CLASS OF 2024
IN THE THICK OF IT
Hi guys, pleased to meet you! My name’s Erica and I’m from Walla Walla, WA. I’m technically a fifth generation Walla Wallian and you could say I’m pretty proud of my rural Washington roots! I attended the University of San Diego for undergrad where I majored in anthropology and was a D1 swimmer. While I also dabble in hiking and camping, I’m definitely more coordinated in the water so the H2O is where I belong. After soaking up the SD sunshine for a few extra years, med school took me back to WA where I attended PNWU-COM and found my passion for rural and critical access health care. I chose Maricopa because my rural EM interests are 100% encouraged and supported plus I wanted a program that would push me to become the best version of myself… and did I mention the residents are AMAZING?! My other interests include beer, sunshine, and tacos (preferable all three together), and my cat, Poppy, who made the move with me to Phoenix. Come visit AZ and check out the Copa team!
What’s up everyone! I’m Kevin, a recent addition to the Phoenix area originally from the east coast. I was born and raised on a horse farm in Southern Pennsylvania. Eventually, I left the stables far behind me as I traveled to Florida to join the University of Miami Track & Field team. After some time considering an environmental biology degree, I became interested in medicine after being involved in a public health project in the Galapagos Islands. Following a stint as an ED scribe, I eventually ended up in North Carolina for medical school at Campbell University. Being on-brand for an EM resident I take part in some typical EM resident outdoor activities like rock climbing, scuba diving, or hiking with my dog Teddy in my free time. In all seriousness, if you have found this webpage you have discovered what makes Copa truly a cut above the rest, the people. I had the daunting task of navigating the first virtual residency interview season, but the happiness and passions of the Copa family truly were palpable through the computer, and I knew this was the place for me. The family vibes coupled with the county experience and ample opportunities to cultivate my interests within the field made Copa stand out to me as a top-tier program.
Hola! My name is Ellen. I am originally from Michigan, but have been subjected to a perfect storm of incredible opportunities in the setting of some self-diagnosed ADHD (not unlike many of us EM folks, haha). Thus, I have been privileged to pursue both health partnerships and dirtbag adventures in a variety of places around the US and the globe – definitely passionate about creating community & working for justice wherever we find ourselves. And hope to one day work in the humanitarian response sector to crises and disasters! However, I am entirely grateful to be back in the beautiful desert of AZ – so much cultura and naturaleza! Having the coolest roommates ever doesn’t hurt either. And I’m stoked to learn from this incredible team & patient population. Like many of us at Copa, I am my best self while having access to the great outdoors – latest projects include trying to not die while mountain biking and hoping that my urban chickens are still alive by the time you read this. I am also hoping that you are getting excited about the unparalleled Copa culture and want to learn more!!
Hi everyone! My name is Molly, and I am so excited that you found this page. I grew up in northern NM, spent my free time exploring Colorado, went to undergrad/played collegiate soccer in Las Vegas, NM (yes, there are two Vegas’ in the US), and attended medical school at A.T. Still University SOM in Arizona. During college, I almost majored in Media Arts/Graphic Design but medicine caught my attention during my Junior year, so I minored in Media Arts instead. You will find me out trail running, hiking, skiing, playing soccer, traveling, or hanging out with family and friends (four legged kind too). I am passionate about wilderness medicine, global health, and Spanish. I was lucky enough to rotate at Copa and was blown away by the culture, sense of family, the patient population, and the work hard/play hard attitude of the program. From my time at Copa, I knew I had found a home at a program that would allow me to explore my niche in EM. I hope you join us!
