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The Resolve Team

Sidney Christiansen, MD

Sidney Christiansen, MD

Founder & President

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Kyle Claussen

Kyle Claussen, JD

Vice President

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Cortney Ikpe

Cortney Ikpe

VP Physician Relations

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Matt Polsky

Matt Polsky

Chief Operations Officer

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Melissa Lawson

Melissa Lawson

Physician Placement Director

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Rachel Stoneking

Paige Ilsley

Physician Placement Coordinator

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Rachel Stoneking

Rachel Stoneking

Physician Relations

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Mitchell Hatten

Mitchell Hatten

Marketing Specialist

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Sidney Christiansen, MD

Founder & President

Dr. Christiansen brings over 30 years of experience as a practicing Otolaryngologist both in private practice and in academic medicine as Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine.

Dr. Christiansen started his career in solo practice and he subsequently built a multiple physician specialty practice. He founded and managed a multispecialty surgery center, an imaging company and was a founding member of a physician-provider organization. From his experience of guiding many residents and fellows through the process of choosing a practice, he realized the lack of expertise available to physicians in the medical marketplace. He developed Resolve Physician Agency to give other physicians the expert assistance they need in finding and establishing successful careers.

Education

Otology and Neurotology Fellowship, The Vanderbilt Otology Group—Nashville, Tennessee

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Residency, University of Missouri—Columbia, Missouri

Surgical Internship, University of Missouri—Columbia, Missouri

MD, Loma Linda University—Loma Linda, California

BA, Walla Walla University—Collegeplace, Washington

Kyle Claussen, JD

Vice President

Kyle Claussen is one of the top physician contract attorneys in the nation who adds tremendous value to our clients by providing guidance on the intricacies of physician-employment agreements. Married to a physician, Kyle understands the importance of protecting the physician-employer relationship and our clients appreciate his professional and courteous approach to contract negotiations.

Kyle has experience working with physicians of all specialties as they relocate nationwide. Devoting his entire practice to physician employment contracts has given Kyle experience negotiating contracts with large health systems such as Kaiser and HCA, academic medical centers such as Harvard, and small solo practices bringing on a new associate.

Kyle is a frequent presenter to residency programs on the topics of physician employment contracts, physician compensation, and negotiation tactics. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please send an e-mail to kclaussen@resolvephysicianagency.com

Kyle is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association as well as the Missouri, Minnesota, and South Dakota Bar Associations. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, son, Warren, and their dog, Harley. He also enjoys golf, basketball and relaxing on the lake.

Education

LLM in Taxation, Boston University—Boston, Massachusetts

JD, University of La Verne College of Law — Ontario, California

BS, Business Administration, North Dakota State University—Fargo, North Dakota

Member of The American Health Law Association

Cortney Ikpe

Vice President Physician Relations

Cortney has been a wonderful addition to the Resolve team as the Vice President of Physician Relations. Cortney has received her MBA and works with all potential clients to educate physicians on how Resolve works and how to navigate their job search.

She enjoys helping physicians that dedicate their lives to helping patients and acting as part of their support team when transitioning in their careers. Her favorite part about working for Resolve is the vision, passion, and persistence of the staff to help their clients. It is the first agency of it’s kind and she enjoys providing a service that is unmatched by any physician recruiter options available.

Cortney has been part of the team for over a two years, and we are excited to see where she takes us with her dedication to providing a quality service.

Matt Polsky

Chief of Operations

Matt Polsky joins the Resolve team as the Chief of Operations. In this role he manages the team at the Columbia location and oversees day to day operations with sales and marketing.

In 2007 Matt began working in marketing and quickly developed a passion for every facet of online marketing. This passion has led him to be one of the nation's leading search marketers. We are very excited with Matt's dedication to spread awareness of Resolve's mission.

What has drawn Matt to Resolve is the ability to be a part of a company that truly cares about its clients and offers a service to physicians that is unlike any other. Matt also loves the enthusiasm that employees share for bettering the lives of physicians during a time of ever-changing healthcare.

Melissa Lawson

Physician Placement Coordinator

Melissa works with our clients as the Physician Placement Coordinator. She helps our clients better define their job search to guarantee that their needs are met and helps manage them throughout the process. Being a physician is one of the most demanding jobs to have, and she enjoys helping them find the ideal location and job while they are busy managing their crazy schedule and workload.

Her favorite part about working with Resolve is being part of a true team and working together to reach a very clear end goal. Not every client is the same and physician jobs are not all black and white. Working with the team helps our staff to navigate the job market and find the perfect placement for each of our clients.

Rachel Stoneking

Physician Placement Coordinator

Rachel works with Resolve Physician Agency as a Physician Consultant. She collaborates with physicians to educate them about Resolve, our practices and services, and how to direct their career path as a physician.

What Rachel enjoys the most about working at Resolve is the passion that the team has to help guide physicians and enable them to find their ideal job and ensure that their value is noticed. Resolve is such an exciting start for physicians who are just beginning their new career path, and we provide a service that no recruitment firm can.

Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her time with her husband, two children, and their family dogs.

Mitchell Hatten

Marketing Specialist

Mitchell works with Resolve Physician Agency as a Marketing Specialist. As part of the marketing team he helps connect physicians with the many benefits of Resolve’s services.

What Mitchell enjoys most about working at Resolve is the opportunity to broaden the reach of a very valuable service to physicians who want to find their ideal job. Resolve is unique in that it works on behalf of the physician to both find them a job and maximize the value of their employment contracts.

Mitchell has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. In his spare time, he enjoys attending sporting events and playing basketball.

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