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Meeting the EM Residents

Emergency Medicine Residency Program 

 

PGY1

joseph

Joseph Longobardi

Hometown: Iowa Falls, Iowa
Undergraduate Education:
Iowa State University
Medical School:
Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests:
Camping, Dog training, Family time, Fishing, Hiking, Iowa State Basketball and Football, Smoking Meat, Spikeball

Why I Chose Lakeland:
Amazing Faculty and Residents, Community program, Diverse patient population, Family Friendly, St. Joseph is an awesome place to live!
erik

Erik Arnits



Hometown: Longview Washington
Undergraduate Education: Pacific Lutheran University
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Alpine skiing, hiking, rafting, camping, scuba diving, spending time with my wife, son and dog

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The residents and faculty really care about one another and have built a strong sense of family and community here. Also the faculty have an obvious passion for teaching Emergency Medicine.

przednowek

Przednowek, Tomasz



Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL
Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Being a homeowner (and all the little projects that come with it), computer gaming, running, and - when time and money allows for it - travel, both near and far!

Why I chose Lakeland:
I wanted a program that was constantly growing and developing new parts of their curriculum with active, involved faculty eager to try new things.Overall, Lakeland was not just the place I fell in love with Emergency Medicine, but also the place I knew I would be happiest - both while at work and on my days off!
Meghan V

Megan Vukorpa



Hometown: Saint Joseph, MI
Undergraduate Education: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interest: boating, swimming, reading, being outdoors

Why I chose Lakeland:
The faculty dedication to the residency program can not be matched. Everyone is kind and interested in your learning. I think the program does a great job of addressing learning through different avenues such as SIM labs, lecture and flipped classroom.

claudine

Claudine Curioso-Hughes



Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate Education: University of Cincinnati
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, traveling, gardening, spending time with family and I love animals :)

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The EM program here at Lakeland is unlike any other program I have seen. I chose Lakeland EM program because of their top notch quality didactics, very dedicated core faculties and Medical Education Dept, close knit group of residents, absence of other residency program that you have to compete on interesting cases and a very committed and confident Program Director. I love the city of Saint Joseph as it is very close to the water, which reminds me of my hometown in the Philippines!

marcus

Marcus Fazzari



Hometown: Walla Walla, WA
Undergraduate Education: Washington State University
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests:
Weight lifting, golf, playing the cello, hiking, biking, spending time with my friends and family

Why I chose Lakeland:
From the first day on campus as a medical student, I could tell Lakeland was a family. They look after one another and care about each other’s well-being. I wanted a place to train with great academics, high acuity, and attendings who like to teach. But more than anything, I wanted genuine people who are happy to be here. Lakeland has it all and more.
brian

 Brian Freeman


Hometown: Wheat Ridge, CO
Undergraduate Education: Hastings College
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Tennis; cooking; hiking; weightlifting; my Wheaten puppy, Ollie

Why I Chose Lakeland:

When looking at which program was right for me, Lakeland stood out from all the rest. The attending physicians and residents here are some of the best I've worked with. The faculty here truly go above and beyond to make sure the residents leave the program as well-trained, well-educated, emergency physicians. They are always happy to teach, but also give you the freedom to develop your own practice style as you go. The residents here are incredibly supportive and are always willing to help in any way they can. The ED itself sees a wide variety of patients and the acuity here is great for learning. Being a virtually unopposed program also gives you the chance to perform more procedures earlier in your training than at some other programs. And if that wasn't enough, St. Joseph is a great place to live! Being on Lake Michigan and having Chicago so close is a huge bonus!


Anthony

Anthony Sanders

 

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Country Music; Sports; Weightlifting; Traveling; Grilling; Spending time with family and friends

 

Why I chose Lakeland:
When I came here for my interview, it immediately felt like home. Everyone, including the attendings, faculty, staff, and fellow residents, all treat you like family. They have a genuine interest in your education, and continually strive to bring out the best in you both as a person and physician

PGY2

larisa

Larisa Grinvalds

Hometown: Portage, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: Kalamazoo College
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, volleyball, biking, spending time outside

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The camaraderie between residents, attendings who are passionate and actively involved in resident education, the emphasis on evidence based medicine, and the diverse patient population.

maddi

Maddi Massa

Hometown: Holt, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Golf, running, yoga, being outside, TV, reading, crafts

Why I Chose Lakeland:
I chose Lakeland because of the people: great attendings, residents and support staff. And who doesn't love the lake?

michael

Michael O'Daniel

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Undergraduate Education: University of St. Francis
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Music, guitar, concerts, snowboarding, tennis, being outdoors

Why I Chose Lakeland:
When I did my rotation here as a student, I immediately felt like I fit in with everybody. All of the residents and attendings were extremely helpful. The hospital staff in general seemed like a large extended family. These were the type of people I could see myself being friends with for the rest of my life. I also learned a great deal about ultrasound when I was here, which stood out against other programs that I looked at. It also doesn't hurt that there is a beautiful beach with a great small town feel, and yet there is no sacrifice in exposure to a large variety of medical cases.

tiffany

Tiffany Proffitt

Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Connecticut College
Graduate Education: MA in Biomedical Science, Midwestern University
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Running, being outside, playing with my twins, anything delicious

Why I Chose Lakeland:
I knew that Lakeland was where I wanted to train minutes into the start of my interview. I loved the people and culture, and I felt like I was part of a family from the start. This combined with a talented group of incredible teachers, not to mention the gorgeous setting, solidified Lakeland as my top choice. My family and I couldn't be happier!

louis

Louis Standiford

Hometown: Portage, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I like to have a lot of projects around the house. I enjoy spending time running with my dog and exploring new breweries in the area. I love watching sports and am a fan of all Detroit sport teams.

