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!
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Medical school: University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because of the amazing training, high risk and high volume patient population, and the many opportunities to grow into the well rounded OBGYN I want to be. I had the opportunity to visit Grand Rapids several times and really enjoyed it!
What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests are preventive medicine, global health and providing quality care to marginalized and underrepresented patients in communities. I hope to combine clinical medicine and public health/ social determinants of health to take care of the
Hobbies: During my free time I love to travel, cook, explore new restaurants, hike and play volleyball!
Hometown: Denver, IN
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health for its hybrid academic/community program, the emphasis on becoming an excellent teacher and for the opportunities to learn more about rural women's healthcare.
What are your clinical interests? Growing up in a rural area, I saw the need for physicians in these small towns. I loved the community camaraderie and I aspire to practice as an OBGYN in a rural area.
Hobbies: I love spending time outdoors hiking and doing nature photography (LOVE visiting national and state parks) and running (I've completed two half marathons and hope to run a full someday). I also enjoy being on the water boating, waterskiing, kayaking and fishing! I like baking, reading and watching shows/movies as well.
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
Medical school: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I was interested in Spectrum Health OBGYN program for several reasons. First, both Butterworth Hospital and Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital are referral centers for the region, I was confident that I would receive strong training in both obstetrics and gynecology. Second, the closeness and camaraderie of the residents stood out to me during the interview process.
What are your clinical interests? I am particularly interested in exploring the role of nutrition through a woman's life, especially the impact on pregnancy.
Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, cooking, running and biking.
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I knew I wanted to be exposed to high clinical volumes in a tertiary referral center so that I could be certain I would complete residency feeling confident in my knowledge and skills. Spectrum Health clearly checked those boxes while the faculty and residents demonstrated a culture of collaboration and education that was also incredibly important to me.
What are your clinical interests? I am particularly interested in high risk pregnancy and social determinants of health.
Hobbies: I studied english literature in college so I love to read (or listen to audiobooks and podcasts). I'm a novice cook, but I love to eat and explore new restaurants! My "quarantine puppy" Daisy keeps me and my husband busy and active!
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
Medical school: Wayne State School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health for my residency as being from West Michigan, I knew it was the hub and center for innovation and care for all of West Michigan.
What are your clinical interests? I am interested in urogynocology, but this could easily change!
Hobbies: My hobbies include weight lifting, cooking and singing in the local Greek Orthodox church choir.
Hometown: Wellington, FL
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because of the vast array of pathology, volume and learning opportunities available to me here. I feel like I will be well prepared to practice independently as a general OBGYN after my training at Spectrum Health.
What are your clinical interests? I am passionate about reproductive health and education, and I plan to pursue a career as a generalist after residency.
Hobbies: I enjoy cycling, playing the piano and spending time with my husband and dog!
Hometown: Schaumburg, IL
Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health for its high clinical volume and outstanding teaching facilities and faculty.
What are your clinical interests? I am interested in general women's health and minimally invasive surgeries, as well as medical education.
Hobbies: My hobbies include reading, trying new restaurants and all kinds of outdoor activities!
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I am eager to train in a high volume labor and delivery unit and be exposed to as many different situations as possible during residency. A mentor at my medical school once told me, "Don't be afraid; be prepared". I feel strongly that I that the training here will prepare me to become the best physician I can be.
What are your clinical interests? I am especially interested in reproductive endocrinology and infertility medicine. I also enjoy adolescent medicine. Additionally, as a certified lactation counselor, I am excited to help my patients make informed decisions, as well as guide women through.
Hobbies: As a yoga instructor, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga. After a long day, I love to read a fiction novel with a cup of tea. I also enjoy the excuse to put together a good cheese board and spend an evening with friends. Finally, I love going to the beach with friends and can't wait to take advantage of the gorgeous beaches of Lake Michigan!
Hometown: Harlingen, TX
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, TX
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? It has the ideal blend of academic and community programs for me. I was drawn to the rural track of the OB/GYN program because of my interest in Global Health and desire to serve an under-served patient population. The faculty and residents here at Spectrum have been so kind, warm, and helpful.
What do you like most about your program? I'm looking forward to getting to know my co-residents and gaining a lot of valuable experience!
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include women's health, global/international health, patient education and counseling.
