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Robin O’Meara, MD

Program Director

Robin O’Meara, MD

Program Director

Fellowship

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

Medical School

Loyola Strich School of Medicine, Maywood IL

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Butterworth

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I am an avid reader (mostly fiction). I enjoy exercise and cooking. I love watching da' Bears (football) on TV when I can, as I'm originally from Chi-town. Recently I've become interested in gardening. I'm also interested in the politics of medicine, and state/national health policies.

Residency

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Park Ridge IL

Undergraduate

University of Chicago, Chicago IL

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I am excited to take on the role of Program Director for the new Spectrum Health Family Medicine Program, and find much of my professional time has been spent working towards achieving an excellent program. I also am the chair of the Spectrum Medical Group's Immunization Committee. I am currently working on a research project with a resident that centers around physician recommendation for HPV vaccine (combining my two interests teaching and vaccines). I also worked with the AAFP to review grant proposals for immunization projects awarded nationally.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I moved to Michigan in 2015, for family reasons, from Chicago where I had practiced and taught for 11 years. I could not have anticipated at the time how happy I would be in West Michigan and feel lucky to have found this beautiful town/wonderful place to work. Grand Rapids reaps the benefits of philanthropy-with lots of musical shows, sporting events, amazing restaurants and brew pubs, and world class art! I am still finding new places to eat and explore with my family. We love Art Prize (Google this amazing west Michigan event). All of this urban living is available but you are within minutes of the great outdoors, with some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. My kids are outside exploring every day, which is something they couldn't readily do before. They go boating, hiking, mountain biking, camping, ice skating and skiing on a regular basis (many of these are sponsored through the school). We have not missed the big city of Chicago at all. The cost of living is low which means you can get out and enjoy the local attractions.

I chose to work at Spectrum Health because I have found some amazing colleagues here who are dedicated to resident education and working with the underserved. The office staff I work with are dedicated, smart, and genuinely good people. It's a pleasure to come to work and feel supported on a daily basis.

Harland Holman, MD

Associate Program Director

Harland Holman, MD

Associate Program Director

Residency

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health Medical Group

Teaching or other awards

Society for Teachers in Family Medicine, Medical Student Educators Institute Fellow, 2017
MSU CHM CEMP Fellowship 2015
GRMEP Faculty Teaching Award 2013

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

Grand Rapids has a lot of resources for our patients and the patients here are amazing with a wide diversity and a great spirit. Spectrum Health strives for excellence, and I enjoy being part of a system that is comprehensive and focused on population health.

Medical School

Michigan State Univerity, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I am currently involved in research related to refugee health, obesity, lifestyle medicine, and point of care ultrasound. At MSU I am a member of the Curriculum Committee, and at Spectrum Health I am on the quality and safety committee.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I enjoy playing tennis, basketball, running, and I play the cello. My wife and I have 3 children, and we love to stay active and enjoy all of the great places West Michigan offers like the museums, Meijer Gardens, hiking along the lakeshore.

Cathie Hansen

Program Administrator

Cathie Hansen

Program Administrator

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Abhishek Singh, MD

Core Faculty

Abhishek Singh, MD

Core Faculty

Residency

Grant Medical Center,Columbus Ohio

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Butterworth

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I enjoy working with residents and students. Currently I am working on a research about increased ED visits. I am also working on a case study. I am part of Pneumonia/COPD Quality Improvement Committee as well.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

When I finished my residency, I was looking for opportunities where I can both teach and practice full scope of family medicine. I am able to do both of those things while living a great city. Grand Rapids is known as Beer City of America; it has a vibrant food scene along with tons of activities to do. In GR you get a big city feel while living in a small town and that is hard to find.

Medical School

American University of Antigua

Additional Practice Information

United Hospital, Greenville, MI

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I love running, going to the gym and spending time with my wife and our Husky. I am big football fan, and I love to cook.

Lauren Snyder, MD

Core Faculty

Lauren Snyder, MD

Core Faculty

Residency

Sparrow/Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan

Undergraduate

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

My passion is teaching students and residents how to provide patient centered and evidence based primary care. I especially enjoy women's health issues and perform a variety of office-based gynecologic procedures. Since 2014 I have been an instructor at Michigan State University's Skills, Communications and Procedures workshops where I teach medical students how to perform pelvic exams, IUD insertions and endometrial biopsies. I am currently collaborating on a research project studying perinatal depression in the residency clinic setting. I serve as a faculty leader for Michigan State University's Virtuous Physician curriculum where I lead discussions on various ethical and wellness issues with medical students. I am also a physician representative on the Kaizen Culture Committee where we work to continuously improve office protocols and procedures.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I love spending time with friends and family exploring the variety of cultural and culinary experiences that Grand Rapids has to offer. In the summer, I spend as much time on Lake Michigan as possible. I also enjoy open water swimming races, as well as playing on a local masters water polo team.

Medical School

New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Medical Group

Teaching or Other Awards

Outstanding Resident Teaching Award - Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2015

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I grew up in Grand Rapids but left to attend college and medical school on the east coast. After spending almost a decade away from the Midwest, I was eager to return to Michigan to practice. When the opportunity arose to join a clinic in Grand Rapids where I could combine my love for primary care and teaching, I jumped at the chance to join the Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency Program. The team-based approach that we take in our clinic is my favorite part of working here.

Daniel Wallace, DO

Core Faculty

Daniel Wallace, DO

Core Faculty

Residency

E.W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Medical Group

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

My personal interests focus mostly around my family. I have seven children and five grandchildren and enjoy watching them grow up. I love to camp, boat, ski, and travel around the USA. I have been to every state accept Alaska.

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing MI

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I am currently a Core Faculty member at the Spectrum Health clinic site and thoroughly enjoy working with residents in the clinic and delivering babies. I worked in private practice for 21 years and performed a wide variety of office procedures, which I can now teach the residents. I continue to provide OMM (osteopathic manipulative medicine) and use it most days in the office. My passion has been obstetrics and continue to provide prenatal care and attend deliveries. I have performed hundreds of deliveries and even generational deliveries. I been involved with addiction medicine and experience great satisfaction helping people overcome this disease. The spectrum of care Family Medicine provides, from birth to death, allows us to develop lifelong relationships with our patients. It is the continuity of the patient experience that really makes us ‘family doctors.”

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I have lived in Michigan all my life and in Grand Rapids for over 20 years. I have watched Grand Rapids grow to a vibrant and active city. It has a small city feel, but many of the social and cultural activities of a larger city. The schools are very good and the community is excellent. You can go to Lake Michigan, camp in a national forest, or boat in a variety of lakes or rivers, all within an hour or less drive.

Mark Armstrong, DO

Faculty

Mark Armstrong, DO

Faculty

Residency

Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Undergraduate

Albion College, Albion, Michigan

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I have recently completed an interprofessional obesity project with Grand Valley State University. The project included close interprofessional cooperation between nursing, pharmacy, nutrition, social work, and exercise physiology. This research study is complete and pending acceptance for publication. Population management and integration of medical professionals to develop sustained and effective treatment models is my current professional interest.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I like to ski, hike and travel. I enjoy sporting activities especially pro and college basketball and football.

Medical School

MSUCOM, East Lansing, Michigan

Subspecialty

Rural Health

Teaching or Other Awards

Family Medicine Teacher of the Year at Metropolitan Hospital.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I was in solo private practice for 9 years. I was interested in becoming involved in a larger medical organization where I would have access to a broad range of activities for professional development.

Benjamin Davidson, MD

Faculty

Benjamin Davidson, MD

Faculty

Residency

Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners

Undergraduate

University of Queensland, Australia

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I am a recent graduate from Family Medicine residency in Grand Rapids, and had 10 years of experience in Emergency Medicine in Australia prior to moving to the US. My interests are broad, from hospital medicine and ICU to outpatient family medicine. I love teaching.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

My two small daughters seemed to have consumed all my time recently, but I also love my garden, woodworking, reading and the outdoors, from cycling and hiking to snowboarding and kite surfing.

Medical School

University of Queensland, Australia

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency Center, 25 Michigan, Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville, MI

Teaching or Other Awards

MAFP Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year 2017.
MSU Grand Rapids College of Human Medicine resident teaching award 2016.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I was a resident with GRMEP and was excited that Spectrum showed their commitment to Family Medicine by starting a new residency program. I was a resident at the 25 Michigan clinic and will be able to keep all my patients and relationships with staff, while starting to fill in the blank slate that is a new residency.

Stacie Griemsman, MD

Faculty

Stacie Griemsman, MD

Faculty

Residency

MAHEC Family Medicine Residency, Asheville, NC

Undergraduate

Michigan State University

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

Women's health and weight management
Teaching at the Residency Clinic - I love teaching :)

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Running/Traveling - Marathons in Berlin- Germany, New York City-USA, Canberra- Australia, Phuket -Thailand.
Peace Corps Volunteer - Mathematics Educator, Ghana - West Africa 1993-1994.
National Health Corps Scholarship - Health Delivery, Inc - Saginaw, MI 1997-2001.

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Medical Group
Gaslight Family Practice

Teaching or Other Awards

Voted "Great Doctor" Saginaw County - by Health Plus Patients

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

Grand Rapids is a diverse city with many things to offer. Great running/biking trails, excellent restaurants and breweries and friendly people. I love raising my family here!

Spectrum Health Family Residency Program is a wonderful place to work. From the start everyone made me feel welcome and I was struck by the quality of the residents, faculty and staff. I found that I love teaching and being in a residency where there is so much stimulation and interaction with other physicians.

Kaushal Kalra, MD

Faculty

Kaushal Kalra, MD

Faculty

Residency

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Primary Practice Location

Greenville Family Medicine

Teaching and Awards

I teach medical students, PA and NP students during clinical rotation at outpatient nursing home and rehabilitation facilities.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I practice in Greenville which is a small yet beautiful community. Warm friendly people, a cultured family oriented community and environment safe for raising children, are unique characteristic of Midwest Michigan.

Medical School

Mahatma Gandhi Missions Medical College and Research Institute, Aurangabad, India

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

My experience in working with different levels of Health care system has given me invaluable insight into the importance of teamwork and focusing on end objectives. Currently, I am working at Greenville Family Medicine and Convenient care walk in care. I am also one of the Attending Physicians at Rehabilitation and Nursing center, Spectrum Health United Hospital and Medical Director of Spectrum Health United Lifestyle in Greenville.

Conference Poster Presentations:

Sleep duration and risk of obesity: analysis of the National Health Interview Survey Girardin Jean-Louis, Ferdinand Zizi, Kaushal Kalra, Uzma Anwar, Margaret Donat, Clinton Brown APHA Denver Nov 2010

Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea among patients with resistant hypertension in primary care based cohort study Kalra K, Narasimha N , Khaliq A , Aghabi H, Mtomboti G, Zizi F, Jean-Louis G AAFP 2011 Florida, APHA 2011 Washington DC, AASM SLEEP 2012 BOSTON

Assessing anxiety levels and OSA risk in patients with metabolic syndrome Kalra K., Mofor J. , Omar Abo Al Haija’a , Donat M. , Akivis A., Zizi F., Jean-Louis G. AAFP 2011 Florida

Brimah, P; Pandey, A; Kalra, K; Nam, D; Murray-Bachman, R; Brown, C; Ogedegbe, G. "Effects of country of origin on self-reported heart disease". Journal of clinical hypertension (1999). 2012; 14

Asthma Severity Of Hospitalized Obese And Non-obese Inner-City Children. Haesoon Lee, Kaushal Kalra, Roni Socher, Katharina Graw-Panzer ATS 2010 May New Orleans.

