Department of Emergency Medicine

Current Residents

Sara Birdsong, M.D. — R3
Creighton University School of Medicine

Sara Birdson
Favorite things about WSU Emergency Medicine: working with the greatest people, tons of really sick patients, free food, zero traffic
Favorite thing to do on my day off: hosting barbecues on our patio
Favorite restaurant in Dayton: Pasha (Turkish food)

Jamie Bleyer, M.D. — R3
Columbia University (Ben-Gurion)

Jamie Bleyer
I grew up in the Midwest, went to Barnard College for undergrad, and the Medical School for International Health in Beer-Sheva, Israel, for medical school. I have a strong interest in public health and international medicine. I love traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Nicholas Brautigam, M.D. — R3
Texas Tech University

Devin Burrup, D.O. — R3
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Devin Burrup
Having grown up in northern Utah, I had no choice but to love the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, running, playing and watching sports. My wife grew up in Southern Utah, centered between Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. Somehow, we ended up in Dayton, and love it here. I have three beautiful girls who take up all my free time. We enjoy family bike rides, going on hikes, playing at the park and, most of all, a competitive game of capture the flag. Oh, I almost forgot, my wife is one of the best dinner/party hosts I know. It seems my house is always full of guests — kids, neighbors and other residents/families alike.

Jon Henderson, M.D. — R3
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

I am originally from Florida and went to med school at USUHS. I am married with a 2-year-old son. My primary interest is Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Michael Koroscil, M.D. — R3
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Scarlett Michael, D.O. — R3
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Scarlett Michael
Med school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Miami of Ohio and Wright State
From: West Liberty, Ohio
Family: Three brothers, seven and a half nieces and nephews (got another one coming in October :) and of course, Mom
Hobbies: helping my niece show her horse, cleaning stalls of retired show horses, road trips

Tik Rao, D.O. — R3
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tik Rao
I have moved around a bit. I am Indian born, Ohio raised. From the Gem City itself, then graduated from the Ohio State University and Erie for medical school. I like being outside rock climbing, cycling, hiking or just laying in a park. The world is a big beautiful place, and I just want to see all of it.

Rory Stuart, M.D. — R3
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Leo Tanaka, M.D. — R3
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Nii Sai Torto, M.D. — R3
Howard University College of Medicine

I am originally from Ghana and moved to the United States at the beginning of high school. I have lived in multiple countries and love to travel. I enjoy watching movies, video games, playing soccer and watching University of Florida sports. My favorite aspect of the ED is doing procedures and reductions. In the future I plan on working at an institution where I have the opportunity to be involved in teaching.

John Trentini, M.D. — R3
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

John Trentini
Maj. John Trentini is our resident gentleman farmer. A native of New York, John was previously an aerospace physiologist prior to completing the M.D./Ph.D. program at USU. He is currently the Tactical Emergency Medicine chief, and works closely with Dr. (Brian) Springer to ensure the local SWAT teams have physician coverage for operations.  He also has an active research project with Dr. (Jim) Olson studying nanoceria in acute stroke. In his spare time, he is an avid mountain climber and scuba diver, and spends the remainder of his time caring for his menagerie of animals including a donkey, alpacas, sheep, pig, dog and a cat.

Brian Tucker, D.O.  — R3
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brian Tucker
I'm originally from Columbus born and raised. I studied sports medicine at Miami of Ohio for undergrad and went on to be a gloriously successful failed musician for several years. I returned for more academic punishment going to grad school then med school, happily landing here at WSU for residency. I'm a die hard Ohio State fan, play soccer when I can and sleep the rest of my hours.

Natalie Williams, D.O. — R3
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Natalie Williams
I’m known here as “Mama Bear” because I drive everyone here crazy with reminding them of activities and deadlines, making sure they eat, and being nurturing (okay, some may say nagging!). Everyone here in the program is my extended family. But I owe everything to my phenomenal husband, Dave, who encouraged me to leave a program I didn’t love, to come here. And it was one of the best decisions ever!

Doug Bias, M.D. — R2
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Sarah Bohn, M.D. — R2
SUNY Upstate

Sarah Bohn
Med School: SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, N.Y., 2008
Professional Interests: Rural emergency medicine
Hobbies: Hiking/camping, hanging out with family

Josh Burkhardt, M.D. — R2
Penn State

Josh Burkhardt
A few acres of farmland in central Pennsylvania is home for me. I completed my undergrad at University of Pittsburgh, including a year abroad in Australia, and then medical school at Penn State. I enjoy being outside, whether running, skiing, hiking or camping. Other interests of mine include traveling, photography, working on my house and hanging with my friends and fellow residents.

Russ Day, M.D. — R2
University of Alabama

Russ Day
Puts the hot in psychotic. Loves to swipe right on Tinder. Can brew beer like a level 42 wizard on war craft. Friend to small animals. Fourth grade spelling bee champ. International man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his mystery. Deep thinker/scotch enthusiast. Nightmare dressed like a daydream. Tamer of oceans using only a paddle and a board. Uses sleep as a time machine to breakfast. Connoisseur of PBR.

Mackenzie Gabler, M.D. — R2
Oregon Health & Science University

Mackenzie Gabler
I grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, with my sister (Chelsea), brother (Conor), parents (Keith and Vicki) and lots of extended family. I loved growing up in a small Wisconsin town and fell in love with the outdoors and athletics there. I went to college at University of Wisconsin, where I rowed for the UW crew team (GO Bucky!). After college, I worked as a park ranger in Moab, Utah, and a research assistant in Washington, D.C., before ultimately deciding to pursue medicine. With lots of support from my family, I moved to Oregon in 2012 to start medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. At the end of my third year, I married my husband, Chris. He is currently a PA in Oncology at Ohio State. In our free time, we like to spend as much time as we can outdoors. We also enjoy being involved in our church community. In the future, I look forward to serving as an ER doc in the USAF, having a family and hopefully participating in medical missions with my husband.

Ben Holland, D.O. — R2
Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi there! Thanks for checking in the WSU EM page; you've made a great decision! My name is Ben. My wife and I never imagined we'd end up in Dayton, but we've found that it's a great place to live. I had the privilege of meeting my amazing wife during undergrad at John Brown University while studying the unique pre-med major of biology. From there I traveled about four hours north to Kansas City, where I graduated from med school at Kansas City University in 2014. The Air Force matched me to Dayton/Wright-Patterson for emergency medicine, allowing me to realize my high school dream of being an EM doc. While Ohio is great, my hometown in the mountains of Colorado will always hold a special place in my heart and memories. My parents and many friends still live there, and I look forward to every chance I have to go back.

Emergency medicine is an awesome specialty. Despite learning something new everyday, I also realize there's more I don't know, so there's a constant challenge and intellectual pursuit that makes EM particularly enjoyable. There's truly no other specialty that allows you to perform procedures, diagnostics, and treatments for every system of the human body like EM does. If you're you're considering WSU for residency, I think you'll find excellent clinical training here. Best wishes and God bless!

Allison Houston, D.O. — R2
Midwestern University Arizona

Allison Houston
I chose EM for a number of reasons including a love of variety and being in a fast paced environment. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, reading novels, cooking, gardening, hiking, and exploring new cities whenever I get the opportunity.

Tyler Kallsen, M.D. — R2
Univeristy of Oklahoma

Tyler Kallsen
I am from Oklahoma, went to University of Oklahoma for undergrad and medical school. Enjoy hiking, cycling, reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family.

Krystal Kern, D.O. — R2
Midwestern University Arizona

Krystal Kern
Arizona girl living in the Midwest! In my spare time you can find me boxing or weight lifting. I love being outdoors and enjoy boating, hiking or basically just soaking up the sunshine.

Rob Nichols, D.O. — R2
Midwestern University Arizona

I was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but spent the last 15 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and residency brought me back to the buckeye state! My favorite hobby is surfing, and I make it down to Costa Rica a few times a year for surf trips.

Michael Oertly, M.D. — R2
Ross University

Michael Oertly
Attended Ross University School of Medicine and grew up in Borrego Springs, California. Hobbies include mountain biking, golf, snowboarding, bodysurfing and other recreational sports. I plan to stay in the Dayton area after residency, but that will be up to the USAF.

Haley Marie Sauder, M.D. — R2
University of Cincinnati

Game: Hanging out the in the ER waiting for intubations, fascinating abdominal pains or runny noses.
Hobbies: Riding my bike on the Dayton bike trails, drinking craft beer, eating Vietnamese food.
EM Interests: Ultrasound, ED logistics and protocol generation, education (I <3 medical students).

Eric Schott, M.D. — R2
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Eric Schott
Eric is a family man with interests in bicycling, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, shooting and all things tactical and otherwise pre-hospital. His wife and three young kids enjoy some of these hobbies as well as creative pursuits like music, dance and creative DIY. Eric grew up in northern California, attended Brigham Young University and went to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Prabu Selvam, M.D. — R2
University of Vermont

Prabu Selvam
Born and raised in Maryland, I went to college in upstate New York and medical school in Vermont. The U.S Air Force brings me to Ohio, as our residency is a civilian-military partnership. I grew up in Washington, D.C., suburbs with lots going on nearby, but my wife and I have found Dayton to be a wonderful place to live, with plenty to keep us active and inspired. My long-term career interests are in critical care and humanitarian medicine.

Deirdre Witte, M.D. — R2
Oregon Health & Science University

Diedre Witte's dog
I'm from Portland, Oregon.  I like dogs, sports and my family.  I'm interested in sports medicine and ultrasound.

Wency Zhao, M.D. — R2
Medical University of South Carolina

Wency Zhao
I’m a southern girl who found a new home in the Midwest. I went to college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. I chose Wright State for residency because of the excellent training and great camaraderie that this program provides. We have the privilege of working at multiple hospitals in the area and have ample exposure to the geriatric, pediatric and general populations. I have found the program to be caring, supportive and responsive to resident comments and suggestions. I am very happy that I matched at Wright State would choose it all over again.

Matt Arroyo, D.O. — R1
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ryan Babienco, M.D. — R1
Loma Linda University

Ryan Babienco &amp; family
Ever watched the TV show Scrubs? Well then, just imagine a six-foot, eight-inch Dr. JD and you have me in a nutshell! Born and raised in Southwest Ohio, I’ve recently returned to Dayton after finishing medical school at Loma Linda University in southern California. I’m married to my beautiful and classy best friend Brianna, and together we have the cutest little boy you’ll ever meet, Clarkston. I love cheering for my Cincinnati/Columbus sports teams, even though it seems we never make it past the first round of the playoffs. Some of my hobbies include scuba diving, alpine skiing, videography and winning game shows (ask me about The Price is Right sometime). But most of all, I love people, and I hope someday I’ll meet you too!

Brent Balhoff, M.D. — R1
American University

Brent Balhoff
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., and an LSU Tiger fan until the day I die.
Undergrad: LSU (no surprise there)
Med School: American University of the Caribbean
Interests: College football/baseball, Cajun food/cooking (as best I can, at least)
Fun Fact: I was born with only one kidney.
I decided to pursue emergency medicine while working as an ER tech before medical school, and I haven't looked back!

Thomas Dailey, M.D. — R1
University of Texas Health Science Center

Tom Dailey
I was born and raised in Eatonville, Washington, and traveled to Texas to play baseball at Trinity University in San Antonio. I majored in biochemistry and molecular biology and a minored in economics and business. While at Trinity, I spent three years in the organic chemistry research lab, and met my future wife, Julia. I stayed in San Antonio to attend medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and joined the Air Force as part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program. After medical school, I moved to Dayton, Ohio, for a surgery intern year. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, rowing, kayaking, fishing, any activities on or near water, trying out the different beers and breweries of Dayton, watching movies. I've had a passion for emergency medicine ever since volunteering in the ED throughout college, so I am thrilled to join the emergency medicine team at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base/Wright State University.

Laura Field, M.D. — R1
Ross University

Laura Field
I am from Dayton, Ohio, and I went to medical school at Ross University. My hobbies include hanging out with friends, traveling, reading and running. I chose WSU because I wanted to return back home to Dayton, and I like that we get to work at a variety of hospitals. EM interests me because I like seeing a variety of patients, trauma and doing procedures.

Trenton Hansen, M.D. — R1
University of Utah

Chris Huelsman, M.D. — R1
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Chris Huelsman &amp; family
Both my wife and I are from about an hour north of Dayton and are so excited to be back in the area. We have identical twin boys, Dominic and Blake, and we've spent the last year in West Virginia while I have been an intern at Marshall's wonderful family medicine residency. But my heart is in emergency and I am excited to be back in Dayton as an EM resident.

Eugene Kang, M.D. — R1
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Eugene Kang
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. While there I was heavily involved in wrestling and volleyball. Afterwards, I went to the College William and Mary where I earned a bachelor's in neuroscience. I then spent a year researching post-exposure prophylaxis for Ebola virus at USAMRIID. I obtained a master's in biomedical sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School. I matriculated from USUHS in 2014 and completed a PGY1 year in internal medicine at WPMC prior to starting my Emergency Medicine Residency this year.

