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JJ Bennett, MD

Dr. JJ Bennett was born and raised in Minnesota, went to the University of Wisconsin for his undergraduate education, and completed his medical education at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He, his wife, and puppy love spending time outdoors. He enjoys hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, woodworking, and reading fantasy novels. He plans on practicing Rural Full-Spectrum Family Medicine.

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Buck Courtney, MD

Dr. Buck Courtney was raised in Southern New Mexico where he studied Engineering Physics at New Mexico State University. He moved to Albuquerque to attend medical school at the University of New Mexico where he was influenced to pursue primary care after rotations in rural New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. He is excited to move to Idaho and continue training to practice Full-Spectrum Family Medicine. His interests include disaster relief and wilderness medicine, as well as motorcycle riding, photography, and adventure travel.

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Logan Jones, DO

Dr. Logan Jones graduated from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. He was born and raised on a small farm in Rigby, Idaho where he loved to work with his family. Prior to his medical training he owned and operated a contracting business, building houses throughout Southeast Idaho and Western Wyoming. He went on to graduate from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He and his wife have three children and enjoy camping, hiking, road trips, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, and just spending time together. Dr. Jones is very excited to return to Idaho to further his education and to practice medicine.

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James Marble, DO

Dr. James Marble graduated from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He grew up in West Point, Utah and went to Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology. He came to Idaho to learn broad-spectrum Family Medicine and enjoys the lifelong doctor-patient relationships that Family Medicine provides. He is happily married to his childhood sweetheart and they have two children. He enjoys cooking, baking, board games, teaching, and all things Harry Potter. He is excited to leave the heat of Arizona to be back near mountains and experience four seasons again.

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Jessica Rolynn, MD

Dr. Jessica Rolynn graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine as a TRUST Scholar in the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track. She is an Idaho native who attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology, minoring in Chemistry and Theatre. Her experience growing up in rural Idaho, as well as becoming a young mother, military spouse, and first generation college student, gave her a unique perspective as she pursued her degrees. She developed a strong passion for teaching while volunteering and working with at-risk students in various settings, and found that passion continued as she developed relationships with her patients in underserved populations. Dr. Rolynn and her family are excited to join the Pocatello Community; they plan to spend lots of time exploring the hills, local arts, and theatre troupes. She has a strong interest in Broad Spectrum Family Medicine, including advocacy, community health, and LGBT+ medicine. She looks forward to a long career in Rural Medicine.

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Tyson Torgersen, DO

Dr. Tyson Torgersen attended medical school at Colorado at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was raised in Escalante, a small farming town in Southern Utah. He attended Southern Utah University where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry. Prior to attending college he lived in South Africa and Swaziland where he was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is married and has one daughter. He is very passionate about Rural Medicine and plans to practice Full Spectrum Family Medicine in a small town in the Mountain West. The mountains are his favorite place to be, where he enjoys fishing, hunting, backpacking, cutting firewood, and camping. He also enjoys woodworking, mechanic work, and tying flies.

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Marcos Valdez, MD

Dr. Marcos Valdez was born in Argentina and moved to the United States in 2001. He lived in Utah before recently coming to Idaho. He trained at the University of Utah for his Undergraduate and Doctorate degrees. He is emphasizing his residency training in rural medicine and obstetrics.

Pharmacotherapy Resident

 


 

Kailey Murphy, PharmD

Kailey Murphy graduated from Idaho State University's College of Pharmacy. She was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, and is excited to continue her journey in her hometown. She loves spending time with her husband and their dog. Together, they enjoy backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, and being outdoors. 

 

 

Psychology Intern

 


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Ray Sullivan, M.A.

Psychology Intern, Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium - ISU Family Medicine / State Hospital South

Ray graduated from Antioch University, Santa Barbara, California. His diverse clinical practicum experiences were in community mental health working with adult populations and court mandated military veterans. Ray also enjoyed his work with school-aged children and their families in previous years. Ray recently co-authored a journal article titled: "Family violence in context: an intergenerational systemic model," The Family Journal, SAGE Publishing. His current research interests include: Rehabilitative work with Military Veterans and other subgroups, suicide prevention, and how ACEs affect late life adult populations. In Ray's free time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, and socializing with friends.

