Residents & Fellows

Current Residents

Beau Batty, DO

PGY1

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


Beau has deep ties to Wisconsin: he attended Madison Memorial High School, he majored in Psychology and Neuroscience at UW-Madison (where he worked in the lab of Richie Davidson and was on the varsity rowing team), and he volunteered on our inpatient psychiatry unit at UW Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Deb Stec. He has received numerous awards, including the UW Student Athlete Impact Award for Volunteer Service and the Richard T. Nuske Memorial Scholarship presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America State Council.

Matthew Biller, MD

PGY1- Public Health Track

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Madison


Matt has had a varied career path from undergraduate studies in Chemistry (at UW-Madison) to a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (also at UW-Madison) to work as a certified nursing assistant to patients in memory care to medical school (at, yep, you guessed it, UW-Madison).  In his personal statement, he wrote about his knack for understanding others and how, as a high school student, he encouraged his “friends to replace their troublesome thoughts with more positive ones long before I ever knew what cognitive behavioral therapy was.” We are thrilled that Matt is continuing his psychiatric education with us!

Jared Blommel, MD

PGY1-Public Health Track

Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine


Selected for AOA and the Gold Humanism award at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Jared brings his talents to us from South Beach. With a well-established interest and practice in mindfulness meditation, Jared is hoping to blend a wide biopsychosocial view, compassionate communication, and clear scientific rigor as he continues his educational path where it began for him, in the great State of Wisconsin. Jared has a deep commitment to public health, including in Spanish-speaking populations, and earned an MPH alongside his MD degree.

Kathryn Chilton, MD

PGY1

Medical School: University of Michigan


As a live music aficionado and Production Czar for the University of Michigan Medical School’s full-length musical parody, “The Smoker,” Katie brings considerable creative talents with her to Madison. She has extensive volunteer experience, including as a mentor of high school students in Detroit via the Doctors of Tomorrow program. With a vivacious and inquisitive spirit that is immediately obvious upon meeting her, Katie has been very involved in numerous mentoring and community enriching activities during her time in medical school, as well as pursuing research in altered states of consciousness related to administration of ketamine.

Jayme Christoffersen-Cebi, DO

PGY1

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University


Jayme’s statement, which began as follows, was memorable: “It is said you can be anything you want to be when you grow up, as long as you try hard enough. As a child I took this to heart and decided I was going to be a butterfly.” Jayme has transformed from a manager of 25 medical scribes to a founding member of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Chorale to a student advocate at the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society to an organizer of a community outreach program for people with substance use disorders. Jayme completed her medical training at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University and then transformed into a resident in Madison.

Colleen Considine, MD

PGY3 - Public Health Track & Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Rush University Medical Center


Colleen received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University and attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Her professional areas of interest include working with veterans, inpatient psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry. She is currently participating in the Public Health track and Clinical Educator track. Outside of residency, Colleen enjoys bike riding, attending concerts and exploring the vibrant Madison restaurant scene.

Jennifer Cromwell, MD

PGY4

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Jennifer 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

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


Misty was a high school valedictorian and magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavior. Misty then attended Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University (Connecticut), where 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 Students 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. Misty 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.  A background in neuroscience, experience in research, focus on integration – UW-Madison is a great educational home for Misty.

Jacob Ferris, MD

PGY3

Medical School: University of Texas San Antonio


Jacob started residency at the  University of Colorado Neurology residency, where he has been an exemplary resident. We’re happy that Jacob then had this epiphany: “My clinical experiences as a resident have solidified my understanding that psychiatry is the best field for me, both for my values and the skills I bring to patient care.” Jacob majored in Biology, Art, and Art History at Rice University and completed medical school at University of Texas at San Antonio. Jacob has a deep commitment to environment. 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 the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco, he served on the Green Committee and hosted events to promote environmental issues.

