PGY4 Residents

Taylor Colon, DO

Taylor Colon, DO

Class of 2022

Bio

Degree: BS, DO

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Hattiesburg, MS

After residency: Sports Medicine Fellowship in order to pursue a career in Sports/MSK medicine.

Career Interest/ Research: Sports and preventative medicine. Interested in youth sports and the preservation/longevity of the athlete.

Hobbies/ Interest: Sports! Watching football - The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and the New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!?) Cooking - creole, grilling on my pellet grill, or HelloFresh. Gardening - all types of peppers (the hotter the better) and herbs Traveling - local and afar Bird watching - yes, I have feeders and a house….and possibly 3 bird ID apps!

Bio: Born in New Orleans, grew up in Birmingham, and went to medical school in Hattiesburg. Now this Southern Boy calls the Midwest home! I am married and have one dog. I chose Mizzou because it truly is a “Hidden Gem”, the feel of a quiet lifestyle in a small town along with a powerhouse academic facility and a department that prides itself on resources and connections within the field of PM&R.

Taylor Colon

 

Clifford Kissling, MD

Clifford Kissling, MD

Class of 2022

Bio

Degree: BS, MD

Hometown: Wichita, KS

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

After residency: Currently planning to pursue a predominantly inpatient job closer to home.

Career Interest: Inpatient rehabilitation and consults

Research: Quality improvement in billing and coding.

Hobbies/ Interest: Spending time with my wife and daughters. Also, an avid runner and sports enthusiast.

Bio: Columbia is a fantastic city for my active family with its plethora of parks and trails. Mizzou PM&R is truly a family where everyone cares about the success of everyone else.

Clifford Kissling

 

Kevin Moylan, DO

Kevin Moylan, DO

Class of 2022

Bio

Degree: DO

Hometown: Lees Summit, MO

Medical School: Kansas City University

Internship: General Surgery, University of Missouri-Columbia

After residency: Pain Management/Interventional Spine fellowship

Career Interests/Research: Comprehensive pain medicine, interventional spine, spinal cord neuromodulation, MSK ultrasound

Hobbies/ Interest: boating, cycling, golf, pickleball, softball, video games, traveling, KC Royals and Chiefs, Mizzou football

Bio: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, and bleed all things KC and Mizzou. I went to the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergrad and attended KCU for graduate and medical school. I completed my internship in general surgery at Mizzou prior to joining the PM&R family. Our residency program is exactly that, a family. Our group is tight knit with extremely supportive faculty mentors. The Mizzou PM&R program has a reputation of producing competent, well rounded and happy physicians. Our program allows for individualized education and rotations, catering to our specific interests. We get hands on training with interventional procedures, ultrasound, Botox and EMG. In addition to our excellent training, we have an incredible quality of life. We work hard and play hard. My wife Mollie and I love living in Columbia, where we are constantly trying new restaurants, biking the Katy Trail, tailgating at Mizzou games and taking our weenie dog Frankie to breweries.

Kevin Moylan

 

Nathan Spencer, DO

Nathan Spencer, DO

Class of 2022

Bio

Degree: DO

Hometown: Highland, Utah

Medical School: Des Moines University

After residency: Sky’s the limit, any suggestions?!

Career Interest/ Research: Sports medicine, consult services; research in Ultrasound education.

Hobbies/ Interest: I love to spend time outdoors with my family, work on projects around the house, Play tennis, pickleball, disc golf, lawn games, board games, etc.

Bio: Columbia transformed from a place to do residency to our new home in a very short amount of time. The city is a college town with plenty to offer by way of entertainment and if you need something bigger on a weekend, KC and STL are less than 2 hours away. My family keeps busy with the parks around town, hiking trails, splash pads and such. Our residency program also has a softball team which we enjoy getting together weekly to play and socialize.

Nathan Spencer

 

PGY3 Residents

Hannah Farmer, DO

Hannah Farmer, DO

Class of 2023

Bio

Degree: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

Medical School: Des Moines University

After residency: Fellowship

Career interest: SCI, General Rehab, Amputee

Hobbies/Interest: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, working on my garden, cooking, going for bike rides on Columbia’s awesome trails, practicing yoga, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my cats.

