Name: Chelsea Drissell, PGY-3 and co-chief
Medical School: University of Missouri
Undergrad: University of Missouri
Hometown: Williamsville, Illinois
Hobbies/passions: When I’m not working, I am usually hanging out with my husband Jeff, our dog Winston, and our friends and family. I love golfing, cheering on the St. Louis Blues and Mizzou Tigers, going on walks, and trying new local restaurants!
Why Family Medicine: I chose Family Medicine because I love the variety it provides in my work day – from newborns to elderly, and joint injections to depression counseling. My favorite “classic family medicine” story was seeing a new patient for a toenail removal, then I saw her for a pregnancy confirmation visit 2 weeks later and ended up being her prenatal care provider!
Post-residency plans: I plan to stay in the St. Louis area and practice outpatient medicine with a focus on Weight Management and Preventive Care.
Name: Amanda Schumacher, PGY-3 and co-chief
Medical School: A.T. Still University, KCOM
Undergrad: Rockhurst University, Kansas City
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Hobbies/Passions: I’m a big fan of puzzles and enjoy cheering on the Cardinals and Blues as well as my Huskers and Vikings! In addition, I embrace every chance I can get to spend time with my family and friends, savor time outside with walking and running, and appreciate exploring new patios and coffee shops around STL
Why Family Medicine: I chose family medicine because I cherish building relationships with patients, appreciate the combination of acute and chronic disease management, and love promoting wellness and disease prevention through preventive medicine.
Post-Residency Plans: I hope to work in an outpatient clinic; although I have yet to decide where, I will likely end up in Omaha or St. Louis.
Name: Vanessa Murillo, PGY-3
Medical School: Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio
Undergrad: Texas Woman's University
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Hobbies/Passions: I love watching movies and ID shows with my husband after a long day or busy week. A growing passion (and potential addiction) of mine is searching for treasures and thingamajigs at antique stores, the clearance aisles of Target and even Facebook Marketplace. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling when the opportunity arises. We recently welcomed our puppy Lola this new year and have been adjusting to her love of shoes, continuous shedding, and energetic spirit.
Why Family Medicine: I chose family medicine because I love the depth, breadth, and variety that comes with being a practicing Family Medicine Physician. I really enjoy meeting with my patients and helping them strive for and achieve healthier lifestyles both mentally and physically.
Post-Residency Plans: I'm a "military hostage" as they call it. My husband is a third yr family medicine resident as well and we will see where we get stationed early next year. Wish us luck!
Name: Kris Pullam, PGY-3
Medical School: St. Louis University
Undergrad: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Hometown: ??? "The Midwest"
Hobbies/Passions: My lovely fiance and I are avid board game fans. Before medicine, in another life, I was a pretty dedicated fiction writer. Dogs take up the other half of my time.
Why Family Medicine: You can be part of the stories of patients' lives as they grow and develop (for the better of course). I've had many patients whose lives I've helped and who have taught me much through my work with them.
Post-Residency Plans: Sticking around town, trying to see what this St. Louis thing is all about. Working that outpatient life; taking care of young to old.
Name: Larry Rudolf, PGY-3
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Rockhurst University, Kansas City MO
Hometown: St. Louis (Oakville)
Hobbies/Passions: Seeing live music, playing guitar, hanging out with my wife, dog, and family, and homebrewing wine and beer
Why Family Medicine: I grew up being exposed to medicine as a long term patient, and I really connected with the continuity and long term relationship you can develop with your doctor. I really decided in my 3rd year of medical school that Family Medicine was my best fit specialty while on my Family Medicine clerkship, seeing the variety of ages and issues that Family Doctors have expertise managing.
Post-Residency Plans: I am excited to be practicing in a Mercy Primary Care Clinic in Festus, MO, affiliated with Mercy Jefferson Hospital.
Name: Kevin Sidhu, PGY-3
Medical School: Touro University-CA
Undergrad: University Of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
Hometown: Lodi, CA
Hobbies/Passions: Spending time with all my loved ones and enjoying the outdoors by hiking, jogging, and snowboarding.
Why Family Medicine: Because Family Medicine allows me to practice a broad scope of medicine while having meaningful relationships with patients.
Post-Residency Plans: Considering opportunities in urgent care and rural emergency.
Name: Chelsea Daniels, PGY-2
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-2
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-2
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-2
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-2
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-2
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.
Name: Catherine Baker, PGY-1
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-1
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-1
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-1
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-1
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-1
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!