 

 

 

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Brandon Comish, MD

Dr. Brandon Comish graduated from University of Washington. As a student who has shown commitment to rural and underserved community engagement, he was chosen to participate in the TRUST Program (Targeted Rural Underserved Track) in Idaho. He has a special interest in global health, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Brandon has no trouble filling his off-time, where you may find him practicing Judo (black belt), traveling, learning new languages, playing his guitar or piano, engaged in art, flying drones, or reading fantasy fiction.

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Emily Davis, MD

Dr. Emily Davis graduated from Washington University – St. Louis. She hails from Van Nuys, California but has a heart for rural Family Medicine, with special interest in public health and disease prevention, having earned a Master’s Degree in public health to learn more about health policy and become a better advocate for her community. In her free time, Emily enjoys music and dancing, spending as much time outdoors hiking, and on rainy days curled up with a good book.

 
 

Tyshae Jaggi, DO

Dr. Tyshae Jaggi graduated from Pacific NW University. She hails from the Idaho Falls area. She aims to work in a rural area after residency, stating “I like the doctor-patient relationships in family medicine, the medical variety of cases, and the ability to work with all ages, entire families, and different ways of life”. In her free time you’ll find Tyshae outside running, hunting, fishing, hiking, playing soccer, or watching a movie at home.

 
 

Jack John, DO

Dr. Jack John graduated from Liberty University. He hails from Layton, Utah. He has a heart for Family Medicine because “it is the only specialty where a physician is not limited by patient population or specialty. They can see all patients, any time, regardless of the ailment.” In his free time, you’ll find him backpacking, horseback riding, golfing, listening to music, or reading. 

 
 

Jokke Kokkonen, DO

 

Dr. Jokke Kokkonen graduated from AT Still University, Kirksville. He is interested in working in an underserved area after residency and to have a positive influence in communities far from the epicenters of health care. Family Medicine will equip him with the tools to serve his future community. In his free time, you’ll find him on the prowl for new hikes, gardening (cherry tomatoes for his children is a must), camping, traveling, and training for 5Ks and half-marathons.

 
 

Sye Speth, DO

Dr. Sye Speth graduated University of Pikeville. He is drawn to Family Medicine because of the wide scope of practice, the personal, long-term relationships built, and the opportunity to be a teacher of medicine. In his free time, you’ll find Sye woodworking, camping, or playing baseball, bowling, and football.

 

Brian Vause, DO

Dr. Brian Vause graduated from A.T. Still University – Kirksville. He hails from Eden, Utah and has a heart for rural Family Medicine, including hospital medicine, especially for underserved populations. He is interested in the challenges and options that a Family Physician can have in providing a breadth of care in differing circumstances. In his free time, you’ll find Brian doing all sorts of outdoorsy things, like mountain biking, trail running, flying an airplane, gardening, camping and visiting national parks, road trips, and skiing.

Pharmacotherapy Residents


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Alex Brewster, PharmD

Alex Brewster was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She completed an Associate Degree at Yakima Valley Community College where she played basketball for two years. She continued undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Utah. She later obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Near the end of her pharmacy education, Alex was honored as a finalist for the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize, which recognizes outstanding women in the health sciences. Alex’s professional interests include substance use disorder prevention and treatment, Transgender healthcare, and primary care. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Alex is passionate about serving marginalized groups and advocating for access to equitable health care. Alex, her partner, and their two dogs love to adventure in the outdoors – they enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, snowshoeing, and traveling. 


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Mustafa Tekarli, PharmD

Mustafa “Taffa” Tekarli is from Sandy, Utah. He completed his undergraduate education and pharmacy school at the University of Utah. Taffa particularly enjoys practicing in the primary care setting because this allows him to establish long and meaningful relationships with his patients. Taffa's professional interests include diabetes management, cardiology, psychiatry, infectious disease, oncology, academia, and clinical research. Taffa was the lead author of a research article titled “Association between Flash Glucose Monitors and A1C: A Retrospective Pre-Post Analysis” that was recently published in Innovations in Pharmacy. Outside of his work life, Taffa enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah, and their three cats: Ophelia, Melo, and Kevin. Taffa also enjoys playing basketball, watching football, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

 

 

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Logan Anderson, DO

Dr. Logan Anderson graduated from Rocky Vista University. He was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He studied at Utah State University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in human biology and met his wife, Francesca. Prior to completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Anderson spent two years living in Southern Chile where he learned Spanish and an appreciation of foreign cultures. He plans on practicing full-scope family medicine in a rural community where they can enjoy easy access to the great outdoors and all of its recreational opportunities. He and his wife love the outdoors and during their free time can often be found camping, hiking, swimming, or white-water rafting.

