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Meet The Faculty

Mayo Clinic Family Medicine faculty leading a meeting

The Family Medicine Residency has a talented group of energetic faculty with diverse strengths and interests. Our faculty development curriculum is strong and allows us to continually sharpen our skills as teachers and leaders. Get to know us better by checking out our profiles below. We look forward to meeting you.

From the director

Terri Nordin, M.D.

"Why?" is at the heart of many questions you ask when embarking on the journey of residency training. Why pursue family medicine? Why train in a Mayo Clinic program? Why join our program in Eau Claire, Wisconsin?

These questions may seem complex, yet they have a simple answer. Why should you do anything? Because doing so complements your own mission for your life; because it resonates with your core purpose, your "why." What is our "why?" To boldly practice and teach forward-focused, comprehensive care.

The Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, exists to develop exceptional family physicians prepared to lead and inspire forward-focused, comprehensive care for their communities. We train outstanding physicians to practice in and lead high-quality, patient-centered, team-based, full-spectrum care. Anywhere.

Our vision is to grow and empower future leaders of family medicine for their changing communities by being the most resilient and innovative program in the country.

Here you practice at the forefront of patient care and innovation, in an integrated organization that lives up to our primary value — "the needs of the patient come first." We focus on how to improve each patient's experience, improve quality, improve the value of care, and improve life at work for the health care team while simultaneously looking forward and ensuring we are part of driving the future of health care. 

We hand-picked exceptional, energetic — and fun! — faculty members who all share the same core teaching principles. Guidance. Growth. Trust. We equip and challenge you to grow, support your resilience and journey integrated with both the art and science of medicine, and foster connection within our team, patients, community, and world. 

Our program presents a bold world-class training opportunity in a vibrant community with an abundance of cultural events, outdoor recreational activities, and the natural beauty of northwestern Wisconsin.

We're looking for resident partners who share our "why" to join our program, practice, and community in Eau Claire. If that interests you, we can't wait to meet you.

Terri Nordin, M.D.
Family Medicine Residency Founding Program Director
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

*Check out Simon Sinek's TED Talk about his book, "Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action."

Program faculty

Megan Bayrd DO

Megan Bayrd, D.O.

OMT faculty and community faculty

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.

Residency: Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies

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Anthony Furlano DO

Anthony Furlano, D.O.

Director of Osteopathic Education and Associate Program Director

Medical school: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, La Crosse, WI

Fellowship: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, CO

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Brandon Hidaka MD PhD

Brandon Hidaka, M.D., Ph.D.

Core faculty

Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City

Residency: Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Washington, Seattle, WA

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Benita Lin, M.D.

Benita Lin, M.D.

Core faculty

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Residency: Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

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Christopher Martinez DO

Christopher Martinez, D.O.

OMT faculty

Medical school: A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO

Residency: Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, La Crosse, WI

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Terri Nordin MD

Terri Nordin, M.D.

Program director

Medical school: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine-Iowa City

Residency: Family Medicine, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Fellowship: Maternity Care, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

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Dierdre Paulson O'Donovan PhD

Deirdre Paulson, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Health Education and core faculty

M.S. and Ph.D.: University of Southern Mississippi

Pre-doctoral internship: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin

Post-doctoral fellowship: University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

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Emily Smith, M.D.

Emily Smith, M.D.

Core faculty

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis

Residency: Family Medicine, University of Minnesota-North Memorial

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Kyja Stygar MD

Kyja Stygar, M.D.

Instructor in Family Medicine

Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Residency: University of Wisconsin Family Practice Residency - UW Health Fox Valley, Appleton, WI

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Terrence Witt MD

Terrence Witt, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Medical school: University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Minneapolis

Residency: University of Minnesota Affiliated Programs in Family Practice at Fairview and St. Mary’s Hospitals-Minneapolis

Fellowship: Rural Family Medicine with Obstetrics, Tacoma Family Medicine/University of Washington Dept of Family Medicine, Tacoma, Washington

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