Current Residents

Nichole Aker, DO

Boise Program 2021

Nicky was born in Salem, Oregon where she lived until she was 10 years old. She moved to China with her family where they lived for 5 years. She also spent time in Japan and Chile before returning to Oregon. She graduated from Portland State University where she continued her studies in Mandarin and then went on to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. Before medical school, Nicky worked in her family’s produce export business as well as worked as a residential treatment counselor for pregnant and parenting teen mothers. She also volunteered her time at a local hospital as a birth doula. Within family medicine, Nicky is particularly interested in women’s health.

Nicky, her husband Ryan, and their son Timmy, are all very excited to be in Idaho and are looking forward to exploring all that Idaho has to offer.

Reuben Baker, MD

Boise Program 2021

Reuben grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, went to college in North Carolina (Go Heels!), and then taught for a few years in New Orleans, Louisiana. After realizing he didn’t have the chops for teaching middle school, he decided to enter a post-bac program to complete his pre-med requirements with the goal of becoming a doctor. While applying to medical schools, he worked with patients as a case manager in an HIV clinic. It was during this experience that he knew he had made the right choice to pursue a career in medicine. He attended medical school at Brown University in Rhode Island where he met his partner, best friend, and now co-resident at FMRI, Ellen. They survived medical school by growing a garden together, taking frequent trips to the beach, hosting dinner parties, and babysitting for their favorite baby in the world. They are excited to learn broad-spectrum family medicine and to explore the beautiful state of Idaho!

Josef Bartels, MD, MPH

Boise Program 2019

I was planning on being a HS teacher, when midway through an HIV prevention project with the Peace Corps in Velyki Mosty, Ukraine, I realized that many of my professional idols were physicians. I am drawn toward the intersection of public health and clinical medicine. I’m lead to pursue medicine as a tool to address social injustices and human suffering both at home and abroad. I perceive health as a human right and the physician’s job to include facilitating the social, political, and environmental conditions necessary for well-being. Family medicine specializes in achieving and maintaining medical and psychiatric wellness for individuals and communities and I’m excited to enter this field as the importance and cost-effectiveness of primary care is finally being empirically demonstrated and payment models move away from fee-for-service. But the core of doctoring may be decisions shared between physicians, patients, and their loved ones surrounding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human pathology. I’ve chosen the FMRI as my training ground to develop some of the insight and knowledge required to augment patients’ autonomy during these difficult decisions. I learn by doing and the FMRI is in the top echelon of FM residencies in terms of breadth of clinical experiences available combined with the high expectations and levels of responsibility granted to residents on every rotation. My co-residents are inspiring and fun to be around, and the attendings both on faculty and around town are excited to teach and supportive as humans. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing violin/fiddle, cooking, reading, writing, podcasts, gardening, and local breweries. Boise is full of young professionals and my partner and I enjoy the plentiful eating, drinking, art, music, festival, and socializing opportunities downtown as well as vibrant Latino communities in the surrounding areas. I enjoy being outside, which makes Boise an easy and delightful place to live. Bicycling for fun and transportation is important to me, and 190mi of single track mountain biking, 25 miles of greenbelt park, well marked bike lanes, and conscientious drivers (IMO) create a very bikeable city. I run on many of the same trails and I also enjoy kayaking, enduro motorbikes, soccer, Nordic skiing, natural hot springs, and backpacking. After residency, I’ll likely pursue an academic fellowship to advance the study of continuity and the role of the hospital in chronic disease as payment model changes introduce unforeseen incentives and externalities. Clinically, I’d like to support a panel of patients with serious chronic illness, splitting time between inpatient, outpatient, teaching, and research. Other dreams TBD include IHS, PHSCC, or service abroad with MSF. Feel free to get in touch! Hometown: Santa Fe, NM Undergrad: Haverford College Medical School: University of Rochester Languages: Spanish, Ukrainian

Louie Bartoletti, MD

Boise Program 2019

Hello Boise,
My name is Louie Bartoletti and I am excited and honored to be a new FMRI resident. I grew up at the base of the Tobacco Root Mountain Range in Montana, and while camping, skiing, on horseback, and building cabins, those mountains have produced many of my fondest memories and most profound reflections. In the small town below, I spent my youth immersed in the resplendence and beauty of the intimate relationships and interwoven tapestries of life unique to rural communities. There, I was first introduced to the profession of Family Medicine shadowing my own physician whom I had known since my first vaccinations. Her warmth, rapport, and familiarity with patients, borne through years of caring for multiple generations, were so profoundly rich that the experience forever solidified my ambitions.

Living, learning, and sharing with other cultures are also among my primary interests. My family has hosted many exchange students and I too spent two years abroad living with families in Spain and Switzerland. While studying in undergrad for degrees in Biology and Spanish, I organized medical outreach to Eastern Europe, Central America, and Haiti. Alaska, where I worked operating heavy equipment, was home for several summers and a place I encountered unique people from all parts of the globe. Lastly, my wife, the beautiful Jade, and I have hit the road on multiple transcontinental trips through North America, South America, and SE Asia taking in the sights, making new friends, and learning more about the world.

