Child Neurology Residents
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)
Austin Baltensperger, MD
I was born in Colorado, but moved at a young age out to Texas where I spent considerable time including my undergraduate studies at Baylor University, medical school at Texas A&M, and pediatrics residency in San Antonio as an active duty member of the United States Air Force. I was fortunate enough to be granted by the military a civilian-sponsored training opportunity in child neurology, and my family and I happily returned to Colorado to pursue this next stage of our adventure. When I am not thinking about seizures and neuroanatomy, or even when I am, I love getting outdoors to enjoy anything and everything this beautiful state has to offer.
Alicia Henriquez, MD
I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the U.S when I was 15 years old. I studied microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and studied medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. I met my husband in medical school and we both moved to Colorado for residency right after we got married. I chose CU for residency because of the exposure to multiple sub-specialties, a diverse patient population, supportive environment, and location. I am interested and very involved in Global Health and I am pursuing a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine. I have two dogs that love the mountains as much as my husband and I do. I love to be outside, hike, travel, dance, and recently started climbing.
Gary Morris, MD
I come from Arizona, where I attended ASU (Go Devils!) for
undergrad, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix for
Medical School. I completed a full pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s
Hospital and then worked as a pediatric hospitalist for one year while my wife
finished her schooling. We then packed up our 3 kids and moved here to Colorado
to join the Child Neurology program! We have quickly grown to love this state
and all its beauty. The Children’s Hospital Colorado is a wonderful place, and
the Child Neurology program is supportive, friendly, and of course challenging
in all the right ways. We are looking forward to more as I will join the
Epilepsy fellowship here next year!
Elizabeth Tolar, MD
I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and spent my undergraduate and medical school years in Texas. I chose to come to CU for Child Neurology training due to the supportive atmosphere of the department, large catchment area for the hospital, and exposure to many subspecialties within Neurology. Since moving here, I have fallen in love with Colorado! My husband and I enjoy spending our time in the mountains – hiking, skiing, and exploring mountain towns. In Denver, we enjoy exploring the booming scene of hip restaurants and craft breweries! Next year, I will be staying on as faculty to do outpatient general neurology at the CHCO satellite facility in Highlands Ranch.
PGY4 (2nd year Child Neurology Residents)
Dylan Brock, MD
Ryan Kammeyer, MD
I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received my undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University before attending med school at Indiana University. The strong community within the CU Pediatrics program and the growing Global Neurology program are what drew me in to pursing residency here at Children’s.
I also saw the quickly growing hospital and the supportive, feedback-oriented programs as ideal for residents to shape our training to fit our interests and well-being. I hope to complete fellowship in Neuroimmunology after residency. My wife, son, and I enjoy hiking in the mountains, rock-climbing, spending time in Denver’s parks, and trying new restaurants and breweries.
Laurel McGarry, MD
I grew up in Idaho and moved to Colorado for medical school at the University of Colorado. Once I got to Denver I decided I never want to leave! When I'm not at the hospital hanging with my fabulous co-residents I enjoy exploring the mountains with my dog Lucy.
PGY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)
Matthew Hiller, MD
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up down the street in Baton Rouge. Colorado is my second move outside of Louisiana, the first being Austin, TX for my undergraduate at UT. I moved out here with my fiancé, who is a resident in Internal Medicine here at CU. We quickly acclimated to the culture of craft beer and outdoor adventures. When I am not in the hospital, I enjoy playing basketball and fishing. When the weather is bad (which is rare here!), I like to draw my own cartoons and comics.
Julie Nelson, MD
I was born in Indiana
and grew up in the Chicago area. I had studied Speech and Hearing and Spanish
at Indiana University, though I realized that my dream was to attend medical
school while working at a camp for children with special needs. I attended a
post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins after college and then worked in
sickle cell research for two years prior to going back to Indiana for medical
school. I was excited to come to CU because of the large catchment area,
exposure to multiple subspecialties, amount of patient diversity, and of course
location. I've had a great time living in Colorado and love going hiking,
exploring the city, and hanging out with my awesome co-residents.
Lynne Wood, MD
I’m a Colorado native and went to medical school here too. I love some of the stereotypical Colorado things like hiking, jogging and dogs, but I also love junk food and binge-watching Netflix. There are tons of things about the residency that have been fantastic so far. 1) The patients are wonderful and you get to see a ton of different pathology since we serve such a large area. 2) The faculty have been approachable and seem really enthusiastic about teaching. 3) Our program has been incredibly receptive to resident feedback and made many positive changes as a result. 4) My co-residents are fabulous doctors and really fun to be around. I’m really excited to be here and look forward to the rest of training.
PGY2 (2nd year Pediatrics Residents)
Elizabeth Ackley, MD
Danyelle Evans, MD
Tiffany Pointon, MD
PGY1 (1st year Pediatrics Residents)
Megan Abbott, MD
Emma Mazzio, MD
Scott Rosenthal, MD
Hannah Wellman, 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:
- Washington University, MO: NeuroMuscular Fellow
- Private Practice, MN: Pediatric Neurologist
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow
- Ann & Rober H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Pediatric Neurocritical Care Fellow
- Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, MN: Pediatric Neurologist
- Billings Clinic, Billings, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
- University of Colorado Denver - Faculty
- Kaiser Permanente , Los Angeles, CA: Faculty
- University of Wisconsin-Madison – Faculty
- University of Washington, Seattle – Faculty
- St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID: Staff Physician
- Oregon Health & Sciences University: Faculty
- The Children’s Hospital Southwest, Fort Meyers, FL: General Pediatric Neurologist
- Helen Devos Children’s Hospital: Faculty
- Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX: Child Neurologist, Epileptologist
- Dean Health Systems, Madison, WI: Pediatric Neurologist
- St. Judes, TN: Neuro Oncology Fellow
- Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Kalispell, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
- Providence Alaska Medical Center: Pediatric Neurologist
- University of Colorado Denver - Pallative Care Fellowship
- University of Colorado Denver - Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship