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 2023-PGY1

  • ayotunde-oluwatosin

    Oluwatosin Ayotunde, MD

    Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health/Michigan State University because of the intensive focus to wellness and development of the residents. There is also an emphasis on academic excellence with the program consistently having one of the highest average in-training exam scores in the country. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The program boasts a huge catchment area and has a high acuity. This naturally leads to a high diversity of problems and a well rounded training program. The ultrasound training at Spectrum Health/Michigan State rivals any program in the country, which is a vital aspect to being successful as an emergency medicine physician. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is about 30 minutes from the lakeshore and also has several ski areas. There are very few places where you can snorkel and ski without having to travel far. The cost of living is also very reasonable, especially for a medical resident.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interest included trauma resuscitation, ultrasound diagnostics, psychiatric illness managing, sports medicine and emergency procedures. 

    Hobbies: My hobbies are exercising, bike riding, rec league sports, music producing, and watching sports. 

  • elenbaas-john

    John Elenbaas, MD

    Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    While rotating here as an away student I immediately was included by residents and staff who often sought me out during shifts if there was a laceration to sew, an incoming patient to intubate, or just to see an interesting case. Everyone (nurses, aides, other residents) were incredibly kind.  It is clear the EM residents are well supported and expertly trained.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the camaraderie between fellow residents, nurses, and all other hospital staff. Additionally, the emphasis within the program on learning what you need to know to become an effective EM doctor, and the way the department is triaged to maximize your time at the hospital, really set this place apart.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are wilderness medicine and critical care

    Living in West Michigan: I think Grand Rapids is an ideal sized city. It's not too big to be overwhelming but large enough to have anything you might be interested in, whether that's great food, festivals, sporting events, or parks to explore. The local beer and breweries are tough to beat, and world-class beaches are half an hour away. Lastly, I love the four seasons you get in West Michigan. Though it would be great if autumn  were a little longer; it always ends too soon.

    HobbiesBackpacking/camping, drinking coffee, reading, triathlons, playing soccer, and spending time with family/being an uncle. 

  • grimm-dalton

    Dalton Grimm, MD 

    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I rotated here as a medical student and loved everything about it. The residents, the faculty, the patients—I knew this was a great fit for me!

    What do you like most about your program?
    The department sees a great variety of patients in terms of acuity and complexity, routing the higher end of these to resident teams to maximize learning opportunities. The faculty are invested in resident education and offer ample support while also allowing residents to take initiative and learn through their own experiences. The pediatrics exposure here is top notch with integrated longitudinal experience at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are critical care, toxicology and wilderness medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: GR has tons of great restaurants and breweries, huge concerts at Van Andel, Art Prize in the summer, ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle in the winter...the list of activities and festivals goes on and on! It basically offers everything a larger metropolitan area could offer while having less traffic, a lower cost of living, and less crime. It’s proximity to Lake Michigan and various parks also offers ample opportunity for water activities, hiking, and camping. 

    HobbiesRoad trips, backpacking, camping, and anything sports related. 

  • ilko-steven

    Steven Ilko, MD

    Medical School: University of Iowa: Carver College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because of the supportive and outgoing people, it's location, and it's prioritization of resident education without sacrificing resident wellness. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    It was clear that this was a program with a proven track record of producing highly capable emergency physicians in a safe and fun environment that prioritizes the learning and well-being of it's residents. 

    Clinical Interests: Clinical interests include ultrasound and critical care.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a vibrant city of young professionals with a strong food/brewery scene as well as highly accessible outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking and on-road/off-road cycling.

    Hobbies: I like doing triathlon, going kayaking, brewing and DIY projects

  • larsen-micah

    Micah Larsen, MD

    Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I found the pediatrics exposure, resident camaraderie, and the city of Grand Rapids to be everything I wanted in a program when I interviewed here. It was my first interview of the season, and I kept finding myself thinking back to how much I enjoyed the experience.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Supportive leadership and a great sense of camaraderie among the residents. The amount of integrated pediatrics shifts, the overall patient volume, and the city of Grand Rapids all drew me to Spectrum Health.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are EMS, wilderness medicine and pediatric EM. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with so much to do. I especially love the food/beer culture, the proximity to state parks, and the beautiful seasons.

    HobbiesRunning half marathons, brewing coffee, climbing, reading books, and spending time with my amazing wife.

  • pillay-yeoshina

    Yeoshina Pillay, MD

    Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health/Michigan State University emergency medicine because of the camaraderie amongst residents, longitudinal pediatric EM exposure, research opportunities, and experienced faculty that genuinely care about the residents. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love this program because of the broad scope of clinical experiences as well as the incredible residents, attendings, and staff that create a positive learning environment. 

    Clinical Interests: Clinical interests are disaster medicine and international EM. 

    Living in West Michigan: There’s always something to do in and around Grand Rapids! The food and brewery scene is world class and there’s easy access to outdoor activities. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy baking, cooking, hot yoga, reading, hiking, traveling, reality tv, going to Costco 

  • poliskey-joel

    Joel Poliskey, MD

    Medical School: University of Michigan

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I choose this program over all the other programs because of the people I met and the location.  When I left after my interview I knew that this was a place where I could succeed personally and professionally.  I also absolutely love Michigan and knew I wanted to stay in the state for residency.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I had heard good things about Spectrum Health and I enjoy Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.  I was looking for a 3-year program that still provided a breadth of experiences, and I felt that Spectrum Health provided everything I needed. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are wilderness medicine and rural medicine. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love the fact that Grand Rapids is a smaller city, but still has the population base needed to provide a diverse patient population.  It’s important to me to have access to safe biking roads, gravel roads, and good mountain biking trails. Grand Rapids checked off all these boxes. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy cycling, (Mountain biking, road biking, gravel riding, cyclocross, fat biking) theology, camping, backpacking, hiking, reading, spending time with my family. 

  • romine-daniel

    Daniel Romine, MD

    Medical School:  University of Missouri - Columbia

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The genuine sense of openness, acceptance, and family, balanced by a strong drive for excellence in academics and patient care, was something I didn't see in any other program. I could sense that this was a program where I would have the support needed to become a superb physician.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the camaraderie seen here - the way people get along and support each other. I love how each of us is encouraged and pushed to succeed, all while keeping wellness and mental health at the forefront of our minds.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are EM and ultrasound.

    Living in West Michigan: 
    Grand Rapids is an awesome place to be! With great spots for hiking, biking, climbing, and swimming, the outdoor opportunities are endless! There are plenty of bars, breweries, and coffee shops, and certainly no shortage of events or concerts either! Anything you enjoy, you can find in Grand Rapids.

    HobbiesWilderness Camping/Backpacking, Scuba Diving, Climbing, Distance Running, Guitar, Reading/Writing, Brewing, Coffee Roasting, Traveling, DIY Projects, Cooking, Wood Carving, Music, Horsemanship, Gardening, Candle Making

  • sherwin-kyle

    Kyle Sherwin, DO

    Medical School:  Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The relationships I experienced on interview day and the attention to detail that the core faculty showed throughout the process made me feel like a unique individual. This program has a great culture of a family dynamic, hard work and providing the best medical training for residents. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the culture here at Spectrum where all level of residents have a strong relationships with one another. We are immersed in a large range of clinical pathology that provides us with ample opportunities for unique medical cases and procedures. I also enjoy the fact the EM program provides us with pediatric longitudinal training. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are medical education and addiction medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids offers the best of both worlds, whether you love the city or the great outdoors there is something for everyone. Downtown Grand Rapids offers plenty of amazing dining options and fantastic breweries. There are plenty of outdoor activities just outside the city and about 30 min West you can be on the beach enjoying Lake Michigan.

    HobbiesPlaying basketball, weight lifting, trying new restaurants, enjoying the breweries, video games and watching stand up comedy

  • wechsler-andrew

    Drew Wechsler, MD

    Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health/Michigan State University was one of my first interviews and they blew me away! As I went through the rest of my interviews, I compared each one to Spectrum and none of them measured up. When speaking with family and friends, they could all tell how excited I was about this program. It was an easy choice and would rank it #1 again!

    What do you like most about your program?
    Spectrum Health has a very large and diverse patient population with one of the busiest emergency departments in the nation. The program values resident wellness and during my interview, all of the residents loved it. Everyone made it easy to feel like I would fit in well here. 

    Clinical Interests: My main clinical interests are emergency medicine, sports medicine

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is an easy place to live. There is an abundance of craft beers and a lively food scene. We also have easy access (30 minutes) to a beach!

    Hobbies: My hobbies are Cooking, running, guitar, and Lakers basketball


Class of 2022-PGY2

  • Beels-Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn Beels, MD

    Medical School: Central Michigan University College if Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When I rotated as a student, I felt really comfortable and welcomed; certainly a sense of belonging. I had such a solid and diverse learning experience that I knew I would be prepared leaving this residency. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I'm exposed to a diversity of sick patients on a daily basis. I am given autonomy, but help is never far away and always easy to ask for.  Aside from the outstanding clinical and educational experiences, I feel well supported by the faculty, staff, and co residents. Hands down, I feel we have the best conference of any program.

    Clinical Interests: I am very interested in medical education.  

    Living in West Michigan: You get the fun of the city, lots of choices for food and drink and activities, but you’re also only 30 minutes from Lake Michigan, some amazing outdoor recreation and nature. 

    HobbiesAnything with my dog, Bella, DIY house projects, hiking, camping, anything near the water. 

  • Burkard-David

    David Burkard, MD

    Medical School:  Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose this program because of the high acuity, large patient load, and the camaraderie of the residents.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The support from our core faculty is one of the biggest highlights. The faculty here constantly go out of their way to help me gain confidence and knowledge. We have a great relationship with our consultants which makes for an exciting work environment. We get to be very involved with strokes, traumas, and medical resuscitations throughout training which is a big bonus. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interest are medical education and sports medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: Best city in Michigan. There’s always something to do. Whether you like playing volleyball, enjoying the breweries, or hiking, you will find your niche in West Michigan. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy playing volleyball, running, being outside, summer camp. 

  • Butz-Alysa

    Alysa Butz, MD

    Medical School: Central Michigan University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Early in my training I shadowed an ER nurse supervisor at Spectrum and fell in love with medicine. I can still remember the 3 patients I saw that evening: a knife wound to the head, a fall off a horse with an open tib-fib fracture, and an MVC. Fast forward a several years,  I was able to rotate here as a visiting medical student, and was absolutely blown away by the faculty, residents, and patient acuity.  The residents and faculty made me feel welcome, and that I was part of the team.  

    What do you like most about your program?
    The people! The residents, faculty, and staff they are absolutely amazing people to work with. The program feels like family. In addition, the education is exceptional.  We see a high volume of patients and acuity. A good portion of the patients we see are sick, medically complex patients. We have a very strong pediatric curriculum. It’s a longitudinal pediatric track that allows you to become comfortable managing pediatric cases.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are disaster medicine and pediatric EM.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is home. The city is thriving and growing with something for everyone. There are excellent restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines and local breweries. There is always something to do between art prize, local festivals, Broadway musicals, visiting museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens, movies in the park, exploring local hiking trails, or visiting the Lakeshore. 

    Hobbies: My hobbies are baking, knitting, Volleyball, reading, exercising, binging Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Dyga-Nicholas

    Nicholas Dyga, MD

    Medical School: Rush Medical College

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was able to rotate here as a medical student and saw firsthand the clinical environment our residents get to work in every day. We get excellent pediatric exposure as well as high volumes of critically ill patient cases.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The faculty are incredibly supportive and create a fantastic environment to learn in. We have good relationships with other specialties in the hospital as well. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are disaster medicine and wilderness medicine. 

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is a great place to live, and Grand Rapids as a city has really grown over the last several years. The proximity to Lake Michigan and ample outdoor activities to the north is also a big draw.

    Hobbies: My hobbies are fishing, boating, hiking, playing sports, board games, and video games. 

  • Johnson-Jordan

    Jordan Johnson, MD 

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was drawn to this program after having a great experience during the pre-interview dinner and interview day. It was obvious that the residents got along very well and truly enjoyed training here

    What do you like most about your program?
    The Spectrum Health Butterworth Emergency Department serves a remarkably high volume of patients with diverse pathology. Spectrum Health's affiliation with MSU offers the best of both worlds in regards to community and academic opportunities. Most of all, I enjoy the people that I work with every day, from co-residents and faculty to nurses, techs, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are medical education and ultrasound.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids has something to offer for everyone. Within the city itself, there are countless restaurants, bars, breweries, and entertainment venues. You don't have to travel far to go hiking or camping, or visit the beaches of Lake Michigan. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, camping, visiting local restaurants and breweries, golfing, ice fishing, and hanging out with my co-residents. 

  • Merrill-Phillip

    Phillip Merrill, DO

    Medical School: Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When I rotated here as a medical student I was very impressed with the knowledge and top notch skills  of the residents. The fact that we rotate in the pediatric emergency department year round,  rather than just a few months here or there,  along with the large patient volumes and variety of pathology, is unique and guarantees me a balanced education.  

    What do you like most about your program?
    We get to work with so many different attendings in the emergency department. This allows me to see many different views and styles of how to practice. The caliber of residents we have is exceptional. This is a very well balanced program: we get all the procedures we need, we see really sick patients, we see large patient volumes, and our pediatric training is really unmatched. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are pediatric emergency medicine and addiction medicine. 

    Living in West Michigan: Being from the west coast and coming to the mid-west is definitely a change, but there are so many wonderful things about West Michigan that I love. Lake Michigan is an amazing place to take my family. There are so many great trails and exploring. My wife and 3 kids have loved it because it is so family friendly and there are so many things for the kids to do. It has been the perfect place for me to be in residency with my family. 

    Hobbies: I love spending time with my wife and 3 daughters, hiking, snowboarding, and reading.  

  • Nelson-Gilbert

    Gilbert Nelson, DO

    Medical School: Des Moines University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The group of residents in this program are a great group of people working hard to save lives everyday. The busy, level-1 trauma center with an associated pediatric hospital and the ability to have longitudinal pediatric training throughout residency in the same building is unique. I truly felt like I would be welcomed into the residency and supported on my path to becoming an competent emergency physician.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Our leaders push us to be better clinicians and help instill the importance of practicing evidenced based medicine. Our faculty members have a variety of backgrounds in emergency medicine and are involved and supportive in residents pursuing their own interests. There are monthly events for residents, their significant others, and their families.  We have fun together.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are toxicology, event medicine, and wilderness medicine.  

    Living in West Michigan: My wife, daughters, and I have absolutely loved Grand Rapids and West Michigan! There are always events to attend, places to eat, and fun to be had. We’ve felt welcomed into the community and have loved exploring the area. Lake Michigan is amazing and offers countless beautiful beaches and hiking trails along the water. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy golfing, camping, hiking, fishing, snowboarding, concerts, cooking all kinds of delish food, and doing all these things with my wife and daughters.

  • Rushton-Michael

    Michael Rushton, DO

    Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I have a close friend who was a PGY-2 in the program when I was applying. He is also from the West Coast and told me how much he was impressed with the program and West Michigan. I wanted to see it for myself and quickly found that it was a dream program with its high acuity, volume, amazing culture, and focus on wellness.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The faculty are not only capable, strong teachers, but they care about resident development and encourage teaching opportunities. Our program director and core faculty are strong advocates for our success. The residents have also cultivated a culture that encourages team harmony, selflessness, and a desire to help each other out. Opportunities for growth are shared and celebrated, and that is a big deal.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are critical care, health policy, advocacy. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love to eat, spend time in nature and specifically be close to water, and have access to city amenities and Grand Rapids has all my bases covered! The restaurant scene is up and coming with lots of special gems. Nature lovers are in for a treat with Lake Michigan, the UP, and countless small bodies of water and greenery speckled across West Michigan. The seasons are all beautiful. As a West Coast native, West Michigan has been a unique blend of all the good things.

    HobbiesReading and writing book reviews, baking sourdough bread, exercising at the gym, and spending time with my wife and our pup.

  • Turco-Lauren

    Lauren Brannan, MD

    Medical School: Creighton University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because it was an older, more established program, because the residents are close and happy, and for the good working relationship between staff and residents. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    My co-residents are the best part! Everyone is friendly, helpful, and treats each other as an equal. Our program has great relationships with other specialties, especially trauma. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are clinical research, statistics and analytics. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is similar to my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. It has the friendliness and warmth of a typical midwestern city. Grand Rapids has the amenities of a larger city without the associated overcrowding or expense. 

    HobbiesSewing and quilting, volunteering for the American Belgian Malinois Rescue, trying out new recipes for healthy meals, and hanging out with my fiancé and our orange tabby cat, Tigger!

  • Vercruysse-Jessica

    Jessica Vercruysse, MD

    Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The learning environment cultivated by the program heads will give me a strong foundation and contribute to a successful residency. Not only is this program academically prestigious, the resources provided to the residents are invaluable. I am constantly impressed by the large volume and diversity of patients we treat on a day to day basis. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The residents of this program will go above and beyond to help each other whether it be at work or in everyday occurrences. Additionally, the residency program will frequently arrange social events outside of work and I appreciate how significant others and family are not only welcomed but are an integral parts of these events. For example, we have had progressive dinners, bowling nights, trivia nights and board game nights. Residents of all classes frequent these social events further contributing to the familial atmosphere that I value in this program. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests is sports medicine. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love the proximity to the lake, the breweries and the restaurant scene. My boyfriend and I will frequently spend my days off discovering the various brews available in Beer City and the farm to table restaurant scene here is excellent. I like that I can have such a short commute to work everyday yet also have all the amenities I was privy to when I lived in large cities. 

    Hobbies: I enjoy CrossFit, football, sports in general, traveling and spending time with my friends and family. 


Class of 2021-PGY3

  • Blunier_Alex

    Alex Blunier, MD

    Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The faculty are passionate about teaching, make resident wellness and feedback a priority, and are approachable and enjoyable to be around. It is a high volume center but with nursing staff who like working with residents, a well funded, fully resourced department, and a consistent history of valuable, positively reviewed off service rotations which was rare to find. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The residents I met were all easy going and happy. Great people, exposure to a great variety and quantity of pathology, supportive faculty and attendings, longitudinal pediatric experience at dedicated pediatric emergency department.

    Clinical Interests: FOAMed, Simulation, Disaster

    Living in West Michigan: Good sized city that offers plenty to do without all the traffic of larger cities. Midwest cost of living. Easy access to beaches, lakeside towns a short drive away, great hiking and kayaking in Northern Michigan. 

    HobbiesSpending time with my wife and one year old son, mountain biking, hiking, traveling

  • Busman_Meredith

    Meredith Busman, MD

    Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    During my 4th year of medical school I rotated at Spectrum Health and it became clear that this was a culture that had the right 'fit' for me. There is a very supportive culture amongst the residents. I consider my co-residents not just peers, but mentors, teachers, and friends.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The faculty here are highly engaged with residents in all aspects of our education, and are always available.  Many of the attendings we work with have interests outside of emergency, including observation medicine, toxicology, EMS, ultrasound, clinical research, resuscitation, hyperbarics, critical care, and administration. If you are considering doing a Fellowship or expanding your career outside the ED, you can find a mentor here to talk with. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are physician wellness and medical education. 

    Living in West Michigan: I grew up just outside of Grand Rapids, so West Michigan is most definitely my home. Living in Grand Rapids, you get to experience the best of both worlds - the cultural and social opportunities of a big city, plus the outdoor activities and access to nature of a small one. I love being able to bike to the hospital, and going for a trail run after my shift. We have 4 distinct seasons, and while the winters can get a little cold and grey, there is nothing better than a Lake Michigan beach in the summer time.  I am proud I get to live here and serve my community. 

    HobbiesMarathons, triathlons, road biking, hiking, swimming, long romantic walks on the beach. Cooking, hosting dinner parties, card games, creative writing, yoga. 

