Letter from the Chiefs
We are Corinne Halsted and Emily Govro, the Mercy Family Medicine Chief Residents for the 2021-2022 academic year. As Chief Residents, we function in many different capacities. In addition to our regular clinical-related duties, we also act as liaisons amongst the faculty and residents, create and share the various schedules for the year, advocate for resident wellness, plan events (both fun and medicine-related), and continually look for ways to improve our residency program. We work closely not only with our co-residents, but also with our amazing Program Director and Associate Program Director, Dr. Sarah Cole and Dr. Stefanie White, as well as with our wonderful Residency Coordinator, Bre Shelton.
In all, our residency program is comprised of 18 residents (6 from each class). Our group is dedicated to all forms of patient care and have a broad variety of interests. From women’s health to palliative care, rural medicine to emergency medicine, Mercy Family Medicine presents opportunities to refine medical skills in all areas within family medicine. Many of our residents find they are drawn to become outpatient primary care physicians after residency. However, there are also those who pursue fellowships and other positions in academia, as well as those who go on to continue practicing inpatient medicine and maternity care.
Maintaining our own health and wellness is also a top priority within MFM. It has become part of our residency culture to regularly engage in activities that keep us grounded and happy. Our residents are sure to make time every month to get together to unwind and socialize. Families are integral to our residency as well! By September 2021, there will have been no less than 7 (7!) babies born within the past 12 months to our residents, throughout all three class years.
Overall, we are a relaxed, friendly group who enjoy life together both inside and outside the hospital. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!
Emily Govro, DO
Corinne Halsted, DO
Meet the Residents
In addition to their diverse clinical interests, our residents are proud of their diverse backgrounds. Our residents hail from a variety of rural and urban areas both in and outside the United States, gifting them with different languages, religious/spiritual practices and perspectives.
Name: Peyton Bennett, PGY-1
Medical School: AT Still Kirksville College of Medicine
Undergrad: Missouri Western State University
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Hobbies/Passions: In my free time I always enjoy spending time with my family and especially my two mini schnauzers, Ellie and Reese. I also really enjoy gardening, cooking, watching movies, reading, and finding new restaurants to try.
Why Family Medicine: This field gives me the amazing opportunity every day to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, and to assist them through their medical journey. No single day is the same and gives me the chance to learn something new, whether that be from my patients or about medicine in general. I also feel that family medicine builds a strong relationship with the community based on trust and caring, which makes everyone feel supported.
Post-Residency Plans: In the future I hope to practice outpatient medicine somewhere in the Midwest with an interest in sports medicine.
Name: Rikki Koebler, PGY-1
Medical School: A. T. Still University, KCOM
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Hometown: Springfield, IL
Hobbies/passions: Day-to-day I love to cook and bake for family and friends, and enjoy seeing all kinds of live music and musicals. I love roadtripping to the mountains or the beach to hike, kayak and swim. My family is spread out all around the country so I visit them (especially my niece and nephews) whenever possible. If I have more time away, I love to travel internationally to explore new countries and cuisines.
Why Family Medicine: I grew up babysitting and valued the unique relationships I was able to create with children and their families. I love that family medicine allows me to foster similar genuine, trusting relationships with patients of all ages as I care for them and their families throughout all stages of life.
Post-residency plans: I plan to practice in an outpatient setting with a special focus on pediatrics, young women’s health and dermatologic procedures.
Name: Mafeth A. Lim, PGY-1
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, COMP-NW
Undergrad: Oregon State University
Hometown: Dumaguete City, Philippines and Hillsboro, OR
Hobbies/passions: I love dancing in all its forms, from hip hop and Latin to even just social/workout dancing. I also recently got my open water diver certification so hoping to do more dives in the future. Other things I enjoy include cooking, gardening, and spending time with family, friends, and my fur baby Leo.
Why Family Medicine: I love the diversity in pathologies and patients that you see in each day, as well as the wide range of practice options available. I also find fulfillment in forming lasting relationships with patients and their families.
Post-residency plans: Hard to say but I would love to work in an outpatient setting delivering full-scope family medicine. I also envision myself serving on various international medical mission trips and getting involved with community service that seek to bring basic health and mental health care services to people experiencing homelessness.
Name: Jason Maddox, PGY-1
Medical School: Midwestern University - Glendale
Undergrad: Saint Louis University
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies/passions: Ever since I was a kid, I have always been a huge fan of board games, gathering around a table with friends and family. Although I rarely win, I find such enjoyment in those moments! The stories told through those games and around the table have inspired me to write some of my own with aspirations to one day see them in print. Otherwise, you can find me partaking in anything from themed movie marathons to hiking and camping in places I've never been before, always seeking that next breath-taking view.
Why Family Medicine: For me, Family Medicine is what I always believed medicine to be: a patient-centered care philosophy that puts the person and their story first. My experience with Family Medicine has shown me the importance in promoting and supporting the goals of the patient while advocating on their behalf in whatever way possible.
Post-residency plans: Although I am not quite sure what my future setting will look like, I hope to continue to be a part of the community I call home, taking care of those who once took care of me. I also hope to eventually pursue further training and education in geriatric and palliative/hospice care while continuing to support the community both within and beyond medicine.
Name: Lauren Malinowski, PGY-1
Medical School: Kansas City University - Joplin
Undergrad: Wake Forest University
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies/passions: I love spending time with family and friends, especially my husband Evan and our son Wesley! I enjoy cooking plant-based meals, reading, watching movies, traveling, volunteering with my church, and walking or running in any of the great parks in St. Louis.
Why Family Medicine: Growing up, I got to see the positive impact FM doctors can have on their community by watching my mother in and out of the office. She was trained right here at Mercy and I’m excited to be following in her footsteps as I continue my training! I’m passionate about improving the health of my community through education and evidence-based medicine. I love building relationships with patients and being able to partner with them on achieving their healthcare goals.
Post-residency plans: Right now, I’m hoping to continue practicing in the area in an outpatient setting with an emphasis on prevention and lifestyle medicine.
Name: Hannah Yasin, PGY-1
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Undergrad: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Hometown: Fort Smith, AR
- Foodie/cooking (hence the running).
- Playing with my dog Zelda.
- Playing all Nintendo Zelda games (hence my dog's name).
- Being with friends and family.
- Watching scary movies.
- Dancing (belly-dancing/hip-hop dancing/hot yoga).
- Walking and listening to podcasts.
Why Family Medicine:
I chose FM for so many reasons! But I will try to be brief… I picked FM because I am passionate about the full-spectrum care of vulnerable patient populations. Being a non-traditional student who came from poverty and adversity myself, I can relate to a lot of the barriers and socioeconomic disparities my patients experience on a day-to-day basis. I feel extremely fortunate being in a program that values my background and personal experiences. With Mercy FM Residency and Family Medicine in general, I will be able to combine the compassion and empathy I learned personally with my medical knowledge in order to build rapport and provide holistic continuity care to all my patients regardless of their backgrounds. Finally, I love FM doctors are not confined to a single organ system. As they say, variety is the spice of life!
Name: Catherine Baker, PGY-2
Medical School: SIU School of Medicine
Undergrad: Quincy University
Hometown: Payson, IL
Hobbies/Passions: In my free time, I am usually spending time with my husband and our pup Gunther. I love hiking, sand volleyball, and discovering new coffee shops and brunch spots.
Why Family Medicine: I really enjoyed the variety that came with family medicine as well as the challenge that comes with the breadth of practice. During medical school, I really felt like the most good in our healthcare system happened in the family medicine clinic and I wanted to be a part of that!
Post-Residency Plans: I plan to work in an outpatient clinic back near my hometown and would like to do women's health but have also considered incorporating a weight loss clinic into my practice.
Name: Ellie Hoover, PGY-2
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: DePauw University
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
Hobbies/Passions: I love to do anything active--hiking, running, tennis, biking, driving the golf cart while my boyfriend golfs, you name it! I also enjoy crossword puzzles, true crime podcasts, and cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers. My favorite activity is spending time with my family and friends.
Why Family Medicine: I chose family medicine because I love the variety of patients I get to work with in any given day. Building relationships with patients is also important to me because it improves patient care, and it is so rewarding to see patients improve and grow throughout their lives. I also enjoy having procedures interspersed in the workday.
Post-Residency Plans: I am unsure of my exact plans at the moment, but I will likely work in an outpatient clinic.
Name: Viola Hoxha, PGY-2
Medical School: Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Undergrad: Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Hometown: Korce, Albania
Hobbies/Passions: When I am not working I like to spend time outdoors walking and hiking. I love to travel with family and friends. I enjoy discovering new places from the beach to the mountains. Traveling leaves me speechless and then it turns me into a storyteller. My husband Eri and I like to cook. We call it the art of choosing the perfect combination of ingredients and techniques to stimulate and challenge our senses.
Why Family Medicine: In Family Medicine I admire the fact that I can work with different communities. I like growing with the patients, the humane aspect of the field, and establishing everlasting bonds.
Post-Residency Plans: I plan to practice outpatient medicine with a focus on Women's Health.
Name: Megan Landis, PGY-2
Medical School: A.T. Still University, KCOM
Undergrad: Drury University - Springfield, MO
Hometown: Washington, MO
Hobbies/Passions: I usually take advantage of weekends off by exploring the St. Louis area's never-ending list of parks with a trail run, hike, or bike ride. I enjoy learning new cooking skills, especially when it comes to using my cast iron skillet or homemade bread techniques. I'm arguably a little too invested in pop culture news and love a good Netflix documentary.
Why Family Medicine: As long as I've known I wanted to become a doctor, I've seen myself as a family medicine physician. I'm passionate about serving patients from a role that emphasizes prevention and facilitates a relationship that values the patient as a whole person.
Post-Residency Plans: I hope to return to my hometown and practice full-spectrum primary care.
Name: Michele Sun, PGY-2
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Undergrad: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Hometown: Columbia, MO and Gwangju, South Korea
Hobbies/Passions: I am a homebody, a foodie, and a coffee enthusiast. I like to relax by doing a jigsaw puzzle or making small lego figurines. I love exploring new restaurants and coffee shops with friends. I also have a small but growing coffee bar at home.
Why Family Medicine: I am a strong believer in the importance of preventative care and find fulfillment in lasting patient-physician relationships. I enjoy the variety of pathologies you see as a Family Medicine physician. It’s perfect for me!
Post-Residency Plans: Ideally, I would be involved in both clinical duties as well as educating learners while working in an academic institution.
Name: Raphael Yang, PGY-2
Medical School: Creighton
Undergrad: Notre Dame
Hometown: Arcadia, California
Hobbies/Passions: Being a husband and father: I absolutely love my wife (who is an OB-GYN resident here at Mercy too!), and our daughter is due in November. We've been preparing for her and doing all the fun things like buying baby onesies and working on her nursery. Seriously can't wait to see her! Breakdancing: I got into breakdancing with my brother in high school, and it's been too much fun. From choreographing to freestyling, breaking has given me an awesome creative outlet that's both refreshing and physically challenging at the same time. If I had to pick, my favorite move has got to be the headswipe.
Why Family Medicine: I love Family Med because it's medicine that specializes in building relationship. It is a huge privilege to journey with patients for years and potentially decades. No matter the issue, you get to be in their corner and do your best to care for them every step of the way.
Post-Residency Plans: I am really interested in Academic Medicine and potentially Palliative Medicine. In terms of location, my wife and I are flexible. There is a good chance we will stay in St. Louis because it's great here, but at this point, it's hard to say!
Name: Chelsea Daniels, PGY-3
Medical School: VCOM- Auburn Campus
Undergrad: Central Methodist University
Hometown: Rogersville, MO
Hobbies/Passions: I like to spend time with my husband Johnathan, our three dogs, and my family/friends. My hobbies include plants (outside and inside), conservation, music, reading/collecting Stephen King books. I chose family medicine because I plan on living in a rural area and enjoy the diversity Family Medicine training provides me to fill in any health care gaps in my future community. My post residency plans include rural practice with a focus in geriatric care and possibly hospice and palliative medicine.
