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Year 3 Residents

Taiwo Ajumobi, D.O.

Taiwo Ajumobi, D.O.

I went to medical school at Rowan University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at DePauw University. My hometown is Indianapolis, Indiana. After residency, I am unsure, but I am definitely open to subspecialize and later on practice in an underserved community. I also love Quality Improvement (QI) research projects and hope to incorporate those in my practice when I can. A fun fact about myself is that my name Taiwo is a Nigerian Yoruba name which means "first born of the twins," and yes, I am a twin (girl-girl fraternal). My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is that everyone is very friendly and willing to help. I also love the opportunities this program offers us as residents.

Russell Davis, D.O.

Russell Davis, D.O.

I went to medical school at Midwestern University AZCOM. I went to undergrad at University of Utah. My hometown is Salt Lake City, Utah. After residency, I plan on either gen peds or a neonatology fellowship. A fun fact about myself is that I speak German. My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is how welcoming everyone is and the family atmosphere.

David George, D.O.

David George, D.O.

I went to medical School at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at Oklahoma State University. My hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma. After residency, I am undecided, but am considering pursuing a fellowship in gastroenterology or working in outpatient pediatrics. A fun fact about myself is that I was homeschooled until high school, and most people consider me to be adept socially. I also love spending my free time with my wife and kids. My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is the camaraderie in the program, and the opportunity to work and learn at a great children's hospital. Tulsa is also a fantastic place to live.

Jill Hilden, D.O.

Jill Hilden, D.O.

I went to medical school at Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at Pacific Lutheran University. My hometown is Federal Way, Washington. After residency, I am leaning toward general pediatrics, but I am keeping an open mind. A fun fact about myself is that I enjoy hiking, running, traveling, water sports, and watching football! My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is the people! I love that the program has such a supportive environment and feels like a family!

Gretchan Lopez, D.O.

Gretchan Lopez, D.O.

I went to medical school at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at Oklahoma State University. My hometown is Muldrow, Oklahoma. After residency, I plan on a child abuse pediatric fellowship or general pediatrics practice. A fun fact about myself is that I have been skydiving. My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is the people.

Nidhi Gandhi, D.O.

Nidhi Gandhi, D.O.

I went to medical school at NYITCOM at Arkansas State University. I went to undergrad at St. Louis University. My hometown is Little Rock, Arkansas. After residency, I plan on doing an adolescent medicine fellowship. A fun fact about myself is that I once grew my hair out to my knees! My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is the working environment!

Kimberly Harrison, D.O.

Kimberly Harrison, D.O.

I went to medical school at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at East Central University. My hometown is Wagoner, Oklahoma. After residency, I am currently leaning towards Inpatient Pediatrics. I also hope to continue volunteering on medical mission trips overseas. A fun fact about myself is that I love traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors. My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is the close-knit, family feel of the program.

Christine Kurien, D.O.

Christine Kurien, D.O.

I went to medical school at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at Southern Methodist University. My hometown is Sunnyvale, Texas. After residency, I plan to hopefully join a fellowship. A fun fact about myself is that I like to dance! My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is the camaraderie I witnessed during my audition here! OSU Peds really takes care of their own. Oh, and also the beautiful hospital!

Ryan Leachman, D.O.

Ryan Leachman, D.O.

I went to medical school at Midwestern University AZCOM. I went to undergrad at California Polytechnic State University. My hometown is Pismo Beach, California. After residency, I plan on being a pediatrician. A fun fact about myself is that when I was a baby, I was so fat that my mom had to put Vaseline between my rolls to prevent chafing. The doctor told my mom “I think you are feeding him too much.” My favorite thing about OSU Pediatrics is how friendly and happy everyone in the program is!

Year 2 Residents

Brooke Cloud, D.O.

Brooke Cloud, D.O.

I went to medical school at OSU-COM. My hometown is Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Julie Hong, D.O.

Julie Hong, D.O.

I went to medical school at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. My hometown is Arlington, Texas. The reason I chose pediatrics is I have always loved kids and babies! Growing up, I worked a lot with the children and youth ministries at my church. I chose OSU pediatrics as it was evident to me that the residents at OSU were close and had a lot of fun together, and they did not seem overworked! I also loved seeing what they were up to on their Instagram page. After seeing all the fun hangouts and theme days, I knew that this was the environment I wanted to be in! I also felt that the size of the program was exactly what I was looking for, and I didn't want to move too far away from home.

Megan Locke, D.O.

Megan Locke, D.O.

I went to medical school at Marian University COM. My hometown is Avon, Indiana. I chose Pediatrics for the obvious reason of loving children, but also for the idea of being an advocate for their health. The health and well-being of a child is pure and to be able to protect and honor that is very special and one of the main reasons I chose Pediatrics. What drew me to OSU Pediatrics was the sense of family demonstrated to me during my interview with the program. They all seemed to really care for each other and wanted the program and everyone in it to succeed.

Matthew Shaw, D.O.

Matthew Shaw, D.O.

I went to medical school at OSU-COM. My hometown is Spiro, Oklahoma. I chose pediatrics because kids are so much fun to be around. They will make any day worth experiencing and they keep life fun. I knew that I wanted to stay close to my family here in Oklahoma. When I rotated with this program, I loved the family like atmosphere that this program has which is the same family atmosphere I experienced with OSU-CHS. I felt like I belonged here and would have the support necessary to be successful.

Chelsea Arnhart, D.O.

Chelsea Arnhart, D.O.

I went to medical school at OSU-COM. My hometown is Moore, Oklahoma. The reason I chose pediatrics was because I was a sick kid. Constantly in my pediatrician's office for one thing or another. Looking back, I realized how much of an influence that experience had on my life and is part of why I went into medicine. The reason I chose OSU pediatrics, I went to OSU for undergrad, I went to OSU for med school; so clearly, I bleed orange. Continuing with OSU for residency seemed fitting. When I really spent time with the residents and faculty, I knew it was the same family-like environment that OSU fosters. We truly care about our co-workers as well as their patients.

Kaylee Calles, D.O.

Kaylee Calles, D.O.

I went to medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. My hometown is Colony, Texas. I first I said I was going to be a pediatrician was when I was 6 and had an asthma attack that required a brief hospitalization. At the time, it was an awe-inspiring moment that set me on the path to becoming a physician. Initially, I was drawn to OSU pediatrics because I was interested in a pediatric program that also emphasized my D.O. training by having an OMM focus.

Bridgette Farris, D.O.

Bridgette Farris, D.O.

I went to medical school at ARCOM. My hometown is Keller, Texas. I chose pediatrics because it is a completely different environment from any other specialty. In Pediatrics, you can be excited and goofy with your patients and I just find myself being so excited to go to work everyday when I get to take care of kids. I chose OSU due to my audition, I learned so much in the month that I was here and felt that all the residents were really welcoming and willing to take the time to teach me things I had not gotten to experience yet.

Taylor Snyder, D.O.

Taylor Snyder, D.O.

I went to medical school at OSU-COM. My hometown is Westville, Oklahoma. I knew going into medical school that I wanted to do Pediatrics. I was drawn to Peds specifically because I believe that lifelong health is rooted in a firm foundation and that if you set patients up for success early on in life, they are more likely to have better outcomes. The reason I chose OSU was because of the people and the atmosphere they created. While rotating as a third year and auditioning as a fourth-year medical student the residents and attending were the nicest people I had the pleasure of working with as well as the most helpful!

Clay Smith, D.O.

Clay Smith, D.O.

I went to medical school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). My hometown is Fort Worth, Texas. I chose pediatrics because I asked myself what field of medicine would make me want to get out of bed every morning and be happy about going to work. I realized that as long as I was taking care of children, I would be excited to go to work. So, I chose Pediatrics! I was drawn to OSU pediatrics because of the opportunities to continue advancing my osteopathic manipulative treatment training within my chosen field of pediatrics.

Philip Tolentino, D.O.

Philip Tolentino, D.O.

I went to medical school at OSU-COM. My hometown is Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I chose pediatrics because I connect with and enjoy working with kids so much, and I think pediatrics is the most beneficial area of medicine in which I can practice. If I can help teach a kiddo and their guardians how to keep their child healthy, hopefully they will learn how to stay healthy in adulthood and have a good quality of life throughout their lifetime. I chose OSU because they made me feel like part of the family even when I was a med student. Because our program is relatively small, all the attendings and residents know each other like family and that creates such a supportive working environment.

Year 1 Residents

Haley Blumfelder, D.O.

Haley Blumfelder, D.O.

I am originally from Bryant, AR. I went to University of Arkansas for undergrad, and stayed in Arkansas for medical school at Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine! My current plans following residency are for outpatient pediatrics, but I am keeping an open mind. I have wanted to be a pediatrician for as long as I can remember, but one of the reasons I chose pediatrics is that, in my opinion (although I may be biased), it’s the happiest specialty! A fun fact about myself is that I was a member of the University of Arkansas Pom Squad (dance team).

Joshua Marsh, D.O.

Joshua Marsh, D.O.

Emma Miller, D.O.

Emma Miller, D.O.

Katie Thompson, D.O.

Katie Thompson, D.O.

