Child Neurology Residents
Front Row: Dorlyne Michelle Brchan, MD (PGY- 5); Elizabeth Halprin, MD (PGY-3); Melissa Wright, MD, PhD (PGY-4); Back Row: Daniel Gossett, MD (PGY-6) Timothy Leubert, MD (PGY - 3); Garnett Smith, MD (PGY - 4) Jan Luke, MD (PGY - 5) Not Pictured: Krista Eschbach, MD (PGY - 5); Lauren Treat, MD (PGY - 3); Erica Obara Youn, MD (PGY - 4)
Our residents are our program’s best feature! Although diverse in background and experience, they share a passion for continued improvement in patient care. Friendly and highly engaged in their learning experience, our residents create a very nurturing and trusting environment which fosters continued development.
As a categorical program, residents entering the program will complete the first two years in Pediatrics, followed by a third year rotation in Adult Neurology, and then the final two years in Child Neurology. Please see the Training & Curriculum tab for additional information on program specifics.
Led by our Director Dr. Timothy Bernard, our residents are heavily involved in providing input and shaping the development of the program. Our program currently accepts 3 residents per year and has a current total of 9 residents (PGY3-PGY5) in the program.
PGY5 (3rd year Child Neurology Residents)
Dorlyne Brchan, MD
I grew up in Riverside, California. I was always up for an adventure and elected to travel to New Orleans to earn my Biology degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. After that adventure I moved to Iowa where I attended Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. My love of outdoors, fitness and beautiful mountain scenery led me to apply to the strong Child Neurology Program at the University of Colorado. I have enjoyed my residency where I’ve had the chance to investigate Infantile Spasms. I got married earlier this year and now I’m a proud army wife. I have an adorable dog named Teddy who is always excited to see me when I get home. In my free time I enjoy baking, hosting/planning events, and enjoying beautiful outdoors.
Krista Eschbach, MD
I was born in Ohio but my moved to Colorado when only five years old. With the exception of a one year spent in Tasmania I haven’t lived outside of Colorado since moving here. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and then traveled to Denver to attend medical school at the University of Colorado. I was thrilled to stay at the University of Colorado for residency as I love the beautiful weather and the active lifestyle that it allows. I’ve enjoyed learning more about Epilepsy and Headache Quality Improvement through residency. My husband, two daughters Chloe (2 years old) and Alma (10 Months) and our dog Ella supported me throughout residency and I love spending my downtime with them. We often go on family bike rides on the hundreds of miles of beautiful trails around town. After residency I plan on continuing my Epilepsy education through a fellowship.
Jan Ludke, MD
I grew up in San Francisco, California where I always cheered for my Giants. I completed an undergraduate degree in Physiological Science with a minor in Spanish from UCLA. I moved to St. Louis to complete Medical School at St. Louis University School of Medicine. I selected the University of Colorado for residency due to the great mountain views you get while sitting at one of the local breweries. During residency I’m focusing on my love of education and Acute Flaccid Meyelitis. I also enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, our dog Boeing and two (Big) cats Ludacris & Notorious B.I.G. I am a sports enthusiast and love riding my bike, hiking, skiing, soccer and basketball. I’m currently on a quest to find the best brunch location in Denver.
PGY4 (2nd year Child Neurology Residents)
Garnett Smith, MD
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I traveled all the way to Provo, Utah where I earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Russian. I then moved to Cleveland, Ohio to attend Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. I was fortunate enough to end up at Colorado University which is the perfect size program for me and not too far from home. I’m focusing my research efforts on the computational network analysis applied toepileptic networks. When I’m not seeing patients at the hospital I enjoy spending quality family time with my wife and five kids. I’m trying to instill in them the love of sailing, waterskiing, Rock climbing and woodworking.
Melissa Wright, MD, PhD
I was born in Maryland but grew up in Virginia, just across the bridge from Washington D.C. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology from College of William and Mary. Seeking some better backdrops for my photography I headed to the University of Colorado for medical school and to earn my PhD. I enjoyed the scenery and the people so much that I was thrilled to match here for residency. My PhD research was investing the role of early electrical activity on development of motor and sensory neurons. As I resident I get to continue to focus on my research in Neuromuscular medicine and I look forward to pursuing a fellowship in this area as well.
Erica Youn, MD
I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. I moved to Canada to complete High School. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Psychology from the University of Toronto. I went to the University of Minnesota for medical school. My fiancé and I were fortunate enough to couples match at the University of Colorado. We liked Colorado due to its huge catchment area and the variety of outdoor activities. We were married during residency and gave birth to our first child. I have been focusing my research on Care coordination between general pediatrics and pediatric specialty care.
PGY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)
Lauren Treat, MD
Elizabeth Halperin, MD
Timothy Luebbert, MD
PGY2 (2nd year Pediatrics Residents)
Elizabeth Tolar, MD
Alicia Henriquez, MD
Vacant Position to be filled 2016
PGY1 (1st year Pediatrics Residents)
Dylan Brock, MD
Ryan Kammeyer, MD
Laurel McGarry, MD
Residents graduating from our program enjoy continued success in a variety of different areas, which include academic positions, continued educational advancement, and neurology practice. Child Neurology graduates are in high demand both in Colorado and around the country.
The following is a list of recent post-residency positions: