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

  • graham-aubrey

    Aubrey Graham, MD

    Hometown: Erie, IL
    Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The people! I immediately felt that everyone was interested in knowing who I was on a personal level.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I'm looking forward to exploring my current interests and discovering more with my co-residents!

    Clinical Interests: Coming from a small town in Illinois, I have a special interest in rural health. While in medical school, I've learned more about palliative care and am excited to explore that elective as well!

    Living in West Michigan: Though I have not lived here long, I love all of the outdoor activities available. I have already checked out a few of the local parks for hiking.

    HobbiesI enjoy reading, running, and watching hockey.

  • larsen-danielle

    Danielle Larsen, MD

    Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
    Medical School: 
    University of Oklahoma

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because the children's hospital facility is state of the art, the residents are living their lives while becoming incredibly competent doctors, and Grand Rapids is a beautiful town with tons of opportunities for outdoor activities! 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to learning how to be a doctor in a beautiful facility supported by fantastic physicians and mentors. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in intensive care specialties, but know that may change with the broad exposure to other fields I will experience over the next three years. 

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the access to sandy beaches, hiking trails, national parks, and the local farmers markets! My husband and I purchased a home here because we intend to stay in West Michigan - you can't beat the beauty of the area and the generosity of the people! 

    HobbiesI enjoy gardening, cooking, baking bread, and just about anything outdoors. 

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    Elizabeth Davis, DO

    Hometown: Holland, MI
    Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I liked the program size and the supportive and friendly environment. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to getting to know everybody in the program!

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in general pediatrics. 

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is my  home! 

    HobbiesI like to travel, try new coffee shops, go to breweries with my husband, and board games.

     

  • kumar-emmanuel

    Emmanuel Kumar, MD

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I really enjoyed interacting with the residents and the program leadership during my interview time. They showed how much they cared about us and worked towards providing a better residency experience for us.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to learning and growing together with such an amazing group of co-interns!

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Pediatric Nephrology.

    Living in West Michigan: I really enjoy how friendly people are and the exceptional ice cream!

    HobbiesI like video games, board games, DnD, pets, food, building computers and spending time with my friends.

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    Hansika Narayanan, MD

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Medical School: University of Illinois  

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I am so excited to join Spectrum because on my interview day, I got along so well with everyone at the program and really felt at home. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to learning how to be the best physician both in and out of the hospital. I am looking forward to helping patients through advocacy and volunteer work outside the hospital and to continue helping the children of Grand Rapids! 

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are in Endocrinology, Trans Care, and Heath Care advocacy. 

    Living in West Michigan: I just moved to Grand Rapids, but already everyone is so friendly! I am excited to explore the city and try all the good food and nature walks!  

    HobbiesMy hobbies are knitting and cross-stitching, cooking new recipes, playing with my dog, and binge watching bad television. 

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    Heather Blickenstaff, MD

    Hometown: Auburn, IN
    Medical School: 
    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because of the wonderful faculty and community. Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children's Hospital has a great reputation in the medical world, as well as in the Grand Rapids area. My residency program is genuinely interested in bettering the community and trains future physicians to be well-rounded providers. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to working with the community to help families with a variety of aspects related to the health of their children. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in critical care pediatrics, specifically PICU, NICU, and PEM.

    Living in West Michigan: I just moved to West Michigan, but I am excited to explore the area.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include krav maga, rock climbing, and playing with my dog!

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    Heather Gladfelter, MD

    Hometown: Kokomo, IN
    Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum because everyone felt like family. I knew I would be well supported by everyone around me. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to learning and developing my skills as a physician with a new group of eager residents. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in pursuing a career in general pediatrics. 

    Living in West Michigan: I am looking forward to living in a fun, lively, city within driving distance to the lake. 

    HobbiesI enjoy playing golf, baking, reading, and spending time with family.

  • johnson-hollis

    Hollis Johnson, MD

    Hometown: Hartland, WI
    Medical School: 
    Medical College of Wisconsin 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I felt welcomed by the residents and faculty from my first interaction with the program. I was impressed by the structured curriculum and protected learning time that demonstrated their dedication to developing confident physicians. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to working as a team to improve the community while continuing to build on my own skills. I'm eager to interact with patients and colleagues of all backgrounds to promote health and build friendships.   

    Clinical Interests: I am currently interested in critical care, but I am excited to explore the many career paths within the field of pediatrics. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love the big city amenities offered in Grand Rapids, but with the proximity to areas with many outdoor activities. I'm excited to try out new breweries, seek out scenic hikes, and find a new favorite bike path. 

    HobbiesI enjoy swimming, weightlifting, biking, rollerblading, baking and cheering for Pittsburgh sports teams. 

