North Memorial Residents

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

    Mikaela Coburn-Pierce, MDMikaela Coburn-Pierce, MD, MPH

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests
    : Health equity, underserved medicine, community health, public health, addiction medicine, palliative care, and geriatrics.
    Personal Interests: Sports, yoga, walking, knitting, and spending time with my family.
    Why North Memorial: I chose this program because of its commitment and engagement with the community. The program offers flexible elective time, which will allow me time to pursue my areas of interest while also training in full-spectrum family medicine.


    Danielle Day, DODanielle Day, DO

    Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical Interests: Underserved medicine, social justice in medicine, sports medicine, osteopathic manual medicine, preventative health, and wellness.
    Personal Interests: Live music/EDM festivals, traveling, hiking, Orange Theory Fitness, and Minnesota sports.
    Why North Memorial: After undergrad at UW-Madison and medical school in Iowa, my heart yearned to return home to the Twin Cities. North Memorial has continuously inspired me with its passion for underserved medicine and its amazing training in sports medicine and osteopathic manual medicine. Even through virtual interviews, it was clear that North Memorial was perfect for me. I am blessed to be part of the Broadway family!


    Ninah Divine, MDNinah Divine, MD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Medical Interests: Health equity, Native American health, community engagement, public health, reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent health, and addiction medicine.
    Personal Interests: Baking cakes, cookies, bread, tarts, balancing my sweet tooth with hearty home-cooked meals, spending time outdoors, and learning about local plants and animals.  
    Why North Memorial: I wanted to be part of a program working toward making medicine a more inclusive field and one that better addresses social determinants of health for all patients. North Memorial is where I could do that and feel supported. The healthcare at North Memorial is grounded in authentic engagement with the community and advocacy beyond the clinic walls, which is how I want to train and practice medicine.


    Rachel Feliciano, MDRachel Feliciano, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interests: Health equity, underserved medicine, community health, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent health, gender-affirming care, addiction medicine, global health, mental health, infectious diseases, and palliative care.
    Personal Interests: Music, playing piano, hiking, being in nature, travel, indoor and outdoor plants, yoga, reading, podcasts, anime films, ice cream, and sharing good food with family and friends.
    Why North Memorial: Exceptional, dedicated, and compassionate faculty, staff, and residents who create a supportive and fun environment. Strong community partnerships with intentionality and humility. The tangible commitment to building health equity and making sure that medicine is truly for everyone. Robust elective opportunities while building a strong foundation in full-spectrum family medicine.


    Laura Lara, MDLaura Lara, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, social justice, underserved and stigmatized medicine, immigrant and refugee medicine, AI/AN health, full-spectrum family planning, sexual health, addiction medicine, gender-affirming care, LGBTQ+ care, body diversity/size-inclusive medicine, health literacy, mental health, global health, community engagement, and health policy and advocacy.
    Personal Interests: Spending time with my partner, kids, dogs, cats, snakes, tarantulas, parrots, and other pets. Anything outdoors, travel (especially to see my in-laws in Mexico), prairie restoration, non-human animal rehabilitation/rescue, reading, dancing, morel-hunting, finding out I'm wrong about stuff, and trying to do better.
    Why North Memorial: Social justice, activism, and advocacy. Deeply engaged residents, faculty, and alumni that push you to do better and to grow, as well as making you feel appreciated and welcomed. Woven together with the surrounding community, working unitedly and asking one another how to advance. Incredible breadth and depth of training in full-spectrum family medicine with leaders in their fields. A place that reminds you why medicine is your passion.


    David Marshall, MDDavid Marshall, MD, MPH

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, maternal and child health, reproductive justice, family planning, mental health, preventive medicine, health equity, community advocacy, and global public health, among others!
    Personal Interests: Backpacking, skiing, rock climbing, fly fishing, guitar, traveling, cooking, woodworking, and most importantly, spending time with my family and friends.
    Why North Memorial: The passion for social justice, the commitment to the community, and the dedication to delivering high-quality patient care have been so evident throughout all of my interactions with faculty, staff, and residents at North Memorial. The opportunities for public health and community advocacy are unparalleled, and the program also offers robust training in inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and procedures. So happy to be a part of the North Memorial family!


    Caroline Nyamweya Tekeste, DOCaroline Nyamweya Tekeste, DO

    Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, underserved medicine, behavioral medicine, addiction medicine, community-focused medicine, medical issues affecting refugees, immigrants, prisoners, health policy and advocacy, and advancing social justice, diversity, and equity through medicine.
    Personal Interests: Hiking, cooking, and trying out ethnic food recipes from different cultures, music, volunteering, tutoring, reading, mentoring, and traveling.
    Why North Memorial: Exceptional involvement in the community, level-one trauma center for training, support for advocacy, social justice, diversity, and equity. Commitment to understanding and addressing ALL social determinants of health including law and policy, opportunities for university-supported research, supportive environment, great teachers, and residents that value serving others through medicine.


    Austin Peña, MDAustin Peña, MD

    Medical School: Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine Arizona
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum primary care, rural medicine, underserved medicine, at-risk youth, exercise as medicine, global health, wilderness medicine, and community health promotion.
    Personal Interests: Drawing, mountaineering, hiking, trail running, coffee, history, and boxing.
    Why North Memorial: I want to train at a residency program that will prepare me for my career goals of working in an underserved setting while practicing full-spectrum family medicine. North Memorial will allow me to build a strong foundation in both of these interests while providing ample resources to explore and gain other essential skills in primary care.


    Yeng Yang, DOYeng Yang, DO

    Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical InterestsPreventative medicine, underserved medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine, community-based medicine, and procedures.
    Personal InterestsCooking, eating, playing sports (soccer, football, and tennis), watching tv/movies, and playing video games.
    Why North Memorial: I was drawn to North Memorial because it is an unopposed family medicine residency program with a strong full-spectrum curriculum. As a Hmong American, I am passionate about serving the Hmong population, and North Memorial allows me to work with the Hmong community in Minneapolis. During my interactions with the faculty and staff members, I sensed that they deeply cared about the well-being of their resident physicians and knew I would thrive as a resident at North Memorial.

  • Second Year: Class of 2023

    Lauren BenningLauren Benning, DO

    Medical school: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Nutrition education; cooking with patients; sleep hygiene; endocrine disorders with a focus on diabetes, metabolism, and body image; and health policy/advocacy with a focus on regulating the food industry.
    Personal interests: Sports (volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer), dance, art classes, baking healthier desserts, and trying cuisine from different cultures and local growers in the Twin Cities.
    Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial for the focus on high-quality, broad-spectrum community-focused care as well as the faculty's and residents' joint commitment to advocacy. The culture of compassion here is palpable not only through the integration of health policy and health equity lessons into our didactics, but through the manner in which residents and faculty build each other up while pushing each other to perform their best.

    Darien Jourdaine, DODarien Jourdaine, DO

    Medical school: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona 
    Medical interests: Osteopathic manipulative medicine, women's health, pediatrics, and serving underserved communities both in the clinic and beyond.
    Personal interests: Nature, hiking, odd museums, audiobooks, art and DIY projects, dad jokes, and hanging with my turtles.
    Why North Memorial: The deep and authentic commitment to the community is palpable and contagious. Faculty and residents have unique interests that, when combined together, create a beautiful whole. There is ample opportunity to tailor training to personal passions while still maintaining full-spectrum family medicine training.

    Ian Latham, MDIan Latham, MD

    Medical school: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, underserved medicine, addiction medicine, reproductive health, family planning, LGBTQ health and gender-affirming care, community-focused medicine, and health policy and advocacy.
    Personal interests: Cooking and trying new cuisines, home brewing and other fermentation, board games and puzzles, camping, and adventurous eating (especially super- and ultra-hot peppers!).
    Why North Memorial: Robust full-spectrum training, a strong commitment to North Minneapolis demonstrated through purposeful community engagement, opportunities to work with both urban and rural underserved populations, a strong social mission with attention to health inequities, and opportunities to provide comprehensive addiction care.

    Emily Lund, MDEmily Lund, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota - Duluth
    Medical interests: Community health and engagement, social and preventative medicine, underserved and addiction medicine, health policy/advocacy, and medical education and health literacy.
    Personal interests: Cooking, baking desserts, walking around lakes/rivers, yoga, trying to semi-successfully garden, relaxing with family and friends, and baby-talking to my dog.
    Why North Memorial: I was looking for a residency program that is committed to and supports their community - beyond the clinic and hospital. Amazing faculty and residents who I trust to teach and guide me. The opportunity to learn from colleagues who are leaders in local, statewide, and national advocacy. Plus it's part of my neighborhood!

    Catherine Pang, MDCatherine Pang, MD

    Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Medical interests: Underserved medicine and immigrant/refugee health, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, nutrition and wellness, addiction medicine, geriatrics, medical education, patient health literacy, and integrative medicine.
    Personal interests: Cooking/learning global cuisines, knitting, outdoor cardio activities, watching TV series/anime, reading, music of any genre, sketching and journaling, enjoying tea from around the world.
    Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial for its dedication to health policy and to caring for the underserved, all while providing exceptional medical training designed to produce family medicine physicians able to advocate and care for disadvantaged populations. The inspiring, supportive, and compassionate faculty and residents all strive for excellence, care for each other and for their patients' well being, and serve to advance both community healthcare and residency education. I also appreciate the in-depth and rigorous full-spectrum medical training offered at North Memorial Hospital, as well as the culture of respect, humility, and continuous learning that is ingrained throughout the curriculum and the program itself. Everyone here is kind to each other and fun to be with as well!

    Tara Anderson, DO

    Tara Schaack, DO

    Medical school: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, underserved medicine and health equity, women's health, reproductive advocacy, OB/prenatal care, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, preventative medicine, chronic disease management, mental health and wellness, and healthcare leadership.
    Personal interests: Anything active and outdoors (swimming, hiking, biking, skiing), backpacking at national parks, spending time with loved ones, reading, crafting, games, cooking with friends, and snuggle time with my dog Jake.
    Why North Memorial: Full-spectrum training with a focus on underserved medicine and advocacy, community and resource focused, graduating residents are prepared to practice in both rural and urban settings, exceptional attendings and staff, residents are very passionate about their patients and the program, and a very supportive family vibe with an "if you can dream it, you can do it" mentality.

    John Ward, MDJohn Ward, MD

    Medical school: Emory University
    Medical interests: Health equity and underserved medicine, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, palliative care, addiction medicine.
    Personal interests: Art, piano, soccer, gaming, hiking, running, staying as up to date as I can on politics and memes.
    Why North Memorial: North Memorial's residency program is well integrated into the surrounding community. The faculty and residents have a good sense of humor but also are clearly dedicated to serving the community and giving residents plenty of tools and opportunities to grow as public servants.

  • Third Year: Class of 2022

    Ryan Aberle, MDRyan Aberle, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Health equity and underserved medicine, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, nutrition, chemical dependency, and palliative care.
    Personal interests: Cooking and dining (I was a chef in a former life), gardening, woodworking, travel, biking, coaching youth sports, and science fiction – especially classics.
    Why North Memorial: Supportive faculty who are experts in their areas of interest and always willing to take time to teach. North Memorial hospital is a level one trauma center and has no other residents based in the facility. Broadway clinic offers an amazing opportunity to collaborate with and care for a diverse community while receiving broad-spectrum training and having access to the academic resources of a major university.

    Erin Anderson, MDErin Anderson, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Medical interests: Wellness, chronic disease management, women's health, health equity, HIV+ care, addiction, and community engagement. 
    Personal interests: Bike commuting, travel, hiking, camping, skiing, food justice, cooking, yoga, rock climbing, podcasts, and spending time with my dog, friends, and family.
    Why North Memorial: The brilliant group of faculty is committed to centering care at the margins and practice community engagement. The talented residents create a strong community that fosters wellness, curiosity, and growth. The breath of opportunity to learn full-spectrum family medicine and have time to pursue specific interests will prepare me to care for underserved communities in the future.


    rebRebecca Gieseker, MD

    Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    Medical interests: Health equity, community engagement, advocacy, sexual/reproductive health, family planning, LGBTQ care, behavioral health, addiction medicine, and adolescent medicine.
    Personal interests: Hiking, biking, raising a growing houseplant colony, catching up on fiction, political advocacy, and live music.
    Why North Memorial: Focus on urban underserved care, ample elective time and support to pursue our specific interests, full-spectrum family medicine training with strong women's health component, commitment to community activism, and social justice.

    Laura Johnson, MDLaura Johnson, MD

    Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
    Medical Interests: underserved medicine, community medicine, health policy, mental health, and immigrant health.
    Personal Interests: reading, traveling, trying new breweries and ice cream shops, and spending time with family.
    Why North Memorial: The fierce commitment to serving the North Minneapolis community, both through high-quality patient care and through extracurricular activities, like service opportunities and advocacy. More highlights: the emphasis on treating the whole person, addressing social determinants of health, learning from a diverse patient population, and the feeling of true support from residents, faculty, and staff.

    Hanna Nedrud, MDHanna Nedrud, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, community health and engagement, health policy and advocacy, geriatrics, and global health.
    Personal Interests: Biking around Minneapolis, cooking new recipes, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
    Why North Memorial: Incredible faculty members who will challenge and support me every day, residents who are humble and passionate about full-spectrum family medicine and community health, intentional community engagement, opportunities for health advocacy, great sense of humor, a place where people believe that learning is winning.

    Kim Oelhafen, MDKimberly Oelhafen, MD, MPH

    Medical School: St. George's University
    Medical Interests: Addiction medicine, community health, women's health, and health policy and advocacy.
    Personal Interests: Hanging with furry friends, eating and cooking, and any number of adventures outdoors.
    Why North Memorial: Focusing on social justice, women's health, minority health, and addiction medicine, North Memorial's training program is truly committed to the Minneapolis community in profound, intentional ways. As a Metro-Minnesotan native, there is truly not another place I would rather serve.

    Kate Nowakowski, MDKatherine Schreck, MD

    Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
    Medical Interests: Underserved medicine, population/public health, community engagement, health policy/advocacy, research, hospice/palliative care, sports medicine, addiction medicine, infectious disease, preventive medicine, American Indian populations, and medical ethics.
    Personal Interests: Music, soccer, cooking/baking, theology, and fine arts.
    Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial primarily for the dedication to working with underserved communities. I loved the community engagement and substantial experience with health policy and advocacy. I wanted the research opportunities and strong mentorship. I also appreciated the longitudinal tracks, rotation schedules, and extensive elective time.

    Kaleigh Timmins, MDKaleigh Timmins, MD

    Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Medical Interests: Public health and policy, community engagement, preventive medicine, mental health, addiction medicine, unhoused or unsheltered health, medical education and health literacy.
    Personal Interests: Being outdoors, hiking, reading, podcasts, trying new restaurants, eating ice cream, playing board games, traveling, spending time with family, and supporting Boston sports teams.
    Why North Memorial: Strong focus on community engagement and public health. True full-spectrum family medicine with most faculty members having a practice that includes inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, and obstetrics. Faculty have diverse areas of interest and residents are supportive of each other. Great combination of an academic setting within a community hospital.