Living in West Michigan: In the brief time that I have been here, I have enjoyed living in Grand Rapids. It has the best parts of both big cities and small towns.
Hobbies: I enjoy playing piano and guitar, spending time with friends and family, and interior design.
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Medical School: University of Queensland School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for residency because of its community health focus and exceptional rural OB/GYN training.
What do you like most about your program? I am most looking forward to further expanding my knowledge base in women's health and improving my surgical skills. I am also looking forward to working with my fellow residents and contributing to the Spectrum Health family as well as the Grand Rapids community.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests lie in general OB/GYN, sexual health, rural health and primary care.
Living in West Michigan: I enjoy all of the outdoor activities available as well as the diverse culture and food scene. I am also ready to take on my first Michigan winter!
Hobbies: I love reading, hiking, knitting, boxing and doing Pilates. I also love to travel and see live shows such as concerts and musicals.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I wanted to come to Spectrum for residency because of the high patient volume and the excellent training environment. I also love all the places to go and things to do in Grand Rapids.
What do you like most about your program? I am looking forward to getting to know all of my fellow residents and delivering lots of babies!
Clinical Interests: I am interested in many parts of obstetrics/gynecology, but I am especially interested in family planning.
Living in West Michigan: West Michigan has everything I'm looking for, from amazing restaurants in the city to hiking the sand dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan. I love that there is always something to do and so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature.
Hobbies: In the winter I love to snowboard and in the summer I enjoy going on bike rides and relaxing by the lake. I love to listen to music and going to see a concert is one of my favorite things to do. When I'm at home I love to read and bake.
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Medical School: Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I was specifically drawn to the busy OB/GYN practice here and the many learning opportunities this presents.
What do you like most about your program? I think my co-residents are awesome and I'm looking forward to working with and learning more about everyone single one of them.
Clinical Interests: Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine are currently my areas of interest but I expect this might change as I rotate through the other sub-specialties in OB/GYN.
Living in West Michigan: I moved here very recently but I'm looking forward to discovering the hidden gems of West Michigan. There's a handful of my co-interns who are from the area so I think I'm in good hands.
Hobbies: I love to dance for fun and as a form of aerobic exercise. I also enjoy reading, writing and I dabble a little in videography.
Hometown: Troy, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Spectrum has a high OB/GYN volume with a lot of opportunities for hands on training.
What do you like most about your program? I'm looking forward to meeting all my fellow residents.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are family planning, and general OB/GYN
Living in West Michigan: The best part is being close to nature.
Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends, listening to music and watching international cinema.
Hometown: Temperance, MI
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I was looking for a high volume Obstetrics & Gynecology program that serves a large and diverse patient population, and offers exposure to all subspecialties. I am so happy to be living/working back in Michigan!
What do you like most about your program? I am most looking forward to bonding with my coresidents, working the labor and delivery service, developing my surgical skills and exploring Grand Rapids.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, as well as working with underprivileged patients and medical students.
Living in West Michigan: All of the trails, beaches, and areas to explore. Also looking for Petoskey stones.
Hobbies: I love running, practicing yoga, and other things fitness. On my downtime I enjoy playing with my newly adopted cat, reading and writing poetry, listening to music and going to concerts.
Hometown: Jensen Beach, FL
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? During my interview process, I felt very welcomed and at home. I truly enjoyed talking with the core faculty and residents. I also wanted to train at a tertiary care center with a higher volume to gain extensive training in high risk obstetrics so I would be comfortable practicing as a hospitalist one day.
What do you like most about your program? I love the people in my program. We are a bigger program which just means a bigger support system. I am not from Michigan so it has been great to have co residents that are like family to me.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include obstetrics, labor and delivery, benign gynecology, and contraceptive counseling.
Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is filled with beautiful beaches, trails, and parks to explore. Grand Rapids also has endless restaurants and breweries to visit on your days off. There are fun events throughout the year too.
Hobbies: I enjoy any outdoor activity like biking, hiking, and relaxing on a beach. I enjoy visiting all the restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries Grand Rapids has to offer. My favorite hobby of all is watching an endless amount of Hulu after a busy week at work with a nice glass of wine. Oh, I also have a super cute scottish fold cat named Bean.
Hometown: Pinckney, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health because I was impressed by their support for graduate medical education , the volume and breadth of clinical exposure and because Grand Rapids is a great place to live!
