Family Medicine

YOU ARE EXPLORING

Current IU Methodist Family Medicine Residents

Class of 2019

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Ankerman chose family medicine because it allows him to take care of and establish long term professional relationships with patients of a variety of ages.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Ankerman was very impressed with the strong curriculum of the program and also the friendliness of the staff and faculty.

Professional Interests: Pediatrics, sports medicine, urgent care and patient education.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Watching movies, running, weightlifting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Throughout her clinical years of medical school, Dr. David found herself falling in love with each of her rotations. She deeply valued every aspect of medicine and wanted to enter a field that would allow her to care for a wide range of patients and forge lasting doctor-patient relationships. Dr. David views family medicine as the all-encompassing field and could not be happier with her decision.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. David was impressed by how kind everyone was and the strong sense of camaraderie among the residents, faculty and staff. She was very impressed by the facilities, particularly the family medicine center, and the opportunities for performing several different procedures.

Professional Interests: Academics, global health and public health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with friends and exploring everything this exciting new city has to offer.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Gravelle has always been fascinated by the vast scope of family medicine. He is captivated by the personalized, comprehensive care and the ongoing patient-doctor relationship that is formed with family medicine. Dr. Gravelle enjoys educating patients about their health and empowering them to make well-informed healthcare decisions that harmonize with their personal values and goals.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Gravelle chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because he was impressed by the strong curriculum, variety of specialized tracks and highly qualified staff that were friendly and welcoming. During his interview, it was clear to him that the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program values its residents. The friendly, close-knit environment created by the faculty and staff, along with the camaraderie amongst the residents, is exactly what he was looking for in a residency program. Dr. Gravelle also likes the opportunities that the program provides in pursuing other clinical interests such as sports medicine and emergency medicine.

Professional Interests: Sports medicine and emergency medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Training at the gym, going for runs, watching and playing sports (basketball, football, baseball), cooking and trying new restaurants, watching movies, traveling, and spending time outdoors with his dog.

Why Family Medicine: Beyond the diversity of the patients and the work, the breadth of knowledge required and the long-term relationships formed, Dr. Grewal wants to be the captain of his patient’s ship in all aspects of family medicine. He likes being the first contact for patients to determine what might be happening and working with them to make a decision about their care. Being a family medicine physician allows one to coordinate everyone involved in their patient’s care and to practice preventive medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Choosing the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program was easy based upon the three criteria Dr. Grewal was using to evaluate the different family medicine residency programs. First, he wanted to join a program with obvious camaraderie amongst staff, residents and faculty. Second, he wanted the program to have an excellent academic reputation. And lastly, he wanted to work in a community that offered a diverse patient population from which to learn. The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program offered all of this and much more.

Professional Interests: Clinical informatics and preventative medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Lifting weights, playing ball hockey, and spending time with his dogs and family.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Katsap chose family medicine because he loves the idea of establishing a long-lasting, trusting relationship with his patients. One of the great aspects of family medicine that he enjoys is the diversity in patients he will encounter; those of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and ailments.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr.Katsap chose the IU Methodist Family Residency program because he is confident that the program will help him build a strong foundation of medical expertise to allow him to guide patients on a path to lasting health. He was particularly impressed with how encouraging and supportive the faculty was and the camaraderie between the residents and physicians. Dr. Katsap is certain the program will grant him the tools he needs to succeed as a family physician.

Professional Interests: Primary care, preventative medicine, sports medicine and colon health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, swimming, exercising, Netflix, enjoying the outdoors and discovering new things to do and see in the city.

Why Family Medicine: Family medicine provides care for a broad range of people with different backgrounds over many years, and Dr. Keskinen enjoys being the first person they come to with a health problem.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Keskinen chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it embraces cutting edge technology and offers him the opportunity to learn from a well experienced faculty.

Professional Interests: Headache medicine and anxiety/depression.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Woodworking, coral propagation, cooking and traveling with his family.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Maclauchlan chose family medicine because of the lifelong relationships you build with your patients. Family medicine physicians are the quarterbacks of medicine and it is their responsibility to be leaders in their patient’s care.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: When Dr. Maclauchlan met the residents, faculty and staff members on the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency team he felt as though he was at home. They treated him like their own family and he could feel the team atmosphere surrounding the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency. He knew right away that he wanted to contribute to this residency and be a member of the team.

Professional Interests: Dr. Maclauchlan would like to pursue a sports medicine fellowship after residency and combine both family medicine and sports medicine into his practice. He is also interested in the business aspect of medicine and is considering an MBA.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Watching sports, participating in a very competitive fantasy football league, the outdoors, playing intramural sports, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Marcan chose family medicine because she believes family medicine is the backbone and core of healthcare.  Additionally, she enjoys the patient diversity and continuity of care.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Marcan chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because of the strong teaching faculty, diverse procedural opportunities, support staff, and residents.

Professional Interests: Women’s health and emergency medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Martinez chose family medicine because he enjoys the challenge of managing a wide range of pathologies in different age groups.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Martinez chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because of all the tracks offered, excellent facilities, and the feeling of support from the staff and faculty and the diversity in the patient population.

Professional Interests: Urgent care and office procedures.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with family, watching movies and traveling.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. McGregor chose family medicine because he is interested in preventive medicine and working within a community. He also enjoys the interpersonal aspects of family medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. McGregor chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it is an established program with numerous opportunities and guidance within family medicine.

Professional Interests: Primary care, preventative medicine and health and wellness.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Traveling, music, basketball, getting outdoors and meeting new people.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Polsinello chose family medicine because she loves the vast scope family medicine offers, and the opportunity to provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Polsinello chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because of its strong reputation and unique approach to postgraduate training in family medicine. She was also drawn to the emphasis on clinical exposure in obstetrics. Plus the incredible people she met on interview day!

Professional Interests: Clinical interests include obstetrics, neonatal care, and dermatology. Research interests include patient-controlled personal electronic health records and mood disorders.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Running, working out, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Reynolds chose family medicine because of the variety of patient encounters: the interaction with patients of all ages, life styles, physical, and mental health.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: As a lifelong resident of Indiana, working with the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program has always been a dream of Dr. Reynolds. During the interview process, she felt at home, and knew in her heart this was the best fit for her.

Professional Interests: Sports medicine, obstetrics, women’s health and procedures.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Sporting events, fine dining experiences and spending time with friends and family.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Santos is driven by the opportunity that he can have as a family medicine physician to establish a meaningful patient-doctor relationship with his patients. He chose family medicine because he knows that once he begins his practice, he will be confident enough to take care of his patients regardless if it is in a rural town, emergency room or hospital ward.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Santos chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because he is able to train in a university program that can also offer personalized assistance in guiding his career.  Dr. Santos was also impressed by how happy the current residents were with their decision to train at IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program.

Professional Interests: Hospitalized patients and palliative care.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Running, reading motivational books and spending time with family.

Class of 2020

Why Family Medicine:  Dr. Bhalani chose family medicine because it incorporates all the fields of medicine.  It allows you to see a variety of medicine and to work with various patient populations. She loves the continuity of care that is offered with family medicine and the breadth of knowledge. For Dr. Bhalani, disease prevention and maintaining health are very important and family medicine is the perfect specialty. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, which is why family medicine is perfect for her.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Bhalani chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency because of the opportunities it provides. The residents and faculty that she met during her interview were fantastic and very friendly. She was intrigued by the longitudinal learning, strong curriculum, tracks offered, as well as the global health opportunities.

Professional Interests: Full scope including preventative medicine, sports medicine, global health and women’s health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys scuba diving, Indian classical dance, cooking, baking, yoga, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Bittinger knew family medicine was for him because he has always thought of doctors as people who should know a little about everything that someone might suffer from. He believes that everyone should receive and deserves quality care. Being a family medicine doctor means being prepared to serve and care for everyone.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Bittinger chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because he has had a lot of amazing experiences with large institutions like Ohio State and University of Cincinnati. Since residency is such an important part of his training, he knew IU School of Medicine would give him the resources, diversity, and relationships that he needed to become a skilled, respected family physician.

