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Current Residents

Learn more about the residents who makes up our current Family Medicine Residency program. Select the tabs below to learn more about their medical background and why they chose the St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency program.

Third-Year Residents

Jason Huikko, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Medical Interests: Primary prevention and preventative care, anxiety and depression treatment, obstetrical care
  • Personal Interests: Following most MN sports teams, softball, golf, bowling, theater, travel
  • Why St. Cloud? I chose St. Cloud residency because of its rural focus. I also enjoy the relatively smaller community.
Jason Huikko, MD

Amy Olmschenk, DO

  • Medical School: Des Moines University
  • Medical Interests: Clinic and hospital medicine, preventative care, geriatrics, sports medicine
  • Personal Interests: Spending time at the lake, hiking with my husband and Australian cattle dog, reading, traveling, cooking
  • Why St. Cloud? Our faculty members are absolutely incredible - they are approachable, accessible and truly invested in our success. I know that I am learning from the best!
Amy Olmschenk, DO

Noah Retka, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Medical Interests: OB, clinic procedures – particularly vasectomy, preventative care
  • Personal Interests: I don’t have much free time but when I do, I like woodworking, kayaking, exercising, home improvement projects, fantasy football.
  • Why St. Cloud? I am familiar with the St. Cloud area and it is reasonably close to family. I like the size of the hospital and clinic. Welcoming faculty. Epic in both the clinic and the hospital were important for me as well.
Noah Retka, MD

Steve Solum, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine
  • Personal Interests: Encouraging an inquisitive spirit by gathering new and different hobbies: motorcycle repair, sailing, raising kids, sustainable living, boatbuilding.
  • Why St. Cloud? The program and faculty have set resident support as a primary goal in their mission.
Steve Solum, MD

Cody Wendlandt, MD

  • Medical School: St. George’s University
  • Medical Interests: Emergency medicine, direct primary care, healthcare policy and administration
  • Personal Interests: Computers and technology, movies, paintball, martial arts
  • Why St. Cloud? Experienced rural faculty, rural-focus unopposed program, reasonable cost of living, modern medical facilities
Cody Wendlandt, MD

Second-Year Residents

Olufunke Ajayi, MBBS

  • Medical School: University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences
  • Medical Interests: Ambulatory care
  • Personal Interests: Cooking, exercising and spending time with my family
  • Why St. Cloud? I loved the close knit environment, supportive faculty, and I had family ties to the area.
Olufunke Ajayi, MBBS

Jacelyn Davidson, MD

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Medical Interests: In the future it is my hope to work in a variety of exotic and exciting low-resource areas where medical care is most needed. From remote locations overseas to Alaska to rural Minnesota to underserved neighborhoods in large cities, I look forward to experiencing medicine in a variety of settings.
  • Personal Interests: Short walks on the Mississippi. A mild, 100-pushups in the evening. Creative gravy boat designs. My 3 kids (with one on the way!). And, since I'm a 2nd-year resident, my main personal interest is watching Netflix.
  • Why St. Cloud? Why not, I ask you? Why not St. Cloud? Setting aside the grand vistas, the plentiful public pools, the impossibility of turning left on a red light, and the medians (oh, the medians), it has a wealth of activities for kids and families. Also, the close proximity to Minneapolis is a major bonus. As for the residency, I love the St. Cloud program for its kind and personably faculty, our plentiful exposure to OB, and the fact that we're the only residents in the hospital. Mostly, though, I'd have to say it's because of the unique, local Scottish diner, McDonalds.
Jacelyn Davidson, MD

Jamie Finke, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Medical Interests: I am interested in full spectrum family medicine and OB.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy anything outdoors including fishing, camping, hiking, and canoeing. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Aaron, and my son, LeRoy. I also like cooking and listening to music.
  • Why St. Cloud? St. Cloud is the perfect location to learn full spectrum family medicine. Our faculty members are extremely supportive and approachable. Being the only residency in town allows us to gain a lot of hands on experience.
Jamie Finke, MD

