Meet Our Residents
PGY1 Residents – Swedish Medical Center – General Surgery Residency 2017-2018
Travis Bouchard, DO, is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was a Doctors for Maine's Future scholarship recipient 2013-2017. He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Maine. He continued his graduate education at West Virginia University studying Biomedical Science with a concentration in vascular physiology before pursuing medical school. He and his wife Jessica are natives to the state of Maine. His interests outside of surgery include: Hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, traveling, hunting, fishing, and landscape photography.
Christine Chung, DO, is a graduate of Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She graduated cum laude from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It was there where she started a non-profit chapter of Global Brigades, planned and participated in medical missions to Central America, and solidified her passion to pursue medicine. After college, she worked as an EMT-B and ED scribe for 3 years prior to medical school. She is a Southern Californian native and enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, reading, photography, and exploring new restaurants and museums. She also has a passion for writing and hopes to continue chronicling her reflections on her journey in medicine as well as author her first book in the next year.
Rachael Galvin, DO, MPH, is a graduate of A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. She grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. Before starting medical school, Rachael earned her B.A. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in English from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She then moved to California, where she started her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Touro University – California. She completed her MPH through the DO/MPH dual-degree program at A.T. Still University College of Health Sciences. Rachael completed her clinical years in Hawaii where she enjoyed surfing, hiking, and traveling in her free time. Her other interests include photography, cooking, and spending time with her family and two dogs.
PGY2 Residents – Swedish Medical Center – General Surgery Residency 2017-2018
Allan Nguyen DO, is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Allan was born and raised in Aurora, CO. He moved to southern California with his family in 2001. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from the University of California in Irvine. Allan attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA for medical training and also earned an MS in Medical Sciences. In his free time, Allan loves spending time with his family and friends. He is a die-hard Broncos fan and enjoys tinkering with computers and cars.
Krislyn Foster, DO, is a graduate of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Before starting medical school, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. After graduating from college, she moved to the Big Island of Hawaii where she completed a second bachelor’s degree and a subsequent Masters of Science degree in nursing. As a nurse practitioner, she stayed in Hawaii practicing in a rural underserved community, in both pediatrics and hospice and palliative care. Her dedication to medicine and desire to become a surgeon encouraged her to continue her education and fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a physician. In addition to academics and medicine, Krislyn loves outdoor activities including swimming, paddle boarding, running, hiking and biking. She is looking forward to spending the next part of her life in beautiful Colorado, pursuing her passion for surgery.
Laura Stearns, DO, is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She grew up in Andover, MN. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition science from Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. When she was 16 years-old, she started working in healthcare as a nursing assistant in a nursing home. Her career progressed to a nursing assistant at North Memorial Hospital and then as an emergency room technician at the University of MN Medical Center and the University of MN Masonic Children’s Hospital. Laura has also completed medical mission trips in Ecuador and Kenya before attending Des Moines University. Outside of school she enjoys spending her time with her dog, Axel, and fiancé Charlie. In the future she plans on being a surgical critical care doctor to help patients and families during some of the most stressful times of their lives.
PGY3 Residents – Swedish Medical Center – General Surgery Residency 2017-2018
Ronit Bassa, DO, is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California in Santa Cruz, California. She is a native of Los Angeles. In medical school she was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was given a TOUCH (Translating Osteopathic Understanding Through Community Health) award in 2013. Her interests include beach volleyball, running, biking, cooking and traveling. She is advanced in her speaking of Hebrew and Spanish languages.
Thaddeus Liniewicz, DO, is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education in biology at the Master’s College in Santa Clara, California, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is a native of Lake Forest, Illinois. In medical school he received an academic excellence scholarship from 2012-2015. His interests include cycling, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, going to concerts and playing video games. He speaks some basic Spanish.
Laura Peck, DO, is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and in creative writing from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. She also has a master’s degree in social work. She has received awards for her poetry. Her interests are in acoustic guitar and musical composition, sewing and crocheting, acrylic and watercolor painting, and she is a Crossfit member.
PGY4 Resident – Swedish Medical Center – General Surgery Residency 2017-2018
Cara Davies, DO, was born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. She received her medical education at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia after attending the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, where she majored in anthropology and pre-medical studies. Having completed the first three years of her general surgery residency at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, she and her husband Brice are delighted to find themselves in Denver. Outside of the hospital, Cara enjoys all things outdoors, college football, good food, and live music.
PGY5 Residents – Swedish Medical Center – General Surgery Residency 2017-2018
Mallory Meyer, DO, is a graduate of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs & Mexico City, Mexico, but also calls Wisconsin & Colorado home. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was also a member of the swim team. After attending medical school at RVUCOM, she completed 4 years of general surgery residency at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She is looking forward to joining the team at Swedish Medical Center for her final year of residency. She plans to practice general surgery, with recurrent involvement in disaster relief and international medicine. Her other interests include cycling, running, snowboarding, and traveling.
Dante Dali, DO, is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In medical school he was a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) National Osteopathic Honor Society, GOLD Humanism Honors Society, and a member of Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). He grew up in Nigeria, West Africa. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology chemistry at Manchester University. While at Manchester he played soccer, and was named academic all-conference NCAA and a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma-National College Athletic Honor society. In his spare time, he enjoys pick-up soccer, ping pong and is passionate about international surgical missions. Dante completed the first 4 years of his surgical education at Mercy Medical Center Des Moines.