Grant Family Medicine Residency is excited to announce the Class of 2020!
Alexandra Blood is a first year resident who grew up in Southwestern Ohio. She attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned her BA in Spanish in 2011. For medical school she attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her free time Alexandra enjoys traveling, exercising, spending time with family and friends, working on her golf swing and exploring Columbus. Alexandra chose family medicine for a number of reasons including the focus on continuity of care which enables her to treat a patient from birth through their entire life. She also enjoys the variety of patient experiences ranging from pediatric and obstetric visits to preventative medicine and geriatric care. After residency, Alexandra would like to pursue a fellowship in geriatrics or join a practice providing care for the urban underserved populations of Columbus. Alexandra chose Grant because of the full spectrum training and dedication to serving those in need. During her Sub-Internship she realized that the Grant faculty and residents felt just like family.
Juliana (Julie) is originally from Union, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where she majored in Exercise Sciences and Sports Management. Julie then went on to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her undergraduate and medical school career, Julie served on her church’s regional medical staff, providing primary care to those in the church. Her love for family medicine stems from her experiences working with her church, clinical experiences and the diversity that family medicine provides. Julie’s interests include OB/women’s health, global health/immigrant health, OMT, inpatient and outpatient procedures. She plans on practicing full-spectrum medicine in underserved areas as well as internationally.
She was drawn to Grant due to the full spectrum training and the conducive learning environment it provides. What she loves most about Grant is the faculty, staff, and residents, who welcomed her and took her in as their own during her Sub-I. Julie is confident that when she leaves Grant, she will be more than capable to handle any situation she may be in.
In her free time, Julie loves spending time outdoors, traveling, baking, spending time with friends and family, and performing. Julie also loves watching football. She is an avid New England Patriots fan and a Rutgers Scarlet Knight! RU Rah Rah!
Spencer Conte grew up in Gahanna, Ohio. He attended East Carolina University, where he double majored in Biology and Mathematics. During his undergraduate training, he went through a primary care program which sparked his interest in family medicine. He went on to medical school at LECOM in Bradenton, Florida. Having grown up in Columbus, Spencer enjoys following the Crew, the Blue Jackets, and the Buckeyes. He hopes to continue his love for sports by pursuing a career in sports medicine. Working previously in the Grant ICU, Spencer was able to see how well prepared the residents were in any area of medicine, which led to him choosing to do his residency here. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys playing soccer, running, and spending time with his wife, Lauren, and their puppy, Raleigh.
Jennifer Ledonne was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She attended Xavier University where she received her B.S. in Biology. She then went on to pursue her medical training at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. In medical school, Jennifer realized that she truly enjoyed every aspect and field of medicine. She soon realized that she was meant to be a Family Physician.
Besides enjoying every aspect of medicine, Jennifer chose to be a Family Physician for multiple reasons. She loves the opportunity to care for persons of all ages, from the great-grandchildren to the great-grandparents, enjoys getting to know people, and values the continuity of care that Family Medicine provides. Jennifer grew up in a home where the door was always open to anyone at any time, and found that Family Medicine was that “home” within the medical field.
Jennifer fell in love with Grant quickly. She immediately felt welcomed and enjoyed getting to know the residents and faculty at Grant. She felt that the door was open and it was simply her “home” for residency. Since she learned in medical school to never close any doors, her special interests include, but are certainly not limited to, geriatrics and hospice care.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, friends, and family. She enjoys spoiling her nieces and nephew with gifts that her brothers love, such as drum sets and whistles. Although she is no Mozart, she enjoys playing the piano. She also enjoys everything from reading and writing to yoga and hiking.
Divya is from Gahanna, Ohio. She attended the Ohio State University for undergrad, receiving a BS in Biology, and then went to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for medical school. She is interested in Family Medicine because of the multitude of opportunities available in the specialty and the ability to do a little bit of everything.
In the future, Divya would like to practice full-spectrum Family Medicine in an underserved area, working closely with refugee and immigrant populations, as well as working abroad on global health experiences. She chose the Grant Family Medicine Program because of the program’s great training environment, the emphasis on full-spectrum Family Medicine, the opportunities for international medicine experiences, and the friendly and welcoming residents and faculty at Grant.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, playing the piano, reading (mystery books), and traveling.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Wei McIntosh was born in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Sycamore High School. She studied nuclear engineering at MIT but wanted a field that was more people-centered, so went on to attend SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her parents came from Taiwan to America for graduate school and met at the Cincinnati Chinese Church, which is also where Lizzy met her husband, Chad. They currently have two alligator snapping turtles named Necessity and Possibility as well as a cat named Dixie.
Lizzy fell in love with Family Medicine because of the emphasis on a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to health and the ability to care for all ages. Her interests include rural medicine, public health, and advocacy. She also believes that Family Physicians are uniquely suited to be leaders in healthcare reform and transformation. She chose Grant because of the opportunity to learn full-scope medicine and for its dedication to service and compassion, not only within the residency program but throughout the entire hospital.
Kelsey is originally from Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA where she majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology. Before starting medical school, she worked at a health center in Pittsburgh through AmeriCorps. Then she attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and was in the dual MD/Masters of Health Administration program. Kelsey is passionate about primary care, underserved populations, and health care transformation. She loves full spectrum family medicine including women’s health (including OB) and mental health. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys Zumba, swing dancing, board games, baking, and reading. She is also active in her church and in her state and national family medicine academy.
Kelsey chose Grant because she loved the people she rotated at Grant. She was encouraged that Grant also provides well-rounded full spectrum care yet with good life balance and with a great organization. After residency, she is considering a women’s health/OB fellowship but would eventually like to be a full spectrum family doctor and be involved in administration in a primary care clinic.
Emily is a first year resident and is a graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. While she hails from Dayton, Columbus has been her home for the past two years and she absolutely loves this wonderful city. Not only is it home to her favorite team (GO BUCKS!!), it is where she met her fiancé Keith and where she is surrounded by her amazing family and friends. Family is the center of her world and a huge reason she chose to pursue a career in primary care. She believes that the people we care for are not patients, but sons, daughters, siblings, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. It is the relationships and the diversity of Family medicine that drew her to the field. While there may be a subspecialty in her future, for now the world is completely open to her.
Outside of work Emily enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, and running with Keith and their very active pooch Duke. She also loves cooking and eating almost anywhere and any thing. Besides all this, her happy place is truly planted in a coffee shop, reading a good book.
Kelly Thibert was born in raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where she majored in Molecular and Microbiology and minored in Women’s Studies. She attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Florida where she earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees. Before applying to residency Kelly served as the National President for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), improving her health policy skills which she believes are vital to being an advocate and change agent for her patients and the communities in which they live. Kelly is passionate about comprehensive reproductive health, health policy and social activism. She was drawn to Grant because of the opportunities to truly learn how to treat patients in a variety of settings from teachers who sincerely cared and were invested in the program and residents. Aside from that, she recognized that Grant focuses on community health, service to the community and advocacy – all things she believes are vital to being the best physician one can be for the communities they serve. In her spare time Kelly likes to spend time with her fiancé, Asia and their pup, Luna. You can often find her checking out local breweries, coffee shops, craft food kitchens and attending various community events she finds through local news sources!
Paul Tobias has taken the scenic route to becoming a physician, but he couldn’t be happier now that he is starting training at Grant. He studied Integrative Biology and Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley, earned his law degree at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, and worked as an attorney in San Francisco for several years. He then completed his medical and business training at The Ohio State University. Paul chose Family Medicine because he loves to listen to people and work with them to resolve problems. He chose Grant because he loved the camaraderie and interactions between the residents and the attendings. When Paul had free time before having kids, his favorite activities included hiking, horseback riding, skiing, SCUBA diving, and playing soccer. His wife and three children are excited that he “won doctor school” and gets to care for patients!
Vern grew up close to Columbus in the small town of Plain City, OH. Her love of medicine began when she obtained her Veterinary Technician degree and worked with pets and their parents at the animal hospital. She continues to enjoy spending time with her own fur babies, as well as having impromptu dinner get-togethers with friends, playing volleyball, and discovering new ways to prepare coffee drinks. Her medical interests are treating underserved populations, palliative care, geriatrics, and transgender medicine. She chose Grant because of how impressed she was with the attending physicians and residents she got to work with when she spent a few weeks at Grant during the summer after her first year of medical school. She still remembers how Dr. Holt was able to move efficiently through her appointments and not only address medical concerns, but also offer practical advice for a variety of other social issues. Grant was also highly recommended by her mentors at Wright State as a residency that prepares their residents well for any type of practice they want to pursue.
Jess Tucker is originally from Bucyrus, Ohio, a small farm town north of Columbus. She majored in neuroscience and chemistry at Baldwin-Wallace University and completed her medical training at Ohio University HCOM in Athens. Jess fell in love with family medicine after realizing how diverse the opportunities are for scope of practice and community involvement. She loves obstetrics and women’s health, hospice/palliative care, intensive care and inpatient medicine, OMT and procedures. Jess most looks forward to practicing broad-spectrum family medicine in a rural underserved area and developing continuity with her patients.
Jess chose Grant for the training and the people—she says they’re both the best! With training rich in women’s health and inpatient medicine, graduates of the program are well-equipped to practice obstetrics and acute care. The faculty at Grant are talented physicians and also caring people who go out of their way to help each other and support the residents.
In her free time, Jess loves to be outdoors hiking, kayaking, swimming, and camping with her family and black lab, Moka. She also enjoys traveling and visiting national parks.
Samantha Wu was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in a large family of over thirty aunties and uncles and more than thirty cousins. She attended Cornell University where she studied Urban & Regional Planning with a minor in Law & Society, and Asian Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. She then completed a pre-health post-baccalaureate program before going to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school. Sam went into Family Medicine because she has a passion for helping those in need and hopes to build long-lasting relationships with those in her community. She chose Grant because she wanted an unopposed program that would provide a well-rounded education, but more importantly Sam was drawn to Grant's dedication to helping underserved populations. When she is not at the hospital, Sam enjoys being outdoors, skiing and snowboarding, going to the beach, singing karaoke, and watching the Spartans, San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers.