Brain Injury

Michael Armstrong, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

Thomas Bergman, MD
HennepinHealthcare

Amy Chang, DO
HennepinHealthcare

Nicholas Devenport, PhD, MA
Minneapolis VAMC

Diane Mortimer, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

Min Jeong Park, MBBS
HennepinHealthcare

Sarah B. Rockswold, MD
HennepinHealthcare

Brionn K. Tonkin, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

tonki018@umn.edu

Brain Injury Fellows

Matthew Puderbaugh, DO
Brain Injury Fellow

Hometown: Topeka, KS
Undergrad: Washburn University (Topeka)
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Parker, CO)
Residency Program & Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota
Professional Interests: Brain Injury, Spasticity Management, Electrodiagnostics, Graduate Medical Education Teaching/Research
What you love most about Minnesota: Variety of outdoor activities.

Pain

Ratan Banik, MD, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management

rkbanik@umn.edu

What do you love most about teaching? I like the learning that goes on as I prepare and teach a very intelligent group of people. Teaching certainly expands my knowledge-base. I strongly believe what Roman Philosopher Seneca said, “While we teach, we learn.”
What do you love most about Minnesota? Well, there are so many things to love. A few of my favorites are great biking trails, lakes, fishing, Minnesota Twins, and fair or festival for just about every occasion.

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Miles Belgrade, MD
Minneapolis VA

612-467-6336
belgr001@umn.edu

What do you love most about teaching? Seeing trainees enthusiastic about learning and taking a broad view of pain.
What do you love most about Minnesota? I’ve learned to see beauty in the prairie. Great parks.

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Richard Belle Isle, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group

Annie Burton, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group

What do you love most about teaching? It keeps me learning new things every day.
What do you love most about Minnesota? Parks and bike paths everywhere! Hockey and skiing in the winter!

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Brian Erickson, MD
HealthEast Pain Center

What do you love most about teaching? Exposing to Fellows and Residents a Psychiatry perspective on Chronic Pain.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The fascinating people and nature found everywhere.

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Paul Heideman, PhD, LP
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Being able to learn with the students; helps to stay current with the literature. 
What do you love most about Minnesota? The change in seasons.

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Ranjit Kesha, MD
Minneapolis VA

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Steve Knuff, DO
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Seeing the tremendous growth and increased autonomy that occurs throughout the fellowship year.
What do you love most about Minnesota? It’s a big city with numerous cultural amenities, with a ton of outdoor activities, and convenience.

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Franz Macedo, DO
Program Director, Site Director, Minneapolis VA

Kathryn Nixdorf, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group - Site Director

Casey Okamoto, DC
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Over the course of the year, we see tremendous growth as fellows become more adroit and confident – more thoughtful and thorough. This is immensely gratifying. I also love the exchange; one I believe must occur in order for learning to take place. The pupil sacrifices time and certainty for new eyes, for a new way of seeing and organizing the world. It is a joy and privilege to guide new clinicians as they hone their skills and develop eyes of their own.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The Midwest is home to me. Mild summers, punishing winters, and Minnesota nice… what’s not to love?

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Mark E. Paidin, DO
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Pain Medicine offers us a unique opportunity to evaluate and think about the human body and brain in a holistic way. The nervous system integrates our emotional regulation and pain experience in complicated and fascinating ways. As pain specialists, it is incumbent upon us to evaluate the mechanical aspects of the musculoskeletal system, the function of the nervous system, and the way all of this interacts with our emotional stability. I find my work mentally stimulating and morally rewarding. I enjoy teaching because I appreciate the ability to share my passion for all of this with the residents and fellows. When learners have a passion for the work, it’s fun to help them understand what at first seems foreign and confusing. It’s my honor to act as a guide while they find their way toward mastery of the technical, the academic, and the emotional aspects of what we do.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The people, the lakes and the beer.

Clarence Shannon IV, MD
Site Director, Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management

cshannon@umn.edu

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Jon Snitzer, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group

Bronwyn Southwell, MD
Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management

south095@umn.edu

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Rebecca Vogsland, PT, DPT, OCS
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? I enjoy building relationships between healthcare disciplines through improved knowledge and understanding of what each brings to the table. In that way, I hope to optimize healthcare and healthcare provider satisfaction by facilitating a healthcare paradigm where the outcomes are greater than the sum of their parts.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The variety, from seasons to food to cultural experiences. It’s the ultimate sampler! 

