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Incoming Residents: Class of 2024

Candace Adedokun, M.D.

Candace Adedokun, M.D. 

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Candace grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. She did not stray too far from home and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UABSOM). She later earned her Doctorate of Medicine at UABSOM, where she was Founder and President of an organization called Dynamic Health, which addresses exercise, nutrition, and disease education in the community through medical students’ health coaching. Candace is interested in comprehensive health, integrative medicine, and sports medicine. Her hobbies include dancing, exercising, fashion, dabbling in graphic design, listening to music, reading, watching sports (especially basketball and MMA), and, most importantly, eating at new restaurants!


Gregorio Climaco, M.D.

Gregorio Climaco, M.D.

 Ross University School of Medicine

Gregorio grew up in Mascoutah, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. He later earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine. Outside of medicine, Gregorio enjoys obstacle runs, hiking, rock climbing, playing board games, esports, reading / listening to audio books, and playing most sports.


Dominique D'Souza, MD

Dominique D'Souza, M.D. 

St. George's University School of Medicine

Dominique grew up in Naperville, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Saint Louis University and her Doctorate of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Dominique is passionate about full-scope family medicine, preventative medicine, and women’s health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing, running, baking, and watching the Food Network.


Emily Dahm, MD

Emily Dahm, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Emily grew up in Belleville, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Saint Louis University and her Doctorate of Medicine from SLU, as well. During medical school, she was involved with the Wellness Learning Community, where she helped plan different events for the school to improve student wellness. Emily is interested in wellness, women’s health, and behavioral health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, crafting, and taking care of her many houseplants.


Caleb Kiesow

Caleb Kiesow, M.D.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Caleb was born and raised in Larsen, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the United States Air Force Academy where he played club hockey. Caleb earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He enjoys cooking, sports, and most things outdoors to include hiking, biking, and fishing.


Ayman Mahdi, MD

Ayman Mahdi, M.D.

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Ayman was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, before moving to Cairo, Egypt, where he finished high school. He then moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois, which has been his hometown for the past decade. Ayman earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the American University of Antigua. Ayman is interested in preventative medicine, point of care ultrasound, and sports medicine. Outside of the hospital, Ayman loves spending his free time with his newborn son, while supporting his family and his wife through her DNP degree, watching and playing soccer, and weight lifting.

Jafar Ohiokpehai, MD

Jafar Ohiokpehai, M.D.

Trinity School of Medicine

Jafar was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from University of Vermont and a Doctorate of Medicine from Trinity School of Medicine. Before entering medical school, Jafar worked as an activities assistant at a local assisted living facility, where he discovered his interest in geriatrics, infectious disease, and full-scope medicine. As a child of immigrants originally from Nigeria and St. Vincent, Jafar is drawn to aiding underserved regions. He currently works as an assistant physician in a not-for-profit clinic in Missouri. During his free time, Jafar loves to bake bread, snowboard, cook, garden, travel, run, hike, and watch cartoons.


Jacob Olejarczyk

Jacob Olejarczyk, D.O.

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jacob grew up in snowy Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Cedarville University. Before starting medical school, Jacob spent a semester studying abroad in Valencia, Spain. He later earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. During medical school, he was Vice President of the campus chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and volunteered at student-led free health clinics nearby. Jacob’s professional interests include sports medicine, OMT, and point of care ultrasound. Outside of medicine, he is an avid reader, baseball enthusiast, and loves spending time outdoors with his wife.


Anna Priddy

Anna Priddy, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Anna grew up in Ramstein, Germany, as an Air Force brat, but now calls St. Louis home. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Saint Louis University, where she also earned her commission through Air Force ROTC as a cadet at Detachment 207. Anna then went on to earn her Doctorate of Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. During medical school, she served as the president of the military medicine and family medicine interest groups and founded the Wellness and Residency in Medical School elective. Anna also served as the HPSP student representative to the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians from 2020-2021. Outside of medicine, Anna enjoys running, hiking, traveling (especially to national parks!), and exploring the ever-expanding St. Louis restaurant scene.


Alisha Provost

Alisha Provost, D.O.