Elina Lipovskiy, DO

  • Medical School: Des Moines University
  • Medical Interests: Preventive health, chronic disease management, geriatrics, pediatrics, prenatal care, behavioral health, integrative medicine, osteopathic manual medicine
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with family, international travel, photography, cross-country skiing, swing dance
  • Why St. Cloud? Exceptional faculty both within family medicine and also specialty preceptors, broad range of opportunities to pursue whatever you are interested in, family friendly and supportive residency. I also appreciate the individual attention and dedication to teaching from multidisciplinary team members including, but not limited to, pharmacists, behavioral health, care coordinators, community health workers.
Elina Lipovskiy, DO

Esayas Okubamichael, MD

  • Medical School: Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Medical Interests: I am interested in chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and public health.
  • Personal Interests: I am interested in traveling, exploring diverse cultures, and art.
  • Why St. Cloud? The residency program curriculum focuses on full spectrum rural practice which broadens the opportunity of learning. The faculty also have diverse and extensive experience that offers great opportunity of learning that balances evidence based practices and practical experiences.
Esayas Okubamichael, MD

First-Year Residents

John Hokanson, MD

  • Medical School: University of Minnesota
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine, Rural Medicine, Sports Medicine
  • Personal Interests: Choral and concert singing, jogging, guitar and piano playing, cross-country skiing, biking, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains
  • Why St. Cloud? I had a good connection with the residents and staff during my interview. It was easy for me to socialize and feel comfortable spending the next 3 years here. Excellent obstetrics and inpatient medicine with a good Somali population as well.
John Hokanson, MD

Brittany Kirkeby, DO

  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum - I like it all!
  • Personal Interests: Fishing, reading, time with family
  • Why St. Cloud? Grew up in Sauk Rapids - feels great to be home!
Brittany Krikeby, DO

Leesa Larson, MD

  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Broad spectrum family practice including OB, Rural Medicine, Women's Health, and Palliative Care.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, baking, and traveling.
  • Why St. Cloud? The people that make up the residency program are all very supportive and encouraging, from faculty to residents, to clinic and hospital staff. I love the focus on rural medicine and the opportunities for global health. St. Cloud is a great city to live in, big enough to have a multitude of activities and small enough to feel comfortable and like home. I want practice in the Midwest and am happy to be back home in Minnesota.
Leesa Larson, MD

John Tronnes, MD

  • Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Medical Interests: Family Medicine, including rural medicine and obstetrics
  • Personal Interests: Playing and watching sports, reading, hiking, singing and listening to music, travel, cooking, fishing and spending time with my wife and pets.
  • Why St. Cloud? St. Cloud is a wonderful place to learn family medicine. It is a referral center for much of central and northern Minnesota, so the hospital is large enough to see a wide variety of different pathologies. Yet also, the city is small enough to where you get to feel how a family medicine doctor can make a large impact on a community. The faculty and residents are great to work with and the program has several community outreach programs.
John Tronnes, MD

Sujitha Yadlapati, MBBS

  • Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore University
  • Medical Interests: full spectrum family medicine, women's health, emergency medicine, international medicine
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring the local restaurant scene in new cities, tennis, kayaking
  • Why St. Cloud? I had a great interview day and felt at home with the residents and faculty here. I was really impressed by the full spectrum training offered here and felt that I could tailor my training to fit my goals. The faculty and staff show passion for their work, both in treating patients and teaching medicine. The faculty members here are really invested in their residents succeeding in every way. It just felt right from the get go. St. Cloud is ideally located, not too far from the Twin Cities, with plenty of places to explore all around St. Cloud, which I plan to take advantage of.
Sujitha Yadlapati, MBBS

Contact Us:

For more information, please contact:

Laurie Schmidt
Program Coordinator
Phone: 320-240-3112
Fax: 320-240-3165 
fmresidency@centracare.com

Mailing Address:

University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
1555 Northway Drive
Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56303-1867