Residents & Fellows

Current Residents

Beau Batty, DO

PGY1

Medical School: A.T. Still College of Osteopathic Medicine


Dr. Beau Batty is a local, he grew up in Madison, WI. He also attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison for his undergraduate work, studying Psychology and Neurobiology. While an undergraduate he worked in the lab of Richie Davidson, rowed on the varsity rowing team, and volunteered on our inpatient psychiatry unity at UW Hospital. Beau then attended A.T. Still College of Osteopathic Medicine before returning to Madison for residency.  He’s been the recipient of several awards including: Phi Beta Kappa; University of Wisconsin Student Athletic Impact Award for Volunteer Service; and the Richard T. Nuske Memorial Scholarship presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America State Council.  He enjoys doing activities around the lakes in Madison and his hobbies include reading, running, playing the drums, and spending time with his pug.

Matthew Biller, MD

PGY1- Public Health Track

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Madison


Dr. Matthew Biller has three degrees from the University of Wisconsin Madison: a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree is Pharmaceutical Sciences and an M.D.  Matthew is from West Bend, WI. While in graduate school he earned a Biological Scholar award (for his strong biology background) and a Dohmen Fund Fellowship (for his strong academic background), he also earned a National Starch and Chemical Foundation Scholarship as an undergraduate. He enjoys the campus scenery during walks, video games, exploring restaurants, and spending time with family. Matthew is a member of the Public Health Track and will complete rural rotations during his training.

Jared Blommel, MD

PGY1-Public Health Track

Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine


Dr. Jared Blommel is from West Bend, WI. He attended the University of Milwaukee for his undergraduate work, where he earned both a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish.  He then attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he earned an MPH along with his MD degree.  Jared has received the Paul Ledbman, MD Memorial Award (2018) and the Global Health Scholar award (2018), been selected for AOA (2018), and the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2018). In Madison, he enjoys riding his bike and going to events or restaurants around the Capitol.  His hobbies include fitness, yoga, mindfulness, cooking, and musicals. Jared is fluent in Spanish. He has a deep commitment to public health and is participating in the Public Health Track. He will complete rural rotations as part of his residency education.

Kathryn Chilton, MD

PGY1

Medical School: University of Michigan


Dr. Katie Chilton, originally from LaGrange, IL, attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate work and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor for medical school. She is the recipient of the Waggoner Award in psychiatry. She has extensive volunteer experience, including as a mentor of high school students in Detroit via the Doctors of Tomorrow program. She bikes around Madison, enjoys sunsets over Lake Mendota, concerts and eating cheese curds. Her hobbies include traveling, dancing to all sorts of live music, cooking with her fiancé, discovering new music, biking, creating and appreciating art, and enjoying time with friends.

Jayme Christoffersen-Cebi, DO

PGY1

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University


Dr. Jayme Christoffersen-Cebi is from Cathedral City, CA. She attended Benedictine University as an undergraduate and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University for medical school. Jayme was a manager of 25 medical scribes, a founding member of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Chorale, a student advocate at the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society, and an organizer of a community outreach program for people with substance use disorders before becoming a resident. Her awards and honors include Phi Theta Kappa Honors Award, St. Benedict Award, Dean’s List, and the Silver Touch Award (for hours of volunteering). She enjoys walking her dogs around Lake Monona. Her hobbies include knitting, cooking, and playing with and training her dogs.

Colleen Considine, MD

PGY3 - Public Health Track & Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Rush University Medical Center


Dr. Colleen Considine is from Lake Bluff, IL. She attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate education in Biological Sciences and then went to the Rush University Medical Center.  In Madison she enjoys bike riding the Monona lake loop and her hobbies include going to concerts, going out to eat, bike riding, and horseback riding. Colleen is a member of the Clinical Educator Track and the Public Health Track. She is completing rural rotations during residency.

Jennifer Cromwell, MD

PGY4

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Dr. Jennifer Cromwell continues our tradition of drawing residents with a strong commitment to serving others: She has volunteered at a suicide prevention hotline in New Hampshire; in medical school, she has served on the Student Needs and Assistance Program (SNAP), a committee of peers that address sensitive issues that arise among medical students; she has won the Gold Humanism Award, recognizing her volunteer efforts. Jennifer received her undergrad degree from Stanford (where she rowed crew) and a Master degree at Harvard. She completed medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has also been involved in research at both Mass General and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Misty Embrey, MD

PGY3 - Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipac University


Dr. Misty Embrey is from Dallas, TX. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University and her medical degree from Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University (Connecticut). In medical school, she founded and led the school’s first interest group geared toward students interested in complementary and integrative medicine.  She is passionate about integrative medicine: she participated in AMSA’s Leadership and Education Program for Student’s in Integrative Medicine and produced a documentary, The Healer Within: Eastern and Western Perspectives on the Mind’s Causal Role in Health and Disease. This led her to Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India to learn from practitioners of ancient eastern medical traditions.  She also has a strong research background, having been a predoctoral research fellow at the University of Arizona, a research assistant at Columbia’s Obesity Research Center, and a research coordinator at InSite Clinical Research.  Misty received the Scholarship in Humanism Award, Quinnipiac University Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS) Grant, AMSA First Generation College Graduate Scholarship, among others. She enjoys weekend brunches at Sardine, stand up paddleboarding on Lake Monona, Lake Mendota sunsets at the Terrace, breaking a sweat at Solid Core, Saturday’s on the Square Farmer’s Market, and sampling as many of Madison’s fried cheese curds as possible.

Jacob Ferris, MD

PGY3

Medical School: University of Texas San Antonio


Dr. Jacob Ferris majored in Biology, Art, and Art History at Rice University and completed medical school at University of Texas at San Antonio. He’s originally from Austin, TX. While at UT, he contributed to environmental sustainability projects including expansion of recycling program, water bottle filling stations, and coordination of campus Earth Day fair. During his research career at Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco, he served on the Green Committee and hosted events to promote environmental issues. He enjoys the Madison Farmer’s Market, Children’s museum and Henry Vilas zoo with his family. His hobbies include food, art, travel, home brewing, bicycling, and running.

Theresa Flanagan, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: University of Vermont


The first University of Vermont graduate that we can think of matching into our program, Dr. Theresa Flanagan is gifted both academically and artistically. Theresa has played the violin in the Burlington (VT) Civic Symphony and in Me2, the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them. She led the Photography Student Interest Group in med school, PhotoDocs, organized an annual photo competition, was involved in genetics research, and was a band leader at Gainesville (FL) Girls Rock Camp, an organization that uses music and performance as a platform to encourage self-esteem, self-expression, and community for girls. Her artistic talents and community service are most welcome in Madison!

Michelle Hume, MD, PhD

PGY4- Chief Resident & Academic Track

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


Dr. Michelle Hume is highly accomplished, but very nontraditional. Due to her interest in clinical trials and the amazing support of the University of Wisconsin Medical Scientist Training Program and faculty Norman Fost, MD MPH and David DeMets, PhD, she co-created a PhD degree program in Clinical Investigation and was the program’s first graduate. A portion of her thesis on ethical and legal issues related to withholding interim safety and efficacy data from participants in clinical trials was awarded the American Society for Bioethicsand Humanities Early Career Scholar Award. After medical school she worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Pediatric Ethicist, responsible for ethics consultation requests from any division or branch within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. She received a Special Citation from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for her teaching activities within the agency, and an FDA Outstanding Service Award for protecting and promoting the public health of children through dedication and contribution to the Pediatric Ethics Program. She returned to psychiatry residency at the UW in 2016, where she is currently a member of the Academic Track. In 2018 she was awarded an American Psychiatric Association/American Psychiatric Association Foundation Leadership Fellowship and is serving as a Fellow on the APA’s Ethics Committee. She plans a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Daniel Jurczyk, MD 

PGY2- Public Health Track

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


Dr. Dan Jurczyk is a  graduate of UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health, where he was a member of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Physicians based in Marshfield, WI. He also earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at UW-Madison. Prior to medical school, Dan worked as a fermentation biologist producing natural food preservatives from bacteria. His professional interests include rural psychiatry, community psychiatry, and public health. In his free time, Dan enjoys riding his bike, flying planes a private pilot, spending time with his wife, reading, traveling, and board games. While it’s difficult to pick favorites, Dan’s current favorite author is Brandon Sanderson and his favorite board game is Carcassonne.  Originally from Watertown, Dan has a commitment to practice in the state of Wisconsin. He hopes to continue this commitment through residency and beyond by learning the skills he needs to practice psychiatry in underserved, rural areas of the state.

Maggie Kaiser, MD

PGY1

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Madison


Dr. Maggie Kaiser, from Wauwatosa, WI, attended the University of Milwaukee for her undergraduate work in Biological Sciences and Psychology. While at UW-Milwaukee, she entered the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program, a two-year internship through which Maggie developed a program to create access to reproductive health services, organized a community health fair, and helped with a study of youth with PTSD.  She then went to the University of WIsconson Madison for medical school.  There she participated in research on opiod use disorders and she co-led the Substance Abuse and Addiction Interest Group. She enjoys exploring new restaurants in Madison and kayaking on Lake Mendota. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, reading, crocheting, and traveling with her husband.

Imad Khan, DO

PGY3

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Dr. Imad Khan, from High Point, NC, earned his degree in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University (Summa Cum Laude) and his D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Imad completed one year in an Emergency Medicine residency at St. John Oakland-Macomb Hospital in Michigan before realizing that this heart was truly in psychiatry.  He enjoys visiting all of Madison’s restaurants. His hobbies include traveling, football, basketball, and skiing.

Evan Kourtjian, MD 

PGY2- Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


Dr. Evan Kourtjian was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI where he studied Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During his gap year before medical school, he lived in Denver, CO working as an autopsy technician. He was heavily involved with clean-water projects in Haiti with non-profit organization Poured Out throughout his gap year and into medical school at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, MI. In Madison, Evan likes to attend live shows at the Sylvee, Majestic, or Orpheum theaters. His hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding, basketball, mixology, and music production/curation.

Mudit Kumar, MD 

PGY3 - Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi


Dr. Mudit Kumar originally from New Delhi India attended medical school at the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi.  After medical school he participated in three externships at hospitals affiliated with Brown University, including the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities of Bradley Hospital.  Mudit has been featured on the NNCI website, a National Student Ambassador, and Elsevier, 2014-2015.  He’s a soccer star, with his team winning gold medals in an intercollegiate soccer tournament three years in a row.  In Madison, he enjoys eating out at, enjoying beer on the terrace, and biking on the trails and around the city.  His hobbies include watching and playing soccer (Go Chelsea!), playing racquetball and badminton, watching football, basketball, and baseball, and traveling. During his travels, he likes to enjoy new culinary experiences, meet new people, and enjoy art from the late Renaissance, Modern and Contemporary periods.  He speaks Hindi.

Alexandra Kushnir, MD 

PGY3 - Public Health Track

Medical School: People’s Friendship University of Russia Faculty of Medicine


“What is a true calling if not an opportunity to utilize one’s greatest assets and experiences for the benefit of other people?” Wise words from  Dr. Alexandra “Sasha” Kushnir, a graduate of the People’s Friendship University of Russia Faculty of Medicine in Moscow. Sasha has long had a plan to train in the U.S., and prepared for this by qualifying as a Medical English Translator while in medical school. She has had rich psychiatry-related experiences while living in the US. During her time at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Sasha attended a congressional hearing on mental health parity, participated in a research project on the use of ASAM criteria for determining level of patient care, and became familiar with organized medicine. While in residency she developed a special interest in psychotic disorders. Outside of work, Sasha is most passionate about traveling, which in her case typically involves gastro-tourism, downhill skiing, snorkeling and diving with exotic fish.

Israel Labao, MD 

PGY3 - Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University


Dr. Israel Labao is from Oak Brook, IL. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish (he is fluent).  He then went on to earn an MPH from Yale University, where in his MPH project he examined effective approaches in healthcare leadership.  He’s received numerous awards including an American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry award, Honors Scholar U.S. Public Health Service, USPHS Excellence in Public Health Award Yale School of Medicine, among others. In Madison, he enjoys exploring the coffee shop scene while reading a good article or book. His hobbies are appreciation and discussion of car related topics, high interval circuit training, eating healthy, international traveling, historical trends and maps, and Latin music.

James R. Lehman, MD, MPH

PGY4- Chief Resident & Community Psychiatry Track

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


Dr. James Lehman received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison with emphasis in Neurobiology. He then completed medical school and earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As a student, he was part of the program Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) in Milwaukee, demonstrating his commitment to the underserved, to population health, and to health equity. He is an advocate for better LGBTQ+ health care on local and national levels. His primary clinical interests include general adult psychiatry, community psychiatry, healthy sexuality, schizophrenia, mood disorders,LGBTQ+ mental health including gender affirming care, and psychotherapy. He also enjoys working with adults with physical and mental disabilities.

Corey Lehnert, MD

PGY1

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science


Dr. Corey Lehnert is from Mequon, WI. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Lawrence University and his M.D. from Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science.  Corey won first prize at Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences 2018 Clinical Poster Competition for “Psychosis delaying the distinction between psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and epilepsy.”  He was the co-Founder and Head Coach, Kensington Branch of “Students Run Philly Style!”; extracurricular running organization that helps HS kids to train to run the Philly marathon.  He was also 9th grade English teacher at Kensington Health Sciences High School in Philadelphia. He was deeply influenced by his time teaching in a resource poor part of Philadelphia through Teach for America, both as a teacher and as a coordinator and trainer of other teachers. It was there that he began to develop his capacities for compassionate and engaged communication.  He enjoys going to Madison’s many farmer’s markets on the weekends. His hobbies include reading- going to used book shops in town and searching for vintage science fiction and fantasy books, running in the Arboretum, meditating, and hanging out with his two black cats, Gus and George.

 

Wren Logan, MD 

PGY3

Medical School: University of Illinois Chicago


Dr. Wren Willow Logan is from Buffalo Grove, IL. She attended the University of Iowa, where she studied biology (genetics) and music (percussion performance) before medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago College of Medicine.  In Madison, Wren likes finding ephemera related to the history of the Four Lakes Region, and browse library archives and explores the parks around here to find what seems to have been forgotten. She’s also fond of the local music scene, in particular some of the killer punk that’s coming out of here. She says, “Nothing can really beat a late night watching “Gender Confetti” perform down at the Wisco.” Her hobbies include tracking down ephemera and trying to figure out how it fits into bigger stories. Playing around with photography, whether it be Pinhole, Polaroid, 35 mm, or Digital, playing drums, writing, advocating for non-discriminatory insurance coverage of gender affirming healthcare, and earning her “Most Likely to Build a Time Machine” award from 8th grade.

Jeffrey Mahlum, MD 

PGY2- Clinical Educator Track

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


Dr. Jeff Mahlum, from Hartland, WI, completed both his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  As an undergraduate he studied biology.  He is a WPA Executive Council Resident-Fellow Member and has a record of accomplishment from medical school that is impressive and includes Gold Humanism Honor Society, a certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy, serving as the leader of the ethics committee, serving on a committee of the Wisconsin Medical Society, conducting research on health disparities among African-American patients, and writing for a medical student magazine.  He enjoys exploring Madison’s food and drink scene, watching the Packers and Badgers, playing wheelchair tennis, and spending time with family and friends. Jeff is a member of the Clinical Educator Track.

Douglas McWilliams, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: Rush Medical College


Perhaps you’ve wondered about the intersection of video gaming and culture. But we bet you’ve never done scholarly work on the topic, like Dr.Doug McWilliams has. Doug has written about the deeply immersive game Bioshock in a manuscript entitled, “BioShock: A Representation of Technology as an Addiction in Popular Culture.” A graduate of Rush Medical College, Doug has also analyzed popular medical school study tools for evidence of implicit bias with regards to race, gender, and sexual orientation, has managed a staff of 12 lifeguards, and has been a research assistant at Mayo. We’ll close with a quote from his personal statement, describing his psychiatry rotations in medical school: “It quickly became apparent that, as a psychiatrist, I will love my job.” Hear, hear!

Andressa Medrado, MD 

PGY3 - Public Health Track

Medical School: Universidade Federal Fluminense Faculty of Medicine in Rio de Janeiro


Dr. Andressa (Deka) Medrado is from Rio de Janeiro Brazil.  She attended undergraduate and medical school at the Universidade Federal Fluminese.  There she received the State of Rio de Janeiro Scholarship, and the Secretary of Health, 2012 which is a scholarship during medical school to start working under supervision at the Intensive Care Unit of Azevedo Lima Hospital. While in medical school, she rotated in a remote area of Brazil, where she helped care for many women, including delivering babies; after graduation, she’s worked in a general ICU and obstetrical ICU in Rio de Janeiro. She also has extensive experience in the U.S., including at the University of Rochester, Brown University, and the Adult Correctional Institute of Rhode Island. Her journey to Madison began with a chance encounter. While waiting for a delayed flight at O’Hare she met a child psychiatrist from Madison and they struck up a conversation that led to a friendship and her application to our program. She loves to explore new restaurants in Madison and her hobbies include reading, going to yoga classes, traveling and outdoor activities. She is also trying to learn to cook and so far has made really good brigadeiros (a Brazilian chocolate dessert). She speaks Portuguese and Spanish.  Deka is a member of the Public Health Track and is completing rural rotations during residency.

Yelena Mironova-Chin, MD

PGY4 - Clinical Educator Track & Public Health Track

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


Dr. Yelena Mironova-Chin can draw on a rich variety of international experiences. She was a community outreach volunteer, clinical intern, and research assistant at the Zaytsev Psychoneurological Center in St. Petersburg, Russia; she studied human neural stem cell differentiation at the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology at the University of Bonn, Germany; and she explored Sino-Soviet relations as an undergraduate research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and at the Waterhead Center for International Affairs, both in Cambridge, MA. Yelena received her undergrad degree in Romance Languages and Literature – with a focus on French – from Harvard (where she was a reporter and editor for the Harvard Crimson). Since entering residency, she has developed a passion for working with patients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD; psychotherapy, and community psychiatry. She enjoys mentoring medical students as a resident liaison for the UW-Madison chapter of Psych-Sig, volunteering at Safe Haven with the homeless, and shaping the future of the program as a member of the Residency Selection Committee.

Zoe Moss, DO

PGY1- Public Health Track

Medical School:Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific


While in medical school, Dr. Zoe Moss has been deeply involved with exploring health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community, facilitating several panels and lectures on this topic. It is also rumored that Zoe manifests her creative talents through the baking of a mysterious delicacy known as a “spiced peach pie” as part of an annual vegetable, quiche, and pie summertime festival hosted by Zoe and her wife. Let’s all hope that tradition continues!

Aaron Owen, MD 

PGY2- Clinical Educator Track

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


Dr. Aaron Owen is from Madison, WI and attended Marquette University for his undergraduate studies, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biomedical Sciences.  He then returned to Madison to attend medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Although strongly rooted in Wisconsin, he has developed an interest in health and leadership that spans the globe. From his research in El Salvador as a Fulbright Scholar to his work to develop an afterschool leadership curriculum in rural Uganda, he has been very generous of his time and talents in the service of others.  Aaron has been the recipient of many awards including a UW SMPH Merit scholarship, a Sharpiro Research grant, Fulbright Research grant, among others.  He enjoys spending time with his partner and exploring Madison with a fresh perspective thanks to all of his co-residents from out-of-state. His hobbies include Jiu Jitsu, cycling, backpacking and reading. Aaron speaks Spanish.

Sam Partington, MD

PGY1

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Madison


Dr. Sam Partington is from South Milwaukee, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he earned a BA in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. He then served in the Peace Corp before continuing on to medical school, also at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  While in medical school, his interest in global health took him to Uganda, South Africa, and Guatemala. In Madison, Sam enjoys jogging along the lakeshore path, hanging out at the Terrace, and visiting the farmer’s market. His hobbies include raising chickens, playing the drums, playing board and video games, and watching movies.

Shiri Raphaely, MD 

PGY2- Public Health Track

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine


Speaking four languages and with extensive experience in community outreach both domestically and abroad, Dr. Shiri Raphaely has a deep commitment to service. She has been honored with the University of Washington Medical School Service Award and Gold Humanism award in recognition of her work for others. This commitment flows out of a genuine appreciation for the value of relationship, even in the face of entrenched division. In her personal statement she eloquently wrote, “as a Jewish American working at a Palestinian human rights organization, I was able to… witness the distinct experiences of suffering, loss, and triumph overlapping in the region.” When Shiri is not expressing moving sentiments such as these, she can be found doing improv, cooking Israeli food for friends, and swimming in various bodies of water.

Donald Skenandore, MD

PGY4

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


Don Skenandore, MD, earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. He has extensive volunteer experience and has been duly recognized with a Gold Humanism Award. He has receiving training in multiple settings, including the Mayo Clinic, Wisconsin Sleep Clinic, U.S Department of Veterans Affairs in Illinois and Wisconsin, Mendota Mental Health, Access Community Center, and UW-Madison memory clinic. He has participated in dementia related research. He currently provides care for children, adolescents and adults. His clinical experience involves treating various mental health disorders, including mood disorders (depressive disorders, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder), obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma- and stressor- related disorders (post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder),  neurodevelopmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, catatonia), eating disorders, substance-related and addictive disorders, neurocognitive disorders, personality disorders, and sleep-wake disorders. He has experience providing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and telemental health. Interventions he primarily provides include psychopharmacology and individual psychotherapy.

Megan Smith, MD 

PGY2- Public Health Track

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine


Dr. Megan Smith is originally from Exeter, CA where she grew up on a rural California orange farm.  She attended Whitworth University and earned at BS in Biology and then medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine.  While at Creighton, she was awarded the Medical Dean’s Magis Scholarship, an award for her commitment to service of disadvantaged populations.  She enjoys walking along Madison lakes looking for critters and spends her free time painting, playing video games, and raising canaries and finches.  She is a member of the Public Health Track and is completing rural rotations during residency.

Ronald Sommers, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


Dr. Ron Sommers is originally from Chicago, IL, but completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston College. With a deep interest in literature and philosophy, Ron spent the year following his graduation from Boston College working as a substance abuse counselor and case manager through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. He wrote of this pivotal and immersive time: “I quickly realized that the field of mental health encompasses the entire human universe- everything ranging from the science of molecules and neurons, to philosophical considerations about what makes human beings tick, to practical knowledge of social and economic institutions. I was hooked.” He then returned to Chicago and did medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.  He enjoys trout fishing and exploring new Wisconsin streams, hiking in state parks with his Border Collie, snow-shoeing, and trying new restaurants, in addition to tennis, history, and philosophy.

Emee Ta, MD 

PGY3

Medical School: Wayne State University


Dr. Emee Ta, from Northville, MI, studied Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor as an undergraduate.  She went to medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In Madison, she enjoys the Saturday Farmer’s Market on the Square. Her hobbies include arts & crafts, including minture-making, Netflix & Chill, spoiling her cat, cultivating houseplants, sampling different cuisines, and shopping.

Quan Ta, MD

PGY4

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Dr. Quan “Coki” Ta is from Los Alamitos, CA. He studied Computational and Systems Biology at the University of California, Los Angelos as an undergraduate (graduating Magna Cum Laude) and then went to medical school at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  He first aided people suffering from mental illness as a Resident Assistant. As a medical student, he volunteered in a “buddy program” pairing students with patients with Alzheimer’s disease, led an “alternative spring break” wherein students helped build houses on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, and was President of the Jugulars, a juggling group that entertained and taught children at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He enjoys going to the monthly Moth Story slam in Madison and his hobbies include concert-going, board games, improv comedy, video games, storytelling, and swing dancing.

Maaida Tauni

PGY1

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College


Dr. Maaida Tauni joins us from Karachi, Pakistan. She attended the Aga Khan University Medical College. She has organized presentations and given talks for “Taskeen,” a mental health initiative which aims to increase awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.  Her U.S. clinical experience includes rotations at Staten Island University and the Cleveland Clinic. Maaida participated in a project called, “Development of a Mobile Phone Application for Screening for Depression in Pakistan – A Preliminary Study,” funded by an American Psychiatric Association Helping Hands grant, and most recently she has been involved in a study of attitudes towards people with dementia in Pakistan.  She enjoys walking around Madison and exploring the beautiful views and her hobbies include cooking, baking, eating, reading, and Netflix. She speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

Jenny Tumba, MD 

PGY2- Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford


Dr. Jenny Tumba was born in Albania and raised in Lombard, IL. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an undergraduate, earning a degree in Chemistry and working as an organic chemistry teaching assistant. For medical school, she attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, where she helped organize and lead a science immersion/career pipeline program for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged youth in Winnebago County Illinois.  She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, awarded the selective Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the University of Illinois College of Medicine Research Day Dean Action Council Award, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine Research Day Fred S. Bailey Scholarship Award.  In Madison, she enjoys all the festivals and the farmers market, taking Salsa dance lessons, and trying all the different Madison restaurants.  Her hobbies include volleyball (there is a resident team!), dance, travel, and trying new foods.

Vuong Vu, MD

PGY4 – Chief Resident & Clinical Educator Track

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


Dr. Vuong Vu grew up in Northern California where he attended University of California, Berkeley for undergraduate (Go Bears!). After a brief stint at Stanford University working in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory, he decided to make the jump to the Midwest attending UWSMPH for medical school and ultimately staying for his psychiatry residency. Vuong’s professional interests include pursuing a career in Sports Psychiatry working with athletes at the youth, university, and professional/elite levels. Vuong’s clinical educator work focuses on the creation of a portable didactic elective curriculum for sports psychiatry that is geared towards medical students, residents, and fellows who have an interest in learning more about the budding field. He is a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and has presented his work at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Conference as well as the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Annual Conference. In his final year of residency serving as co-chief resident, Vuong wants to focus on improving resident wellness, particularly via increased appreciation and acknowledgement of resident/fellow efforts. Vuong’s other professional interests include continuing to find ways to stay active in the community and teaching future trainees. In Madison, he enjoys going to Batch Bakery and the Farmer’s Market on weekend mornings, dog walks to picnic point, and getting drinks at the Memorial Union Terrace. His hobbies include boxing, Orange Theory Fitness, biking, and Oculus Quest.

Current Fellows

Erin Cheers, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Psychiatry Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Gina Forte, DO

Chief Fellow

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Psychiatry Residency: Arnot Ogden Medical Center (Elmira, NY) and University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Zachary Miles, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow - Academic Track

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Psychiatry Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Melanie Scharrer, MD

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellow

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Psychiatry Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Gene Yang, MD

Chief Fellow

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Psychiatry Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics