Kenny Herring, MD- UH Track
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
I grew up in beautiful Greenville, SC at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains before heading off to undergrad at Clemson University (where my blood turned orange). After graduation, I moved to Charlotte, NC for an opportunity with Teach For America and ended up teaching high school chemistry there for three years. I then moved across the state to attend medical school at the University of North Carolina, where I found my home in family medicine. During my time in medical school, I helped lead a nutrition program for area elementary students, worked with a pipeline program to expose underserved high school students to opportunities within health care, and established a FMIG in Charlotte with a classmate. When I interviewed at the University of Colorado Family Medicine program, I truly felt at home—the residents and faculty were incredible, and I knew the training would foster my passions within family medicine.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy great food, good breweries, movie nights, and backpacking. I am excited to explore all that Denver and Colorado have to offer with my wife and our dog, and I hope to knock out a handful of fourteeners and pick up snowshoeing during residency.
Morgan Hungenberg, DO- Rural Track
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
I am a native of Colorado, being raised in Greeley for most of my life. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Denver. For medical school, I attended A. T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. I loved living in Arizona and working in rural areas in the northern part of the state with several diverse groups of Native American populations. Though Arizona is an amazing state, I am very excited to return to Colorado! I first became interested in rural medicine when doing research exploring how to retain physicians in rural Colorado between my first and second years of medical school. One of the communities involved in the study just happened to be Fort Morgan. I feel like I already know the community and how the great the people are. I can’t wait to practice and live in Fort Morgan as a family medicine resident and physician. As a Colorado girl, I love everything about the state from the mountains to the plains. When I am not working, I enjoy horseback riding, reading about historical events, and of course watching the Denver Broncos!
Naomi Malam, MD, MSPH- UH Track
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hello! I am a Colorado transplant and thrilled to be out in the wild wild west for residency. I grew up in Massachusetts, but ventured south for college at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where I studied public health, international development, and French. I stuck around to complete a Master of Science of Public Health in Tropical Medicine & Parasitology before returning home for medical school at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA! I was elated to match in Denver with my boyfriend, RJ Luraschi, who is starting in the pediatrics program here. I fell in love with family medicine after working with homeless, immigrant, and otherwise marginalized populations and seeing how powerful robust primary care can be for those populations. I'm also very interested in addiction medicine and palliative care. In my free time, I love to hike, practice yoga, cook, travel (especially road trips!), and spend time with family, friends, and my cat, Chip!
Alisa Malki, MD- UH Track
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
I was born and raised in Redlands, California and I am so excited to be in sunny Denver in this incredible program for residency! I received my undergraduate degree in International Development Studies from UCLA and did a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Johns Hopkins University. Before starting medical school, I did HIV research at UCSF in San Francisco and in Uganda. I graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC in the Global Health track and have now officially moved across the country 3.5 times. Within healthcare, I have a strong interest in global health, preventive medicine, and health advocacy. When I am not in the hospital or clinic, I enjoy learning how to ride my new tandem bike with my husband and attempting to hike in altitude. I also love all things food-related like cooking and exploring Denver’s food (read: ice cream) scene. I am thrilled to be a part of University of Colorado’s program because of the passionate, kind, and interesting people and the program’s focus on making primary care better for everyone.
Anita Mathews, MD, MPH
- DH Track
Tufts University School of Medicine
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, I am proud to come from a family of compassionate physicians who taught me early on that there is no greater privilege than to be fully invested in giving back to my community. I attended college at Brown University, where those family values merged with a passion for social justice and health equity. Before starting medical school, I worked as a health policy fellow in Washington, D.C. on issues of food insecurity and women’s health. I then received my medical and public health degrees from Tufts University, which fueled my drive to become a family physician caring for the underserved. My first visit to Colorado was for my interview at UCFMR, where I was delighted to find a group of residents, faculty, and staff who were devoted to championing comprehensive primary care. As part of the Denver Health track, I am eager to develop the skills not only to address my patients’ complex medical needs, but to attend to the social determinants of their health. I knew that this program would also prepare me to grow as a clinical educator and push for progress in our health care system. I strive to promote wellness not only for patients, but for providers as well, and fully believe that balance and gratitude are essential in the practice of medicine. In my free time you can find me cooking and baking with friends, painting, exploring coffee shops and restaurants, and taking in the Denver sunshine.