Why I Chose Lakeland:
I chose Lakeland because it feels like a big family to me. The attendings all have diverse backgrounds and have a common goal of making the residents the best they can be. Also, I highly doubt you'll find a hospital with better Med Ed staff! As a community hospital, we are at the front line for anything that walks through the door, and working at the Niles location broadens our experience even further. In the summertime there really isn't a better place to be in Michigan with the beaches and outdoor activities!

Corita

Corita Wheeler

Hometown: Macon, Nebraska
Undergraduate Education: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Road biking, travel

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The attendings are EXCELLENT and genuinely care about teaching! There's ample opportunity to perform procedures as it's essentially an unopposed program. It's a program that really feels like a family, not just amongst residents but also between residents and attendings. From the moment I interviewed, I knew Lakeland was a place I could grow as a provider and find my niche.

PGY3

jennifer

Jennifer Finch

Hometown: Mount Zion, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Benedictine University
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Tennis, cross stitch, travel

Why I Chose Lakeland:
My rotation at Lakeland was amazing. All the attendings had a clear interest in my education and future. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I love the town of St. Joseph and the surrounding area. It is an affordable place to live with plenty to do for fun. All of the residents told me they had never regretted choosing Lakeland. The lectures are excellent too.

jacob

Jacob Johnson

Hometown: River Falls, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, boating and playing with my dogs

Why I Chose Lakeland:
I chose Lakeland because of the amazing faculty and the awesome group of residents. St. Joseph is beautiful, full of activities and an unbeatable location to live in.

brandon

Brandon Roe

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Undergraduate Education: University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Pretty much anything outdoors, running, cycling, golfing, tennis, traveling, cooking

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The people are amazing! I immediately felt at home during my rotation in the Lakeland ED, and the residents are some of the best that I have had the chance to work with. The proximity to the beach does not hurt either!

timothy

Timothy Scheel

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Undergraduate Education: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors including camping, hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, running, etc. Also playing guitar and being around family and friends.

Why I Chose Lakeland:
I felt like I really fit in with the residents and all of the people associated with the program. Plus St. Joseph is a beautiful place to enjoy on your days off!

alexander

Alexander Spiewak

Hometown: Roselle, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Mountain biking, photography, weightlifting

Why I Chose Lakeland:
I chose Lakeland because I wanted to be a part of a community hospital program that also has a strong focus on evidence based medicine. Above all I loved the atmosphere and sense of pride every resident took in being the best ER doc possible.

kristen

Kristen Whitworth

Hometown: Vienna, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, biking, the beach, golf

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The core faculty and residents.

PGY4

kathleen

Kathleen Clark

Hometown: Greeneville, Tennessee
Undergraduate Education: Berea College
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, swimming, skiing, hiking, dancing, photography

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The camaraderie between my fellow residents, between the attending physicians and residents, and between the residents and the hospital staff. The program is very open to feedback and always striving to be ‘ahead of the curve’ in providing educational opportunities. Love that I can walk to work too!

rachel

Blake Collier

Hometown: Kirksville, Missouri
Undergraduate Education: University of Missouri
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, traveling, anything outside

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The respect the ER residents get throughout the hospital.

rachel

Rachel Collier

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Undergraduate Education: Texas Christian University
Graduate Education: MS in Biomedical Sciences, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/ Interests: Watching TCU and Dallas Cowboys football, playing with my Boston Terrier, Walter, spending time with my husband and our families, and pretty much anything outside in the sun!

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The diverse patient population and variety of cases that walk through the door, great attendings who enjoy what they do, and very friendly and welcoming residents -- all located in this cute beachside town that my husband and I knew would be a great place to spend the next four years.

kevin

Kevin Dougherty

Chief Resident

Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Education: Cedarville University
Graduate Education: MS in Human Anatomy, Wright State University
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: International/disaster medicine

Why I Chose Lakeland:
Faculty and residents are constantly working to make the program better. Block nights on medicine!

gleb

Gleb Gendel

Hometown: Winfield, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Benedictine University
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Golf, hockey, skiing, tennis, camping, cooking

Why I Chose Lakeland:
What I enjoy most about our program is the people I get to work with every day. The faculty members are always very helpful and available when you need them anytime. There is also a great deal of camaraderie between the residents. Everybody gets along really well, and we always help each other when needed.

judd

Judd Herring

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina
Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Graduate Education: MPT in Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine
Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Kite boarding, outdoor activities, photography, dingo training, sports, movies, travel

Why I Chose Lakeland:
High volume and variety with limited residency opposition. The ER attendings bring varied perspectives to patient care. Another plus is a core faculty member is a sports med fellow.

kimberly

Kimberly Stillman

Chief Resident

Hometown: Arcadia, California
Undergraduate Education: California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: International travel, running, soccer, lazy beach days

Why I Chose Lakeland:
The people! Awesome Program Director, attendings and residents. As residents we are pushed to take complete ownership of our patients, stay up to date on current interactive and practice evidence based medicine.

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