Marquette Family Medicine Residency graduates physicians from program, welcomes new

Photo: The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Class of 2014 includes, from left (back), Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Mandeep Gill, MD, (front) Michelle Seguin, MD, Tara Varoni, DO, and Ashwaty Menon, MD.

Photo: The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Class of 2014 includes, from left (back), Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Mandeep Gill, MD, (front) Michelle Seguin, MD, Tara Varoni, DO, and Ashwaty Menon, MD.

In ceremonies held recently, Mandeep Gill, MD, Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Ashwaty Menon, MD, Michelle Seguin, MD, and Tara Varoni, DO, graduated after completing three years of training with the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a fine group of residents for the last three years and to see how their individual skills strengthened as they advanced through the program,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Director. “While we are sorry to bid farewell to these fantastic individuals, we are pleased that they will be utilizing their outstanding skills with their own patients, some right here in the Upper Peninsula,” said Dr. Johnson.

Mandeep Gill, MD, a native of British Columbia earned his medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada. He will be joining a group near Vancouver in the town of Surrey where he will practice the full scope of family medicine.

Tim LaBonte, MD, an Upper Peninsula native from Laurium, received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. LaBonte will join the Portage Health team at the Lake Linden clinic.

Tom Massie, MD, of Ishpeming, spent the clinical portion of medical school training in the Upper Peninsula as part of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Region. Dr. Massie will be joining Sound Physicians and become part of the Hospitalist team right here at Marquette General.

Ashwaty Menon, MD, of New Delhi, India, earned her medical degree from Jawaharial Nehru Medical College in Karnataka, India. Dr. Menon will embark on a one-year hospitalist fellowship in Bismark, North Dakota.

Michelle Seguin, MD, of Iron Mountain, earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she completed the clinical portion of her training at the UP campus. Dr. Seguin will provide outpatient family medicine at Portage Health’s clinic in Hancock.

Tara Varoni, DO, a native of Manistique, earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tara plans to join the Marquette General team at Doctors Park Family Physicians later this year.

As the class of 2014 graduates, the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program also welcomes six new residents who will make up the class of 2017: Priya Alagappan, MD, (Ross University School of Medicine), Samantha “Sami” Haken, MD, (MSU College of Human Medicine); Aaron Cutlip, MD, (MSU College of Human Medicine); Katie Fulcher, DO, (MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine); Tyson Luoma, DO, (MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine); Ivy Vachon, MD, (MSU College of Human Medicine).

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Upper Peninsula Region (formerly the Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation) works in conjunction with Marquette General Health System to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students. Since its inception in 1978, 242 medical students and 175 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs.

Physician couple joins Marquette General Medical Staff

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Karl Meisel, MD and Lauren Meisel, MD, along with their children Greta and Elsa, enjoying a visit to the shores of Lake Superior.

Karl and Lauren Meisel fell in love with the Upper Peninsula when they did their medical school rotations at Marquette General Hospital from 2005-2007 as part of the Michigan State University Rural Health Program.

The physician couple recently moved back to Marquette with their two daughters – Greta 4, and Elsa, 11 months – to join the Marquette General Medical Staff.

Dr. Lauren Meisel is a pediatrician for Marquette General Pediatric Specialists, and Dr. Karl Meisel is a neurologist for the Marquette General Brain & Spine Center.

“Marquette has been a very welcoming community and we already feel right at home,” said Lauren.

The Meisel family enjoys all the outdoor activities the area has to offer including hiking, biking, and skiing.

Both doctors completed their undergraduate studies at Kalamazoo College, and both went on to Michigan State University to earn their medical degree. They then went on to Brown University to complete their internship and residency. Karl also completed a fellowship at the University of California.

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Click image to view larger. Upper Peninsula natives Chris Dehlin, MD, and Jennifer Dehlin, MD, along with their children Stella and Sam, enjoying the view from Hogback Mountain.

Recruiting physicians like the Meisels, who embrace the culture and spirit of our community, is a high priority of Marquette General, as we strive to redefine healthcare delivery excellence in the Upper Peninsula.

Over the past year, MGH has welcomed more than 20 new specialists to its medical staff. All are committed to our community and its shared values, along with improving access to the highest quality medical care.

“These new physicians represent a significant step forward in our commitment to recruit physicians as part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare,” said Marquette General CEO Gary Muller. “They are an investment in the future of healthcare in our region. Their full-time commitment and dedication to patients will provide enhanced and specialized medical services to the families of the U.P.”

To contact Dr. Karl Meisel’s practice, call (906) 225-3993. Dr. Lauren Meisel’s practice can be reached at (906) 225-3925.

Welcoming Dr. Carrie Hayen

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Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Carrie Hayen comes to Doctors Park Family Physicians from the Physicians Healthcare Network in Lexington, MI, and the Autumnwood Nursing Home Facility in Deckerville, MI.

Dr. Hayen joins the family practice team at Doctors Park Family Physicians, located at 710 S. Lincoln Rd., Suite 100, Escanaba, MI 49829.

• Residency & Internship: Sparrow Hospital
• Medical Degree: Michigan State University
• Master’s Degree: Central Michigan University
• Undergraduate: Central Michigan University

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayen, please call (906) 786-4628.

Ask the Doctors: Women’s Health

Physicians Eric Jentoft, OB/GYN; Jennifer Dehlin, Family Practice; and Heidi Henry, Radiologist join TV13 Media Meet Host Dr. Michael Harl to answer questions from viewers on the topic of women’s health. Topics covered include mammograms, breast imaging, pap smear, yeast rashes, calcium and vitamin D intake, fibroid treatment options, black cohosh for hot flashes, and many others. Click here to watch.

Marquette General welcomes Dr. Al Romero to Escanaba, Gladstone

Marquette General welcomes Family Medicine Specialist Dr. Al Romero to Doctors Park Family Physicians in Escanaba and the Marquette Medical Clinic – Gladstone. For more information, or an appointment, please call Doctors Park Family Physicians at 906-786-4628 or the Marquette Medical Clinic – Gladstone at 906-428-1856.

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