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 2024

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    Sonia Kumar Gentile, MD, PhD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because it is an amazing program at at tertiary care hospital.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The people are the best part of the program!

    Clinical Interests:  My clinical interests change monthly, but right now I am interested in adult and pediatric hospital medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: I love living so close to Lake Michigan! West Michigan beaches are beautiful in the summer!

    HobbiesI craft, do home renovation/home improvement projects, binge watch TV, and snuggle my daughter and my pup in my spare time.

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    Christina Heyboer, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I wanted to train where I grew up, and stay close to my friends and family. I rotated at spectrum as a student and had a really great experience.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I'm excited to develop my clinical skills and get to know my co-residents.

    Clinical Interests: My interests are quite vast, which is why I chose Med/Peds! A couple of things I'm interested in are culinary medicine, transitional medicine for young adults, and working with underserved populations in medicine who have difficulty accessing care. I am also interested in being a dual hospitalist, but still want a some amount of clinic time as well.

    Living in West Michigan: I love being so close to Lake Michigan! I like all of the opportunities to get outside and bike, hike, swim, kayak, ect. There are also a lot of great restaurants to eat at!

    HobbiesVolleyball is my favorite sport to play. I also enjoy being outdoors, weight lifting and cooking.

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    Joshua Kim, DO

    Hometown: Herndon, VA
    Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I did an away rotation here during my fourth year and enjoyed it. As I got to know the program, faculty, and residents a little bit better through the rotation and interview process, I found a warm and welcoming group that I could see myself learning with and growing with for the next few years.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to being able to form more and more intelligible answers to my friends and family's questions regarding their health. In other words, I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn a lot about a lot.

    Clinical Interests: I am not entirely sure at this point.

    Living in West Michigan: The summers are quite pleasant and the food I've eaten so far has been pretty good. Also, I'm a big fan of Meijer.

    HobbiesI spend most of my time hanging out with my wife and dog. Other than that, I like to read, watch TV, and play board games.

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    Kayla Vander Stel, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    My husband and I have lived in Grand Rapids our entire lives and we absolutely love it here. In addition, Spectrum checked every box on what I was hoping for in a residency program. They have a lot of opportunities for research and to pursue different specialties as well as connections to a lot of ambulatory offices for outpatient experiences. There are also opportunities to "create your own rotation" if you want to pursue something that may not already exist. I was looking for a program that supported global health and there are several physicians at Spectrum involved in various global health programs that allow residents to travel with them. Lastly, the people really made this residency program the best choice! Everyone is incredibly friendly and supportive and it really feels like one big family.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I'm looking forward to being able to craft my residency experience around what I hope to practice as an attending including several outpatient med/peds experiences and global health opportunities. I'm also really looking forward to getting to know the other residents in my program better and make life-long friends!

    Clinical Interests: Currently, I am interested in combined Med/Peds outpatient practice as well as global health and I hope to find a way to assist with the healthcare of victims of human trafficking in some capacity.

    Living in West Michigan: My husband and I enjoy visiting the many local restaurants in Grand Rapids, especially to attempt to find our favorite Grand Rapids cheeseburger. I also really love the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan on a warm summer day.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include traveling both in the United States and internationally; and baking, especially attempting recipes from the Great British Baking Show.

     

Class of 2023

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    Derek Hutchins, MD

    Hometown: Lincoln, NE
    Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The Med-Peds program at Spectrum was the right choice for me because I knew there would be a good balance of academic rigor with time for self-care and family. Residents in the program were clearly able to meet the demands of residency while either starting or caring for their own families. The other big factor for me was connecting with the current residents at my pre-interview dinner. They were friendly, warm, and genuine in responding to our questions and perhaps more importantly, were friendly and supportive to each other. I knew having a camaraderie like this with the other interns and senior residents in my program would be important during my first year.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like that the residents in our program are helpful and supportive of each other, especially in times of need. When one of our interns had a family emergency this year, we all helped out as much as possible, including dog-sitting at her house while she had to be out of the country. We also enjoy spending time together at the beach, trivia nights with other classes in our program, or just meeting for dinner at someone’s house.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include primary care, mental health in primary care, and working with underserved and low-income patient populations. Our residency clinics, which include two half days each week in each discipline, have given me direct patient care experience in these areas. In our clinics, social workers are available to meet with patients directly to introduce mental health resources in the community. Based on our interests, we can also spend additional electives in primary care at different clinics throughout Grand Rapids or in other parts of Michigan.

