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First Year: Class of 2023

Welcome to the 1st-year residents page. Click our names below to learn more about us:

Courtney Donahoe, DO

 Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  Full spectrum rural family medicine, sports medicine, women’s health, and emergency medicine.

I enjoy water skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, running, and spending time outdoors with my husband, family, and friends. I also play the acoustic guitar and I like to cook.

  Duluth has a strong reputation for its exceptional training in full spectrum family medicine. I plan to practice in a rural setting, so this type of broad training is essential. One thing that sets Duluth apart is its culture. On my interview day, the residents seemed happy, and they were excited to talk about their passions. I’m excited to be part of such a hardworking, motivated, and friendly community. Location was another reason I chose Duluth. When we visited Duluth, my husband and I instantly fell in love with the area. We are thrilled to call Duluth home for the next 3 years!

Joshua Godding, MD

 

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Full spectrum family medicine, preventive medicine, emergency medicine, procedures, improving access and utilization of health care resources for underserved populations.

I chose Duluth for residency because it is an academically affiliated program with an exceptional reputation for training strong, full spectrum family medicine physicians. Residency is the time to dive into medicine and build your foundation for a great future career, and Duluth offers all the tools to do that. The residents, faculty, and staff are so friendly, and that camaraderie and positive learning environment was important to me as well. It also helps that the program is nestled in one of my favorite places in Minnesota!

Jamie Hammer, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine (Duluth/Minneapolis)

Geriatric Medicine, Addiction Medicine.

Spending time with my husband and newborn daughter, running, home brewing, collecting sea glass, hiking, and camping.

I moved to Duluth for undergraduate and haven’t wanted to leave! I love the residency’s commitment to the community, particularly their connection with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment. The easy access to hiking trails and the Lake Superior beaches are an added bonus.

Lucas Henningsen, MD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Full spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, OB, pediatrics, hospital medicine.

I love being outdoors, whether it’s on the slopes, in the woods, or on the lake. A few favorites include backpacking, skiing, hunting, and canoeing. When I’m indoors, you can usually find me reading, playing guitar, curling, watching hockey, or curled up on the couch with my wife and dog watching “The Office.”

My interest in rural, broad spectrum family medicine meant that I was looking for a program with the breadth and depth of training to adequately prepare me for the wide scope of patients and situations that I plan to see in practice. This program offers exactly that. The strength of the OB and inpatient experiences, the focus on rural medicine, and my great impression of the faculty and residents made Duluth a natural fit, and it’s tough to imagine a more beautiful setting in which to be training.

Jordan Lindholm, MD

  University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Nicholas Loken, DO

  Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  Rural medicine, preventative care, nutrition and wilderness medicine.

Fishing, hunting, mountain biking, hiking, boating and breakfast.

All the residents, facility and staff seemed happy and were very enthusiastic about the program on my interview day and I felt at home the entire time. The focus on rural training was something I desired in addition to being an unopposed program. Also, Duluth has amazing outdoor activities and I’ve wanted to live here for many years.

Staci Loken, DO

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Broad spectrum family medicine, rural medicine, women’s health, geriatrics.

Spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, all things outdoors with my husband, traveling.

Owen Tierney, DO

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Full spectrum medicine, including inpatient and outpatient care. Mental health, addiction medicine, geriatrics, sports medicine, hospice/palliative care, women’s health, and procedures. My interests vary so widely that the broad reach of family medicine makes it a perfect fit for me.

My goal in residency is to learn as much as possible so that when I begin my future practice, I’ll be ready to take on whatever challenges walk through the door. In addition to knowing the Duluth program will provide me with the ability to achieve that goal, it was clear from even before my interview that the residency takes an active and central role in the Duluth medical community. If that isn’t enough, the view over the lake on a sunny day is the finishing touch!

Erin Traxler, DO

  Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am interested in community health, preventative medicine, women’s health, and procedures.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, visiting friends & family, being outdoors, reading, cooking, and crafting.

  The Duluth Family Medicine Residency appealed to me because it is a community-oriented program with rigorous inpatient and outpatient training experience. Duluth itself is unique situated as a regional hub, meaning there’s a wide variety of patients and pathology. I know that my training here will equip me to practice confidently in a community of any size after graduation. Additionally, Duluth itself is a beautiful place and I couldn’t resist the chance to live by Lake Superior.