Theresa Flanagan, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: University of Vermont


The first University of Vermont graduate that we can think of matching into our program, Theresa 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


Michelle 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


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


Maggie’s commitment to serving the underserved runs deep: While an undergrad 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. As a medical student here at UWSMPH, she participated in research on opioid use disorders and she co-led the Substance Abuse and Addiction Interest Group. We feel fortunate that Maggie has chosen to continue her career at UW, and to help improve the care of people with substance use disorders in Wisconsin.

Imad Khan, DO

PGY3

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Imad completed his medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and matched into the Emergency Medicine residency at St. John Oakland-Macomb Hospital in Michigan. While there, Imad realized that his heart truly lies with Psychiatry, and so he decided to switch specialties. What drew Imad to psychiatry was the ability to develop close, long-lasting connections with his patients. He has outstanding academics, and the faculty at his previous residency program absolutely rave about his clinical skills, his work ethic, and his great interpersonal skills. Outside of medicine, Imad enjoys traveling, watching football and basketball, and playing video games.

Evan Kourtjian, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


Evan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI where he studied Evolutionary Anthropology as an undergrad at the University of Michigan. 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, returning to Michigan to attend Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids. His interests in psychiatry vary from consult-liaison and clinical education to mindfulness and psychadelic/psychogenic interventions for mood disorders. Personal interests include live music, team sports, biking, camping, paddle sports, and dog loving.

Mudit Kumar, MD 

PGY3 - Clinical Educator Track

Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi


Since completing his medical education at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, Mudit has been quite busy. He participated in three different externships at hospitals affiliated with Brown University, including the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities of Bradley Hospital. “Participated” doesn’t quite capture the scope of Mudit’s efforts, which included a QI project to incorporate behavioral health data into Epic. Mudit wrote in his personal statement, “Over the years I realized if there is one thing that keeps me going, it is being curious”  P.S. Mudit is a quite a soccer star, with his team winning gold medals in an intercollegiate soccer tournament three years in a row.

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 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


Our program has had quite a run of residents with Masters of Public Health degrees – and Israel continues that streak. In his MPH project at Yale, Israel examined effective approaches in healthcare leadership; he served as Co-President of the Yale chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives; and he has published on healthcare administration. Israel completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he majored in Psychology and Spanish (in which he is fluent). At Rosalind Franklin University,  he twice received the Outstanding Community Service Award and where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Israel has also been recognized for his accomplishments with a U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award.

James R. Lehman, MD, MPH

PGY4- Chief Resident & Community Psychiatry Track

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


Dr. 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


Corey 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 that he hopes to hone further during his psychiatric training. With a balanced interest in the psychopharmacologic, biopsychosocial, and psychotherapeutic aspects of care, Corey is sure to fit right in here!

 

Wren Logan, MD 

PGY3

Medical School: University of Illinois Chicago


Wren’s personal statement includes these words that are music to the ears of any psychiatrist: “I want to be somebody who will listen.” The word “listen,” in various forms, appears five more times in the statement – which is consistent with the assessment of her supervisors, one of whom wrote that Wren had “strong communication skills, easily established rapport with patients, and spent time with patients.” She attained undergraduate degrees in Biology and Microbiology from the University of Iowa, and medical student at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Wren’s interests range from palliative care to mental health stigma to LGBTQ health issues. She has been described as having “precocious clinical sophistication,” which we enjoy helping foster.

Jeffrey Mahlum, MD 

PGY2

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


Jeff is a Wisconsinite through and through, having completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a record of accomplishment from medical school that 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. Jeff is undecided on a subspecialty in psychiatry, but he has strong interest in addictions and community psychiatry. In his free time, he enjoys watching Badger and Packer games, playing wheelchair tennis, exploring the Madison food scene, and spending time with friends and family.

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 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


Andressa’s journey to our program began with a chance encounter. While waiting at O’Hare for a delayed flight, Andressa, a native of Brazil, met a child psychiatrist, a native of Madison. They struck up a conversation, which led to a friendship, which led to Andressa applying to our residency program. Andressa completed her medical training at Universidade Federal Fluminense Faculty of Medicine in Rio de Janeiro.  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 (in fact, she was working a shift in the ICU when Art called her on Match Day!)  She has also had extensive experience in the U.S., including at the University of Rochester, Brown University, and the Adult Correctional Institute of Rhode Island – a supervisor described her as “one of the best trainees that I have ever had the pleasure to work with.” We welcome Andressa and her passion for women’s mental health to Wisconsin. (Who was the psychiatrist/catalyst, you ask? Our former colleague and fellowship director, Peggy Scallon!)

