniel Smith, MD
Neuroimmunology & Neurological Infection

Daniel Smith is from Chillicothe, Ohio, and earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology at the Ohio State University. From there he travelled to Cincinnati where he completed medical school, and then served as co-chief for his residency in Neurology. He has always had an interest in infectious disease and inflammatory neurological disorders, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the University of Colorado as a fellow in NeuroInfectious Disease and Neuroimmunology.