Professional Interests: Patient motivation and cost of care.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys playing guitar, watching Netflix, golf, volleyball and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Pursuing a career in medicine has been a goal of Dr. Brien’s for a long time. Throughout his years of study he has found that family medicine provides rich experiences with ample opportunity to customize it to suit your own personality. He believes the strongest selling point for family medicine is the long-term relationships with patients provided through continuity of care.  His personal experiences with family medicine doctors has always been that they are friendly and approachable individuals focused on the well being of their patients.  Dr. Brien wants to emulate this level of care in his own practice in the future.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Brien was drawn to IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program by the overwhelmingly positive experience he had on interview day. The faculty was very friendly and welcoming and the facilities were impressive. He knew after that day that the IU School of Medicine was a perfect fit for him. The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program is geared in such a way as to foster learning by experience while providing ample opportunities to individualize your teaching with specialized tracks. The school’s location in downtown Indianapolis also allows for a unique experiences in a diverse city.

Professional Interests: Obstetrics and colon health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with his family and friends, technology, watching movies, traveling, and playing hockey whenever he gets the chance to.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Chalal chose family medicine because of the broad scope of the field, and the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with patients of all ages and backgrounds. She believes family medicine best allows her to pursue her interests in preventative and community medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr.Chalal chose the IU Methodist Family Residency program because because of the strong curriculum, multiple fellowship opportunities and diversity in patient population. Above all else, the friendliness of the residents and faculty, as well as the emphasis on resident wellness, is what impressed her the most.

Professional Interests: Preventative medicine, community medicine, women’s health and emergency medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys watching and playing sports, working out, reading, and traveling.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Guckien believes that family medicine is great because you get to take care of a variety of patients in acute and longitudinal settings. As a student he really enjoyed acute pathology, but he also wanted to experience more long-term relationships with patients. He wants to be involved with improving healthcare outcomes on the level of both the individual and population through disease prevention and managing risk factors.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Guckien chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it felt like he meshed well with staff during my rotation at the clinic and on interviewer day. Dr. Guckien liked the supportive and fun work environment he experienced and the curriculum is also well-balanced and flexible.

Professional Interests: Inpatient, outpatient, emergency/urgent care, and wilderness medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys drumming, hiking/camping, playing with his dog, going to concerts, reading (mostly sci-fi and music history), and exploring Indianapolis.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Hundle chose family medicine because he likes being able to follow a patients care and build a relationship with them.  He likes having diverse patient population and the ability to see patients for every medical issue. Being a family medicine physician allows him the ability to look at the patient as a whole rather than parts.  He also enjoys knowing that he has the ability to utilize a broader knowledge base for patient care.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Hundle chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it has a good mix of opposed and unopposed experience options as well as the opportunity to train in different specialty tracks. During his interview process he felt very welcome by the residents and the faculty.

Professional Interests: Preventative medicine, nutrition and emergency medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys trying new restaurants/foods, traveling, spending time with friends, and working out.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Jomha chose the specialty of family medicine because it allows him to provide preventative care and to promote patient health and wellness. It is a unique specialty were one is able to manage patients of all ages with various diseases and medical needs. He also enjoys the ability of building strong long-term relationships with his patients.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Jomha chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it’s a university program that provides a variety of tracks to further personalize one’s interests.

Professional Interests: Inpatient care, colon health and global health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys traveling, fine dining, playing soccer and basketball, watching the Edmonton Oilers and enjoying quality time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Jung chose family medicine because family medicine physicians have the unique privilege to serve generations of families and follow individual patients through different stages of life, from birth to death. He values the importance of continuity of care, and, as a family physician, he will have the opportunity to prevent and intervene before a major health problem arises and to improve the overall quality of life for his patients.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Jung chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because of the rigorous academic setting and comprehensive clinical opportunities. He plans to practice the full spectrum of family medicine and he was impressed with the strong curriculum, especially the unopposed family medicine physician inpatient and obstetric services.

