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Southwest Illinois Residency Faculty

Benjamin Beggs

Benjamin Beggs, M.D. (Class of 2020)

Cardiology, Community & Industrial Medicine, Medicine/Surgical Selectives

Benjamin Carl Beggs, M.D., is an attending physician and faculty member at the Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency (SLU FMR). Dr. Beggs graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Chemistry. He completed medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at SLU FMR. Dr. Beggs hopes to continually learn and grow with patients, find ways to strengthen the patient-physician relationship, and cultivate residency education at SLU FMR. When not at the residency, he enjoys outdoor cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


Catie Coble

Capt. Katie Coble, M.D.

Gynecology, Nursery, Obstetrics


Noah Cooperstein

Capt. Noah Cooperstein, M.D. (Class of 2019)

Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, PGY3 Support Group
The Faculty for Equity and Diversity ("The FED")

Noah Cooperstein, M.D., is a full-time faculty member at Saint Louis University Southwest Illinois Family Medicine Residency. In his previous lives, he has worked as a bike shop mechanic, a ski instructor, an English teacher, a bartender, and a paramedic. His interests in medicine include the clinical reasoning process, the social determinants of health and cross-cultural care, inpatient medicine, and issues related to men’s health. He is also a practitioner of medical acupuncture. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM. He currently lives in Fairview Heights, IL, with his wife and two children. 


Jennifer Dunn

Maj. Jennifer Dunn, M.D. (Class of 2016)

Dermatology, Geriatrics

Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency graduate. Class of 2016.


Jennifer Farrell

Capt. Jennifer Farrell, D.O. (Class of 2019)

FMIS, Procedures, Surgery (2021-2022)

Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency graduate. Class of 2019.


Jason Forquer

Maj. Jason Forquer, L.C.S.W.

Behavioral Medicine, Wellness Pod B

Maj. Jason Forquer, LCSW, is originally from Glendale, Arizona. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Global Business/Human Resource Management from Arizona State University and continued his education to receive his Master of Social Work within his alma matter. Currently, Maj Forquer serves as the Behavioral Science Faculty, where he is responsible for co-teaching the behavioral health curriculum for the Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency. He also works to ensure good mental health and wellness of the residents. As a single father, Maj. Forquer prioritizes spending time with his children during his spare time to remain relevant in their lives. He also writes and plays music, and enjoys flying on flight simulators.


Julie Freilino

Col. Julie Freilino, M.D.

Ambulatory Medicine/Clinic

Military Program Director.


Breanna Gawrys

Maj. Breanna Gawrys, D.O.

Gynecology, Nursery, Obstetrics

Maj. Gawrys was raised in Florida, trained at Duke University for undergraduate studies in psychology, and attended medical school at LECOM-Bradenton.  She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the National Capital Region in 2016 and went on to a High-Risk Maternity Care OB Fellowship at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California, which she completed in 2017.  She has been serving as faculty at SLU FMR since Fall of 2017, where her main focuses are maternity and newborn care, OMT, and acupuncture. Maj Gawrys also serves as the AF/SG Acupuncture Consultant. Her hobbies include running, swimming, yoga, crossfit, hiking, making vegan food, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and two dogs. 


Marjorie Guthrie

Marjorie Guthrie, M.D. (Class of 2005)

Core Month, Electives, PGY1 Support Group

Marjorie Guthrie, M.D., earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Knox College. She completed her medical education at the Rush University Medical College before coming to Southwest Illinois Family Medicine Residency to complete her family medicine residency. After graduation she stayed on as faculty and progressed in leadership to Associate Program Director and then became Program Director in 2013.  As a faculty member, Dr. Guthrie’s clinical interests include broad-spectrum family medicine practice, Women’s health, Obstetrics, and mental health. She is passionate about resident wellness and encouraging residents to be the best version of themselves. When not at the residency, Dr. Guthrie spends time cheering on her three children, along with her husband, at youth sporting events, hiking, traveling or reading a good book.


Chris Herndon

Chris Herndon, Pharm.D.

Chris Herndon, Pharm.D., BCACP, FASHP, FCCP is a Professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy and Associate Clinical Professor with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain and opioid use disorder patients within the Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Herndon’s scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education, and he is the Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE. Dr. Herndon is a past president for the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists. He is the 2006 recipient of the “Pain Champion Award” from the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, the 2012 recipient of the “Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award” from the American Society of Pain Educators, the 2016 “Pharmacist of the Year” from the Illinois Pharmacist’s Association, and the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.


Michael Kim

Maj. Michael Kim, M.D

PGY2 Support Group, Research/EBM

Maj. Michael Kim, M.D., FAAFP, is family medicine faculty at the Saint Louis University Southwest Illinois Family Medicine Residency Program, Scott Air Force Base, IL; an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; an adjunct faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, O'Fallon, IL; and a staff physician at the Health Sisters Hospital System St. Elizabeth Hospital, O'Fallon, IL. His passion and mission is to help train the best family physicians our program can offer. Dr. Kim oversees the research and scholarly activity curriculum in addition to full spectrum family medicine. He loves caring for and spending time with his family. Dr. Kim considers the most rewarding part of his job is to witness the growth in the skills and lives of the residents.


Heather Lucas-Foster

Heather Lucas-Foster, M.D.

Ambulatory Medicine/Clinic


Geoffrey McLeod

Capt. Geoffrey McLeod, D.O.

Orthopedics (including Sports Medicine Radiology), Sports Medicine (PGY1), Sports Medicine (Rehabilitation & Reconditioning Focus)


Anne Nash

Anne Nash, M.D. (Class of 2006)

Practice Management

Associate Program Director. Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency graduate. Class of 2006.


Marla Nelson

Marla Nelson, L.C.P.C.

Behavioral Medicine, Wellness Pod A

Marla Nelson, L.C.P.C., is an outpatient counselor on site at the Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership at Greenville University and a Master of Arts in Counseling at Missouri Baptist University.  In addition, she obtained a post-graduate certification in family and couples counseling.  Marla currently serves as adjunct behavioral science faculty for the Saint Louis University (Southwest Illinois) Family Medicine Residency program.  She is a licensed clinical counselor in the state of Illinois.  Marla enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor and water activities, anything to do with horses, reading, writing, watching/critiquing movies, and traveling. 


Thomas Schelby

Capt. Thomas Schelby, M.D. (Class of 2020)

Inpatient Pediatrics, Outpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Room

Capt Thomas Schelby, M.D., earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Creighton University. He spent time working on Capitol Hill and in the Middle East with the Red Cross before deciding to go to medical school. He completed his medical education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine before coming to Southwest Illinois Family Medicine Residency to complete his family medicine residency. As a resident, he received a research award for work on patient literacy at USAFP, was selected as chief resident, and was honored with the St. Francis award by St. Elizabeth’s hospital as recognition of his outstanding interdisciplinary care. As a faculty member, Capt Schelby’s clinical interests include broad-spectrum family medicine practice, medical acupuncture, point of care ultrasound, and resident education. When not at the residency, Capt Schelby spends time corralling his two kids, supporting his amazing wife through her surgical residency, and reading good science fiction.


Jillian Sylvester

Maj. Jillian Sylvester, M.D.

Orthopedics (including Sports Medicine Radiology), Sports Medicine (PGY1), Sports Medicine (Rehabilitation & Reconditioning Focus)