Obstetrics & Gynecology

MSC 10 5580
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131


2018 OB/GYN Residents

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment and to the Department of OB/Gyn at the University of New Mexico Health and Sciences Center! As the only medical school and Ob/Gyn residency program in a large rural state, we are privileged to serve a very diverse group of women with a wide range of significant pathology. Our graduates are prepared for anything, whether they are looking for careers in general obstetrics and gynecology or are continuing their education within any of the subspecialties.

Through the pages below, you can get to know our current residents, graduates, what makes our program special, and why we love living in the southwest. For more specific program statistics, please visit our APGO Residency Directory page. Still have questions? Feel free to contact our Residency Coordinator, Virginia Villega.

Current Residents

Class of 2019 - Chief Residents

Meghan (Meg) Beddow, M.D.
Meghan (Meg) Beddow, M.D.

New to the southwest, I grew up in Cleveland and completed medical school at The Ohio State University. I have a strong interest in global health and working with undeserved populations, which is part of what drew me to New Mexico (along with the beautiful outdoors, friendly and down-to-earth people, and unbeatable weather). In my free time, I enjoy painting, hiking, Latin dance, travel, and new and interesting foods and people.

Erin Bell, M.D.
Erin Bell, M.D.

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, but I lived in Georgia and Texas before coming back to New Mexico for medical school. OB/Gyn was a natural choice for me. I enjoy the balance between clinic, L&D, and surgery. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, Crossfit, soccer, quilting, graphic design, woodworking, and skiing.

Jennifer Haase, M.D.
Jennifer Haase, M.D.

I am a native New Mexican and was born and raised in Albuquerque. I went to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for medical school. I like cooking and enjoy spending my free time outside with my dog. Albuquerque is so spectacularly dog friendly! I am excited to be delving into my residency training and want to be a general obstetrician/gynecologist after graduation.

Mariam Savabi, M.D.
Mariam Savabi, M.D.

My passion for social justice and women’s rights drove me to the field of OB/Gyn.  I intend on using my education and experiences in public health and medicine to create effective medical interventions related to family planning access and maternal mortality domestically and globally. I plan on dedicating my career to addressing emergency obstetric services, contraception access, and abortion care.

Laura Tedrick, M.D.
Laura Tedrick, M.D.

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho where I spent my childhood exploring the abundant nature just out my backdoor. A love for the mountains and outdoor activities led me to Bozeman, Montana for my undergraduate studies where—between hiking, skiing and trying new hobbies like fly fishing and snowshoeing—I earned degrees in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Spanish Language and Literature. During medical school at the University of Washington, I discovered my passion for women’s health and advocating for women’s rights. I was drawn to New Mexico for the natural beauty of the area and the warmth of the people- both the patient population and the faculty. When I am not at the hospital, I can be found running, hiking, skiing, tending to my ever-wilting plants or cooking. My husband and I are excited to become involved in the communities of New Mexico and explore the many unique cultural and outdoor possibilities offered by the Land of Enchantment!

Daniel (Danny) Weinberg, M.D.
Daniel (Danny) Weinberg, M.D.

Moving to New Mexico after growing up in South Carolina has been a great adventure for me. The people here are warm, funny, and create a laid-back environment where I really feel that I can thrive. My interests are broadly related to promoting women's health as a mechanism of improving public health for all. Specifically, I am fascinated in how our external environment affects many aspects of women's health - from healthy development of pregnancy to risk factors for cancer. New Mexico provides a great opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and to think about how their unique environments affect their patterns of disease. I love spending time outdoors, cooking, and playing music. My wife is currently studying Chinese Medicine, and we hope to work together over the long term towards a more holistic idea of healthcare

Class of 2020

Alex Lusk, MD

Alex Lusk, M.D.

I am from New Mexico, but have lived in many places before returning. I had the opportunity to practice as an intern OBGYN resident in rural Eastern Tennessee with the East Tennessee State University OBGYN program and grew to love the Blue Ridge Mountains and all they had to offer. I will miss all my patients, attendings, and co-residents. I am, however, ecstatic to be returning to my roots in the Land of Enchantment and have the opportunity to care for women in the Southwest. I love MFM and FPMRS, but I am keeping my options open as far as pursuing fellowship or becoming a generalist. In my free time I love spending time with friends and family, backpacking, skiing, surfing, climbing, and trail running

Alis Asatryan, MD
Alis Asatryan, MD

I spent my childhood in Armenia and moved to Los Angeles when I was fifteen years old. I went to college in Northern California and to medical school in Virginia. I am very passionate about all aspects of women’s healthcare and look forward to training at such a well-balanced and supportive program. Outside of work I love traveling, running, hiking and most outdoor activities. I also enjoy latin dancing though am a perpetual beginner. I am very close with my family and visit California often to play with my nieces and nephew.

Elizabeth Garchar, M.D.
Elizabeth Garchar, M.D.

I am a native northern New Mexican from Santa Fe.  I have always had a passion for my fellow women and love that OB/Gyn's share in some of the most poignant moments in women's lives.  Some of my hobbies are reading, running and spednding time with my family.  A fun fact about me is I have circumnavigated Catalina Island in a sea kayak as a camp counselor.

Brenna McGuire, M.D.
Brenna McGuire, M.D.

Hello! My name is Brenna McGuire and I grew up in Albuquerque, NM.  I spent my college years at Cornell in Ithaca, NY and did research at UCLA before coming back to New Mexico for Medical School.  My future professional interests include rural and community healthcare, family planning and global health.  I chose OB/Gyn as a specialty because I enjoy the combination of primary care and surgical experience and I love working with women of all ages.  In my free time I enjoy hiking with my dogs, running, cycling and traveling.

Hannah Palm, M.D.
Hannah Palm, M.D.

I grew up in San Jose California, which is why I love mountains and redwoods and avocados.  I chose OB/Gyn as an avenue to be a strong advocate for women's health, and I look forward to a career in underserved and international health.  I travel abroad any chance I get, love to dance salsa and bachata, and have a twin sister who looks nothing like me.  I am so excited to start my future as an OB/Gyn at UNM!

Charlotte Pickett, M.D.

I was born and raised in Northern California.  Drawn to community advocacy and work in resource poor settins, I completed a rural track for my medical education at the University of California, Davis.  I've always been passionate about women's health.  The field of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers everything I desire in a specialty: continuity of care, diversity of practice, and the technical challenge of mastering a surgical skill-set.  I feel incredibly privileged to care for women of all ages and backgrounds.  Health is a human right; we all deserve quality, evidence-based, and compassionate care.  In my spare time I can be found laughing with friends and family, climbing moutains or trying new foods.  I am thrilled to be starting my residency at University of New Mexico!

Class of 2021

Sujata Chouinard, MD
Sujata Chouinard, MD

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, I attended medical school at Boston University. I have a strong interest in Family Planning and am excited to explore this interest at UNM. When I am not at the hospital, I enjoy hiking and camping as well as indoor activities like baking and crocheting.

Ashley Jaramillo-Huff, MD
Ashley Jaramillo-Huff, MD

I was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM but went to college and graduate school at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. I spent three years doing neuroimaging research prior to starting medical school at UNM. I chose OB/Gyn since it has the continuity of care, balance of medicine and surgery, integration of public health, and breadth of research opportunities that I desire in a career. I am interested in academic medicine, advocacy, and pursuing fellowship. My favorite thing to do is fish while enjoying the beauty of the Land of Enchantment.

Margaret Magill-Collins, MD
Margaret Magill-Collins, M.D.

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, but have since lived in some of the sunniest places in the country – traveling to UC San Diego for undergrad and the University of Colorado for graduate and medical school. In Denver I collected many pets as well as a husband, and am now bringing all of them with me to another amazingly sunny state! I am so excited by all that UNM has to offer, including wonderful faculty and an incredibly interesting patient population. I hope to someday work with a wide breadth of patients, including rural and underserved communities. In my free time I love to cook, get outdoors, try new restaurants and breweries, take the random yoga or salsa dance class, and travel the world as much as possible.

Ashley Williams-Hernandez, MD
Ashley Williams-Hernandez, MD

I grew up in the Lowcountry of Georgia and studied Biology and Classical Dance at Agnes Scott College. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, I served as an educator with Teach For America and continued teaching for several years. My interest in healthcare - women’s health advocacy, health equity and access for underserved populations, and global health – are a direct reflection of my experience as an educator. Completely new to the experience of living in the Southwest, my husband and I are looking forward to exploring the area.

Jocelyn Wu, MD
Jocelyn Wu, MD

My interest in women’s empowerment began during a Social Inequality and Stratification course at a community soup kitchen in Lima, Peru. Women will always need an advocate and I love the special privilege that OB-Gyn’s have to witness and accompany women through some of the most joyful and vulnerable moments of their lives. While global health initially drew me to the surgical aspect of OB-Gyn, I am also interested in care access for patients with substance use in pregnancy and building sustainable and meaningful service-learning in global/local health. I require walks and have love for talk radio, non-fiction, and Ella Fitzgerald. I am from Tacoma, Washington and a proud graduate of Creighton School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. I feel honored to join this field and am incredibly excited to serve the women of New Mexico!

Kate Yoder, MD

I am ecstatic to be joining the UNM family! I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but consider Scotland and New Orleans to be my second homes! I was drawn to Ob/Gyn because of my belief that the well-being of women and girls reflects the health of a society. My professional interests include sex education and integrative medicine. In my spare time, I love to hike and dance!

Class of 2022

Patricia ‘Tricia’ Black, MD
Patricia ‘Tricia’ Black, MD

I was born in Memphis, TN, and attended undergrad at Clemson University in South Carolina where I studied Environmental and Natural Resources. I took two years off before medical school and was able to work a series of odd jobs including the botanical garden, a trucking company, and a cleaning service. I returned to Memphis to complete medical school at the University of Tennessee, where I developed a passion for Women's health and advocacy. This eclectic background has helped me appreciate patient diversity. I hope to combine my passion for environmental justice and human rights while completing residency at University of New Mexico. What I like about this program is the sincerity of the residents and faculty to help their patients in any way possible. I'm also looking forward to exploring the Land of Enchantment in my time off.

Ashlee Candelaria, MD, MPH
Ashlee Candelaria, MD, MPH

I am a native New Mexican and left briefly to attend college in Flagstaff, Arizona before returning to the Land of Enchantment for medical school. I love the meaningful relationships that we develop with women, the procedural aspect, and the countless opportunities for advocacy that OBGYN has to offer. I am thrilled to be starting residency in a program that is committed to social justice and working with such a diverse population of women. Outside of the hospital, you are most likely to find me on the trail running, hiking, or camping with my husband and two rescue dogs.

Karen Chong, MD
Karen Chong, MD

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, studied Molecular Environmental Biology and Theater at UC Berkeley, and did clinical research at UCSF for a few years before bursting the California bubble for medical school at the University of Rochester in western New York. Women’s Health drew me in with its unique combination of surgery and primary care as well as the prospect of empowering women who have long empowered me. I’m particularly passionate about family planning and reproductive rights and their impact on community and global health and social justice. In my spare time you can find me trying unsuccessfully to conquer my fear of heights through climbing, backpacking, and hiking. I am certain the women and mesas of New Mexico will help me fulfill my dreams and am honored to be part of the UNM family!

Sylvia Hu, MD
Sylvia Hu, MD

I am excited to start a new chapter in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico. My family moved quite a bit during my childhood, but I call Utah my home. I chose to pursue a career in Ob/Gyn because I enjoy the wide scope of medical practice that is dedicated to healing and advocating for women of all ages and backgrounds. My professional interest includes maternal mortality, oncology, medical school education and expanding access to Ob/Gyn care, both internationally and locally. In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, dancing, baking, and reading

Francisco Izquierdo, MD
Francisco Izquierdo, MD

I was born in Albuquerque, NM, but I grew up in Florida. After attending undergrad at Florida State (Go Noles!) I followed my parents back to Albuquerque where I attended medical school. The diverse patient population combined with the mission at UNM to care for those patients, particularly the underserved, fueled my desire to want to stay here to continue my training. In my spare time I enjoy reading, lifting, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with family.

Alison McGough-Maduena, MD
Alison McGough-Maduena, MD

I was born and raised in Placitas, NM, a wonderful community just north of Albuquerque. I found my home away from home in Tulsa Oklahoma, where I attended undergrad and discovered my passion for working with underserved communities. On returning to NM, I obtained an MPH and worked in the area of health disparities and maternal child health research before medical school. It was during my third year of medical school that I fell in love with the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It has everything I love about medicine, including longitudinal patient care, surgery, social justice and opportunities to use my background in public health. I am interested in medical education, improving healthcare for underserved populations and exploring options for fellowship. For fun I love to cook, crochet, get outside and travel with my husband and daughter. The commitment to service that I observed in the department and the fantastic medical education I received during my time as a medical student is what made me want to stay and continue my training at UNM. I am excited to take care of the women of New Mexico!

Curriculum Overview

Our residency curriculum provides residents with exposure to and education in all aspects of OB/Gyn, including all sub-specialties.  Responsibilities and duties of residents are progressive and individualized to resident abilities.


Interns receive a broad overview of all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology in their first year.  Their first month is an orientation rotation, allowing new residents the opportunity to ease into their duties and get to know the faculty and their fellow residents.  During their first 4-6 weeks, they will also attend an intern school consisting of educational seminars to ensure they are well-prepared to be effective Ob/Gyn residents in the UNM system.

