Learn about the residents who have completed the Family Medicine Residency program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital – why they chose this program and what they gained from it.
Maureen Benge, DO
Hello! My name is Maureen Benge and growing up in a military family I’ve lived everywhere from Guam to Spain; but these days I call Indiana home. We moved to the South Bend area when I was 16 and I’ve been Indiana educated ever since. I completed my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Biology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute where I also played collegiate soccer.
After graduation, following my parents’ example, I took the opportunity to serve my country as a Preventative Health Educator in the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa. Living and working alongside my Senegalese counterparts to fight malaria, schistosomiasis and childhood malnutrition cemented my commitment to healthcare. This commitment brought me back to Indiana and Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine where I completed my medical degree. My experiences have taught me to consider my patients not as an amalgam of symptoms but as people first and foremost. The practice of Family Medicine appeals to me because it does just that. It treats the individual as a whole, throughout the lifespan and through the many trials and triumphs that make us who we are.
When I came to Ball Memorial I witnessed this kind of compassionate and highly competent care on the part of residents, faculty and staff members alike. And I knew I had found the right place to train. I’m truly fortunate to be a part of this team. When I’m not reading up on one of my various medical interest areas (preventative health, geriatrics, mental health promotion etc.) you’ll likely find me: back seat refereeing NFL games in my Elway jersey, attempting to re-live my college glory days on the soccer field, belting 80s tunes in my car or making guacamole in bulk.
Lauren Gnagy, MD
Hi! My name is Lauren Gnagy. I grew up in the small town of Danville, Indiana with my three (yes, three) younger brothers and loving parents. Surrounded by extended family and close-knit community, the very thought of returning to a Hoosier small town to serve as a physician makes me smile. I received my B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences from Cedarville University in Ohio where I competed on the track team.
During this time, I found my heart increasingly drawn towards caring for people experiencing health-related hardships. The opportunities to counsel and support patients as 'only a doctor can' ultimately led me to change career paths-opting to pursue medical school instead of pharmacy school. I studied on the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University School of Medicine.
I found I enjoyed every aspect of medicine except for time in the OR. And I had a particular love for the outpatient setting. This made family medicine the obvious choice. A rotation focusing on end-of-life care affirmed I will likely pursue a fellowship in either geriatrics or palliative care. After my interview at Ball Memorial, I walked away with the special "this is the one" feeling. The opportunity to train in rural medicine, the great reputation of the program, and chats with the palliative care specialists made it clear. This would be a place in which I could grow professionally. Importantly, it also became obvious I could grow personally. The residents appeared to have a sociable and supportive community.
The way I spend my time is reflective of my variety of interests in medicine. During the past year, for example, I have found myself hiking in Oregon, cycling in the Hilly Hundred, writing, reading, running, practicing yoga, baking cookies, playing piano, playing basketball, sewing aprons and cross-stitching. I've also been looking up too many videos of Bernese mountain dog puppies, re-watching The Office, listening to plenty of NPR podcasts and restoring my grandfather's old pump organ. I love spending time with my biological family, church family and friends.
Austin Curtis, DO
Hello! My name is Austin and I grew up not too far away in Zionsville. I attended Purdue University where I majored in Nuclear Engineering and received a master’s degree in Medical Physics. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a physician, but as time went on I kept looking for different types of problems to solve.
I attended medical school in Indianapolis at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am very excited to be starting my career and training at IU Health Ball Memorial. It is my hope I will be able to practice in rural Indiana and with the full spectrum training offered at Ball, I know there is no better place to be. I enjoy hospital medicine and surgery, which made it easy to choose family medicine because we get the opportunity to do a bit of both. The faculty and residents seemed very encouraging and committed making it an easy choice. I am most excited about working with patients in and around Muncie. My fiancé and I are big travelers!
We have been traveling all over the U.S. for years, taking photos and visiting National Parks. We enjoy camping, climbing, kayaking and pretty much anything else outdoors! I started weight lifting in college and use it to stay in shape and de-stress. We love playing board and card games with family and friends.
Molly Etling, MD
My name is Molly Etling and I couples matched to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital with my fiancé Dakota Gilbert, who is also a family medicine resident! I am really excited to be part of the Ball Memorial family and to dive into the practice of full spectrum family medicine, with special interests in pediatrics and women's health!
I am originally from Freeburg, Ill., which is considered part of the St. Louis Metro East, so I spent a lot of my time in St. Louis growing up (Go Cardinals!) I went to college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and am a proud Illini fan! There I majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minored in Anthropology.
