Saint Joseph Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Residents

Class of 2022

175x225BurkeKeeleyMDKeely Burke, M.D.
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Hello! I came to Denver from the very exotic land of Iowa. I grew up in Cedar Rapids and made my way to Iowa State University to major in Biology. I moved to Boston after graduation to do research assistant work with amnestic and TBI patients. I loved getting to know the patients I worked with regularly and some volunteer work at a local AIDS group clinched my desire to find a way to practice medicine in underserved communities. I moved back to attend medical school at the University of Iowa where I kept finding myself gravitating toward the variety, close patient-doctor relationships, and continuity of family medicine. I was ready for a new adventure for residency and St. Joseph's was the perfect combination of strong training and warm people committed to taking care of the people in their community (let's be honest, the 300 days of sunshine in Denver didn't hurt either!). My interests in medicine include obstetrics, following my own wonderful patients in clinic, and global medicine/Spanish.

Outside of the hospital, I take any chance possible to hang out with dogs (including my own, Bear, happily celebrating his new post-match home in my photo) as well as my husband, friends, and family. I'm loving getting to explore my new city/state with running, hiking, traveling, and (most importantly) sampling all the local restaurants! I'm happy to answer questions about St. Joseph's, Denver, whatever - please reach out!


175x225DoucetteSarahMDSarah Doucette, M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Hi! I am originally from Plano, TX, a suburb from Dallas. I completed my undergraduate education at Texas Tech University and majored in Cell and Molecular Biology. I then returned to Dallas and attended medical school at UT Southwestern. This is my first time living outside of Texas, but I am already loving Denver and the amazing community at Saint Joseph! I am so excited to train at Saint Joseph because every resident here receives both a stellar foundation in Family Medicine and support to explore individual interests! I hope to eventually have a career in rural medicine with both inpatient and outpatient components. I am also interested in Dermatology and Pediatrics.

My fiancé, James, is a Colorado native and an Emergency Medicine resident at Denver Health. We love to go hiking (my photo is from a backpacking trip in Patagonia!), travel to National Parks, and go skiing! I also enjoy exploring Denver, working out at Orange Theory, playing with my chocolate lab, Nala, and eating fast food (Chick-fil-A is my favorite)!


175x225GambleNicolasMDNicolas Gamble, M.D.
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Nico and I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I love hot air balloons and breakfast burritos. Soccer, fishing, and skiing is what you’d most likely find me doing on the weekends. Albuquerque was great for all of this and I am discovering Denver is just as wonderful.

I was lucky enough to live in New Orleans, Louisiana while attending Tulane University and majored in Spanish and Cellular Biology. By another stroke of good fortune I found myself in Havana, Cuba for a semester where I studied Caribbean literature. After graduation, I returned to my home town to attend medical school at the University and had the privilege to work extensively with vulnerable populations across the state.

I have always felt that the broad scope of family medicine was a perfect fit and hope to practice serving underserved urban and rural communities in my future. I wanted a residency that would provide comprehensive full-scope training and was amazed at what this group had to offer. Presently, Denver is an amazingly fulfilling destination and you could not ask for a more supportive group of friends and colleagues at St. Joes!


175x225HarlandRobinMDRobin Harland, M.D.
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Hello and welcome to St. Joe’s family medicine! Originally from a suburb of Chicago, I made my journey westward to Washington University in St. Louis for undergraduate studies, followed by the University of Colorado for medical school. I love living near the Rocky Mountains and am thrilled that since moving here many of my family members have followed me to Colorado! I am also ecstatic to be in Colorado because it is a fabulous place to learn and practice family medicine. During medical school, the holistic approach of family physicians resonated with my passion for caring about the social determinants of health. Family medicine also satisfies my eclectic range of medical interests and desire to track with patients through every stage of life. St. Joe’s family medicine residency seemed like the perfect place to maximize all the elements I love most about being a primary care physician: broad-spectrum training in the context of a community hospital that deeply cares for the social context of patients.

As a member of the National Health Service Corps, I hope to practice family medicine in an underserved context after graduating residency. My particular interests include psychiatry, sports medicine, and physician writing. Outside of medicine, I can be found trail running, playing spikeball, swing dancing, baking banana bread, playing the ukulele, or teaching Sunday school to a delightful class of first graders. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about residency, St. Joe’s, or life in Denver!


175x225KeaneMeghanMDMeghan Keane, M.D.
Tufts University School of Medicine

Hello and welcome!

I am a Mainer proud to be finding my new home in Colorful Colorado! I grew up in Dover-Foxcroft, a very small town in central Maine. There I fell in love with all things active and outdoorsy and also first started to find my love of family medicine after seeing the impact a compassionate and dedicated family doctor could have on a community.

After high school, I wanted to spread my wings and get out of state and moved to the “big” city of Providence, Rhode Island to start school at Providence College (Go Friars!) After graduating I spent a year researching Hepatitis C in an immunology lab at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and had the opportunity to work with scientists from all over the world advancing therapies for some of the country's sickest patients. I loved my time living in Washington, DC but missed New England, so when I was accepted to the Maine Track Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, it was the easiest decision I have ever made! I completed my first two years in Boston and then was able to do my clinical rotations in a range of rural and urban settings throughout the States of Maine and Massachusetts. I also was able to reconnect with the roots that drew me to Family Medicine in the first place.

Moving to Colorado and joining the Saint Joe's family was a similarly easy decision, and I am thrilled to have matched here! During interview day I fell in love with the genuine support and kindness of the faculty and the camaraderie between the residents. I also was attracted to the program because of the unique opportunity it offered to practice full spectrum family medicine in an urban center. And I would be lying if I said the skiing, hiking, and numerous other outdoor activities didn't have a magnetic draw as well! After residency I hope to return to a rural, underserved community like I grew up in, and I know Saint Joe’s will prepare me well for any setting!


175x225KelloggLeahMDLeah Kellogg, M.D.
University Colorado School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado and have found it hard to leave the state since. For undergrad, I attended Colorado College where I studied Biology, Biochemistry, and Spanish. I took two gap years before starting medical school during which I worked as a pediatric medical assistant for 18 months followed by two months working in a clinic in Guatemala. These experiences solidified my love for health care.

I attended the University of Colorado for medical school where I continued my interests in underserved and international medicine. There, I worked with African American women in the Denver/Aurora community to try to address the gap in infant mortality between white and black babies. I also joined the board of a nonprofit designed to help Nicaraguan nonprofit organizations network better. Additionally, I pursued an interest in policy making and joined the boards of the Colorado Medical Society and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.

I am so excited to be a part of the Family Medicine team at St. Joe's! Here, I can follow my passions in women's health, underserved medicine, global health, and health care policy. Outside of medicine, I enjoy hiking, skiing, backpacking, oil painting, fashion design, fantasy novels, and cooking, and love spending time with my family, dog, and cats.


175x225PhillipsGinaMDGina Phillips, M.D.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Hello! I am so excited to join the St. Joe’s family! I grew up in Wisconsin, where I enjoyed spending time with my family, dancing, and eating all the delicious Wisconsin foods. I completed my undergraduate degree in global health at Washington University in St. Louis, where I became interested in the social determinants of health, especially related to breast cancer. I further explored these interests and others related to women’s health and shared decision making in medical school at the University of Wisconsin. When I found myself at different stages of medical school wanting to be an OB/GYN, pediatrician, neurologist, gastroenterologist (and so on), I knew that family medicine was the perfect field for me. Providing continuity of care throughout all stages of life is what I look forward to most about starting my family medicine residency. Outside of work, I love to run, bake, play cards, and hang out with my awesome fiancé, Brian, and our puppy, Mollie. Now that I’m, a Coloradoan, I suppose I will have to learn to ski eventually, too!


175x225TaylorAnaisDOAnais Taylor, D.O.
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi there! Welcome!