  • haus-jeffrey

    Jeffrey K. Haus DO

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
    Medical School: Marian University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health's reputation is well known. I had heard of the excellent training, opportunities, and caliber of people associated with it. I was most impressed with the gorgeous children's hospital and the friendliness of the people. Then, as I learned more about Grand Rapids, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to working with my fellow residents and attendings all in the setting of a beautiful children's hospital in the great city of Grand Rapids.

    Clinical Interests: I seem to enjoy the inpatient side of medicine more, but I truly love every aspect. My future goals are still undetermined.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is close to big cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis, but we still have the luxury of being a smaller city with plenty of things to do, like going to Lake Michigan, exploring places to hike, and checking out different breweries.

    HobbiesI played sports all my life and still try to find time to play basketball and ride my bike throughout Western Michigan. Otherwise, I enjoy reading different books, playing video games, and finding new recipes to try.

  • shabab-jonathan

    Jonathan Maher Shabab, MD

    Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
    Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I wanted a program that was big enough to provide me with a wide variety of clinical experiences, but small enough to feel cozy and familial. Plus I'm a Midwestern guy through and through. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am excited to grow as a physician and to form friendships with my cointerns and fellow residents.

    Clinical Interests: Currently, I am most interested in infectious disease. I also enjoy primary care. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love the feeling of being in a big city that is also lush and green. I look forward to becoming a member of this vibrant community.

    HobbiesI like good coffee and new food. I love finding the perfect pen. But the hobby I probably spend the most time on is music! I love that feeling of discovering my next favorite song.

  • green-joshua

    Joshua Green, MD

    Hometown: South Lyon, MI
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    As a visiting student on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital from Oakland William Beaumont School of Medicine, I witnessed the welcoming comradery of the medical team, the excellent teaching/advising of the attending physicians, and the warmth and devotedness of the compassionate residency directors. I could not feel more blessed to be a part of the pediatric residency at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.   

    What do you like most about your program?
    As a new resident pediatrician, I am looking forward to meeting all my co-residents and establishing new lifelong relationship and bonds! I am excited to solidify my role as a future pediatrician, fine tune my clinical practice and knowledge, and find my niche within the realm of pediatrics. 

    Clinical Interests:  
    Working with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraising efforts as an undergraduate at Michigan State University to rotating at St. Jude in the inpatient solid tumor and leukemia services, my heart resides in pediatric hematology/oncology. However, I also have a passion for pediatric emergency medicine and the critical side of medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: I just moved to West Michigan from the East side of Michigan, and cannot wait to adventure throughout the area. I have already explored the beautiful city Grand Haven to soak up the sun, and am looking forward to more outdoor activities with new friends. 

    HobbiesMy hobbies include traveling, personal fitness, baseball (bucket list to visit all 30 stadiums), and extreme sports – snowboarding, skateboarding, & wakeboarding. I also am an avid Disney enthusiast. 

  • tam-joyce

    Joyce Tam, MD

    Hometown: Hobart, IN
    Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was struck by the residents and the children's hospital as soon as I walked in. It was a great environment to be in with friendly faces and great leadership. Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children's Hospital is a wonderful place to train at where you will be a integral part of the team. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am most looking forward to exploring Grand Rapids and exploring Michigan! From nature trails and the dunes to the breweries and restaurants, I am eager to find new places in the state I now call home.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in a subspecialty that allows me to both be in the clinic and work inpatient. Some potential specialties are heme/onc, allergy/immunology, and pulmonology. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love that there is so much nature to explore so close by or a quick drive away! 

    HobbiesMy hobbies include cooking and learning new recipes, attending concerts and live music events, hiking, and exploring new local restaurants.

  • acre-kayla

    Kayla Acre, DO

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I love the supportive and community feel of the hospital, diversity in patient pathology, comradery among the residents, and the willingness of faculty to teach each day. Grand Rapids is an amazing city and close to my family. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    As a new resident, I am looking forward to becoming friends with all my co-residents, exploring Grand Rapids, and learning as much as I can alongside my fellow residents and the faculty at Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children's Hospital. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in General Pediatrics. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love the community feel yet abundance of things to do in West Michigan. I enjoy going to the beach, trying out new restaurants, attending festivals, and going to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. 

    HobbiesMy hobbies include spending time with family, running, playing yard games, game nights, and eating out at new restaurants. 

  • smith-kayla

    Kayla Smith, MD

    Hometown: Rockwall, TX
    Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because of the family atmosphere and how I could tell that everyone cared about each other and supported each other. Also, I am originally from Michigan and have family in the area so returning to Michigan to be closer to them was always something I wanted to do. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to learning from my fellow residents and growing throughout my residency program.  

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in critical care. 

    Living in West Michigan: I have never lived in West Michigan previously but in my short time here I have enjoyed all the trails and lakes in the area. There is always an outdoor activity when the weather is accommodating. 

    HobbiesI enjoy both playing or watching sports and spending time outside either hiking or at the lake.

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    Maeve Kathleen Bartiss, MD 

    Hometown: Pinehurst, NC
    Medical School: East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When I came for my interview at Spectrum, everything about the program blew me away: the residents, the teaching faculty, the facility...the list goes on and on! And even with the little exposure I got to Grand Rapids at the time, I knew it was a perfect city. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I can't wait to connect with my intern class as well as my senior residents - so excited to meet my new Spectrum family!

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in general pediatrics and have not yet decided if I will subspecialize. 

    Living in West Michigan: Though I've only been in Grand Rapids for a few days so far, I am already so in love with the city! There is so much to do and the weather is a definite improvement from summers in the Southeast!

    HobbiesI enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with animals. 

  • johnson-samantha

    Samantha Johnson, MD

    Hometown: Wrightstown, WI
    Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When I came for my interview all of the residents, faculty, and staff were exceptionally kind and welcoming.  During my tour of the hospital different staff members and residents stopped in the middle of rounds to say hello and all of the residents truly seemed happy to be here.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to building relationships with my co-residents, taking care of children every day, and having the opportunity to experience the different aspects of pediatric medicine so I can find what I truly love.

    Clinical Interests: I enjoy several things and I am looking forward to finding what I love during residency.

    Living in West Michigan: I haven't been living in West Michigan for very long, but it seems like there is a lot to do in the area.  I love how close it is to Lake Michigan and that everybody we have met in the area so far has been super friendly.

    Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, baking, fixing puzzles, playing board games, woodworking, and spending time with my family.

  • khalil-sophia

    Sophia Khalil, MD

    Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB)

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health? 
    I chose this program because of both its academic excellence but also the warm welcome I reviewed on my interview day at Helen DeVos. It was clear that this was a collaborative and supportive learning environment that truly cared about its residents and shaping them into compassionate and successful clinicians. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to gaining new skills, meeting new mentors and colleagues, and exploring the field of medicine. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in pediatric cardiology, health literacy, patient safety, and health disparities in immigrant populations. 

    Living in West Michigan: I have only spent a few days in West Michigan, but so far everyone seems quite welcoming! Conversations I have had with my new neighbors show that Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is a community pillar and very well respected!

    HobbiesI enjoy baking (particularly bite-sized treats), painting, reading, and eating ice cream! 

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    Aamna Hafeez, DO

    Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health offered the perfect blend of high-quality healthcare and a sense of community among the residents. Everyone I have met has incredibly kind and willing to go the extra mile to help you. I immediately felt supported by the faculty and staff here. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to growing into a knowledgeable and compassionate physician along with my co-residents. 

    Clinical Interests: I am currently interested in perusing a career in inpatient pediatrics. Whether that be through becoming a pediatric hospital or a critical care pediatrician is yet to be decided. 

    Living in West Michigan: I grew up in East Michigan and am very excited to explore this part of the state. I can't wait to explore the downtown GR food scene!

    HobbiesI enjoy kayaking, reading and bike riding. I am also passionate about yoga. I am a foodie and avid Yelp-er. 

  • sheth-urmi

    Urmi Sheth, MD

    Hometown: Naperville, IL
    Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I think Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children Hospital is a really special place that practices medicine in a compassionate, collaborative way. The people here are kind and welcoming, and everyone looks out for each other and for their patients.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I'm looking forward to learning all that I can, and working with many wonderful physicians!

    Clinical Interests: Sincemy clinical interests cover many different subspecialties, I plan on practicing as a general pediatrician. 

    Living in West Michigan: There are so many hiking trails around the area, there's always somewhere new to explore.

    HobbiesI enjoy writing and decorating desserts!

  • tolstyka-zachary

    Zachary P Tolstyka, MD, PhD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was drawn to the dedication to each and every patient and the constant drive for improvement in clinical practice.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am excited for the ability to make a difference in the lives of young western Michiganders.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in pediatric critical care, hematology/oncology, and hospital medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: As a new Western Michigander, I am excited by the countless amounts of outdoor activities available!

    HobbiesI enjoy walking and running with my dog Tasha and playing ice hockey.

Class of 2022

  • Yamasaki-Ai

    Ai Yamasaki, MD

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Medical School: Western Michigan University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was really excited by the people I met here, including the pediatric program leadership. I could tell that the children's hospital is well endowed with resources and specialists to serve a large patient population. I also loved the idea of living in Grand Rapids, which is a wonderful and vibrant city!

    What do you like most about your program?
    I feel that I am getting excellent clinical education, but mostly I am very happy to learn alongside amazing colleagues and mentors!

    Clinical Interests: I am undecided as to what I will ultimately practice. I have many interests, including but not limited to: primary care, developmental pediatrics, palliative care, cardiology, and hematology/oncology.

    Living in West Michigan: I love the green spaces throughout the city, accessible shortly outside the city as well. I also enjoy the vibrant art scene in Grand Rapids.

    HobbiesI have just as many clinical interests as non-clinical interests, including but not limited to: drawing (portraiture), sculpture, rock climbing, dancing (swing, salsa, ballroom, hula), cooking, and playing the ukulele. Do you have an unusual hobby? Let me know, I'm always open to learning new ones!

  • Mishra-Ananya

    Ananya Mishra, MD

    Hometown: Austin, TX
    Medical School: The Ohio State University 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital for my pediatrics residency because it combined a lot of the aspects I was looking for in a program. The hospital is large, free-standing, and busy. Everyone is very supportive and encouraging and genuinely cares about my education. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    What I like most about the Pediatrics residency is the culture of camaraderie. Rather than constantly competing against one another, everyone looks out for each other. 

    Clinical Interests: Currently, I am interested in hematology/oncology. I am also passionate about palliative care and mental health. 

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is a beautiful place, close to lakes and state parks. Grand Rapids is a great city to live in with a lot to do. The winters are definitely rough, but the rest of the seasons are lovely. 

    HobbiesI enjoy reading, watching Netflix, running, and doing yoga. I love to try new food and travel to new places. 

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    Ashley O'Bryan, MD

    Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
    Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose the program because of the people. Attendings, pharmacists, nurses, and everyone else on the teams were all kind and welcoming on interview day. Even today, they continue to care about my growth and development. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The thing I like most about my program is the focus on education. Every patient is an opportunity to learn and the attendings are excited about teaching. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in Academic General Pediatrics. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love all the outdoor activities that are available in the area! Regardless of the season, there is always something to do! 

    HobbiesDuring football season, I can be found cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals! I also love playing with my puppy, running/hiking with my husband, and watching HGTV. 

  • Voydanoff-Austin

    Austin Voydanoff, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I did my medical school in Grand Rapids, Mi, working with many of the Spectrum Health Helen Devos Childrens Hospital residents and loved that experience. Our residents and attendings have great comradery and there is an emphasis on learning exceptional clinical care. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The people are fantastic and excited to be a part of the team. 

    Clinical Interests: I am still quite undecided. I have an interest in hematology/oncology, or maybe cardiology. Primary care seems pretty fun, and hospitalist medicine seems interesting too. 

    Living in West Michigan: There is so much to do close by! Beaches, hiking, biking, sporting events, and Grand Rapids is a very accessible city.

    HobbiesRunning, reading, hockey. I'm also the "coach" of the peds softball team and we're always looking for new recruits!

  • Aya Al-Noubani, MD

    Hometown: Amman, Jordan
    Medical School:

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health Helen DeVos children hospital was on the top of list because I though it was a free standing children hospital with a good sized pediatrics program. All the sub-specialties are a phone call away. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like that it is a medium sized program with a great exposure and all the sub-specialties a phone-call away.

    Clinical Interests: After finishing my residency, I am interested in pursuing a NICU fellowship.

    Living in West Michigan: I like living in West Michigan because it close to family. it is also has a diverse population and lots of activities to do. 

    HobbiesIn my free time, I like to play violin, exercise and read books. 

  • Walquist-Chelsey

    Chelsey Walquist, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Cliché warning: I chose Spectrum Health because of the people, but it's true! I also love Grand Rapids. I spent 4 years here for medical school and was ecstatic at the opportunity to stay.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like the variety of opportunities that are open to us and a truly supportive environment created by fantastic administrators, faculty, and co-residents. At first I was hesitant about our program size, however, I've come to realize I had nothing to worry about. My co-residents are more like family, there is no "getting lost in the crowd", and there is always someone to help cover or switch shifts with you.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in general pediatrics in Michigan.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy the access to lakes, rivers, and trails. I enjoy the food- with some great options for my favorites: Thai, Mediterranean, and Mexican. 

    HobbiesMost of my time is spent chasing around my toddler, Jack, and planning family adventures. We love going to the children's museum, public museum, John Ball Zoo, and the many different parks in the area. This past year we were also able to visit Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Marquette, and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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    Clint Bunde, DO

    Hometown: Petersburgh, MI 
    Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital was the perfect sized program for me. We are a large enough hospital to see a wide variety of pediatric cases, but small enough that we know all the attendings and program faculty on a first name basis. Also, the cafeteria has cookies the size of dinner plates. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I really like how accessible program leadership is. Our program directors are more than happy to meet with us on an individual basis for career advice, feedback or just to check in. 

    Clinical Interests: I'm interested in pediatric hospital medicine and medical education.

    Living in West Michigan: I really like how close we are to Lake Michigan and several beach towns (Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck). Also, there are a ton of local breweries in Grand Rapids. 

    Hobbies: My hobbies are playing Volleyball, watching college football, and going hiking, staring at my dog. 

  • Huang-Elijah

    Elijah Huang, MD

    Hometown: Carmel, IN
    Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health/Michigan State University because of the people I interacted with during my interview, so it was heartbreaking to hear that residency interviews are all virtual this year. I felt that program leadership really cared about resident wellness and that our voice would be heard in residency. It also helped that the hospital is so new and gorgeous all around! I know it sounds like something small, but when you're tired and feeling overworked, it really makes a difference coming into an environment that's welcoming. Additionally, I thought I would receive a well-rounded pediatrics education since we have access to all Pediatric sub-specialties, providing us the opportunity to explore our career interest while providing the learning we need to be competent physicians. The program also allows us to participate in global health rotations, which was something I was looking for during my residency interviews. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    Overall, intern year has confirmed that this was the right choice because it all came true! They do work really hard to get our feedback to improve work flow, scheduling, and wellness. The attending are passionate about teaching and provide couching (aka feedback) in a non-judgmental/penalizing way. And there's lots of great food options with the meal stipend the hospital provides, so we feel well cared for, for sure.  Let's be clear though. It's not a perfect program. There's a lot of areas to grow and improve upon, but we have staff and leadership who work with enthusiasm and empower us to become the physicians we hope to become. 

    Clinical Interests: Most likely outpatient pediatrics,, but I do enjoy procedures. I would like to have some component of Global Health in my career as well. 

    Living in West Michigan: The ease of access to various outdoor activities at all times of year. There are hiking trails nearby all around the city, Lake Michigan is less than 1 hour away, and there's skiing and ice-skating in the winter too! Plus Grand Rapids has a nice variety of restaurants to choose from, including Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Breweries, and more! There are a lot of young professionals in the city and you're pretty safe living downtown too. 

    HobbiesI enjoy eating great food, running, ultimate Frisbee, swimming, hiking, and playing the drums.  I've tried abstract painting in residency, but it hasn't gone well. 

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    Lindsey Boyke, MD, MPH

    Hometown: Verona, WI
    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Helen DeVos because of the friendships and inviting atmosphere built by the residents and attendings as well as the ample opportunities for learning since it is the highest level pediatric hospital in Western Michigan. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The thing I like most about my program is the people, hands down. Our resident group is like a family and we have an absolutely wonderful group of attending physicians that build a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. 

    Clinical Interests: I am currently interested in pursuing pediatric non-operative orthopedics and sports medicine. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love that Grand Rapids offers the best of both worlds with numerous outdoor areas to hike and run while at the same time has a lively downtown with restaurants, bars and events. It’s also only 40 minutes from the beaches on Lake Michigan! 

    HobbiesI am a die-hard Badger fan and love watching sports, being outdoors, working out, reading and baking.  

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    Megan A. Crippen, MD

    Hometown: Holland, OH
    Medical School: University of Toledo, College of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    The faculty and staff were incredibly friendly and supportive at Helen DeVos! I saw how much the residents supported each other at the interview dinner, and it was apparent on interview day, too. The tracks help train all of the pediatrics residents to prepare them for the future.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Kira, Raj, and Justin are fantastic! As our program leadership, they want us to do well and will support us however they can.  

    Clinical Interests:I am interested in pediatric cardiology.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a great city! It is small enough that it's easy to drive wherever you want to go, but large enough to have a lot of the amenities of a major city.  And if you need something that isn't here, Chicago is close enough for a day trip!

    HobbiesI enjoy taking my dog hiking, yoga, and reading (especially historical and science fiction/fantasy novels).

  • Schuetz-Megan

    Megan Schuetz, MD

    Hometown: Novi, MI
    Medical School: Central Michigan University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health because I love Grand Rapids and the west side of Michigan. I really enjoyed meeting all of the residents and faculty in the Pediatrics program and felt that I would fit right in!

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love my co-residents and attendings/faculty; could not have asked for better colleagues to learn from!

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests general pediatrics. 

    Living in West Michigan: I love the abundance of outdoor activities here - hiking, biking, beaches - they're all here!

    HobbiesAnything outdoors, reading, traveling, socializing with friends.

  • Dohar-Michael

    Michael Dohar, MD

    Hometown: Canfield, OH
    Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Helen DeVos Children's after my interview dinner. I immediately felt the comradery and supportive residency culture that I desired. I also loved that children's hospital was large and busy with all the subspecialty opportunities while maintaining a community feel. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the supportive residency culture with individuals who are passionate about teaching. Work can and should be fun and that is definitely the case here!

    Clinical Interests: I'm currently planning on pursuing a pediatric subspecialty, but I'm still open to many possibilities as I continue to explore electives and other professional opportunities. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a great city with many new restaurants and breweries to try. Its also great being so close to lake Michigan!

    Hobbies: I enjoy Swimming, baking, eating.

  • Knapp-Michelle

    Michelle Knapp, MD

    Hometown: St. Joseph, MI
    Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I really liked the atmosphere on my interview day and wanted to train at a freestanding children's hospital.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I like the collegial environment that exists within the hospital between all staff. It's a safe, friendly environment!

