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, MD
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, MD
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, DO
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, MD
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, MD


Brian Waite, MD
Residency Program Director

Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Medical School: 
University of Washington, School of Medicine

Residency:
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI

Board Certification:
Family Medicine 

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose to teach Family Medicine because there is no higher calling than being someone’s Family Physician.  I chose to teach at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program because it’s unopposed and residents are trained in the full scope of what Family Medicine can be.  I love living in Marquette because it’s a wonderful town and area to live and raise a family.

Professional Interests:
Population care, EMR use, health screening

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Winter activities including igloo building, boat building

Hometown:
Prosser, Washington


Stuart K. Johnson, DO


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

Undergraduate Degree:
BS in Biochemistry, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Medical Degree:
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI – DO

Internship:
Mercy General Health Partners, Muskegon, MI

Residency:
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI

Board Certified:
Family Medicine through the AOBFP and the ABFM

Certification:
Certification of Added Qualification: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
It is an awesome responsibility and experience to teach new residents the art and skill of family medicine. It is rewarding to see them graduate and provide exceptional care to their patients and dedicate their lives to improving the communities in which they live. 

 Professional Interests:
My professional interests include global health, and hospice and palliative medicine.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
I love projects. Over the past few years this has included home remodeling, and building a play house, deck, and boardwalk. 

Hometown:
Marquette, MI


Katrina (Katie) Brang, MD.


Katrina (Katie) Brang, MD

Assistant Director 

Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Biology, Carleton College, Northfield MN

Medical School:
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing

Residency:
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI

Board Certification:
Family Medicine

Certificates:
American Society of Addiction Medicine Buprenorphine Waiver Training

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program because I feel it is important to train family physicians to practice in rural areas. Our program’s graduates frequently move to areas of high need, and it is rewarding to be part of educating physicians to be competent to provide the level of patient care that is required in remote areas.

Professional Interests:
Inpatient Medicine, Addiction Medicine

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Spending time with family, Mountain Biking, Snow Biking, Nordic Skiing

Hometown:
Traverse City, MI


Ryan Brang, MD


Ryan Brang, MD

Assistant Director 

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 Certification:
Family Medicine

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I enjoy teaching at Marquette because of the outstanding people that live and work here in the UP. There is no better place to call home.

Professional Interests: 
OB/Pediatrics, recruitment

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Being outdoors. Specifically mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, camping. Spending time with the wife Katie, my kids Sonja and Mike and huskador Jake.

Hometown:
Cottage Grove, MN


Suzanne Clarke, MD 


Suzanne Clark, MD 

Assistant Director 

Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Biology/Psychology, Albion College, Albion, Michigan

Medical School:
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Residency:
MidMichigan Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, Midland, MI

Fellowship:
OMERAD Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship

Board Certification:
Family Medicine

Certification:
Family Practice Board Certified, ALSO Instructor, NRP

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
After seven years of practicing in rural Ironwood, it became clear to me that my favorite time of the year was when I had a medical student rotating with me. When I was asked to join the faculty, it was an awesome opportunity to mentor physicians just beginning their careers. The best part of my job is watching someone go from a nervous intern to a confident, competent, and compassionate physician. The Marquette Family Medicine Residency is a family which makes it all that much better!

Professional Interests: 
Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Physician Wellness, and International Health

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Hiking, spending time with friends, singing in my church Praise Band, and hanging out with my dog Roxi.

Hometown:
Eaton Rapids, MI


Tyson Luoma, DO


Tyson Luoma, DO 
Assistant Director
Director of Osteopathic Recognition

Undergraduate Degree:
BS in Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School:
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing MI

Residency:
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI

Board Certification:
Family Medicine

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
Having grown up in Marquette, I have a special connection with the area and the people that live here. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to help train physicians who will serve the people of Marquette and the UP during their residencies and beyond.

Professional Interests:
Hospitalist medicine, Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Preventive care and public health

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
I love spending time with my wife and two children. We also have two dogs, Olé and Leo. I enjoy mountain biking, camping, disc golf and finding any other excuse I can to be outside.

Hometown:
Marquette, MI


Lisa Long, MD


Lisa Long, MD 
Assistant Director 

Undergraduate Degree:
BS Lyman Briggs School-Biology/Honors College, Michigan State University

Medical School
University of Michigan

Residency:
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI

Board Certification:
Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Certificates:
ACLS

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
Teaching is chance to encourage the change you want to see in medicine, and be of service.  I can’t think of a more perfect fit to achieve those goals than modeling as a rural Family Physician; being surrounded with enthusiasm and new ideas invigorates me.

