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

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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

Paul Bruhnding, DO
Pain Fellow

Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Undergrad: Bethel University, MN
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, MO
Professional Interests: Pain, Musculoskeletal Medicine, EMG
Why you chose Minnesota: The culture of the residency was second to none! The training sites were diverse and loaded with unique opportunities within the local PM&R community. Finally, Dr. Tonkin- need I say more?!
What you love most about Minnesota: The abundance of snow, mosquitoes, and road construction.

James Dvorak, MD

Hometown: New Prague, MN
Undergrad: University of Minnesota - Duluth "Go Dogs" 
Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine - Cayman Islands
Professional Interests: Pain management, Interventional orthopedics, and musculoskeletal medicine
Why you chose Minnesota: Great PM&R community, a plethora of resources and unique training opportunities at the multiple sites we rotate. The culture of the program and the residents is amazing. Dr. Tonkin is my hero! Minnesota is where mine and my wife's families are..... it was a very easy decision!
What you love most about Minnesota: Love the outdoors and all the lakes, parks, paths, and trails. Cabins "up north". Vibrant microbrewery scene. The people.. Minnesota nice is a real thing! And most importantly, it's The State of Hockey, with ice all year round for me and my 3 little boys to play on. 

Meagan Jozwiak, MD
Pain Fellow

Hometown: St. Charles, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Professional Interests: Interventional procedures, pain psychology, musculoskeletal medicine
Why you chose Minnesota: The faculty is heavily invested in our learning as fellows and we are given a lot of responsibility from the get-go. Everyone is so friendly and truly cares about our well-being. Plus, it's the Midwest!!
What you love most about Minnesota: Everyone is SO ACTIVE, and there is great food and beer everywhere!

Luis Telles-Hernandez, MD
Pain Fellow

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Undergrad: University of Maryland
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Dutch Caribbean
Professional Interests: Integrative approaches to pain management, interventional pain procedures, academic medicine and military medicine
Why you chose Minnesota: Strong didactics, well rounded education and experience. The faculty really care about our education and challenge us to be the best!
What you love most about Minnesota: The many lakes, bike trails, and restaurant scene to experience. I love the Midwest feeling and I'm close to family.

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

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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

Emily Gladstone, DO
FL2

Graduation Date: July 2021

Hometown:
Shelby Township, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Spasticity Management, Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injuries, Brachial Plexus Injuries, Incorporation of Ultrasound into Practice
Why you chose Minnesota: Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is truly a unique hospital system, perfect for an all-compassing fellowship experience. Gillette offers exposure to virtually everything in pediatric rehabilitation and I knew this program would give me the foundation to provide excellent care for every patient I encounter throughout my career. At Gillette, I am extremely fortunate to work with many different physicians in our specialty, allowing robust exposure to different practice styles which is exceedingly beneficial for trainees. The close collaboration amongst all specialties at Gillette is an invaluable asset for fellows learning to care for children with complex medical needs.
What you love about Minnesota: Minnesota is full of kind, compassionate, welcoming people and the staff at Gillette absolutely emulate these qualities making an exceptional environment for education. Minnesota offers incredible outdoor activities! The lakes are stunning and perfect for summer water sports. Local hiking trails are beautiful and abundant. Living in downtown St. Paul offers amazing walkability to favorite restaurants and entertainment. Between St. Paul and Minneapolis there is always something exciting to do in the Twin Cities!

Tyler Shirel, MD
FL1

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

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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Steven Jackson, MD
Regions Hospital

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