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Meet Our Residents

Straight from the source: Hear about the program from current trainees

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Straight from the source: Hear about the program from current trainees

Our Family Medicine residents come from medical schools around the U.S. and outside the country. Learn more about our residents and see what a few of them have to say about our program.

Joseph Blessman, M.D.

Joseph Blessman, M.D.

Chief Resident

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?

“This was my last interview and during the ranking process I could not stop thinking about the focus on patient care and education. I felt like part of the team during my interview day and knew then that the camaraderie and culture I witnessed during my interview day was something I wanted to be part of."

Hometown: Dixon, Illinois
Medical school: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois

Katherine Ehman, M.D., M.P.H.

Katherine Ehman, M.D., M.P.H.

Chief Resident

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic?

“The access to resources is completely unparalleled. When I have questions, I can talk to world specialists (who are all kind, approachable, and want to teach). Then, of course, I was also interested in the opportunities in Kasson, where we get our own patient panel, and therefore are truly responsible for the care of a community. Finally, I did an audition rotation, and was amazed at how invested every faculty member is to not only contributing to the professional development of the residents, but they truly care for and nurture us through this time of challenge and growth."

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Medical school: University of Minnesota - Duluth Campus, Duluth, Minnesota

A day in the life of a family medicine resident

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A day in the life of a family medicine resident

Class of 2022

Michael Babcock, M.D.

Michael Babcock, M.D.
Hometown:
We moved a lot, I don't consider myself as having a hometown
Medical school:
Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee and Pensecola, Florida
Hobbies:
Nature hikes, traveling, music, video games, podcasts, and food

Dustin Collins, M.D.

Dustin Collins, M.D.
Hometown:
Gilbert, Arizona
Medical school:
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Lansing, Michigan
Hobbies:
Being with my family, traveling, ice hockey, golf, and spending time at the cabin

Matthew Decker, M.D., J.D.

Matthew Decker, M.D., J.D.
Hometown:
Kansas City, Missouri
Medical school:
University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
Hobbies: Watching movies, playing sports, and practicing law

Adam Gonzalez, M.D.

Adam Gonzalez, M.D.
Hometown:
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Medical school:
VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
Hobbies:
Anything from snowboarding and skiing to gardening, reading, and board games

Kushal Khera, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

Kushal Khera, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.
Hometown:
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Medical school:
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Hobbies:
Story-telling, hiking, piano, biking, and spending time with friends and family

Katherine Wikholm, M.D.

Katherine Wikholm, M.D.
Hometown:
Camarillo, California
Medical school:
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Hobbies:
Running, surfing, swimming, watercolor painting, skiing, fishing, and baking

Erica Zell, D.O.

Erica Zell, D.O.
Hometown:
Northfield, Minnesota
Medical school:
Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Hobbies:
Traveling, yoga, hiking, reading, and spending time up north at my family cabin

Class of 2023

Celeste Bouchard, D.O.

Celeste Bouchard, D.O.
Hometown:
Collingwood, Ontario
Medical school:
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine
Hobbies:
Cooking, kombucha brewing, running, tennis, snowboarding, hiking, and singing

Jennifer Buzzard, D.O.

Jennifer Buzzard, D.O.
Hometown:
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Medical school:
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Hobbies:
Green Bay Packers, golfing, dance, USA Women's Gymnastics, traveling, and spending time with my family

Dave Cline, M.D.

Dave Cline, M.D.
Hometown:
Battle Lake, Minnesota
Medical school:
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, Minnesota
Hobbies:
Video games, hiking, camping, kayaking, exercise, anime, and playing guitar

Sara German, M.D.

Sara German, M.D.
Hometown:
Imperial, Nebraska
Medical school:
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Hobbies:
Baking of all sorts, YA novels, long walks, and spending time with my constantly hungry, very annoying cat

Madison McLachlan, D.O.

Madison McLachlan, D.O.
Hometown:
Traverse City, Michigan
Medical school:
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia
Hobbies:
Downhill skiing, water skiing, hiking with my dog, boating, and gardening

Shelby Owens, M.D.

Shelby Owens, M.D.
Hometown:
Hope, Michigan
Medical school:
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Alpena, Michigan
Hobbies:
Singing, playing guitar, writing poetry and songs, acting, gardening, hiking, and Pokemon Go!

Colt St. Amand, M.D., Ph.D.

Colt St. Amand, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown:
Beaumont, Texas
Medical school:
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Hobbies:
Dogs and cats, cooking, and deep and sometimes uncomfortable conversations

Ashley Stantz, M.D.

Ashley Stantz, M.D.
Hometown:
Hamilton, Michigan
Medical school:
Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Hobbies:
Herb gardening, getting lost in wooded spaces, relearning to play finger style guitar left-handed, and crushing my co-residents on SNES Mario Kart

Grace Suk, M.D.

Grace Suk, M.D.
Hometown:
Born in South Korea, but spent my first 10 years in Los Angeles, California
Medical school: University of North Dakota SMHS, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Hobbies: Visiting national parks with my family, traveling internationally, baking, cooking, and building Legos

Class of 2024

Badra Ali, M.D.

Badra Ali, M.D.
Hometown:
Eagan, Minnesota
Medical school: Saint James School of Medicine (Anguilla)
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family, hiking, and finding new tv series to stream with my husband.

Taylor Cammack, DO

Taylor Cammack, D.O.
Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri
Hobbies: Camping, skiing, kayaking, exploring National Parks, paleoanthropology, PC video gaming

Christina Barsoum, D.O.

Christina Barsoum, D.O.
Hometown:
Royse City, Texas
Medical school: University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, San Antonio, Texas
Hobbies: Hiking, bouldering, snorkeling, writing, film editing, charcutier, coffee drinker, converser

Autumn A. Hargraves, D.O.

Autumn Hargraves, D.O.
Hometown:
Hartford, Wisconsin
Medical school: Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa
Hobbies: Video games, movies, Netflix, reading, climbing, cooking, running

Trevor Henderson, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

Trevor Henderson, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.
Hometown:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Medical school: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Hobbies: Guitar (I'm a huge classic rock/heavy metal fan), film, trivia, classic video games, travel, collectables (specifically, action figures!), winter sports, biking, and creative writing

Halden D. Nielsen, D.O.

Halden Nielsen, D.O.
Hometown:
Parma, Idaho
Medical school: Kansas City University, Kansas City, Missouri and Joplin, Missouri
Hobbies: Tennis, biking, reading, piano, church

Hannah Scott, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

Hannah Scott, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.
Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
Medical school: National University of Ireland, Galway in Galway, Ireland
Hobbies: Downhill skiing, volleyball, travelling and spending time with my family and our new golden doodle puppy, Finn

Brittanee Samuelson, M.D.

Brittanee Samuelson, M.D.
Hometown:
Decorah, Iowa
Medical school: AUC School of Medicine, in St. Maarten
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, going for walks and working out, kayaking, reading and learning to play piano and cook

Sara M. Shu, D.O.

Sara Shu, D.O.
Hometown:
San Francisco, CA (but have moved around all my life)
Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), Pomona, California
Hobbies: Baking, gardening, traveling, music, hiking, swimming, ultimate frisbee, horseback riding