The University of Minnesota/St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency's faculty is committed to teaching and promoting your professional and personal growth. The faculty includes five full-time and one part-time board-certified family physicians and a psychologist. All of the faculty continue with an active family practice, including obstetrics, by seeing their own panel of patients in the CentraCare Family Health Center. This allows us to model family practice daily and ensures that we maintain our excellent clinical skills. We belong to many professional societies, including the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. We continue to publish and lecture extensively.
Joseph M. Blonski, MD: Program Director
A native of west central Illinois, Dr. Blonski completed his medical degree at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his family medicine residency at Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC. During his eight-and-a-half years in the Navy, Dr. Blonski was involved in submarine and diving medicine, and he served on the Family Medicine Faculty for the residency in Charleston. His areas of interest include leadership development and resident and student education. Dr. Blonski was one of the original faculty members at the start of the program. He has been the program director since July 2003. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife Patty and children Meghan (son-in-law Geoff), Colin and Rebekah. He is actively involved in his church community and enjoys all sports (especially golf).
Jimmie L. Browning, MD: Associate Director
Dr. Browning attended medical school at Kansas University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS. He served in the military for 41 years. Most recently he has been a faculty member at the United Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Paul, MN. His Medical interests are cardiac, orthopedic and pediatrics. Dr. Browning’s personal interests include bird watching, reading, history, crocheting and collecting US postage stamps.
Dennis Peterson, MD: Associate Director
Dr. Peterson is a board-certified family medicine physician who completed his medical degree at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and Minneapolis, and his residency program at the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program in Duluth. He worked at Willmar Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar, MN and at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, as an Emergency Medicine Staff Physician from 1992-2013. Dr. Peterson received the Minnesota Family Physician of the Year award, as well as the American Academy Volunteer Teacher of the Year award in 2004. He has special interest in rural family medicine with a focus on obstetrics, pediatrics and emergency medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family including his wife of 31 years and three grown children. He also enjoys time at his lake cabin, renovation projects, hunting, fishing and working with his church community.
Carl Melling, MD: Associate Director
Dr. Melling was born and raised in Minneapolis. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency training in Duluth. He was in rural practice in Melrose, MN for over 30 years engaged in the full range of family medicine. His decision to work at the St. Cloud Hospital Family Medicine Residency reflects his desire to play a role in educating tomorrow’s family doctors. He enjoys woodworking, computers, reading and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Thomas J. Satre, MD: Director of Residency Training
Dr. Satre graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA in 1990 with a degree in Biology and attended medical school at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1994. He completed his residency training in family medicine at Malcolm Grow Medical Center on Andrews Air Force Base, MD. Dr. Satre spent seven years in the Air Force including a tour in Saudi Arabia and time as teaching faculty at the Offutt Air Force Base Family Practice Residency Program near Omaha, NE. Special areas of interest include maternity care, evidence-based medicine, authoring review articles with residents, and practice transformation. Dr. Satre joined the St. Cloud Hospital faculty in August 2001. In his free time, Dr. Satre enjoys spending time with his wife, Cheri, and their daughters, Anna and Julia, as well as fishing, boating and golf.
Kevin Switzer, MD: Medical Director
Dr. Switzer attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his residency at St. Francis-Mayo Family Medicine. He has been practicing family medicine for over 20 years at a rural clinic in Willmar, MN. He has been part of the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program where he developed his teaching skills. His personal interests are running, golfing, playing tennis and spending time with his family.
Paul Wenner, PhD: Psychologist
Born and raised in St. Cloud, Dr. Wenner received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Institute. He entered his clinical psychology program after practicing ten years as a pediatric physician assistant in the St. Cloud area. He completed a two-year externship in family therapy at the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul, MN. He currently practices at the Mid-Minnesota Family Medicine Center. His family includes his wife, three adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, sailing, reading and spending time with his family.