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MAFP 2019 Spring Refresher | March 28 & 29, 2019 | The Depot Minneapolis

Meet our 2019 presenters!

as of January 21, 2019

David Baldes, MD

David Baldes, MD

Psychiatrist, Essentia Health

Baldes is an adult psychiatrist in clinical practice in Duluth, MN. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota, serving as chief resident. Baldes has subsequently practiced inpatient and outpatient psychiatry and served in a variety of educational and leadership roles. In April 2019, he is starting a new role as a dedicated inpatient psychiatrist and medical director at Essentia Health in Duluth.

Heather Bell, MD

Heather Bell, MD

Family Physician, CHI St. Gabriel’s Family Medical Center

Bell is a rural family doctor in Little Falls, MN. As opioid use and related issues have increased, Bell identified whole-person care as the most appropriate approach for care of this population. Seeing a gap in care, she started using medication-assisted addiction treatment with buprenorphine as part of her primary care practice. Her leadership and perseverance are transforming her clinic, demonstrating success in both cost savings and patient care outcomes. Bell and her colleague, Kurt DeVine, MD, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, have launched the first Minnesota ECHO program (videoconferencing education platform), allowing them to educate and mentor others on appropriate opioid prescribing and encourage rural buprenorphine treatment.

Kathryn Brown, MD, MS

Kathryn Brown, MD, MS

Family Physician and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Brown is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and teaching faculty at the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Her interests include medical education, preventive care, chronic pain management, obstetrics and promoting full spectrum family medicine. She sees patients at the University of Minnesota Physicians Phalen Village Family Medicine Clinic in St. Paul’s Eastside.

Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH

Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH

Family Physician and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Chaisson is associate director of the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, where she manages the obstetrics curriculum and redesigned the gynecology curriculum to include training in office-based uterine aspiration. In addition, she serves as medical director for the Minneapolis School-based Clinics and contracts with Planned Parenthood North Central States. Chaisson received her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MPH in maternal and child health from the University of Minnesota. Her clinical and advocacy interests include adolescent health and wellness and comprehensive reproductive health care.

Nathan Chomilo, MD

Nathan Chomilo, MD

Vice President, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Minnesota

Chomilo received a zoology degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was the pediatric chief resident at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital. He practices as a pediatrician at Park Nicollet Clinic-Brookdale and a hospitalist at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. His advocacy work includes the impact early childhood intervention and healthcare access have on the long-term prospects of children and how physicians and health systems can address racial and health equity. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Early Childhood and Section on Minority Health, Equity & Inclusion and an Early Childhood Champion for the Minnesota chapter of the AAP. He currently serves as the medical director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota. Chomilo is also an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and has been appointed to Governor Mark Dayton’s Early Learning Council. He helped launch Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity, where he serves as vice president. He was recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in their 2018 Top Doctors: Rising Stars edition and awarded the Reach Out and Read National 2018 Medical Champion Achievement Award. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son.

Kris Christiansen, MD

Kris Christiansen, MD

Family Physician, Park Nicollet Sexual Medicine and Male Infertility

Christiansen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and University of Minnesota St. Joseph’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency in St. Paul. She completed a Bush Medical Fellowship where she pursued additional training in sexual medicine. Her clinical interests include male and female sexual dysfunction. She is currently working at the Park Nicollet Sexual Medicine and Male Infertility Clinic and at Methodist Hospital as a hospitalist.

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, MS

Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, MS

Dermatologist and Medical Director, Crutchfield Dermatology

Crutchfield is a graduate of the Mayo Medical School (now Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine) and an adjunct professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is recognized, annually, as a “Top Doctor” by Mpls.St.Paul magazine. He is also the only dermatologist to have been selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly and has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection and a dermatology textbook. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN and a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Crutchfield was also given the “first a physician” award, Healthcare Hero, 100 most influential and one of the Top 100 African-American Newsmakers in the United States by theGrio, an affiliate of NBC News (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grio_Awards). Crutchfield Dermatology is a proud member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (DPSEAM) (http://www.SafeAndEthicalDoctors.org).

