Internal Medicine / Pediatrics

Class Of:

2020

Joshua Kalb, DO

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Joshua Kalb, DO

2020

Undergraduate

Trinity College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because it was the best program I interviewed at, my wife and I love West Michigan! I was very impressed with the strong presence that Med-Peds residents have on the categorical sides. I wanted to be at a program with separate Peds and Medicine clinics, and there are also several clinics in the area with Med-Peds physicians. Grand Rapids does a great job of training Med-Peds physicians who then continue to train and mentor residents. My wife grew up 30 minutes from Grand Rapids and we really wanted to end up here for Residency. Its a great city with lots of fun activities and we are so excited to live here!

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

My wife and I love being outdoors. We especially enjoy hiking on trails and going to the beach. During medical school I picked up the sport of triathlon. I have done two full distance Ironman races and several shorter races as well

Hometown

Boulder, CO

Professional Interests

I am very interested in outpatient medicine

Megan Lineer, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Megan Lineer, MD

2020

Undergraduate

Evangel University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids for all the outstanding people I met here on interview day. Everyone I talked to was so uplifting and kind. The city also made me want to live here. Grand Rapids seemed like the perfect city for me.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Hiking, Settlers of Catan, Playing guitar and piano, Reading

Hometown

Eagan, MI

Professional Interests

Identification of human trafficking victims

Malorie McVittie, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Malorie McVittie, MD

2020

Undergraduate

Michigan State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose this program, because I loved working with the residents, faculty and clinicians that I encountered in Grand Rapids during my medical school training. Everyone was excited to teach and seemed truly invested in each resident's learning. I love that Grand Rapids is big enough to experience a wide variety of clinical encounters, but small enough to feel like part of the community. I also like that we are affiliated with MSU, which provides the opportunity to teach medical students and work with the academic side of medicine. I have enjoyed living in West Michigan, and it has been a great place to raise a family.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I love spending time with my husband and two kids when I am not working. I enjoy cooking, baking and interior decorating.

Hometown

Deckerville, MI

Professional Interests

I hope to work in outpatient primary care.

Adrian Ptacek, MD

Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota

Adrian Ptacek, MD

2020

Undergraduate

The University of South Dakota-Psychology

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids for my residency training in part due to the positive learning environment and supportive and inclusive feel of the program. I was also impressed with the city itself, as the size is large enough to experience a variety of clinical opportunities but small enough to still feel like part of a community.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Some of my interests outside of medicine include fly-fishing, playing the violin, and trying new restaurants and enjoying good food!

Hometown

Rapid City, South Dakota

Professional Interests

I am interested in continuity of care, especially when transitioning between inpatient and outpatient settings, and providing care across the lifespan. I am currently interested in going into primary care Internal Medicine and Pediatrics after residency, but am looking forward to experiencing a variety of subspecialties during residency.

2019

Michael Dozeman, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michael Dozeman, MD

2019

Anticipated Graduation Year

2019

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because it is a unique hybrid of a community hospital and academic center. It is a great learning environment and a fun place to work.

Hometown

Holland, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

• Watching Michigan State Football • Church Youth Group • Rec league softball and flag football

Haley Kammeraad, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Haley Kammeraad, MD

2019

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Hometown

Grand Rapids, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Running, Cycling, Soccer, Rock Climbing, Adventure Racing, Cooking, Eating

Undergraduate

University of Virginia

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I love Grand Rapids and I love the amazing teachers I worked with as a medical student at our local hospitals, so I decided to stay for a few more years!

Chelsey McNabb, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Chelsey McNabb, MD

2019

Anticipated Graduation Year

2019

Undergraduate

Northern Michigan University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

The volume and variety of cases residents are exposed to impressed upon me that my training in Grand Rapids would prepare me for anything. Also, the Med/Peds community has been well established, offering an abundance of mentorship opportunities for me in the future. More than that, the staff, residents, and attending physicians were very personable, kind, and easy going people. I knew I would fit in great! The city of Grand Rapids itself seemed like a wonderful place to call home, offering many local restaurants, entertainment, arts & culture, and of course, microbrews! I love the city, but I also love that it doesn't take long to get out of it, to spend the day on Lake Michigan's beaches for example.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

I truly believe that balance between work and my life outside the hospital setting is so important. In my time off, I love to cook, stay active, do just about anything outdoors, read, garden, crochet, get together with friends, or simply kick back and watch Netflix.

Hometown

Gwinn, MI

Professional Interests

From a professional aspect, I am interested in discovering better ways to motivate and connect patients with proper resources to help them lose weight, improve fitness, and consequently, have healthier lives. Perhaps more importantly, I hope to explore ways to solve the ever increasing problem of childhood obesity. Additionally, I have a passion for palliative care, which I may pursue fellowship training in.

Caleb Thiel, MD

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

Caleb Thiel, MD

2019

Anticipated Graduation Year

2019

Undergraduate

The Ohio State University

Professional Interests

I am still discovering my interests as I move forward through my career. At this time, though, I find myself most interested in community medicine because of the continuity of the care involved. I choose the specialty Med/Peds mainly because of the ability to help transition care from the pediatric setting to that of the adult, and continue that continuity.

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I choose this program primarily because the the strong family environment of the residency. As an Appalachian, "family" is not confined by blood relation and instead are those that surround you. I was excited to see an environment within the residency and the community of Grand Rapids that was similar to the values in which I was raised.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

In my spare time I love to play tennis. In addition to tennis, football Saturdays in the fall are my favorite time of year. And of course like any native Ohioan, I bleed scarlet and grey. I look forward to cheering my Alma Mater to victory each fall Saturday, and especially that one weekend at the end of November when we play the Maize and Blue. Go Bucks!

2018

Nicholas Hountras, MD

Wright State University

Nicholas Hountras, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Wheaton College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Grand Rapids was the perfect fit for my residency training. It had both strong Internal Medicine and Pediatric programs and I loved my program director. They valued teaching and life outside of the hospital as well. I could tell it was a great environment to work in. I also love west Michigan being close to the lake and my parents and grandparents live nearby in Holland.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Spend lots of time with my family, running, board games, Ultimate frisbee, disc golf, eating out at new restaurants, trying new coffee houses and breweries, spending time at Lake Michigan

Hometown

Toledo, OH

Professional Interests

I am interested likely in a general practice for Medicine and Peds, unsure at this time if that will be primarily in the hospital or in the outpatient setting.

Bobbye Koning, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Bobbye Koning, MD

2018

Medical School

Michigan State University CHM

Hometown

White Cloud, MI

Professional Interests

Hospitalist Medicine Primary Care

Undergraduate

Grand Valley State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because it is home to me. Being a graduate from MSU College of Human Medicine, I knew from experience that this was a excellent program. Spectrum Health Medical Center provides a large variety of learning opportunities due to its expanding reach across west Michigan.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Gardening Hiking Traveling

Zachary Miller, MD

Ross University

Zachary Miller, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

University of Michigan

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because of the people in the program. I was very impressed by how welcoming all the faculty and residents were that I met on my interview day. I also thought the facilities were top notch and that my training here would give me a solid foundation for future practice as a Med/Peds physician. I am from the Midwest area and have thoughts about practicing in the area after finishing residency, which is another reason why I was ecstatic to match here in Grand Rapids!

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

When not in the hospital you can find me sampling the great restaurants downtown or exercising (running or biking) outside, like at the White Pine Trail. Also, if you happen to spot two of me, don't feel the need to get your eyes checked since I have an identical twin brother who lives and works in Grand Rapids too.

Hometown

Jackson, Michigan

Professional Interests

As for my plans after residency I currently hope to pursue primary care, but am still open to the possibility of a fellowship. I have also traveled overseas on medical trips to Guatemala and Haiti and would like to continue with international medical work after residency. I went to Haiti as an intern last year with the members from the Pediatrics department and had a great experience doing medical work in the city of Port au Prince.

David Tiesma, MD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

David Tiesma, MD

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Calvin College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, and I'm thrilled to be back in my hometown for residency! Before medical school, I attended Calvin College and earned a degree in psychology. After Calvin, I moved to Detroit and started my education at Wayne State University School of Medicine. The excellent clinical training and the lifelong friendships that I established during medical school made for a great four years in "The D." Just before graduation, I married my best friend, Megan, on one of the happiest days of my life and moved back to Grand Rapids. We're so grateful to be living here since both of our families are close by. During my intern year, I really appreciated the close interaction that I had with attendings in the hospital setting and in the outpatient clinics. This is a huge strength of the program here in Grand Rapids. I was also very grateful for the camaraderie shared among residents. I look forward to seeing what direction my future career will take as a med-peds physician at the end of these 4 years of training.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

In my free time, I love playing sports, including baseball, softball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and golf. I'm also an avid U2 fan and enjoy listening to their music and attending concerts. My wife and I adopted our dog, Zoey, in February of 2015. She has been a wonderful addition to the family and helps keep us busy!

Medical School

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hometown

Grand Rapids, MI

Professional Interests

I am passionate about humanism in medicine and learning how to best serve patients in a holistic manner.

2017

Ashley Barcroft, MD – Chief/Internal Med

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Ashley Barcroft, MD – Chief/Internal Med

2017

Hometown

Hastings, MI

Professional Interests

My plan is to pursue primary care seeing adults and children.

Undergraduate

Michigan State University CHM

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Grand Rapids is an awesome place to live. There are so many events happening in the community from Art Prize to Restaurant Week to the Grandwich competition. There are great farmers markets, places to walk/run/ride bikes, and awesome housing available. The lake is a short drive away and I can still make it to MSU football games in East Lansing!

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

My husband and I (who is also a resident at GRMEP) have been undertaking some home improvement projects lately. I also enjoy playing the piano, running, reading, and spending time with my family who lives close by!

Natasha Holt, MD

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Natasha Holt, MD

2017

Anticipated Graduation Year

2017

Undergraduate

Miami University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I had never been to Grand Rapids before my interview. I instantly fell in love with the program. It has a friendly teaching environment while maintaining high academic standards. The faculty are very supportive and the program and city are both family friendly. My husband and I returned together for a second look and agreed that this should be our next step!

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I enjoy spending time with my family: husband Adam and children Jada (13), Annabelle (2) and Madeleine (newborn). We enjoy outdoor activities: swimming, going to the zoo, and spending Saturday afternoons at the lakeshore. We are also very active in our local church.

Hometown

Toledo, Ohio

Professional Interests

I'm undecided. I like both inpatient and outpatient settings, so I'm having a hard time choosing.

Vani Pinnamaneni, MD – Chief/Pediatrics

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Vani Pinnamaneni, MD – Chief/Pediatrics

2017

Hometown

Farmington Hills, MI

Undergraduate

Wayne State University

Luke VandeZande, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Luke VandeZande, MD

2017

Hometown

Grand Rapids

Professional Interests

I do not know what I want to do after my med/peds residency but look forward to figuring it out over the next 2 years.

Undergraduate

Calvin College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I decided on Med-Peds because I could not imagine treating just one or the other. I also loved the depth of training it had to offer and the countless opportunities med/peds has to off after completion. I chose Grand Rapids because of its emphasis on medical excellence and the amazing atmosphere and comradery they offered. They truly care about their residents and look out for their best interest. On top of all that, Grand Rapids in an amazing city that offers me almost any activity I can think of. I could not be more excited to be training here in Grand Rapids.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My wife and I are overjoyed to be adding a baby to our family in June. We also enjoy being outdooors and going camping, swimming, boating, skiing, fishing and hiking. I spend the rest of my free time either watching or playing sports.

2016

Kristin Jacob, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine

Kristin Jacob, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

University of Notre Dame

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose GRMEP because knew I would get an amazing clinical education in a very tight-knit, supportive environment. This has definitely served to be true! We are a unique program in that we see diverse patient acuity and an impressive variety of cases, but have a very positive and encouraging program. Also, my family is originally from Grand Rapids we wanted to be close by as we started our own family!

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Running, enjoying the amazing food and beer of Grand Rapids, hanging out with my husband, Mike, and son, Vince.

Hometown

Grand Rapids, MI

Professional Interests

I hope to stay around West Michigan and practice outpatient Med/Peds. I currently serve on the ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee and I hope to continue to be involved in medical education going forward.

Kasey Kasavana, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Kasey Kasavana, MD

2016

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Hometown

Conrad, Montana

Professional Interests

I am going to be a Med-Peds Hospitalist in Montana, and will also care for my own ICU patients. I feel very well prepared to do this and am thankful for my training at GRMEP!

Undergraduate

Washington State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose Grand Rapids because it is the perfect blend of a large, tertiary academic center with a community feel. The attendings are excellent, there is a vast patient population to learn from, and the environment is very conducive to being a successful, happy resident (yes, it can happen!). Grand Rapids is a great place to live and work, and I am so glad I chose to come here for my residency.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

My husband, who is an OB-Gyn, and I love to be outside and enjoy all that West Michigan has to offer! We enjoy running, biking, working out, and taking our Black Lab to Lake Michigan to swim. In the winter, we cross-country ski and snowshoe on the trails around the area. Grand Rapids has excellent restaurants and there is always something going on downtown to enjoy!

Adam Robinson, DO

Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Adam Robinson, DO

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

Rhodes College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

After interviewing all over the country, for me, Grand Rapids was a clear top choice. I was drawn to the warm, welcoming and family-friendly community, opportunities for outdoor recreation and the small size city offering all the resources of a larger city but without many inconveniences like traffic and high costs of living. Additionally, the large hospital systems were appealing to me because they provide a mix of both academic and community experiences. The Med/Peds program itself stood out to me because of the high-quality residents and program coordinator, an exceptionally strong reputation and presence of Med/Peds in the community with plenty of career opportunities and a dedicated program director who has held the position for 25 years!

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, visiting the West Michigan shoreline, running and eating out. My family and I are actively involved in our church and enjoy volunteering for a foster agency.

Hometown

Lewsiburg, PA

Professional Interests

I am pursuing a Med/Peds career in primary care with a focus on chronic disease management for both kids and adults.

Jon VanderSlik, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Jon VanderSlik, MD

2016

Anticipated Graduation Year

2016

Undergraduate

Hope College

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I trained here in Grand Rapids during medical school and was excited to stay to complete my residency. Grand Rapids is large enough that it has ample options for entertainment, great ethnic cuisine and a plethora of amazing breweries, however it's also small enough that it's easy to get around. My wife and I love our quaint neighborhood and it's a short drive to work. I also love being 45 minutes away from some awesome beaches in the summer. I wanted to stay here in GR because I admired many of the residents I trained with and wanted to be a part of an excellent program. We have many invested faculty who are excited to teach and interact with us both in and out of the hospital. They are also very supportive of a work/life balance (as best that can be attained in residency!)

Hometown

Holland, MI

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Running, cycling, landscaping.