Dominic Kim, M.D. — R1
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

Dominic Kim and his wiffe
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Undergraduate School: Boston College. Go Eagles!
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: NBA, playing basketball (but really any sport), exercising, staying active by exercising or hiking, reading National Geographic or any nonfiction, traveling to new cities/countries, trying new cuisines/good restaurants, Yelp-ing, watching the Food Network
Fun fact: My favorite animal is the penguin. I have played pick-up basketball against both Jeremy Lin and Doug Flutie (not at the same time); Lin embarrassed me, Flutie not so much.

Josh Klepinger, M.D. — R1
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Born and raised just north of Dayton, Ohio. I worked as a firefighter-paramedic for six years prior to medical school. I have been married for 10 years to Jessica. We have a 2-year-old girl named Josie. We love to hunt and fish as a family. Mostly hunting deer and turkey right here in the Miami Valley. We have traveled to Texas and Wyoming on hunts also. We have worked in clinics in Jamaica and Colombia and look forward to establishing a long term relationship with a rural underserved location at the completion of residency. I continue to run EMS for my hometown department of Union Township and enjoy crossfitting and running to stay in shape.

Lindsay Morrow. D.O. — R1
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eric Mozeleski, D.O. — R1
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eric Mozeleski
Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Married to a pretty cool Texan, Deann, and father to two awesome girls, Ella, 9 years old, and Madelyn, 13 years old. Was a licensed physical therapist for 12 years prior to starting medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Joined the Air Force in 2010 on the HPSP scholarship. Completed intern year at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Michigan. I enjoy watching and playing all kinds of sports. Really enjoying hunting and fishing. Ultimately, I look forward to serving my country as an Air Force ER doc.

Angela Palitto, D.O. — R1
Rocky Vista University

Angela Palitto &amp; family
I grew up in a family of six in Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Glen Oak High School. I then joined the Air Force Reserves where I served as a medic/EMT for five years while completing my bachelor's in nutritional sciences from Michigan State University. I had the privilege of studying medicine at Rocky Vista University COM in Parker, Colorado, and earned an M.P.H. with a concentration in disaster and emergency management from American Public University. My internship year was spent at a community hospital in Massillon, Ohio, called Affinity Medical Center, and for the past two years I have served the Air Force as a flight surgeon out of Beale AFB, California. The coolest thing I have gotten to do recently was fly in the U-2 spy plane through the stratosphere, along with the T-38 over the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz! Currently my family consists of my husband Keoni, my 8-year-old daughter Kayla, my 14-year-old niece Hannah, our boxer Marley, and our guinea pigs, Lucy and Shadow. I'm thrilled to now be a part of the EM Residency team here in Dayton!

Meagan Verbillion, D.O. — R1
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Meagan Verbillion
I was born and raised in Enon, Ohio. I attended Eastern Kentucky University as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Afterwards, I completed my doctorate at Ohio University and went on to complete a Transitional Rotating Internship on Long Island in New York. My passion has always been emergency medicine and I am looking forward to completing residency with WPAFB/Kettering Health Network. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and my wonderful dogs, Watson, a Great Dane, and Volt, a rescued Greyhound. Scott and I are avid weight lifters and runners. We love movies, HGTV, and good food! I also enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, and reading non-medical books! After completing residency I plan to pursue a fellowship in pediatrics or critical care.

Tanner Weigand, D.O. — R1
Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tanner Weigand
Originally from Knoxville, Illinois. Attended Bradley University, earning a degree in cell and molecular biology. Completed medical school at KCUMB in Kanas City, Missouri, where he met his wife Lindsey. She is also a resident at WSU. Outside of medicine they have three dogs (aka fur-babies) and are actively involved in pet rescue. They also enjoy participating in outdoor activities such as trail running and biking.

Adam Welch, M.D. — R1
American University (Sint Eustatius)

Adam Welch
I've been to all 50 states and 14 countries so it goes without saying that traveling is a huge passion of mine!  I'm also a private pilot and a PADI scuba diver.  A few other things that I really enjoy:  summertime, adventures with good friends, the lake, riding the Harley, trying new foods, learning new things and road trips!

Last edited on 07/27/2015.