St. Joseph's Residents

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

    ashleyAshley Forstrom, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interest: hospital medicine, ER, adolescent medicine, global health, sport medicine, behavioral health
    Personal Interests: Hiking, Mn Lakes, Yoga, cooking, travel, reading, fashion, theatre
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe’s because of the full-spectrum training in an urban and diverse setting. I also felt a strong sense of community and support among the faculty, residents, and staff.

    MadelineMadeleine Grosland Sather, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interest: Pediatrics, OB, Sports Medicine, Full spectrum family medicine
    Personal Interests: Outdoor activities, biking, walking dog, playing tennis, boardgames, crocheting, relaxing, reading good book
    Why St. Joe's:  I knew they would provide me the training I needed to go out and practice full spectrum family medicine somewhere in Minnesota. I love the Twin Cities area, and that they do a lot of good work helping the underserved in Saint Paul. I also felt very comfortable with the faculty and other residents on my interview day, which is so important for emotional health during residency.

    sarahSarah Halloran, MD

    Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    Medical Interest: Addiction Medicine, Sports Medicine, Palliative Care
    Personal Interests: Swimming, running, hiking, being outdoors, cooking, trying new foods, crossword puzzles, reading, spending time with family and friends (especially my parent's two dogs).
    Why St. Joe's: I have always wanted to live in the Twin Cities. I loved St. Joe's because of the kind and hardworking residents and staff, and I was impressed by the diverse and complex patient population they serve.

    MayaMaja Johnson, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interest: Full spectrum family medicine with obstetrics, women's health, pediatrics, rural healthcare, immigrant and refugee health
    Personal Interests: Running, reading, weight-lifting, listening to podcasts, exploring farmer's markets, spending time with friends and family, Minnesota sports teams, concerts, theatre
    Why St. Joe's: I was fortunate to spend one month with St. Joseph's Family Medicine Residency early in my fourth year of medical school and was immediately taken by the profound sense of community among the faculty, residents, and staff. Not only did the people of residency seem to care greatly for one another but they also demonstrated an unmatched dedication and pride towards the community they serve. I have always been interested in full spectrum family medicine along with care for the underserved. For all these reasons, St. Joe's felt like a great place to learn and grow as a physician.

    EvanEvan Jungbauer, MD

    Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
    Medical Interest: Full spectrum family medicine, preventative medicine, underserved community medicine, emergency medicine, procedural medicine.
    Personal Interests: hiking, biking, camping, playing banjo, guitar, piano, live music, drawing, photography, illustration
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe's after having a really positive sub-I experience. I found the faculty residents and staff to be fun, caring, genuine, and hardworking people. Later, on my interview day they stressed that the purpose of the interview process was really to "find my people". I just felt that my people were those caring, kind, genuine ones at St. Joe's.

    thuyThuy-Linh Nguyen, MD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Medical Interest: Women’s health, obstetrics, adolescent medicine, pediatrics, working with diverse communities, community health, global health
    Personal Interests: Dance fitness, skiing, tennis, reading sci-fi/fantasy, running, jogging, trying new foods
    Why St. Joe's: St. Joseph’s has everything I want for my future: fun residents that feel supported in exploring family medicine, interesting curriculum, strong faculty, a fantastic location with communities, and good foods in a vibrant city.

    Jennifer StrongJennifer Stong, MD

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical Interest: Chronic disease management, quality improvement, preventative medicine, and rural practice
    Personal Interests: love outdoor activities, nature, hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, walking, board games, try new foods, crafting, coffee chat, spending time with family and friends
    Why St. Joe’s: The faculty, residents, and staff are very welcoming and team-oriented. The program trains residents for full-spectrum family medicine practice and serves a wonderfully diverse patient population. At St. Joes, I felt I would be challenged to grow while being supported by a great team.

    donnaDonna Ugboaja, MD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Medical Interest: Global health, population health, preventative medicine, food as medicine, mental health, addiction medicine
    Personal Interests: International cuisine, live music events, art museums, hiking, camping, and watching football
    Why St. Joe’s: St. Joseph’s offers a unique blend of rigorous academic medical training, emphasis on resident well-being, and situated within a diverse community with patients from all over the world.  It is truly a privilege to be able to train here.

  • Second Year: Class of 2021

    StephanieStephanie Aldrin, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Community health, health disparities and equity, reproductive health and family planning, pediatric and adolescent health, mental health, transgender and gender nonconforming healthcare, health policy and advocacy
    Personal interests/hobbies: Traveling, local theater, cross country skiing, walking, aquariums, arboretums, reading
    Why St. Joe's: The amazing and diverse patient population, faculty committed to teaching, dedicated and friendly residents, and helpful staff at the clinic and hospital. The program trains residents to do full spectrum family medicine and had support for the various areas of family medicine I was interested in.

    BrandonBrandon Edlund, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: cross-cultural health, hospital medicine, medical education, procedures
    Personal interests/hobbies: camping, cooking, church activities, canoeing the BWCA, spending time in the outdoors with company.
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe's because it provides focused training in the areas of medicine I am interested in, but also because I identified with the faculty and resident communities. I felt that the residents were well supported in their interests and had supportive and enjoyable relationships with the faculty.

    EmilyEmily Lawrence, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, women's health, preventative medicine, addiction medicine, community health
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, hiking, camping, traveling, baking, creating mosaics
    Why St. Joe's: I felt welcomed by the residents, faculty and staff during a rotation at St. Joe's. Everyone was so friendly and immediately made me feel like a member of the team. There is such a strong sense of community and collaboration within the residency program. I also love their willingness to allow residents to explore different areas of interest while providing great full spectrum training. 

    cheerChee Lor, MD

    Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Medical interests: Underserved medicine, global health, integrative medicine, preventative health
    Personal interests/hobbies: Soccer, volleyball, photography, videography, tech, traveling, bonfires with family and friends
    Why St. Joe's: This is a full spectrum, unopposed family medicine program in an urban setting that has strong ties to the diverse communities that it serves. What made St. Joe’s stand out from other programs was the enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere created by the residents and staff.

    LauraLaura Padhye, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, integrative medicine, pediatric and adolescent health, procedures 
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, raising tiny humans, being outdoors, skiing, biking 
    Why St. Joe's: Everyone was very welcoming. I knew that I'd get solid training in a supportive environment and also be able to explore my areas of interest.

    BrandonBrandon Porten, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Chronic disease management, preventative medicine, quality improvement
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, fishing, boating, golf, running, traveling
    Why St. Joe's: The residents and staff are an incredibly welcoming, enthusiastic, and supportive group of people dedicated to their patients, community, and residency program. St. Joseph's has a strong reputation for preparing family physicians to practice high quality full-spectrum primary care. The inpatient training is second to none, and the program's location in St. Paul provides the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse patient population.

    Sarah RoeSarah Roe, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Underserved medicine, obstetrics, women’s health, refugee and immigrant health, sports medicine, community health, and procedures.
    Personal interests/hobbies: Watching/playing any type of sport (especially football, baseball, and rugby), spending time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking, any type of outdoor activity, exploring new places.
    Why St. Joe’s: I was fortunate enough to be able to spend four weeks at St. Joe’s for a rotation early in my fourth year. As soon as I met the residents, faculty and staff, I fell in love with the program. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I immediately felt the sense of community, and felt like everyone was one big team, helping each other out. The diversity of the patient population fit well with my interests. Also, I was able to see how much passion everyone has to do whatever they can for their patients.

    JoelJoel Soma, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-scope family medicine, community health, preventative health, sports medicine, procedures
    Personal interests/hobbies: Birding and bird photography, racquetball, hiking, fishing, summer grilling and cooking, and spending time Up North (or anywhere) with family, friends, and dogs
    Why St. Joe's: During a medical school rotation at St. Joe's it was instantly obvious it was the perfect program for me. It is a high-caliber program closely tied to the vibrant and diverse community in which it resides. The faculty are incredibly dedicated, welcoming, fun, and supportive. Residents helped and supported each other and genuinely had fun spending time together. Overall, St Joe's truly felt like a tight-knit community and the optimal place to continue learning and serve the people of St Paul.

