Third Year

Welcome to 3rd-year residents page. Click our names below to learn more about us:

Becky Davies, MD

Creighton University School of Medicine
Omaha, NE

Creighton University School of Medicine
Omaha, NE

My interests in medicine are rooted in my experiences living and working with people who are under-served both in the US, Dominican Republic, and in Ecuador. I have come to realize that we cannot prevent or adequately treat most medical conditions without understanding a patient’s home environment, access to food, and social support system. The long-term relationships developed in the family practice setting allow this to happen. I am excited for extensive training in the clinic, the hospital, and in the delivery room, which will prepare me to practice in an underserved area after residency. Overall, my hope is to be an advocate for my patients on an individual level as well as a systemic level in a rural practice, community health setting, and/or clinic abroad.

Few things make me happier than getting lost in the woods on top of a horse with nothing more to worry about than finding my way home before dark. Since this past-time is not logistically possible in Omaha, NE, I have developed a knack for creating new and exciting variations of lentils with rice, baking “Becky Bars” (both the crunchy and chewy varieties), and preparing homemade apple sauce if I can spot a tree. I also enjoy the physical and logistical challenge of using any form of transportation that is not a car.

Duluth is my grandpa Ross’s favorite destination outside of the farmstead in South Dakota. Just as important, the faculty and residents at Duluth Family Med Residency are down-to-earth and passionate about patient care. I am excited to jump in to a collaborative teaching environment, where residents receive exceptional training in the clinic, the hospital, and the OB delivery room. Finally, I cannot think of a better way to spend a day off than exploring the Boundary Waters.

Elizabeth Feist, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine,
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

College of Sait Benedict
St. Joseph, MN

I am interested in full-scope, rural family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics, women’s health, in-office procedures, palliative care/hospice, exercise and nutrition.

I try to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. My husband and I value our faith and enjoy outdoor activities including running, hiking, biking, frisbee golfing, and camping. I also enjoy Zumba and group fitness, traveling, reading, playing piano, cooking and baking.

After completing my first few clerkships in Duluth, and getting to know the residents and faculty, I just knew I wanted to be a Duluth Family Medicine resident. It was immediately apparent how close the residents are with each other and with the faculty. They all seem to have a lot of fun while learning to care for their patients in the clinic and in both hospitals, all with a view of beautiful Lake Superior. This program has everything I was looking for in a residency program with a very strong OB experience, and intense in-patient experience, and a dedication to training rural family physicians. I lived in Duluth during my first two years of medical school and met my husband here. We are very excited to be moving back to the beautiful city of Duluth!

Caryn Gerber, MBChB

Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust GP Training
Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom

University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
ZAF, South Africa

While I have interest in all aspects of Family Medicine, I particularly enjoy Obstetrics and Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Urgent Care/Emergent Care. I love to work with people of various cultures, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have a keen interest in Infectious Disease, having previously practiced in populations where tropical diseases and tuberculosis have been prevalent.

In the winter, I love to spend time with my three boys out on the slopes of Spirit Mountain downhill skiing, or on the Lester Park trails cross-country skiing. I am an avid yoga enthusiast and enjoy the balance this has brought to my outlook in life. In the summer, you will find me running along the shores of Lake Superior or walking the trails on many of the beautiful outdoor areas that Duluth has to offer! I enjoy reading, trying out different culinary skills and recipes, working in my vegetable and herb garden, and spending time with family and loved ones. I love to travel and explore new places, and am excited to be able to travel locally and to surrounding states with so much to offer!

Family brought me back to Duluth, and I am proud to say that I have loved living here over the last 12 years! Though I was born in the US, I was raised in South Africa, where I attended medical school and practiced, before moving to England to continue practicing Family Medicine. My journey came full circle in returning to the States, and I am now incredibly excited and honored to be partaking in the Family Practice Residency here in Duluth. The program here in Duluth is well known for its rural medical training and preparation, which I am interested in. I am very impressed with several aspects of the residency, namely, the scope of medical training the program has to offer, the high quality of residents and the varied opportunities to explore different interests within the program. All this, plus the location on the wonderful shores of Lake Superior, made it my number one choice to study, work and practice one day!

E. Tolga Hanhan, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Broad-spectrum Family Medicine with OB.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. I also like outdoor pursuits including Nordic skiing, hiking, road and mountain biking, hunting and fishing.

I chose Duluth for the program, the people, and the place. I wanted a program with rigorous training in broad spectrum Family Medicine. Duluth’s reputation for this style of training is unmatched. I enjoyed working with the residents and talented faculty during medical school rotations, and I knew this would be a natural fit. Finally, my family has roots here, as we moved to Duluth in 2000. I taught middle and high school science in this area for 12 years, and I love the community – both the people and the outdoor opportunities of the Lake Superior region.

Joshua Kropko, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Erie, PA

Kent State University
Kent, OH

  • The interaction between intestinal microorganisms and health
  • Genetics
  • Public Health


  • International travel with my wife
  • Cooking
  • Hiking, cycling
  • Technology
  • Creative writing


My wife has family in town and I had an open elective rotation. I had always heard how beautiful Northern Minnesota was, but never expected to find such a rich, complex and supportive medical community. From day one I was invigorated by the natural wonders of the city and the passion my colleagues had for collaborative primary care. My time with the FM residency as a medical student was my most memorable rotation and I knew that I had to apply and attend if I could.

Jessica Olen, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN

I am interested in full-scope family medicine, including clinic, hospital, emergency room, and obstetrics work. I am also interested in hospice, home visits, and healthcare disparity.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, walking through the woods with my dog, learning or trying new things, and cooking or baking health foods.

The program offers an outstanding foundation in full-scope family medicine and the community offers an amazing outdoor setting.

Steven Schumacher, MD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

My medical interests include full-spectrum Family Practice Medicine. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin (best state ever) between Madison and Milwaukee. This helped to foster my desire to become a small town doctor and to train to provide any services which my community would need me to do. I love talking care of people from birth until their last day on earth and Family Practice is the best field to do this in.

My wife and I would describe ourselves as amateur hikers. And by amateur I mean hiking when it’s nice out and there’s minimal risk of death or dismemberment. Otherwise we like hanging out with our dog, Bailey, and chasing squirrels. We also enjoy gardening and raising ducks or other odd assortments of animals.

I chose Duluth because it offered a program where I wouldn’t be limited or told to practice just one aspect of medicine. I knew I wanted to incorporate Obstetrics into my future practice and Duluth Family Medicine provides amazing experience in OB and surgical OB if that is something I will eventually want for my training. Duluth has a diverse population and patients come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This facilitates experiences that most residents have to go to big cities to have. It’s also an awesome location along the shores of Lake Superior and my wife and I loved the city when we came here on a rotation in my 4th year of medical school.

Jessica Stay, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Duluth/Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota

Full scope family medicine with special interests in obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s health, and sports medicine.

My hobbies include spending time outdoors such as fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and relaxing on Rainy Lake. I love spending time with my daughter, husband, family, and friends.

I chose Duluth because I was looking for a training program that would prepare me well for practicing in a small northern Minnesota community. I was especially looking for excellent training in obstetrics and inpatient medicine, which this program offers. In addition, the residents and faculty have been so welcoming throughout my four years of medical school and the interview process that I knew this was the right choice for me. I am very excited to have the opportunity to receive excellent full scope family medicine training in an area that also satisfies my love for Northern Minnesota.

Jesse Susa, MD

University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis, MN

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Rural medicine, full-spectrum family practice

Running, camping, kayaking, cross-country and down-hill skiing, fishing, hunting, guitar, and banjo

Duluth offers rigorous training in all disciplines important to the rural Family Physician – critical care, obstetrics, primary/preventative medicine, mental health, and so on. My wife and I were thrilled to find a perfect fit in the upper Midwest where we have called home our whole lives. The very best of all four seasons are right here on Lake Superior and there could not be a more inviting landscape for outdoor enthusiasts like us!