Kathleen Culhane-Pera, MD, MA

Kathleen Culhane-Pera, MD, MA

Family Physician and Medical Director of Quality, West Side Community Health Services, Inc.

Culhane-Pera is a family physician, medical anthropologist and medical director of quality at West Side Community Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center in St. Paul. She is also a founding member and co-director of community-based research at SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness (SoLaHmo), a community-based participatory action research program at West Side Community Health Services.

Stephen Dahmer, MD

Stephen Dahmer, MD

Family Physician and Chief Medical Officer, Vireo Health

Dahmer, an ardent family doctor, joined Vireo Health in November of 2015 as chief medical officer. In addition to the oversight of 100+ employees across eight Cannabis Patient Centers (CPC) in two states serving thousands of patients, Dahmer spearheads research development and lectures regularly on the topic of cannabinoids and health. He is assistant clinical professor of family medicine and community health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and continues to practice clinical medicine in New York.

Beth Damitz, MD

Beth Damitz, MD

Family Physician and Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Damitz is faculty at the All Saints Family Medicine Residency and an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed a one-year internship in general surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and then completed a family medicine residency at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. After graduation, she spent two years in private practice. Her special interests are in health systems management and bioethics.

Prakash Deedwania, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FASH, FHFSA, FESC

Prakash Deedwania, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FASH, FHFSA, FESC

Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Deedwania is one of the most recognizable figures in the fields of lipid disorders, hypertension, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, rhythm disorders and preventive cardiology. He is professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Deedwania is also director of cardiovascular research for the UCSF Fresno-Central San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education and clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) and European Society of Cardiology. He has served as chair of the executive committee of the Laennec Society of the AHA and is currently president of the California Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. Deedwania is past president of the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology. He is a member of several writing groups, including the ACC/AHA Practice Guidelines on Chronic Stable Angina and Ambulatory ECG Monitoring and HFSA Practice Guidelines Committee. Deedwania recently served on the joint writing group of AHA/ADA/ACC for the position statement on intensive glucose control in patients with diabetes. He is currently chair of the AHA Diabetes Committee and co-chair of the ACC Cardio Metabolic Working Group. He has served as a member of the annual scientific program committees of the ACC, HFSA and Heart Rhythm Society and is on the annual scientific program committee of the AHA. Deedwania has authored numerous landmark clinical trials and authored or co-authored more than 550 publications, including journal articles, book chapters and abstracts. Deedwania also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is an associate editor of the Annals of Noninvasive Cardiology, senior editor of Congestive Heart Failure and has served as guest editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Deedwania lectures regularly both nationally and internationally.

Kurt DeVine, MD

Kurt DeVine, MD

Family Physician, CHI St. Gabriel’s Family Medical Center

DeVine has practiced full spectrum family medicine for more than 26 years. As opioid use and its attributing issues have become more prevalent, DeVine became more engaged and involved with the local community task force assembled to address concerns of opioid use and dependency within his county. During this time, DeVine added buprenorphine to his primary care practice to improve rural access to treatment from opioid use disorder. Through legislative funding and grant procurement, DeVine and his colleague, Heather Bell, MD, initiated Minnesota’s first ECHO educational program and a pilot project to replicate their system to reduce and monitor opioid prescribing in a rural clinic setting.

Angela Esquibel, MD

Angela Esquibel, MD

Family Physician, Neighborhood Family Clinic

Esquibel is originally from New York, graduated from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Rhode Island and then trained at the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency in Wisconsin. Her interests include care of the underserved, health equity, medical missions and global health education. She currently works at the Neighborhood Family Clinic in La Crosse, WI, and resides in the area with her husband and two sons.

