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  • Writer's pictureTyler Scaff

In Appreciation of the Women in Medicine

HAPPY NEW YEAR! To kick off 2021, we wanted to show off some of our amazing wonder women at Mercy St. Vincent Emergency Medicine Residency!

Dr. Assumpta Nwaneri, MD, MPH is an Emergency Medicine resident at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center. She graduated from University of Toledo College of Medicine, where she performed cancer research that led to four publications during her time in medical school. She balanced this workload with having her first child, and says "having my first baby during my 4th year of med school and into residency is a huge accomplishment for me...hasn't been the easiest, but every day is a journey!"

Dr. Aileen Newmyer and Kris Burgard are pictured here after conducting a high-fidelity obstetric emergency simulation lab for the emergency medicine residents at Mercy Health St Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH. #womeninmedicine


Dr. Aileen Newmyer, MD (the Mandalorian on the left) is an attending physician and faculty member at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo, OH. She graduated from University of Toledo, followed by Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, consistently recognized as one of the top 75 medical schools in the country according to US News and World Report. She completed residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Her career interests include medical simulation and education.


Kristina “Kris” Burgard (the witch on the right), Clinical Research and Simulation Lab Coordinator for St. Vincent’s Medical Center, graduated from Michigan State University Veterinary Technology Program with full certification in September 1991. She began working as a vet tech for St. V’s in 1992. Her initial position was as the Douglass Research Lab Coordinator working with physicians and medical staff developing and conducting research and med staff procedure training labs utilizing live animals. This also entailed the monitoring of, and strict adherence to, strict federal regulations regarding animal use for science and education. In 2001, she pioneered the human patient simulation program at St. V’s when the first human patient simulator was purchased for the emergency medicine residency. This program grew into the dedicated simulation program and medical education facility now utilized by many residency programs as well as LifeFlight, nursing, and respiratory therapy. In 2016, she spearheaded the transition of animal models to donor cadaver models, and now oversees the human cadaver program servicing an average of 600 practitioners to 18 donors per year, encompassing over 90 medical and surgical procedures annually! She has worked in this job for almost 28 years.

In her spare time, Kris continues to develop her knowledge of casting and model-making to create “whatever is needed” for simulation.

Pictured are two of our chief residents this year, Dr. Laura Wilkie and Dr. Kristin DiGioia! #womeninmedicine

Laura Wilkie, DO: - Ohio State University - Biology BS - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Mercy St. Vincent Emergency Medicine Residency

Kristin DiGioia, DO: - University of Florida - Nutritional Sciences BS - Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Mercy St. Vincent Emergency Medicine Residency

2 females. 2 Osteopathic Physicians (DOs). 2 Chief Emergency Medicine Residents. 2 awesome people!

This feature is particularly awesome and unique to the Mercy Health St Vincent EM residency: pictured is one of our all-female LifeFlight crews consisting of (from left to right) Dr. Angeline Modesti, Jen Mullholand, and Meghan Newyear!

Dr. Angeline Modesti, DO: Dr. Modesti earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Chemistry, and graduated Cum Laude from both college and medical school. She is in her final year of EM residency and also serves as a flight physician on our Mercy LifeFlight 4 crew!

Jen Mullholand, RN, BSN, NRP, CFRN has an extensive career history and works closely with our residents to help them learn the world of flight medicine.

Meghan Newyear is a veteran LifeFlight pilot. (She was too humble to share anything else!)


Rachel Hill and Kat Burkett are the administrative assistants for our Emergency Medicine program. They are the most recognizable and friendly faces in the office, and this residency would absolutely not function without their guidance. Their dedication and expertise is irreplaceable!

Rachel Hill

"I have an Associates of Applied Business Degree from Owens Community College. I have worked at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for 28 years! 19 years in Graduate Medical Education and 11 years in Emergency Medicine which has been my favorite job to date!"

Kat Burkett

"Moved to Ohio from New Mexico and I graduated from a technical school with a Business Computer Programmer Certificate. Worked as a computer programmer for three years for the Albuquerque Public School system. Prior to that I worked for engineering firms and before coming to Mercy I worked for a retirement community center. I enjoy my job here as an academic specialist working with all the residents and students. Our residency program is the best!"

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