St. Joseph's Residents

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

    Benita BehmBenita Behm, MD

    Medical school:  University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Rural medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, inpatient medicine, and hospice. I also enjoy mentoring medical and pre-medical students.
    Personal interests: Home improvement projects with my husband, showing the world to our toddler, outdoor activities, spoiling our pups, spending time with family, exercising, watching sports, and Amazon Prime.
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe's residency because they made me feel incredibly welcomed on my interview day. Everyone was so genuine and down-to-earth that I wanted to be a part of the same team. St. Joe's diverse patient panel and comprehensive curriculum will prepare me well for any avenue I choose for my future practice. I truly believe St. Joe's will support me in becoming the best, most well-rounded family medicine physician I can be. 

    Tony Zhengyu CuiTony Zhengyu Cui, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, immigrant and community health, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, and procedural medicine.
    Personal interests: Tennis, table tennis, basketball, hiking, biking, spending time with friends and family, and exploring different restaurants and bars.
    Why St. Joe's: St. Joseph's Family Medicine Residency program offers a diverse and supportive faculty core with excellent training facilities located in a diverse and vibrant city. The residents are fun, kind, genuine, and supportive of each other.

    Kayla DharampaulKayla Dharampaul, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Community health, working with underserved populations, women's health, quality improvement, and full-spectrum family medicine.
    Personal interests: Spending time with friends and family, trying new foods, drawing, traveling, and going for walks.
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe's because of the welcoming, caring, supportive, and collaborative environment. I also chose this program because of the strong commitment and dedication that the faculty and residents have in serving its diverse community needs, which is a focus that strongly resonates with my interests. 

    Anya DmytrenkoAnya Dmytrenko, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Hospital medicine, women’s health, obstetrics, procedures, adolescent medicine, integrative medicine, and community health.
    Personal interests: Going for walks and bike rides, doing house projects of all kinds, reading, listening to music and podcasts, crocheting blankets, and spending time with my family. 
    Why St. Joe's: St. Joe’s offers high-quality, unopposed training in a richly diverse area, the best people to work with, and a great city to enjoy on your days off! I really enjoyed my interview day and could tell that the residents really care about each other and had fun together and that the faculty are supportive, approachable, and enjoy teaching. St. Joe’s felt like the perfect place for me to learn and grow as a person and as a doctor.

    Ahmed ElhindiAhmed Elhindi, DO, MPH

    Medical school: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine – including geriatrics, emergency medicine, palliative care, pediatrics, hospitalist, immigrant health, global medicine, and integrative medicine.
    Personal interests: Gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, outdoor sports, and spending time with my family.
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joe's because of the diverse practice environment that addresses the comprehensive needs of our patients, and the program provides community outreach and collaboration with others who are similarly focused on improving the health and lives of our patients. Also, the program provides a unique and totally encompassing training experience including immigrants/refugee health. During my interview, the residents and staff made me feel comfortable and welcomed, so I knew it would be a supportive and positive learning environment for my training. 

    Lisa MarshallLisa Marshall, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine with OB, adolescent medicine, women's health, and advocacy.
    Personal interests: Knitting, playing piano, nail polish enthusiast, jogging (slowly), playing fetch with my cat, and visiting breweries with my husband. 
    Why St. Joe's: I was fortunate enough to rotate at St. Joe's during my fourth year of medical school. I loved everything about Joe's - the residents, faculty, patients, and community. The faculty genuinely cared for their residents and encouraged them to pursue their own visions of their family medicine careers. The community served by St. Joe's is unique and diverse, and I found myself wanting to learn more about my patients in order to better serve them. I have no doubt that St. Joe's will train me well for a career in family medicine. 

    Alvin YangAlvin Yang, DO

    Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical interests: Sports medicine, community health, refugee populations, and mental health.
    Personal interests: Basketball, hiking, cooking, wood burning, and board games.
    Why St. Joe's: I liked the strong sense of community fostered at St. Joe's with the friendly and supportive staff and residents and the numerous opportunities to get involved in the diverse communities the program serves. The training seems catered to the individual resident to allow them to explore their own areas of interest. 

    Amanuel ZewdieAmanuel Zewdie, MD

    Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
    Medical interests: Underserved medicine, preventative medicine, global health, and procedures.
    Personal interests: Spending time with family, especially my niece and nephew, playing board games, jogging around the lakes with friends, foreign fiction novels, and sci-fi movies/TV.
    Why St. Joe's: I chose St. Joseph's because of its robust curriculum and the genuine sense of community I saw among the residents, staff, and faculty. I was also attracted to the program's commitment to providing affordable, high-quality care to St. Paul's diverse and underserved population. 

  • Second 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.

  • Third 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!