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Emergency Medicine Residents

Everybody wants to know what to expect in residency. Learn more about our program from those who know.

Hear From Our Chief Residents

Our chief residents explain why they are excited about our residency and talk about their goals for the year.

Day in the Life

While no two days are alike in our exceptionally busy emergency department, one of our residents breaks down a "typical" day.

Meet Our Residents

Our residents tell you about themselves, their backgrounds, interests, aspirations, and why Baystate is a good fit for them.

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Dr Valldejuly Oscar BarnesOscar Barnes-Valldejuly, MD

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Hello everyone! I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and then went to the University of Dayton for my undergraduate education, where I majored in Pre-Med and minored in business administration. Right after graduating college I went back to Puerto Rico for medical school and now, against all recommendations against leaving my warm little island again for cold northeastern weather, I will be starting my intern year here in Baystate. Although I was not able to visit the institution personally during my 4th year of medical school, the way the faculty and program coordinators were willing to communicate, answer all questions, and make themselves available to me as an applicant really made me consider them as a top choice for residency training. Then, during interview day, I was sold on the program immediately and there were no remaining questions, as I felt this program could really be a second family during my training years.

I’m a huge soccer fan and you can find me supporting my teams easily as I am one of those that will be yelling the entire match whether we are winning or losing. I also enjoy playing golf, ping pong, bowling, and basically any sport anyone is willing to teach me. Going on hikes and kayaking is another simple pleasure of mine, and am looking forward to doing as much of that as possible throughout residency. Finally, when I’m not out exercising and exploring the world around me, I thoroughly like sitting around with friends and family with a nice beer or drink in hand and enjoying each other’s company. 

During these next few years of my medical training, I hope to take away as much as I possibly can to become the best physician I am capable of. I also hope to help and inspire those around me any way I can to reach their goals as well. Very much looking forward to undertaking this next journey in my professional career!

Dr Gabriella BilyeuGabriella (Gabby) Bilyeu, DO

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey everyone, my name is Gabby! I was born and raised in Spokane, WA and have spent almost my entire life in the Pacific Northwest. I made a small detour to Helena, MT for undergraduate at Carroll College where I graduated with two degrees: one to get me to medical school (Biology) and one that was inspired by my passion for traveling and other cultures (French). I worked as a scribe in the ED there for a few years during college but before too long, Washington called me back for medical school.

During my 4th year, I road tripped across the country to the northeast to get some exposure to the people and hospitals over here at which point I was lucky to come to Baystate in person and gain firsthand experience with the patient population, the flow of the department, the genuine interest the program has in developing well-prepared doctors, and the emphasis of a work-life balance.

And, speaking of balance, outside of the hospital you can find me out hiking/skiing/kayaking/snowshoeing if weather permits, inside doing yoga if weather doesn’t permit, hunting down some live music to drink beer to, snuggling up with a good book, and generally making my kitchen messy in the pursuit of something delicious to eat. I’m looking forward to some new memories on this side of the country, and can’t wait to be blown away by all the fall colors!

Geoffrey (Will) Fisher, DO

Dr Geoffrey FisherUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey, I’m Will, I’m a lover of dogs, the outdoors, good beer and cast iron pans. I grew up in Tolland, Connecticut, did my undergrad at Stonehill College in Massachusetts where I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology, and given my weakness for lobster rolls, I attended medical school in Biddeford, Maine at UNECOM. After medical school, I spent several years as a Flight Surgeon with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. However, after 5 years of moving, 1 deployment to Afghanistan, and a lot of commuting to see my wife while she was doing her residency, I decided it was time to settle down, grow a beard, and pursue my original plan of doing emergency medicine.

I interviewed at a lot of really great EM programs, most of whom had the high volume, high acuity Level 1 Trauma facilities I was looking for, but only Baystate had all that AND a candy safe (a literal safe full of candy) for residents’ inevitable mid-shift sugar crashes. And while honestly, that was enough to sell me on their program, I also noticed that they had significantly more total interview spots throughout the interview season than any other program. When I asked about this during my own interview they said they believed in the idea that everyone who was qualified, deserved the chance to interview, and that applicants didn’t need to be stressing about refreshing their email faster than any other applicant just to reserve an interview spot. I knew, by and large, that most programs would give me the skills I needed to be a good EM physician, and that the residency training was going to be hard no matter where I went, but the fact that Baystate had faculty who were saying “We’re going to go the extra mile to make things as just a little less crazy and stressful for you”, really set them apart for me. That, and the free candy.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and dogs, either hiking or more often, watching the TV show “Alone” and talking about how we could DEFINITELY survive in the wilderness on our own, as we eat cheese and crackers on the couch. My career goal is to someday work in a remote rural part of the country where I can practice emergency medicine in a small community hospital and enjoy the great outdoors on my days off.

Meghan Harrington, MD

Dr Meghan HarringtonUniversity of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Hey there, I'm Meghan! I grew up in Northampton, MA, and graduated from UMass Amherst with a bachelor's degree in biology. I spent the summer after undergrad getting my EMT certification, then worked on an ambulance for a year and a half before attending UMass Medical School.

As a medical student, I was a member of UMass' PURCH program, which allowed me to complete my two years of clinical training at Baystate. After rotating through Baystate's Emergency Department, I knew I wanted to stay for residency. The residents and faculty were so welcoming and interested in teaching, and I loved the program's emphasis on wellness. Moreover, I was confident that the department's volume, acuity, and diverse patient population would provide an excellent education.

When I'm not in the ED, you can find me on a beach, cooking, traveling, hanging with friends, or flipping furniture. 

Dr Grace Klanderud

Grace Klanderud, MD

Creighton University School of Medicine

Hey guys, Grace here! I am a Midwest girl who spent most of my life, including undergrad, in the great state of Minnesota. I dreamed of being a doctor since I was in middle school and spent my college years prepping for applying to medical school including becoming an EMT. My time in EMS was when emergency medicine swept me off my feet, and there really was no question about specialty after that. I went to medical school at Creighton University and had the unique opportunity to complete my didactic years in Omaha and my clinical years in sunny Phoenix.

Outside the department I love to spend my free time being active and exploring the outdoors. I love both preparing and eating food of all types, but I definitely have a huge sweet tooth and make chocolate chip cookies as often as possible. I am a fur momma and big-time animal lover! I dream of having a hobby farm full of rescued animals someday. Other things I enjoy are coffee, traveling, binging tv, and thrifting!

I chose Baystate because of the incredible people. Everyone has been overwhelmingly friendly welcoming. Even though my interview day was virtual it was clear that the whole group is a family. I cannot wait to start this new adventure!

James Kramer, DO

Dr James KramerPacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey all! My name is James, but my friends call me Jimmie. I am a true Pacific Northwesterner, with my family having homesteaded in Oregon after making the trek in covered wagons via the Oregon Trail. I completed my Undergraduate at Western Oregon University and worked in several healthcare settings, even as a CNA at the hospital where One flew over the coocoo's nest was filmed, before completing medical school at Pacific Northwest University.

I first learned of the training atmosphere of Baystate after working with several alumni as an ED scribe on the West Coast. Seeing how every physician trained at Baystate advocated for their patients not just in the department but upon discharge and was able to hand any patient that walked or rolled through the door I knew Baystate would be the ideal place to train! Then having an opportunity to complete a rotation at Baystate I was impressed by not only the training the residents receive but also the commitment to community and resident wellbeing.

Outside of the hospital the PNW stereotype holds true because I wear plaid shirts and you can find me with my wife, daughter and husky either riding our bikes, hiking a mountain, golfing, or snowboarding down a hillside dependent on the time of the year.

Dr Jinjoo LeeJinjoo Lee, DO

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone, I’m Jinjoo!  After moving around for a couple of years, it’s so great to be able to say I’m coming back home to Massachusetts! I grew up in Lexington MA and went to UMass Amherst for undergrad where I studied Nutrition.  After college I moved to Wisconsin and worked as an ED tech and a barista at Starbucks before going to med school (unconventional combo I know but trust me they actually have more similarities than you would think).

I chose Baystate because I knew this was a program that was committed to not only training amazing physicians but also supporting and encouraging their residents as well!  While I wasn’t able to rotate at Baystate, interacting with the faculty and residents during interview day really made me feel at home. Combine that with the diverse patient population and acuity that Baystate has to offer, I knew this was the program for me!

So excited to call Baystate home for the next 3 years and spend it with amazing faculty and co residents!

Dr Zoe LombardZoe Lombard, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus

Hi Friends! I am Zoe and I am from the Sunshine State. As a kid, my family took many vacations to Cape Cod, where I began to fall in love with New England. For undergrad, I went to Boston College where I played soccer for four years, go eags!! After undergrad, I moved to Alabama to train and play for USA Team Handball, which has taken me around the world and even gave me the opportunity to live in France. During that time I also worked as a heath coach and pursued my masters at the University of South Florida. Another move brought me to VCOM- Carolinas in the upstate of South Carolina for medical school. It was here where I adopted our dog Dunkin (yes after Dunkin’ Donuts) who is the best adventure buddy.

During my time off between undergrad and medical school, I worked in the local Emergency Department and fell in love. I loved the environment, the acuity, the banter, and the team-based approach. As I went through medical school, I always found myself gravitating back towards Emergency Medicine. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to rotate at Baystate during the fall of fourth year. By far the biggest thing that stood out to me were the people. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. They really made me feel apart of the team.

Some of my interests include: reading, hiking, traveling to new places, drinking lots of coffee, spike ball, and skiing. I’m excited to return to Massachusetts and begin my journey at Baystate!

Jacob (Jake) Luecke, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Dr Jacob LueckeHey there, I’m Jake! I was born and raised in the cornfields of northern Illinois, then headed south to Missouri for an undergrad degree in Theology and Philosophy. Following school, I took time to travel and work all over the country, from engineering in the Rockies to woodworking and welding in Missouri, then up to the rocky coast of Maine for…wait for it…more school, and a job as an Emergency Department technician. Though I had experienced the medical field in previous positions, it wasn’t until I worked in the ED that I finally felt the coupling of who I was with what I wanted to do for the rest of my life: serve others and create meaningful connections while challenging myself and those around me to be better people and providers.

I attended UConn School of Medicine in Farmington, CT, and continued to fall in love with emergency medicine as well as the Pioneer Valley during my time there. When it came time to apply for residency, my priorities were staying in New England, a high acuity center, a program that truly cares for its residents, and an EM family I would vibe with and that would make me the best physician I could be. Baystate checked every box and more. I am beyond excited to serve Western Mass and work/train within the excellent tradition Baystate EM has established.

Aside from medicine, I can usually be found outside or eating food, or both at the same time. I love trail running, hiking, camping, woodworking, and drinking beer under a mountain night sky with my girlfriend and pup. Being from the Midwest, my downhill skiing is a work in progress, but I love cross country and all New England winters have to offer. My alternate career would be as a chef, so I love cooking and not following recipes, and exploring craft breweries and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. I can’t wait to explore Western Mass, learn about its people and cultures, and train alongside everyone at Baystate!

Brendan McFall, DO

Dr Brendan McFallAlabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello hello! I was born and raised in Southern California and have taken the scenic route through college and beyond. I worked for a a decade in various industries including marketing, retail, movie theatre, hair salon, auto body, and motorsports before pursuing medicine. I graduated undergrad from Cal Poly Pomona and then attended the SMP Program at Georgetown University prior to medical school at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine where I also completed a Masters in Management with concentration in Leadership at Troy University.

Emergency Medicine caught my eye from the start of medical school and core rotations but my interest really sparked after a Wilderness Medicine rotation and spending 5 days on the Delta River in Alabama learning how to treat patients and get them to higher level of care with minimal resources. I was also interested in various other specialties and spent two years in General Surgery prior to coming back to my roots. Baystate caught my eye with its exceptional training, very supportive program director and faculty, and the amazing family culture embodied by the entire department. I am very proud to call Baystate EM my home.

My wife Kimberly is in Family Medicine but we love spending time with our two dobermans Princess Peach and Princess Daisy hiking, canoeing, traveling, taking naps, and enjoying the sun. You can find us outside by a campfire with good company and beverages when the weather permits and sometimes when it doesn’t!

Sebastian Orman, MD

Dr Sebastian OrmanGeorgetown University School of Medicine

Hey everyone! My name is Sebastian. I was born and raised in Connecticut. Growing up, I spent the majority of my time playing soccer, which culminated in a season-ending injury as a senior in high school. I spent a lot of time around doctors that year, which inspired me to shift my focus away from sports and instead on pursuing a career in medicine. 

The following year, I moved to Washington D.C. where I attended Georgetown for college and medical school. During undergrad, I worked as an EMT and was exposed to both emergency medicine and orthopedics. I ended up spending a few years at Brown for orthopedic residency, and to make a long story short, I realized I missed everything that emergency medicine has to offer. Thanks to a very supportive program at Brown, I was able to make the big career switch! 

During my third year of residency, I spent a month rotating at Baystate and absolutely fell in love with the program. There are so many amazing programs out there, but I ranked Baystate first because of the talented & caring attendings, the down-to-earth residents, the impressively high volume and acuity, and the special culture that challenges you while truly valuing your wellbeing.

Other than that, I love hiking, biking, running, and lifting. I’ve hiked in several state and national parks, and my goal is to explore as many of them as possible. I also enjoy a good sci-fi book and geeking out about space (if anyone wants to fund my Blue Origin flight, let me know!!).

Matthew (Matt) Senno, DO

Dr Matthew SennoUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I'm Matt, and I'm from Rhode Island.  I attended the University of New England in Maine for my undergrad. graduating with a degree in Psychology, and completed medical school there as well.  A New Englander at heart, I have been lucky enough to rotate at many different hospitals throughout the area, and I am so happy to remain here to complete my residency training.  The mix of a family atmosphere coupled with high quality academic training is what attracted me to the Baystate Emergency Medicine program.  

Outside of medicine, you can find me on outdoor adventures trying to keep up with my dog Sebastian.  I have also started to explore the world of wildlife and nature photography, which has allowed me to gain a better understanding of the wildlife that is found within New England.  My first true love is drumming though, and I spend a lot of time trying to find new bands to go and see (or drum with).

Syara Slaughter, DO

Dr Syara SlaughterPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! My name is Syara. Unlike everyone else, I can't really say that I have a hometown. My parents were in the military when I was younger and I have moved a ton. I was born in Fort Benning, Georgia and have lived in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, and Maryland! Now I'll be adding Massachusetts to the list!

For undergrad, I attended Rice University in Houston, Texas where I majored in Cognitive Sciences and minored in Anthropology and Biochem/Cell Bio. (After my mom reassured me that it was a real school and she was not playing a joke about my love of rice the food). After a gap year, I attended graduate school at PCOM Georgia where I received a masters in Biomedical Sciences and did research on antibiotic development. I then stayed at PCOM Georgia for medical school. 

Although I was not able to perform a rotation at Baystate, I could not be more excited to join the program. While the high acuity and amazing teaching faculty would be enough to draw anyone in, what really sold me on the program was how easy it was to talk with everyone from the residents to the PD during interview day and their commitment to wellness.

When I'm not working you can probably find me napping under the sun, reading a new book, hunting for a new eating spot, planning my next trip, or trying to learn a new language. 

Andrew Tan, DO

Dr Andrew TanNew York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Andrew, I was born and raised in NYC and have spent most of my life in the city. I completed undergrad at NYU, had a great time living in the heart of Manhattan, and went to medical school at NYITCOM. The main thing that drew me to EM was the high acuity cases, having the knowledge set to handle any type of situation, and the happiness and enthusiasm of the residents and medical staff while working. In my free time, I really enjoy going hiking, skiing, or going on impromptu weekend vacations. I also love exploring different restaurants and trying different types of foods. 

I was drawn to Baystate from how much they valued their residents, with a heavy focus on wellness and education. From speaking with the attendings and residents, I could see that Baystate really fostered a welcoming environment for their residents to grow and learn emergency medicine while allowing them to balance their time to enjoy their personal lives outside of medicine. That in addition to the high volume and caliber of cases as well as the procedural exposure put Baystate at the top of my list!

Ashley Tracy, DO

Dr Ashley TracyUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in the suburbs south of Atlanta, GA, and spent all of my childhood in the southern US until I moved to Costa Rica as a teenager. After spending five years there, I did my undergraduate at Kennesaw State University in GA studying International Affairs and Political Science. I also worked as an ED scribe for three years and ultimately decided to pursue medicine. I did medical school at UNECOM in Maine which allowed me to explore the Northeast for the first time.

I was fortunate enough to do 3 different rotations at Baystate, and what I loved most was how welcoming everyone was and how multiple people went out of their way to help me. I found the people at Baystate to be humble, genuine, and confident, and I knew that I wanted to be part of a program that would help highlight those traits in me as well. I am interested in Peds EM and toxicology but I have an open mind as to where my career will take me!

When I’m not working you can usually find me hanging out somewhere outdoors with my husband and my rambunctious one year old daughter. I also have two grumpy old cats who love to play with toys as long as they can stay stationary. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and swimming, and I love to try out new restaurants or coffee shops. I’m trying to get into biking as well now that the little one is old enough to tag along. I am passionate about music and singing in choirs and watching Broadway musicals. My family and I try to get back to Costa Rica as often as we can, and we hope to one day own a house down there!

Jenna Wells, MD

Dr Jenna WellsUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine

I was born and raised in rural Vermont and am very proud to be a Vermonter! Yes, I love maple syrup and I carry a small bottle around for my coffee. I went to Stony Brook University on Long Island for undergrad, worked in clinical research in the emergency department there for a year and then moved back to VT. Before attending medical school at The University of Vermont, I was a ski instructor, worked in the UVM ED as a scribe and research coordinator, and worked at a rural assisted living home. I cannot publicly report how many days I skied during medical school, but it is more than you are thinking. I love alpine/backcountry/XC skiing, biking, hiking, trail running, traveling, paddle boarding, quality craft beer, interior design projects, and spending time with my friends and family.

I am very excited to be pursuing my dream career in emergency medicine and am really looking forward to this adventure at Baystate! Even through a virtual interview, the incredible people at Baystate stood out. The emphasis on a strong emergency medicine education with resident wellness at the forefront was essential to me and Baystate checked the boxes. I am also thankful to still be close to my family in VT who are just a drive away!

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Dr Colleen BanniganColleen Bannigan, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine -Virginia Campus, Blacksburg, VA

Hey there, I'm Colleen! I was born and raised in Herndon, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. I attended Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where I served as a student athletic trainer for the university’s women's soccer team and received a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise. Following undergrad, I joined the Peace Corps and moved to a rural South African village where I worked as an HIV/AIDS outreach volunteer. After this rewarding experience, I returned to the U.S. and scribed for an orthopedic hand surgeon before attending VCOM for medical school.

I fell in love with EM following a month in Honduras, spent working in the ED at Hospital Escuela -- a public hospital in Tegucigalpa -- during my third year clinicals, and never looked back! While I was unable to rotate at Baystate during fourth year, it was always on my radar as someone who grew up vacationing in Cape Cod every summer. When considering programs, I had my sights set on both Massachusetts and a high-volume center with diverse patient population, longitudinal pediatrics, and international opportunities. I also wanted a program that supported my interest in pursuing a sports medicine fellowship. Baystate checked all of those boxes -- and as my final interview of the season, it became clear that I had saved the best for last!