Cristina Rabaza, MD-UH Track
University of Florida College of Medicine
I’m Cristi Rabaza, and I am so excited to be training in Family Medicine at UCDenver! I was born and raised in Miami with a huge Cuban family and then headed 5 hours north for college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where I majored in Journalism. I loved it so much that I stayed there for medical school, where I spent a lot of time in learning about health equity and patient literacy, especially among Spanish-speaking patients, both locally in the college’s mobile bus clinic system, as well as globally, by participating in and leading our short-term medical outreach trip to the Dominican Republic during my first three years. It was my interest in patient-centered care and practice innovation that attracted me to UCDenver’s Family Medicine program in the first place, and working alongside a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about primary care tells me I made the right choice! In my free time I enjoy weightlifting and riding my road bike. I’m excited to explore Colorado’s great outdoors as well as its many indoor breweries!
Nathan Schenkman, MD-Rural Track
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
I am very excited to be settling in Colorado and being part of the first rural track class in Fort Morgan! I am from North Carolina originally where I grew up in a wooded area just outside of Durham. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I pursued my interests in foreign language and I followed this with several years of teaching high school Spanish. It was through travel and volunteer work in Peru that I became interested in medicine, and I have returned regularly to a remote clinic in the Peruvian Amazon numerous times to volunteer both before and during medical school. I attended medical school at the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, a school with a focus on community medicine. I chose family practice because I particularly like working with patients of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Beyond that I have special interests in global medicine, preventative medicine and obstetrics. In my free time I enjoy hiking near my home, running river rapids in an inflatable kayak, and gardening and fishing.
Morgan Schiller, MD- DH Track
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
A Pacific Northwest native and recent Midwestern transplant, I am thrilled to have landed at CU Denver! I grew up in the beautiful and eclectic (if wet) city of Portland and went to college at Western Washington University, where I studied biochemistry and Spanish and performed materials science research on biocompatible electrodes. Just after graduation, I married my high school sweet heart and we headed east for me to start medical school at Saint Louis University. During med school, I followed my passion for providing primary care to the underserved and improving community health: as a clinic volunteer and patient navigator, teaching pre-conception health, and establishing a free vaccine program at St. Louis’ low-cost Spanish-language clinic. I’m confident that the Denver Health track will give me the opportunity to provide high quality care to a diverse group of under-served patients both in the hospital and in clinic. This experience, combined with the teaching and resources at CU, will prepare me for a career practicing primary care medicine at a safety-net clinic and doing public health advocacy. In my free time, I enjoy low-key outdoor adventures like hiking, canoeing, and camping. I can also be found singing around my house or with friends and hanging out with my husband, my friends, and my adorable dog and cat.
Stephen Spadafore, MD- UH Track
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
I was born in Michigan and have lived there my whole life. I am incredibly excited to move out to Denver and experience the mountains and sunshine! I got my undergrad degree from the University of Michigan and my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. I’m thrilled to have matched with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency and look forward to training in an academic, innovative, collaborative environment. My clinical interests include full spectrum family medicine, sports medicine, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Outside of medicine, I enjoy almost any kind of sport, hiking, camping, hunting, craft beer, and spending time with my friends and family. Most importantly, I am blessed to share my life with my wonderful wife, Chelsea.
Jeff Utter, MD- UH Track
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Hi! I come from the state of Kansas, having lived in Kansas or Missouri most of my life. I obtained a B.S. in Microbiology, B.A. in Latin American Studies and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas – also where I met my awesome wife, Heather. More recently, I finished medical school at the University of Arizona – Tucson in the lovely Sonoran Desert. I have experience in a variety of research settings, from virology to public health. I was also deployed as an Army medic attached to a combat support hospital outside of Tikrit, Iraq in 2007. My medical interests include providing healthcare for Native American and refugee populations, addiction medicine and point-of-care ultrasound. In my free time, I like to spend time with my wife and our little Chihuahua, play guitar, make attempts at exotic cooking, among a number of other outdoor- and event-related activities. I am very excited and grateful to be a part of such an excellent family medicine residency program and look forward to providing my best care for our patients and developing into the best physician possible throughout the course of my training.
John Weeks, MD- UH Track
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
I've been a Virginia boy for most of my life but am thrilled to be able to come out and do my residency in Colorado! I studied at the college of William and Mary in Virginia, getting a degree in Neuroscience. I worked for four years as an interpreter and health promotor for migrant farm workers on the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia before coming back to study at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I received my medical training. Stemming from my prior work with farm workers, I take great pleasure in working with underserved and Spanish speaking patients. I also enjoy sports medicine and procedures. I was very excited to come out to Colorado to enjoy the great hiking, mountain biking, and snow sports that the Rockies have to offer. I also enjoy playing soccer and basketball with friends. I'm excited to join the team and look forward to taking care of patients!
Alicia Wong, MD, MPH- DH Track
Boston University School of Medicine
I grew up in the beautiful coastal town of Westport, Connecticut, and am so excited to be out here for residency. I completed undergrad at Bowdoin College in Maine (GoUBears!), where I studied sociology and chemistry. After graduation, I moved to Boston to do health services research at Massachusetts General Hospital in The John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation. My projects included being on the CAHPS Quality Improvement Team for the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality; helping to open MGH’s Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF); and studying how safety net practices improve their patient experience of care. During those formative years, I had amazing colleagues who were inspiring clinician-researchers, and I ultimately decided to pursue an MPH and MD at Boston University. While in grad school, I helped the APF apply for PCMH Level 3 accreditation, worked with BU's Family Medicine Department to create a QI curriculum for medical students, and interned at the Center for Child & Adolescent Health Research and Policy to study health-related quality of life amongst adolescent and young adult tumor survivors. I chose the University of Colorado because of its dedication to teaching, the diversity of its clinical sites, and the ability to have continuity clinic at an FQHC. More importantly, the residents I met on my interview day seemed genuinely happy and told me that they felt well supported. My interests in medicine include care for people with disabilities/complex conditions, transitions of care, QI, patient safety, health informatics, and medical education. In my free time, I love to play the piano, hike/run, do yoga, cheer for Boston sports teams, visit the botanical gardens, and spend as much time as I can with family and friends.
Henry 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.
Troy 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.
Hannah 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.
Harriet Huang, MD - DH Track, Chief Resident
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!).
Seth Mathern, MD - UH Track, Chief Resident
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.
Kerry "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!
Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH - UH Track, Chief Resident
University of North Carolina 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.
Susan Piggott, MD, MPH - UH Track, Chief Resident
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-effectiveness, 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, which are some of my favorite activates. Colorado is turning out to be the perfect program for us!
Sarah 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.
Lauren Bull, MD - DH TrackUniversity of Oklahoma College of MedicineHey everyone! Congrats on your interest in Family Medicine! I hail from the great state of Oklahoma, which I moved to after spending my first year of life in the beautiful Mosel area of Germany (Air Force family). At a young age, I developed an interest in global poverty and injustice (strange child, I know!) and those interests did not go away. I pursued my undergrad degree at the University of Tulsa majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish with several sociology courses thrown in the mix. I had the immense opportunity to spend a semester abroad in the ever-lovely Quito, Ecuador my sophomore year, honing my Spanish skills and learning about Latin America sociology and politics. From there I entered medical school at the University of Oklahoma with interests in public/global health and chose to participate in our unique branch site in Tulsa know as the OU School of Community Medicine. This track allowed me to enhance my medical training with specific didactics on social determinants of health and the opportunity to longitudinally manage my own panel of uninsured patients during my third year.So when it came time to apply to residency programs, I knew I wanted a program that focused on community/social medicine, that provided excellent training, and that offered the opportunity to work with patients of globally diverse backgrounds. After doing a sub-I with UCFMR's Lowry clinic through their Denver Health track, I knew I needn't look any further - I had found everything I was looking for and more! This program is truly incredible and I feel so fortunate to be part of it. A few things I'm particularly excited about at UCFMR: 1) Our incredible, passionate faculty 2) My amazing, bright, inspiring co-residents! 3) Denver Health's Lowry clinic where I have the opportunity to work with primarily refugee/immigrant patients from around the world and grow in global health/cultural knowledge without leaving the state 4) The chance to train in an FQHC within a premiere safety-net hospital system 5) An intentional focus on policy and advocacy 6) A meaningful emphasis on personal wellness with monthly intern wellness sessions and didactic slots dedicated to wellness activates 7) The amazing mountains of Colorado and all the incredible things they offer!In summary, UCFMR is not only a highly respected, innovative program, but also somewhere you will become part of a larger family and truly feel at home. I found my niche at this program and I hope you do too! Please feel free to email me with any questions. My interests in and outside of medicine include: community medicine, public health, global health, prevention, women's health, food insecurity, refugee health, hiking, skiing, camping, film, music, baking, reading and hanging out with my hilarious nieces.
Stephanie Eldred, MD - UH Track
University of Michigan Medical School
Kyle Leggott, MD - UH TrackUniversity of New Mexico School of MedicineHello, I am a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. I went to undergraduate at Tufts University where I played four years of collegiate football and majored in BioPsychology. I was able to return home to attend Medical School at the University of New Mexico. During medical school I became interested in issues of interprofessionalism, diversity and equity, and community engagement. My interests within Family Medicine include academia, health policy, behavioral health changes, and the prevention of chronic illnesses that stem from lifestyle and social determinants of health.The Southwest is home for me and I am incredibly happy to be here at UCFMR and in Denver. I grew up surrounded by mountains and the Mile High City is perfect for me. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outdoors, and hiking and walking with my dog in the mountains. If I could, I would read a new fantasy or science fiction novel every weekend. I also enjoy skiing, traveling to our National Parks, and trying new restaurants.
I am originally from the beautiful state of Alaska and grew up in the mountains! My childhood was spent outside hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and much more. I was also fortunate enough to spend 6 years living in Jakarta, Indonesia and traveling the world! For college I left Alaska and went to Pennsylvania State University where I got a BS degree in Kinesiology. My passion for traveling and under-resourced populations grew during college as I went on a variety of medical and public health trips to South America. It was from these trips and my love of physiology that I slowly made my way to medicine and developed an interest in public health. After undergraduate I went back to Alaska and worked as a medical assistant. I also spent some time traveling (you could say I am an enthusiast) and backpacking around Europe and South America. For medical school I once again forged a new path and made my way to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the University of Michigan Medical School. Throughout my training I furthered my passion for public health and global health. I fell in love with Family Medicine and the type of care that it provides to its patients. I was impressed at how connected family medicine physicians can become to their patients and the differences they were able to make in their patient's lives. It was apparent as I began to look at residency programs that the University of Colorado was the perfect place for me to continue my training. My interests in family medicine include public health, adolescent health, global health, medical education, and under-resourced communities to name a f
ew. In my free time I enjoy baking desserts, listening to music in the park, biking, fishing, and doing all things outdoors! I cannot wait to explore the mountains of Colorado and all that it has to offer!Lindsey Kolar, MD - UH TrackUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolHello! Congratulations on your decision to join the wonderful field of family medicine! I grew up in a small college town in Southern Illinois and was a competitive swimmer all of my life. I left home to swim at the collegiate level for Eastern Michigan University, and while my original plan was to study ecology, I soon discovered that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. I was fortunate enough to gain my medical degree at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and it was there that I fell in love with the practice of primary care. I am particularly interested in adolescent and LGBTQ health, mental health, and sports medicine. The University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency is a true champion of integrated healthcare. Here we work alongside many skilled providers, including behavioral health specialists, social workers, pharmacists, care managers, nurses, and medical assistants to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for our patients. I am also passionate about physician wellness, and what better place for me to be than Denver - where I have easy access to skiing, hiking, rafting, fine-dinning, a plethora of craft breweries, and endless arts and entertainment! I am beyond excited to spend the next three years training at a program that is at the forefront of primary care innovation, alongside such inspiring and supportive peers and mentors!
Emily Lines, MD - UH Track
Stanford University School of Medicine
Hello - I'm thrilled to be practicing Family Medicine here in Denver! I'm originally from Missouri and went to college at the University of Chicago. From there, I headed west to attend medical school at Stanford where I developed a love for Family Medicine. My academic interests include medical education, reflective practice and mindfulness, and physician wellness. Clinically, I'm excited about both urban and rural underserved medicine and see many similarities between the two - I'm interested in working with chronic disease and high utilizers, but I'm also interested in figuring out how we prevent those things. I believe that our populations with the poorest access to quality health care are the best place to start to improve the health of our communities. From preventing drug abuse and development of diabetes to promoting sexual wellness, LGBTQ and adolescent health, as well as personal wellness, Family Medicine has the right tools to serve all sorts of communities. Aside from these interests, in my spare time I love to be outside rock climbing, mountaineering, cycling, trail running, and wobbling around on skis (I have to learn! It's Colorado!)
Logan Mims, MD - UH Track
University of Colorado School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Gainesville, FL - Go Gators - but after coming to beautiful Colorado for medical school, I hope to never leave. My journey through medical school has exposed me to many areas of medical practice, including those (OB, sports medicine, adolescent care) that I have strong interest in weaving into my own practice. I believe in the merits of educating a patient to be in charge of their health practices, and helping them develop realistic goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Prior to medical school, I spent time volunteering in Belize, Haiti, and Peru. I'd like to believe that my interests in third world medical care, and in educating/motivating patients to develop and commit to healthy life practices, was largely responsible for me being a National Health Service Corps Scholarship Recipient. I am also an advisory group leader within FMAHealth (fmahealth.org), committed and eager to advocate for family medicine core values.
