Past Research Students

Past Research Students

2017-18

About Me:
My name is Charlie Jedlicka and I am a Junior at WSU studying Movement Science. I grew up in Solon, Iowa (near Iowa City). After graduation I hope to enter an osteopathic medical school, and eventually I would like to specialize in Orthopedics. In my free time I love to golf, hang out with friends, and cheer on my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes!

My Research:
I am working with Nicole Varela, MD and Jennifer Forsyth, DO on the management of perioperative risk in the older age patients. We are focusing on patients 65 and older and trying to devise a comprehensive technique for screening in the preoperative stage patients who may suffer postoperative delirium. We hope to identify several key factors that lead to delirium and devise a way to manage these factors in an attempt to avoid, lessen, or at least properly prepare for their postoperative delirium.

About Me:
I am currently a senior at Winona State University and I will be graduating in the Spring of 2018. I am majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and obtaining a Biochemistry minor. I grew up in a very small town located southwest of Minnesota called Milroy. Growing up in such a small and rural area taught me the value of how important school resources can be. I am happy I ended up in the Winona area because even though it’s small, it still has a lot of resources to offer. I hope to get into medical school someday and become an OB. When I am not doing school related work, I like to read, hike and camp in appropriate weather.

My Research:
I am working with Laurel Quinn, MD. The research we are currently working on focuses on how much astigmatism is induced during cataract surgery in order to make sure the target range after surgery is achieved. Specifically, for this project, we are evaluating how certain incisions can affect surgically-induced astigmatism, if any at all.

About Me:
I am currently a sophomore at Winona State University, but plan to graduate in the Spring of 2018. I am currently majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. Growing up as a Hmong American, I’ve discovered that education is a privilege. Both of my parents were born in Laos and grew up in a society very different from the society here in America. They made me aware that there are many people around the world who do not have access to good healthcare. Listening to their stories while growing up inspired me to become a family doctor and to advocate for programs that will help provide healthcare to low income families around the world by educating others about this issue.

My Research:
I am currently working on a research project with Hans J. Serleth, MD and Catherine Compton, CNP. The research is basically a retrospective analysis of the mastectomies done at Winona Health. The work involves confirming and understanding the determinants of the optimal mastectomy skin flap thickness and reconstructive surgery along with implementing these new ideas with the past surgeries performed at Winona Health. Hopefully, our work will improve the method of surgery and update the general guidelines of mastectomies and reconstructive breast surgeries.

About Me:
I am a Freshman at Winona State University. I am a Cell & Molecular Biology Major and plan to attend medical school upon completion of my undergraduate career. My biggest interest is in radiology and hope to specialize in it in the future. I work hard and I’m glad to be able to participate in research at Winona Health.

My Research:
For my current research project, I am collecting data from Dr. Lee Trombetta’s previous surgeries to determine the effectiveness of a wire versus radioactive seed localization to find the tumor in breast cancer patients and get the best negative margin possible.

About Me:
My name is Dustin Peskey, I am a senior at WSU majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. I grew up in Brookings, South Dakota. I hope to conduct pharmaceutical research or work in a clinical laboratory setting after a few more years of education. I am also a Security Forces member in the Minnesota Air National Guard. In my free time, I love to go fly-fishing, kayaking and hiking with my dog, Loki.

My Research:
I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS, on the use of scheduled screening urine toxicology in opiod-dependent chronic pain patients with focus on determining predictors for synchronous illicit drug use.

About Me:
As a recent graduate of Viterbo University with Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish, I came to Winona Health with a desire to gain exposure to rural medicine. I hail from the Madison, Wisconsin area. I am in the process of applying to medical school, so the Clinical Research Program will be a mainstay of my gap year activities. I am not married to any one specialty yet, but my current vision is to build a career in pediatrics or surgery.

My Research:
With the opioid epidemic being a hot topic in world news, the healthcare community has made concerted efforts to ensure that prescription painkillers are utilized appropriately. Under the mentorship of Nicole Varela, MD, I will be investigating the risk factors that may predispose patients to needing extended opioid use after total knee or hip operations. Understanding these considerations may further elucidate how providers can safely and effectively manage patients’ pain while they recover.

About Me:
I’m from Osseo, Wisconsin, and currently a junior at Winona State University. I am studying allied health biology, with a minor in biochemistry, and after graduation I am planning on attending medical school.

My Research:
I am working with Dr. Ann Falkenberg Olson on an experimental research project involving Winona area women. The project tested how peri-menopausal women responded to BMD testing.

2016-17

About Me:
My name is Katie Ernste and I am a sophomore at Winona State University majoring in Biology-Allied Health. I am on a pre-medicine track, hoping to attend medical school someday. I am from Faribault, MN, which is a small town about an hour south of the cities.

My Research:
I am working with Nicole Varela, MD on a project dealing with Opioid use in the perioperative period. We will specifically be looking at the perioperative management of pain for those individuals getting a total joint operation.

About Me:
isaiahfaasI am from Rochester, Minnesota. I am a senior at Winona State University majoring in movement science. After I graduate I plan on going onto graduate school for physical therapy.

My Research:
My research is comparing traditional femoral nerve blocks versus novel approaches to postoperative pain in primary total knee arthroplasty. I am working with Nicole Beatty, MD.

About Me:
kristenhagleHello! My name is Kristen Hagle, and I am from Andover, Minnesota. I currently am a Senior at Winona State University studying Cell and Molecular Biology. I plan on attending graduate school to become a Physician Assistant.

My Research:
I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS and Matthew Broghammer, DO doing research on post-operative pain control and resumption of activity in inguinal hernia repairs. The main goal of this research project is to determine which technique, laparoscopic or open, is the most patient efficient in terms of pain management.

About Me:
josephhaireI’m a senior cell and molecular biology major from Eagan, Minnesota, but I spend quite some time in the college of business as well. I’m setting myself up to work in medical sales post-graduation but I want to get involved in medical imaging/radiography or sales/service of that type (medical equipment sales/service).

My Research:
My research project is on the use of scheduled screening urine toxicology in opiod-dependent chronic pain patients with focus on determining predictors for synchronous illicit drug use.

About Me:
jackkeiltyMy name is Jack Keilty, a Winona State University Health Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences student set to graduate in the Fall of 2016. I am a native of Sugar Grove, Illinois, and selected Winona State for its exceptional reputation in education and for the vast opportunities in medicine the area provides. After residing in Winona for the past four years, I now know how friendly and special this community is and am contributing back through my research, mentoring through the Restorative Justice program, and coaching the varsity team for the Winona Area Lacrosse Club. I am looking forward to working in a community like this as a general surgeon or a physician specializing in emergency medicine after medical school, which I plan to attend in the Fall of 2018.

My Research:
I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS of the General Surgery department on a retrospective analysis of colonoscopies performed in the last three years. The primary objective of this research is to discover the rate of colonic polyps found at Winona Health. Colonic polyps are small growths in the colon or rectum that are often benign but are the primary source of colorectal cancers. We are also looking for trends in polyp detection to factors such as body mass, age, family history of colorectal cancer, and past history of polyps.

About Me:
I grew up in Chanhassen, MN, and matriculated at Winona State University in the Fall of 2011 as an Elementary Education major. Now, I am a Senior Cell and Molecular Biology major with a Chemistry minor, and I will graduate in the Spring of 2017. Following graduation, I will pursue enrollment in medical school. One day, I hope to have a career that allows me to practice medicine, research, and teach.

My Research:
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a common and often progressive liver disease characterized by inflammation and steatosis (fat accumulation). At present, NASH can only be confirmed through biopsy. We seek to determine the relationship between liver function levels and the severity of NASH. The results may lead to a non-invasive method for detecting NASH. This project is a collaborative effort between Stephanie Leeds, MSIII; Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS; Ronald England, DO; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Vicky Haines, MD; Spencer Treu, and myself.

About Me:
chelsearitterI am Chelsea Ritter and I am a sophomore at Winona State University majoring in Elementary Education Early Childhood, hoping to be a 1st or 2nd grade teacher. I am from La Crosse, Wisconsin and grew up on a farm.

My Research:
My research is on how Forrest yoga helps chronic pain and I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS at Winona Health and Jen Bayer from the University of Iowa.

About Me:
jonathonwodarzMy name is Jonathon Wodarz, I am a Junior at Winona State currently studying Finance and Pre-Med. I am originally from the small river town of Alma, Wisconsin, just a short trip away from Winona. I am very self driven by my love of helping people. My goal is to go to Med School and one day become an MD. I have not fully decided on a specialization since I have quite some time to decide but as of now, I am leaning towards pediatric oncology or child cancer.

My Research:
I currently am working with Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD. We are doing data analysis of the results of past cataract surgeries in order to find the most optimal surgery techniques to provide patients with the best possible results.

WSU student discusses his project at Winona Health's 2018 Student Research Fair.

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Lori Stanislawski
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Spencer Treu
Clinical Research Coordinator/EMT
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