Meet the Residents: Class of 2022


Class of 2022

Kela Bergren, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Languages spoken: English
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? This program truly had it all for me. I felt confident that the curriculum would train me to be a well rounded physician whether I wanted to work in a small-town rural setting, over seas, or anything in-between. The variety of different cultures in and around Tucson makes the patient population incredibly unique and rewarding to work with. Above all, everyone involved in the program is incredibly supportive and truly fun to work with!
What do you love most about Tucson? Tucson offers all the great amenities of a city but with a small-town vibe. I love the access to the outdoors and amazing sunsets.
Tell us about your family (including pets!) I currently am supporting the strong-independent-woman lifestyle! My mountain bike, Mic’, currently gets lots of love and attention. Back home in Montana I have a large family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins that I absolutely love spending time with; there is never a dull moment with them!
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1:  I love traveling abroad, mostly to eat all the food!
2: I grew up fishing but to this day still refuse to bait my own hook with a worm.
3: I have had two research experiments onboard the International Space Station.

 


 

Rachel Bruckman, MD

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? South Campus FM was a huge surprise in the best possible way. I primarily applied because of location: close to home (San Diego) and close to the border. During my interview day, I was blown away by the rich curriculum, thoughtful community programming and down-to-earth team members. There are great tracks to address various interests, great mix of inpatient/academic medicine and community care, and it seemed that this program really encourages its residents to develop as many skills as possible. Plus all of our faculty are engaging, fun and inspiring humans.
What do you love most about Tucson? I am still exploring, but I am in love with all the beautiful nature sites and hikes available in such close proximity. Also, after living in Chicago and California, really loving the all the cool (and affordable!) bars and restaurants.
Tell us about your family (including pets!): My husband and I are both from San Diego and married there in 2015. We have an 8-year-old mutt named Amber, who was a street dog in Tijuana. My mom lives here in Tucson with us, my younger sister lives in San Francisco, and my in-laws are in San Diego.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: Aside from being a reader, I’m a big Harry Potter fan. I’ve read each book about half a dozen times or more.
2: I listen to a wide variety of music, and always welcome new recommendations.
3: My favorite food is empanadas-- specifically Colombian empandas, since my family is from Colombia.


 

Clare Donahue, DO

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Languages spoken: Conversational Nepali & Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? On interview day I was blown away by the camaraderie of the faculty and residents, the passion they had for serving the community, and the incredibly diverse patient population of Tucson. I love that the program prepares you to work locally, globally, and rurally, and that it challenges you to be the best physician and person you can possibly be.
What do you love most about Tucson? The sunsets are stunning!
Tell us about your family (including pets!) I'm from a big Southern Californian, Irish-Vietnamese family that loves traveling, camping, and eating. Family get togethers are loud, full of food, and bursting to the seams with cousins. I can't wait for everyone to start visiting me in Tucson!
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I once was the death star for Halloween
2: I don't drink coffee
3: I love llamas


 

Caroline Flowers, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Languages spoken: English
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I chose this residency program because it had an ideal combination of strong full spectrum clinical training and a focus on social justice. It was evident to me how passionate the faculty, residents, and other staff were about community engagement and enacting systemic change to improve healthcare and all the outside factors that influence a person’s health. I knew from my interview day that this program would provide me unparalleled Family Medicine training as well as inspiring faculty mentors and wonderful co-residents.
What do you love most about Tucson? That is a tie between the beautiful mountains everywhere you look and how nice everyone you meet here is all the time!
Tell us about your family (including pets!) I got married to my husband, Ryan, one week before starting residency. He works remotely as a software engineer from a company based in Portland. We adopted a dachshund-beagle mix, Duncan, two weeks after that from a local shelter.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: Prior to medical school, I was a Teach for America corps member and taught high school science in Houston, Texas.
2: I’m a huge San Antonio Spurs fan and my dog, Duncan, is named after Tim Duncan.
3: In high school, I was a clown in our musical production of “Barnum". Yes, there are pictures.


 

Justin Gause, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? The wonderful faculty, residents, and opportunity to serve a unique patient population.
What do you love most about Tucson?
The desert rain and friendly people.
Tell us about your family (including pets!) I come from a family with big hearts. They reside in Boise, ID.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I play music (sing/play guitar)
2: I'm deeply fascinated by the human psyche
3: I enjoy a minimalistic lifestyle


 

Mark Grant, MD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch Scool of Medicine

Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? During my interview day, I loved how passionate the PDs/residents were about serving the undeserved and immigrant communities In Tucson. I was impressed by how intentionally the training is tailored to providing us the skills and experiences necessary to be impactful providers in these settings. Also, everyone I met here was so happy and welcoming!
What do you love most about Tucson? The loop trail provides > over 120 miles of cycling / running paths out my front door. The surrounding mountains are great for hiking, trail running, and camping. Being so close to the border, the community is incredibly diverse and vibrant. And most of all, no more Chicago winters!
Tell us about your family (including pets!) I was born and raised in Phoenix and am super excited to be living closer to my parents again. My two older sisters were great role models growing up and I am trying to convince them to move back to Az. I just got married and my wife and I can't wait to explore all the Southwest and Mexico have to offer!
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I grew up with a desert tortoise named Tank. He is older than me!
2: I for some reason decided to study accounting and worked as a CPA for three years....whoops!
3: I spent the year after M3 working at a primary care clinic in Palacios Bolivia


 

Marisela Mariscal, MD

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I was set on the program after my sub-internship because I really enjoyed the residents and staff but most I love the population of patients that this program serves!
What do you love most about Tucson? I love that all of my family and friends are here, traffic isn't bad and it doesn't get too cold in the winter.
Tell us about your family (including pets!) I have an amazing son, four fun younger siblings, and two wonderful supportive parents.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I am a Tucson native.
2: My favorite genres of music are: country, reggaeton, and hip hop.
3: I love to travel to new places.


 

Hadley Pope, MD

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Languages spoken:  English, Spanish
Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? Social justice mission, working with underserved patients, rural rotations, and living in Tucson!
What do you love most about Tucson? I love living in the Southwest and working close to the border. Tucson is a beautiful city, has low cost of living, and lots of delicious food!
Tell us about your family (including pets!) My partner James and I live in midtown with our 18-pound, cross-eyed siamese cat. His name is Lardon.
Tell us some fun facts about yourself:
1: I am learning to play the banjo.
2: I love reading sci-fi by women authors.
3: My favorite vacay is going to hot springs.