The 2017-2018 First Year Residents
Dr. Kurt Ashack
Kurt Ashack was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He obtained a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University and then went to medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids. Before beginning his dermatology residency at UIC, he completed his internship at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. In his spare time, Kurt enjoys traveling within and outside of the US, attempting to cook, running marathons and half-marathons, water sports, golf, watching the Detroit Tigers, Indiana Hoosier Basketball and is looking forward to hopefully watching the Cubs win another World Series!
Dr. Jeremiah Au
Jeremiah Au grew up in Hong Kong. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston College and received his medical degree at University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his dermatology residency at UIC, he completed an internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Jeremiah enjoys sports, cooking and photography.
Dr. Olivia Lai
Olivia Lai grew up in Northern California. She completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University, where she majored in Biology and minored in Mandarin Chinese. Subsequently, she attended medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Before beginning her dermatology residency at UIC, she completed her internship at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys reading, cooking, trying out new foods, and working out.
Dr. Regina O’Brien
Regina was born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry at a small liberal arts college on the shores of Lake Michigan, Hope College. She then returned to her home town of Detroit to complete medical school at Wayne State University. She is very excited to finally venture out of Michigan to complete her medical training in Chicago. She will be completing her transitional year at Presence Resurrection Medical Center before starting her Dermatology residency at UIC. Aside from being a champion studier she is also an avid runner and enjoys other outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, and just about anything else she can do in the great outdoors. When she is inside you can find her reading, playing the viola, listening to bluegrass music, cheering on the U of M Wolverines, or baking delicious treats.