Residents

Current Residents

Jaeger Ackerman, MD

PGY2

Loma Linda Medical School


Jaeger joined us from Loma Linda Medical School in Loma Linda, CA where he was selected AOA.  He has also received awards such as the Mayo Clinic Psychiatry and Psychology Departmental Scholarship and authored several papers and presentations. During his senior year he worked on literature review, episode development, content creation and production of a Psychiatry podcast for mental health professionals and mental health enthusiasts. He writes of his experience choosing Psychiatry “As I found myself in the midst of each new rotation, it was these stories and connections with patients that gave me joy. Particularly in Psychiatry, I found myself amazed by the fortitude of the human spirit, mesmerized by the power of human connection, and humbled that I was privileged to share in the experience.” Jaeger is a 3rd degree Black Belt with a passion for the outdoors, board games, and pour-over coffee.

Brittany Anderson, M.D.

PGY1

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Brittany states that her goal is “to advance the field of psychiatry by developing better systems and treatments.” She earned her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She also has a masters degree in neuroscience from the University of Sussex, Brighton in the United Kingdom and an bachelors degree in psychology from Brown University.  She has experience as a special education teacher working with kids with autism, a behavioral activation counselor for patients suffering from fatigue from HIV and related conditions, and a researcher. During medical school, Brittany participated in several volunteer activities including global service trips.  She enjoys gymnastics (she was a Division I gymnast at Brown), dancing, music, reading, and horror films.

Beau Batty, DO

PGY3- Clinical Educator Track

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.

Ryan Benoy, M.D.

PGY1

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Ryan joined us from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where as a medical student he wrote an action plan to raise awareness for the mental health of high school athletes across Wisconsin and helped created a video about the intersection of mental health and college athletes.  He also worked with Dr. Reardon to co-author textbook chapters and perform literature reviews and Dr. Herringa as part of the Shapiro Summer Research Program.  As a result he has two abstracts and two presentations. Ryan’s leadership skills were showcased as the Co-leader of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group. He also mentored as part of the Big Siblings program and coached youth basketball. His undergraduate work was in biochemistry and biotechnology at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he played Men’s Basketball. Ryan states that he has, “a strong desire to practice humanistic care.” He enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, trail running, bird watching, and spoiling his cat.

Matthew Biller, MD

PGY3- 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.

Kristin Blake, M.D.

PGY1

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Kristin shares that her passion for psychiatry has grown from her desire to care for others holistically. Before medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Kristin practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice in Minnesota. She holds a master’s degree in Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota and a bachelors degree in Spanish and Ancient Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While in medical school, she was on the Healthy Classroom Foundation’s Board and served as a TA for an undergraduate pre-health summer global study course in Shanghai. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, ballroom and Latin dancing, yoga, and Tai Chi.

Jared Blommel, MD

PGY3-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.

Christina Bodison, MD

PGY2

Howard University College of Medicine


Christina’s passions for patient centered psychiatric care, child and adolescent psychiatry, mental health disparities, and work with diverse populations are evident throughout her application. She joined us from the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. where she was selected both AOA and Gold Humanism. She also received many other scholarship awards. Christina worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, organizing residents living in food desserts, and as a psychiatric technician before medical school. She has mentored undergraduates and provided professional development presentations for the Trailblazers Scholars Program. Ask her about her vinyl records collection!

Kevin Butcher, M.D.

PGY1

University of Minnesota Medical School


Kevin, a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, joined us from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to medical school he worked in a residential facility with individuals in psychiatric crisis. While in medical school, Kevin participated in and led organizations that promoted wellness including the Confidential Peer Assistance Program, LGBTQIA+ Symposium, and Soccer for Success. He completed his undergraduate degrees in biopsychology and clinical psychology at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, where he also played soccer. Kevin collects vinyl records and enjoys soccer, camping, hiking, games, and cultivating plants. Kevin says that his path towards psychiatry was predicted by his family ten years ago and the proof is preserved in a time capsule.

Stephen Chen, M.D.

