MD 1998, University
of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine
Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at University of
Mount Sinai Family Practice Residency of Chicago
About me: I
am a Kansas City transplant, having been a lifelong Illinois
resident until I moved here in the summer of 2011 and joined the
residency faculty. I lived in the same county in Illinois,
excepting my medical training, for my whole life prior to that.
After residency, I had a very busy rural practice for 10 years,
practicing the full scope of family medicine including
family-centered medical care. I love the practice of family
medicine, but had always been interested in teaching and
academic practice and after 10 years in practice, decided the
time was right to make a change. Research Family Medicine
Residency appealed to me as a place where the full spectrum of
family medicine was taught, and the curriculum was academically
rigorous. I want to be part of training residents and students
to be the most excellent family doctors they can be!
I love all areas of
family medicine, and continue to practice and teach inpatient
medicine, inpatient OB and newborn nursery, and outpatient
practice including maternity care and office procedures. I have
a particular interest in the doctor-patient relationship, and
love the anticipatory guidance and patient education aspects of
our specialty. It’s always my goal to be a member of the
patient’s medical team, and to have the patient’s goals always
be the most important part of their care. I also have a
particular interest in medical ethics – particularly
doctor-patient relationship and medical decision making.
Communication skills and methods to help patients become
invested in participatory medicine excite me the most about
When not working, I
spend most of my time with my family. My husband, Brian is a
software architect, and we have 4 children. Our oldest,
Christopher, is married to our lovely daughter in law Amy and
they have our grandson Matthew and granddaughter Haley. They
live in the Chicago suburbs. Our daughter Catherine lives near
them, and works as a data analyst for a cell phone company. We
lost our son Justin in a car accident at age 21. We miss him
terribly, and also love to talk about and remember him. Our
youngest daughter Caroline is a high school junior and is very
involved in marching band, concert band, Kansas City Youth
Symphony, and any other opportunity to play her trombone. I
also play the piano and run (a lot.) I’ve run 22 marathons in
15 states, with a goal to hit all 50 states before I retire.
I’m usually training for one race or another and am happy to
bore anyone to death with the details of marathon training!
Anne Sly, MD
Undergraduate Degree/ Medical School:
University of Missouri-Kansas City Undergraduate 1978
University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School 1978
Pitt County Hospital, Greenville, NC-Internship Family
Truman Medical Center East-Residency Family Medicine
Truman Medical Center West-Residency Internal Medicine
Find work that you love, and work hard. Invest in your
friends and family, and keep them close. Find a
community to be a part of, and contribute your fair share.
Enjoy everything your life has to offer, and recognize each
day is a gift.
Gardening, Hiking, Reading, Cooking, Travel….Spending lots
of time with family and great friends.
Things you have most enjoyed working as a faculty member in
the Family Medicine Residency:
It’s hard to choose what I enjoy most. I love working
with patients on the inpatient service. I love
teaching residents “at the bedside”. I love the
patients I’ve seen in my practice for more than 2 decades.
I love to be creative in designing new learning
opportunities for residents. I love the generous and
professional support I receive from our administrative
staff. I love working with a group of talented, hard
working and good humored colleagues. I could go on….
Kavitha Arabindoo, MD,
• Medical School (1989-1995) – Chennai Medical College,
• Family Medicine Residency (2001-2004) – Wesley Family
Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, Kansas
• Fellowship in Teaching and Learning (2006-2007) –
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
• Master in Public Health (2013-2017) – University of Kansas,
Kansas city, Kansas
Board Certifications, Fellowships, Graduate Degrees:
Board Certified in Family Medicine
Fellowship in Teaching and Learning
Master in Public Health
Professional Areas of Interest:
If I were asked to pick the two things that I professionally
enjoy doing the most, those would be include (a) spending time
with my patients and (b) spending time with my learning
I enjoy stretching myself to reach the nooks and corners of
medicine (thanks to our specialty!) in the quest for evidence
based, patient centered care, with the exception of obstetrical
care (enjoyed doing it for six years post residency). I love my
patients – the young, the middle aged and the elderly. I love
the process of empowering them to master their own health, when
ill and when well. I love the management of chronic medical
conditions, love doing all kinds of office based procedures (ortho,
derm, gyn, etc.), and love the unfortunate but true complexity
of our hospitalized patients. I also thoroughly enjoy sharing
this experience and richness in medicine with the actively
learning medical community, be it a 3rd year medical student in
his/her first day of clinic or a 3rd year resident getting ready
to leap into real life practice. I find the constant
reciprocation of teaching and learning in the academic
environment rejuvenating. I LOVE teaching in creative and
innovative ways – small group, large group, formal
presentations, using gaming software to teach, etc. My specific
areas of expertise include evidence based medicine (I lead
bimonthly journal clubs) and population health aside from the
routine bread and butter topics of family medicine.