Non-medical hobbies include exploring the outdoors (hello Colorado!), photography, puppy playtime, laughing with friends and family, and teaching group fitness (Zumba, Body Combat, Body Pump, hip hop, etc.)!!
Melissa Neuman, MD - UH Track
Wayne State University School of MedicineThank you for checking out the University of Colorado FMR! A little about myself - I am originally from the great state of Michigan and went to the University of Michigan for undergrad - Go Blue! After spending some time in Park City, UT and falling in love with the mountains, I made my way back to Michigan to attend Wayne State University for medical school. My interests include lifestyle coaching as a pillar of primary care, behavioral health, integrative medicine, and wilderness medicine. When looking for a residency program, I was searching for a place where I felt the balance of intensive training, but also a warm, tight-knit community. AF Williams Family Medicine clinic is an amazing place to be working during this primary care revolution. Our innovative practice allows holistic patient care by utilizing behavioral health, pharmacists, social workers, and care managers all in one clinic. I also wanted to be in a location that allowed me to get outdoors and explore during my time off. UCFMR fit everything I was looking for. You will not meet a more down-to-earth, committed to helping you learn, supportive group. As a bonus, you can spend your days off hiking, skiing, checking out the amazing Denver parks, and going to the best music venue ever - Red Rocks. I you have any questions for me I would love to talk with you.
Brigitte Utter, MD, MPH, MSW - DH Track
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Greetings! I was born and raised in Evanston, IL (where my wonderful parents still live) and completed my undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont. After college, I worked at a summer camp (as a waterskiing instructor, excellent job), restaurant, and hospital (as a nurse assistant) before completing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Chicago. Social Work training gave me a solid clinical foundation and reinforced my interest in working on social justice issues in health. I decided to apply to medical school and completed my MD/MPH at the University of Miami in Florida. When applying for a family medicine residency, I sought a program where I could train at a Federally Qualified Health Center and safety net hospital. I was also interested in joining an academic environment that would allow me to pursue some of my non-clinical interests in medicine. I was therefore thrilled to match into the Denver Health track, which meets all these aims and then some! My professional interests include community health, reducing health disparities, the use of research as a tool for social change, public health, health policy, global women's health, and geriatrics. I moved to Denver with my husband and young son and we are very excited to explore all that Denver and Colorado have to offer.
Allyson Westling, MD, MPH - DH Track
Tufts University School of Medicine
I am beyond thrilled to begin my medical career in the great state of Colorado! I grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota (oh yeah, you betcha!) before venturing to Chicago, Illinois, for my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University (Go Cats!). After college, I become a program coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency in Chicago. I then jumped over to Boston, Massachusetts, to pursue a combined MD and MPH degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. During medical school, I interned at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and worked on refugee mental health screening policy. My MPH research thesis explored household medication behaviors and their relationship to adolescent substance abuse.
My medical and public health interests are vast and include refugee and immigrant health, adolescent medicine, women's health, obstetrics, and health care systems management. Choosing to train with the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program was a natural next step in my career development. I believe very strongly in the model of full-spectrum, comprehensive primary care, and look forward to teaming with a fabulous cohort of faculty, support staff, and co-residents as we strive to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families.
When not in clinic or the hospital, you will find me running along the many paths around Denver, hiking or skiing the beautiful Rockies, or tucked away at a local coffee shop with a good book in hand.
Jessica Zha, MD, MPH - DH Track
Raymond & Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
My name is Jess and I am from a lot of places! Born in a small town in China, I moved with my family to the US when I was little, and have since found home in many wonderful and interesting cities, including DC, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia. Not surprisingly, cities are one of my passions--I love urban spaces and the stories and people that fill them. My other interests include rocks and ethics, and so, I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in earth science and philosophy. After college, I spent some time working in the Baltimore and MPLS communities on food justice and public health programs, before going to the University of Pennsylvania for my MD/MPH. One of the most important events in my life is learning about family medicine, and I now feel very lucky to be in the Denver Health track of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program, where I get to live out all of my desperate passions (including rocks, yay mountains!) I am excited to learn about the urban communities of Denver, and build supportive and equitable partnerships with them as a medical provider. I'm also interested in advocacy related to food policy and built environment. I think physicians hold tremendous power in communities and I look forward to channeling that power toward amplifying the voices and honoring the dignity of those with less privilege. Lastly, I can't wait to spread excitement about primary care and family medicine to future generations of medical providers, and help promote the growth of a community-centered health care workforce!
