Family Medicine - Residents

PGY-3
 

Navya Arepalli, MD
Medical School: Saint George's University

Personal:  Hi! My name is Navya and I’m from a quaint, small town in England. I have been blessed (via my career) with many incredible opportunities and to experience a wide range of cultures. My first stop was the beautiful island of Grenada where I completed my theoretical studies, from there I travelled to the Big Apple to complete my clinical rotations. My journey has now brought me to the great city of Grand Rapids. Although it has been difficult leaving behind my mom, dad and younger brother back in Europe I am accompanied here with my beautiful husband. We both love this city and the program has become our second family. I have created life- long friendships here that I will cherish forever.  But just as importantly this program provides such a fantastic curriculum that has allowed me to blossom as a physician. I have a great adoration for all fields of medicine, especially obstetrics and gynecology. The program allows us to tailor our learning towards our interests and this is only possible because the program is so heavily equipped in terms of its access to the best attending physicians and other fantastic residencies. For these reasons I am forever grateful for my time here and I will always cherish my experience with the Grand Rapids Family Medicine Program. 

Nikhilesh Dasanjh, MD
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas

Hello all! I was born and raised in the small town of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada (located on Vancouver Island) before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia to attend the University of British Columbia where I completed my Bachelors in Science. During my undergrad, I volunteered heavily at Vancouver General Hospital and this ultimately sparked my decision to go into medicine.  After completing undergrad, I attended the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis where I completed basic sciences and finished my clinical rotations in New York City. When it came time to choosing a career path, Family Medicine was an obvious choice! I really enjoy the challenging cases and tremendous diversity that it offers and the ability to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. My future aspirations are to go into traditional outpatient family medicine practice as well as practice urgent care. I chose Grand Rapids as the location to complete my residency because of the friendly environment created by the attending physicians and residents and the strong commitment to teaching. Also if you have a family Grand Rapids has been ranked No #1 by Forbes for “best city for raising a family” and therefore provides a safe, affordable environment and has a great school system. Grand Rapids as a city provides an abundance of amenities including great food, arts, and sports/entertainment. It is ideally situated between 2 major cities (Chicago and Detroit) so if you’re a basketball/hockey/football fan (go canucks, heat, lakers!) like myself you can easily head out to either city to catch some sports or simply enjoy the things bigger cities have to offer.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports, movies, working out, playing basketball, travelling, trying new restaurants, hanging out with my fellow colleagues and last but not least spending time in Atlanta, Georgia with my wife who is completing her residency in the south. I thoroughly enjoyed my past year as an intern and am looking forward to the next 2 years in residency!

Karan Dhir, MD
Medical School: Saba University

I am originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph (B.Sc).  For medical school, I attended SABA University School of Medicine.  I chose GRFMR because it is located in a great city, Grand Rapids that would be an excellent place to call home one day. This residency program offers training in a busy environment in a well equipped hospital setting, under the care of faculty and residents that are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. I decided to come here because I was looking for a place that offered exceptional training and which would give me the opportunity to become a well-rounded physician.  My medical inerests include urgent care and hospitalist medicine.  For fun I like watching sports and movies, playing ping pong and soccer.

Gabriel Dunn, MD
Medical School: Saint Louis University

I grew up less than one hour from Grand Rapids in a town called Grand Haven which is on Lake Michigan. For undergraduate I attended DePauw University in Indiana. A couple years after undergrad I married Ali, the love of my life and my high school sweet heart. As newlyweds we moved down to Saint Louis, MO where I attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine home of the Billikens. 

My major medical interest is underserved medicine/care to those in socioeconomic need; this encompasses my other major interests like:  Chronic disease management, pain management, the patient-doctor relationship, sports medicine, mental health and more. 

Why GRMEP Family Med? I knew it was a high volume program that would make me better while allowing me to still see my family and have a well-balanced life. It provides tons of inpatient and OB experience with broad specialty exposure to busy services like General Surgery and Orthopedics. I knew it would help equip me to be a more compassionate, proficient and well-rounded provider and allow me to see in residency almost anything I might face practice. 

My wife and I have a daughter, Naomi, and another daughter is due the Fall of 2013 (name yet to be determined).  We love taking advantage of the many parks in GR, eating at all the different little restaurants around town and hanging out with family and friends. 

What is a Billiken? It is sort of like a Gremlin, only nicer and is a character from a children’s book.

Ricardo Ko, MD 
Medical School: Saint George's University 

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario.  I completed my undergraduate education at York University (Toronto), majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science.   I then ventured to Grenada for medical school at St. George’s University and completed my clinical rotations in New York City.  I have always had an active lifestyle and so naturally have a penchant for primary care and preventive medicine.  I am excited to be in family medicine and to explore Grand Rapids and western Michigan.  In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies, cycling, the outdoors, and photography.

Ayesha Malik, MD 
Medical School: Saba University 

Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Pakistan till teens, spending early 20s in Canada, and then always on a go for medical training, my life has been a great journey. My clinical clerkships made me grow exponentially in personal and professional growth. I became more culturally sensitive and learnt about different shades of life.  When the time came for residency choice, Grand Rapids was my top choice for simple reasons, friendly and approachable faculty, awesome  rapport between faculty and residents , near Toronto ( where my family lives), size of the city was appropriate for me, and several places to visit around the city.  Overall, I am happy being here and would choose Grand Rapids again if time goes back.

Pallavi Murari, MD 
Medical School: SVS Medical College

I am From Hyderabad.  I attended S.V.S Medical college for my medical degree.  My medical interests include Sports medicine, women & adolescent health.  I chose GRFMR because the program is very friendly and I loved the city.  For fun I enjoy spending quality of time with family, reading books, playing tennis and of-course movies.  An interesting tidbit about me is that I matched 2 days after our baby boy, Vivaan arrived. I am also very scared of birds but not snakes.

Prerak Patel, MD 
Medical School: Saint James School of Medicine 

I am originally from Chicago, IL.   I attended St James School of Medicine.  I chose GR because of the friendly residents and attendings. I was very impressed when I met the faculty as they all down to earth. GR is a great "small" city and has all the amenities of any other city can offer.   It’s also within 2.5 hours to Chicago/Detroit. I don’t think I could’ve made a better choice in selecting a residency program.  My medical interests include women’s health, international and adult medicine.  My hobbies include potography, traveling, dining out, visiting breweries watching movies and football (GO BEARS!!).  Something interesting about me, I’ve always wanted to become a pilot. I’ve taken some classes in the past to get my pilot’s license, but it’s been on hold for a while and I plan on taking up that hobby later in/after residency.

Sarah Rodriguez, MD 
Medical School: Michigan State University-CHM

I was born and raised in Muskegon, MI.  I then journeyed over to Ann Arbor and received my Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Michigan while enjoying Michigan Football and traveling with the football team as part of the marching  band (I played the piccolo J).  I then decided to go to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for my M.D. and ended up in Grand Rapids.  I liked Grand Rapids and the hospitals so much that I decided to stick around for residency.  I am also partial to Grand Rapids because I met my husband here while I was an undergrad, and we got
married after my first year of medical school.  In my free time I like to read, travel, play my flute, and enjoy time with my family.  I am also involved in local ministries and my church.  Grand Rapids is a great place to live and train and is very close to the beautiful beaches of lake Michigan!

Payam Sadro, MD 
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas 

I was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Toronto, Canada when I was 3 years old. I lived most of my life in Toronto, then moved to the island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean for medical school basic sciences. I then traveled to many cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, New York City, Cleveland, and Chicago for clinical sciences.   For  medical school I attended the Medical University of the Americas.  I chose GRFMR for the faculty, residents, and staff at GRFMR are all very welcoming and knowledgeable individuals, which in combination with the impressive curriculum provides for an ideal learning environment. In addition GRFMR program is extremely supportive of the needs, and well- being of its residents. The city of Grand Rapids is a great place to live, and is close to my hometown of Toronto, as well as other wonderful cities.  My medical interests include sports medicine and preventative medicine.  For fun I like to play soccer, work out, roller blade, jog, golf, cooking, and travelling. An interesting tidbit about me is that I once jumped out of a plane from 14,000 feet, and lived to tell about it.

Kelsey Schultz, MD 
Medical School: Creighton University 

My name is Kelsey, and I'm originally from the cold, but beautiful, state of Minnesota!  I did my undergrad at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN, then moved to Omaha, NE to attend Creighton University School of Medicine.  At Creighton, I met my fiancee, Hank, and we happily couples matched here in Grand Rapids!  He is a second year Emergency Medicine resident.  In my free time I like catching up on my non-medical reading, gardening, and experimenting with new vegan recipes.  My medical interests include gynecology, acute/urgent care, and LGBTQ medicine.  I chose GMFMR due to our diverse patient population, excellent and involved attending physicians, and connected learning experiences on off-service rotations within the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners residencies.

Sonia Sharma, MD 
Medical School: American University of Antigua

I am Sonia Sharma, originally from Toronto, Canada. I did my Bachelors of Science from University of Waterloo and went to American University of Antigua for Medical School. Currently enjoying residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan with amazing group of residents and senior attendings. 

Martin Tong, MD 
Medical School: University of Sint Eustatius 

I was born in London, Ontario and raised in Toronto, Ontario where I attending undergrad at McMaster University and received a degree in Life Science.  I continued on for medical school at University of Saint Eustatius in the Netherlands Antilles and solidified my clinical training in Chicago, IL.  I choose Grand Rapids for our great faculty, diverse patient population, friendly atmosphere and strong subspecialities.  Grand Rapids great small city and close to my hometown as well as driving distance to many major cities.  I like to enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching sports, playing video games and read.

PGY-2
 

Nabeel Ahmad, MD
Medical School: Saba University

I grew up in a small town, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, which is one reason why I chose to do my residency in a city like Grand Rapids. The lack of traffic and friendly atmosphere makes it feel like a home away from home. I received my Bachelors in Medical Science and my Masters in Medical Biophysics before I began medical school. I  chose GRMEP because this residency offers both strong inpatient and outpatient experiences with a diverse patient population. I was especially drawn here as this residency allows me to work with underserved communities and do international mission work. Furthermore, as this is an opposed program and affiliated with Michigan State  University it provides a strong academic atmosphere without losing the close-knit feeling of a community program.  All around I think GRMEP is a great place to train and I am very happy with my choice. 

Bobby Ang, MD
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas

I am from Seattle, Washington and attended Washington State University for my undergrad.  I traveled all the way to the beautiful Philippines and went to medical school at the University of Santo Tomas.  There I met my lovely wife, where we were seated together since the first day of medical school.  Seating was done in alphabetical order, and she actually had the same last name as me.  Don't worry we are not related, we did our research.  We got married after graduation and after two year we have a baby boy that never stops smiling. Some of my hobbies are playing basketball,  where I've been known to be a sharp shooter. I enjoy lots of other outdoor activities like tennis, football, and golf.  Some interesting tidbits about me is I have a huge extended family, with over 100 cousins, and we are all pretty close.   I'm also the youngest in my family with three older sisters.

Randeep Badwal, MD
Medical School: Saba University

Grand Rapids is a little haven in Michigan. The city is nice, the people are friendly, and the beaches are only an hour away! I knew that I wanted a program in Michigan so I could easily drive back to Toronto, my home. But what drew me to the program the most was the happiness of the faculty and residents. Their smiles represented their satisfaction with the program, and I knew that I could come to this busy environment and not lose myself in the process. 

Tyler Barreto, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University - CHM

Born in Indiana, I have been in Michigan for a few years. I graduated from Michigan State, completing clinical rotations in Grand Rapids. I love this city and this family medicine program, so I decided to stay here for residency! Before medical school and after graduating from Grinnell College, I spent a year teaching middle school math and science in Honduras. I am a first generation Cuban American and have spent years in various areas of Latin America. I have been surprised by how often I speak Spanish in Grand Rapids! I hope to provide comprehensive health care for the underserved. I believe health is a basic human right, and I hope to improve access to care internationally and at home. 

Cody Bowen, MD
Medical School: Saba University

I was born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario two hours north-east of Toronto. After high school I moved to London, Ontario where I attended Western University (UWO), and attained my bachelor of medical science. After Western I went to Saba University School of Medicine, on Saba island, in the Dutch Caribbean. I spent twenty months there, before moving into clinical rotations which I completed all over the US and Canada.  I chose GRFMR because the patient population closely mirrors that which I would expect to see back home. It is a program full of very friendly peers and faculty, and they work hard to make you feel comfortable in the program.   My hobbies are golf and snowboarding. 

Katherine Burton, MD
Medical School: Wayne State University

I was born and raised in a small town in the middle of the mitten, the second oldest of four children.  I attended Alma College for my undergraduate degree in biology, which was a great experience, and then headed down to Detroit to attend medical school at Wayne State University.  Mid-town Detroit was a great place to live, but I'm excited to be living in Grand Rapids now as I have yet to really explore this side of the state.

 

For fun, I enjoy playing with my dog, Waffles.  She is a 4 year old Bichon and totally hilarious.  I also spend a lot of my free time on little home improvement projects around my house.  I’m a big Tigers fan and will really miss going to their games, but it’s really nice being so close to Lake Michigan and its beautiful beaches.  I feel very fortunate to have been matched at GRMEP!        

 

Ananda Chatterjee, MD
Medical School: Ross University

Welcome to our website! I’m an intern here and I am loving this city and the program. You would think Grand Rapids is a small town in the middle of nowhere, but you will be pleasantly surprised of what the city has to offer. My favorite city in the world is New York City and I come from the vibrant city of Toronto (in Canada), so my expectations for a safe city with great places to wine, dine and live were pretty high and Grand Rapids has fulfilled them all. 

Other interesting facts about me include my intense passion for sports. I can have a conversation with you about Federer, Malkin, Lebron, Peyton Manning, Verlander, Anderson Silva etc. My research interests include clinical guideline development and concussions and I hope to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine. Also, I am the Founder of a Clinical Guideline resource called PrimaryCareGuidelines . My fiancé is a resident in Internal Medicine here in Grand Rapids and I recently proposed to her on the rooftop of a museum overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

David Henderson, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University - CHM

I was born in and raised in Detroit but finished school in Northern Michigan, in the small town of Johannesburg.  I studied history in undergrad at Michigan State University, however it never felt right.  On a whim I took an EMT course and fell in love with medicine.  I became a paramedic and worked to finish my undergrad while working the ambulance at night.  I went to Michigan State University again for medical school and loved Grand Rapids so much that I decided to stay here for residency.  This was the only residency I wanted to attend.  The faculty daily display the attributes of the physician that I want to become.  Plus, this is a great town.  I love anything outdoors and within a short drive I can be hiking trails for miles, camping in peace and quiet, or piloting my sailboat on Lake Michigan.

Melina Hong, MD
Medical School: Saba University

I grew up in Toronto, Canada where I attended the University of Toronto for my undergraduate degree in Human Biology. Between the constant brainwashing from my dear mother and realizing how little people understand the idea of health maintenance and disease prevention, medicine and in particular family medicine, was never far from my mind. I attended Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands, Antilles and had an experience of a lifetime. I met a lot of friends and colleagues throughout the course of my medical career that have helped to enrich my experience. I chose to move around during my rotations so that I could get a sense of where I would like to settle down for residency. Coming from a large city, I find the little niches in Grand Rapids endearing and unique.  There is also a great sense of community here. I’m excited to finally be able to call this place home.

Spending time with family and friends is a high priority for me. Otherwise, I enjoy travelling to different places. Eventually I hope to join medical missions so that I can make a difference in the world one step at a time. I also enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing and biking. 

Narinderpal Kaur, MD
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas

I was born in India and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am the eldest among my siblings. I completed my undergrad at Ferris State University and attended Medical University of the Americas to pursue career in Medicine; needless to say, I enjoyed every bit of ” Caribbeanness.” I did most of my clinical rotations in a beautiful City of Chicago.  I chose GRFMR because it has everything to offer that I was seeking in a residency program. The faculty and residents are very knowledgeable, supportive and approachable which gives the ideal environment for learning and opportunity to grow. Being in Grand Rapids gives me homely feeling as it is stone throw away from my hometown.

Throughout my journey, my sister Reggie has been my companion. We have attended undergrad and medical school together. I couldn’t ask for a better roommate and best friend. We have been very active in extra co-curricular activities and have made achievements which I don’t think would have been possible without her. One of our achievements is that we won 1st prize of $1000 in Ferris Talent Hunt. Besides dancing, we love to sing, travel, learn to cook different ethnic cuisines and explore new places. Hopefully, we can work together in near future. 

Chris Loewen, MD
Medical School: Ross University

My hometown is Neepawa (pop’n 3600), a prairie town in Western Manitoba. My undergraduate education took me 45 minutes south to Brandon University. I went to Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica (3200 miles from home) and completed the clinical years of medical school in Saginaw, MI. I hope to return to a rural community to practice after residency and am interested in remote and foreign medical missions.

My wife Cristina and I were married in 2005 and have three children. We bought our first house at the beginning of residency and are having fun fixing and updating it, made possible in part by my previous career in carpentry and numerous phone consults from my dad.  I am a recreational cyclist and have found GR a friendly place to bike, both to work and for family fun.

Katherine Oyster, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hello! My name is Katherine Oyster (I go by Katherine). I was born in Delaware but made my way to my hometown of La Crosse, WI when I was 3.  I went to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for my undergrad and majored in Chemistry and Women's Studies, as well as sang in the top choir for 3 years (which was essentially another major).  I took a year off between college and medical school and tutored Math and taught an ACT prep course.  I went to Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school.  What can I say, I'm a cheesehead through and through!

My clinical interests include women's and LGBT health.  I was drawn to the program at GRMEP because it is obstetrics-heavy compared to other family medicine programs.  I also LOVE the city of Grand Rapids - there is so much to do and see, and they have a great commitment to the arts of all kinds.

Rebecca Rajlich, MD

Medical School:  Wayne State University 

I was born, raised, and attended medical school in
Michigan.  My husband (Dr. Jan Rajlich)
and I have been blessed with 2 precious, adorable children.  Together as a family we enjoy the 4 seasons
of Michigan and all the outdoor activities this mitten has to offer (especially
river fishing while canoeing the Thornapple). 
We've grown to love Grand Rapids - from the zoo (which our kids LOVE) to
the many beautiful rivers in the area; from camping (including camping at the
Potter Park Zoo) to the schools (we have found an amazing classical school, but
there's even a Zoo School)... and being within 45 minutes of one of the most
beautiful beaches in the United States... we loved this area, and are thrilled
to have made it our home!

 

Upon completion of medical school at Wayne State
University in Detroit, I found it difficult to choose between Ob/Gyn and Family
Practice.  When I interviewed at GRFMR I
realized what a wonderful variety Family Medicine has to offer.  I chose Family Medicine, and I'm very happy
to be here at GRFMR. While there are many great Family Medicine programs, GRFMR
offers kind, knowledgeable attendings who love to teach and are passionately
committed to the well-being of both their patients AND their residents!  The medical community of Grand Rapids offers
a wide variety of specialists to train with, and multiple settings to work
in.  GRFMR offers fulfilling experiences
in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This program was a “fit” for me for
many reasons, not the least of which has been the opportunity to tailor my
learning experiences to my passions within family medicine including
obstetrics/women's health and international/national medical missions.

Megan Yee, MD
Medical School: Ross University

Born and raised in Troy, Michigan, youngest of 3 kids and first to become a doctor, well, human! I went to Michigan State University and graduated from Lyman Briggs with a degree in human biology. I always found medicine fascinating and Ross University allowed me to pursue my passion. Ross is located on the Caribbean island of Dominica and it was by far the most interesting 2 years of my life! Brown water and no electricity became a norm, but I wouldn't trade studying on a beach for anything! 

I did most of my rotations in Chicago and Atlanta, and really wanted to end up somewhere with a city feel. Grand Rapids was the perfect compromise between city and suburb. The program offered everything I was looking for in terms of community and academics, but most importantly the residents were happy. In my spare time I try to see my family and friends as much as possible! I also enjoy photography, anything to do with food (cooking and eating), attempting to play guitar, movies and most recently refurnishing old furniture since I moved here with nothing! 

PGY-1
 

Marc Arenas, MD
Medical School:  Universidad
Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Born and raised in Carolina (pronounced "caroleena") Puerto Rico, this now resident left his homeland to study neuroscience and behavior at Columbia University in good ol' NYC. Seven years later, after a year stint serving ice cream, and another two as an IT specialist, he went back to Puerto Rico to study medicine (a.k.a. the best thing in the world) and fulfill his work/life dream. So if you have any questions about computers, video games, music, random trivia and scientific facts, I'm always eager to unload some information upon open ears... Medical advice too! Can't forget that one.

 

Benjamin Davidson, MD
Medical School:  University of
Queensland

I followed my wife home to Michigan from my home in Australia.  In the process of migrating to the US and starting over in the US medical system, I changed career directions from Emergency Medicine to Family Medicine. I chose Grand Rapids because it is one of the best cities in the US to live in, and it is close our family. I chose GRMEP because of the thorough and diverse training, and all the super friendly and welcoming faculty and residents. When I'm not working, I love cycling and the outdoors, gardening, cooking, eating, and trying Michigan's amazing beers. If I can find time I enjoy hiking, kitesurfing and snowboarding. 


Gianina DeLeon, MD
Medical School:  University of
the East 

I am originally from Angeles City, Philippines. My family moved to the US when I
was seven and settled in a small town in southern NJ we proudly and
affectionately call “the Blueberry Capital of the World.” A little wanderlust
brought me to Boston (for undergrad in Biology and Cultural Anthropology),
Philly for work (clinical research), Quezon City (for medical school at the
University of the East), Chicago (clinical rotations) and now Grand Rapids for
residency! What really drew me to GRMEP was the strong OB/women’s health
exposure, the ability to work with underserved populations and the opportunity
to take part in global medicine/international rotations. I was very impressed
with the faculty and residents I met during my interview day. Everyone was so
friendly and approachable, the residents were diverse, and the faculty were
passionate about teaching. Grand Rapids is a great city and I’m happy to call
it home for the next three years and beyond. 

 

 

 


Nicholas Frame, MD

Medical School:  Wayne State
University

More information coming soon!

 

 


Simone Gentles, MD
Medical School:  Ross University

I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica.  After which, I immigrated to Mississauga, Ontario in Canada and pursued a B.Sc. degree with a major in Biochemistry at McMaster University.  Later, I went back to the Caribbean to study medicine at Ross University School of Medicine.    Soon, I decided to pursue Family Medicine simply because I enjoy the many various aspects of medicine and I appreciate the diversity and flexibility that the field has to offer.  In the future, I hope to start off my career with a focus on Hospital Medicine.  Also, it has been long-time dream to incorporate International Medical Missions as a part of my future routine endeavors.
I chose GRMEP Family Medicine program because I found that this program is a very well-rounded one with multiple and valuable strengths and I needed this type of program to prepare me for just about anything in the future.  I call GRMEP, “ a Gem in the West”.  Not only is the program a strong one, but the support here is fantastic.  I spent 2 prior years in the East side of Michigan doing clinical rotations for medical school and during which, I fell in love with the people and the beautiful landscape of the state.  So, staying in Michigan to do residency was quite an easy decision for me.  Grand Rapids won me over with its beautiful architecture, thriving culture and scenic landscapes.  I am extremely happy with my choice to come here and I look forward to what the future holds!


Rajeevan Jesudus, MD
Medical School:  Ross University

Although my parents are originally from Sri Lanka, I was born in Tanzania, and grew up in Toronto, Canada.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Psychology, and subsequently spent 3 months doing medical mission work in Angola. After confirming my passion for medicine, I attended Ross University, and then completed all my clerkship rotations in East Michigan. I am excited to be living n Grand Rapids, because it's an amazing program, in a great city that is close to my awesome family and fiance. GRMEP feels like a large family, but still maintains a strong standard of professionalism and academic excellence. Overall I am very thankful to call Grand Rapids and GRMEP home for the next few years. My interests include sports (basketball and hockey), good food, and movies (especially foreign cinema). My long term goal is to continue where I left off in terms of medical missions, both locally and abroad.

       

 

Anne Jordan, MD
Medical School:  University of
Illinois

I am originally from the beautiful town of Boulder, Colorado but moved to Pittsburgh for my undergrad at Carnegie Mellon. From there I moved to Chicago, where I did a year of Americorps volunteering where I worked with the medically underserved at an FQHC. I attended the University of Illinois in Rockford for medical school, where I met my wonderful husband Mark, who is currently an orthopedic surgery resident in Grand Rapids. I've moved a lot, but my move to Grand Rapids has been my favorite so far!  The area has so much to offer, and I love exploring the city, trying new restaurants, going to the beach, camping and hiking. 



Michael Lacroce, MD

Medical School:  Saba University

I was born in Toronto (Canada), but grew up just
across the border from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario. I attended the University
of Windsor where I completed my undergraduate degree in
Kinesiology with a minor in Biology. I earned my medical degree from Saba
University School of Medicine, where I spent almost two years on the island of
Saba in the Caribbean and another two years travelling all over the US for
clinical rotations. My clinical interests include sports medicine, outpatient
family medicine and urgent care.

I chose GRFMR because of their strong emphasis
on education, combined with the very welcoming and friendly faculty, staff and
residents. Being from Windsor I have had the opportunity to spend a great deal
of time in Michigan, whether it be for a clinical rotation, sporting event, or
a night out for dinner. This has given me an appreciation for all of the
wonderful things Michigan has to offer, and I look forward to spending the next
3 years in beautiful Grand Rapids.

I enjoy spending my free time hanging out with
friends and family, golfing, playing and watching sports, dining out and
watching movies. 

 

 

 


Jared Lagerak, MD
Medical School:  Michigan State
University

Hi, I'm
Jared Langerak. I'm excited have joined the GRMEP family medicine residency!  I was born and raised in
Grand Rapids. I attended Calvin College for undergrad and went to medical
school at MSU College of Human Medicine. 
I am married to my high-school sweetheart Lisa and we have 2 children,
Charlotte and William. We enjoy gardening, walks, and bike rides
together as well as camping and spending time at the Lake. Looking forward to
getting to know everyone and starting intern year!


Rebecca Prudnick, MD
Medical School:  West Virginia
School of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in almost heaven, West Virginia and stayed in Morgantown to earn my undergraduate degree, where I met my future husband. I moved to a Lewisburg, WV - the "Coolest small town in America" for medical school, then completed my clinical rotations in the beautiful state capital of Charleston. I love all things Disney, fitness and cuddling with my two goldendoodles. My husband and I were drawn to the west Michigan area for residency, and we are so excited we ended up in Grand Rapids! It is such a fun city with so much to offer!


Camille Riddering, MD
Medical School:  University of
Michigan

Born at Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, I grew up just north of the city in Belmont, MI.  I attended Hope College in the beautiful lakeshore town of Holland, MI, where I received my Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Chemistry.  I then moved to Ann Arbor, MI for medical school at the University of Michigan.  I could not be more excited to be back in Grand Rapids at my top-choice residency program!  I am thrilled to be joining the "family" of family medicine at GRMEP!  As a family doctor, I hope to provide full-spectrum, holistic care. My clinical interests also include sports medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and preventive medicine. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors and at the beaches of Lake Michigan, playing sports and staying active, cheering on my favorite college and professional teams, traveling and exploring new places, singing karaoke, and spending time with my amazing family and friends!


Mitchell Sydloski, MD
Medical School:  Michigan State
University

Hello everyone! I am a West Michigan native and was born right here in Grand
Rapids. I attended GVSU for undergrad (where I met my lovely wife, Emily) and
Michigan State for medical school.  Outside of medicine my favorite
activities are running, golfing, playing music and of course spending time with
my family. My wife and I recently bought a house, which keeps us busy with a
long list of projects.

I chose GRMEP for residency, because I had such a great experience rotating
with the program as a medical student. The residents are knowledgeable,
personable, and most of all happy. This fosters a perfect environment for
learning and for my goal of becoming a well-rounded family physician. 


Jarrad Utter, MD
Medical School:  Michigan State
University

I was born
and raised in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, and I am the oldest of
three children.  I attended Calvin College for an undergraduate degree in
biology and chemistry and then headed to MSU CHM for medical school.  I
have gotten to know Grand Rapids well over the years and I love this
town.  I got to know GRMEP through my interactions with the residents when
I was a medical student, and I knew it was the program for me.  I am
greatly looking forward to my next three years here with all of the friendly
colleagues and teachers.

Outside of
medicine I enjoy spending time with my wife, whether traveling or spending time
outdoors.  We love cycling, hiking, and kayaking on the local
rivers.   I also love doing home renovation projects, which is good
considering I recently purchased a home that requires extensive fixing.​