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

Kelly Bowman M.D. (PGY4)

  • Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Mercer University College of Liberal Arts
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Research Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Tyrone, GA
  • Hobbies: Parenting, reading science fiction/fantasy, crocheting, church

I choose to come to Reno for both residency and fellowship because this program nurtures a sense of community and respects that we are humans more than just employees. Our program allows for a balance between work and life. I can be both a doctor during the day and a mom of two kids when not at work. Reno has a great selection of activities both indoor and out, and our job allows enough time off to actually enjoy being part of this engaging city. Our program has opportunities for research and publishing, and we choose if we participate rather than being required. I feel having a choice leads to better research verses publishing just for the sake of publishing. On the practical side of why UNR was my first choice for residency and fellowship, are considerations like no duty hour violations which ensures we are rested enough to be good doctors and excellent health insurance which ensures we take care of our own health in order to be good doctors. There are also options to begin moonlighting during the second year which provides both additional income and increased autonym and learning. If I could go back through the MATCH again, I would still choose UNR as my first choice for residency and fellowship mainly because I feel that I am receiving excellent training in psychiatry.


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.


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.

Erick Eck M.D. (PGY2)

  • Medical School: A.T. Still University
  • Undergraduate College: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • Research Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL
  • Hobbies: Anything outdoors, sports, exercise, animals, travel, or entrepreneurship.

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.

Lucas M Hansen D.O. (PGY4)

  • Medical School: Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate College: Brigham Young University
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Exercise Science
  • Research Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Hometown: Sacramento, CA
  • Hobbies: Guitar, archery, skateboarding, and quilting

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

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. (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. (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. (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. (PGY2)


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. (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. (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. (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.

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.

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.