fellowship program

Fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine began in West Michigan in 2009 as a collaborative, community effort to expand the availability of palliative specialists and access to the highest quality end of life care. Multiple hospitals, hospices, and other health care resources worked together to create this program. It is currently under the sponsorship of Mercy Health Grand Rapids Graduate Medical Education Department. Dr. Mulder has served as Program Director since its inception. 

We have been exceptionally blessed by the high caliber of fellows that have trained in this program. Here is a list of fellows who have graduated from our program, and their most recent place of service:


2011 – 12

Tod Wyn, MD
Hospice of Holland

2012 – 13

Meredith Austin, DO
St. Joseph Mercy Hospice,
Ypsilanti, MI

2013 – 14

Tim Fife, DO
Hospice of Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

Katrina Sink, MD
Naples Family Practice, Naples, ME

2014 – 15

Stu VanderHeide, MD
North Ottawa Community Hospice
Grand Haven, MI

2015 – 16

Joel Phillips, DO
Mercy Health – Grand Rapids, MI

Gina South, MD
Locum Tenens

2016 – 17

Prasanth Pillai, DO
Bronson Hospital,
Kalamazoo, MI

Gretchen Roe, MD
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI

Jennifer Ruprich, DO
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital,
Grand Rapids, MI

Emily Smith, DO
McLaren Grand Health Center,
Grand Ledge, MI

Todd Welton, DO
Bronson Hospital,
Kalamazoo, MI

2017 – 18

Kari Kendall, MD
Riley Children’s Hospital,
University of Indiana

Abimbola Olayinka, MD
Stead Family Children’s Hospital,
University of Iowa

Justin Voorhees, MD
Hospice of Lenawee County

2018 – 19

Michael Cooper, DO
Levine Cancer Institute,
Monroe, NC

Franchesca Garcia-Robles, MD
Central Michigan University
Health Partners,
Saginaw, MI

James Griffith, MD
Spectrum Health,
Grand Rapids, MI

2019 – 20

Kayla Andres, MD
Faith Hospice,
Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Dozeman, MD
Faith Hospice,
Grand Rapids, MI

Naomi Kaplan, MD
Mary Free Bed,
Grand Rapids, MI

Andrea Wolf, DO
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI


Caitlin Fulton, DO
Mercy Health
Muskegon, MI

Fadi Abu-Farsakh, MD
King Hussein Cancer Center
Amman, Jordan


Ken Hanson
Covenant Health Care
Saginaw, MI

Brett LeVesseur
Trinity Health Muskegon
Muskegon, MI

Erin Young
Faith Hospice
Grand Rapids, MI

For more information about fellowship opportunities, call 616-235-5106.

The time I spent as a hospice and palliative care fellow was probably the most meaningful year of my career. The fellowship has blessed my life in ways I never thought possible. I am not only a better physician because of it, but I feel that I am a better human. Having this training particularly at Trillium Woods allowed me to answer my true calling.

Former Trillium Institute Fellow