Hey y’all, my name is Pooja! After spending most of my life in Texas and then going to medical school in Iowa, I’m super excited to spend the next three years in Arizona (hello 300 days of sunshine a year). Outside of the hospital I enjoy going to brunch, checking out coffee shops, reading (mysteries and thrillers are my jam), traveling, and hiking with my husband and our dog. I knew Copa was the place for me after interview day and the resident social. Everyone was so fun and easy to talk to and I definitely felt that “fit” that people talk about. Program leadership was supportive of residents pursuing their individual interests and the amount of elective time really allows everyone to tailor their training to specific niches. Finally, the largely underserved patient population that Copa serves sealed the deal. I hope y’all decide to check us out, I couldn’t be more excited to spend the next three years here!
Hi future EM rockstars! My name is PJ Greene. I am a Midwest transplant. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH then ventured about 50 miles up the highway to University of Dayton for college. After college I really branched out and moved about 10 minutes down the road to Wright State University Boonshoft SOM for medical school. My interest in EM was initially peaked during my time as an EMT in college. From there, my journey to deciding that EM was the specialty for me is pretty run of the mill, so I will spare you the details. A little about me. My hobbies outside of medicine (which are the most important and what keep you sane) are golf, hiking, running, any intramural sport, grilling, brewery hopping, skiing. One of my goals during residency is to play in the Pro-Am at the Waste Management Golf Tournament here in Scottsdale, wish me luck. I know I need to start thinking of some more realistic goals, but hey one can dream right? I have one brother. We were lucky enough to be in the same class at the same medical school, no we aren’t twins. People say we don’t even look alike because he is so handsome, funny, and cool while I’m the opposite of those things. Brutal I know. He is also a PGY-1 at Oklahoma University in ENT. Fortunately thanks to the alphabet I was the first Dr. Greene in the family, trust me I won’t let him hear the end of that! Obviously, our application cycle was different with covid, but after my interview with Copa I knew this was the place I wanted to train. The people are phenomenal, the sense of family is unparalleled, and the training is second to none. You know a program is special when you can get all of that from a virtual interview. I was a little hesitant about moving out West considering I had spent my entire life in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. I was fortunate enough (after I was vaccinated of course) to travel down to Phoenix and visit. The residents welcomed me with open arms, happily answered the million questions I had, and provided me with truthful and helpful thoughts/opinions on the program. This residency is made up of the most down to earth, hard-working, and remarkable people. I couldn’t be happier to be able to say I am part of the ‘Copa fam!!! Thanks for checking us out, congrats on finding the best EM residency out there!
Hi I’m Alex! I’ve lived in Ohio my entire life and decided residency was the perfect time to leave Ohio and move out west. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and went to the University of Dayton for undergrad where I volunteered as an EMT. I loved my time as an EMT and it definitely biased me towards the exciting and always unpredictable field of Emergency Medicine. After undergrad, I went directly to The Ohio State University for medical school (Go Bucks)! Copa checked all of my boxes when I was looking at residency programs. I wanted to work with a county population, have a tight-knit residency family, and adequate elective time to explore my interests in the EM world. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, orange theory, hanging with my cat Tito, and overly investing in Cleveland sports teams. Beyond excited to escape the Ohio cold and for these next 3 years at Copa! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about why I choose this incredible program.
Hi, I’m Kylie! I’m originally from South Florida, but grew up in Boise and the OC before moving to Phoenix when I was in high school. I studied economics at Arizona State University and then attended medical school at the University of Arizona COM-Phoenix. I experienced Maricopa EM on my sub-I and knew it was exactly what I was looking for in residency: a classic county program with rewarding service opportunities, the flexibility to explore your own interests, and an amazing work culture where everyone is as refreshingly laidback as they are incredibly well-trained. I consider myself so lucky that this amazing program happened to be right where I already call home. Phoenix has sunshine and warmth year round, access to nearly every outdoor sport, a fun food/bar scene, and an ease of living that’s hard to find in other big cities. My interests in EM include administration and medical journalism. Beyond medicine, I enjoy salsa dancing, hiking, skiing when I can find snow, playing trivia games, and planning my next vacation. I’m so excited to join the crew here at Copa and become the best EM physician I can be!