The PGY1 curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks of the following rotations:

  • Orientation month
  • Gynecology
  • Labor & Delivery/Night Float
  • Ultrasound/Breast Clinic
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Family Planning
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Our residents become more confident caring for our patients and assume a more active role in teaching and patient care.

The PGY2 curriculum consists of 6 two-month blocks of the following rotations:

  • Labor & Delivery
  • Night Float
  • Urogynecology
  • Sandoval Regional Medical Center-Operative Gynecology
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Our residents become team leaders and continue to assume active roles in supervising, teaching, and providing clinical care.

The PGY3 curriculum consists of 6 two-month blocks of the following rotations:

  • Labor & Delivery
  • Night Float
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Ultrasound/Genetics
  • Presbyterian Hospital-Operative Gynecology
  • Lovelace Healthcare-Operative Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Gynecology
  • Elective (During 2nd Float Rotation)


Residents at the chief level function as leaders and consultants. Throughout the year, they are refining their supervisory and management skills. Their duties include teaching medical students and other residents on their service as well as leading interdisciplinary patient care teams.

The PGY4 curriculum consists of 6 two-month blocks of the following rotations:

  • Urogynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology-Infertility/Family Planning
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Lovelace Healthcare-Operative Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Night Float

Clinical Duties

Two-month rotations are overseen by board certified faculty including sub specialists in MFM, REI, ONC, UROGYN, and Family Planning, who are dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Most training is at the University campus. We average 3,500 deliveries at the 500 bed University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and approximately 58,000 outpatient visits in our citywide clinics each year. Additional gynecologic training is obtained at nearby major medical centers including the UNM Sandoval Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Lovelace, and the VA Medical Center.


Intern School

During the first four to six weeks of residency, interns will meet weekly for educational seminars that will ensure they are prepared to be effective OB/Gyn residents in the UNM System.

Resident School

All residents attend a weekly protected teaching block on Friday afternoons.  The carefully-planned schedule includes a monthly morbidity and mortality conference and curriculums on:

  • Wellness
  • Cultural Competency
  • Quality and Safety
  • Research Training

The curriculum is built to cover all CREOG learning objectives every two years.

Journal Club

Each division hosts a regular Journal Club, covering seminal articles as well as the latest research.

Clinical Teaching

Regular didactics and case conferences are held weekly on each service.


All residents participate in research during their residency.  Some residents will partner with faculty in ongoing research, while others will design and implement their own.  In June of each year, the department hosts the Annual Women's Health Research Symposium.  At this symposium, PGY2s will present an abstract and PGY3s will give an oral presentation.  PGY4s may present their research at a regional or national conference.  Financial support and educational leave can be provided for these opportunities.

In recent years, residents have presented at meetings of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics/Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO/CREOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).

Residents are also encouraged to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal.

For more information, please see the Research section of the UNM OB/Gyn Wiki Page.

Notable Aspects of Our Program

Our residents find the following features of our program to be particularly appealing:

  • One-month orientation rotation at the beginning of residency to allow new interns to become familiar with the faculty and residents as they ease into their residency.
  • Extensive "hands-on" ultrasound training leading to eligibility for certification by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM).
  • The major referral center and only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico for obstetrics, specialized gynecology and oncology.
  • Fellowship opportunities in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, and reproductive health and family planning.
  • Two residents from the chief class are elected as Administrative Chiefs, and assist with scheduling and advocating for resident concerns within the department.
  • Monthly meetings with the Program Director for interns; all other classes have quarterly meetings to discuss any issues, concerns, or improvements within the department.
  • Annual resident retreat at a nearby resort.
  • Ethnically diverse patient population.
  • Protected educational time.
  • An integrated Certified Nurse Midwifery Program.


2018 Graduates

2018 OBGYN graduates

Lindsay Bridgewater, DO; Generalist, Renown Health, Reno, NV

Lizzi Clark, MD, MPH; Family Planning Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Jen Coffey Gill, MD; Generalist, Women’s Specialist of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Andrew Dale, MD; Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Candice Lovato, MD; Generalist, Physicians for Women, Danbury, CT

Heather Riese, MD; Generalist, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI

2017 Graduates

Resident Graduates 2017

Johanna Byrd, MD:  Northern New Mexico Women's Health Specialists, Farmington, NM

Dominique Hill, MD: General OB/Gyn, Presbyterian Medical Group - Rust, Albuquerque, NM

