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FACULTY

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Leadership Team/Faculty

Learning to be a family physician requires two key ingredients, a motivated learner and a motivated teacher. Our faculty, with diverse backgrounds in Family Medicine, are excellent role models and teachers for you during your training. Supporting this work, the campus and department leaders all have a background in and deep understanding of Family Medicine.

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Dennis J. Baumgardner, MD

Dennis J. Baumgardner, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Director, Campus Research, Training, and Development, Aurora UW Medical Group and Center for Urban Population Health
  • Former Program Director, Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program (1994-2001)

Interests include Research, Obstetrics, and Infectious Disease. Dr. Baumgardner completed his medical training at the University of Illinois and the Rockford (IL) Family Practice Residency Program. He joined the Aurora St. Luke's faculty in 1988. Dr. Baumgardner has received the Teacher of the Year Award from St. Luke's residents five times. He received the Wisconsin Academy of Family Practice 1993 Educator of the Year Award, the Pickles Research Award from the Wisconsin Research Network in 2001, and UW Statewide Department of Family Medicine Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership in 2004. Many residents have been inspired by Dr. Baumgardner to become involved in research projects. He considers research his hobby (it takes all kinds!) along with outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and seven children.

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Rambha Bhatia, MD

Rambha Bhatia, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Bhatia earned her medical degree from the University of Lucknow. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Cook County Hospital. Her interests include Integrative Medicine, meditation, diverse populations of all ages including the underserved. Dr. Bhatia joined the Department in 1991 and directs the Cardiology curriculum. She enjoys traveling and reading.

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Jacob L. Bidwell, MD

Jacob L. Bidwell, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center and Walker's Point Community Clinic
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Program Director, Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program

Interests include urban underserved primary care and leadership development. Dr. Bidwell grew up in Baraboo, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1999. He joined the faculty after graduating from the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program in 2002. He completed the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship in 2002. He served as Associate Program Director from 2006-2008 and was appointed as the Program Director in 2009. He completed the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship in 2011. He lives with his wife Cara and 2 children, Hazel and Moses, in the Milwaukee area and enjoys running, basketball, golf, working in his gardens, and welding.

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Bonnie Bobot, MD

Bonnie Bobot, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora Sinai Family Care Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 

Interests include underserved primary care, Women’s Health, and Obstetrics.  Dr. Bobot graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010. She joined the faculty after graduating from the Columbia St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program in 2013.

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John R. Brill, MD, MPH

John R. Brill, MD, MPH

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Director of Student Education and Primary Care Clerkship Director
  • Former Program Director, Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program (2001- 2006)

Interests include Community Medicine, School-Based Health, and Evidence-Based Medicine. Born and raised in Marathon City, WI (population 1214), Dr. Brill completed his residency and a faculty development fellowship at the Aurora St. Luke's program in 1996, later earning a Master of Public Health degree. Dr. Brill received the Hanson Award, awarded to an outstanding junior faculty member of the UW, in 1999 and Teacher of the Year Award in 2007, and WI Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award in 2011. Curricular responsibilities include the residency Community Health rotation, which focuses on training in the areas of population health, public health and practice management. Dr. Brill is past president and Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians. Interests include enjoying music and theater with his wife Mary, worrying about son Michael in college, and remembering to love teenage daughters Sarah and Emily.

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Catherine de Grandville, MD

Catherine de Grandville, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Associate Program Director, Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. de Grandville earned her medical degree from the Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum. She completed her Family Medicine training with the Aurora Family Medicine residency program. She practices full-scope Family Medicine. Her interests include women's health and procedures. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.

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Konrad de Grandville, MD

Konrad de Grandville, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora Sinai Family Care Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. de Grandville earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Lublin. He completed his Family Medicine training with the Aurora Family Medicine residency program. He practices full-scope Family Medicine. His interests include urban and underserved medicine and procedures. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children.