Bio: When choosing a specialty, I wanted a field that would allow me to have long-lasting relationships with patients. I chose PM&R because I love working with patients to help them improve function and getting to work with them over a long period of time. I chose Mizzou PM&R because I experienced first-hand how dedicated and personal the attendings and residents were. Every individual I worked with took the time to get to know me and teach me more about the wonderful field of PM&R. I felt like everyone welcomed me as family from the beginning, and I knew this was the program for me.

Hannah Farmer

 

Benjamin Gill, DO

Benjamin Gill, DO

Class of 2023

Bio

Degree: DO, MBA

Hometown: I grew up moving all over the world

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

After residency: Fellowship

Career Interest/ Research: Interventional spine, sports, neuromodulation, ultrasound, regenerative medicine, medical education, systems improvement, physician advocacy and leadership

Hobbies/ Interest: I love spending time with family, exploring restaurants, lifting weights, and being outdoors with friends!

Bio: PM&R is one of the broadest medical specialties, with countless unique opportunities to change lives. It is constantly stimulating, a never-ending mastery of all the organ systems to affect the outcome of the most important domain – function! Success in such an extraordinary field requires passionate mentorship and support, which is exactly why I chose Mizzou. Our program has a rich legacy of learning, innovation, and excitement that culminates in lifelong friendships.

Benjamin Gill

 

Stephen Luebbert, MD

Stephen Luebbert, MD

Class of 2023

Bio

Degree: MD, Doctor of Medicine

Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

Medical School: University of Missouri, Columbia

After residency: Excited to find out! Still trying to decide between doing a fellowship versus going straight into independent practice. Career Interest/ Research: I have previously done research on the fitness habits and perceptions of my peers in medical school. I would love to do more movement analysis, especially as it pertains to improving function for the patients I will be working with most.

Hobbies/ Interest: Spending time with my wife Josie, hiking, hanging out with our dogs and my wife’s pony, Billie, powerlifting, singing, and beatboxing.

Why I chose to be a physiatrist: Ever since I was a young kid in tae kwon do, I really loved how the muscles worked together to make us move. I loved anatomy in medical school, especially relating to the nerves and musculoskeletal system. Luckily at MU, my medical school classes had early exposure to PM&R especially through the anatomy lab. I later became impressed with the physical exam skills of physiatrists, and eventually how I could apply that knowledge to help patients with MSK/neurological conditions. I am truly excited to be a part of this excellent field.

What I love about Columbia: I love the multitude of AMAZING places to eat, and there is a flavorful brewery scene. The paths that cut through the town and connect to the MKT trail are also excellent places to run/hike/bike with the dogs as company. With that being said, Columbia is also one of the most dog friendly places I’ve lived. Last but not least, being in Columbia places my wife and I much closer to family than anywhere else I could have picked for PM&R, with both sides residing in Mid-Missouri.

What makes MU PM&R the BEST: I was fortunate enough to get a lot of time within the department at MOI, UH, and Rusk as a medical student. One of the outstanding things was how much all the residents looked out for one another, especially if one was particularly busy, and would assist in any way they could. From all the places I interviewed, that aspect of warmth and helpfulness to your fellow resident really stood out. I am honored to be working at MU not only for that reason, but also because this was the very program that inspired me to go into PM&R.

Stephen Luebbert

 

Jess Roland, DO

Jess Roland, DO

Class of 2023

Bio

Degree: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Medical School: A. T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

After Residency: Maintaining an open mind with regards to fellowship training

Career Interest/Research: Interests in lifestyle medicine, prevention, pain medicine, musculoskeletal/sport medicine, stroke, and brain injury.

Hobbies/Interests: Mountains, forests, rivers, calisthenics, fitness

Bio: Pursuing PM&R felt like the perfect fit for me. As a neuroscience undergraduate major and a medical training in osteopathic medicine, I’m fascinated by the neuromusculoskeletal system and the pathology that falls within it. I love the psychosocial aspects that are taken into account for all patients as this plays a major role in the prognosis of each individual. Mizzou offers a family-friendly program that allows me to be close to my support system, feel supported by my colleagues and challenged by my mentors.

Jess Roland

 

PGY2 Residents

Duncan Bralts, DO

Duncan Bralts, DO

Class of 2024

Bio

Degree: BS in Athletic Training Florida State University, M.Ed in Health Education and Promotion from University of Missouri

Hometown: Sebring, FL

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship: Internal Medicine Medical Center of Trinity, Trinity, FL

After residency: Interventional Spine/Pain/Sports Medicine Fellowship

Career Interest/ Research: Interventional spine/Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine

Hobbies/ Interest: Huge Sports fan especially college football, golf, live music concerts, enjoying time with my wife and pup

Bio: I wanted to find a specialty that combined aspects of my background of my past career as an athletic trainer as well as allow me to expand my interests to help my future patients. One of my greatest joys as an athletic trainer was returning my athletes to competition, and I believe PM&R truly allows us to help our patients return to functioning at their highest level after significant life events. For me personally I also wanted to pursue a specialty that offered a broad array of practice styles, offer a wide variety of procedures to learn, and see a lot of different pathologies that I would really enjoy treating. These specific pathologies also allow for tangible improvements to be seen and made with these patients, which is always great to see alongside the them as they improve their function.

After doing graduate school here at Mizzou I really fell in love with the city of Columbia and the Mizzou culture. The Mizzou PM&R department is no different as I got to know all the wonderful people here. They truly care about each resident’s success and offer all the mentorship and provide extensive training of all the wide scope that PM&R entails. Our program has a rich history of training quality physiatrists that makes so many graduates want to come back to practice here. The city of Columbia is an energetic town with great food spots, outstanding outdoor activities, and hard-working people that are some of the most welcoming anywhere in the country. This program creates such a great family atmosphere that I could not think of a better place to train and create life-long friendships.

Duncan Bralts fun photo

 

Kotomi Obayashi, DO

Kotomi Obayashi, DO

Class of 2024

Bio

Degree: BS, DO

Hometown: Troy, MI

Medical School: Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine

After residency: Fellowship

Career Interest/ Research: Interventional spine, pain management, amputee rehab, MSK ultrasound, adaptive sports, community engagement/education

Hobbies/ Interest: I enjoy spending time with my significant other, Dave, and our cat, Nara. I also like baking, crafting, HIIT workouts, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Bio: I thought PM&R was pretty awesome very early on in medical school. I mean, in what other specialty can you build such a deep connection with your patients while improving their function to give them the best quality of life possible!? I’m new to Missouri but after just a short time, it is now my home. Everyone here from the attendings to the staff are so friendly and really care about our success. I love this program because you get the opportunity to explore your interests whether that be extra time in the procedure suite doing injections or visiting the orthotics and prosthetics clinic down the street. We even have the opportunity to work with high school athletes during football season. I really couldn’t ask for a better place to be a resident.

Kotomi Obayashi
Jake Tramutolo, DO

Jake Tramutolo, DO

Class of 2024

Bio

Degree: DO

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship: Abrazo Transitional Year, Phoenix, AZ

After residency: Likely a sports medicine fellowship

Career Interest/ Research: Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine, Concussion/TBI, ultrasound, Injury Prevention

Hobbies/ Interest: Watching/playing sports, Traveling, spending time with family and our black lab Mabel

Bio: PM&R was always the right fit for me. No other specialty could give me the neuromusculoskeletal pathology, continuity of care and focus on function I was looking for in a future career quite like PM&R could.  When I was looking for a program, I wanted to know that I could not only get quality training, but also enjoy my residency experience. I have found that at Mizzou! I couldn’t have asked for better people and a better environment to learn and prepared for my career as a physiatrist.

Jake Tramutolo fun photo

 

Christian Van Doren, DO

Christian Van Doren, DO

Class of 2024

Bio

Degree: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

After residency: Start working in general inpatient/outpatient physiatry

Career Interest/ Research: Sports medicine and MSK

Hobbies/ Interest: Spending time with my wife, daughter, and dog. Enjoying the outdoors with my family, watching plenty of movies and TV shows, and weightlifting.

Bio: I chose PM&R because my love of the human body and its abilities started from a diverse background in athletics. As I progressed through college and medical school, I saw PM&R as a wonderful way to help restore peoples' function and independence; whether it be a patient gaining back the ability to comb their own hair or running a marathon. I love the college town vibe of Columbia and all the great places to eat. The people are great, and it's been an awesome place to begin raising a family. One of the biggest reasons I chose Mizzou for my training are the people. Their kindness, willingness to teach, and their support made me feel welcome throughout my medical school rotation, intern year rotations, and now residency training. If you want to be made to feel appreciated and welcome, Mizzou is the place for you.

Christian van Doren fun photo