Alexander 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.
Seth 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.
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!
Susan 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-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!
Lauren Bull, MD - DH TrackUniversity of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Hey 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
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 few. 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 School
Hello! 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!Kyle Leggott, MD - UH TrackUniversity of New Mexico School of Medicine
Hello, 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.
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 Medicine
Thank 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 - DH Track
Raymond & Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Bio coming soon