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Carly Allen, DO

Hi, I’m Carly Rae, but don’t call me Maybe.  I’m a Michigan native with a love for travel and a good dad-joke.  In my free time you can catch me crafting some magic or tending to my 150 houseplants (Just don’t ask me about succulents because I kill them). Deep down I just want to be the Martha Stewart of the ED—sans jail time.  I am excited about what adventures the next three years will bring and though I’ve never tried basket weaving, above or under water, I’m not opposed to trying.

Dean Balabanov, DO

My name is Dean Balabanov and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I attended Case Western Reserve University for my undergraduate education and also played for the varsity soccer team while there. I went to Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants and foods, hanging out with friends, and going to beaches. I chose Emergency Medicine because I want to help people at their most critical state. The acuity and fast paced nature of the ED makes every single shift fly by. I am extremely excited for a career in this incredible field!


Kevin "KC" Kenney, MD

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Originally born and bred in Toledo, Ohio, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this program and pursuing my dream of becoming an EM doctor. "Circuitous" is the word I use most often to describe my life path thus far, and it has taken me on some great adventures. I was a liberal arts major at Notre Dame, and a high school chemistry teacher before my path took a sharp turn towards medicine. “Slainté” is not only a substitute word for “cheers” while enjoying a Guinness - it also means “good health,” something I learned while earning my medical degree in Cork, Ireland. I am a lover of theater and various aspects of nerd culture, a devout bibliophile, and my spirit animal swings between Snoopy and Kermit the Frog. I am most grateful for the hat that reads "Husband," happily married to my beautiful kick-butt flight-medic wife, and most looking forward to my next hat as "Dad," as my wife and I are expecting our first child together (top name selections include Cadillac Jack, Jehoshaphat, and Archimedes). I hope to run the NYCM marathon again, tap dance on stage again, and do a whole host of other things for the first time. And I count myself four-leaf-clover lucky to be a part of this fantastic program and learn and grow with co-residents who are becoming good friends.

Brent Oftedal, MD

I was born and raised in Sacramento, California and completed my undergraduate studies at University of Nevada, Reno. After a career as a professional snowboarder, I obtained my MD from Ross University. I enjoy backpacking, climbing, surfing, traveling, and spending time with my Corgi-Pomeranian Leo. I chose emergency medicine because it allows me to see a variety of patient presentations, perform procedures and offers a great work-life balance.

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Nora Rader, MD

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As a Chicago native, I can appreciate the big city hustle and bustle by catching hockey games, bar-hopping, or going to concerts and museums. I spent enough time in South Carolina, where I trained in medical school, to understand that sweet tea is made with hot water and sugar (not syrup!) and barbecue is a religion in its own right. Medicine has become my career for its unique combination of scientific knowledge,  hands-on skills, and tidbits of random factoids. I have been able to diversify my medical training to include wilderness medical preparedness and prehospital care. Therefore, obviously, I can be found outside of the hospital hiking, biking, camping, or chilling in the backyard with my spouse and 2 fur babies.

Charles Rodarmor, MD

Hi my name is Charles Rodarmor and I'm from Newport, Rhode Island.  My interest in Emergency Medicine began during my training as a U.S. Army Ranger.  I chose EM because of the camaraderie and teamwork required to do our job each day.  In my free time I enjoy live music, trail running, rock climbing and fly fishing. 

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Noorel Zia, DO

Hey I'm Noorel. Raised in MI, went to med school in West Virginia, and happy to be back home for residency. In my free time I like to cook and grill in the summer, play guitar, travel, listen and write music, and explore the best restaurants in Detroit. I chose Ascension Macomb for the volume and high acuity and independence that we get since day 1 of residency. I am also cursed with being a diehard Detroit Lions fan. Go Lions!

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