Mankato Residents

  • First Year: Class of 2022
  • Second Year: Class of 2021
  • Third Year: Class of 2020
  • First Year: Class of 2022

    KelseyKelsey Deeter, DO
    Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: A little bit of everything, but especially women's health, pediatrics, and preventative medicine
    Personal interests: Watching and playing most sports including softball, basketball, football, and golf. Spending time with my husband, Lance, and our families. Together we enjoy hiking, mountain/road biking, canoeing, and playing with our two dogs!
    Why Mankato: The Mankato Family Medicine program felt like home! The faculty and residents were exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. The program is backed by both the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic which are outstanding health systems to receive training from.

    lanceLance Deeter, DO

    Medical school: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Rural Family Medicine, with emphasis on OMM and Geriatric medicine
    Personal interests: I love being outside as much as I can biking, hiking, backpacking, as well as hunting and fishing. I also love listening to good music or watching pretty much any sport with my wife, Kelsey, and playing with our dogs.
    Why Mankato: I chose Mankato because it is an unopposed family medicine program that offers excellent training in full scoped family medicine. I was also very excited to see the emphasis of OMM and musculoskeletal learning as I plan to have that be a large part of my practice. And geographically Mankato is a perfect fit for my wife and I as we are close to family and the cities, without having to actually live in a large city.

    ryanRyan Fox, MD
    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full Spectrum Family Practice, Rural Medicine, Behavioral/Mental Health
    Personal interests: Music (all genres), Gardening, Cooking, Spicy food, Video Games, Any outdoor activity
    Why Mankato: The Mankato Family Med Program seemed to be one of the more rural focused residencies in MN. Despite being rural the training seems to also be one of the most comprehensive. Also the area and population are the closest to my hometown of Miesville, MN. 

    TrentonTrenton Harder, DO
    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Sports Medicine, OMT specifically FDM, and rural medicine
    Personal interests: I love to spend time with my friends by trying new places to eat, going to movies, and playing/ watching sports.  Personally, I love playing basketball and golf.  Also, I enjoy participating in any sort of lake activities and being outside.
    Why Mankato: I chose Mankato because it felt like a great fit for me.  When I rotated here, everyone was so nice to me and willing to help.  When I was applying to different residencies, I found myself comparing all of them to Mankato.  This program loves to teach OMT and that is something that was important to me. They will also work tirelessly at creating a residency experience that is tailored to what I need to accomplish my future career aspirations.  Additionally, I love the city of Mankato.  It is the perfect size to fit my needs with plenty of outdoor opportunities as well as events going on within the community.

    AngelinaAngelina Rohlfs, MD
    Medical school: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine
    Medical interests: Interested in women’s health as well as working with underserved populations
    Personal interests: I enjoy spending time with my husband and little girl. We love spend time at my family’s lake cabin in northern Minnesota during the summer. 
    Why Mankato: I liked the size of the program, how tight knit all the residents are. I enjoy that they all work together as a team rather than competing against one another. The program is the only one in Mankato so this program gives you a diverse experience.

  • Second Year: Class of 2021

    GrantGrant Bludorn, DO
    Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus
    Medical interests: Rural family medicine, emergency medicine, wilderness medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment 
    Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, woodworking, outdoor activities, fishing, biking, basketball, hockey, snowboarding
    Why Mankato: The residents and faculty were friendly and spoke highly of the program when I came for my interview. It is very family friendly (it is FAMILY Medicine after all). There is a strong osteopathic curriculum. All of that PLUS we have the resources of two of the greatest institutions in the world in the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

    NicholasNicholas Myslicki, MD
    Medical school: St. George’s University
    Medical interests: Full spectrum medicine, sports medicine, urgent care, endoscopy, and procedures
    Personal interests: Being active in many forms of sports (softball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, etc.), fishing, hunting, camping, and other outdoor activities. Spending time with family and friends. Traveling, watching movies, cooking, and enjoying cabin time.
    Why Mankato: After I interviewed with Mankato, I kept finding myself comparing other locations to it and they all seemed to be missing something that Mankato had. The many opportunities to really create a path for yourself and how you want to practice medicine long-term were appealing. I have an interest in sports medicine, so their affiliation with MSU-Mankato sports teams was a big take-away for me. I also love the involvement of the faculty members and how committed they are to making residency the best possible experience.

