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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.

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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Danielle Aston, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi 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

Burrell 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

University 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

New 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

Geisinger 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

Zucker 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

I 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, mountainbike, 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

I 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

Hi 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

I 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

University 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

Hey! 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

I 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

Tufts 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

I 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

Lewis 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.

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Kristen Dalton MD

Dr. Kristen Dalton

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

I was born and raised in the great state of Massachusetts! I attended Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont where I gained a Bachelors of Science in Biology and volunteered for the Saint Michael's Rescue squad. Catching the bug for emergency medicine there, I knew that I wanted to go to medical school but also felt that I needed to take some time off after college. I moved to Boston and worked in clinical research for five years before returning to Vermont to attend medical school.

I knew that Baystate was the place for me after I reached out to Dr. Osborne during a tough time in medical school and he gave me encouragement and sound advice. When I came and studied at Baystate during June of my fourth year, I felt like I was home. The acuity and volume of the department here is second to none. I was impressed by the skill set and confidence of the residents I met while here and enjoyed the camaraderie between the faculty and residents.

I wanted to train at a department that was busy with high acuity and a diverse patient population. Realizing that I could do it while having fun and being able to have some time for myself made Baystate number one on my rank list. I am excited to learn, grow and have some fun over the next three years!

Caitlin Farrell DO

Dr. Caitlin Farrell

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi All, I am Caitlin. My medical training has taken an unconventional path, but I could not be more thrilled to be returning home to train in Emergency medicine at Baystate. Originally from New Haven, CT, I have been in New England most of my life. I am a graduate of Trinity College and The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, I received my MPH from Boston University, where I truly developed my passion for health policy and underserved medicine. I then spent two years training in Family Medicine in Chicago before realizing that Emergency Medicine was my true calling.

I chose to train at Baystate because it had everything that I was looking for in a program – outstanding training, phenomenal co-residents, high acuity, and a diverse patient population. My career goal is to combine my love of emergency medicine and healthcare policy to advocate for the underserved. When I am not in the hospital, you can find me at the local coffee shop, in the yoga studio, or exploring with my French Bulldog, Lucy. I could not be more thrilled to become a member of the Baystate EM family

Mathew Goebel MD

Dr. Mathew Goebel

UC San Diego School of Medicine

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, later moving to Utah to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts Studies. I was a union stagehand and sound engineer for ten years. I worked at events for tech companies like Apple, Intel, and Oracle. I was the chief sound engineer at Google’s Mountain View campus for a while. I also worked for the Olympic Broadcasting Service at the Sochi Olympics and ESPN/Fox Sports for professional skateboarding competitions and college football. As a stagehand, I witnessed a number of mishaps in the workplace, which led me to become an EMT.

As an EMT I fell in love with emergency medicine. I loved the quick thinking, the uncertainty, and more than anything working in a team. After finishing undergrad, I went on to become a paramedic. I volunteered as a paramedic and worked as an ED EKG tech while completing a post-bac for several years before starting medical school at UC San Diego. During my post-bac, I became heavily interested in research, which led me to pursue a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research between my third and fourth year of medical school. My research interests include prehospital and retrieval medicine, emergency cardiology, and applications of data visualization, natural language processing, and machine learning. Recently, I have integrated medicine and professional audio by editing podcasts and providing technical direction for conferences.

While I was sold on emergency medicine from day zero of medical school, I tried to keep an open mind during all my rotations. No matter what, I kept coming back to emergency medicine because of the pace, acuity, and the camaraderie. My EM rotations felt like coming home; I had found my tribe.

Baystate was one of two programs I interviewed at where wellness was actually a priority from the top down. None of this “online mindfulness modules” or “yoga no one can go to” stuff. Everything about the residency is structured so you can get incredible training, while still having a life outside the hospital. Baystate was also one of only two programs to back-up their claims about acuity, procedures, and patient volume with actual numbers. I am so lucky and excited to start my emergency medicine career here!

Michelle Holton DO

Dr. Michelle Holton

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! I am from Rhode Island originally, but left after high school to head down to the University of Maryland for undergrad, Georgetown University for grad school, and finally Florida for medical school. I have been interested in EM since volunteering as a first responder in high school and college, but it was working as a medical scribe in college and grad school, and finally rotating as a medical student that confirmed the ED is where I belong. My husband is an ER nurse from the North Shore of Massachusetts and will also be working in the Baystate ED. We have always wanted to return home to the Northeast for residency, and couldn’t be more excited about moving to Northampton.

While rotating at Baystate it was clear that the ED is truly a family. Everyone was so welcoming, enthusiastic, and dedicated to teaching and to creating a positive work environment and strong work-life balance. I was impressed with how invested the attendings are in getting to know the residents and students, and the close-knit, easygoing relationships between everyone in the program. The large patient volume, diverse patient population, beautiful ED, and vast amount of resources for the residency programs only sealed the deal on Baystate being a perfect fit.

Outside of the hospital, you’ll find me cooking, cycling on my Peloton, watching Marvel, Star Wars, and DC Comics movies, exploring the food and sights of Pioneer Valley, and spending time with my husband and our dog.

Joseph Lahey MD

Dr. Joseph LaheyUniversity of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

I was born in Massachusetts but primarily raised in Derry, New Hampshire. Most of my family is from Massachusetts and I have always lived in New England and love it here. I ended up doing my undergraduate degree in Burlington, Vermont at UVM and loved it so much I stayed for Medical School. I originally became interested in Emergency Medicine because of my experience as an EMT on an ambulance and within the emergency department during my years of school in Burlington. In my free time time I enjoy skiing, camping, and hiking. I also enjoy playing video/board games and spending time with my dogs! As mentioned before, I love New England including its many sports teams, particularly the Pats, Celts, and Sox.

I chose Baystate for a few reasons. I wanted to stay in New England as I love the opportunities to ski/hike/get outdoors and still be close to my family. I did a rotation at the Baystate ED as a medical student and I absolutely loved the department and the focus on teaching and wellness. My brother completed residency at Baystate and he only had good things to say about his experience so I knew that I would be happy here! To sum it up, it was an easy decision!

Cody Laverdiere DO

Dr. Cody LaverdiereWestern University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Lebanon Campus

Hello! My name is Cody Laverdiere and I am a West coast native having grown up in CA and going to med school in OR. I love all things outdoor, coffee as dark as possible, and traveling as much as I can! I first found out about Baystate simply by looking at which programs offer the highest volume, acuity, well-diverse training, and have an established national reputation. I then spent a month here doing an EM ultrasound rotation and the rest is history! Three aspects of my month here really resonated with me. 1) The training and comfort level of the residents here is truly unlike any other program I have seen. 2) The family environment and huge emphasis on resident wellness as well as thriving throughout residency. 3) Dr. Osborne is the most sincere and caring PD I could imagine. I am beyond thrilled to have matched here at Baystate if you can’t already tell!

Bryanne Macdonald MD

Dr. Bryanne Macdonald

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I am a Western Massachusetts native, born at Baystate Medical Center and growing up in Belchertown. I completed my undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College where I competed on the western riding team and was fortunate enough to travel across the country to compete and ride. After undergraduate I attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School where my love for Emergency Medicine and medical education blossomed.

Most of my free time is spent riding or competing on my horse Louie, spending time (usually outdoors) with my two dogs and husband or catching up on the newest movies in theaters. I’m also a huge foodie who loves cooking (but mostly eating) and have even spent several years helping design and make ice cream for two local ice cream businesses. Baystate was my top choice program for several reasons. Growing up in the area, I knew the Baystate ED was a high volume facility with a large array of pathology and patient populations giving me the training I needed to be a successful EM physician. However, it wasn’t until my rotation in the Baystate ED during my fourth year that I really knew it was the place for me. I loved their emphasis on physician wellness and the feeling that the program was one big family. You could tell every shift that not only were the attendings invested in your training and education, but also were genuinely interested in who you were as a person. Furthermore, the emergency department itself exudes an unparalleled sense of teamwork and camaraderie among all faculty and staff that made me feel right at home.

I cannot wait to join this amazing family and learn from amazing physicians all while serving my local community.

Dr. Daniel Madden

Daniel Madden MD, MPH

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Dylan Maziur DO

Dr. Dylan Maziur

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey guys! I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and I went to Loyola University Chicago for my undergraduate schooling where I majored in biochemistry. While I was there I played on the men’s club volleyball team and volunteered with the campus EMS program. This was my first exposure to emergency medicine and I was instantly hooked. I then went on to medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school I got married and my wife is a nurse. We enjoy our free time hiking, playing with our German Shepherd, exploring local restaurants, and binging TV shows.

Baystate caught my eye from the moment I started looking into residency programs. With its high acuity, large ED patient volume, emphasis on resident wellness, and a stellar faculty that is committed to teaching, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I really wanted to find a program that would push me to my limits while also giving me the tools for a solid foundation starting my emergency medicine career. I am so excited to be a part of the Baystate team and I am confident that my training will prepare me for anything that comes through the door. As a Chicago-native I am excited to see what New England has to offer!

Masood Mohammed DO

Dr. Masood MohammedNova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! I am originally from West Palm Beach, Florida and lived in South Florida my entire life before residency. I attended the University of Miami for college (Go Canes!) followed by the University of South Florida where I received my master’s degree prior to medical school. In my free time I enjoy writing, playing sports, watching college football and playing video games. I’m also a big foodie and I love exploring coffeeshops and random hole in the wall restaurants!

From the minute I came across Baystate Medical Center as a third-year medical student, I knew it was a special place. Their website was filled with useful information and I was fortunate enough to do an EM Ultrasound elective here as a fourth-year. Every person that I interacted with was kind, helpful and always willing to teach. The Emergency Medicine faculty here is second to none. Baystate has an excellent culture that balances hard work with wellness and fun, which was exactly what I was looking for. Although I am still getting used to these cold winters, I am so happy to be here as a part of the Baystate family!

Eleanor Ragone DO

Dr. Eleanor Ragone

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

Hi all! I’m originally from the NYC suburbs, before moving all over New York state every couple of years. I received my undergrad and grad degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, outside Albany, NY. It was there where I was first exposed to emergency medicine through the school’s ambulance squad. I developed an intense passion for EMS that I’ve been fortunate to continue pursuing in various ways over the years. Those experiences also sparked an interest in medical education, and I hope to continue to pursue teaching throughout residency and beyond.

After college, I became a software engineer in Manhattan, working in finance and later at a healthcare startup. While I certainly enjoyed some aspects of the work, it was clear I did not want to pursue software as a fulltime career, and I left to start the path to medical school. I’m so happy to be able to continue this journey at Baystate! My interview left me feeling at home here, and felt as though I fit in with everyone I met. Outside of medicine, I love tinkering with electronics, software, and woodworking, and am often doing something active with my girlfriend! We enjoy running, biking, hiking, and rock climbing, and just about any sport involving a racquet. In the winter you can often find us skiing!

Dr. Natalie Strokes

Natalie Strokes DO

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Sean Tiret MD

Dr. Sean Tiret

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

I was born and raised in Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I majored in accounting. After college I moved back to San Francisco and worked as an accountant for 8 years, while also obtaining my CPA license. Just after my 30th birthday I left behind my accounting career and started my journey to become a physician, attending San Francisco State University for a pre-medical postbaccalaureate program, and ultimately the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for medical school. I am attracted to emergency medicine for its culture of teamwork as well as the diversity of relationships one is able to build each day. My interests outside of medicine include road cycling and mountain biking, skiing, yoga, surfing, and fly-fishing. As a perennial Californian, I am excited to explore the east coast and experience four seasons with my wife and our growing family.

During residency interview season Baystate emerged as a top choice because of its people and the phenomenal clinical training the program offers. I am a big believer that one’s residency experience is driven by the people you will be surrounded by; faculty, department staff, and co-residents. After my interview day it was clear to me that I would be spending my three years with an exceptional group of mentors who are committed to training outstanding emergency physicians while also valuing resident wellness.

Anna Tyson MD

Dr. Anna Tyson

University of Alabama School of Medicine

I’m Anna! I was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. I went to college and medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In my spare time, I enjoy soccer, yoga, hiking, biking, and spending time with my dog, Ellie. I enjoy being social and surrounded by people.

I chose Baystate because the faculty and residents are all so genuine and interested in who I am as a person. When I was deciding where I wanted to train for residency, I knew I wanted to work and learn in an environment full of positive and supportive individuals. Baystate exemplifies just that.

Jeff Wisniowski DO

Dr. Jeff Wisniowski

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi all! I was raised in Connecticut. I went to Northeastern University for my bachelors degree and stayed in Boston to get my MPH. I have always had a passion for emergency medicine and I knew very early on this was the specialty for me. I have worked as an EMT, an ED technician and in clinical research.

My experience at Baystate was the highlight of my fourth year of medical school. The faculty were engaging and supportive. The residents went out of their way to teach and incorporate all members of the care team. The acuity and variety of cases exceeded my highest expectations. I identified with the camaraderie and team approach. Everyone was passionate, driven and welcoming. Most importantly there was a consistent effort by all staff to provide the best care for the patient.

When I'm not in the hospital I enjoy getting outside. I spend time mountain biking, snowboarding, fishing and surfing. I also enjoy cooking, concerts and Boston sports!

Adrianne Wurzl DO

Dr. Adrianne Wurzl

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

My journey to Baystate has taken me to many different places with a variety of experiences. Though I have been a Massachusetts resident for quite some time now, I was actually born in France, where my parents were both employed as software engineers. I then moved to Arizona by way of Brazil, lived there until I was around 9, then finally came to Massachusetts. As one can imagine, my roots have been thrown in many different places and with many different people, but I feel quite at home in New England, and truly feel this area is the perfect fit for me. My time in New England has been spent at Kingsley Pines camp in Maine, where I was both a camper and a counselor, on the slopes of any ski mountain I can find, on the summit of anything with an elevation higher than sea level, and with my friends and family in Maine and Massachusetts. I have been truly fortunate with the chosen family I have found here and with my mom, as the rest of my family is still back in Brazil and Austria. Ideally I’d like to one day have a lake house to go to with my friends and family in Maine, where I can water-ski, hike, and play music when not practicing medicine.

Despite all these twists and turns, the one constant in my life has been medicine. I loved my pediatrician growing up and she truly inspired me to consider medicine as a career. I pursued that at Brandeis University by studying Neuroscience and then became an EMT and practiced in Boston on trucks and in the Tufts Emergency Department. I absolutely loved the people, teamwork, and medicine involved in EM, so it was a no-brainer that I would choose EM as my speciality.

Baystate attracted me the second I arrived at the pre-interview dinner. I had a phenomenal time with the people, and felt that I could connect and work well with them. My interview day revealed other aspects of Baystate in which I found a fit, such as the high call volume, focus on teaching, weight on residents taking time to learn, importance of home-life balance, team-based approach, and evident positive relationships between attending and residents. I felt that Baystate would give me the best opportunity to learn from patients, attendings, and my fellow residents. Ultimately, I could not be more excited that my journeys have taken me here and I am so excited for what lies ahead!

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Dr. Jessica ArmstrongJessica Armstrong, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Hi Everyone! I was raised in a small town in eastern Connecticut where I grew up playing soccer and softball. I went to Boston College where I majored in Biology and minored in History. I also played rugby while there, but unfortunately injuries led to an early retirement. I have since turned to milder pursuits such as soccer, hiking, running, and hopefully, another triathlon

As soon as I started looking at programs to apply to, Baystate jumped to the top of my list. I talked with recent graduates of the program who said not only did they learn an incredible amount but they also felt immensely prepared for life as an attending. The part that stood out to me the most, however, was how they all said that the best part of their experience was the atmosphere in which they worked. There is a real family feel to the program and the focus on wellness is real and prominent. I saw all of that on my interview day and knew that it was completely authentic. I look forward to becoming part of the Baystate family!

Dr. Samuel BroderSamuel Broder, DO

University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine

I'm a Western Massachusetts Native and I'm thrilled to be returning to Baystate for Emergency Medicine Residency.

After finishing high school I worked in the old Baystate ER as an Orderly, which was my first exposure to emergency medicine. Emergency medicine grasped my interest and I took an EMT class and continued on to become a paramedic for Baystate Health Ambulance. After working for a few years I headed up to the University of New England in Maine for medical school.

Once deciding that I wanted to be an Emergency Medicine physician, I had to choose where I wanted to train. I had a desire to train somewhere where resident wellness and education was seen as an integral part of high quality and safe patient care. I was looking for a program with a familial environment with strong bedside clinical teaching and mentorship, where my previous experience would be seen as an advantage. Finding a hospital system with a diversity of experience as well as a balance between an urban and suburban setting, with additional rural exposure was also important.

Baystate was a clear match. It combined everything I valued about medical education in a geographical location that I already love. I'm thrilled to be returning to my home community as an emergency medicine resident and I'm honored to be able to continue to care for the residents of Western Massachusetts.

Dr. Ofelia CabreraOfelia Cabrera, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolina Campus

I was born in Miami, FL and being of Nicaraguan decent, spent my childhood back and forth between both locations. I have lived in the sunshine state for most of my life where I attended the University of Miami and majored in Nursing. After working for a few years, I was finally able to pursue my dream career as a physician. I attended medical school in South Carolina where I experienced southern hospitality, sweet tea and fried chicken. It truly was some of the best fried chicken I've ever had!

During my free time I enjoy traveling all over the world. I had to put these adventures on pause during medical school, but I recently got back from Norway and the Fjords were absolutely breathtaking. I also enjoy eating, exercising, outdoor activities, and dancing. I feel like music speaks to me and I absolutely love salsa.

I chose Baystate because the day of the interview I felt like it was the place I belong. One of my fellow upperclassman was an intern here and she raved about the program. The day I arrived for the interview there was snow and Christmas lights, so I was sold. In all seriousness, I loved the atmosphere and how friendly everyone was. Most importantly, their focus on resident wellness was very noticeable. I’m very excited to start residency at Baystate and explore the region of New England. My interests in medicine include critical care, ultrasound, and wilderness medicine.

Dr. Stephen DigiacomoStephen DiGiacomo, MD

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Hello everyone! I'm originally from Washington, Missouri, but I've lived the last 10 years in Tampa, FL. After finishing high school in Tampa, I went to undergrad and medical school at the University of South Florida. I loved hiking, kayaking, and biking down there, but I'm very excited to spend time outdoors here in the northeast. Otherwise I mostly spend time with my wife playing board games, tabletop rpgs, video games, and going to breweries!

I had an excellent time during my away rotation at Baystate during my 4th year of medical school. I loved everyone I met and worked with. They fostered an open and welcoming environment where I was able to learn and grow. The journal club and research analysis led by the faculty was incredible and unrivaled by other institutions I experienced. Dr. Osborne is also an incredible program director who is dedicated to not only the success of the program, but each individual resident. The camaraderie and focus on wellness at Baystate is uniquely excellent and made me love Baystate over any other program. I believe the positive culture produces better residents, and makes residency enjoyable.

Dr. Erik DotyErik Doty, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am originally from southern NH. I attended UMass-Amherst for undergrad where I majored in public health. I then attended University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. After my third year I took a leave of absence to obtain a master's degree in biomedical informatics from Harvard Medical School.

I first became interested in Emergency medicine after becoming an EMT. After starting medical school I wanted to keep an open mind, but every rotation pushed me more towards Emergency medicine.

Baystate was my top choice for a number of different reasons. I have spent much of my adult life in Western Mass and have come to truly enjoy the area. After rotating at Baystate, I knew this was where I belonged. Everyone from the faculty, to the residents, and all the other staff truly made me feel like I belonged here. I could tell in my short time here that the training residents received at Baystate was second to none and being one of the busiest emergency departments in New England, I knew I would see everything I needed to become an amazing emergency medicine physician.

Dr. Kristen DowdyKristen Dowdy, DO

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I am married to a paramedic/firefighter and we have one supremely fluffy cat whom we adore. I have considered many places my home; however Chicago will always have a special place in my heart. I enjoy baking and eating baked goods, especially anything with chocolate, coconut or espresso. I also enjoy fine foods such as ramen noodles and Trader Joe's mac n' cheese balls.

