GME Programs \\\Sunrise Health \\\ Meet Our Residents Click on photos below to learn more about our residents! PGY-3 x Roya Mahana, DO Hometown: Denver, CO Undergraduate: University of Colorado Medical School: Western University COMP - NW Clinical Interest: EMS, Trauma, Pediatrics Personal Interest: Traveling. Camping. Engaging in good conversation with friends. Architecture. Watching UFC fights and Broncos games. Spending time with my husband, son, and two dogs. Why Sunrise EM? Faculty are enthusiastic and engaged. You cannot beat the pathology in Las Vegas. The MALCEM curriculum is great preparation for both the boards and real-world medicine. PGY-2 x Matthew Cadelago, DO Hometown: San Francisco, CA Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles Medical School: Touro University Nevada Personal Interest: Crossfit. Rugby. Yoga. Eating good food. Discovering new music. NPR podcasts. First person shooter video games. Why Sunrise Health? The faculty is very supportive and always willing to teach. The nurses and staff are consistenly helpful. Vegas has something for everyone. x Ryan Doucette, DO Hometown: Vancouver, WA Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Interest: Community Emergency Medicine, EMS, Wilderness medicine, Ultrasound Personal Interest: Anything to do with the ocean, surfing, body surfing, sailing (strange interest in the middle of the desert I know), golfing, hot yoga/pilates/kettlebell, triathlons mountain biking, BBQs, cooking on my Traeger, my wife my family and my dog, eating good food and going to the great shows offered here! Fun Fact: I worked as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska for 3 years before medical school. Why Sunrise Health? Both my wife (a neonatal PA) and myself went to school here in Las Vegas and really wanted to be able to stay here for residency/work. Getting to know the hospitals, faculty and staff during medical school rotations only solidified that. I like that the didactic curriculum is based on current literature and discussions rather than textbooks and rote memorization, and I really love the fact that I get to be a part of shaping and participating in a new and developing program. To me that means that if something works well it gets reinforced and continues to be part of our education, if it is not working those things can be changed and the faculty is very open to input. That is not something I saw at many programs. Also I think the chance to train in two different community-based hospitals with very different patient populations is a very unique experience and all of the clinical and core faculty are very excited to share their diverse knowledge with us. x Grant Gerhard, DO Hometown: Columbus, OH Medical School: Rocky Vista University Clinical Interest: POCUS, Trauma, Undifferentiated shock Personal Interest: Spending time with my wife and family, rock climbing, car camping, and international travel. Fun Fact: This video by Department of Interior got over 150K views on Facebook. Go to 2:30 for some cheesy, loving moments between my wife and I. Why Sunrise Health? I didn't want to get trained in residency as a "consultologist," where the specialist is consulted for presentation to the ED and specialist resident is always on call and eager to come to the ED to 'take' EM procedures and patients out of our hands, be it a dislocated elbow or floating a pacer wire. I always wanted to practice in the community ED setting. Sunrise EM has ample sick patients that are managed by the EM attendings and EM residents. The MVH ER is fortunate to have good vibes. The nurses, techs, and attendings all treat each other with respect and are generally nice all hours of the day. x J. Scott Houghton, DO, MS Hometown: Boulder, CO Undergraduate: UC Irvine Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences Clinical Interest: Wilderness medicine, EMS (I was an EMT), and sports medicine Personal Interest: Spending time with my wife and daughter. Camping, hiking, BBQing, and anything outdoors are some of my favorite pastimes. Then of course football (Go Broncos!) - #diehardfan Fun Fact: I used to cook for a living at a seafood restaurant and even considered a career abroad in the culinary field. Why Sunrise EM? There is a huge need for new residency programs in the west, including EM. It’s exciting to be a part of a new program and help lead the expansion into a big city like Las Vegas. The faculty here are amazing. Everyone is so energized and eager to teach. I also get a chance to experience EM at multiple hospitals. MountainView is a big community hospital with high acuity. Sunrise Hospital is a level 2 trauma center near the Las Vegas strip, so you experience a whole different population of patients. The exposure to different pathology and interesting cases is immense. I couldn’t be happier to be part of this amazing group of people! x Alexandra Lewis, DO Hometown: Santa Fe, NM Undergraduate: Colorado College Medical School: Touro University Nevada Clinical Interest: A bit broad right now, but residency is all about honing down interests, right? Toxicology, EMS, critical care Personal Interest: We have a lab (Hershey) and a pittie (Izzie) and two kitties and our world revolves around them. Anything that will get us outside- we love to hike, ski, boat, and snowshoe. Also slightly obsessed with Orangetheory Fitness. Vegas is great for food, we have been working our way through my giant Yelp list of bookmarked restaurants. Traveling is also important- I can’t go longer than about 6 months from the last trip until I’m planning the next trip. Lately we’ve done a few trips to SE Asia, next on the list is Greece at the end of intern year! Fun Fact: My first job was as a ski instructor at 14 years old. Why Sunrise Health? I rotated here as a 4th year medical student and fell in love with the faculty and staff. It is a unique thing to find a residency where you love all your co-residents, every faculty member is devoted to teaching, nursing staff are eager to help you learn and there is a diverse patient population to learn from. Our curriculum is also different from your standard half day snore-fest-- we all come prepared with articles beforehand and engage in active discussion. Our SIM labs have also been extremely helpful at preparing us for our intern year. There is a lot to do in Vegas- plenty of hiking, water sports, 24/7 food, and fascinating people watching. x Hayden Maag, DO Hometown: Warrensburg, MO Undergraduate: Minnesota State Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University Clinical Interest: Trauma, cardiology, EMS Personal Interest: Hockey, football (Go Packers!), reading and traveling. Fun fact: I was a Zamboni driver in Undergrad. Why Sunrise Health? Las Vegas is a great place to live and I love the people here. We have a great group of residents, faculty and staff that make work fun every day. x Darryl McFarland, MD, MS Hometown: Sykesville, MD Undergraduate: McDaniel College Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine Clinical Interest: Toxicology, Ultrasound, and Wilderness Medicine Personal Interest: Music, concerts (at this point I’ve lost count, but I’ve attended 50+), sports (Go Broncos, Orioles and Washington Caps!), collecting eclectic art, reading, traveling, fishing and cooking Fun Fact: In college, I went on a European trip called “In Search of Dracula” where we followed the movements of the characters in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. We never found Dracula, but had a bloody-good time along the way. x Jonathan Ni, DO Hometown: San Marino, CA Undergraduate: Occidental College Medical School: Touro University Nevada Clinical Interest: POCUS, critical care Personal Interest: CSGO, R6 Siege, Overwatch, Anime, and trying to lift more so I can eat more. Fun Fact: I won 1st place in my undergrad's biology department chili cook-off Why Sunrise Health? The attendings, nurses, and staff are super friendly and fun to work with. Dr. Allswede is the smartest person I know and he is fully committed to teaching residents. Every time I’m on shift with him I learn a ton and he’s able to make even the hardest of concepts easy to understand. The rest of the attendings are amazing as well. I heard intern year is supposed to be the hardest and roughest year of medical training but I’m having so much fun at this program PGY-1 x Theddy Blanc, DO Hometown: North Miami Beach, FL Undergraduate: University of Central Florida Medical School: Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel Collge of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Interest: Ultrasound, critical care Personal Interest: Kickboxing, weightlifting, hiking, comic books Fun Fact: I was part of a hip hop dance team in college. Why Sunrise Health? This program had the most amazing, inclusive and friendliest set of people I've ever met in a hospital. x Bhavik Kanzaria, DO Hometown: Danville, CA Undergraduate: University of California Santa Barbara Medical School: Touro University Nevada Clinical Interest: Wilderness medicine, ultrasound, EMS Personal Interest: I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three cats. I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors, whether I'm running, hiking or camping. My most-frequented National Park is Yosemite, and I have also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Whitney. I love to travel! Some of my recent international destinations include St. Lucia, Europe, New Zealand, and India. You can usually find me with my camera in hand as I am into photography and videography. I have been a long-distance runner for over a decade. I ran track & field and cross country competitively in high school and at UCSB. I still try to lace up and compete in local races when I can. I love watching sport, in particular the NBA and NFL. I'm a lifelong Warriors and Niners fan. Why Sunrise Health? After visiting Sunrise Health, I knew that I would be happiest at this program. Above anything else, the people are what makes this program amazing. The faculty, residents, coordinators, nurses and techs went above and beyond to make my visit both fun and educational. Even if I wasn't paired with a certain attending or resident on a certain shift they would sitll come and grab me to teach and show me interesting cases. Our academic days follow a format that makes it easy to pay attention and really pushes you to understand the topics of the day. The energy and enthusiasm that I felt from this program to make us the best doctors we could become really solidified my desire to be a part of this residency. Being able to spend time in two different EDs and see different patient populations allow us to figure out what kind of setting we would like to work in. Las Vegas is a growing city with tons of great food, plenty of beautiful outdoor activities, and great pathology- there's always something to do. x Patrick Kernan, DO Hometown: San Antonio, TX Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center Personal Interest: Golf, hiking, snowboarding, retro video games x Chris Lee, DO Hometown: Phoenix, AZ Undergraduate: UC San Diego Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Interest: Ultrasound, stroke, toxicology Personal Interest: Everything NBA and Lakers. All things food and cooking- restaurants, Yelp, celebrity chefs, shows, BBQ. Running, road trips, reading. Exploring new locales, cuisines, and cultures with my wife and 9-year-old son. Why Sunrise Health? Dr. Allswede has a palpable passion for developing and teaching future EM physicians and I wanted to train under his leadership. The resident interview dinner was fun and laid back, and the residents themselves are engaging and eager to teach. Wellness is very important here, and the city of Las Vegas is the perfect place to apply and practice that principle! x Obadha Sairafe, MD Hometown: Long Beach, CA Undergraduate: University of California Irvine Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University Clinical Interest: Trauma, U/S, EMS, cardiology, wilderness medicine Personal Interest: Weightlifting, westling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, traveling with my wife, watching UFC, and everything outdoor. Why Sunrise Health? The people at the program were smart, respectful and happy. I clicked with the residents who have an amazing relationship with eachother. Dr. Allswede has passion for teaching and developing great physicians. I felt that Dr. Dunagan and I share similar outlooks and perspective in medicine and life. Program Coordinator, Stephanie, was a respectful and fun person. x Jacob Schwab, DO Hometown: Farmington, UT Undergraduate: Brigham Young University Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Interest: Ultrasound, sepsis, concussion/TBI/cardiac emergencies, sports injuries Personal Interest: Family, outdoors, food Why Sunrise Health? The leadership, curriculum and culture of the program. x Nicholas Timmerwilke, MD Hometown: Buffalo, MO Undergraduate: University of Arkansas Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine Clinical Interest: Underserved population, ultrasound, critical care Personal Interest: Sports (Arkansas Razorbacks, STL Cardinals, STL Blues, LA Rams, KC Chiefs), Fantasy Football, reading, board games and video games, spending time with family and friends. Why Sunrise Health? The people were fantastic. Everyone was incredibly kind and welcoming, and I knew I would be happy to work with them to serve this community. x Dana Vowels, DO Hometown: Houston, TX Undergraduate: University of Houston Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Interest: Internal medicine, wilderness medicine, and medical education. Personal Interest: I have hobby ADD. I like just about anything except sitting in the house watching Netflix (it's okay sometimes). Some include traveling, hiking, snowboarding, woodworking, trying every bar and restaurant in town, running (because of the previous), and did I mention traveling?! Oh, and hanging out with my dog Stella, because she's the best... seriously. Fun Fact: I once waited on Katt Williams! Why Sunrise Health? The whole program radiated the idea that students/residents learn better if they are healthy and happy, and I got a good feeling that they really live by it. Of ourse, it met my predetermined qualifiers of patient volume, location, and a great education structure, but then I went into the pre-interview dinner and interview, and I really felt a connection with the people here. They were my type of people and I knew it would be a great place to train. Now that I'm here, I can confirm it was not a facade. The program is close knit and puts a lot of effort into the small things that make it really incredible. Plus, Las Vegas!