Meet the Residents

2018 - 2019 Genesys Surgery Residents

PGY1 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.

 

PGY2 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.

 

PGY3 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. 

 

 

PGY4 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

I am from Port Charlotte, FL and went to University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL for my undergraduate degree in Molecular and Microbiology. After working and doing clinical research, I went to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL. I am interested in general, vascular and minimally invasive surgery. I am strongly considering a fellowship. I enjoy running, gardening, SCUBA diving, any outdoor activity, and home improvement projects.

 

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.

 

PGY5 Residents

Jacob Frisbie

Hometown: Mendon, Michigan

Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University

Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, Golf, Basketball, Fantasy Football, Spending time with my wife and family

Reason I came to Genesys: Operative experience, Operative autonomy, Reputation, camaraderie between residents and attending's  

Future Plans: Matched in Vascular Surgery Fellowship Spectrum Health Grand Rapids Michigan beginning in 2019

 

 

David Kang

Hi!  My name is David Kang.  I've lived in Michigan most my life and am from a family of 3 boys.  All of us took drastically different career paths- my older brother is a police officer, my younger brother is a sushi chef, and I am a surgeon.  Before entering medical school, I had a wide range of jobs ranging from Thai chef to dog walker.  I also was an amateur athlete in my past life.  

My favorite surgical cases are the laparoscopic splenectomy and robotic nissen fundoplication.  Coincidentally, after finishing residency I will be doing a minimally invasive surgery fellowship.  My passions are surgical/technological innovations and medical student education.  On my time off I like to workout, play guitar, and binge watch Netflix. 

 

Anthony Tabatabai

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Undergraduate: University of Nebraska

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

Interests: Nebraska Football & Basketball, Kansas City Chiefs, and traveling and spending time with my wife Angela. 

Reason I came to Genesys: Excellent operative experience, autonomy, a community program with high case volume and acuity, an opportunity to become a well-rounded general surgeon and the support to pursue and obtain competitive fellowships.