Second Year

Welcome to 2nd-year residents page. Click our names below to learn more about us:

Luke Albares, MD

Albany Medical College
Albany, NY

Rural Family medicine-Establishing close relationships with patients allow a physician to provide better care. In areas where there are not many health care resources, this can make an immense impact. I hope to provide care in a rural area in the clinic with an emphasis on procedures and inpatient hospital work.

I enjoy being in the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, camping, or running along with many other activities as well. Doing projects around the house is another hobby of mine, along with baking when I have the time.

I completed a rotation here during my 4th year, and felt at home. I was welcomed by the faculty and the residents, and knew this would be the place I wanted to train to help me pursue my goal of practicing rural family medicine. Duluth has always been one of my favorite places in MN. I’m very excited that I get to live there and see what the area has to offer while training during residency.

Mark Bostrom, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

I am interested in broad-spectrum, rural family medicine. I especially enjoy obstetrics, clinic, clinical procedures and emergency medicine.

I love spending time with my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, cross-country and alpine skiing, basketball, curling, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with my wife.

I chose Duluth because it offers rigorous training in all aspects of family medicine and graduates are not limited in their spectrum of practice. I feel Duluth will prepare me best for rural family medicine. The residents and faculty in Duluth are warm and welcoming and the patients come from diverse backgrounds. My wife and I love Duluth and the north shore and are excited to call it home for the next few years.

Benjamin Dummer, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

I am interested in full spectrum family medicine! During my Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP) experience, I came to enjoy hospital medicine, emergency medicine, procedures and obstetrics. I like longitudinal care and seeing my patients in the many different ways they may present in a clinic, ER or hospital. Sports medicine is pretty sweet too!

No matter the season, I always enjoy a good run! In the summer, I enjoy my time spent at the cabin and on the lake wakeboarding. In the winter, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing are some favorite hobbies. I also enjoy hunting in all seasons and fishing whenever I get the chance! I also play the drums time to time.

I chose Duluth because it is well known for its rigorous and well-rounded curriculum in areas of practice that are critical to full scope family medicine including inpatient care, obstetrics, procedural medicine, pediatrics and clinical medicine. I felt that a well-rounded curriculum in these areas would prepare me for any sort of practice I may be interested in my future. Additionally, I liked the unopposed setting and thought that this provided great learning opportunities.

James Erickson, DO

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV

Rural medicine, broad spectrum practice, surgery, psychiatric elements of wellness

Motorcycling, pistol/rifle target shooting, downhill skiing, continuing to believe the Wild can win a Stanley Cup

I have always desired to return to Warroad, MN to practice medicine, giving back to my home community. That desire has been coupled with an interest in pursuing broad spectrum training. The Duluth Family Medicine Residency program is unrivaled in its quality and variety of training. I learned this first-hand on an audition rotation earlier this year. In three vigorous and challenging years, Duluth will prepare me to offer substantial service to the people of my hometown. My amazing wife and I, both former Bulldogs, are excited to be moving back to the beautiful North Shore!

Allison Juba, DO

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Des Moines, IA

I’m interested in full-spectrum family medicine, including but not limited to obstetrics, pediatrics, preventative medicine, sports medicine, and procedures. I particularly enjoy the application of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), which involves using my hands to diagnose and treat twists and turns in the bones, muscles, and soft tissues that may be related to a patient’s disease or injury.

My husband and I enjoy fishing and look forward to exploring the St. Louis River and lakes around the Duluth area to find some walleyes. I also enjoy yoga, exercise, reading, and trying new recipes.

I grew up in Duluth and had always thought about returning to practice medicine. When I came to interview, I could immediately see how impressive the residency program was. I had no doubt that the outstanding curriculum would prepare me to practice the full scope of family medicine, with strong OB and critical care experiences, intense inpatient exposure and a wide opportunity for electives. I could also tell that the residents were truly happy with their program and had fun together, which was a big selling point for me. I’m excited to return to my hometown to join a program that I know will prepare me to handle the variety that comes with being a family medicine physician.

Mindi Kvaal Anderson, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

Full spectrum family medicine with OB, women’s health, end of life care.

Running, reading, films, cooking, jigsaw puzzles. I also enjoy spending time with my 2 children and family at the lake, in the boat or traveling.

The faculty and residents in this program are friendly, kind, funny, hardworking, quality people. As a medical student, I rotated in Duluth and the services were intense but enjoyable. It felt like a team that I was a part of. I could tell the residents were challenged and well trained with mutual respect and strong relationships between each other, faculty, staff and patients. It was very important to me that I could picture myself as a resident here, which I could easily do. I believe Duluth is one of the best training programs in the Midwest for full spectrum rural family physicians and I am very excited to be chosen as a resident.

Alison Liewen, MD

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, PA

I’m interested in full-spectrum care, rural and global medicine, and women’s health. I have enjoyed learning about medicine in different parts of the world, from a small town in my home state of MN to Uganda, Guatemala, and Botswana. I love the challenges and personal connections that can be found in remote places.

Outdoors, I enjoy trail running, Nordic skiing, backpacking and long canoe trips. At home, I love to relax with my fiancĂ©, dog, and our banana tree. We are excited to continue our annual BWCA trip tradition–we haven’t missed a year since meeting.

Duluth offered a perfect combination of a comprehensive training program (including surgical OB and rural rotations) with a beautiful four-season climate and outdoors culture to match! The faculty and staff are extremely welcoming, and I’m confident that after training in Duluth, I’ll be prepared to work in any rural or global setting.

Charles Tabor, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

I am interested in rural medicine with particular interests in emergency medicine, preventive medicine, and cost/resource-effective technologies for rural health care. In my former life I worked as an engineer to help bring medical technologies to global geographies and therefore have a special interest in the intersection of technology and medicine and ways to improve health care access and disparities.

I enjoy endurance sports like running, biking, and Nordic skiing. I enjoy adventure travel and exploring roads less traveled. When not outdoors, I like cooking, baking, and do-it-yourself projects.

During medical school I had the opportunity to do clinical rotations in Duluth and was impressed with the clinicians, high caliber of available medical resources, and medical residents. Ease of access to outdoor activities (including snow!) was also important.

Jessica Taylor, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis, MN

I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics and reproductive health, mental health, pediatrics, and emergency care. I am also interested in preventive care, chronic disease management, and improving access to health care.

I enjoy crafting (sewing, knitting, and crocheting) as well as reading and cooking. My outdoor hobbies include biking, cross-country skiing, and canoeing.

The Duluth program has a strong reputation for full-spectrum training. Duluth and the North Shore are full of natural beauty, and I have many happy memories of visiting this area with my family growing up.