Past Residents

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We are extremely proud of the opportunities our graduates step into based on their residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Here is what a few of them are doing right now.

Class of 2015 

Jennifer Donovan, MD

Jennifer Donovan will join the faculty at the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation and work with their Family Medicine Residency Program to enhance the Psychiatry training of their Family Medicine residents. In addition, she plans on starting a co-located Psychiatry clinic to serve the patients whose care has become her calling.

Class of 2014

Nesrin AbuAta, MD

Nesrin AbuAta will be working in a community mental health center in Sioux City, IA.  She will be providing psychiatric care, and she will be using her family medicine training to promote general health and well-being in her patients, both individually and at a community level.

Class of 2013

Dustin DeYoung, MD

Dustin DeYoung was accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles postdoctoral training fellowship on addiction medicine in primary care through the Department of Family Medicine. He is involved in both research and clinical endeavors. He works in the primary care setting, wearing hats as a primary care physician, as a psychiatry consultant, and as an addiction medicine specialist. His clinical/research interests lie in medication development and other evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders (especially opioids and stimulants) and dissemination of these treatments to primary care providers. DeYoung believes that combined training not only prepared him to treat both the medical and psychiatric aspects of substance abuse, but also will allow him to better integrate specialty services (i.e. addiction and psychiatry) into the primary care setting.

Julie Voelker, MD

Julie Voelker works for a community mental health center in a family medicine clinic that is being converted into a medical home. She sees psychiatry consults for the primary care providers in the office 2.5 days per week and sees family medicine patients a half day each week. Her combined training has helped her treat patients diagnosed with complicated co-occurring medical and psychiatric illness. She also finds that her training helps her immensely with coordinating care between providers, as well as obtaining community resources for patients who need more than medication to achieve wellness. In addition to seeing patients during the day, she finds that much of her time is spent advising primary care providers who see many patients with mental illness that do not require referral but sometimes, nevertheless, have questions regarding treatment. Her understanding of the training that primary care providers have and the demands of their clinics helps her advise them more appropriately.

Class of 2012

Erik Vanderlip, MD

Erik Vanderlip, MD, MPH, recently completed a health services research fellowship and Masters of Public Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. His research is focused on designing health service interventions that improve the lives and health of people suffering from severe, persistent mental illness and those in safety-net settings. He is particularly interested in the role of assertive community treatment (ACT) teams acting as the medical homes for persons on their roster. Vanderlip believes that combined training provided him the opportunity to develop the essential clinical skills to design better functioning systems of care that are relevant to patients and clinicians, and that the experience was invaluable.
Vanderlip recently transitioned from his role as Resident-Fellow Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association where he represented all psychiatry residents and fellows on the APA Board. Dr. Vanderlip is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, where he is involved in practice innovation utilizing large health data sets to inform care for underserved populations in safety-net settings.  He also serves as a primary care consultant to the University’s ACT team.Watch a video of Vanderlip on why he choose to pursue combined training and his interest in community psychiatry.

Class of 2011

Bess Mehring, MD

Bess Mehring is practicing as a psychiatrist in The Partial Hospitalization Program in Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Therapies at Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She also has an outpatient panel of geriatric patients and believes that her medical knowledge has been invaluable in diagnosing and treating medically complex and elderly psychiatric patients.

Stephen Pallone, MD

Stephen Pallone graduated from the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011. Pallone works at the Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa, as a family physician that also provides psychiatric consults. He has been appointed the Behavioral Health Director overseeing the process of full integration of behavioral health services to improve chronic illness care. The center continues to work with local agencies to coordinate care across health care entities, reduce admission rates and improve chronic illness outcomes in a cost effective manner. The clinic offers full primary care services including family medicine, behavioral health, dental and even obstetrics. His combined training is invaluable in this transition.  

Ben Shepherd, MD

Ben Shepherd works for St. Margaret's Hospital at a clinic in Princeton, Illinois, a rural community with a population of about 7500 people, where he sees patients as a family physician and a psychiatrist. He also is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, and works at a local jail providing mental healthcare. He believes combined training has allowed him to create his own position in the clinic and adapt his practice to meet the needs of the community. Because he has been able to integrate care, Shepherd believes that he is working toward improving the way health care is delivered to underserved patients in the area.

Class of 2008

Erika Lauer, MD

Erika Lauer works in a private psychiatric practice in North Liberty, Iowa. Lauer believes that combined training continues to be of tremendous benefit to her because there are a number of patients who have no primary care and she is able to fill the gap. Because there is a nexus between psychiatric and physical illness, her specialized training allows her to address that nexus. Her patients appreciate the holistic approach. In addition to board certification in psychiatry and family medicine, she also is board-certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine.  Lauer has a higher level of comfort treating pregnant women, children, and more medically ill or complicated populations.

Class of 2006

Carver Nebbe, MD

Carver Nebbe works at the Thielen Student Health Center at Iowa State University, where he practices psychiatry four days a week and urgent care one day a week. Nebbe also spends 24 to 48 hours a month working as an attending physician in the Emergency Room at the Boone County Hospital. Carver chose the combined training because he simply wanted to do a lot of different things and engage with different people. In addition to his work, he has also been involved with the Iowa Psychiatric Society as the newsletter editor and on several committees.

Class of 2005

Michelle Weckmann, MD

Michelle Weckmann is a faculty member in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, where she specializes in hospice and palliative medicine. She is also a medical director at a local community hospice.  She is particularly interested in psychiatric illness in patients with serious (or life-limiting) illness, specifically delirium. Weckmann believes that combined training was the perfect way to prepare for her career because it uniquely qualifies her to provide the patient-centered, holistic care desired in a hospice and palliative medicine physician.

Class of 2004

Oladipo Kukoyi, MD

After leaving Iowa, Dr. Kukoyi went to California where he was the Director of Inpatient Psychiatry for the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System and Clinical Associate Professor at University of California-Davis School of Medicine from 2007-2013. In 2013, he moved to Columbia, SC to become the Chief of Mental Health at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. During the year and a half he served in that role, he took on increasingly more complex roles within the VA Health Care system, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief of Primary Care and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 7 Chief Mental Health Officer. In June 2014, he became the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Charlie Norwood Augusta VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He has academic appointments at University of South Carolina and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kukoyi enjoys helping to shape healthcare delivery across the VA system, and he is a leading proponent of integrated mental health in primary care.

Class of 2003

Alison Lynch, MD, MS

Alison Lynch is a faculty member in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and the director of the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa. In the Family Medicine Clinic, Lynch helps residents manage their patients who have chronic medical and mental health conditions. She also practices obstetrics. In the psychiatry realm, Lynch works closely with residents in the UIHC Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa. She loves that she can provide comprehensive and holistic care to her patients. Her combined training experience has allowed her practice to be flexible enough to adapt over time and she has been able to develop expertise in niches in family medicine (e.g. primary care mental health, collaborative care for people with complex problems, and perinatal mental health) and psychiatry (e.g. primary care for people with serious mental illness). In 2014, she earned a Master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College. As the health care system evolves, Lynch believes combined training is an ideal way to be prepared to provide more integrated care to patients.