Before medical school, I earned a bachelor's degree in Classics at Johns Hopkins University while volunteering as paramedic/firefighter for 48-72 hours per week. After graduating, I continued to volunteer as a paramedic/FF, but also worked full time as a kindergarten teacher in Washington, D.C. for four years. While I loved teaching, my experiences as a medic pushed me to make medicine my long-term career. In 2014, I was very fortunate to receive a scholarship to school through the Air Force's Health Professions Scholarship Program.

I am especially thrilled to train at Baystate Medical Center. There are many highlights to this emergency medicine residency program; however I am most excited about the enormous volume of ED patients, the state of the art facility, and the talented, high spirited and dedicated faculty and residents.

Dr. Allison EaronAllison Earon, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I grew up in Massachusetts and went to Bates College in Maine. After graduating, I moved down to Atlanta to complete an MPH at Emory University. I had always been interested in health access and quality of care issues. However, after working for a few years at a public health nonprofit in Boston, I decided that I wanted to incorporate this work into a career in medicine. I attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and quickly realized that emergency medicine was the perfect specialty for my interests and work style.

Baystate was my top choice for residency for a number of reasons, the most important of which was the people. During a rotation here in my fourth year of school, I was impressed by the patient volume, acuity, and facilities. What really struck me though was how well the residents, faculty and staff worked together, and how people would go out of their way to help or teach each other. There is a true team and family mentality at Baystate, which is reflected in how happy the residents are despite being in arguably the hardest three years of our training.

Dr. Jonathan GammelJonathan Gammel, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hi everyone! I grew up on the north shore of MA, attended undergrad at Brandeis University in Waltham, and headed out to central MA for medical school at Umass in Worcester. I’m super excited to come to Baystate and continue my inevitable trek out to western Mass for residency!

I first became interested in Emergency Medicine after becoming an EMT-B and volunteering on my collegiate EMS squad as well as working for an off-campus service. My interest in EM was confirmed in medical school, when I realized I loved the variety, acuity, procedures, and team bonding and camaraderie that comes with this great field. Outside of medicine, I try to take any opportunity I can get to play tennis, racquetball, or really any racket sport (anyone down for badminton??). I also love to ski, hike, and play board games.

I chose to continue my medical education at Baystate because out of all the places I interviewed at, Baystate seemed to have the perfect blend of high quality education, large patient volume, and a truly sincere commitment to resident wellness. Not to mention a beautiful emergency department, friendly people, and dedicated faculty. With all this to look forward to, I can’t wait to get started!

Dr. Chelsea GreenChelsea Green, DO

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Though I was born in Oklahoma, I grew up in Colorado, living primarily in Fort Collins and just outside Denver. I went to Colorado State University for undergrad and graduate school where I was an active member of the marching and pep bands. I then went on to attend Rocky Vista University for medical school.

I'm thrilled to join Baystate's Emergency Medicine family this year. I have been at Baystate for the last year in the surgery program and have seen first-hand what a great place it is to be. Even before this last year, I had the amazing opportunity to do an EM rotation as a student, and even then I knew Baystate couldn't be beat. The teamwork is topnotch. The nurses are the best and always willing to make your life easier and brighten your day. But most of all the family environment is unparalleled.

When I'm not at work, I can be found: exploring New England, in my garden, on the ski slopes, with my husband and orange fluffy cat, or hanging out on my paddle board. (Or some strange combination of the above).

Dr. Ashley KunzAshley Kunz, MD

University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Hey, everyone! I am thrilled to be starting at Baystate Medical Center this year.

I've lived all over the US from California to Connecticut to Nebraska, but my heart has always been in New England. I couldn't wait to get back to the East Coast and was so excited when Baystate felt like coming home. I love anything outdoors - hiking, camping, you name it. You could say I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to animals, which is pretty evident from the 2 dogs, 3 cats, and (soon-to-be) many chickens. My wife and I fix up antique motorcycles in our free time (but we don't really ride them all that much - seen too much in the ED already!)

