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)
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.
PGY4 (2nd year Child Neurology Residents)
Elizabeth Halperin, MD
Timothy Luebbert, MD
Lauren Treat, MD
PGY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)GY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)
Austin Baltensperger, MD
Alicia Henriquez, MD
Gary Morris, MD
Elizabeth Tolar, MD
PGY2 (2nd year Pediatrics Residents)
Dylan Brock, MD
Ryan Kammeyer, MD
Laurel McGarry, MD
PGY1 (1st year Pediatrics Residents)
Matthew Hiller, MD
Julie Nelson, MD
Elizabeth Woodlizabeth Wood, 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: