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Drew Ashby
Drew Ashby, MD – UH Track
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Greetings! I am a native of colorful Colorado, and have yet to have a reason to leave this beautiful state. I was fortunate enough to stay here for undergraduate at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After college I coached the alpine ski team in Boulder before coming to medical school in Denver at the University of Colorado. It was there that I developed my interest in family medicine because of how much I enjoyed my relationship with my patients. I really wanted to stay in Colorado for residency and the UH track at the University of Colorado was a great fit for me. I instantly felt like part of the “family” here and knew this was where I wanted to be for my training. I am especially interested in the patient centered care and feel that this residency is really at the forefront of family medicine leadership and development. In my spare time I enjoy all things outdoors including climbing, mountain biking, and skiing.
Allison EdwardsAllison Edwards, MD – DH Track
University of Kansas School of Medicine

I am originally from Lawrence, Kansas and spent my undergrad years in Des Moines at Drake University before heading to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Kansas. I couldn't be happier about being in Denver and the years I've spent in this city for residency!  My professional interests include public health, public policy, social determinants of health, and preventive medicine.  I've been able to design a few electives over the last several years regarding these subjects, creating an individualized and robust residency curriculum to cultivate these interests.  In the future I see myself working to change the manner in which we deliver healthcare to put an emphasis on keeping people well rather than solely stepping in and treating the sick. I feel like I couldn't be surrounded by better mentors in this effort.  My plans following graduation in June 2016 include moving back to Kansas City and opening my own direct primary care practice in Wyandotte County.  In my free time, I love spending time with my family along with dedicating a little time to hobbies like photography, travel, gardening, cooking, being outdoors (including skiing), drinking great local beer, and reading the newspaper over a cup of coffee.

Jennifer FengJennifer Feng, MD – DH Track
University of Virginia School of Medicine
I've always has a soft spot in my heart for underdogs, perhaps because I've always thought of my family and me as part of that group. A whole bunch of experiences, including working at a free clinic in LA, volunteering with a needle exchange in San Francisco, and doing community assessment and clinical work in rural Guatemala, has helped to shape my goal to use medicine as a way to empower the underdogs of this world. I've lived in a bunch of different places, but consider San Diego to be my hometown, and planned on returning to California after finishing medical school at the University of Virginia. However, I found that the DH track at University of Colorado had the perfect combination of amazing people (seriously, I couldn't ask for better colleagues), innovative practice setting/curriculum, and incredible location (Denver's been pretty sweet so far). It's great to work in an environment that is actively finding new ways to improve the health of an increasingly complicated population, and to be doing it in the context of an underserved setting with academic resources. My medical interests are crazy broad, and include women's health/OB, and adolescent health. But I get really excited about anything that gets me out in the community in which I'm working, whether it be collaborating on projects with other organizations, walking with community members on weekend mornings, or teaching kids at the local Boys and Girls club about eating healthy. My non-medical interests include running (for fun, I don't do marathons), hiking, camping, napping on a blanket in the park...anything where I'm outdoors
Gwendolyn Fitz-Gerald, MD – UH Track
University of Vermont College of Medicine
I grew up in a fantastic, small community in rural Vermont and I didn't travel far for undergrad or medical school and am fortunate to have attended University of Vermont for each. My undergrad degree in sociology with a focus on the societal factors influencing public health solidified my decision to go into medicine. I took a year off in between where I participated in research with premature infant feeding development and designing a breath-controlled video game for kids with CF. During medical school I struggled with what I wanted to do because I loved everything! Family Medicine is a fantastic opportunity to get to incorporate everything I love about medicine into my daily practice, especially public health, full spectrum women's care, office procedures, and little bit of neurology here and there. In medical school I got involved with an organization called Imaging the World that looks to bring affordable, self-sustaining ultrasound clinics to low-resource areas around the world and I plan to continue my work with them throughout residency. When it came time to decide where to go, I knew I wanted to experience a different part of the country, and the West was calling my name. Denver was high on my list and after looking at some of the programs out here, University of Colorado was an obvious choice. Not only did I feel at home when I came to interview, but I was overwhelmed by the sense of community in the residency, the reputation and innovativeness of the program, encouragement of life-work balance, and of course the location! While Colorado doesn't have Ben and Jerry's or Cabot cheese, Denver's been a great new city to explore with festivals, farmer's markets, great live music scene, and of course the chance to escape to the mountains for hiking or skiing on the weekends!
Amanda GawinAmanda Gawin, MD – UH Track
University of Chicago The Pritzker School of Medicine
Hello! I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin but lived in Chicago for eight years while attending college and medical school prior to moving to Denver. I majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Global Health at Northwestern University. I then completed my medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine. The reason I love Family Medicine is because I find the broad spectrum of medical care covered by our specialty to be intellectually stimulating, and I find the continuity of care we experience with patients to be personally rewarding. For residency, I was looking for an academically-rigorous program that practiced full-spectrum Family Medicine. I was drawn to this program because of the wonderful people I met on my interview day, the innovative and thoughtful curriculum with Chautauqua months during the first year of residency, the program’s work with PCMH, and the many opportunities to cultivate my areas of special interest within Family Medicine. Within Family Medicine, my interests include women’s health, pediatrics, and community-based participatory research. In my free time, I am enjoying exploring Denver and the beautiful state of Colorado! Thank you for checking out our program!
Melissa NobleMelissa Noble, MD – UH Track
University of Colorado School of Medicine
I may not be a Colorado native, but I grew up in Colorado Springs and have always considered this beautiful state my home. I managed to stay in Colorado for undergraduate at CSU (Go Rams!), and then medical school here in Denver. Family has always been what I value most in life, and I am happy to be close to my parents and younger brother. Family Medicine is the perfect fit for me because I value the relationships with people that form over years of care. Medically I am interested in many things including academic medicine, pediatrics, women's health, and patient centered care. I chose this program for its many strengths, but mainly because I was so impressed with the amazing and kind staff that I am now lucky enough to get to work with. Outside of medicine, I enjoy walks and cuddle time with my dog Bella, baking, blowing bubbles, relaxing on my hammock and spending time with family and friends. Many people helped me along my journey to find my perfect residency fit so I would love to pay it forward.
Lucianne Olewinski
Lucianne Olewinski, MD – UH Track
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
After growing up in north Florida, I moved to New York City to complete a nursing degree at New York University. While working as a nurse at Bellevue Hospital in NYC I decided to further my practice in health care by becoming a physician. In medical school I founded a medical student ethics club and worked with Physicians for a National Health Program. My interests as a Family Physician include equitable access to health care, reproductive health, and sports medicine. I like bicycle racing and am interested in pursuing a Sports Medicine fellowship after residency.

Seyfert.jpgJonathan Seyfert, MD – UH Track
Rush Medical College of Rush University
Hey there!  This is the best residency program in the world.  Joining the University of Colorado Family Medicine program has made a huge impact on my professional development.  The academic environment and sharp faculty push all the residents to achieve a high level of competency in all the areas of study within the field.  Additionally, joining this program gave me an instant support system of 9 amazing friends and many more people to spend my residency years with.  Before moving to Colorado, I spent my time in Illinois, first growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, then attending Augustana College, and finally graduating from Rush Medical College in Chicago.  My time in the Meidwest was great, but moving to Colorado has been a really positive experience.  My interests outside medicine include: rock climbing, hiking, biking, listening to music, and enjoying the Colorado sun.  My professional interests include inpatient adult medicine, outpatient procedures, and outpatient primary care.

 Daniel WhiteDaniel White, MD – DH Track
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
I grew up in the foothills of another set of mountains back east in Johnson City, TN, so I am glad to have found a new home surrounded by the familiar sight of mountains. En route to Colorado, I picked up an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, did a short stint as a stone mason in Knoxville, spent a couple years teaching in Vietnam and then another couple years in Virginia where I did my premed courses at UVA and then spent a year working for a refugee resettlement agency. I was able to continue my interest in working with refugee populations by developing a student-run refugee health initiative in Chapel Hill where I went to medical school. I also participated in an integrated longitudinal clerkship in Asheville, NC during my 3rd year where I was able to experience healthcare in a community setting and gained a new appreciation for rural medicine. My interests in family medicine are broad but revolve around new models of healthcare delivery and community, public, and global health. Besides the wonderful location, I was drawn to this program for the strong clinical training across multiple settings (large community hospital, academic medical center, and community health center), the academic strength of the department, and the diverse patient population of my clinic site in Lowry. In the event that I have any free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring the mountains with my wife, Julia, and dog, Bella, and look forward to taking in the great arts and music scene in Denver.
Katherine WiegertKatherine Wiegert, MD, MPH – DH Track
Duke University School of Medicine
I grew up in Iowa, corn fed and Midwest bred! Growing up on a farm, I always thought I’d become a veterinarian, but after volunteering for medical clinics in the U.S. and abroad I knew I was bound instead for human medicine! Medical school at Duke University was a five-year blur of medicine, public health, and global health rotations. An internship at the WHO piqued my interest in social determinants of health and our responsibility as physicians in policy and leadership. This interest, as well as my interest in promoting global community health, led me to the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency. I was absolutely wowed by the residency’s strong academic focus, the supportive faculty, and its focus on innovation in family medicine. On top of that, Denver has one of the most community-centered clinic and hospital systems in the country. It doesn’t hurt that during my free time I get to hang out in amazing Denver and go hiking and skiing in the mountains!


