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Class of 2020  Research Family Medicine Residency

 

Rachel Allen, MD

 

 

Life before residency:

I was born and raised in Sabetha, Kansas. A small town with no stop lights. I attended K-State for my undergraduate degree and then moved to Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I spent two years in KC and then moved to Wichita for my clinical rotations.

 

Memorable moments:

I married my husband, Mitch on December 31, 2015.

 

Why I chose RMC:

On my interview day, I had an overwhelming sense that RMC was a place that residents receive exceptional training. Part of that comes from the structure of the program: incredible inpatient experience, great opportunities for OB training, constant exposure to outpatient medicine, etc. But what really sold me on Research was the comradery between the residents and the faculty. Everyone from first year residents to seasoned faculty members spoke passionately about the program and they all commented on how encouraging and supportive everyone was towards one another. I knew residency would be tiring and difficult. My goal was to find a program that pushed me to work hard and learn as much as possible but also allowed me to feel supported every step of the way. I was ecstatic when I opened my match day letter because I knew at RMC, I had found just what I was looking for.

 

Hobbies & Interests:

Traveling, reading, watching Netflix, running, and my favorite- spending time with my friends and family.

 

Other interesting things about me:

I have fears about many animals, but my most intense and irrational fear would have to be birds.

 

Daniel Haire, DO

 

 

Emily Hansen, DO

 

Life Before residency:

I grew up in rural Iowa on a hobby farm raising chickens, horses, and rabbits. A lot of my time was, and still is, spent outdoors. I went to college at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In college I majored in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Art.

After undergrad, I went to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for Medical School. I spent third and fourth year in Wichita, but missed Kansas City and wanted to come back to the big city.

 

Memorable moments:

My two most memorable moments are from away rotations as a medical student. Two years in a row I went to Guatemala for a month with DOcare and became passionate about serving underserved communities. My second experience, was spending a month doing pediatric medicine at the Alaskan Native Hospital. There I served the Native Alaskan population and even learned a few words in Yupik. While there I flew over glaciers and even got to see the start of the Iditarod!

 

Why I chose RMC:

There were three things I wanted in a Residency: OMT, integrative medicine, and a strong inpatient medicine experience. Research had all 3 of these things, in addition to a wonderful work environment. As a sub-intern at the program I felt welcomed and encouraged to learn.

 

Hobbies & Interests:

Spending time outside, Reading, Gardening, Cooking/Baking, Yoga, Wheel-Thrown Pottery, and Watching Netflix while knitting

 

Other interesting things about me:

I live with fellow resident Rhiannon Talbot and can say the alphabet really fast backwards.

 

Christine Khong, MD

 

 

Rachel McDonald, MD

 

I was born and raised a Kansas City girl! I went to college at Rockhurst University-- where I met my now husband, Michael-- and double-majored in Biology and Psychology.  After college I went straight to medical school at Saint Louis University. During med school we adopted two kittens, Darth Vader and Cleopatra, and a Siberian Husky named Keeva.  We also got engaged, married, moved back to Kansas City, and bought a house! I chose Family Medicine because I liked everything I did in medical school-- pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatry, surgery-- and this specialty affords me the luxury of tailoring my practice to encompass all of those in a primary care setting.  I chose Research because of its location and reputation for being the best Family Medicine program in KC.  I also chose it because my father received top-of-the-line care here when he was being treated for cancer.  Overall, I could not be happier with my decision to work at Research Family Medicine Residency Program!

 

Sean Rutschke, DO

 

 

Sabrina Sahadevan, MD

 

Life before residency: I grew up in Toronto (Scarborough stand up!) with two of the greatest parents and an awesome brother and sister. I went on to do my BSc and MSc at the University of Guelph before heading to Saba for med school.

 

Memorable moments: I went on a graduation trip across Europe with my best friend and it was a trip of a lifetime! My sister had my nephew this year and he’s the center of my universe, couldn’t be more grateful for him.  

 

Why I chose RMC: I was lucky enough to rotate here as a student several times and in those experiences I quickly learned about the general culture of the program; it’s truly the warmest, non-hostile work environment I’ve ever been in. It made my choice easy

 

Hobbies & Interests: My husband and I are big foodies! We like to scope out the food scene of every city we’ve been to so I would say eating food is my greatest and most cherished hobby haha. I love reading and hope to sneak a few books in through residency when I can.

 

 

Joseph Sayegh, MD

 

 

Ben Saylor, DO

 

 

Katy Schlepphorst, MD

 

 

Rhiannon Talbot, DO

 

 

 

Chelsea Willis, DO

 

Life before residency:

I went to medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. I also completed a year long Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Fellowship in between my third and fourth year of medical school.  I taught in the classroom, practiced manipulation, and performed clinical research.

Memorable moments:

One of my memorable moments of this program was working the night shift as a medical student on my audition rotation.  The residents were really smart, worked really hard, and had a great sense of humor.

Why I chose RMC:

Great inpatient training with an open ICU.  OB training comes from both the OBGYN hospitalists and the family medicine faculty.  It is an unopposed residency program.  Research Medical Center is the hub for all other HCA facilities in the KC metro.  Great communication with specialists.

Hobbies & Interests:

Going to concerts, spending time with my family, playing Frisbee golf, traveling.

Other interesting things about me:

I was an All American soccer player at Baker University and we placed third at the National Tournament for the first time in our history.

 

 

Class of 2021  Research Family Medicine Residency

 

Tiffany Bland

 

 

 

Ashley Cefalu

 

Life before residency:
I grew up in Gilroy, California, and did my undergraduate studies in Cellular Biology at UC Davis. After college I worked in the Bay Area as an EMT, and also spent time doing clinical research in Anesthesiology at UC Davis before moving to Las Vegas to attend Touro University Nevada for medical school.

Memorable moments:
Meeting my partner, Vlad, in medical school, and following him all the way to Kansas City for residency! My family joined me for the long drive from Las Vegas to Missouri, and we got to spend an entire week together exploring the national parks in Utah and beautiful Colorado.

Why I chose RMC:
When I rotated at Research for my sub-internship, every resident and faculty member treated me with kindness and genuinely included me as a major part of the team. The unopposed program, in depth training in all spectrums of Family Medicine, and opportunity to continue to use my OMT skills are all what drew me to the program, but it was the people here that made my decision to choose RMC easy.

Hobbies and interests:
I love hiking and being outside, and I also love to read. I am currently trying to make my way through all of Stephen King’s novels. I started taking dance lessons at 2 years old, and am up for anything fun involving dancing. My niece and nephew are my two favorite little people, and I love to video chat with them any time I can!

Other interesting things about me:
Anime has been my most recent binge-worthy obsession, so suggestions for new shows are always welcome.

 

Angela Chuda

 

 

 

Addia DeAllie

 

 

Oscar Lu

 

Life before residency:
Completed medical school at KCU in Kansas City

Memorable moments:
While on OB rotation at RMC in fourth year of medical school, there was a particularly busy night on the OB floor. Several patients were coming into the OB ER, laboring and induction patients were being admitted…story short, it was a busy evening. Despite this, every resident, faculty, and staff remained respectful and supportive to one another. That night helped provide me with an inspiring real-life, working definition of what a ‘care team’ meant.

Why I chose RMC:
I rotated with RMC RMFP in medical school. Here, care teams were seen consistently providing compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable patient care to a diverse patient population of various acuities. They also exhibited a tremendous level of patience and nurturing of my medical knowledge development as a medical student. Even before the end of my rotation, I knew this was an environment, culture, and family I desired to become part of, so that I may someday provide the level of care every families’ loved ones deserve.

Hobbies & Interests:
Gardening, Working-out at the gym, Walking and Spending time with family and friends

Other interesting things about me:
Developed a fascination with germinating and growing fruits/vegetables from seed to plant. This all started with successful germination and winterizing of thirty to forty passion fruit plants, as well as forty or so lemon plants, over the past year.

