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Meet Our Residents

A Mayo Clinic Family Medicine resident checking a patient

Our residents come from medical schools around the U.S. and outside the country. Learn more about the residents in our program and why they chose the Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Class of 2023

Olson, Michelle

Michelle Botts Olson, M.D.

"Mayo Clinic is known for creating great community leaders, and my goal is become a community leader. I wish to practice in the Eau Claire area and wanted to complete my residency in the community in which I wish to serve. Eau Claire is home, and I am honored to be selected to train in this program."

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hometown: Elk River, Minnesota

Future plans: Practicing Family Medicine with OB at Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie

Favorite movie: Anything Marvel

Hobbies and interests: Fishing, hunting, painting, ceramics, wakeboarding or surfing, and card games

Hotovy, Sarah

Sarah Hotovy, M.D.

"I was so impressed with the residents, the faculty, and everyone I met when I came to visit. There is a genuine commitment to preparing residents to be both outstanding physicians and leaders in their communities, and I'm excited to learn from such smart, passionate people." 

Medical school: University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Hometown: York, Nebraska

Future plans: Some combination of full-spectrum family medicine, health policy/administration, and educating future health care professionals

Favorite movies: The Sound of Music and Zoolander

Hobbies and interests: Baking, cooking, crafting, and chasing a very cute one-year-old around the house

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Rajani Kasana, M.B.B.S.

"The thing that impressed me most about Mayo Clinic is its core value 'the needs of the patient come first' and the team-based approach for patient care. I strongly feel that the family medicine residency program will help me develop comprehensive clinical skills and provide opportunities for research."

Medical school: Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College; Genesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College

Hometown: Ghaziabad, located 30 miles northeast of New Delhi, the capital city of India

Future plans: Working as a Family Medicine consultant, making a kitchen garden, and spending more time with family

Favorite movie: Badhaai Ho

Hobbies and interests: Watching crime documentaries and spending time outdoors

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Sasha Ulrich, M.D.

"Mayo Clinic is an incredible medical system known world-wide. I did an away-rotation with this practice which was phenomenal. The program felt like its own community that was extremely supportive. All of the faculty were approachable, had an obvious desire to teach, and were great physicians whom were loved by their patients. The residents were really helpful and inclusive. The atmosphere in group settings was fun but educational."

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hometown: Medford, Wisconsin

Future plans: Stay with Mayo Clinic Health System — Red Cedar in Menomonie to practice full-scope family medicine with maternity care

Favorite movie: UP

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family and my pets, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and sports

John Zadroga, D.O.

John Zadroga, D.O.

"I chose the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire because I wanted to be a part of a vibrant, academic, and community-based medical program where evidence based practice standards were utilized and new ideas were openly embraced and exchanged. Additionally, I wanted to have access to a diverse patient population, as I feel this adds a valuable layer of experience to medical education."

Medical school: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine 

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey

Future plans: I'd really like to own a food truck someday and apply for grant funding to bring healthy, low-cost meals into food desert neighborhoods. I also recently developed an interest in medical writing.

Favorite movies: The Never Ending Story, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and Casablanca

Hobbies and interests: Cooking (and eating), hiking, yoga, calisthenics, sourdough (both pre-and peri-pandemic), and befriending cats at parties where I'm meant to be socializing with humans.

Class of 2024

Ramesha Ali M.B. B.Ch.

Ramesha Ali, M.B., B.Ch.

"I chose Mayo because I want to be a part of a program that emphasizes the physician as an effective educator, collaborator, advocate, and scholar."

Medical school: University College Cork School of Medicine, Ireland

Hometown: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Birthplace: Chichawatni, Pakistan

Ideal practice: My ideal practice encompasses inpatient and outpatient medicine, including rural medicine and nursing home care. I also want to be involved in medical education and public health outreach to vulnerable and underserved populations. 

Future plans: My future plans include having a balance of inpatient and outpatient medicine to provide continuous care to patients. I look forward to being a preceptor to medical students. 

Favorite movie: My favorite movies are the Harry Potter series.

Hobbies and interests: My hobbies and interests include baking, especially birthday cakes, traveling, origami, horticulture, and anything indoor plant-related.

