Get to know our residents

Our residents 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 2026

Michael Clapp
Michael Clapp, MD

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Medical school: Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I first became interested in Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children's hospital when I heard from fellows and attendings who had fallen in love with the program and Grand Rapids itself. Looking into it myself, I was excited to learn more about the child neurology program and fantastic providers here. This was reinforced on my interview day, where even with virtual interviews I could tell that everyone at Spectrum Health is passionate about providing outstanding care and nurturing residents as providers and individuals.

What are your clinical interests? I am most interested in forming long term relationships with patients and their families. I enjoy working with patients across the child neurology spectrum, whether it is migraines, epilepsy, developmental concerns and everything in between.

Hobbies: I tend to be a home body. I recharge by spending time with my wife, son, dog and our extended family. We enjoy playing board games, tabletop games, video games, playing in the backyard and watching movies. I occasionally have time to fit in some reading as well.

Nilda Perez, MD
Nilda Perez, MD

Hometown: Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic

Medical school: Universidad Iberoamericana

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because I loved the interaction with the faculty, I fell in love with the program and all the opportunities that are available. I also fell in love with the city of Grand Rapids.

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests are neonatal neurology and epilepsy.

Hobbies: Zumba dancing is my hobby.