Advisory Board


Kelle L. Brogan, M.D.Kelle L. Brogan, M.D., AAHPM

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Palliative Care Associates, President and Owner
Medical Director for Palliative Care at Renown Regional Medical Center
Associate Medical Director, Saint Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada

Kelle Brogan, M.D., graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in 1986 and has been clinical faculty since completing her postgraduate training with Internal Medicine-Reno Residency in 1989. Dr. Brogan started at the VAH as ward attending as well as taking students at Saint Mary's Hospice (which she continues to do). Dr. Brogan gives several lectures on EOL and Palliative Care to residents and first and second year medical students. She has been a preceptor to first and second year medical students for the past four years. In the past three and a half years she has worked with numerous fourth year students, residents, as well as Palliative Medicine and Geriatric Fellows on her Palliative Care service at Renown. Most recently, in conjunction with her mission program, Dr. Brogan took a fourth year medical student (as part of the student's rural rotation) to India.

Reka P. Danko, M.D.Reka P. Danko, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Northern Nevada Medical Center, Hospitalist
Northern Nevada HOPES, Chief Medical Officer/ Medical Director

Reka Danko, M.D., earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where she also completed her postgraduate internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Following board certification, Dr. Danko joined a hospitalist practice at Northern Nevada Medical Center, an acute care hospital in Sparks, Nevada. In 2013, Dr. Danko also began working at Northern Nevada HOPES, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Reno, where she offers primary care and specialty services to patients. In 2014, she accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Danko has also remained active at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor since completion of her postgraduate training. In Practice of Medicine and Advanced Clinical Skills courses, she is a preceptor to students, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, through the fall, spring and summer semesters of the medical curriculum. Dr. Danko has also had teaching appointments as course director in Practice of Medicine, a systems based clinical skills course, where she contributed to curriculum development, standardized patient instruction, and clinical case development with focus on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual (BPSS) model. She also remains active as community faculty in advising students, giving classroom lectures, academic hospitalist work, and student remediation.

Kirsten A. Lorenzen, M.D.Kirsten Lorenzen, M.D.

Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Hospitalist, Department of Internal Medicine-Reno

Kirsten Lorenzen, M.D. attended University of Wisconsin Medical School from 1984-1988. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine with the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1991. She served as an Adjunct Professor from 1992 - 2000 and became full time faculty with the School of Medicine in January of 2001, where she continues to serve today. Dr. Lorenzen works with a variety of learners at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine from first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine Course to senior Residents at the General internal Medicine Clinic.

Peter R. Fenwick, M.D.Peter R. Fenwick, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
State of Nevada Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA)

Peter Fenwick, M.D., FAAFP, was one of four original School of Medicine preceptors that began teaching students in 1981 when the school converted to a four-year program. He is the only one of the four who still precepts in northern Nevada, continuing his involvement with the medical school by precepting at the Student Outreach Clinics. Originally from England, Fenwick graduated from the 600-year-old St. Andrews University in Scotland. Following postgraduate training in neurosurgery, general surgery and obstetrics, he volunteered to go to countries with minimal medical care and was sent to Anguilla in the British West Indies. His broad background was quite helpful there as he was the only physician on the island of 7,000 people for a period of two and a half years. Following this, he spent nine years in the Royal Air Force as a Squadron Medical Officer. He then came to Reno in the late 1970s and ended up taking a position as an emergency medicine physician at what was then the Washoe Medical Center, now known as Renown Health. From there, he moved into private family practice for the next 30 years. During that period he was Chief of the Family Practice Department at both major Reno hospitals and spent nine years on the Board of Hometown Health. In 1981, he was approached by the School of Medicine to precept first- and third-year medical students. He was honored in 2007 with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Thomas J. Scully Praeceptor Carissimus Award. Dr. Fenwick says he loves teaching students and finds he also learns from teaching. He remembers how he was taught and wants to extend that experience.

Brad T. Graves, M.D.Kevin M. Dinwiddie, M.D., FAAP

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Kevin Dinwiddie, M.D. attended the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and graduated in 1980 as a member of the first four year class. He then did his Pediatric internship and residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Upon completion of his training, he returned to Reno where he worked for seven years in private practice and then worked for five years doing Pediatric critical care at Washoe Medical Center. In 1995 he moved to Elko, Nevada where he once again went into private practice and where he still enjoys Pediatrics in a rural setting. He has remained active with the medical school for more than thirty years teaching numerous medical students during his career. In addition he and his wife have been very active doing medical missions to India over the past twelve years.

Paul Y. Shonnard, M.D.

Paul Y. Shonnard, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
AANA Master Instructor
President Nevada Orthopedics
Chief of Staff Renown South Meadows

Paul Shonnard, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and did his residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He also completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which is consistently ranked in the top two orthopedic hospitals in the country. He has been practicing in Reno since 1996.

Dr. Shonnard has ongoing research programs in hip arthroscopy and percutaneous calcaneus fracture work. He is an associate master instructor in hip arthroscopy at the academies learning center as well as providing lectures and teachings on hip arthroscopy at national and international seminars on an ongoing basis. Dr. Shonnard has completed chapter submissions for a recent Germany based hip arthroscopy textbook. His work on calcaneous was presented at the National meeting of the Orthopedic Trauma Association. Dr. Shonnard is a Nevada native and comes from a large family. His father was a vascular surgeon and he has five older brothers and one older sister. Dr. Shonnard enjoys skiing, hunting, athletics and spending time with his wife and family. He is actively involved in skiing and ski racing programs, in addition to many other outdoor activities. Dr. Shonnard is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is licensed by the State of Nevada.

Heather A. Baxter, M.D.Heather Baxter, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Heather Baxter, M.D. graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in 2008 and during her time there she spent a summer observing and practicing medicine in Ecuador. Following medical school, she completed her Internal Medicine training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and she is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Baxter also has cardiology fellowship training. Because of Nevada's severe shortage of primary care physicians, she decided to serve our community veterans and started working at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Reno, NV in 2012. Since working at the VA, she has developed a special interest in pain management and she was selected to oversee the Pain Panel at the Veterans Hospital, where her team advises on the safe management of patients with complex disorders. Dr. Baxter is a clinical assistant professor with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and she enjoys working with medical students and residents.