Professional Interests: OB/GYN, procedural and emergency medicine, public health, preventive medicine and patient education.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys fitness activities, hiking, road trips, exploring new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Nat chose family medicine because it gives him the ability to see it all from head to toe whether it is chronic or acute. It encompasses all other specialties because it involves treatment of the whole person. This field is the only one where specializing does not inhibit physicians but rather broadens their expertise. He is drawn to the flexibility of the field and hopes to practice throughout the spectrum of infants to geriatrics.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Nat chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it’s a strong academic center with great resources. The faculty seemed very approachable, patient, and eager to teach. There are a lot of hands on opportunities and the residents seemed to really like it here. Attending the second look interview and being further exposed to all that IU School of Medicine has to offer confirmed why he made it his #1 choice.

Professional Interests: Obstetrics and hospice/palliative care.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys weight lifting, Netflix documentaries and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Parsons chose to be a family medicine physician because she once had a mentor tell her that we are able to provide a safe space for our patients no matter what else is going on in their lives.  She truly felt that was the case with family medicine. Dr. Parsons loves peoples stories and making them feel like they are being heard. She believes that healthcare should be a partnership and not a dictatorship which family medicine really allows you to delve into. Dr. Parsons doesn’t like to be boxed in and family medicine gives her a wide variety of choices throughout her career.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Parsons chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because she fell in love with the residents! They all seemed so close and like more of a family than peers. At her second look interview she was really impressed at how welcoming they all were to her. Dr. Parsons also liked how much IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency worked with undeserved communities as well as opportunities for international work.

Professional Interests: LGBTQ+ community, with a particular passion for transgender medicine as well as refugee and international medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys going to different breweries and distilleries as well as trying new places to eat! Loves to travel and explore as much as she can.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Philpott chose family medicine because she likes being the first point of contact for an individual in need and that each day can be vastly different from the day before. She takes pride in building a trusted rapport with her patients, providing continuity of care and creating long-lasting relationships with multiple generations of families. Dr. Philpott enjoys knowing that she is responsible for being well-versed in the pathophysiology, diagnostic techniques and management of diseases inflicting any organ or system.  As the number of patients plagued with chronic diseases continues to rise, she believes the most important tool for management is education. Dr. Philpott likes how family medicine provides physicians with a platform to spread awareness on primary prevention with the ultimate goal of impeding disease development or minimizing progression.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: From the moment Dr. Philpott interviewed with IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program, she knew she found a program that was offering everything she was seeking in a family medicine residency program. With all the resources available to an individual training with a university-based program, she knew she would receive high-quality education that would facilitate her goal of becoming a competent, well-rounded physician. Furthermore, it was evident that the residents and faculty supported, encouraged and respected each other, which is crucial to have during the grueling years of residency training. The camaraderie and cohesiveness between all individuals working at IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency was exhibited within moments of arriving and she instantly began picturing herself as a part of this family.

Professional Interests: Preventative medicine, women’s health, procedure and emergency medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys attending live music concerts and sporting events, traveling, camping, cooking and baking, binge-watching TV series, water sports, working out and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Velazquez Perez chose family medicine because it allows her to care for anyone who walks through the door, regardless of age or gender. Instead of focusing on one area in medicine, family medicine has a vast coverage of medical applications which keeps her engaged and allows her to pursue different interests within medicine.  Dr. Velazquez Perez also chose family medicine because it focuses on preventive medicine and optimizing people’s health and life.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: While visiting the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Dr. Velazquez Perez felt very welcomed by everyone and comfortable and that it was very indicative that the program cares about the residents well being and that they are a family. IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency also offers training in different areas within family medicine that will allow her to pursue any career choice she desires.

Professional Interests: Sports medicine, preventive medicine and procedures.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys exploring different cities and traveling, enjoys time with loved ones and staying active.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Wilen chose family medicine because of the relationships, variety of interests within family medicine and being labeled as the gatekeepers to medicine. He values the relationships that he develops with patients. Understanding the social and home dynamic can help him determine why a patient isn’t improving. Developing and growing with his patients is something he finds so attractive. Moreover, family medicine offers so many more opportunities and interests including sports medicine, lifestyle medicine and contributing to the global health initiative. Finally, primary care physicians are leaders in the community and help facilitate referrals when they are necessary.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Wilen chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because he immediately felt comfortable. The large academic setting attracted him to the program but also the residents and faculty were so inviting and welcoming. The program has an outstanding reputation and a strong track record of producing excellent physicians. Moreover, the program offers a competitive sports medicine focus and fellowship, which he is interested in pursuing.

Professional Interests: Lifestyle medicine, sports medicine and global health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor activities, traveling, dancing and trying new foods. Learning a new language and exercising as much as possible. Walking through a park with his dog and relaxing surrounded by friends and family.

Class of 2021

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Borsellino chose family medicine because it fulfills her pursuit for intellectual stimulation and professional satisfaction. She views family medicine as one of the most rewarding and gratifying of specialties. Being on the front line of medicine challenges her in ways that she never thought possible. It gives her the ability to diagnose and treat a variety of medical diseases, both common and uncommon on a daily basis. Most patients are misfortunate enough to have multiple comorbid conditions affecting multiple organ systems requiring an interdisciplinary approach to their care. Moreover, notwithstanding the tremendous amount of progress made in all aspects of medicine, people still suffer needlessly from preventable diseases such as type II Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Family medicine allows her to practice preventive medicine, which is something she believes to be of utmost importance. For all these reasons and more, Dr. Borsellino believes that her professional objectives and preferences are best tailored to the practice of family medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Borsellino chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency because not only did she instantly feel at home in Indianapolis (despite never having visited the area), but she knew this program would foster her personal, academic and clinical growth. She was impressed with the emphasis on academic excellence and equally impressed with the quality of the staff, faculty and residents.

Professional Interests: Preventative and procedural medicine and outpatient medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Cooking, baking, traveling, Zumba and spending time with family & friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Bring believes that family medicine is a full spectrum that allows physicians to wear many hats. She thoroughly enjoys being able to draw from her bank of medical knowledge and help patients/individuals in the best way that she can. Being able to practice the full scope also provides fulfillment and helps nurture the patient-physician relationship which ultimately feeds into continuity of care.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Bring knows that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency has an excellent team that relies heavily on patient-centered interaction to help provide care. The culture here is diverse which allows people from different backgrounds to come together and practice medicine on a full spectrum. She absolutely loves the camaraderie between the staff, residents and healthcare professionals. They are both colleagues and friends, thus indicating that there are great, long-lasting relationships forming here. The environment is healthy and nurturing of teaching which is imperative for the growth of a young physician. Dr. Bring is super excited to be learning from experienced physicians who are well-crafted in their field!

Professional Interests: Neurology and global health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys dancing, traveling and reading.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Carter-Guy chose family medicine because it affords him the best opportunity to impact medicine in his community. Becoming a family medicine physician and being able to build a relationship with his patients and having the opportunity to make an impact in the prevention, early detection and management of many chronic diseases that plague the community was always his aspiration.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Carter-Guy chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency because of the many opportunities it provides. He is offered the full scope of family medicine and the program aligned with his future goals. There are various tracks that allow him to get more integrated into a specific field which he found to be spectacular.  Dr. Carter-Guy also was pleased to know that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency was very firm on resident wellness which was also important to him.

Professional Interests: Full scope of family medicine, OB, sports medicine and global health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys playing soccer, basketball and tennis.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Dinesh chose family medicine because it allows him to practice a full scope approach when working with patients. The diversity in patient population and variety of ages also fits well with his interest in emergency medicine and sports medicine. He also enjoys building a lasting doctor-patient relationship that is an integral part of being a family physician.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Dinesh chose IU Family Medicine Residency because he was impressed by the opportunities it provides. It is very apparent that the program values and supports its residents. It has a strong curriculum, multiple fellowship opportunities, diverse population and dedicated faculty that will give him the best training to become a well-rounded and respected family medicine physician.