In my free time, I enjoy golfing, skiing, and cheering for the Hokies and New England’s professional sports teams. My guilty pleasure is reality TV -- most notably 90 Day Fiancé and Summer House. I also enjoy traveling and photography and hope to dive back into these passions soon.

I’m very excited to have an opportunity to train at Baystate and become part of this awesome family!

Dr Dean CataldoDean Cataldo, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME

I was born and raised on the coast of Massachusetts on Plum Island. I then went to UMass Amherst and found my love for medicine. I spent a few years after getting my undergrad degree working as a social worker outside of Boston with low-income elders. Then I went to UNECOM for medical school and got to learn medicine while still being able to surf a few times a week.

Now, my wife and I are very excited to move back out to Western Mass – where we both lived while going to UMass together. We can’t wait to hit the slopes, trails, and breweries in the area.

Dr Colton ConradColton Conrad, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Howdy! Colton here. I grew up in Boone, North Carolina and consider it home. I became interested in medicine by accident when taking an anatomy class during high school. After graduating from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, I worked as a patient care technician in the emergency department of a local medical center. The hospital was a level 1 with a large rural catchment area. Working in the emergency department and seeing the acuity of patients and camaraderie of the staff convinced me emergency medicine was right for me.

I moved to Massachusetts in 2017 to attend the University of Massachusetts Medical School where I was enrolled in the PURCH track – a satellite campus of UMass whose home base is at Baystate Medical Center. My first experience in the Baystate ED was during my second year of medical school. I remember being pleasantly surprised at just how nice everyone was! Additionally, I was reminded of the hospital I previously worked in with an urban vibe and high acuity, but an arm that stretches deep into the surrounding rural areas. Since that moment three years ago, Baystate EM was where I wanted to be.

My fiancée is a South Boston native, third-year medical student interested in internal medicine and is a future Baystate resident hopeful. We love Western Massachusetts and hope to stay for a while! We like the outdoors, barbeque, binging TV series, and our cat Roxy.

Dr Laura DirectorLaura Director, MD

University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

Hello! I'm from Maine and love New England so much I went to both college and medical school here. In addition to loving all things Maine, I am a big fan of skiing, biking (mountain and road), ocean activities, lifting heavy things, all things Carolina basketball, fine-tipped pens, bourbon, and most importantly my dog. I knew EM was for me when I was working in Alta, Utah at a mountain-side clinic and never looked back.

After my interview at Baystate, I was left with the impression of a strong sense of community and an emphasis on wellness. I knew I wanted to train at a busy, high acuity center with a diverse population and Baystate is exactly that. Not to mention it's close to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and who isn't excited about that?!? I'm looking forward to joining the Baystate family and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to train at a wonderful program.

Dr Julianne EarleJulianne Earle, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine Glen Head, NY

Hey peeps! I’m Julianne - born and raised on the Southeast coast of Massachusetts in a little place called Fall River, less than two hours away. I am ecstatic to be returning home to MA for residency because my family means everything to me, and I couldn’t be happier to be at Baystate. My last four years have been spent at NYIT-COM in Long Island, NY, but prior to that I graduated from Stonehill College where I majored in Biology, minored in Spanish. I was an Emergency Medicine Scribe for just over a year after undergrad, and truly felt right at home. My mentors, my attendings, the nursing staff that I worked with just set the experience apart for me. Even through medical school, there was just nothing that compared to being in the ED.

Outside of the ED, I’m a Red Sox and Pats fan (yes, even after Brady) who loves cooking and food, the beach, iced coffee, hip hop and trap/rap music, puppies, DIY projects/home improvement, scrapbooking, camping, exploring new places, community service, and Netflix. I also love to travel, but that’s been temporarily put on pause until safe to do so!

In a year filled with unknowns during this application cycle, the one thing I did know was that Baystate was for me. It was probably the easiest decision to make because right off the bat (no pun intended), I knew this institution valued me as a doctor, a human, a woman, and a team player. From the strong emphasis on a culture of resident well-being to the way I immediately felt comfortable joining in on virtual resident game nights on Zoom - I had no doubt that this was where I belonged. It was truly a testament to the community at Baystate, and I consider myself so lucky to be here.

Dr Teana GravelTeana Gravel, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glen Head, NY

Hello everyone! I was born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts and am so excited to be returning to my home state! I went to undergrad at UMass Amherst where I played rugby and received my B.S. in Neuropsychology. After graduating, I spent two years working as a scribe for various specialties where I was able to connect with many amazing physicians who mentored me. During this time is when I ended up falling in love with emergency medicine.

I chose Baystate because I had my sights set on returning home to MA and wanted to be somewhere with a high volume and diverse patient population to maximize my education. I am also interested in working with vulnerable populations, and Baystate offers the opportunity to do this both locally and abroad. After meeting the people at Baystate, I knew it was the place for me and felt like home (even through virtual interviews). Everyone was so welcoming, and I knew it was somewhere I would not only become the best physician I can be, but also somewhere I would have fun doing it at the same time.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our dogs, Cairo and Cleo, traveling to find the best beaches, cooking, eating, and wine. I play many sports, and I also enjoy the occasional hike which will be even more accessible in beautiful Western MA. I am very excited to join the Baystate family on this journey!

Dr Georgina KoutouzisGeorgina Koutouzis, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine -Virginia Campus, Blacksburg, VA

Hi, I’m Geo! I was born in Hartford, CT, and raised just 40 minutes away from Baystate where I grew up helping with the family restaurant business. I attended UConn as an undergraduate, where I created my own major called Human Health & Multiculturalism, while working full time as a bar manager. I decided to take a few gap years, during which time I also worked as an EMT part-time and received a master’s degree in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins. I just graduated from VCOM for medical school and am excited for this next step in my journey!

I knew from my first EMT shift that I wanted to go into emergency medicine. The fast pace, quick decision-making skills, and ability to connect with a wide variety of people also (oddly enough) mirrored everything I enjoyed about running a bar. Although I did not have the pleasure of doing an audition rotation at Baystate, this program had always been on my radar, as it had a great local reputation. I knew I wanted to return to the Northeast to practice medicine and I have a lot of fond memories of Western MA growing up (going to Six Flags, the Big E, etc.). Baystate met all the criteria I was looking for in a program and exceeded my already high expectations during the resident social and interview day.

In my free time, I enjoy visiting new coffee shops, browsing antique/thrift stores, doing anything crafty/ DIY, and lounging around with my cat, Poopsie. I’m thrilled to come back home to New England and train at a great program with a group of awesome co-residents.

Dr Kelsie MitchellKelsie Mitchell, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME

Hey everyone! I'm Kelsie, born and raised in Massachusetts. I’m returning to western Mass having studied Public Health at UMass Amherst for undergrad. After graduating, I did a 180 and moved to California to work harvest at a winery in Sonoma. Among some of the most beautiful views I'll ever have at a workplace, I decided I liked caring for people more than caring for wine, and I returned to Mass to apply to medical school. First as a scribe then as tech in the ER, I was introduced to emergency medicine and grew to love the camaraderie among the chaos.

I attended the University of New England in Maine where I was intent on applying to emergency medicine. Well…my clinical years did try to sway me, but ultimately, it was my rotation at Baystate during a pandemic that I felt most at home. While COVID-19 brought changes to medical education, from day one at Baystate I was supported by program leadership. Residents were open and welcoming, the pathology diverse, and the academic resources numerous. Above all, however, there was a sense of community at Baystate that I knew would be difficult to replicate elsewhere, and I’m ecstatic to call Baystate my home for the next three years.

Dr Alyssa MuchiskyAlyssa Muchisky, MD

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA

My name is Alyssa and I am originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I attended the University of Scranton where I graduated with a degree in Biology in 2016. During my time in college, I spent a semester at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and developed a love for traveling and exploring new places. During my gap year, I worked as a sales rep at a local mall and saved up enough to travel to Italy and Greece before starting medical school at GCSOM. In my spare time I like to hike, try new restaurants, and chill with some good wine and Netflix. My favorite past time is taking afternoon naps with my two cats, Peppermint and Piper.

Baystate was the top choice for residency for both my significant other, Sahil (an incoming EM intern!) I for many reasons. We both wanted to go someplace that would challenge us academically and expose us to high volume of critically ill patients. More importantly, we looked for a place that would support each of us individually and as a couple as we navigate residency. Baystate has all of this to offer and more. I truly felt like the residents I met prior to my interview were extremely happy to be there and loved the program. On interview day, it was evident that the faculty really cared about the residents and were committed to making the program the best it could be. I really believe they live up to the “work hard, play hard” motto and I am beyond excited to be joining the Baystate family!

Dr Caleb Noone

Caleb Noone, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Hey everyone, I’m Caleb! I grew up in a small town in Southern Maine. My undergrad degree is from UMass-Amherst, where I studied sports management. After college, I moved to Chicago for 4 years and worked as an account executive for a few companies; including Groupon when it was a small startup. When I realized this was not the career path for me, I applied to Teach for America. The Americorps program placed me in rural Arkansas near the Mississippi River. I taught high school math and coached basketball. During my 3rd year of teaching, I started taking pre-medical courses at night and my path to medicine began.

I ultimately ended up back at UMass for medical school where I was lucky enough to complete my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations at Baystate. This is where I became attracted to emergency medicine. The diversity of patients, fast-paced atmosphere and teamwork are what drew me to the specialty. After deciding on EM, choosing to train at Baystate was a no-brainer. From the first day I set foot in the department I felt comfortable and welcomed. The faculty, residents and staff are all dedicated to training exceptional EM physicians, creating a family environment and promoting wellness.

Outside of medicine, I love going on adventures and exploring the world with my wife and 4 year old daughter. We enjoy any activities that get us out in nature like camping and hiking. My interests also include trail running, road cycling, rock climbing, woodworking and DIY projects!

NormanEmilyEmily Norman, MD

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH

Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I grew up in Amherst, MA. I could not be more excited to return to Western MA for residency. I went to Vassar College for undergrad where I majored in Biology and Anthropology. After graduation, I attended Columbia University where I obtained my Masters in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Global Health. During that program, I was lucky enough to live in Durban, South Africa for six months where I worked as a research assistant on a project involving STI treatment. I then switched gears and worked as a paraprofessional in a first grade classroom while I applied to medical school. Next on my tour of the Northeast was a stop in Hanover, NH for medical school at Dartmouth.

I knew I was interested in Emergency Medicine from the first day of medical school as my dad and sister are both ED nurses. I also knew that I wanted to go to Baystate for residency as I had heard from many different people that the program has the perfect mix of high acuity, diverse patient population, and a caring and welcoming environment to learn. Although I was sad to not be able to visit Baystate as a visiting student due to COVID, the strengths of the program and close relationships were apparent even over Zoom.

In my free time, I love to swim, bike, cook, read novels, watch bad reality TV and hang out with my family!

Dr Sahil PandyaSahil Pandya, MD

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, PA

Hey everybody, I’m Sahil! I am a lifelong northeastern Pennsylvania native. I grew up in Allentown, where I attended both high school and college at Muhlenberg College. My Emergency Medicine journey began my senior year of college, where I worked as a scribe at Lehigh Valley Hospital and had the opportunity to work with amazing mentors that helped guide my career path to EM. After graduating college, I took a year off where I applied to medical school, continued my work as a scribe, and learned about the joys of traveling. I was accepted to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA (home of the Office) and now am leaving the nest of Northeast PA and traveling further north to Springfield, Massachusetts! When I’m not busy doing medicine-related activities, I love to travel, hike, spend time with my significant other (Alyssa Muchisky – another incoming EM intern!) and our two chonky cats, Peppermint and Piper.

In a time of unprecedented virtual interviews, Baystate stood out to me for multiple reasons. Despite the virtual setting, my interactions with the current residents and hearing about their supportive culture and overall experience in the program really jumped out. Moreover, interacting and talking with the program leadership and faculty on the interview day left me with those warm fuzzy feelings - I knew this was the right program for me. After these experiences, I knew that this program would train me to be an excellent emergency physician while supporting Alyssa and me as we navigate residency. We both are incredibly excited to begin the next stage of our life and join the Baystate EM team!

Dr Michael PennaMichael Penna, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA

I am a Western Mass native who grew up in the Berkshires in the tiny hill town of Washington. I completed undergrad at Providence College, where I majored in psychology. After college, I still wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I worked on clinical research trials for the treatment of alcohol dependence at Yale while I tried to figure it out. Once I had decided on medical school, I entered a post-baccalaureate program at UMass Dartmouth to complete the necessary prefer courses. I also worked as an emergency department scribe at Berkshire Medical Center before starting med school. That was where my love story with emergency medicine really began.

