Current Residents

PGY 1 - 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

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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, IL

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, NV

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, MN 

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, KY 

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, MI

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.