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
I was born in the Bronx, New York. I grew up in a small town just outside of New Haven, CT as one of four kids. I went to college at Tufts University in Medford, MA and then spent a few years living and working in Boston before I decided that I wanted to go to medical school. I went to medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. I chose the University of Colorado for residency because of the quality of patient care, presence of a large children’s hospital with broad clinical exposure, and of course proximity to the mountains! I’m focusing my research endeavors on Spinal Muscular Atrophy. When I have a chance to get out of the hospital I basically enjoy anything outdoors. I learned how to ski as soon as I started standing on my own and I’m spoiled by all of the mountains nearby. I also like waterskiing in the summer! Most days off I spend hiking, camping, or obsessing over my dog. I also enjoy doing as much traveling as I can all over the world. In August I got married in the best place imaginable, the mountains.
Timothy Luebbert, MD
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. I earned my BS is Science Pre-professional Studies/Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. I returned to Colorado to complete medical school. I chose to remain at CU for residency because of the encouraging, talented faculty, the exposure to common and uncommon neurologic disorders, research possibilities, the excellent pediatrics training, the emphasis on training autonomous and confident residents, and for the vision of the neurology administration. My research is currently in neurogenetics, specifically ATP1A3, channelopathies, genetic causes of intellectual disability, chromothripsis. I love to decompress with my wife, three children, and two dogs. We enjoy the outdoors and I can’t wait to teach my children how to fly fish. Hopefully the Colorado Avalanche will be in the playoffs by then.
Lauren Treat, MD
I grew up in Littleton, Colorado before moving to the Pacific Northwest for several years. I attended The University of Puget Sound where I earned my BA in Psychology, with minors in Chemistry and French. I lived in Portland, OR for a while before moving to Minnesota to attend medical school at the world-famous Mayo Clinic. I was thrilled to move back to Colorado for residency to be near family and to train in a supportive, engaging and talented child neurology community. I’m currently exploring neuro-palliative care as a career interest and working to provide more holistic and anticipatory care to medically-complex patients and their families. During my down time, I enjoy live music and being in, on, or near the water with my husband and two beautiful children.
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: