First Year


Mikhail Eiseler, DO

Medical School: Midwestern University

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.


David Dormandy, DO

School: CCOM

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.


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.


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.


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

Second Year


Nathan Burkle, DO

About me: I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, and I attended the University of Iowa for my undergraduate education. After 22 years in Iowa, I was excited to move onto bigger and better things. That's why I was so excited to move to Chicago and attend Midwestern University. 

Why Resurrection: When it came time to apply to residencies, I knew I wasn’t ready to leave Chicago.  After deciding on family medicine, I knew that enjoying my residency experience would revolve around the people. From people I spoke with and my experience on interview day, I knew that Presence Resurrection would provide the type of relaxed and supportive environment I would need to thrive. The other residents and faculty are always friendly and eager to help, and that makes all the difference.


Spencer Kirk, MD

Medical school: Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL

About Me: I enjoy anything outdoors and spend most of my time running on the lake, playing beach volleyball, training for endurance races or trying a new restaurant.

Why Resurrection: I chose Presence Resurrection Family Medicine Program because it services a broad patient population while still being located close to an amazing city. Most importantly, the residents and faculty provide a warm and welcoming environment which fosters an unparalleled clinical education. As a Chicago native, I'm fortunate enough to practice in a vibrant city in addition to remaining close to family.


Thomas Murphy, DO

Medical school: Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL

About me: I am a lifelong Chicagoan having been born and raised on the northwest side of the city, staying around for undergrad at Loyola University Chicago where I majored in ecology, and ultimately completing medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.  I love the city and hope to stay in Chicago after residency.  When I am not working, you will likely find me exploring all of the wonderful things that the city has to offer; doing just about anything outdoorsy, be it camping, fishing, hiking, biking, or kayaking; cheering for my beloved Chicago Cubs; or spending time with my amazing friends and family.

Why Resurrection: I had the opportunity to rotate here during my third year of medical school, and very early on I was hooked.  The environment in the residency program is extremely friendly and collegial with everyone being open, approachable, and eager to teach; the hospital is large, diverse, and with very comprehensive services but without losing the community feel; and most importantly I felt like this was a place where I fit in and could grow into the physician I want to be. Presence Resurrection was my first choice program, and now that I am here I am positive that I made the right choice.  I am thrilled to be here working with my amazing co-residents and fantastic attendings! 


Matthew Rachwalski, DO

Medical school: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
About me:
I was born and raised in Chicago area, in Palos Hills and I went to Marist high school. After high school I attended the University of Illinois where I completed a dual degree in chemistry and molecular and cellular biology. Following undergrad, I work for a few years as Captain Morgan. When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my friends and family especially my wife and daughter. I am sports enthusiast and love the outdoors.

Why resurrection: I chose to attend Presence Resurrection for Family Medicine Residency because the program has an outstanding reputation, the curriculum is all-encompassing and both the residents and faculty are extremely helpful, happy and work cohesively. After spending the last several months working at Presence Resurrection I have to say that the program treats you like family and that is truly special. Additionally, I am interested in pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship and we have opportunities and are encouraged to work directly with the program at Resurrection.


Yaqoob Syed, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, went to Lake Park high school and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Then I went to CCOM for medical school. I recently got married and am balancing newly married life with residency, and overall I am very happy with where I am. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, reading, watching movies and just spending time with family and friends, to name a few. 

Why Resurrection: Although I was born in India, I came here when I was 5 and since then Chicago has been home. I knew I wanted to stay here, but what program? I never got the privilege of doing a FM rotation at Presence Resurrection but I’ve always heard good things about it. When I interviewed here and did my 2nd look, all of the good things I heard about Res, manifested in front of me. The faculty, staff, and residents here are amazing and incredibly nice and supportive. Plus, the coats are blue. The hospital is not gigantic but the learning opportunities are endless. I am immensely grateful to be where I am!


George Zabaneh, DO

About myself: I am originally from Valparaiso, Indiana and have been in the Midwest my entire life. I completed my undergraduate education at Butler University with a major in Biology. After deciding to pursue the field of medicine, I graduated and received my medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis and golf, watching sports (go Bears!), cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Why Resurrection: Most importantly I felt like Presence Resurrection was a good fit for me after interviewing at many different programs. I noticed that the residents were very happy with the faculty and interacted well with each other. The faculty and attending physicians are dedicated to teaching residents in the hospital and are available whenever needed by residents. The program provides residents with not only a great learning environment, but also allows residents to have a good quality of life outside of work.


Third Year


Ryan Alexander, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: The son of missionary parents, I was born and spent the first eleven years of my life overseas in Africa and Ukraine. Eventually that life became too boring so we moved to Indianapolis, IN. I attended undergrad at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers) and after graduating chose to come to Chicago for my medical school education. I love exploring Chicago and living in the Little Italy area, I enjoy pretending I can sing, Colts football, Hoosiers anything, and watching almost any sport (hockey was a little tough to get into since central Indiana doesn't really think it exists). And I think the biggest tragedy that could ever befall the human race would be if Coke ceased to exist.