I went to medical school right after college close to home at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Throughout medical school, I always had an interest in pediatrics and women's health. When I wasn't in class, I spent extra time volunteering at elementary schools and with the American Cancer Society's special friends program for children with cancer. I chose to practice in family medicine because it combined my love for both interests and Ball Memorial Hospital can provide the strong training I need for both.
When I'm not in the clinic or hospital, I love spending time with Dakota and our black lab, Okie. I use any spare time to plan our wedding and I also love to run, bake, travel, ski, read, and spend time outdoors! Dakota and I can't wait to see what Indiana has in store for us!
Dakota Gilbert, MD
Hi there! My name is Dakota Gilbert. I couples matched with my fiancé Molly and we are so excited to be in Indiana and to start our training at Ball Memorial! I am from a small town in Illinois called Pocahontas.
I went south to Ole Miss for my undergraduate degree, where I majored in Biochemistry and minored in biology, chemistry and business. I had been interested in medicine since I was a child and always knew I wanted to practice family medicine in a small town. I came back closer to home for medical school at Southern Illinois University School of medicine, where I met Molly. Here, I grew to love full spectrum medicine and caring for all parts of the patient. I also love procedures, including endoscopies and c sections. Ball Memorial became the perfect place for Molly and I to meet both of our differing interests in family medicine! I could not be more excited to start my training!
Outside of medicine, I love doing things outside including hiking, hunting, fishing and golfing. You may also find me hanging out with Molly and our energetic black lab on a day off!
Colin Good, DO
Hello! My name is Colin and while I have lived all over the country (Iowa, Arizona), I am coming to Muncie from the great state of North Carolina. I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to do my family medicine training here in the Hoosier state at IU Health Ball. I had the opportunity to rotate here early in fourth year and was blown away by the quality of training and people that make up the residency community.
While the well-rounded training and global health opportunities drew me in initially, it's the community itself that put it at the top. After visiting programs all over the country I knew this was place I was hoping to be. I am the first in in my family to enter the profession of medicine and the decision to do so didn't occur until my college years. My path into family medicine has involved several life-changing detours, including a gap-year in rural Kenya working in community development and peace initiatives. I also spent a year studying the intersections of theology and medicine in the middle of medical school.
Both of these experiences have formed me in profound ways and I am excited by the possibilities of using what I have learned in my life and career. I am a big believer in the future of family medicine, so if there is anything I can do to encourage you on that path, don't hesitate to reach out!
Outside of the house of medicine, I have many interests. I enjoy getting out in nature by hiking or camping. When the cold weather finds its way here, I enjoy finding a good coffee shop to read at or spend some time catching up with friends and family. I am eager to explore the bike paths that run through Muncie and hope to re-kindle my long lost cello skills, so if we meet, I hope I can say that is coming along.
Kimmy Hinman, MD
I grew up in Longmont, CO then traveled up north for undergrad at Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota. There I majored in Biology and French and could still participate in their dance company and orchestra. I attended medical school at KU-Wichita and am happy to be continuing my tour of the Midwest in Indiana for residency.
I had my heart set on family medicine since I applied to medical school because it has so much heart. I'm hoping to practice in a small town in the Midwest where I can know my patients well and be an active part in that community. I'm excited for the opportunity to practice full scope including OB.
Outside of medicine, I love the outdoors: jogging, hiking, yoga on the lawn, or simply sitting with a book under a tree. I like to explore new places as well as stay in, especially hosting theme nights with friends.
Jocelyn Mattoon, MD
My path to medicine has been winding. My family and I moved to the beautiful Flint Hills in Kansas when I was 8 years old and I am proud to claim Kansas as my home. I graduated from Kansas State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology then in 2010 with a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Development.
Around this time in my life a profound experience led me to recognize my true passion was medicine. I eventually began the process to be accepted into medical school while working as a career counselor for military service members transitioning back into civilian life. I was fortunate to be accepted to the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita and had an incredible learning experience there.
That said, I’m so happy to be a part of the Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency! I am so excited and eager to learn from a program with a strong history of teaching full scope family medicine and a focus on community and behavioral health. After residency, I plan to return to rural Kansas to practice as a full scope family physician. This includes performing C-sections, colonoscopies and other procedures my rural community would not otherwise have ready access to.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband Cody, our black lab Ix, and our two cats Mousse and Nikolai. My hobbies include hiking, reading, baking cookies, board games, trivia, and sleep.
Kaleb Moore, MD
Hey! My name is Kaleb Moore and I am from a small town in Western Kentucky called Central City. The town name might not pop out, but John Prine has a song about my county called Paradise.
I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Western Kentucky University and then I completed my medical degree at the University of Louisville. As you can see I am gradually making my way north school by school. I find it fitting I have the opportunity to remain a cardinal during my residency training. I have always had an interest in medicine as far back as I can remember. During college it was a no brainer and it was during this time I truly fell in love with the field.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel abroad and serve on medical mission trips to Belize and Kenya. I was blown away by the level of poverty people experience on a day to day basis, but are at the same time content with their lives. It was refreshing to share their lives and experience a different perspective. I have formed a lasting connection with a rural community in Kenya and have made a second trip to what I now consider my second home. Based on my experience in college and my clinical rotations, I decided family medicine was the field for me. It was the Goldilocks field where everything seemed “just right”.
I was attracted to this program because it offered the opportunity to practice broad spectrum family medicine. I could tailor my education based on the numerous tracks available whether that be international medicine, sports medicine, women’s health or Urgent Care. The opportunities seemed endless. However, what sold the program for me was the people that I met. Everyone seemed so genuine and I could tell the environment at the Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program was the one for me.
Outside of medicine I enjoy reading nearly any book I can find, watching TV and going to see movies. I also enjoy being outside doing all number of things like running, hiking and walking. I do a lot of walking. I also like to cook food, travel frequently, and experience anything with a little element of surprise and adventure.
Nathan Timm, MD
Hello! My name is Nathan and I grew up in Highland, Indiana. I attended Indiana Wesleyan University, just up I-69 in Marion, where I received my bachelor’s degree in biology. I spent the majority of my four years of medical school right here in Muncie at a regional campus for Indiana University School of Medicine.
During my time in medical school I was able to work closely with residents and faculty from Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency. I am immensely thankful for that experience because it is what led me to pursue Family Medicine. With their help I was able to see that Family Medicine incorporates all of my areas of interest: preventative medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency greatly impressed me with the full spectrum training they offer that prepares residents to succeed in any area they choose after residency.
My wife and I absolutely fell in love with Muncie during my time in medical school and are very excited to stay here for residency. We have attended The Jar Community Church since 2015 and have enjoyed becoming involved with volunteering through our church. We also enjoy board games and taking our crazy canine, Luna, to the dog park. I am an avid soccer player and play with Delaware County Futbol Club.
Brogan Bahler, MD
Hello! My name is Brogan Bahler from West Lafayette, Indiana. I received my bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sports Science from Purdue University. From a young age I have always had a passion for sports; while at Purdue I was an avid member of the cycling club team and competed in intramural sports.
I attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in Little Rock. Entering medical school I was not completely sure what I wanted to do. However, I found I enjoyed nearly every specialty, making family medicine a great choice!
I chose IU Health Ball Memorial because of its breadth of training and great faculty and residents. During my interview I found the faculty very encouraging and committed to helping each resident pursue their specific interest. There was one thing that impressed me the most about IU Health Ball Memorial. It was their focus to ensure each resident received the training necessary to reach their career goals, instead of a “one size fits all” style of curriculum.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, riding my bike, hiking, grilling out and practically anything outside.
Fariba Karimi, DO
I grew up in the great city of Louisville, Kentucky and am so thrilled to be doing my residency close to home! I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I majored in biology and French and minored in chemistry and Peace Studies. Medicine was just one of my passions! While in college, I took a strong interest in French language, culture and literature which led me to have a life-changing experience studying abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris!
In Paris, I became involved with a great organization called Le Kinkeliba. The organization focuses on not only providing adequate medical care to the people of Senegal but also on developing the community and strengthening education of the locals. The goal is for the locals to be more self-sufficient. I was also heavily involved with the Interfaith Community and Engagement Club at XU, through which I was able to go on an interfaith medical mission trip to Jamaica. Another amazing experience!
In between college and medical school, I got my master’s in anatomy and neurobiology at the University of Kentucky - go Cats! I was ready for a change of scenery for medical school and decided, what better place to study medicine than by the beach? So I headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I gained a passion for women’s health, integrative medicine and rural/underserved work. I even picked up a good amount of Spanish while living down amongst the incredibly diverse population of south Florida. I had a great experience going to school down in Florida but I was missing the kind, down-to-earth people of the Midwest!
I am thrilled to be starting residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital―I don’t think I could have found a more fitting program for myself. I look forward to blending all of my special interests throughout residency in order to be the well-rounded family physician I always wanted to be. I am not sure what the future has in store for me after residency, but I hope it involves working with underserved communities, some global traveling and definitely some role in academics.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, watching movies/shows, traveling, eating food (and occasionally cooking too), working out and being outdoors!
Betsy Krause, MD
Hi, my name is Betsy Krause and I am from Avon, Indiana. Growing up I listened to my great-grandmother tell stories about my great-grandfather, who was a physician during the Great Depression and World War II. She recounted how her husband attended to the sick in their homes, ventured off a night to deliver babies during thunderstorms, and traded medical services for chicken and eggs. I was captivated by these stories and decided at a very young age this was the job for me.
In high school I took several trips to underserved countries and saw the overwhelming need for good primary care. This is where my personal passion for Family Medicine began. In the future, I want to provide care for those in underserved regions in the United States and abroad.
I attended Indiana University for both undergraduate and medical school. I was fortunate enough to have a Family Medicine rotation at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital my third year of medical school. I was impressed by the kindhearted and dedicated staff. Each member is devoted to their patients and to training highly skilled and compassionate physicians in a caring environment.
In medicine I have particular interests in global health, behavioral health and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, animals and nature.
Johnny Mihelcic, MD
Hello! My name is Johnny Mihelcic and although I am from Staunton, Ill., I am excited to be training in Muncie! During my undergraduate studies in molecular biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I realized medicine was the career for me. Returning home to rural Illinois to practice became my goal. After a year working as a pharmacy technician, I was fortunate enough to enroll in the Rural Medicine Education Program at University of Illinois Chicago – Rockford Campus. Here my passion for rural medicine was reinforced.
I look at my patients as a whole person, including their emotional and psychosocial well-being, not just their physical health. The full-spectrum medical experience IU Health Ball Memorial provides its residents first drew me to the program, since I plan to practice inpatient/outpatient, obstetrical care, and women’s health. The supportive faculty, residents and community physicians at IU Health Ball Memorial solidified my decision to train here. I am excited to become part of the Muncie community!
Other than working and studying, I enjoy long-distance running, reading, playing Euchre, cooking, learning Spanish, and hanging out with family and friends.
Anne Shenk, MD
I’m Anne, and I grew up just an hour northeast of Muncie, in the small town of Berne (famous for its Clock Tower, Swiss Days, and furniture). I didn’t always know I wanted to be a doctor, but I knew I wanted a job that involved life-long learning, teaching, people and science. While majoring in biology at Goshen College in northern Indiana, friends urged me to apply for medical school. After shadowing a small-town family doctor, I realized primary care medicine was the sort of career I had been hoping for.
After college, I attended Indiana University School of Medicine, and actually spent my first two years at the Muncie campus, on the second floor right above the Family Medicine clinic. I completed my third- and fourth-year rotations in Indianapolis. When the time came to officially choose a specialty and residency, the long-term relationships, variety and problem solving in Family Medicine still seemed like a perfect fit for me.
While looking at residencies, the opportunities at IU Health Ball Memorial for so many varied experiences was a huge strength. I felt I could become a well-rounded family doctor here, ready for any sort of practice in the future. And, just as importantly, the atmosphere at IU Health Ball Memorial felt like home.
I’m excited to be part of the IU Health Ball Memorial team, and my husband and I are excited to be re-acquainted with the Muncie community. Together we enjoy sporting events, being outdoors, and being with family. In Muncie we are looking forward to running and biking on the Cardinal Greenway and making some trips to Berry Winkle for frozen yogurt.
Ray Simon, II, MD
My name is Ray Simon. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio for most of my life, I come from a very large Lebanese family who all moved to the area about three generations ago. My family has always been a major part of my life. I moved away to Columbus and attended The Ohio State University to study biochemistry and psychology.
I moved back closer to home for medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, carrying with me what I valued from my undergraduate education and experience in healthcare thus far. I developed a passion for behavioral health during my studies in medical school, but have always had a deep appreciation for general medicine and understanding the family dynamic. I believe family medicine provides an excellent avenue for discussions and management of a wide spectrum of mental health as well as much-needed medical care.
I hope to make behavioral health a significant part of my practice, and through my training at IU Health Ball Memorial, I will be able to further my understanding of medicine in general. The staff and faculty have been more than welcoming and friendly and are all about helping me achieve my goals in training. My experience with Muncie so far has been limited, but in learning more and visiting city, I am very excited and intend to learn as much as I can about the city. Outside of medicine, I spend my time trying new recipes, spending time with close friends or reading up on latest consumer technology.
