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University of Colorado Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Class of 2022


Amy Chambliss, MD

Hometown: Brookline, MA
Medical School: George Washington University, Washington DC
Internship: University of Colorado Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Salsa/bachata dancing (Denver has a pretty great scene!), eating brunch (and finding new brunch spots), picnicking, hiking, skiing, hanging out with my roommate and her cat, and traveling.
PM&R Interests: pediatric rehabilitation (and transition from pediatric to adult care), neurorehabilitation (SCI/TBI), and global health.
 
Class of 2021


Cristina Sarmiento, MD

Hometown: Solon, OH
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Internship: University of Colorado Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Hiking/running, hanging out with my pup, dancing, going to concerts, good food & craft beer
PM&R Interests: Pediatric rehab, especially working with kids with chronic disabilities & their families, and improving health care and access for people with disabilities


Samiran Bhattacharya, MD

Hometown: Littleon, Colorado
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internship: University of Maryland
Personal Interests: Biking, movies, chilling with my kittens Felix and Felicia, traveling with my wife and spending time with my family.
PM&R Interests: MSK, medical education, palliative


Matthew Harmon, MD

Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Medical School: Howard University
Internship: SUNY Upstate Internal Medicine
Personal Interests: Sports and fitness, nature, learning/using new skills like carpentry, woodworking. Spending time with family.
PM&R Interests: Sports, Spine, Ultrasound, Prosthetics/Orthotics and amputees. I'm sure I'll learn more soon!


Jacob Jeffers, MD

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University
Internship: St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO
Personal Interests: Anything to get outdoors including hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and skiing.
PM&R Interests: TBI, SCI, adaptive sports


Joseph Shivers

Hometown: Salem, OH
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Internship: Northwell Health—North Shore University Hospital / Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Personal Interests: Running, Comic strips
PM&R Interests: MSK, TBI, SCI, acupuncture


Vera Staley

Hometown: Denver, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Internship: St. Joseph Hospital Internal Medicine in Denver, CO
Personal Interests: running, cooking, breweries, hiking, ice cream, attending concerts (especially at Red Rocks!)
PM&R Interests: neurorehab, amputee, SCI, MSK...still figuring this one out!
 
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Class of 2020


Andrew Park, MD

Hometown: Romeoville, IL
Medical school: Rush Medical College - Chicago, IL
Internship: Rush Medical College - Chicago, IL
Personal Interests: Running, cooking, and hiking with my wife and dog.
PM&R interests: Inpatient Rehab, SCI - likely academic setting


Jordan Wyrwa, DO

Hometown: Flossmoor, IL
Medical school: Midwestern University
Internship: St. Joseph Hospital
Personal Interests: coffee and contemplation, fitness, mountain adventures, Nintendo, cooking
PM&R interests: MSK, inpatient rehab, EMG/NCS, manual medicine


Kyle Stoffers, MD

Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Medical school: University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Internship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami FL
Personal Interests: Rugby, Ping Pong, Bay Area sports teams, karaoke, exploring the world
PM&R interests: MSK, Spine, regenerative medicine, clinical nutrition, healthcare policy


Catherine G. Cooper, MD

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Medical school: University of Colorado
Internship: St. Joseph Hospital, Denver (General Surgery)
Personal Interests: Anything that gets me outside with my dog, Mabel, especially mountain biking, flyfishing and skiing. Additionally, I enjoy gardening, crosswords and spending time with my family.
PM&R interests: Spine, Sports, Ultrasound


Tyler Shirel, MD

Hometown: La Crosse, WI
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship: Medical College of Wisconsin
Personal Interests: Reading, hiking, running, snowboarding, Harry Potter
PM&R interests: Sports/Spine, TBI​
Class of 2019


Dustin Anderson, MD

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship: Medical College of Wisconsin
Personal Interests: Soccer, hiking, craft beer, value investing, poetry & creative writing.
PM&R interests: will be updated.


Johnathon Blake, MD

Hometown: Parsons, KS
Medical school: University of Kansas
Internship: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Personal Interests: Triathlons, hiking (especially 14ers), Jayhawk basketball, IPA's, family time, and my two dogs, Dakota and Pepper.
PM&R interests: Sideline sports coverage. MSK. Peripheral joint injections.


Taron Davis, MD (Combined Peds/Rehab)

Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Medical school: Saint Louis University
Internship: University of Colorado - Pediatrics
Personal Interests: I love that there is no shortage of outside activities in which to participate here in Denver. Whether hiking, biking, or having a group hang in one of the many parks around the city. First Fridays and jazz in the park are particular favorites. I also enjoy trying out all the new taste and flavors Denver has to offer; restaurants, tap rooms, and breweries are abundant and a constant joy to discover.
PM&R interests: My interest in Pediatric Rehab are around neuromuscular and movement disorders.


Bradley Gale, MD

Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Medical school: Michigan State University
Internship: George Washington University
Personal Interests: Skiing, hiking, biking, running, all the fun active stuff Colorado has to offer! Traveling and exploring new places with my partner. Good food and drinks with friends, sci-fi books and movies.
PM&R interests: Sports and MSK, Spinal intervention, EMGs, Ultrasound


Alexandra Garnett, MD

Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Medical school: University of Chicago
Internship: Kaiser Santa Clara
Personal Interests: Like most people in Denver, I love being outside all year round! I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and running -- in the winter its skiing and snowshoeing. My other interests include traveling the world, listening to audiobooks/podcasts, and baking things with way too much butter and sugar.
PM&R interests: General Inpatient Rehab, Spinal Cord Injury


Blake Kandah, MD

Hometown: Northville, MI
Medical school: George Washington University
Internship: University of Illinois at Chicago
Personal Interests: hiking, backpacking, travel, guitar, piano, movies, Michigan/Detroit sports
PM&R interests- Spine, MSK​