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Emmanuel Mantilla, D.O. Emmanuel "Manny" Mantilla, D.O., is originally from Cebu City, Philippines. He received an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from Velez College before attending medical school at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He hopes to pursue his interests in neuro-oncology while studying at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He enjoys traveling, discovering good places to eat, watching old movies and exploring Kansas City with his wife and his son, Trent. Contact him at
Hala Samman, M.D. Hala Samman, M.D., is from Strongsville, Ohio. She attended the University of Toledo as an undergraduate before going to obtain her medical degree. She is interested in general neurology, clinical neurophysiology, headache and sleep medicine. She enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it is traveling, playing tennis, hiking, or going for a walk with friends. She also loves to entertain and cook when time permits, along with reading a good book. Contact her at
Kristine Domingo, D.O. Kristine Domingo, D.O., spent her childhood in Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to Eagan, Minn., in middle school. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She moved to Kansas City to graduate from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioethics with a D.O. degree and master's degree in bioethics. She enjoys traveling, going on adventures with her fiance, making memories with her Neuro family, and diagnosing people's gait and motions. She is interested in Movement Disorders. She is one of our Co-Chief Residents. Contact her at
Shamik Shah, M.D. Shamik Shah, M.D., is originally from a small city in India named Vadodara. He completed his high school with a major in science and went to the Medical College Baroda in India. After obtaining his medical degree, he received a master's degree in public health from Long Island University. He is interested in stroke, neurocritical care and neuromuscular disorders. He enjoys traveling, fine dining, playing laser tag and skating. He also plays the tabla, an Indian classical drum. Contact him at
Matthew Varon, M.D. Matthew Varon, M.D., is originally from Papillon, Neb. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for his undergraduate education in Spanish and Chemistry before obtaining an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He is interested in cognitive/behavioral and geriatric neurology. He also enjoys woodworking, fly fishing and hiking. He and his wife have a daughter, Eleanor. Contact him at
Amanda Thuringer, D.O. Amanda Thuringer, D.O.,is from Mitchell, S.D. She attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for her undergraduate degree, which she obtained in cell and molecular biology. She went on to obtain a master's degree in biological sciences from the University of South Dakota and a D.O. degree from Des Moines University. She plans to complete a fellowship in Multiple Slerosis at Neuroimmunology at KU. She enjoys gardening, biking, yoga, trying new restaurants in the Kansas City area, and taking her dog to dog parks. Dr. Thuringer is one of our Co-Chief Residents. Contact her at



Dr. Chapin Benjamin Chapin, M.D., graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in social and behavioral and research methodology before earning his medical degree from the Roy J. and Lucille Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. He played ultimate Frisbee at KU when his team qualified for nationals as one of the top 20 teams in the nation. His other interests include reading science fiction, film/animation, camping, running, basketball, volleyball and disc golf.
Dr. Gerson Trevor Gerson, M.D.,is originally from Omaha, Nebraska.  He graduated from Creighton University with a major in Ancient Greek, and went on to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University.  After residency he will be doing a fellowship in Headache Medicine, and is currently active in teh  American Headache Society.  He enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and their adorable son, Gabriel, taking in all of the family-friendly activities in Kansas City.  He also has been an active clown for over 10 years, volunteering at various hospitals and with the Shriners at parades, circuses, and other activities benefiting children.
Dr. Kimrey Kathryn Kimrey, D.O., earned her bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She went on to earn her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, World War II history, reading and movies.
Dr. Massey Brenton Massey, D.O., was born in Voorhees, N.J., but grew up in Oklahoma City. He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He then earned his medical doctorate at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Okla.  Dr. Massey is interested in vascular neurology and neurocritical care and hopes to focus his practice on the care of hospitalized neurology patients.

He enjoys cycling, jazz music, playing guitar and watching Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball.  Contact him at
Dr. Mingbunjerdsuk Prompan Mingbunjerdsuk, M.D., came to the KU Neurology residency program from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her interests include cooking, reading, badminton, swimming and tennis. Contact her at
Dr. Sikowski Mark-Victor Siwoski, M.D., is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended the University of British Columbia for his undergraduate degree in Biology. He went on to study medicine at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. He is interested in neuromuscular disorders, neurophysiology and neuro-immunology. He also enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, rock climbing and weight lifting. Contact him at
Dr. Wachter Nathan Wachter, M.D., is from Carterville, Ill. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for undergraduate studies before going to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill. He is interested in movement disorders. He comes to Kansas City with his wife who is a PGY-1 in Emergency Medicine. He is a big sports fan with his favorite teams being the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, but he is quickly jumping on the Royals and Sporting KC bandwagons. He enjoys exploring all the wonderful activities and restaurants Kansas City has to offer. Feel free to contact him at



Mark Farrenburg Mark Farrenburg, M.D., is originally from Farrenburg, Missouri.  He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Southeast Missouri State University.  He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He is interested in sleep medicine, movement disorders, and general community neurology. He grew up on a farm and enjoys growing most anything. Other personal interests include hunting, baseball, and other outdoor activities.
Weston Gordon, M.D. Weston Gordon, M.D.,is a PGY-2 resident from St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Saint Louis University where he earned both his bachelor of arts degree in biology as well as his medical doctorate with a distinction in research. He plans to pursue a career in academics with an interest in vascular and interventional neurology. Dr. Gordon enjoys playing golf and practicing the saxophone and piano in his free time. He is also an avid St. Louis sports fan and loves to watch Cardinals, Blues, and Billikens games.
Monika Manchanda Monika Manchanda, M.D., is a PGY-2 resident from Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of science degree, Honors, majoring in neuroscience, before obtaining an M.D. from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Her hobbies include traveling, painting, crafts, cooking, exercising and playing sports.
Yana Nesterenko Yana Nesterenko, M.D., is a PGY-2 from Brooklyn, New York. She was born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, and moved to New York when she was eight years old. She received her bachelor's degree from CUNY Hunter College and went on to attend the American University of Antigua for her M.D. degree. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, cooking, and exploring new cities through their culinary offerings.
Joseph Pleen M.D. Joseph Pleen, M.D., was born in Chicago and raised in New Albany, Indiana. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville with a double major in biology and chemistry. He earned a master's degree in biology at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, completing a thesis on snake venom proteomics. He then graduated with his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is interested in a career as a physician scientist after residency and wants to continue participating in international medical development. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys traveling, hiking, running, weightlifting and playing most any sport, as well as writing and playing music.


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Srijan Adhikari, M.B.B.S., is from Nepal, a country in Southeast Asia, lying along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain range. He earned his medical degree from Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal. He moved to U.S. in pursuit of neurology residency, ultimately settling in fun-filled Kansas City. He is interested in pursuing a career in neurocritical care and interventional neurology. He plans to contribute to international neurology through tele-medicine. Srijan is a sport enthusiast and enjoys following European soccer closely. Recently he has developed a keen interest in football and is a KC Chief's fan. Apart from sports, he enjoys movies, music and good food. Together with his wife, he plans to travel extensively. Contact him at
michael bellew Michael Bellew, M.D., was born and raised in Minot, ND. He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK for his undergraduate degree in Biblical Literature and for his Master of Business Administration degree. He earned his medical doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. Michael is interested in headache medicine and traumatic brain injury and hopes to pursue this through fellowship. He enjoys weightlifting, reading a variety of genres, listening to podcasts, playing board games, and cooking. Contact him at
hamza coban Hamza Coban, M.D., was born and raised in Konya, Turkey. He received his medical degree from Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. After medical school, he worked as a research fellow at the University of California Los Angels and studied on hippocampal injuries and cortical microinfarcts in the setting of Alzheimer's disease. He was then transferred to the University of California San Diego as a postdocotoral fellow. He studied cerebral amyloid angiopathy in the setting of HIV associated neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Coban is interested in an academic career as a physician scientist in neuroscience and contribute to improvement of medical practice. He enjoys road trips, hiking, kayaking, and getting together with family and friends.
aissata diawara Aissata "Aisha" Diawara, M.D., is an identical twin, originally from Mali, West Africa. Her family moved to New Jersey when she was ten years old. After receiving a bachelor degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey, she graduated with an M.D. degree from St. James School of Medicine. She spent time in Chicago, IL doing a variety of clinical clerkships and is especially interested in dementia and multiple sclerosis. Aissata's hobbies include cooking a wide range of cuisines and apartment gardening. She is an active person who loves exercising, yoga, traveling, and reading. She also knows five different languages and is enthusiastic about learning more!
nicholas doher Nicholas Doher, D.O., is originally from Lincoln, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Classical Languages. Dr. Doher completed medical school at tthe Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is interested in Epilepsy and Movement Disorders. Dr. Doher is a devout Cornhusker fan and enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and snow skiing.
ryan lay Ryan Lay, M.D., was born in Wichita, KS and was raised in Des Monies, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's in Biology at Iowa State University and earned his M.D. at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine before coming to the University of Kansas Medical Center's Neurology residency program. His interests within the field of Neurology include Stroke, Neuromuscular Medicine, and General Neurology. He also enjoys "disc-ing" (disc golf), regular old golf, any/all movies, podcasts and fiction adventure books such as Sherlock Holmes and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Conctact him at 
vishal saini Vishal Saini, D.O., is a PGY-1 who was born in Maine, but has lived all over the east coast. He went to Penn State for undergrad, majoring in Life Science and Psychology. He was living in Philadelphia before moving to sunny Florida for medical school in Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He now resides in the mid-west for residency with an interest in vascular neruology and possibly interventional neurology later down the road. In his down time, Dr. Saini enjoys cooking, running, drawing, Netflix-ing, and sleeping.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018