Publications:

Sleep Duration, Insomnia Symptoms, and Emotion Regulation among Black Women Christie Racine, Kaushal Kalra, Mirnova Ceide, Natasha J. Williams, Ferdinand Zizi, Mauro V Mendlowicz, and Girardin Jean-Louis; J Sleep Disord Ther 2014 Feb 11

Immune response profiles after caterpillar exposure: a case report Tamar A Smith-Norowitz, Kevin B Norowitz, Stephan Kohlhoff, Kaushal Kalra, Seto Chice, and Martin H Bluth J Inflamm Res. 2010; 3: 45–51.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

When I am not working, I love to travel and unravel the mysterious world. Exploring new places, meeting new people, learning about their culture, food and lifestyle rejuvenates my mind. As a routine I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, engaging myself in running, yoga and strength building.

Bonnie Taylor, DO

Faculty

Bonnie Taylor, DO

Faculty

Medical School

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Medical Group

Teaching or Other Awards

Teacher of the Year Award at Metropolitan Hospital.
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

After traveling the US and Europe as an Air Force spouse, returning to Michigan was our choice to raise a family. Grand Rapids continues to blossom with its many diverse restaurants and social activities yet it is still only a few miles to the country to pick fresh fruit and only 30 minutes to sandy beaches. Midwest friendly people and 4 seasons just top it off!

Undergraduate

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I truly enjoy the full spectrum of family medicine including the biopsychosocial aspect as well as performing a variety of procedures. I practice part-time in a large family medicine office with 6 physicians and 6 midlevel providers.

I am a preceptor in the SHMG Family Medicine Residency Clinic. In addition, I am currently precepting a 1st year psychiatry resident in my office on a weekly basis along with a medical student. Lastly, I am a lead physician for our office monthly educational meetings.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Although I enjoy numerous sports, I am passionate about soccer and I am currently a US Soccer Referee. I spend many hours of my free time reading including cookbooks (and then experimenting with new recipes). I also love piecing together jigsaw puzzles.

Randi VanOcker, DO

Faculty

Randi VanOcker, DO

Faculty

Residency

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD Family and Community Medicine Residency, Kalamazoo, MI

Primary Practice Location

Greenville Family Medicine

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I love cooking and baking, particularly for other people. I also run, and at times, even enjoy it. I enjoy bike riding and rollerblading when it's not too hot. I will always be a Detroit Tigers and Lions fan, even when it hurts. Also, as I am from Michigan, I love playing euchre and other card and board games.

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I am currently practicing at a Rural Health Center and working with patients of all ages. I particularly enjoy pediatrics. I also am active in working with patients with pain utilizing my skills as an osteopathic physician. Recently, I have also been learning more about obesity medicine and wish to incorporate this more fully into my practice.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I practice in an outlying region of Grand Rapids where I was born and raised. I am close to family and enjoy the pace of a small city with GR being in easy driving distance. I love West Michigan and all the festivals and events they host, not to mention all the access to lakes!

Nicole Lambert, LMSW, SPADA, CAADC

Behavioral Health Faculty

Nicole Lambert, LMSW, SPADA, CAADC

Behavioral Health Faculty

Primary Practice Location

Spectrum Health Butterworth
Family Medicine Residency

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children doing activities around Grand Rapids. I enjoy reading as well as spending time outside.

Current Activities, Research or Professional Interests

I have a Masters degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University where I also completed a certification in Substance Use Disorders (SPADA). I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Michigan. I have been working as the medical social worker for the past 4 years with the residency and am excited about joining faculty to be the Behaviorist. My professional history also includes working in fostercare/adoption as well as being a Substance Abuse/Mental Health Therapist. I greatly enjoy my role at the residency where I meet with the patients on a daily basis as well as teaching the residents about behavioral health.

Why I chose to practice at Spectrum Health/Grand Rapids...

I have lived in Grand Rapids for the past 18 years and have enjoyed every moment of it! I enjoy the various cultural activities and family experiences Grand Rapids provides. I feel Grand Rapids provides the rural and urban experience with its location and activities.

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