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William G. Dralle, MD

William G. Dralle, MD

  • Family Physician, Lakeshore Medical Group
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Interests include Geriatrics, Long Term Care, and Practice Management (also partner in a private practice). Dr. Dralle is a graduate of Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago and former Chief Resident of the Good Samaritan Family Practice Residency. He is the recipient of the 2002 National Research Corporation's Customer Choice Award as a top Family Practice Physician. His three daughters and one son keep his life interesting when away from the office.

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Nicole A. Eull, Psy.D.

Nicole A. Eull, Psy.D.

  • Rehabilitation Psychologist, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center and Aurora Sinai Family Care Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Founder of the HODI Center, a health practice offering individual and group wellness training
  • Adjunct faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Eull completed her internship and rehabilitation psychology and a fellowship in Health Psychology and Family Medicine at the University of Miami. She served as clinical faculty with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Eull is also trained in clinical hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She is a certified yoga instructor, fluent in Spanish, and has lived abroad in both Mexico and Guatemala. Favorite pastimes include yoga, hiking with her daughter and husband, cooking, gardening, travel, scuba diving, reading and walking her dog.

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Cynthia  Haq, MD

Cynthia Haq, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora Sinai Family Care Center
  • Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Haq completed her medical training at Indiana University and her Family Medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She leads the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health program for medical students in Milwaukee, and has practiced and trained physicians in Wisconsin, Uganda and Pakistan. She enjoys spending time with her family and four children, gardening, biking, and yoga.

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Jennifer W. Hartlaub, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC

Jennifer W. Hartlaub, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC

  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Faculty with Aurora UW Medical Group at the Family Care Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center
  • Adjunct faculty, clinical preceptor, and lecturer with Concordia University Wisconsin, Graduate Nursing Program

With a fifteen year background in homecare nursing, Dr. Hartlaub completed her master’s degree and FNP training at the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee in 1996, and her clinical doctorate at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2009. Clinical interests include mental health in primary care, family wellness, and clinic process strategies to improve blood pressure management in diabetes. Mother of four, favorite pastimes include running, music, gardening and spending time with her kids, husband and extended family.

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Tito Izard, MD

Tito Izard, MD

  • Family Physician, Milwaukee Health Services
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • CEO, Milwaukee Health Services

Interests include Urban Primary Care and the role of Spirituality in Medicine. Dr. Izard completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and residency at the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program in 1999. Dr. Izard previously served as Medical Director of the Aurora Sinai Family Care Center.

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Wilhelm Lehmann, MD

Wilhelm Lehmann, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic, Aurora St. Luke’s Family Practice Center
  • Clinic Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Medical Director, Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic

Interests include underserved medicine, geriatrics, and long-term care. Dr. Lehmann earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville Medical School in his hometown of Louisville, KY. He completed his Family Medicine training at the University of Utah, where he also earned an MPH as a fellow, and stayed on as faculty for 8 years. He enjoys practicing full spectrum Family Medicine again after spending the last 7 years as medical director and primary care physician for the Neurobehavior HOME Program, a Utah Medicaid waiver program for patients with developmental disabilities. He coordinates our Professional Development Series and the Geriatrics and Nursing Home curricula. He enjoys spending time with family, downhill skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and watching college football.

 

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Janice Litza, MD

Janice Litza, MD

  • Family Physician, Milwaukee Health Services
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • CMO, Milwaukee Health Services

Interests include Obstetrics, Pediatrics, health literacy, physician leadership development, curriculum design, and building professional learning communities. Dr. Litza graduated from UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1998 and completed residency in Family Medicine at Aurora in 2001. She began her academic career at Aurora St Luke's in 2001 and completed the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship in 2002. In 2006, she became Program Director of the Northwestern University Family Medicine Residency, until her return to Milwaukee in February 2009. She completed the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship in 2008. She is married and enjoys her blended family of 6 kids and one dog, Luna, along with outdoor activities, reading, cooking, and ballroom dancing.

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Steve Ohly, RN, NPC

Steve Ohly, RN, NPC

  • Nurse Practitioner, Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Manager, Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic, Salvation Army Clinic, and Community Health Programs

Interests include Poverty Medicine, and Access to Care. Steve Ohly came to Milwaukee with a wealth of experiences including serving as manager of the infirmary of the nation's largest homeless shelter, the Community for Creative Non-Violence in Washington, D.C. He joined Aurora Health Care as a Nurse Practitioner and Manager of a single room free clinic that started as a resident service learning project. Steve was the driving force behind expanding the services offered, building what is now the largest free clinic in the state of Wisconsin, Walker's Point Community Clinic on Milwaukee's near south side. He has been a long time leader of health care and community services to the underserved in Milwaukee and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 1998, he was honored for his dedication with "Steve Ohly Day" by the City of Milwaukee.

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Kristen Reynolds, MD

Kristen Reynolds, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora Wiselives Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Interests include Nutrition, Women's Health, and Integrative Medicine. Born and raised in Menomonee, WI, Kristen graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1999. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Aurora in 2002, and subsequently joined the faculty. She completed the Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona in 2011 and directs our curriculum in Integrative Medicine.  She enjoys yoga, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family.

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Mark Robinson, DO

Mark Robinson, DO

  • Family Physician, Aurora Sinai Family Care Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Associate Program Director, Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Medical Director, Aurora Sinai Family Care Center
  • Site Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency

Interests include Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Robinson is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he also completed a teaching fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He completed his residency at the Aurora Family Medicine Residency/ University of Wisconsin Osteopathic Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Residency. In 2011, he completed the National Institute for Program Development Fellowship. He serves as a team physician for Marquette University Athletics with the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute. Prior to medical school, Dr. Robinson was an associate athletic trainer in the Department of Sports Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Robinson is married to his wife Mandy and has two young children, Sean and Brooke.

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Carlisa Romero, MSN, RN, APNP

Carlisa Romero, MSN, RN, APNP

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center

As a certified family nurse practitioner, Carlisa Romero has a strong devotion to improving the health of the underserved community of Milwaukee. Trained to provide a wide range of care to a diverse group of patients, Carlisa enjoys her practice especially partnering with patients throughout the family life cycle. She enjoys spending time with her family.

 

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Stephen Rommelfanger, MD

Stephen Rommelfanger, MD

  • Family Physician, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM)
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Medical Director of Palliative Care

Dr. Rommelfanger completed his Family Medicine training at the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program, and his HPM fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Since 2007, he has served as Medical Director of Aurora Palliative Care, and he has developed palliative care consultation services at Aurora St Luke's Medical Center (ASLMC), Aurora West Allis Medical Center, and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. In 2012, Dr. Nick Turkal recognized him with a CEO Excellence Award. Dr. Rommelfanger collaborates with the Wisconsin Geriatrics Education Center (WGEC) to improve palliative care competencies among Geriatrics and health care professionals working in Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) units. He was appointed to an Aurora task group headed by Dr. Bruce Van Cleave to reform advance care planning and serves on the ASLMC Bioethics Committee. He is active in medical education, serving as a preceptor for Geriatrics fellows, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents, and Nurse Practitioner students. He has delivered numerous presentations, including several medical grand rounds. Dr. Rommelfanger is married and is the proud father of three children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to Washington Island, WI.

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Rebecca A. Schultz, FNP-CS, APNP

Rebecca A. Schultz, FNP-CS, APNP

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center, Aurora Wiselives Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Interests include Wellness / health promotion, prevention, smoking cessation, ADHD, women's health, quality improvement, teaching and integrative health practices. Becky Schultz grew up in Darlington, Wisconsin. She believes in the multi-disciplinary team concept of healthcare delivery while integrating a holistic approach to her practice and work. Becky completed the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship in 2010. She is involved with a wide variety of committees that include the Quality Improvement Committee, and the Clinic Advisory Council. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, running, skiing, nature, guitar playing, reading, knitting, and cats.

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Deborah Simpson, PhD

Deborah Simpson, PhD

  • Medical Education Program Director - Academic Affairs //Aurora Health Care
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Graduate Medical Education [Official Journal of the ACGME]
  • Member, Editorial Board - Journal of Patient-Centered Research & Reviews [Published by Aurora Health Care-Research Institute]
  • Reactor Panel: STFM Residency Accreditation Toolkit Task Force
  • Instructor - Faculty Development in Primary Care, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Former Associate Dean for Educational Support & Evaluation at the Medical College of Wisconsin & 1st holder of the Elsa B and Roger D Cohen MDs Children's Hospital of Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin Professor of Medical Education

Interests include clinical teaching effectiveness; faculty development and vitality for clinician educators; linking competency-based training with clinical care markers to support high quality education and patient care; and mentoring and documenting faculty contributions in education consistent with criteria for educational scholarship. Nationally, Dr. Simpson has served as a member of the AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs Steering Committee from 1999-2001 and 2002-2005 via her roles as Chair of the Central GEA (CGEA) and subsequently as Chair for the national GEA. She has been recognized nationally for her work in medical education: 2001 recipient of the Excellence in Education award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for her work in faculty development; a 2005 McCann Faculty Scholar for her work in mentoring; and a 2008 recipient of the AAMC-GEA's Merrill Flair Award.

 

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Aamir Siddiqi, MD

Aamir Siddiqi, MD

  • Family Physician
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Medical Director, UW-Milwaukee Student Health Services

Interests include Medical Informatics, Curriculum Development, and Computer Technology. Dr.Siddiqi graduated from Aga Khan Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan in 1989. He finished his residency training at the Aurora St. Luke's Family Medicine program and joined the faculty. He enjoys the full spectrum of Family Medicine and takes a special interest in medical student and resident training.

 

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Jeffrey A. Stearns, MD

Jeffrey A. Stearns, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Medical Director of Medical Education, Aurora Health Care
  • Associate Dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Former Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine.

Interests include Ambulatory Teaching and Community Medicine.

 

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Lisa Sullivan Vedder, MD

Lisa Sullivan Vedder, MD

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Interests include Underserved Medicine, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Preventive Medicine, and Procedures. Dr. Sullivan-Vedder is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. She joined the faculty in 2003 and provides full-spectrum primary care including obstetrics in her clinical practice. She directs the dermatology and procedures curriculum.

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Glenda Sundberg FNP-CS APNP

Glenda Sundberg, FNP-CS, APNP

  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Interests include patient education and resident orientation. Glenda Sundberg has been with the department since 1997. She works primarily in a clinical capacity two days per week. She enjoys working with diverse patient populations, especially the Spanish-speaking community.

 

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Danielle Tonelli, DO

Danielle Tonelli, DO

  • Family Physician, Aurora Wiselives Center

Interests include tennis, downhill skiing, travel, and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Tonelli is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family practice residency at Aurora St. Luke's Family Medicine program. She then went on to complete the Women's Health Fellowship through the Aurora Women's Pavilion in West Allis. She currently has a family practice clinic at Aurora Wiselives Center and a women's health clinic at the Aurora Women's Pavilion in West Allis.

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Nick W. Turkal, MD

Nick W. Turkal, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • President and CEO, Aurora Health Care
  • Former Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program Director and Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Interests include End of Life Care, Population Health, Care Management, Medical Administration. Nick grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Creighton University Medical School before coming to Milwaukee for residency training at St. Michael's Family Practice Residency Program. He ran a solo practice in Robinson, Illinois before coming to Aurora in 1989.

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Brian K Wallace, MD

Brian K Wallace, MD

  • Family Physician, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center
  • Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Medical Director, Aurora St. Luke's Family Practice Center

Interests: Sports Medicine, Practice Management. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1984, and completed his family practice residency training at St Luke's in 1987. He was in private practice in Mequon, WI until 1991, when he joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He has special interests in sports medicine, and performance improvement. He developed, and teaches the curriculum in sports medicine at the Aurora Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Wallace is blessed with a wife, Julie, and two sons, Zachary and Grayson.