Class of 2023
Nicholas Arlas, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Greetings everyone! I grew up in Larkspur, California and lived in San Francisco before making my way to Denver for medical school at the University of Colorado.
After completing my degree in Global Studies at UC Santa Barbara I worked for four years in the real estate industry before switching careers and pursuing medicine. During my career change I worked as a medical assistant, volunteered in harm reduction as a HIV/HCV counselor, and completed a post-baccalaureate program at San Francisco State University. I met my wife Jenn while living and working in SF, and I was so grateful when she made the move to Colorado after my first year of med school. We are thrilled to stay here for residency at St. Joe's.
During medical school I discovered my love for Family Medicine while volunteering at the DAWN Student Run Free Clinic for uninsured adults in Aurora. DAWN also provided the opportunity to mentor premedical students. As a 4th year student my team and I created and led an initiative called the DAWN Pre-Health Collaboration, which focused on supporting students pursuing medicine and increasing diversity in the healthcare field.
After a rotation as a 4th year at St. Joe’s, I realized the impact a full-spectrum family physician can have while working with vulnerable populations across the inpatient, outpatient, and obstetrical settings. I was inspired by the great work of all the staff, faculty, and residents at SJH, and was awestruck by the learning environment. Everyone was committed to service, kindness, and providing the best patient-centered care.
Outside of medicine I enjoy reading, walks with our dog, and culinary adventures. If you are considering our program and would like to connect or send over questions, please reach out. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, I look forward to meeting you!
Quinn Doyle, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Howdy! I was born and raised in West Virginia and completed a Biology B.A. at WVU. I loved the sense of community and mission to help underserved regions and decided to stay for medical school. This is the first time I have lived outside of WV, and while I will always love WV, I’m excited to start work at St. Joes and explore Colorado! I was drawn to Family Medicine because of the vast diversity experienced each day in clinic and the hospital. I am particularly interested in wilderness medicine, integrative medicine, procedures, pediatrics, and international/rural medicine.
St. Joes was my first-choice residency as I saw parallels with my medical school and its diverse curriculum/faculty, focus programs (such as integrative medicine), Spanish speaking population and the close-knit community feeling I sensed the first time I met everyone. The wonderful access to mountains and longtime friends definitely contributed too! I know that St. Joes will prepare me to be an excellent family medicine doctor anywhere that life takes me, and I look forward to the next 3 years with all the wonderful residents and staff!
Outside of medicine, you will likely find me mountain biking, skiing, or backpacking in the mountains of Colorado. On rest days, I love hanging out with friends, grilling yummy food, making mead, and tending to my garden.
Sophia Gill, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Hey everyone! I moved to Denver from Boston, where I attended Boston University School of Medicine. I’m originally from Los Olivos, California. After majoring in public health at UC Berkeley, I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I spent a year of service with FoodCorps cooking and growing food with middle schoolers to motivate them to try healthier foods. Seeing kids excited to make healthy choices was one of the things that prompted my desire to work directly with under-resourced families at the frontlines of healthcare, so I applied to a pre-medical post-baccalaureate program. While completing this coursework in Oakland, California, I volunteered in Bolivia to increase rural access to medical care and immerse myself in the Spanish language. It was there that I started to realize how much language and communication affect the quality of care. Over the years, I sought out several opportunities to hone my Spanish, motivated to become a better collaborator and advocate for this population. In addition to my interest in improving cross-cultural communication, I’ve become enthusiastic about promoting healthy team dynamics. During medical school, I joined a program designed to foster inter-professional teamwork, which strengthened my desire to work in an interdisciplinary clinic as a future PCP.
Outside of medicine, I do acroyoga and vinyasa yoga. I enjoy cooking and baking my own sourdough bread. I love international travel, spending time in nature, riding my bicycle, and exploring city neighborhoods through food and parks. I’m interested in the effects of meditation on health and improving my social dancing skills. I’m so excited to be joining the St. Joe’s community here in sunny Denver.
Mario Giovacchini, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Mario grew up by the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California, and studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UCSC there after switching majors from Literature & Computer Science. He went on to work in biotechnology and genome sequencing in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas and later moved to Stockholm to work as a bioinformatician. He played a lot of music and stopped getting regular haircuts in 2009. He misguidedly learned Swedish instead of Spanish, but remains optimistic he might still get a handle on Española in Denver.
Mario completed a postbac master’s program at Georgetown University and then matriculated to that medical school in 2016. He completed a master’s degree in Systems Medicine there during M1 year and did research in proteomics and coronavirus during medical school. He first saw awesome Family Medicine physicians in action while in a longitudinal primary care program in Baltimore during M3 year, and joined the rogue band of Georgetown students determined to enter primary care.
Mario thinks Denver seems like a beautiful place with great people and wishes vaguely that it had an ocean nearby but otherwise can think of very few ways it could be improved. He loves how caring, smart, friendly, and positive the residents and attending are, loves the energy, mission, and history of St. Joseph’s, and is elated to have joined the team to help care for the people of this city. He would like to one day practice full-spectrum family medicine, and is interested in underserved care, addiction medicine, palliative care, and hopes to become sufficiently competent in women's health / OB to confidently practice these after residency as well.
Kristina Hulen, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Hello! I grew up exploring the great outdoors of Colorado and have stayed local ever since. I traveled a great distance from my hometown in Denver to Boulder to study at the University of Colorado. I quickly plunged into the world of biology and medicine (while also taking substantial time to "study" the "physics" of a pair of wood boards over crystalized ice). After finishing my undergraduate degree, I took a year to work alongside some incredible scientists in a lab studying preclinical stress physiology. There, I gained invaluable knowledge about evidence-based medicine and how to critically appraise research.
I then made another great journey from Boulder to Aurora. I was fortunate to stay in my home state and start my career in medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. While exploring the many fields in medicine, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for two months to train in an Emergency Department. I will forever carry the lessons I learned about providing care in a resource-limited setting and addressing the socioeconomic barriers that patients face when accessing healthcare.
When I returned to Colorado, I dedicated my time to volunteering with the local community, participating in public health research, and building strong patient-physician relationships. My commitment to community health and patient-centered care drove my decision to choose Family Medicine. It was clear that I had found my new family when I interviewed with Saint Joseph's program. I am excited to work with the excellent team here and pursue my interests in community medicine, underserved care, global health, and palliative medicine.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy visiting local breweries, skiing, climbing, mountain biking, and getting outdoors with my fiancé and our cat.
Douglas Mayeda, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
Hi everyone! First and foremost, I am beyond grateful and excited to join the Saint Joseph Family Medicine Residency Program!
As a fourth-generation Coloradan, I am proud to call the Centennial State home. After attending
Cherry Creek High School, I studied business and played tennis at the University of Oregon. It was during this time that I found medicine to be my true calling. My next stage in life took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for medical school. It was in the “City of Brotherly Love” that I became passionate about caring for underserved populations and promoting healthy lifestyles. The opportunity to develop relationships with patients and serve individuals of all ages made family medicine the perfect choice. My hope is to partner with patients and to do everything possible to help them reach their personal health goals.
Outside of medicine, you will probably find me hiking a 14er, biking, or skiing. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I am a huge Colorado sports fan. GO BRONCOS!
Saint Joseph Hospital has a particularly special place in my heart because my parents met here back in 1979. Naturally, I applied to and was fortunate to have been able to do a rotation with St. Joe’s during medical school. From the very welcoming culture to the mission to care for vulnerable individuals, I absolutely fell in love with the program. It is truly an honor to become a part of a team of such amazing and inspiring individuals!
