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First Year

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Medical school: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown 

About me: I was born and raised in Hinsdale, IL and I am so excited to have matched in the city I love! I went to Boston College for undergrad where I majored in psychology. I worked in the mental health field for 3 years as a behavioral health counselor before deciding to switch my career path and become a doctor. In my free time I enjoy working out, cooking, listening to podcasts, venturing into the city, and taking care of my two needy cats. 

Why Resurrection: Resurrection was my very first interview and I was blown away by how energetic and passionate the staff and residents were! I loved my interview with Dr. Nickoloff and saw the unique culture she created within the family medicine department. Everyone seemed so happy to be there despite working hard. I chose Res because I wanted to be part of a family who supports each other and is enthusiastic about patient care. I also liked that Res is a medium sized community hospital that is partially unopposed - it’s large enough to see a diverse array of patients, yet small enough where you get to know everyone. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be here!

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Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me:

I love adventure, but I’ve never really left Illinois. I grew up in Clarendon Hills, a western suburb of Chicago, went to Hinsdale Central for high school where I played soccer and ran cross country, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (I-L-L) where I graduated with a BS in Kinesiology, and finally graduated from Midwestern University-CCOM for medical school. I now live in the city and enjoy running/occasionally rollerblading the lakefront path, trying out new restaurants, being outside in the sun, binging TV shows, and coming up with names for my future dog. I’ll look for any excuse to travel, specifically to hike, ski, or explore new cities (especially cities abroad)! Final confession: chocolate is firmly a staple food in my “diet.”

Why Resurrection:

As a Kinesiology major and proponent of an active lifestyle, I had interest in exploring the integration of sports medicine into my family medicine career. Res offers a great opportunity to investigate this field throughout residency. Res highly values physical and mental wellness in both its patients and employees, and this readily stood out in my interview. Throughout interview season, I felt that Res invested a lot of time and resources on each candidate, and it left a very positive impression on me. And so far, I can confidently say that Res has truly been everything I thought it would be and I am very happy. The Res team is extremely supportive of each other, and I feel very proud to be a part of this program and carry on its legacy.

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Luting Eckensweiler, DO

Medical school: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I was born in China, then grew up in the Chicago suburbs where I spent most of my time playing sports. A soccer scholarship took me down to the University of Alabama in Huntsville for undergrad where I started my pre-med training and also met my husband. I came back to Chicago for medical school and have enjoyed the city ever since! I'm passionate about sports medicine, women's soccer (go Team USA!), and the medical care, injury prevention, and athletic development of all types of athletes. In my free time, I love to stay active any way I can, camp and hike, travel, and cook.

Why Resurrection: I chose Res for the quality of the people and the abundant sports med opportunities. The people here make all the difference. They are genuine, fun, and intelligent - true role models both in and out of the hospital. In addition to the great family medicine training, Res offers so much in terms of event coverage and treating athletes and is the perfect place for me to train as a family and future sports med physician. I look forward to coming to work every day because of the team and opportunities here and I can't imagine having it any other way.

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Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI)

 About Me: I was born and raised in rural Ontario, Canada. Soccer brought me to Alabama for undergrad where I met my now wife, Luting. I returned to Canada for a couple of years before starting medical school in Detroit. In my free time I love exploring new places, whether it be traveling in Europe or just around the neighborhood. Although I've been to Chicago frequently throughout the years, there are plenty of places I look forward to checking out now that I am settled here. I also enjoy playing soccer and cycling as much as my schedule allows me.

Why Resurrection: My wife and I had been doing long-distance throughout medical school (and even a couple of years before) with her in Chicago and myself in Detroit. As much as we enjoyed the long drives to see each other for a day or two over weekends, we were ready to finally live together. We were lucky enough to interview at Res on the same day and I still remember the walk to the car at the end of the day: neither of us could stop smiling or stop talking about the great people and culture of the program. It became more and more apparent after every interview that Res was special. We were lucky enough to couples match into the same program, something neither of us expected, and better yet here at Res!

