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Current Residents

Learn more about the residents who makes up our current Family Medicine Residency program. Select the tabs below to learn more about their medical background and why they chose the St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency program.

Third-Year Residents

John Hokanson, MDJohn Hokanson, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine, Rural Medicine, Sports Medicine
  • Personal Interests: Choral and concert singing, jogging, guitar and piano playing, cross-country skiing, biking, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains
  • Why St. Cloud? I had a good connection with the residents and staff during my interview. It was easy for me to socialize and feel comfortable spending the next 3 years here. Excellent obstetrics and inpatient medicine with a good Somali population as well.

Brittany Krikeby, DOBrittany Kirkeby, DO

  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum - I like it all!
  • Personal Interests: Fishing, reading, time with family
  • Why St. Cloud? Grew up in Sauk Rapids - feels great to be home!

Leesa Larson, MDLeesa Larson, MD

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Broad spectrum Family Practice including OB, Rural Medicine, Women's Health and Palliative Care.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, baking, and traveling.
  • Why St. Cloud? The people that make up the residency program are all very supportive and encouraging, from faculty to residents, to clinic and hospital staff. I love the focus on rural medicine and the opportunities for global health. St. Cloud is a great city to live in, big enough to have a multitude of activities and small enough to feel comfortable and like home. I want practice in the Midwest and am happy to be back home in Minnesota.

John Tronnes, MDJohn Tronnes, MD

  • Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Medical Interests: Family Medicine, including Rural Medicine and Obstetrics
  • Personal Interests: Playing and watching sports, reading, hiking, singing and listening to music, travel, cooking, fishing and spending time with my wife and pets.
  • Why St. Cloud? St. Cloud is a wonderful place to learn family medicine. It is a referral center for much of central and northern Minnesota, so the hospital is large enough to see a wide variety of different pathologies. Yet also, the city is small enough to where you get to feel how a family medicine doctor can make a large impact on a community. The faculty and residents are great to work with and the program has several community outreach programs.

Sujitha Yadlapati, MBBSSujitha Yadlapati, MBBS

  • Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore University
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine, Women's Health, Emergency Medicine, International Medicine
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring the local restaurant scene in new cities, tennis, kayaking
  • Why St. Cloud? I had a great interview day and felt at home with the residents and faculty here. I was really impressed by the full spectrum training offered here and felt that I could tailor my training to fit my goals. The faculty and staff show passion for their work, both in treating patients and teaching medicine. The faculty members here are really invested in their residents succeeding in every way. It just felt right from the get go. St. Cloud is ideally located, not too far from the Twin Cities, with plenty of places to explore all around St. Cloud, which I plan to take advantage of.

Second-Year Residents

Marlen Henning, MDMarlen Henning, MD

  • Medical School: Universität Hamburg Medizinische Fakultät
  • Medical Interests: Behavioral Health in Primary Care, Geriatrics, Preventive Care, Women’s Health.
  • Personal Interests: Being outdoors (walking, hiking, bike riding, etc.) in beautiful Minnesota. Baking, family and lake time.
  • Why St. Cloud? St. Cloud is a unique program, where the residency team truly cares about their residents – professionally and personally.

Daniel O'Connor, MDDaniel O’Connor, MD

  • Medical School: St. George’s University
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine. I had trouble choosing between specialties but I liked parts of them all. So, family medicine will allow me to tailor my practice.
  • Personal Interests: Singing, hunting, fishing, reading, cooking, theater, spending time with family and friends.
  • Why St. Cloud? I grew up in Cold Spring and before I left for medical school I had heard about the family medicine residency in St. Cloud and it was always in the back of my mind. So, in my fourth year of medical school, I decided to do a rotation in St. Cloud and was very impressed by how much the faculty and residents loved teaching and learning from each other. Everyone was very nice. I knew this would be the perfect place because they are focused on training rural family medicine physicians. It also didn't hurt that it is so close to home.

Adei Shaqra, DOAdei Shaqra, DO

  • Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum medicine – including Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Hospitalist, Transgender Health and Sports Medicine.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy basketball, music, cooking, reading, travel, outdoor sports and spending time with my family.
  • Why St. Cloud? The program’s focus on full-spectrum care and dedication to the success of its residents. The community is a welcoming, diverse one close to both rural outdoor and big city attractions, close to lakes and the Twin Cities so every weekend can be something new.

Siri Shaqra, DOSiri Shaqra, DO

  • Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine with specific interests in Women's Health, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.
  • Personal Interests: Running, hiking, spending time outdoors (especially canoeing or any lake activities), cooking, traveling, playing board games and spending time with friends and family.
  • Why St. Cloud? The family medicine program in St. Cloud clearly stood out to me as the ideal place to train. The residents are a cohesive team and the faculty are passionate teachers, committed to developing excellent family physicians. I was surprised by how large the hospital is; there is certainly no shortage of great learning experiences, especially since we are the only residents at the hospital. Being located in Central Minnesota makes it an ideal place to learn how to care for rural communities as well. I am confident that whatever route I choose in family medicine, this residency program will leave me well-prepared.

Zareen Zaka, MBBSZareen Zaka, MBBS

  • Medical School: Army Medical College
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Practice, Immigrant Health, Global Medicine, Integrative Medicine.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with family, calligraphy, traveling and cooking
  • Why St. Cloud? During my rotation at St. Cloud Hospital, I experienced firsthand, the exposure to a variety of disciplines in the primary care and immigrant health. Additionally, welcoming and supportive faculty and residents, who encouraged questions and enjoy teaching the evidence-based practices, brought CentraCare to the top of my favorite training sites. I chose St. Cloud Family Medicine residency to be trained not only in an unopposed residency setting but also to serve a diverse community. I am thrilled to be part of a skilled medical professionals team that focuses on providing patient care with compassion and excellence.

First-Year Residents

John Andesrson, DOJohn Anderson, DO

  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests:  Full-spectrum family medicine, rural medicine.
  • Personal Interests: Minnesota sports, playing and listening to music, trying new restaurants with my wife, cooking, playing board games, disc golf and fishing.
  • Why St. Cloud? After spending time with the program as a medical student, I knew that St. Cloud would be a great fit for me personally and professionally. I was impressed by the passion and clinical experience of the faculty, felt welcomed by the residents and supported by the clinic and hospital staff. Being interested in full-spectrum rural medicine myself, I am excited to learn from faculty with a wide range of interests and experience and have the opportunity to tailor my training to fit my future practice goals. I am happy to consider myself part of a team that is so passionate about teaching, learning and providing excellent care to the community of St. Cloud.

Blake Chapman, DOBlake Chapman, DO 

  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Broad-spectrum family medicine, including: emergency medicine, any procedure I can get my hands on, hospitalist, OB, chronic pain management, OMT.
  • Personal Interests: Sports (Go Twins, Vikings, Wild, UMD Bulldogs), music, videogames, anything outdoors or that I can do at my family cabin, running, animals (especially my 2 pups), board games, skiing/snowboarding.
  • Why St. Cloud? I wanted to go somewhere that would train me to be a great broad-spectrum family medicine physician and also had a positive, non-toxic atmosphere. This fits the St. Cloud program to a T. You can adjust your training to fit your personal interests while still being well-rounded and ready for anything. The faculty, residents, nursing and staff are all amazing and the facilities where we practice are state-of-the-art. It’s just an all-around great place to learn, and as a native Minnesotan it was great to get back. For me it was an easy choice, and I honestly couldn’t be happier that I’m here.

Eric Christensen, MDEric Christensen, MD

  • Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, particularly rural medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics and palliative care.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and two young boys, reading and board games.
  • Why St. Cloud? The faculty and residents were very welcoming, genuine and supportive during my interview. I knew it would be place where I could grow and flourish as a family physician and that has absolutely been the case. I couldn't be happier to be a part of our residency community. As far as living here goes, since I went to St. John's University near St. Cloud, I was already quite familiar with the area and having my sister- and brother-in-law and their kids in nearby St. Joseph has been the icing on the cake.

Tyler Lewandowski, MDTyler Lewandowski, MD 

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Medical Interests: Rural medicine
  • Personal Interests: Fishing, hunting, movies, sports and fantasy sports.
  • Why St. Cloud? I'm from Foley, so I always planned on coming back to St. Cloud for residency. While on rotation here the faculty and residents were all amazing.

Michael Symanietz, MDMichael Symanietz, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Medical Interests: Preventive medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, community medicine.
  • Personal Interests: Swimming, hiking, reading, drawing, spending time with friends and family.
  • Why St. Cloud? For me, the St. Cloud area is home. It’s an honor to practice medicine and serve the community where I grew up. The excellent faculty, staff and residents paired with the unique curriculum also make St. Cloud a great place to live and learn.

Poala TeránPaola Terán, MD

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, emergency medicine, disaster medicine, international medicine, hospital medicine.
  • Personal interests: Sports, traveling, cycling, camping/hiking.
  • Why St. Cloud? It’s an unopposed program at a large tertiary care center with staff and faculty dedicated to providing the best possible learning environment.

Contact Us:

For more information, please contact:

Laurie Schmidt
Program Coordinator
Phone: 320-240-3112
Fax: 320-240-3165

Mailing Address:

University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
1555 Northway Drive
Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56303-1867