Arnett, Kelly_4X6 Cropped.jpgKelly Arnett, MD, MPH - UH Track
Tufts University School of Medicine 

I’m originally from a great little college town, West Lafayette, Indiana. I went to the University of Kentucky for undergrad, and graduated with a degree in biology and an obsession with UK basketball (Go Cats!). I headed east for medical school, where I did the MD/MPH combined degree program at Tufts University. After spending time in the Midwest, the South, and New England, I’m excited to experience life out west in Colorado! When I was choosing my residency, it was important to me to find an innovative program, focused on training physicians for the future of primary care, with supportive faculty and residents. I could not be happier to be at the University of Colorado! My interests in family medicine are very broad, and they include community medicine, obesity prevention, chronic disease management, public health, and palliative care to name a few.  Outside of medicine, I dabble in yoga, hiking, traveling, and cooking. I love exploring Denver, especially finding the best places to get brunch. I have no idea how to ski, but I’m looking forward to learning now that I’m in the Rockies! 


Asamoto, Lisa_4X6 Cropped.jpgLisa Asamoto, MD - UH Track
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and until coming out to Denver for residency, I spent my entire life in Ohio. I went to Ohio State University for undergrad, double majoring in International Studies and Biology. Then, I took a year off to help out with my church and also spent 6 months in a missions program in southern Africa. There, I spent time in one of the local townships, teaching and assisting with a feeding program and also volunteered in an orphanage, tutoring English and helping with child care. After my year off, I returned to Ohio but went further south to the University of Cincinnati for medical school. Throughout medical school, I was most involved with my church, helping out with the children's program and their extracurricular activities. It's also where I met my husband, coincidentally also a classmate and now, co-intern! My interests within family medicine are global health and procedures. Eventually, my husband and I hope to utilize our training abroad. We chose this program because we wanted to be at a strong program that would teach us how to work in a myriad of settings, from urban to rural. Also, it didn't hurt that it's sunny year round with mountains within driving distance!

Foster Fabiano, Sara_4X6 Cropped.jpgSara Foster Fabiano, MD - DH Track
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

I was born in Vancouver, Canada but spent most of my growing up years in Lubango, Angola. My dad was Angolan and my mum was American Canadian, and they worked as missionaries in Angola. We moved to North Carolina when I was a senior in high school for college opportunities. Growing up in a country dominated by civil war with a defunct medical system was what first interested me in medicine along with several of my family members being involved in the healthcare field. After doing undergrad at Furman University in South Carolina and getting a degree in history along with my premed courses, I attended medical school at Wake Forest in NC.

Part of what attracted me to family medicine was how broadly applicable it was both here and abroad. I love being able to follow patients, take care of all ages, and have a role in the preventative side of medicine. 
Global health is still one of my major passions. Throughout undergrad and med school, I’ve been able to go back to Angola several times (where most of my family still live) as well as do some research in Botswana. My other passions in medicine are somewhat varied but include public health, sports medicine, and academics.

I didn’t really have any ties to Colorado before moving but have loved it! The program has people from all over the US, and faculty who are supportive and have a huge variety of interests to be able to help mentor you in any direction. Everyone in the program is amazing and have helped make me feel very welcome so far from home. The DH track has been especially fun with the number of refugees and people from all across the globe that come through the doors.

Outside of medicine I love hiking and being able to get outdoors so easily. I also enjoy playing acoustic guitar, attempting to sketch in charcoal, and watching marvel comic movies. One of my favorite hikes so far has been in James Peak Wilderness up to Heart’s Lake, so stunning! 

