Third Year Residents
Hello! I am excited to be coming back home to Fort Wayne as a part of FWMEP. I am originally from Columbus, OH and went to college at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. After graduating from college I spent time in various settings studying malaria both in the US and abroad. I completed my medical studies at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine through the Rural Physician Program spending my clinical years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) where I learned the true meaning of winter (and loved it!). Following medical school, I spent one year as a fellow with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) outside Washington D.C. working on policy and organizing for various grassroots campaigns.
I was looking for a residency program where I could train in unopposed, full-spectrum family medicine, have access to surgical OB experiences, find a friendly resident family, and be close to my own family--FWMEP has fit all those criteria and more!
In my free time, I love anything to do with nature and being outside, organizing for social justice campaigns, knitting, reading, and watching sci-fi. I am an avid Tincaps fan and have a pet axolotl named Dirk and a pet cat named Sal. I'm excited to be with FWMEP in the Midwest close to family and friends!
Hello! My name is David Furman, and I look forward to returning to my hometown of Fort Wayne for residency training. I obtained my undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where I also spent time working as an EMT. Upon completion I got married to my wonderful wife and we moved up to Appleton, Wisconsin where I worked as Campus Life administrator and Pharmacy Technician. We then returned to Indiana where I attended Ball State University for my Master's degree in Physiology. After teaching physiology and anatomy as adjunct faculty, my wife and I moved down to Spartanburg, South Carolina where I attended the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus.
Choosing to move back to Fort Wayne for my Family Medicine training was the perfect choice. I looked all over the country for a community-based, unopposed, dually accredited program and was happily surprised to find that the FWMEP was exactly what I was looking for 'in my own backyard!' I have been continuously impressed with the friendly, supportive environment that is created and know that this program will provide the continued training to hone my skills as well-rounded family physician.
Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my wife and son. We enjoy traveling, eating great food, attending local festivals and watching the Colts win!
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Hollingsworth. My friends call me Liza. I was born in Fort Wayne, lived all over the eastern half of the country, and returned to Fort Wayne to raise my family 15 years ago. I have four daughters ranging in age from 19 to 7. The oldest is currently attending Indiana University in Bloomington.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Nursing. After a short time working as an emergency room nurse, I went on to pursue my Medical Degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
In my free time I enjoy watching my daughters compete in show choir and diving. As a family, we love being outside and going to the lake, watching college football and basketball, cooking and baking. My family and I are thrilled to be able to continue calling Fort Wayne our home!
Hello, my name is Ahmad Shahid Khatri. I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and attended the University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati, and then Saba University School of Medicine on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saba.
When I came to Fort Wayne as a medical student for my Family Medicine rotation, I had no idea that the experience would change my life forever. The sense of community within the rapidly growing city, the friendliness and support from the residents, the caring attitude of the highly accomplished faculty, and the relationships I developed with the residency/medical student education personnel at FWMEP made Fort Wayne the place I wanted to train and develop as a new physician.
Otherwise, I am a tortured Cincinnati Bengals fan that has remained loyal to the team despite the yearly heartbreak. I also enjoy drawing, stand up comedy, documentaries, playing basketball, fantasy football, billiards, and almost anything outside when the weather is warm.
Hello! My name is Tim Kowaleski. I was born and raised in Michigan, in the Ann Arbor area. I attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and received my Bachelors in Psychology. After college I got accepted into Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine I attended the satellite campus in Detroit and actually never attended a class in Lansing. I lived in Livonia MI during that period of time.
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family, friends and bulldog! I also tend to watch a lot of sports, especially college football, I am a huge MSU football fan. I also watch pro football, and am an unfortunate Lions fan. My wife, my daughter and myself are very happy to be here and I consider myself lucky to be here at FWMEP.
Hello! My name is Megan Lemon, and I grew up in northwest Indiana, near Chicago (a.k.a. "the Region"). I went to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for college, where I earned B.A. degrees in biology and Spanish. I then went on to earn my M.D. degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.
After spending my first two years of medical school at the Indianapolis campus, I transferred to the Fort Wayne campus, which is where I first heard about the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. I was really impressed by the superb training offered by this program, and I am very excited to continue my training in Fort Wayne. My interests within family medicine include care for the underserved, procedures, women's health, and obstetrics. I also love working with Spanish-speaking patients.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing the piano, reading, crafts, running, spending time with family, and spending time outdoors.
Hi! My name is Anna Menze, and I am so glad to be coming home to Fort Wayne. I attended Purdue University, West Lafayette for my Bachelors where I majored in health science with a public health concentration and a biology minor. As I have a strong interest in preventative health, I continued my education at Purdue and earned my Masters of Public Health. I attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee.
When I did my sub-internship at FWMEP, I knew immediately that this is where I wanted to be! The camaraderie between residents, the diverse patient population, the unopposed program, and the opportunity to learn full spectrum care are second to none.
When I have free time, I love spending time outside, going to our family lake house on Lake Gage, spending time with family and friends, going on weekend trips, cooking and baking for family and friends, and going on spontaneous adventures.
I could not be more excited for the new adventures and opportunities that training at FWMEP will provide.
Hello! My name is Oludayo Olusanya. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria but grew up mostly in Houston, Texas. I graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a degree in Biology and went on to pursue a Master of Health Administration degree at Texas A&M University. Afterwards, I completed a Post Baccalaureate Certificate at Creighton University and worked for a year before attending Ross University for medical school.
I was initially drawn to the FWMEP because of the genuine warmth and kindness I received from the faculty, staff and residents but I also choose FWMEP because I believed I would be well-prepared to be a competent physician an a myriad of clinical settings.
Aside from medicine, I enjoy reading autobiographies, traveling, watching sci-fi and action movies, weight lifting, college football and basketball.
Hi, my name is Eric Shoemaker, and I am a proud Fort Wayne native. I grew up in the great city of Fort Wayne until I went to Butler University in Indianapolis for college. There I majored in Chemistry with a minor in Biology and Spanish. After undergrad, my goal of becoming a physician took me to the University of Pikeville- Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. I spent my first two years down in Kentucky and was able to move back to Fort Wayne for my clinical rotations in my third and fourth year of school.
It is a dream come true to be back and practicing as a new physician in my hometown. I am even more excited to be a part of FWMEP, a program that has always welcomed me and made me feel like I belonged. The opportunities FWMEP provides are incomparable; I am thrilled to be a part of a program where I can explore my interested in obstetrics, procedures, community health, and health education.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and friends. I am a huge fan of being in the outdoors, whether that includes hiking, biking, or kayaking, and exploring Fort Wayne.
Hi! I am a native of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. I've always known I wanted to do family medicine. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Mary Washington where I majored in Chemistry and played four years of varsity soccer. I then graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
I was drawn to Fort Wayne for a number of reasons. After auditioning at FWMEP, it became very evident that this program had a lot to offer. I loved that the curriculum is geared toward traditional family medicine where doctors not only have an outpatient practice, but a large inpatient and OB role as well. Another big draw was the chance to work unopposed in all rotations at three excellent hospitals in Fort Wayne. The icing on the cake was certainly the people; the residents and faculty are not only fantastic clinicians and teachers, but were welcoming, kind, and easy to work with during my audition and interview process. I'm excited and honored to be a part of the FWMEP family.
Outside of my passion for medicine, I enjoy just about any sport but especially love soccer, golf, tennis and basketball. I also enjoy bow hunting, wood working, and gardening.
Second 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).
First 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.
Meet the Family Medicine Residents
Medical Students and Visitors,
Welcome to the website for the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program! We are Anna Menze, DO and Eric Shoemaker, 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!
- Anna and Eric