Duluth Residents

  • First year: Class of 2024
  • Second Year: Class of 2023
  • Third year: Class of 2022
  • Graduates
  • First year: Class of 2024

    Kyle Bakken, MDKyle Bakken, MD

    Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum and rural family medicine with obstetrics, wilderness medicine, and hospice and palliative care.
    Personal interests: The outdoors. Fishing, boating, kayaking/canoeing, scuba diving, camping, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, curling, photography. I also enjoy reading historical non-fiction books and classic novels.
    Why Duluth: I was drawn to the Duluth program for its strong training in traditional full-spectrum family medicine with a well-known emphasis on obstetrics and women's health. I am also happy to be part of a residency with such an active role in community mental health and psychiatric care. During my interview, the authenticity and thoughtfulness of the residents, faculty, and staff made it easy to imagine Duluth as a future training location. The city has easy access to outdoor destinations and is on the doorstep of an abundance of incredibly beautiful natural areas in the Upper Midwest. Overall, I chose Duluth because I felt I would be fully prepared for the wide scope of a physician practicing in any rural or resource-limited environment.

     

    Ethan BurlingameEthan Burlingame, DO

    Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 
    Medical interests: Rural family medicine and sports medicine. 
    Personal interests: Outdoor activities such as running, fishing, hunting, ice hockey, softball, golf, disc golf, forestry, table tennis, kayaking, gardening, and snowmobiling. I also enjoy playing fantasy football with friends, watching movies, and rooting for the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Wild.
    Why Duluth: Duluth has an excellent reputation for training family medicine physicians who want to work in rural areas. As a physician, I hope to treat a wide variety of patients and do as many hands-on procedures as possible. I know Duluth's curriculum will prepare me with the skillset needed to provide excellent care for my patients. Being from Minnesota, I could not think of a more beautiful place to live than Duluth. My significant other and I both love outdoor activities, and Duluth offers a limitless amount of opportunities.

     

    Bisola Omoba, MDBisola Omoba, MD

    Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
    Medical interests: I am interested in community medicine, underserved medicine, broad-spectrum rural family medicine, and procedures. 
    Personal interests: I love painting canvas with acrylics and cooking. I love to eat! During the pandemic, I enjoyed remixing EDM music on GarageBand. 
    Why Duluth: I could not have chosen a better or stronger program to train at. Duluth is known for its strong reputation for exceptional training in family medicine. Whether you are interested in academia, private practice, or rural medicine, this program will prepare you for anything your future holds. What really set this program apart was the faculty. You can tell that the love that the program director and the associate program director put into this program is genuine, and the faculty will do everything in their power to get you the training you deserve. 

     

    Payton Schultz, MDPayton Schultz, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: I am interested in practicing full-spectrum rural family medicine with particular interests in obstetrics and sports medicine.
    Personal interests: I enjoy doing anything outdoors, including running, hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross country skiing. I'm also always up for a good Hallmark movie!
    Why Duluth: I hope to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural community, and I know that Duluth's rigorous curriculum and strong OB training will equip me well to do just that. As a medical student in Duluth, I was always impressed by the residency's rich involvement in the community, and I am excited to be able to give back. In addition, the views of Lake Superior while driving to work can't be beaten, and the many outdoor opportunities throughout the city are unmatched! 

     

    Jamie Simmons, MDJamie Simmons, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental health.
    Personal interests: Hockey, baseball, snowboarding, and motorcycles.
    Why Duluth: Excellent training, beautiful area, and great people.

     

     

    Marissa Wheeler, MDMarissa Wheeler, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School 
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum rural family medicine, women's health, preventative care, procedures, and addiction medicine.
    Personal interests: Spending time with friends and family, watching my dog, camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and traveling to new places. 
    Why Duluth: I am looking to practice as a rural physical after residency, and Duluth's strong reputation for providing outstanding broad-spectrum family medicine training made it seem like the perfect fit to match my needs. I completed a sub-internship with the program during my fourth year of medical school and during that time all of the staff, faculty, and residents were so kind and welcoming. In addition, Duluth is a fantastic place to live, and I am looking forward to participating in many of the outdoor activities that the area has to offer. 

     

    Bailey Wolding, DOBailey Wolding, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: I am interested in full-spectrum family practice with an emphasis on rural and addiction medicine. 
    Personal interests: I love to mountain bike, canoe, hike, and do anything outside with my dog Lana! I also like to read and bake sourdough bread with my fiancé. 
    Why Duluth: I chose Duluth as it offers well-rounded, full-spectrum training in a place that I love. I also appreciated the welcoming and supportive attitude of the staff and other residents.