I could not be more thrilled to be living in Denver as I am a native of the Rocky Mountains, except the ones that are much more north! I was born in Calgary, Canada and at age seven, moved to Texas with my family. That move was the first of many that led to living in four countries by age 18. While I grew up mainly in Houston, I had the unique opportunity of attending high school in London, UK. The accessibility of Europe while in high school made traveling very easy, a privilege that uncovered my love for being immersed in foreign cultures. That curiosity lent itself well to my family’s next move — Beijing, China! Before heading out to sunny California for undergrad, I spent a summer (and four subsequent summers) experiencing Asia, eating jiaozi (dumplings), and learning a bit of Mandarin. From there, I attended the University of Southern California where I majored in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies. I was drawn to USC because of this unique major that studied how environmental, cultural, and personal factors interact and influence a person’s ability to maintain health and prevent illness. This ideology is what ignited my passion for osteopathic medicine and ultimately family medicine.

For me, family medicine is the perfect intersection of what I value — preventative medicine, holism, and cultural competency. When I spent a month at Saint Joseph as a sub-intern, I knew it was the place for me! I was captivated by the academic rigor, the broad spectrum curriculum, and the genuine friendliness of everyone. I could not be happier to have matched at Saint Joe’s and would gladly answer any questions about our wonderful program!


175x225TeskaBrandonDOBrandon Teska, D.O.
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I'm a Colorado native—born and raised. I grew up in the foothills in northern Colorado and slowly migrated south via Boulder to Denver. I had a rather unusual path into medicine. After I graduated from college with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Music Performance, I worked in construction management at an oil refinery before starting work in the biotech industry. There, I became a pharmaceutical scientist and worked in both industry and academia for almost a decade.

I left industry to delve further into the science and earned my PhD in pharmaceutical sciences working on the mechanisms of protein drug degradation caused by interaction with clinically relevant surfaces. Ironically, it was in graduate school—where you focus so heavily and deeply on science—where I finally had that epiphany that I wanted to become a doctor. I really love the mix of academics and patient care that we have here at St. Joe's. I feel like it's the perfect balance between didactic learning and doing! I also really value the fact that our program is "opposed"—we're expected to be at the level of an intern in the other programs too when we rotate on their services.

St. Joe's offers a great, welcoming learning environment. I constantly feel challenged to learn more, but I also feel completely supported in my development as a physician by both my fellow residents and the faculty. Definitely come check us out!

 


 

Class of 2021

175x225AbriaBonnerSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsAbria Bonner, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago as the youngest of 4 children. I left my busy household to attend undergrad at Bradley University in Peoria, Go Braves! There I studied Biochemistry, participated in research to develop a safer medication for pain control, and danced on the Bravettes team. After my 4 years at Bradley, I knew research was not for me long-term. I took a gap year before starting medical school, and worked as a scribe in the Emergency Department of OSF St. Francis in Peoria. This experience solidified my desire to become a physician; specifically, to work with a wide variety of ages and various medical concerns.

For medical school, I traveled one state over to Indiana University. During medical school I volunteered at a HIV outreach clinic, a center for grieving children, and tutored math for disadvantaged youth. On top of this I was blessed enough to be hired to teach barre (ballet-based exercise class). Towards the end of my third year, I knew I was strongly interested in women’s health, adolescent medicine, and the emphasis of primary prevention. I want to counsel teens, provide prenatal care, deliver babies, and take care of people from childhood to adulthood in the context of a comprehensive view. This is why I chose Family Medicine.

During my interview, Saint Joseph’s had the perfect balance I was looking for of a warm, welcoming environment that emphasized the importance of evidence-based medicine. I am excited to see what this new experience in Denver at Saint Joseph’s will bring. I eagerly look forward to everyone who will teach me and mold me into the doctor I am striving to be.

Outside of medicine I love to watch Netflix, dance, swim, and play board games (I get pretty competitive with my significant other, Nick, over Jenga).


175x225PaolaCasillasSJHFamilyMediicneResidencyResidentsPaola Casillas, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

A little about myself: I was born in Mexico and immigrated to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of four. I attended the University of Arizona for undergrad (Go WildCats!) where I solidified my decision to apply for medical school by volunteering with Flying Samaritans, an organization that provides free primary care clinics across the border. I fell in love with primary care, border health, and social justice. Flying Samaritans is also how I met my husband who was a medical student at the time! We both moved to Denver so I could attend medical school at the University of Colorado and he could start General Surgery Residency at St. Joe’s! I am in love with the Colorado lifestyle. In my free time, you’ll find me spending time with my husband and two hound dogs, gardening, raising chickens and ducks, mountain biking, canoeing, running, and exploring Colorado's music and brewery scenes.

I am so excited to be a part of the St. Joe’s family. What attracted me to this program is the variety of interests of the residents and faculty, the challenging yet fun environment, the underserved patient population, and the opportunity for change and growth. My interests in medicine are broad and include Spanish, women's health and OB, addiction, LGBTQ, and adolescent. Feel free to email with any questions!

 


175x225HaleyHoffmanSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyProgramHaley Hoffman, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University

Hello and welcome!

I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to train at St. Joe's. As a Colorado native, returning home for residency was extremely important to me, and I am so grateful that Family Medicine has such a strong presence and history here. I started my journey in healthcare as a psychology major at the University of Utah, and as an intern for a crisis call and suicide prevention center. I moved across the country to Chicago where I attended Midwestern University for medical school. My passion for behavioral health and patient continuity led me to fall in love with Family Medicine, and I finally felt I had found my place in medicine AND found my people! As I started exploring Family Medicine Residency programs, St. Joe's was an obvious standout program. Everyone I interacted with was not only inspiring, but equally warm, welcoming, and excited about teaching. I cannot think of any other place I'd rather spend the next three years.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy most things outdoors, including skiing, cycling, hiking, and outdoor concert going. I love to cook, spend time with my family, and play with my dogs and kitties. Most importantly, I am thrilled to be surrounded by wonderful people and beautiful Colorado!


175x225TylerJonesSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsTyler Jones, MD
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa

Hey Everyone! I came to Denver from Tulsa, Oklahoma where I graduated from the OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine. Before medical school, I went to Baylor University where I studied medical humanities and had the undeserved, but totally awesome fortune of meeting my wife, Hannah. From day one I have been so grateful to be at St. Joseph for my residency training! The program and hospital are full of great people, and I get to play a small part in the program mission to “foster health and healing, particularly among the poor and vulnerable.” My interests include all things clinic, geriatrics, underserved medicine, behavioral health, and narrative medicine.

When I’m not working, I like to get out into nature. When I’m not in nature, I like to explore all types of music, watch movies, and read things that make me think and feel connected to other people. Also, food. I love eating good food, and there’s so much of it here! If you’re interested in the program, I hope I get to meet you, hear your interests, and chat about how great it is to be here!


175x225KatieKleinSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsKatie Klein, MD
Florida Int’l University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Hi there! I grew up in SLO County on the Central Coast of California where I developed my love for sunshine and strawberries. I traveled about 80 miles south to attend UC Santa Barbara where I studied Biopsychology and learned how to be productive before sunrise as a member of the varsity rowing team. I stayed in Santa Barbara after undergrad and took a job as a medical assistant in a solo physician gynecology practice. It was there that I witnessed the power of continuity and the patient-physician relationship.

Next I headed to Georgetown University to pursue a Master’s in Physiology while applying to medical school. After experiencing my first winter in DC, I decided to migrate south and attend FIU College of Medicine in beautiful Miami, FL. With a primary care mission statement, FIU provided many opportunities to explore family medicine and the impact that physicians can have on a family and the community.

After 5 years on the east coast, I was ready to head west for residency. After my partner Kyle matched into PM&R at CU and we spent some time in Denver, I knew this was the place for me. From the 300 days of sunshine and bike trails to the countless breweries and professional sports, Denver is the perfect blend of city and country I've always wanted.

The thing that stood out to me most about Saint Joe’s was the culture of the program. I am so grateful that I get to work with such compassionate, hilarious, and brilliant residents and faculty. I feel completely supported as I push myself to be the best physician I can be through our strong inpatient, OB, sports, and integrative medicine training. Saint Joe’s provides an amazing atmosphere to pursue what you’re passionate about while serving the most vulnerable people in our community. Oh and we have a lot of fun along the way!


175x225TaylourMunroSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsTaylour Munro, DO
Western University of Health Sciencse

I could not be happier to be joining the St. Joe’s family! It’s both inspiring and motivating to work with a group of people who are truly dedicated to taking care of their community and address the inherit dignity of each person. St. Joe’s is my dream team, and I’m so excited to be a part of it.

My journey to medicine started while working with St. Anthony’s in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco where I had the opportunity to witness an organization that genuinely serves the emotional and physical needs of the most marginalized of our society. Throughout my undergraduate time at UC Davis I learned to value what it means to be a part of your community by getting to help run homeless shelters, free-clinics, and be the lead BINGO caller at nursing homes. After college, I taught high school Biology to 100 beautiful 9th graders with Teach For America. My spunky students taught me so much of how their daily realities of violence and poverty made it so difficult to make education a priority. As I tried to instill a sense of education as power, I followed my own advice and went off to medical school in Los Angeles. During medical school, a fellowship in addiction medicine opened my eyes to the vital role primary care can serve in families suffering from addiction. Family medicine is the specialty for me, to serve patients of all ages and conditions in addition to providing the perfect venue to integrate complex disease processes with an understanding of the intricate social issues patients face. St. Joe’s and its people are a living example of using family medicine as a vehicle for social justice in both its mission and actions!

In my free time, you’ll find me drinking excessive amounts of coffee, exploring a new Denver neighborhood, outside in the sunshine, and obsessing over all of the very cute dogs that live in my new neighborhood. Please reach out if you have any questions about life at St. Joe’s or Denver!


175x225GinaStroudSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsGina Stroud, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Hello! I was born and raised in the mountains of New Mexico in the small town of Los Alamos- a former secret city and the site of the Manhattan Project during WWII. I attended Santa Clara University in California and double majored in biology and public health. After that I went back to the Land of Enchantment, mostly for the green chili, but also for medical school. I am particularly interested in adolescent medicine and women’s health.

Outside of medicine I like to snowboard, hike, play tennis, read, travel and of course, check out the local food and brewery scene. And ice cream. I love ice cream.


175x225MaijaSwansonSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsMaija Swanson, MD
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Hi there! My name is Maija (pronounced like Maya) and I am so excited to be completing my residency training at St. Joe's! I am originally from a small town in the mountains of northern California and completed my undergraduate work at Santa Clara University. After living in San Francisco for two years, I moved to Chicago to attend medical school at Rush University. I discovered family medicine relatively late in my medical school career and absolutely fell in love with the idea that I could take care of my patients from before they are born until the end of their lives. Family medicine really is unique and special in that way, and I feel fortunate to be able to practice medicine in such a challenging, rewarding and ever-evolving field. Within the realm of family medicine, I am most interested in women's health and obstetrics, integrative medicine, global health and procedural medicine.

Outside of medicine, I share the same interests as most Coloradans (hiking, biking, skiing, backpacking, pretty much any outdoor activity) as well as gardening, brewing beer, crafting, cooking, baking and hanging out with dogs.


175x225SaraWeeksSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsSara Weeks, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! Welcome.

Mine has been a circuitous route to Colorado, and to medicine. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, but moved east to study medical anthropology and human geography at Dartmouth College. During terms off-campus, I taught English in India, studied abroad in Italy and the Czech Republic, interned in environmental law in DC, and spent a summer on the Amazon with a surgeon/epidemiologist. My first job out of school was in experiential education and community development in China, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, and later in Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, and Boston. My first clinical work was in psychiatric respite and addiction medicine in Vermont. I moved to Maine for medical school, where I became particularly interested in integrative medicine and women’s health, Osteopathic manipulation and musculoskeletal medicine, and full spectrum family practice.

I am delighted to be training at St Joe’s, working alongside such inspiring residents and faculty, serving a diverse community of patients, and living in a city so vibrant that a day off can be spent playing in the mountains, tasting local flavors, dancing to live music, or pursuing myriad other favorite hobbies.


Class of 2020

175x225TimothyHuttonTimothy Hutton, MD
Medical College of Georgia

Tim hails from Athens, Georgia. He is a proud double-dawg, obtaining his B.S. and MD from the University of Georgia. Interests include: agriculture, behavioral health, cycling, playing with Henry the Goldendoodle, primary care advocacy, rural/underserved medicine, and the usual outdoor CO activities.

(Note: not a reindeer. This is Herman my family's donkey)


175x225TaraIyerTara Iyer, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Hello and welcome! I could not be happier to be working alongside the wonderful people at St. Joe’s and can’t wait to share a little more about the program and how I got here. I was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. I traveled to Washington, D.C. for college, studying at Georgetown University. While I was always interested in medicine, it was as an undergrad that I developed interests in global health, public health, and social justice. While on the hilltop, I worked for a year completing health and epidemiology projects for the D.C. Department of Health. After college, I moved to NYC to work at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), where I further developed my interests in international health and community medicine. I left Manhattan after a year to attend Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In medical school I was fortunate enough to complete several global health rotations, working in places like Argentina and Northern India. I also developed an interest in reproductive health, completing several rotations in Women’s Health and Family Planning.

Following my third year of medical school, after spending my whole life on the east coast, I decided to take a year off from medical school and move to Denver to work at the Colorado Department for Public Health and Environment. My work there focused on improving youth and young adult health. During that year, I really fell in love with Denver. This city is full of incredible nature, amazing people, and even more amazing beer! Upon returning to medical school, I quickly realized that family medicine was the only specialty that would allow me the flexibility to pursue all my interests, while simultaneously helping some of the most vulnerable patient populations. When I opened my envelope on match day, I was thrilled to find out that I would be able to return to one of my favorite cities in the world and continue exploring my passions for global health, public health, women’s reproductive health, and adolescent medicine, while learning full-spectrum Family Medicine. The fact that my colleagues here at St. Joe’s are some of the most amazing people I have ever met, is just icing on the cake!

Outside of medicine, I really enjoy traveling, getting out in nature as much as I can, spending time with friends and family, and discovering all the incredible breweries here in Colorado. I also enjoy exploring the music scene here. There is nothing quite like seeing a concert at Red Rocks. All in all, I’m so happy to be living and working in Denver!


175x225MatthewRobertMartinMatthew Robert Martin, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Rob Martin, and I’m excited to be starting this journey with the team here at St. Joseph’s. I grew up in rural New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico for both undergraduate and medical school. I started with a strong interest in linguistics which led to studies in Spain and Austria. My desire to do primary care fused with my language skills into a passion for working with Spanish-speaking underserved from Albuquerque to México to Peru. I’m nearly fluent in Spanish, and I enjoy having patients teach me new words! In medical school, both my parents were diagnosed with cancer, and my journey with them through illness and the healthcare system shaped the way I view myself and our role as healers more than I could have imagined. This fostered an interest in physician and patient wellness, integrative medicine, palliative care, and humanism in medicine above all. I’m so glad I am training with St. Joe’s because I’ll be able to serve a community I’m passionate about in a rigorous yet very supportive and fun environment. Outside of work, I love traveling, eating greasy street food, yoga, meditation, cooking spicy food, hiking with Charlie, our rescue dog, and playing board games with Kyle, my partner. We all love Denver and the fast friends we’re making at St. Joe’s!


175x225ShannonMentockShannon Mentock, MD
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Hello! I spent the majority of my life on the East Coast in North Carolina. I studied Nutrition and French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mountains of Cameroon. A lot of my Peace Corps projects were related to nutrition and chronic disease, like diabetes. This training in preventive care and holistic approaches to health helped me decide that Family Medicine is where I can make the biggest impact for my patients. I returned to NC for medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Then I ended up in Denver for residency and I am so happy to be here!

I am not sure what kind of practice I will have after residency, so I wanted a program where I could train in just about everything. I look forward to learning more about complementary forms of medicine through our Integrative Medicine track. I love that our program provides strong OB training. We have a large Spanish speaking population and I am already getting better at speaking Spanish.

Since arriving here in June, it is obvious how committed everyone at St. Joe's is to providing a supportive environment and caring for the underserved.


175x225NicoleOberfoellNicole Oberfoell, MD
University of Queensland, Ochsner Hospital

I was ecstatic to be welcomed into the Saint Joseph's family because it's a place I feel inspired by and confident that I will grow into my own type of well-prepared, fantastic Family Physician. There's a balance of having autonomy and guidance, feeling challenged and supported, being friends and colleagues, and taking on the world intently as well as playfully.

I was born/raised in Los Angeles where I did a lot of rollerblading and sitting in public school buses. I was lured to the east coast to attend Swarthmore, a small liberal arts college that expanded my take on the world, concepts of health, and let me captain the soccer team. I stayed a number of years in West Philadelphia managing clinical research studies at the University of Pennsylvania by day and taking free classes at night. I dabbled in public health, the arts, and community organizing until I was inspired to apply for a Fulbright on the use of telemedicine to bring better healthcare to geographically isolated, resource-limited communities in the Philippines. I got to meet/work with family I had only known from photographs, and see where hand-me-down clothes had gone for all the years. Martial arts belts were fashioned into machete holsters!

For medical school I spent the first two years at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where I got to appreciate a different healthcare system, work within the strategies of a different telemedicine system, and learn different pronunciations of medical jargon. My second half of medical school was at Ochsner in New Orleans, which was an enlightening juxtaposition.

I am very excited to be a family medicine physician and take on this uniquely therapeutic role to respond to front-line community issues, and make substantial, inter-generational changes. I find the program at Saint Joseph's cultivates these ideals and inspires collaboration. Oh, and we're really fun and get down. 


225x175AshleighPatrickAshleigh Patrick (Garton), DO
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I am a Colorado native who grew up Pueblo where I also attended undergrad at Colorado State University-Pueblo. I have known for quite some time that medicine was my passion and that medical school would someday be in my future. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I spent one year working at an ambulatory surgery center followed by another year working as an orthopedic technician for an orthopedic surgeon.

During this time, my passion for medicine and patient care only intensified, and I became determined to pursue a career as a doctor.The following year I started as a 1st year medical student at Rocky Vista University. During my time there, I was able strengthen my interests all areas of medicine, hone in some of my osteopathic manipulative medicine skills and meet some amazing lifelong girlfriends. It was also during my time here, especially during my rotations, that I realized how strongly I felt about lifestyle and preventative medicine and I felt that I kept getting pushed in a direction that allowed me to work longitudinally with patients to find their healthiest lives possible. Thus, family medicine was the specialty for me.

Once settling on family medicine, deciding on Saint Joseph’s was easy. This program offered everything I could ever dream of, including further OMT training, outstanding OB rotations and an OB track as well as an an integrative medicine track (I am part of both tracks) all within a wonderful, supporting environment with amazing faculty and co-residents. Additionally, I was able to stay in beautiful Colorado, where my husband, Kurt, and I grew up. On the weekends, you can find us hiking, camping, paddle boarding, trying out a new brewery, spending time with family or enjoying as many Rockies games as we can fit in! I couldn’t be happier at such an important time in my career!