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Tom Walsh, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I am originally from Chicago (Jefferson Park), but grew up in Lewisville, NC - just outside of Winston-Salem. I stayed in NC for college. After I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill I moved back home to Chicago. When I’m not in the hospital you can find me spending time with family, going to the theatre, or watching a good comedy on basic cable.

Why Resurrection: This is a great place to train Family Medicine! The people are friendly and knowledgeable.  I really like how the family practice clinic integrated in the hospital. I am passionate about outpatient, community medicine and felt that this program really excelled in those areas.

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Marysia Watson, DO

Medical School:  Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.  I started at University of Denver for undergrad then transferred to Loyola University Chicago to finish up my Biology degree. I love being out West in the mountains, but my heart is where the home is - surrounded by lifelong friends and family in the beautiful city of Chicago, which is known as being one of the most Polish cities in the world.  My mother was born in Poland and I've grown to love my Polish heritage. I minored in Polish Studies and have been very involved in the Polish community.  I'm usually daydreaming about traveling, skiing and just being in the mountains. I love being outdoors, discovering a fun, new restaurant in the city and spending quality time with close friends and family.

Why Resurrection: Coming from CCOM, I had a couple of close friends that were familiar with Res and all I kept hearing were great things.  I was excited for my interview day, but I didn't expect it to blow me away as much as it did.  I felt right at home and couldn't stop smiling and laughing that day.  I was and still am so impressed with everyone's positive outlook on life, sense of humor and intelligence.  It's a great balance of the best things and I'm so grateful to have matched here!

Second Year

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Asha Anne, DO

Medical School:  Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in Downers Grove, IL and I am so grateful that I did not have to move too far for medical school and residency! When I am not working, I love game nights, escape rooms, trying new food, traveling, and most importantly, being with my wonderful friends, family, and husband.

Why Resurrection: It's all about the people. On my interview day, I immediately recognized the family atmosphere and the camaraderie that the attendings, staff, and residents have, and knew that I wanted to be a part of the family.

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Korbin Bray, MD

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine (Winston Salem, NC)

About Me: I was born in Indiana, but lived most of my life around Charlotte, NC.  After high school I spent two years at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC before transferring to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  I earned a BS in Chemistry in 2011 and a BS in Biological Sciences with a break working as a CNA and volunteering with Hospice in between.  I finished medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine in May 2017.  I brewed beer for 7 years up until moving to Chicago when I had to downsize my equipment.  Although I'm not brewing beer currently, I love exploring Chicago with my wife because neither of us had any ties to Chicago prior!  We've had a great time enjoying the city and all it has to offer.

Why Resurrection: My wife wanted to get away from NC and got a job here in Chicago prior to interview season.  We have no ties to Chicago, so I came into interview season with no insight or clue about any of the programs.  I reached out to Dr. Nickoloff and Resurrection to learn more and I had an amazing experience during my interview day.  I immediately felt welcomed and well supported by staff and residents alike.  Hospital facilities and clinic rooms all blend together across interviews, but the people are what you really remember.  Seeing the excitement and passion that the other residents had for the program and the pride they felt in their family really stuck with me.  Between the support I feel from my residents and attendings, the location for my family, and the unparalleled education, I can't imagine myself being anywhere else! 

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Amber Ijaz, DO

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Indianapolis, Indiana)

About Me: I was born in Pakistan and moved to Park Ridge, Illinois when I was thirteen years old. I received my undergraduate degree from De Paul University Chicago, IL for Chemistry Education. I taught AP Chemistry at Lane Tech High School in Illinois for a few years before attending medical school. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, exploring new cosmetic products and application techniques, watching movies, and most of all spending time with my family and friends.

Why Resurrection: I moved to Illinois when I was 13 years old, completed undergraduate studies in Chicago, and worked in Chicago for many years so I knew I want to come back here for my residency since this felt like home. Although, I did not get the privilege to rotate at Presence Resurrection Family Medicine clinic as a medical student, I was thoroughly impressed by the faculty, staff, and residents here during my interview. I always heard very good things about the program and during my interview I was able to see this in action. I felt part of a very supportive and enthusiastic family that is eager to teach. After interviewing at various program in Illinois, I felt that Presence Resurrection was the best fit for me. I am excited to be a part of this program and proud to call Resurrection home for next three years.

