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Medical Team

Faculty

The faculty has a combined 117 years of active, clinical practice.  Their advice is practical, not theoretical or conjectural.

  • A. Marc Nielsen, MD, Program Director, joined the Altru Family Medicine Residency in November 2012 as assistant director. Dr. Nielsen also pursed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. Upon completion of his medical degree in 2000, he completed his residency training in Grand Forks. Dr. Nielsen practiced at the Craven Hagen Clinic in Williston, North Dakota for twelve years before joining the Residency.    
  • Heidi Philpot, MDjoined the program in September 2006, she now serves as Associate Director. She received her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Originally from Grand Forks, Dr. Philpot completed her residency and has started her practice at the Altru family medicine residency.
  • Douglas W. Grissom, MDjoined the program as an assistant director in April 2009. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was in the Air Force from 2001-2005. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dr. Grissom completed a transitional year of residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas in 2002 and completed his residency at the Altru Family Medicine Residency in 2007 and has been practicing at the Family Medicine Center from 2007-2009.  
  • Kim Konzak-Jones, MDjoined the program as an assistant director in September 2001. A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, she completed her residency in Grand Forks in 1995. Dr. Konzak-Jones practiced at Towner County Medical Center for six years prior to joining the Altru family medicine residency. Her areas of interest include OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Geriatrics.
  • William S. Mann, MD, served as residency program director from 1983-1996. Born and raised in Scotland, Dr. Mann received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and has maintained a private practice since 1977. He served as chair of the Department of Family Medicine at UND School of Medicine from 1996 to 2003 and returned to the residency program as a faculty member in March 2002. He has a special interest in Sports Medicine.
  • Jamie R. Roed, MD, joined the program as an assistant director in December 2005. He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Originally from Devils Lake, Dr. Roed completed his residency at the Altru family medicine residency in 2000 and has been practicing at the Family Medicine Center from 2000-2005.
  • Greg D.Greek, MD, served as program director from 2003-2014, joined the center in 1992. Dr. Greek was born and raised in rural North Dakota and received his MD from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Altru Family Medicine Residency Program in Grand Forks and was in private practice in northern Minnesota prior to joining the residency. He has a special interest in Sports Medicine, OB/Gyn and Pediatrics.

  • Derek Lyste, MD, joined the program in July 2014 as an assistant director.  He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Originally from Grand Forks, Dr. Lyste completed his residency at the Altru Family Medicine Residency in 2010 and had been practicing at the Family Medicine Center from 2010-2014.
  • Andrew Gasparini, MD, joined the program in July of 2012 as an assistant director. He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Originally from Grand Forks, Dr. Gasparini completed his residency at the Altru family medicine residency in 2012 and has been practicing at the Family Medicine Residency since 2012.
  • Richard Clarens, PharmD, has been associated with the residency program since 1980. A North Dakota native he received his Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed a clinical pharmacy residency in California at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, and did a clinical pharmacy fellowship at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center.
  • David A. Jackson, PhD, received his bachelor's degree from Whitworth College in Spokane and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota. He interned at the Norfolk Regional Center in Nebraska and completed his residency at the Center for Psychiatric Care in Grand Forks. Dr. Jackson has extensive experience with objective and projective psychological assessments, and providing group, individual, marital and family therapy to a wide range of clientele.
  • Catherine Yeager, PhD, joined the Altru Family Medicine Residency in 2001. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UND and completed her internship at Children's Hospitals - Minneapolis. Dr. Yeager's specialties include child/adolescent therapy, infant/toddler assessment, and pediatric neuropsychological assessment.
  • Troy W. Ertelt, PhD, joined Altru Family Medicine Residency as a co-director of behavioral science training in 2011.  He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Minnesota State University Moorhead, his Master of Arts in psychology and his Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology at the UND, and public health training in the Executive Program in Public Health Practice at the University of Minnesota.  He completed his predoctoral internship as the Chief Psychology Intern at the Ohio Psychology Internship, formerly Northeastern Ohio University Colleges of Medicine.  His clinical practice specialties include treatment and evaluation of serious behavior problems in children and adolescents and forensic psychology.
  • Shyla Muse, PhD, joined Altru Family Medicine Residency as a co-director of behavioral science training in 2013. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota and completed her internship at the Child and Adolescent Service Center in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Muse's specialties include pediatric therapy and neuropsychological assessment.

  • Becky Westereng, LRD, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of North Dakota in 1994. She worked with the WIC program in Minot, ND and as a clinical/research dietitian at the University of Minnesota. She joined the Altru Family Medicine Residency in 2001.

Residents

PGY1

  • Simran Arora, MD
  • Lacey Kessler, MD
  • Francis Moraleda, MD
  • Jill Olson, MD
  • Michael Powell, MD
  • Adam Quinn, MD
  • Ben Roth, DO
  • Amrinder Singh, MD

PGY2

  • Jennifer Byfuglien, DO
  • Shikha Gupta, MD
  • Shannon Holsen, MD
  • Nirmal Kharel, MD
  • Lindsey Lommen, MD
  • Greg Olszewski, MD
  • Michelle Placke, MD
  • Umair Rehman, MD

PGY3

  • Ranjita Adhikari, MD
  • Ramesis Bacolod, MD
  • Sree Budati, MD
  • Stephanie Foughty, MD
  • Chris Irmen, MD
  • Katherine Joseph, MD
  • Annapoorna Muthyapu, MD
  • Subhechchha Shah, MD
  • Diane Voeller, MD

Psychology Interns

Two or three master-level psychology interns from the University of North Dakota Psychology Department, working on their doctorates, are present in the residency program. Their presence, with their faculty, adds to a strong behavioral medicine component and allows the residents to benefit from an inter-disciplinary, learning environment.

Staff

  • Nancy Aase
  • Linda Allen
  • Renee Anderson
  • Susan Anderson
  • Rita Austin
  • Colleen Brown
  • Brittany Bye
  • Jill Camrud
  • Pam Carlson
  • Wanda Cary
  • Anita Farrell
  • Marilyn Gaddie
  • Jamie Gillespie
  • Jana Hanson
  • Melissa Heffernan
  • Allison Hong
  • Charmelle Kozel
  • Tanisha Krznarich
  • Angela Leddige
  • Suzanne Masterson
  • JoEllen McGaurvan
  • Tara Opsahl
  • Kari Pankonin
  • Cheryl Parvey
  • Jamie Rasmussen
  • Aparna Reinke
  • Joy Schoenborn
  • Brittany Sevigny
  • Cindy Stoller
  • Rhonda Sundbom
  • Cathy Thompson
  • Leslie Thompson
  • Rebecca Vezina
  • Kim VerValen

Support Staff

Support staff consists of 10 full-time nurses, three part-time nurses, a medical technologist, a laboratory technician, an x-ray technician, and front office staff. Program faculty members maintain major clinical practices at the center, and two preceptors are always present to assist residents. Residents' charts are reviewed by a preceptor who may offer constructive advice. Records are easily accessible for quality assurance projects chosen once a year by each resident.