St John's Residents

  • First Year: Class of 2023
  • Second Year: Class of 2022
  • Third Year: Class of 2021
  • Graduates
  • First 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.

    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, wood-working, 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.

  • Second 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), 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 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 into 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 I 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 4th 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.

  • Third Year: Class of 2021

    RisaRisa Bache-Wiig, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Chronic disease management, reproductive health, pediatrics, dermatology, medical education
    Personal interests/hobbiesCollecting vinyl records, traveling, spending time with my puppy, exploring local breweries with my husband and friends
    Why St. John’s: St. John's offers the best of both worlds for family medicine training - there is an unopposed community-based hospital in a more suburban location combined with a busy, full-spectrum clinic within the city. These two settings have allowed me to work with a broad range of patients while also getting tons of hands-on experience with graduated responsibility and autonomy. In addition, I chose St. John's because of the wonderful core faculty who have diverse areas of expertise (inpatient, sports medicine, procedures including colonoscopies) and are committed to training well-rounded family physicians. The program has strong relationships with other specialties in the community who are excited about teaching St. John's residents and enhancing our family medicine training. On my interview day I was quite impressed by the close-knit group of residents, faculty, and staff and I have truly enjoyed becoming a part of this community and forging lifelong friendships and mentorships throughout my time at St. John's. 
    Career goalsI intend to practice outpatient family medicine in the Twin Cities metro area and I hope to have an element of medical education as a part of my future practice. 

    nickNicholas Wesley Ely, MD

    Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
    Medical interests: Preventive medicine, women’s health (non-obstetrics), behavioral health, clinic procedures, patient advocacy
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with my wife and our two feline companions, trying local restaurants and cultural foods, playing video games, going for nature walks, fishing
    Why St. John’s: After completing my interviews, I felt that St John’s program was the best fit for me. The curriculum seemed to fit well with my particular medical interests. The patient population is composed of people from many different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, which was something I was looking for. The program also gave its residents a good deal of autonomy. Finally, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area seemed to fit my wife and I well in regards to hobbies, culture, and careers.
    Career goals: I hope to begin practicing in an outpatient clinic within the Minneapolis-St. Paul region following graduation from residency.

    RamalaRamla Namisango Kasozi, MD, MPH

    Medical School: Makerere University School of Medicine
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, race-based medicine, refugee health, women’s health, health equity and advocacy.
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with my husband and children - we love to travel and play sports together; fine dining; self-proclaimed tea enthusiast - I love trying out new tea flavors!
    Why St. John’s: The Twin-Cities has one of the largest refugee populations in the nation. As a former refugee child, I recall the many frustrations and disappointments my parents had experienced while navigating the healthcare system. Witnessing the impact of racial bias and the various microaggressions my parents experienced as Ugandan refugees, really sparked my interest in becoming a doctor. It’s no surprise that I have a keen interest in refugee health with particular interest in tackling health disparities in the primary care setting through health equity initiatives. During my residency training I hope to learn new strategies to address maternal health in women of color, health equity, and race-based medicine. St. John’s program will allow me to pursue my career aspirations of bridging comprehensive clinical care with community public health in an effort to reduce health disparities by creating community-oriented primary health care initiatives.
    Career goals: I look forward to practicing full-scope Family Medicine in under-served urban/inner-city communities while also working in Academia. In the long-term, I hope to pursue translational research and establish domestic and global health collaborations dealing with refugee health and emergency preparedness.

    joeJoseph Renier, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine, and primary care.
    Personal interests/hobbies: Running, cycling, zwifting, hiking, boating, cheering on Gopher/Wild hockey, and hanging with my wife and our two crazy cats.
    Why St. John’s: During my third year of medical school I did a cardiology rotation at St. John’s. Going into the rotation I didn’t know much about the program in general, but as I progressed throughout the four weeks, I fell in love with the program. I was amazed at how the residents accepted me in as one of their own, essentially right away. They brought me along to various resident events, and I connected well with everyone I met. Further, the faculty offered the same, caring attitude that I had rarely seen elsewhere. St. John’s gives an all-around, excellent training in full-spectrum family medicine. Not wanting to limit myself to a certain area of medicine early on, I knew that St. John’s would train me well for whatever I ended up wanting to do.
    Career goals: I will be working in New Richmond, WI post residency, doing full spectrum family medicine, with OB!

    FrancesFrances Tepolt, MD

    Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, procedures, sports medicine, obstetrics, geriatrics, palliative care, clinical research
    Personal interests/hobbies: Walking or fishing at one of the local lakes with my husband and our young son, swimming, running, cycling, writing.
    Why St. John’s: My preference was to train at an unopposed program with University affiliation. I found the residents, faculty, and staff all very personable when I visited, and the processes exceptionally well-organized. I am so happy to be at St. John’s and know I have the resources here to make sure I am well-prepared for my future practice in family medicine.
    Career goals: To practice full spectrum family medicine.

    KaeleyKaeley Whiting Allen, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, emergency medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time on the lakes, searching for sea glass along Lake Superior, golfing, traveling, kayaking, and watching The Office on repeat.
    Why St. John's: I had excellent rotations at St. John's during medical school and knew this site would push me to succeed. The residents, attendings, and staff were all so welcoming I knew it was the place for me!
    Career goals: Practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural area, possibly back to my hometown on the Iron Range.

  • Graduates

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


    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.




    Molly Anderson, MD
    Detroit Lakes, MN


    DJ Fahey Ahrndt, MD
    Rogers, MN


    Lorelii Lewis, MD
    Isanti, MN


    Tony Nguyen, MD
    Osceola, WI


    Heidi Nichol, MD
    Buffalo, MN





    Erica Bowen, DO
    Hugo, MN


    Paul Dixon, MD
    Maplewood, MN


    Thomas Haroldson, MD
    Sport Medicine Fellowship


    Misbah Palla, MD
    Los Angeles, CA


    Jennifer Svendsen, MD
    Woodbury, MN


    Justine Trumm, MD
    Oakdale, MN




    Thomas Hansen, MD
    Burnsville, MN


    Robert Kagigebi, MD
    Bloomington, MN


    Anne Keenan, MD
    St. Paul, MN


    Adrienne Moen, MD
    Staples, MN


    Tara Nelson, MD
    St. Louis Park, MN


    Kaitlyn Schoeck, MD
    Staples, MN