Why Resurrection: Presence Resurrection was my first rotation of 4th year and I immediately loved it here. I have rotated at/interviewed at so many great programs in the Chicagoland area, but I felt that the environment here was the most welcoming and kind. The residents and faculty are worked hard but you can tell they are truly happy here, which is reflected in their excellent patient care. Ultimately I chose Resurrection because I believed it could help mold me into the type of doctor I want to be.


Ryan Fitzgerald, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. However, after 19 years in Illinois, I was ready to explore a new state. So I went to Providence College in Rhode Island. As much as I loved my four years in New England, I always knew I would eventually return back to Chicago. That's why I jumped at the opportunity to first start my master's and then attendant medical school at Midwestern University in Downers Grove.

Why I choose Resurrection: I first heard from a classmate how much he enjoyed his Family Medicine rotation at Presence Resurrection, so I tried to do an elective there during my fourth year of medical school. However, there were no openings even 10 months in advance. So from that alone I knew this must be a great place to work and learn. Once I got the opportunity to interview here, I saw firsthand that the hugely positive word-of-mouth reviews I've been hearing from everyone were true. The attendings, residents, and staff are all great to work with. It is easy to be excited to come into work when you know you will be walking into such a positive atmosphere.


Maricruz Pajares, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

About me: My family and I moved to New Jersey from our hometown of Cajamarca, Peru when I was 6 years old. After finishing primary school I attended the nearby College of Saint Elizabeth, an all-women's college, earning a degree in Chemistry. From there, I enrolled at Ross University Medical School which has its campus on the beautiful island of Dominica in the Caribbean. Under the guidance of Ross University I completed my medical rotations in hospitals throughout the Chicago area. I am now married to the love of my life and we have a beautiful and active little girl. For fun, we love to spend time as a family dancing, cooking, and playing in the park. I am encouraging my parents and my brother and his family to move out to Chicago, because it is an amazing city to be in with your family!

Why Resurrection: My husband bumped his head early one morning and we decided to go to the hospital. Caring greatly about his brain he decided to "Yelp" for hospitals and found Presence Resurrection to have great reviews. He was so impressed we drove the 40 minutes to get here. We arrived at the ED, he had a full history, physical and cat scan done within one hour! Everyone was so nice and comforting, it was an amazing experience. I was in love with Res! I looked into their family medicine program and found that it was amazing! I was fortunate to do my family medicine rotation here and my love grew even more. Resurrection was where I felt at home! I have loved every minute since I started my residency here, the staff is very supportive! Res is my home!



Kyle Rahrig, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs. I come from a very large, tight-knit family (my father is the youngest of 15... no, that's not a typing error), and I am the oldest of 3 boys in my immediate family. Indiana University was my destination for undergrad, and then I moved to Chicago to attend CCOM for medical school. Outside of the Resurrection Family Medicine Residency, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, golfing, and watching sports (I can't get enough football).

Why Resurrection: As a lifelong Midwesterner (I've lived in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois), I am happy to say that there is no better city in the world than Chicago, and I am happy to be training in such a diverse, amazing place. The reputation of the Presence Resurrection Family Medicine Residency is certainly one of happiness, and it left me feeling welcomed. After meeting the residents and faculty here, I knew this would be the best fit and the best experience for me to become a well-rounded, caring physician.


Anthony Rizzo, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago in Burbank, IL. I went to Marist High School on the south side. For undergrad, I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GO ILLINI. I doubled majored in Chemistry and Molecular & cellular biology. After college, I attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was a great school and I loved the OMM aspect of my training there. I am very close to my family and friends. I recently was married on June 1, 2013. In my spare time, I love going to the movies, reading for fun, and exercising on a daily basis.

Why Resurrection: Resurrection is a great fit for me because the program had everything I was looking for. A well rounded patient population especially being able to work with a great pediatric population. Being a hospital in Chicago is a plus for me because I hope to stay in Chicago when I start practicing by myself. When I met the residents, I really felt I was going to fit in here. The residents reminded me of myself. The faculty are extremely helpful and have a great passion for teaching. One thing that stood out the most to me about Presence Resurrection is that everyone is happy here and that was important to me in a residency program. I am very happy with my choice and I look forward to the next 3 years here.



Annemarie Walsh, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. I graduated from Loyola University with a degree in biology, then went to Midwestern University to get my master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. I stayed at Midwestern for medical school. I've never gone away for school because my entire family is in Chicago and I love it so much! I love spending time with family and friends. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, baking, watching tv and movies (I love any show on Bravo), and going shopping.

