St John's Residents

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

    Rachel BachmanRachel Bachman, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, geriatrics, palliative and hospice care, women's health, mental health, ultrasound, and procedures.
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, my black lab puppy, hiking, fishing, slalom water skiing, playing the piano and organ, painting, road
    trips, and eating pizza.
    Why St. John’s: I completed a sub-internship at St. John's during my fourth year of medical school, and I remember leaving the rotation with a renewed sense of love and passion for the practice of medicine. I immediately felt welcomed and a part of the St. John's team as a medical student. It was easy to see that this program excelled in full-spectrum family medicine training with exceptional teaching, commitment to quality patient care, and cultivating a meaningful community among the staff, faculty, and residents. I know that St. John's will allow me to explore my various interests within medicine while preparing me to be a well-rounded family medicine physician. I am excited to call St. John's home for the next three years.
    Career goals: I hope to practice full-spectrum family medicine.

     

    Hannah JensonHannah Jenson, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum with OB, MAT, preventative health, and mental health.
    Personal interests: I love watching and participating in sports (Go, Twins! SKOL, Vikes!). I have a goldendoodle who I enjoy taking for walks. My husband and I
    love traveling, camping and exploring local restaurants and breweries!
    Why St. John’s: I chose St. John's for the amazing people! When I rotated here for my sub-internship, everyone was extremely welcoming, not only the residents but faculty and clinic staff as well. I immediately felt connected to everyone. In addition to the people, I chose St. John's for the training. With wanting full-spectrum OB and MAT, I felt I would receive the training I needed to have the career I hoped for in my future. Lastly, the location is awesome. I love the Twin Cities and can't wait to continue my training here.
    Career goals: I hope to be practicing in a suburb or rural community practicing full spectrum with OB and MAT.

     

    Christopher LittleChristopher Little, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, emergency medicine, and ultrasound.
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, playing hockey and softball, and watercolor painting.
    Why St. John's: I chose St. John's because of its strong reputation for training full-spectrum family physicians who are well equipped to practice in a rural setting. Since St. John's is an unopposed program, it was apparent that I would have the opportunity to work closely with faculty to improve my clinical and procedural skills. I was also attracted to the supportive, close-knit community that St. John's offers. All of the residents appeared genuinely happy and excited to be there.
    Career goals: I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in northern Minnesota, likely in my hometown of International Falls.

     

    Nirmal LumpkinNirmal Lumpkin, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interests: Integrative medicine and obstetrics/women's health.
    Personal interests: Swing dancing, hiking, yoga, and meditation.
    Why St. John’s: I love the truly full-spectrum training offered at St. Johns and the pride residents and faculty take in the rigor of the program while still supporting overall wellness and balance in their lives. The faculty are all thoughtful and skilled teachers as well as practitioners and the population of patients we serve is broad and diverse.
    Career goals: Full-spectrum family medicine, with an OB and integrative medicine focus in a private practice or as faculty at a residency program.

     

    Kimberly LundeenKimberly Lundeen, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine with women's health and obstetrics, palliative care, and caring for underserved populations.
    Personal interests: Spending time with my husband and two-year-old, Josie, fixing up our 100-year-old house, and walking around Lake Como.
    Why St. John's: I was fortunate enough to rotate at St. John's for a sub-internship and felt right at home. I observed the numerous ways that St. John's supports its residents' varying clinical interests as well as their lives outside of the clinic/hospital. I ultimately knew that this was the program that would best train me for a career in full-spectrum family medicine.
    Career goals: My goal is to practice full-spectrum family medicine in the Twin Cities.

     

    Lauren Lussenhop, MDLauren Lussenhop, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Preventative care, women's health, pediatrics, palliative care, and medical education.
    Personal interests: Reading, boating and water sports, travel, cooking and trying new restaurants, and going on walks with my brittany spaniel named Archie!
    Why St. John's: I was lucky enough to have a rotation at St. John's as a fourth-year medical student, and after I got to experience the supportive and friendly culture firsthand, it made my residency choice easy. The faculty encourages an independent approach to learning, yet balances it with plenty of one-on-one interaction that makes everyone feel well supported. The residents made me feel welcome and treated me as a member of their team, which makes me excited to now get to join it as a permanent member.
    Career goals: My goal is to live and work in a small community in Minnesota. I grew up in Alexandria, Minnesota, as the daughter of a family medicine physician and always admired the connection and dedication my dad had with so many members of the community, and I will strive to create those relationships in my future practice. I chose family medicine because I enjoy taking care of all ages, especially children and the elderly. I am passionate about preventative care, and I cannot wait to practice it in the many years to come!

  • Second Year: Class of 2023

    Andrew DahlAndrew Dahl, MD

    Medical school: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, ultrasound, and preventative medicine.
    Personal interests: Nature walks/hiking, being out on the lake, bow and rifle hunting, watching football (go, Cowboys!), making a mean pot of chili, finding new restaurants, and spending time with my wife and our two cats. 
    Why St. John’s: Growing up near the Twin Cities and going to medical school in Chicago, it was my desire to return to the Twin Cities area for residency. I met the St. John's crew at the AAFP conference and immediately felt at home with the people and program. During my interview day, all the residents and faculty simply seemed to gel so well together. Additionally, the program allowed for flexibility and exploration within the curriculum. Altogether, I knew St. John's would be a great fit for my personality and career goals.
    Career goals: Somewhat undecided overall but I am considering delving deeper into sports medicine. I want to stay in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area and be in a somewhat rural atmosphere. I would also like to work with local youth sports.

     

    Angeline David, MDAngeline David, MD

    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
    Medical interests: I am interested in global health, procedures, and full-spectrum family medicine.
    Personal interests/hobbies: I love spending time with my family and friends, my dogs, and all things art-related. I have been a pianist for more than 20 years now and also love to paint. I also enjoy traveling, especially internationally.
    Why St. John's:  I came from three years of general surgery residency. During 2020, I was able to reflect on my goals and expectations coming out of medical school. I wanted to be a physician who connected with my patients and walked with them through their health journey. I decided to change career directions and found a home at UMN St. John's, where I can learn how to be the physician I always wanted to be. I felt welcomed by the residents and faculty at St. John's, which I haven't felt elsewhere.
    Career goals: Full-spectrum family medicine with devoted time for procedure.

     

    Eric DeMarisEric DeMaris, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, sports medicine, and geriatrics.
    Personal interests: I enjoy playing guitar, going to concerts, running, rowing, hiking, watching Washington State Cougar football, and exploring the natural beauty of Minnesota with my wife. 
    Why St. John’s: I felt like St. John’s could provide everything I needed to succeed in family medicine. The program, while having resources from the University of Minnesota, is unopposed, which provides excellent opportunities to learn and develop skills. During my interview day, the faculty were welcoming and down to earth, and their passion for teaching was palpable. Finally, the residents all seemed happy to be where they were, and it was clear that they worked well together and thrived as part of a team. 
    Career goals: I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a small community, possibly with OB, either here in Minnesota where my wife grew up or the Pacific Northwest where I am originally from.

     

    Torb MorkebergTorb Morkeberg, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Broad-spectrum family medicine, sports/musculoskeletal medicine, and preventative medicine. Also procedures, such as ultrasound-guided aspiration/injection and osteopathic manual therapy.
    Personal interests: Spending quality time with my wife and family, any kind of athletic event (especially soccer and running), watching my favorite soccer teams Liverpool and Minnesota United, outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking, and taking time to just relax/recharge.
    Why St. John's: St. John’s is right for me both professionally and personally. Professionally, I know St. John’s will provide a strong general foundation for the rest of my family medicine career. On the inpatient side, the program’s unopposed, community-based nature excites me. It prides itself on developing autonomous decision-makers, which appeals to my style. On the outpatient side, I am motivated by the diversity of the patient population with a high number of pediatric and geriatric patients. Additionally, I am eager to partake in the fantastic sports medicine opportunities, as I am interested in pursuing a sports medicine fellowship. On a personal level, I simply had an overall positive gut feel at St. John’s. From breakfast with Dr. Smithson to the resident tour to the learning activity at lunch, I smiled during my whole interview day. I truly felt like I connected with all of the faculty and residents. On top of that, everyone just seemed happy. These factors go beyond intellectual goals and speak to goodness of fit. I am thrilled to call St. John’s home!  
    Career goals: My goal is to practice both broad-spectrum care and musculoskeletal-specific care in a semi-rural setting. To this end, I hope to pursue a sports medicine fellowship. Eventually, I see myself in a number of roles/settings, including but not limited to a general outpatient family medicine group, an orthopedic-type practice doing urgent care and/or needle-based procedures, a team physician, an academic position, a combination of these options, or perhaps something else yet to be discovered.

     

    Sam RenierSam Renier, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, care for underserved and minorities, sports medicine, and cycling medicine.
    Personal interests: Cycling, rock climbing/bouldering, waterskiing, snowboarding, woodworking, and home-brewing.
    Why St. John’s: The residents and faculty at St. John’s were so welcoming and happy to have me there during a rotation in medical school, and the residents were such a tight-knit group that actually hangs out together even outside of work - which isn’t always the case. The program just made me feel at home, and I knew that would be a huge aide during the tough times of residency. 
    Career goals: My dream job is to be a team doctor for a professional cycling team, traveling with the team some of the time and working in either an underserved family medicine clinic or a sports medicine clinic when not working in cycling.

     

    Mary SoderlundMary Soderlund, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Mental health, full-spectrum family medicine, rural family medicine, and ultrasound.
    Personal interests: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband, kayaking and hiking, reading, cooking, and baking. We also love spending time at the lake with our family. 
    Why St. John's: I knew I wanted to train at St. John's after doing a rotation at the hospital. It was clear that the faculty, residents, and staff were committed to excellent patient care, medical education, and building strong relationships with patients and with one another. I know St. John's will provide me with all the experiences I need to grow into an exceptional physician. 
    Career goals: I hope to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural community with an emphasis on mental health.  

     

    Erica SwensonErica Swenson, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, obstetrics, women’s health, and palliative care.
    Personal interests: Spending quality time with friends and family, going to local restaurants, bakeries, breweries, ice cream shops, and farmer’s markets, baking, cooking, reading, hiking, canoeing, and watching Minnesota Twins baseball.
    Why St. John's: Every interaction I had with St. John’s throughout my search lifted up their emphasis on full-spectrum family medicine. Having an interest in rural medicine, my residency search was largely focused on finding a program that would equip me with a broad, competent skillset to serve rural communities. I was also after a program that highlighted work-life balance, with many opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and co-residents in a setting outside of medicine. As a family practitioner, I wanted to practice holistic medicine both within the clinic and beyond the clinic walls. I chose St John’s because this was exemplified throughout every part of the program. 
    Career goals: I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural community.

  • Third Year: Class of 2022

     WilliamWilliam Fischer, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, family planning, preventative medicine, palliative care
    Personal interests/hobbies: Swimming, biking, making smoothies, spending time with friends/family, playing games of every type (board, video, card, word, etc.), and long discussions about life.
    Why St. John’s: As someone who wants to practice full-spectrum primary care, I knew St. John's would be an excellent place to train. The curriculum is truly flexible, a benefit from working at an unopposed program at a community-based hospital, and the staff work hard to make sure you get your desired training. The staff and co-residents are also fantastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and supportive, who will all challenge and nurture me to be the best physician I can be. 
    Career goals: Ideally I will be providing care from birth to end of life for a community in rural or suburban Minnesota.

     

    johnJohn Christopher Goodnow, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, rural emergency medicine, wilderness medicine, toxicology, envenomation medicine, global medicine
    Personal interests/hobbies: I am a passionate muskie angler (catch and release), and I also enjoy fishing for other species and spending time outdoors in many capacities. I am interested in animals, specifically reptiles, and the conservation of threatened/endangered species. At home I have a pet dog and snakes, occasionally watch Jurassic Park and other similar nature documentaries, and make lame jokes largely at my own expense.
    Why St. John’s: I was interested in training at an unopposed program in the Cities which focuses on rural medicine. I also worked with one of the faculty members during my time in the University of Minnesota's Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), and he told me that I needed to match in the Cities so I could take him fishing (tongue-in-cheek, of course). I enjoyed working with him on RPAP and found the faculty at St. John's to be similarly pleasant individuals with whom I share interests. Ultimately, I thought St. John's would be a good place to pursue both personal and professional growth. 
    Career goals: I am keeping an open mind, but at this time my main area of interest is rural emergency medicine. I am considering pursuing a fellowship or two for additional training in wilderness medicine and/or toxicology with the intent to pursue envenomation medicine as well if those interests hold throughout residency.