What do you like most about your program? My favorite thing about my program is the people I get to work with. Having such wonderful colleagues and attendings makes the hard work of residency more bearable and fun.
Clinical Interests: I am interested in family planning.
Living in West Michigan: I love the sense of community and the wide variety of things to do - outdoor activities, theater, music, ballet, cultural festivals. The breweries are fun too!
Hobbies: In my free time I like to read, do hot yoga, knit, watch British TV and kayak with my friends.
Hometown: Panama city, Panama
Medical School: Universidad Latina de Panama
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? It was always my dream to complete residency training in the United States. When researching programs, Spectrum Health stood out for all the right reasons. The patient volume, the learning opportunities, the city, as well as the affiliation to MSU made it a non brainer in my mind. I am grateful that Spectrum open its doors to me as an IMG, and for the opportunity to be part of their work-force.
What do you like most about your program? I like that I love to come to work everyday. From entering the hospital, to my co-workers, interacting with the nurses and getting to take care of patients. Even when I am super tired, I still look around and I am grateful to be part of my program and this is priceless during residency.
Clinical Interests: I would like to pursue a fellowship in Reproductive, Endocrinology and Infertility after my general Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training.
Living in West Michigan: THE SNOW! I come from a tropical, humid and warm country, so the snow its fascinating to me. I love skiing and now I get to do that every winter!
Hobbies: I enjoy going to the movies, reading, wine, brunch, skiing, and dancing, to name a few. I also enjoy traveling around the world, getting to be in touch with different cultures and learning new languages. I am bilingual and looking forward to learning more.
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health after joining our team for a visiting student rotation and seeing the incredible teamwork and comradery amongst the residents, faculty and staff. As a high volume tertiary care obstetric referral center with a level IV NICU and pediatric hospital with amazing facilities, I had no doubt I would have access to a top notch education and training experience. In addition, I fell in love with the city of Grand Rapids and West Michigan which has so much to offer.
What do you like most about your program? My favorite part of our program is the people! A large number of our faculty members trained here and decided to stay and practice and that has created an environment with a lot of pride and comradery. We have bustling OB and GYN services with incredible numbers for training and exposure to all facets of minimally invasive surgery. Our PD is very caring and our entire support team works constantly to take good care of us which I really appreciate.
Clinical Interests: I have a strong passion for health disparities and increasing healthcare access for vulnerable populations, particularly at risk women. My interest in this has led me to medical volunteer work in Ghana, Jamaica, India and Ecuador. I hope to use my career to be a voice for the voiceless both close to home and abroad.
Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors! There is so much to explore from hiking and kayaking in our state parks to lake lounging and winter sports and we never had trouble making plans for the weekend. Northern Michigan also has tons of fabulous wineries and Grand Rapids is known as "Beer City USA" with dozens of local craft breweries. My fiancé and I are both foodies and we are very happy with our local food scene and entertainment options here in Grand Rapids which is a fantastic city for young professionals.
Hobbies: Good food and wine, traveling, exploring Pure Michigan, spending time with my fiancé and our cat in our beautiful downtown apartment.
Medical School: Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? This program has high volume of deliveries and friendly people in the program
What do you like most about your program? I enjoy the Spectrum Health teaching, learning environment.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are maternal-fetal medicine.
Living in West Michigan: I enjoy food, culture and our great community in Grand Rapids.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching movies and cooking.
Hometown: Panama City, Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I wanted to train at a high volume hospital that supported its residents. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is a very busy labor and delivery unit with referrals from all over West Michigan. I could see the support the residents had for each other as well as the support from faculty, Spectrum, and Michigan State University.
What do you like most about your program? The high volume of this hospital allows you to see so much. I have worked hard this year, but I would not trade it for the amazing training experiences. I also love the community I have found in my co-residents! I could not have survived intern year without my residency family.
Clinical Interests: I am excited to continue to explore the subspecialties of OB/GYN. I am particularly interested in complex gynecologic surgery.
Living in West Michigan: I love the summer weather in Michigan! Grand Rapids is a medium-sized city that has a lot to offer and is very accessible. The food and drink scene is great. Grand Rapids is also close to the beach in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Hobbies: I love cooking and trying new restaurants with friends. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, concerts, Parks and Recreation, reading, and the beach. I went skiing twice last winter which was a new experience as a Floridian. I was not great, but I look forward to trying again next year!
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I wanted a program with high volume and all specialties (maternal-fetal medicine , gyn onc, urogynecology) but also with exposure to private practice.
What do you like most about your program? Here at Spectrum Health we get to see high-acuity patients but also learn about what it's like to practice as a generalist. I feel confident that by the end of my training I will graduate a well-rounded physician.
Clinical Interests: I have special interests in high risk obstetrics, venous thromboembolic disorders, surgical efficiency and cost-effective care.
Living in West Michigan: Being from the south, I greatly enjoy the summers in West Michigan. I enjoy sitting on my patio and going for walks with my dog without risking heat stroke!
Hobbies: I enjoy hanging out with my co-residents and our dogs, working on home improvement projects, and spending time with my husband.
Hometown: Denver, CO
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? The OBGYN residency at Spectrum provides residents with exposure to a vast multitude of obstetrical and gynecological conditions. My career goal is to be a generalist, and I knew that this would be an excellent place to train and gain adequate medical and surgical experience.
What do you like most about your program? I enjoy working with different attendings, from our core teaching faculty to private attendings in the community. The program is close-knit and I always know there is someone to reach out to for support and help.
Clinical Interests: I am planning to be a generalist. I am interested in preventative and contraceptive care.
Living in West Michigan: I love all the outdoor activities, from wake-boarding on the many lakes to hiking in the sand-dunes.
Hobbies: I enjoy rock-climbing, snowboarding, and hiking.
Hometown: West Chicago, IL
Medical School: A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health because of the volume of patients and experiences that we are exposed to. I wanted to be at a high volume center and loved that Spectrum takes high risk obstetric and gynecologic patients from all over the state.
What do you like most about your program? What I love most is how close our residents are and how supportive we are of each other. There is always someone willing to help out when you need it.
Clinical Interests: My main clinical interests include high risk obstetrics, family planning, and international medicine.
Living in West Michigan: There is always something to do in Grand Rapids. There are so many restaurants and breweries to try. There are also so many great places around West Michigan to get away for a day or weekend trip.
Hobbies: When I'm not at work, I'm usually spending time with my husband, Jake, and our golden retriever, Maggie. I also love eating, reading books for fun, and being outside.
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I loved the wide variety and access to sub-specialties, volume, and acuity of the patient population. This program will train you to be a competent generalist or to pursue fellowship if you desire.
What do you like most about your program? I really enjoy the opportunity to see very rare kinds of pathology, as the main referral center for the West and Northern parts of Michigan. This especially applies to MFM and gyn oncology. Additionally, we are trained to be very competent generalists with the sheer volume of the "bread and butter" OBGYN cases we are responsible to care for. The labor and delivery volume of this program is hard to rival and as such has made me very confident in obstetrics.
Clinical Interests: I am interested in maternal fetal medicine and plan to pursue a fellowship.
Living in West Michigan: I love all of the outdoor activities including trail hikes and Lake Michigan beaches and dunes.Commuting is easy, cost of living is relatively low, there are many neighborhoods to choose from each with their own flare. The Fulton St Farmers Market is a wonderful spring and summer activity. There are a wide variety of restaurants including my favorite, street tacos! The Grand Rapids Art Museum has a summer concert series on the square downtown that has wine, beer, and food trucks.
Hobbies: My hobbies include running (trail, road, or treadmill in the winter!), food and wine, travel (I love the Southwest!), and my family!
Hometown: Byron Center, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health OB/GYN for the location, experience and people. West Michigan is a wonderful place to live, and it is close to my family and friends which was important to me. Being a medical student here, I was amazed at the high volume and knew that I would like to be in a place that also provided high numbers for learning opportunities. Also from being a student here, I was able to see the great relationship that the residents had not only with each other but with the attending physicians and other faculty. Everyone worked as a team and they were inclusive and willing to teach, creating an environment that I knew would be a perfect fit for me as a resident.
What do you like most about your program? I think that the two best attributes of our program are the high volume and the people. While the high volume can make for busy days, it allows for an incredible amount of learning opportunities and experiences that I am so grateful for. With our high volume, I am also grateful for the people that I get to work alongside with every day. There is an atmosphere of teamwork and encouragement that I think makes for a great learning environment.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are obstetrics, women's health, gynecologic surgery, and contraceptive counseling.
Living in West Michigan: I love West Michigan. Being from the area, I am a little biased but I think it's a wonderful place to live! I am very grateful that my friends and family live here, but if they didn't it's nice that most other places in Michigan are still within driving distance. There are a lot of fun places to visit and I absolutely love being within 30 minutes of the lakeshore. Living in West Michigan, I also love that we get to experience all of the seasons, and that there are many opportunities for fun things to do during each of those seasons. Such as going to the beach in the summer, driving up north during the fall to look at the beautiful colors or going skiing/ snowboarding in the winter.
Hobbies: My hobbies include spending time with my husband and our families and friends nearby. We really enjoy playing board, card and yard games. We have a local church and small group that we are involved with and love being a part of. Being a Michigan State grad, I am also a huge Spartan fan and love going to college football and basketball games or simply cheering them on from home when I can. When I'm not doing any of these things, I also like to think that browsing the aisles of Marshall's or Hobby lobby counts as a hobby.
Hometown: Grand Haven, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I grew up in West Michigan and have always loved it. I wanted to stay close to family and still get the best training possible. I loved the volume that this program had to offer, and I got along with everyone I met during interviews and rotating as a medical student.
What do you like most about your program? Besides the large volume and variety of patients (and my co-residents of course), my favorite part about this program would have to be the faculty. I learn something different from each attending I work with, and getting to form relationships with each of them as I grow in my training as been very enjoyable.
Clinical Interests: At this point I'm still trying to decide what my specific clinical interests are. I really enjoy the fast paced days on labor and delivery, but I'm looking forward to spending more time in the operating room and office this year. I ultimately plan to be a generalist.
Living in West Michigan: My favorite part about living in West Michigan is being close to friends and family, but I also love being near the beach. There are lots of great parks to take my dog to, and constantly new bars and restaurants opening up to try.
Hobbies: I like to spend my free time with the people I love most! - My fiance Zac and my golden retriever puppy Nellie especially, as well as my family who all live in the area. I love to drink wine and I really like to read - If I get the time to do both of those things outdoors, I'm a happy girl!
Hometown: Merida, Venezuela
Medical School: Universidad de Los Andes
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for my training because of the large variety and complexity of obstetric and gynecologic cases seen at our institution. In addition, having one of the busiest Labor and Delivery units of the country is an incredible asset.
What do you like most about your program? What I like most about my OB/GYN program besides my amazing co-residents is having the opportunity to learn from amazing and caring physicians with many different backgrounds and training. I love the camaraderie among the people working with us, from nursing, OR staff to attendings, and how we have created a unit that to me feels like family at work.
Clinical Interests: I am passionate about high risk obstetrics, and most recently, I have become fascinated by minimally invasive gynecology. Luckily, we have many opportunities to develop our skills and further our training in these areas given the large amount of patients that come to our institution to receive higher level of care.
Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the beautiful West Michigan summers and the many outdoor activities available during the summer and winter seasons.
Hobbies: I love to play tennis, watch good TV shows and movies.
Hometown: Canon City, CO
Medical School: Des Moines University
Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for residency because of several reasons. First of all, I wanted to train at a community-based university affiliated program so that I was able to get the broad breadth of training experiences offered by a community based program, but to also have exposure to all of the resources of an university affiliated program including access to research and having representation of all of the subspecialties. Another reason I chose Spectrum Health is that I was highly interested in living in a family friendly city where my husband and I could raise our family. Finally, I chose Spectrum Health because of the warm and inviting culture of that the residents and faculty provide.
What do you like most about your program? When I was a new resident, the thing I looked forward to the most was the amount of clinical experiences that were available. Butterworth is the 7th busiest labor and delivery unit in the nation and I was excited to hit the ground running.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include contraception management, adolescent gynecology, and health disparities.
Living in West Michigan: I love living in Grand Rapids. Although it is a larger city, it doesn't feel that way. It is easy to navigate and has a great cost of living. It also offers plenty of things to do including symphony concerts, Broadway productions, and sporting events. There is also no shortage of wonderful restaurants and breweries.
Hobbies: My primary hobbies include musical theatre performance and cooking. My favorite hobby is spending time with my beautiful daughter and wonderful husband.