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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.

Libby Abbas, DO

Libby Abbas, DO

Dr. Elizabeth "Libby" Abbas is a board-certified Family Medicine physician practicing in Decorah, Iowa. She received her medical degree and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine.

Dr. Abbas practices the full spectrum of rural family medicine, including outpatient medicine, inpatient hospital care, obstetrics, addiction medicine, integrative medicine and osteopathic manual medicine. She serves as the Osteopathic site director and a community preceptor, bringing along her positive attitude and excitement for osteopathy and teaching.

She enjoys riding her mountain bike, playing music (especially harmonica) with her husband Nick, practicing and teaching yoga and experiencing outdoor adventures of any kind with her two Dobermans, Izzy and Nelly.

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.

Wes Fox, MD

Wes Fox, MD

Dr. Wes Fox was raised in Pittsville, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after studying conservation biology and business. He then went to medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, graduating with a Distinction in Public Health. He completed Gundersen's Family Medicine Residency as a member of the inaugural class. His varied medical interests include preventive medicine, healthcare policy, physician wellness and innovations in primary care delivery. Dr Fox's research and quality initiatives have resulted in presentations for the Obesity Medicine Association in September 2017 and the USC Keck School of Medicine's Innovations in Medical Education Conference in February 2020. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians. 

In his free time, Dr. Fox and his wife like to spend their time visiting national parks, lounging on their favorite beach or traveling to new places. He enjoys Wisconsin pastimes like hunting, fishing, camping, and eating at Friday fish fries.

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, procedures and outpatient clinic.

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

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.

Kenneth S. Yew, MD

Kenneth S. Yew, MD

Dr. Yew is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program in Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Yew has completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a master's degree in Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Yew has special interest in maternity care, sports medicine, obesity prevention, nutrition and lifelong physician leaning. His interest in health disparities has led to his participation in Gundersen Health System's initiatives around social determinants of health and adverse childhood experiences.

He and his wife have six children. He enjoys spending time with family, cross country and downhill skiing, biking, hiking, tennis, fishing, reading and humanitarian missions and travel.

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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