    Living in West Michigan: What I enjoy the most so far about West Michigan is the summer. The weather is warm but never too hot for outdoor activities. I like going to Lake Michigan at Grand Haven and walking out to the lighthouse next to the beach. There are also many golf courses and bike trails in and around Grand Rapids, along with many breweries and relaxing outdoor spaces.

    HobbiesI like to do different projects at my house, especially landscaping and maintaining my yard, and grilling out afterwards. I am also a huge poetry and literature nerd, which goes back to my English major in college, and love to talk with anyone who will listen about Shakespeare to Langston Hughes to the latest and greatest in slam poetry. I occasionally find time on Wednesday nights to join a writing workshop that meets in Grand Rapids to share new work. I also love sports – I will watch just about anything, but especially Nebraska Cornhusker football – and I love to play soccer, basketball, and golf.

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    Alexander Redman, MD

    Hometown: Spring Lake, MI
    Medical School: The University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I felt like Spectrum Health was a great combination between a university and community program. It has the resources of a traditional university program through Michigan State University (MSU)  (i.e. research, MSU med students, a bunch of fellowships, etc), while also having the team/family oriented atmosphere of a community program.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the diversity of pathology that we get to see. Patients get flown in from all over the state and it makes for some really interesting cases and great learning opportunities.

    Clinical Interests: I'm most interested in transitional care for children/young adults with lifelong pathologies that are transitioning from pediatric to adult subspecialty care.

    Living in West Michigan: It feels like there is something for everyone here. We have the restaurants and shops of a major city while still being only a short drive from awesome beaches and hiking.

    HobbiesI love checking out all of the new restaurants and breweries in Grand Rapids. I also love getting out to one of the many golf courses in the area (ball or disc golf), or going to the beach with friends. In the winter I like to ski and watch the Griffins (GR's minor league hockey team).

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    Rebecca Veele, MD

    Hometown: Grand Haven, MI
    Medical School: Univeristy of Wisconsin in Madison, WI

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The thing that stood out to me about Spectrum was that it was a community hospital with a great reputation that saw the same diversity and volume of patients without being bogged down as a huge University institution.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The personalities and support from my co-residents. We have a great time at work and I always spend a portion of it laughing. We love to tell stories and job, but everyone also knows when people need help and are willing to pitch in. For not only clinical duties but things at home as well. I had a family emergency during intern year and was overwhelmed by the support and love from covering shifts to meals at home.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in inpatient medicine. I would like to find a career that allows me to provide care for both children and adults in a high acuity hospital.

    Living in West Michigan: I love the beach!  After living in Wisconsin this [west Michigan] is the RIGHT side of the lake. I also love the diversity of outdoor and cultural activities without having to deal with the traffic, price, and headache of being in a big city. Grand Rapids offers shows, concerts, restaurants, trails, parks, and all that to West Michigan at a reasonable size.

    HobbiesI have a lot of hobbies and have been able to find ways to do all of them in West Michigan. They include mountain biking, road biking, climbing, yoga, gardening, camping, hiking, backpacking, basketball, frisbee, volleyball, cooking, extra long dog walks and of course THE BEACH!

Class of 2022

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    Courtney Cotter, DO

    Hometown: Grand Haven, MI
    Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because I wanted an equally strong medicine and pediatrics experience prior to taking two board certifications. It was important to me that I train at a tertiary care center with a free-standing children's hospital so that I was exposed to a wide range of pathology. I wanted a program director and coordinator who cared about the wellbeing of their residents which I found quickly in Dr. Switzer and Pam Hritzkowin. I wanted an individualized curriculum rather than being placed into a set "track" as interests often change during residency training. I felt very comfortable around the residents and knew that I could see myself working long hours on their teams.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love how supportive my program director and program coordinator are of my individual career goals and my wellness. My program makes a concerted effort to ensure that I can attend important life events and helps me to tailor elective rotations that will be directly helpful to me in my chosen fellowship.

