Faculty & Staff

Kirby Clark, MD


Medical Education: University of Minnesota
Residency/Fellowship: Family Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota St. John's Hospital
Medical Interests: Comprehensive primary care, obstetrics, office procedures, newborn care, inpatient care, primary care process innovations, point-of-care ultrasound, continuity of care, patient safety, medical-legal initiatives
Personal Interests: Outdoor activities with my children, motorcycling, softball, and family and friend time

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Raymond Christensen, MD
Associate Director


Medical Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Internship: St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth, MN
Medical Interests and Vision: Access for all rural citizens to high quality health care
Personal interests: Bicycling, canoeing, fishing, running, tennis, and walking

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Jay Dirks, MD


Medical Education: University of Minnesota (RPAP: Monticello, MN)
Residency/Fellowship: University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency
Medical Interests: Clinical medicine quality improvement, office based procedures, pediatric medicine (increasing vaccination rates), non-traditional visits (email, telephone, virtual), teaching residents and medical students
Personal Interests: Traveling, pop culture, music, trying new foods/restaurants, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins

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Anne Keenan, MD


Medical Education: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Residency/Fellowship: University of Minnesota St. John's Family Medicine Residency
Medical Interests: Obstetric care, pediatrics, and healthy lifestyle promotion
Personal Interests: Running, gardening, crochet, trying to recreate Great British Baking Show recipes

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Javad Keyhani, MD


Medical Education: Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio
Residency/Fellowship: University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Program
Medical Interests: Chronic health conditions, holistic medicine, and behavioral change
Personal Interests: Learning new skills such as comedy improv, free diving, and playing the piano

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Keith Stelter, MD, MMM


Medical Education: University of Minnesota (RPAP: Blue Earth, MN)
Residency/Fellowship: Duluth Family Medicine Program
Medical Interests: Chronic disease management, quality improvement, medical leadership
Personal Interests: Cycling, hiking, and horseback riding

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Sandra Stover, MD


Medical Education: University of Minnesota
Residency/Fellowship: Duluth Family Practice Residency
Medical Interests: Pediatric care and Coroner services
Personal Interests:
Reading, knitting, forest/river-hiking, theater (back stage), family and moss

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Liz Sopdie, PhD
Operations & Program Development Director


Education: University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development
Job Responsibilities: Works collaboratively with the RPAP/MetroPAP team to innovate and operationalize educational programs for medical students to meet the healthcare needs of Minnesotans in underserved rural and metropolitan areas.
Personal Interests: Reading, knitting, biking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Natasha Jauss
Program/Project Specialist


Education: Bachelor's of Science in Community Health from UW-Superior
Job Responsibilities: Work with RPAP associate director and RPAP faculty and staff coordinating and fulfilling program needs; act as RPAP contact, provide program and outcome information to sites, students, and directors.
Personal Interests: Outdoor activities with my daughter and husband, bow hunting, running, working out, traveling, spending time with family and friends.

Laurel Sweeney
Education Program Coordinator


Education: University of Minnesota, Morris and Capella University
Job Responsibilities: Communication support to students, Canvas site updates and maintenance, academic tracking and grading support
Personal Interests: Martial arts, yoga, knitting, puzzles of any kind, and hanging out with family and friends

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