175x225RyanDeanPetersonRyan Dean Peterson, MD
University of Arizona, Tucson

Hello! I am so excited to be able to call Saint Joseph and Colorado my new home! Growing up my family moved around quite a bit. Starting in Dallas, Texas where I was born, our moves included Albuquerque New Mexico, Fort Worth Texas, Kansas City Kansas, Glendale Arizona, and London England, until we finally landed in Phoenix Arizona where I completed High School. From there I headed two hours south to the University of Arizona – Tucson where I completed my Bachelors of Science in General Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While doing that I married my High School sweetheart, Courtland. She was also studying as an undergraduate at The University of Arizona where she studied both Dance and Education. After finishing our undergraduate degrees we headed back to Phoenix where I worked for Maricopa County Department of Environmental Health as an Environmental Health Specialist, and Courtland worked as a Dance Teacher at Greenway High School. While working in Phoenix I completed a Masters Degree in Public Health, also at the University of Arizona, with an emphasis in Public Health Practice. While in Phoenix Courtland became pregnant, twice! We now have two beautiful little girls, Brooklynn 7, and Ryland 4. When Brooklynn was 3 and Ryland was six months, we all headed back to Tucson and the University of Arizona for medical school.

We are all now elated to be here in Denver, Colorado for residency at Saint Joseph Hospital. This program certainly stood out from the others in my mind as a place where I could learn to practice full spectrum family medicine in an urban community environment. Outside of the hospital I love spending time with my family. We have made it our goal to explore as much of beautiful Colorado as we can! We love to get outside to go hiking, camping, tubing, biking, barbecuing, and picnicking. All of course with our two boxers, Macy and Dempsey, along for the ride!


225x175MadeleineRobertsMadeleine Roberts, MD
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hello, everyone! I am so proud to be at St. Joseph's Hospital for my residency training. I was born and raised in Minnesota before heading to Washington DC for my undergraduate education at American University. I spent a year in San Diego before starting medical school at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I spent a year in a longitudinal rural program which fueled my love of full spectrum family practice.

I am passionate about inpatient medicine and hope to continue practicing in the hospital setting after graduation, so I was drawn to St. Joe's for their extremely strong inpatient curriculum, as well as the full spectrum culture of training in Colorado. To me, St. Joe's is perfect for the person who loves everything family medicine has to offer and isn't ready to choose. They offer so many opportunities to solidify your skills across the board, from OB to clinic to pediatrics to sports medicine.

I love skiing, hiking, large dogs, and craft beer (Denver is clearly perfect for me!). I am extremely close to my family and friends and am passionate about political action and healthcare policy. I am so happy to be at St. Joe's, and every day I'm here I become more confident that this is the right place for me! I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about our program and our city.


175x225LaurenThomasSJHFamilyMedicineResidencyResidentsLauren Jane Thomas, MD
University of Colorado Medical School

Hello! Well, I have had a non-traditional route to medicine, although this is becoming more common among many those pursuing medical careers. I once had an interest in science and medicine but while attending the University of Florida for undergrad, I found that I was also interested in engineering and business. After completing my degree in Industrial Engineering, I worked as an industrial appraiser and ultimately received my CFA charter while working in corporate financial and tax consulting. I moved from Florida to Texas (where I met my husband) and then settled in Colorado almost 11 years ago. I eventually found my way back to medicine and have been dedicated to becoming a primary care doctor ever since. During medical school, I had the opportunity to visit and work in a few of the rural communities in Colorado as part of the med school’s rural track. This helped develop my interests in full spectrum family medicine. Some of my other memorable experiences were working at our med school’s student run clinic for the underserved and then learning medical Spanish with a month-long immersion in the Denver Health clinics. Along the way, I met a few St. Joes grads who were so ecstatic to share their incredible experiences during training. I knew we wanted to stay in Colorado, and St. Joes was such an attractive program based on their great reputation, fabulous residents and faculty - not to mention the OB training! Outside of medicine, I enjoy many of Denver’s activities with my husband and son including the gorgeous botanical gardens, zoo and museums. I try to read non-medical books (I was in a book/wine club for a bit) and get outdoors to explore, hike and play. I am happy to chat about motherhood in medicine or answer any questions you may have about our excellent program here at St. Joes.