I think the best way to judge a residency program is by looking at the type of physician it puts out into the world. I was fortunate to work with many Baystate EM grads and residents during my time at Berkshire Medical Center. I quickly saw that they were not only incredible clinicians but also incredible people. They were well-equipped to handle whatever came through the door and, believe it or not, they had lives and personalities outside of medicine. Even before med school started, I knew Baystate was where I wanted to train someday, and I am ecstatic that day has finally come.

Outside of the hospital, I like to spend my time on hiking trips, cooking with my fiancé, playing basketball, and golfing (poorly).

Dr Ana Maleesa SantosAna Maleesa Santos, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

I am Ana Maleesa Santos, I go by Maleesa to most everyone. I am from Albany, NY and I went to Eastern Nazarene College for undergrad and I went to medical school at UMass med. I played soccer all four years of undergrad, after that, I took two years between college and medical school. I worked as a patient care technician in the emergency room at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. That is where my love for emergency medicine began.

I first heard about Baystate at UMass, where it's reputation for excellent resident training and resident wellness preceded itself. I was fortunate to be able to rotate at Baystate in summer of my fourth year where I was able to see that its reputation held up in person. The patients were sick and complicated and yet the residents seemed at ease with taking care of them. Every person who was working in the ER seemed like they were there to help each other be the best provider they could be, and I knew from the first week that was where I wanted to train.

When I'm not in the hospital you can find me either reading, on the couch watching Netflix, on the soccer field, or on the golf course.

Dr Emily SchafferEmily Schaffer, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME

Hello! My name is Emily and I am so excited to be pursuing emergency medicine at Baystate! I am originally from the small town of Litchfield in southern New Hampshire. My undergraduate journey was tangential but enabled me to hit three corners of the United States, including Miami, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, and Eugene, Oregon. I obtained my B.S. from the University of Oregon in biology and human physiology with a minor in chemistry. Following undergraduate, I initially worked as a medical scribe alongside a movement disorder specialist. I later became a clinical trials coordinator in pediatric anesthesiology. Following this position, I became a project manager in medical imaging at a clinical research organization.

My inspiration for entering emergency medicine stems from my mom, who is an emergency medicine physician assistant. Her first day of undergraduate was my first day of first grade, and during middle school I often helped her to study in between soccer games and drama club. When she started working in emergency medicine, I was drawn to the wide breadth of stories and people she was able to help. Despite trying to keep an open mind on my rotations, I found myself drawn back to emergency medicine for the pace, diversity, and ability to develop a differential. I was able to perform research at Baystate on medication assisted treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in the emergency setting and loved working with the medical providers at Baystate. During my interviews with Baystate, I gained a sense of belonging while feeling confident that my training would be exemplary.

In my free time, I am a cornhole board creator and enthusiast. In the summers, you can find me wakeboarding and boating with family. In the winters, you can catch me snowboarding on the slopes. My backup career is being a Facebook market flipper, which started with my love of furniture restoration. I have been a singer since the moment I learned to speak and once sang backup for Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. I love social events, live music, and sporting games. A fun fact about me is that on my 12th birthday I decided to become vegetarian and have not eaten meat for the past 18 years since then!

I am so excited to join the Baystate EM family and look forward to this next step in my journey.

Dr Bessie YoungBessie Young, MD

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

Hi! I’m Bessie or Bes. I grew up in New Jersey and for undergrad went to nearby Amherst College. I fell in love with this area the moment I saw the Holyoke Range and that feeling has kept leading me back here. I studied art in college and, after a few years abroad photographing elder care homes, came back to the Pioneer Valley for a post-bacc program. Now, after five years in the Bay Area for an MD/MS, I’m so excited to be returning to a place I love.

Baystate won my heart during the pre-application zooms. I found everyone to be so kind and welcoming and talking to faculty and residents brought back all my fondest memories of the area. The program felt like home, and I knew it was a place where I would be supported and challenged in equal measure.

In my free time, I like building stuff, growing stuff, cooking stuff, and laughing at stuff, usually with friends but sometimes just with my cat, Winifred.

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Danielle Aston, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Danielle AstonHi everyone, I’m Dani! I’m an eastern Massachusetts native and I am looking forward to coming back to Massachusetts for residency! I completed my undergraduate education at Stonehill College where I majored in biology and played club rugby for three years. I worked as a phlebotomist and emergency medicine scribe for two years before heading to Long Island for medical school. While working these two jobs I became close with a few attendings who went above and beyond to teach me and immerse me in the world of emergency medicine and that’s where I caught the bug.

During my clinical rotations, I made a conscientious effort to remain open-minded to other specialties but I always felt home in the emergency department. I was fortunate enough to rotate at Baystate in my fourth year and there was no question in my mind that Baystate was where I hoped to end up for residency. As a student who did not have a home institution, it impressed me how the faculty made every effort not only to ensure we had a fantastic rotation but to offer themselves and any resource they could to help us individual applicants. Moreover, it was clear how close the residents were both inside and outside of the hospital and there was no doubt in my mind this was a family I hoped to be a part of. I knew that if I came to Baystate I wouldn’t just learn how to practice emergency medicine but, in Dr. Osborne’s words, I would learn how to “thrive” in emergency medicine.

In my spare time I try to remain active and enjoy trying new things. I love exploring new restaurants/coffee shops/breweries, cooking, board games, yoga, photography, hikes in the woods with my dogs, and live music… but I am always down for a good show binge!

Stephanie Ayala, DO

Dr Stephanie AyalaBurrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I grew up in upstate NY, just 90 minutes west of Springfield. My last four years were spent in New Mexico for medical school (green chile!) I’m excited to be returning to the east coast for residency, especially since it puts me so close to home. Half of my family is from Cali, Colombia and I travel there when possible to visit. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, cooking, crocheting, salsa dancing, and spending time with my boyfriend and our three shih-tzus Benny, Bub, and Charlotte.

Prior to starting medical school, I worked as a paramedic, scribe, teacher, and research assistant. I chose Baystate because I had an amazing experience during my rotation here as a fourth-year student. They truly invested in me as a student and provided me with unbiased mentorship throughout the residency application process. The acuity and volume at Baystate are high, the patient population is diverse, and the broad catchment area provides a wide variety of pathology. This was also the best academic environment I had encountered when compared to other sites where I rotated. Ultimately, no other place checked all of the boxes like Baystate did. I’m looking forward to joining the family!

