APEM Residents

PGY 2 - CLASS OF 2024

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Ayodeji 'Ayo' Akadiri, MD

Saba University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Richmond, Virginia

Undergraduate: MLS at the Medical College of Virginia

Hobbies: Singing/songwriting/piano, working out, traveling, photography

Ice Breaker: Buy me a steak and we'll talk


Zachary Blea, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

I grew up in: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, home-brewing, spending time with my wife and three kids

Something interesting: I once went solo backpacking around Thailand, and while there, I got cellulitis after scuba diving

Greatest accomplishment: Finding a smart and beautiful woman to say yes, raising three awesome and adventurous children, and pursuing my dream of becoming an emergency medicine physician

Favorite band: Dispatch

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Irisha Clark, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

I grew up in: Joliet, Illinois

Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hobbies: trying new restaurants, brunch, baking, running half marathons

Ice breaker: It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. -Hippocrates

My favorite author is Toni Morrison

My personal goal is to run a full marathon by the end of residency

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Ali Dakka, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Las Vegas, Nevada

Undergraduate: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Hobbies: Basketball, working out and vertical jump training, video games, anime

Ice breaker: I can jump higher than the average NBA player

The mantra that I live by is Kobe Bryant’s "Mamba Mentality".

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David Kline, DO
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota Duluth

Masters: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Hobbies: That lake life: wakesurfing, wakeboarding, hanging out on the boat, hiking, especially in SW USA; woodworking, any sports, playing or watching!

Motto: Life's a garden, dig it!

Rita Mihaltan, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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I grew up in: Southeast Michigan 

Undergraduate: Started at Wayne State University transferred to the University of Michigan. I graduated with a degree in Biopsychology Cognition and Neuroscience

Hobbies: My current favorites are yoga, meditation, being outdoors, cooking, and reading! 

Ice breaker: My favorite motto is the one that helps me in the current moment. Right now, it is “the external world you live in is a projection of the internal world you create”

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Joshua 'Tyler' Olinger, MD
Ross University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Southeastern Kentucky, Hazard, Kentucky 

Undergraduate: University of Pikeville 

Masters: University of Kentucky College of Medicine (MMSc -Pharmacology) 

Hobbies: Tennis, hiking with my black lab "Jax," fishing, working out, crossfit, photography 

Ice Breaker: Motto I live by: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK Jr.

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Rahul Puttagunta, MD
University of Michigan School of Medicine

I grew up in: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Undergraduate: Union College 

Hobbies: Driving, pandemic-responsible traveling, soccer, video/board games, family time

Ice  breaker: I lived in South Africa for a year before medical school and I enjoy bringing people together for games and A24 movies!

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James Roberson III, MD
Meharry Medical College

I grew up in: Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Undergraduate: Morehouse College

Graduate School: MHS from Meharry Medical College

Hobbies: Anything Star Wars or Marvel, yoga, running (especially after my daughter), video games, and travel

Ice breaker: I am very interested in combating health inequity. I once signed up for a triathlon race the day before and finished! 

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Remberto 'Remy' Rosales, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

I grew up in: Maryland 

Undergraduate: University of Maryland College Park 

Hobbies: running, reading, video games, dabbling in art 

Icebreaker: My favorite book genre would probably be fantasy. It’s nice to read about other worlds and take a step back from reality from time to time.

PGY 1 - CLASS OF 2025


DeMario Butts, MD
Howard University College of Medicine

I grew up in: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Undergraduate: Morehouse College

Hobbies: Art, biking, traveling 

Icebreaker: "Equanimity under duress" -LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. MD 


Guiseppe 'Joe' Calandrino, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Hobbies: Sports, playing with my puppy Lucy, golfing, working out, cooking

Icebreaker: Fan of all teams from Ohio, especially Ohio State, despite having no connections to the state and going to MSU for Undergrad and Medical School


Garrett Cook, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School

I grew up in: Greensboro, North Carolina

Undergraduate: UNC-Chapel Hill

Hobbies: Anything outdoors: Running, biking, swimming.  Reading and Cooking

Icebreaker: I spent two months in Ecuador working to improve my Spanish  


Jackson 'Cole' Darling, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine

I grew up in: Golden, Colorado

Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder

Hobbies: Football, Hockey, Board Games, DnD, Cooking, Plants/Gardening, Accents/Impersonations

Icebreaker: Goofy cat-dad with an equally goofy fiancée. Love to be the heart of the party and always looking to involve everyone in the fun. Definitely a nerd but I love sports and pick up games. A former surgical resident looking for a happy life with happy colleagues.


Brady Hauser, MD
St. Georges University

I grew up in: Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Hobbies: I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking. I also enjoy woodworking and home renovations

Icebreaker: I am entering my second residency after completing a pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin. My life is my family! I have a beautiful wife (Laura) and have 3 beautiful children (Evelyn, Molly, and Luella)!


Hana Kallabat, MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


Thomas McCune, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine


Toni-Kaye 'Toni' McDougall, MD
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine


Christopher Morin, MD
Texas A&M College of Medicine

I grew up in: Dallas, Texas

Undergraduate: Wake Forest University

Graduate: Johns Hopkins University

Hobbies:Hanging out with my dog, Backpack. Playing tennis. Building legos. Working on cars.

Icebreaker: I'm a triplet which I think is pretty great.


Rand Saba, MD
American University of the Caribbean

I grew up in: Dubai, UAE then Riverside County, California

Undergraduate: UCLA

Hobbies: WeightLifting

Icebreaker: From 2017 up till 2021, I had moved 7 times, which sounds hectic but I loved the places and experiences that I lived through