Alexandra Gits, MD

Alexandra Gits, MD

Family Medicine Resident, University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency

Gits is a third-year resident at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency. Throughout her training, Gits has worked diligently to increase leadership and advocacy training throughout medical education and further her own skills. She has actively participated in the MAFP, AAFP, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and Family Medicine for America’s Health via board membership, conference and dedicated workshop attendance and curricula building. She is grateful for the MAFP’s support during her residency and hopes to continue to participate in the Academy when she’s a practicing family physician.

Angela Kade Goepferd, MD

Angela Kade Goepferd, MD

Pediatrician and Director of Medical Education, Children’s Minnesota

Goepferd is a pediatrician and director of medical education at Children’s Minnesota, where she also serves as ’vice chief of staff. Goepferd is co-director of the Children’s Gender Health Program, a multidisciplinary clinic that provides gender-affirming care for children and adolescents who are transgender and gender diverse. She trains and teaches regularly on the topics of caring for LGBT youth and providing care for transgender children and their families. Goepferd has also served on community advisory boards helping to shape standards of care for LGBTQ patients and received an inaugural Business of Pride award from the Mpls.St.Paul magazine in 2018.

David Gregornik, PharmD

David Gregornik, PharmD

Pharmacogenomics Program Director, Children’s Minnesota

Gregornik is the pharmacogenomics program director at Children’s Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, where he earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy and, later, his PharmD. In 1995, he completed a specialty residency in pediatric pharmacotherapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Gregornik was a member of the St. Jude pharmaceutical department for 18 years, providing advanced practice pharmacy services to children with cancer/undergoing bone marrow transplant. From 2009 to 2013, he served as manager of pediatric clinical pharmacy programs at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Gregornik joined Children’s Minnesota in August 2016, where he established a pharmacogenomics clinic. He is working to expand the use of this new field of precision medicine in children to optimize drug selection, avoiding the trial and error approach and preventing adverse drug reactions.

Robert Haddon, MD, MS

Robert Haddon, MD, MS

Program Director, Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Haddon spent seven years with NASA as a flight physician supporting Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, at both the Johnson Space Center and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. He provided medical support at five spacecraft landings. He holds degrees in aerospace medicine and biochemistry. He is a senior aviation medical examiner and a former US Air Force flight surgeon, with current boards in infectious disease and aerospace medicine. He has more than 25 years of experience as a physician in a variety of settings, including five years in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is in his sixth year at Mayo Clinic, where he divides his time between aerospace medicine and hyperbarics and directs the Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine Fellowship.

Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH

Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Hardeman is an assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She is a health equity researcher, using the frameworks of critical race theory and reproductive justice to inform her work in health services research and population health. She seeks to improve outcomes for Black moms and babies. Hardeman’s research includes a partnership with Roots Community Birth Center in North Minneapolis, one of five Black-owned freestanding birth centers in the U.S. Her work also examines the potential mental health impacts for Black mothers when living in a community that has experienced the killing of an unarmed Black man by police. Published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health, Hardeman’s research has elicited important conversations on the topics of culturally-focused care, police brutality and structural racism as a fundamental cause of health inequities. Her overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health in a tangible way, identifies opportunities for intervention and dismantles the systems, structures and institutions that allow inequities to persist. Hardeman was appointed by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health to serve on the Health Equity Advisory and Leadership (HEAL) Council and serves on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood North Central States.

David Henke

David Henke

Social Media Manager, University of Minnesota Health

Henke is the social media manager for University of Minnesota Health, which includes two major academic hospitals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area: University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. He is an award-winning former journalist, social media marketer and editor. His expertise includes brand storytelling, reputation management and content marketing. In his spare time, he is pursuing a master’s in fine arts at Hamline University.

Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP

Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Family Physicians

Henley serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He works with the AAFP Board of Directors on mission, strategy and vision and also serves on the board of directors of the AAFP Foundation and Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). The PCPCC is a coalition of more than 700 businesses, consumers and healthcare organizations that have joined together to advocate for the patient-centered medical home. Read full bio »

Stephanie Hooker, PhD, MPH

Stephanie Hooker, PhD, MPH

Psychologist and Primary Care Behavioral Health Fellow, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Hooker is a licensed psychologist and postdoctoral fellow in primary care behavioral health at the University of Minnesota Physicians Broadway Family Medicine Clinic. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, master’s degree in clinical psychology from Syracuse University, MPH in applied biostatistics from the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus and PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. She completed her residency training at Rush University Medical Center in health psychology. Her research interests include health behavior change, motivation and meaning in life.

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP

Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP

Chief Medical Officer, Minnesota Hospital Association

Rahul is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is the first chief medical officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association and practices at Fairview St. John’s Hospital as a hospitalist. Rahul’s passion is to make Minnesota be the best state in the nation to receive AND provide healthcare.

Louis Kuritzky, MD

Louis Kuritzky, MD

Family Physician and Assistant Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida

Kuritzky has made more than 1,000 presentations to professional societies, hospitals, residency programs and beyond. His extensive medical knowledge and interest in educational methods to increase participant retention deems him a successful, in-demand speaker. A board certified family physician since 1978, Kuritzky has received numerous awards for embodying the qualities of both teacher and physician, including six “Teacher of the Year” awards and inclusion in “Best Doctors in America.”

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, RD

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, RD

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Loth is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Her research explores social and environmental influences on child and adolescent weight status and disordered eating behaviors. Specifically, she is interested in identifying ways in which parents can work to help their children develop and maintain a healthy weight and a healthy relationship with their bodies. Loth is also a registered dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy to patients at the University of Minnesota Physicians Broadway Family Medicine Clinic and helping to train family medicine residents on topics related to nutrition and behavior change.

Russell Luepker, MD, MS

Russell Luepker, MD, MS

Cardiologist and Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Luepker is the Mayo Professor of Public Health in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and interned at University of California, San Diego. After three years at Johns Hopkins in the U.S. Public Health Service, he did a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Beginning with the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention and Lipid Research Clinic Trials, he has consistently worked in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention.

Sheilagh Maguiness, MD

Sheilagh Maguiness, MD

Dermatologist and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics

Maguiness is a board certified pediatric dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Pediatric Vascular Lesions. Her clinical and research interests include vascular anomalies, birthmarks and atopic dermatitis. Maguiness is vice president of education and career development for the Society of Pediatric Dermatology and sits on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics dermatology section.

Elizabeth Maloney, MD

Elizabeth Maloney, MD

Family Physician and President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education

MAFP member Maloney is president of the Partnership for Tick-borne Diseases Education, a nonprofit organization providing online and LIVE evidence-based continuing medical education programming and materials on tick-borne diseases for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Maloney is also a consultant to government agencies and private organizations. She recently served on the Pathogenesis, Transmission and Treatment Subcommittee of the federally mandated Tick-borne Diseases Working Group and on a peer review panel for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Alice Mann, MD

Alice Mann, MD

Family Physician and Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives

Mann was elected to represent Lakeville and Burnsville at the Minnesota State Legislature in the 2018 election. She’s a board-certified family practice physician who currently serves patients at Lakeville Family Health Clinic and Northfield Hospital’s emergency room.

Heather Martens, PhD

Heather Martens, PhD

Director of Integrative Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Martens is a clinical psychologist working with the All Saints Family Medicine Residency Program through the Medical College of Wisconsin. She works as part of a collaborative team with faculty and residents integrating psychological and physical healthcare services. Martens also provides a variety of psychological services to patients throughout the lifespan.

Eduardo Medina

Eduardo Medina

Family Physician, Park Nicollet Clinic-Minneapolis
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Medina is a board-certified family physician at Park Nicollet Clinic-Minneapolis and adjunct assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Medina has worked throughout his career and education to advance health equity and high-quality healthcare for all communities. Medina completed his MPH, MD and family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota.