Cassidy Carpenter, DO

Dr Cassidy CarpenterUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in California and originally came out to the east coast to run cross country at Vassar College. After undergrad, I spent a year scribing in an ER back in California and completely fell in love with Emergency Medicine. I ended up coming back to the east coast for medical school in Maine at the University of New England.

During my fourth year, I rotated at Baystate in the Emergency Department and felt completely at home. I loved the kind, inclusive, and welcoming environment so prevalent across the whole department and couldn't imagine doing my residency anywhere else. I love running, hiking, and enjoying a good cup of coffee and I’m looking forward to exploring all the trails in Western Massachusetts and my time at Baystate!

Alex Estrella, MD

Dr Alex EstrellaNew York University School of Medicine

Say hey - I'm Alex! I grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst while pursuing a nursing degree. My first exposure to emergency medicine came in the Baystate Emergency Department. After graduating from college I worked as an RN in the Emergency Department at Baystate Mary Lane hospital in Ware before heading to New York University for medical school.

I could not be more excited to come back home to Baystate for residency. This is the place I fell in love with the field and the people here are nothing short of incredible.

When I'm not in the ED I like climbing rocks and drinking beer, usually not at the same time.

Catherine Faulkner, MD

Dr Catherine FaulknerGeisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Hi Everyone! I lived in Colorado until I was 10 years old and then moved to Long Island so I enjoy both winter and beach activities! I went to college at Northeastern University where I fell in love with all Massachusetts has to offer. I enjoy hiking, skiing, anything with dogs and eating great food.

Baystate stood out to me during the pre-interview dinner because it was obvious how happy all the residents and attending were, along with their great relationships. Baystate offers outstanding training with a supportive network while still prioritizing wellness. This was the place I felt most at home during interviews and I am excited to begin my training at Baystate!

Erica Jessen, MD

Dr Erica JessenZucker School of Medicine at Hofstra

I grew up in the Farmington Valley in Connecticut and got my undergraduate degree from UCONN. I then moved to San Diego for a couple years before moving back east for med school in New York. I grew up playing soccer, basketball, and golf and continue to enjoy staying active hiking, biking, and playing with my dog Mango!

My partner and I knew we wanted to come back to New England for my residency. She went to Smith for undergrad and grad school and loves the Pioneer Valley so Baystate’s location was perfect for us. I didn’t have a chance to rotate at Baystate, but the program seemed to check off all of the boxes I was looking for: large catchment area, diverse patients, and a commitment to resident education and wellness. Then, when I came for the interview I walked away with those warm fuzzy feelings and knew it would be the fit for me. I am very excited to join the team at Baystate and start my EM training.

Brendon Kinsley, MD

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Dr Brendon KinsleyI grew up on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I pursued competitive snowboarding before starting college in California, where I studied Spanish. I finished my undergraduate degree at Georgetown University with a B.S. in Biology. After college, I went back to Vermont to be closer to family and to access their vast maple syrup reserves. I wanted more clinical exposure before starting medical school so I worked for several years as a Nurse Assistant.

I had a great experience rotating at Baystate as a medical student. The faculty and residents advocated for my education each shift and provided me with every possible learning opportunity. I was drawn to the collaborative environment in which the providers, nurses, and support staff are cultivated. In my free time, I like to snowboard, mountain bike, garden, spend time with my partner, and read science fiction books.

I chose Baystate because of its opportunities and people. I knew that I wanted a clinical environment that could offer a broad exposure to varied pathologies and one that serves a socioeconomically and culturally diverse patient base. I knew I wanted to use my Spanish during every shift, working with patients to improve the quality of their care. I also knew that I would need mentorship throughout my residency and I saw that this is ingrained into Baystate’s culture. Lastly, I saw a place where I could lay down some roots (gardening pun) during my residency with a great group of people who care about their work and each other equally.

I’m very pleased to be joining the Baystate family and I look forward to starting this chapter of my life with this group of people.

Mackenzie LaPorte, MD

Albany Medical College

Dr Mackenzie LaPorteI was born and raised in central NY and went on to pursue both my undergraduate (Union College) and medical education in the capital region around Albany, NY. During this time, I developed parallel interests in the worlds of quality improvement, healthcare management, and the field of judgment and decision making. My undergraduate education and MBA in healthcare management provided the freedom to pursue these interests, while medical school allowed me to explore the aspects of clinical medicine I need to feel fulfilled. I was drawn to emergency medicine by the opportunity to work in a team, caring for a diverse patient population while unpacking a wide clinical tool-kit to provide care.

I loved my time rotating at Baystate as a medical student and was impressed by the program's commitment to residents, excellence in training, and patient population. The residents and faculty made Baystate feel like home while on my away rotation, an impression that was solidified on my interview day.

My interests outside of medicine include: thrift - shopping, reading, decorating, and pilates/yoga.

Caroline Lloyd, DO

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Caroline LloydHi friends! I’m Caroline. Born and raised in northwest Connecticut, I grew up listening to our Boy Scout camp neighbors rap “I’m a Little Teapot” and the fun hasn’t stopped since. I went to Santa Clara University for undergrad, where I majored in Bioengineering and Biology. After graduating, I started volunteering as an EMT in my hometown, but after a few months I uprooted everything and moved to Rwanda as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer. I spent two years teaching mainly biology (with a spattering of “siporo” aka gym) in my tiny village on top of a hill. About a year into Peace Corps, I decided there was no other profession for me than being a physician and that was it. After returning stateside, I spent the next few years fully immersed in Emergency Medicine while working as an EMT in Hartford, CT. I’ve spent the last 5 years in Atlanta, GA for school, spending an extra year honing my osteopathic manipulative medicine skills which I’m excited to share and use during residency.

Baystate was my top choice for residency from the moment I learned about the program. I did my last audition rotation here and knew immediately it was the place for me. While the patient volume and acuity are very impressive, it was the people and the emphasis on work-life balance that really spoke to me. I loved the close family feel between the residents and attendings, fostering a positive learning environment in a busy ED. Baystate has a major focus on resident wellness and balance, not just talking about it but actually doing it. Plus, Dr. Osborne is an amazing PD, he genuinely cares about his residents and is extremely kind, open and approachable.

I love traveling and all things outdoors. During any free time, you’ll find me and my husband adventuring somewhere out in nature with our 90 lb. lap dog. If you can’t find us in the woods, it means we’ve taken our adventuring to some far off land and we’ll resurface once we’ve found all the cool, historical, natural wonders of the world we can. Long story short, I am stoked to train here and be part of the Baystate family!