Kaile Ross, MA
I am excited to be working as a psychology intern at UC Denver in the Department of Family Medicine! I grew up in Massachusetts in a big family (8 siblings!) and completed my undergraduate as a psychology major at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. I have dual interests in research and clinical work with a focus on management of chronic illnesses and behavioral health. I’ve worked on a variety of clinical research trials at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as well as the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Colorado to complete a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. I’ve lived in Colorado for 6 years and love it! From hiking, to skiing, to snowshoeing, to trail running, I continue to enjoy the Rocky Mountains with my husband and dog. This year I’m also looking forward to starting a family (baby due in October!) and finishing my dissertation.
Rachel Vanderkruik, MPH
I am from Massachusetts and grew up outside of the Boston area. I stayed in New England for college, attending Bowdoin College in Maine. Afterwards, I moved to Boston and joined the Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Here, I worked as a Research Coordinator on several projects focused on postpartum depression and the treatment of bipolar disorder during pregnancy and postpartum. Before moving to Colorado, I worked as an Analyst in the Department of Applied Research and Evaluation at National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) in Boston, MA. I received my Masters in Public Health from Harvard University where I concentrated in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) as well as Obesity Prevention and Epidemiology. I am currently starting my 4th as a PhD Student in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder, and my focus area is on increasing access to mental health services for women during pregnancy/postpartum and for people with health conditions. I'm thrilled to be joining the Behavioral Health team at AF Williams for a 1-year externship program! In my free time, I like to hike, run, play soccer and explore Colorado.
Aimee Zisner, MSc
Having grown up in Los Angeles, I feel right at home here in sunny and scenic Denver, CO. I received my undergraduate degree in neuroscience and psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. After graduating, I decided to spread my academic wings, so to speak, and completed a Master’s Degree in neuroscience from Oxford University. I am now finishing up my PhD in clinical psychology from the Ohio State University, where I study comorbidity among mental health disorders from genetic, biological, and psychological perspectives. I am thrilled to be completing my predoctoral internship through the Anschutz School of Medicine, where I am continuing to develop my clinical skills in integrated primary care. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, preparing delicious vegetarian food, and spending time with my sweet and wonderfully lazy dog, Naya.
Ian Hatlee, PharmD- FM Track
Ian grew up in a small town name Horseheads in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Slippery Rock University in Western Pennsylvania, and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. After pharmacy school, he stayed on with the LECOM-affiliated, Millcreek Community Hospital to complete his PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. He is thrilled to have made the long journey out West and is determined to learn as much as possible from the clinical pharmacy specialists and leaders at the University of Colorado. His professional interests include diabetes management, population health, and academia. In his spare time he enjoys working out, playing recreational sports such as soccer and basketball, golfing, and spending time with his girlfriend and pug named Rex. He is looking forward to experiencing 300 days of Colorado sunshine!
Emanuela Mooney, PharmD- FQHC Track
Manny grew up in Romania and she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University. After pharmacy school, she moved to Denver to complete the Albertsons Companies/Regis University PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency. She looks forward to staying in Denver for another year and being one of the Ambulatory Care PGY2 residents in the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) track. Her main professional areas of interest include chronic disease management and academia. Outside of pharmacy, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, golfing and snowboarding.
Scott Pearson, PharmD- FM Track
Scott is from St. Paul, MN. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Society and Environment at the University of Minnesota before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his Doctor of Pharmacy. He then completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. His professional interests include primary care, cardiology, transitions of care and academia. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan and plays soccer, basketball and tennis in his spare time. He also enjoys going to concerts, traveling and exploring the Colorado outdoors.
Julianna Rivich, PharmD- FQHC Track
Julianna grew up in Michigan City, Indiana and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Purdue University. After pharmacy school, she moved to Colorado to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the Denver VA Hospital. She is beyond excited to continue her career as a PGY2 in the ambulatory care setting with a deserving patient population through the FQHC Track. Her professional interests include ambulatory care, mental health, and geriatrics. In her free time, Julianna enjoys hiking, camping, running, skiing, trying new recipes, and spending time with friends and family.