Presence Health

2018-2019 Residents


Jessica Baldetti, DO

Medical School: AT Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

I'm originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and completed my Osteopathic medical school training there as well. I enjoy reading, fishing, beach time, international foods, and spending time with my family and friends.

The people I've worked with and the experiences I've had here have been very positive. My goal of working at a community hospital focused on patient-centered care made Presence the right fit. 



Deshala L. Castille, DO

Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in Wichita, KS. I graduated from Pittsburg State University and completed my medical education in Kirksville, MO. I enjoy reading just for the fun of it, watching movies, playing volleyball and soccer, and spending quality time with my close friends and family.

Why Resurrection: I have known that I wanted to be a Physician of Obstetrics and Gynecology from the day I stepped foot onto my undergraduate university, I had a plan in mind. I chose to train at Presence Resurrection after doing an audition rotation at the facility. Meeting the different residents, attending physicians, and staff provided me with a wonderful experience. Seeing how they treated each other like family and made others feel included was the selling point for me. I just knew this was where I belonged. The diversity of the patient population, whether it be ethnic, socioeconomic, or medical perspective was unparalleled. I look forward to what is to come in the future regarding my medical education.



Karolina Kilowski, DO

Medical School:  Midwestern University COM - Chicago

During my family's emigration journey from Poland, I was born in Rome, Italy, where I was exposed to the best zucchini and cheeses in the world, followed by a move to Ontario, Canada where I fell in love with French culture and hockey a couple years later. In middle school, we settled down in Indiana! I received my B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Biology from IUPUI. I love traveling, learning about cultures and languages, running, being outdoors, and meeting new people. It's been an incredible journey, and I'm very excited to start this new chapter in my life.


Wayne Larson, MD

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis IN

I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs in Northwest Indiana. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the city and traveling. I chose St. Francis because I wanted to stay in the Chicago area, and I do well in smaller groups with more one on one time with attendings. I found all of the attendings and staff very welcoming, and have formed close bonds with my fellow residents. 



Helen Kristina Martinez-Costa, DO

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I moved to Hamilton, New York to attend Colgate University for college.  After suffering through the cold weather, I moved back to sunny Florida. Knowing I wanted a career in women's health, I attended Medical School at Nova Southeastern University. When choosing a OBGYN residency program, the decision was an easy one. I moved to wonderful Chicago,IL. I was excited to join a residency program that cares for a diverse patient population in an environment where the attending are incredibly supportive. Our residency is one that has been evolving for the better every year. We get the privilege to work with many attending physicians at various hospitals, allowing for a vast fund of knowledge and skills. My interests include general obstetrics and gynecology as well as minimally invasive surgery. In my free time, I've been enjoying all that this city has to offer - comedy shows, concerts, the snow, the amazing summer fireworks on the lake, and most of all the amazing restaurants.


Danielle McCarthur, MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

As native of Cincinnati, Ohio, I am a “Midwest girl” at heart. My interests include music and entertainment, travel, the Spanish Language, and basketball (Cleveland of course!).  I was attracted to St. Francis by the quality training that exhibits academic excellence providing the option to pursue any fellowship. The faculty mentorship and one on one teaching with attendings allows for personal feedback and facilitates personal and professional growth. Additionally the training provided at other sites provides the opportunity to learn from other systems and attendings as well as have continuity of care with patients in the primary health care clinic. The patient population served provides a range of pathology affecting both underserved and private patients and most importantly allowing me to pursue my own goals as a physician in training engaging in the community and patient care of the underserved. 



Anne Baker Bealer DO

Medial School: Pacific Northwest University, A. T. Still, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am originally from a rural community in Interior Alaska.  I hope to return and build a practice that is conscientiously designed to serve the needs of my patients.  My professional interests are continually evolving but currently include reproductive endocrinology and infertility and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.  In my free time, I enjoy traveling, fishing, and spending time with my husband and dogs. 


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Emma Clear, DO

Medical School:  Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO

I grew up here in Evanston, not too far from St. Francis Hospital, and have always wanted to train and practice in this community. I moved away for undergraduate and medical school, and am thrilled to be back in Chicago! In my free time, I've been enjoying all that this city has to offer - museums, plays, concerts, Lake Michigan, great restaurants, and of course time with my family and friends.

I chose St. Francis because of the tight-knit community of attending physicians and residents. We are truly a team, and we have a lot of one-on-one opportunities to learn from and operate with incredibly talented OBGYNs and surgeons. I also chose this program for our patient population, and wanted to learn in an environment where I would be exposed to a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and languages. It means a lot to me to give back to the community in which I was raised. I feel lucky to be part of such a wonderful group of colleagues and look forward to my four years here at St. Francis!


Mary Meram, DO

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV

I grew up in the Metro Detroit suburbs and obtained my bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan with a focus on biopsychology. I received a master's degree from Wayne State University and attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. After that, I did a Traditional Rotating Internship year in Jackson, Michigan before moving to Chicago and joining the Presence program.

