Jonathan Rubenstein was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but came to us from Brooklyn, New York. He attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec earning his Bachelor of the Arts degree in History. He completed his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Jonathan’s interests include mountain climbing, hiking, basketball, and meditation. He is also a host for an NBA podcast.
Kevin Kilroy, MD
Kevin Kilroy was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, but has been living in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his BA in American Studies, with honors, at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and completed his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Kevin is married to Nicole Mader and his interests lie in music, film, visual art history, photography, animals, and cooking.
Kamolika Roy, MD
Kamolika Roy is from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts where she majored and earned her BS in both Neuroscience and Biology. She went on to Boston University School of Medicine, completing her master’s thesis, and then on to St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada to complete her medical degree. She was selected by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) as one of its 2020 AAGP Honors Scholars. Kamolika’s hobbies include live music, travel, visual art, yoga and postcolonial South Asian literature.
Maranda Stokes, MD
Maranda Stokes was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She attended Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee where she earned a BS in Biology. She went on to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine to where she completed her medical degree. Maranda is married to Christopher Parchman and she enjoys hiking, traveling, taking care of her pets, and reading.
Class of 2023
Samicchya Adhikari, DO
Sami Adhikari was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and later in childhood moved to Rolling Meadows, IL. She earned her BS in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She then completed her MS in Biomedical Sciences at Kansas City University and subsequently completed her medical degree there as well. During medical school, she also concurrently completed an MBA in Healthcare Leadership through Kansas City University’s DO/MBA partnership program with Rockhurst University. Sami enjoys running, fitness, being outdoors, cooking and reading.
Ryan Meeder, MD
Ryan Meeder was born in Palos Park, Illinois. He attended University of Miami, Coral Gables where he majored and earned a BS in both Marine Science and Biology. He went on to American University of the Caribbean, where he completed his medical degree. He enjoys traveling and tries to find time to take a trip with his college roommates every few years, their most recent escapades have taken them to Iceland and Japan.
Nicholas Rogers, DO
Nicholas Rogers was raised in Aurora, Illinois. He earned his BS in Biology from Olivet Nazarene University. After college, he worked in the flavor chemistry industry for 2 years. He then went back to school and earned his DO at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. Any of his free time is quickly filled up with his many hobbies including: gardening, hiking, muskellunge fishing, collecting retro video games, brewing beer and wine with his father and grandfather, contemplating the philosophical content of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes, hanging out with his pet birds, and dancing with his fiancé Jamie.
Caleb Weiss, DO
Caleb is from Damiansville, Illinois. He completed his BA in Biology at Saint Louis University, and earned his DO from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. During his free time, Caleb enjoys playing video games, binging both television shows and films, trying new restaurants, keeping up with Saint Louis sports, and attending trivia nights.
Class of 2024
Elizabeth Edwards, MD
Elizabeth Edwards was born and spent a significant portion of her childhood growing up in Eastern Europe. She studied Psychology with a focus on neuroscience during her undergraduate time at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she assisted in research investigating the functional and neurological signs of depression. During her time as a medical student at UICOM-Peoria, she participated in the Rural Student Physician Program where she completed a scholarly project mapping the availability of medication-assisted treatment and behavioral counseling services to pregnant women with substance use disorder as part of the statewide Illinois perinatal initiative. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, getting to know the Peoria community, and finding the best salsa dancing in town.
Dustin Pilat, DO
Dustin Pilat was raised in Glenview, IL. He attended Loyola University Chicago where he earned his BS in Biology with a minor in Psychology. He went on to earn his DO at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, MO. In his free time, Dustin enjoys video games, board games, virtual reality, biking, jet skiing, cooking with his fiancée Nicolette, and playing with his cat, Onyx.
Abigail Sebald, MD
Abigail Sebald was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. She earned her BS in health sciences at Purdue University. She went on to earn her MD at American University of the Caribbean. In her free time Abigail likes to play disc golf with her husband Dan, and their 3 kids. She also enjoys board games, hiking, and exploring new ice cream shops around Peoria.
Class of 2025
Michelle Famakinwa, MD
Michelle Famakinwa was raised in Westchester Illinois. She attended The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her BS in molecular and cellular biology. She went on to The University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria to complete her medical degree. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, fitness, and watching documentaries.
Grace Kumor, MD
Grace Kumor was raised in Morris, Illinois. She earned her BS in Biology from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame, Indiana. She went on to earn her M.D. from Southern Illinois University. She enjoys taking walks, playing with her cats, Pepper and Quail, and playing video games.
Alexa Pronga, MD
Alexa grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was also a member of their Swimming and Diving Team. She went on to complete medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, weightlifting, playing with her Labrador Retrievers, and trying new restaurants.
Sara Xu, MD
Sara Xu was born in Houston, TX and grew up in Rochester, NY. She earned a BA in East Asian Studies at the University of Rochester and completed medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. In her free time, Sara enjoys playing video games, reading sappy romances, learning to draw, listening to podcasts about the world, and finding new ways to entertain her rabbit.