Rachel Miller, MD

Rachel Miller, MD

Medical Director, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, Children’s Minnesota

Miller is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with a focused practice designation in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She has devoted her career to the gynecologic care of youth. She graduated AOA from the University of North Dakota with her medical degree and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Miller completed her fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and joined Children’s Minnesota in 2008. She teaches residents and is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health at the University of Minnesota. She has served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Adolescent Healthcare and as ACOG liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Adolescence.

Katherine Montag Schafer, PharmD

Katherine Montag Schafer, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Montag Schafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. She is teaching faculty at the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency and practices at University of Minnesota Physicians Phalen Village Family Medicine Clinic. She is a 2013 graduate of North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and completed residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center, specializing in ambulatory care pharmacy practice.

Stephen Nelson, MD

Stephen Nelson, MD

Pediatric Hematologist and Director of Hemoglobinopathy Program, Children’s Minnesota

Nelson attended medical school and completed his pediatric residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship was completed at Duke University Medical Center. Nelson joined the hematology/oncology program at Children’s Minnesota in 1993. He is currently the director of Children’s Hemoglobinopathy Program and co-director of Children’s Vascular Anomalies Center. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. His interests include caring for patients with sickle cell disease and working to decrease racial health care disparities.

Samantha Ngaw, MD

Samantha Ngaw, MD

Family Medicine Resident, University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency

Ngaw is in her third year of residency at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency. She earned her MD at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her medical interests include public health, Myanmar health systems, women’s health and family planning, food systems and nutrition, motivational interviewing and underserved medicine.

Lynne Ogawa, MD

Lynne Ogawa, MD

Family Physician and Medical Director, St. Paul - Ramsey County Public Health

Ogawa graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and came to St. Paul for family medicine residency at Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital). She completed a fellowship in community health with a focus on adolescent health and spent nearly 20 years in direct patient care, almost exclusively at Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Twin Cities. Ogawa recently transitioned into public health leadership as medical director of the St. Paul - Ramsey County Public Health department.

Zia Okocha, MD

Zia Okocha, MD

Family Physician, University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

Okocha graduated from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency. Currently, she works at the University of Minnesota Medical Center ’Family Medicine Residency and is completing a faculty development year. She is also participating in the Physicians for Reproductive Health Leadership Training Academy. Okocha has a particular interest in sexual and reproductive health, health disparities and equity, immigrant and refugee care and substance use disorders.

Sandra Olsen, MS

Sandra Olsen, MS

Program Administrator, Medical College of Wisconsin

Olsen is program administrator of the All Saints Family Medicine Residency and All Saints Family Care Center. She is also EMR application manager for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. In this role, she has designed and created templates, documents and reports for their NextGen electronic medical record (EMR).

Kerui Peng, PharmD Student

Kerui Peng, PharmD Student

Pharmacy Student, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Peng is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in the Twin Cities. As a student pharmacist, she works as a pharmacy intern in different settings and a student research assistant in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about pharmacy practice, clinical and translational research and academia.

Denny Peterson, MD

Denny Peterson, MD

Family Physician and Associate Director of Residency Training, CentraCare Health/University of Minnesota St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Peterson joined faculty at the University of Minnesota St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency in 2013. He serves as one of its associate program directors. His previous experience includes practicing at a rural clinic in Willmar, Minnesota, and precepting medical students for the University of Minnesota Rural Physician Associate Program. His medical interests include full spectrum rural family medicine with OB, pediatrics and emergency medicine. He currently assists with training University of Minnesota family medicine faculty and residents at the University of Minnesota in Family Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and has developed a curriculum for POCUS at the University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. He has also taught POCUS at the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City.

Christopher Reif, MD, MPH

Christopher Reif, MD, MPH

Family Physician and Director of Primary Care, Community-University Health Care Center

Reif has been a family physician working within the Twin Cities community health clinics for 40 years. The last 14 years have been at the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Reif also works with the Minnesota Medical Association Health Equity Task Force.