    Clinical Interests: I'm undecided at this time but am interested in emergency medicine and critical care.

    Living in West Michigan: I like having midwestern hospitality and being close to the lake.

    HobbiesGardening, bicycling, cooking, and baking

  • odunsi-rahamat

    Rahamat Odunsi, MD

    Hometown: Calumet City, IL
    Medical School: Chicago Medical School

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum because I felt the community and wanted to belong to my program and not just pass through. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    My favorite part about my program are my co-residents, hands down. 

    Clinical Interests: Interested in becoming a primary care physician. 

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a big city mood in a smaller town. 

    HobbiesI like audiobooks, music, video games. Above all number one hobby is napping. 

  • Schwartz-Samantha

    Samantha R. Schwartz MD, MS

    Hometown: Northbrook, IL
    Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health grabbed my attention on my interview day. I could feel how close knit the resident classes had become in a few short years and their pride in working at Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children Hospital. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children Hospital has created a community in which I feel safe to learn and to grow as a physician. As residents, we are exposed to a broad range of patient diagnoses as we care for patient all across Western Michigan and in the UP!

    Clinical Interests: I plan to apply for a fellowship! I really enjoy continuity of care with my patients and building a strong relationship that allows patients and families to feel safe and able to share their concerns.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids has all the things I look for in a big city without the traffic! I love exploring new restaurants and breweries, seeing musicals at Broadway Grand Rapids, and walking along the Riverfront!

    HobbiesI love cooking, traveling, puzzling, and Michigan football!



Class of 2021

  • Alkhatib_Einas

    Einas Alkhatib, MD

    Hometown: Sartell, MN
    Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose this residency program, because it was clear on interview day that everyone is compassionate and collaborative. Also, I liked the size of the program, and the wide variety of patient cases. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    What I like most about this program is how genuinely kind everyone is, along with the many opportunities to further pursue individual clinical interests.

    Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include Pediatric Endocrinology, particularly type 1 diabetes care. 

    Living in West Michigan: What I enjoy most about West Michigan is people are friendly, the scenery is beautiful, and there are plenty of things to do or restaurants to try.

    HobbiesMy hobbies include traveling, reading, and drawing/painting.

  • Afshan_Tonia

    Tonia Afshan, MD MPH

    Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I wanted a mid-size program in the Midwest. Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children's Hospital and the Pediatrics program were very similar to my home institution's hospital/program, but I wanted to branch out and train somewhere new!

    What do you like most about your program?
    All specialties available at one location, faculty very approachable, great opportunities for QI/research

    Clinical Interests: My Clinical interest are food allergy, documentation, EMR. 

    Living in West Michigan: Lots of great restaurants in Grand Rapids, close to the beach and lake, nice trails to hike/walk pets

    HobbiesPlaying piano, cooking and baking, hiking/running with my dog. 

  • Ashen-Gary_David

    David Ashen-Garry, DO

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    Medical School: Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I was looking for a free-standing children's hospital, with broad sub-specialty support and a great learning/teaching environment. I found that here!

    What do you like most about your program?
    The supportive culture, from co-residents, to attendings, to residency leadership.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in pediatric critical care as well as working on the administrative side as a chief resident.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is a great city. Has all the amenities I need without the useless hassle and wasted space and time (I'm from Los Angeles--its 90% hassle and wasted space and time).

    HobbiesI love tennis in the summer, skiing in the winter. There are ski slopes 30 minutes from downtown! Plus beer. There are an insane number of breweries here. I love it.

  • Borman_Daniel

    Daniel Borman, MD

    Hometown: Evansville, IN
    Medical School: University of Kentucky

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When reviewing programs and locations, Grand Rapids stood out as a vibrant, growing city. When visiting for the interview, I was really struck by the beauty of Grand Rapids as a whole, but I was particularly impressed by Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. While these aspects were appreciated, it was ultimately the people with whom I interacted during and after my interview that convinced me that Spectrum Health was the right fit for me.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The people. We are very fortunate to have program leaders that are very attentive to our concerns and great residents who take care of each other.

    Clinical Interests: I'm planning to go into primary care pediatrics with specific interests in lifestyle improvement and pediatric obesity.

    Living in West Michigan: I really enjoy the summers in Western Michigan and love getting outdoors. Having lived further south prior to residency, I had no idea that the beaches on Lake Michigan were so nice! 

    HobbiesHaving bought a fixer upper during intern year, my biggest hobby is doing home renovation projects.  I also love getting outdoors whenever possible and have really enjoyed visiting the local parks in and around GR. The nearby state parks and beaches have some great hiking as well. Of course, I also enjoy the opportunity to grab some food and drinks with my co-residents and, fortunately, GR has a lot of great options. 

  • Borup_Timothy

    Timothy Borup, MD


    Hometown: Boise, ID
    Medical School: Ohio State University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I loved the city for its accessibility and family-friendliness. There are great neighborhood and lots to do. I loved the program for the people, who made me feel like I was home. The hospital is large enough to see the complete breadth of pediatric illness, yet small enough to know everyone and be known.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The best part about this program is the people, hands down. This is my second family and we all stand with each other through thick and thin.

    Clinical Interests: I am looking forward to a career in general pediatrics.

    Living in West Michigan: The best part about West Michigan is all the outdoor activities. We're less than an hour away from Lake Michigan, there are many beautiful local parks, and Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island are amazing. 

    Hobbies: If I'm not at work I'm spending time with my wonderful wife and daughters. I also enjoy woodworking and keeping up with guitar and piano playing.

  • Elizer_Sydney

    Sydney Elizer, MD

    Hometown: Nashville, TN
    Medical School: University of Tennessee

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When visiting Spectrum Health/Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, it felt like home. The people were friendly and inviting, and I instantly felt comfortable. It doesn't hurt that the Children's Hospital is beautiful, too!

    What do you like most about your program?
    The program directors welcome and encourage change for the betterment of the individual residents and the program as a whole. I've also made friends for life thanks to this program. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in Pediatric Cardiology and am looking forward to what comes next!

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is beautiful. The winters are fun, as we get very little to no snow in the South. And the summers are perfect with Lake Michigan nearby. There are many places to travel to for a day trip. 

    HobbiesI've spent much of my time here so far exploring the state with my dog. And I've learned to love a back deck with a fire pit!

  • Hallman_Allison

    Allison Engel, MD

    Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
    Medical School: Wayne State University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?"
    I chose Spectrum Health for my pediatric residency because it has a great balance between community pediatrics and academic/subspecialty care. I knew it would prepare me for any career in pediatrics.  

    What do you like most about your program?
    I appreciate how invested our faculty are in our education and enjoy the comradery between residents and attendings. It is a very supportive learning environment!  

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in primary care, hospital medicine, and nutrition. 

    Living in West Michigan: West Michigan offers a variety of activities such as downtown restaurants, shows and concerts, museums, lots of hiking, and great beaches! Everything is a very close drive.

    HobbiesI enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, cooking and baking, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends. 

  • Escobar_Vasco_Alejandra

    Alejandra Maria Escobar Vasco, MD

    Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
    Medical School: Colombia School of Medicine 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    My application process for residency looked a little different given that I am an international medical graduate. Knowing that they were open to give an IMG a chance of being part of their program was a big deal for me.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I know it sounds rehearsed and repetitive but our program really is a big family. 

    Clinical Interests: Currently I'm applying to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship. 

    Living in West Michigan: Parks and beaches by the lake, good restaurants!

    HobbiesMy hobbies are baking, and watching movies. 

  • Keeley_Melissa

    Melissa Keeley, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health/Helen DeVos for residency because I really enjoyed the program and the people when I was a medical student rotating at DeVos for my clinical years. Everyone from the residents to attendings were so welcoming and kind and I could feel a real sense of community. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I really enjoy the people. I have made some of my best friends here at our program and am very grateful for that. I really feel like people work well together and every one is willing to step up and support each other. The attending physicians and faculty are also great! They are very approachable and take extra time for teaching and connecting with residents. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in primary care pediatrics with special interest in primary care as it relates to gastroenterology and allergy/immunology.

    Living in West Michigan: I enjoy that we have all four seasons in Michigan. While I wish that winter only lasted a month or two, it does make you appreciate the beautiful Michigan summers and falls that we have! Grand Rapids is a great city to live in and has many unique and delicious restaurants. There are also many great parks, hikes, lakes and outdoor activities to do.

    HobbiesI enjoy spending time with my husband, new baby Ethan, and family. I also like going for walks with my dog Reese, paddle boarding, hiking and baking. 

  • Nolan_Mark

    Mark Nolan, MD

     

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    My third and fourth year medical school clinical rotations were here, so I had the benefit of knowing just what a gem this program is. It's a standalone children's hospital integrated in a large medical complex in a relatively small city with a huge catchment area drawing a wide variety of pathologies and a diverse patient population. The pediatrics residency program is clinically focused with an emphasis on patient care and clinical experience with growing research opportunities and the full range of pediatric subspecialties represented. There are only a handful of fellowships, and the fellows' presence really augments the resident learning experience without limiting hands-on opportunities. The faculty are superb, love to teach, and are exceedingly nice. The pediatric nurses and support staff are exceptional - both highly skilled and patient with learners and families alike.

    What do you like most about your program?
    This is a nurturing educational environment where faculty, residents, and staff are like family and patients are treated as our own. Learners at all levels are supported in their growth with high expectations and encouragement to succeed; no hostility here!

    Clinical Interests: I'm pursuing fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine. I also find hematology/oncology deeply rewarding.

