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

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    Craig Matisoff, MD

    Hometown: East Lansing, MI 
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Attending medical school in Grand Rapids, I was able to experience firsthand the excellent training that takes place at Spectrum Health. The family medicine team was always so welcoming and I learned so much from all of my interactions with patients on my various rotations throughout the health system. Ultimately, it just seemed like a great fit to continue my training for residency.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to learning from and working with my future patients. I am also really excited to form strong, supportive relationships with my co-residents, faculty, and program staff.

    Clinical Interests: While I enjoy all aspects of family medicine, I am particularly interested in office-based procedural care, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care.

    Living in West Michigan: There is a lot to enjoy about living in West Michigan. Having a vibrant and diverse city such as Grand Rapids within a relatively short drive to Lake Michigan is wonderful. As I grew up in mid-Michigan, I also love that I am still in close proximity to friends and family in the state.

    HobbiesMy wife and I spend most of our time hanging out with our golden retriever, Neko. We also enjoy kayaking and varied additional outdoor activities, trips up north, and spending time with friends and family. If I have spare time, I also love golf and following Spartan sports.

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    Adam McMillan, MD

    Hometown: Grand Haven, MI
    Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health for the diversity of its training environment with training in both the urban and rural setting. I immediately felt that I connected with the faculty and believe in their vision for a training program. Finally, I desperately wanted to live in West Michigan again!

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to working in a rural hospital. I spent a month at an externship in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and really enjoyed working with that patient population and am hoping Greenville is somewhat similar.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are preventive medicine, patient education and geriatric medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: The thing I enjoy most about living in West Michigan are all the outdoor activities. I think the people are great and the area is beautiful.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include playing music (mostly Celtic), hiking, backpacking, wilderness survival, winter camping, reading and spending time with family.

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    Alexis Meelker, MD

    Hometown: Holland, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health was my first choice in residency because I am from West Michigan and saw a need to have more LGBTQIA+ representation in the primary care field. My goal is to address health disparities we have in these sometimes forgotten communities. Spectrum Health gives me the opportunity to give back to the community where I grew up and be a voice for those who are so often unheard.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Spectrum Health Family Medicine program is a caring and compassionate group of humans. As a medical student they were nothing but welcoming and taught me the importance of skilled primary care physicians. This program in particular made me feel heard as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. The population base in Grand Rapids is diverse and the program strives to make medical care more accessible for underserved communities.

    Clinical Interests: My passion is LGBTQIA+ health care and trying to eliminate the health disparities we see in this community.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the beauty of West Michigan. I am an outdoors person and there are many biking, hiking, running trails throughout the area. West Michigan offers numerous community events that celebrates many different cultural and diverse backgrounds.

    HobbiesI love to run, bike, and lift in my free time. Making meals with my fiancé is something we enjoy to do together, slowly teaching ourselves new techniques in the kitchen. I would also say getting tattoos is a hobby of mine, I love the artwork and skill that goes in American Traditional style. I also own a vintage motorcycle and love to ride when the weather here is nice.

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    Jesse Skok, MD

    Hometown: Byron Center, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was drawn to Spectrum Health for my residency for a number of reasons. West Michigan was high on my list of places where I would like to train because it is such a wonderful area. I did many of my clinical rotations during medical school at Spectrum Heath and really enjoyed the experiences I had here.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to seeing a diverse patient population and to the opportunity to train in both rural and urban settings.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in outpatient primary care, urgent care, and addiction medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is a wonderful place to live. I grew up here and hope to practice here during my career. We have numerous natural areas that are fun to explore. We are a short 30 minute drive from Lake Michigan and the beach. I enjoy the ever expanding network of bicycle paths we have in the area. There are lots of inland lakes and rivers to explore by kayak or canoe.

    HobbiesI enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking trips, camping, visiting National Parks, kayaking, and bicycling. I am apiarist with several honeybee hives.

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    Isaac VanDam, MD

    Hometown: Hudsonville, MI
    Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health to be closer to family, because of my love for West Michigan and the scope of training that was offered during residency.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I look forward to getting to know all of my co-residents and starting a career in West Michigan.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are in-office procedures, preventative care and public health.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy being close to family and friends, going out to restaurants and breweries and being a short drive from Lake Michigan.

    HobbiesIn my free time, I enjoy grilling and smoking, playing sports, playing video games, reading and spending time with my wife and two mini dachshunds.

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    Cody Voss, DO

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
    Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was blessed to spend my residency at Spectrum Health and be able to provide quality care for a health care system that has provided so much for my family. Being from the Westside of Grand Rapids, it means the world to me to be able to represent Spectrum Health and to provide care to the community that I belong to.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to gaining experience, knowledge, and continuity during my three years of residency as a Family Medicine resident. This program is unique because it has aspects of rural and urban training and emphasizes outpatient patient care.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in sports medicine, outpatient medicine and in serving rural and underserved communities.

    Living in West Michigan: I have lived in West Michigan all of my life. I enjoy the sense of support and community of the area, the accessibility to the Great Lakes, the brewery and restaurant scene, and that this city is a great place to put your roots down and raise a family.

    HobbiesI enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, collecting records, and playing with my pets! I have two dogs and a cat! GO GREEN!

Class of 2022

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    Chloe Balanda, MD

    Hometown: Big Rapids, MI
    Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose this program for multiple reasons! I love how many opportunities Spectrum Health provides - the network continues to grow and expand, and I know I am receiving the most up-to-date training using evidenced-based medicine. The family medicine team is very supportive, and they feel like family. It's very comforting to know that I am in a program that truly has my back and is invested in my growth as a physician. Even during my interviews, I felt so welcomed. I could feel how genuine they all were; I knew I could be myself, and I knew this would be a place where I would succeed as a growing physician.

    Clinical Interests: I have multiple clinical interests which is why Family Medicine is a perfect fit for me. At the top of the list are women's health, sports medicine, pediatric infectious disease, and inpatient hospitalist. It's a large variety of interests, and there will likely be more added to the list throughout my residency career as I continue learning and experiencing different sub-specialties!

    Living in West Michigan: I grew up in West Michigan, but I've also lived in multiple other city around the country. In my opinion, Grand Rapids (and west Michigan in general) is the perfect location to live in. It has something for everyone, no matter what age or stage of life you're in. It's the perfect balance of city and nature. I especially enjoy being so close to Lake Michigan and the sand dunes. The numerous breweries and restaurants are a great bonus, too.

    HobbiesI played volleyball in college, so I love playing pick-up whenever I can. I also played soccer and basketball, so I love that GR has multiple sports clubs that offer a huge variety of sports to play around the year. I also love going out on the town, grabbing a craft beer, and listening to live music. Hitting the beach during the summer months is another love of mine. I am still trying to figure out which beach is my favorite because there are so many to choose from!

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    Billy Hsu, DO

    Hometown: Orange County, CA
    Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health for being a large healthcare company that was well respected in their community. I felt as though it would be vital to understand how primary care fits within such a system after coming from a small community hospital in Alabama.

    What do you like most about your program?
    One of our program's strengths is that it is a hybrid between a community and large academic hospital. You have the resources and teaching that are available downtown, which allow you to learn from experts in their respective fields. Simultaneously, you spend the majority of your time in a community hospital in Greenville, where you get to work independently with a more hands-on approach. Also, the faculty are very hands-on and are able to help meet your individual goals in becoming a better physician.

    Clinical Interests: I have many clinical interest and they are sports medicine, lifestyle medicine, refugee health, and academics.

    Living in West Michigan: The coffee culture in West Michigan is comparable to any big city. You're also close to so many different campgrounds, beaches, bike trails and lakes. There's so much to see and do, and it's all within reach.

    Hobbies: My hobbies are playing golf, meditating, being active, weightlifting, playing and watching basketball, and watching Arsenal FC (COYG). 

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    John M Jansen, MD

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Medical School: Michigan State College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I'm from Grand Rapids originally and wanted to stay local for my residency training. This program has a nice blend of both rural and urban medicine. Also, growing up and currently I have a family cottage just outside of Greenville which is conveniently located near my home clinic!

    What do you like most about your program?
    The faculty are very supportive and always willing to help to further your learning. Our faculty also has a great sense of humor which blends nicely with my own personality.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interest included management of various chronic medical conditions and procedures.

    Living in West Michigan: I love the wide variety of outdoor activities that are conveniently located within a 30 minute drive of the city.

    Hobbies: I enjoy fishing, fly tying, kayaking, boating, and any form of exercise.

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    Lauren Kroeker, MD

    Hometown: Edmonton, Canada
    Medical School: St George's University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When looking for a Residency program, I knew I wanted to be at a place that offered a rural perspective of Family Medicine. The opportunity work at a smaller unopposed rural hospital and clinic was appealing to me and has truly benefitted my training as I prepare to work in an under-resourced area. Additionally, we have the opportunity to work in downtown Grand Rapids at the larger medical centers and learn from experts in their field.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I really love working with our faculty and fellow residents. We work with a great team of attending physician's who are dedicated to teaching. We also have a great team of resident's who work well together, have fun together, and have become like family.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are OB, women's health and global health.

    Living in West Michigan: I love the friendliness of west michigan and the outdoor culture. This is a beautiful place to live and explore; whether you are looking to run, hike, cycle, paddle or cross-country ski. In addition, Downtown Grand Rapids offers an excellent food scene and breweries.

    HobbiesI enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I also enjoy hiking, camping, cycling, skiing and cooking with my husband.

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    Zachary Wagar, MD

    Hometown: Gaylord, MI
    Medical School: Central Michigan University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I felt that the Spectrum Health Family Medicine program had a lot of unique strengths. We rotate downtown at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital for medicine, OB/GYN and NICU. It is a busy hospital with complex patients. We also rotate at United hospital in Greenville, Mi. It is a rural hospital where we are able to work unopposed. I also was excited to rotate through Helen DeVos Children's Hospital for pediatrics.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like working at United hospital in Greenville. My clinic is in the area and I am able to see my patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Also by the end of your first year you have rotated with the hospitalists, OB/GYNs, surgeons and radiologist so you get to know everyone in the hospital well and become part of the community there.

    Clinical Interests: I am most interested in rural medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the city of Grand Rapids there are plenty of good places to eat and Lake Michigan is only an hour away.

    HobbiesI enjoy camping, hiking, video games and bored games.


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    Joel Wood, MD 

    Hometown: Muskegon, MI
    Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I have lived in Michigan my entire life and love the Grand Rapids area! Growing up along the lakeshore I heard about the “Medical Mile” in Grand Rapids and set my goals on training there. It is amazing that we get the exposure to everything the downtown campus has to offer; additionally, I love the fact that we do many unopposed rotations in a rural community where we work in smaller teams and do not have to complete with other residents for learning opportunities.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Aside from exposure to both the downtown campus and rural hospital exposure, the thing I like most about my program is the Family Medicine faculty because they are great instructors and care about our learning and exposure. While I am bias toward my faculty members, the instructors on off-service rotations are great teachers and treat us like residents from their programs while tailoring our learning to what is important for us to know in Family Medicine.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in Lifestyle Medicine, which brought me to choosing Family Medicine, and Sports Medicine. My long term goals include a Sports Medicine fellowship and working in a residency program.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy trying out different restaurants and breweries, and I love going to events like Art Prize and Laughfest. A great benefit of Grand Rapids being the hub of West Michigan is that it is a quick drive to the lakeshore or up north.

    Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and dog, bicycling, watching movies, and watching the Detroit Tigers.

Class of 2021

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    Janel Salem, MD

    Hometown: Macomb, MI
    Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    On the day of my interview, I felt a very calming and welcoming presence as soon as I arrived. All of my interviews were enjoyable and I could tell that the faculty was excited about having us apart of the team. I also really liked the idea of having both urban and rural education.

    What do you like most about your program?
    My program really focuses on us residents as individuals and not just residents. They are always pushing us to work hard medically, but are also pushing us to focus on out wellness. There is a lot of communication between all team members and they are very family oriented!

    Clinical Interests: I truly enjoy all aspects of family medicine. I particularly enjoy women's health, prenatal care, and OB and hope to continue these skills into my future practices.

