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Class of 2017

Benjamin F. Erhardt, MD

Benjamin F. Erhardt, MD

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Hometown: Bellingham, WA

Dr. Benjamin Erhardt was raised in Bellingham, Washington. He received his B.S. in Science and Business from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. Ben then ventured to Creighton University in Omaha, NE where he received his M.S. in Clinical Anatomy in 2007 and his M.D. in 2012. While attending the University of Notre Dame, Ben met his fiancé, Caroline. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing, hunting, singing and playing the piano.

Michael D. Puricelli, MD

Michael D. Puricelli, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Dr. Mike Puricelli was born in Memphis, TN and lived most of his younger years in St. Louis, MO. He attended the University of Missouri as a Conley Scholar, graduating with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Physiology-Health Professions. Subsequently, he earned his M.D. degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. While in medical school, he met his wife, Elizabeth. Dr. Puricelli’s interests outside of medicine include football, baseball, camping, fishing, grilling and spending time with friends and family.

Class of 2018

Tiffany P. Baugh, MD

Tiffany P. Baugh, MD

Medical School: University of South Alabama
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Florence, AL

Dr. Tiffany Baugh was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She then received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Outside of medicine, Tiffany loves to go hiking with her husband, Wes, and their two dogs

Aaron S. Thiessen, MD

>Aaron S. Thiessen, MD

Medical School: University of Kansas
Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Hometown: Whitewater, KS

Dr. Aaron Thiessen grew up in Whitewater, Kansas on a livestock and row crop farm. He completed his undergraduate studies at Kansas State University where he earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences & Industry. He then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Aaron enjoys spending time with family and friends, jogging, hiking and gardening. Other interests include reading classical literature, cooking and developing his herd of registered Charolais cattle.

Class of 2019

Craig A. Bollig, MD

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Medical School: University of Miami
Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Hometown: Wichita, KS

Dr. Craig Bollig was born in Wichita, Kansas.  He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Kansas State University.  After that, he traveled south to Florida to complete his M.D. degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  In his free time Craig enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, golfing, and football.

Ceisha C. Ukatu, MD

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Medical School: Emory University
Undergraduate: Washington University
Hometown: Plano, TX

Dr. Ceisha Ukatu was born and raised in the great state of Texas. She grew up North of Dallas in Plano, TX. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduating, she worked in St. Louis for a year at the Food and Drug Administration as a Consumer Safety Officer. She then moved to Atlanta, GA to receive her Doctorate of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine. Ceisha enjoys writing, cooking, cheering for all Dallas sports teams, and spending quality time with friends and family. She also has a not-so-secret love of elephants.

Class of 2020

Chris E. Kennel, MD

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Medical School: University of Colorado
Undergraduate: Goshen College
Hometown: Harrisonburg, VA

Dr. Chris Kennel grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia just outside Harrisonburg.  He attended Goshen College for three years then moved to Bangkok, Thailand where he worked with Burmese refugees for two years.  He returned to the US to finish college and graduated with degrees in visual art with an emphasis on steel sculpture, biology, chemistry and a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies.  He worked in public health while his wife Marija completed medical school, then as a carpenter in Denver, Colorado during her residency.  Chris enjoys playing with his family, biking on the trails around Columbia, home remodeling, looking for animals in his backyard, culinary adventures, gardening and travelling.

Jeffrey A. Sorensen, MD

Jeffrey Sorensen, MD

Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Hometown: Orem, UT

Dr. Jeffrey Sorensen grew up in Orem, Utah. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University in 2009. He then received his M.D. degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2013. He completed an internship in otolaryngology and general surgery at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 2014, and then worked for two years as a General Medical Officer at Moody AFB, Georgia. He and his wife Alexis met in 2006 and are parents to three children. When he's not working as a stand-in jungle-gym for his kids, he enjoys spending time with his wife, running, playing and watching basketball, star gazing, wood-working, lego-building, and reading about history.

Lauren A. Umstattd, MD

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Medical School: University of Missouri
Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Dr. Lauren Umstattd was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She attended the University of Missouri where she received a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology. She went on to earn her M.D. at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Aside from medicine, she enjoys cultivating her cooking skills, traveling to places she's yet to visit, and spending time with her husband, Corbin, and their cat, Luna.   


Class of 2021

Arya W. Namin, MD

Arya Namin, M.D.

Medical School: St. Louis University
Undergraduate: St. Louis University
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Arya Namin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and decided to pursue a career in medicine during high school. He attended Saint Louis University for both his undergraduate and medical studies. During his first year of medical school, he decided to pursue a career in Otolaryngology. He is honored for the opportunity to serve Missourians as a training Otolaryngologist. Aside from studying intensely, Dr. Namin enjoys weight lifting, running, playing soccer, bowling, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers. While Dr. Namin is familiar with the St. Louis area, he is excited to explore CoMo and cheer for the Tigers!

Jesse L. Schmid, MD

Jesse Schmid, MD

Medical School: University of Nebraska
Undergraduate: Chadron State College
Hometown: Alliance, NE

Dr. Jesse Schmid was born in Benkelman and raised in Alliance,  Nebraska.  During those years, he spent his summers working on his uncle's wheat, corn and cattle farm in western Kansas. He ran sprints for the track team freshman year and graduated with a B.S. in Human Biology from Chadron State College in 2012.  He was awarded his M.D. from the University of Nebraska in 2016.  Jesse enjoys spending free time with his wife and continues to be active in his local Christian Church and medical missions while enjoying reformed theology, hunting, target shooting, fishing, biking, camping, playing acoustic guitar and re-watching his favorite movies, The Lord of the Rings, whenever he can.

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