  • Second Year: Class of 2023

    Courtney Donahoe, DOCourtney Donahoe, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum rural family medicine, sports medicine, women's health, and emergency medicine.
    Personal interests: I enjoy water skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, running, and spending time outdoors with my husband, family, and friends. I also play acoustic guitar, and I like to cook.
    Why Duluth: Duluth has a strong reputation for its exceptional training in full-spectrum family medicine. I plan to practice in a rural setting, so this type of broad training is essential. One thing that sets Duluth apart is its culture. On my interview day, the residents seemed happy, and they were excited to talk about their passions. I'm excited to be part of such a hardworking, motivated, and friendly community. Location was another reason I chose Duluth. When we visited Duluth, my husband and I instantly fell in love with the area. We are thrilled to call Duluth home for the next three years!

     

    Joshua Godding, MDJoshua Godding, MD

    Medical school: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, preventive medicine, emergency medicine, procedures, improving access, and utilization of health care resources for underserved populations.
    Personal interests: Exploring outdoors, relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea, spending time with family and friends, cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling abroad.
    Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for residency because it is an academically affiliated program with an exceptional reputation for training strong, full-spectrum family medicine physicians. Residency is the time to dive into medicine and build your foundation for a great future career, and Duluth offers all the tools to do that. The residents, faculty, and staff are so friendly, and that camaraderie and positive learning environment were important to me as well. It also helps that the program is nestled in one of my favorite places in Minnesota!

     

    Jamie Hammer, MDJamie Hammer, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Geriatric medicine and addiction medicine.
    Personal interests: Spending time with my husband and newborn daughter, running, home brewing, collecting sea glass, hiking, and camping.
    Why Duluth: I moved to Duluth as an undergraduate and haven't wanted to leave! I love the residency's commitment to the community, particularly its connection with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment. The easy access to hiking trails and the Lake Superior beaches are an added bonus.

     

    Lucas Henningsen, MDLucas Henningsen, MD

    Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, OB, pediatrics, and hospital medicine.
    Personal interests: I love being outdoors, whether it's on the slopes, in the woods, or on the lake. A few favorites include backpacking, skiing, hunting, and canoeing. When I'm indoors, you can usually find me reading, playing guitar, curling, watching hockey, or curled up on the couch with my wife and dog watching "The Office."
    Why Duluth: My interest in rural, broad-spectrum family medicine meant that I was looking for a program with the breadth and depth of training to adequately prepare me for the wide scope of patients and situations that I plan to see in practice. This program offers exactly that. The strength of the OB and inpatient experiences, the focus on rural medicine, and my great impression of the faculty and residents made Duluth a natural fit, and it's tough to imagine a more beautiful setting in which to be training.

     

    Jordan Lindholm, MDJordan Lindholm, MD

    Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, clinical procedures, sports medicine, and pediatrics.
    Personal interests: I enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, running, hiking, and fishing. I love watching and participating in all sports activities, especially basketball and tennis. I also like spending time with family and friends, whether it be inside playing board games, making puzzles, or sitting around the campfire making smores at the cabin.
    Why Duluth: My desire to practice as a rural physician after training made me want to find a residency with a strong reputation in providing broad-spectrum family medicine training. Duluth definitely matches that category with its well-rounded curriculum designed to train a future small-town family physician. I also am very familiar with Duluth since it is near my hometown of Mt. Iron, Minnesota, and I was in the area as an undergrad, so I had ample opportunities to explore the beautiful city on the big lake. I also got the opportunity to complete a few rotations in the Duluth area, and the faculty, staff, and residents were not only very welcoming and kind but also expressed how much they enjoyed working at Duluth Family Medicine Residency. These reasons confirmed to me that Duluth is the place I want my residency training to take place.

     

    Nicholas Loken, DONicholas Loken, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Rural medicine, preventative care, nutrition, and wilderness medicine.
    Personal interests: Fishing, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, boating, and making breakfast.
    Why Duluth: All the residents, facility, and staff seemed happy and were very enthusiastic about the program on my interview day, and I felt at home the entire time. The focus on rural training was something I desired in addition to being an unopposed program. Also, Duluth has amazing outdoor activities, and I've wanted to live here for many years.

     

    Staci Loken, DOStaci Loken, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Broad-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, women's health, and geriatrics.
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, all things outdoors with my husband, and traveling.
    Why Duluth: From the outstanding full-spectrum training to the collaborative environment between the residents and attendings, I love every aspect of the Duluth program, and my interview day solidified the fact that I wanted to pursue my residency training here. I am also very much looking forward to exploring more of the beautiful North Shore.

