Meet Our Class of 2023 Residents

Nicole Chin, M.D.

Nicole Chin, MD

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Areas of Interest:

  • Urban Underserved Populations
  • Spirituality and Whole-Person Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Full-Spectrum Medicine

Hello! I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest where I received a master’s degree in materials engineering at the University of Washington. I came to Chicago for medical school, and am excited to be sticking around for my residency training! I served on the executive boards for my medical school’s Christian Fellowship and Family Medicine Interest Group, and mentored medical students at student-run free clinics in the Chicagoland area. While in medical school, I lived in and served the North Philadelphia inner city by providing free door-to-door health screenings through the Summer Medical Institute. This ignited my passion for serving underserved populations and holistic family medicine.

As a Seattleite, I enjoy the outdoors and love birding/hiking (fun fact, I identified 22+ different bird species in North Chicago during my 1st year of medical school)!  As a Chicagoan, I enjoy the many sights and museums Chicago has to offer (especially reading museum placards).  I love spending time with family, friends, and church…and I take after my mom to enjoy drawing and painting whenever I have the chance.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

Its mission to provide excellent primary care for vulnerable, underserved populations resonated with me. I wanted to train at a program with mentors and peers who embrace this mission, and this was reflected by everyone I met on my interview day. The FQHC setting, complex patient cases, exceptional full-spectrum training, and high-volume OB/GYN at West Sub offers opportunities for me to grow into a fully capable family physician, and be the advocate my patients need me to be.

Rebekka DePew, M.D.

Rebekka DePew, MD

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Palliative Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Ethics
  • Inpatient Medicine
  • Health Equity and Care for Underserved Populations

Research experience/interest:

  • Ethics and Health Policy

Awards/Recognition:

  • Gold Humanism Honors Society

Leadership:

  • Shade Tree Clinic (student-run free clinic) Psychiatry Clinic Director
  • Family Medicine Interest Group leader

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Poetry/stories; being outdoors and exploring; spending time with friends, family, and our two awesome cats.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I wanted to train in a setting with a deep commitment for taking care of underserved populations alongside a team of individuals who are passionate about the mission of social medicine and who create a supportive and encouraging environment. At West Suburban, I found all of these things, and I simply fell in love with the place. I was also confident that I would leave West Sub as a competently trained family doc, ready to do both inpatient and outpatient medicine.

 Bridget Doyle, DO, MPH

Bridget Doyle, DO, MPH

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved Medicine & Social Determinants of Health
  • Community Medicine & Public Health Policy/Advocacy
  • Women’s & Maternal-Child Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Nutrition and Fitness Education
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home models of care

Research Experience / Interest:

  • Infants Cared for by Mother’s Family Physician Maternity Care Provider Have Higher Well Baby Attendance Rates”
  • “Home-Based, Interactive Nutrition Education with High-Need Southeast D.C. Families”
  • “Game On! Provider Usage of a Sports Directory to Target Pediatric Obesity”
  • “Park Rx: Increasing Provider Prescription of Outdoor Physical Activity to Promote Long-Term Health and Well-Being”

Awards / Recognition:

  • Silver TOUCH Award for community service
  • ATSU MPH Scholarship

Leadership:

  • Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) Member & Advocate
  • School-Based Health Center Public Health Education Curriculum Coordinator
  • Biomedical Ethics Club Executive Board

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Tennis, soccer, running, hiking, concert going, netflixing, traveling to new cities, exploring new cuisines

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

It offers the perfect combination of things I was looking for in a residency program – commitment to providing excellent care to a diverse and underserved community in an urban, patient-centered medical home; a supportive, team-based environment; engagement in public health advocacy and community outreach programs; and robust unopposed training with an emphasis on maternal-child health, obstetrics, behavioral medicine, and inpatient medicine all in an awesome city! During my interview, I could sense how dedicated the faculty, residents, and staff were to improving the health and well-being of the surrounding community. I am beyond excited to be a part of the West Sub team!

Jacqueline Greene–Roper, M.D.

Jacqueline Greene–Roper, MD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Care for the Underserved
  • Women’s Health and Obstetrics
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Behavioral Health
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Full Scope Family Medicine

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Homelessness and Conceptualization of Health
  • Introducing Allopathic Medical Students to Osteopathic Principles and Manipulative Techniques
  • Resources that dually focus on Homelessness and Substance Use Disorders

Awards/Recognition:

  • National Health Service Corps Scholar
  • Bioethics Honors Program
  • Outstanding Student Medical Education, Scholarship, Research and Evaluation Poster Award

Leadership:

  • Family Medicine Interest Group President
  • Developed an OMT elective for allopathic students development, served as teacher assistant for this elective
  • Missionary at a hospice and community clinic in Chimbote, Peru for 2 years before medical school
  • Ignatius Spirituality Planning board member

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Spending time with my family
  • Refinishing projects with my husband
  • Being outdoors
  • Swimming, especially in the lake
  • Running
  • Game nights with friends
  • Cooking
  • Service/volunteering, especially abroad
  • Photography

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
I know West Suburban truly cares for and prioritizes underserved populations and I know that it provides excellent, well-rounded, and full spectrum training. I loved the opportunity to have my clinical training site be an FQHC. West Suburban also has all the other aspects I wanted in a residency program including a strong focus in maternal child health, a solid foundation in addiction medicine, and rigorous inpatient medicine training.  The warm and caring nature of everyone at West Suburban really resonated with me; from the residents to the Program Director to the administration – everyone is so kind and it truly feels like a family environment! There is nothing more I could have asked for than to work in a place that feels like home. I have known I wanted to be a part of the West Suburban family since my second year of medical school! I spent multiple months at West Suburban during my medical school training and always loved the people I worked with. Some would say this was meant to be for I was born at West Sub!

 Katie Ives-Louter, M.D.

Katie Ives-Louter, MD

Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Full spectrum family medicine
  • Women’s health
  • Obstetrics
  • Underserved medicine
  • Addiction medicine
  • Medical education
  • Healthcare policy

Research Experience/Interest:

  • I worked with the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health to evaluate the barriers and treatment outcomes of a state-funded hepatitis C treatment program for low-income Illinois residents co-infected with HIV and HCV.
  • Awards/recognition:
  • National Health Service Corps Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Leadership:

  • Education Centered Medical Home clinic chief
  • Chicago Youth Programs tutor
  • Blood Drive Coordinator

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Running, hiking, kayaking, cooking (and eating!) new recipes, playing with my cats, collecting house plants

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I chose West Suburban because of the program’s commitment to underserved medicine and preparing residents to practice full-scope family medicine. During a rotation as a medical student and on my interview day, I was extremely impressed and inspired by the faculty and residents. Everyone was so kind, compassionate, and supportive, and they all clearly shared a passion for caring for medically underserved communities. I was equally impressed by West Sub’s rigorous training in inpatient medicine, obstetrics, and intensive care, and I knew that I would graduate from West Sub with the clinical skills to practice full-scope family medicine in any setting.

 Kathryn Nutting, M.D.

Kathryn Nutting, MD

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Nutrition
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Underserved Medicine

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Diet and Exercise behaviors after Kidney Transplant
  • Food Insecurity in low-income older adults

Awards/Recognition:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Leadership:

  • Chief medical student
  • Family Medicine Interest Group Leader

Non-medical Interests/Hobbies:

  • Cooking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

While looking at family medicine programs, I continuously came back to the “gut feeling” I had when I was at West Sub. I could tell it was such a special place to train. I was lucky enough to do my third year family medicine rotation at PCC Lake Clinic and was immediately struck with the strong sense of community, the dedication to patients, and the commitment to providing outstanding care to some of Chicago’s most vulnerable patients and I am excited to be returning for my residency training. I am thrilled about the strong in-patient and maternal child health curriculum to ensure I can practice true full-spectrum family medicine after graduation!

 Max Ruben, M.D.

Max Ruben, MD

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Areas of Interest:

  • Healthcare for people experiencing homelessness, full-spectrum family medicine, HIV and Hepatitis C, comprehensive care for people who use substances, geriatrics and palliative medicine, procedural care and point-of-care ultrasound

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to Hepatitis C care among healthcare providers in Washington D.C.
  • Prior Quality Improvement projects including HIV outreach optimization and increasing the colonoscopy completion rate in patients with positive screening tests (e.g., fecal immunochemical test)

Awards / Recognition:

  • AmeriCorps/Community HealthCorps Segal Education Award
  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Leadership:

  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at GWU SMHS, chapter president
  • HIV Public Health Summit at GWU SMHS, co-coordinator
  • Syringe Access Services in San Francisco, naloxone educator and distributor
  • Doctors for Camp Closure, medical volunteer recruiter for march in D.C.

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Food! I enjoy cooking with my wife, especially soups and stews for dinner parties. A favorite is Hatch green chile stew from my home state of New Mexico. Other hobbies include reading (I am often found listening to Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings on audiobook), walking, skiing, and hiking/exploring national parks.

I chose West Suburban for my residence training because…

I chose West Sub for the opportunity to train in a robust and comprehensive program preparing me to practice anywhere. I love that it’s a community program with ample exposure to the gamut of full-spectrum Family Medicine. I was particularly impressed by the program’s mission of service to the community and providing full-spectrum care for marginalized patient populations. Training in an FQHC is a top priority and I was thrilled to join a program with multiple FQHC locations from which to choose as a primary site. In addition, I felt the true spirit of Family Medicine on my interview day. Everyone was so warm, committed, and brilliant. That feeling of “family” is essential as I believe it will help me fully succeed and weather the challenges of residency.

Nicole Runkle, M.D.

Nicole Runkle, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved and Community Medicine
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Public Health and Policy

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Qualitative research on food insecurity from the community and primary care perspectives
  • Cultural Humility in Medical Education through Service-Learning

Awards/Recognition:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute Scholar
  • MCW Kern Institute Transformational Ideas Initiative funding

Leadership:

  • MCW Apprenticeship in Medicine Mentor
  • MCW student-run free clinic Manager
  • FMSA Health Room Helpers Coordinator
  • Former AmeriCorps member through the National Health Corps – Chicago

Non-Medical Interests & Hobbies:

  • Running and trying out new workouts, playing with my dog, spending time with family and friends, hiking and being outdoors, pyrography, trying new food, binging Netflix

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because….
I chose West Suburban for my residency training because of the high quality, full-spectrum training and people. I loved how passionate everyone was and the emphasis placed on caring for the underserved. I knew that I would get exceptional training all around, especially in MCH. At the end of the day though, the people at West Sub left the greatest impression on me, and I could honestly see myself training here and being happy!

Yael Schwartz, D.O.

Yael Schwartz, DO

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Women’s Health
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Palliative Care
  • Underserved Care

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Multiple sclerosis and physical activity

Awards/Recognition:

  • Vick Family Memorial Award
  • Jirina and Dennis Polivka Scholarship
  • and Mrs. Charles C. Markle Award
  • Michael Reese Women’s Board Scholarship
  • Marcus and Theresa Levie Educational Scholarship
  • University of Illinois Bronze Tablet

Leadership:

  • Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Osteopathic Service Organization

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Playing sports, watching sports (Go Ravens!), tai chi, mentoring kids, spending time near water, adding new foods to my ridiculous diet.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
The West Sub family I met on my interview day was inspiring, motivated, driven, and kind. I was searching for a residency where medicine intersects with community and justice, and I found that at West Suburban. The excellent training in women’s health and obstetrics, inpatient, and clinic medicine is unparalleled. Lastly, I was hoping to stay in Chicago to be close to my family and to serve a deserving and underserved population.

Mary Ella Wood, D.O.

Mary Ella Wood, DO

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s Health/Operative Obstetrics, Global Health/Underserved Healthcare, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, OMM

Research Experience/ Interest:

  • FGM, Self-Sustaining Global Healthcare

Awards / Recognition:

  • Gold Humanism Honors Society

Leadership:

  • AMSA National Global Health Chair

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Designing clothes, cooking, Latin & ballroom dancing, traveling, reading, writing, hiking/camping

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

The people that I met on interview day genuinely loved the work that they do and were passionate about their patients. I was also looking for a program that offered a lot of training in obstetrics and women’s health, inpatient-based medicine and critical care training, OMM, continuity clinics serving underserved populations and a global health curriculum. West Sub had everything that I was looking for and more and I am ecstatic to be completing my training here!