MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus Medical Students

Tovah Aho

Undergraduate: 
BS engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I wanted to be in a beautiful rural setting to enhance my learning. I have a child whom I want to raise to appreciate the outdoors.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Tall trees, walking in the woods, traveling, impressionistic art, smell of cut grass, big lake fishing
Hometown:
Marquette, MI



Cameron Anderson

Undergraduate: 
BS in Biology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I am from the UP and hope to get back to the area when I am finished with my residency. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Cycling, running, snowboarding, xc skiing, waterskiing, camping

Hometown
Gladstone, MI


Cody Anderson

Undergraduate: 
BA in Biology/Physiology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
Originally from the UP, interested in training near home, and the faculty at the UP campus were very helpful and welcoming. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Skiing, biking

Hometown:
Gladstone, MI



Luke Cayemberg

Undergraduate: 
BS in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psych, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I choose the UP Campus because I wanted to be closer to family. I also like being able to get out of town and enjoy outdoors that the UP has to offer. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Mountain Biking, Hiking, Snowboarding 

Hometown:
Norway, MI 


Shawn Chapman

Undergraduate: 
BS in Biology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus?
I chose the UP campus in order to learn medicine among the underserved populations of rural America. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Pedal bikes, snow sports, exploring scientific boundaries, testing physical limits, eating awesome food, surviving. 

Hometown:
Brighton MI



Dusty Collins

Undergraduate: 
BS in Political Science, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
After years of facing multiple injuries while playing the game of hockey I realized that I had a deep interest in the mechanics of the human body. Those interests, along with my experience volunteering in hospice care and children’s bereavement reaffirmed my passion for helping others and made medicine an obvious choice for what I want to do in life. The UP campus is the perfect place for me.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
I enjoy playing and coaching hockey, traveling, reading, being on the lake, spending time with my wife, Samantha and our son Rowan, and hanging out with family and friends.

Hometown:
Gilbert, Arizona


Alex Dinello

Undergraduate: 
BS in Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I chose this campus because I can see myself practicing in a rural area in the future. I also think wilderness medicine is really cool! 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
kayaking, basketball, longboarding 

Hometown:
Fenton, MI


Andrea Kubicki

Undergraduate: 
BS in Medical Lab Science, Minor in French, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
First of all, I love the UP!  I also was excited to learn in a setting with lots of patient interaction, opportunities to learn directly from doctors and residents, and the challenge of providing healthcare to a mainly rural population.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Mountain biking, running, camping, sailing, skiing, ballet, violin

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, IL


Emilia Mattioli

Undergraduate: 
BS in Chemistry, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI



Chelsea Meloche

Undergraduate:
BA in Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus?
I was interested in how medicine works in a rural population including how a physician may need to change their role to address the different needs of such communities. I wanted to explore how a smaller community would influence the involvement of physicians outside of their medical role. I've been curious in how various procedural aspects differ from urban practices.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
I love to enjoy the outdoors during all seasons--downhill skiing, water skiing, boating, volleyball, softball, hiking...really anything active. 

Hometown:
Grand Haven, MI


Caitlin (Polakowski) Payne

Undergraduate:
BA in Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus?
I am from Houghton, here in the Upper Peninsula – I love the area, the people, and my family & fiancé are here.  The opportunity to get to know the attending physicians and work one-on-one is a unique and unbeatable experience.  Being close with my colleagues is important to me and having such a small class up here enables that.  And lastly, the humbleness of the physicians and staff here makes it an overall lovely place to be.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
I enjoy singing and playing the guitar, doing “girly” things like painting my nails and decorating my house. I like to be outside and on the water, whether it be sailing or just idling in the lake.  I have a dog that’s more like a child, so of course I love taking care of/being with her.

Hometown:
Houghton, MI


Kirsten Salmela

Undergraduate:
BA in Comparative Cultures & Politics, Music Therapy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Why UP Campus?
The UP is home! I love the opportunities to work closely with patients and physicians, being back on Lake Superior, the proximity to outdoor activities, and being able to spend time with my family.

Hobbies/Interests: 
Yoga, traveling, hiking, anything outdoors

Hometown:
Marquette, MI


Isaac Smith

Undergraduate:
BS in Biomedical Sciences, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus?
I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP campus because I love the UP! I want to live and practice, in the future, in the Yoop! It is a unique program (in my opinion, unparalleled) that really fits my personality and interests perfectly.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter (and our smelly Basset Hound). We love getting outside and enjoying this beautiful place that we are privileged to call home. I love to hike, fish, rock climb, mountain bike, and ice climb (Who am I kidding? I'm in med school and have a baby!!). I enjoy cooking and staying up late to try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. I enjoy sitting on my front porch reading a good book. Lastly, my final interests are egg rolls from Rice Paddy. Life is great up here! :)

Hometown:
Rushville, Indiana


Valerie Taglione

Undergraduate: 
BS in Medical Laboratory Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I am from the UP and wanted to come back to a rural area to learn my clinical skills. This will hopefully prepare me well to serve in a rural area when I become a physician. 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Rollerblading, reading, hiking

Hometown:
Houghton, MI


Briana Calderon

Undergraduate: 
BS in Biology, BS in Biochemistry, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
What really excites me about the UP campus is the intimate and hands-on learning environment. The times I have learned best have been in situations where I have to step to the plate because there is no one else to. Having one-on-one instruction will really push me to take ownership of, and master the knowledge and skills expected of us, for myself. I am also excited about the variety and diversity of clinical experiences and communities that are offered on this campus and can’t wait to experience more of the UP. Besides, who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautiful place!

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Travel, Fixing/Building things, Gardening, Riding (motorcycle), Painting

Hometown:
Spokane, WA


Sophia Garfinkel

Undergraduate: 
BA in Neuropsychology, The College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I chose the UP Campus because of the opportunities for hands on 1-1 experience with physicians and the chance to assist directly with procedures and surgeries. I also chose Marquette because it sounded like a great place to live and study!

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Traveling, soccer, Crossfit, movies

Hometown:
West Bloomfield, MI


Mary Hamati

Undergraduate: 
BS in Anthropology and Arab American, Persian, Turkish and Islamic studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
Bree Zehnder convinced me it would be fun.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Hiking, yoga, jigsaw puzzles, board games

Hometown:
Spring Lake, MI


Riley Johnson

Undergraduate: 
BA in Biology and International Studies, Hastings College, Hastings Nebraska

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I chose this campus for the community, my love of nature and the UP., and to gain rural experiences that other med students are not afforded.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Hiking, yoga, snuggling my dogs Mango & Mika, drinking hot tea and traveling the world

Hometown:
Salida, CO


John Parent

Undergraduate: 
Biology/Physiology major, minor in Chemistry, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I wanted to provide care in my hometown and I love Marquette.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Fishing

Hometown:
Marquette, MI


Danielle Schepperley

Undergraduate: 
BS in Neuroscience, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I love nature and outdoor activities which will be great to enjoy in my free time. Also love the extra hands on experience in a rural environment.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Running, volleyball, hanging out with my dog

Hometown:
Livonia, MI


Ken Seid

Undergraduate: 
BS Nursing, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I grew up in the UP and want to provide my children the same opportunity.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Time with family, fishing, outdoor activities

Hometown:
Ontanagon, MI


Elizabeth Tuma

Undergraduate: 
BA in Public Policy, Albion College, Albion Michigan
MPH in Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I chose the UP campus because Marquette is home and my favorite place. I also want to practice in the UP and felt doing my clerkships in the community would be a good transition.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Running, mountain biking, watching Parks & Rec

Hometown:
Marquette, MI


Max Waldrup

Undergraduate: 
BS in Biology, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
The reason I chose to attend MSU College of Human Medicine and specifically the UP Campus boils down to my love for the outdoors. When I was originally researching med schools in undergrad, I discovered the "Compass" program and knew that I wanted to attend MSU College of Human Medicine and apply to the Rural Physician Program. The UP location and the "Compass" program, allow me to satisfy my passion for the outdoors while pursuing my professional goals.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Hunting, fishing, backpacking

Hometown:
Dexter, MI


Breanna Zehnder

Undergraduate: 
BS in Biochemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Why I chose MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus? 
I chose the UP campus for the “Compass” program and a chance to explore/learn in a beautiful city with breathtaking landscapes. I was also drawn to the learning opportunity to first-assist with preceptors.

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Trail running, snowboarding, yoga and tennis

Hometown:
Salt Lake City, UT