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alisha grew up in Brewster, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Kent State University and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was a third-generation volunteer firefighter and EMT before attending medical school. Outside of medicine, Alisha enjoys reading, camping, and outdoor adventures with her husband and two dogs, Jasper and Ruby. She is also always up for visiting a new brewery.


Reid Rivers

Reid Rivers, M.D.

Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine

Reid is originally from Paluxy, Texas, a small town an hour southwest of Fort Worth. He lived in eastern North Carolina during high school. Reid earned his Bachelor of Arts in Vocational Ministry from Abilene Christian University in Texas, where he also ran cross country and track. Reid attended Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. During medical school, Reid spent two years on the leadership team of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. He is interested in full spectrum rural medicine, global medicine, and mental health. Reid’s hobbies include hiking and exploring with his wife and dog, playing board and card games, running, and sock collecting.


Jacob Stewart, MD

Jacob Stewart, M.D.

University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria

Jake grew up in Harrisburg, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Evansville. Jake earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He can always be found watching sports, particularly the NFL and NBA. Jake is a fantasy football aficionado and, this year, tried his hand in some fantasy basketball. However, Jake has recently jumped into trying to follow hockey and does not think he will find any shortage of fans ready to educate him on the Blues. Jake has three dogs and a lovely wife, with a daughter set to arrive this May!


Alexander Vavra

Alexander Vavra, D.O.

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alexander was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. However, he was raised in numerous states and two other countries due to growing up in a military family. He is happy to be returning to the St. Louis area, which he claims as home. Alexander double-majored at Saint Louis University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Communication. Following undergrad, he pursued a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Kansas City University. Alexander earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, he had the privilege to serve as President of the student government.  Outside of medicine, Alexander enjoys numerous outdoor activities, which is demonstrated by three kayaks taking up the space of where his kitchen table would have been during medical school. He also has a goal of visiting all the national parks. Alexander is also an avid reader. A recent hot take Alexander has is that Harry Potter’s magical skill is average.


Incoming military numbers have been reduced by one resident for the 2021-2022 academic year across military programs.

PGY-1s: Class of 2023

Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown, D.O.

A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Andrea grew up in Leawood, Kansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kansas and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University – KCOM. Andrea is interested in women's health, lifestyle medicine, geriatrics, and hospice/palliative care. Her hobbies include reading, listening to podcasts, gardening, cooking, playing music, hiking, and learning languages.


Emmy Clardy

Emma Clardy, D.O.

A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emma grew up in Mokane, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University- KCOM. Emma's hobbies include spoiling her nephew, Jonah, playing with her three cats, cooking, and spending time with friends.


Luke Conklin

Luke Conklin, D.O.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Luke was raised in The Dalles, Oregon. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). During college, Luke competed in NCAA varsity track and field in the Decathlon. He later earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He met his wife on the NNU track team, and they have enjoyed all the camping, hiking, hunting, and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They are always ready for new adventures.


Wyatt Danner

Wyatt Danner, D.O.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus

Wyatt grew up in the rural mountain town of Sylva, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Appalachian State University and Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus. During medical school, he served as Vice President of the local Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons group. Outside of medicine, Wyatt enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs. He is also an avid carpenter, cook, hiker, reader, and movie-goer.


Kyle Douglas

Kyler Douglas, D.O.

A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kyler was raised in Quincy, Illinois, 2 hours north of the St. Louis area. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Saint Louis University. He then went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee, and his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University – KCOM. During medical school, he served as Research Director for Still Caring Health Connection – a community outreach program in Kirksville, Missouri, that cares for individuals without health insurance. In his free time, Kyler enjoys playing tennis, disc golf, cycling, watching movies, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.


Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson, M.D.

University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford

Tyler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but grew up mostly in Galva, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Augustana College while working as a scribe and playing receiver for a semi-pro football team, the Quad-City Raiders. Tyler also completed a Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, prior to starting medical school. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford. During medical school, Tyler started a student organization called Special Needs Awareness through Community Healthcare to further student outreach and involvement with individuals with Down Syndrome. His hobbies include cooking, going to the movies, watching and playing sports, and spending time with his dogs, Leo and Maisy.


