Emergency Medicine

Class Of:

2019

Ashley Antolick, MD

University of Minnesota Medical School

Ashley Antolick, MD

2019

Undergraduate

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose GRMEP for my training because of the close-knit atmosphere of the program and the awesome people that I met during my interview day. The residents seemed very happy and had a great relationship with the faculty. Training in a high volume, level I trauma center (adult and peds) with a longitudinal pediatric EM opportunity was important to me as well. I also loved Grand Rapids as a city. Lake Michigan is fantastic and there are a ton of fun things to do from outdoor activities to breweries. Being from Minnesota, I felt right at home.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I love being outside - hunting, fishing, camping, and being on the lake. I also love watching and playing sports (especially basketball and softball), running, learning to cook, and trying new restaurants. I am and will always be a diehard Minnesota sports fan.

Hometown

Minnetrista, MN

Professional Interests

EMS, Ultrasound, Critical Care, Peds EM

Lauren Buck, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Lauren Buck, MD

2019

Medical School

Michigan State University

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because the faculty and residents are so welcoming and create an amazing, supportive environment to train in. GRMEP has everything I need to be happy during my residency training: great relationships among residents, receptive faculty, and strong, team-based didactics in a place that I love. I love the city of Grand Rapids, proximity to my family, great food and beer, and the general feel of the city. The residents and faculty make GRMEP feel like home.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Yoga, running, eating great food, going up north, going to the lake, skiing and snowboarding.

Graduate

Northern Arizona University

Hometown

Birmingham, MI

Professional Interests

I'm interested in exploring education and rural medicine, but still mainly undecided.

Mary Cearley, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Mary Cearley, MD

2019

Undergraduate

University of Virginia

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

When I was looking for a residency program, I wanted to a place with a solid didactic curriculum, extensive hands-on learning, a fun city and area in which to spend my free time, and most important a program with coworkers I could consider family. From the team-based learning didactics to friendly faculty and residents, GRMEP/MSU had it all. I'm excited to live in the beautiful western Michigan, explore Grand Rapids and the lake, and learn the art of Emegency Medicine from the amazing people at Spectrum and Helen DeVos.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

In my free time I love to stay active, play rec-league ice hockey and enjoy the outdoors doing everything from hiking and swimming to rock climbing. When there's snow, you'll find me on the mountain snowboarding or skiing. Hopefully I'll even pick up some new sports while living in Western Michigan.

Hometown

Stamford, CT

Professional Interests

Medical Education & Simulation, EMS, wilderness medicine, ultrasound, palliative care, ICAM

Nicholas Chapin, MD

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Nicholas Chapin, MD

2019

Undergraduate

Lewis and Clark College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Great people, great city and close to family.

Hometown

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Family. Soccer. Brew beer. Soccer. Bike. Soccer. Swim. Soccer. Enjoy life.

Catherine Coss, MD

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Catherine Coss, MD

2019

Undergraduate

Kent State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I admired the interactions with the residents and faculty. Everyone was friendly, welcoming, got along together really well. I was drawn by the high volume and high acuity, together with the emphasize on education both in and out of clinical hours. I also loved Grand Rapids itself.

Hometown

Canton, OH

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Travel, read, exercise (preferably some type of dance or competition), learning new things.

Ashlee Edgell, MD

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Ashlee Edgell, MD

2019

Undergraduate

University of Notre Dame

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Emergency Medicine at GRMEP is a program with a great history for developing well-rounded EM Physicians. The resident education and training is highly tailored toward obtaining focused training in both adult and pediatric EM. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the faculty and residents, which was the biggest factor in my decision to come to Grand Rapids. I also found the city exactly what I was looking for: a small town feel but with the benefits of a big city.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Notre Dame, cycling, triathlons, hiking, running, yoga, baking, eating at local restaurants, thimble collecting

Hometown

Cincinnati, Ohio

Professional Interests

Sports Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound

Mark Hopkins, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Mark Hopkins, MD

2019

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I am originally from western Michigan so I chose to do an away rotation in Grand Rapids to get a look at the program. While the academics and training facilities were great, it was really the people that made me want to come back for residency.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

Spending time outdoors with my dogs, hiking, playing any sport, and reading books/comics.

Hometown

Niles, MI

Professional Interests

I have an interest in pre-hospital medicine.

Alisha Shake, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Alisha Shake, MD

2019

Undergraduate

Indiana University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I was very impressed with GRMEP program during the interview and subsequent visits to Grand Rapids. The faulty and residents are very knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. I could tell that they all enjoy their jobs and serving patients.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, and running.

Hometown

Odon, Indiana

Professional Interests

I am interested in rural medicine as well as clinical education.

Jacob Vander-Starre, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Jacob Vander-Starre, MD

2019

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Since I left Grand Rapids over 8 years ago, the city and the population have grown immensely. With that came a surge in healthcare infrastructure and an increase in the diversity of the patient population. With a high ED volume, a strong academic drive, and a premiere healthcare system in a medium-sized city, I was drawn back home. I have pride for the city I grew up in and for what it is today, and I am excited to learn and practice in this type of ED environment. Furthermore, Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with a rich food and beer culture, excellent sports teams, and a family-friendly attitude. Speaking of sports teams, 4 Red Wings players visited Devos Chidren's Hospital while on my away elective there. Besides being star-struck, I was hooked.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I enjoy ice hockey, weight lifting, football, baseball; essentially, any and all sports. I love hiking, fishing, and camping as well. I also have developed a skill for automotive repair and hope to build a car from scratch someday. My ultimate passion in life, however, is my family. I have two sons and a beautiful wife.

Hometown

Grand Rapids, MI

Professional Interests

Possibly critical care or pediatrics. I'm still undecided.

Daniel Vryhof, MD

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Daniel Vryhof, MD

2019

Undergraduate

Calvin College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose GRMEP because it's a great program in one of my favorite cities in the US. They are practicing the forefront of emergency medicine on a large and diverse patient population. The faculty and the residents here were also very welcoming.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

I like running, playing guitar, hiking, craft beer, and the occasional Netflix binge.

Hometown

Palos Park, IL

Professional Interests

I'm interested in International Medicine and Global Health. I'm passionate about developing systems of sustainable healthcare delivery and disaster response.

2018

Joshua Badour, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Joshua Badour, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Central Michigan University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I was really attracted to the vibe of the program. They're focused on academics, but there isn't that big university feel to it. Great volume, great patient mix, and faculty have been awesome. We have a bunch of shiny toys at our disposal, and we're not overrun with patients (usually!). I fell in love with Grand Rapids during my last two years of medical school. Good sized city with great food and beer, nice cultural mix surrounded by tons of outdoor opportunities. And you can't beat Lake Michigan during the summer.

Hometown

Bay City, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Traveling, mountain biking, anything with a ball. I just bought a dog, he's pretty cool too.

Mariah Barnes, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Mariah Barnes, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Michigan State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Program has amazing residents and faculty. Grand Rapids is a great city to live in!

Hometown

Beulah, Michigan

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Traveling, hiking, being on the water, running, camping in the woods, skiing

Dan Chargo, MD

University of Minnesota

Dan Chargo, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Gustavus Adolphus College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because of the strong EM program, great environment and outstanding people.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

My favorite activities include cycling, hockey and skiing. It's also fun to explore the local restaurants and coffee shops.

Hometown

Minnetonka, MN

Professional Interests

International Medicine, Ultrasound, Administration

Andrew Kline, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Andrew Kline, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Ferris State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids for a variety of reasons. The high volume and acuity of the adult ED provides fabulous opportunities. Helen Devos Children's Hospital provides a pediatric experience that few places in the country can match. Most importantly the other residents and faculty are supportive and great people to hang out with both in and out of the hospital. I was also born and raised in Grand Rapids so staying here was a perfect fit.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife, Mary, of three years. We own a house in Walker and I occupy my time with random house projects. Every year I look forward to the Detroit Lions Super Bowl run along with Michigan State sports and the rest of the Detroit sports teams.

Hometown

Grand Rapids

Professional Interests

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Toxicology, Pharmacology.

Kelli Levek, MD

Southern Illinois University

Kelli Levek, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because I loved that it was a well established Emergency Medicine program with a strong focus on resident education. Everyone I met on my interview day was welcoming and happy and made me want to be a part of the program!

Medical School

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Hometown

Wood River IL

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Crossfit, Olympic style weightlifting, cooking/eating, cheering on the Greenbay Packers

Kevin Nowak, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Kevin Nowak, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Indiana University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

The emergency is the 7th oldest in the country with an incredible reputation. All of the physicians are eager to teach and you can tell that the residents are well prepared for their careers.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I enjoy cycling, playing guitar, traveling, and trying new restaurants and breweries.

Hometown

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Professional Interests

EMS

Ronald Rasch, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Ronald Rasch, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Graduate

2015

Hometown

Grand Rapids

Professional Interests

I have an interest in Emergency Ultrasound.

Undergraduate

MSU- finance

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I am from Grand Rapids and know what this city has to offer. 15-20 years ago Grand Rapids was an aging furniture city, and I never went downtown. We have many generous philanthropists in the area (Van Andel, Meijer, Secchia) who have invested in the city. Grand Rapids is now a hopping city. It is Beer City USA! There are so many great restaurants, I don't know the last time I went to a chain restaurant. There is so much to do in the city, and the beautiful lake shore is only 35 minutes from the hospital. Traffic is essentially non existent, I grew up in the country with my closest neighbor a half mile away, and it only took 15 minutes to get to the hospital. Most importantly I choose to do residency here because of how great of an organization Spectrum Health is. Their facilities are top notch. Every interview I went on I was always comparing everything back to my home institution; and I realized how nice I had it as a medical student. The catchment area is basically west of Lansing and almost the entire lake shore. I chose spectrum for the breadth of pathology that you see on a daily basis. Liver transplant patients are probably the only patients that we would transfer to UofM, because we do not do that (yet?) To summarize: great location, great facilities, great acuity (level 1 trauma center), great teachers, great variety of patients, great place to learn emergency medicine

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Basketball, golf, tennis, volleyball, biking

Sean Trusty, MD

University of Louisville

Sean Trusty, MD

2018

Hometown

Louisville, Kentucky

Professional Interests

Emergency Medicine, Sports Injuries and Ultrasound

Undergraduate

University of Kentucky

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because of the great history of the program, being one of the older more established programs in the country it has a great track record of training very competent EM physicians. I was also very impressed with the facilities and great diversity of the attending faculty that you are fortunate to train under. Finally I chose Grand Rapids due to the natural beauty of the area. It has great access to outdoor activities and lake Michigan.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

In my spare time I like cycling, both road and mountain, camping, cooking, checking out new food spots and staying active.

