Residents in the Munson Family Practice Residency Program

Class of 2020

Joshua Barrick, DO

Joshua Barrick, DODr. Barrick was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colo. He earned a B.S in Biology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he met his wife Jordan. Dr. Barrick obtained his medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and completed his intern year at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. During his free time he enjoys hiking, cooking, fishing, and spending time in the beautiful outdoors with his wife and dog, Birdy. Dr. Barrick is thrilled to be continuing his medical education in family medicine and rural emergency medicine at Munson Medical Center while enjoying everything lovely northern Michigan has to offer.  

Anne L. Broad, MD - Chief Resident

Anne L. Broad, MDDr. Broad was born and raised in Hubbell, a small town located near the tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She attended Michigan Technological University for undergrad, earning a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She recently graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine after completing her pre-clinical years in Grand Rapids and her clinical years in Traverse City. Dr. Broad is very excited to be staying in Traverse City for residency where she can continue enjoying her hobbies including hiking, backpacking, camping and spending time with her family.

Adrian Nahirnyj, DO

Adrian Nahirnyj, DODr. Adrian Nahirnyj was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned a B.S. in Biology. He went on to study at the University of Toronto, where he earned an M.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience. After working in basic science research for a few years, he studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a journey that has taken him from Detroit, to Flint and now to Traverse City. His interests include fishing, volleyball, photography, computers and spending time with friends. Dr. Nahirnyj, along with his young family, is excited to call Traverse City home.

Kayla Stefanko, DO - Co-Chief Resident

Kayla Stefanko, DODr. Stefanko was born in Munising, MI, a small town in the Upper Peninsula. At the age of seven, she moved to Ludington, Mich. where she spent the rest of her childhood. She attended Michigan State University for undergrad earning a B.S. in human biology and later continued with medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her interests include outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and boating. She also enjoys sports, particularly soccer and volleyball. Her little family (husband Don and dog Reuben) recently moved to the Traverse City area and couldn’t be more excited about being in northern Michigan again.

Ben Vanos, DO

Ban Vanos, DODr. Vanos grew up in Battle Creek, Mich. He attended Michigan State University and earned a B.S. in Food Science. A true Spartan, he stayed at Michigan State University for medical school, earning a medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his clerkship at Munson Medical Center, and is excited to continue to be a part of the Traverse City community. Munson Family Practice Center was a natural fit for training, as he hopes to practice rural family medicine in northern Michigan following residency. His hobbies include hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, playing the guitar and banjo, gardening, and raising chickens. Dr. Vanos lives in Traverse City with his wife, Hannah.

Leah Walbridge, MD

Leah Walbridge, MDDr. Walbridge is a Traverse City native. She loves Traverse City and is happy to be back. Dr. Walbridge attended St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame in Indiana for a bachelor's degree in biology. She attended MSU College of Human Medicine and did her clinical training in Flint, Mich., where she received a certificate in Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved. Dr. Walbridge loves spending time with her family and dog, Moosetracks. She enjoys running, camping, hiking, and trying new recipes.

Thomas Walbridge, DO

Thomas Walbridge, DODr. Walbridge was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He attained a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan. Prior to starting medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, he spent two years as a scribe in Jackson, Mich. He feels very fortunate to land in northwestern Michigan, where his family spent their summers and his wife spent her childhood. When outside the hospital, he enjoys hiking, camping, running, his dog, and any sport with a ball or a racket.


Class of 2021

Natalie Cook, MD

Natalie Cook, MDDr. Cook grew up on a small farm in Goodrich, Mich. She attended Oakland University in Rochester, Mich, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and ran on the cross-country team. She recently graduated from Ross University School of Medicine with her medical degree. She enjoys running, sand volleyball, soccer, gardening, being outdoors, and playing with her two dogs Max and Halley. Dr. Cook and her fiancé love visiting Traverse City every summer and are excited to now call the area their new home.

Richard Giannotti, DO

Dr. Giannotti was born and raised in Denver, Colo. He traveled to the Midwest to attend Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., where he played on the lacrosse team and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology. He received his medical degree at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, also in Indianapolis. Dr. Giannotti is looking forward to his medical training at Munson Family Practice and living in Traverse City, which will allow him to enjoy his outdoor hobbies with his dog, including running, hiking, camping and cross-country skiing.

William James, DO

Dr. James was born and raised in Grand Blanc, Mich. He attended Olivet Nazarene University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry. A recent graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, Dr. James is very excited to start his residency in Traverse City, where he can continue enjoying his hobbies including hiking, backpacking, camping, and relaxing on the water.

 

Joshua Kroll, DO

Joshua Kroll, DODr. Kroll was born and raised in Presque Isle, Mich. He was a member of the honors program at Ferris State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree before moving on to Central Michigan University for his master’s. For three years, he worked as a research associate in the surgery department at the Detroit Medical Center’s Harper University Hospital. Following his experience in surgery research, Dr. Knoll pursued his medical degree at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, sporting clays, snowshoeing, American history, maintaining cars, and all other do-it-yourself projects around his home. He and his wife Laura are glad to return to northern Michigan to live and practice.

Derek Pyne, DO

Derek Pyne, DODr. Pyne was born and raised in Traverse City. He began his education at Northwestern Michigan College, ultimately completing his Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Michigan State University. Dr. Pyne continued his schooling at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, earning his doctorate. In his free time, he enjoys golf, running, and spending time with family and friends. He is married with two kids and expecting another. Dr. Pyne and his family are thrilled to be back in the area that raised him.

Amanda Shoemaker, MD

Amanda Shoemaker, MDDr. Shoemaker was raised right here in Traverse City. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University before attending Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine to earn her medical degree. She is thrilled to finally be back home and complete her residency training with Munson Family Practice. In her free time, Dr. Shoemaker enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, and photography. 

 


Class of 2022

Photo from left: Rick Avery, MD; Luke Friedli, DO; Rachel Hume, DO, MPH; Eden Elfrink, DO; Rebeka Srbu, DO; and Rebecca Byrnes, DO.

Rick Avery, MD

Dr. Avery of Lake Orion, Mich., earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in biosystems engineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering. He received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, with clinical training at Providence Hospital of Southfield, Mich. His professional interests include preventive medicine and sports medicine. In his free time, Dr. Avery’s hobbies include camping, cooking, biking, fishing, and tinkering. He is a huge fan of dogs and cherries and is excited to be serving the Traverse City area.

Rebecca Byrnes, DO

Dr. Byrnes was born in Texas, but moved to Michigan at a young age. She attended Wayne State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry, with an emphasis in biochemistry, and minor in biology. She earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is excited about learning how to practice rural medicine in northern Michigan. She moved to Traverse City with her husband, Kyle, and in addition to spending time with him enjoys running, knitting, motorcycle riding, and other outdoor activities.

Eden Elfrink, DO

Dr. Elfrink was born and raised in a small town in central Missouri. He attended Truman State University in Kirksville for his undergraduate degree in exercise science and played on the Ultimate Frisbee team. He earned his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Elfrink enjoys healthy cooking, being outdoors, swimming, travelling, reading, and gaming. Areas of professional interest include ultrasound, international medicine, and sports medicine. He is very excited to be in Traverse City and is looking forward to all the snow.

Luke Friedli, DO

Dr. Friedli was raised in Traverse City and is excited to return to his hometown for residency. He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in microbiology. After college he worked as an EMT in Elk Rapids. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as class president. His professional interests include obesity medicine, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle changes, as well as mental health and preventive care. He enjoys running, hiking, cooking, traveling, playing guitar, and spending time with his family and his dog, Blade.

Rachel Hume, DO, MPH

Dr. Hume was born and raised in Farmington Hills, Mich. She earned her undergraduate degree in human biology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public health before graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her hobbies include running, golfing, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She is also an avid hiker and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro prior to beginning residency. Dr. Hume is excited to live in northern Michigan and call Traverse City home.

Rebeka Srbu, DO

Dr. Srbu was born and raised in the Metro Detroit suburb of Clinton Township. She earned her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in biomedical science. She received her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University — DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn. Dr. Srbu is thrilled to be back in Michigan for her residency and in her spare time enjoys hiking, being out on the lake, and cooking.