Faculty and Staff

Raymond Christensen, MD
Associate Director

218-726-7318
rchriste@d.umn.edu

Medical Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Internship: St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth, MN
Medical Interests and Vision: Access for all rural citizens to high quality health care
Personal interests: Bicycling, canoeing, fishing, running, tennis, and walking

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Nancy Baker, MD
Faculty

612-624-3111
baker024@umn.edu

Medical Education: University of Missouri-Columbia
Residency:
St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center (Regions Hospital), St. Paul, MN
Medical Interests and Vision:
Access for all rural citizens to high quality health care
Personal Interests:
Creative writing, canoeing, biking, theater

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Darin Brink, MD
Faculty

612-302-8200
drbrink@umn.edu

Medical education: University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD
Residency: University of Nebraska rural training track; Omaha/ Grand Island, NE
Medical interests: Care of underserved populations, mental health, rural medicine
Personal interests: Bible study, cycling, jogging, reading, chess, time with family

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Javad Keyhani, MD
Faculty

612-625-5269
keyh0001@umn.edu

Medical Education: Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio
Residency/Fellowship: University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Program
Medical Interests: Chronic health conditions, holistic medicine, and behavioral change
Personal Interests: Learning new skills such as comedy improv, free diving, and playing the piano

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Ruth Westra, DO, MPH
Faculty

218-726-8393
rwestra@d.umn.edu

Medical Education: Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA; Loma Linda School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA
Residency: Mt. Clemens General Hospital, Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Medical Interests: Rural health, women's health, public health, health education, and prevention promotion
Personal Interests: Bicycling, cross-country and downhill skiing, running

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Pat Schommer, MA
Administrative Director

612-625-1582
pscho@umn.edu

Education: St. Mary's University of Minnesota--Organizational Leadership
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire--Health Care Administration & Gerontology
Job Responsibilities: Directs the administrative functions of the day-to-day operations of the Rural & Metropolitan Physician Associate Programs and leads the office team; collaborates with external and internal stakeholders to initiate and implement affiliations and build relationships; organizes and oversees recruitment, orientation, and site visits for learners; ensures a complete and up-to-date database for academic research, record keeping, and communication; plans and manages fiscal responsibilities; and represents the program in the University and to the public.
Personal Interests: time spent with family and friends, cooking for a crowd, volunteering, scrapbooking

Patricia Bailey
Executive Assistant to Dr. Nancy Baker and Office Coordinator

612-624-0108
pmbailey@umn.edu

Education: St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Job Responsibilities:
Executive Assistant to the Director; provide administrative support for multiple individuals; office administration; coordinating program details for students, faculty, and clinical sites; maintain the RPAP/MetroPAP website.
Personal Interests:
Spending time with family and friends especially my son Bennett, crocheting and volunteering

Brinsley Davis
Program Specialist

612-624-8640
bdavis@umn.edu

Education: Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Job Responsibilities:
Assist the director with internal and external communications, office administration, and coordinating program details for students, faculty, and clinical sites.
Personal Interests:
Dance and theater, family road-trip adventures, hiking, and gardening

Kate Krasaway
Program Associate

218-726-7897
katekras@d.umn.edu

Education: University of Minnesota- Duluth
Job Responsibilities: Work with RPAP associate director and RPAP faculty and staff coordinating and fulfilling program needs; act as RPAP contact and provide program and outcome information to sites, students, and directors
Personal Interests: Gardening, hiking, rollerblading, tennis, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends outdoors

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