Jason Ricco, MD, MPH

Jason Ricco, MD, MPH

Family Physician and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Ricco is an assistant professor and faculty member at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Having an interest in the intersection between primary care and health policy/public health, Ricco is currently conducting research regarding the impact of social isolation on health outcomes. He is a certifying provider for medical cannabis and has a longstanding interest in the evidence for medical cannabis.

Mike Sevilla, MD

Mike Sevilla, MD

Vice President, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians
Family Physician, Family Practice Center of Salem

Sevilla is a family physician in full-time private practice in Salem, Ohio. He currently serves as vice president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. Sevilla is also an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is an advocate for family medicine both on social and traditional media and is regularly interviewed on local TV on a variety of health topics.

Richard Shank, MD

Richard Shank, MD

Retired Internist, Honoring Choices

Shank is a retired internist/hospitalist from United Hospital of St. Paul, where he also served as chief of staff and as medical director of medicine services from 1996 to 2011. He is medical director of the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases, BSA, and volunteers as a speaker for Honoring Choices, a service of the Twin Cities Medical Society.

Michelle Sherman, PhD, LP, ABPP

Michelle Sherman, PhD, LP, ABPP

Psychologist and Behavioral Health Coordinator, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Sherman is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. She is also the behavioral health coordinator at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association Division of Couples/Family Therapy and board certified in couples and family therapy.

Veronica Svetaz

Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP

Medical Director, Faculty, Assistant Professor, Hennepin Healthcare System, University of Minnesota LEAH Program

Bruce Thao, MS

Bruce Thao, MS

Director, Center for Health Equity and Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Minnesota Department of Health

As director of the Minnesota Department of Health Center for Health Equity and Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Thao provides consultation and training on how to integrate equity into policies, programs, research and grant-making. Thao also engages with the community, providers, health partners and policy makers to advance health equity. He brings more than 15 years of experience working within diverse communities, across sectors and across the country. He holds graduate degrees in psychology (St. Joseph’s University) and social work (University of Chicago) and is a 2013 Bush Fellow, a 2014 White House Champion of Change and a 2017 Aspen Institute Scholar.

Angeline Ti, MD, MPH

Angeline Ti, MD, MPH

Family Physician and Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Ti is an assistant professor in the departments of gynecology and obstetrics and family and preventive medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a guest researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Division of Reproductive Health, and her primary work focuses on CDC’s contraceptive guidance for health care providers. She completed residency in family and community medicine and a fellowship in family planning, both at the University of California, San Francisco. She is originally from Michigan and a proud Wolverine.

Andrea Westby, MD

Andrea Westby, MD

Family Physician and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Westby is a family medicine physician committed to community health and wellness with a passion for parent, child and family health and reproductive justice. She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed residency at Allina Health’s United Family Medicine Residency in St. Paul, MN. After residency, she worked as a full spectrum family medicine physician in a small rural community in northern Minnesota for 4.5 years. In 2017, she joined the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health as clinical core faculty at their North Memorial Family Medicine Residency in North Minneapolis, a vibrant, predominantly African-American community in which Westby both lives and works. Additionally, she has been working with the residency’s affiliated hospital, North Memorial Health, on promoting racial equity, antiracism, trauma-informed care and eliminating implicit bias.

Sujitha Yadlapati, MBBS

Sujitha Yadlapati, MBBS

Chief Resident, University of Minnesota St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Yadlapati is chief resident at the University of Minnesota St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She has a special interest in primary care dermatology and will be completing a one-year dermatology fellowship for primary care after graduation. Yadlapati will be practicing outpatient family medicine with medical dermatology.

Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP

Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP

Family Physician and Chief Science Officer, COPD Foundation

Yawn is a family physician with extensive experience in rural and primary care. She developed and led a primary care clinical research department for many years and now serves as a consultant to several large COPD and asthma studies. Yawn is the chief science officer of the COPD Foundation, where she oversees research and education of patients and health care professionals related to identification and care of COPD.

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