Hey there, I’m AJ. I am originally from Buffalo, New York (#BillsMafia) but have bounced all over the country calling many different places home. Both my parents were nurses which started my love affair with medicine from an early age and inspired me to pursue a career as a physician. I went to undergraduate in Syracuse and worked in EMS which really solidified my desire to go into emergency medicine. I made the move west to attended medical school in Oregon which was one of the best decisions I have ever made and immediately knew I wanted to stay on the west coast for residency. What really drew me to Maricopa was my experience rotating in the ED my fourth year of medical school. From the willingness of the attendings to teach, the family like camaraderie between residents, or serving a very deserving and underserved population, I knew Maricopa would be my first choice. When I am not at work or studying I am almost certainly outside fly fishing, skiing, climbing, hiking, rafting, biking, all of which I have endless access to here in Arizona. I could not be happier I matched here and to have joined the COPA family.
Hey y’all! My name is Hannah, and I’m from Houston, TX. I graduated from West Point (seems like forever ago) and commissioned as an intelligence officer in the Army. Got to work with some awesome people, jump out of a lot of aircraft, and take a few extended trips overseas. Being in combat convinced me that medicine, what I’d wanted to do as a kid, was what I actually really wanted to do when I grew up. I took a lot of pre-reqs (English major) and made it to med school at Dell Med at UT Austin. Texas is my home, but I love Arizona (lived in Sierra Vista for Army intel school) and am so excited to be here at Maricopa for residency! I chose Copa because of the amazing people here, the population they serve, and the program that just keeps getting better. Copa is tons of fun, and you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible. Like a good EM resident, I love hiking, running, cycling, snowboarding, really anything outside, crossword puzzles, and baking highly caloric desserts. I have a cool doggo named Braxton who’s been with me since I was a little Lieutenant. If you have any questions about residency or Copa or really anything, please ask! We’d love to meet you.
Hey everyone, welcome to the Copa website! I’m Anthony, I’m originally from Utah and went to med school in the PNW. I decided to rotate at Maricopa in my 4th year due to the program’s strong reputation in the field of emergency medicine and it was an awesome experience. From day one I could tell that this is a program that really prides itself on being a true county hospital and safety-net for the very large Phoenix population; and Copa provides every opportunity for residents to reach their goals – whether that’s fellowship, academia, county, community, etc., it’s all possible here. Also, the people in this program are incredible. Leadership, faculty, and residents are unbelievably smart, supportive, and fun to hang out with. I’m excited to join the ranks of these EM rockstars! Career-talk aside I’m married and we had a baby boy the week after the Match, we also have 2 mini schnauzers who are the best. I’m into the usual EM stuff: hiking, camping, traveling, sports, snowboarding (yes there is a real resort to ski/board just 2 hours away in Flagstaff). If you have any questions feel free to drop an email to the program, thanks for checking us out!
Hi friends! I’m Savannah, a Midwest native who is finally trading in my winters for 100% sunshine! I grew up around Columbus, OH where I spent most of my childhood pitching in fastpitch softball and dreaming of becoming a wildlife vet. I attended Ohio University to study Biology and Chemistry and play softball. After working at a vet clinic in my spare time, I determined I would get more fulfillment healing people instead, so I started gearing toward medical school. Going into med school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, I couldn’t hang up the cleats, so I traveled overseas to pitch for the Netherlands fastpitch league in between my first and second year. I also had some other pretty cool experiences that led me to emergency medicine, with interests in wilderness and rural medicine. I love traveling and all things outdoors, hiking, kayaking, camping, and watersports on the lake, all abundant in Phoenix! And when I am not chasing National Parks, I am probably chasing my toddler. I met my husband in high school and married after graduating college, then we welcomed our son Kallen in my third year of medical school! He completed our family of 5, including our two big spotted dogs. I was drawn to Copa because of the family vibes, the ability to explore all my interests through elective time, the patient population, and of course, the sunshine! I hope that your path leads you to check out this uniquely awesome residency too.
What’s up y’all! My name’s Billy, and I’m originally from Southern California, grew up in San Antonio, went to undergrad at the University of Arizona in Tucson (Bear Down!) and did med school at Texas A&M — so I’ve basically been all over the southwest and am so incredibly stoked to be at Copa! As far as hobbies, I’ve been playing guitar in a band for the last 10-ish years (#hernameechoes), I enjoy long walks on the beach and in the mountains, and I love spoiling my two dachshunds Sunny & Wally. My interests in EM include social EM, indigent care, and ultrasound. There are so many reasons that I chose Copa, so I’ll just list a few: legendary county training, awesome patient population, ample elective opportunities, tons of fun things to do outside the hospital, and most importantly a really tight family learning environment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions and I hope you can come visit us out here in the desert!
Hey, I’m Adam! I grew up in Rockville, MD right outside of Washington D.C. (go Caps). For most of my childhood I planned to be a professional theater actor, but volunteering at the local hospital as a teenager guided me toward a new dream of becoming a physician. During my time at UNECOM I tried to explore as many specialties as I could, while also trying to eat as much lobster as possible. My interests are wide and I have a passion for treating acute problems, so voilà — EM! As a lifelong east coaster, I am excited to join the Copa family and see a new part of the country. I was drawn to this program for many of the same reasons you’re checking out this website: population, reputation, and location. But the real game-changer was my interview. Despite the virtual setting, the easy-going and fun vibes were palpable through the screen. It was clear that some of the strongest residents in the country were also one big family. We all have a variety of interests, some of mine include: video games (I have a N64 for the original Smash fans out there), trying new restaurants, singing karaoke, hiking, and going all-out on Halloween costumes. Come check us out!
Hey guys, I’m Brady. I grew up in Middleton, Idaho where I met and married my high school sweetheart, Jazra. We have two kids, Brenelee and Bayler, who are not as sweet, but are still pretty cool and made the long hours of medical school worth it. I went to The College of Idaho for undergrad where I played baseball and worked various landscape and excavation jobs. When not training my wife and kids to do cool tricks, I enjoy playing golf, racquetball, basketball, running, mountain biking, and road biking. I am a huge sports fan and named our dog, Mariner, after my favorite baseball team. If you’re reading this, I am guessing you are either interested in Copa or you are putting off board studying/applications like I did. Regardless, let me tell you some of the reasons why I chose Copa. 1) The residents and faculty that I met during my audition rotation were amazing. The atmosphere of the Doc Box was great and you could tell everyone genuinely enjoyed being around each other. 2) The combination of impressive off-service rotations, three elective months, the diverse patient population, and great reputation was something too good to pass up. 3) Year-round golf and bike weather. What more could you want? Come check us out. I think you will fall in love with this place like I did.
Howdy! I’m Dirk. I grew up in Austin, TX, the live music capital of the world, until moving to Dresden, Germany in middle school. When I came back from Deutschland, I decided I should stick around Texas for a while. I joined a BS/MD program at UT San Antonio. In college, I started wakeboarding competitively and picked up about every other sport that involves a board or a bike. When I am not battling gravity, I enjoy cooking, traveling, weight lifting, 2 man sand volleyball and fighting mixed martial arts. My medical school took one look at my hobbies and hastily rushed me to the ED. During medical school I became increasingly interested in health care quality improvement and eventually completed a MPH in conjunction with my MD. I was in the lucky/unlucky class that did not have to travel for interviews because of COVID. Maricopa initially interested me because I wanted to train at a county program that would push me to become the best clinician possible with limited resources and, more superficially, I hate living in cold weather. I did not get to meet the COPA family in person before placing them on my rank list. However, the tight knit, fun loving, hard working culture of COPA still came through the Zoom video calls. When I got a facetime call from all the residents 2 hours after I matched there, I knew I made the right choice. I’m excited to start growing as a doctor, making new connections and experiencing all the Southwest US has to offer. Feel free to reach out with any questions!