PGY1

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Stephen completed his undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and computer science at Johns Hopkins University and earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Stephen conducted research in the Department of Surgery and presented his work at three conferences and published a paper in the Journal of Surgical Research. He was active with the Medical Student Association as webmaster and notetaker. In addition, he served on the Resident Quality and Safety Council, participated in Wisconsin Alumni Association events, and helped encouraged voter participation.  Before medical school Stephen worked for Epic. In his personal statement Stephen wrote about his engineering background and how it inspired his path to medicine. Stephen speaks Chinese. He enjoys ultimate frisbee and even organized a summer league with his class. He plays guitar, works out, and runs.

Kathryn Chilton, MD

PGY3

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

PGY3

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.

Megan Duininck, MD

PGY2

University of Minnesota Medical School


Megan graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, MN. An avid health and fitness enthusiast, she’s taught high intensity fitness, cycling classes, and also been a personal trainer. She’s used her enthusiasm and undergraduate degree in nutrition science to lead four-week nutrition plans including writing, developing, styling, and photographing 25 to 50 vegan and/ or paleo recipes per meal. She writes about choosing psychiatry, “Working in fitness confirmed my love for learning peoples’ stories and collaborating with them on their health. It has also strengthened my natural ability to form trusting relationships, and fed my curiosity about the ways diet and exercise interact with mental health.” In addition to health and fitness activities, Megan enjoys coffee, traveling, hiking, backpacking, and camping.

Christina Friedl, MD

PGY2

University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine and Public Health


Christina wrote in her personal statement about learning about psychiatry while playing Spades and Rummy.  As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Christina spent her weekends and breaks volunteering on the inpatient psychiatry unit.  As a medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Christina created a student organization that facilitated meetings for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses, worked on the Stop Heroin Now website, and participated in several volunteer experiences. She has a certificate of additional training in sports psychiatry and completed a medical Spanish elective to learn vocabulary for physical exams and clinical histories. Christina enjoys traveling in South America, backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, reading Russian literature, and paddle boarding in the Northwoods.

Emily Green, MD, MA

PGY2

University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine


Emily comes from the suburbs of Chicago and brings an abundance of experiences in mental health care as a licensed professional counselor. After receiving her masters degree in clinical psychology, she worked at several not-for-profit organizations helping people with chronic mental health challenges. During her time at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine, she created MSAE  (medical students for accessible education) which is a student-run support and advocacy group for medical students with disabilities. Her interests include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Disability advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, and playing tennis.

Charlie Jaschek, MD

PGY2

Saint Louis University School of Medicine


Charlie hails from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO where he was selected as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. A musician, he attributes his first interest in the brain to Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.  He is interested in child and adolescent and academic psychiatry and participated in pediatrics interest group, developmental pediatrics interest group, PEERS program with middle and high school students, Tar Wars to teach the dangers of smoking, and conducted research on the Positive Parenting Program at Cardinal Glennon Childrens’ Hospital. Charlie was a drummer in the medical student band, plays guitar and piano, enjoys concerts and live music, snowboarding, longboarding, cartoons, and political advocacy.

Erin Johnson, M.D.

PGY1

Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center


Erin, a  graduate of Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, served as the delegate for Rush in the Illinois State Medical Society-Medical Student Section, participated in a group that played music in patient wards, was the Co-President of the RMC American Medical Women’s Association, and was the Class Agent for the Rush Medical College Alumni Association. She earned her undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A former ballerina, Erin stays active with yoga and barre. She also enjoys dog parks, hiking, canoeing, baking, and art.

Daniel Jurczyk, MD 

PGY4- Chief Resident & 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

PGY3

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.

Evan Kourtjian, MD 

PGY4- Chief Resident & 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.

Cameron Ktytor, DO

PGY2

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University in Chicago, IL


Cameron has been a medical volunteer in both Nicaragua and Haiti, participated with the NAMI as part of their “Ending the Silence” program speaking at high schools throughout the state about mental health. He has also acted as a peer mentor with Hope4Youth for homeless and at-risk teens. Cameron enjoys cooking, fitness, hiking, and fishing.

Corey Lehnert, MD

PGY3

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 

PGY4

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.

Maichoua (Mya) Lor, D.O.

