Class of 2021

Resident Brief Bio

Jocelyn Bowker, MD
Jocelyn Bowker, MD

Undergraduate: Concordia College
Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: With the couple’s match, finding quality programs with a good fit for both my husband and I was extremely important to us. We both fell in love with our respective programs at Banner! I felt immediately welcomed by the Family Medicine residents, faculty and program director and could feel the camaraderie and enthusiasm for the program. I especially appreciate the ability to obtain full spectrum training while tailoring the program to fit my own interests. I’m excited about the leadership opportunities, emphasis on evidence-based medicine and to experience a culture that differs from the Midwest. Moving from the frozen tundra (aka North Dakota), the warm weather and abundance of outdoor activities is also a perk!

Kiana Espinosa, MD​

Kiana Espinosa, MD​

Undergraduate: Santa Clara University
Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: I am originally from New Mexico and love the outdoors, so after spending the last four years in Chicago, I was eager to return to the Southwest! Phoenix offered an ideal location for my husband and I to couples match. I was drawn to this program for many reasons — the strong emphasis on evidence based medicine, ample opportunities for leadership, flexible schedule with elective time and support to pursue individual interests and most of all the amazing faculty, residents and staff! I really feel like this program is invested in my learning, well-being and growth as a resident. This is a wonderful place to train and live!

Krista LaBruzzo, MD
Krista LaBruzzo, MD

Undergraduate: Creighton University
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: Arizona is awesome. Phoenix is diverse, bustling and so lively. It has a large airport, which is great because I like to travel. If you venture north, you’ll pass through Sedona on your way to the mountains of Flagstaff. If you love the outdoors, like I do, it’s the Grand Canyon State, and I think that says enough. As far as the program, it was the faculty and residents that sold me. I could see myself enjoying working with them for the next three years. They are the perfect example of clinicians that practice medicine as a mix of an art and a science. Also, the tacos are pretty great here.

Genevieve Lambert​, MD​

Genevieve Lambert​, MD​

Undergraduate: Arizona State University
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: Arizona has been my home for over 10 years and after some time in Tucson, I am thrilled to be back in the Phoenix community to work with such a diverse patient population. The sun is always shinning, and I enjoy a good hike on the weekends. I chose this program for the amazing residents and faculty and the focus on evidence based medicine, community care and teaching. The program truly feels like a family and seemed like a perfect fit!

Ronna Lao-Wilson, MD​

Ronna Lao-Wilson, MD​

Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Reno
Medical School: University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: I wanted to stay in the West and really enjoyed the big city energy of Phoenix. Once I learned more about the program, the passion for Family Medicine was very apparent in the faculty and the residents, and my gut feeling told me that this was where I should be. I eventually want to practice outpatient medicine, but I have not yet ruled out academics, and I know that I will be prepared for both (and more!) at UA Phoenix.

EE-Lynn Loi​, MD​

EE-Lynn Loi​, MD​

Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: The faculty and residents were very welcoming and supportive on interview day. Other specialties I rotated with in Phoenix spoke highly of the family medicine residents. I wanted to be part of a system that offers opportunities to explore different aspects of family medicine, and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix fits that criteria. Another major draw was being able to say goodbye to snow. I don’t mind heat and the occasional haboob, Phoenix was a perfect fit for me.

Amy Picone, MD

Amy Picone, MD

Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: I was born and raised in Ahwatukee with my two older brothers and parents. I have always felt at home in Phoenix. I enjoy the weather, population diversity, the expanding art district, hiking trails and the variety of food and coffee shops. Phoenix is growing at such a fast pace, and there is always something new to see and explore.

Before I graduated from the University of Arizona, I began working as a physical therapy technician at what was Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. I enjoyed the patient-center model and how this institution views patients as people. I appreciated how they viewed health as not only physical but emotional and spiritual, as well. It was at this facility when I was inspired by the work of many physicians to go into the field of medicine. I feel inspired by this facility to continue providing quality care to patients and to be an advocate for future patients.

Meredith Rosenthal, MD​

Meredith Rosenthal, MD​

Undergraduate: Baylor University
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: Phoenix had the perfect residency combination for me with high-volume pediatrics, excellent behavioral health, training and residents, faculty and staff that are kind and truly care about their patients. Additionally, the variety of training settings from Banner – University Medical Center to Phoenix Children’s to the VA and Maricopa offered diversity and strong inpatient training. Lastly, Phoenix is culturally diverse, has urban opportunities while being surrounded by beautiful nature with excellent hiking and camping opportunities!