Kelsey Eklund, MD – Vascular
Kelsey was born and raised in Wichita, KS. She attended Denison University in Ohio for her undergraduate studies, where she swam competitively and earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and her Neurology residency at the University of Colorado. She is extremely excited to continue her training at the University of Colorado as a Vascular Neurology fellow and ultimately is interested in becoming a neurohospitalist with a specialization in stroke and an emphasis on medical education. Outside of the hospital, Kelsey enjoys all the standard Colorado activities, such as hiking, trail running, cycling, visiting state parks, listening to live music at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and petting all the dogs she encounters.
Ben Simpson, MD - Epilepsy
Ben grew up in Louisiana and received his bachelor’s in chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Rice University. He returned to Louisiana for medical school, graduating from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans prior to completing his internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. A lover of national parks and other public lands, he has a special interest in caring for the residents of Colorado and the mountain West.
Austin Momii, MD – Vascular
Austin Momii, MD is a fellow in vascular neurology at the University of Colorado. He also completed a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at the University of Colorado. Dr. Momii’s clinical and scientific interests are in the relationship between the cerebrovascular system and neurodegenerative disease.
Brooke Heffernan, MD - Movement Disorders
Originally from Kansas City, Brooke moved to Colorado to be closer to family and the mountains. She completed medical school at the University of Kansas and Residency at the University of Colorado. She served as a Chief Neurology Resident her last year, and has a particular interest in resident well-being. Her academic research has mostly involved Palliative Care and Huntington's Disease. Brooke's interests include hiking with my chocolate lab, cooking, gardening, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.
Antonia Pusso, MD - Movement Disorders
Antonia was born and raised in Virginia. She obtained her bachelor degree in Neuroscience at University of Virginia, VA. She went to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD for two years prior to medical school, and then returned to Virginia where she completed medical school at University of Virginia. She completed her medical internship and neurology residency in Boston at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. In her free time, Antonia enjoys listening to podcasts, cross stitching, hiking, biking, and exploring outdoors.
Mike grew up in the New York City area. He received his bachelor’s in
psychology and Masters of Medical Sciences from Boston University. He completed medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York
and then finished his neurology residency at North Shore University Hospital/Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, New York where he served as chief resident his final year. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, biking,
metal music, going to live music shows, tasting and brewing craft beers.
Matthew Woodward, MD - Movement Disorders
Matthew grew up in the Philadelphia area with all sorts of pets (cats, dogs, birds, lizards, goats, etc). He went to Penn State University where he was on the boxing team and graduated with a BS in Biology. He went to Drexel University College of Medicine for medical school, followed by University of Maryland Medical Center for Neurology residency. He is excited to be here for his Movement Disorders fellowship. In his spare time, he keeps up a little with boxing, watches an eclectic mix of TV/movies, goes to live music (rock, indie, pop punk), pretends to still have the regular know-how for rock climbing, and listens to comedy/ improv/history podcasts.
Allison Wheeler, MS, CGC – Genetic Counseling
Allison is from the Bay Area, California and completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Davis. Allison worked as a genetic counseling assistant with GeneDx’s whole exome sequencing and research teams before completing her genetic counseling graduate training at the University of California, San Francisco, during which she was also the first genetics trainee in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at UC Davis. In her free time, Allison is a fiber artist and equestrian and enjoys backpacking, reading, and sustainable living.
Bridget Ollesch, MD – Movement
I was born in central Illinois. I received my undergraduate degree in religious studies at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. I then completed my medical school at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. I left the Midwest to do my residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I am excited to continue my training in Movement Disorders at the University of Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and cycling with my husband and my dog.
John “Kyle” Jenkins, MD, MPH – Headache
Kyle grew up in Mississippi before completing his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College with a major in neuroscience. He completed a dual degree MD/MPH program at Tulane before moving to Denver for his neurology residency. Kyle’s clinical interests include the management of complex and refractory headache and facial pain disorders in addition to improving access to subspecialty care. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys fly fishing and fly tying in addition to biking, running, and most all of the amazing recreational opportunities Colorado has to offer.
Michael Gilhooley, MB, PhD, FRCOphth – Neuro-Ophthalmology
I was born and brought up in a small whisky town in Scotland â€“ but working for Johnnie Walker wasn’t for him, so after high school, he left for England... An interest in neuroscience was sparked during his undergraduate (and medical school) training at Cambridge and solidified during his internship years in Glasgow. Subsequently, he joined the integrated academic ophthalmology residency at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and incorporated a PhD at Oxford, postdoctoral research and a period at Queen Square within the programme. Most recently, his research has focused on the role of the melanopsin system in the context of inherited optic neuropathies. After many years in central London, Michael is looking forward to training so close to the beautiful outdoors of Colorado, with world class neurology and ophthalmology faculty & colleagues. Oh, and eventually learning to drive on the “right” side of the road…a 2024 Ellison Cliffe Travelling Fellow Award, Michael is also generously supported by the TFC Frost Trust.
Molly Moehlman, MD – Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
Dr Moehlman completed medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Campus, and Child Neurology residency at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. She is a recipient of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Clinical Fellowship.
Morgan Farley, MD – Behavioral
I received my undergraduate education at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and my medical education at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. I completed my internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Adult Neurology at the University of Colorado and am happy to continue my training here with the Behavioral Neurology group in fellowship.
Ondrea Timmerman, MD – Movement
Ondrea was born and grew up in West Virginia, obtaining her bachelor's degree in biology from Alderson Broaddus University and medical degree from WVSOM. She then moved to Illinois to complete her Neurology residency where she realized her interest in Movement Disorders. To meet her aspiration of becoming a Movement Disorder expert, she finds her way to Colorado to further her education and training. In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening, birding, and hiking.
Paul Crane, MD – Neuro-Infectious Disease
Paul has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah, where he then pursued medical school and residency. Paul and his wife Rachel recently welcomed their baby girl, Darcy, into the world, and they are excited to explore the beautiful landscapes of Colorado. Outside of his professional pursuits, Paul finds fulfillment in playing the violin and connecting to nature alongside his family and friends. Academically, he is eager to delve deeper into the realms of Neuro-Infectious Disease and Autoimmune Neurology, furthering his knowledge and expertise in these fields.
Ross Crandall, MD – Neurohospitalist
Ross grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Inspired by a mission of blending science in humanism, he attended medical school at the University of Colorado, where he came to love neurology for its humanism and correlates to his previous studies as an engineer. Ross was inspired by the neurohospitalist mission of obtaining mastery of a breadth and depth of neurological conditions and the rich trainee environment of inpatient service. He loves his fellowship and its opportunities to hone complex clinical decision making, formal and informal education, leadership, mentorship, scholarship, and systems of care. He is planning to continue his career as an academic neurohospitalist in his home of Minneapolis. In his spare time, Ross loves following the Minnesota Vikings, vinyl records, specialty coffee, and bonding with friends and family.
Rumyar V. Ardakani, MD – Neuroinfectious Disease & Autoimmune Neurology
Rumyar is a clinical fellow in neuroinfectious disease and autoimmune neurology at the University of Colorado. He is originally from Arkansas and completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Arkansas. He then completed a neurology residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, serving as academic chief resident in his final year. In addition to his interests in neuroinfectious disease and autoimmune neurology, Rumyar is also passionate about medical education. He is excited to pursue his academic interests during fellowship and also excited to explore Colorado!
Scott Rosenthal, MD – Headache
Scott grew up in rural Pennsylvania and attended Penn State for his undergraduate and master's degrees. He went to Wake Forest for medical school and completed his pediatric neurology residency at University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital of Colorado. He is splitting his time between being a pediatric neurohospitalist and a headache fellow. His research interest is clinical efficacy in the treatment of headache.
Zahir Sheikh, MD – Neuro-Ophthalmology
I was born in Texas on a cool October morning. The year was 1993, and Beanie Babies were going on sale. I was raised from about the 1st to the 8th grade in Ontario, Canada, eh. Moved to New Jersey for a few years, then completed my undergraduate and medical education in Indiana. From there I was lucky to complete my Neurology Residency training at Penn State Medical Center in Hershey PA, where the air commonly smelled of warm Reese's cups, and occasionally of fresh fertilizer. I married my wife, Ana, just before the start of medical school, and now we have 2 dogs, Lili and Panda. We like to hike, walk, travel, eat out far too often, and hang out with friends and family. Ana is currently trying to teach me Spanish, and I am also trying to learn Japanese for a trip I would like to take soon (it's not going very well). I’ve started my Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship under the amazing Fellowship Director, Dr. Pelak.