Department of Family and Community Medicine: Family Practice Residency Program, Reno
Current Residents

Department of Family and Community Medicine

2019 – 2020
All Residents

Stacey CarrollStacey Carroll M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Berkley
  • Career Goals: To practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural mountain or beach community, combining hospitalist and emergency medicine with outpatient care.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy any activity in nature but especially rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, and surfing.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?:Over and over, each program stressed the importance of “fit” and it was not until UNR that I truly understood what that meant. This obscure term came to represent an ease of conversation, common passions and a sense of belonging in a group of residents and faculty whom I had just met. Having spent most of my life in the Lake Tahoe area, returning to Reno felt like coming home to my favorite outdoor playground. The program also has so much to offer- community based in a university setting, unopposed in Emergency medicine and OB/GYN, rural, wilderness and sports medicine experiences with the added opportunity for a Master’s in Public Health.


Scarlett Cavalli DaneshvarScarlett Cavalli Daneshvar M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: University of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Undergraduate College: La Sierra University, Fine Arts
  • Career Goals: Full Spectrum Family Medicine, Urgent Care
  • Hobbies: Painting, travelling and planting (orchids)

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? After my interview choosing UNR was easy. Besides the excellent program they offer and their wonderful staff and faculty, Reno’s location is a rarity. The city offers pretty much everything. Beautiful Lake Tahoe and the best ski facilities are only miles away.


Sam DuganSam Dugan M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate Degree: University of Nevada Reno
  • Career Goals: Become the best family/wilderness medicine doctor you ever did see!
  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, hiking, abalone diving, trail running, crossfit, soccer, spear fishing, swing dancing!

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?:How could you not choose this place?! Best attendings in the world and a great place to get outside in all our spare time! I love the people in this place and I am so thrilled to work here and get to take care of them!


Maria FernandezAndrew Evans M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate Degree: University of Texas at Tyler
  • Career Goals: Full spectrum family medicine with a focus on a holistic approach to patient management
  • Hobbies: I enjoy mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, surfing, hunting, fishing, playing music, and learning new things.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?:I chose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency because it truly felt like home. The program has done an amazing job of putting together not only a cohesive group of residents, but a faculty with a diverse skill set and background who truly care about Reno and have an obvious devotion to teaching. Each attending physician is approachable, knowledgeable, and genuinely invested in the residents as well as the patients. While sitting down for my first meal with this team, I was immediately aware of how much they enjoyed one another. And at the end of the day, enjoying the people you work with makes the long hours and little time off not feel like so much work.


Maria FernandezMaria Fernandez M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Graduate College: UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University
  • Career Goals: To become a family doctor that provides compassionate, full-spectrum care for vulnerable patients. To be a physician leader and advocate for underserved communities.
  • Hobbies: Yoga, dancing, running, and hikes with my husband! And spending time with wonderful friends and family.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?:UNR SOM Family Medicine Residency provided the perfect blend of academic and community full-spectrum Family Medicine training. I had the honor of doing an away rotation in Reno and met the incredible faculty, supportive and kind residents, and inspiring patient population. I realized UNR FM provided endless opportunities for training, while serving the most vulnerable populations in the area. Reno is a terrific place for me to blend my passion for public health and primary care and to serve low-income communities. As a Latina, I am also incredibly passionate about serving the growing Latino community in Reno and working to meet their cultural and language needs. Lastly, Reno has such lovely people and the most stunning outdoors.


Kaley GetchisKaley Getchis M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Northern Arizona University
  • Career Goals: Outpatient Family Medicine
  • Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, reading, and doing just about anything outdoors including running, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and scuba diving.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?This program offers a great academic training experience as well as a one of a kind support system between the residents and faculty. There many opportunities to diversify by education in rural medicine, sports medicine, and wilderness medicine. I am also happy to be on the west coast which is where much of my family lives, not to mention all of the great outdoor activities!


Kaley GetchisTim Grunert M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Career Goals: Health Advocacy/Policy Development and Medical Education
  • Hobbies: Playing Guitar/Piano, Swimming, SpikeBall, Rubik’s Cubing

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?The Family Medicine Residency at UNR Med provides such a strong family-feel to their residents and medical students. The extraordinary support, combined with the opportunity to earn a diverse education and participate in both advocacy and medical education, all in my own home was unmatched anywhere else. The faculty and residents here are those who shaped my love for Family Medicine, and the opportunity to learn and work alongside them is incredibly exciting!


Zuzana HallZuzana Hall M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague
  • Career Goals: To practice full-spectrum family medicine in an outpatient setting
  • Hobbies: Traveling and visiting new countries, outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, swimming, skiing and camping. Listening to podcasts and drawing

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? My attraction to the UNR Family Medicine Residency began with the exceptional sports and wilderness medicine training offered. I was certain this program was the place I wanted to be after interviewing. I felt immediately at home and comfortable, and discovered so much more about the people and the program. The Reno area and access to all of the outdoor activities is also a treasure.


Marya HicksMarya Hicks M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: St George’s University
  • Undergraduate College: New York University
  • Career Goals: Being an integral part of my community. Having part of my practice be acute or urgent care. Working to provide better access to healthcare by getting involved in making changes at the policy level.
  • Hobbies: Rafting, hiking, hoop dance, acro yoga, dancing, singing, and most importantly hanging out with my dog!

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?There were a few major factors that influenced my decision. First, I’ve been trying to get back home to Northern California for about 5 years, and Reno was almost home. But Reno in and of itself is a fantastic place to live. I’m so excited to have access to Lake Tahoe, skiing, hiking and biking trails, in addition to the developing art and restaurant culture here. But what really stood out to me about this program was how tightly knit the group is. The residents were all very close with each other, but also have a strong bond with many of the attendings. That’s not something I saw in other programs. I knew I wanted to train where I would have the support and friendship of my colleagues, and I know I’ve found that here!


Mohammad Ikram KhanMohammad Ikram Khan M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: St George’s University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Washington Seattle WA.
  • Career Goals: Interested in Fellowship in Sleep Medicine, OBGYN, Urgent care medicine, Hospitalist, and Outpatient medicine.
  • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking, camping, watching movies, and listening to music.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency was my first choice for me. Asides from one of the best interviews of the season, I have heard many great things about the Family residency program while my stay at Reno during my third-year clinical rotations. I did a total of 18 weeks rotation at Renown Regional Medical Center, and I had the opportunity to explore the program at close. Therefore, I am honored that the program accepted me. I am deeply passionate about being a family medicine physician in rural areas, as my upbringing was in a village in the Northern parts of Pakistan in a small rural community. During my clinical rotations, I worked with healthcare professional whom I found dedicated to teaching and providing quality care. I loved the exposure and experiences working with a diverse population of health care professionals during my clinical rotation. I found the health care workers respectful & grateful for the services. These are some of the reasons why I choose this program. I am ambitious to pursue further medical education in the field of family medicine and I know that UNR Family Residency Program will help guide me through this process. Lastly, Reno and Elko are beautiful cities with an atmosphere and environment that I can see myself living and raising a family in the future.


Spencer JohnsonSpencer Johnson M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Career Goals: Private-practice, outpatient Family Medicine
  • Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife and two beautiful kids, playing and listening to music, tennis, golf, water-sports, Peruvian cuisine, Christopher Nolan movies, mildly competitive board games, being outside (with 3 layers of sunscreen), crossword puzzles, Jeopardy!

First, the location is ideal. My wife and I were raised in Northern Nevada and we plan on raising our family here as well. Second, throughout medical school I had the opportunity to work very closely with the Family Medicine faculty starting in my first year--and there is no better group of people in any program anywhere! The residents and faculty here are my people, everyone is happy and the education here is excellent. For these reasons and many more, it was clear that this program was our number one choice.


