Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Learn more about our residents
Our Residents

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The four-year psychiatry residency program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. The program which began in 1993 offers quality experience through a variety of rotations and electives (during the PGY-4 year). The electives are designed to enhance the residents' well rounded education. Upon graduation, many residents have remained in Nevada to practice at public and private sites, others have gone on to fellowship programs and others have joined the department as faculty.

2020 – 2021
All Residents

Alexander Au, M.D.Alexander Au M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Salt Lake City
  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Hobbies: 1. Being a dog lover. My partner and I foster dogs. They've made me realize how much we take pets for granted and their role in our mental health. I intend to open an animal sanctuary to care for abandoned and unwanted pets and provide them with a happy life. 2. I'm currently writing a book (The Golden American Dream), about my grandparents who immigrated to the United States to chase the American Dream and open a Chinese restaurant - The Golden Tree Cafe. 3. I was a sponsored athlete for New Balance.

Tarra Becher, M.D.Tarra Becher M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Hometown: Waimea, Hawaii
  • Hobbies: Camping - We recently renovated a 1964 travel trailer, but also enjoy backpacking and camping in remote areas. Land-sailing - I haven't been land sailing in the dry lake beds of Nevada for 9 years. I have competed in small local competitions. Hiking - I enjoy taking my son and two dogs hiking in the afternoons and on weekends. Sewing - swimwear and children's clothes are my favorite items to sew. Cooking - I especially love making pizza and pasta from scratch.

Michael Bradshaw M.D.Michael Bradshaw M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: St. James School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: York University
  • Research Interests: VA inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Toronto, Canada
  • Hobbies: Tennis, painting, hiking, podcasts, spending time with family and friends, road trips, playing with my cat.

I chose UNR as my top program because of the cohesive and friendly culture of residents. They are inclusive and always have your back. Secondly, this program has amazing staff, faculty, and facilities. They give you an opportunity to work at a VA, State, and private hospital which gives you an array and diversity of patients and workflows. Lastly, geographically, Reno is amazing for nature, hikes, sunshine, biking, beaches with Tahoe and surrounding lakes nearby.

Lorenzo Capannolo, M.D.Lorenzo Capannolo M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Hobbies: Playing basketball, volleyball, and tennis, watching basketball and soccer, lifting weights, playing video games, attending sporting events and concerts, travelling.

Byron Czerniski, M.D.Byron Czerniski M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
  • Undergraduate College: Western Washington University
  • Research Interests: Addictions
  • Hometown: Aberdeen, WA
  • Hobbies: Baseball, hiking, my dogs, stand up comedy.

Emma Garcia-Rider M.D.Emmannuelle Garcia-Rider M.D. Co-Chief Resident (PGY3)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Research Interests: Forensics, Addiction, and academic
  • Hometown: Reno, NV
  • Hobbies: Running, knitting, and bread making.

I am a third year resident and co-chief resident. I am as close to being a native Nevadan as I can get without being one. I've been in Reno, Nevada since I was 6 months old and was determined to be a doctor since I was very young. I went to UNR and majored in Chemistry and Political Science. After graduating I took the opportunity to take a break and experience what made Nevada famous and became a blackjack dealer. Despite the fun of winning for the house, medicine was still calling. Soon after starting at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine I had the opportunity to attend the Betty Ford Substance Abuse Program to learn about addiction and became interested in psychiatry. The choice was solidified during my third year after I spent 6 months living in Elko to learn about rural medicine and I saw the lack of mental health access in rural areas. I chose to stay in Nevada because of the great need for psychiatric providers and my love for the state. Staying in Nevada was an easy choice and after residency I plan to attend a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry and return to the state to practice. When I’m not at work you will find me training for marathons or knitting.

Nicholas Hollister, M.D.Nicholas Hollister M.D. Co-Chief Resident (PGY4)

  • Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A. In Psychology
  • Research Interests: Adult psychiatry with a focus on the veteran experience and addiction disorders. I am considering working in an inpatient setting and hope to have involvement in the education of patients, students and residents.
  • Hometown: Upstate New York
  • Hobbies: Music, motorcylces, and snowboarding

There are many things that drew me to the UNR psychiatry residency program. As a medical student at UNR School of Medicine I was fortunate to work with residents and attendings from the program during every year of my training. What I saw were residents who treated each other like family and friends as well as professional colleagues. They interacted openly and had fun together both on and off site. It was clear that the residents cultivated a very welcoming and comfortable environment while continuing to be professional and collaborative. With a small number of residents it was easy to get to know your classmates well and maintain relationships despite being on different sites. There was also the approachability and openness of the attendings who were clearly motivated to teach, open to questions and supportive in all regards. When coupled with the outstanding quality of our attendings it was clearly an environment conducive to learning. The program was also an environment that promoted a healthy work/life balance. It was clear that the residents had adequate time to engage in their various interests while still becoming adept at the tasks set before them. There was definitely enough to do with personal time. Reno is a hidden treasure at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range with beautiful scenery, plenty of outdoor activities and mild weather (if you don't mind a little heat). My family and I spent many days during medical school at Lake Tahoe, hiking the mountains, fishing in Pyramid Lake and enjoying the multitude of parks dotting Reno. The city itself has grown significantly over my time here and we now have a robust downtown area with great restaurants, night life and activities. With the opportunity for a great education with excellent residents in an area rife with meaningful activities it was an easy choice for us.

Ned Kletz, M.D.Ned Kletz M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: American University of Antigua
  • Undergraduate College: University of Puget Sound
  • Research Interests: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Berkeley, CA
  • Hobbies: Baseball, hiking, my dogs, stand up comedy

Once I interviewed at UNR, I knew this was the place for me. I got such a wonderful vibe from all the residents and staff. That first impression has held true 2 years into residency with the family-like atmpsphere here. It's an incredibly supportive learning environment with attendings that take pride in teaching and make learning fun. There is also an emphasis on work-life balance and Tahoe is basically in our backyard which is a HUGE bonus!

Betty Li, M.D.Betty Li M.D. (PGY4)

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Degree: M.A. in Bioethics
  • Undergraduate College: University of Washington
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biochemistry and Neurobiology
  • Research Interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, ethics in psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry, student mental health
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Hobbies: Watching movies, snuggling with my cat, singing, audio mixing

Benjamin McLean M.D.Benjamin McLean M.D. (PGY4)

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of North Dakota
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Psychology
  • Research Interests: Emergency Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Fargo, ND
  • Hobbies: Ice hockey, traveling, trail running, hiking/camping, multisport racing, painting, trivia

Ian mikolaj, M.D.Ian Mikolaj M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: Saint Louis University
  • Undergraduate College: Ohio State University
  • Research Interests: Adult Psychiatry, Telepsych, and ECT.
  • Hometown: Seville, OH
  • Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, skiing, drawing, painting, live music, cooking, hot sauce, fermentation, movies, board games, Magic the Gathering.

Kevin Neveau, M.D.Kevin Neveau M.D. (PGY2)

Thomas Rayner M.D.Thomas Rayner M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: University of Utah
  • Undergraduate College: University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Adult Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Bountiful, UT
  • Hobbies: Family, golf, sports, fitness.

Steven Sha, M.D.Steven Sha M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: Touro University, California
  • Undergraduate College: Macalester College
  • Research Interests: LGBT mental health, cultural competency, acute psychosis.
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
  • Hobbies: Cats, knitting accessories for my cats, attempting vegan recipes, hiking, video games (recent PC gaming convert), local coffee roasteries, catching pokemon, podcasts.

Emily Warnock, M.D.Emily Warnock M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: University of Colorado
  • Undergraduate College: Kalamazoo College
  • Research Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, playing Magic the Gathering and any other tabletop games, skiing.

I chose UNR because I wanted to learn the practice of psychiatry in public, private, and VA hospitals. I also liked the opportunity to pursue a child and adolescent fellowship integrated into the residency program. I've noticed faculty are always a phone call or text away and always available to talk; they really care about the residents. Lastly, my family has loved living in a beautiful area with plenty of year-round outdoor recreation!

Suzanne Watson, M.D.Suzanne Watson M.D. (PGY4)

  • Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: University of California, San Diego
  • Research Interests: Diverse interests within psychiatry including suicide prevention, working with underserved populations and gender affirming care.
  • Hometown: Del Mar, CA
  • Hobbies: Anthing outside (hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking), spending time with my four adult children, Episcopal Church activities.

Brady Wells, D.O.Brady Wells D.O. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Undergraduate College: Brigham Young University Provo, Utah
  • Hometown: Orem, Utah
  • Hobbies: Spearfishing and free-diving, cross-country skiing, boating and wakeboarding, fluent in Chuukese. Chuuk: the people, language, and culture. Skiing and snowboarding, triathlons, tennis, soccer, pickleball, canyoneering, hiking and camping. J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth.

Isaac Wentz, M.D.Isaac Wentz M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: University of Washington
  • Undergraduate College: University of Wyoming
  • Research Interests: Adult outpatient, telepsychiatry, considering inpatient or forensics.
  • Hometown: Casper, WY
  • Hobbies: Biking, chess, hiking, Tahoe, microbrews, axe throwing, festivals, family and friends.

Charles Wielski, M.D.Charles Wielski M.D. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Undergraduate College: University of California, Berkeley
  • Hometown: Berkeley, California
  • Hobbies: Fitness, cycling, film, literature, architecture & design, comedy.

Mackenzi Wilson, D.O.McKenzie Wilson D.O. (PGY1)

  • Medical School: Touro Uninversity College of Osteopathic Medicine - California
  • Undergraduate College: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Research Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stoicism, East Asian languages
  • Hometown: Grass Valley, California
  • Hobbies: Fly fishing, cultural-based cooking, beekeeping, hiking, camping, craft brewing, cinema, running, yoga.

Michael Wolfe M.D.Michael Wolfe M.D. (PGY3)

  • Medical School: St. George's University
  • Undergraduate College: University of California, Davis
  • Research Interests: Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Hometown: San Jose, CA
  • Hobbies: Sports, comedy, Sci-Fi, hanging out with family and friends, enjoying delicious Reno restaurants.

I chose UNR because it's a beautiful city with lots to do, the variety/quality of psychiatric experience and the supportive community of residents and leadership.