Professional Interests: Sports medicine and emergency medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys scuba diving, playing the piano, trying new restaurants/food, watching movies, traveling, exploring new areas of the city and spending time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Douglas-Jones chose family medicine because it provides an opportunity to serve patients of all ages and backgrounds. He enjoys having the ability to educate patients and appreciates being a patient advocate, a role that he believes is essential in family medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Recognizing the faculty’s enjoyment for teaching made Dr. Douglas-Jones choice for IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program very easy. The program offers a diverse patient population, challenging cases and a supportive environment that will prepare him well for whatever the future holds.

Professional Interests: Interested in understanding how best to improve knowledge about the healthcare system and access to medicine for at risk and marginalized populations.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys spending time with his daughter having fun with new science experiments. He also enjoys gardening and is very passionate about cooking.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Gill chose family medicine because she is not confined to a specific field of medicine or patient population. It allows her to build long lasting relationships with  patients and also treat the whole family as a unit. She also enjoys having the opportunity to help her patients achieve their own health goals.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Gill said her interview day was amazing. She had a very positive experience and could picture herself at the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency. The faculty and residents were very friendly and welcoming.  Dr. Gill liked the longitudinal approach to learning in the curriculum and was extremely impressed with the emphasis on resident wellness. Since many of the attributes of a program can be found online or on paper, she can say without a doubt her interactions on interview day solidified her choice that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency was the right fit for her.

Professional Interests: Women’s Health, Addiction medicine, Adolescent health, Emergency care and procedural medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys cooking, trying out new restaurants/cuisines, working out, watching crime documentaries, traveling and spending time with her twin nephews.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Harding chose family medicine because it allows her to provide focused care for all age groups of patients.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Harding chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency because of the programs vast opportunities in a wide variety of family medicine specialties and the strong since of community within the program.

Professional Interests: Women’s health and preventative medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, snowboarding and working on creative projects.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Hartkorn chose family medicine because it is a dynamic career that gives her the ability to work for herself.  She highly enjoys being able to provide continuity of care to her patients.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Hartkorn chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because she thinks it is an excellent program.  She had a great feeling when she left the interview and felt that the faculty and residents were very friendly and look genuinely happen.

Professional Interests: Increase research experience and mentorship/advice.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Likes to play golf, run, cycle, hike and travel.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Hekman enjoys connecting with and helping the wide variety of patients alongside some of the most kindhearted personalities in medicine. His wife is also a family medicine physician and she loves her job.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: On the interview day, the faculty and staff were incredibly kind and understanding. All of the residents were easy to relate to and seemed to be very passionate about their roles in the residency program. Dr. Hekman feels that the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program offers a strong sense of camaraderie, well-rounded curriculum, ample fellowship opportunities and a diverse patient population in an awesome city.

Professional Interests: Outpatient medicine, pediatric medicine, procedures, dermatology, medical education and correctional medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Likes spending time with his wife and their two dogs. He also enjoys going to church, movies and the gym.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Johal was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada where family medicine physicians are the foundation of their medical system. From first-hand experience, he knows how important it is for everyone to have a family medicine doctor that can integrate all aspects of their health.  This results in effectively incorporating patients and their various specialists in the decision making process. Patients have similar diagnoses but the disease affects each patient differently and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to medicine. Family medicine honors the interconnectedness of organ systems and is a major reason why he loves family medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Johal loved the interactions he had with staff and residents during his interview. Large, academic centers provide residents with great learning and training opportunities. The academic strength, reputation and various tracks at IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency assures him that he will become an excellent physician. In addition, the city of Indianapolis is a little-big city that reminds him of his hometown and made him feel at home.