Roddrea Smith, MD
Hello Everyone! My name is Roddrea Smith. I am an Indianapolis, Indiana native. I knew at a very young age I wanted to be a physician! And that dream has finally come true after years of hard work and dedication. I attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where I majored in psychology. I then went on to medical school at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
I am incredibly grateful to be here at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. I am certain this program will train me to be exactly the kind of doctor I always knew I could become. Upon completion of residency, I hope to open a private practice complex that functions to serve the entire family from, pediatrics and obstetrics to geriatrics and minor procedures! I look forward meeting my co-residents, patients and instructors!
In my spare time I enjoy canvas painting, cooking for friends and family, and traveling! I hope to marry my love for travel with my love for service. I would like to incorporate medical missions in my future career endeavors.
Isaiah Steffen, MD
At a young age, I had already made my decision to pursue medicine as a career. I grew up in Bolivia and Guatemala, the son of missionaries from Indiana, which allowed me many opportunities to help those in need. These experiences growing up instilled in me a passion for helping people, especially those who are going through difficult situations.
During my travels, I also came to know physicians as those who are in the unique position to help people with many different things. It might be with illnesses or in other areas of life. Physicians provide an overall better quality of living to others. As a result, I decided to pursue medicine, in order to help others from all walks of life, to help cure and prevent illness, and to allow people to achieve a high quality of life.
My parents and I moved to Indiana when I started high school, and there I had the privilege of working as a nursing assistant in a local nursing, caring for elderly patients and their families. After high school, I attended Indiana University in Bloomington, and studied chemistry and math.
During college, I was able to volunteer with many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the local hospital. My favorite experience was the summer I spent in California working with a church in a neighborhood with one of the highest poverty rates in the country.
During this summer, I realized I have a passion to serve and meet the needs of those in poverty. With this goal in mind, I attended Indiana University School of Medicine as a National Health Core Scholar. This included a commitment to work as a primary care provider in a medically underserved area upon completion of my residency.
I am excited to be continuing my medical career here in Muncie at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. The Family Medicine residency offers me many opportunities that will help prepare me for my future practice. In particular, I look forward to expanding my learning through their partnership with the Open Door clinic here in downtown Muncie. This will be a good model for what I want to do in my own future medical practice and through the opportunity to travel outside of the United States to care for diverse patient populations.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy doing DIY projects and travelling with my wife, Jessie and playing with my dog, Pippin. I also enjoy exploring different types of technology, computer programming and repair and playing golf, basketball, racquetball and softball.
Eric Westergren, DO
Hi, my name is Eric Westergren, and I'm excited to be joining the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program! Though I was born in Illinois, I spent the majority of my life in Southeast Asia. It was a wonderful upbringing that set the stage for my future pursuit of medicine.
Upon returning to the U.S., I attended Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota and received my undergraduate degree in English literature. Afterward, I attended medical school at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. It was also during this time I married my beautiful wife, Sarah, and we added our daughter, Lyla, to our family.
Both Sarah and I sensed an immediate connection to the people and program when we visited IU Health Ball Memorial during interview season. I was very impressed by the faculty, facilities and educational opportunities, and the family-friendly atmosphere of the program was very attractive. I am convinced I will graduate from residency with all the tools necessary to be the best family physician I can be!
Though one of the main reasons I chose Family Medicine as a specialty was the breadth of training, my particular medical interests include sports medicine, preventive medicine and outpatient procedures.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family, cooking, having friends over, staying active, spending time outside and following Chicago sports.
Robyn Wilson, MD
I am originally from a small city in Alabama, where I lived my whole life before starting undergrad. I attended Auburn University (War Eagle!) and received a bachelor’s in biomedical sciences. After undergrad, I was accepted into the Rural Medicine Program for students interested in practicing rural family medicine. It is affiliated with the University of Alabama School of Medicine. I spent the first two years in Birmingham, Alabama and my third and fourth years of medical school in Huntsville.
I am looking forward to pursuing my interests in women’s health and rural medicine at IU Health Ball Memorial while working alongside a great group of physicians. I quickly realized it would be the perfect place to train in full spectrum family medicine.
I married my wonderful husband during undergrad and we have two beautiful daughters. Having a balance between work and family life is very important to me. When I am not working hard at the hospital or clinic, I enjoy spending time doing things outside with my family. We like to go hiking, go swimming and play board games. My husband and I are both excited about living in Muncie and getting to experience a little snow!