Family Medicine Residency Team

Paul Klas, MD

Program Director

Paul Klas

Paul was born and raised in Wisconsin, receiving his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. After training in family medicine at the University of Virginia, Paul fulfilled a NHSC commitment in rural North Carolina. After completing this, he went back into academic family medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Missing direct patient care, Paul joined a full spectrum private practice family medicine clinic for 15 years in Charlottesville, Virginia, caring for a generation of families.

After moving to La Crosse to care for aging parents, he became Chairman of Family Medicine at Gundersen Health System. Sensing this was a great setting for a strong family medicine department, with the help of the Medical Education Office, Paul began the process of developing a family medicine residency. In preparation of overseeing this residency, Paul completed a fellowship for program directors.

Paul has spent a great deal of time participating in international medical work with over 20 trips to Haiti and 10 trips to rural Nicaragua. He also volunteers at the local health mission for uninsured patients.

Paul loves the outdoors including water skiing on the Mississippi River, hiking, running, snow shoeing and spending time with his lovely wife Karen and their grandchild. He is active in a faith community focusing on community development and justice.

Robyn Borge, MD

Robyn Borge

Dr. Borge is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Medical School. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency Program in La Crosse, WI.

Dr. Borge has special interest in pediatrics, women’s health, quality and practice management. She has helped direct the Primary Care Innovations group, which promotes continuous improvement in patient care and office efficiencies.

She and her husband have two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball and rollerblading.

Brandi Strong, MD

Brandi Strong

Dr. Strong is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Strong has interests in full-spectrum rural family medicine: OB, inpatient care, procedures and outpatient clinic.

In her spare time she enjoys quilting, working towards her black belt in karate (a gold belt currently), mountain biking and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Luke Hammell, DO

Lucas Hammell

Lucas Hammell was born and raised in the rural Southeast Minnesota town of Caledonia. After graduating from Loras College with an honors degree and bachelors of science in biology, he went on to earn his osteopathic medical degree at Des Moines University. During his attendance at Des Moines University, Lucas joined the Iowa Air National Guard as a 2ndlieutenant. After graduation, Lucas trained in rural family medicine in Mankato through the University of MN at the local Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital, Immanuel Saint Joseph’s. During this time, Lucas transferred his military service to the Minnesota Air National Guard with the 133rd Medical Group serving as a flight surgeon.

Following completion of his residency training, Lucas began practice in Waseca, MN with Mayo Clinic Health System. During his 3 years of clinical practice at this location, Lucas served the organization on the Practice Governance Committee and the Board of Directors for Mayo Clinic Health System Western Region. Additionally, he served his country abroad deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has also deployed to the Phillipines in support of Operation Balakatan and Qatar in support of the Global War on Terror.

Lucas moved to the La Crosse area in 2012 to begin work at Gundersen Health System. This move provided Lucas and his family the dream of being closer to home, extended family, and the family farm, Freeburg Ridge Angus. He has since resigned from the military after 12 years of service to concentrate on family and work as faculty in the new Gundersen Family Medicine Residency Program.

Lucas enjoys spending time with family, going to the family farm, and canoeing.

Catherine Schuman, PhD

Catherine Schuman

Catherine Schuman, Ph.D. is the Director of Behavioral Science Education for the Family Medicine Residency Program and the Director of Integrated Care for Gundersen Health System. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in health from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego and specialized in behavioral medicine during her fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She was previously the Director of Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Medicine Training at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Director of Sleep Psychology the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care where she was a Clinical Associate Professor in the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Dr. Schuman provides collaborative, collocated and integrated patient care and trains others to do the same through her role as the Director of Behavioral Science Education for the Family Medicine Residency Program and the Director of Integrated Care for Gundersen Health System. Dr. Schuman was an appointed member of the American Psychological Association, Inter-Organizational Work Group on Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care. The work group developed a document that articulates the competencies fundamental to primary care psychology.

Dr. Schuman has published a book, several book chapters and peer reviewed articles about the integration of sleep management into clinical practice and the integration of behavioral health in primary care, the relationship between stress, physical disease, and psychological well-being and impact of health disparities. She co-edited the book, Clinical Handbook of Insomnia, second edition. Most recently she published the article, Integrating Sleep Management in to Clinical Practice in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. She is also the President of the Association of Psychologist in Academic Health Centers.

Dr. Schuman is a beekeeper and has a love of all things outdoors especially gardening.

Paula Ebert

Medical Education Specialist

Paula Ebert

If you have questions on the Family Medicine Residency program, contact Paula.

(608) 775-1540
PMEbert@gundersenhealth.org

Paula is a native of La Crosse, WI. She has worked for Gundersen Health System for more than 11 years, of which 10 years have been in the Medical Education Office coordinating the 3rd and 4th year medical student rotations. She is very excited to be moving into the role of the Family Medicine Residency Coordinator and has been working alongside Dr. Paul Klas to develop an outstanding residency. Paula is looking forward to developing lasting relationships with residents and assisting them with their journey through residency.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, canoeing, gardening, boating on the Mississippi and exploring the many little getaway places in Wisconsin.

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