Why Resurrection: I rotated at Res at least five times as a student my third and fourth years. I fell in love with the hospital and the people that work here. I always felt so welcome, and everyone here is so respectful of each other. I rotated in the Family Practice Center for a month and truly enjoyed spending time with all the faculty, staff, and residents. Being there felt like "a home away from home". Even as a student, I felt I had constant support and that's when I knew that Resurrection was where I wanted to be.


2015 Graduates


Luan Elezi, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

About Me: I was born in Kercov, Macedonia and moved to the United States during my senior year of high school as part of the foreign exchange student program in Slidell, Louisiana. I began my undergrad studies at Louisiana State University; however transferred to Loyola University Chicago in order to be closer to my siblings that had moved to Chicago. I received my undergrad degree in Biology and attended Ross University School of Medicine. I am married and have three boys, so when I am not at work, I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy swimming, playing at the park, going to the movies, and spending time with our extended family.

Why Resurrection: I chose Presence Resurrection based on the experience I had on my interview day. I felt very much at ease in their friendly environment and met great people. The faculty and residents were enthusiastic and supportive. I also wanted to stay in Chicago so the location was also very ideal for me.


Barbara Barnell, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. The high school mascot is a rock. Seriously. My undergraduate college was Olivet Nazarene University where I earned a degree in biology. From there I went to Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. I like OMM and try to stay sharp in my skills. So, you may see me adjusting other residents and faculty in the clinic. Family and friends are the most important things to me. I love spending time with them any chance I get. My favorite modes of exercise are workout videos and long walks.

Why Resurrection: Presence Resurrection is the right sized hospital, in the best location, with the most amazing people. This hospital is staffed with happy people: residents, faculty, nurses, other doctors, etc. I know that each rotation these next 3 years will be with good folks; work is better if you can enjoy your coworkers. Location: this area of Chicago is the best! You get the zip code without all the headaches. A good area means good patients to take care of. Hospital size: I will be moving to central Illinois after residency and wanted a residency program with a patient load large enough to give me the experience to be confident practicing by myself in a rural environment. However, I want to train in a hospital that feels more like a community than a big healthcare machine. Presence Resurrection is a midsize Chicago hospital that has the best mix of size and personality.


Shakil Hafiz, DO

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: Hey everyone my name is Shakil Hafiz. I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. I went to high school in villa park and I went to college at Benedictine University in Lisle. I lived right down the street from CCOM but before med school started I got married so my wife and I decided to explore new frontiers. We ended up going to AZCOM instead (Phoenix, Arizona). We had a great time over there and it was a great experience for us to move away from home and experience the southwest, American culture. After 4 years of living in the desert, I decided to bring my talents back to Chicago, so here we are!

Why Resurrection: In Medical school, I really enjoyed doing everything. Everyone says, it was a great problem to have, but it made it difficult to decide what to do. That is why I chose Family Medicine. You really do see and manage everyone and everything in family practice. Presence Resurrection Medical Center is a great place to do your training. The people here are extremely nice. And I am very happy that I matched into this program and if I had to do it again, I would.


William Ngu, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and have not left since. I attended college at Loyola University by the lake and then stayed for medical school. All of my friends, family, and favorite places are here in Chicago and have no reason to leave. In my free time I enjoy exploring Chicago as there’s always something new to discover. You can also find me often at Wrigley Field enjoying the sun and the Cubs.

Why Resurrection: Having never rotated at Presence Resurrection I applied having heard of its strong program and great reputation of graduating great physicians. Wanting to stay in Chicago there were numerous residency programs but Resurrection really stood out during my interview day. It was refreshing to see such a genuinely happy group of residents that felt like family. Residency will be stressful, why not have a great supportive group and family to share countless hours with?


Sujatha Sharma

Medical school: Government Medical College, Patiala, India

About Me: I enjoy swimming, dancing, sketching/drawing, and traveling in my free time.

Why Resurrection: I chose Presence Resurrection Family Medicine Program for numerous reasons. Important reasons being, it is an unopposed residency training program in a large community hospital in the heart of Chicago. The program affirms our responsibilities for making patient assessments and formulating their care plans. Furthermore, the warm, engaging, and available faculty provides a friendly and supportive environment, which enhances our learning experience in addition, to being readily available for answering questions and promoting discussion on practical medicine.


Zinal Soni, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

About Me: I was born to amazingly hardworking parents and have spent most of my life in Chicago. I went to UIC for both undergrad and medical school, and there was no way I was leaving the amazing city of Chicago for residency. I love to spend my free time with my husband and my family. I also love just walking downtown on a sunny day and admiring the city, traveling, shopping, reading, and watching movies.

Why Resurrection: 1. Very friendly residents and faculty 2. We have some amazing attendings. 3. Close to home and easy commute from the burbs. 4. Amazing cafe allowance. 5. This was the place where residents were the happiest!!