Kim, William_4X6 Cropped.jpgWilliam Kim, MD - DH Track
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

I am originally from La Crescenta, California, also famously known as the balcony of Southern California. I have been lucky enough to spend time in many different regions of the US: Philadelphia for undergrad (Go Quakers!), Cincinnati for medical school (Go Bearcats!), and now Denver (Go beautiful mountain scenery with excellent hiking!). I studied biochemistry in undergrad, for some reason got a Master's degree in biochemistry, but then found my way to medical school where I met my wife. We were able to "match" as a "couple" and our hope is to eventually take our family abroad to practice medicine. That was a major point in our decision to come to UCFMR. We wanted to be at the best program, so that we could become the best doctors as we move outside the US. I'm fortunate to be part of the Denver Health Track which allows me to be able to work with patients from many different cultural backgrounds, almost like practicing global health in place.

Marcus, Hayley_4X6 Cropped.jpgHayley Marcus, MD - DH Track
Tufts University School of Medicine

Hi! I am Hayley, one of your friendly Boston transplants (not any oxy-moron). I am so excited to be here in Denver with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency! I grew up in Boston, attended Tufts University for undergrad and medical school (Go Jumbos!), and decided that it was time to spread my wings for residency.  2,000 miles from home and couldn't be happier.  I found exactly what I wanted in a residency: innovative curriculum, full spectrum family medicine, kind and supportive environment (L-O-V-E my co-interns), and a challenging but very rewarding patient population.​ 
When I'm not in the hospital or in the clinic, I love taking full advantage of all Denver and Colorado has to offer! Hiking, camping, road biking, mountain biking, skiing, snow shoeing, brewery touring, eating, cooking, spending all my money at farmers markets, petting every single dog that walks by (there are so many!), etc. Please don't make me pick just one. 

Mullen, Rebecca_4X6 Cropped.jpgRebecca Mullen, MD, MPH - UH Track
University of Kansas School of Medicine

I hail from Overland Park, Kansas, but I moved to Texas to attend the University of Texas in Austin for undergrad (hook 'em!) before traveling back to KS for medical school. During med school I realized that I was passionate about community medicine, and I ended up taking a year off to get a Master’s Degree in Public Health. During this time, I was fortunate enough to help open a student-run school-based health center, a project aimed at addressing the immense health disparities in our local underserved community. I also organized community health fairs that provided free screenings to those without regular access to care. These experiences helped me realize that Family Medicine was the best fit for my wide range of health care interests. I then looked for a residency that stressed community medicine, public health, policy, and equitable access to patient-centered care… and I found all that and more at the University of Denver! I am surrounded by passionate doctors who not only excel at clinical care, but are also involved in local and national movements to progress family medicine and health care for all. During my free time I’m usually hiking, running, reading, going to concerts, or attending all of the funky fun Denver festivals.

Radi, Roxanne_4X^ Cropped.jpgRoxanne Radi, MD - DH Track
University of Texas Medical
Hey y'all! I'm Roxi. I'm originally from Houston, Texas and absolutely love living in Denver (If I can survive a winter here anyone can!). I received my undergraduate degrees in Public Health and Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins University before heading home for medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. I'm a first generation american so global health and undeserved care have always been huge passions of mine. I've lived in Chile, China, and Kenya...needless to say staying put is relatively difficult for me! I think it is so cool and unique that  on a daily basis I combine principles of global health and the best of western medicine in caring for refugee patients as a Denver Health resident at Lowry. As a resident, I have also found myself drawn toward health policy, nutrition, and reproductive great is family medicine that we get to pick and choose what we're passionate about? Outside of the hospital I love cooking (mostly because I also love eating), snowboarding, and football (go Texans!). I learned to snowboard as an intern and can't wait to get more use out of my board. Anyway if you're the kind of person who wants to learn how to practice full spectrum family medicine, surrounded by outstanding passionate people, I think this would be a great place for you. I have loved the work/life balance that is integrated into our curriculum and supported by our co-residents and faculty and couldn't be happier with my decision. 

Sable-Smith, Alexander_4X6 Cropped.jpgAlexander Sable-Smith, MD, MPH - UH Track
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

