First Year Residents
Megan Ash, DO
Hello! My name is Megan Ash and I am so excited to be a part of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency! I grew up just a few minutes south of Muncie in New Castle, Indiana. Being from Indiana I have known what an amazing program this is and always dreamed of training here. The outstanding faculty, staff, and residents further solidified my decision after spending time rotating with the program in the fall of my fourth year of medical school.
After graduating from New Castle High School I attended Indiana University where I majored in chemistry and minored in math and biology. I earned my master’s degree in physiology right here at Ball State. For my medical education I was fortunate to be a part the inaugural class at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. Focus on the whole person and being committed to the complete healing of individuals’ bodies, minds, and spirits was emphasized from the beginning. Family medicine was an obvious choice for me. As a family physician I will be a part of people’s happiest and most challenging moments. While the strength of my clinical skills is imperative, compassion for the individual will undoubtedly be an integral part of the way I practice medicine.
I am honored to have the opportunity to continue my education here and begin serving the Muncie community practicing full-spectrum medical care. In my free time I enjoy helping my husband with our excavating business, doing home improvement projects, exercising, being involved in our church, and playing with our black Labrador retriever.
Kelsey Booth, MD
Although I was born in Tennessee, Indiana is where I grew up and has always been home. My immediate and also large extended family (along with my in-laws) all live in Plymouth, Indiana, which hosts the Blueberry Festival every Labor Day. I received my undergraduate education from Purdue and although my medical degree is from Indiana University School of Medicine I will always be a boilermaker at heart!
I realized what I wanted my medical career to look like during a rotation with a family physician back in Plymouth. “Well young doctor, what do you need to do next?” was the phrase warmly asked of me in a breadth of patient situations. It echoed in my mind long after still encompassing duty, competence, and compassion. I’m so excited to be starting my medical career here at the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency because I really feel that everyone- from the office staff and directors to the residents themselves- all ask that question in the best of ways!
Coming with me into this next chapter in our lives is my wonderful husband Doug. We both like to tackle home improvement projects, play endless Frisbee with Chloe our dog, explore parks and farmers markets, and take on anyone willing to play just one more board game.
Grace Borton, DO
Hello! My name is Grace Borton and I grew up in the small, rural, northern Michigan town of Lake City. I completed my undergraduate education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I majored in Biomedical Sciences. Directly following undergrad, I moved to Parker, Colorado to attend medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains where I spent free time hiking, climbing and skiing.
I’m excited to now come back to my Midwest roots to finish my medical training at Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency. I was attracted to this program because of the opportunity to practice full spectrum family medicine including obstetrics, underserved and international medicine. When I visited Ball Memorial, I was warmly welcomed into the community here and knew this is where I was meant to be. I’m looking forward to this next chapter and to be joining the Ball Memorial community!
Outside of medicine, I enjoy being active and outside – running, downhill and water skiing, hiking, rock climbing – as well as drawing, reading, and traveling to new places with family and friends!
Greta Braun, DO
Hello! My name is Greta Braun and I’m originally from Galena, IL. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before traveling to Indiana for medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
I knew from an early age that I wanted to go into healthcare. My mother is a nurse and having her as a strong role model sparked my passion for medicine. I worked as a nurse aide for many years during college that confirmed and fueled my desire to attend medical school. During and after college, I spent a few years working in an oncology research lab focusing my efforts on lung cancer research and getting a feel for the research side of medicine.
Growing up in a small town, I knew I wanted to go into rural medicine, specifically family medicine. When it came time to choose a residency I was immediately drawn to the full-scope training available at IUH Ball Memorial. After my interview here, I instantly knew this was the perfect place for me to continue my training as a physician. I am positive this program will train me to be an excellent full-scope family physician in a rural setting. My medical interests include women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and outpatient procedures.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, going to outdoor festivals and farmer’s markets, playing golf, and traveling. I spend most of my free time with my amazing husband AJ and our 2-year-old son Cooper. And we are very excited to be expecting our second son this summer!