And, did I mention that I LOVE to work alongside my
I am married to a physician husband and we have one son who is
currently an undergraduate in college. Our time together at home
is spent cooking Indian food, spoiling our lovely 9 year old
doggie girl and watching movies when we can. I also run a little
outside when I can to burn off my carb calories (I am a
vegetarian). My mantras in life, “Control what you can, let go
of what you can’t”.“Medicine and life can both be very humbling
experiences – enjoy them but stay humble and be ready for the
Revathi Bhat, MD
Bangalore Medical College, India
University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO-Internal Medicine
Residency; Truman Medical Center, Lakewood, MO-Geriatric
Fellowship; University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO-Critical
I enjoy inpatient medicine and teaching incoming residents.
Nicholas Comninellis MD, MPH, DIM&PH
Founder and CEO, INMED – Institute for International
Board Certified Family Practice, Fellow Academy of Family
Professional Areas of Interest:
Caring for the entire family as they age, especially for those
nearing retirement and those way past that.
Keep medical caresimple, cost
effective, and have reasonable individualized treatment goals.
musical interests with guitar, claw hammer banjo and mandolin
Things you have most enjoyed working as a faculty member in the
Family Medicine Residency:
I have enjoyed most working with doctors of similar interest as
a member of a complete team doing what can be done to provide
comprehensive medical care.
Bachelors of Science, Creighton University,
Creighton University School of Medicine; 1993 –
Trinity Lutheran Family Medicine (now closed and
merged with Goppert Trinity Family Medicine);
1997 – 2000
American Academy of Family Physicians, 2000,
I have been with
the residency program since 1997, when I started residency.
I had 2 years of private practice experience but continued
to staff at the residency on a monthly basis during that
time because I like it here so much! I work part-time so I
can take care of home, children and an aging parent. My
husband, Tom, is also a Family Physician. We stay together
because we don’t work together! He is in private practice in
Liberty, MO. I enjoy playing tennis and sing at church.
I manage to read some good books late at night when everyone
is asleep. I am a devotee to the science of organization.
Being organized keeps my life together!
Things I Most Enjoy as a Faculty of the Residency:
I love seeing
patients in the office and doing procedures. I precept the
community medicine rotation for third year residents and
enjoy getting them out in to the city for new experiences.
This rotation also gives me a chance to discuss some hot
topics in community health with residents one on one. I
really like the relationships I am able to form with the
residents during their time here. I learn something from
them everyday! It is fun to see them graduate and go off to
all different parts of the city and country to practice. I
really enjoy hearing back from them.
Sandra Lepinski, M.D.
University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1983
Post Graduate Training:
Affiliate University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, 1986
I have been part of the faculty of Goppert-Trinity Family Care and the
Research Family Medicine Residency Program since January 1993. I
obtained my medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson in
1983, and completed my post-graduate training in Family Medicine through
the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1986. After residency, I
joined a semi-rural group practice in Illinois for 6½
years providing care in the clinic and hospital, assisting in
general surgeries, and providing obstetrical care, delivering an average
of 50 babies yearly.
However, I missed the academic environment, and had always wanted to be
closely involved with medical education. On meeting the people at
this program, it felt like 'home'. Throughout the time I've been
here, it continues to feel like 'home' and 'family'. Due to the
people here, the environment remains very supportive even with the many
changes in people and personalities as resident classes come and go.
Our program has always focused
on maintaining the best education possible, and an open, sharing
environment for questions and ideas by faculty and residents. We
encourage our providers to grow both professionally and personally.
My personal philosophy on teaching and learning involves the necessity
of curiosity. The simple word 'why' is often our most powerful
tool in gaining knowledge and skills, in sight into a patient's medical
condition, learning about the patient's motivation for behavior, or
understanding our own attitudes, behaviors and motivations. We
learn best maintaining adaptability and flexibility, with the
realization that learning for both faculty and residents is
developmental and life long.
I have special interests in women's health, obstetrics, pediatrics and
preventive health and
also greatly enjoy my relationship with my daughter Meagan, who gives me
perspective on families and what truly matters in life. She is
bright and creative, and we have fun discussing recipes she researches
and creates for her gluten free blog. With both having under
graduate degrees in chemistry, we often share some what 'geeky'
conversations on things like nutrition and effects of the microbiome on
health. Outside of work, I also enjoy singing, gardening and
a variety music, arts and crafts.
Shari Ommen, MD
V.S.S. Medical College, India
Trinity Lutheran Family Practice Residency, Kansas City
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India (OB/Gyn)
enjoy providing patient-centered comprehensive medical care to
my patients. Integrating beneficial aspects of complementary
medicine with the conventional medicine to provide healing for
mind, body and spirit is my goal during each patient
interaction. I want to teach this art to all the residents and
Family/Bio: I have been in Faculty Position since 2003.
Research Family Medicine Residency Program trained me to be an
efficient Family Physician. As a Faculty, I enjoy the
healthy learning and teaching environment. I love teaching
Integrative Medicine to our Residents.
Hobbies and Interests:
Poetry writing and
journaling. Gardening. Pausing to feel the natural beauty around
me and enjoying that experience.