     

    kyleKyle Hunt, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, full-spectrum family medicine, preventative medicine
    Personal interests/hobbies: Disc golf, spending time with my wife and children, cheering for the Vikings
    Why St. John’s: I chose St. John's residency for its amazing faculty. I was able to do a rotation at St. John's during my fourth year and was very impressed with the quality of teaching at the program. I loved the way they did rounds on the teaching service, and I felt it provided a great balance of education with autonomy. The residents displayed a healthy work-life balance and were a very close-knit group. I am interested in sports medicine and this was also one of the strengths of this program. During my month on rotation here, I saw firsthand a program with excellent full-spectrum family medicine training, faculty that displayed a love for teaching, and residents who truly enjoyed the work they were doing. Seeing this made it clear that St. John's was the best fit for me. 
    Career goals: To practice full-spectrum family medicine in East-Central Minnesota.

     

    lucasLucas Kuzj, DO

    Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Inpatient medicine, sports medicine, ultrasound, and emergency medicine
    Personal interests/hobbies: Soccer, watching the Patriots win, scuba diving, traveling, and almost anything/anywhere I can bring and do with my puppy!
    Why St. John’s: Having grown up in the Twin Cities, and attending medical school in KC, it was my goal to return here for residency. On interview day, I immediately felt the family vibe not only within the residency but throughout the hospital as well. Honestly, it was one of the easier decisions I've made. 
    Career goals: I desire to become a Hospitalist in the Twin Cities, and if possible, pick up shifts at a rural ER. While doing this, I would like to immerse myself in administrative roles and put my MBA to use.

     

    leslieLeslie Neher, MD

    Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
    Medical interests: Native American health, women's health, obstetrics, sports medicine, and pediatrics
    Personal interests/hobbies: I have two Australian Shepherds that have forced my husband and me to be interested in running. Spending time with family both here and in the Southwest, especially my two baby nieces. Basketball, weight lifting, knitting, movies, food with green chile (NM!).
    Why St. John’s: My husband is a medical student here in MN and was looking for a program that was close to him. I decided to do an away rotation at St. John's during my fourth year and really enjoyed it. The strengths of this program aligned really well with my interests as well as being flexible and supportive of other interests, like Native Health. 
    Career goals: I would like to practice full-spectrum family medicine with the ultimate goal of working for the Indian Health Services or tribal hospital/clinic as well as working as a team doctor for local high school teams.

  • Graduates

    Below are our graduates of the last four years, including their current city of practice.

    2020

    Cam Blegen

    Cameron Blegen, MD
    Aurora Health Center, Port Washington Clinic, Port Washington, WI. Outpatient only.

    Kayla Harris

    Kayla Harris, DO
    Allina in Eagan. Outpatient family medicine with OB.

    Luke Leblanc

    Luke Leblanc, MD
    Legacy HealthEast clinic, Hugo, MN. Outpatient family medicine with OB.

    Justin Meyers

    Justin Meyers, MD
    Hospitalist, Banner Health, Phoenix, AZ.

    Ben Rosenstein 

    Ben Rosenstein, MD, MA
    One-year geriatric fellowship, UM Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

    Haley Stewart

    Haley Stewart, DO
    MHealth Fairview, Vadnais Heights, MN. Outpatient family medicine with OB.

     

    2019

     anderson

    Molly Anderson, MD
    Detroit Lakes, MN

    john

    DJ Fahey Ahrndt, MD
    Rogers, MN

    Lewis

    Lorelii Lewis, MD
    Isanti, MN

     nguyentony

    Tony Nguyen, MD
    Osceola, WI

    nichol 

    Heidi Nichol, MD
    Buffalo, MN

     

     

    2018

    erica

    Erica Bowen, DO
    Hugo, MN

    paul

    Paul Dixon, MD
    Maplewood, MN

    thomas

    Thomas Haroldson, MD
    Sport Medicine Fellowship

    misbah

    Misbah Palla, MD
    Los Angeles, CA

    Jennifer

    Jennifer Svendsen, MD
    Woodbury, MN

    Justine

    Justine Trumm, MD
    Oakdale, MN

     

    2017

    hanssen

    Thomas Hansen, MD
    Burnsville, MN

    robert

    Robert Kagigebi, MD
    Bloomington, MN

     Anne

    Anne Keenan, MD
    St. Paul, MN

     adrianne

    Adrienne Moen, MD
    Staples, MN

    Tara 

    Tara Nelson, MD
    St. Louis Park, MN

    Kaitlyn 

    Kaitlyn Schoeck, MD
    Staples, MN