    CoryCory Simning, MD
    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Outpatient procedures, rural health, preventative medicine, community health
    Personal interests: Fishing, camping, or anything outdoors. Spending time with family.
    Why Mankato: The faculty are supportive and great teachers. The other residents are great to work with. There is access to resources from both the University of Minnesota and Mayo. It is the only residency at the hospital.

    JacanJacan Simon, DO
    Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus 
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, underserved medicine, global medicine, emergency medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, running, weight lifting, CrossFit, music, concerts, playing/watching sports, traveling, exploring new restaurants, church, and community service.
    Why Mankato: It is the only residency program in the hospital. It has an affiliation with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, and provides great training and resources, flexibility in electives, and has a strong emphasis on and support for osteopathic medicine. The smaller size of the residency program tailors to close knit relationships with co-residents, faculty and staff, and there is value placed on work-life balance. Having grown up in rural, south central Minnesota, returning to Mankato felt like coming home.

  • Third Year: Class of 2020

    JeremiahJeremiah Fairbanks, DO
    Medical school: Des Moines University
    Medical interests: Preventative medicine, behavioral health, chemical dependency, OMT
    Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and kids, running, biking, cooking, snowboarding, jazz music, travel
    Why Mankato: The residents are positive and driven who really invest themselves in this residency program. The faculty and staff are very supportive and always looking out for my best interest. On top of that, there are an incredible amount of training opportunities available being a part of both the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. The program has a strong history of commitment to osteopathic medicine and the location is amazing with lots to do.

    Dan OlsonDan Olson, MD
    Medical school:
     University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Outpatient with procedures, emergency medicine, ultrasound
    Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and two sons, golf, reading sci-fi or fantasy books
    Why Mankato: Community-based program with great potential to learn based on personal interests and career goals. Very positive environment with great faculty and residents.

    JoshJosh Ostrue, DO
    Medical school:
     A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
    Medical interests: Community health, rural health, sports medicine, behavioral health, emergency medicine, geriatrics
    Personal interests: Spending time with my spouse and family, skiing, golfing, running, traveling, cooking, being on the lake or any body of water
    Why Mankato: The program felt like a home from the moment that I walked in. From the cohesion and friendliness of the residents/faculty/staff to the breadth of resources and educational opportunities between the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, I knew the Mankato program could make me into the physician that I want to be.

    BenjaminBenjamin Paul, DO
    Medical school:
     A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Rural health, preventative medicine, OMM, palliative care, geriatrics
    Personal interests: Time with family, singing, logic puzzles and games, playing sports, cooking, volunteering
    Why Mankato: Mankato immediately gave me a sense of belonging by the friendliness of the staff and the positive atmosphere in the clinic. Professionally, I was drawn to their commitment to osteopathic medicine, the emphasis on lifelong learning, and the comradery and availability of a multi-professional team.

    Jordan Jordan Schild, MD
    Medical school: 
    University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
    Medical interests: Preventive medicine, rural medicine, office procedures, sports medicine, and community health
    Personal interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, traveling, motorcycle riding, working with computers, music, and movies
    Why Mankato: Wonderful people (both residents and faculty), self-driven learning, and flexibility to tailor my training to my future practice.

    EricEric Valder, DO
    Medical school:
     Des Moines University
    Medical interests: Full-scope rural family medicine, hospital medicine, emergency medicine, procedures
    Personal interests: Fishing, hunting, cooking - recently attempted campfire cooking, exploring Northern Minnesota
    Why Mankato: I was lucky enough to attend medical school at Des Moines University, however, I never stopped missing Minnesota. Mankato was a place of many happy memories as a child, helping deliver freight with my father for his trucking company in the summer months. The welcoming staff and happy residents at the Mankato made me instantly feel at home. The opportunity to get first-class residency training was obvious at both the Mankato Mayo Clinic Health Systems hospital and Eastridge Clinic.