Michael Kasunic

Michael Kasunic, D.O.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michael grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College.  Michael later earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from PCOM. His hobbies include spending time with family, hunting, hiking, and camping.


Peter Keares

Peter Keares, D.O.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Peter was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science and International Studies/Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Peter later earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from PCOM. During medical school, he worked as a patient advocate in a nearby hospital system and led PCOM’s legislative affairs section of student council. Peter’s hobbies include hiking, camping, biking, cooking, reading, and traveling abroad.


Albert Kombe

Albert Kombe, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Albert’s parents grew up in Tanzania; however, he was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish from Arizona State University. Albert earned his Doctorate of Medicine from SLU. During medical school, he served as lead of the ER Ambassadors. Outside of medicine Albert enjoys CrossFit, playing with his 12-year-old dog, Shadow, watching TV, and spending quality time with his friends.


Sara Jarnagin McCall

Sara Jarnagin McCall, D.O.

Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sara grew up south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she also played varsity basketball. She earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM). During medical school, Sara served as the physical wellness student leader on the DCOM-STRONG committee and as a community wellness leader educating local middle school children on health and medicine. Sara’s hobbies include exercise, cooking, painting, and spending quality time with her dog, Opie, and her family.


Jennifer Nwokocha

Jennifer Nwokocha, M.D.

Medical College of Georgia Augusta University

Jennifer was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Austin Peay State University on a Division-1 basketball scholarship, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Health and Human Performance. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from Medical College of Georgia. While in medical school, Jennifer served as President of Junior Medical League, a volunteer organization that aims to captivate young inquiring minds through mentorship, with the goal of inspiring the students to pursue careers in science and health care. Jennifer also served in several leadership roles, such as community chair coordinator for the Pediatric Interest Group and chapter Vice President of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Jennifer’s interests outside of medicine include spending time with family, volunteering, and traveling. 


Taylor O'Neil

Taylor O'Neil, M.D.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Taylor was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Taylor received her Doctorate of Medicine from USUHS and is interested in operational medicine, sports medicine, and global health. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing soccer, spending time outdoors, and eating good food.


Alleen Richards

Alleen Richards, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Alleen was born in Gainesville, Florida. Her family then moved to Dominica, the beautiful nature island of the Caribbean, where they are from. After starting elementary school in Dominica, her family migrated to Wichita, Kansas, where she spent most of her life. She attended Kansas State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Sciences. Alleen later earned her Doctorate of Medicine from SLU. During her time in medical school, she spent time playing music for patients in the SLU Cancer Center, as well as volunteering at the children's hospital. Alleen's interests outside of medicine include spending time with family, playing the piano and violin, cooking, and painting.


Roy Marshall Wagner

Roy Marshall Wagner, D.O.

Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marshall was born and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at East Tennessee State University and his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Outside of medicine, Marshall's interests include spending time with his wife and dog, hiking, playing disk golf, weightlifting, and helping on his family’s farm. 


PGY-2s: Class of 2022

Danyelle Beltz

Danyelle Beltz, D.O.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Danyelle grew up in Saint Clair, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Maryville University and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Throughout medical school, Danyelle served as part of the class government. Outside of medicine, her interests include outdoor activities, escape rooms, drawing/sketching, crocheting, kayaking, camping, road trips, and traveling.


Gregory Daum

Gregory Daum, D.O.

A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
2021-2022 Chief Resident

Greg grew up in the rural town of Toulon in Central Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University. Greg later earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He married his wife, Samantha, another resident, in September 2017. During his time at ATSU-KCOM, Greg served as President of both the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. He also served as a volunteer in the student-led clinic at his school. Greg’s interests outside of medicine include exercise, playing and watching sports, cooking, watching movies with his wife, and discussions about spirituality.


Samantha Daum

Samantha Daum, D.O.

A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Samantha grew up in a small rural town outside Joplin, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Truman State University. Samantha later earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, Samantha was President of the OB/GYN Society and Vice President of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Outside of medicine, her interests include caring for survivors of human trafficking, traveling abroad, hiking canyons and mountains, and devouring any good book she can get her hands on.


Colin Hart

Colin Hart, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Colin was born and raised in Saint Charles, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Truman State University. During college, Colin played varsity baseball. After graduation, he worked as a chemical analyst at Chemir Analytical Services for a year, then continued his education. Colin graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine with a Doctorate of Medicine. He remains an avid baseball fan. He is a coach and advocate for a local youth program, and is also the president of the alumni association for his former baseball program. Colin enjoys fitness, camping, hiking, fishing, and good barbecue.


Molly Henson

Molly Henson, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Molly was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois. She attended the University of Evansville, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. She later earned her Doctorate of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. During medical school, Molly assisted in designing a nutrition and exercise program to be taught at local middle schools and went on to serve as a medical volunteer in Guatemala, where she provided health maintenance and acute care services across multiple free clinics. Molly also worked as an independent student researcher investigating the effects of electronic interventions on patient health outcomes. Her hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, gardening, cooking, and intramural sports. 


Kandace LaMonica

Kandace LaMonica, M.D.

St. George's University School of Medicine
The Resident for Equity and Diversity ("The RED")
2021-2022 Chief Resident

Kandace was born in Highland Park, Illinois, and grew up in East Meadow, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Studies from Baylor University, then completed a post-baccalaureate program at Duquesne University. Kandace went on to earn her Doctorate of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Kandace worked as a medical scribe for Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine practitioners in New York. Her hobbies include playing the cello, reading, watching reruns of "The Office," and hiking.


 

Jill London

Jill London, D.O.

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jill was born and raised near Dallas, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Art in Biology at Texas A&M University. Jill later received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from University of North Texas--Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Outside of medicine, Jill's interests include her dog, Maggie, spending time with her family, board games, being outside, traveling, yoga, and reading.


Daniel Parr

Daniel Parr, M.D.

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Daniel grew up in a small town in Southeastern Oregon. He spent high school in Eastern South Dakota and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at  Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Daniel earned an EMT and CPT, and worked as an advanced emergency medical technician and pharmacy technician. Throughout school, he has had a passion for primary care and comprehensive health. His hobbies include spending time with his wife and family, Church activities, coffee roasting, swing dancing, and home brewing.


Robinder Sahi

Robinder Sahi, M.D.

Saba University School of Medicine

Robby was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Biotechnology from the University of Saskatchewan. He later earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Saba University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Robby served as a teaching assistant for Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Microbiology and Immunology, where he aided in student learning and success. His hobbies include participating in sports, weightlifting, hiking, camping, cooking, and traveling.


Jeffrey Schenck

Jeffrey Schenck, D.O.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
2021-2022 Chief Resident

Jeff was born in New Mexico and raised in the Air Force community in Germany. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Florida, then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Human and Health Sciences from Hawaii Pacific University. Jeff later earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He previously served in the Army for 8 years and continued on to serve in the Army National Guard. Jeff was President of his school’s chapter of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a member of the Honor Code Committee. His hobbies include family activities with his spouse and three young children, home improvement, hiking, running, skiing, scuba diving, movies, and home brewing.


Nelson Shreve

Nelson Shreve, M.D.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Nelson was born and raised in Waynesville, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Philosophy at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Nelson later received his Doctorate of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Outside of medicine, his interests include tennis, rock climbing, backpacking, and reading. 


Mehwish Siddiqui

Mehwish Siddiqui, M.D.

Saba University School of Medicine

Mehwish was born in Pakistan and later moved to Canada. She earned an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Disease at the University of Toronto. She continued her education at Saba University School of Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate of Medicine. As the daughter of an Air Force officer in Pakistan, Mehwish was exposed to numerous small communities. She witnessed large disparities in care, with many preventable/treatable ailments leading to significant disability and suffering. Mehwish volunteered with a local non-governmental organization, which provided basic health care/immunizations, housing, and food to communities with a lack of sufficient resources. Mehwish now lives in St. Louis. Her hobbies include painting, henna art, fashion, fostering cats, and being a tea enthusiast.


Taran Silva

Taran Silva, D.O.

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
2021-2022 Chief Resident

Taran grew up near Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology with a minor in Spanish. He continued his education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. During his medical education, Taran was dedicated to sustainable global health work through his participation in 8 international medical mission trips. Within medicine, Taran has a special interest in health policy, physician advocacy, and global health. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and most other outdoor activities.


Eric Spendlove

Eric Spendlove, D.O.

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eric was born in San Jose, California, and spent most his childhood and teenage years in Nevada and Utah. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Dixie State University. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating, Eric worked as a Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Outside of medicine, his interests include traveling, kayaking, hiking, flying, gardening, camping, and spending quality with his wife and three daughters.


PGY-3s: Class of 2021

Trevor Brue

Trevor Brue, D.O.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton
Chief Resident

Trevor grew up in Colorado Springs. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Trevor continued his education at LECOM Bradenton in Florida, where he earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. When he’s not working, Trevor enjoys camping or hiking during a long weekend, or exploring new restaurants in St. Louis. After completing residency and fulfilling his military service, Trevor plans to practice in a suburb outside of a larger city.


Ashley Connors

Ashley Connors, M.D.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Ashley is an aspiring cat lady who grew up near Boston in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Much to her dismay, she failed to acquire a Boston accent while living there. Ashley then moved on to study Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she briefly considered a research career prior to returning to her original "plan A" of pursuing medicine. While attending Uniformed Services University for medical school, Ashley realized that family medicine was a great fit for someone like her who likes too many things in medicine. Though she enjoys taking care of all varieties of patients, she has a particular interest in obstetrics, other areas of women's health, care of adolescents, LGBTQ patients, mental health, and procedures. Ashley also nurtures an academic interest in global health and neglected tropical diseases. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, biking, quilting, reading, and tries to escape to the mountains whenever possible.


Mina Cunningham

Mina Cunningham, M.D.

St. George’s University School of Medicine
Chief Resident


Andrew Gaillardetz

Andrew Gaillardetz, M.D.

Tufts School of Medicine
Chief Resident

Andrew grew up in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston, before moving to Toledo, Ohio, for high school. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he also studied Theology, Spanish, and Bioethics. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, where his family currently resides. Andrew is interested in full-scope family medicine, acupuncture and alternative pain management, evidence-based medicine, and academic medicine. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, watching sports and shows/movies, and plays in several city sports leagues.


Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin, D.O.

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Bentley Michael

Bentley Michael, M.D.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Bentley was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in San Antonio, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Austin (hook ‘em!). Bentley earned his Doctorate of Medicine from UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine. His hobbies include spending time with his wife and their dog, playing/watching sports, and personal fitness.


Chienyem Nweke

Chienyem Nweke, M.D.

University of Illinois College of Medicine


Karan Rai

Karan Rai, M.D.

St. George’s University School of Medicine
Chief Resident

Karan was born in India, but claims Philadelphia as his hometown. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Doctorate of Medicine from St. George's University. Karan is interested in sports medicine, diagnostic ultrasound and procedures. His hobbies include personal fitness, nutrition, reading, and cheering for Philadelphia and UNC sports.


Ian Roslawski

Ian Roslawski, D.O.

A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine


Stephanie Simpson

Stephanie Simpson, D.O.

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine


Chandler Sparks

Chandler Sparks, D.O., M.P.H.

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chandler grew up in Lubbock, Texas. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Texas State University and went on to earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Science at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNTHSC. Chandler is passionate about full-scope family medicine, community health, connecting with his patients, and especially enjoys obstetrics and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys reading, exercise, board games, chips and salsa (most likely with margaritas), and adventures with his four kids to experience nature, museums, amusement parks, and whatever else sounds fun.


Jonathan Thoma

Jonathan Thoma, M.D.

University of New Mexico School of Medicine 
Saint Louis University Wellness Champion

Jon grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of New Mexico. Within medicine, Jon is interested in hospice and palliative medicine. His hobbies include spending time with his spouse and three children, his dogs (Gus and Chandler), baseball, soccer, and fish keeping.


Hina Usman

Hina Usman, M.D.

Windsor University School of Medicine