Joseph Murphy, DO
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hey there! I am Joey Murphy, I was born and raised in central North Carolina. I attended North Carolina State University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After undergrad, I spent a couple of years working in a neurology clinic in Raleigh as a medical scribe. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Campbell University School of Osteopathic medicine along with my wife Justyne (who you can find somewhere on this page as well). We are both starting our residency at St. Joe’s after couples matching into the Family Medicine program! We were both able to spend a month with the program during our fourth year of medical school. I immediately felt at home and knew that St. Joseph’s would be a wonderful place to train for the next three years. During my interview day and rotation here, I could tell everyone was truly passionate about serving the local community. I felt a strong connection with the mission of the program and what I hope to accomplish in a career dedicated to medicine.
I have always loved the mountains and Denver could not be a more perfect location. Justyne and I love skiing, kayaking, and hiking with our dogs (Apollo and Tasha) whenever possible! We are both huge Colorado Avalanche fans and are excited to get out to the Pepsi Center once it’s safe to do so again. We are also looking forward to familiarizing ourselves with all the phenomenal restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries Denver has to offer.
Justyne Murphy, DO
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi there! My name is Justyne and I am from Dahlonega, Georgia located in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. After high school, I attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I received bachelor degrees in both Biochemistry and Biological Sciences with a minor in Microbiology. Following graduation, I worked as a medical scribe at Raleigh Neurology for two years where I met my husband Joey (who is also a first-year family medicine resident at St. Joe’s!). We were married shortly before starting medical school at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Campbell is located in the rural sandhills of North Carolina where much emphasis was placed on giving back to our local community. During my first two years at Campbell, I was fortunate enough to serve as the clinic director for Campbell’s student-run free clinic providing primary care services to those in need in our area. It was truly one of the most rewarding experiences in my life as it highlighted the impact primary care can have on a person and family and the importance of giving back to my community. It played a major role in guiding me to become a family physician. Joey and I are so excited and grateful to both be trained at St. Joe’s and cannot wait to see what the future holds in this phenomenal program.
Outside the clinic and hospital, Joey and I live with our two dogs, Tasha and Apollo. We love Colorado and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle it allows. We love to hike and ski and we plan to do as much as possible in our free time. Joey and I fancy ourselves coffee connoisseurs and foodies so you can often find us enjoying coffee on lazy Saturday mornings or enjoying great food out in the city on date nights.
I am very excited and honored to be joining the team at St. Joe’s. I know my training here will help me be the best physician and version of myself!
Alia Roberts, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Hi everyone! I’ve lived up and down the East Coast my whole life, so I’m excited to be a transplant out West. My first career was in dance and choreography, all arts all day for high school and beyond college. I then made the switch to the science world, getting my post-bacc and volunteering to get my feet under me, and figuring out where I wanted to go. Turns out, becoming a doctor won, and I went back to my hometown of Baltimore to go to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I caught the family medicine bug the second I started the rotation in third year. I loved the breadth of practice, the consideration of the health of the whole person and their circumstances, and the ability to leap in any direction if you so choose. I am particularly interested in women’s health, global health, integrative medicine, and I’m sure more will pop up as these years fly by.
When I’m not working, you are bound to find me baking, drinking coffee, eating cheese, doing yoga, trying some new art (which is probably going terribly, but it’s all about the joy), and continuing to use the oxford comma (like Pluto, I’m a forever fan). I’m very excited for this continuation of my journey in medicine here, where all the people are supportive delights and the sun is never far away.
Class of 2022
Keely Burke, MD
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!
Sarah Doucette, MD
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)!
Nicolas Gamble, MD
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!
Robin Harland, MD
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!
Meghan Keane, MD
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!
Leah Kellogg, MD
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.
Gina Phillips, MD
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!
Anais Taylor, DO
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!
Brandon Teska, DO
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
Abria 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).
Paola 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!
Haley 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!
Tyler 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!
Katie 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!
Taylour 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!
Gina 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.
Maija 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.
Sara Weeks, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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.