Third Year: Class of 2021

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

Maren Anderson, MD

  University of Minnesota Medical School (Morris)

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

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.

Whitney Bertram-Reents, MD

  University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Katie Bressler, MD

  University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Hannah Elsenpeter, MD

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

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!

C.W. Hall, MD

  University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Full-spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, emergency medicine, critical care, and care of the underserved.

I was impressed by the training offered in Duluth, specifically that a program with a rural focus has such a rich educational environment. As a family medicine physician, community is very important to me, and I appreciate how involved the residency program is in the wellbeing of the people of Duluth. Also, what a beautiful setting to enjoy in my free time!

Kristina Lindholm, MD

 University of Minnesota School of Medicine

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 Minnesota Medical School (Duluth/Minneapolis)

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.

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.

Sidney Sisson, MD

  West Virginia University School of Medicine

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. As 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

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.