2023 Presenter Profiles

We are working to finalize the presenter list for 2023. We will update this page as we receive more information.

Jed Magen, DO, MS 

Session Title: Major Depressive Disorder in Primary Care Settings

Affiliation: Chair, Department of Psychiatry, College of Human Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University

Biography: Dr. Jed Magen is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.  He graduated from the Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa, and did a rotating internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich.  

Dr. Magen was a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service serving with the Indian Health Service for three years. He did a general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he was chief resident in child and adolescent psychiatry and departmental chief resident.  He did a research fellowship at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.  He is board certified in general and in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. 

He is a past president of the American Osteopathic College of Neurologists and Psychiatrists, the Michigan Psychiatric Society, and the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. He was a member of the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the ACGME. He is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American Osteopathic College of Neurologists and Psychiatrists.  He completed a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management at the University of Texas, Dallas School of Management in 2003 and is an expert in the area of funding graduate medical education in the United States. He has published on this and on neuropsychiatric outcomes of tropical diseases in children in Africa. 

Jean Kerver, PhD, MS, RD

Session Title: Maternity Care Deserts in Rural Michigan

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Michigan State University

Biography: Jean Kerver, PhD, MS, RD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU). As a perinatal epidemiologist and a registered dietitian, Kerver has spent her career developing effective ways to promote health and well-being for families living in poverty or facing other challenges. Dr. Kerver’s position in Traverse City, MI, allows her to mentor MSU medical students and Family Medicine residents in conducting rural research projects while pursuing her goal of developing a community-driven research agenda.

Kelley Mahar, MD

Session Title: Pan Positive and High Need -- Let's Talk

Affiliation: Associate Program Director, MSU Psychiatry Residency Rural Track / Community Psychiatrist

Biography: Kelley Mahar is a community psychiatrist in Marquette.  She arrived in the UP in 1999 to fulfill a 4-year service obligation to the National Health Service Corps and never left.  Drawn more and more to integrated care and the need for improved access to mental health care in the UP, she left the CMH system in 2019 and has been working on a variety of projects to build behavioral health infrastructure and capacity in the region.  She is the Associate Program Director of the (relatively) new MSU Psychiatry Residency Rural Track through MiDOCs, provides consulting psychiatry for the Collaborative Care Model for a number of UP primary care practices, and works with a coalition of health care providers and administrators on developing a robust continuum of behavioral health care for the region.

Simon Lee, MD  

Session Title: Coronary Abnormalities in Children, Both Acquired and Congenital

Affiliation: Medical Director, Kawasaki Disease Program, Medical Director, Coronary Anomalies Program, Attending Physician, Heart Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Biography: Simon Lee is an attending pediatric cardiologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he serves as the Medical Director of the Kawasaki Disease and Coronary Anomalies programs, as well as the Associate Medical Director of Cardiac MRI. His clinical interests are in Kawasaki disease and coronary anomalies, both congenital and acquired. He also has extensive experience in COVID-19 related cardiovascular involvement in children, including MIS-C and athlete return to play after COVID-19. His research interests are in stress perfusion imaging in coronary anomalies and pediatric heart transplant patients, as well as coronary artery aneurysm risk stratification in Kawasaki disease. 

Katie Brang, MD, and Ryan Brang, MD 

Session Title: Beyond Pills - Evidence-based alternative treatment strategies for common conditions

Affiliation: NorthCountry Health DPC  

Biographies: Dr. Katie Brang is originally from Traverse City, Michigan.  She completed an undergraduate degree at Carleton College in Minnesota before completing medical school at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  She also graduated in 2012 from the Marquette Family Medicine Residency.  As a faculty member at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency, she focused on inpatient medicine for 7 years before moving towards a part-time position with a focus on outpatient medicine.  She made the transition to NorthCounty Health Direct Primary Care in January 2023 and has rediscovered why she wanted to be a family doctor.  She is the proud mother of two amazing children.  In her free time, she bakes sourdough bread, does weekly cold-water immersions in Lake Superior, and can be found outside nordic skiing, mountain biking, or snow biking.  She also enjoys loading her children onto her cargo bike and riding around town.  She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is working on her Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship. 

Dr. Ryan Brang was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his medical training from Ross University and completed his family medicine residency in 2012 in Marquette, Michigan. After spending two years with his wife Katie in private practice in northern Wisconsin, they were recruited to return to Marquette to become faculty members at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency program where they have been educating residents for the last 8 years. Ryan became the Associate Program Director and the chair of the Family Medicine Department. In September 2022, Ryan left his faculty position to start NorthCountry Health Direct Primary Care in Marquette, Michigan. Katie joined in January 2023. They focus on preventative medicine, nutrition counseling, wellness and lifestyle education, procedural care, and general primary care. In his free time Ryan enjoys cooking healthy meals for his family and spending time outdoors biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and camping. Ryan is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Vice Chief of Staff at UPHS-Marquette, the Upper Peninsula Representative of the Michigan State Medical Society and currently completing training to become a certified culinary medicine specialist. 

Jonathan Brueggeman, DPM, MHSA, FACFAS, AAPWCA

Session Title: Collaborative Wound Care Approach in the UP; You would be surprised by what can be saved

Affiliation: Regional Medical Director (CMO) for Upper Peninsula Region of Aspirus, Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, and Director of Wound Care for the UP and Central Regions of Aspirus

Biography: Dr. Brueggeman is currently the Regional Medical Director (CMO) of the Upper Peninsula (UP) Region of Aspirus which consists of 4 critical access hospitals within a 17-hospital integrated health system spanning Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Clinically he is a foot and ankle surgeon and the Director of Wound Care for the UP and Central Regions (Wausau) of Aspirus. He has a specific interest in limb salvage, wound care, and deformity correction and has over 15 years of experience in his specialty. He has always believed that success in that area requires tremendous teamwork. Success will also ultimately be what drives surgical and non-surgical outcomes, reduces hospital length of stays, and lowers re-ulceration rates.  Dr. Brueggeman recently finished his master’s degree in health care administration at the University of Michigan in April of 2023.

Jacob Hakkola, MD

Session Title: Collaborative Wound Care Approach in the UP; You would be surprised by what can be saved

Affiliation: Medical Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology at UP Health System - Marquette

Biography: Dr. Jacob Hakkola is the Medical Director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at UP Health System - Marquette. He is from Escanaba, and graduated from Michigan Technological University as an electrical engineer. While developing pacemakers he was introduced to the field of interventional radiology which proved to be a defining moment that changed the direction of his career. He returned to Marquette after finishing his training, and feels honored to be back home and have the opportunity to take care of friends, family, and neighbors throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dr. Hakkola specializes in treating vascular disease, including peripheral arterial disease, limb salvage, aortic aneurysm repair, and pulmonary embolism treatment. He has introduced some of the latest advances in endovascular management to the community, and currently sees patients at the Heart and Vascular Clinic at UPHS-M.

Thomas Michael Kates, DO

Session Title: Visions for a post-MAT Act UP 

Affiliation: Upper Great Lakes Family Healthcare, Marquette and The University of Michigan, Michigan Opioid Collaborative

Wade Liston, DO

Session Title: Collaborative Wound Care Approach in the UP; You would be surprised by what can be saved 

Affiliation: UP Health System - Portage


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