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Jesu Joseph, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago almost my entire life. I went to Maine West for high school before attending Loyola University for undergrad. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, swimming, kayaking, watching 24 reruns, eating sushi and spending time with family and friends. 

Why Resurrection: I moved to Chicago when I was four and Chicago has always been my home since. I knew I wanted to stay but I did not know which program. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to do some of my rotations at Resurrection.  From very early on, I could see how everyone in the program was extremely friendly, approachable and eager to teach. I never saw another program with as many genuinely happy residents, staff, and faculty than Resurrection. I am very grateful to be where I am!

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Brayton Kiedrowski, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in a Minneapolis suburb, full of hockey and hotdish. I attended Taylor University in farm-town Indiana for undergrad and moved to Chicago for medical school. I’m extremely passionate about Sports Medicine, endurance sports, especially track and field as well as coaching long distance runners in my minimal free time.

Why Resurrection: When I was applying for residencies, I was looking for 2 main traits: a strong sense of family between the residents and also the faculty and staff AND a community-focused hospital with attendings (no matter the specialty) that want to teach.

Simply put, Resurrection has both traits: with fellow residents you can ask any (and I mean any) question of and attendings that are excellent faculty, mentors, and friends and all at exactly the right time.

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Jordan O’Neill, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I grew up in Lemont, where my mom was my soccer and my “be kind to people” coach. She still lives there and remains busy with work and her awesome charity, Hope and Friendship Foundation. I was a homework-hating athlete that realized the one job I wanted to do would take 12 more years of hard work. With my sights set on becoming a primary care sports doctor, I attended Concordia University-Wisconsin to major in Athletic Training and play some soccer. I was then able to return home and attend CCOM, moving downtown at the start of rotations. Now in Lakeview, I’m happy to be living and working in Chicago with my family and friends all around, including my sister’s adorable family just 5 miles south of the hospital!

 Why Resurrection: As a frequently rotating student, I knew that Resurrection was a place where I could happily work thousands of hours. Even on my OB rotation in July 2015 (when I listened to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win from my phone in a call room, and experienced a FOMO that brought real tears)!! The Res faculty is riddled with people as kind as they are intelligent, from primary care to specialists. Most importantly, the Family Medicine department is made up of unanimously genuine and enjoyable people to be around. Additionally, while sports medicine brought me to this point, critical care medicine peaked my interest as a fourth year medical student; our residency’s inpatient medicine service runs rapid responses where you are often tested with stabilizing a patient and initiating a critical workup, then completing a handoff to intensive care. Come join us and we can walk briskly across the hospital in our cool blue coats.

Third Year

Maxwell Arons, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I was born and raised in the city of Chicago in the Lincoln Park area.  I attended Indiana University in Bloomington for undergrad and then returned to the Chicago area for medical school.  I love living a balanced lifestyle and enjoy everything Chicago has to offer including street festivals, concerns, and of course, the food.  While I am passionate about Chicago sports teams, I enjoy nothing more than watching my Hoosier basketball team.

Why Resurrection: What I looked for when applying to residency was a program that offered a rigorous curriculum that still maintained a strong sense of congeniality.  On interview day, I was impressed by the overall sense of camaraderie and quickly noticed how happy all of the residents were.  The hospital functions as a large medical center but it has a strong sense of community and is not overwhelmingly big.  I am so grateful to be able to spend my 3 years of residency in my hometown in an impressively supportive environment.

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Brittany Burns, MD

Medical School: Rush Medical College (Chicago, Illinois)

About me: I was born and raised in Park Ridge and went to Maine South for high school before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I earned by Bachelor of Science degree in 2007, and after graduating I worked as an EMT, an organic chemistry tutor, and also spent a year doing cancer research at the University of Hawaii in Hilo.  I came back to Illinois to attend medical school at Rush University.  In my free time, I enjoy seeing friends and family, singing and playing music, cooking, photography, board games, catching up on a few *select* TV shows, watching Chicago sports teams, and going on adventures with my 9-year-old miniature schnauzer named Shotsy.

