Second Year Residents

Erika Blair, MD

A lifelong Ohioan I was born in Cincinnati and raised in Cleveland.  I went to the University of Rochester for undergrad where I majored in Biology and minored in Psychology and American Sign Language. I always knew I was interested in a career in medicine and after graduating from the U of R, I started medical school at New York Medical College in Westchester County, right outside New York City.  I was always drawn to primary care, but I really knew that a future in Family Medicine was for me during my third year rotations.

I had some great experiences rotating in the hospitals in the New York City area, but I knew I wanted to come back to the Midwest for residency.  I had never been to Muncie before and was originally interested in Ball Memorial because it was relatively close to home and in the Midwest.  However, I was really blown away on my interview by the enthusiasm and commitment towards Family Medicine that I found in the residents and staff.  I really wanted a program that was strong in obstetrics and women’s health, but that would also give me a well-rounded education so that I could be confident practicing any aspect of Family Medicine anywhere. I found all of that at IU Health Ball Memorial in addition to a staff that really cares about its residents. 

When not in the hospital, I enjoy reading, catching up on my favorite TV shows, and knitting.

Tolulope Efam, MD

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland. My family moved to Lagos, Nigeria when I was 2 years old. I lived in Nigeria for 15 years before returning to the United States for college. I attended Illinois State University (Go Redbirds) and graduated with a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Chemistry. I completed my Medical School training at Southern Illinois University. I married my wonderful husband before starting medical school and we are blessed with a very active and adorable little boy. 

My family and I are glad to be in Muncie, Indiana. I was immediately impressed with the opportunities given to the residents to be involved in Global Health. We believe IU Health Ball Memorial will offer me the training needed to work in the mission field. We also love the family friendly atmosphere the program has and we are excited about this new journey called residency.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and son. I enjoy traveling, baking and reading. I also enjoy shopping with my mum when she visit from Nigeria.

Anthony Gordon, MD

I am an Indiana-born, Indiana-trained Hoosier.  I was raised in Indianapolis and tested the waters outside of our great state for Undergrad at Liberty University in Virginia where I majored in Biochemistry and Religion.  I have had several opportunities to travel on mission trips which has played a large part in my decision to do medicine as a tool for missions.  At Liberty I began to pursue medical missions as a career choice and was drawn to the relational aspect of primary care.  I returned to Indiana for medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine where I became familiar with family medicine and decided it was the best career path for the mission field.
 
I was familiar with IU Health Ball Memorial after living in Muncie for a portion of medical school.  During the application season, I became even more familiar with the program in Muncie and had several specialists in the IU academic center recommend IU Health Ball Memorial Family Residency specifically after having interacted with the excellent doctors coming out of the program.  One other draw of the program which was particularly enticing was the vast procedure experience available in adequate volume.

Aside from the residency program I love spending my time with my wife working on our house. We also enjoy playing tennis and volleyball and are very involved in our church. We have 1 son and hope to have many more kids soon!

Steve Monson, MD

Though originally from Tempe, Arizona, I moved to the base of the Rocky Mountains in Pleasant Grove, Utah, when I was eleven, and stayed there throughout college and medical school.  Prior to medical school, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelors in Exercise Science.  It was there I enjoyed performing research on aspen trees, and jamming with my folk ensemble groups year-after-year.  After this, I attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and fell in love with family medicine after working with some especially great mentors.  My amazing wife, Catherine, and I have been married since 2007, and we have two beautiful children: Parker and Olivia.  I have several hobbies and interests, including spending time with my family, playing various board games with friends, hiking, biking, playing the piano, and playing bluegrass music on the  guitar and mandolin.  I also love aviation, and if I can find the time, I enjoy building, flying, (and fixing) model airplanes.  So far, some of my medical interests include biomedical informatics, and working with special needs populations.

I chose IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency not only because of their exceptional physician-training program, but also because all the residents here are such great people and enjoy working with one another.  This program is unique in the support it offers to residents and their families—something that was very important to my wife and I as we looked at programs.  After training here in Muncie, the doors of opportunity are wide open to each graduate, leaving them free to choose any avenue within family medicine, which I think is valuable.  But like I said before, I love the people I work with here, and you can't put a price on that!  We look forward to the next three years here in Muncie with our new family and friends.

Kristy Mount, MD, PhD

Hi! My name is Kristy Mount and I am originally from a one stop light town in Indiana called Brookston.  My path to family medicine was very non-traditional.  I graduated from Purdue University with a BS in biology and a strong interest in teaching and research.  I married my husband Jim and we moved to the Indianapolis area in 2003 so that I could attend graduate school at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  I spent the next six years researching Staphylococcal biofilms and the immunopathogenesis of Haemophilus ducreyi, completing a PhD in microbiology and Immunology.  While I always enjoyed teaching and I loved microbiology, I found that I was dissatisfied with the solitary and highly specialized life style of a bench researcher.  I had never before considered a career in medicine.  However in 2007, I gave birth to my son Jimmy and the complicated pregnancy made me think seriously about life as a doctor for the very first time.  The next 18 months was a whirl wind of new motherhood and medical school applications.  When the dust finally settled, I was a medical student at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. 