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Jordan Hammon, DO

Dr. Jordan Hammon graduated from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. He was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho with two brothers and one sister. After high school, he studied microbiology at the undergraduate and graduate level with Idaho State University. Teaching undergraduate students in microbiology is where his love to educate others was fostered. He is the lead author of six journal articles in immunology on his research with the covertly infectious fungal organism Blastomyces Dermatitis. He then attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington. He intends to remain close to family and practice full-spectrum family medicine in Idaho. He enjoys weight training, hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with family. 

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Nicholas "Nick" Henrie, MD

Dr. Nick Henrie graduated from the University of Utah. He was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho.  He graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and attended medical school at the University of Utah. He married a farm girl from the Magic Valley and together they are raising two boys. They all share a passion for the state of Idaho and plan on settling in a rural part of the state where she can coach basketball and he can practice broad-spectrum family medicine with inpatient, outpatient, acute care, and obstetrics. He is an avid dry fly fisherman, but also enjoys hunting, camping, and playing and watching football, basketball, and baseball.  

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Trevor Miller, DO

Dr. Trevor Miller graduated from the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in New Mexico. He was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and can’t help but love Husker football. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia University, Nebraska before attending medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in New Mexico. It is here he found enjoyment for many different areas of medicine naturally making family medicine a natural choice. After residency he plans on practicing rural broad-spectrum family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors doing various activities such as fishing and golfing.

 
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Cody Patterson, DO

 

Dr. Cody Patterson, DO was born and raised in Saint George, Utah. He received an undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University in Human Nutrition, after which he attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine as one of the inaugural class members of the Southern Utah campus. He is excited to dive right into Idaho life where he can continue enjoying some of his passions such as hiking, backpacking, camping, and riding his mountain bike. In fact, he loves the outdoors so much that he fills his home with as many houseplants as possible to make him feel closer to nature. He looks forward to practicing outpatient Family Medicine after completing his residency training.

 
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James Petersen, MD

Dr. James Petersen graduated from the University of Washington. He split his time growing up between Bryan, Texas and the middle of a wheat field west of Rexburg, Idaho. He is the oldest of five boys. Following graduation from high school, he lived in Ecuador for two years. Upon returning to Idaho, Dr. Petersen studied chemistry at BYU-Idaho. While there, he was a recipient of the Jack R. Wheatley Scholarship for leadership and academic excellence. He is also a two-time Idaho INBRE Fellow and participated in novel organic chemistry scaffolding research at the University of Idaho. Subsequently, he attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and participated in the university’s Idaho program. Dr. Petersen plans to practice medicine in rural America. He has an interest in obstetrics, endoscopy, dermatology, psychiatry, and pediatrics. In addition to English, he also speaks Spanish and a limited amount of Swedish. Dr. Petersen is married and has three children. In his spare time, he loves to hunt, fish, read, garden, and spend time with his family.

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Katrina Spangenberg, MD

Dr. Katrina Spangenberg was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, earning a B.A. Honors in International Relations and Global Studies. This naturally led her to study medicine at the Medical School for International Health in Israel (Ben-Gurion University). She has a heart for caring for underserved communities and intends to take the expertise gained through the broad-scope family medicine training at ISU to work towards increasing healthcare access to underserved people groups and to provide quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive care, domestically and abroad. Outside of medicine, she enjoys exploring the beauty of Idaho and being outside. You may find her running on a trail, swimming in the Portneuf river, skiing Pebble Creek, or hanging out with family in Utah. She is excited and grateful to be a part of the ISU Family Medicine community. 

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Shelby Nordmann, MD

1-2 Program Resident in Rexburg, Idaho

Dr. Shelby Nordmann graduated from the American University of the Caribbean. She was born and raised in rural Minnesota where she completed her undergraduate education in biology, chemistry, and neuroscience. She spent her summers growing up in Western Montana with family, which is where she fell in love with mountains and the communities in the West. She spent high school and college working as a CNA in long-term care facilities, which solidified her interest in comprehensive family care. Her interests in family medicine are broad and span from the beginning of life to the end, including obstetrics to hospice/palliative care and overall continuity of care with families. She feels especially lucky to get to train in both Pocatello and Rexburg during her residency and is excited to learn as much as she can for her future patients in rural areas. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, volunteering, and doing anything outdoors while spending time with friends and family.