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Amanda Day, DO
Chief Resident

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, IN
Undergrad: Indiana University, IN
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, IN 
Professional Interests: Musculoskeletal, Pain Medicine, Cancer Rehabilitation, Women's Health
Why you chose Minnesota: I participated in an away rotation with this residency program as a medical student. Everyone was welcoming and supportive. I knew this program was a good personal and professional fit for me.
What you love most about Minnesota: The Twin Cities are great and have a lot to offer. However, I appreciate the nature and outdoor aspects of Minnesota even more.

Christopher Meserve, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Kennebunk, ME
Undergrad: Earlham College, IN
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, VT
Professional Interests: Pain medicine, MSK, SCI, neuromuscular/EMG, general rehabilitation
Why you chose Minnesota: During my interview, I liked how everyone was welcoming and helpful. Also, it seemed like the current residents were happy and enjoyed their rotations. Overall, it seemed like the residency culture was very positive, and the faculty were committed to our education.
What you love most about Minnesota: The biking paths in the city are fantastic! The city parks are beautiful, and I have enjoyed visiting places closer to the North Shore. Even the cold winters are filled with fun activities around the Twin Cities.

Michael Nguyen, MD, MPH
Chief Resident

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington - Biochemistry and Chemistry 
Graduate: University of California, Los Angeles - Environmental Health Sciences
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Neuro-rehabilitation, Health Services Research, Disability Advocacy
Why you chose Minnesota: A strong focus on neuro-rehabilitation, passionate teaching faculty, and opportunities to pursue clinical research.
What you love most about Minnesota: Experiencing four seasons.

Matthew Puderbaugh, DO
Medical Resident

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Undergrad: Washburn University Topeka, KS
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Brain Injury and Polytrauma, Pain, Manual Therapy, Zymergy
Why you chose Minnesota: Great staff, diverse training sites, fantastic attendings.
What you love most about Minnesota: The State Fair (and all the breweries).

Robert Sjoholm, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Danderyd, Sweden; Burnsville, MN
Undergrad: Hope College in Holland, MI - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Medical School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Neurorehabilitation (e.g. stroke and spinal cord injury), spasticity management, pain medicine, medical humanities, research/innovation
Why you chose Minnesota: Depth and variety of opportunities in neurorehabilitation, program director/faculty/residents, proximity to family/friends.
What you love most about Minnesota: Everything outdoors (e.g. cross-country skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, camping/hiking), the change in seasons, the plethora of great things to do with our daughter, and all Minnesota sports teams.

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Mahmood Alatbee, MBChB
Medical Resident

Hometown: Basrah, Iraq
Undergrad: Arabic Board of Medical Specialities of Family Medicine Basrah, Iraq
Medical School: Babylon University College of Medicine, Iraq
Professional Interests: Pediatrics rehabilitation medicine and global physiatry
What you love most about Minnesota: Spending time outdoors in parks and around lakes in Minnesota!

David Balser, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Augusta, GA
Undergrad: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York University
Professional Interests: New technologies in rehabilitation, Evidence Based Medicine, Therapeutic recreation
Why you chose Minnesota: Friendly, goodhearted, and optimistic people and a thorough experience in Veteran centered care.
What you love most about Minnesota: The willingness to share experiences and support with one another regardless of background or station. Also, state fair pork chops on a stick.

Joseph Benert, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Concussion, (Pediatric) Sports medicine
Why you chose Minnesota: I felt welcomed to the program, even as a visiting medical student. I liked that the program provides opportunities to train in a variety of hospital settings - academic, county, VA, pediatrics. There's support for residents to pursue their interests; if you can dream it the program will let you chase it. Throw in the opportunity to come home, and it made perfect sense.
What you love most about Minnesota: We get all four seasons, and there's so much to do in all of them. My wife and I personally enjoy camping on one of the many lakes, biking throughout the Twin Cities, driving "up north" to see the fall colors, and pulling out our ice skates all winter.

Juan Querubin, DO
Medical Resident

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Undergrad: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Physician Leadership, Palliative Care, MSK, Interventional Pain, SCI
Why you chose Minnesota: Nearly all of my physiatry mentors graduated from this residency program. It has an amazing roster of excellent PM&R clinician and researcher alumni, and I wanted to become a product of similar training. Residents rotate through academic, community, and VA and I believe experience in these diverse training sites will help inform how I formulate my ideal practice.
What you love most about Minnesota: There's a lot to do all year round with the four seasons, and proximity to family is very nice since MN is home to both my wife and I. 

Jonathan Reisman, DO
Medical Resident

Hometown: Elizabeth, NJ
Undergrad: Yeshiva University 
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Pain and Sports Medicine. In particular, I am interested in treatment that combines the physical and spiritual/mental domains.
Why I chose Minnesota: This program is extremely academic and family-oriented.
What I love most about Minnesota: I love how clean and beautiful it is.

