Faculty and Staff

  • Nancy Baker, MD
    Interim Director

    612-624-3111 | baker024@umn.edu

    Medical Education: University of Missouri-Columbia
    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

  • 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

  • Ruth Westra, DO, MPH

    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

  • Keith Stelter, MD,MMM

    218-485-4491 | kstelter@umn.edu

    Medical Education: University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth and Twin Cities campuses
    RPAP: Blue Earth, Minnesota
    Residency: Duluth Family Medicine Program
    Medical Interests: Chronic disease management, quality improvement, medical leadership
    Personal Interests: Cycling, hiking, and horsemanship 

  • Darin Brink, MD

    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

  • Javad Keyhani, MD

    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

  • 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

  • Katy Frederickson
    Program Associate

    218-726-7897 | katyfred@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: Backpacking, rock climbing, traveling, photography, and spending time with family

  • 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

  • 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, playing soccer, crocheting and volunteering.