A graduation ceremony was recently held for 14 physicians in the Saint Louis University (SLU) Family Medicine Residency Program practicing at HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Graduates were noted and thanked for their dedication and commitment to providing high-quality care to patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital during the three-year training program and especially acknowledged for the extraordinary work they did during an unprecedented global pandemic.

“St. Elizabeth's is privileged to be a teaching hospital for the Saint Louis University program that partners with Scott Air Force Base and SIHF Healthcare to train new graduate physicians to become independent, experienced physicians,” noted Chief Medical Officer Vinay Bhooma, MD. “This class has faced the challenges of a pandemic head on; they have shown great tenacity and resilience to the unknown. The composure they showed, has been an important piece of how we, as an entire hospital, worked through the COVID-19 crisis.”

In addition to the graduation ceremony, St. Elizabeth’s awarded the 2022 Franciscan Spirit Award to Captain Danyelle N. Beltz, DO.  The award annually recognizes one resident who truly lives the Mission of St. Francis and the Hospital Sisters, and best exemplifies the Core Values of St. Elizabeth's Hospital: Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. Nominations are collected from clinical staff and other colleagues who have worked with the residents during their residency to determine the recipient. 

Dr. Beltz was noted through numerous nominations which spoke to her compassion for everyone she meets. She cares deeply for patients and goes above and beyond expectation to ensure dignity and respect. Her unwavering positive attitude and dedication was acknowledged and is truly an embodiment of the Franciscan spirit. 

The 2022 SLU Family Medicine Residency Program graduates include:   

  • Captain Danyelle N. Beltz, DO, is a graduate of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado, Capt. Beltz has been assigned to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. 
  • Gregory D. Daum, DO, is a graduate of A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Daum will practice in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Captain Samantha G. Daum, DO, is a graduate of A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Capt. Daum has been assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
  • Captain Colin M. Hart, MD, is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Capt. Hart has been assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
  • Molly M. Henson, MD, is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, Capt. Dr. Henson will practice at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vacaville, California. 
  • Kandace C. LaMonica, MD, is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. Dr. LaMonica will practice at the Judson Health Center in Manhattan, New York. 
  • Captain Jill D. London, DO, F.A.W.M., is a graduate of University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. Capt. London has been assigned to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
  • Captain Daniel J. Parr, MD, is a graduate of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Vermillion, South Dakota. Capt. Parr has been assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
  • Robinder S. Sahi, MD, is a graduate of Saba University School of Medicine in The Bottom, Saba, Caribbean Netherlands. Dr. Sahi will practice as a Hospitalist with the Vituity group in Greenville and Effingham, Illinois.
  • Jeffrey M. Schenck, DO, is a graduate of the University of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. Following a summer/fall Illinois Army National Guard deployment, Dr. Schenck will engage in outpatient practice with HSHS Medical Group in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and part-time Hospitalist practice with Vituity group at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon Illinois.
  • Captain Nelson E. Shreve, MD, is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Capt. Shreve has been accepted into the Sports Medicine fellowship program at Travis Air Force Base, California.
  • Mehwish Siddiqui, MD, is a graduate of Saba University School of Medicine in The Bottom, Saba, Caribbean Netherlands. Dr. Siddiqui has been accepted into the Geriatrics Medicine fellowship program at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Captain Taran W. Silva, DO, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Capt. Silva has been assigned to a faculty position at the Family Medicine Residency Program at Travis Air Force Base, California.
  • Major Eric V. Spendlove, DO, is a graduate of University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky. Capt. Spendlove has been assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan. 

Other awards presented at the graduation ceremony included: 

  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year: Captain Colin M. Hart, MD
  • The E. Charles Robacker Family Medicine Graduate: Captain Jill D. London, DO
  • Intern of the Year:  Captain Alisha N. Provost, DO
  • Family Medicine Residency Faculty of the Year (2 winners this year): Noah M. Cooperstein, MD, and Julie A. Creech, DO
  • Volunteer Faculty of the Year: Kenneth G. Reinert, MD

To learn more about the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency program and other St. Elizabeth’s teaching hospital programs, visit here

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