     

    Owen TierneyOwen Tierney, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests:
     From the outstanding full-spectrum training to the collaborative environment between the residents and attendings, I love every aspect of the Duluth program, and my interview day solidified the fact that I wanted to pursue my residency training here. I am also very much looking forward to exploring more of the beautiful North Shore.
    Personal interests: Reading, writing, running, swimming, spending time with my family, and appreciating just about anything related to Minnesota. Also, I may be the only person I know who still collects DVDs for some reason.
    Why Duluth: My goal in residency is to learn as much as possible so that when I begin my future practice I'll be ready to take on whatever challenges walk through the door. In addition to knowing the Duluth program will provide me with the ability to achieve that goal, it was clear from even before my interview that the residency takes an active and central role in the Duluth medical community. If that isn't enough, the view over the lake on a sunny day is the finishing touch!

     

    Erin Traxler, DOErin Traxler, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests:
     I am interested in community health, preventative medicine, women's health, and procedures.
    Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, visiting friends and family, being outdoors, reading, cooking, and crafting.
    Why Duluth: The Duluth Family Medicine Residency program appealed to me because it is a community-oriented program with rigorous inpatient and outpatient training experience. Duluth itself is uniquely situated as a regional hub, meaning there's a wide variety of patients and pathology. I know that my training here will equip me to practice confidently in a community of any size after graduation. Additionally, Duluth is a beautiful place, and I couldn't resist the chance to live by Lake Superior.

  • Third year: Class of 2022

    JillJill Golobich, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
    Rural, broad-spectrum family medicine, OB and women's health, sports medicine, in-office procedures, and geriatrics
    Personal interests: Reading mystery novels, spending time on a lake with family and friends, restoring old furniture, baking and cooking new recipes, and being in the outdoors walking our mini-Goldendoodle, hiking, and kayaking in the summer, while ice fishing and skating in the winter.
    Why Duluth: I choose the Duluth residency program for many reasons, particularly for the strong full-spectrum, rural-focused training that Duluth is well known for, the high-volume obstetrical training, the down-to-earth, hard-working residents who I had great experiences with through rotations in medical school, and of course, Duluth's location in beautiful Northern Minnesota. 

     

    ElianaElaina Hintsala, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     I chose to pursue a career in family medicine because I love the full spectrum of care we're able to provide. From prenatal care and pediatrics to acute care and chronic illness management, I love the variety in every day's schedule. I particularly enjoy obstetrics, women's health, preventative medicine, and geriatrics. I intend to put these passions into practice in rural or underserved communities.
    Personal interests: Spending time with my family is my favorite hobby. Aside from that, I love exploring - whether it's traveling to other countries or walks around my own community. I enjoy hiking, skiing, running, kayaking, and other ways of getting around this wonderful area. My husband and I have a personal goal of visiting all 67 Minnesota state parks and just added a membership to the MN Historical Society to our plans. I also enjoy reading and have a goal of reading 19 books in 2019. 
    Why Duluth: First and foremost, I know Duluth will best prepare me for a future practicing full-spectrum family medicine. I wanted a strong training in inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and emergency medicine, as well as a good foundation in the clinic. Second, I wanted to train where I hope to practice. I am passionate about serving northern Minnesota and wanted to train in this region. Finally, I am from Duluth (Denfeld Class of 2010!) and love the idea of giving back to my community. I hope to get involved in community service during my three years at DFMR. 

     

    Christopher HughesChristopher Hughes, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: 
    I really enjoy full-spectrum family medicine, taking care of all ages and people in a variety of different practice settings. I like both the inpatient and outpatient sides along with different clinical procedures. Obstetrics and rural medicine are other areas I'm passionate about. 
    Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a dog who keeps us busy outdoors along with biking. I like to tinker with different projects and do handyman type things around the house/garage. My wife and I also like to try our hand at cooking new things. 
    Why Duluth: I chose Duluth because of the amazing faculty/residents and top-notch training. I wanted a program that could prepare me to be a very competent rural doctor. Duluth offers a broad full-spectrum with heavy OB, which I wanted. I did my undergrad at Scholastica and started medical school at the Duluth campus. It felt like a natural fit during my rotations In Duluth. I also worked with many doctors during RPAP who were former Duluth grads who all recommended the program. It was an ideal city for my wife too. We both felt like this was the program that we were meant for. 

     

    Jordan Jordan Kaczor, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Full spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, procedures, OB, emergency medicine.
    Personal interests: Outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and trapping. All sports with a particular obsession with Minnesota professional and collegiate teams. Music and antique tractors.  
    Why Duluth: This program is well known for its rigorous, well-rounded training that prepares residents to practice broad-spectrum family medicine with particular strengths in rural medicine and OB. These fundamentals aligned well with my career goals and my interactions with the residents and faculty made it clear that this program was a perfect fit. I am also from rural Northern Minnesota and went to medical school in beautiful Duluth so geographically this was also my dream destination. 

     

    LauraLaura Lhotka, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Full spectrum family medicine, especially pediatrics, hospital medicine, obstetrics, rural health, and Native American health. 
    Personal interests: Outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking. Spending time with friends and family, especially my nieces and nephews. 
    Why Duluth: I'm excited to begin my training in Duluth for the vast, full-spectrum training provided in this beautiful city. I was warmly welcomed by the residents, faculty, other staff and immediately felt at home. I strongly believe this program will best prepare me for my future practice in rural Minnesota.

     

    BurtonBurton Masem, MD

    Medical school: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.
    Medical interests: 
    Generalism, socially equitable medicine, diagnostic reasoning, obstetrics, procedures, geriatrics, ultrasound. 
    Personal interests: Science fiction and fantasy books, making and listening to music, environmental sustainability, board games that aren't Monopoly, martial arts, being outside, learning how things work, trying new things. 
    Why Duluth: In light of the pressures on generalist physicians to narrow their scope of practice, I was deliberate about choosing a residency that could make good on the promise of full-spectrum family medicine training. Duluth Family Medicine seemed well-positioned to deliver this, is a long-standing, unopposed, academically affiliated program with particularly robust obstetrics, inpatient, and emergency medicine training. It is also full of kind people, surrounded by natural beauty, and in my favorite state!

     

    StephenStephen Palmquist, MD, MBA

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     My medical interests include all things full-scope family medicine including inpatient and outpatient medicine I am also interested in healthcare administration and designing the systems that deliver care to a community. I hope to combine these interests in my future career. 
    Personal interests: My favorite hobbies revolve around being outdoors with my wife. This includes hiking, backpack camping, running, and kayaking. I also enjoy learning about history and traveling. 
    Why Duluth: I chose Duluth both for the residency program and the city. The residency trains full-scope family medicine physicians and have a great reputation. Additionally, the program is a great personal fit for me and it felt like the right place for me when I interviewed. The city was also a great fit for me and my wife. I am from a small town and really enjoy the outdoors so Duluth checks a lot of boxes. The city itself isn't too big, but tourism gives the town a lot of businesses and events normally found in a bigger city. Also, the amount of outdoor activities is endless.

     

    AlexAlex Sauer, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School 
    Medical interests
    : Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, obstetrics, women's health, pediatrics, hospital medicine.
    Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring the outdoors around Lake Superior, running, playing basketball, and watching UMD hockey games. 
    Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for residency because of the program's focus on training residents for full-spectrum, rural family medicine as well as their high-risk obstetrical training. Not only does Duluth have the training I desire, but it also has an incredible group of people within the program. I had the opportunity to work alongside the residents, staff, and faculty during medical school and knew that these were the people I wanted to work with for the next three years. I am very excited and honored to be able to do my residency in Duluth.

     

    NicholasNicholas Velasquez, MD

    Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
    Medical interests:
     I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine, healthcare in rural settings, clinic procedures, and working with under-served populations. 
    Personal interests: Reading has always been my favorite pastime, and I particularly enjoy pursuing interests in history, English literature, and various strains of modern fiction. I also enjoy listening to music from various cultures around the world, as I find that there is something in the poetry and passion of music that is invaluable to learning about new perspectives and expanding one's ability to understand and connect with others. Being in Duluth, I look forward to taking advantage of the natural beauty that the region has to offer, and hope to be able to take up canoeing.
    Why Duluth: As a result of my background, I have always been deeply inspired by physicians who work with under-served communities, particularly in rural settings. I knew that I wanted to emulate this model of medicine, and found that the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program provided an opportunity to train with people who are deeply committed to precisely this mission. My interaction with the residents and faculty leaves me with no doubt that everyone involved with the program shares the values of inter-cultural respect, community support, and patient-centered healthcare, which I hold dear.

  • Graduates

    2019

    Becky Davies

    Becky Davies, MD
    Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, MN

    Elizabeth Feist 

    Elizabeth Feist, MD
    Two Harbors, MN

    Caryn Gerber 

    Caryn Gerber, MBChB
    Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, MN

    Eric Hanhan

    Eric Hanhan, MD
    Lakeview Clinic and Hospital, Two Harbors, MN

    Joshua Kropko

    Joshua Kropko, DO
    St. Luke's PS Rudie Clinic, Duluth, MN

    Jessica Olen

    Jessica Olen, MD
    FirstLight Health System, Mora, MN

    Steven Schumacher

    Steven Schumacher, MD
    Essentia Health, Hermantown, MN

    Jessica Stay

    Jessica Stay, MD
    Sandford Health - Bemidji, MN

    Jesse Susa

    Jesse Susa, MD
    Krohn Clinic, LTD, Black River Falls, WI