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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 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!

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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, 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

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.

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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!

Natalie Strokes DO

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

Dr. Natalie Strokes

Hi everyone! My name is Natalie and I am originally from Northeast Ohio but have lived in the Pioneer Valley before when I attended Smith College in Northampton for my undergraduate degree. I took some time after college to do research in Boston at Children’s Hospital and then ended up back in Cleveland where I obtained my Masters Degree at Case Western. Since I love to travel and explore, I ended up attending medical school in Arizona at A.T. Still University SOMA and moving up to Seattle for my clinical experiences where I worked mainly with underserved communities and immigrant populations.

International medicine had always been a passion of mine so in between my third and fourth year of medical school, I did a medical student fellowship with Partners In Health in Haiti. I spent the year immersed in Emergency Medicine and fell in love with the team work, energy of the ED and never knowing what might come through the door next. Emergency medicine in my mind is one of the most advantageous specialties when working internationally since you are able to treat everyone and you need to be inventive when your resources are very limited.

During fourth year, I did a rotation in ultrasound in the ED at Baystate and fell in love with the program, the people and the hospital. Since it is a large, high acuity emergency department, the patient population allows you the opportunity to see almost anything you can imagine. Everyone from the attendings to RNs to techs to residents in the ED work well together, the teamwork is apparent and you feel a part of the family instantly. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place to end up for residency!

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!