 

Sarah Otter

 

Life before residency:

I am originally from Germany. I moved to the states with my family as a child. I lived in California for many years and then in Arizona for a few years. I went to the University of Arizona for undergrad and A.T. Still University in Kirksville for medical school.

Memorable moments:

A memorable moment for me was graduating from medical school. It was a long journey that I never thought would be possible.

Why I chose RMC:

I chose this program because of the people and the learning opportunities. I also chose it because of the multiple learning tracks that are available.

Hobbies & Interests:

I have been horseback riding since I was young, and I will continue to do so. I also enjoy spending time with family and my dog. Other interests include volleyball, hiking, movies, and checking out new foodie restaurants.

Other interesting things about me:

An interesting thing about me is that I speak German. I am also the first person in my family to go to school in the US.

 

Ziva Patt-Rappaport

 

 

Life before residency:
I went to medical school at Kansas City University of medicine and biosciences. Prior to my journey to becoming a physician, I was a professional musician. I played violin in symphony orchestras, a string quartet and a string trio, and taught violin to kids ages 4-84.

Memorable moments:
Hiking the Colorado Rockies, breathing the fresh, cool air, listening to the sounds of nature. – the births of my two children. – Taking a walk with my then fiancée (now husband) and noting that life with him would not be boring (and he proved me right!).

Why I chose RMC:
I chose RMC because of the family feel of the program; the socioeconomic and racial diversity of our patient population; the program provides an opportunity to pursue my interests (having an OB track); and it is in my hometown, Kansas City!

Hobbies & Interests:
running! (having completed 6 marathons so far), wine tasting, hiking, listening to Jazz music.

Other interesting things about me:

I have completed an Ironman 70.3 race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 miles run). At some point in my life (after residency) I am planning to complete a 140.6 Ironman race.

 

Logan Rice

 

Life before residency:
I was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I am a proud alumni of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and obtained a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree with a minor in Religious Studies. I then took a year off before I went to University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas to obtain my medical degree. I have been in Arkansas my whole life but am excited to continue my medical education in Missouri.

Memorable moments:
Before residency, I subjectively lived my best life. I bought an epic ski pass and skied 400k vertical feet throughout Colorado, Utah, and Lake Tahoe. I lounged on beaches. I visited multiple major cities in America I had never been to. I went on a two week trip to Germany and visited Munich, Salzburg (Austria), Cologne, and Berlin. Also, I enjoy hiking in order to see the beauty of nature and my top 3 hikes I have completed are Yosemite, multiple places around Lake Tahoe, and Baden-Baden, Germany (sorry, Arkansas).

Why I chose RMC:
I chose RMC because it is an unopposed program in a major Midwestern city. I really enjoyed my interview dinner and felt that this program could help me obtain the skills I wanted to acquire during my residency training. Furthermore, I was very impressed with the strong didactic curriculum. It also didn’t hurt that Kansas City is the birthplace of Family Medicine and this specialty is well respected in the community with unparalleled training compared to others parts of America.

Hobbies & Interests:
The motto of my undergrad college was “unto the whole person” and I try to exemplify that as much as I can. I enjoy physical fitness, outdoor recreation, cooking, reading non-medical books for fun, traveling to experience diverse cultures and food, as well as educating myself in politics, economics, and history. I have been a fan of athletics my entire life and my plan is to pursue a Sports Medicine Fellowship after RMC.

Other interesting things about me:
I am an avid swimmer and can argue how it is the best cardiovascular exercise (with data to back it up). I suffered a compression fracture in my lumbar spine from a car wreck in High School and was ‘cured’ by Pilates which motivated me to become credentialed as an instructor. If I wasn’t a doctor, I would likely be a sports statistician because numbers fascinate me. Both of my little sisters play tennis for the University of Arkansas (Woo pig). Death before decaf!

 

 

Emily Stoll

 

Life before residency:

I grew up in a suburb of Des Moines, IA with two sisters and my parents. I went to undergrad at Drake University where I studied Biology and Biochemistry/cell/molecular biology! I also met my husband there while we studied abroad on the same trip! We moved to KC together when I got accepted to KCU for med school. Prior to med school, I worked as a CNA at a nursing home, which influenced my love for the geriatric

 

Memorable moments:

Getting my dog, Pippen, first year of med school!!!