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Ovuokerie Addoh, MD, PhD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Delta State, Nigeria
Undergrad/Medical School: Oba Okunade Sijuade College of Health Sciences, Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria
Graduate: PhD Health & Kinesiology: University of Mississippi
Professional Interests: General rehabilitation with an emphasis in cardiopulmonary & stroke rehab, EMG, and adaptive sports/Invictus games©; translational physical activity behavior research; health equity; academic PM&R
Why you chose Minnesota: I had a great experience interviewing with the PMR program at UM and felt like I connected well with the program’s structure, faculty, staff, and residents. It was the best fit for me and my wife!
What you love most about Minnesota: “Winter Is Coming.”

John Casnovsky, DO
Medical Resident

Hometown: Sussex, WI
Undergrad: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Medical School: Kansas City University
Professional Interests: General Rehab, Spinal Cord Injury, Pain Medicine
Why you chose Minnesota: I chose Minnesota because of the diverse patient population, supportive faculty, and the family atmosphere of the program.
What you love most about Minnesota: Being close to family, weekends on a patio, and attending MN sporting events.

Sarah Mahasin, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Medical School: King Saud University - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Preliminary Year: Case Western Reserve University, Internal Medicine Residency Program - Cleveland, Ohio
Professional Interests: Neurorehabilitation, amputee, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, academic medicine, medical education
Why you chose Minnesota: I felt welcomed during my interview and the program is a great fit for me. There are several rotations in different subspecialties to be a well-rounded physiatrist. The program has a strong emphasis on education and research with a lot of opportunities to participate. The residency culture is positive and supportive. Also, program leadership is very involved and always accessible.
What you love most about Minnesota: Minneapolis is a diverse and vibrant city with a lot of things to do especially the great outdoors and it’s beautiful during the summer. Although the Mall of America is my favorite place.

Nicholas Peterson, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Hastings, MN
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Spinal cord injury and interventional spine
Why you chose Minnesota: Professional connections and the personality of the program.
What you love most about Minnesota: The boundary waters, the people and the breweries.

Akhil Shori, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Chandigarh, India
Undergrad: Army School Western Command, India
Medical School: College of Medical Sciences, Bharatpur, Nepal
Professional Interests: Interventional pain, sports medicine, research in exoskeletons, wearable orthosis and assistive devices in Spinal cord injury patients
Why you chose Minnesota: The PM&R program at the University of Minnesota provides well-rounded training at multiple sites with different patient populations. Being at Minnesota felt like being at home.
What you love most about Minnesota: It is an amazing city with warm people, diversity, trails, lakes, and breweries.

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Kathy Guo, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergrad: Bates College
Medical School: St. George’s University
Professional Interests: Pediatric rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, and public health
Why you chose Minnesota: I had a chance to rotate here in medical school, and I loved how close-knit and friendly the residents all were. The program and its faculty are very supportive of residents pursuing a wide range of interests, and clearly care about the success of residents.
What you love most about Minnesota: I enjoy everything from exploring the many lakes of Minnesota to the restaurants and breweries. I love how diverse Minneapolis is! 

Grant Gustafson, DO
Medical Resident

Hometown: Pella, Iowa
Undergrad: Central College
Medical School: Kansas City University
Professional Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Pain Management, Sports Medicine
Why you chose Minnesota: During my interview, the University of Minnesota just felt like home. It was clear from the beginning this was a family-oriented program, top to bottom. I also felt confident would be supported in pursuing both my personal and professional goals during my time here.
What you love most about Minnesota: The city has so much to offer with restaurants and breweries but I am most excited about fully experiencing the four seasons with outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and biking. 

Kersten Schwanz, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Undergrad: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Medical School: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine, Ultrasound, Training-Associated Injuries, Athlete Monitoring and Performance, Adaptive Sports, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise is Medicine/Preventative Training, Biomechanics, Education
Why you chose Minnesota: At its core, Minnesota offers me endless opportunities for professional and personal growth that I could never replicate at any other program. Here, I am surrounded by individuals from multiple disciplines who challenge me to be my best within a light-hearted environment where I know I thrive. Most importantly, as a die-hard Gopher, I bleed maroon and gold.
What you love most about Minnesota: I grew up here and honestly love the balance of environment and all the fun places around the state. I am an outdoorsy person, so I love all of the adventures that are around the Cities and up north. The Mississippi River is an absolute favorite, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. Plus, it's a great place for me as a foodie because of all the great restaurants.

Mark Volker, MD
Medical Resident

Hometown: Cambridge, MN
Undergrad: Hamline University
Medical School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Sports, MSK ultrasound, Interventional spine
Why you chose Minnesota: Minnesota is home. Having spent my whole life here, coupled with an impressive family-friendly PM&R program, the choice was an easy one.
What you love most about Minnesota: Experiencing the beauty of all 4 seasons and the wide variety of activities that go along with them.

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