Ashley JonesAshley Jones M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: University of Arizona, College of Medicine Phoenix
  • Undergraduate College: University of Oklahoma
  • Career Goals: I aspire to practice full-spectrum Family Medicine including obstetrics in rural and underserved communities.
  • Hobbies: I find free time is best spent outdoors and with family. My husband and I get out on our mountain or road bikes as often as we can, occasionally letting our dog tag along on the trails. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing. I love gardening and find so much satisfaction in growing my own food. During my downtime, I might be found cooking, listening to podcasts, reading, or spending way too much time solving crosswords.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?I chose the Family Medicine Residency at UNR because it was a great fit for me. I grew up in Reno and looked forward to moving back to be closer to my family and all the opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area. On my interview day, I found everyone involved in the program to be genuine, kind, and supportive. I was particularly struck by the strength of the training in pediatrics and obstetrics as well as the abundance of procedural training opportunities. As someone who wants to keep obstetrics in my practice, I am so happy to work with certified nurse midwives, family medicine physicians, and OB/GYNs in caring for pregnant and laboring women. Learning about the job offers that graduating residents were receiving made it clear that the program supports residents in pursuing training opportunities for their individual career goals and develops well-rounded physicians that the community respects.


John KoopmanJohn Koopman M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of California Santa Barbara
  • Career Goals: To provide cost-effective, evidence based, and inclusive care to my patients that promotes personal well-being and encourages everyone to be able to enjoy a healthy life filled with excitement and joy.
  • Hobbies: I am always looking for the next adventure and enjoy touring the national park system, kayaking, camping, snowboarding, hiking, and sailing. When at home I enjoy gardening and playing board games.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?UNR offers exceptional full-spectrum Family Medicine education in a variety of training environments, perfect for those who want to experience everything a Family Medicine provider can do! The faculty demonstrate clear commitment to the growth and well-being of their residents as physicians, and the residents are exceptionally welcoming. UNR offers some unique training experiences and educational opportunities not available at most programs. Finally, no resident could ask for a better location for training than adjacent to the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Lake Tahoe area.


Saige Elyse KubacSaige Elyse Kubac M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Career Goals: Full Spectrum Family Medicine hopefully practicing in a rural community.
  • Hobbies: Most of my hobbies include the outdoors and doing anything physical/sports related but especially skiing, playing tennis, and hiking whenever given the chance.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?When I visited the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno I was overwhelmed by the opportunities the residents had to practice in both urban and rural settings, the hands-on learning opportunities offered to them, and especially the welcoming, supportive staff and residents.


David KurtmenDavid Kurtmen M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of California Santa Barbara
  • Career Goals: Start or join a Rural/Full Scope practice with my wife, Wilderness medicine, Work Internationally
  • Hobbies: Running, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Fishing, Sailing, Free diving, Hunting

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? My wife and I couples’ matched and for us, a good fit with faculty, staff and residents was a must. We immediately felt welcomed when we came to visit Reno and are overjoyed to have matched here. I felt UNR had the best of both worlds in a Family Medicine program with both full scope training as well as the support of an academic institution. UNR’s strengths in Obstetrics, Wilderness medicine and Sports medicine were important to me. I am also interested in different forms of healthcare delivery and would like to work to improve access and reduce the costs associated with healthcare. We love the outdoors and having the Sierras and Tahoe in our backyard was definitely a bonus.


Marja-Liisa Magnuson Chief Resident
Marja Magnuson D.O.

  • Medical School: Touro University, California
  • Graduate College: UC Davis
  • Undergraduate College: UC Davis
  • Career Goals: Small town, rural, full scope family medicine
  • Hobbies: Mountain biking, running, backpacking, being outside, being in the mountains, cooking, spending time with friends and family

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? I chose UNR because of the people and passion they had for the program. I was amazed at the general feeling I had for the program just by meeting the residents and faculty the night before my interview. I was also drawn to the program because of the ability to spend additional time in sports medicine. Lastly, of course the proximity to the mountains and the endless outdoor opportunities was a definite factor in choosing UNR!


Adam RenoAdam Reno D.O., MPH (PGY3)

  • Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
  • Graduate College: University of New England
  • Undergraduate College: Idaho State University
  • Career Goals: Outpatient and inpatient medicine, population health, and sports medicine. I am also interested in academic medicine.
  • Hobbies: Reading a good book, traveling, hiking/backpacking with my wife and three daughters, weightlifting/bodybuilding, and public health.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? The Reno Family Medicine Residency really impressed me during my interview with their program. It is a very respected residency and the preceptors seem to really enjoy working with residents. The program’s community and population health focus, as well as its close ties with the Sports Medicine fellowship is also intriguing. I know that my education in family medicine will flourish in such a remarkable area! In addition, the location of the residency couldn’t be better (I will be close to family, both in Idaho and California).


Stephanie RogersStephanie Rogers M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Career Goals: Outpatient Family Medicine in the Reno area. I am also interested in providing care to underserved populations.
  • Hobbies: Reading, cooking, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? I chose the UNR Med Family Medicine Residency for many reasons but mainly because of the great attendings, residents and staff. I had the opportunity to work with many of them during medical school and was impressed with the caring, supportive and positive environment of this program. There is a great sense of camaraderie and desire to see everyone succeed. I also knew that I would receive an outstanding education and benefit from the diverse clinical experiences of the attending physicians. Finally, this program would also allow me to remain in Reno close to family and friends while training and serving the population I hope to work with after completing residency.


Amy ScullionAndrea Sanford M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: The University of Nevada, Reno
  • Career Goals: I hope to be a family physician who treats people of all ages and backgrounds. I hope to stay in the Reno area after finishing residency.
  • Hobbies: On my days off, I try to spend most of my time outside. I enjoy hiking, running, snow boarding, wake boarding, and spending the day on the beaches of Lake Tahoe. I also volunteer with the high school group at my church.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?I had the pleasure of attending medical school in this amazing city and learning from many of the faculty in the family medicine program. I chose to stay to continue to be near family, to be close to the mountains, and to continue to learn from the amazing faculty in this program!


Amy ScullionAmy Scullion M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: The Ohio State College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: The Ohio State University
  • Career Goals: Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Cooking, Happy Hour

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?I was born and raised in Ohio but every winter my family took a ski trip to Lake Tahoe. I fell in love with Tahoe’s beauty and the endless outdoor activities. I initially applied to UNR because of its proximity to Lake Tahoe but after interviewing, I knew it was the perfect fit. I was blown away by the residents, staff, and faculty. They have created an exceptional full-spectrum family medicine training program with a friendly laid-back atmosphere. Another important factor in my decision was UNR’s sports medicine program. They have outstanding sports medicine faculty and provide residents with many high level training opportunities.


Nittu SinghNittu Singh M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: American University of Antigua
  • Undergraduate College: Manipal University
  • Career Goals: I am interested in full spectrum family medicine with a special interest in Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine. One day I would like to start my own practice.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, hot yoga, decorating, I love cooking but I’m a terrible baker.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? I wanted a residency program that provided a strong foundation of full spectrum medicine while I embarked on my journey of becoming a well-trained and talented physician. I grew up in a very small town near Santa Barbara, California so I find it important to develop meaningful long-term relationships with my patients, especially with those in rural and underserved populations, and this is exactly what the program provides. This residency program pays particular attention to my specific goals and provides the necessary grounds to attain more clinical experience in that area. Most importantly, what really attracted me to this program was the welcoming nature of the residents and faculty. Everyone makes you feel right at home!


