Get to know our fellows

Our fellows are a diverse group that come from a variety of backgrounds and have unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!

Class of 2024

Kristina Kern
Kristina Kern, MD

Hometown: Friedberg, Germany

Medical school: Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg,Germany

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? My "gut feeling" about Spectrum Health came from the culture. Every person I interacted with on my interview day was incredibly welcoming and kind. Right away I could see myself spending the next three years in Grand Rapids, MI. I wanted this program because of the many opportunities they offer to train in a state-of-art pediatric emergency department in a beautiful free-standing children's hospital.

What are your clinical interests? I am interested in ultrasound guided procedures, diagnostics and imaging. I am also interested in global health, wilderness medicine and advocacy.

Hobbies: I love traveling and getting to know new countries and cultures. My favorite outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking, skiing or anything by/on the water.

Class of 2023

Stephen Gunnink, DO
Stephen Gunnink, DO

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose to do my fellowship at Spectrum Health because I found that the physicians and other fellows were dedicated to teaching and to making my experience the best it could be. Being a smaller program, they are able to accommodate and modify curriculum/experiences to fit individual needs. Helen DeVos Children's Hospital also has all the pediatric services/subspecialties, making it a center that sees a wide variety of disease pathology and complex cases from congenital heart disease to ex-preemies with multiple medical problems.

What do you like most about your program? I am most looking forward to finally doing what I have wanted to do for years and doing it with people that I enjoy being around.

Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include blunt chest trauma research and learning how to integrate POC ultrasound into the pediatric emergency department.

Living in West Michigan: I love Grand Rapids for its great food and brewery scene, great events and concerts, and how little traffic there is! I love West Michigan for its great beaches along Lake Michigan and great places to camp/hike/bike within an hour of the city.

Hobbies: My two main hobbies are mountain biking (trail riding) and hanging out with my wife and Labrador retriever (Denver).

Class of 2022

Zina Alhaddad
Zina Alhaddad, MD

Hometown: Damascus, Syria

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Bahrain)

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I have relatives from the east side of the state who spoke highly of Spectrum Health, so I applied. When I interviewed, I fell in love with the extremely warm and welcoming aura of the place.

What do you like most about your program? I'm looking forward to taking on more educational roles within my program! Teaching is one of my passions in medicine and I am excited to be more involved in the teaching and precepting of medical students and residents.

Clinical Interests: Within the field of PEM, I am interested in child abuse and child health & wellness advocacy. I also love ultrasound and procedures! I am passionate about medical education and teaching as well.

Living in West Michigan: Too many things to count! The people (and how kind they are - the stereotype is true: Midwesterners are some of the kindest people on Earth!). The restaurants. The city. The beautiful parks and hiking trails. Rosy Mound!

Hobbies: I am health & fitness junkie. I enjoy high intensity interval training (BeachBody's Insanity all the way!) and resistance training. I am passionate about cooking, and I create easy & healthy Instant-Pot recipes. Outside of clinical hours, I am a health & wellness coach, so I love to invest my time in physician wellness advocacy, health education, and blogging. I love to read and write. I also enjoy jewelry making.