Abby Chilsen, MD
Hello! My name is Abby Chilsen, and I am very excited to be joining the Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency! As a lifelong Wisconsinite, diehard Badger fan, and lover of cheese in its many varieties, I am excited to bring my Sconnie “accent” to Muncie! I grew up on the Mississippi River in The Sunfish Capital of the World, Onalaska, Wisconsin, and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. During my college years, I had the opportunity to spend two summers in the highlands of Costa Rica, living in a small village and working in several rural clinics. It was here that I fell in love with practicing global medicine and providing comprehensive care to the poor and underserved.
I attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with aspirations of becoming a pediatric specialist. I spent the summer after my first year of medical school at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy caring for children diagnosed with devastating malignancies and hematologic illnesses. Instead of finding a niche in specialty care, I realized even more the power of primary care in providing continuity for families in crisis as well as supporting patients of all ages at the end of life. Upon returning to Madison, I worked with MEDiC, a student-run network of free clinics, including coordinating a weekly urgent care dental clinic at a local shelter through the Madison Dental Initiative. This experience demonstrated the connections that exist between medicine, dentistry, and social determinants of health, particularly the importance of addressing poor health literacy, poverty, mental illness, addiction, and disparities in access to care.
I found Family Medicine to be the perfect field for me to continue practicing in all of my areas of interest: palliative care, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, global health, and rural community medicine. Ball Memorial stood out as a program with fantastic people who are committed teachers, active community members, and compassionate physicians. The residents, faculty, and staff have welcomed me into their community with open arms, and I feel extremely blessed to call Muncie and Ball Memorial my new home!
Outside of medicine, I am an avid cyclist, hiker, and lover of all things outdoors. I also love to travel, spend time with family and friends, read books (non-medical!) in my hammock, and cheer on my Wisconsin Badgers!
Lisa Grooms, MD
Hi! My name is Lisa Grooms, and I grew up in Noblesville, Indiana. I’ve known since middle school that I wanted to be a doctor and to help underserved populations. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where I received a B.S. in Microbiology, B.A. in Spanish, and Chemistry minor. While at IU I became heavily involved in Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children whose parents have or have had cancer. My camp name, “Bandaid”, has stuck with me as a reminder to always show love and compassion in whatever I do.
I attended medical school at IU in Indianapolis, where I continued to involve myself in service organizations like Dr. Camp/Camp MD and Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention. I enrolled in the Spanish Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, focusing on improving my medical Spanish. After traveling to Nicaragua on a global health elective, I also discovered an interest in global medicine.
What I loved most about medical school was getting to know and care for patients of all ages, and I knew that family medicine would provide me with opportunities to develop long-term relationships with the patients under my care. The IU Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency stood out as the most family-oriented, kind, and compassionate program during my residency search. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of people!
In my free time I enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction and snuggling with my two cats, Fili and Kili. I also love spending time with my family, friends, and husband, Tommy. Additional medical interests include pediatrics and preventative medicine.
Meghan Kinsel, DO
Hello! My name is Meghan and my hometown is Shoreview, Minnesota. I attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Biology (Go Badgers!). I have wanted to become a physician for as long as I can remember! I love helping others, making meaningful connections and had a passion for the sciences throughout my education. I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
I am so excited to be staying in Indiana and training at the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency! I was drawn to the program because of the emphasis on full spectrum patient care including a strong curriculum in women’s health, procedures, and preventative medicine. I had an immediate connection to the residents, faculty and staff when I interviewed and had that “gut feeling” that the program was the right fit for me. I am so impressed by the supportive environment and many opportunities that this residency offers.
One of my biggest passions outside of medicine is travel. I love to explore, experience new cultures and, of course, eat a lot of delicious food! Some favorite destinations of mine include Ghana, Croatia and Italy. As a physician, I intend to incorporate my love of travel into medicine and work on global medicine and mission trips.
Brittany Kiser, DO
Hello! I am originally from Bakersfield, CA. My family and I bounced around within California and even to Las Vegas for a few years before landing in the small town of Prestonsburg, Kentucky for good when I was 12. I grew up fishing, hunting, playing soccer, going to football games and church youth group since that was about all there was to do in my town. If you would have told my 18 year old self that I would become a doctor, I wouldn’t have believed you. Since I was in middle school I felt a calling to be a missionary. When I was entering college I was forced to pick a major, so I chose pre-med thinking that being a doctor would be a great tool as a missionary; I had every intention of changing it and never thought it would really happen. However, I found a love for serving others through medicine that I had no idea was within me and I never turned back.
I did my undergrad at University of the Cumberland’s in Williamsburg, KY and my medical school at Lincoln-Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN. My time in school not only grew my passion for international and domestic missions, but it also gave me a passion for women’s health. These are the exact reasons I have chosen IU Health Ball Memorial as my place for residency. I was extremely impressed with this programs ability to provide excellent training in all areas of family medicine as well as the ample opportunities for medical missions. I have no doubt that I will be leaving this program with all the tools necessary to practice every type of medicine, especially women’s health, here in America or overseas.
I am a newlywed to an amazing man who has been willing to give up his house, job, church, and living close to his family to be with me. In our spare time we like to be outside, ride bikes, hike, grill out, have bonfires, watch movies and play card/board games. We are both very excited for this journey and already feel like the people in this program are family!
Molly Kelly, MD
Hello! My name is Molly Kelly and I am from Fort Wayne, IN. I am so happy to be continuing my medical education in Indiana and am thrilled to be joining the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency team. I have dreamed of becoming a doctor since I was a child and spent hours making elaborate hospital wards complete with shoebox hospital beds, wrist bands, and medical charts to care for my stuffed animals. One of my favorite childhood books was the story of Louis Pasteur’s invention of the rabies vaccine which saved the life of a young boy. As I grew up, I remember being quite surprised to learn that not every child had a favorite virus or spent hours looking at all sorts of things with their toy microscope. My path to studying medicine had some twists and turns because attending college after high school wasn’t within my budget. I worked as a server, cooked in a gourmet restaurant, spent time in corporate technology sales, and helped launch our family’s small business. Through these experiences I realized that what I find most fulfilling is creating lasting relationships and using my knowledge and skills to help others.
When I had the opportunity to return to school, I jumped at the chance. I graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne with a Bachelor of Science and Research Certificate in Biology and I was blessed to study medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. It wasn’t until my third year that I realized Family Medicine was a perfect fit for me. I get so much joy from getting to know patients and their families and I’m looking forward to creating new relationships here in Muncie. I fell in love with the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine program and knew right away that this is where I am supposed to be.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, home renovation projects, and, most importantly, spending time with my husband and our two beautiful girls.
Trenton Schmale, DO
My name is Trenton Schmale, and I am originally from Nebraska but have lived in Carmel, Indiana for a number of years. I attended Taylor University, just north of Muncie, and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Biology while playing collegiate football - go Trojans! I went on to get my Master’s degree in Biomedical Science at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Before starting medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine as part of the inaugural class, I worked as a biochemist in Indianapolis and married my wife, Emily.
Throughout medical school I enjoyed a wide variety of practice areas. This led me to my interest in family medicine, where I can continue doing many different things as a physician, while looking at my patients from a holistic perspective. My primary interests have been sports medicine, behavioral health, preventative medicine, and outpatient procedures.
I am very excited to be part of the Ball Memorial family. I first came to know and admire this program as a 4th year medical student during rotations. The staff, faculty, and residents are all very supportive, and there are many opportunities for residents to pursue their specific interests.
When I am not in a clinical setting I enjoy playing sports, snow skiing, hiking, card games, economics, and spending time with my wife and little one on the way!