Ultimately this desire to understand people with the hope to help them is what sustained my efforts through medical school and brought me to the Family Medicine Residency in Boise. As I continue building continuity with my patients, increasing my medical knowledge, furthering my procedural proficiency, and exploring the mountains of Idaho, I know both professionally and personally my wife and I made an excellent choice.

Michael Claussen, MD

Boise Program 2021

Coming Soon…

Marion Cook, MD

Boise Program 2019

My interest in Family Medicine was inspired by several years serving Albuquerque’s diverse South Valley communities at the unique nonprofit clinic Casa de Salud. The clinicians and patients were the first of many excellent teachers and mentors I’ve had on my path in medicine. I learned many valuable clinical concepts and skills there, including harm reduction by working with the needle exchange and opiate addiction group. The core ideas of adapting to needs and honoring dignity in difficult circumstances were well aligned with what I had learned in my former work as a backpacking expedition leader for teenagers with Outward Bound School, promoting leadership, group skills, and personal growth. At FMRI I found a strong team of residents and faculty committed to the same values I cherish, who I knew would inspire, challenge, and support me to do my best. My other interests keep expanding despite busy schedules and include knitting, biking, baking, writing, gardening, everything found in libraries, and generally being outdoors with my partner and our dogs. Hometown: Houston, TX and Albuquerque, NM Undergrad: Liberal Arts / Philosophy (a Great Books program) Medical School: University of New Mexico Languages: Spanish

Laddie Crisp, MD

Boise Program 2021

Laddie was born, raised, and educated in North Carolina. He grew up in Kinston, a small rural farming town in eastern NC. Attending the local university at East Carolina University he dual majored in chemistry and biology.  After college, he tried multiple vocations before finding his calling in medicine. Initially he worked in a stem cell biology lab. During this time, he began his work in literacy; first volunteering with immigrants teaching citizenship classes and reading. Continuing his service to the community, he moved back to the coastal plains to teach science at the local high school. This experience finalized his desire to help the underserved. Growing up in the shadow of a full spectrum family physician, he knew the impact of a primary care doctor in a community, and followed his father’s footsteps into family medicine, attending his alma mater for medical school at East Carolina. During residency, he hopes to hone his skills in both outpatient and inpatient medicine. He is particularly interested in reaching at risk adolescents. Outside of work he enjoys getting outside, biking, and fishing with his wife Brynn.

Matthew Davis, MD

Boise Program 2021

Matt grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. His home state’s rugged beauty helped instill his appreciation for wild places. He studied neuroscience and Spanish in Bozeman, Montana and spent a semester in the Dominican Republic. During college, he became interested in medicine as a tool for social justice. He began to consider family medicine while volunteering at his hometown community health center where he was impressed by the broad skill set, dedication to health access, and joie de vivre displayed by the family doctors he worked with.

After college, Matt moved to Washington, D.C. to work in a neuroscience laboratory. Missing the immediacy of patient care, he next worked for a health center serving the area’s LGBT+ community. There, he confirmed that his passion lay in working with individual patients to address broader health disparities. Before entering medical school, Matt took a stab at his bucket list and completed two long-distance bicycle trips, traversed the U.S. by train, studied medical Spanish in Guatemala, and spent as much time in a tent as possible.

Matt completed an outpatient rotation at the FMRI during his fourth year and is thrilled to have matched here. The program’s rigor and breadth of training is a perfect fit for his goal of providing full-spectrum care in rural communities throughout Alaska and internationally. Over the next three years, he is excited to explore his clinical interests, including obstetrics, family planning, immigrant health, LGBT+ health, HIV prevention and care, and addiction medicine. In his free time, Matt enjoys trail running, hiking with his two dogs, telemarking, catching up on podcasts, and reading.

Undergrad: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: George Washington University
Languages: Spanish

 

Julie Duncan, MD

Boise Program 2021

Julie Duncan is coming to the FMRI Boise program from Missouri. She grew up in Springfield, MO and attended college at William Jewell in Liberty, MO. During college she studied abroad in Athens, Greece where she got involved with a mobile health unit that ran a needle exchange program. This experience sparked her interest in public health and she went on to earn her Master in Public Health with a concentration in international health at Boston University. During that time, she was able to spend 6 months in the Philippines to complete a practicum project addressing inhalant use among street children in Manila. After finishing her MPH, she took off to Lusaka, Zambia where she worked for 3 years on projects in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis and on a pneumonia etiology case-control study. She returned to MO to attend med school at Mizzou and is excited to combine her interests in public health and medicine in a career in Family Medicine. She hopes to be an advocate for social justice in medicine and plans to pursue a career working with underserved populations. Outside of medicine, she enjoys going to concerts, biking on the trail, running, traveling and a good bit of karaoke. She’s super excited to get to know Boise and join the FMRI family.

Joey Florence, MD

Boise Program 2021

Joey Florence is a proud Idahoan, born and raised.  Growing up here, she learned to love the Idaho outdoors and the wonderful people who live here. Joey graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise in 2009 then studied Exercise Science at University of Idaho in Moscow and participated in the Greek system as a Kappa Alpha Theta. During Joey’s time in Moscow, she worked as a gymnastics coach at Palouse Empire Gymnastics.  Joey also volunteered her time at a free health clinic in Lewiston, Idaho at Snake River Community Clinic.  After graduation from the University of Idaho, Joey started her medical school journey at the University of Washington’s Idaho WWAMI program.  She felt lucky to do most of her training in areas of Idaho including Moscow, Hailey, and Boise.  Through her training, it became clear that family medicine would be the perfect fit for her.  When her nose is not in the books, Joey loves playing board games, traveling, dancing and spending time with her loved ones (humans and dogs).  Her love of the outdoors continues to grow; when she finds the time, she rock climbs, hikes, and bikes.  She also has a passion for organized sport.  Her first love was gymnastics then later track & field.  In college, she found a love for Ultimate Frisbee,  now, she participates in local city-league volleyball. Her love of sports spilled over into professional life as a passion for sports medicine.  Joey laughs easily and feels joy from practicing medicine.  She looks forward to growing her medical knowledge with FMRI and describes that she feels blessed to continue to deepen her Idaho roots. 

Lauren Franklin, MD

Boise Program 2020

Lauren posing in the harbor

Lauren Franklin is a native Idahoan and proud of have grown up in the great city of Boise, Idaho. She left Idaho to attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where she studied Biology and ran on the cross country team.  While there, she continued her love of travel with a study abroad program in Israel.  Between college and medical school, she spent time working on women’s health projects in Chincha, Peru. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and was able to explore each of the “WWAMI” states  (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) during her four years there.  Lauren’s passion for patient care and interest in community health has motivated her to pursue a residency in family medicine. She also loves her hometown of Boise, so it was an easy decision to select FMRI as her first choice. An avid long-distance runner, Lauren loves to run in the foothills and recently participated in the Sawtooth Relay with her fellow WWAMI classmates, where the team received second place. Her love for her community, her family, the outdoors, great running trails, skiing, and a fun, vibrant, and artsy town made it her dream to hopefully come back and practice in Boise one day as a family physician.

Scott Hippe, MD

Boise Program 2019

Howdy folks, my name is Scott and I am one of the FMRI residents entering in 2016. My journey to family medicine was fairly straightforward; I did a five-month rural rotation program in my third year and was impressed by the community of family physicians there. I was hooked by the specialty’s broad scope of practice and long-term relationship with patients. The icing on the cake is that it also allows me to practice in desirable places and fits within the overall health needs of the country. I showed up at FMRI and it did not take long for my wife to whisper to me “Scott, I think you found your people.” I was inspired by the rigorous overall curriculum here and the chance to develop skills in a few of my specific interests (global health, obstetrics, procedures relevant to rural practice). Outside of medicine, there are a few “-ing” words that seem to follow me around. Examples include traveling, camping, writing, cooking, guitaring, and eating. I also try to stay active in a number of ways such as cycling and running. After college I spent two months pedaling my bike from Seattle to New York, accumulating an impressive array of spandex-tan lines. A few years ago I snuck into the back of the pack at the Boston Marathon and then spent multiple successive hours asking myself “what in the world were you thinking?” More physics-dependent endeavors, such as climbing, mountain biking, and basketball, are not my strong suit but I enjoy nonetheless. Both my wife and I saw Boise as a place highly conducive to many of our interests, and are excited to get started with both our jobs and our pastimes here. Hometown: Snohomish, WA Undergrad: Gonzaga University Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine Languages: English, Spanish

Annie Hofstetter, MD

Boise Program 2019

Annie, a Boise native, grew up spending most of her free time skiing and backpacking in the nearby Sawtooth Mountain range. When not in the mountains, she chased her passion on the soccer field. She continued on to play soccer at Idaho State University where she received her BS in Microbiology. Her interest in medicine was sparked by a medical mission trip to Chile where she developed a fondness for the doctor-patient relationship. The University of Nevada School of Medicine fostered Annie’s desire to provide patient-centered, holistic care. She’s now thrilled to begin her residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho because of the exceptional mentorship and training it offers, the closeness of her immediate family in Boise, and the opportunity to play in her hometown foothills once again.

Undergrad: Idaho State University
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno

Kade Klippenstein, MD

Boise Program 2021

Coming Soon…

Ali Makki, MD

Boise Program 2020

Ali Makki, MD

I was raised in Baghdad, Iraq and attended medical school at the University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine, Iraq. My wife, also a physician, and I have three sons. I enjoy swimming, mountain hiking, and camping. I practiced medicine as a surgical intern, family physician, hospitalist and ED physician in Iraq, Oman and Jordan. I resettled in Twin Falls, ID in June 2009, working as a medical interpreter at St. Luke’s Magic Valley hospital. I chose FMRI because I  want  to have a broad spectrum of training in Medicine. As a family, we really love Boise, a beautiful city with a lot of great outdoors activities.