2017

Reece Baker, MD

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Reece Baker, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

Brigham Young University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I liked the residents and faculty when I interviewed. Established program with high acuity/volume ED.

Medical School

Hometown

Moses Lake, Washington

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Hang out with my wife and daughter, play basketball, read, ski, mountain bike, run

Colby Duncan, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Colby Duncan, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

Westminster College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Grand Rapids is a great place to live and the program here is amazing. The hospital is busy which provides a lot of opportunities for education. The residents and faculty are down-to-earth people and work hard to make maintain balance between education and efficiency in the department.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Music, technology, computers, basketball, soccer, running

Hometown

Roosevelt, Utah

Professional Interests

Emergency Medicine, Rural Medicine

Eric Johnson, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Eric Johnson, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

Northern Michigan University

Shivani Patel, MD

Wayne State University

Shivani Patel, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Graduate

University of Michigan

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Charlie Sierzant, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Charlie Sierzant, MD

2017

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Undergraduate

Hope College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids for the patient acuity and volume as well as the pediatric experience through the children's hospital. This is a family friendly community and residency program. I also enjoy the many great restaurants and watering holes in the Grand Rapids area.

Hometown

Grand Rapids, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I enjoy time with my family, running, biking, hiking, fly fishing, sailing, home improvement projects and brewing beer.

Erica Tavares, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Erica Tavares, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

San Jose State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because I had such a great experience living here during med school. There is great food scene here, gorgeous beaches within close driving distance, and the cost of living is so reasonable. This is an easy, fun city to live in. Also the program is made up of a wonderful group of residents and faculty that make going to work everyday awesome!

Hometown

San Jose, CA

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Gardening, cooking, restaurants, wine, concerts/festivals, cycling, hot yoga

Kaleb Topp, MD

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Kaleb Topp, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

Hope College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids EM program because of the faculty and staff. They take time to teach and develop personal relationships with the residents. In Grand Rapids there is also very high volumes and patients with high acuity. I also appreciated the opportunity for rural EM options.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

I enjoy spending time with my family. Grand Rapids has many great facilities for family events. I also enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and camping.

Hometown

Kalispell Montana

Professional Interests

I would like to return to Montana to practice in a community hospital.

2016

Bryan Christie, MD

Indiana University

Bryan Christie, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

Oklahoma Baptist University

Professional Interests

Critical care

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

The EM program at GRMEP is a well-established residency that works in a high-volume downtown ED. It does a great job of combining the feel of a large, academic institution with elements of a private, community hospital. The biggest factor influencing my decision were the residents themselves. My co-residents are hardworking, selfless, and hilarious. It's hard to imagine having a better group of coworkers anywhere.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I like to collect vinyl records, repair and restore furniture (especially mid-century modern), and have started to dabble in the kitchen a little bit. I also enjoy working on my american foursquare house.

Megan Evans, MD

Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin

Megan Evans, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

The emergency medicine program is top-notch! Their strong didactics, sense of community, and knowledgeable faculty set them apart. I felt I could relate to the residents here and the community here while getting a well-rounded education.

Jennifer Gero, MD

University of North Dakota

Jennifer Gero, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Professional Interests

Wilderness medicine

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Great training, great outdoor activities

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

Running

Justin Houseman, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Justin Houseman, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I loved the enthusiastic and friendly faculty and got along well with the other residents in the program.

Hometown

North Muskegon, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Play guitar, read, follow UofM football

Andrew Manspeaker, MD

Universtiy of Louisville

Andrew Manspeaker, MD

2016

Undergraduate

Portland State University

Professional Interests

Quality and Safety

Graduate (optional)

US Navy Nuclear Power School

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Butterworth is one of the original emergency medicine programs, with a long tradition of excellence.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Outdoor adventures with my wife and kids

Matthew Singh, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Matthew Singh, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

MSU

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Grand Rapids has a lot to offer as a city. It has a vibrant downtown with great restaurants and entertainment. It is close to Lake Michigan and easily within driving distance to cities like Detroit, Traverse City and Chicago. Training at GRMEP offers the resources of a major academic medical center with a community hospital feel. The staff are friendly and approachable. There are specialists available for almost every medical issue. As residents, we are exposed to a wide variety of medical problems, and I am confident that I will leave this residency prepared for my future career in Emergency Medicine.

Hometown

Flint

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