Active Residents

Abdihakim Abdullahi, MD
Class of 2024
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Nathan Baggett, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: Drake University, Politics and Rhetoric
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with my wife and our daughter, cooking for family and friends, working on our house, learning to play guitar, building projects with technology/electronics/woodworking, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, rock climbing, and biking

William Bleifuss, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Biology
Hometown: Schofield, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

Running, attempts at cooking, haphazardly executed woodworking projects, DnD, plant maintenance, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, coffee drinking.

McKinzy Butler, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Luther College, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Owatonna, Minnesota
Interests & Hobbies:

I love spending time outside, especially when I can get to a lake! Whether it be boating, fishing, or spending time with friends and family, I think life always seems a little bit better at the lake. I like to stay active by walking my dog, Baxter, and playing volleyball whenever I can. I am also always up for trying a new restaurant, brewery, or winery (there are so many options in Minnesota!).

Richard Campbell, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Minnesota State University Moorhead – Moorhead MN
Hometown: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Interests & Hobbies:

I love football (you know, the sport Americans call soccer). I am a Manchester United fan. Also, I have been told that I am a decent goalkeeper. I’d play any sports except for basketball and baseball. I am a big TV and movies person too, preferably with a “healthy” dose movie theatre butter.

Sean Condon, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: Sanford SOM University of South Dakota
Undergraduate Degree: Carroll College, Helena, MT-BA in Biology
Hometown: Laurel, MT
Interests & Hobbies:

Fly fishing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, craft beer, watching football, CrossFit

River Cook, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of Kansas – Wichita
Undergraduate Degree: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Derby, Kansas
Interests & Hobbies:

I love to be outside and hike with my dog, baby and husband.  I recently got into rock climbing and macrame.  Since moving to Minnesota I have tried really hard to become interested in craft beer, but I’m to basic.  So, I love to hang out with friends while they drink their craft beers.

Alexander “Zander” Coomes, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Carleton College – B.A. Psychology
Hometown: Houlton, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

Distance running, triathlons, soccer, board game design, crossword puzzles, travel, writing, and coffee. Lots of coffee.

Elizabeth DeYoung, DO
Class of 2023
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Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University: Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
Interests & Hobbies:

I love spending time at Lake Michigan with my family and friends. In the summer I enjoy going to all the neat patio spots in town, trying new restaurants, rollerblading, running, paddle boarding around all the lakes in Minneapolis, and bringing out my 30 handicap on every golf course. In the winter I enjoy attempting to cook, dusting off the cross country skies, and checking out coffee shops.

Ellen Dore, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: University of Alaska Anchorage – BS, Natural Sciences
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Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Interests & Hobbies:

I love to stay active and enjoy the outdoors, especially kayaking, hiking, downhill and backcountry skiing, fishing…anything active outside! Photography is a passion of mine, ranging from travel/aurora/landscape to lifestyle photography. I love to travel internationally and typically do this once a year. My main passion is spending time in Alaska where I grew up and lived until residency.

Kelly Dubay, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: Creighton University
Undergraduate Degree: Carleton College, Psychology
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy exploring the numerous Minnesota trails and bike paths, climbing playgrounds with my 2-year-old daughter, tackling home-improvement projects, learning to garden, and hosting board game nights and book club brunches!

Matthew “Matt” Dummer, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: St. John’s University, Biology
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Interests & Hobbies:

Personal Fitness, Podcasts, Travel, Brazillian Jiu Jistu, Mountain Biking, East/Southern Africa, Football, Basketball, Golf, Formula 1, Patio Beers, and good conversation.

Megan Elsenheimer, DO
Class of 2022
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Medical School: Des Moines University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biology & Spanish
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Traveling/backpacking, adventuring outside, playing card games, finding the best taco joint in every city, re-watching The Office over and over, and cuddling with our puppy when he allows it.

Graci Gorman, MD
Class of 2022
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Christopher Han, MD
Class of 2024
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Alec Haug, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of Minnesota—Duluth
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota—Duluth, BS Cell and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Baxter, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with friends and family, cooking, baking, hiking, backpacking, reading, and dreaming about having a kitchen full of fresh herbs and spices one day.

Daniel “Dan” Hogan, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: Wake Forest University/North Carolina
Undergraduate Degree: University of MN – History BA; University of MD – Bioengineering BS
Hometown: North St. Paul, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

– Biking

– Reading, listening to, and telling stories

– Spending time with my wife and two young children

Heather Kaluzniak, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: University of North Dakota
Undergraduate Degree: College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Biochemistry & Economics
Hometown: Plymouth
Interests & Hobbies:

– Fleeing up to a cabin with my Australian Shepherd.
– Being a team player / signing up for too many rec sports.
– Continuing a lifelong journey to find the best bloody mary.

Josh Loiseau, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of Washington – Spokane
Undergraduate Degree: Spanish B.A.; Chemistry B.A.
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time at Priest Lake, wake surfing, wakeboarding, cycling, snowboarding, cooking, grilling, playing soccer, watching the Seattle Sounders, hiking, going on walks, petting doggies, spending time with family and friends.

Nick Maleska, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: U of MN Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: Cell and Molecular Biology BS, Hispanic Studies BA
Hometown: Saint Joseph, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Open water fishing, ice fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, boating, jet skiing, playing cards, watching movies, golfing, craft beer tours, playing sports, watching sports, traveling and spending time with my wife, family, friends and dog.

Joseph “Joe” Malicki, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: Emory University
Undergraduate Degree: Iowa State University- Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Rosemount, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy being outside- hiking, canoeing, brewing beer and trying breweries around town here in the Twin Cities, and anything sports related.

Brett Milbrandt, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Genetics, Cell Biology & Development – University of Minnesota
Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

When I’m not busy building something in my workshop, I spend my time taking my dog Comet to the various dog parks around the Twin Cities, going kayaking around Lake of the Isles or down the Mississippi river, and sampling nearby breweries & distilleries.

Rachael Nordby, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: Des Moines University/Des Moines, IA
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota Twin Cities BA
Hometown: Nisswa, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

I love going for walks-especially with my husband and puppy, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowboarding, traveling, reading, and taking naps. My ideal date is April 27th, its not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket. I am especially interested in learning about the medical humanities and how we can integrate their study into daily clinical practice.

Jacy O’Keefe, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Dakota- BS Nutrition and Dietetics
Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Interests & Hobbies:

Snowboarding, chess, traveling, spending time at the lake

Autumn Pace, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Reedsburg, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

I’m an active person who enjoys outdoor activities. I spend my free time hiking or wake surfing in the summer and playing hockey or snowboarding in the winter. I also love exploring new breweries in the Twin Cities with my boyfriend and our pup.

Joe Pasquarella, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota – Biochemistry
Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Outdoor activities (backpacking, camping, intramural soccer, running, cross-country skiing, pond hockey), listening to music of all sorts, vinyl record collecting, cooking, board games, card games, spending time with family and friends

Octavia Ruelas, MD
Class of 2024
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Medical School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Rochester Campus: Bachelor of Science, Health Science
Hometown: San Diego, CA; Knoxville, TN; Rochester, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Foodie–I love trying out new places to eat!
Going to live theater, orchestra concerts, and opera
Love going to the movies
I love to read (high fantasy, sci-fi is my jam)
Wandering in bookstores
New hobby: rock climbing!

Gina Schlueter, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Undergraduate Degree: Concordia College – Moorhead, MN , B.A.in Chesmistry with minor in Biology and Spanish
Hometown: Monticello, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Hiking, camping, fishing, boating; Intramural soccer; Competitive card games: 500, euchre, cribbage

Samuel Southgate, MD MPhil MA
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Degree: University of York – Philosophy
Hometown: Leicester, England
Interests & Hobbies:

My interests include ultrasound, quality, and admin. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy getting into the outdoors, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and hiking with my family and our dogs.

Mark Stice, MD
Class of 2022
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Daniel Stone, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Interests & Hobbies:

I like to run and bike during the summer. During the winter I like to snowboard and cross-country ski. My wife and I enjoy traveling together and love backpacking through wilderness above all else. I enjoy all music and am the least picky eater you have ever met; I am always down to try new foods. If I can find a nice view in nature and sip on a beer with some good company, I am a happy human.

Annika Strand, MD
Class of 2023
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Medical School: University of North Dakota
Undergraduate Degree: Concordia College, MN. Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Minor in Chemistry
Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Interests & Hobbies:

Snowboarding, volleyball, dogs, biking, reading, meditation, going to the lake, attending concerts, yoga, hygge, traveling.

Alexandria Taylor, MD
Class of 2022
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Medical School: MD – Virginia Commonwealth University
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Summa Cum Laude – Psychology – Virginia Commonwealth University
Hometown: Marion, VA
Interests & Hobbies:

Baking: Notorious homemade brownie recipe that tricks people into *volunteering* to help me move in exchange for a batch – Running: I run 5 miles 3-4x a week. More remarkably, I have never posted a photo of myself working out on social media – Soccer: Most recently, I played intramural soccer on a team of neurosurgeons – Live music: Next concert is one of my favorite artists, Maggie Rose – Water sports: Swimmer and amateur paddle boarder – True Crime: Armchair detective – Singing: Patients love it.