Why Resurrection: I wanted to stay around Chicago because my family is here, and the day I interviewed at PRMC, it was magical how at home I felt in the program.  The residents, faculty and staff are all so incredibly welcoming, and I always feel comfortable speaking up and asking questions.  The size of the program is ideal because I am learning alongside my peers, instead of getting lost in a crowd.  The responsibilities I am given here at Resurrection will undoubtedly teach me to be a great physician.  I am so excited knowing that I have found where I belong, and I look forward to beginning my career in such a rewarding field of medicine with such wonderful people. 

Shelly Capps, MD - chief resident

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

About me: As an Army brat, I moved every three years before starting high school in Washington state.  I met my incredibly loving and supportive husband in undergrad at Stanford University, where I majored in Human Biology.  After college, I took two years off to volunteer in a rural clinic in Mexico and at a drug addiction recovery center in San Francisco.  My priorities are faith, family and friends, and medicine as a means to serve others.  For fun, I like to dance, explore the outdoors, and try new recipes. 

Why Resurrection: I still remember feeling welcomed and comfortable with everyone on my interview day.  When I left, I was already looking forward to spending time with them again.  Since starting residency, I have witnessed how supportive the faculty and residents are of one another.  Besides the people, Resurrection was my first choice because I was impressed with the quality of training the residents receive in an environment that was relaxed and respectful of life outside of medicine.  Lastly, I was attracted to the Catholic identity of the program.  Resurrection was the best fit for me! 

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Michael Goshorn, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I’ve lived most of my life in the suburbs of Chicago. I received my undergraduate degree from the U of I in Environmental Sciences, then Governor’s State for Biology, then a Master’s of Education at National Louis University. I taught high school biology for a few years before deciding to give a go at medicine. I am married with 2 children, so naturally my favorite things have become Curious George and building blocks. When I can, I love to get out in nature and do some hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. My wife and I also love to get out and try new food.

Why Resurrection: I did two rotations here as a medical student.  I immediately felt the welcoming and fun environment that is Res.  Everyone here was so approachable and kind.  I never felt uncomfortable or out of place.  As a resident it is all of that and more.  The attitude is so encouraging and positive.  The staff is fantastic and makes learning and transitioning into residency so easy.  The goal here is to help each other succeed and have a great time along the way.  All of the residents get along really well and get together as much as we can.  Res: highly recommended, two thumbs up!

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Inyoung Na, DO 

Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-School of Osteopathic Medicine (Arizona)

About me: I was born in Korea and moved to Dallas, Texas when I was three. A few years later, moved to Illinois and ended up staying to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I went to medical school in Arizona and finished my 3 years of medical school training in Seattle. I enjoy working out and staying active. In Seattle, my boyfriend and I went on hikes with our dog, Ash (border collie-german shepherd mix). Longest hike we've done was 18 hours. It was tiring but worth it! Also enjoy having good conversations over a cup of coffee.

Why Resurrection: My passion is to serve inner-city communities as a family physician so I wanted to train in Chicago. What drew me to Resurrection was the faculty.  The people here are awesome and so welcoming!  Love the people in this program and very blessed to call them family.

Sabrina Sawlani, DO - chief resident

Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (Henderson, Nevada)

About me: I was born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs.  I attended Northwestern University for college, worked as a research project coordinator for 1 year, then moved to Henderson, Nevada, for medical school.  In my free time, I enjoy dancing, running, swimming, painting, and watching basketball (especially the Bulls and Golden State Warriors!).

Why Resurrection: I grew up visiting and volunteering at Presence Resurrection Medical Center over the past 25 years.  When I had the chance to rotate in the Family Medicine program here during my third year of medical school, I knew I couldn’t pass up that opportunity—and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  The faculty and staff are truly invested in helping residents grow professionally and personally.  I always imagined myself going to a strong program that provides exceptional clinical education in a positive learning environment, and where everyone is mutually supportive, treating each other just like family.  PRMC’s Family Medicine program offers just that, and I am so excited to be a part of this community!