    Clinical Interests: I hope to pursue a career in allergy immunology. I am very interested in pediatric immunodeficiencies and Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital have introduced me to amazing mentors who take a vested interest in my career planning and scholarly projects.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids gives residents a city feel with great restaurants, bars, concerts, and plays without massive amounts of traffic or crime. I am a short drive from multiple beautiful beaches and hiking trails to explore with my dog.

    Hobbies: I enjoy doing yoga, eating tacos, live theatre, hanging out with my co-residents and my dog.

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    Angelea Heider, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health? 
    I chose Spectrum Health for residency as I knew they had a strong IM/Peds program and the location was ideal for my family. After interviewing here I knew it was where I best fit in as a resident and had no doubts that my training would be excellent leaving me many opportunities and paths after residency was completed. I also thoroughly love the people here. Everyone in our program is very welcoming and down to earth as well as happy to help you in any way in order for you to succeed.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like our close knit relationship we all have within the IM/Peds program. We not only spend time together within residency but outside of it as well. I also love how family friendly our program is. Deciding to have a child during residency is not easy but they were very much accommodating and supported my decision. Truly all of the people involved within the IM/Peds program are fun, loving, and down to earth people who I enjoy spending time with and consider an extension of my family.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests thus far include adult palliative/hospice care as well as adult hospitalist medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: I thoroughly enjoy all of what West Michigan has to offer. Grand Rapids truly caters to every individual in some way or another. I can be on the beach within 30 min or be downtown for a show in 10. I also have ease of access to other amenities such as shopping or multiple parks in and outside the city. Having come from rural MI, I also love how easy it is to get out of the city and into a more rural/less populated area. Another perk is our awesome airport which has very inexpensive round trip flights to Florida and many other winter destinations.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include first and foremost spending time with my family including husband and son as well as outdoor activities and physical fitness. I love to road/gravel bike or ride my indoor peloton bike as well as go to the beach, kayak, or fish. Basically anything outdoors I enjoy doing and they can pretty much all be done here in Grand Rapids.

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    Kaille Meguiar, DO

    Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because I loved the family aspect of the Med/Peds residency program. I was lucky enough to be able to do a rotation here as a medical student, and I enjoyed the experience of having an academic hospital with a community mindset. The attendings were easy to talk to, eager to teach, and the cases were interesting and thought-provoking. I fell in love with the city of Grand Rapids, which had big city amenities but still had a strong community feel.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I think the thing I like the most about our Med/Peds program is how much like a family we all are. We have frequent get togethers, and regularly hang out with each other on days off. We have been involved in each others lives, whether its birthdays, new babies, or weddings. I feel like I could go to any one of my co-residents at any time just to talk or hang out! Additionally, we have great faculty and leadership who represent our Med/Peds program. Our program director Dr. Switzer supports us 100% of the time, and our program coordinator Pam is literally the best person ever and is always trying to make residency easier for us in any way she can!

    Clinical Interests:
    I came into residency open to any options, and 2 years in I haven't made up my mind. I have always been interested in Pediatric Heme/Onc, and I am still keeping that option open! I also love being in the hospital in general, and taking care of peds and adults in more acute settings, so I have not ruled out combined Med/Peds Hospitalist as a career option. I've been lucky to experience a wide variety of electives and experiences that have allowed me to keep an open mind regarding my future!

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan has been a great place to live and work! I moved downtown at the beginning of my intern year, and have loved having the experience of being able to walk most places I would like to! West Michigan is slightly more slow of a pace, but Grand Rapids still has all the big city amenities. I've been able to go to Broadway shows, big name concerts, the ballet, and the Grand Rapids Symphony since moving here. Also, the beach is just 40 minutes away with tons of hiking paths that are BEAUTIFUL, so that has been a great thing to do on a weekend off!

    HobbiesIn my free time I love to bake! This year alone I have made homemade cinnamon rolls 4 times and I love trying new recipes. I'm working on trying to get better at cooking. I also enjoy spending time out by the water and going on hikes. I've tried to explore most of the restaurants in the city, and enjoy a good happy hour or trivia with friends!

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    Jennifer Rosso, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because I loved the unique experience it provided with a great balance between community and academic hospital feel. There is a huge patient variety ranging from bread and butter cases to very rare diseases, and multiple specialists to learn directly from without being too fellow heavy.

    What do you like most about your program?
    My number 1 favorite thing about this program is my co-residents and program leadership! I also love the flexibility we're given with scheduling and the insane amount of elective opportunities to explore our interests, because let's be honest, if you're Med-Peds you're probably undecided on a few things.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests change almost daily, and have moved from Pediatric Cardiology/Adult Congenital to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, to my current interest of pursuing a job as a Med-Peds Hospitalist. I also love Global Health and have been accepted for an away rotation in Uganda later this year!

    Living in West Michigan: The best part about West Michigan is the outdoors! Grand Rapids has so many outdoor trails and parks and is a quick drive to the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches or Up North. It is a super affordable city with great restaurants/breweries and activities for all of your interests from sports to music to popular broadway shows.

    HobbiesMy favorite hobbies include exploring new restaurants and breweries with family and friends, boot camp, yoga, or cycling classes, and binging Netflix/HGTV/movies on my time off.

Class of 2021 

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    Michelle Carveth, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health for my residency because they offered robust residencies in both internal medicine and pediatrics. I feel that my training as both a pediatrician and internist is well rounded and gives me the knowledge and experience I will need to care for complex as well as "bread and butter" patients after I graduate.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The thing I like most about the IM/Peds residency are my fellow residents. We are certainly are an eclectic mix of personalities, yet we somehow have an underlying commonality that makes for a strong bond and easy friendships. Our program director, Dr. Switzer, and coordinator, Pam, are two more of my favorite things about the residency. They are my go-to people for any questions or concerns and both are such strong advocates for us as residents.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include outpatient primary care and women's health.

    Living in West Michigan: I grew up in West Michigan, so feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to complete my residency here. I have spent several years living in the eastern and central portions of the state, and there's just nothing quite like the west side. Grand Rapids has all of the amenities of a large city, but somehow maintains the feel of a smaller suburb. Rush hour traffic is manageable. We have the best beaches at nearby Lake Michigan. I also personally love being less than an hour from my family in Kalamazoo.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include enjoying my backyard when the weather is nice, minor home-improvement projects, winning at game nights, and spending time with my husband and son.

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    James Robert Polega, MD

    Hometown: Port Ausin, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health due to the unique training environment which blends pathology from a university program with the friendly collegial atmosphere of a community program.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The thing I like most about the Med-Peds program here at Spectrum Health is the sense of family that we have within our program.

    Clinical Interests: My primary clinical interest is infectious disease with a focus on medical education.

    Living in West Michigan: It's a great place to live and work with a ton of amenities. It also provides a mix of big city

    HobbiesI enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with my wife and son.

  • AbigailWenzlickMD

    Abigail Wenzlick, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health is a great blend of academic and community based medicine. More importantly, there are amazing physicians throughout the institution who are incredible mentors for resident physicians - modeling high quality care and a healthy work-life balance.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The med-peds program here is great because of its people. Our program leadership constantly advocates for high quality education and listens to its residents about what we think is important. The residents here are actually friends and we support each other. Whether we are organizing ice cream rounds during a floor block, going to trivia, cooking meals for each other, or helping with babysitting (kids and/or pets) - we support each other both at work and outside of it.

    Clinical Interests: I've always been interested in primary care and have been thrilled with the opportunities to learn outpatient medicine within our program.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand rapids is a fantastic place to live. During my residency, I've loved having season football tickets, trying out new restaurants, going to concerts and Broadway shows, and hiking on nearby trails.

    HobbiesWhen I have time off, I love spending it at home with my family usually working on the latest house/garden projects, going to the dog park with Harper (our golden retriever), or enjoying a night downtown.