- Getting married

- Falling in love with full scope family medicine

- Matching to my #1 residency program!

 

Why I chose RMC:

Let me count the reasons! It has everything I was looking for in a program in a large metro city plus it's unopposed (in a major level 1 trauma center), which is crazy. I want to practice OB/gyn and do deliveries after I graduate, so I wanted a program with an OB track, which we have. I wanted a program that embraced OMM. I'm also indecisive and know I may change my mind about what I want to do when I'm done, so I wanted a program that was well-rounded in all aspects (hospital, clinic, peds, OB/gyn, urgent care, global health, etc.) and prepared its residents to be competent in practicing in any situation; RMC was one of the only programs I found that did this based on all the different settings where our graduates end up practicing. I love advocacy as well, and love the fact that the AAFP is housed here in KC. Plus I fell in love with all the people at the residency when I did my sub-I and visited! (They really are my new family and I love them - all three years of residents! It's amazing!  Plus ALL THE FREE FOOD/DRINKS! (Including the blue/cotton candy flavored Rockstar which is a must on in-patient

 

Hobbies & Interests:

- Snuggling/napping with my dog

- Going to movies/Netflix binges with my husband

- Hanging out with my friends and sisters esp. eating/drinking

- Spending time with my co-residents

- HARRY POTTER anything!!!

- singing (poorly) esp. anything Disney

- Travel!

- Doing all the fun thing KC has to offer: Royals, Chiefs, Sporting, Mavericks, shopping, River Market, Restaurants

 

Other interesting things about me:

- Favorite animal: (besides my fur baby) is a pig

- Favorite food: Pickles or mashed potatoes (then breakfast foods)

- Favorite drink: Bloody Mary

- Favorite Show: tough decision but probably Parks and Rec

- Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice

- Favorite book: Harry Potter (1, 3, 6, 4, 7, 2, 5

- in that order) - Snapchat is my primary form of communication

- I used to run and play soccer, but now I just eat cake and take naps instead

 

Jessica Testa

 

 

Anne Valburg

 

 

Life before residency:

After graduating from KU, I taught English in South Korea for about three years. I returned to the States and, after completing the prerequisites, I applied for medical school at KU Med in Kansas City.

Memorable moments:

I went to Symphony on the Prairie last year. There was a cattle drive over the hill during the music. While it was fairly hot outside, the experience was incredible.

Why I chose RMC:

I chose RMC because I wanted an unopposed Family Medicine program with a strong medicine component. I was also very impressed with the noontime lecture that I sat in on during my interview.

Hobbies & Interests:

I enjoy hiking, gardening, bird watching, and cooking. When I have time, I kayak and fish with Ryan (my partner). Walking my dog in the early morning quiet is one of my favorite things.

Other interesting things about me:

I am a proponent of the Oxford comma.

 

 

 

Dianne Winter

 

 

Class of 2022  Research Family Medicine Residency

 

 

Cristianna Abilez, M.D.

 

 

Life Before Residency: I went to undergrad at Texas A&M University and majored in Biology, Grad school at UNT Health Science Center in Clinical Research Management, Medical School at Trinity School of Medicine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Memorable Moments: I got married to my best friend during medical school. We have a two year old son and he keeps us on our toes!

 

Why I chose RMC: From the interview dinner with the residents to the tour of the hospital and clinic, everyone I met was friendly and excited to share their program with us. It was very uplifting to meet a group of people that work really hard and might have rough days, but get through it together and act more like a family than a group of co-workers. I feel very lucky to be supported and mentored by such wonderful co-residents, attendings, nurses and office staff.

 

Hobbies and Interests: I really like to visit breweries at all of the new places I get to visit. I also enjoy Yoga (when I have free time) and listening to history and true crime podcasts.

 

Other Interesting Things About Me: I come from a giant and close-knit family in Texas. I was raised by a “village” of my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. They always supported and believed in me and I wouldn’t have become a physician without them.