Mark Suenram, M.D.
University of Kansas
University of Kansas
Everyone needs a family
doctor. This belief has sustained and nurtured me through
my career in family medicine.
After residency I began
practice in Lee's Summit, Missouri, at that time, a smaller
town, small group atmosphere. I stayed 11 years developing
a busy and satisfying practice. Always having a desire to teach,
I joined the faculty at Goppert in 1992. I have stayed here
since that time and my great enthusiasm for teaching continues to
grow. I consider it an honor to be involved with the
teaching program and strive to be an excellent instructor and
The Research Family
Medicine program is an excellent learning environment. The
obstacles to a resident’s education are very few while the
opportunities that facilitate learning are easily accessed.
It is truly a great place in which learn Family Medicine.
I have been honored to be chosen as
"Super Doc" for each of the last 7 years, most recently 2015.
hobbies include traveling, fishing, a lake house that is always
in need of something, and care of my grandchildren. As a
family we have explored Ireland, and much of Europe, been trout
fishing in Montana and New Zealand, and have river cruised
through southern France!
nonprofessional life is very family centered. Four of my
eight siblings are in the Kansas City area and two of my three
children live here also. My wife and I are empty nesters,
but stay quite busy with an expanding family of grandchildren.
Terry Suppes, D.O.
University of Health Sciences- College of Osteopathic Medicine
Trinity Lutheran Family Medicine
Fellowships and graduate degrees:
Board Certifications in Family Medicine and Geriatrics
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
Professional areas of
I am interested in working with elderly
patients and their families to provide comprehensive care.
I'm also interested in Preventive Medicine to promote and
maintain health and well-being. I encourage every patient
to recognize risks and benefits of medical screening.
Years with the Research
Family Medicine Residency:
Married with 3 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2
birds and a lot of fish.
Walking our dogs, vacationing on the beach
Things you have most enjoyed
working as a faculty member at RMC:
I enjoy working with each resident on a daily basis and getting
to know them both professionally and on a personal basis.
Casey Tramp, MD
Julie Wood-Warner, Ph.D.
BA in Psychology, University of Kansas
Master's in Counseling, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology,
University of Kansas
Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas
When I joined the faculty in 2001, a friend of mine asked how I
could leave the University of Kansas after being affiliated with
the Jayhawks for nearly half of my life. True, I did receive all
three of my degrees from KU, and I worked in Student Counseling
and Educational Support Services at KU Medical Center for nearly
5 years before I broke away. But I was ready to expand my
horizons-- not just by working in Missouri (no Tiger blood in
me!), but by moving to a Family Medicine program. Don’t worry
fellow Jayhawks, I am still a HUGE KU fan, especially during
basketball season - the residents can attest to this fact when
the Final Four brackets are posted.
Working in a family medicine
residency program is a natural fit. I too am a generalist with
experience and training ranging from Behavioral Pediatrics to
Geriatrics, my primary interest has always been in health
psychology. I also grew up in a medically-oriented
family (my father and grandfather were physicians, my mother was
a medical technologist, my grandmother was a nurse, and my aunt
is a Nurse Practitioner) Given this and my previous work with
medical students and residents, I feel right at home in the
family medicine residency program. My position as the
Behavioral Science faculty member gives me a lot of role
diversity and is always exciting. I love teaching, advising,
supervising, developing curriculum, collaborating with the
faculty physicians and residents and continuing my clinical work
as a psychologist in a family medicine environment. I feel like
I get to do it all! Most of all, I love watching people grow.
Whether it is my family, my own clients, or the residents here.
I feel a tremendous sense of privilege being able to
participate in their efforts to gain confidence and
understanding, learn new skills, and become empowered by
One of the things that I’ve
learned in my own self-discovery is that my efforts to do it all
are possible only because I have tremendous love and support
from my family. My husband, Chris, is an incredible partner.
He’s a better “wife” than I am and a terrific parent to our 2
children. I am truly passionate about my work and
professional interests in women’s issues, balancing career and
family, and stress and coping responses, but my own family makes
it all happen for me.
American Psychological Association, 1986-present
Society of Teachers in Family
Kansas Psychological Association, President,
2003,2005, Past President, 2004,
Kansas Psychological Association, Kansas City area
Greater Kansas City Psychological Association, Board Member
Other personal Information:
Much of my “free” time is spent commuting from one kid’s
activity to another. Not only do I love cheering for my
daughter, son, and husband in their soccer games, but also I am
a REAL soccer mom. I play in a Mom’s league on Monday nights, a
great way to relieve stress and have fun. My athletic
(or ability to create comic relief for
others) expanded when my husband and I
joined the residents' softball team, "Big Daddy's Night
Floaters". When I get a spare moment, I also love to
garden, take pictures, make homemade greeting cards and other
arts and crafts projects, and cuddle with our 115-lb monster
dog, two rabbits, cockatiels and our latest pet project
2 hermit crabs.