St John's Residents

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

    brookeBrooke Jensen, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Geriatrics, sports medicine, full spectrum
    Personal interests/hobbies: Reading, running and competing in races, fishing, anything outside, and cooking and experimenting with new recipes with my fiance, Aaron
    Why St. John’s: I chose St. John's because it was clear that each and every resident, faculty, and staff member is dedicated to excellent patient care and to providing support for each other through the ups and downs of both residency and a career in medicine. In addition, the people at St. Johns clearly understand how to strike a balance between working hard for each patient and enjoying good times and laughs with each other. This was the one place that truly felt like a family to me, and it was a family of which I wanted to be a part. 
    Career goals: When I graduate, I hope to work in an outpatient clinic on the outskirts of the city or even a smaller town. I hope to practice either full spectrum medicine or supplement my family medicine residency with a fellowship in either sports medicine or geriatrics.

    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 moonlight at rural ER's initially, while transitioning into administrative roles more and put my MBA to use later on in life.

    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.

  • Second Year: Class of 2021

    RisaRisa Bache-Wiig, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: reproductive health, obstetrics, pediatrics, dermatology, advocacy, medical education
    Personal interests/hobbies: Collecting vinyl records, knitting, traveling, and going to breweries with my husband and friends.
    Why St. John’s: I was drawn to St. John’s by its unique combination of both an urban, ethnically diverse clinic with a more suburban, community-based hospital. I felt that this blend would allow me to work with a broad patient population while also getting tons of hands-on experience. I liked that the obstetrics and pediatrics training was incredibly strong and that the call system was rigorous without being overbearing. I was also quite impressed by the close-knit group of residents, faculty, and staff—everyone truly seemed to enjoy working with one another. In the end, it was the robust, full-spectrum training with a friendly, supportive community that made St. John’s the right place for me to begin my journey in family medicine. 
    Career goals: I would like to practice outpatient family medicine with OB in the Twin Cities. I plan to continue advocacy work on behalf of physicians and patients throughout the state and I hope to have an element of medical education as 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, refugee health, obstetrics, women’s health, preventative medicine
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with my husband and children - we love to travel and play sports together; supporting the Cleveland Cavaliers; fine dining; self-proclaimed tea enthusiast - I love trying out new tea flavors!
    Why St. John’s: I first heard of St. John’s Family Medicine Residency program through a graduate of the program when she was a resident working with me in rural Uganda, as part of the Global Health track. I admired her eagerness to get involved in the daily clinical duties and despite the obvious cultural challenges, she demonstrated wonderful empathy and care to the patients. I knew then that I wanted to be part of a program that trains such an individual. When interviewing at the program I was impressed with St. John’s cultural competency, commitment to be cognizant of the community needs, and effort to create initiatives to address those needs. Especially with my interest in refugee health (as a former refugee) and tackling health disparities, I'm always interested in learning new strategies to address health and wellness outside of the hospital. St. John’s is a great fit for my career aspirations for 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 communities. I also see myself teaching and involved in translational research.

    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, 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 know that St. John’s will train me well for whatever I end up wanting to do.
    Career goals: Full-spectrum family medicine in a rural-ish area, with a focus on preventative medicine. I also like sports medicine, so maybe some focus on that as well.

    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.

  • Third Year: Class of 2020

    cameronCam Blegen, MD

    Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Medical interests: Outpatient Medicine, sports medicine, preventative medicine
    Personal interests: Traveling and exploring the outdoors with my wife, Maggie, spending time with family and friends, running, skiing, golf, wine, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers!
    Why St. John’s: It is an unopposed residency program at a community hospital with the resources and support of a university, which is a leader in family medicine. Above all though, everybody at the program is really happy and passionate about what they do!
    Career goals: I look forward to treating patients of all ages and stages of life in my future family medicine practice!

    kaylaKayla Harris, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University
    Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, sports medicine, preventative medicine
    Personal interests: Hiking, camping, playing and watching hockey, fishing, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and traveling
    Why St. John’s: I chose St. John’s not only for the strong reputation it has in the community, but also because the faculty, staff, and fellow residents provide the perfect blend of guidance and autonomy. In addition, I very much wanted to find a residency close to home; I am incredibly happy to be returning to the Twin Cities.
    Career goals: I see myself working in a rural community practicing full spectrum family medicine. I would love to be a team physician for local sports teams or high schools as well.

    LukeLuke Leblanc, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, wilderness medicine, ultrasound
    Personal interests: Running, road biking, volleyball, racquetball, backpacking, cooking
    Why St. John's: I chose St. John's for three reasons: 1) The faculty created a positive learning environment with a combination of friendly demeanors, but serious focus on didactics and on-the-spot learning. 2) The program's unopposed status, with an emphasis on flexibility in your learning, made me confident that I would receive excellent training in the variety of skills I would need as a family physician. 3) I received multiple recommendations for the program from previous University of Minnesota medical students who I dearly trusted. These glowing reviews sealed the deal for me!
    Career goals: Work in a rural area surrounding the Twin Cities practicing clinic, obstetrics, pediatrics, and emergency medicine as a full spectrum family physician.

    JustinJustin Meyers, MD

    Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, sports medicine, procedures
    Personal interests: Swim, bike, run, pretty much anything outdoors, and playing with puppies while I’m too busy to have my own!
    Why St. John’s: I applied based on the recommendation of a couple mentors and their amazing experiences here in regard to the ability to work with underserved populations and flexibility of elective time. Interviewing with the residents and faculty also seemed more like a family than co-workers. Being a die-hard Packer/Badger/Brewer fan, it was a little hard to cross over, but I’m sure I can talk the rest of the family in to rooting for the right teams.
    Career goals: Full spectrum family medicine, but unsure where I’ll end up geographically. Loved spending time in the Pacific Northwest, but most family is in the Midwest, so we will see!

    BenjaminBen Rosenstein, MD, MA

    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Palliative medicine, geriatrics, procedures and ultrasound, women's health, public health and policy, medical ethics
    Personal interests: Biking (mountain and road), cooking, baking, coffee (yes, it's a hobby), playing violin, gardening
    Why St. John's: I struggled when looking at programs as I wanted the public health and community aspects of very urban programs, but the independence and full-spectrum emphasis of very rural programs. I found St. John's to fit that gap with a clinic in an urban city and a hospital that serves the city as well as the more rural areas of north and eastern Minnesota. I also had a great interview day and connected with the residents immediately. I was attracted to the call schedule being Q-based with house responsibilities, allowing me to keep all my OB and inpatient skills in practice regardless of what rotation I am on. I feel St. John's will prepare me to practice anywhere and gain all the capabilities I wish to have, be it clinic, inpatient, emergency and critical care, to their fullest potential.
    Career goals: Still figuring this out. I continue to heavily consider (dual?) fellowship in palliative care and/or geriatrics. Though, I like so many aspects of medicine, I'm not sure I want to limit myself to those areas. I would like to practice inpatient and outpatient regardless. I also would like to stay in the area, possibly move to a smaller place like Stillwater for more independence, or stay in the Twin Cities if I find a good fit. 

    haleyHaley Stewart, DO

    Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, OB, women’s health, adolescent medicine
    Personal interests: Proud cat mom, napping enthusiast, lake lover, avid DIY’er
    Why St. John's: I felt an instant and effortless connection with the residents and staff on interview day. Everyone seemed eager to learn and happy to be a part of the team. It was apparent St. John’s provided a space in which everyone involved, especially residents, are empowered to build a strong knowledge base and become lifelong learners. I felt as though this community was where I needed to be; I found "my people.”
    Career goals: I’m hoping to practice full scope family medicine in the Twin Cities metro.

  • Graduates

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



    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