Residents

Our Residents

Andrew Bartholomew, MD

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, Bachelor’s in Physical Science and Psychology, Interdisciplinary Minors in Bioethics and Humanities & Society.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine RestPine Rest is one of the largest stand-alone psychiatric hospitals in the nation and provides clinical opportunities for exposure to diverse presentations of a variety of psychiatric conditions.

Other InterestsStrength training and woodworking.

Clinical InterestsNeuromodulation, Adjunctive exercise in the management of psychiatric conditions.

Wesley Bos, MD

Undergraduate: Northern Michigan University, Bachelor’s in Biology.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Why I chose Pine Rest: People and location. My interview at Pine Rest was the most comfortable by far. I felt as if I was speaking with friends and everyone was supportive. I also wanted to come back to Michigan and Grand Rapids was the perfect combination of a small city with close outdoor activities.

Other interests: Exploring Grand Rapids breweries with my co-residents and friends, GR rec sports, camping, reading non-medical books!

Professional or Clinical Interests: I would love to work in the field of Hospice and Palliative Care Psychiatry, treating mental illness in communities with terminal or chronic debilitating disease, to help heal the spirit of patients and their families in the most difficult times.

Wendy Forrest, DO

Undergraduate: Purdue – Fort Wayne.

Graduate: Purdue – Indianapolis, Masters’ in Biomedical Science.

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Pine Rest was one of my first residency interviews, and it quickly became the benchmark of what I was looking for in a Psychiatry residency. I knew Pine Rest was the place for me, because as I continued down the interview trail, I found myself comparing all other programs to Pine Rest! Pine Rest is truly a one-of-a-kind integrated mental health campus. You’ll be hard-pressed to find people who are more passionate about patient advocacy and evidence-based practice than the staff at Pine Rest. As a new resident, I feel supported and valued as a member of the team and am so grateful to be learning from some of the best this field has to offer.

Other Interests: A great perk of being a resident at Pine Rest is that we have the time to enjoy life outside of work. My hobbies include traveling, live music, karaoke, eating at all the restaurants, and socializing with all the people. I also enjoy setting off the fire alarm while cooking, hiking, audiobooks, and a good horror film marathon.

Professional or Clinical Interests: I have yet to decide what area of Psychiatry I am most passionate about, but my academic interests include inpatient psychiatry, ECT, psychedelic psychiatry, and addiction.

Joshua Hales, MD

Undergraduate: University of Michigan – Dearborn, B.S. in Biochemistry, minor in Hispanic Studies.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest for many reasons; but mostly, I wanted a program which not only provided an excellent learning environment/opportunity, but also was flexible with work-life balance. This program is flexible for family schedules and is encouraging for residents to live life to the fullest.  All staff members that I have worked with have been incredibly welcoming and encouraging for my continuing education. I truly feel supported by a diverse faculty.

Other Interests: Fishing, world travel, board games, movies and shows (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek).

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Whitney Himes, DO

Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University, B.S. in Biomedical Sciences with Nutrition emphasis, Minor in Dance.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I had a great experience rotating at Pine Rest as a medical student, and I knew that I wanted to be a resident here. The faculty, staff, and residents are kind and welcoming, and provide a great environment to learn and work in. Pine Rest is also a beautiful facility in a great city!

Other Interests: Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, dancing, and exploring the Grand Rapids food scene.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Kaitlyn Hounshell, MD

Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University.

Medical School: University of Louisville.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Because the campus is absolutely beautiful – it feels like driving up to a retreat every day. I also loved how many resources Pine Rest has available as a free-standing psychiatric hospital – from a large child and adolescent unity to multiple adult inpatient units that each serve their own population. Also, the other residents were so nice and welcoming – they truly seemed to love the work they do.

Other Interests: I am an avid Netflix-watcher. I have also enjoyed trying new restaurants and hiking trails in the area. Grand Rapids is an awesome place to live!

Professional or Clinical Interests: I am just starting in my psychiatric career, but I am interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In the future, I see myself working as an outpatient CNA psychiatrist embedded into a community pediatrics clinic.

Joseph Kramkowski, MD

Undergraduate: The College of the Holy Cross, B.A.

Medical School: Rush Medical College.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest due to the wide breadth of opportunities that are all on one campus. I left my interview feeling confident that I would have a close-knit residency class, along with a program that continues to push to provide the best educational opportunities for its residents. Grand Rapids is also a great city.

Other Interests: Hockey, Golf, Surfing, Bouldering, Breweries, Mechanics.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Forensics, Application of psychedelics in psychiatry.

Research/Research Interests: Influence of Radiotherapy on Mood Disorders.

Cory Manoogian, DO – Rural Track

Undergraduate: Michigan State University; Bachelor’s in Communication.

Medical School: University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: The people all seemed really cool. The administrative staff are out of this world.

Other Interests: I like turtles, basketball, music, movies, and travelling.

Steven Mathew, DO

Undergraduate: University of Georgia, B.S. in Biology.

Graduate: University of Georgia, M.P.H.

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – GA Campus.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Pine Rest has many specialized units which I thought would be very beneficial to my training experience.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Other Interests: I like to travel and try new restaurants!

Brendan McNeilly, MD

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.S. in Biology.

Graduate: Wake Forest University, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences.

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I loved the wide variety of training and the compartmentalized units (e.g., Mother and Baby, Young Adult, personality disorders, severely and persistently mentally ill, etc.), the residents were all down-to-earth and fun to be around, and the program values education, wellness and work-life balance. Grand Rapids is the perfect-sized city for me – big enough where there’s lots to do but without the hassle of a large city. In addition, there are lots of beautiful areas to see on this side of the state.

Other Interests: Exploring hiking trails in West Michigan, playing guitar and bass, skiing.

Stephen Murata, MD – Rural Track

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology.

Graduate: Loyola University Chicago, M.A. in Medical Science.

Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I was drawn to the people, first and foremost! I was looking for a patient- and resident-centered program, with a mix of community and academic opportunities.

Other Interests: Creative writing, BMX, boxing, guitar, R-programming.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Rural Track, Child and Adolescent fellowship.

Research Interests: Psychoneuroimmunology, Suicide Biomarkers (HPA/inflammation/kynurenine pathway).

Career Goals: Principal investigator in child-adolescent psychiatry.

 

Rebecca Willis, MD

Undergraduate: Wayne State University, B.S. in Honors Nutrition.

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: The people and the campus! Every resident I interacted with had great stories from their experiences. The residents seemed happy with their work and actually able to sleep most nights. Also, the administrative staff were so helpful during the interview day and afterwards. The campus is gorgeous, nature-inspired, and lively. This was hands down the best campus that I saw during the interview trail.

Other Interests: Binge-watching any of the top ten shows on Netflix, painting, walking my staffie-mix dog Gotham or playing with my new kittens.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Bradley Demijohn, MD

Bradley Demijohn, MD

Undergraduate: Associates Degree in Nursing, Bachelor’s Degree in sciences of nursing.

Medical School: Central Michigan College of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: As a father of 4, work life balance is incredibly important. Pine Rest balances incredible education, training and wellness that I cannot imagine would be better elsewhere. Wellness matters here.

Other Interests: Christian, fitness enthusiast, sharing experiences with my wife and children.

Mark Juel, MD

Mark Juel, MD

Undergraduate: Calvin College, BFA in Music Performance.

Medical School: Wayne State University.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Pine Rest seemed to check all the boxes I was looking for in a program; solid academic training, excellent potential to match into a fellowship, good work/life balance, and a great location. I have an interest in Forensic Psychiatry and in recent years Pine Rest has had excellent success in graduates being offered positions at some of the most highly respected programs around the country. Pine Rest is also opening a Forensics Fellowship in the next year which provides more exciting opportunities here in Grand Rapids.

Other Interests: Although I’m not from Michigan, I’ve lived in the Mitten State for almost a decade now, and over half of that time has been in Grand Rapids. When I had the opportunity to return to this city I knew I had to jump on it. When I’m not at work or on call I enjoy playing music (string bass), playing indoor soccer year-round in an adult league, and alpine ski racing in the winter time. I’ve also picked up long distance running in recent years and have competed several races around Michigan including the Grand Rapids Marathon, Half Marathon and Riverbank Run 25K. This city is a great place to work and live and has something to offer for just about everybody.

Katerina Katsoulis, MD

Katerina Katsoulis, MD

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.S.

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I really felt like Pine Rest would prepare me best for attending life. I felt that I would get experience on specialized units which many psychiatric hospitals throughout the country do not have. It was an extra plus that it’s close to family, has a history of great camaraderie, and is near the beach.

Other interests: I enjoy going out to dinner with friends/ family and spending time playing rec league football and kickball with my co-residents.

Faraz Khan, MD

Faraz Khan, MD

Undergraduate: Wayne State University, B.S. in Biochemistry.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest due to the uplifting and compassionate culture evident in the residency program and patient care.

Other interests: I enjoy watching and playing basketball, cycling and spending time with family and friends.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

David Meisinger, MD

David Meisinger, MD

Undergraduate: Morningside College, Bachelor’s in Psychology; minors in biology and chemistry.

Medical School: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I felt a strong bond with the residents, was impressed by the attendings that I met, was excited by the diversity of patients that residents get to work with, and everyone seemed incredibly nice.

Other interests: I enjoy music (playing the trombone), movies and sports (soccer, football and basketball).

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Allie Munoz, MD

Alejandra Munoz, MD

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.S.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: After rotating at Pine Rest, I was impressed with the size of the hospital and how many sub-specialties I would be exposed too. Another aspect that stuck out for me, was how helpful and welcoming the support staff were! At the end of the day, it came down to feeling comfortable with the residents, the breadth of opportunities the program has to offer and the beauty and serenity of the campus!

Other interests: I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and staying active – working out, cycling, spending time outdoors, etc. I also really love traveling.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Eating Disorders.

Timothy Oja, DO

Timothy Oja, DO

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, B.S.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Large hospital, diverse faculty, affiliation with MSU, fellowship opportunities.

Other interests: I enjoy swimming, hunting, reading, playing cards, and board games.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Addiction Psychiatry.

Richelle Payea, MD

Richelle Payea, MD

Undergraduate: Ferris State University (initially interested in optometry); Bachelor’s in Biology.

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I came to Pine Rest for an away rotation (after hearing positive reviews from patients during my 3rd year med school psych rotation). During the rotation I discovered how large of a facility Pine Rest was and how many opportunities there were to work on specialty units with numerous attendings. I was also impressed by the beauty of the campus, the welcoming/approachable staff, and the breadth of support staff/case managers.

Other interests: I really enjoy traveling and the outdoors- hiking, beach days, and hammocking are my go-to’s for relaxation. To keep busy I play volleyball, golf, fish, snowboard, ice skate, and right now I’m learning to play tennis. I also like to wood whittle, rehab small furniture, and any project that involves power tools.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry!

Justin Rankin, DO

Justin Rankin, DO

Undergraduate: University of Tulsa, Bachelor’s in Biology/Pre-Med.

Medical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I thoroughly enjoyed my interview here. Everyone was extremely kind to my wife and me, and seemed genuinely happy with the program. The faculty, staff and other residents were easy to talk to and gave me honest answers to my questions. The city of Grand Rapids was a ton of fun and seems to offer plenty of interesting things to do. In summary, it felt like home.

Other interests: I enjoy rock climbing, and I am a member at a local bouldering gym here in Grand Rapids. I also enjoy hiking/camping, and I have been exploring the Huron-Manistee National Forest’s many hiking trails over the past year.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Adult Inpatient Psychiatry and ACT teams.

Kaitlyn Shirely, MD

Kaitlyn Shirely, MD

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BSPH in Nutrition.

Master’s: East Tennessee State University, MPH in Epidemiology.

Medical School: East Tennessee State University.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Pine Rest felt like a place where I would learn a lot and enjoy the process along the way. The campus is beautiful, the other residents are friendly and supportive, and there are opportunities to learn from experts in the psychiatric subspecialties.

Other interests: I enjoy trips to Lake Michigan, reading, outdoor exercise, and yoga. I do a lot of stroller walking through my neighborhood with my baby these days. We love living in Grand Rapids!

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Public Health.

Tara Gallagher, MD

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, B.S.

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest based on the camaraderie that was exhibited not only between co-residents, but also between residents and attendings, as well as between fellow attendings. I remember on my interview day at lunch I sat with residents, attendings and administration and all shared in conversation and genuinely enjoyed themselves. Now that I am here I can attest to the community that you become a part of when you join the Pine Rest residency, and I have gotten the honor of working with great attendings and other residents who I continuously learn from, but have also made amazing friends. Aside from the sense of community, some of the nicest facilities that I have seen in any hospital or any department made the choice easy as well.

Other Interests:I spend my free time with friends trying out new (or old favorite) restaurants in downtown Grand Rapids, playing in our weekly flag football and kickball leagues, or having people over to watch the latest episode of The Bachelor.

Clinical Interests:Women’s Mental Health including peri-partum mood disorders and psychosis, PMDD, and peri-menopausal mood changes.

Lindsey Gifford, DO

Undergraduate: Saginaw Valley State University, Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I did a 4th year medical school rotation here and was very pleasantly surprised by the kindness I received from other residents, attendings, staff, etc. I also really loved the facilities.

Other interests: Football, kickball, basketball, tennis, golf, concerts and events, and trying every new restaurant that pops up!

Professional or Clinical Interests: Chronic and severe mental illness.

Zachary Hommer, MD

Undergraduate: University of Maryland.

Post Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program: University of Maryland.

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Impressed with the diversity of patients, healing environment of the campus and hospital and strong support network.

Other Interests: Riding my bicycle to work, art history, trivia.

Bridgette Jones, MD

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Minor in Africana Studies.

Graduate School: Johns Hopkins University, M.S. in Biotechnology/Biodefense.

Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: First, I was impressed by the depth of training opportunities. Also, touring the campus it seemed like the staff genuinely enjoyed their jobs. Most importantly, I’m a woman of faith and I was curious to see how a residency program could provide an environment to support that.

Other Interests: I enjoy walking or hiking on some of the local trails. I also love a good concert, and there are some great venues around Grand Rapids.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Public & Community Psychiatry, Global Mental Health.

Matthew Koster, DO

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University.

Graduate School: Rockhurst University, MBA in Healthcare.

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I had never been to Grand Rapids prior to my interview day. However, I was very impressed with the way the program treated their residents and the focus on exceptional psychiatric care with an exposure to such a wide variety of services within the Pine Rest system. The residents in the program seemed happy and I have appreciated the program’s emphasis on creating a positive environment to learn and grow as psychiatrists.

Other Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside and exploring nature, and eating ice cream!

Megan Maier, MD

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, B.S. in Biology; B.A. in English.

Medical School: John H. Quillen School of Medicine at Eastern Tennessee State University.

Why I chose Pine Rest: The facilities are amazing, the variety of experiences you get to have are crucial for learning, the residents here were and continue to be AWESOME, truly knowledgeable attendings and teachers.

Other Interests: My two yorkies Artemis and Tiberius, spending time with family and friends, cooking, being on the water, reading and writing, traveling, singing, pretty much all other fields of science, Greco-Roman history, generally knowing just a little bit about everything.

Career Goals: To integrate more of the humanities into psychiatric training and practice.

Chad Percifield, DO

Undergraduate: Franklin College, B.A. in Biology.

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest because I liked the fact that it had all the resources of a large academic hospital while still maintaining the feel and collegiality of a community program.

Other Interests: Cycling, board games, video games, soccer.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child & Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatry.

Kellen Stilwell, MD

Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University, B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I felt so supported here during my clinical rotations and everyone was very invested in my success. We have wonderful care teams in the hospital which are great to learn from and very welcoming to all trainees, and I wanted to continue to build the relationships that I had prior to residency.

Other interests: I enjoy yoga, hiking and being outdoors as much as possible (during the summer).

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with interest in coordinated care models and mental health care in primary care settings.

Daniel Tuinstra, MD

Undergraduate: Cornerstone University, B.A. in Psychology.

Graduate: Grand Valley State University, post-baccalaureate in Biomedical Sciences.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Familiar with Pine Rest from previous careers and impressed with their dedication to excellent patient care and growth as an academic institution.

Other interests: Family time, motorcycles, music, spending time with co-residents.

Professional or Clinical Interests: General psychiatry and clinical research.

Hannah Williams, MD

Undergraduate: Hope College, BA in Chemistry, minor in Biology.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I had a positive experience rotating here for medical school rotations. Residents seemed to be supportive of each other. Also, my spouse and I are both from Grand Rapids.

Other interests: I enjoy relaxing with my goldendoodle Watson and lifting weights.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship here at Pine Rest starting July 2021.

Weston Anderson

Weston Anderson, DO

Undergraduate: BYU-Idaho, B.S. in Psychology.

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I wanted a place that would allow me to care for complex psychiatric patients, give opportunities to train and gain experience in neuromodulation treatments (ECT, TMS, DBS, etc.), all while being respected in a non-threatening, family-friendly environment. This was a tall order, but I found it here at Pine Rest. Here at Pine Rest I have been able to get the best training I can imagine, and still pursue my other interests.

Other Interests: Biking, playing guitar, volunteering at church, and most importantly, being with my family.

Professional or Clinical Interests: I have particular interests in the intersection of psychiatry and the law, and will be part of Pine Rest’s newest fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry next year. I also have interests in inpatient psychiatric treatment, neuromodulation, teaching, and consultation to medical colleagues.

Jason Andreas, DO

Undergraduate: University of Miami (FL), Bachelor’s in Biology, Minors in Chemistry and Philosophy.

Graduate: Boston University for Graduate School Training, Masters’ in Medical Sciences.

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest because the program emphasized the learning and progress of the residents in an open and constructive environment. Many programs say that they take the mental health of residents into account, but Pine Rest truly lives up to that standard.

Other interests: I enjoy weight lifting and physical fitness, board, video and tabletop role-playing games, spending time with my wife (she’s currently in Hartford, CT doing her own residency!), and playing recreational sports with the other residents.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Forensic Psychiatry. I will be joining Brown University’s program next year.

Career Goals: I would like to have a blend of different activities as part of my future career, including working on an adult inpatient unit, performing forensic consults, working with the prison system, and/or a smaller private practice. I plan on also working closely with legislators to promote prison and sentencing reforms.

Stephanie Hayes, DO

Undergraduate: Drury University, B.A. in Chemistry.

Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I felt that the residents genuinely had a good relationship with one another creating a strong sense of community. Also Pine Rest has a beautiful campus to drive (or walk) through which provides a relaxing environment to start and end the day.

Other Interests: Spending time with friends, discovering new restaurants in Grand Rapids, the arts, and all things autumn.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry: outpatient incorporating psychotherapy.

Kelly Ketchum

Kelly Ketchum, MD

Undergraduate: University of Michigan.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest because it is a free-standing psychiatric hospital that offered a wide breadth of experiences. When I visited the residents were happy and were great friends in addition to co-residents.

Other Interests: I enjoy hiking, traveling, and playing in Grand Rapids Sports and Social leagues including kickball and flag football.

Laura Quennoz

Laura Quennoz, MD

Undergraduate: Whitman College, B.A. in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

Graduate School: Georgetown University, MS in Human Physiology.

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I loved the campus and that it is such a large, freestanding psychiatric facility.

Other Interests: International travel and my labradoodle, Sully.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Severe and chronic mental illness.

Todd Simmons

Todd Simmons, MD

Undergraduate: Miami University (Ohio), B.A. on Zoology with a minor in Comparative Religion.

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Why I chose Pine Rest: Collegiality of the residents and attendings. Welcoming environment with opportunity for exposure to various psychiatric pathology.

Other Interests: Watching and playing sports, exploring/experiencing the large number of breweries and restaurants in Grand Rapids.

Professional or Clinical Interests: C/L psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, sports psychiatry.

Alexandra Tepkasetkul

Al Tepkasetkul, DO

Undergraduate: Michigan Technological University, B.S. in Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Minor in Fine Arts.

Medical School: Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest after I rotated here as a medical student and loved it. The attendings were enthusiastic about teaching and working with students and residents. The work environment here is very supportive, and I’ve been able to get exposure to wide array of psychopathology.

Other Interests: I enjoy motorcycling, skijoring, mountain biking, quilting, knitting, and baking.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Addiction Psychiatry.

Alisha Thibault

Alisha Thibault, MD

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, B.S. in Microbiology.

Master’s Program: Tulane University, M.P.H. in Epidemiology.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest after completing an away rotation here in my fourth year. I was blown away by how genuinely caring everyone was (and continues to be) – the doctors, nurses, patient technicians, therapists, and janitorial staff. I knew it fit my learning style and would feel well supported as I expanded my knowledge, growing as a psychiatrist and inevitably made mistakes along the journey.

Other interests: I enjoy hiking and outdoor adventures (fishing, camping), cross-stitching, and barre.

Professional or Clinical Interests: Addiction Psychiatry and Rural Health.

Heidi Vrolijk

Heidi Vrolijk, MD

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Bachelor’s in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin.

Why I chose Pine Rest: When I came for my interview, I was blown away by the campus and facilities as well as everything this program offered. On top of that, everyone was very welcoming, friendly, and down to earth.

Other interests: I love all the outdoor activities that West Michigan offers and spend most weekends checking out local parks, going to the beach, or hiking.

Professional or Clinical Interests: I recently accepted a position as an addiction fellow at Indiana University.

Ryan Yoon

Ryan Yoon, DO

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, B.C. in Human Biology.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest because of the number of resources and experiences available, the awesome residency staff, and Dr. Sanders. I also felt that the culture at Pine Rest, dealing exclusively with mental health, would help me develop into the type of physician I wanted to be.

Other interests: Woodworking, climbing, hiking, cooking, and traveling. Enjoy going to breweries and exploring Michigan.

Career Goals: Outpatient general psychiatry.

Danielle Zazaian

Danielle Zazaian, DO

Undergraduate: Michigan State University, B.A. in Sociology.

Graduate: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, M.P.H.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Why I chose Pine Rest: I chose Pine Rest because it provides a variety of educational experiences. You have the opportunity to work with a multitude of patients in diverse settings and have access to many community resources. There is great support from the faculty and camaraderie among residents. Additionally, the beauty of the campus makes it a wonderful work environment.

Other interests: I enjoy exploring new restaurants in Grand Rapids, spending time with my co-residents and taking the short drive to Lake Michigan in the summer.

Professional or Clinical Interests: I have truly appreciated the education I have received at Pine Rest and I hope to work with residents and medical students in the future. I also have an interest in student mental health and physician wellness.