2018 Graduates

David Dormandy, DO

David Dormandy, DO

School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: Born and raised in beautiful upstate New York where mountains actually exist. Went to SUNY Cortland for undergrad then decided to come to Chicago for medical school. I love outdoor activities and sports, especially the Packers, GO PACK GO! I am also referred to as Dave the Dancer, because I love dancing, I'm always playing music and my mind is a never ending juke box. If you want to get on my good side, chocolate is always accepted.

Why Resurrection: History states "Location, Location, Location," is the most important but here its "the people, the people, the people." Everyone is amazing to work with and so easy to get along with. At the end of the day that's the most important.

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Mikhail Eiseler, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I enjoy all outdoor activities and maintaining an active lifestyle. Some of my favorite sports to casually play are basketball and tennis. Also, I love spending time by Lake Michigan, walking the lake front trail.

Why Resurrection: Resurrection is an amazing place to complete residency training. The entire staff is extremely professional and second to none in training experience. Also, everyone is very welcoming and compassionate which is essential when delivering medical care. The location is advantageous for any resident physician as it provides access to the culture of Chicago and a great learning experience due to its proximity to the city. I feel Resurrection provides me with a well rounded clinical education that is complete in every facet.

 

 Brian Hollett, MD

Brian Hollett, MD

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI)

About me: I am a Detroit native, lifelong athlete, and I am extremely passionate about athletic and preventative medicine. I believe that health is a way of life, not just a regimen of medications. When not working I love being active, watching sports, and eating at adventurous and unique restaurants.

Why Resurrection: I chose the Presence Resurrection Family Medicine Program because of the amazingly diverse patient base that it serves and the fantastic fellow residents and attending physicians at the program. I am passionate about the Chicagoland area and feel that the precise location of this program allows me to receive an unparalleled clinical education while serving a broad and varied patient base.

 

 James Lagucik, DO

James Lagucik, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. I completed my undergraduate education at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. While attending Whitworth I double majored in chemistry and biology. During my time at Whitworth I also played for their men’s soccer team. After college I decided it was time to move and experience a new part of the country. I made the choice to attend Midwestern University and see what the Midwest had to offer! Throughout my four years, I grew to love the city of Chicago. I’ve made lots of friends and it has started to feel like a 2nd home to me. In my free time, I love to play sports and start active. Some of the things that love to do include: soccer, tennis, running/marathons, volleyball, cooking, and exploring the city!

Why Resurrection: When it came time to choose a residency program, I knew with 100% certainty that I wanted to stay in Chicago and be a part of the program at Resurrection! While in medical school, I got to rotate and spend time with some of the residents and attending physicians. I was able to see how amazing the people in this program truly are. In my opinion, the ideal workplace is one that fosters learning and personal growth in a way that keeps you excited to go to work everyday. Resurrection fits that description perfectly. I am honored that I was chosen to be a part of this program and look forward to the rest of my time here!

Kevin Lenkart, DO

Kevin Lenkart, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. I attended St. Xavier University for undergrad where I majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. I attended Des Moines University for medical school. I enjoy watching and playing baseball, camping, and motorsports.

Why Resurrection: I chose Resurrection because of my experience here as a student. Every attending was extremely helpful and always willing to spend the extra time teaching. I also chose Resurrection because the residents all seemed to be generally happy and enjoyed working here.

Shannon Powers, DO

Shannon Powers, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, I attended Lake Park High School before entering undergrad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There I studied molecular & cellular biology, chemistry, and sociology before attending CCOM. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing sports (golf, softball, basketball, anything really), exploring the city of Chicago, cooking, and cheering on my favorite Chicago teams.

Why Resurrection: Having grown up in Chicago, I knew I wanted to continue my training in what I believe is one of the best cities to learn medicine. I was fortunate enough to rotate at Presence Resurrection during my medical school training and fell in love with the facility. Resurrection offers such a wide diversity in patient population, allowing me to care for people of all ages and backgrounds which I greatly enjoy. The faculty and residents are extremely supportive and always eager to teach. I believe the program provides a strong learning environment to help foster my skills as a physician, allowing me to become proficient in all aspects of medicine and support my passion for sports medicine. I am excited to call Resurrection my home for the next 3 years.

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