Joseph TanbakuchiChristine Sjoquist M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Dartmouth College
  • Career Goals: Developing long-term relationships with patients, identifying their goals and priorities and working toward those together. Being a preventative medicine advocate. Becoming very good at musculoskeletal medicine.
  • Hobbies: Rock climbing, mountain biking, running, yoga, reading, knitting, watching 80s and 90s action movies

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?There were many reasons that I chose this program. My husband and I moved to Reno in 2015 for me to start medical school. Rock climbing has been a driving factor in our lives for 20 years, and it is no coincidence that we chose to live within short drives of Tahoe, Bishop and Yosemite. In fact, Reno is a great place for all the yuppie activities, including running, mountain biking, etc... and we have enjoyed these with good friends over the last four years. Having gone to med school in Reno, I worked closely with this program's residents and faculty during third and fourth years. I have always enjoyed their sense of community, and have had great respect for their professional skills. This program has an excellent reputation among the Reno medical community. That there is a sports medicine fellowship here in Reno is a big bonus for me!


Jacob SpranoJacob Sprano M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: The College of Wooster
  • Career Goals: Full spectrum family medicine
  • Hobbies: Hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, dipnetting, soccer, spikeball, reading

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?There were a lot of great reasons for me to choose this program. I was initially drawn to apply here because of the great outdoor access and my desire to move out west again; however, after interviewing I was blown away by the friendliness of the residents and faculty. UNR family med strikes a great balance between the resources of a larger academic institution and a smaller community feel that allows family docs to practice cradle to grave medicine. All the residents are eager to learn and always willing to help and teach! I couldn’t be happier with my choice to be here in Reno.


Joseph TanbakuchiJoseph Tanbakuchi M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Undergraduate College: State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Career Goals: Currently I think I want to focus on outpatient primary care. However, I enjoy variety, therefore I imagine I might end up doing more than just outpatient primary care.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy outdoor activities in particular snowboarding and hiking. I watch too much football and I like to travel whenever time permits.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?Having spent my entire life in Western New York I knew I wanted to go to a different part of the country for at least residency. What really made UNR stand out to me was the friendly and approachable attending and resident physicians. At the end of my interview season I felt very confident UNR would provide a great environment to learn in. Lastly, the diversity of the UNR program brought it to the top of my list. The attending physicians work with the residents in a variety of settings, giving the program a community full-spectrum feel. However, at the same time the program is supported by a large university, allowing residents to also obtain and pursue any academic interest.


Joshua TartakoffJoshua Tartakoff D.O. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: Rocky Vista University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Vassar College and Brigham Young University - Idaho
  • Career Goals: I have lots of interests and with them lots of goals. I love the Latino community and am really interested in helping these great people meet their healthcare and wellness needs. I would love to do lots of continuity obstetrics and pediatrics. Finally, along with my love of the outdoors comes the goal of trying to find a way to combine it with medicine. I would love to be involved in wilderness medicine, whether through education, search and rescue, or some form of expedition medicine.
  • Hobbies: Playing with my family, hiking, climbing, running, skiing, backpacking, reading, cooking, painting, answering my daughter’s endless questions and reminding her what she cannot put in her baby brother’s mouth.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? First and foremost, UNR Family medicine was on our radar because of the location by the mountains and the average days of sun each year. However, my wife and I decided without reservation that it was our number one program because of the vibe from the people here. We heard about how happy many residents were, the resident driven changes, the supportive collegial faculty and were really impressed. We also feel that the big/little city nestled against the mountains is just the right kind of place for us to raise our kids.


Amanda WagnerNathan Thomas M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Brigham Young University
  • Career Goals: I plan on doing primary care sports medicine. Although sports are my passion, my wife and I both grew up in small towns, and practicing full-scope rural medicine is definitely something I’m interested in as well.
  • Hobbies: Nothing is better than spending time with my wife, son, and our families. I love to play all sports, but basketball is king. I enjoy lifting weights and I have a goal to start training for triathlons. We love food in my family. I recently bought a smoker and want to master the art of smoking brisket, ribs, and other meats.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?My interview experience here is really what sold me. It was obvious that the residents have a great sense of comradery, not only with each other but with the faculty as well. It seemed like such a comfortable place to be where people support each other and make each other better. My wife grew up close to Reno and being close to family is important to us. We love the area and think it would be a great place to raise our children. I know this residency will train me well for full-scope practice, and it has a strong sports medicine fellowship as well.


Brooke ToddBrooke Todd M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Texas at Austin
  • Career Goals: Opening a practice in a small town, broad-based family medicine training, high levels of comfort in obstetrics and women’s health, sports medicine and procedures.
  • Hobbies: Reading, writing short stories, backpacking, salsa dancing, piano.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? During the interview process, UNR FMR stuck out as a program where I could get the best and broadest training in family medicine, with the added benefits of being part of a university. Participating in the couples match opened the possibility that my husband and I would be drawn to different programs; we found in Reno, however, the combination of a small town feel with a larger population size and we both love the outdoors. It was important to us that we have ample OB/GYN training, sports medicine experience and a faculty invested in seeing the residents succeed. We found all of this at UNR as well as a group of residents who felt like people we would want to work with and build lasting friendships.


Ha VuHa Vu M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: California State University Los Angeles
  • Career Goals: Hospital and outpatient practice in academic environments, full spectrum family medicine practice, potentially urgent care and emergent care
  • Hobbies: Listening to music while sipping morning coffee, spending lots and lots of time with my family, hiking, swimming, skiing, surfing, running, sporting…

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?Reno has always been on my radar since my undergrad time in the Bay Area for various reasons but most of all the fun family trips to Lake Tahoe and Reno local casinos. Location with varied seasons added extra strengths when it came time for residency application. However, what solidified my commitment to the Reno Family Medicine program was really the experience during the interview. The program portrayed perfect combination between sufficient guidance from staff and adequate autonomy for residents to be independently competent. The bonds and interactions between current residents feel nothing less than being part of a family. I actually felt a sense of belonging even during the interviews and tours. On top of that, the academia with new innovations involving the options of MD/MPH or MD/MBA programs, AND the Elko program, only sealed the deal in my mind that this program is the one to be with. As if that wasn’t enough, this program is constantly growing, despite that fact that they have been around for decades and their alumni are in leadership positions. Medicine is an ever-evolving field and the best place to learn medicine is to be in a program with SOLID PROVEN RECORDS of producing successful physicians.


Amanda WagnerAmanda Wagner M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo California
  • Career Goals: Currently I aspire to practice full spectrum family medicine with a specialty in Sports Medicine.
  • Hobbies: I love to try new things! I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, biking, swimming, running, reading, weightlifting and spending as much time as I can with my family and friends.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Family Medicine Residency?I chose UNR for many reasons. Growing up in Auburn, CA the Reno/Tahoe area is like a second home to me. The program offers each resident to become trained in full spectrum family medicine-with unique experiences in OB, peds and Sports Medicine. I also liked that the program was transparent in the structure, requirements and expectations of residents during residency. I was also intrigued by the combined residency/masters programs offered through UNR.


Alexandra Watson Chief Resident
Alexandra Watson

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Career Goals: I am most interested in academic, LGBT+, rural, and women’s medicine. My most current career goal is to survive residency.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my close family and friends. This includes traveling, trying new bars and restaurants, being a member of a feminist book club, and teaching myself how to cook (in order to feed myself and my husband without going broke). I am also a self-professed crazy cat lady and will talk about my pets to anyone who will listen.

Why did you choose the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency? I made the switch to Family Medicine late in medical school and one of the main reasons was my experience with the Reno residents. I get along with everyone well and it’s a great learning environment. The faculty are extremely supportive of all of my educational goals. Additionally, I enjoy working with medical students and knew that there would be many opportunities here. I grew up in Lake Tahoe and wanted to remain in Nevada as my husband and I both love it here. There is so much to do, whether you like festivals, concerts, trying local breweries, or outdoor activities; plus there is an airport in town, which makes traveling that much easier! I feel extremely lucky to have been chosen by such an awesome program.