 

 

 

Samer Abu-Amer

 

 

Patrick Akin

 

 

 

Conrad Bajor

 

Life before residency:

Originally from Michigan, I was born to two Polish immigrant parents and raised, along with my younger brother, in the greater metro-Detroit area. Much of my life was spent close to where I grew up and I completed my undergraduate degree at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Having worked in pharmacy since I was 18, my original plan was to become a pharmacist. But after thinking hard about how to combine all my health-related interests, I decided to switch to medicine and completed my medical degree at Michigan State University (MSU). I spent my clinical years of medical school in the greater Flint, MI area. During my time at MSU, I also completed a Lifestyle Medicine fellowship, which involves coaching patients to treat chronic diseases with diet, exercise, and stress management.

 

Memorable moments:

  • ·     I completed two healthcare study abroad programs both before and during medical school: one in Japan and another in South Korea. They were phenomenal experiences and now I recommend everyone do something like it!

  • ·     After learning everything I could, I left my job as an inpatient pharmacy technician shortly before residency began. It sounds crazy looking back, but I can’t believe that I worked there for 11 years!

  • ·     I spent most of my time prior to residency with my family and close friends. I took two amazing trips as well, visiting both New Orleans and Seattle.   

 

Why I chose RMC:

During my interview season I travelled just about all over the U.S. to find a program that interested me the most. I knew that I wanted to explore and leave my hometown for the first time in my life, so that was step one. It was difficult for me, but in the end RMC left me with the best “gut-feeling.” The sense of strong inpatient-outpatient balance, supportive faculty, and challenging environment were big pros for me coming to this program. I also felt that RMC gave me the best balance of great medicine combined with being away from home (but not too far!). 

 

Hobbies & Interests:

Just like I’d recommend to my patients, I believe that exercise is a crucial part of daily life. I enjoy weight lifting and cardio workouts about five days per week – it helps keeps my body fit, my mind sharp, and my stress levels down! Along with exercising, I love cooking healthy (but still tasty) dishes! I’ll make everything from quiches to Thai food to plain old chicken and veggies. My other hobbies include visiting national parks, international travel, kayaking and, of course, craft beer!

 

Other interesting things about me:

·     I speak Polish fluently. I hated going to afterschool classes when I was younger, but now I definitely respect my parents for “making me” learn Polish.

·     I make bomb cheesecakes (Nutella seems to be the favorite)!

 

Stephanie Baker, M.D.

 

Life before residency:
I grew up in rural Illinois, and I am the first in my family to attend college. I went to Monmouth College for my undergraduate studies and A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri for medical school.

Memorable moments:
When I graduated from college my entire family, (parents, siblings, in-laws, grandparents, aunts, uncles) I mean everyone, surprised me by attending my graduation. My family is incredibly supportive, and they never cease to amaze me.

Why I chose RMC:
RMC goes above and beyond to make everyone they interact with feel welcome and valued. Family is very important to me, and Kansas City is far from home, but RMC has truly created its own family atmosphere. I am also impressed with the genuine patient care and top-notch education here at RMC.

Hobbies & Interests:
My husband and I enjoy hiking, biking, playing disc golf, and exploring new places. We also enjoy cooking dinner for friends and hosting board game nights.

Other interesting things about me:
My best friend in high school became my husband in medical school. He has really pushed me out of my “rural bubble”, and we have had some amazing adventures together.

 

Gretchen Beer, D.O.

 

Life before residency:
I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up with two older brothers and two yellow labs. I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I earned my degree in Biology and competitively figure skated in my free time. I relocated to Kansas City for medical school at Kansas City University. After graduating with my D.O./M.B.A. dual degree, I’ve enjoyed traveling the United States ahead of the start of residency!

Memorable moments:
Seeing my first patient on my own
Living in Denmark and seeing my family members
Getting married to my wonderful husband, Artem, in 2017
Celebrating Match Day after matching into this residency program (my first choice!)
Jumping in a waterfall in Hawaii this summer

Why I chose RMC:
After rotating at this residency program as a medical student, returning to the program for an interview felt like “coming home.” Everyone is so friendly, supportive, and intelligent – so, it was easy to imagine myself being successful as a resident, too!