    Living in West Michigan: Living in West Michigan provides both an urban and rural atmosphere. Downtown is great for that city feeling and tons of restaurants. The more rural areas provide a breath of fresh air and a slower pace.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include spending time with my husband, cooking, and traveling. I also love being outside!

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    Dylan Drummond, MD

    Hometown: Peterborough, ON, Canada
    Medical School: Ross University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine because of the talented faculty & their strong commitment to teaching in a supportive environment. This unique program offers well-rounded exposure given the opportunities to train in both urban & rural settings at world class facilities that have reputations for excellence in care, and the affiliation with Michigan State University ensures high academic standards with access to valuable resources.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Supportive and friendly faculty who offer a good balance of autonomy. Fun and collegial group of residents. Ability to train in rural hospital and large city hospital including nationally renowned children's hospital. Variety of electives available.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are preventative care, palliative care, office procedures.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the many outdoor locations and opportunities as well as close proximity to Lake Michigan and other beaches. The variety of restaurants and bars. Local sports teams including the Grand Rapids Griffins.

    HobbiesI enjoy outdoor recreation, animals, nature, the beach, swimming, hockey.

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    Ashley Feehan, DO

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Family Medicine because I felt a really comfortable report with the faculty. I liked the idea of helping to shape the residency, as I was apart of the first class of residents.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like that our program gives us the opportunity to experience both rural and urban medicine. I also like that leadership in our residency is receptive to resident input.

    Clinical Interests: I find I am drawn to women's health, substance use disorder treatment and the use of ultrasound in POC medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is where my family is. It is also incredible to have the lakes and dunes a day trip away.

    HobbiesI spend time with my family in my free time. I also love to cook and garden.

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    Leland Gyr, MD

    Hometown: Benzonia, MI
    Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because of the proximity to family in Northern Michigan. I had also heard great things about Spectrum Health as a whole, and when I interviewed (as well as with communication in general), the faculty and staff of the program were friendly, welcoming and people I felt would make residency a great experience.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The faculty are incredibly supportive. As challenging as residency can be, it's wonderful to have a team dedicated and willing to extend themselves in enriching and team-oriented directions.

    Clinical Interests: It's tough in Family Medicine to narrow oneself down with a variety of potential directions. I like outpatient medicine the best. My pie-in-the-sky is to be a general practitioner with plenty of procedures!

    Living in West Michigan: Many of the amenities of a city including access to delicious food and sporting events without the downsides such as horrendous traffic. Also, being close to family up and close proximity to Lake Michigan.

    HobbiesTrying to keep up with my 2 year-old son. Staying active including soccer, bicycling, jogging, etc. Also, cooking and eating are very important.

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    Carmen Kagha, MD

    Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
    Medical School:Spartan Health Sciences University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I picked Spectrum Health for my residency because my program offered residents the experience of training in both an urban and rural setting. We also get the opportunity to work with attendings who are dedicated to teaching residents to become well trained physicians.

    What do you like most about your program?
    What I like most about my program is the opportunity we are given to grow and learn, especially when it pertains to our specific interest.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in working in an outpatient clinic setting.

    Living in West Michigan: What I love most about living in West Michigan is eating at a variety of wonderful restaurants and running at the park.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include cooking, running, and dancing.

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    Colton Wolfe-Sabo, MD

    Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I choose Spectrum Health because it was a new program (but not totally new because it split an old program in two) that had excellent faculty that were very easy to connect and get along with. There were few programs that offered a combined urban and rural experience, which was important to me as I want to practice rural Family Medicine. The rural hospital showed great promise for rotating and did not have other residents that I needed to compete with there.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Definitely the people - the faculty as well as the non-program affiliated staff are phenomenal. They are all excellent teachers but are also fun and easy to work with. I enjoy helping and connecting with the people of Greenville and the staff there. My fellow residents are awesome and always look forward to working with them.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are many, which is why I chose family medicine: lifestyle medicine, chronic pain, sports medicine, geriatrics, women's health, emergency medicine, nutrition and culinary medicine, and pediatrics

    Living in West Michigan: The people here are nice, there is lots to do, great food and drink "Beer City" and the cost of living is very reasonable

    HobbiesWest Michigan aligns very well with my hobbies which include hockey, golf, road biking, mountain biking, hiking, beaches