Why Presence? After spending a couple of weeks here on a rotation, I instantly knew I wanted to be here. From the diverse patient population to the interesting pathology to the heavy volume that you're exposed to, you really get to see and do it all in this program. During my rotation, I was also struck by the close relationships that the residents had with each other. They were supportive of one another and genuinely enjoyed each other's company, which is very important to me in a residency program. I also love living in Chicago! Growing up so close in Michigan, I have a lot of family and friends that have moved here, and it's great that I can still be close to home. There are always tons of things to do, and I'm looking forward to exploring everything the city has to offer.



Daneille Swofford, DO

Medical School:  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine GA-Campus, Suwanee, GA

I grew up in Georgia and completed my undergraduate, masters and medical school training throughout the state. I chose Saint Francis OB/GYN residency because its location offered a diverse patient population in a small community hospital.  After rotating at the program for a month as a medical student, it solidified that this program was for me. The faculty, residents, and staff are incredibly supportive and encouraging to one another. Not only that, the program had a strong emphasis on education coupled with early hands-on experiences with dedicated attendings. Saint Francis is a program I can see myself growing both personally and professionally.


Leonel Trujillo DO

Medical Education: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Salem, Oregon. Before medical school, I worked as a full time certified nursing assistant and research assistant.

I chose Presence Resurrection because of the great learning environment that the program offered. I wanted to work with a diverse patient population which is one of the strengths of this program. I appreciated the team work the residents portrayed when I rotated here as a medical student.


Marianne Witham, DO

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University, Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, but I have been lucky enough to live all over the United States. I've lived in Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Carolina, and now Illinois! I spend what little free time available hanging out with my friends and family, exploring local bars in the Suburbs, playing video games, and watching the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears depending on the season! I'm pretty easy going and enjoy the adventures of life while trying to learn from any experience along the way. I chose this residency because I wanted to get the most experience possible in a truncated period of time. I felt that if I could be exposed to as many approaches to solving problems as possible, and as many surgical approaches or styles for routine procedures, I would be able to truly create my own selection of favorite options to be able to best manage my patients as an attending. This program stood out to me as one that would give me great experiences and great learning environments, all the while being located in a great city like Chicago, with all the sports, restaurants, and cultural experiences that very few cities have to offer!


Felix Hernandez, DO

Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was originally born in Bakersfield, CA but grew up in Phoenix, AZ. After four wonderful years at Cactus High School I attended Arizona State University where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with a minor in Communication Studies graduating in 2011. At that time I thought it fit to take a year off to enjoy my youth. The following year I attended TUNCOM just outside of Las Vegas and graduated in 2016.  Once medical school was over I did a Traditional Rotating Internship in West Palm Beach, FL before moving to Chicago. My spare time is spent traveling, playing racquetball, and attending concerts or social gatherings.

I chose Presence for many reasons. It is very apparent that the rapport between residents/faculty reflects a very positive learning and working environment. Furthermore, I feel as though rotating through many different hospitals with diverse populations is the best way to become a well-rounded physician. I am ready for the ride and can't wait to spend four years of residency in The Windy City!


Ankita Mahajan, DO, MPH

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, AL

I was born in New Delhi, India and raised in San Antonio, TX. In 2010, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and in 2011, a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Social & Behavioral Health from the Texas A&M Health Science Center - School of Rural Public Health. Before starting medical school, I worked as a Health Consultant in Dallas, TX. I graduated with my medical degree in May 2017 and joined this wonderful residency program. I am passionate about patient advocacy, women’s health, osteopathic medicine, and caring for underserved populations. In my limited spare time, you can find me curled up with a good book, dancing, cooking spicy foods, exploring the city, and spending time with my amazing family!

I chose this program because during my sub-internship, I felt very supported and welcomed by the current residents, attendings, and staff. Everyone I interacted with was kind, patient-centered, helpful, and willing to teach. Additionally, I was equally impressed by the incredible didactic curriculum, osteopathic focus, diverse patient population, challenging pathology, and surgical training options available at our program. I am so excited to live in Chicago and become a well-rounded OB/GYN physician!



Nguyen Nguyen, DO

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences: College of Osteopathic Medicine

My story starts in a small province in central Vietnam, where I lived for five years. Through good fortune and generosity from several people, I came to the United States with my family. I graduated from The Colorado College where I was introduced to Indigenous and rural populations through academia and several volunteer experiences. I grew to love working in communities that had scarce resources, realizing that my skills are best used to serve such communities as an NHSC scholar. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling around the world, watching movies, attending musical events, making beer and wine, cooking, and tennis.

The residents and teaching faculty in our residency practice medicine with compassion and maintain a strong sense of community amongst team members. Even as a student, you are given the opportunity to play a strong role in patient care. Located in Chicago and surround suburbs, our program provides a broad spectrum of learning experiences and diverse medical problems. I chose this program because the residents here are impressive and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this team.


Rada Sarkisova DO

Medical School: Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Obninsk, Russia and immigrated to United States when I was six years old. For the last 20 some years I have called the Grand Rapids, MI home.  I obtained my Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 (Go Irish!). From there, I headed down south and earned both my Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences and my Osteopathic degree from GA-PCOM.  In my free time I love cooking, doing hot yoga, running along Lake Michigan and exploring all that Chicago has to offer.

As a native to the Midwest, I made the grand decision to make Chicago my home during my fourth year of medical school. I instantly fell in love with the city and knew I wanted to find the perfect program here. I chose this program because I felt an instant connection to all of the residents I encountered. Beyond the wonderful personalities of fellow residents, staff, and attendings, our rigorous academics and diverse patient population make our program the perfect place to train and become a well rounded physician. 



Jen Trenga, DO, MA

Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in the city of Chicago and am overjoyed to continue my education in the city I love and near my family. I chose the Presence Saint Francis Hospital residency program because of the small community atmosphere and intimate learning environment. I enjoy working closely with my co-residents and learning directly from my attendings on a daily basis. The educational environment in our residency program is supportive, challenging, and diverse. Every day I am thankful that I have the opportunity to train in our program and have early hands-on exposure to everything that our specialty has to offer.

In my free time I love to enjoy the outdoors and be active. Spending time with my friends (and co-residents!) is easy to do in our city with the endless amounts of yummy food options, eclectic bar scene, and fun street festivals.


Lydia Weyenberg, MD

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Madison

I was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin and then lived in Madison Wisconsin for 8 years for my undergraduate and then medical school education. I have always loved visiting Chicago and love living here even more! Chicago has tons of festivals and events and many diverse neighborhoods to explore.

I chose the St. Francis residency program because of the personable and enthusiastic staff and residents and the opportunity to train in diverse environment with in varied locations. Faculty are committed to resident education and to continual improvement in the program. Our patient populations are ethnically and culturally diverse with a mix of private and public patients with a wide range of pathology. For these reasons we are well trained to practice in a wide variety of locations & practices after residency. I feel lucky to have matched at such an awesome program and am excited to spend the next 4 years with my St. Francis family!


Justin Bergh DO

Medical School- Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Des Moines, IA

I was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and completed my undergraduate training in San Diego with a degree in Philosophy.  I then ventured to the mid-west for medical school.  During our time in Des Moines, my wife and I would visit Chicago and enjoyed the bustling city, with all of its diverse culture. I specifically chose the St. Francis program because of the volume and diversity of its patient population. I was also able to rotate here as a medical student and was impressed by the camaraderie amongst the residents and overall team atmosphere between the residents, nursing staff, and attendings. I am excited to be apart of such a wonderful program and look forward to the amazing training over the next 4 years!



Joe Bush DO

Medical School: Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and completed my undergraduate and medical degrees in Illinois before serving as an active duty medical officer with the U.S. Navy. Having a strong family connection to both the Chicagoland area and to the Obstetrics & Gynecology profession, I am happy to be back in Chicago and in residency at Presence St. Francis. I am looking forward to serving a diverse group of patients from our community while learning from experienced physicians.

Outside of my profession, I love spending time with my wife and our one-year-old daughter. I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, and studying history.



Andres Gutierrez MD

Medical School: Tulane University in New Orleans

I was raised in the Chicago-area and am very excited to be training in the
community I grew up in. I was drawn to St. Francis’ supportive environment, the opportunity to rotate in different hospitals throughout Chicago and Evanston, and the program's small size, which allows residents direct one-on-one training with attendings. When I’m not at the hospital I can be found cooking, playing soccer, spending time with family and friends, catching a concert, and occasionally traveling.



Katherine Roberts DO

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

I was born and raised in the city of Yakima, WA. After spending four years of undergraduate in Seattle, I moved back to my hometown to attend medical school. My interests include spending time with my husband (and our cat!), watching movies, hiking in the mountains, and baking.

I chose Presence St Francis for many reasons. While spending time here as a medical student, I was impressed with the level of confidence I saw in each resident. Working at different hospitals opens up opportunities to experience many different cultures, medical training, and pathology. The program has a great support system and felt like one big family. Plus, I loved the idea of living in a big city!



Amanda Stone DO

Medical School: Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in Rockford, IL and went to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for my undergraduate degree. After taking a year off and doing research, I started medical school at Midwestern University CCOM.

I’m so excited to be continuing my training here in Chicago! I’ve lived downtown for the past 2 years and love exploring new neighborhoods and finding all the best food spots. After completing several rotations in the area during medical school, I’ve come to love the diverse patient population that Chicago has to offer! I choose the Presence Health system for residency because I enjoy the small community hospital environment and being able to work with a tight knit group of residents and teaching faculty. I’m so grateful to be at a program close to home and my loved ones, and I’m looking forward to the next four years with my new St Francis residency family! 



Denise Taitano- Ritter MD

Medical School: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton OH

I was born and raised on the tiny island of Guam, a Pacific territory of the United States. The hospitable nature of the people, local food, and music of the island is an experience like no other! I enjoy experiencing new cultures with my husband and daughter so applying to Presence Saint Francis was a perfect opportunity to combine work and play. The residents and attendings are incredibly supportive and I am blessed to be part of the team!