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Pain Fellows

Zachary Belford, DO
Pain Fellow

belfo018@umn.edu

Hometown: Rockford, IL
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Program & Specialty: New York University – PM&R
Professional Interests: Interventional pain, neuromodulation
What inspired you to follow your educational path? Ability to directly influence patient outcomes and work as part of an interdisciplinary team
What attracted you to the U of MN? Why are you excited to be matched here? Strong faculty focus on education, wide range of procedures, and diverse rotation sites
What do you hope to accomplish? Increase patients’ functionality and quality of life through developing creative approaches to treating refractory pain
Do you have any interest in research? If so, in what area? Yes – neuromodulation and novel applications for spinal cord stimulation
What do you like to do in your spare time? How will the Twin Cities support that? Fishing, hiking, biking, water and snow skiing – plenty of lakes and trails!

Christopher Solie, MD
Pain Fellow

soli0108@umn.edu

Hometown: Rye, NH
Undergrad: Bethel University
Medical School: Kansas City University
Professional Interests: Acute pain, point-of-care ultrasound
Why you chose the U of M: I was attracted to the location and being in a program that teaches medication management while getting to perform a ton of procedures as well.
What you love most about Minnesota: the lakes.

Pediatric

Nanette Aldahondo, MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

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Kelly Cho, MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

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Supreet Deshpande, MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

deshp007@umn.edu

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Mark Gormley Jr., MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

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Linda Krach, MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

The patient and family are at the center of all that we do. My goals include providing evidence based care and being an effective communicator in order to accomplish that. I also partner with the other members of the health care team to assist those we serve in reaching their goals.

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Angela M. Sinner, DO
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

I believe it's important to partner with my patients and their families. I carefully listen to parents and caregivers so we can work together toward common goals for a child’s care. As a pediatric rehabilitation physician, I work to assemble a team around a child to best support that child's development.

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Marshall H. Taniguchi, MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

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Marcie Ward, MD
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

My work as a physician is centered around helping my pediatric patients and their families identify areas of ability so that the children can reach attainable goals despite their impairments. I focus on maximizing function despite limitations with the ultimate goal of expanding the child's participation in family and community.

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Pediatric Fellows

Kathryn Fisher Thomas, MD
FL1

Graduation Date: July 2023

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergrad: Reed College
Medical School: New York Medical College
Professional Interests: Neuromuscular disease, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, generalized hypermobility
Why you chose Minnesota: I chose to come to Gillette Children's for fellowship as they have wonderful, broad training in all aspects of pediatric rehabilitation medicine. Getting to be near the Minnesota State Fair is also a bonus! 

Matt Severson, MD
FL1

Graduation Date: July 2023

Hometown: Farmington, MN
Undergrad: Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Professional Interests: Pediatric cancer and pain rehab, ultrasound, spasticity management, medical education
Why you chose Minnesota: Gillette offers incredible all around pediatric rehab training. The team dynamic, patient population, clinical setting, and resources available to advance my education and career are all exactly what I was looking for in a PRM fellowship. 

Tyler Shirel, MD
FL2

Graduation Date: July 2022

Hometown: La Crosse, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin- La Crosse
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Professional Interests: Pediatric Rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, spasticity management, brain injury rehab, muscular dystrophy.
Why you chose Minnesota: I chose Minnesota because of its breadth of clinical exposure and procedures. This fellowship gives me confidence that I am well trained in all aspects of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 
What you love about Minnesota: Some of the great things I’ve come to love about Minnesota are the people, lakes with great fishing, and the boundary waters!

Spinal Cord Injury

Byron Eddy, DO
Minneapolis VAMC

Steven Jackson, MD
PM&R Affiliate/HealthPartners

Katrina Thomas, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

Kareen Velez, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

James Spendley, DO
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Angela M. Sinner, DO
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

I believe it's important to partner with my patients and their families. I carefully listen to parents and caregivers so we can work together toward common goals for a child’s care. As a pediatric rehabilitation physician, I work to assemble a team around a child to best support that child's development.

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Neuropsychology Fellows

Sarah Taylor, PhD
Neuropsychology Fellow

taylors@umn.edu

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