Hobbies & Interests:
I’ve figure skated since I was 3 years old, and it’s still my preferred stress reliever. I also enjoy visiting breweries, reading, traveling internationally, and petting lots of dogs at the park!

Other interesting things about me:
I come from a family of teachers. Originally, as a child, I planned to become a high school science teacher. These days, I look forward to educating my patients and coaching them towards wellness and a better future!

 

Long Bui, M.D.

 

 

Life before residency:
I was born in Kansas City and have basically stayed and trained here all my life.  I went to St. Pius X high school and Rockhurst University for undergrad.  I have three cats that I absolutely adore and recently got engaged. I’ve been a Kansas City native all my life and am happy to be able to stay here and give back to the community.

Memorable moments:
My favorite medical moment was being a part of a team assisting in my first c-section.  It was very spontaneous and I was in the middle of eating breakfast.  It was very fast paced but it was really cool to be able to participate in. 
My favorite moments outside of medicine was going to Iceland recently.  I was able to ride a horse for the first time, had some amazing hiking trails, and went scuba diving in 30 degree water!

Why I chose RMC:
 I chose RMC because it was close to home and it matched with what my goals were. I wanted to be in a great training program.  The idea of being able to participate in all these different tracks such as integrative or Obstetrics.  The residents were also all incredibly friendly and it seems like they have the perfect work life balance I’m looking for.

Hobbies & Interests:
I love to hike, swim, and workout in the gym.  I’m big into road trips and am often trying to plan a quick little weekend road trip somewhere.  I’m big into music and recently got into country music but will listen to anything. 

Other interesting things about me:
Ask me about my cats.  I’ll show you pictures. 

 

Arian Culp

 

 

Katherine Field

 

 

Alexander N. Gabrovsky, MD, PhD, MPhil

 

Life before residency:
I grew up in L.A. (go Lakers!) but lived for a time in coastal Maine and Provence, France before age 10. I received my B.A. from UCLA and was premed at Johns Hopkins. I studied abroad for two semesters in China, learning Mandarin, and also lived 5+ years in the United Kingdom, obtaining a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature at the University of Cambridge in England. After Cambridge, I moved back to L.A. and caught a serious case of the surfing bug. Before medical school, I published an academic book based on my Ph.D. dissertation on the history of medieval alchemy/astronomy and the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer. Published by Macmillan, it's entitled Chaucer the Alchemist: Physics, Mutability and the Medieval Imagination. I got my M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia.

Memorable moments:
On New Year's Eve 2018, I climbed to the peak of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in the UK, and ate a delicious homemade flapjack at the summit while simultaneously losing all sensation in my fingers.

Why I chose RMC:
President Harry Truman praised RMC as "a great institution for health," a tradition dating back to 1886, and I strongly agree: it's a challenging program that is uniquely unopposed and inpatient-focused while also a Level 1 Trauma Center in an underserved urban community. I'm interested in RMC's integrative medicine track as well as Emergency Medicine. Having family roots in KC, I wanted to return to my birthplace and be near relatives. Importantly, I really dig the jazz scene and KC barbecue!

Hobbies and interests:
Since my Ph.D., I've developed a passion for paleopathology (the study of ancient diseases). I researched skeletal remains from a medieval gravesite in Italy while based for a summer at the University of Pisa. I furthered this interest with a research grant during medical school to investigate cardiovascular diseases in South American mummies at the Paleopathology Research Laboratory in Virginia, where I worked on mummy specimens from Peru and published a paper on the ancient cultural practice of coca chewing. I later combined this interest with my lifelong passion for the Middle Ages, publishing a paper last year on visual depictions of common endocrine disorders (including diabetes) in a fifteenth-century illustrated cipher manuscript (the Voynich Manuscript).

Other interesting things about me:
I'm 6'6'' and played basketball as a traditional center while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge. I also play the viola.

 

Sabina Lin

 

 

 

James Sweeney