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.

Program Administration


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



Ryan Brang, MD

Associate Program 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


Rachel Bush, BS
Residency Coordinator
Rachel.Bush@mghs.org

Education:
BS, Business Administration, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
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 tennis, 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. 

Hometown:
Trenary, MI


Program Faculty


Katrina (Katie) Brang, MD

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



Meredith Buck, MD

Undergraduate Degree:
Bachelor of Science in Spanish, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical School:
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Residency:
Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency, Eau Claire, WI

Board Certification:
Family Medicine

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
I am honored to return to my UP community and help train the next generation of awesome family physicians!

Professional Interests:
Broad spectrum family medicine, obstetrics, office procedures, Global Health

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing basketball, outdoor activities including biking, skiing, hiking, and kayaking 

Hometown:
Gwinn, MI



Dexter Clark, DO

Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Physics, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

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

Residency:
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI

Board Certification:
Family Medicine

Certificates:
ACLS, PALS, Neonatal Resuscitation, ATLS, ALSO

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program?
Even in my past career as a paramedic, I enjoyed my role as a classroom and clinical instructor thus teaching seemed a natural fit for me. I am grateful to work with the same people who shaped me as a clinician in passing that knowledge and experience to the next generation of physicians. My family and I are delighted to continue to live and work in the Upper Peninsula community we consider home.

Professional Interests:
Osteopathic manipulation, office and inpatient procedures, wilderness medicine

Hobbies/Interests outside of work?
Spending time with my wife and 6 children, getting outdoors, photography, plinking – whether that be on the piano or target practice, fishing or hunting when I have the opportunity.  

Hometown:
Skandia, MI



Suzanne (Suzi) Clarke, MD 

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



Lisa Long, MD 

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



Tyson Luoma, DO 
Director of Osteopathic Education

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


Thomas Massie, MD 

Undergraduate Degree:  
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts in History 

Medical School:  
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 

Residency:  
Marquette Family Medicine Residency, Marquette, MI 

Board Certification:  
Family Medicine 

Why I teach at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program? 
There were many incredible people who made a big impression on my education, and it is an honor to potentially be in that role for someone else. Many graduates of this program, myself included, have stayed to practice in the UP and so this is a great opportunity to be a part of improving the quality and access to healthcare for local residents.

Professional Interests:  
Hospital Medicine, Critical Care, Healthcare Policy 

Hobbies/Interests outside of work? 
Spending time with my wife Emily and daughters Nina and Sylvia, getting deep into the woods to hike/fish/hunt/ski, music, books, history, general curiosity.    

Hometown:  
Ishpeming, MI



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
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


Designated Institutional Official


Stuart K. Johnson, DO
Designated Institutional Official, UP Health System - Marquette
 

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


Community Preceptor

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

 

Residency Support Staff

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: (906) 449-1120