Sarah McHugh, MD

University of Rochester School of Medicine

Dr Sarah McHughI was born in Northampton, MA but was raised in upstate New York, right over the NY-MA border. I attended the State University of New York at Potsdam for undergrad and have degrees in both biology and mathematics. While in college, I worked as a patient care tech in a community ED and was hooked on medicine from there on out.

I loved my time as a tech in the ED and was inspired by my father, who is an emergency medicine physician in western MA, and how much enjoyment and fulfillment his work brought him. However, while in medical school at the University of Rochester I was sure to explore all options and have an open mind. Of course, I kept coming back to emergency medicine as the best fit for me and am so excited to be part of the EM community!

I chose Baystate because I was struck by the welcoming and positive environment in the ED when I rotated here. I was truly impressed by the balance of having a high volume and acuity program with such a family feel and faculty that truly value wellness. I am interested in pediatric emergency medicine and also loved my experience in Baystate’s Peds ED with the many wonderful faculty!

In my free time, I enjoy getting outdoors or hanging out at home with my future husband and all our animals. Additionally, family is very important to me and I am excited to be coming back to the area to be conveniently located to family in eastern New York and throughout Massachusetts.

Steven Moss, DO

Dr Steven MossUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up on Long Island in Massapequa, NY. I attended Villanova University outside of Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. While there I got my first emergency medicine experience as a research associate at a Philadelphia hospital which is where I decided to pursue a career in medicine. After graduation I worked as a clinical assistant in the urgent care setting and took some time to travel (including a trip to Houston to watch Villanova win its 2nd national championship, Go Cats). From there I attended the University of New England up in Maine.

I chose Baystate because of the great experience I had on my interview day and the many great things I had heard from those who rotated here. I enjoyed the family feel among the residents and faculty, and felt that I would be a great fit within the program. I am very excited to get the opportunity to train at Baystate and am thrilled to be a part of such a great EM program.

Jessica Patel, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Jessica PatelHey! My name is Jessica Patel and I’m originally from Franklin, MA, about an hour and a half away from Springfield. I went to undergrad at Quinnipiac University in CT and after graduation spent a year living and volunteering abroad in the Dominican Republic. After coming back to the USA, I worked as a medical scribe in the ED at Milford Regional Medical Center and absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the ED and all of its organized chaos.

For my third year of medical school I was sent to Mercy Medical Center right down the street from Baystate. I found ways to come to Baystate and shadow in their ED, which made me want to apply for an audition rotation in my fourth year. That audition was hands down one of the best learning experiences for me. It was the interactions with the faculty members and their dedication to teaching that made me rank Baystate as my #1 choice for residency! It was obvious that they care about their residents and would be a great support system in these upcoming years. Baystate also has the high acuity and diverse patient population I was looking for in a program.

When I’m not on rotations, you can usually find me wherever the sun is. I love to travel and have my trusty backpack for adventures. I also enjoy working out, listening to music, and watching Netflix (with a glass of wine). I’ll take any show recommendations you can pass along.

Joseph Stevens, DO

University of Pikesville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Joseph StevensI grew up in Southern Maine and finished high school there before my family moved to North Carolina. I attended undergrad at Northeastern in Boston and got my bachelor's degree in Biology. After undergrad, I lived and worked in Boston for five years doing pre-clinical drug research. I went to medical school in Eastern Kentucky, where I learned all about bluegrass music, horse racing, and what exactly is a "holler". I went in to medical school interested in Emergency Medicine and after doing my rotations, fell smack in love with this specialty.

I did a one month ultrasound rotation at Baystate that was the highlight of my 4th year. I got a great look at the program, the residents, and the hospital. What stood out then, and even more after rotating at other programs, was how everyone seemed to really love what they were doing. Add in the size of the department, number of patients, and acuity, and Baystate was exactly what I was looking for.

In my free time, I'm a lot like most people in EM-- I like being outside. When I'm not working, I'm probably running, fly fishing on one of the great rivers in western Mass, or hiking around somewhere.

Luca Tomasi, MD

Dr iLuca TomasTufts University School of Medicine

I was born in Virginia and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. I am an only child and am 28 years old. I attended the University of Rhode Island where I received my Bachelors of Science degree. I then attended Tufts University School of Medicine.

It was at Baystate Medical Center that I first fell in love with Emergency Medicine, in large part thanks to the dedicated, caring, and talented team. I was drawn to Baystate for my residency training because of the strength of the program and the warm and supportive staff. During the three rotations that I spent at Baystate during medical school, I was more than convinced that Baystate was a place I could not only become the best physician I can be, but also be part of a team that is not just coworkers, but also friends.

Michael Zampi, MD

Albany Medical College

Dr Michael ZampiI was born and raised just southwest of Boston, MA and went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for college. I ended up staying in the Capital Region of New York State after college, where I got involved in basic science research, got a Master’s degree, worked as a nurse’s aid, and entered medical school at Albany Medical College. I found a home in emergency medicine, as I need a fast-paced work environment that incorporates a wide range of knowledge and skills with high levels of teamwork.

Baystate was an obvious favorite when considering residency. My interview visit felt warm and welcoming, with a great team of residents who were hard-working, yet easy-going. The program director was approachable and highly invested, truly appreciating the balance between hard work and overall wellness. In addition to the people, the training at Baystate has all the components needed to produce impressive EM physicians: high acuity, high patient volume, and diverse pathology. A final added perk is that I get to make my long-awaited return to living in Massachusetts and will live closer to family!

In my free time, I'm a dedicated runner (when my legs let me), and like outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, tennis, and throwing a frisbee. I also enjoy live music, playing guitar, and cooking.

Meghann Zapcic, MD

Dr Meghann ZapcicLewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Hi everyone! I'm Meghann—I grew up in Lancaster, PA before attending UMass Amherst for my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and worked as the Director of Operations for UMass EMS. I found my love for emergency medicine through my time as an EMT, and kept that passion throughout medical school at Temple University. In my free time I love being outside doing everything from hiking and skiing to riding my horse as well as baking new recipes and spending time doing CrossFit/Olympic weightlifting!

I chose Baystate because the faculty and residents were the most genuine people when I met them, and the culture truly balances the wellness of its residents with time to have fun as well as work hard and learn. I wanted a program with the acuity and variety to train me to be the best Emergency Physician possible as well as give me opportunities in disaster medicine and EMS, and I truly believe Baystate delivers in all areas.