Name: Emily Govro, PGY-3
Medical School: AT Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Truman State University
Hometown: Festus, MO
Hobbies/passions: music, knitting, baking, traveling (especially to our National Parks), learning new languages, spending time with family/friends, working out, watching New Girl repeatedly
Why family medicine: I realized that I wanted to be able to treat any patient I could possibly encounter, or at least know where to start. I find there is always something new and unexpected in medicine but especially in FM. I love that it offers so many ways to practice and I find that the people in this specialty seem especially enjoyable to work with.
Post-residency plans: I would love to practice in a more rural setting closer to home. I want to see a wide variety of patients but have special interests in women’s health, adolescent medicine, and community education.
Name: Corinne Halsted, PGY-3
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Saint Louis University
Hometown: Washington, Missouri
Hobbies/Passions: I love taking long walks, hikes, and exploring new parks with my 2-year-old golden retriever, Millie. I’m also very passionate about fitness and getting a good workout in a couple of times a week. St. Louis has so many great places to run, bike, or fitness classes to try. I also enjoy the abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, sporting events, and activities St. Louis has to offer.
Why Family Medicine: My parents are both Internal medicine physicians and two of my biggest role models. For that reason I always had a significant interest in primary care, but it was not until I had the opportunity to rotate in a family medicine clinic during medical school that I realized my passion for family medicine specifically. I admired the opportunities for diversity and longitudinal relationships. There is no other specialty where you can have a newborn visit, administer a knee injection, provide weight loss counseling, and perform a well woman exam all in the same day. To me, the coolest part about family medicine is the relationships we build and the impact we make on communities.
Post-Residency Plans: I think Mercy is a fantastic organization built on strong values. I hope to continue my future outpatient practice in the St. Louis area with special interests in women’s health, obesity medicine, and working with both local and international undeserved communities.
Name: Ha Hatley, PGY-3
Medical school: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Smith College, Northampton MA
Home town: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam; Edwardsville IL
Hobbies/passions: this may sound silly to some but my top hobby and passion is God. After Him, I enjoy my family a great deal (husband and my 3 kiddos), sports (especially football), and one day, I might venture into farming (more on this later as I have no idea how this is going to pan out, lol!)
Why Family Medicine: I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love the breath of knowledge, the wide variety of interaction with patients from different age groups, and the unique opportunity to be involved in the health and wellbeing of the entire family.
Post-Residency plans: Certainly nothing fancy here! I'm just going to apply the knowledge, skills, and experience acquired from 4 years of medical school and 3 years of residency into helping people live healthier lives.
Name: Adam Reinagel, PGY-3
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Undergrad: Missouri State University
Hometown: Kelso, MO (small town in southeast Missouri)
Hobbies/Passions: When I am not working, I love spending time with my wife and three children (Lucy, Grace, and Joseph). We love bike riding, hiking, and exploring the parks in St. Charles County. My Catholic faith is also very important to me; my family and I are active members of St. Peter's Parish in St. Charles.
Why Family Medicine: I love the relational aspect of family medicine and that family med docs are given the unique opportunity to take care of 3+ generations within the same family.
Post-Residency Plans: Unsure at this time. I will likely pursue rural medicine in southeast Missouri vs academic medicine in St. Louis.
Name: Shivi Yadava, PGY-3
Medical School: Rocky Vista University
Undergrad: Truman State University
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies/Passions: I love traveling, hiking anywhere with a good view, taking walks or running, and being outside when it's not too cold. I also love cooking, baking, painting, and dancing among many other hobbies!
Why Family Medicine: Family medicine provided an opportunity to get a wide scope of training in medicine with opportunities to learn procedures and incorporate my own personal interest in integrative medicine. Growing up around my Dad and Uncle, who are both DOs, I became impressed with OMT from a young age and knew I wanted to incorporate it into my future practice. I also saw the beauty in having a practice that established long term relationships with patients ranging from newborns to geriatrics.
Post-Residency Plans: I plan to continue learning various modalities of integrative medicine such as acupuncture, functional medicine, and more while joining my Dad's practice in St. Louis.