    ThomasThomas Walsh V, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, adolescent medicine, palliative care, medical education, procedures
    Personal interests/hobbies: Spending time with family. Watching and playing many sports, especially basketball and golf. Reading, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Playing video games and board games with friends.
    Why St. Joe's: I think the Twin Cities area is among the best locations in the country to train in family medicine. The University of Minnesota programs all provide the opportunity to learn full spectrum primary care, while also allowing for special interests. I am also from St. Paul and am very excited to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community that I loved growing up in. But most importantly, the people at St. Joe's are welcoming, supportive, and very proud of their program!

  • Third Year: Class of 2020

    ChristopherChris Culhane, MD

    Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Medical interests: Global health, slow medicine, rural medicine, OB
    Personal interests: Java, conversation, leisurely jogging, ultimate Frisbee, Spanish mass, Ecuadorian fútbol
    Why St. Joe's: With the dedicated faculty and welcoming residents, St. Joe's felt like home on my interview day! I grew up visiting family a lot in the Twin Cities and knew that it would be an unparalleled location to learn and grow. I couldn't be more excited to join the team at St. Joe's!

    StephanieStephanie Deppe, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Chronic disease management, integrative medicine, women's health, sports medicine
    Personal interests: Biking, horseback riding, walking around the lakes with my husband, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, eating out
    Why St. Joe's: Residents and staff are enthusiastic about their work, strong training in full spectrum family medicine, supportive work environment, interesting and diverse patient population, great location in downtown St. Paul.

    DennisDennis Ea, MD

    Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Medical interests: Underserved medicine, health disparities, community health, geriatrics, sports medicine, procedures, medical education
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, cheering on Minnesota sports teams (especially my Carleton Knights, Gopher Wrestling, and Minnesota Vikings), traveling to new places, eating new types of food
    Why St. Joe's: It offers a wealth of opportunities to receive excellent full spectrum family medicine training and engage in longstanding community outreach programs. I'm grateful to return and serve my beloved hometown of St. Paul and be able to pursue my various professional and personal interests in this supportive environment. Our team is filled with wonderful people committed to serving our diverse patient population with the highest standard of care.

    thomasGrant Krumme, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Rural medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, procedures
    Personal interests: Fishing, hunting, archery, camping, canoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, snowboarding, gardening, cooking
    Why St. Joe's: The faculty and residents are very inviting and truly made me feel like I fit in. It is a great place to train for full spectrum family medicine and has all of the important factors I was looking for in a training program. Additionally, I like the idea of being able to tailor my training towards how I see my future practice. The residents genuinely seemed happy and were glad with their choice of going to St. Joe's.

    AbbieAbbie Metzler, DO

    Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, women's health, integrative medicine, community health, global health
    Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, sports, camping, basically any adventure outdoors
    Why St. Joe's: While interviewing, I could feel the strong sense of community and family. I was looking for a residency program that would help me develop into a well-rounded physician. St. Joe's provides that balance for their residents while still allowing them to pursue their own special interests.

    BethamBetlehem Semahge, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota
    Medical interests: Women’s health, underserved medicine, infectious disease, refugee and immigrant health, procedures and preventative medicine, health disparities, social determinants of health
    Personal interests: Learning about orthodoxy, cross stitching, African feminism, watching documentaries, cooking or baking and feeding people, visit museums, discover new places, spending time with my other half, family, and friends.
    Why St. Joe's: I fell in love with St. Joe's during my family medicine rotation in medical school. I was a newly minted third year medical student then, and St. Joe's provided me with an unforgettable experience. The diversity of the patient population they serve fit very well with the interests I had, especially working with immigrants and refugees. I also found that faculty, staff, and residents all genuinely cared about their patients and went above and beyond for them.

    ChristinaChristina Werman, DO

    Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, women's health, preventative care, procedures
    Personal interests: Spending time with my family and friends, anything outdoors, cooking, yoga, traveling
    Why St. Joe's: I was drawn to the faculty, residents, and patient population at St. Joe's. Everyone was so welcoming throughout the interview process. The faculty were very supportive, and the residents were very proud of their program. Everyone was very close, and I liked that they made time to do things together outside of residency. I also enjoyed the diversity of the patient populatio