First Year Residents Family Medicine Residency About our Program About Our Region Alumni How to Apply Meet the Faculty Meet the Residents First Year Residents Second Year Residents Third Year Residents Obstetrics Fellowship Julie Beck-Otero, MD Dr. Julie Beck-Otero grew up in Union, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Business Management from University of Louisville. She then continued her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. As a third-year medical student, Julie spent a month rotating with St. Elizabeth and immediately knew it is where she wanted to continue her medical training. The faculty and residents are passionate, supportive, and knowledgeable. Julie knew the programs emphasis on broad spectrum training would allow her to develop into a well-rounded family physician prepared to serve her future patients. Julie hopes stay nearby after training to serve her community. In her free time Julie enjoys exercise and being outdoors, cooking and baking new recipes, and spending time with her husband, family, and dog, Louie. Caitlin Butler, MD Dr. Caitlin Butler grew up in West Chester, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from The Ohio State University and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Caitlin did her fourth year rotation at St. Elizabeth and fell in love with the program. She saw how the faculty were committed to teaching and the residents supported each other and created a positive, welcome learning environment. She is excited to be a member of the medical team at St. Elizabeth and to continue her learning at this outstanding program. She looks forward to the well-rounded training she will receive that will allow her to provide the best care to all patients. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys crocheting, reading murder mystery novels, and playing disc golf. She and her wonderful husband, Jake, live in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. Madison Griffis, MD Dr. Madison Griffis grew up in West Chester, Ohio. She attended the University of Charleston, in Charleston, WV for her Bachelor of Science in Biology. After that, she relocated to Huntington, WV for her medical degree at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Madison chose St. Elizabeth because of the number of procedures residents get to learn, and experiencing the St Elizabeth "education center" showcasing how much value St. Elizabeth places on training their staff to be prepared for anything. She has a strong interest in rural medicine, as well as emergency medicine. Her hopes are to be able to work in a rural location, mainly as an outpatient physician, but with the ability to practice at an urgent care or emergency room setting, as well. In her free time, Madison enjoys spending time with her husband, and her children. She also enjoys exploring nature, playing video games, and is excited to check out the local food scene! Cayla Kunstek, MD Dr. Cayla Kunstek was born in Indianapolis and raised in Florence, Kentucky. She earned her bachelor’s and medical degree at the University of Kentucky. Since early in her medical training, Cayla has been confident that St. Elizabeth is the perfect residency program for her. She is very passionate about both inpatient and outpatient medicine, and found St. Elizabeth’s training to be unparalleled in both settings. She fell in love with the culture of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and attributes this mostly to the phenomenal residents and faculty. Cayla and her husband have always called Northern Kentucky their home, so she is thrilled to continue her career in NKY near her parents and four younger brothers. She stays busy with her family, her dog, and loves to exercise in her free time. Alissa Lenz, DO Dr. Alissa Lenz grew up in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor of science in neurobiology from University of Wisconsin- Madison and attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado for her medical training. Alissa chose St. Elizabeth for its exceptional full spectrum training and unopposed program status. More importantly though, even with a virtual interview day, she immediately felt at home with the faculty and residents and knew that these were the people she wanted to complete her training with. Alissa has a wide range of interests, but is particularly passionate about rural medicine, women’s health, and outpatient procedures. Outside of medicine, Alissa enjoys spending time with her fiancée, Joey, and their pup, Willow. She also enjoys DIY projects, hiking, and trying new restaurants and breweries! Rachel Nolan, MD Dr. Rachel Nolan is originally from Covington, Kentucky. She attended University of Louisville for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry. She continued on at the University of Louisville for medical school. Rachel chose St. Elizabeth because of their full-spectrum training opportunities, commitment to serving the community, and the opportunities available to pursue learning in special areas of interest. She is looking forward to continuing her training in the inspiring and supportive community at St. Elizabeth. Rachel enjoys baking, crocheting, board games, and spending time with her husband, Thomas, and her family. Adriana Rivera, MD Dr. Adriana Rivera grew up in Hope, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate studies where she majored in biology with minors in music and French. She then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for her medical training. After rotating through St. Elizabeth in her third year of medical school, Adriana was highly impressed with the broad, robust experiences residents have in the program and knew St. Elizabeth would offer exceptional training for her to become a well-rounded family medicine physician. The welcoming and supportive environment among the faculty and residents was a highlight of the program for her. Her medical interests include underserved care, rural health, procedures, women's health, and obstetrics. In her free time, Adriana enjoys playing tennis, listening to French podcasts, exploring local breweries, attending sporting events, and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks alongside her wonderful family. Katelyn Smith, DO Dr. Katelyn Smith is originally from Hazard, Kentucky. She attended Transylvania University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical training. Katelyn was drawn to St. Elizabeth by the dedication to high quality training and the close-knit relationships among faculty and residents. She is looking forward to continuing her training with us, as she is confident that she is in the right place to become the well-rounded family physician that she has always hoped to be. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family. Makayla Uebelhor, MD Dr. Makayla Uebelhor was raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She attended the University of Louisville for her undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Spanish. She completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Makayla chose St. Elizabeth for a variety of reasons, the most important being the compassion demonstrated between members of the residency program, both towards each other and towards patients. She is enthusiastic about the opportunities of an unopposed program, such as the development of procedural skills and practice of full-spectrum family medicine. In her free time, Makayla enjoys exploring local cuisine, sand volleyball in the summertime, and movie nights with family and friends. Cody Van Linge, MD Dr. Cody Van Linge was raised in Lancaster, Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati for his undergraduate degree in physiological science. Cody continued his medical education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Deciding to complete his residency at St. Elizabeth was an easy choice. The family atmosphere of the program combined with its experienced faculty and staff made the hospital environment feel like a second home. He is committed to understanding his patients on a personal level and positively impacting all aspects of their lives. Sports medicine and lifestyle medicine are his career interests. Cody loves being outdoors hiking, hunting, playing tennis and skiing in the winter months. He also enjoys board games and visiting the local breweries with friends, working out, and watching Star Wars.