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Current IU Methodist Family Medicine Residents

PGY 3

  • Katie Carson, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because it is a full spectrum specialty which allows for a diverse patient population. During my clinical rotations I observed primary care physicians interact with and build long term trusting relationships with their patients. This trust allowed them to guide their patients in making medical decisions, even outside of their primary care needs. Those connections that I observed led me to choosing family medicine.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program became my first choice from the moment I walked in the door for for my interview. I felt a great sense of camaraderie amongst the staff and residents. I was also drawn to the strong curriculum and vast academic opportunities that the program has to offer through its various tracks.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy water polo, scuba diving, hiking, crafting and snowboarding.
  • Tanya Costa, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine for a variety of reasons. Continuity of care is very important to me and during my third year rotation in medical school, I loved seeing my attending interacting with patients he had been looking after for many years. I appreciate the versatility of family medicine because I want to care for all patients from the pediatric to the geriatric population. It is also a great avenue to explore my interest in doing minor procedures.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I instantly felt at home during my interview day. The residents were extremely friendly and I could tell that they had great camaraderie with each other. I also knew that I wanted to be at a program where the attendings were very helpful and excited to teach. I instantly felt that Indiana University School of Medicine was the perfect fit for me.

    Personal interests and hobbies:
    Outside of work I love to play the piano, read, travel, try new foods, going on hikes and spending time with my family and dogs.
  • Tarek Dabboussi, DO
    Why I chose family medicine: I found family medicine to be the perfect career choice. It integrates multiple fields of medicine, and with that comes the opportunity to perfect a wide range of practical and procedural skills for patients of all ages. One powerful strength of family medicine is the ability to develop meaningful long-term relationships with your patients, while taking the time to discuss important topics like preventative health and wellness.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: When I walked through the doors on interview day it just felt right. The faculty and staff were very kind, welcoming and supportive and I knew then that I wanted to call the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program home.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I love to travel and play sports such as basketball, soccer and badminton. On those days when I feel like staying indoors, I have multiple TV series that I enjoy watching.
  • Lauren Ford, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: While going through my third year rotations, I quickly realized that I thoroughly enjoyed all of my rotations. I enjoyed caring for all types of patients with all types of conditions, from strokes to pregnancy to cancer to well-child checks. But what really excites me is knowing that I’ll have the privilege of being someone’s primary care provider who will trust me with such a private part of their life, their health.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: The people! I loved working with the residents during my ambulatory month, and the second look event sealed the deal. I know that I’m going to get great broad training working with the underserved while tailoring electives to my interests.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy going to the movies, Crossfit, Zumba, trying new restaurants and hanging out with my family, friends and dogs.
  • Brock S. Harding, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because of its versatility and ability to form long-lasting, personal relationships with my patients. I can have a focus of OB or sports medicine and still at the same time have the option to provide primary care to my patients. I also feel like it’s a more family-friendly option and being someone with a lot of interests, it’s a career that will allow me to still participate in them.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of the abundant resources and ability to provide training in so many different subspecialties within family medicine.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy traveling, hiking, skiing, music and attending professional athletic events.
  • Jessica Hewitt, BMBS
    Why I chose family medicine: Family medicine encourages lifelong learning and problem solving in a variety of areas, including preventative care and acute health issues. Family medicine allows for the creation of many lasting relationships with your patients and colleagues and one day is never the same as the next!

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I was thoroughly impressed by the reputation of the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program when I was applying to residency programs, with its strong curriculum, the quality and variety of tracks offered and resident satisfaction with the program. When I attended the interview and second-look days, my first choice for residency became clear, as the residents and faculty were very welcoming and genuine. Also, the facilities were very impressive and Indianapolis has something for everyone.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy rugby, working out, watching sports, catching up with family and friends and enjoying the culinary arts.
  • Paul Mingo, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because of the broad scope of practice. I enjoy being able to treat patients of all ages and find it very rewarding to be able to follow my patients over a long period of time. It offers the ability to practice in a wide variety of settings and an endless opportunities to learn new skills. I am excited about the many procedures that can be incorporated into the practice of family medicine.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because it really embraced what it means to be a family medicine physician. I immediately felt welcomed by the residents, faculty and all the support staff that keep the program running. The faculty have diverse training in obstetrics, colon health and sports medicine.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy swimming, skiing, kayaking, playing the piano and watching baseball.
  • David Mullen, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I love the breadth of training in family medicine. The opportunity to work with all kinds of patients and diseases and the ability to work in a variety of settings. Developing long term relationships allows us to address many factors contributing to health and wellness.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: The IU Methodist Family Medicine Program has a strong foundation in hospital-based medicine which provides residents both the volume and complexity of patients needed to develop strong clinical skills. I also spent my preclinical and clinical years at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis working closely with faculty who are at the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program. I knew firsthand that this program had excellent clinicians with a passion for teaching.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy cycling, traveling, cooking, gardening and exploring Indianapolis.
  • Michelle Nguyen, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I am passionate about family medicine because it gives me the opportunity to get to know patients fully and to provide holistic care. I like being able to work with patients of all ages and the chance to care for the entire family.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program faculty, residents and staff made me feel at home despite being far from my own family on the west coast. The camaraderie coupled with the academic excellence and variety of opportunities available to residents made the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program made it an easy choice for me.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy traveling, baking, martial arts and exploring the city of Indianapolis through new restaurants.
  • Mirian Okoye, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I chose the field of family medicine because it is the perfect mixture of all the aspects of medicine that I enjoy with the added benefit of maintaining meaningful relationships with patients. Primary care providers are on the front lines of the healthcare system and it is necessary to not only help patients navigate the system but also serve as a resource for patient education, especially for underserved populations. I believe that family medicine is an incredibly versatile and dynamic field that has the ability to keep me engaged as I learn to care for patients of all ages at all different stages of life.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program:
    I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of the combination of strong training in an encouraging environment with genuine camaraderie amongst residents. As an Indiana University School of Medicine medical student, I had a positive preview of the family medicine program during my clinical years and everything was confirmed on interview day. The diverse patient population of Indianapolis, ample exposure to procedures, a multitude of specialty tracks and an emphasis on resident wellness are some of the major aspects that also drew me to the program.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy exercising, cooking, baking, exploring the city, watching football and basketball and spending time with family and friends.
  • Protibha Shoma Sanyal, MD
    Why I chose family medicine: I thoroughly enjoyed every rotation during medical school. Thus, I chose a specialty that incorporates all fields of medicine. I want to manage a wide range of pathologies across every organ system in both acute and longitudinal settings. The amalgamation of intellectual curiosity, humanistic care, variation in age range, continuity of care and the broad scope of family medicine clearly aligns with my holistic view of medicine. I am excited to foster meaningful, trusting, long-lasting relationships with my patients, promote preventative medicine, perform procedures and practice up-to-date evidence-based medicine.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: Upon my first visit, I was impressed by the strong sense of camaraderie amongst the residents, faculty and staff at the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program. I was also extremely impressed with the vast procedural opportunities, dedicated faculty and resources offered by a large academic institution. I am eager for the opportunity to train as a full spectrum physician. Additionally, the warmth and friendly nature of the people of Indianapolis made me feel at home right away.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy dancing, playing piano and guitar, playing board games, cooking and connecting with friends and family.
  • Ann E.Schmitt, DO
    Why I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because I enjoy the full spectrum care I am able to provide. I also enjoy the relationships I am able to develop with my patients and their families.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because I was once a patient of this residency. They delivered my last child via emergency c-section. As a patient I experienced firsthand the dedication this residency has in not only teaching the residents medical skills, but also teaching the very important skill of excellent patient care. As a fourth year medical student, I was given the opportunity to do a clinical rotation with the residents. I felt at home within the first few minutes of my rotation.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy cooking, reading and anything outdoors.
  • Nilay Shah, DO
    Why I chose family medicine: I find family medicine to be intellectually stimulating. I also enjoy that I get to make long lasting relationships with my patients.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program is a very well-rounded program where I’ll be able to gain clinical knowledge and skills to be a competent and compassionate physician.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy watching shows on Netflix, playing cricket and hanging out with family and friends.

PGY 2

  • Cho Mar Aung, MD
    Portrait of Cho Mar AungWhy I chose family medicine: Being myself as a refugee, I was exposed to the language, social and economic barriers that our communities face when trying to access health care and other social services. This motivated my desire to pursue medicine and use it as a means for social change. I chose family medicine because it gives me the opportunity to make a direct impact on the well-being of the community. I want to be part of the solution for a community I settle in and work in as a family physician.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of the people and the emphasis on full-spectrum training. I felt so welcomed during my interview day. I also really liked everyone I met on my interview day and liked that I would have the chance to help a diverse, underserved population during residency.

    Personal interests and hobbies: Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and watching movies and TV shows.
  • James Barton, DO
    Why I chose family medicine: Family medicine provides rewarding experiences and human interaction with the ability to customize your practice to suit your personality and interests. Throughout my medical journey I have found family medicine physicians to be the most approachable and satisfied with their work. I hope to emulate this in my future career.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: From the moment I interviewed at the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program, I knew I found a program that was offering everything I was seeking in a residency program. Everyone from the faculty, residents and staff was extremely supportive and wanted to know how best they could fulfill my goals and ambitions within medicine. The camaraderie and cohesiveness between all individuals working at the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency was exhibited within moments of arriving and I instantly began picturing myself as a part of this family.

    Personal interests and hobbies:
    I enjoy traveling, exploring, watching documentaries, exercising and attending professional/collegiate sporting events.
  • Kayla Brubaker, MD
    Photo Kayla BrubakerWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because of continuity of care and broad scope of practice. It is the perfect combination of all aspects of medicine that I enjoy. I like the idea of being a jack of all trades and being knowledgeable in multiple areas. Additionally, I find it rewarding to treat patients of all age groups from various walks of life with diverse pathologies; and to get to build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with these individuals.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program for many reasons, but mostly because of the people. The camaraderie among the residents was immediately palpable. They felt like a family and that was one of the main things that I was looking for in a residency program. On my interview day, everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming and it felt like a place I could eventually call home. Additionally, Indiana University is a large academic institution with many resources and I felt as though it offered an opportunity for outstanding medical training.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy hanging out at the beach, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, lacrosse, watching the US women's national soccer team and spending time with my family & friends.
  • Stacey Charles, MD
    Photo of Stacey CharlesWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because of the diversity of the field. I love being able to care for a wide range of patients, from the very young to the very old and everyone in between. I also love the flexibility it allows and the ability to cater your career to your particular interests. I am also very passionate about preventive medicine as well as community and global health which, in my opinion, is the cornerstone of family medicine. Finally, I love the connection that you build with your patients in family practice and the privilege to potentially care for your patients for a lifetime.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I fell in love with this program on my interview day. Indianapolis seemed like a great place to live and the residents were all very welcoming. I love the robust OB training that this program provides and that it allows me to combine my love for women's health and global health medicine through the respective tracks. I was confident that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program would be an excellent program for me to train for the next three years!

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy baking, hiking, snorkelling, music and watching TV.
  • Shawn Chaung, MD
    Photo of Shawn ChaungWhy I chose family medicine: As a medical student, I loved my rotations with family medicine due to the wide diversity of patients and long-term patient-physician relationship. Family medicine offers the opportunity to connect deeply with patients and help educate patients to make informed decisions. Many patients face a variety of barriers to healthcare and family medicine will allow me to address those concerns over time.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because it offered the feel of a community-based program with all the resources of an academic program. The residents and faculty I had worked with as a student were all extremely welcoming and showed their passion for lifelong learning. I felt that I would be supported at this program to become the best physician I can be.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy video games, board games, trying new cuisines and watching action movies.
  • Ariel Dryden, DO
    Photo of Ariel DrydenWhy I chose family medicine: For me, medicine has always been about being an advocate for patients of all ages, and family medicine gives me the best platform to do this. Family medicine allows me to be involved in every aspect of patients’ health in order to provide them with the best care possible. I enjoy getting to know patients over a long period of time and establishing strong relationships with them. Family medicine also gives me the opportunity to continually gain knowledge in a wide variety of areas and also perform a variety of procedures.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of the people, the diverse patient population and the many opportunities the residency provides. Upon meeting the residents, faculty and staff, I quickly realized how hardworking and supportive they are. I truly felt like they were a group that I would enjoy spending my time with over the next three years of residency. The diverse patient population allows for me to be exposed to many different people and pathologies, which will help me become a well-rounded physician. I also like that the residency allows residents to explore their personal interests.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, listening to music/attending concerts and catching up on my favorite TV shows.
  • Allison Foley, MD
    Photo of Allison FoleyWhy I chose family medicine: Throughout medical school I found that I enjoyed all areas of medicine and genuinely loved all my clinical rotations. Due to my many interests, at first, I found it difficult to choose a field to specialize in. Once I experienced my family medicine rotation, I realized that family medicine satisfied all my interests. I could do procedures, work in a hospital and clinic, see patients of all ages and treat a diverse range of pathologies. In addition, I love that as a family medicine physician I am able to build meaningful relationships with patients across their life and be their advocate.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: The most important factor I looked for in a residency was full spectrum training that would allow me to practice in any setting upon graduation. I felt that the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program's robust inpatient service and large volume of complex patients would provide this training. In addition, I am interested in women’s health, so I found being able to tailor your rotations with tracks appealing and plan on pursuing the Women's Health Track. I also wanted to go to a program that would be supportive and become my family. On interview day I could see that the residents and faculty were welcoming and genuinely enjoyed working with each other and coming to work. It was an environment I could immediately see myself thriving in. To top it off, Indianapolis is a great city to live and work in.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I love to do anything outside including hiking, biking, walking my dogs and playing in team sports. I also love to try new restaurants and local breweries, play board games, travel and watch college football!
  • Austin Henderson, MD
    Photo of Austin HendersonWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine for the diversity. I love being able to go to work every day whether inpatient or outpatient clinic and never knowing what to expect. Family medicine physicians are also privileged to be one of the few specialties that are able to develop lifelong relationships with our patients and their families. 

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: My wife and I were both born and raised in Mississippi and have lived there our entire lives. Before match season began we decided together that we wanted to experience something new and we decided to apply broadly, which is how I first heard about the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program. Indianapolis itself is an amazing city with lots of fun things to do, but what really sold us on the program was the people. From the second we walked in the door we knew we were home and have been blessed to continue to get to know our fellow residents and faculty.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I grew up in a world of hunting, fishing and football, all of which I still love today. I also recently started playing golf, and although I’m terrible, I love to get out and play. It’s a great sport to decompress and spend some time outside after a long week in clinic or the hospital. My wife and I have also recently started a travel list and plan to see as much of the world as we can over the next few years!
  • Seth Hunter, MD
    Photo of Seth HunterWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine primarily because of the career flexibility and because of the broad training experience it offers. While I have a preference towards inpatient medicine, being able to provide continuity of care both in and out of the hospital is extremely rewarding for me. Further, being a family medicine physician offers unique opportunities to advocate for strong public health through meaningful health policy at a national, state and community level.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of its strong, independent inpatient hospital service as well as specialty tracks in colon health and sports medicine. In addition to expansive training opportunities the people of Indianapolis were extremely welcoming and friendly and I felt comfortable here as soon as my plane landed for my interview. Being far from home gives me the opportunity to learn medicine through a different lens and treat and be involved in communities that are very different than my own.

    Personal interests and hobbies: Outside of medicine, I enjoy flying my hot air balloon and spending time outdoors. I'm an avid backpacker/hiker, fly fisher and hunter.
  • Bennet Ladowski, MD
    Photo of Bennet LadowskiWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because of the opportunity to create a lifelong relationship with patients and to provide care that encompasses all of medicine. My interest in family medicine started when I was volunteering in my home city of Fort Wayne, Indiana at a local free clinic. When I went to Saba University School of Medicine, my passion for family medicine grew. I was able to continue volunteering here in Indianapolis and this only solidified my love of family medicine. I hope to be able to utilize the skills I learn in residency to continue helping in underserved populations.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program:
    I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of the diversity of patients, the caliber of teaching and the camaraderie of the residents. Having spent time volunteering in Indianapolis and seeing the quality of attendings I’ll work with showed me that IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program was the best opportunity to further my career. Having the chance to work in a large metropolitan city also provides the opportunity to work with patients from diverse backgrounds and with medical issues not seen in more rural areas. We also get the chance to work with specialists that are there to teach us as much as possible.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my wife and our dog, reading, traveling, cooking and the outdoors.
  • Daniel Livera, BMBS
    Photo of Daniel LiveriaWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine because of the opportunity it gives me to delve into the societal factors that affect the health of the community around me.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because of the wide variety of subspecialty tracks and the supportive environment I heard about when talking with residents.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I love being outdoors, kayaking and hiking. On cold and rainy days, I like playing video games.
  • Chelan Ropert, DO
    Photo of Chelan RopertWhy I chose family medicine: I chose family medicine for its variety in both medicine and patient population. I have interests in all fields of medicine and in all patient populations, so family medicine was the perfect specialty for me. I also really enjoy teaching and found that family medicine will allow me opportunities to daily help my patients by teaching them about their health issues and giving them the tools they need to gain control of their health.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: I chose IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program because it is a well-rounded program that provides strong training in all aspects of family medicine such as OB, hospital medicine and outpatient medicine. It felt like the best place for me to receive a full spectrum family medicine training. I also had the opportunity to do a rotation with the family medicine program during my fourth year and realized that this program felt like home. Everyone was very kind, welcoming and really valued family.

    Personal interests and hobbies: Growing up in the northwest we did a ton of camping and hiking, so I love anything outdoor activity related. I played softball growing up with my little sister and continue to enjoy playing sports such as golf, pickleball and volleyball. My husband and I have two pups that we love taking on adventures whenever we get the chance. Recently, I have really been enjoying gardening too!
  • Leah Westrick, MD
    Photo of Leah WestrickWhy I chose family medicine: Throughout my medical field experience and during my medical school training, I realized that I truly value forming a relationship with my patients and I believe better health outcomes can be achieved when the healthcare team forms those long-lasting relationships with their patients. I also did not want to be tied down to a certain patient population or even a certain system of the body when it came to the care I could provide. Hence, I chose family medicine because it offers full-spectrum care and the opportunity to establish close relationships with the patient and the entire family.

    Why I chose the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program: What first drew me into the program was the strong curriculum involving intense inpatient training along with outpatient training in a clinic modeled on the Patient Centered Medical Home. This program also offered the ability to take part in subspecialty training in areas I would like to pursue such as obstetrics and global medicine. Ultimately, it was the people who made up the program that made me feel at home and choose to do my residency here in Indianapolis.

    Personal interests and hobbies: I enjoy getting outside and being active with friends and family. I enjoy hiking, biking, running, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and really anything on the water. I recently got into archery and I absolutely love it. You can also find me baking, trying new recipes, reading a good book and taking any chance I can to travel.