Daniel Bobo M.B.B.S.

Daniel Bobo, M.B.B.S.

"I chose family medicine because I enjoy taking care of people long-term and caring for their overall health. I chose Mayo because I want to work in a system where everyone involved in patient care prioritizes what is best for the patient."

Medical school: The University of Queensland School of Medicine, Australia

Hometown: Florham Park, New Jersey

Ideal practice: My ideal practice is outpatient primary care with a focus on certain aspects of lifestyle medicine to improve quality of life and the general well-being of patients and reduce hospitalizations.

Future plans: My future plans include continuing to work with Mayo, or with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I also hope to serve in the Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon.

Favorite movie: My favorite movie is "Ghostbusters."

Hobbies and interests: I enjoy boxing and football, especially at the college and high school level. I'm also a huge history buff, and I'm learning Portuguese so I can better communicate with my fiancee's family.

Lindsey Knopps D.O.

Lindsey Knopps, D.O.

"I chose this program because of its strong curriculum, community involvement, leadership opportunities, the Osteopathic Recognition track, and the support and kindness of the faculty and residents. I also want to be in the vibrant community of Eau Claire. My amazing experience during my away rotation and program interview, as well as my close family ties to the area, are just a few of the reasons why I knew no other program could compare."

Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin

Birthplace: River Falls, Wisconsin

Future plans: My future plans include staying in Wisconsin to practice full-spectrum family medicine with a special interest in women's health, obstetrics, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Favorite movie: My favorite movies are "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and "Elf." 

Hobbies and interests: My hobbies and interests include spending time with my husband and two dogs, kayaking, hiking, baking, reading, and traveling.

Vanessa Lowdon D.O.

Vanessa Lowdon, D.O.

"My dream is to practice broad-spectrum family medicine, including osteopathic manipulative medicine, in a small town. When I found Mayo's Family Medicine program in Eau Claire, I was amazed to find that every aspect of my dream residency was included, along with other innovative ideas I hadn't considered. All of these things, paired with the wonderful people I interacted with during the interview process, made choosing this program an easy decision."

Medical school: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Independence, Kansas

Ideal practice: My ideal practice is in a small-town family medicine clinic with osteopathic manipulative medicine incorporated into visits with additional space to host educational events.

Future plans: My future plans include pursuing teaching opportunities with medical students as a preceptor or in a more academic setting.

Favorite movie: My favorite movies are "The Greatest Showman," "White Christmas," "Top Gun," "A Knight's Tale," and "10 Things I Hate About You." 

Hobbies and interests: I love to travel, whether it's internationally or on road trips with quirky stops. I enjoy seeing what the world has to offer; photography; and being outdoors to hike, camp, swim, and canoe.

Alexis Papke M.D.

Alexis Papke, M.D.

"Growing up in the Eau Claire area, I always knew I wanted to return one day. I was excited when Mayo started the family residency here. This allowed me to complete my residency in the community I hope to practice in one day while learning alongside driven and compassionate medical professionals who value teaching."

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin

Hometown: Strum, Wisconsin

Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Future plans: I chose family medicine because I love the breadth of medicine I get to practice as a physician. This fits perfectly with my plans to have a full-spectrum family medicine practice, with specific interests in mental health, addiction medicine, women's health, and obstetrics.

Favorite movie: My favorite movies are "The Mummy" and the Harry Potter series. 

Hobbies and interests: My hobbies and interests include volleyball; baking; and anything involving the outdoors in Wisconsin, such as fishing, hunting, boating, and running.

Class of 2025

Katie Hills, D.O.

Katie Hills, D.O.

"I fell in love with the Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire while I was completing a rotation in my fourth year of medical school. I was so impressed with the way the residents, faculty, and staff worked together with such joy and focus on patient care and education. I always dreamed of working in a small town, but I wanted to learn in a place with a diverse population and the resources to learn the full scope of family medicine — and to feel confident in these skills. This program was the perfect fit for these desires."

Medical school: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, Tennessee

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Ideal practice/future plans: I hope one day to practice the full scope of family medicine with a special interest in outpatient care for every age, women's health, and osteopathic manipulative medicine in a small rural community.

Favorite movies: "The Parent Trap," "Christmas in Connecticut," "The Little Mermaid," and any movie my husband doesn't like.

Hobbies and interests: I love hanging out with my husband and my cat, Pudge. My hobbies include gardening, cooking, hiking, and traveling whenever I get the chance. I also love meeting new people wherever I go.

Nicholas Hora, D.O.

Nicholas Hora, D.O.

"As a former Blugold, I chose this program because it brings me back to the people who shaped who I am today in the Chippewa Valley. Mayo has a strong history of community outreach, which I think is key to family medicine, and fostering creativity, which allows us all to become the physicians we want to be. During my away rotation, the faculty could not have provided a more supportive environment conducive to learning, and I knew then that I would grow the most here. Lastly, the program has osteopathic recognition, which will allow me to master my skills over the next three years.

Medical school: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Parker, Colorado

Ideal practice: My ideal practice is full-spectrum family medicine, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Future plans: I plan to pursue a sports medicine fellowship after residency and then return to the Midwest, where I hope to find myself in a teaching role in an academic setting.

Favorite movies: "Inception" and the "Mighty Ducks" series. I'm also a big fan of Harry Potter, but you have to read the books first.

Hobbies and interests: I'm a huge sports fan, particularly hockey. I enjoy swimming, coaching, and playing card games, which I am overly competitive about.

Seidu Mahama, D.O.

Seidu Mahama, D.O.

"The opportunities for community-based practice, rural medicine, and the ability to tailor my experience to meet my future plans attracted me to this program. In addition, Mayo Clinic Family Medicine — Eau Claire emphasizes resident wellness, which appealed to me."

Medical school: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Hometown: Bole, Ghana

Ideal practice: My ideal practice is full-spectrum family medicine. I hope to practice in a medically underserved community.

Favorite movie: My favorite movie is "The Frisco Kid."

Hobbies and interests: My hobbies and interests include soccer, playing guitar, playing drums, and dancing.

Future plans: My future plans are to have a family and practice full-spectrum family medicine in a medically underserved community. I also hope to set up a clinic in my hometown in Ghana.

Danielle McCulloch, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

Danielle McCulloch, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

"When doing away rotations, I was blown away by the comradery of the residents and staff in the Eau Claire program. This intangible difference is what separated Eau Claire from the other programs. Also, the Mayo institution is known around the world for its focus on patient care, evidence-based research, and medical education. These factors, combined with Eau Claire's diverse patient population and rural focus, set the perfect conditions for me to grow my future practice in the direction I want."

Medical school: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine, Dublin, Ireland

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Ideal practice: My ideal practice is a full-spectrum family practice in a rural community where I will be able to focus on addiction medicine, procedures, and medical education.

Future plans: Once established in my practice, I hope to mentor medical students as a preceptor and be involved in training future residents.

Favorite movies: The "Harry Potter" series, "The Shawshank Redemption," and any period piece that will make me cry.

Hobbies and interests: My hobbies and interests include water polo, hiking, traveling, hot yoga, reading, and collecting unique pieces of art.

Swaroop Murugesh, D.O.

Swaroop Murugesh, D.O.

"During high school, I volunteered at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Since that experience, it has been my dream to train at a Mayo Clinic hospital. I came here to learn about the world-class health care Mayo Clinic is known for. Growing up in a medically underserved area, I became passionate about primary care and rural medicine. Eau Claire is the perfect city to gain valuable experience in full-spectrum family medicine and treating a diverse patient population. The Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency in Eau Claire offers a personalized residency program that will allow me to develop and master skills to become a well-rounded physician for my patients."

Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

Ideal practice: My ideal practice is a private practice in a semirural city. I will practice full-spectrum outpatient family medicine, with sports medicine mixed into the practice.

Future plans: Complete a sports medicine fellowship after residency and start my private practice after that fellowship.

Favorite movies: "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" ("You Only Live Once"), "Sachein" (Tamil movie), and "3 Idiots" (Bollywood movie)

Hobbies and interests: Soccer, cricket, volleyball, and snowboarding. I'm a golden retriever dog lover.