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Family Medicine Residents

Program residents

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We would like to welcome our new First year residents. 

First year

Bethany Davis, MD Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

I am so thrilled to be a family medicine resident at this program! I spent some time here as a medical student, learning about the training, the people and the atmosphere and it ruined any other program for me. I know I’ll be getting the most in depth training here, working with excellent teachers and staff. A few weeks into the program and I’ve delivered 15 babies, treated infants, children, and adults ranging in age up to 99! I’m already learning an incredible amount and I know that I will be able to provide incredible care as a physician based on the training I’m getting. I’ve traveled all over this country, lived in the Southwest, the Northwest, the Midwest and now the Mountain West and I feel like I’m home. The mountain view out of the window on the top floor of the hospital makes me smile, and spending my days off hiking those mountains, fishing and biking in beautiful country- these things make me feel like I’m getting away with something.


Stephanie Goshorn, MD Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey

Hi. I'm Stephanie Goshorn and I was born and raised in a small town in rural Pennsylvania called Mercersburg. I then went on to undergraduate studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was able to explore my passion for the outdoors. While I was in Utah I took numerous trips to Colorado and absolutely loved it. So when it came time to apply for residency, it was high on my list. I decided to return to Pennsylvania for my medical studies to be closer to family. I worked at Penn State College of Medicine for two years in diabetes and obesity research. Then I went on to attend medical school there as well. I decided to return to Colorado and Fort Collins for residency after I had met many of the faculty and residents during my interviews. I immediately felt at home and knew that I would get great training here. In my free time, I love to ski, hike, and watch movies. I also enjoy catching up with family and friends.I am so happy to be joining the Fort Collins residency program!


Aaron Jarrett, MD University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville

Coming from the Florida humidity, my wife Beth and I were looking for a change of scenery and climate, and we couldn’t be happier to be in Fort Collins. We are doing our best to blend in with the locals by hiking gorgeous mountains, drinking delicious craft beer, and buying a Subaru (our next step is to get a dog and some skis). I am lucky to have chosen a program with outstanding faculty and residents who have been welcoming and supportive. I don’t know what I want to do with my career following residency, but whatever it is, I know I’ll be able to do it after completing training here. Our program offers a lot of OB, peds, critical care, and procedures, as well as awesome support staff in our clinic.


Mellyna McGlothlin, DO Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker

First, I would like to say that I'm very excited to be here, and working with such an amazing group of people. It took me a long time to make my way to Colorado, but I'm glad it finally happened. I'm originally from Brazil. When I was 16 I decided to become an exchange student, and requested to come to Colorado for a year. Unfortunately, there were no families available, so I ended up going to Arkansas instead (couldn't be that different from CO, right?). I really enjoyed my time in the US as an exchange student and ended up staying and going to college here. I started at Arkansas State and ended up moving to St. Louis and receiving my degrees from University of Missouri-St. Louis. I finally moved to CO to start medical school at Rocky Vista University. I was very happy to finally be here, and even happier when I met my wonderful husband, a Colorado native, which really solidified Colorado as my new home. I chose to come to Fort Collins for residency because of the amount of exposure and experience that I would gain during these 3 years and for all the great things this town has to offer. I also just felt like I would fit very well with the program and the family they have created here. During our time off, my husband and I enjoy playing outside, taking our Pomeranian (Sofia) for walks, going to the gym, and visiting one of the breweries or restaurants in town with the friends.


Pauline Powers-Peprah, DO Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fort Collins FMC- majestic mountains, phenomenal food, and phantasmagorical (got that from Roget’s thesaurus) physicians. Even before rotating here as a fourth year medical student, I knew Fort Collins was a “dream come true” program for me. I grew up in Wyoming and wanted to be in the mountains again after graduating from med school in Des Moines, IA. Also, I have family here. Experiencing the residents’ level of functioning and their humanistic approach to their patients during my fourth year rotation, as well as the way the residents and attendings worked together was impressive. It was the type of “whole-person” training I had imagined and wanted when I first knew I wanted to be a physician, but wasn’t sure existed. Having babysitters, I mean family, nearby is just frosting on the cookie. Speaking of cookies- I love them. If I wasn’t in residency, I would open a Cookie Monster cookie shop. The only problem with that is I would probably eat all the dough, and there wouldn’t ever be any cookies to sell. If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m pretty much a big dork. This might be why I also love rollerblading. Fortunately for our baby, my husband is amazing so our little munchkin has some hope that his gene pool is not a lost cause. My husband and I are grateful and excited to be in such a great community to live and work.


William Taylor, MD Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Hi. I was born and raised in a small town in southwest Louisiana, DeeeeeRidder (j/k, it’s just DeRidder). I lived there until I moved to Baton Rouge to attend college at LSU. At LSU, I studied biochemistry, chemistry and English, although, the best course I took was definitely a Louisiana politics class. After college, I deferred enrollment in medical school for a year and backpacked through Central and South America. When I returned for medical school, I was lucky enough to live in New Orleans, a city I love very much. I was pulled away from home when searching for residency programs and drawn to Fort Collins. I was drawn to the strong culture of family medicine and the dedicated and passionate faculty at Family Medicine Center. The unopposed training in Peds and OB, as well as medicine, was also a big draw. And, Fort Collins is a great community, with fantastic beer, biking and easy access to the mountain. In short, my lovely girlfriend Meghan and I are very happy to be here and looking forward to life in Colorado.

Second year

Breanna Berry, D.O, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Glendale

As a Colorado native, I am thrilled to be back in the Rocky Mountains. I've always known I would move back to Colorado but I told myself I would never do so at the expense of my training. Luckily I ended up getting the best of both worlds. I immediately felt at home with the residents, faculty and staff here. I was looking for an unopposed full spectrum residency program with extra exposure in OB, opportunities for more procedural training and a learning environment conducive to the residents-all of which are offered at this program. Side note-I think PVH has some of the best cafeteria food ever! I am excited to complete my residency in this town and can't wait to build lifelong friendships. It will be so nice to enjoy the Colorado summers after spending the past decade in the heat of AZ. I hope to take advantage of Mother Nature and her abundant outdoor playground. In addition to my outdoor hobbies, I enjoy traveling, reading, & spending time with my family and friends.


Davis Blanton, M.D, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville.

I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachians, so after 4 years in the flat coastal plains, I was ready to get back to the mountains. When I visited my cousin in Fort Collins for the Bohemian Nights music festival, I knew immediately that I had found my new home. Before medical school, I taught high school in rural Arkansas and developed a love for serving in rural communities. This residency program has everything that I was looking for to be able to get back to a small town one day.  There is excellent training in full-spectrum family medicine and a community atmosphere makes everyone feel welcome. I know that I will finish with the skills and experience that I need to practice anywhere I go. I enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, cooking, playing sports, and just about anything that puts me on the water. Fort Collins is an incredible town that offers everything for work and play, and I couldn’t be happier to be here!


Joshua A. Dekker, D.O, Touro University, Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson.

I grew up in small town Utah and knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a doctor.  My town had only family physicians who did everything from coughs and colds to delivering babies.  I always knew that I wanted to do the same thing.  After visiting Fort Collins during interview season, I loved the full spectrum training that the program provides, the beautiful area and especially the people.  My wife, a former elementary teacher, loved the school system and the rest is history.  We are so excited to be in Fort Collins. My wife and I have 2 children and we are looking forward to everything this incredible place has to offer.


Elizabeth H. Buell, M.D, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago.

Central Illinois is where I call home. I ventured away from the cornfields of Illinois to Michigan where I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology. During that time I traveled to Ecuador to study abroad for six months which is where I developed a fondness for salsa dancing. I then returned to the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Once I determined that family medicine was for me, my fiancé, Jackson, and I decided to explore residencies in Colorado. The program in Fort Collins caught my attention because it is dedicated to training well-rounded family doctors. It offers diverse electives and the residents and staff enjoy one another. Having never visited Fort Collins until my interview day, I instantly fell in love with the town and was excited about all of the outdoor activities Jackson and I would have at our fingertips – hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding - not to mention the amazing view.


Shannon E. Jantz, M.D, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver.

Growing up in Colorado I love the mountains and outdoors and feel so lucky to have been able to attend both medical school and now residency in this amazing state. I am excited to explore Fort Collins ice cream and brewery selections. (The former because who doesn't love ice cream? The latter later because my husband is a brewer.) We also look forward to enjoying the great outdoor activities. 


Dale Rellas, MD, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.

I was born and raised in Plano, Texas, so I know firsthand that it's hard for most Texans to leave the state. Having said that, I knew it would be a privilege and a great opportunity to join the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program, and I'm excited to be here. I was attracted to so many things about the program- the people, the full-scope curriculum in an unopposed setting, and the fact that family practitioners are so well regarded in the area were just a few of the perks. While I'm still unsure as to the type of environment I will likely practice in, it's comforting to know that Fort Collins will prepare me for anything in the future. When I'm not working, you will most likely find me fly fishing and exploring the endless rivers and lakes that this unique and beautiful area has to offer. I also enjoy biking, golfing, and cooking. 


Joshua Rusk, M.D, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City.
My wife, Brianne, and I are excited to be in Fort Collins, Colorado.
We're mountain people. The mountains are what we love. They're where we spend our time. We got engaged on the top of a mountain and were married on top of a mountain - end of story....or maybe just the beginning.  We couldn't be happier ending up in Fort Collins on the other side of the Rocky's with such abundant recreation, beauty, and job opportunities such as the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program and the Poudre School District.  If you don't find us in the hospital, clinic, or science classroom, we'll be out riding on the roads or trails with our dog, Canyon, fishing in Poudre Canyon, sailing, skiing, climbing, visiting our families in Utah (while doing one of these other things), or brewing beer as founders of the 'Dr. Recommended Brewing Co.'   Thanks for checking us out!

Third year

Liz Banowetz, M.D., University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Davis, Calif.

After visiting many community family practice residencies on the west coast, I chose Fort Collins because of its friendly environment, excellent training, and great location. With the program's dedication to providing experience in all fields, I knew that I could practice wherever I wanted after graduation and feel confident with my knowledge and skills. The OB, mental health, and procedural training are more in depth here than at other programs I visited, and I was impressed by how dedicated the staff and faculty are to maintaining a well-rounded experience for all the residents. My husband and I love being close to hiking, biking, and many other outdoor activities, but if I don't feel like a hike on my day off there are many places to go in town for entertainment, dining, and shopping. Fort Collins has an intimate, small-town feel with all the big city amenities, which reminds me of my hometown of Redding, California. So far I've had a great time here on my days off and excellent education when I'm working. Couldn't ask for more from a residency program!


Lindsey Gerdes, D.O. MPH, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, Calif.

Haikus aside, I truly believe excellent, full-scope family doctors are the heart and soul of quality healthcare. The challenging and rewarding curriculum as well as the support system are exactly what brought me to Fort Collins - that and the micro-brew selection, general outdoor activity Smorgasbord, and proximity to family and friends. My free time is generally spent combining those things, hanging out with my dog, and playing on our star-studded co-ed soccer team


Courtney King, M.D., Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, Augusta, Ga.

I came for an interview in Fort Collins because of the proximity to great skiing, the number of days of sunshine and the not-too-big, not-too-small size of the town. I decided to do my residency here because of the friendly, environmentally progressive, and fun attitude of the community, the unopposed broad education that the program provides, and the awesomeness of the other residents! I am originally from Atlanta, Ga., and I most recently lived in Arcata, Ca., but I have lived and traveled all over the world, and I am excited to now call Fort Collins home.


Nikolas May, MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa

Growing up on a dairy farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, my idea of a great doctor was that of the rural Family Medicine physician. Transplanted to the cornfields of Iowa, I continued my education at the University of Iowa for both undergrad and med school. My search for a good unopposed rural medicine training program led me to Fort Collins, where I was impressed with the great full-spectrum training that the residents receive here, with lots of OB and plenty of procedures. The faculty and staff here are the friendliest you will meet anywhere, which makes for an excellent learning atmosphere. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kellie, watching baseball, hiking the beautiful Rocky Mountains and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.


T.J. Seneker, MD, Tennessee State University College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tenn.

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I went to undergrad at Furman University and majored in Philosophy and then headed back to East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine for medical school. My wife, Julie, and I were looking for a change of scenery and we decided to come to Fort Collins after I did a one month Sub-I here. We love the proximity of outdoor activities and have been backpacking, climbing, and paddling as much as we can. Living close to the downtown also has some perks as we can bike to restaurants and live music, enjoying the fine Colorado weather. I am excited about learning and working here with such a broad range of experiences that one can receive at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Program. I believe that the well-rounded training inherent here will allow me to feel comfortable working in a rural community one day. Bio coming soon!


Amber Steves, MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Ariz.

I grew up worshiping the sun in Arizona, but I escaped the heat and went to Baylor University in Texas for my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. After a few too many hurricanes and tornadoes, I headed back to the desert for medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Although I loved being close to family and friends, I wanted a residency program that was unopposed, prepared residents for rural medicine, and whose residents and faculty had a good balance between work and play. I did a 4th year elective rotation in Fort Collins and fell in love with the town, the program and the people. My dog, boyfriend and I spend our free time enjoying the outdoors hiking, camping, fishing, or just relaxing on the patios of the local breweries. The valley of the sun may have beautiful saguaro cacti, but the Rockies and FCFMR are my home now!


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