Our Residents

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

    Palistha Amatya, MBBSPalistha Amatya, MBBS

    Medical school: Tianjin Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine with focus on mental health as well as cultural diversity.
    Personal interests: Rock-climbing, running, cooking food from different regions, singing, reading, and traveling to experience new cultures and food. Most importantly, spending time with my husband and our two beautiful fur babies.
    Why St. Cloud: Throughout my interview, I felt so much at ease at St. Cloud. It never felt like an interview to begin with. Every person I met made me feel like I belonged here. The focus on Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) definitely helped seal the deal for me because I truly believe this is the dawn of a new norm in modern medicine. 


    Nicholas A. Cook-Rostie, MDNicholas A. Cook-Rostie, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, behavioral health, sports medicine, community health engagement, POCUS, and emergency medicine.
    Personal interests: Anything outdoors or fitness-related, including mountaineering, biking, hiking running on trails, lifting weights, yoga, camping, bonfires, listening to podcasts, and exploring new places.
    Why St. Cloud: St. Cloud is an unopposed program that provides robust training and will give me the skills and knowledge to prepare me to practice full-spectrum family medicine. During my interview, everyone from the support staff to residents and faculty were warm and welcoming, which sealed the deal for me. I am looking forward to being a part of this diverse community and providing excellent care to the community of St. Cloud.


    Megan A. Krotzer, MDMegan A. Krotzer, MD

    Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
    Medical interests: 
    Broad-spectrum rural family medicine, women's health, and obstetrics.
    Personal interests: I love to practice yoga, garden, and try out new recipes. Travelling was one of my biggest hobbies pre-pandemic, and I hope to return to this soon. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our newborn baby!
    Why St. Cloud: I am originally from a small town near St. Cloud and knew I wanted to return to the area. Everyone at the virtual residency dinner and interview were incredibly friendly and welcoming to me, and I knew the program would be able to provide the broad-spectrum training that I need to go into rural practice someday.


    Leif W. Olson, MDLeif W. Olson, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Rural family medicine and behavioral health.
    Personal interests: Sailing and skiing.
    Why St. Cloud: Strong full-scope training in Minnesota with highly capable and skilled faculty and residents, many valuable resources for patients, and the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population.


    Alex J. Shaykevich, DOAlex J. Shaykevich, DO

    Medical school: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: 
    Full-spectrum family medicine, including primary care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, preventative and community medicine, behavioral medicine, and OMT – exploring options in endoscopy and sleep medicine.
    Personal interests: Playing hockey, hiking, driving, grilling during beautiful Minnesota summers, and any time spent with family and friends is time well spent!
    Why St. Cloud: I grew up in the Twin Cities and was looking forward to making my move back to Minnesota from New York City. At my interview, everyone was very welcoming, making me feel at home immediately in this supportive and unopposed family medicine program. St. Cloud also provides a unique opportunity for the mixture of urban/suburban and nearby rural living and healthcare.


    Adam J. Sommers, DOAdam J. Sommers, DO

    Medical school: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: 
    Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, and OMT.
    Personal interests: Hiking, running, watersports, and spending time with my wife and family.
    Why St. Cloud: One would be challenged to find more compassionate faculty and welcoming residents than those found here at St. Cloud. Being an unopposed family medicine program at a regional tertiary care center, I am confident that the training here will provide the opportunity to become the best physician one could be.

  • Second Year: Class of 2023

    Svetlana Adusheva, MDSvetlana Adusheva, MD

    Medical school: Bashkir State Medical University
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, addiction medicine, and preventative medicine.
    Personal interests: Spending time with my husband and son, cooking, lap swimming, and crocheting.
    Why St. Cloud: I had a great interview experience. All the residents, faculty, and staff were really kind and welcoming. Everyone I met were all people I wanted to work and spend time with. Also, St. Cloud is an unopposed program that provides great community training which will help prepare me for the future. 

    Bashir Shiekh Moallin, MBBSBashir Shiekh A. Moallin, MBBS

    Medical school: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, including pediatrics, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, preventative, and community medicine.
    Personal interests: Playing soccer, watching soccer, and spending time with family.
    Why St. Cloud: I am honored to join the St. Cloud family medicine program and pursue my interests in community and preventative medicine. I chose St. Cloud because of its close ties to underserved populations and their community involvement. 

    Sadio A. Mohamed, MDSadia A. Mohamed, MD

    Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine
    Medical interests: 
    Women’s health, hospital medicine, global medicine, and full-spectrum family medicine.
    Personal interests: Reading, listening to podcasts, and traveling.
    Why St. Cloud: St. Cloud is an unopposed program serving a diverse patient population that would allow me to be a well-rounded and well-trained family physician. The faculty and staff are genuinely supportive, allowing for a positive learning environment. 

    Seth Nelson, MDSeth D. Nelson, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
    Full-spectrum rural family medicine, obstetrics, behavioral health, sports medicine, pediatrics, POCUS, and emergency medicine.
    Personal interests: Spending quality time with family and friends, reading (Christian theology and Star Wars, mainly), getting outside by playing tennis, camping, hunting, and hiking, with an occasional Xbox game thrown in.
    Why St. Cloud: St. Cloud offers a nice balance of training breadth with a good depth of knowledge, and the faculty is top-notch and good role models for family physicians. I grew up and want to eventually practice in West Central Minnesota, so proximity to family and the patient population made St. Cloud a clear choice. 

    Jennifer Tarpenning, MDJennifer A. Tarpenning, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: 
    Full-spectrum family medicine, especially rural medicine, women’s health, obstetrics, pediatric medicine, dermatology, and preventative medicine.
    Personal interests: Anything outdoors, including biking, hiking, running on trails, fishing, camping, and bonfires, spending time with my family and friends, and day trips with my husband.
    Why St. Cloud: I am from central Minnesota and the St. Cloud area is home for me. After I spent time with the program during medical school, I knew it was the right choice for me. The faculty and residents here are dedicated to learning, teaching, and providing the best possible care for their patients and the community. 

    Abdikafar Yusuf, MDAbdikafar M. Yusuf, MD

    Medical school: Bicol Christian College of Medicine
    Medical interests: 
    Primary care, hospital medicine, behavioral health, and community health engagement.
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and photography.
    Why St. Cloud: I chose St. Cloud because of its rigorous, unopposed, full-spectrum training, and exceptional community health engagement. The staff and faculty deeply care about resident development and growth. Overall, it is a well-rounded training program with diverse learning opportunities. 

  • Third Year: Class of 2022

    Prakhya Bhatnagar, MDPrakhya Bhatnagar, MD (Co-Chief Resident)

    Medical school: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Full spectrum family medicine, pediatrics, hospital medicine, integrative medicine and preventative medicine.
    Personal interestsReading, hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new cuisines.
    Why St. Cloud: During the interview process, I experienced the supportive culture of medicine within the program and was extremely touched by the collective spirit, camaraderie and shared dedication towards advancing quality health care access for all. I am excited to be a part of this diverse community of residents, faculty and other members of the healthcare team to deliver compassionate and sustainable medical care to all patients.


    John D. Evenocheck, MDJohn D. Evenocheck, MD

    Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Medical interests:
     Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine.
    Personal interests: Running, camping, play basically any sport, most things outdoors, cooking with my wife, and video games.
    Why St. Cloud: I felt a warm welcome from the whole staff when I came for my interview. They have a fantastic program that prepares you for full spectrum care. They make sure you are well versed in all of family medicine care, along with letting you learn more in the areas you want. I knew I would get the best possible experience in learning ultrasound and behavioral health here. It's also close to both my wife’s and my family. St. Cloud is a lovely city and traffic is not a problem here.


    Oluwatobi O. Falade, MBBSOluwatobi O. Falade, MBBS

    Medical school: University of Lagos College of Medicine
    Medical interests: 
    Full spectrum family medicine.
    Personal interests: Watching and playing soccer, cooking, meeting new people.
    Why St. Cloud: I really wanted the University of Minnesota family medicine program for its reputation in the country - and St. Cloud Hospital felt perfect for being an unopposed program that offers full spectrum family medicine.


    Gamaliel Jesse T. Ferrer, MDGamaliel Jesse T. Ferrer, MD

    Medical school: De La Salle Health Sciences Institute College of Medicine
    Medical interests:
     Primary care, rural medicine, global medicine, hospital medicine, emergency medicine.
    Personal interests: Spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, reading, photography, and badminton.  
    Why St. Cloud: Definitely because of the quality of training and the people. I wanted to be part of a residency program that is unopposed, team-oriented, and patient centered. UMN/St.Cloud has all these qualities! In addition, I had an amazing interview experience with the program. The faculty, staff, and residents were very welcoming during my interview.


    Anthony D. Hacker, MDAnthony D. Hacker, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests:
     Full spectrum family medicine including emergency medicine, palliative care, sports medicine, hospitalist, pediatrics, and preventative medicine.
    Personal interests: I enjoy fishing, hunting, power-lifting, playing guitar, and spending time with my family. 
    Why St. Cloud: I chose St. Cloud because of the focus on full-spectrum care along with a tremendous environment for learning. The faculty and residents are genuine and maintain great professional and personal relationships. St. Cloud offered a dynamic environment that I felt would support me and provide me with excellent training.


    Christopher R. Mullet, DOChristopher R. Mullet, DO (Co-Chief Resident)

    Medical school: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: 
    Rural family medicine especially in under-served regions. Full-spectrum care including obstetrics. Hopefully, medical missions in the future.
    Personal interestsPlaying sports — especially hockey, grilling, spending time with my wife, fishing, archery, hunting.
    Why St. Cloud: My wife and I were both originally from Minnesota, so it was an easy decision to move back to be closer to family. St. Cloud in particular has a large tertiary center that is unopposed from other residencies. This is a great place to be able to pursue your personal interests within family medicine. When I interviewed in St. Cloud, I immediately felt at home with the faculty and the current residents. Also, the location is great, with easy access to the Twin Cities.

  • Graduates

    After graduation, where do our residents go and what do they do?

    • 80% practice in Minnesota
    • 50% practice in Central Minnesota
    • More than 50% practice in rural communities of less than 20,000 people
    • 60% include inpatient medicine in their practice
    • 40% practice maternity care

    Below are our recent CentraCare St. Cloud Family Medicine Residency Program graduates:


    Blake Chapman, DO; Tyler Lewandowski, MD; Paola Terán, MD; Michael Symanietz, MD; John Anderson, DO; Eric Christensen, MD

    2021 St. Cloud family medicine residency program graduates


    Marlen Midthune, MD; Dan O’Connor, MD; Siri Shaqra, DO; Adei Shaqra, DO; Zareen Zaka, MBBS

    2020 Graduates 


    Brittany Kirkeby, DO; John Hokanson, MD; Sujitha Yadlapati, MBBS; Leesa Larson, MD; John Tronnes, MD

    2019 Graduates


    Jamie Finke, MD; Olufunke Ajayi, MBBS; Esayas Okubamichael, MD; Elina Lipovskiy, DO; Jacelyn Davidson, MD

    2018 Graduates