  • Cozzi_Nicholas

    Nicholas P. Cozzi, MD, MBA

    Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I desired to train at a busy urban level 1 adult and level 2 pediatric trauma center with a longitudinal pediatric clinical experience. In addition, I was impressed with the intentional, consistent, commitment to excellence this program has cultivated and sustained.  

    What do you like most about your program?
    Our residency training program has an intentional and consistent culture that rewards hard work, dedication to teaching, and continual self-improvement. From day one of internship, I was welcomed into the residency family and have been unconditionally supported by my co-residents, faculty, and program leadership. This program can help put me on the trajectory to build the life that I want to build with support and meaningful involvement with national leadership opportunities. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are  EMS, Community paramedicine, EcG mastery and non-clinical leadership.

    Living in West Michigan: As someone who grew up in the city of Chicago, I never spent much time on this side of Lake Michigan until residency but would hear people talk of a fondness for West Michigan and all it had to offer. Grand Rapids is about thirty minutes from white sand beaches of Grand Haven, possesses high end restaurants on the Grand River, Broadway entertainment, and green space to run and play. On a day off, choose your own adventure.   

    Hobbies: I enjoy CrossFit, paddle-boarding, and restoring/re-purposing old furniture. Spending time with my nieces and nephews and making fresh pasta.  

  • Duncheon_Christian

    Christian Duncheon, MD

    Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Like many MS4s, I was seeking a program with high volume and acuity strengthened by the support of a prestigious children’s hospital. I sought a training center that would make me comfortable with critically ill pediatric patients on one shift and then force me to simultaneously manage multiple crashing adult patients on another shift. I realized this combination was rare. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    This program rewards the bolus of responsibility and hard work expected from residents with trust and autonomy. From the beginning, I have felt the ability to independently manage my patients while also never feeling ridiculed by asking a seemingly obvious question. The resident-attending relationship is perhaps most exhibited by our trauma surgeons who come to call us by our first names and openly trust our judgement and decision making both in the trauma bay and in the ICU. I am also a firm believer that the people make the place. The cohesion felt on shifts is a direct result of the type of residents this program attracts and the core faculty who work tirelessly to maintain that culture. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are medical ethics and global health. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a vibrant and fun city. It has many big city amenities without the big city inconveniences. As the business hub of Western Michigan, the downtown area is a fun, young professional vibe. However, my best days off are spent 30 minutes away from the city at one of the beaches or state parks. In true Midwest fashion, the people are as genuine as they come and rush hour doesn’t really exist here. 

    Hobbies: I love being outdoors, particularly hiking, fishing, and biking; also a huge basketball fan. 

  • Hamersma_Zachary

    Zachary Hamersma, MD

    Medical School: Michigan State College of Human Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Very few programs provide you with all the necessary aspects of emergency medicine training at the same location. We are able to meet every requirement for graduation by staying in the same hospital. Rather than doing away rotations, we have the opportunity to stay in a familiar environment with our respected colleagues. Education is a top priority in this well-supported and respected program.  

    What do you like most about your program?
    Whether it's shaping residents to become awesome community practice docs, further fostering personal interests in fellowship or preparing others for a career in academics, it seems as though each resident really has an opportunity to personalize their training. Residents generously share their talents with their colleagues.

    Clinical Interests: My interests include addiction medicine and medical education.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids features a variety of cuisines, constant activities, beautiful parks, and a feeling of community within the city.  The location makes it accessible to our beautiful lakeshores and their associated towns that are fun to explore. Michigan summers are not something to miss!

    HobbiesWoodworking - ranging from larger projects, such as building bedroom furniture, to small projects like creating custom cutting boards. 

  • Ladaga_Nathaniel

    Nathaniel Ladaga, DO

    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    My wife and I were so impressed by the supportive, family-oriented attitude of the Spectrum Health residents and their significant others. The training, location, support, and atmosphere are a perfect match for us.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The program speaks for itself - Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma, certified stroke center, experienced and friendly faculty, and a strong dedication to resident wellness. We routinely triage and manage complex transplant, LVAD, toxicological, surgical, and oncological patients. The residents here receive incredible training and can succeed in any area of the country upon graduation. 

    Clinical Interests: My interests are medical education, ultrasound and cardiology.

    Living in West Michigan: Come on! Three years is not enough time to explore all of the fun and excitement that the city has to offer. My wife and I love the food scene, maybe a bit too much.

    Hobbies: I love eating, teaching, exercising, cinema, watching anime, Hip-Hop/R&B music and culture. 

  • Lee_Samantha

    Samantha Lee, DO

    Medical School: William Carey University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was initially attracted to this program because it is well established and it offers training at both a pediatric and adult level 1 trauma center.  I was also interested in obtaining longitudinal pediatric EM training.  During my visit, I felt an immediate connection with the program leadership and residents, I was blown away by the hospital tour, and everyone seemed genuinely happy.  It was just a great fit!

    What do you like most about your program?
    The training is great here.  We have a large variety of pathology in our hospital which is preparing me to be an experienced and confident physician.  Also, my co-residents have truly become my family here in Grand Rapids, the team goes above and beyond to take care of each other.  

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in critical care, hyperbarics and pediatrics.

    Living in West Michigan: There are lots of trails nearby and Lake Michigan is not too far, which is nice to experience during time off.Grand Rapids also has a great art and beer scene!

    HobbiesInternational travel and experiencing new foods and meeting people of different backgrounds.  For relaxation, I like to watch action movies or read thriller novels.

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    Brian Lewis, MD

    Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    This program has all the opportunities I was looking for: a level 1 trauma center, large volumes with no boarding issues, and a dedicated pediatric ED. The people and the family-like culture have made a  difficult residency program much easier and I have been very happy over the past 2 years because of it. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    Our residency offers just about everything you could want in a program: Level 1 trauma center for peds and adults, large volumes, almost no boarding problems outside of an occasional psych patient. Our off service rotations are all beneficial; we've maximized the amount of time you spend in the department. The faculty is very supportive in anything you want to pursue, be that away rotations in a sub-specialty of EM or international medicine.

    Clinical Interests: My interest is toxicology.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is an ideal medium sized city. I've lived downtown throughout residency because I love being able to walk everywhere. For the size of the city it has an impressive amount of great restaurants. I've spent a lot of time running around the downtown area parks and around the river. Lake Michigan is a half hour away and has some great hiking all year round. I'm sure other people will say this too, but the quality and quantity of the craft beer scene cannot be overstated

    Hobbies: I enjoy going hiking, playing board games, brewing, and reading.

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    Lawrence Liao, DO

    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose this program for not only the outstanding clinical education but also because of the resident camaraderie and support. Also, being able to train at a level 1 trauma center in a high-volume adult as well as pediatric ED allows residents to see a wide range of pathology and complexity in big and little humans.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am truly impressed with the dedicated support of the teaching faculty. Everyone is approachable and they are here to make sure we get the most out of our training. Residents work mainly in the higher acuity mods in the adult and pediatric EDs allowing us to take care of the sickest patients on a daily basis.

    Clinical Interests: My interest is community emergency medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a great place for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to live in a medium-sized city. From beautiful beaches and hikes to a never-ending supply of new restaurants and breweries, there's something here for everyone to enjoy in their free time outside the hospital.

    Hobbies: My hobbies are hiking, traveling abroad, photography, and fantasy football.

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    Zack Vanderlaan, MD

    Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Everyone I met at interview day was friendly, fun, and invested in the program. The first time I met our Program Director he said that Spectrum Health has three important qualities to an EM program that are difficult to find in a single location: a Level 1 trauma center, a Pediatric Emergency Department, and very high volumes of sick patients. I knew that these aspects would make for an excellent residency experience!

    What do you like most about your program?
    My co-residents and our program faculty are clearly the highlights of this program for me. They are friendly, fun, and invested in the program. I enjoy learning and working beside my fellow residents and our faculty is truly invested in our education and our wellbeing. We see a high volume of sick patients on a daily basis which makes for great learning. 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are critical care, and rural emergency medicine. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a great mid sized city with plenty of fun outdoor opportunities nearby, excellent restaurants, and is a comfortable place to raise a family. 

    Hobbies: Love spending time with my family, reading sci-fi, and being outdoors.