Katie Lyons, MD: General OB/Gyn, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Joyce Muruthi, MD: Global Health Innovations & Leadership Fellowship, Massachusettes General Hospital, Boston, MA

Regan Riley, OD: Family Planning Fellowship, UNM, Albuquerque, NM

Kat Tucker, MD: Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, University of North Carolina

2016 Graduates

Resident Graduates 2016

Christine Black, MD:  Attending, Colorado Plains Medical Center, Fort Morgan, CO

Kylie Fowler, MD: Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Fellow, Children's National, Medstar & Gerogetown Hospitals, Washington, DC

Megan Henrie, MD: Attending, Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, NM

Maria Montoya, MD: Attending, Univeristy of New Mexico OB/Gyn Department

Saul Rivas, MD: Attending, UT Rio Grande Valley Hospital, Edinburg, TX

Katie Volpe, MD: Attending, University of New Mexico OB/Gyn Department

About Albuquerque


Beside the Rio Grande and picturesque Sandia mountains, Albuquerque offers just about everything: a genuine casual elegance, reasonable cost of living, mild weather and juxtaposition of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures.  The city’s adobe architecture, art, and ecology are the essence of everything New Mexican. A mild, four-season climate make this a favorite locale for hiking, trail biking, mountain climbing, hot air ballooning, skiing, snowboarding, skating/longboarding and sunset watching.


  • Foothills on west side of Sandia Mountains (Embudo, Embudito, Pino & La Luz Trails)
  • East side of Sandia Mountains
  • I-40 East, 14 North to 536 (Sandia Peak Ski Area)
  • Tree Springs Trail


Growers Market

  • Los Ranchos, 6718 Rio Grand Blvd NW; Saturday 7am-12pm, year round
  • Downtown, Central/8th at Robinson Park; Saturday 8am-12pm, April-November
  • Rail Yards, 777 1st St SW; Sunday 10am-12pm, May-October

Old Town

Central Ave NW/Rio Grande Blvd NW
Historic area; shopping, restaurants, museums

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St NW
Museum, gift shops, Indian dances & craft demos, restaurant, Pueblo history

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW
Art exhibits, performing arts, genealogy center, restaurant, gift shop.

Nob Hill District

Near UNM on Route 66 (Central Ave.), historic shopping & dining district.

Open Spaces

A number of hiking trails, centers, special activities around the city - treasured gems!

Neighborhood Walking Tours


Bike Trails

A number of bike trails navigate through the city

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria NW
Visitor Center, ponds & 2 mi. of trails through the Bosque by the Rio Grande River; also paved trail for jogging, biking, rollerblading.

Petroglyphs National Monument

6510 Western Trail NM
Hiking trails, petroglyphs, visitor center

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway - Day Trip

Scenic route to Santa Fe

Acoma Pueblo - Day Trip

West of Albuquerque, see website for location and tour information

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument - Day Trip

Southwest of Santa Fe; about 45 minutes North of Albuquerque
Hiking amidst tent-like rock formations

Bandelier National Monument - Day Trip

Just outside of Los Alamos; near Santa Fe

Jemez Mountains - Day Trip

About 45 minutes NW of Albuquerque
Hiking, camping, drive through Jemez Pueblo


Applicants for residency training at UNM Health Sciences Center must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of an international medical school meeting one of the following qualifications:
    • Have a currently valid ECFMG certificate or
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
  • Graduate of international medical school who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Our Residency Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Any information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted.

To apply for our Residency Program, submit the following documents:

  • ERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)

Residents accepted into the program will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE Step 2 to start the program.  We strongly encourage applicants to take both parts of USMLE Step 2 before March 1 to permit reporting of scores before the start of orientation in late June.  Reporting of USMLE scores can take approximately 8 weeks.  Consult the USMLE Policy for full details.

Please contact our Residency Coordinator, Virginia Villega, if you have any questions about our residency program.  You can also learn more about case numbers and other program statistics on our page of the APGO Residency Directory.

Contact Information

Jody Stonehocker, MD
Residency Program Director,
Assistant Professor
Email: jstonehocker@salud.unm.edu

Nick Andrews, MD
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor
Email: nandrews@salud.unm.edu

Eve Espey, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Email: eespey@salud.unm.edu

Susan Quintana
Medical Education Program Specialist
Email: SQuintana@salud.unm.edu

Virginia Villegas
Residency Program Coordinator
Email: VirgVill@salud.unm.edu

Postal address
Department of Ob/Gyn
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001

Telephone:  (505) 272-6525
Fax: (505) 272-6385