Yekaterina Afonina, DO

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.

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Stephanie Flaig-Miller, DO

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. 

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Rachel Habegger, MD

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. 

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Colton Johnson, MD

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.

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Crystal Kalogris, DO

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.

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Brittany Kauffman, MD

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.

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Patrick Krach, MD

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!

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Trina Manalo, MD

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.

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Chelsea McMillan, DO

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!

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Elizabeth Rodriguez, MD

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.

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Zac Slattery, DO

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.

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Madeline Vandecappelle, MD

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.

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