I am originally from Elk City, OK. I went to Oklahoma State University for undergrad and attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I plan to do general pediatrics after residency. I chose pediatrics because I have always enjoyed working with children and I want to be an advocate for every aspect of their health. A fun fact about me is that I am a huge college sports fan (Go Pokes!)

Melanie Bennett, D.O.

Melanie Bennett, D.O.

I went to medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. I attended undergrad at Loyola University Maryland. My hometown is Jackson, New Jersey. I’ve always said that my desire to do pediatrics is a selfish one because I get way more from the kids than they’ll ever get from me. They are just so resilient, and they smile while facing the unthinkable because they don’t know how to be a victim of their circumstances. Even on the hardest days, they help me find joy. After residency, I’m interested in pursuing a heme/onc fellowship. I used to be a camp counselor for pediatric cancer camps back home and those kiddos & their stories wiggled their way into my heart. A fun fact about me is that my family has EIGHT (yes you read that correctly) dogs and they are all beagles. I grew up hunting with my dad & brother and raising rabbit dogs has become quite the family tradition.

Marija Rowane, D.O.

Marija Rowane, D.O.

I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I went to Case Western Reserve University for undergrad and attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens Campus, for medical school. After residency, I am open to learning and exploring diverse academic/ career paths after residency. My current fellowship interests are Allergy & Immunology and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), with a balance of clinical practice and research. I chose pediatrics because Working in pediatrics brings me joy, witnessing kids' growth and physical/ physiological resiliency. Pediatricians have the honor and opportunity to shape kids' lives early on and help guide them and their families on a healthier lifestyle pathway. Fun fact about myself is I enjoy playing piano and flute, as a former Music Major. I also have dual citizenship, in the USA of course and in Slovenija, which is a small, beautiful country along the Julian Alps in the heart of Europe.

Rebekah Sook, D.O.

Rebekah Sook, D.O.

I am originally from Midwest City, OK. I went to Oklahoma State University for undergrad and went to Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I am not sure exactly what I want to do after residency, but think I probably want to work in an outpatient pediatric clinic. I chose pediatrics because kids are the best! They are so honest, funny, and make the long hard days worth it. Fun fact about me is I LOVE OSU! In fact, I haven’t missed a Greatest Homecoming Celebration since 2012 even when living in a different state. I actually got engaged in front of the Orange Fountain.

Daniel Higgins, D.O.

Daniel Higgins, D.O.

I went to college at Carson-Newman University and then pursued medical school at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. I’m originally from Chattanooga, TN and even though I stayed in TN for college and medical school, I couldn’t have been more excited for the chance to move to Tulsa for this next part of the adventure! I haven’t decided what to pursue after residency but am interested in potentially pursuing either pediatric hospitalist or neonatologist. I chose pediatrics because out of all the specialties I considered pediatrics was always the one that felt most natural and happy to me, not to mention we have the cutest patients! One fun fact about me is that I taught myself to play two different instruments in high school (Guitar and drums).

Daniel Higgins, D.O.

Jared Rollins, D.O.

I went to medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. I went to undergrad at the University of Kentucky. My hometown is Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. After residency, I am undecided but am considering pursuing a fellowship in cardiology. A fun fact about myself is that I love spending time outdoors with my dog, Ranger, and my fiancée.

Phillip Hilton, D.O.

Phillip Hilton, D.O.

Nicole Fazekas-Woolwine, D.O.

Shannon Headley

My hometowns are Tulsa, OK. and Orlando, FL. I went to Oral Roberts University for undergrad and attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. My plans after residency includes anything that integrates pediatrics + procedures! I chose pediatrics because as a former Children’s Therapist (LPC) and family nanny, I knew I wanted to serve the pediatric population! A fun fact about myself is I train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

Nicole Fazekas-Woolwine, D.O.

Nicole Fazekas-Woolwine, D.O.

I went to medical school at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and completed undergrad at Virginia Tech in Biological Systems Engineering. My hometown is Ashburn, VA. I am considering general outpatient pediatrics or a fellowship in neonatology or pediatric hematology/oncology after residency. However, I am keeping an open mind to other specialties as well! I chose Pediatrics because I absolutely adore working with children and know that I will be happy every day going to work! I love to bring a smile to their faces at every visit and I hope to make a positive impact on each child and their family. A fun fact about me is that in high school I wrote and e-published my own novel!

Nicole Fazekas-Woolwine, D.O.

AshLeigh Kohley, D.O.

I am originally from Zebulon, North Carolina. I went to Missouri Southern State University for undergrad and attended Kansas City University in Joplin for medical school. My current plans following residency is fellowship in neurology or psychiatry and expanding our family. I chose pediatrics because the days fly by when you’re working with the littles! Fun fact about myself is I love kayaking and watching horror movies.

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