Professional Interests:
Integrative Medicine, Leadership in Medicine, Physician Well-being

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Gardening, especially ornamentals and heirloom medicinal plants; hiking in the woods; kayaking

Hometown:
Nashville, MI


Patrick Huffer, MD

Patrick Huffer, MD
Assistant Director 

Undergraduate Degree
BA, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Medical School:
University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT 

Internship:
University of Wisconsin Madison Family Medicine Residency Program, Madison, WI

Residency:
University of Wisconsin Madison Family Medicine Residency Program, Madison, WI

Fellowship: Faculty Development, University of Wisconsin Madison Family Medicine Residency Program, Madison, WI

Board Certification:
American Board of Family Medicine

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
Every day, I learn more than I teach, thanks to the hard-working, bright, engaging residents in our program. They exemplify what it means to be rural family physicians and I draw inspiration from helping shape their journeys from medical school to medical practice. Getting to do so in a beautiful and vibrant community like Marquette is the fun part.

Professional Interests: 
Preventative care, plant-based nutrition, treatment of substance use disorders, population health, hospital medicine, evidence-based medicine.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Family activities, biking, fly fishing, trail running, camping, canoeing, cooking, reading

Hometown:
Boulder, CO


Steven Dowdy, DO

Steven Dowdy, DO
Hospitalist Educator

Undergraduate Degree:
BS Biology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Medical School: 
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA 

Residency:
Internal Medicine, Synergy Medical Education Alliance, Saginaw, MI

Board Certification: 
Certified American Board of Internal Medicine 

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I enjoy working one on one with the residents. Watching residents and students work through challenging cases, growing as individuals, seeing that light go on when they grasp a new concept, is extremely gratifying.

Professional Interests: 
Hospital medicine

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Cooking, Biking

Hometown:
Ortonville, MI


Ralph Olson, PhD, BCBA-D


Ralph Olson, PhD, BCBA-D
Behavioral Medicine Educator 

Undergraduate Degree:
BA, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

Graduate Degree
MS, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
PhD, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Internship:
Richard Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Syracuse, NY

Board Certification
Behavior Analysis 

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I work with intelligent, multifaceted, multitalented, and creative colleagues and residents. We value team work, wellness, and excellence in patient care. Contributing to this effort is a pinnacle opportunity in my career.

Professional Interests:
Building physician understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy and related concepts applied to both clinical practice and in physician wellness; Integrative care.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Hiking, kayaking, snow shoeing, 4-wheeling, Marquette Symphony

Hometown:
Crown Point, IN

 

Residency Program Administration

Rachel Bush

Rachel Bush
Residency Coordinator
Rachel.Bush@mghs.org

Education:
Associates Degree – Administrative Assistant – Office Information Specialist, Davenport College, Grand Rapids, MI

What I love about working at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I first began with the program in 2005 as an administrative secretary. Over that time,I enjoyed working with residents and faculty. Seeing residents grow both personally and professionally was a highlight of my job. Also seeing some of our own residents mature into faculty roles has been an added bonus. In 2017, I became the program coordinator which has allowed me to work even closer with the residents. Encouraging them in their medicine journey is something that brings me joy.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work?
I enjoy running, tent camping, reading and classic cross country skiing. My other passion would be attending concerts! I love live music and seeing my favorite artists (Toby Mac) on stage. I am also involved in our local homeless shelter, Room at the Inn, as a volunteer.

Hometown:
Trenary, MI


Connie Piasecki

Connie Piasecki
Residency Administrative Secretary 

Education: 
Northern Michigan University

What do you enjoy about working at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I enjoy working at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program due to the variety of work I do on a daily basis. Getting to know the residents and fostering new relationships is one of the best things about my job. Medical education is truly an exciting field to be in and I’m so happy to be lucky enough to be working for such a wonderful corporation. 

Hobbies/What I do outside of work?
My hobbies include reading, watching movies, working out and the best thing I enjoy doing in my free time is hanging out with my cute grandson!

Hometown: 
Gwinn, MI


Mary Bedore
Residency Secretary 

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Musical Theater) from Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts (2010)

What I love about living in Marquette, MI?
When I first moved to Marquette in 2010 I was fresh out of school in Chicago. I was in need of some fresh air and space, but what I found was so much more! I fell in love with a community of people that are so open and involved with our town that in many ways is still a hidden gem. Marquette has a small town feel while maintaining a huge selection of restaurants, sports, art, music, and so much more! There is never a lack of things to do and I, who had dreamed of living in the “Big City” my whole life, instantly settled into a beautiful life up North.

Hobbies/ What I do outside of work?
I enjoy mountain biking, bikepacking, swimming in Lake Superior, and snowshoeing or cross country skiing when the snow flies. My husband and I have also recently welcomed a baby boy into our lives which keeps us completely busy and abundantly happy!

Hometown:
Alpena, MI

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