    Living in West Michigan: There is nothing better than a Michigan summer day, especially if you can spend it by the lake! Grand Rapids is a right-size town big enough to have all the fun goings-on without the traffic and big-city politics. Plus, people are so nice here! This is Midwest lake living at its best.

    HobbiesBesides pediatrics, I am interested in personal finance & investing, architecture, and home remodeling. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, jogging, reading, playing the piano, movies, and daydreaming. 

  • Sebastian_Anita

    Anita B. Sebastian, DO

    Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
    Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital for the high caliber of pediatric training that it is known to provide as a large free-standing Children's Hospital.  Especially since I have been living in Grand Rapids, MI with my family and I have served the local community in various child advocacy programs, I found it helpful to receive my training in the area of my residence.  

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the innovative programs that have developed in HDVCH over the recent years including the Healthy Weight Clinic and Culinary Medicine. My niche is nutrition and lifestyle medicine and these programs have helped me further my career goals in Pediatrics.

    Clinical Interests: My passion is preventative medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle medicine.  In my residency here, I am developing motivational interviewing skills and aim to incorporate it in my pediatric practice in the near future. I have done scholarly working in understanding how to expand the baby's palate and develop long-term healthy eating habits in children.

    Living in West Michigan: As a family, we enjoy the long summer days and frequently travel to Northern Michigan and enjoy the picturesque views of the Great Lakes. In the fall, we look forward to ArtPrize, the big art festival that takes place annually in Grand Rapids.  Overall, Grand Rapids is the ideal city for raising children but also is growing as a city with new businesses and upcoming diverse restaurants.

    HobbiesWhenever there is an opportunity, my husband, twin boys and I love to explore and travel to new places in the US and other countries.  I enjoy cooking especially from different parts of the world.  On a daily basis, I practice Heartfulness meditation and yoga.

  • Smith_Khercie

    Khercie Smith, MD

    Hometown: Manchester, KY
    Medical School: University of Kentucky

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    When I came to interview at Spectrum Health Helen Devos Children's Hospital I was impressed with the hospital (those floor to ceiling windows tho) and the comradery between residents!

    What do you like most about your program?
    All my co-residents!

    Clinical Interests: I am passionate about rural and underserved healthcare. I'm interested in complex primary care. I'm excited to provide a medical home for kids with medical complexity. 

    Living in West Michigan: My dog and I love being so close to the beach. Grand Rapids is great because you never run out of new breweries to try out or trails to bike/hike.

    HobbiesGardening, rock climbing, traveling, hiking with my dog

  • Srivastava_Namun

    Namun Srivastava, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I loved the atmosphere in the children's hospital. All of the other residents, faculty, and support staff are very friendly.

    What do you like most about your program?
    Everyone in the residency program, including program leadership, seems to genuinely care about us as individuals.

    Clinical Interests: I am planning to go on to pediatric cardiology fellowship after residency. I additionally have a strong interest in medical education.

    Living in West Michigan: There are lots of good restaurants in the area, and the Lake Michigan beaches are less than an hour's drive away.

    HobbiesReading (fantasy, science fiction, and history), going out to restaurants with friends, video games, board game nights, playing with my cat, and all things Star Wars!

  • Vosters_Matthew

    Matthew Vosters, MD

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

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital was my top choice when I was looking at residency programs. The residents are all very close, the hospital is a dedicated children's hospital, the program leadership is very interested in resident wellness and development, there are plenty of opportunities to get your hands on and explore areas of interest, and Grand Rapids has a lot of cool places to investigate.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The people are the best part about the program. The residents are very close and there is definitely a family feel to the program. Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children Hospital is a dedicated children's hospital so there are also plenty of opportunities to get exposure to a wide variety of subspecialties.

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in Sports Medicine.

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids, and West Michigan, has something for everyone. There are minor league sports, festivals like Art Prize, and plenty of spaces to explore the outdoors.

    HobbiesI enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, soccer, and watching college football.

  • Walls_Andrew

    Andrew Walls, MD

    Hometown: Evansville, IN
    Medical School: Georgetown University

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I desired a tertiary referral center for pediatrics as well as a stand alone children's hospital. Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital provides both and as a new third year I feel well prepared to manage patients independently.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am just starting, stay tune! 

    Clinical Interests: I am interest in critical care medicine and am currently applying for a fellowship these coming months. I am most interested in resident education and developing simulations or trainers to perform various procedures such as arterial line placement, peripheral IV placement and intubations.

    Living in West Michigan: I really like the opportunity to own my house. Compared the east and west coast, living in Grand Rapids is less expensive and I can live comfortably on my residents salary. I also like the fact that Grand Rapids is growing quickly and is mostly centered around younger adults. Reed's Lake probably is my favorite place to go read and spend my free time. 

    HobbiesMy hobbies include skiing, lacrosse and working on my house.