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First Year

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

Maren Anderson, MD


University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN


Full spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, patient education, and clinic procedures.


Reading, finding/refinishing antique furniture, camping, hiking, canoeing and hoping to take up kayaking, yoga, playing board games with friends and family.


I want to practice broad spectrum family care in rural Minnesota so it’s important to me to train somewhere that reflects those values and will fully prepare me to care for my future community, including obstetric and procedural training.  I knew from clinical experiences in medical school that the faculty were fully invested in teaching as well as helping build me personally- both as a physician and a fellow member of the community.  I appreciate the collaborative culture and the commitment of residents and faculty to offering high quality, evidence-based medical care with caring. I am so excited to join the Duluth Family Medicine Residency family.

Katie Bressler, MD


University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis, Minnesota


I chose family medicine because I have very broad interests, and I love caring for patients of all ages and from all backgrounds (¡hablo español!). Some of my interests include obstetrics, women’s health, trans health, inpatient medicine, rural health, and working to reduce healthcare disparities for my patients and our community at-large.


Balance between my personal and professional life is important to me, because I think a happy and healthy doctor is available to listen to and advocate for her patients. I get my daily exercise by running with my rescue dog, Rebel, who is the quirkiest dog you’ll ever meet. I love everything outdoors: biking, camping, hiking, backpacking, virtually all water sports, and especially SCUBA diving. When I get an itch for creativity, I knit, write, sew, and quilt. Maintaining fluency in Spanish and traveling is also a priority, especially to Ecuador, where I have strong ties to the host family with whom I lived while studying abroad for a year in undergrad.


I am absolutely thrilled to be in Duluth for residency. The Duluth program offers rigorous, full-spectrum family medicine in a beautiful setting. I was impressed with Duluth’s high caliber of residents and attending physicians, and I’m confident the training this program offers will prepare me for whatever practice I choose in the future. I specifically wanted a program that was strong in obstetrics, inpatient medicine, procedures, and community involvement, all of which Duluth excels in. Moreover, as a native Duluthian, I really value easy access to the outdoors and natural beauty, and it’s nice to have loved ones nearby in my off-time.

Kristina Lindholm, MD


University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, Minnesota


Full spectrum family medicine, clinical procedures, OB, sports medicine, hospital medicine.


Being outdoors, tent camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, ice fishing, basketball, spending time with my family and friends.


I was seeking a program that would prepare me to practice full spectrum medicine in Northern Minnesota. Duluth has the reputation for providing a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum, and I felt this program could best help me accomplish that goal. After completing various rotations within the residency, it was clear that the residents not only worked hard but were also are extremely kind and welcoming. I could easily picture myself as a resident in the program which made Duluth the obvious choice. I am excited to continue my medical training here in Duluth.

Kelly McKinnon, MD


University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, Minnesota


My medical interests are broad.  That is why I am so excited to train as a family physician.  I enjoy caring for expecting mothers and their newborns.  I also have a passion for and history of serving both the elderly and developmentally disabled populations.  I believe that mental health and addiction medicine are crucial facets of family medicine that contribute to bolstering the under-served.  I find procedural medicine gratifying to both myself and patients.  Palliative and hospice medicine round out my extensive list of medical interests that i plan to pursue.


I am a budding family man, being newly married as of last year with our first kiddo recently coming into the picture in April.  Our family also includes a couple of geriatric pooches that are truly beloved and spoiled to prove it.  I like to keep active outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, and cycling.  I also really enjoy creating through woodworking and cooking.  During our long Minnesota winters, I keep from contracting cabin fever by getting out ice fishing and blowing off steam on the racquetball court.


The Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program couldn’t be a more perfect fit for me!  I have had wonderful relationships with the faculty and residents during my first 2 years of training on the UMN Medical School Duluth Campus and many rotations completed at St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s.  These folks are my kind of people and it is clear that their residents get a quality education and are pushed to become great physicians.  To boot, this is my home town; I graduated from Hermantown High School and have lived and worked in this area ever since.  It is also hard to beat the Duluth area for an outdoor enthusiast like myself.

Whitney Bertram-Reents, MD


University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, Minnesota


Rural Medicine, Women’s Health, Reproductive Health and Family Planning.


Running and hiking with my dog, golfing, boating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends and family.


I fell in love with the Duluth area during college and have never left! I think Duluth is the best city in Minnesota, and I can’t imagine a better place to live and work. The Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program has amazing faculty and staff, and I am so excited to learn and grow in the program with my colleagues.

Hannah Salk, MD


University of iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA


I am interested in broad spectrum family medicine, including outpatient and inpatient medicine, obstetrics, clinical procedures, and geriatrics. I have a special passion for rural medicine and medicine in resource-limited settings.


Outside of medicine, I enjoy many hobbies, including reading, boating, hiking, running, traveling, slalom water skiing, dancing, cooking, crafting, and music. I love trying new restaurants and going to concerts with my loved ones. On my down time, I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my hairless cat!


I chose Duluth for residency primarily for its focus on rural medicine. I feel confident that Duluth will provide me with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill my future dream of being an exceptional practitioner in a rural, resource-limited setting. I was also impressed with the caliber and kindness of the faculty and residents during my interview, making my decision to choose Duluth even easier! Not to mention, the program is nested in a friendly city on Lake Superior in beautiful northern Minnesota!

Sidney Sisson, MD


West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV


I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine. I’m especially passionate about obstetrics, pediatrics, and preventative medicine.


I enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, kayaking, and running. I also love to read, explore new places, and play with my golden retriever.


I chose Duluth for its emphasis on full-spectrum training. I am interested in practicing in a rural area, and I know Duluth will provide the training I need. I like the unopposed setting and the chance to work one-on-one with specialist attendings. I am especially excited about the opportunities for rigorous obstetrics training. At my interview, I could tell that the residents truly enjoy their jobs and get along very well with each other.  An added bonus, the Duluth area is absolutely beautiful and I am really looking forward to all the outdoor activities the city offers.

Jake Traxler, MD


Creighton University School of Medicine
Omaha, NE


Full spectrum, rural family medicine. I enjoy working with patients of all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics, obstetrics, emergency medicine, palliative medicine and in office procedures.


I enjoy running, biking, hiking and cross country skiing along with spending time with my family.


I chose Duluth for their reputation in training full spectrum Family Medicine physicians, as well as any other path you would like to go within Family Medicine. I also appreciate how involved they are in their community and in finding innovative ways to address the needs of their patients both inside and outside of the clinic/hospital.

Luke Wohlwend, MD


University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, Minnesota


Procedures, hospital, acute care, chronic disease management, and medical education.


Anything outdoors really. I grew up farming and continue to help out on the family farm working on tractors, mowing hay fields and growing gardens. Staying connected to family and friends is also important to me and something I take pride in.


I chose Duluth for residency because it provides top notch full spectrum training and prepares residents for any type of practice they want including high risk OB, hospital, and emergency medicine.  I was born and raised not far from Duluth in Northern Wisconsin. I was thrilled to be accepted at the DFMRP, so that I could stay close to my family and friends.