Yelena Mironova-Chin, MD

PGY4 - Clinical Educator Track & Public Health Track

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


Yelena 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, Zoe 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

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


Although his college career at Marquette University and med school career at UWSMPH have kept him strongly rooted to Wisconsin, Aaron 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, Aaron has been very generous with his time and talents in the service of others. This commitment to the wellbeing of others comes through in his commitment to what he calls cura personalis or “caring for the whole person.”

Sam Partington, MD

PGY1

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Madison


For most people, Match Day is a memorable event.  Sam’s Match Day was an especially momentous one: his wife delivered their first kiddo, baby boy Koah, at 4 a.m. on his Match Day!  With an interest in global health that took him to Uganda, South Africa, and Guatemala during medical school at UWSMPH, Sam has aptly been described as having a “worldly maturity” in his approach to patients. Having served in the Peace Corps prior to medical school, Sam has a clear commitment to the support of underserved communities, a passion that he will undoubtedly continue to cultivate during his time in our program. We’re excited to have him – and his family – join us!

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, Shiri 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 - Academic Track

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


Don is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Interprofessional Alumni Scholarship at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin Doctoral Scholarship and the Diversity Scholarship at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. He has extensive volunteer experience and has been duly recognized with a Gold Humanism Award. Don is currently participating in the Academic Track, engaging in intriguing Alzheimer’s and dementia related research in groups traditionally underrepresented in science, particularly American Indians. He is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment and has presented his work at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Megan Smith, MD 

PGY2- Public Health Track

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine


Extending a lineage of residents in our program from the Creighton University School of Medicine, Megan may be the first such resident we’ve had embarking on a dual career as psychiatrist and pirate! From her humble beginnings on a rural California orange farm, Megan swash-buckled and pillaged her way academically through college at Whitworth University, earning several awards during her time with the “Whitworth Pirates.” As she quipped in her personal statement, “although there were zero pirates involved, during my Psychiatry clerkship…I felt at home.” During her time sailing the high seas near Omaha, NE, she was awarded the Medical Dean’s Magis Scholarship, an award for her commitment to service of disadvantaged populations.

Ronald Sommers, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


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.” Going on to Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Ron brought this breadth of perspective to his approach to patients along with “genuine warmth, patience, compassion, and empathy”, a combination that will be sure to be a boon to our program and patients.

Emee Ta, MD 

PGY3

Medical School: Wayne State University


Emee graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science and attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. Emee has an interest in mood disorders and working with college students and young adults age 18-30 as they transition from adolescence into adulthood and come to shape their own identities and careers. Emee is thankful for the opportunity to train at a major public university at the University of Wisconsin and hopes one day to work as a psychiatrist at a university health center. Outside of medicine, Emee is interested in the arts, particularly drawing, painting, crafts, and interior design.

Quan Ta, MD

PGY4

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Resident Assistant, a role in which he first aided people suffering from mental illness. As a medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Coki has 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. Coki is an IT guru and – when you meet him – ask him for podcast recommendations.

Maaida Tauni

PGY1

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College


Maaida 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. We welcome Maaida’s international perspective to our program!

Jenny Tumba, MD 

PGY2

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford


Born in Albania and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Jenny has always enjoyed learning about different aspects of several cultures. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an undergrad. During this time, she was an organic chemistry teaching assistant. As a medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, she helped organize and lead a science immersion/career pipeline program for underrepresented minority & disadvantaged youth in Winnebago County in Illinois. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was awarded the selective Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Interests: child & adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, public health, teaching

Vuong Vu, MD

PGY4 – Chief Resident & Clinical Educator Track

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


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. Vuong’s other professional interests include continuing to find ways to stay active in the community and teaching future trainees.

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