I did my audition rotation at Baystate and knew right away that this was the place for me. I loved the emphasis on work-life balance, wellness, and the feel of camaraderie between the residents. Every program talks about wellness, but Baystate walks the walk. Not only were the attendings invested in my education, but they also really cared about me as a whole person. The residents and attendings seem like a tight-knit family, which I love! Dr. Ben Osborne (the PD) makes you feel at home from day one - he's incredibly sincere, approachable, & kind.

Dr. Kent MccannKent McCann, MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I’m originally from Acton, MA, 20 miles west of Boston, where I spent my childhood being extraordinarily mediocre at sports. Luckily, my parents also pushed me to explore other interests, and as I got older, music became a
major focus in my life. After high school, I matriculated to Tufts University in Medford. In my freshman year, I joined an a cappella group on
campus: the Tufts Beelzebubs. My involvement in the group shaped my college experience; throughout my four years with the Bubs, I got to
travel the world, record two albums, compete on an NBC TV show, and record backing tracks for Fox’s Glee (yeah, they’re all lip syncing). Somehow I also got my school work done, and I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of the Arts in Music.

After college I worked as an EMT in Lawrence, MA, while working on my medical school applications. I attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester where my budding interest in emergency medicine solidified. I decided EM was the specialty for me.

I chose to come to Baystate for my residency because it has everything I was looking for in a program. The emergency department sees a huge number of complicated patients from a massive catchment area, and the faculty and
residents all foster an atmosphere of camaraderie and support, providing an unmatched learning experience. I also appreciate the program’s commitment to the well-being of residents throughout these immensely important years. It is an honor to call myself a part of this
incredible team.

Outside the hospital, I spend my time snowboarding, mountain biking, cooking, gardening, and playing guitar. Despite being a Massachusetts native, I have not spent much time in the Springfield area, so I greatly look forward to exploring the Pioneer Valley and all the unique
experiences it has to offer!

Dr. Matthew ShapiroMatthew Shapiro , DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Vassar College and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Between my undergraduate education and medical school I worked as an EMT for Boston Emergency Medical Services and as a tech in a Boston emergency department. These experiences informed my decision to become an emergency medicine physician. In my free time I enjoy running, being an NPR junkie, cooking, and spending time with my son and wife.

I chose Baystate because of its welcoming atmosphere, faculty who enjoy teaching, and its high acuity, high volume adult and pediatric trauma center. I am excited for the opportunity to train at a place that takes such good care of its patients.

Dr. Haven SpencerWill Spencer, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi, I’m Will, and I couldn’t be happier to be training at Baystate. I spent a month here during my 4th year of med school, and it was clear immediately that the program has a welcoming atmosphere and real enthusiasm for teaching. Equally importantly, the city of Springfield is known for its diverse patient population and the combination of high-volume/high-acuity that I considered essential for an EM residency.

Outside of the hospital you’ll probably find me pursuing the things I enjoy most: the great outdoors, good food, and local breweries. My wife and I have been living just up the road in Northampton for a few years and have come to appreciate everything Western Mass has to offer. We have easy access to the things we enjoy right here around us, and within a few hours we can be anywhere from Vermont, to Boston, to the coast of Maine.

I’m very excited for the next step in my training. I’m convinced that the strengths of both the program and the city make Baystate unique, and it’s a privilege to be a part of such a great EM program.

Dr. Brian ThompsonBrian Thompson, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone, my name is Brian and I grew up in Western Massachusetts. I attended undergraduate college in Burlington, Vermont and decided to make it my home for 9 years while I worked as an X-ray and interventional radiology technologist. I enjoy running, cycling, hiking and climbing.

Baystate happened to be my first emergency medicine rotation in my 4th year of medical school and it was amazing. Everyone was friendly, approachable, and I learned a lot from both the attendings and the residents. Baystate is a very large hospital with a diverse patient population, excellent trauma opportunities, and a very ultrasound focused program. Also, Baystate has one of the best program directors around, surrounded by an organized and thoughtful support staff. I could not think of a better place to train for residency and it will be a privilege to be a part of the special family here.