Our Staff

Our dedicated faculty take a hands-on approach to teaching, and while our preceptors are approachable and enjoy open interaction, there's nothing casual about their attitude toward quality medicine and a challenging curriculum. But when the work day is finished, they plunge into a variety of pastimes or into serious relaxation in one of the most beautiful natural areas left in the world... the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!  

Faculty

Our faculty physicians are all board certified and each bring unique strengths and interests to the program. As you'll see in the biographies of our faculty, the scope of interests outside of medicine is truly global, but our priorities center around our families. Life in Marquette is about balance, and we strive to structure the residency program so that our residents receive excellent education and achieve a semblance of balance as well.

The faculty meets weekly to discuss the operations and plans for the program, with the chief residents helping to make this a time for honest exchange of ideas, sharing and growth. Faculty work sessions serve to maintain the sense of shared purpose in setting long-range goals. The faculty, individually and collectively, have made a commitment to the program and community.

Residency Administration


Community Preceptors
 

Jim Addison, M.D.
Undergraduate degree: Michigan Technological University, Biological Sciences
Medical degree: Wayne State University School of Medicine, M.D.
Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Board Certified: Internal Medicine​

James Heron, M.D.
Undergraduate degree: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Medical degree: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine​

Catherine Kroll, D.O.
Undergraduate degree: Lake Superior State College, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Medical degree: Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI
Residency: Genesys Regional Medical Center-Health Park, Grand Blanc, MI​
Board Certified: Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine​

William Short, M.D.
Undergraduate degree: Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, Biology – B. S.
Medical Degree: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Internship: Marquette General Hospital, Marquette, MI
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine through the ABFM


Faculty Biographies


Brian Waite, M.D.


Brian Waite, M.D. 
Residency Program Director

Brian Waite, MD, was named Program Director for the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program in June of 2017. Previously he had nine years of experience working at MFMRP as an assistant director. For three of those years he was a hospitalist faculty physician.

Prior to moving back to Marquette Dr. Waite practiced in a small Family Medicine group on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound in Washington State. His undergraduate training was in Anthropology at Washington State University, and he received his MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He participated in the Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho rural medicine track (WAMI) in medical school with the intent of practicing Family Medicine in a rural setting.

His special interests include EMR/EHR, chronic disease management, billing and coding, and health care quality improvement.  He will continue to work with the residents in the inpatient setting.

He and his wife Danielle enjoy living in the U.P. along with their two daughters. Dr. Waite enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing and is still perfecting his igloo building techniques.

Credentials
Undergraduate degree: Washington State University, Pullman WA; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Medical Degree: University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, WA – M.D.
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine


Stuart K. Johnson, D.O.


Stuart K. Johnson, D.O. 
Chief Executive Officer & Community Assistant Dean 

Stuart K. Johnson, D.O., was named CEO and Community Assistant Dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Upper Peninsula Region in May of 2017. He will continue to serve as the Designated Institutional Official at UP Health System – Marquette.  He was previously the Director of the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, and a member of the program’s twenty-second graduating class. He directed and developed the osteopathic program and is an advocate for education in osteopathic principles and practice.

Dr. Johnson completed the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship Program through Michigan State University in 2004, the National Institute of Program Directors Fellowship in 2008, a Palliative Care Education and Practice Fellowship through the Harvard Medical School in 2011, and is currently involved with the Duke LifePoint Physician Leadership Fellowship. He is boarded in Family Medicine and carries a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Johnson has visited rural villages of Haiti through his involvement with Friends of Haiti-Green Bay organization. These trips are often accompanied by other medical learners. There is a significant need for volunteerism locally and abroad. This is one way that Dr. Johnson brings hope to those who have limited access to healthcare.

Dr. Johnson is involved in local church and community activities. He and his wife Beth enjoy family time with their five children, Jared, Rachel, Rebecca, James and Lily. When they have a free moment, they enjoy a walk on the beach. Dr. Johnson also enjoys working in the yard, building, remodeling, and cycling. 

Credentials
Undergraduate degree: Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, Biochemistry  –  B.S.
Medical Degree: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI – D.O.
Internship: Mercy General Health Partners, Muskegon, MI
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine through the AOBFP and the ABFM
Certificate of Added Qualification: Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Katrina (Katie) Brang, M.D. 


Katrina (Katie) Brang, M.D. 

Assistant Director 

Katie Brang grew up in Traverse City, MI but always knew that the Upper Peninsula would be her home. She left Michigan to complete a BA at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. After several years of work and travel, she started medical school at Michigan State's College of Human Medicine and was part of the Rural Physician Program in Marquette. She completed her Family Medicine Residency in Marquette as well.  After graduation, she and her husband, Dr. Ryan Brang, moved to Ashland, WI to practice full-scope rural family medicine. Although they loved Ashland, the UP drew them home and they returned in 2014 to take faculty positions with the Marquette Family Medicine Residency.

An avid Nordic skier, trail runner and mountain biker, Dr. Brang spends her spare moments enjoying the many miles of trails in the area. She is happiest when her husband, children and adventure dog Jake join her in the woods.​

Credentials
Undergraduate degree: Carleton College, Northfield, MN 
Medical Degree: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI - M.D.
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine
 


Ryan Brang, M.D.


Ryan Brang, M.D.

Assistant Director 

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Brang then completed his undergraduate Biology Degree from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. He went to Ross University for medical school and had the opportunity to spend his clinical years in New York City. The Midwest called him back, though, and he completed his Family Medicine Residency here at UP Health System - Marquette. 

It was here in Marquette that he met his wife and fellow resident Katie Brang. After completion of residency, the Brangs moved to Ashland, WI to join a small independent practice. This was a rural family practice that included obstetrics, inpatient medical and psychiatric care, nursing home medicine and a busy outpatient schedule. Along with practicing full scope family medicine, Dr. Brang has a particular interest in obstetrics. He enjoys his teaching role as an Assistant Director of the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Brang can usually be found on his bike. He enjoys being outdoors in his free time where he  spends those spare moments mountain biking, snow biking, camping, skiing and hiking with his wife and kids and their Huskador Jake.  

Credentials
Undergraduate degree: University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI – Bachelor of Science in Biology
Medical Degree: Ross University, Dominica
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine


Suzanne Clarke, M.D. 


Suzanne Clark, M.D. 

Assistant Director 

Dr. Clarke is an Assistant Director at the Residency. She was born and raised in rural lower Michigan, receiving her bachelor degree from Albion College with majors in Biology and Psychology. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) on the UP Campus and completed her Family Practice Residency training at the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center in Midland. Dr. Clarke is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and completed a Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at MSU. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
 
Dr. Clarke practiced the full spectrum of rural medicine in Ironwood, Michigan, for seven years. Precepting medical student rotations in Ironwood led to her interest in teaching and she then joined the Residency Program in 2000. Special interests include Resident well-being, family-centered maternity care, rural health care issues, women’s health care and international medical missions. She has been involved with the residents in short term medical mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. She particularly enjoys the interactions with the medical students and residents and sees them as an “opportunity to help develop tomorrow’s physicians.”
 
Dr. Clarke’s personal interests include singing, swimming, taking walks with her dog, Roxi, and just about anything else that takes advantage of the beauty of God’s Country!
 
Credentials
Undergraduate degree: Albion College, Albion MI; Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Psychology
Medical Degree: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI – M.D.
Residency: MidMichigan Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, Midland, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualification: Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship


Tyson Luoma, D.O.


Tyson Luoma, D.O. 
Assistant Director 

Dr. Luoma received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic medical degree at Michigan State University and began his residency at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program in 2014. During residency, Dr. Luoma developed a passion for family medicine, with strong interest in hospital medicine, preventive medicine, mental health, and osteopathic manual medicine.

In July 2017, Dr. Luoma accepted a faculty position at the residency program. He looks forward to helping residents and medical students get the most out of their medical education, and will offer his perspective and encouragement to residents as an alumni and assistant director of the program.

Outside of work, Dr. Luoma enjoys mountain biking, cooking, golfing, and spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters, Natalie and Anna. They also have a Pet Partners therapy dog - a German Shepherd named Olé, who loves reading with children at the library and chasing chipmunks.

Credentials
Undergraduate degree: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Bachelor of Science in Biology
Medical Degree: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI – D.O.
Residency: Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, Marquette, MI
Board Certified: Family Medicine


Lisa Long, M.D.


Lisa Long, M.D. 
Assistant Director 

Begins 8/28/17


Patrick Huffer, M.D. 
Assistant Director

Begins 8/31/17


Steven Dowdy, D.O.
Hospitalist Educator


Ralph Olson, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Ralph Olson, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Behavioral Medicine Educator 

Dr. Olson grew up in northwest Indiana and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College. Dr. Olson received a master’s degree in psychology from Idaho State University and a Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from West Virginia University. He completed a doctoral internship at Richard Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Olson is a licensed psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. 

Dr. Olson joined the Residency Program in 2011. He has a private psychology practice in Marquette and prior to that was employed at Pathways Community Mental Health for 19 years in various clinical, supervisory, and organizational roles. 

Outside of work, Dr. Olson enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, 4-wheeling, fishing, mountain biking, welding, kayaking, and the Marquette Symphony.  ​ 

Credentials
Undergraduate degree: Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN – B.A.
Graduate degrees: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID – M.S.; West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV – Ph.D.
Internship: Richard Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Syracuse, NY
Board Certified: Behavior Analysis

 

Residency Program Administration

Rachel Bush

Rachel Bush
Residency Coordinator

Residency Coordinator
Rachel.Bush@mghs.org

Rachel was named Residency Coordinator in May 2017. Her previous role in the program was as an Administrative Secretary where she assisted our faculty members. She has been with the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program for 12 years.

Rachel coordinates and ensures that the residents fulfill curriculum requirements to complete their family medicine training. Additionally, she is in charge of residency recruitment including receiving and reviewing ERAS applications, travelling to recruitment fairs and conducting interviews with potential residents.

Rachel attended Davenport College (now Davenport University) where she completed her Associate’s Degree as an Administrative Assistant – Office Information Specialist. She is currently enrolled at Northern Michigan University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Management.

Personally, Rachel is involved with our local homeless shelter, Room at the Inn. She recently was nominated to be on the Board of Directors which is a two-year commitment. Prior to this, she served as her church’s coordinator for two years. 

Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, Rachel enjoys spending her free time camping in the summer and hitting the cross country ski trails in the winter.Con


Sarah Janda

Sarah Janda
Residency Adminstrative Secretary 


Connie Piasecki

Connie Piasecki
Residency Secretary 



Family Medicine Residency, 1414 West Fair Ave. Suite 36, Marquette MI 49855
Phone: 1-800-774-4844