Meet the Residents

2019 - 2020 Genesys Surgery Residents

PGY1 Residents

Nicholas Fitzpatrick 

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado 

Undergraduate: University of Central Florida 

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Interests: Working out, hiking, reading, movies, videogames, audiobooks, yoga 

Why Genesys: The program has very supportive attendings that cover a wide variety of surgical specialties. The program coordinator, staff and residents are all enthusiastic and encouraging. During my audition I saw residents at all levels in this program operate with autonomy and confidence. They were constantly challenged to bring their best to the table and as their capabilities grew new levels of expectations were implemented to constantly challenge them to be the best surgeon they could be.  The senior residents’ skill level, autonomy and confidence showed me they were ready to pursue fellowships or to go right into practice. Fellowship placements showed me competitiveness and wide variety of opportunities this program provides. 

 

Jacob Schaub

Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Working out, rock climbing, hiking, tournament paintball

Why Genesys: Extensive case volume and early operative experience in a community hospital environment. The level of skill and confidence demonstrated by the senior residents was unmatched by any other program I auditioned at. The attendings are supportive and hands on, while also providing a remarkable level of autonomy. Program graduates are well prepared to go straight into practice or match into competitive fellowships.

 

Kaitlyn Stevens

I grew up in the small town of Elsie, Michigan, in the middle of a cornfield, where there are more cows than people. I’m the middle of five, 2 brothers on either side. As you can imagine, I was raised on baseball, basketball, and football. It’s here where I acquired a passion for athletics, friendly competition, and overall health fitness. I later became a competitive gymnast who converted to springboard diving, while also running cross-country and track & field (sprints/relays, hurdles, long jump & high jump). During my undergraduate at Central Michigan University, I participated in multiple study abroads (Denmark, Sweden, Bermuda), including a medical mission trip to Belize. My love for travel, international adventure, and providing for underserved communities with minimal access to quality health care ignited across these experiences, and has since lead me across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Germany, Italy, the Bahamas, and also 2 more mission trips while at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, to El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to incorporate this passion for servicing underprivileged communities into future practice. 

 

When I’m not in the OR, I enjoy scuba diving, marine science, water sports, outdoor adventure, traveling, personal fitness, mountain-biking, football!, playing musical instruments, cooking/baking, family time, photography, and snuggling my doggos. My movie genre of choice is comedy! 

 

Why I love Genesys: The early operative exposure, autonomy, medical/clinical confidence, and technical skill for each year of respective training is second-to-none. The attendings are enthusiastic, engaged, and active in resident learning, while promoting autonomy,

independent decision making, confidence in patient management - both medically and procedurally, and instilling critical thinking skills. The pure volume and diversity of cases, in addition to the aforementioned, will ensure I graduate an exceptionally competent, technically-sound general surgeon who can start practicing confidently immediately out of training, yet will also provide the foundation needed to pursue fellowship as a competitive, able applicant.

 

 

PGY2 Residents

Breda Knott

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Undergraduate: Mercyhurst University

Medical School: A.T. Still University - KCOM

Interests: Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, traveling, and spending time with my fur-niece, Palmer, an English Bulldog

Why Genesys: Residents are consistently challenged with autonomy, early operative experience, and high case volume.

 

 

 

Holland Korbitz

I am from Omaha, Nebraska, the oldest and type A-est of four siblings. I went to Baylor for undergrad and then worked in a lab in Dallas for a year doing DNA paternity testing on panties, combs, and toothbrushes (among other responsibilities). From there I moved to the picturesque town of Dothan, Alabama to attend the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. In Dothan I enjoyed running in the one wooded park area, trips to Sam’s Club for frozen yogurt, and studying in the lobby of a Hampton Inn (the only place open past 6pm). I am excited to be back in the Midwest and look forward to exploring the hiking, camping, beaches, and breweries of Pure Michigan.

 

 

Daniel Rivera

Hometown: Winter Springs, Florida

Undergraduate: Old Dominion University

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - VA

Interests: Working out/running, Joe Rogan podcast, fantasy football, anything outdoors

Why Genesys: At the end of my 5 years of residency I want to feel comfortable practicing on my own. Of all the programs I visited and interviewed Genesys is the one I was most confident would get me there. The residents hold each other accountable, and the attendings grant exceptional autonomy while still being hands on with your training.

 

 

Shelby Zaremba

I am born and raised in southeast Michigan and have a younger sister who lives in California.  I went to Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI for undergrad where I got 2 degrees in biomedical laboratory sciences and human biology.  I stayed in East Lansing and went to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.  During my time at MSU, I went on 7 study abroad trips to Brazil, Turkey, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic all focused on delivering medical care for the underprivileged and underserved. I hope to be able to integrate international medicine into my future practice in some form or another. In my free time I enjoy traveling, working out, being outdoors, playing with my puppy, and hanging out with family and friends.

 

 

PGY3 Residents

Anna Buzadzhi

I was born in the former Soviet Union, and immigrated to Oklahoma with my family when I was five years old, as the youngest of five children. I went to college at a small regional school, Northeastern State University, while working at the hospital taking care of surgical patients- where I first fell in love with surgery. I went to medical school at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I moved to Michigan for residency because during the interview and rotation process, I knew that this program had the type of training I desired in a surgical residency- challenging, and with a high volume of patient care and operative experience that would make me a better surgeon. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, working out, hanging out with friends, and FaceTiming my family and nieces and nephews. 

 

 

   

Thien Ho

Hometown: Seaside, CA

Colleges: Chico State University, B.Sc./ University of Maryland-UC, MSc.

Military Service: Army, Honorably Discharged Jan 2017

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences

Interests: Running, Boxing, Skiing/Snowboarding, and being a hopeless golfer

Why Genesys: Coming from a long and dedicated career in the military, I can genuinely say that this program holds its residents to the highest of standards by placing us in an intense environment where vigilant attention to detail is of critical importance. With that said, the residents here have earned more autonomy in both the clinical and surgical setting than any other program that I have witnessed. I can confidently say that at the end of my training here at Genesys, I will be a very skilled and competent General Surgeon ready to begin practicing on my own.

 

 

Eric Morrison

Hometown: Chelsea, Oklahoma

Undergraduate: University of Arkansas

Graduate School: Colorado State University

Medical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Camping and hiking, traveling and spending time with my wife, Beth.

Reason I came to Genesys: Unmatched operative experience in a community hospital setting with supportive faculty, and the assurance that I will be a competent general surgeon who is ready to practice at the completion of residency.

 

 

Andrea Parsons

Hometown: Buffalo, Minnesota

Undergraduate: College of Saint Benedict

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Mountain biking, road trips, camping, playing guitar, Star Wars, spending time with my family and friends

Reason I came to Genesys:  Early operative experience as a junior resident on a busy surgical service. Hard to beat the operative case load. Community hospital with interesting pathology. The list of previously matched fellowships is impressive.

 

PGY4 Residents

Adam Howell

I'm from Cross Lanes, West Virginia.  I attended West Virginia University where I received a B.S. in Biology.  I attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.  My hobbies include snowboarding, travelling, going out with friends, and videogames.

 

 

Jordan Maxwell

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana

Undergraduate: Purdue University

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Travelling, Binge-watching Netflix, Harry Potter and Vampires

Reason I came to Genesys: Good case volume, Autonomy, In OR early, Able to obtain competitive fellowships

 

 

Megan McKenna

Hometown- Longmont, Colorado

High School- Silver Creek

College- Colorado State University; Bachelors in Biological Science with a minor in Biomedical Science

Medical School- Rocky Vista University in Parker, Colorado

Interests: Anything in the mountains- Trail riding, hiking, fishing, skiing. Rodeo and equine activities. Traveling. Shooting sports. Medicine abroad.

Why I chose Genesys General Surgery Program: Extensive case load and operative experience- Residents begin operating and performing cases within their first year of residency. The clinical knowledge and operative skills of the senior residents was above and beyond many programs I auditioned at. I wanted to attend a residency that emphasized the moto: "learn by doing" which is exactly what we do.

 

 

Addison Roberts

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma

Medical School: A.T. Still University - KCOM

I’m a die-hard OU Football fan and I hate the color orange of any shade unless the OKC Thunder logo is on it. I really enjoy any physical activity outdoors especially running and playing soccer. Reading Mystery/Thrillers and Non-Fiction is what I do when it rains. The rest of my time is spent with my newborn baby boy, wife, and 2 chocolate labs. 

The reason I chose Genesys was because the seniors that left the year I auditioned were the best out of the places I rotated at. They all matched into their preferred fellowships, which holds true every year. The ability to make clinical decisions on my own was a big driver for me coming here. I’m always 1-on-1 with an attending and I would absolutely choose Genesys again if I had to do it all over. 

 

 

PGY5 Residents

Alfred Austin

Hometown: Clare, MI

Undergraduate: Central Michigan University

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Travelling, spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, hunting, kayaking, water skiing.

Reason I came to Genesys: Autonomy, early operative experience, vast variety and volume of cases, supportive attendings to help residents be fully prepared and confident to enter practice after residency as well as ability to pursue competitive fellowships if desired.

 

Jessica Groton

Hometown: Port Charlotte, FL
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton, FL
Interests: Running, SCUBA diving, gardening, travel, hiking, rock climbing, any outdoor activity, and home improvement projects.
Reason I came to Genesys: Easily approachable attendings that would be great mentors, the Chiefs could operate independently, historically has a great fellowship match, numerous surgical cases with a focus on bread & butter surgery and vascular surgery, lots of resident autonomy in and out of the operating room.

 

  

Kelly Tunder

Hometown: Grafton, WI

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Running, traveling internationally, hiking national parks and cooking  

Reason I came to Genesys: Early and extensive operative time, broad-based program encompassing bread and butter general surgery, trauma and vascular surgery, challenging and accepting learning environment, and graduating as a well-trained general surgeon.