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Ben Brakke, D.O.

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota Duluth
Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

I am a native of Rochester, MN. Growing up in the home of the Mayo Clinic put healthcare on my radar from an early age. I enrolled in biology/pre-medicine at the University of Minnesota Duluth. While in college, I worked as a firefighter/EMT and ER tech. My biggest accomplishment was meeting the incredible girl who is now my wife of 6 years, Kaitie. Duluth, MN was beautiful, but had some very long and cold winters. As a 180-degree change, I went to medical school at A.T. Still University in Arizona. Although I’ll miss the 70 degree winter days in Phoenix, I couldn’t be happier that I matched Anesthesia at UMKC. I chose this program because I felt like it has great current residents, the exposure to a wide variety of cases is excellent, and the class size of 6 residents per year hits the optimal balance. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor adventures with my wife and 2 dogs, playing musical instruments, attempting my own car repairs, and creatively using Gorgonzola in my cooking.
Gabrielle Brown, M.D.

Undergraduate: Abilene Christian University
Medical School: TTUHSC SOM

As the daughter of two practicing anesthesiologists, anesthesia has been on my radar since preschool graduation when I had the most syllables on what I want to be when I grow up. In the intervening years, I’ve expanded my horizons outside of medicine, but nothing else fills my days like a good day in the OR. Outside the hospital, you can find me “getting dirty” in the ceramic studio or making music at my keyboard, and occasionally you can find me trying to bring light to kids‘ lives with the 501st
Chris Kelsheimer, M.D.

Undergraduate: Rockhurst University
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. I attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO for undergrad and graduated with a BS in Biochemistry. I enjoyed all 4 years in Kansas City, especially because it is where I met my wife, but also because there is no shortage of entertainment. There are plenty of things to do around town for singles, couples, and families. After Rockhurst, I attended SLU School of Medicine. It was great being back home (especially because my wife is also from St. Louis), but I didn’t hesitate to come back to KC when the opportunity presented itself. My hobbies include movies, golf, tennis, exercise in general, cheering on the St. Louis Blues, and the occasional weekend filled with binge-watching a show on Netflix.
Emil Markulis, D.O.

Undergraduate: University at Buffalo
Graduate School: University at Buffalo
Medical School: Touro University Nevada

I grew up in a small college town, Geneseo, in Western NY. I moved to Buffalo, NY to pursue studies in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, quickly discovering a passion for anatomy and physiology. After graduating I switched coasts and headed to San Diego, California to be a care provider for my grandparents. After a few years of working, I decided to go back to school to Touro Nevada, an osteopathic medical school in Las Vegas, NV. My interview at UMKC was on one of the coldest days of the year but I couldn’t have felt a warmer welcome. I count myself very lucky to be in residency in Kansas City, everyone at the program is extremely positive and supportive. Kansas City has been great with all the parks, music, and craft beer. Free time usually involves sampling the local food and brews, mountain biking and brazilian jiujitsu.
Nikita Ovtchinnikov, M.D.

Undergraduate: McGill university
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

I was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated with my family to Canada when I was 11. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of living in many diverse cities including Montreal, Buffalo and Toronto. I went to university in Montreal at McGill University and attained a mechanical engineering degree before falling in love with medicine and attending Saba University School of Medicine. In my free time, I love checking out the local craft beer scene, being outside, boxing, and leisure reading. I’m new to Kansas City but I love everything I’ve seen so far and very excited to explore further and make this my new home.
Braden Webb, D.O.

Undergraduate: Utah State University
Medical School: A.T. Still University – KCOM

Born and raised in northern Utah, I grew up wakeboarding, snowboarding, playing sports and video games. I went to Utah State University for undergrad with my wife, Emily, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in chemistry while she earned a master’s degree in accounting. During my third year of medical school, I had a required rotation in anesthesiology. In just two weeks, I realized that anesthesia is so much more than putting people to sleep. When I interviewed at UMKC, I loved the small program feel with the high volume of complicated cases that will prepare me for private practice. Kansas City also offers a lot to my wife and two kids with parks, museums, libraries, and so much more for families…this is the perfect place to be!