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Meet Our Residents


Ken Minielly, MD  

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: University of Louisville

Why SIU? The camaraderie between residents and faculty means there are no barriers to having a great experience here. Everyone is dedicated to learning while also ensuring that we do have a work-life balance. The program treats us all as family and makes sure we all feel welcome.

Areas of interest: rheumatologic diseases, vasculitis, psoriasis, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer

Outside interests: Red Wings hockey, college sports, my dog, traveling, classic cars, Game of Thrones and other TV shows, movies, going to new restaurants and cooking with my wife, walking/riding bikes on our many trails

Other: Kenny Minielly serves on the House Staff committee dedicated to improving medical education.

Betty Song, MD 

Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergraduate School: University of Washington

Medical School: University of Kentucky

Why SIU? SIU residents and attendings are like a family; they are close-knit, approachable, and will be supportive in whatever endeavors you choose. I have never felt more at home.

Areas of interest: Cosmetic and surgical dermatology, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, cancer immunotherapy

Outside interests: Traveling with my husband, Asian food, all things cats, interior design, The Bachelor, Game of Thrones and other fantasy fiction


Brittany Blaise, MD

Hometown: Carbondale, Illinois

Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU?:  Attending medical school at SIU, I had the opportunity to work with SIU Dermatology early on in my medical school career, and I feel extremely lucky to train with the faculty and residents who helped foster my interest in dermatology. The collegial environment at SIU is unparalleled, and I can’t imagine a better environment to train in! The faculty are welcoming, enthusiastic, and committed to both outstanding patient care and education. In addition, SIU has a very strong dermpath and surgical curriculum, as well as a long history of training excellent clinicians. I am honored and excited to become part of the SIU Dermatology team!  

Areas of interest: Medical education, pediatric dermatology

Outside interests: Hiking, playing soccer and basketball, crafts, cooking

Bob Schnietz, MD               

Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois

Undergraduate School: SIUE

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU: The dermatology program at SIU offers great clinical training, dedicated faculty, and residents who love being a part of the program. As a rotating medical student, it was evident that the residents and faculty enjoyed working with each other and teaching medical students. A major strength of the program is the monthly dermatology clinics that preliminary medicine interns attend during clinic week. This allows residents to learn about the clinic workflow in addition to feeling like part of the program from day one of intern year.

Areas of interest: Dermatopathology and General Dermatology

Outside interest: Basketball, Tennis, and Traveling


Cassandra Johnson, MD                                       

Hometown:  Spirit Lake, IA

Undergraduate School:  Union College

Medical School:  Loma Linda University

Why SIU?:  I was hoping to come back to the Midwest after studying in California, and I loved the conversations I had on interview day with the faculty and residents in the derm program!

Areas of interest:  General Dermatology

Outside interests: ​ Running, travel, piano, weight lifting and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Konopka, MD                                               

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Undergraduate School:  Loyola University Chicago

Medical School:  Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Why SIU?:  The people. You'll get it when you meet them. The faculty, staff, and residents here are incredible and create the best possible learning environment. It is also a well-rounded program and there is continuous support for new endeavors and a total commitment to providing the best possible patient care.

Areas of interest:  Medical education, cancer immunotherapy, dermatopathology

Outside interests: ​ Family time, cooking, going to farmer's markets, exploring nature, running

PGY-1 (Internal Medicine Interns)

Aaron Dwan, MD                                      

Hometown:  Goodyear, AZ

Undergraduate School:  Maryville University

Medical School:  University of Missouri School of Medicine

Why SIU?:  Wholesome family environment in Springfield. The faculty at SIU are warm, engaging, and collegial.

Areas of interest:  Pediatric Dermatology

Outside interests: ​ Homeschooling our children with my wife, doing escape rooms, and  board games with friends.

Jordan Parker, MD                                               

Hometown:  Topeka, KS

Undergraduate School:  Kansas State University

Medical School:  University of Missouri - Columbia

Why SIU?:  When I was in my 4th year of medical school, I had the opportunity to visit SIU Dermatology for a two week rotation and immediately knew this program was special. The faculty and residents were not only incredibly knowledgeable and  wonderful clinicians, they were kind and welcoming and the epitome of the kind of dermatologist I hope to become. Springfield is a "big city" for me, but the people are still the Midwesterners I know and love! SIU is a true gem, and I am excited to learn and grow in such an amazing program.

Areas of interest:  Atopic dermatitis, acne, rural health, medical education, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer

Outside interests: ​ Being outdoors, fly-fishing, bow hunting, "crawdadding", camping, kayaking, pet turtles and cat, cooking and experimenting with unusual foods, painting, and playing piano

Brittany Patterson, MD

Hometown:  Crofton, KY

Undergraduate School:  University of Louisville

Medical School:  University of Louisville

Why SIU?:  I loved the sense of community and family I sensed on interview day! SIU was the exact fit for the type of open and relaxed learning environment I was looking for. I was also very excited about the opportunity for true continuity with my patients.

Areas of interest:  General Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Medical Education

Outside interest:  Family time, time with friends, gardening, piano, hiking, kayaking, glamping, traveling