I really don’t remember much before the age of three.  However, I am quite certain that from the toddler years forward I had a pretty idyllic upbringing in the Midwestern college town of Columbia, Missouri.  When I was 14, I came out to Colorado with the Boy Scouts for a backpacking tip.  After that, I never gave up on the notion of returning to the mountains.    Fortunately enough, I was able to come back to the state to attend Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, where I majored in neuroscience, though my mom still thinks I majored in skiing.  During college, I had the great privilege of traveling to Mexico, India, China and South Africa.  It was during these travels that I decided I wanted to have a career that addressed what I would later learn was called the social determinant of health.    After college, I spent a year as the program director for Cool Science, a Colorado Springs science education non-profit organization.  I briefly traded the mountain vistas for the Manhattan skyline and worked in the children’s garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Subsequently, I traded the big city skyline for no view at all and moved back to my hometown to start my medical and public health training at the University of Missouri.   I spent a lot of time working with Mizzou’s student-run free clinic and helped start a comprehensive diabetes care program there.  During my last year, I researched the use of graphics in the Electronic Health Record to communicate health information to patients.    I chose the University of Colorado because of the friendly and outgoing residents, the dedication of the program faculty and staff, and the opportunity to learn and practice at both a large, academic medical center as well as at Denver Health, the county safety-net hospital.  Some of my interests in medicine include EHR design, LGB and trans health, and geriatrics.  I am so excited to be able to see the mountains again and to start training at the University of Colorado FMR with nine exceptional co-residents.  A cool spot in Denver that I’ve discovered is Park House, a bar with a weekly bluegrass jam where I go to play my banjo.

Shmerling, Alison_4X6 Cropped.jpgAlison Shmerling, MD, MPH - UH Track
Tufts University School of Medicine

First of all, congrats on picking Family Medicine! It's definitely been one of my top 5 life decisions so far. But a little background... I grew up in a Boston suburb, went to undergrad at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL majoring in Spanish and minoring in Global Health. Then I spent a year doing policy research in Washington, D.C. tracking the impact of health policy on the various health systems around the country. I went to medical school back in Boston at Tufts University, and simultaneously did my Masters in Public Health. In med school I was involved with the homeless population around Boston, starting a group visit program at a homeless-hotel shelter outside of the city. I eventually decided that flat land near water maybe wasn't my life calling, and decided to move myself out west. I have been loving spending time in the mountains, at the various farmers markets and street festivals, and generally loving the friendly, chatty culture of everyone in Denver. My family medicine interests include procedures, mobilizing the family structure to improve health for each individual, and the intersection of inpatient/outpatient care within a health system. I know, super specific. My life interests include climbing mountains, brunch, playing with my puppy, and surrounding myself with people who are passionate about making a difference for both the individual and the system, whatever that system may be!

Spencer, Emily_4X6 Cropped.jpgEmily Spencer, MD - UH Track
University of Florida College of Medicine
Although I was born and raised in South Florida, in 2004 I learned that I belong in Colorado. After high school I moved to Denver to perform with the Colorado Ballet company for 2 incredible years. After that adventure, I moved back to Florida and then decided to pursue medicine. I completed my undergrad degree at Florida Atlantic University and then headed to the University of Florida for medical school. There are many reasons why I love Family Medicine and even more reasons why I love becoming a Family Medicine doctor at the UC Denver FMR. The short list includes living in Denver, my awesome new residency-family, the incredible learning experiences at both University and Denver Health hospitals, and caring for my very own patients in my continuity clinic.


Chopra_Nicky_2015 Headshot.jpgNicky Chopra, MD - UH Track
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas SW Medical School 

I was born in India -- an unlikely candidate to become a Coloradan. But now that I'm here, I think i want to stay forever! From India my family moved to the UK when i was 5, and then to the US when i was 9. The daughter of two Indian certainly wasn't a surprise I pursued medicine, but I did it in my own way. In college, at Cornell, I studied Religious Studies, a comparative religion/anthropology major. Through that, I had the opportunity to study Theology for a year at Oxford University (which was awesome!) and then went to UT Southwestern for medical school. 

I knew I wanted to be a family physician once I realized the incredible freedom that such a broad training offers. I love doing lots of different things, and the thought that I can dramatically change my career every 10 years is really interesting. What I'd ultimately like to do is build my own holistic family medicine practice, but on the path there, I would like to spend some time in academia, followed by some Urgent Care/Emergency Department moonlighting while i build my practice. You can just do so much in family! 

In choosing a residency program, I'm firmly in the camp of choosing a place that fits you best. All accredited programs can train you to be a good family physician, but you really have to choose a place where YOU can grow. When I was applying to residency programs, I was looking, first and foremost, for a nurturing environment where residents are happy. I applied to the University of Colorado largely because i liked the area and I had heard residents liked it here. Only later, after falling in love with the program, did i learn how strong our program is nationally, or how desirable it was for other residents (through conversations with the interns, I've learned we all ranked this program first), or how unusual the fellowship opportunities here were. Our program has funding to offer customized fellowships to recent grads. People in the past have done fellowships in practice transformation, health policy, behavioral health and many other interests. Ultimately, you will find your place and begin your journey as a resident. I encourage you to go for the program your gut feeling draws you towards. Where will you thrive? For me, I've found my answer

