The McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency provides residents with an exciting and well-balanced approach to learning, in an environment that enhances both clinical skills and personal development. That's why our residency program attracts talented, highly-educated residents each year.

Meet our first year residents

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Rebekah Edwards, DO

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Hometown: Taylorsville, Utah

I grew up in Taylorsville, Utah and had many opportunities to volunteer and get involved in my community. My passion for medicine and healthcare started at a young age, and I knew early on that I wanted to work in the medical field. I started at the University of Utah as a premed undergraduate and have been moving toward my dream ever since! I love living in Utah and will spend a lot of my free time hiking in the beautiful surrounding mountains. I also enjoy gardening, ballroom dancing, and reading a good book. I am honored to receive my medical training at McKay-Dee Hospital. Their program offers a broad training in all things Family Medicine, and the faculty and staff provide a very supportive environment for learning and growth. I am honored to serve the community of Ogden and have grown to love and appreciate my patients in the short time I've been here. I look forward to serving this wonderful community for the next few years to come.

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Taylor Gillis, MD

Medical School: Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Reno
Hometown: Conifer, Colorado

I spent the first half of my life in Colorado, split between two small mountain towns. School brought me out to Nevada, where I completed my degree in Biochemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno. After undergrad, I went down south to Las Vegas for medical school at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

When I was interviewing for residency programs, I was looking to join a program that trained full-spectrum family medicine doctors that would prepare me to practice medicine in a small rural town. McKay Dee was the perfect fit due to the residency’s broad educational opportunities, welcoming program leadership, and proven track record for producing quality physicians.

During my free time, I enjoy playing outside as much as I can. Ogden is a great place due to its proximity to mountain biking, rock climbing and ski resorts.

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Akosua Hatch, DO

Medical School: Rocky Vista University
Undergraduate: Whittier College
Hometown: Tema, Ghana

Why MKD?...
Better question is, why not McKay-Dee FMR? The program has an unparalleled track record of giving the best full spectrum training in the intermountain region, maybe even in the Western region of the country. The program’s core faculty are undoubtedly invested in giving us the best training possible with several of the graduating from the program themselves.

Why family Med?...
Family medicine gave me the opportunity to pursue my interests in public health, geriatrics, and addiction medicine.

Why Utah?...
Utah has been my home away from home (Ghana). It’s breathtaking landscape still leaves me in awe and I’m lucky to have married a Utahn.

I think of myself as an amateur baker. I’ve also seen most fine cuisine and baking shows on Netflix. I also love to read, preferably fiction.

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Alexander Olaveson, DO

Medical School: Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University- Idaho
Hometown: Rigby Idaho

I grew up in a small town in South East Idaho. My interest in medicine began as a kid with my parents both involved in medicine. My mother is a nurse and always was able to help us and my father, a veterinarian allowed us to explore medicine with a rugged hands-on cowboy experience. I saw how understanding physiology, medications, procedures made for an exciting and fulfilling career as you learned to help people on a very intimate and personal level. I was lucky enough to follow and rotate with excellent family physicians while getting my undergraduate degree and as a medical student and knew that this was the career for me. I enjoyed the breath of skills and knowledge that is required to help a variety of patients and pathology. I knew that I wanted to hone my skills as a family physician in a program that would give me the first-hand opportunities to become the best possible physician. This led me to the McKay-Dee Family Medicine Residency Program. It was the vast opportunities for education, the amazing staff and residents, and the close proximity to the outdoors that made the McKay-Dee FM where I wanted to train.

When I am not working, I love to be with my amazing wife, Taylor, and our three awesome girls. We love to work hard and play even harder. You can find us frequently at a motocross track, having a blast at the lake, or tearing up the snow either by skiing or my passion, snowmobiles. We are blessed to relocate here for the amazing adventures and excellent training.

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Dallon Ray, DO

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University- Provo
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

I was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona and am number 10 of 11 children. I grew up on a small farm with a cow that needed to be milked twice a day, as well as beef cows, chickens, rabbits, and cats. I enjoyed my growing up years and have many fond and memories. On top of my many chores, I enjoyed playing sports including soccer and volleyball. In high school I put most of my attention into playing volleyball, as well as maintaining good grades. I met the love of my life in college, and we had our first child before graduating and heading to medical school in Alabama. While in Alabama, we added two more children. We came to love the people in the South, while not appreciating the humidity and plentiful mosquitoes. We were excited to come back to the Wasatch Front to enjoy the mountains with the amazing hiking and outdoor activities they provide.

In my spare time I love to fish, hunt, and explore the outdoors. My wife and I are always excited to try new activities and have added pickleball to our activity list.

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Chase Reynolds, DO

Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Weber State University
Hometown: Ogden, Utah

I was born and raised right here in Ogden, Utah! I have always loved living in Ogden for its proximity to outdoor recreation, an amazing outdoor community, and for being a wonderful place to raise a family. We are excited to be back in town, and I am so excited for the opportunity to train with the McKay-Dee Hospital Family Medicine Residency program.

Something that is unique to our residency program is that we have two separate inpatient services. In addition to a traditional adult inpatient team, we have our Family Medicine service which covers admitted patients from our Porter Family Medicine clinic, all hospitalized pediatric patients, continuity labor and delivery, and continuity post-partum/newborn patients. We are also fortunate to have amazing sports medicine exposure. Working closely with sports medicine faculty, our residents cover athletic events in the community, at local high schools, and major sports at Weber State University.

When I'm not at the hospital, I spend as much time as I can with my wife and two children. I also enjoy home renovation projects, eating great food, golfing, and skiing.

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McKenzi Yocus, MD

Medical School: Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Hometown: West Haven, UT

I grew up in West Haven, UT, about 20 minutes west of McKay Dee Hospital. Ogden has always held a special place in my heart. I've always known I wanted to work in the healthcare field, and prior to medical school, worked as both a CNA at a local nursing home and a laboratory technician at ARUP. While in medical school, I loved aspects of every specialty I rotated through, but I particularly loved Integrative Health and Geriatrics. Family Medicine was the perfect branch of medicine for me because of its broad scope of options: from delivering babies, to managing patients in the hospital, doing procedures in clinic, or simply spending time with patients to figure out their personal healthcare goals. McKay Dee offered all of that. It was an extra perk to have the opportunity to return to my hometown. Outside of medicine, I am passionate about ice hockey (both watching and playing), and continue to remain in an active role in the local hockey community.