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John Wood, MD, Program Director
John Wood, MD, is the director of the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. His practice experience includes full spectrum family medicine at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and emergency medicine in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. His medical interests include rural emergency care, geriatrics, mental health, international medicine
Mary (Daisy) Braaten, MD
Mary Braaten, MD, is faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and attended Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency at the West Suburban Family Practice Residency, serving the West Side of Chicago.
Braaten first practiced at Family Practice Community Wellness Center, serving an inner-city Latino population. She completed a faculty development fellowship at Cook County Hospital and taught with the St. Elizabeth Family Practice Residency. After 6 years she and her family moved to Northern Minnesota where she joined a rural practice in Deer River, working part-time.
After working in Deer River for ten years, Braaten joined the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program as faculty in 2013 and she continues to do some rural ER work.
James (Jamie) Conniff, MD
James (Jamie) Conniff, MD, MPH, teaches in the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency and practices family medicine in Duluth with a particular focus on LGBTQ health. He oversees the residency program’s community health training and is the physician leader for Essentia Health’s Gender and Sexual Diversity Workgroup and its Healthcare and Homelessness Committee. He has previously participated in community-based research focused on improving access and quality of care for transgender people, and is particularly interested in training rural physicians to care for transgender patients, LGBTQ health including hormone prescribing, chronic disease and adolescent health.
Lauren Giammar, MD
Dr. Giammar joined the Duluth Family Medicine Residency program in April of 2019. She had been practicing full scope family medicine in Superior, Wisconsin prior to this. Her first job after completing her residency at the University of Minnesota North Memorial program in 2005 was with Fairview. She practiced full scope family medicine in Apple Valley, MN, until 2009, when she joined as faculty at North Memorial. She remained core faculty at North Memorial’s residency program until 2015, when her family relocated to the twin ports. Her medical interests include prenatal care, obstetrics, women’s health and adolescent medicine.
Jennifer Jones, MD
Jennifer Jones, MD, is faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. Her practice experience includes full spectrum family medicine and outpatient medicine. She is interested in preventive care and patient education. Dr. Jones is a trained child abuse examiner (according to National Children’s Alliance standards) and end-of-life decision making instructor (certified Respecting Choices: Shared Decision Making in Serious Illness instructor.
Danielle MacDonald, PharmD
Danielle MacDonald, Pharm.D., BCACP received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy–Duluth in 2007. She then completed an ambulatory care pharmacy practice residency with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2007-2008. After residency, she practiced both clinic and community pharmacy-based care in an independent health system. She currently practices at three family medicine clinics in Duluth: the Duluth Family Medicine Clinic and the Essentia Health Lakewalk and Lakeside Clinics where she provides comprehensive medication management services. Her professional interests include optimizing disease management services, nurturing interprofessional collaboration, providing practice-based education, and participating in quality improvement and practice-based research. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, enjoying music, and spending time outdoors – skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Darcy Murphy, MD
Darcy Murphy, MD, is faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. Murphy grew up in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She studied biology and secondary education at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. After college, she taught high school science courses and experiential outdoor education at the Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico and the National Outdoor Leadership School. She later attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she earned her medical degree and completed her Family Medicine residency in Duluth in 2012.
After graduation, Murphy practiced outpatient medicine in Hermantown, Minnesota, and joined Duluth faculty in September 2016.
Jennifer Nelson-Albee, MSW, LICSW
Jennifer Nelson-Albee, MSW, LICSW, grew up in Plymouth, MN. She attended Hamline University where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies. After completing two years as an Americorps Volunteer in Denver, CO and Trout Lake, WA, she returned to graduate school and earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2001.
She has lived and worked in Duluth since 2002 primarily providing psychotherapy to adults, children and families. In 2014 she began working part-time at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Clinic as an Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist. She started full time at the residency as part of the faculty in 2016.
Lisa Prusak, MD, Associate Director
LIsa Prusak, MD, is faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. She practices full spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics. Her previous practice experience includes full spectrum family medicine and urgent care at clinics in Duluth, Minnesota, and Anchorage, Alaska, as well as medical relief work in Bangladesh. Her medical interests include full spectrum family medicine, outpatient medicine, procedures, and international medicine.
Jason Wall, MD
Jason Wall, MD, is faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency. Previously, he practiced at HealthEast Salud Integral Clinic in St. Paul. Dr. Wall has a long standing fascination with all things Minnesota. He was raised in Woodstock, Illinois, attended St. Olaf College and graduated from the Chicago Medical School in 2003. Returning to Minnesota for residency, he is a 2006 graduate of the Duluth program. Coming full circle, he returned to Duluth where he worked in urgent care until joining the faculty in 2011. His interests include underserved populations and medical education.
Ann Yapel, PharmD, BCACP
Ann currently practices ambulatory clinical pharmacy at both the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Clinic and Essentia Health Lakeside Family Practice Clinic. In this role the pharmacist provides Comprehensive Medication Management Services primarily by direct patient care encounters. Other responsibilities include participation in a health care team, providing education to medical providers and ancillary staff as well as precepting both students and residents. Ann feels strongly that educating patients enhances their medication experience and medical care overall. Her medical interests include comprehensive medication management, medication management of chronic disease states through collaborative practice agreements and opioid tapering.
- Cassie Hammer, Program Manager
- Cynthia Nash, RN, Operations Manager
- Dee Ann Witte, Education Associate
- Jane Seehus, Education Associate
- Lynn Zunich, Administrative Assistant