Third Year Residents
Hi, my name is Mike Giffen and I was born and raised in South Bend, IN. I attended Valparaiso University for undergrad and studied biochemistry and mathematics. Afterwards, I studied physiology for a year at IU School of Medicine. I then continued on to Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, where I got to be in the inaugural class of Indiana's newest medical school.
Fort Wayne Medical Education Program offers great training opportunities. I was looking for a community based program that was unopposed and was close to home and to Indianapolis. Fort Wayne fit all the criteria and more. The program has greatly impressed me from the start. I am excited to join this great group of physicians.
In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and our two cats, and our families and friends. I enjoy running and cycling, being outdoors, cooking, and watching movies. I am excited to explore Fort Wayne and discover all it has to offer!
Hi, I'm A.J., the family man! I was born and raised in rural Utah. I am the 9th of 12 children, which makes family gatherings quite eventful! My upbringing fostered my love for family, rural communities, music, playing sports, serving others, academia, religion, and dance. Some fun hobbies I enjoy are singing, playing piano, playing any sport, clogging, breakdancing, unicycling and reading.
After high school I served a 2 year mission for the LDS church to the Netherlands and Belgium where I was able to serve, teach, and fellowship people in the Dutch-speaking community. Upon returning from my mission, I pursued a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. In my 3 short years at BYU I met and married my wonderful wife, Carrie--we met while playing ultimate frisbee. She also has a great love for family and we decided to start expanding our own right after we were married. In the past 7 years of marriage we have moved 8 times and are excited to add Fort Wayne as our 9th. We now have 3, soon to be 4, outrageously fun and adventurous children whom we love and with whom we cherish every moment.
While anticipating graduation with my bachelor's in psychology it dawned on me that my desire to become a therapist related heavily to psychiatry. This, along with some personal experiences with the medical field, led me to change my graduate studies path to medicine. During medical school at Des Moines University I quickly discovered that my greater passion lies within serving rural communities and practicing a wide scope of family practice. Intense research for the perfect residency program resulted in Fort Wayne Family Medicine Education Program, and I'm so grateful to be here! It has every high ranking this aspiring rural doc and family man could wish for.
When I'm not working, you can easily find me playing outside with the children, wrestling my son, soothing a baby (and coincidentally myself) to sleep, or reading "Go Dog, Go!" and "Goodnight Moon" for the 1,000,000th time. And I love every second of it!
I am a southern born, midwestern raised person of faith who is excited about serving the greater Fort Wayne Area in the discipline of medicine and beyond. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Arkansas and Missouri before finally spending my middle and high school years in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a child of the 90's and early 2000's, lines and theme music from Doug, Hey Arnold, Toy Story, Lion King, and Home Alone (1 and 2) frequently swirl in my head.
My love of the weather narrowed down my choices for college to University of Oklahoma and University of Wisconsin. I chose to stay closer to home and attended University of Wisconsin and graduated with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (yes I have been storm chasing). During my undergraduate work, I spent a lot of time ministering at my church through music and helping mentor youth.
The draw to medicine has been there since high school, but my path toward being a family physician has had a few unexpected turns. Once my life was focused on being what I was designed to be, things quickly began to fall into place and I was accepted into Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. The blessing of studying at Wayne State was seeing how different culture impacts health status and how health status impacts culture in both a positive and negative sense. Each patient is a not just a lesson in physiology and pathophysiology, but also a lesson in culture and life as a whole. This awareness of the interplay between board room and blood pressure, kitchen and clinic, the streets and the surgeon's table is what I hope to bring.
Outside of medicine and ministry, my interests are unique to the least. I am huge fan of the NBA (San Antonio Spurs Fan) and the NFL (Green Bay Packers). In college football, my dad and I support University of Michigan. Observing wild and amazing weather will always be a past-time for me. If you see a weather radar on a computer screen and I am in the vicinity, I was definitely using that
Hi, my name is Allen Maertin and I am from Southeast Michigan. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and spent my 3rd year working in one of the poorest counties in the country, where I fell in love with rural Family Medicine.
After spending a month in Fort Wayne while doing an audition rotation, I instantly knew that this was where I wanted to do my residency training. The program had everything I was looking for: procedures, strong inpatient training, a superb outpatient clinic, and a program that was unopposed. The residents and faculty made me feel welcomed, respected and a part of their family. Most importantly after showing my wife the city and introducing her to some of the residents and faculty, she was sold too. We are so excited to be living in Fort Wayne and honored to be a part of FWMEP.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jen and son Jaxon. I enjoy outdoor activities and all sports, especially ultimate frisbee, soccer, and basketball. I love hanging out with friends, playing board games, and all things Michigan football.
Hello! My name is Kelly Mullen. I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I also did my undergraduate studies in Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University. After working in a lab for a biotech company for two years, I moved out to Indianapolis to attend medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I have family in the Warsaw, Indiana area which made the transition to Midwest life easy.
I chose FWMEP because of my desire to train in broad spectrum family medicine and because of the wonderful faculty, residents and supportive learning environment. Within family medicine I am especially interested in women's health, preventative care and osteopathic manipulative treatment.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband of six years and our two cats, Hobbes and Watson. I also enjoy running, travelling, board games and trying new foods. We are so excited to explore Fort Wayne and to be part of the FWMEP community!
Hello! My name is Ian Reed, and I grew up in a small town in northwest Indiana called Kentland (population 1800). I attended South Newton High School where I enjoyed participating in sports: football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf. Following high school, I attended Manchester College (currently Manchester University), a small division III liberal arts school in northeast Indiana, where I continued playing football for four years. I graduated summa cum laude from Manchester with a major in Biology-Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. I received my professional degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in northeast Missouri. My third and fourth years of medical school were spent in Peoria, Illinois. I am so excited and proud to be home in Indiana attending the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program!
I married my high school sweetheart, Kayla, before leaving for medical school. She is an amazing wife, friend, and mother. We had our son, Everett, in the summer of 2016. I am thrilled that Fort Wayne will be the place that my family and I call home!
The Fort Wayne Family Medicine Residency was an easy choice for me. Being dually-accredited, it enables me to continue my medical and osteopathic training in a city that I had become so familiar with during my undergraduate days at Manchester. The Fort Wayne Medical Education Program also allows me to train with great doctors in three outstanding hospital systems.
In my free time, my wife and I enjoy going out to the movies and going for long walks with our son. We love spending time with family, and watching our son grow and learn. Personally, I enjoy golfing, card games, and watching NBA games (I am a dedicated Lebron James fan).
Hi everyone! My name is Kim Schelb and I am so excited to be coming to Fort Wayne for my next 3 years! I was born and raised in Marion, Ohio and then ventured to Springfield, Ohio for undergrad where I majored in Biology/Chemistry at Wittenberg University. I attended Ross University for medical school, where I traveled to the beautiful island of Dominica and then did my clinical training in downtown Los Angeles.
FWMEP was a very easy choice for me. I wanted an unopposed program to maximize my opportunities as a family doctor and the faculty truly convinced me that they would do everything they could to get me the best experience. But what sealed the deal for me was, hands down, the residents. Everyone along the interview trail was very nice but the residents here in Fort Wayne were the only people I really felt that I would want to hang out with outside of work. I wanted a place that would feel like home and Fort Wayne was it.
Outside of medicine, my activities are weather-dependent. I love to travel. Few things beat a long cross-country road trip and exploring nature. I've also played basketball and tennis for years. However, when the weather is a little rough, I turn into an old soul and would rather put on a pot of tea or coffee and curl up inside with my dog and a good book.
Hi! My name is Christy Tatara, and I was born in Park Ridge, IL and raised in Fort Wayne. I attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN and majored in Biology and Spanish. Throughout undergrad I volunteered as a Spanish translator for free clinics in Indiana and abroad. It was in these small clinics that I found my passion for and my desire to pursue a career in the medical field! I then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and am excited to return home!
During my third year of medical school, I had the opportunity to rotate with a Fort Wayne family medicine graduate. That rotation not only solidified my decision to go into family medicine, but showed me what a high quality family physician looks like and peaked my interest in the program. Fort Wayne's program exemplifies the practice of family medicine through the quality of its faculty and residents, broad scope practice, and various opportunities because it is an unopposed residency program in a large hospital system. I am very honored and excited to be a part of this program. My particular interests include global medicine, women's health, and addiction medicine.
During my time at Butler, I met my husband, Joost, who is from the Netherlands. After meeting Joost, I became interested in learning (rather trying to learn) Dutch, traveling throughout Europe, and buying my first pair of wooden clogs! My other interests include cooking, running races, yoga, festivals, concerts… and of course cheering on the Butler Bulldogs!
Hello there, Fort Wayne! What an honor it is to complete my medical training here! I was born and raised in Indiana, and am excited to join the wonderful health care systems of our great state. For my undergraduate education, I attended Purdue University (Boiler up!) where I majored in Public Health and obtained minors in both psychology and sociology. While there, I had the opportunity to study some of the suspected elemental ties to Parkinson's disease and leukemia, as well as human characteristics that can lead to intimate partner violence. For medical school, I attended Marian University as a part of their inaugural class. I completed my two years of clinical rotations here in Fort Wayne.
My husband, Gavin, and I met at Purdue and are excited for the new adventures to come. We have a dog (Delilah), cat (Theodore), and rabbit (Dusty); and they are all the most spoiled animals in the world. My hobbies/passions include: playing with the pets, theater, singing, hiking, volleyball, gardening, art, OMT, preventative health, cooking, playing board games, and going to the lakes.
It is one of my goals to empower patients with knowledge that will ultimately allow them to make healthy choices and maintain a positive state of well-being. FWMEP is a strong, unopposed, dually- accredited program that will allow me to hone my surgical and procedural skill while inundating me with the education to provide quality medical treatments for my patients. The strong networks of physicians in Fort Wayne and diverse patient community have been invaluable to learn from, and I can't wait to continue my relationship with them. It truly is good to be here!
Hello, my name is Brenda Vazquez and I grew up in La Puente, California. I went to UCLA where I majored in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minored in Spanish. I then decided to get a master's degree in Biology at California State University, Los Angeles. Then I had a short career working as a clinical analyst where I made meta-analyses for medical companies on various subjects such as diabetes, glaucoma, and bariatric surgery. I then went to medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.
I decided to go to Fort Wayne because I was looking for a program that prepared me to be a highly qualified physician, but also looked at the future and prepared me for the upcoming challenges in primary care such as mental health, geriatrics, and health management. Seeing that the program had a strong curriculum and electives I was excited when I got an interview. At my interview I felt that he residents knew each other very well, and were very supportive of each other; a nurturing and supportive learning environment was exactly what I was looking for!
During my free time I enjoy cooking, yoga, audio books, and watching movies. I am a very big fan of hiking, and I love planning trips to different national parks so I can do so. As far as sports, I really enjoy going to live baseball games in the summer, following college football in the fall, and March Madness in the spring.
Hi! I'm Matthew, and I am thrilled to be in Fort Wayne! As a native Hoosier, I grew up in LaPorte, Ind. Cross-country and track took me to the University of Indianapolis, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Biology and Kinesiology. More importantly, though, that's where I met my beautiful wife, Michelle! She is also from Indiana, as she grew up in the bustling metropolis of Shipshewana, just an hour outside Fort Wayne.
Medicine was always my goal. I attended Ross University on the beautiful island of Dominica where I developed a strong desire to serve the underserved. From Dominica, I finished my clinical training in Miami and Detroit. I decided on family medicine, as I want to return to rural communities of Indiana and serve every type of patient from pediatric to geriatric.
Fort Wayne was the perfect fit! I began researching programs at the beginning of my medical school career and found FWMEP. I never looked back. From the tailored curriculum, to the supportive staff, it couldn't be a more perfect fit.
Outside of medicine, I still run, enjoy trying local eateries, and cheering on college football (Go Irish!) However, the highlight of my days is anything shared with my family – my wife and two boys!
Hello, my name is Andy Wieging. I come from Delphos, a small town about an hour east of Fort Wayne in Ohio. I went to the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) for my undergraduate education, majoring in Pre-Med and Classical Greek. While at Notre Dame, I played the baritone in several university bands, including the Marching Band. Upon graduating, I attended St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, doing my clinical rotations in the Atlantic Health System in northern New Jersey.
My goal is to have a full-spectrum practice, and the advanced training which FWMEP offers is exactly what I want. The fit with the faculty and residents also helped to solidify my desire to do residency here. Being back in the Midwest, away from the hustle and bustle of New Jersey is a great bonus!
In my spare time, I like going camping, rafting, and hiking, having completed a decent amount of the Appalachian Trail. As a voracious reader, I enjoy reading books of all genres and periods from Herodotus to Tolkien. But mostly, I enjoy getting together with friends, whether that be for a bonfire, board games (especially Risk), or card games (euchre is the game of choice).
Second Year Residents
Hello! My name is Rene Alonzo. I was born in Orange, California but Midwestern raised in South Bend, Indiana, my 2 younger brothers and parents still living in South Bend. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH!) majoring in Pre-Med. After completing my B.S. I worked as an office assistant, Medical Interpreter, and Community Health Worker in Diabetes education, before deciding to attend Ross University School of Medicine on the island of Dominica. While in Dominica I had the opportunity to meet my wonderful fiancée, Madeline. My clinical clerkships were for the most part completed in Chicago at Saint Anthony’s Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.
For me, FWMEP was an easy top choice. It is an unopposed, dually accredited program, that would allow me to maximize my opportunities to best serve my community and provide full-spectrum care. But best of all, Fort Wayne has a wonderful group of residents, faculty, and staff that right away made me feel at home. Which is why I am honored to be part of the team. My particular interests include rural medicine and addiction medicine.
Outside of medicine I enjoy working out at the gym, hiking, camping, cooking, grilling, sitting by a nice bonfire on fall nights, and watching college football. With my fiancée, Madeline, we have a playful rivalry as to who is the better cook at home. Together we both enjoy touring our community and getting to know local bakeries, restaurants, and activities.
Hello! My name is Brian and I am from the south side of Indianapolis. I went to Indiana University for college, where I majored in neuroscience and minored in Spanish and Italian. I then went to Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where I developed a passion for family medicine. I enjoy building relationships with patients and feel that family medicine provides an excellent way for me to work alongside my patients.
I wanted a residency program that would equip me to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural setting. Fort Wayne Medical Education Program fit that perfectly and had wonderful and welcoming residents and staff. On top of that, I get to stay in my home state of Indiana!
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Brittany, and our two dogs. I also enjoy playing strategy board games, gardening, cooking (mainly by making things from scratch), playing tennis (albeit very poorly), hiking, playing piano, and anything related to Star Wars.
Hello! My name is Kyle Davidson and I’m a Fort Wayne native. I grew up on the northwest side of town and graduated from Carroll High School in 2010, received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014, and achieved my Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Marian University in 2018. I chose Fort Wayne as my place of residency because of the strength of the program. I was looking for a program that could provide the aspects of training I wanted while also challenging me to be the best physician I can be. FWMEP was the perfect fit.
In college I was involved in research, physics club, and a sketch comedy group called Friday Night Live of which I was the Director for two years. At Marian University I started a comedy show for the medical students called Second Year Show, which aims to be a laughter filled celebration for entering clinical rotations.
I wouldn’t be anything without my wife Cari and my son Cash. Cari and I met in high school show choir (please do not ask me to sing, or especially, dance) and our son was born in August of 2017. She is a Realtor in town, and he is busy being the cutest baby you’ll ever meet (I’m quite biased). I love spending time with them and our two dogs, Millie and Ralph.
I enjoy being up at the lake house, playing board games, keeping up with the latest Netflix show, and spending time with family and friends. I am a very creative person, and I have a passion for bringing joy to the lives of others. I am proud to be serving the people of Fort Wayne.
Hello! My name is Drake Everson, and I am from Fort Wayne. I spent my first two years of undergraduate education at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois before graduating from Indiana University with a degree in chemistry. After my time at IU, I worked for a year in the healthcare field as a technician, which was a fantastic experience that solidified my desire to pursue a career in medicine. I then attended Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine where I was able to train here in Fort Wayne during my third and fourth year.
I chose Fort Wayne Medical Education Program for a variety of reasons. There are many opportunities for learning and growth with the program being unopposed. The residency provides flexibility in learning different procedures and techniques that allow physicians to treat a wide variety of patients. The most important thing that stood out to me, however, was the people. The residents, faculty, and staff at FWMEP are all extremely kind and helpful. I could tell that they deeply care about their patients along with developing brilliant, well-rounded physicians. I am also extremely excited to work and take care of patients in the great city of Fort Wayne!
Outside of medicine, I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy exercising at the YMCA, playing tennis and basketball, and rooting for the Indiana Hoosiers! I also enjoy watching Game of Thrones and The Office as much as possible!
Hi! My name is Nick Fox and I am beyond excited to join FWMEP to continue my medical education. I grew up in Brownsburg, IN, a west suburb of Indianapolis. For undergraduate education I attended Indiana University, where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry and Psychology. I then attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences where I earned my degrees in Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Bioethics. I completed my clinical rotations in West Palm Beach, FL. I loved the beaches and warm weather, but missed my family in the Midwest.
I enjoy all aspects of medicine and I am passionate about preventative and palliative care which made Family Medicine an easy choice. I choose FWMEP because was looking for a community based, unopposed program that was close to family and could provide the training needed to accomplish my professional goals.
In my free time I enjoy hiking, swimming, and watching Indiana Basketball. My hobbies include fish-keeping and woodworking. Most of all I love spending time with my family, my fiancé, Justin, and our two dogs, Banks and Charlie.
Hi! My name is Danielle Kemp. I was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica and moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of 12. The city soon became home for me and I later earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brooklyn College, a city school only a short bus ride away. From there, I went on to attend Tulane University School of Medicine in the uniquely colorful city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Attracted by the prospect of practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine, the FWMEP stood out as an opportunity to learn just that. I look forward to spending the next few years with the incredible staff, faculty, and residents at FWMEP!
Between graduating from undergraduate and beginning medical school at Tulane University, I joined the US Army Reserves and met and married my amazing husband. We now have a wonderful, beautiful daughter together and are excited to be in Fort Wayne, close to family and friends.
Outside of medicine, my interests include knitting, crochet, and most recently, photography. But perhaps most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. We’re both very excited to start this new chapter in Fort Wayne, Indiana!
Hello! I am a lifelong Hoosier with an immense level of state pride! I was born in Indianapolis and raised in Fort Wayne. At Saint Mary’s College, I majored in Biology with a Cellular/Molecular concentration and minored in Chemistry and Math. Upon graduating from college, I moved to Indianapolis to study medicine at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While at Marian, I started my school’s chapter of the Catholic Medical Association and have been an enthusiastic member ever since! During my fourth year of medical school, I completed training at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE to become a Creighton Model NaProTechnology Medical Consultant.
There are many reasons why I chose to come to FWMEP! Two of my mentors graduated from this program, and I aspire to become an excellent physician like them. My audition rotation at Fort Wayne allowed me to meet everyone and see that the program would be a great fit. Some of my interests in medicine include obstetrics, medical ethics, pediatrics, natural family planning, infectious disease, and mental health, and I know that I will be able to develop proficiency in my interests while training here. After residency, I plan on joining an established private practice.
In my free time, I take pleasure in spending time outdoors hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and slalom waterskiing. Traveling, spending time with friends and family, telling my grandpa’s jokes, and reading for my book clubs are other enjoyments of mine. I am a classic rock enthusiast, and I try to attend as many concerts as possible, especially since classic rockers are going extinct. Some of my favorite concerts I’ve gone to include, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and the Eagles. Rock on!
Hello, my name is Brian LaMar and I am excited to be coming to Fort Wayne! I was born in California and grew up mainly in Missouri. I then moved to Nevada where I received my Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. I attended Ross University for medical school where I completed my first 2 years on the island of Dominica and then completed my clinical training in Brooklyn, NY.
I chose FWMEP because I immediately felt welcomed by all of the residents and faculty during my first visit. That feeling, paired with the opportunity to train in a full-spectrum family medicine program with a lot of exposure to obstetrics and procedures really sold me on the program and I am excited to be joining FWMEP!
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, playing tennis, and spending time with my dog.
Hi, my name is Allie Madigan and I’m so excited to be working in Fort Wayne. I’m a Midwest native at heart, hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin. After high school I completed my undergraduate degrees at The University at Buffalo: a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a BA in Classics with an emphasis in Mediterranean Archaeology.
My time spent in college working as an EMT and shadowing other physicians helped me find my true calling in medicine and led me to medical school at St. George’s University. While at St. George’s I was able to experience an amazing culture and group of people on the island of Grenada. From there I spent two years doing clinical rotations at various hospitals in Brooklyn, NY.
I was drawn to Fort Wayne due to both the amazing program and a wonderful midwestern community that reminded me of home. Fort Wayne blew me away from the beginning with the dedication of the program’s staff and faculty to providing so many academic opportunities while fostering such a fantastic learning environment. Some of my interests in family medicine include: Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Global Health, Women’s Health and Preventative Medicine.
In my free time I enjoy singing, playing guitar, dancing and yoga. I’m also an avid reader and love curling up with a good novel and doing a bit of my own writing on the side.
Hello hello! I’m Becki Mason and I’m so excited to be joining FMWEP! I was born and raised in Fishers, Indiana by two very enthusiastic Hoosiers. I followed in their footsteps and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I majored in biology and minored in Spanish, chemistry, and psychology. While at IU, I participated in a couple of medical trips abroad to Ghana and Honduras – solidifying my desire to work in medicine. I then attended the IU School of Medicine and have spent all four years of my medical school career here in Fort Wayne!
After doing many rotations here in Fort Wayne, I knew that the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program was where I wanted to train. The unopposed nature of the program and broad learning opportunities coupled with the wonderful residents and supportive faculty made the decision easy for me. In addition, the medical community in this area is incredible and the amount of services and support provided to patients is outstanding. It’s a system I’m very honored to get to learn from! I have special interest in adolescent health, global and refugee health, and working in underserved areas.
Outside of work, I enjoy watching movies (thank you to the creator of MoviePass!), traveling domestically and abroad, and spending time with friends! I’m lucky enough to have friends living all over the world and try to visit at least one of them every year. I also love exploring new things to do in and around town! While I don’t currently have any human children, I am the proud mother of 4 furry children – 2 dogs and 2 cats – and we spend a lot of time out at the dog park!
Hello! My name is Colin Ray. I’m a lifelong Hoosier and grew up in Carmel, a northern suburb of Indianapolis. Many of my summers were spent with family in the Ft. Wayne and New Castle areas. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and attended Indiana University for medical school.
I chose FWMEP because of the variety of educational opportunities for residents. The unopposed program, full spectrum and procedural training, and diverse patient population in the state’s second-largest city are unmatched by other programs.
