Active Residents

Zachary Affeldt, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate Degree: Marquette University
Hometown: Clear Lake, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy spending time outside with my wife and dogs; especially fishing, canoeing, cycling, and on brewery patios. I also love camping and hope to check a few more
national parks off the list soon.

Lensa Ali, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota – Physiology
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Interests & Hobbies:

I love watching (and re-watching) New Girl. I also love food tours, hanging out with my family and friends, being near the ocean, worldwide traveling, and a good workout!

Josiah Bardwell, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: University of St. Thomas, Biochemistry & Spanish
Hometown: Northfield, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Visiting every National Park in the U.S. (15 down, 48 to go), pickup basketball, failing early & often on the golf course, letting the Vikings get my hopes up on a yearly basis.

Jesse Brooks, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: North Dakota State University, Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy spending time outside with my wife, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, and running. I also enjoy reading, watching comedy movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Samantha Cox, MD, MS
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Undergraduate Degree: College of Saint Benedict, BA – French and Biology
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Omaha, NE
Interests & Hobbies:

Exploring the trails and hiking paths with my puppy, going to brunch and breweries, lake days, and playing board games with friends. I love mentorship in medicine and am passionate about sexual and reproductive health in the ER and advocating for patients experiencing trafficking or intimate partner violence.

Jior Dizon, MD
Class of 2027
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Carleton College; Biology/Biochemistry
Hometown: Philippines; Oakland, CA
Interests & Hobbies:

Playing video games, beginning indoor plant dad, Watching Korean dramas with my partner and new K-pop enthusiast, listening to audiobooks (fantasy/sci-fi, usually, but dabble in horror PRN), charcoal drawing and watercolor, retired college swimmer and diver, occasional Zumba goer.

Stella Duong, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine Chicago
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison; Genetics and Public Health
Hometown: Anoka, MN (Halloween capitol of the world!)
Interests & Hobbies:

DEI, public health, rural medicine. French fries, NYT crosswords, in search of the best espresso martini, collecting pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, biking/hiking/skiing/climbing to the highest possible vantage point

Isaac Dzubay, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Microbiology
Hometown: River Falls, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

Bowhunting, fishing, cooking with wild game, finding deals on Facebook Marketplace.

Max Elsenheimer, DO
Class of 2027
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Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago COM
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin – Madison; Spanish, Biology
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Authentic tacos, boxing, NYT crosswords, pickup hockey, backcountry camping/mountaineering, torturing myself watching the MN Wild lose in the first round of the playoffs every year.

Jordan Ensz, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Majors in Neuroscience + Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Minor in Music
Hometown: Midland, MI
Interests & Hobbies:

Biking, hammocking, exploring new lakes and trails, spoiling my cat.

Katrina Greenwalt, MD
Class of 2027
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Simpson College – Indianola, IA; Neuroscience
Hometown: New Prague, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

I love playing volleyball and getting outside – hiking, hammocking, kayaking, etc. I’m a plant mom to way too many plants. I occasionally like trying out new recipes but also sometimes hate cooking. I love going to wineries and cute coffee shops. And travel! Always down to go on a trip.

Tatiana Griffith, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University, Human Physiology
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with my wife and daughter, traveling to new places, hiking, winery/distillery tours, peloton, amateur gardener and house plant enthusiast.

Justin Groenewold, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Kansas – Kansas City
Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas
Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy biking, running, hiking, woodworking, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. Most of my free time is spent with my wife, my two girls, and my black lab Bernie.

Rae Hohle, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Macalester College, Computer Science & Classics
Hometown: Bayview, ID
Interests & Hobbies:

Serious recreational sports problem with soccer, volleyball, broomball, ice hockey, softball, and any other sports ball thing I can find my way onto a team for. Teaching my cats to be the dogs I have not yet been able to adopt. Gaming virtually and in-person with my fiancé and whomever else likes Cascadia but is ambivalent to Monopoly.

Ben Iverson, DO
Class of 2027
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Medical School: Des Moines University
Undergraduate Degree: Saint John’s University; Biology
Hometown: St. Paul/Eagan, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Homemade pizza making, Pub trivia, Traveling and exploring new places, Cooking, European history, Craft Breweries, Board games, MN lake life, spending time outdoors preferably by a bonfire with family/friends.

Alayna Kabanuk, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Minnesota – Duluth
Undergraduate Degree: Concordia College Moorhead; BA – Biology and Chemistry
Hometown: Little Falls, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Volleyball, hopelessly cheering for the Minnesota Vikings, all things outdoors with my dog and husband, enjoying summer thunderstorms, sour beer, puzzles and spending time with loved ones.

Jon Kluger, MD
Class of 2027
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Medical School: Yale University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania; Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
Interests & Hobbies:

Soccer, sprouting gray hairs while rooting for Man United, playing guitar (poorly), kayaking, quoting Borat and Shrek

Confidence Kpegeol, MD, MA
Class of 2027
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Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota – Duluth; Cell and Molecular Biology; Biochemistry
Hometown: North St. Paul, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Exercise/Running, PC gaming, Sci-Fi movies, traveling

Alex Laughlin, DO
Class of 2027
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Medical School: Des Moines University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota; Kinesiology
Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Houseplants, cats, refurbishing furniture, hiking, basketball, fantasy football, government & law, trivia, true crime podcasts, cooking (amateur)

Junggu Lee, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Playing sports, hiking, reading, video games, visiting restaurants/breweries.

Thomas Meland, MD
Class of 2027
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Medical School: University of Minnesota – Duluth
Undergraduate Degree: St. John’s University; Biology
Hometown: Northfield, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Hanging with friends and family, trying new restaurants in the Twin Cities, traveling and spending time outdoors, and playing baseball, golf and being in far too many intramural basketball leagues.

Michelle Nadrchal, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota – Duluth
Hometown: Madison, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Interests/Hobbies: Escape rooms, baking new recipes, photography, card and board games, and traveling both inside and outside of the U.S.

Eugene Ng, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Colorado
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Millburn, NJ
Interests & Hobbies:

Making/drinking/eating all things coffee, cutthroat boardgames, live music, walks along the waterfronts.

Katie Nielson, MD
Class of 2027
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Medical School: University of South Dakota
Undergraduate Degree: Black Hills State University – Spearfish, SD; Biology and Chemistry
Hometown: Pierre, SD
Interests & Hobbies:

I love exploring new outdoor spots/National Parks whether that is hiking, walking my dog with my husband, running, spending time with family, swimming, wake surfing etc. (my friends and I like to say we are solar powered). My favorite drinks are honey and milk coffee, Celsius, and water. When I’m not at work, you can catch me doing classes at hot yoga studios, watching videos about health and fitness, reading, binge watching Netflix shows, or in my kitchen baking. I enjoy watching sports but if it’s football season, I am probably watching a University of Texas game (Hook’em!).

David Perez-Molinar, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Acapulco, Mexico; Eden Prairie, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Soccer, Tennis, Cooking, Video Games, Hanging out with friends on a warm MN day

Mark Rockwell, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Washington
Undergraduate Degree: Montana State University
Hometown: Boise, ID
Interests & Hobbies:

I love anything that gets me outside! I kayak, mountain bike, road bike, and trail run when it’s warm, and I ski and play hockey when it’s not. In between, I like making the rounds at local breweries and coffee shops and watching Seattle Kraken hockey. I’m always trying to perfect my scone recipe and recently made a successful batch of lavender soap.

Minnesota goals: Go dogsledding up north, surf a wave on Lake Superior.

Alora Sager, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University – Education for Students with Exceptionalities
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Coffee and Diet Coke enthusiast. Outside of work you can find me cheering on the Minnesota Vikings or indulging in any-and-all reality television shows. Lover of local breweries, trivia spots, and group fitness studios — especially if friends and family are tagging along. Big fan of brunch. Professionally, I love medical education and critical care. I am passionate about exploring ways we can make the healthcare system more equitable for patients with disabilities.

Sarah Schmidt, MD
Class of 2027
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota; Genetics, Cell Biology, and Developmen
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Obsessed with my two cats, DIY home improvement and refurbishing old furniture, weightlifting, can sometimes keep plants alive (and am thrilled when I do), and video games.

Ellie Schommer, DO
Class of 2027
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Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Erie, PA
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-River​ Falls; Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Hometown: Isanti, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy playing sports, watching the Twins and Vikings, hunting/fishing, going to the beach, traveling, and showing horses. I also have over 30 house plants and will never turn down the opportunity to buy another.

Jordan Stipek, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of St. Thomas (St. Paul) – Biochemistry
Hometown: Waconia, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Running, outdoor adventures, podcast enthusiast and proud cat dad.

Griffin Struyk, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Connecticut – Molecular & Cell Biology
Hometown: Deephaven, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Alpine skiing, sailboat racing, fly fishing, spending time with my wife and our Australian Shepherd.

Tou Thao, MD
Class of 2025
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: St. Olaf College
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Outside of medicine, I like to stay active: weightlifting, shooting hoops, or playing golf and also love following my favorite sports teams! Additionally, I enjoy playing video games and grabbing a beer at a local brewery.

Kat Tilley, MD
Class of 2026
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Medical School: Rush Medical College
Undergraduate Degree: University of California, San Diego – Bioengineering
Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA
Interests & Hobbies:

Hiking and camping with my dog and husband, regularly keeping up with the Kardashians, trying new breweries, hot yoga, crisp Diet Cokes, and the Green Bay Packers.