Professional Interests: Broad spectrum/full scope of family medicine, sports medicine, procedures and preventative medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys playing golf, basketball and soccer. Exploring different cuisines and is  looking forward to watching the Colts and Pacers in his spare time.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Kvatum chose a career in family medicine for a variety of reasons. He loves the variety that family medicine offers in terms of being able to help all patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Additionally, the opportunity to build strong long-term relationships with his patients drove him to the field of family medicine as it has a strong emphasis on continuity of care. Furthermore, he has always been a strong advocate for preventive medicine and living a healthy lifestyle, both of which are core components in family medicine.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Kvatum was first drawn to IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency as it was a community-based program that still had the wealth of resources offered by a large academic institution. He was also intrigued by the variety of specialty tracks available, specifically the global health track.  He loves to travel and learn about different cultures and felt that the global health track would afford him the opportunity to further his medical education and give back to the global community at the same time. Dr. Kvatum knew the program was the right choice for him once he arrived on interview day.  The support staff, residents, and professors all went out of their way to make the candidates feel welcome and at ease and he could tell that resident wellness was clearly a priority for the program. Additionally, during the interview day the program made it apparent how proud of their current residents they were and made an effort to introduce the candidates to as many current residents as possible. IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency was a community that he wanted to be a part of.

Professional Interests: Integrative medicine and nutrition, global health, primary care, hospice and palliative medicine.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys traveling and playing any and all sports.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Metias chose family medicine because he loved the diversity and challenge of being the first point of contact a patient has towards answering their medical questions and concerns. He also enjoys the opportunity to be involved in caring for the individual as a whole.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Metias was immediately drawn to the many tracks and diverse opportunities available for residents at IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency such as international medicine and obstetrics tracks. The staff and faculty were extremely welcoming and quickly made his interview day and second look comfortable. He truly believes that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency will provide the best opportunity for him to become the best resident he can be.

Professional Interests: Improving communication methods between physician and patient to improve patient treatment adherence and satisfaction in the physician-patient relationship.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys cooking, baking, trying new coffee shops, road trips and hand-knitting.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Pendrey chose Family Medicine because it is a specialty that will allow her to provide comprehensive health care to patients of all ages with an interprofessional and biopsychosocial approach.  It also will allow her to serve the underserved, including the elderly, locally and globally, as this discipline is the front line of medicine in the community.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Pendrey chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because it is a university-based program within the community. She believes the program will provide her all the necessary tools to become a well rounded and world class family medicine physician. IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program will also allow her to pursue an academic career and do research, in addition the residency is at Methodist Hospital which is the best hospital in the state of Indiana and has been top ranked for 20 years in a row as one of the best hospitals in the nation. The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program will allow her to serve the underserved including the elderly locally and globally. It is one of the best, top 50, primary care programs in the United States. It is an honor for her to become a part of this great team!

Professional Interests: Interest in an academic career, serving the underserved with emphasis in the elderly locally and abroad and plan to pursue research opportunities to advance these fields.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys running, reading and dancing.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Santoni believes family medicine allows him to take care of and establish long term professional relationships with patients of a variety of ages. From patients in utero by doing prenatal care for mothers and their developing babies to doing deliveries, all the way through to elderly care and everything in between.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Santoni chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program because of its excellent reputation, strong curriculum and highly qualified staff. He was impressed by the many specialized tracks offered as well as the global health opportunities.

Professional Interests: Women’s health, urgent care and global health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys swimming, outdoor activities, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Why Family Medicine: Dr. Whelchel chose family medicine for the opportunity to incorporate his public health training and interest in preventive medicine. He enjoys the opportunity to treat patients of all ages and develop versatile clinical skills that will allow him to practice in a variety of different settings.

Why IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency: Dr. Whelchel is originally from Indianapolis and he felt that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency provided the best opportunity to train and improve the health of his community.

Professional Interests: Women’s and LGBTQ health.

Personal Interests and Hobbies: Enjoys swimming, running and yoga.