Some of my hobbies outside of medicine include playing strategy board games, guitar, listening to vinyl records, and woodworking.
Hi! My name is Clem Wegman, but I go by John (my middle name) just to confuse everyone. I am a Midwesterner through and through, born in Cincinnati. I attended the Ohio State University for my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. During my time there, I was able to explore my interests in both academic research and clinical medicine. I was greatly drawn to the personal connections that clinical work entailed and decided to remain at Ohio State for my medical education.
My road to family medicine was certainly not a direct path, as I had interests in psychiatry, internal medicine, and even surgery during medical school. While the factors that drew me to family medicine are too numerous to list, its comprehensive and compassionate care delivered in a personalized manner is what sold me the most. I was ecstatic to discover Ft. Wayne, as an unopposed community program in the Midwest that embodies these ideals. The flexibility of training options, from practice management education to advanced obstetrical skills, was another huge plus to me. Finally, I felt connected with both the residents and faculty during my interview day and second look. Ft. Wayne just really felt like home, and I am so excited to be joining the program!
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing, reading, and beer brewing, as well as spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to exploring all the recreational opportunities that Ft. Wayne has to offer.
First Year Residents
Hi! My name is Katya Afonina and I was born in Moscow, Russia. At the age of ten my mom and I relocated to Michigan and the mid-west has been my home ever since. I attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI where I majored in Psychology and minored in Russian. Before beginning medical school, I worked in a cardiothoracic ICU; that experience solidified my desire to continue in my medical education. My search for a medical school took me down south, where I attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus. As much as I enjoyed long autumns and mild winters, I missed the snow. So I am ecstatic to return to the mid-west, where the seasons make my heart sing with joy, despite their occasional temperamental outbursts!
FWMEP was an easy top choice for me. This was my very first interview and no one else was ever able to measure up. This program is unopposed, dually accredited, located in the mid-west, and filled with truly wonderful people, who are welcoming, knowledgeable, and excited to teach! I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this amazing team. My specific interests include OMT, addiction medicine, and pain management.
Outside of medicine I am a proud parent of a cat, a leopard gecko, and possibly too many house plants. I enjoy yoga, knitting, crocheting, audiobooks (especially Harry Potter), brewing kombucha, ice skating, and cross-country skiing.
Hi! My name is Stephanie and I am excited to be coming to Fort Wayne. I am originally from Marion, Indiana, but I grew up visiting Fort Wayne a lot because the majority of my family lives here. I moved to Indianapolis where I completed my BS in Biology from IUPUI. I then continued my education at IUPUI and received an MS in Biology, with a research focus on polycystic kidney disease. Afterwards, I continued my exciting research with IU School of Medicine and IUPUI School of Biology, but it was during this time I decided medicine was the path for me. I attended Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine and it was during my time in medical school, especially rotations where I developed a love for family medicine and all it has to offer.
I enjoy all aspects of family medicine, but I am especially passionate about women’s health. I choose chose FWMEP because it offers the opportunity to be trained in full-spectrum family medicine, with lots of exposure to obstetrics. But more importantly, I felt welcomed here from my month I spent on an audition rotation to (for) my interview. It was such a supportive and caring environment with lots of academic opportunities.
During my time at IUPUI, I met my husband Josh, and we were married during my first year of medical school. We then welcomed our daughter, Elena, in December of 2016. I love spending time with my family, and watching our daughter grow into a beautiful little girl.
In my free time, I enjoy working out, volunteering at animal shelters, being outside, playing tennis and spending time with my friends. However, I enjoy the most, spending my time with my family, taking my daughter to dance and swim classes, going the park, walking our dog, Maya, and playing with our two cats. With my family by my side, I am looking forward to enjoying and working my next three years here in Fort Wayne.
Hello! My name is Rachel Habegger. I grew up on a chicken farm near Bluffton, Indiana. I went to high school at Southern Wells and commuted to college at IPFW (now PFW). There I earned dual degrees in Biology and History where I focused on Eastern Europe. After college, I attended Indiana University Medical School. I studied at the Fort Wayne campus for almost all of my training.
It was during my third year of medical school that I encountered the residents at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. I was so impressed that I decided that this was where I wanted to spend my residency years. I am excited to continue to serve my community.
Outside of medicine I enjoy hiking, knitting, reading and spending time with my son and three dogs.
Hi everyone! My name is Colton Johnson and I am a proud Hoosier and a Fort Wayne native, born at Parkview and initially growing up in my small town of ‘Busco., Turtle Town, USA, and then Sweetser, IN. For undergrad, I went to IPFW, as well as moving down to New Orleans to do a couple semesters at the University of New Orleans, receiving my bachelors in Biology and Psychology. From there I went on to Saba University School of Medicine and now I’m back and as excited as ever to begin my practice where my story began.
The FWMEP program has an incredible reputation. I have met several of the Residents and the staff and have been very impressed. I am looking forward to gaining experience and additional education and am hoping to establish life-long friends, as well as colleagues. I appreciate how the program helps the community and there is no place I’d rather further my training. It is wonderful to be back in a city with so much life and growth as Fort Wayne and I truly look forward to becoming a part of this “happening” environment.
While I certainly feel blessed to be able to pursue a career in medicine, I also have many passions outside of the hospital and clinic. I enjoy spending time with my great family and friends, as well as spending as much time outdoors as I can. I love scuba diving, although, since that is sort of tough to do in Indiana, I have morphed my love into sitting on the lake or hiking through the woods, connecting with nature. When my competitive mind strikes, I also very much enjoy being terrible at golf.
I truly value the opportunity to establish relationships with my patients, be back in this superb city, and to work with a tremendous group of human beings in this program.
Hello! My name is Crystal Kalogris, I am a Fort Wayne native and North Side grad. I attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY for my first two years of undergraduate education, before transferring to Marian University in Indianapolis, IN, to achieve my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I completed my Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, with a majority of my training in the Indy area. After many years away, I am grateful to be back in Fort Wayne!
My first experience with FWMEP was before I attended medical school and I immediately recognized FWMEP as a remarkable program with exceptional faculty, staff, and residents. After returning to rotate as a student, I was certain FWMEP would provide challenging unopposed training with a supportive environment and OMM opportunities. I am thankful to join FWMEP to continue developing into a competent, compassionate, and collaborative physician.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my 7 year old lab/boxer mix, volunteering with local animal shelters, and practicing yoga. Integrating recreational cycling is a new intention, as I stopped cycling competitively in medical school. For 17 years I competed as an amateur, professional, and collegiate cyclist in the cycling disciplines of BMX racing, Dual Slalom, and Downhill mountain biking. As an avid grocery shopper and whole food home cook, I love enhancing my knowledge about food, nutrients, and healthy recipes.
Southern Indiana born and raised, I’m excited to be heading to the other end of the state for my residency training! I grew up in rural Spencer county and attended the University of Southern Indiana for my undergraduate degree in Biology. I then attended Indiana University School of Medicine, spending all four years at the Evansville campus. I met my now husband, an entrepreneur and greater Fort Wayne area native, during medical school.
The FWMEP was my top choice due to their opportunities to learn full spectrum care in an unopposed education environment. Learning everything it takes to provide full spectrum care in a 3-year family medicine residency is challenging – but Fort Wayne has not only the rotations available to do so, but recent graduates currently practicing in that style. I am deeply passionate about caring for and uplifting vulnerable women and children, I have been involved with organizations supporting women and their children who are in domestic violence situations since my freshmen year of undergraduate. Full spectrum training is important to me so that I can provide the best healthcare possible to families in need, particularly those from rural areas like my home town.
Outside of work, I am definitely a nerd and cat lady (4 cats!). My husband and I spend a lot of our free time playing board games, video games, and working to build his business, which is an online hobby store. We even dabble some in streaming video games on Twitch. I also love to cook and garden.
Howdy! I’m happy to be back in the Fort to continue my medical education at FWMEP. I was born and raised here and am excited to call Fort Wayne home again. I attended the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate education, where I majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Theology. After undergrad, I attended Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis for my medical education. At IU, I founded IU’s student section of the Catholic Medical Association, and was also involved in planning many wellness activities for my classmates including organizing and participating in our many intramural sports teams.
I have many interests in family medicine, including sports medicine, obstetrics, and medical ethics, and I quickly learned during my interview day that Fort Wayne provided the perfect place to explore them all in an unopposed residency setting in a city with a thriving medical community. Not only did the program receive great reviews from my older sister, but also, the people in the program really set it apart. After meeting with caring staff and many dedicated residents multiple times during interview season, I was convinced that this was the right fit for me.
In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time in the wilderness, backpacking and fly-fishing, and have visited half of our Great Nation’s National Parks. When I can’t get away for a grand adventure, I enjoy staying active by playing volleyball and soccer, weight-lifting, bike-riding, and water-skiing. When I can’t be outside, you can find me painting, baking, and watching Notre Dame Football. Go Irish!
Howdy! I’m Trina and yes that is my full first name. I grew up here in Fort Wayne going to St. Vincent’s for grade school and Dwenger for high school. I then attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana majoring in both biology and Spanish. I completed medical school at Saba University.
I am really excited about being at the FWMEP. During medical school, I fell in love with almost all of my rotations so I knew I wanted a program that was full spectrum. When I did my family medicine rotation here, I found just what I was looking for. I was impressed by the culture of learning, the eagerness of the faculty to teach, and the opportunities the residents had to do procedures. FWMEP also had the added benefit of being home.
When I have some free time, I like to spend time with friends and family, especially my niece and nephew. I also like to read, travel, go to museums, craft like I’m Martha Stewart, pretend I am good at art, and food-sploring.
Hello! My name is Chelsea McMillan. I am originally from Waukon, Iowa, a small town in the Northeast corner of the state. I attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa where I majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. After college, my journey to becoming a physician took me to Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. I remained there for my first two years of didactics and then was fortunate enough to complete my third and fourth years in Beckley, West Virginia.
I am very excited to be back in the Midwest and starting a new adventure in Indiana. The FWMEP offers strong inpatient and OB rotations as well as the opportunity to work unopposed with dedicated preceptors. Everything I was looking for and more!
Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my chocolate lab, Zeus. I am also an avid college sports fan and promise I’ll cheer for the Hoosiers…except when they play the Hawkeyes!
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Rodriguez. I grew up partially in New Jersey until I was about 13 years old, then my family and I moved to North Carolina where I spent the last several years. I attended Roanoke Chowan College and East Carolina University for undergrad to become a registered nurse. I went to medical school at Ross University School of Medicine.
Prior to deciding to attend medical school, I worked as a nurse for several years and during that time I realized I wanted to go back to school for medicine. I choose FWMEP because everyone I met have been so hospitable. The times I had the opportunity to be around the residents and faulty, they made me feel comfortable, happy, and always excited to be amongst them.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family. Activities I enjoy are white water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, karaoke, beading jewelry, and reading mystery books.
Hello! My name is Zac Slattery, and I am so excited to be in Fort Wayne for my residency training. I was born and raised just outside of Fort Wayne in Hicksville, Ohio, and I am grateful to be returning the area I call home. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and then completed my medical school education at the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky.
The Fort Wayne Medical Education Program was a perfect fit for me as I researched possible programs to attend for residency. I wanted an unopposed, community based program that would allow me to train in full scope family medicine including operative obstetrics. FWMEP allows me the opportunity to do just that! After my audition rotation here during my fourth year of medical school, I knew this was exactly where I wanted to be. The training available here at FWMEP is second to none, and I am lucky to be a part of this family.
In my spare time, I love spending time with my beautiful wife and family. I am also an avid Buckeyes and Cleveland sports fan (Things are finally looking up for the Brownies!!) and love to attend football and baseball games whenever possible. My wife and I consider ourselves lucky to be able to continue this journey here at FWMEP.
Hey there! My name is Madeline Vandecappelle and I was born and raised in a small town 30 minutes south of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2014, I graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics (Go Green!) Following graduation, I moved to the Island of Dominica to start my medical school journey at Ross University School of Medicine. Shortly after finishing my medical school rotations in Chicago I moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana with my husband.
Since living in Fort Wayne I have come to love the activities & experiences this city offers, while still maintaining a small town feel. I look forward to serving the Fort Wayne community and enhancing the patient experience through practice based medicine and relationship centered care. I am particularly interested in Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Genetic Counseling and Psychiatry. With these interests in mind FWMEP was an easy choice for me. FWMEP offered me a program that was unopposed, dually accredited and community based. Additionally, FWMEP will provide me with the educational resources tailored to my specific interests.
Outside of medicine I am an avid baker, specifically cake baking and decorating. Additional interests of mine include running, hiking, downhill skiing, reading, gardening and interior design. If you see me around Fort Wayne, you will likely find me walking my dog Ebba with my husband Rene while visiting the local cafes/bakeries.
Meet the Family Medicine Residents
Medical Students and Visitors,
Welcome to the website for the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program! We are Christy Tatara, DO and Allen Maertin, DO, the current co-chief residents. We believe that Fort Wayne is a big city with a small town feel that you are going to fall in love with!
Our residency is a "choose your own adventure", where residents have the ability to tailor their training to the scope of practice that they are most interested in, including training in operative obstetrics, colonoscopy, colposcopy, exercise treadmill tests, obstetric ultrasound, and osteopathic manipulation techniques. In support of this, we have an excellent core curriculum that supports all residents regardless of their academic aspirations.
Our support systems also include generous CME allowances, core journal subscriptions, and online access to fantastic resources including UpToDate. Because we are one of the largest unopposed dually accredited Family Medicine residencies in the country, our residents always have the first opportunity to learn.
If you are a medical student, we encourage you to review the top 5 reasons the residents chose to train at FWMEP and even come out for a sub-internship! FWMEP embodies the welcoming spirit of our lovable Midwestern city; we love it and we are certain you will too!
- Christy and Allen