PGY1

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine


Maichoua (Mya) wrote that her goal as a future psychiatrist is “to bridge the gap between underserved patients and their mental healthcare.” She was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and hopes to participate in our Public Health Track. Mya earned her D.O. degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus. She has a bachelors degree in biology and psychology with an human services emphasis and a chemistry minor from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. While in medical school, she trained for one month in San Salvador, El Salvador, served as a Big Sib, and participated in several student organizations conducting community service and outreach and demonstrating her leadership skills.  She is fluent in Hmong. Mya enjoys creative planning, scrapbooking and journaling, Catan, being a dog mom, and medical mission trips.

Jeffrey Mahlum, MD 

PGY4- 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 

PGY4- Chief Resident

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!

Zoe Moss, DO

PGY3- 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!

Dolapo Oseni, MD

PGY2

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine


Dolly was raised in Nigeria and graduated  from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. In her personal statement, she shared a story about an interaction with a patient, ending with “It is this potential for trust and openness that will get me up in the morning to practice the best psychiatry that I can.” While in medical school Dolly and a classmate planned the first Student Wellness and Meditation Room on campus, including designing and decorating the space and presenting their proposals. She has participated as a Health Education and Leadership Scholar creating resources for students and teachers and served on medical mission to Costa Rica. Dolly is also an actress! She’s been in “The Vagina Monologues” and is using improv to reintegrate marginalized populations in Springfield.

Aaron Owen, MD 

PGY4- 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

PGY3

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.

Or Raizman Velasquez, M.D.

PGY1

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Or studied biology at Indiana University before medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She earned her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees. While in medical school Or served as Co-president for the Latino Medical Student Association, volunteered with the Howard Brown Health Clinic as a bilingual COVID-19 tracer, and developed the Behavior and Emotions Evaluation (BEE) Tool that is used at the Community Groundworks Troy Kids’ Garden for kids mental health data. During her gap year, she shadowed and volunteered in hospitals in Rwanda and Chile. Or wrote about languages and listening in her personal statement and she speaks French, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish. Her interests include sailing, spending time outdoors, gardening, and photography.

Cesar Ramirez, M.D.

PGY1

University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford


Cesar shares that his interest in psychiatry started with Psychology 101. He earned bachelor’s degrees in general psychology and biological sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago and then attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford. He’s been a member of their urban health program, the Latino Medical Association, the Psychiatry Interest Group, and CAP Interest Group, advocated for mental health care, analyzed research studies, and volunteered with both high school and elementary school kids. He is interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is fluent in Spanish. Cesar enjoys weightlifting, powerlifting, soccer, boxing, and chess.

Dawn Sherman, MD

PGY2

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Dawn writes, “As a psychiatrist, I hope to implement the therapeutic strategies that can help all patients live their best lives.”  While a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine School and Public Health, she and a classmate conducted a project in which they discussed the 1998 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study by Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda. She hopes to provide trauma informed care and work with people who have experienced interpersonal violence in the future.

Dawn enjoys traveling, caving, and European and African history.

Megan Smith, MD 

PGY4- Public Health Track

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine


Dr. Megan Smith is originally from the Central Valley of California 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 

PGY4

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.

Maaida Tauni, M.B.B.S.

PGY3

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.

Mitchell Wendt, M.D.

PGY1

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Mitchell grew up in rural Wisconsin, attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and earned a bachelors degree in physics and philosophy before joining the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. While in medical school, Mitchell volunteered on a crisis text line, worked with senior citizens, and edited manuscripts. Before medical school he served in AmeriCorps working in an elementary school. He lived in Japan for a year and South Korea for several months, teaching English and conducting research. Mitchell speaks French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. He enjoys learning languages, building computers, playing classical music, reading fiction, and playing video games.

Alice Zhang, MD

PGY2

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


Alice graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. Her interests in healthcare delivery systems and quality improvement led Alice to work for a venture-backed company that developed a digital platform to support substance use disorder treatments. She has also conducted research and published on the impact of stress and trauma on neuroendocrine mechanisms in chronic alcohol use. In her free time, Alice enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking, reading, and food gardening.