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Fellow Bios

Current Fellow

Valerie Rygiel, DO

Valerie Rygiel, while originally from Michigan, did all of her medical training in the Chicago area including medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University and family medicine residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center. She is a board certified family physician who is doing an extra year of training with University of Chicago/NorthShore in the area of Primary Care Sports Medicine. She has a particular interest in caring for the endurance sports athlete and enjoys participating in the medical planning for the Chicago Marathon each year (when she isn't running it herself!). Dr. Rygiel is an osteopathic physician who offers osteopathic manual therapy to her patients both in the office and on the sidelines. In her free time she enjoys running, rock climbing, and experiencing all of the many food festivals Chicago has to offer.

Former Fellows

Melissa Faubert, DO

Thomas Moran, MD

Dr. Moran is board certified in Family Medicine as well as Sports medicine by the ABFM. Originally from the southwest side of Chicago he traveled to the University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology. It was here that he excelled in both his studies and outdoor education. As an avid skier, climber and kayaker he is familiar with the unique injuries associated with these sports. Following college, he attended medical school at Ross University and in internship at Mayo Clinic - Rochester. He then returned to Chicago for his Family Medicine residency at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Upon completion, he chose to continue his training by completing the primary sports medicine fellowship at University of Chicago-Northshore. He now practices Sports medicine with the NorthShore Medical Group and has offices in Glenbrook, Skokie and downtown Chicago. Beyond work, he enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying outdoor activities from skiing, cycling to open water swimming.

Sean C. Engel MD

Dr. Engel is board certified in family medicine after completing his medical school at the University of Minnesota and family medicine residency in St. Louis Park, MN at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, also through the University of Minnesota. However, between medical school and residency he spent time in the United States Navy as an undersea medical officer, where he worked in Norfolk, VA with Navy personnel in the diving and nuclear fields. His interests in sports medicine include injury prevention, evidence based practice for concussion management, and promoting and maintaining activity in patients with comorbidities. He also has a continued interest in diving and dive medicine. Outside of fellowship, Dr. Engel and his family are excited to discover all of the fun activities the Chicago area has to offer.

Sameer Panjwani MD

Dr. Panjwani is a board certified physician in family medicine. He attended the University of Houston where he studied English Literature and went on to complete his medical education at Kasturba Medical College in India. Dr. Panjwani completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey following which he stayed on as faculty for two years. He is currently a member of the AAFP and the fellow liaison for the AMSSM Education committee. Dr. Panjwani's patient philosophy is to safely maximize patient's health and function in their chosen activity. His areas of interests include improving musculoskeletal training in graduate medical education, care of athletes with chronic medical conditions and international medicine. Dr. Panjwani loves his new home in Chicago and enjoys spending his time exploring the city with his wife and 3 year old son.

Scott Repa, MD

Dr. Repa is dually board-certified in Family Medicine by the ABFM and ABOFP, and also board-certified by the ABFM with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Primary Care Sports Medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree and playing Division I soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he went on to medical school at Touro University - California College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then returned to the Midwest to continue his training at the Adventist La Grange Family Medicine Residency in the western suburbs of Chicago before becoming the first fellow at the University of Chicago/NorthShore program. He is now practicing 100% Primary Care Sports Medicine in the greater Twin Cities area, where he works for Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care. As a proud DO, he still enjoys utilizing Osteopathic Manipulative Therapies (OMT) in the diagnosis and treatment of his patients, and his practice is very busy in part due to his use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound-guided injections and procedures. When not referring to himself in the third person for biographical blurbs, he is still playing as much soccer and other sports as he can, but his primary athletic commitment is to chasing around his two young daughters. He also enjoys cooking, travel, philosophy, and gushing praise and gratitude for the world-class training he received in fellowship.
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