At the end of medical school I found it extremely difficult to pick my specialty.  There were so many aspects of medicine that I enjoyed and just couldn’t imagine giving any of them up.  I finally settled on full spectrum family medicine because I loved the idea of being able to treat absolutely anything that walked in the door, be it in the clinic, on the wards, in the ED, or on L/D.  I was initially drawn towards Ball Memorial because of the strong academic program, the strong clinical medicine and pediatric experience and the high OB numbers, including c-section training.  I spent a month at Ball as a 4th year visiting student and I fell in love with the friendly and close knit residents and directors.  Heading into interview season, IU Health Ball Memorial started out as my number one program and after a full season of interviewing, it never budged from that top spot.   

I’m very happy that my family and I ended up in Muncie.  We were able to find affordable housing, my son can go to a great public school, my husband has a very reasonable commute to Indianapolis, and I am learning to be the best doctor that I can be!  I can’t imagine a better choice for either myself or my family.

Michael Pratt, MD

My name is Michael Pratt.  I grew up, and spent most of my time in the mountains of northern Utah.  I’ve always been eager to make an adventure out of life, so I graduated high school at age 16, and went off to college.  I spent the next 3 years trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life, but after completing all the required classes for an associate degree (and some fun classes like scuba diving and aviation), I was no closer to finding a career.  So I did what every logical 19 year old would do, and I enlisted in the Marines.  After 4 years of fun and adventure seeing the world, including a tour to Iraq, I decided it was time to quit hiding from responsibility and finish school.  Along the way, I developed a passion for medicine and helping people.  I graduated with a bachelor degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Southern Utah University.  I got my degree in medicine from the University of Utah. 

Choosing IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency was an easy choice.  The instructors and instruction is top notch, and there is no limit to your training here.  At this residency, you have the unique opportunity to learn as much as you want about anything, but the ability to tailor your training to what you are passionate about.  It is a great educational environment with very friendly staff, and emphasis on a work/life balance.

Kyle Speakman, MD

Hi, I'm Kyle.  I'm thrilled to be a part of the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine team.  I began my path towards becoming an MD when I was a little kid and was injured while camping with my family.  A doctor in the campsite next to us helped me out, and I thought it was so cool that he could help when I needed it.

I graduated from Indiana State University and dove head first into IU Medical School, graduating in 2013.  During my fourth year of medical school, I was fortunate enough to complete an elective at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and fell in love.  It felt like home - a place where I could learn in a relaxed environment.  The residents, directors, and staff were all supportive and willing to help at the drop of a hat.  I knew it was the place for me.  The residency also has a close place in my heart for another reason; an IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine resident delivered me 27 years ago when my parents were students at Ball State.  I'm excited to now have the role of resident and, perhaps, deliver another future resident.

My wife and I enjoy spending as much time together as possible, doing things such as watching movies, working in the yard, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  We look forward to our time in Muncie and are glad to be a part of such a great family.

Andrew Stevens, MD

I was born in Pasadena, TX, but was raised in Taylorsville, UT, a suburb of Salt Lake City. I received my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah but quickly realized that I was attracted to the science, but not so much the research end of things. I decided to go into medicine and was accepted into the University of Utah School of Medicine. As I rotated through the specialties I found that I enjoyed taking care of the whole patient and really had some great experiences with the underserved populations in both my Community Health clinics and my rural family medicine rotation.  I found myself wanting to practice full-spectrum family medicine(including OB care) and started looking into programs that could meet my goals.

Throughout this journey, I have had the support of my wonderful wife Trisha as we have been blessed with 3 children. Making sure I had enough time for my family was a top priority in choosing a program. I quickly fell in love with the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Program because it met my goals of full-spectrum training while appreciating me enough to allow time for myself and my family. On top of that I found myself being drawn to the program because of the all-around good people here. Since being here I have had no regrets and have experienced firsthand the love and support of these amazing individuals as life throws some curveballs our way.

Apart from medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, board gaming with friends and fellow residents, spending time with my church and reading.

Kevin Witt, MD

My name is Kevin Witt and I’m a FM Resident here at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  I’ve lived all over the world, including a military base in Sasebo, Japan, but I've spent most of my life here in Indiana.  After rotating with the FMRC team as a 4th year medical student, the choice to come to Muncie, IN for my FM training was an easy one!  I really enjoyed the feeling of camaraderie and the family atmosphere here at the program.  Plus, the ability to learn anything from endoscopy to obstetrics really drew me to the program.  My interests include obstetrics, sports medicine, endoscopy, and teaching.  When I graduate from residency, I am interested in practicing full-scope family medicine and working with underserved populations.

I married my wife, Lauren, right before I graduated from medical school.  She was really excited about us matching at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because of the excellent spouse support and family atmosphere here at the program.  In my free time I enjoy running, martial arts, and painting.

Kara Wyatt, MD

My name is Kara Wyatt and I was born and raised in Indiana. I grew up in a small rural town just southwest of here called Middletown. I attended Ball State University for my undergraduate degree in Biology and then attended IU School of Medicine. I always knew I wanted to stay in central Indiana to practice medicine, and it was during my third year of medical school that I fell in love with Family Medicine. There was no other rotation during medical school that combined my passion for children, my interest in adults, and my love for babies all into one practice.

I was lucky enough to marry my high-school sweetheart after my second year of medical school, and we were blessed with a beautiful baby boy one year ago. Knowing that I wanted to remain a Hoosier and practice medicine near my hometown the rest of my life, the Family Medicine Residency Program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was the perfect fit. There was no other residency program that I interviewed at that was filled with such caring, compassionate, and skillful directors, and intelligent, happy, and supportive residents. The environment at both the hospital and the residency center is inviting, supportive, and enthusiastic, and is the perfect setting for physicians in training.