Colangelo_Henry_2015 Headshot.jpgHenry Colangelo, MD, MPH - DH Track
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Hey there!  While I was born in the great land of the Green Mountains and Ben & Jerry's (Vermont!), my family decided early on to relocate to Wilmington on the southeastern coast of North Carolina.  I was lucky enough to grow up both near mountains and ocean and have a deep appreciation for both!  I ended up staying in NC for college and studied environmental sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!).  I developed an interest in public health and wanted to do something a little different after college so I moved to our nation's capital to be an AmeriCorps/National AIDS Fund volunteer, providing nutrition counseling and food services at a local HIV/AIDS non-profit.  this experience really shaped my desire to go into primary care medicine and 2 years later I ended up going back to UNC for medical school.  My wife and I were looking all over the country when it came time for the residency search, and we instantly fell in love with Denver and this program.  With my interests in public health, primary care innovation and underserved care, the Denver Health track was a perfect fit.  The faculty and residents are incredibly supportive of one another and also know how to have fun!  Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, hiking, snowboarding and exploring some of the amazing food and beer that Denver has to offer.


Curtis_Troy 2015 Headshot.jpgTroy Curtis, MD, MPH - DH Track
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

I am originally from Freeport, Illinois, home of the Fighting Pretzels.  I was privileged enough to grow up with parents who loved to travel, and spent much of my childhood seeing different parts of the world, from Latin America to Asia.  This greatly formed my world view and my understandings of poverty and wealth distribution.  For my undergraduate studies, I headed about two hours south to the Quad Cities to attend a small liberal arts school named Augustan College, where I fell in love with Biology, Anthropology, and the tenants of social justice.  During my college years, I had the chance to continue traveling abroad, first to Honduras, then to Uganda and Kenya.  I saw and experienced things that are morally unacceptable in a 21st century world, and which ignited my passion for medicine and public health.  After college, I spent a year in a public health program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before heading to the University of Illinois for medical school.  I am humbled but excited at the opportunity to be at the University of Colorado for residency.  I was looking for a program that would allow me to work with an underserved population while at the same time get a world class education and I have to say that you couldn't find a better group of faculty or peers anywhere.  In my free time, I spend as much time as possible with my lovely girlfriend Michele, love watching and attending sporting events, playing tennis or golf, and hope to get in a whole lot of hiking along the front range. 

Fields_Hannah_2015 Headshot.jpgHannah Fields, MD, MSPH - DH Track
Mayo Medical School

I'm a native of Colorado, growing up in Boulder and attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. I studied biochemistry and psychology, and began to explore my interests in behavioral health through research in exercise and depression and an honors thesis on health beliefs and perinatal care in the Peruvian Andes. For medical school I attended the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, where I further explored my interests in global health, working throughout the United States and in Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Spain. While in medical school, I also earned a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. There I concentrated on community-based research and program evaluation, and I conducted a pilot program of community referrals from primary care centers to improve social and mental health. I am ecstatic to have returned home to Colorado to continue my training in family medicine, near to my family in Boulder. I am a Denver Health track resident and a certified Spanish interpreter, and after residency I hope to continue to work with underserved, migrant, and refugee populations. As a true Colorado girl and ex-ski-instructor and patroller, when I'm not in the hospital you can find me in the mountains, hiking the Flatirons and skiing the back bowls. 

Huang_Harriet_2015 Headshot.jpgHarriet Huang, MD - DH Track
University of Michigan Medical School

Hello!  I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved out west to attend college at Stanford University where I studied biology and was involved in HIV/AIDS research.  After undergrad, I joined Teach for America and moved to Oakland, California to teach English and Biology at Oakland International High School.  I was lucky to teach the most amazing and hilarious students from all over the world.  I returned to the Midwest for medical school at the University of Michigan and knew from the start I wanted to be a family med doctor!  At Michigan, I had the opportunity to work with several wonderful communities, including the Latino and Native American communities, and helped coordinate a free clinic for the homeless community.  My interests include adolescent medicine, and immigrant/refugee health.  I chose the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program because of the wonderful people here, and the opportunity to work with refugees as part of the Denver Health track.  I could not be more thrilled about being here (and the mountains are a huge bonus!).


Mathern_Seth_2015 Headshot.jpgSeth Mathern, MD - UH Track
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

I was born, raised, and educated in the great state of Wyoming, including completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Wyoming.  I attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as a part of the unique Columbia-Bassett program (a longitudinal program).  I completed my clinic year in Cooperstown, New York as well as completing many rotations in New York City.  Part of the program involved training in Lean Six Sigma and a focus on quality improvement and healthcare systems.

When I was choosing residency I was torn between choosing a high-procedural community program or a more academic program with a focus on quality improvement.  While I was torn about this subject, one thing was certain in my mind: I wanted a program in an area that supported, "bikes, beer, and beards."  So obviously, Colorado was up there...To assess this, I asked residents at other programs what they liked to do and most residents would say, "We like to do potlucks here and there and maybe grab some drinks."  the response was so constant among so many programs.  In Colorado, however, I was impressed by the response I got from residents at the University of Colorado: "We ski, hike, go mountain biking, and play kickball.  Oh, and we often go out to one of the hundreds of craft breweries.  And don't forget about Pho and all the amazing food we have.  And if you get bored, there's the plays and theater.  Oh and don't forget about Red Rocks and all the awesome concerts!"  I was sold...

It's true that our program has incredible residents and faculty who are absolutely amazing teachers.  But you know what is hard to compete with: a view of the mountains, endless craft breweries, and the love and support I have found from my co-residents and the faculty.  This is my beer, bike, and beard oasis.


O'Connor_Nellie_2015 Headshot.jpgKerry "Nellie" O'Connor, MD - UH Track
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
I grew up in Raleigh, NC and didn’t travel too far to go to college at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!) where I graduated with a degree in Chemistry and a love for Carolina basketball. I then moved to Washington DC and worked at a medical, dental, and mental health clinic for the homeless where I learned how much behavioral health and social health truly impact a person’s wellbeing.  I returned to medical school at UNC Chapel Hill with a passion for caring for the whole person and found family medicine to be the perfect path for me. My professional interests include social determinants of health, behavioral health, preventive medicine, community medicine, and palliative care.  When I interviewed at University of Colorado, I knew this was the right residency for me. Not only do we have wonderful training in my professional interests, but also the residents, faculty, and staff are incredibly supportive, fun, and welcoming. Plus, there’s a great city and nearby refreshing mountain hikes to explore on my days off. Outside of medicine, I enjoy singing (acapella nerd), playing the guitar, hiking, going to concerts, or hanging out in one of the many beautiful parks Denver has to offer. And I’m anxiously looking forward to my first ski season in Colorado!

Piggott_Cleveland_2015 Headshot.jpgCleveland Piggott, MD, MPH - UH Track
University of North Carolnia at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Born in New York to two immigrant parents from Panama, I quickly headed to warmer weather in Georgia. I went to the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and majored in biology and psychology. I did a lot of ballroom dancing and hanging out with my future wife and co-intern (Susie). I also spent nearly four years on Alzheimer’s research as issues surrounding geriatrics is one of my passions. I've always been interested in primary care and population health, so I left Georgia to go to the University of North Carolina (Go Heels!) for my medical and public health degrees. I quickly fell in love with family medicine because of the length of patient relationships, the scope, diversity of medical problems, and many more reasons. I spent a lot of time with the family medicine interest group and was fortunate to serve in leadership roles on the local, state, and national levels. I had the chance to re-start a health policy interest group at my school and organize my peers around the state in advocacy efforts concerning Medicaid reform and expansion. When I was looking for a residency program, I wanted a program where I would get exceptional training and be surrounded by incredible colleagues. I also wanted to be in a place that was innovative in providing care to patients, had a strong behavioral health program, and was located in a great city. This was the perfect fit, and I am so happy I matched at this residency program! Despite only being here a few months, I’ve already had the chance to go to several national and state parks, festivals, theatre performances, and lots of breweries. I’m excited for my first ski season, though my little Nissan Sentra may not survive the winter.

Piggott_Susie_2015 Headshot.jpgSusan Piggott, MD, MPH - UH Track
Emory University School of Medicine

I've spent most of my life in the South up until our recent grand adventure to Colorado.  I grew up in Marietta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.  I went to the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) for undergrad, where I met my husband (see bio above) and became an avid SEC football fan.  From there I went to Emory University for medical school, and dated long distance for 3 years before completing an MPH focused on Health Care and Prevention at the University of North Carolina with both Cleveland and Henry.  That year was very thought-provoking, and I got to learn and explore other aspects of health care, including cost-effectivness, health policy, practice transformation and quality improvement.  I also got really interested in evidence based medicine (nerdy, I know, but very pertinent to primary care!).  It was refreshing to be in a place surrounded by people invested in public health and primary care, something that I have found here at the University of Colorado as well.  I was lucky to get an excellent medical education in Atlanta, but oftentimes felt that primary care was lost in the mix of subspecialties and research.  I wanted residency to be in a place that not only supported and respected family medicine, but that was pushing boundaries and doing new things in primary care like practice transformation.  The University of Colorado fit this perfectly, not to mention all the other perks like beautiful weather, mountains in our backyard and a treasure trove of microbreweries.  Since moving out here, Cleveland and I have enjoyed exploring Denver with our co-interns and taking our loveable brindle mix, Vesper, on adventures at various parks.  I have also gotten to do some swimming, biking, and running, some of my favorite activites.  Colorado is turning out to be the perfect program for us!

Swanson_Sarah Beth_2015 Headshot.jpgSarah Beth Swanson, MD, MPH - UH Track
State University of New York Upstate Medical University

I was born on an Air Force Base in Germany, but I spent most of my formative years in upstate New York (land of tons of snow!)  My love of medicine started young, and I spent hours of my childhood operating on my dolls.  I even created color-coded organs out of cotton stuffing in accordance with the household encyclopedia (strange child I know!)  During college, I spend a summer in Zambia working at a rural hospital and taking classes in public health.  I instantly loved the concept of connecting population and individual health.  This led to my pursuit of a combined MD/MPH degree at Upstate Medical University/Syracuse University.  During medical school, I moved into a house on the north side of Syracuse owned by a nonprofit called Hopeprint that works with resettled refugees and urban poor.  This experience clearly showed me how poverty, violence, and lack of social support detrimentally affect the physical and mental health of my neighbors.  I became increasingly interested in the intersection of community-level factors, mental health, and medical illness.  I ultimately completed my MPH capstone project on the integration of behavioral health within primary care.  In choosing a residency, I was looking for a place that excelled in integrated behavioral health, community health, and primary care innovation.  University of Colorado definitely met all these criteria!  Plus the extra bonus of easy access to beautiful mountains and hiking!  I have enjoyed my time at University of Colorado and love my co-residents.  In my free time, I love to hike, bike, craft, attempt to cook, practice yoga, do anything outside, and spend time with family and friends.


Pharmacy Residents

Cy Fixen.jpgMichael Kelly, Pharm. D
My name is Michael Kelly and I am one of PGY2 Ambulatory Care/Family Medicine pharmacy residents. I am originally from Michigan and attended pharmacy school at Virginia Commonwealth University. After obtaining my PharmD, I completed a PGY1 Ambulatory Care residency with the VCU School of Pharmacy. My pharmacy-related interests include cardiometabolic risk reduction, use of ambulatory blood pressure monitors, and improving clinical outcomes in underserved populations. After completing the PGY2 residency, I will seek a faculty position with a school of pharmacy as an assistant professor with a focus on ambulatory care. Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy most outdoor activities and am looking forward to all the opportunities that living in Colorado affords.

Danielle Rhyne.jpg Jessica Norman, Pharm. D
I was born and raised in Libertyville, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. I received my Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Wisconsin and completed my PGY1 residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. Following completion of PGY2, I hope to attain a position as a primary care clinical pharmacist. I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors, and am ecstatic I can continue to take advantage of the hiking, skiing, and camping available in the Denver area.
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Alvin Oung, Pharm. D
I am originally from Cherry Hill, NJ and received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS University in Boston, MA. I then ventured down south to complete my PGY1 residency with a focus in ambulatory care at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Now many miles west, I am eager to continue my PGY2 training at the University of Colorado and proud to be learning from a wealth of expert clinicians and leaders of the field. In my free time, you can find me hiking, running, skiing, playing basketball, or reading at local cafes – and though I often miss the ubiquity of sweet tea that I enjoyed in the south, I am more than excited to experience all the sights and activities that Colorado has to offer!
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Sara Wettergreen, Pharm. D
I grew up in Riverside, California and completed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree at South Dakota State University. After finishing pharmacy school, I moved to Houston, Texas to complete my first year of residency training at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. My professional areas of interest include ambulatory care and academia and I am excited to have the opportunity to gain additional experience in both of these areas as part of the University of Colorado residency. In my free time I enjoy exercising outdoors, spending time with friends, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen (especially sweet treats!).


​​Psychology Interns

Desire Taylor.jpgJennifer Carty, MA
Bio coming soon.